Chvrches, Bieber, and Indie Cred

Scottish electronic band Chvrches has been known to flirt with modern day chart-toppers, some of which–on paper–should clash with their signature 80’s synthpop aesthetic. These include the likes of Justin Timberlake, Rnb singer, Janelle Monae, and the even the pop band, HAIM. Recently, Chvrches has taken a bigger risk than ever before in taking a stab at music’s most controversial tween heartthrob turned public urinator turned, well, actually, pretty respectable Rnb-tinged pop vocalist. Some of you might be asking, what do you mean?!?! No, that’s actually the name of Bieber’s newest single, “What do you mean”:

The song features an impressive vocal performance by Bieber juxtaposed against some airtight production. In adapting the tune to 808’s and saw wave samples, intentional or not, Chrvches, a well respected indie act have given Bieber their seal of approval. So, in conclusion what does this mean? Well, on one end this is just a really cool cover that any lover of pop music can listen to over and over again. But looking at the larger picture, Bieber may have just earned himself some legitimate credibility within a community of indie music fans who have previously written the singer off as the music industry’s village idiot. Watch the rendition as well as the band explain their new found love for Bieber below:

Arrows in The Blackhearts

Most everyone knows that “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” is by the badass Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Except, well, it’s not. The song was written and recorded by Arrows in 1975, a pop rock band from London that disbanded after only three years together.

Although the song was released as a single, it failed to garner much traction until it landed in the hands of Joan Jett seven years later, when she saw Arrow perform the song on television. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ version charted number one in multiple countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K., and the Netherlands. The track received professional praise as well, and still does. Jett’s version has made it onto lists such as Q Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

A version of the song that did not do quite as well? Britney Spears’ cover of the track, which was released as a European single in 2002. The cover was featured in the movie Crossroads, which starred Britney Spears. Spears’ character sung the track in a karaoke bar. The single was received about as well as the film, which is to say, poorly. Britney’s version was trashed by critics, but still managed to sneak into the Top 40 in many countries.

If that video wasn’t enough to make you cringe, noted Joan Jett fan Miley Cyrus added the song to her tour set a few years ago. Of course, she sung the song while suspended above her stadium audience on a red motorcycle. I suppose that’s rock and roll, but even more rock and roll? Breath control.

 

Meet:: Jayesslee

Youtube Sensation “Jayesslee”!

 

Gangnam Style- PSY

 

 

Jayesslee is the group name of the two twins Sonia and Janet. The name is “Jay” for J and “Ess” for S and Lee, their last name. The girls are Korean but were born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Janice and Sonia started music in church and got influences from worship music.

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Jayesslee started posting their videos online in 2008, and the cover of “Officially Missing You” (17 million views) by Tamia boost their followers. Thanks to Youtube, their cover videos went viral and they are now number one most subscribed youtube channel in Australia by reaching one million subscribers.

Officially Missing You-Tamia 

 

With their popularity, they covered more songs like… Jessie J’s Price Tag (20million views), Maroon 5’s Payphone (38million views) . They uploaded PSY’s Gangname Style and it has more than 35 million views!!

Payphone-Maroon 5

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The girls have been performing at weddings, colleges and university shows. The duo flew to LA and had their first concert in 2010. Ever since then, they have had shows in the United States, Canada, and Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Their shows are not huge, but get sold out with more than 3500 fans. The girls are inspired to sing and perform about their personal experiences. They aspire to be artists who send out positive messages of hope and freedom through their music.

“We didn’t ever think our platform and success would reach to this capacity and popularity. It’s truly an honour and blessing to see so many fans and people all over the world accept us and admire our music. We thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts.” – Janice & Sonia

Janice and Sonia released few tracks on iTunes & Spotify as well with their studio recorded versions of Officially Missing You, Payphone, Dare You To Move and more.
I just love them. I can listen to them all day!

My favorite!

Dare You To Move- Switchfoot

 

Check out Jayeslee on Youtube, facebook, twitter and itunes! 

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Twitter : @jayessleemusic 
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Tori Alamaze vs. The Pussycat Dolls

When you think of the 2005 smash hit “Don’t Cha” you most likely instantaneously associate it with the girl group, The Pussycat Dolls.  Chances are that you’ve never even heard the name Tori Alamaze.  Who is Tori Alamaze?Image

Tori is a make up artist and former backup singer for OutKast.

Tori originally recorded the song “Don’t Cha” (written and produced by Cee-Lo Green) for her debut album that was slated for release in May of 2006 by Universal Records’ independent distribution arm, Fontana.  The record sampled Sir Mix-A-Lot’s song “Swass.” DJ’s had begun to spin her record, but before it could even gain momentum, Universal Records abruptly shelved her album before a video could even be shot. The song didn’t gain much exposure and her project was scrapped due to The Pussycat Dolls inking a deal with Interscope Records (A company of Universal Records). “The next year, The Pussycat Dolls recorded it in a version also produced by Cee Lo and with Busta Rhymes on guest vocals.” (Songfacts.com)

Cee-Lo Green recalled to The Guardian newspaper March 22, 2008: “I originally wrote it for another artist – Tori Alamaze – but it found its way to the Pussycat Dolls and the rest is history. I was more than content with it going to the original artist, but of course the Pussycat Dolls took it to another level.”

Tori Alamaze’s Version of “Don’t Cha

“Don’t Cha” was used as The Pussycat Dolls lead single for their debut album, PCD. The single reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart as well as #1 on the dance charts for its club remix.  Worldwide, the song has sold more than 6 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time.

The group’s lead singer Nicole Scherzinger stated: ”I had [Alamaze’s] version as a guide. But ours is just a bit fresher.

**Ouch!!!**

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The Pussycat Dolls’ version of “Don’t Cha”

Tori is unable to collect any monies from the song since she has no songwriting or production credits. It seems like Tori may have missed out on what may have been her big break…

**Another song was also “taken” from her project entitled, “Take Control” which was re-recorded by Ameriie. The song wasn’t as successful as “Don’t Cha” but it peaked at #66 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart.  It also reached #2 on the iTunes UK Top 100 chart.**

References:
Entertainment Weekly: Pussycat or Copycat?
Tori Alamaze Explains “Don’t Cha” Controversy
NY Times: “Don’t Cha Blink”
Don’t Cha Song Facts