Tessanne singing a little Simon & Garfunkel? Before you say anything, you should know, it works. She’s a phenomenal talent and sang the classic song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, with a lot of heart and substance. And I guess you agreed because you helped her survive another round of cuts and she will be in next week’s finals for The Voice. Tessanne has had a nearly flawless run and we’re excited for her!
If you count today and Christmas Day, the inclusive span is a total of 16 days. How convenient because we have 16 new singles for you to add to your collection, so you can go ahead and download one per day. OK, in reality it’s just a silly stretch of a scheme to come up with the above headline but the gist of it is this: There are 16 singles below that we haven’t covered in the past few weeks or so. We got a few holiday themed numbers, a few comeback surprises and everything in between, across many genres. And for the sake of organization, they are in alphabetical order of artist names.
Mash-Ups & Medleys are kind of like a mega bonus of a song because they contain multiple jams in one tune. That’s the theme of the day with this collection of multi-composed musical treats. Sam Tsui makes a number of appearances on this list because well… mash-ups and medleys are kind of his thing. But there are a number of intriguing pieces that shouldn’t be overlooked by other artists as well.
Paul Dateh Plays ”Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun, ”Daddy’s Groove” by Daddy’s Groove x Mindshake, “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Feel it All Around” by Washed Out, ”Burn” by Ellie Goulding, ”Halo” by Beyonce, ”Bizness” by tUnE-yArDs, ”I Love It” by Icona Pop, ”Espoir Voyage” by 813, ”Lose Yourself to Dance” by Daft Punk, ”Fast Car (EXETER 88MPH Edit)” by The Dream, ”Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore, ”The Night Out” by Martin Solveig
Jayne Rio Sings “Bad” by Wale, “Power Trip” by J. Cole x Miguel, “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Kendrick Lamar, “Pour It Up” by Rihanna
Sam Tsui x Kurt Schneider Sing a Medley of Pretty Much Every Big Song of 2013
Recognize those mugshots? I do believe we have a Far East Movement & Jasmine Villegas spotting in the new ad for Beats by Dre Color Solos. I’m digging the color schemes for the different scenes too. It’s a short commercial with many different famous faces making an appearance, but we’re glad these two got a little screen time! You can check it out in full, below.
The weekend is just about upon us. If you don’t have a chance to catch any music shows this weekend, perhaps these clips will help fill your free time with some live energy. OK, to be fair, the last couple clips are more “psuedo-live” than anything else, but we’ve included them anyhow. The quality varies from one-take webcam videos to on-stage performances to something more polished and music-video-like.
Dumbfoundead & Swim Team Cypher
Alfa Garcia – “Reckless”
Greetings. It’s the middle of the week so you know what that means here in a-Tunes land… our weekly music video reviews round-up! This one is a relatively thicker pack of videos, with a number of artists debuting their work during and shortly after the holiday weekend. But that just means more for you to enjoy this first week in December!
Marie Digby – “Home (Ireland)”
Marie has had many opportunities to explore her Japanese heritage, but it wasn’t until more recently when she had the chance to experience her Irish background. This tune takes Digby in a more sleepy, peaceful direction that helps convey a genuine sense of awe. The breathe taking shots of the country certainly made the video a great watch.
Rocky Sandoval – “Heart Slows Down”
We finally have a video for this 2012 single. The good news is that the joint is off his newly announced debut album, Throwback. I always thought this was one of his more polished tunes and something that has the potentially to chart fairly well on top 40 radio. Or maybe I just think we could all use a little bit more R&B in our lives.
Dawen – “美麗 (Beautiful)”
Dawen takes things in a completely different direction from his last single, “Hello“, and instead chooses a more melodramatic route for this ballad. The move makes sense, as it caters to a style and aesthetic that Asian Pop has mastered over the years.
Another week, another solid outing by our favorite contestant on this season of The Voice, Tessanne Chin. She has yet to have a weak performance and thankfully, the country seems to agree. Although things are getting close to the wire as the season rapidly approaches the finale. But regardless, Ms Chin has found herself in the Top 5 and will be giving us another opportunity to listen to her great vocals next week. This week, she sang a Marley tune (and why not? It’s her “bread and butta” after all) and then proceeded to outsing Katy Perry on “Unconditionally”.
“Redemption Song” by Bob Marley
“Unconditionally” by Katy Perry
We certainly hope your holiday weekend was restful and full of good food and company. As you prepare to return to the usual grind as everything returns to normalcy come Monday. But we’re looking to provide you with some tunage for your late Sunday evening, and we’re going an international route this time. So here are some covers of songs from abroad, along with the occasional translation of an English song. Welcome to the 1st week of December, everyone!
Angeli (of Blush) Covers “Hawak Kamay” by Yeng Constantino
Lydia Paek Covers “JOAH” by Jay Park
New Heights Covers “Lonely” by 2NE1
The music video round-up is a little thing this week, but it’s understandable considering the holiday festivities. We hope you are spending time some quality time with those you love the most (even if it’s yourself). We’ve got a lot to be feel blessed for and we hope you are able to say the same. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Jason Chen – “Unexpectedly”
This is from Jason’s What If acoustic project, and if things look extra sharp this time around, it’s because of Ross Ching. The video’s got his trademark simple yet crisp touch to it, and that’s the perfect tone for nearly any acoustic song.
Dia Frampton Features for The Crystal Method – “Over It”
There’s some tongue-in-cheek humor with this video. I wasn’t sure what to expect for the visual for this collaboration but when all is said and done, it makes sense. I mean… this is still a Crystal Method track, only sweetened a little bit with Dia’s soft vocals.
OK, America. That was kind of close. But long story short, our favorite contestant on this season of The Voice, Tessanne Chin, has been saved by your votes and lives to sing another week. But I’m beginning to see a troubling trend where she’s making less of a splash with the public. I’ve seen it happen on TV singing competitions many times where a fantastic vocalist loses the interest of the the voters because they are too consistently good. There’s less drama and unfortunately it makes them a little forgettable… and it raises a challenge where every performance has to be a homerun.
I’m diggin’ her rendition of Gwen Stafani’s “Underneath It All”, and it was a natural fit for the island girl, but I can see how it lacked a glory note moment – which matters far too much on TV. But we can breathe and rest easy for at least one more week.