Pictured: Sam Smith on his new single cover for “Writing’s On The Wall” (credit: The Telegraph)
This week’s playlist focuses on some of the biggest single drops of late and includes one of the most anticipated Broadway albums in recent history. Subscribe to the Tuesday Tuneage Spotify playlist below and send in your thoughts and picks for a chance to be featured on next week’s list!
Week of: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
1. “Writing’s On The Wall” – Sam Smith
Between the booming timpani and the weeping strings, Smith’s voice flows effortlessly over the orchestra in this new Bond theme (it will be featured in the new 007 flick “Spectre,” out in November). Sweeping musicality aside (as assisted by frequent Smith collaborators Disclosure and Jimmy Napes), the tender vocals fit the tone of the track with a special, emotional flair – similar to the previous film’s theme (“Skyfall”) sung by Adele.
2. “My Shot” – Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording
To say this OBC has been highly-anticipated is an understatement – and boy, has it not disappointed so far. This writer/Broadway baby is jonesing to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton, but the soundtrack (produced by Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots) will have to suffice – for now.
3. “Alive” – Sia
Originally written for Adele and offered to Rihanna, Sia’s soaring vocals definitely do the song justice. (Author’s note: I can definitely hear Rihanna’s voice fitting the track, particularly the powerful chorus, but Adele has apparently recorded a demo of the song and is featured with a co-writing credit.)
4. “Magnets” – Disclosure feat. Lorde
British DJ duo Disclosure released their cameo-heaving “Caracal” just this past week (having released their second Sam Smith collaboration “Omen” months before) and the line-up of featured vocalists is equal parts intriguing and impressive. This particular track features Lorde’s signature dark, deeper vocals elevated to a pop platform that still maintains the essence of her vocal style – like I said, both intriguing and impressive.
5. “BURNITUP!” – Janet Jackson feat. Missy Elliott
Well if this track didn’t just up and take us all to the club… This is a straight-up Saturday night dance anthem, with special attention paid to the subwoofer qualities of the song (expect it to be blown out). Excuse me while I dance forever.
6. “Infinity” – One Direction
The latest from the UK boy band off of their upcoming album “Made in the A.M.” (out November 13), this arena-ready song has just as much emotion as it has energy. This is the second song they have released without former member Zayn Malik’s vocals featured (after “Drag Me Down,”) but this sound seems to fit the now foursome very nicely.
7. “Confident” – Demi Lovato
The title track from the singer’s upcoming record (due October 16), the song is a sassy, assured anthem for – you guessed it – confidence. The video for the single is being directed by Robert Rodriguez and features actress Michele Rodriguez, so we can probably expect some fireballs, explosions, and a whole ‘lotta girl power.
Video of the Week: “Drunk In Love” – Beyonce & Ed Sheeran (Live from the Global Citizen Festival in NYC, 9-26-15)
There were several big name duets throughout the festival (including one of Ariana Grande joining Coldplay’s Chris Martin for her song “Just A Little Bit of Your Heart”,) but this one between Bey and Ed was just an absolute monster of a collaboration. Sheeran’s acoustic flair mixed with Beyonce’s signature powerhouse vocals made for an outstanding live music moment.
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