Against the Current is one of those rare Youtube acts that gets millions of views on their videos pretty fast, probably thanks to how they've toured with and been featured in videos with Alex Goot. They don't post videos very often compared to other artists, but when they do, they're excellent. They've recently released their latest EP, which has a alternative rock feel.
Marla Morris is an independent country artist who I happened to find because she was featured on iTunes a while back. She's just released an excellent EP featuring co-writes from One Arm Train (frequent collaborators of Megan & Liz) Her EP has blues-ish influences, as well as country, of course, and I really can't understand why she's not signed yet.
I’m subscribed to Noisetrade’s newsletter, so I had the privilege of being able to listen to some tracks from Ruthie Collins' eponymous EP before it was officially released on iTunes. Everything in the songs was absolutely beautiful — the music, her voice, the lyrics. So of course when her EP actually came out on iTunes, I bought it. I've been playing the EP steadily since December, and still enjoy it. So needless to say, it passes the test of time — which happens to be one of the themes of the EP itself.
Caitlyn Smith is a well-established songwriter in the country music business, recording songs for artists such as Lady Antebellum, Danielle Bradbery, Lucy Hale and Cassadee Pope, as well as contributing to the soundtrack for the ABC drama Nashville. She's previously released independent EPs and albums, but her latest release, Everything to You, has rightfully been garnering much more attention.
Maddie & Tae had a hit over the summer with "Girl in a Country Song", a diss to "bro-country". They received both a lot of praise and significant criticism from people who claimed that they should've worn more clothing in their music video (but, um, have you seen the videos and performances by other big country artists?) Florida Georgia Line also said that they didn't know a single girl who wouldn't want to be a girl in one of the popular country songs (ie, their songs). Well, first of all, that's one of the most egotistical statements I've heard in a while, and second of all, here are two.
Miranda Lambert's fifth studio album is aptly titled Platinum, a collection of sixteen songs highlighting her sassy, as well as her softer side. She isn't scared to show vulnerability in songs such as "Bathroom Sink" and "Hard Staying Sober", displays a confident attitude in "Platinum", "Little Red Wagon" and "Girls", and dishes out wisdom in songs such as "Babies Makin' Babies", and "Gravity's A Bitch". Overall, it's a quite smoothly arranged album that shows many facets of her personality, and longtime fans will not be disappointed.
Since their Billboard-charting single, Bad for Me, Youtube stars Megan & Liz have been moving in a more country direction, as opposed to their original super-poppy releases. First it was Back Home, and now it's an EP full of country-sounding songs, including past fan favorite "Grave". It's safe to say that their departure from Collective Sounds after it closed was a good thing, as they're now being given more freedom and their EP is even charting on Billboard's country, heatseekers and independent charts.
I'd somehow signed up for Christina Perri's mailing list, so I got a mailing saying that she'd released the first single for her next album. I'd been wondering when she was going to release a new album - seeing as artists usually take about two years between albums and she'd taken three.
I listened to the audio of her first single - Human. Honestly, my first thought was "ANOTHER album full of songs about a dysfunctional relationship? Hasn't she learned yet?!" Like many people, I'd thought that Lovestrong. had a few (or more than a few) too many sad songs.
Salute, the sophomore album of British girl band Little Mix, is packed full of motivational songs and catchy jams. It's a big improvement over their previous album, which was mainly girl-power anthems, lacking severely in ballads. Like Jade said in her Girl's Life interview in their Halloween issue, "You feel better, now we're going to have a good time."
I've never been the hugest fan of Shakira. The fact that I actually quite like her new album is a bit of a departure for me. Blame Blake Shelton and NBC's The Voice, I guess. She'd never really been on my radar until this year.
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