Music Video: Well-Strung “The Devil Went Down To Georgia (feat. Bach Double)”

Well-Strung, the pop/classical fusion group, released their second studio album titled POPssical, a celebratory blend of pop hits sung by the group accompanied by respected classical music.

The album features ten tracks including memorable renditions of “Blank Space (Feat. Bach)” and “Royals (Feat. Palladio)” as well as the infamous ode to Hillary Clinton, “Chelsea’s Mom” as a bonus track.

Check out their newest music video, a bonus music video for the track “The Devil Went Down To Georgia (Feat. Bach Double).” The group mashes up Bach’s Double Violin Concerto and adds the southern charm of Charlie Daniels Band to create a unique sound all on its own.

You can check out Well-Strung on iTunes here.

Music: Sia “Alive”

Sia drops the first track off her upcoming album This is Acting today, a raw, scorched-earth anthem about survivorship – “Alive.”

Originally written for Adele’s next project, it didn’t make that album but Sia decided to record it herself. Sia says although the song was written specifically for Adele, she liked the challenge of singing a song meant for Adele’s perspective.

The title of the album, This Is Acting, refers to the fact that the songs were all written for other performers. Sis admits, these songs aren’t necessarily something she would say. ‘It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun.”

From the song:

I was born in a thunderstorm
I grew up overnight
I played alone
I played on my own
I survived
Hey I wanted everything I never had
Like the love that comes with life
I wore envy and I hated it
But I survived

I had a one-way ticket to a place where all the demons go
Where the wind don’t change
And nothing in the ground can ever grow
‘No hope, just lies
And you’re taught to cry in your pillow
But I survived

Music: New Order “Plastic”

I’m not huge into euro-dance music but I hit play and was bouncing in my desk chair all the way through. Uncut Magazine calls it a “gold-plated, weapons-grade Eurodisco anthem.”

From New Order’s upcoming album, Music Complete dropping September 25th.

Pre-Order from iTunes and receive ‘Plastic’ along with previously released ‘Restless.’

Music: Cubanos Acapella “Hotel California”

My dear friend John Herrera shared this on Facebook today.

Outstanding a capella version of the Eagles’ “California Hotel.” Excellent across the board, but pay attention to the “guitar” guy in red. He knocked me out. You’ll swear there’s a guitar player somewhere when it gets to the solo.

Happy Labor Day!

First Listen: Janet Jackson “Unbreakable”

Janet Jackson’s 11th studio album – Unbreakable – finds her again with longtime Janet collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

A statement from Jam and Lewis said:

“It’s wonderful to be creating again with Janet. From songwriting, producing, arranging, singing, dancing, acting, she deftly does it all and truly personifies the word artist. ‘Unbreakable’ is a gift to all of her fans who have steadfastly stood by her. It is a subject for conversation, a plea for compassion, and a call for action from someone who’s come a long way, but’s got a long way to go, and has much to say about it. In other words, if you want to know what’s on her mind you only have to listen.”

The album is due October 2nd. Listen to the title track below. Classic Janet:

Music: Well-Strung “Royals (feat. Palladio)”

Well-Strung, the handsome & hunky pop/classical fusion group, drop their third music video today titled “Royals (Feat. Palladio).”

The track juxtaposes Lorde’s huge hit “Royals” with Karl Jenkins’ “Palladio.”

This number is a composition of the group singing Lorde’s smash hit “Royals” while playing Karl Jenkins’ “Palladio.”

Well-Strung’s new album, POPssical, is set for release on October 2nd. Pre-order on iTunes here.

Music Video: Tom Goss feat. Matt Alber “Breath And Sound”

Randy Report fave Tom Goss has a gorgeous new music video with Matt Alber “Breath and Sound” featuring three couples of dancers interpreting Tom’s words and music.

From Tom’s Huffington Post interview regarding the point of the video:

I want them to understand the boundlessness of love. There’s a reason the first verse focuses on the straight couple alone — that’s what they are used to seeing. I want straight people to be drawn into a familiar story, one they understand and relate to.

Once there, I want to show them that this exact same story is being lived by the LGBTQ community.

As a gay man, I don’t want special privilege. I just want to love – passionately, fearlessly and completely.

Music Video: Priory "Put 'Em Up"

Portland, OR-based group Priory drops the new video for their song ‘Put Em Up’ from the band’s latest album Need To Know.

Pop culture website NYLON calls the video “humanizing, vulnerable, and completely impactful.”

Singer Brandon Rush of Priory shared this about the video:

“I wrote ‘Put Em Up’ a couple of years ago. It’s a personal story about watching my brother struggle with being gay in a conservative and religious family. It didn’t get any better for him when he joined the military.

“I’m happy that in the past couple of weeks our country has made a lot of progress in granting the LBGTQ community equality, but we all know we still have a long way to go.

“When we made the video, we wanted to show regular people doing regular things in an anonymous fashion until they came together in a place of mutual acceptance where everyone had a chance to be free to be whatever they were on the inside or outside.”

Priory has earned wide-spread praise from mainstream outlets like Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Equire, and more; in addition, the band makes the grade on several high-profile lists like:

USA Today ‘On the Verge’ artist
SPIN ‘Artist You Must See’
TIME ‘Artist You Need To Hear’
MTV ‘Artist To Watch’
Delta ‘Artist of the Month’

Find more info at the official website here.

New Music: Janet Jackson “No Sleeep”

Multiple Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist Janet Jackson today released her eagerly anticipated new single “No Sleeep.”

It is her first new song in seven years and the debut release on Rhythm Nation / BMG, the new label formed under her recent deal with BMG.

Jackson’s newly announced world-tour – UNBREAKABLE – opens in Vancouver, BC, on August 31st.