We’re In Stupid Love With Lady Gaga

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The Queen of Pop is back to take her throne with her new single ‘Stupid Love.’

The last the world heard a new Lady Gaga album was in 2016 when she released soft rock album, Joanne. In early 2017 we got the surprise drop of “The Cure” when she stepped in last minute to headline Coachella.

We then of course got shook by A Star is Born, where we dove off the deep end into the shallows because the soundtrack was that good. Even then, the music was curated for Ally rather than Gaga.

Since then…nothing. Three years of no Gaga and the fans have been begging and begging. There was a brief leak of the song back in January, but today we have the full song AND an (inter)stellar music video to go with it.

In the video we see Queen stop an alien war with a bop of a song. And if you ask us… seems legit. But that’s not what you should be fixated on. Notice at the end we see a still of a jacket that says “Kindness Punk” and then a screen that says “Chromatica.”

I think it’s safe to assume that her upcoming 6th studio album is called Chromatica. We’re also assuming that ‘Kindness Punk’ is an upcoming song.

Either way, we have one way to explain this new Gaga era…

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You can get tickets to see Lady Gaga at her Las Vegas residency show here.

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MDRN MAG – Artist Introductions – August 16th

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We’re back for another week and this time we’ve got some major bangers for you. To hype everyone up for the start of a new school year, or as we head into the busiest season of the year for most businesses, our featured artists playlist is bringing you the perfect collection of pop music.

We’ve only got eight tracks this week, but they’re sure to make their way into your end-of-summer playlists. Check out more about the tracks and their artists below!

Twin XL

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Twin XL, an alt-pop trio from Los Angeles, is giving us a whole new kind of bop with their debut single “Good.” With musical influences from old school hip-hop to alt-rock, Twin XL’s music brings that summer feel that anyone can jam to. Their EP How To Talk To Strangers makes us want to roll our car windows down and turn our volume all the way up.

Twin XL is our Spotlight Artist of the week and you can check out their individual piece, featuring an exclusive interview with us here!

Check out the video for “Good” here.

Paper Jackets

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To start off, wow! Paper Jackets has a new song “Girl” and if you haven’t heard it or seen the video… do it now! With a deep driving bass backing it up, it’s totally up our alley. Everyone wants to be famous, right? This takes that notion and gives it a loving nudge.

Paper Jackets is a 6 piece LA-based band. Now, you may think that’s a lot to handle but we promise that just means there is more to love. Their style brings together an old gaudy glamour with rock potential which comes out stunningly in their music video. Welcome to the Dollhouse. Pink is the color ladies and gents so mark down your Wednesdays.

Check out the video here.

The Evening

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Not going to lie, we were a bit taken aback when listening at first but this quickly becomes a tune that sticks in your head. The Evening has a new song and music video for “Obsession.” We can definitely see this being our next obsession. The music video itself screams night clubs grooves. With a hypnotic voice, Kinnie Lane mesmerizes listeners like a siren calling to sailors. Between Kinnie’s voice and Taylor Larson’s masterful command of instrumentation, The Evening has a lot going for them. Larson has had a hand in engineering and mixing for bands such as I See Stars and Asking Alexandria. Be on the lookout for an album in the future!

Check out the new video and stream here.

The Unlikely Candidates

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The Unlikely Candidates are ironically the most likely candidates for your next party playlist. Their latest release “Novocaine” will have you flying high in no time.  The lyric video is out now and trust me you won’t want to pass it up. The song follows the releases of “Oh My Lord” “Bells” and “Strange Love.” After listening to them you’ll be saying “This is the ‘Best I Ever Had’!”. “Novocaine” is catchy, fun and will have you hooked on it in one listen.

The quintet has been around the block touring with bands like The Offspring and Fall Out Boy and they’ve started to build a solid foundation for themselves after their most recent tour with Brick + Morter. The Unlikely Candidates have been flooding the music scene with tracks featured on ABC’s American Idol and Fox’s The Four. These 5 musicians will have you at the edge of your seat and cheering like you’re watching a sports game. Seriously, you probably have heard them during a sports game since they’ve been named both FOX sports and MLB’s Artist Of The Month. With all of that, you can’t deny this band is a home run!

Check out the lyric video here.

Spirit Animal

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Spirit Animal, a great name to embody the amazing vibe these dudes bring to the table. Taking it back to the days of color and spandex, their song “HYDR8” brings to mind those old workout videos our parents and grandparents probably watched. Unlike our grandparents though, with a song this good, you will forget you are actually working out. The band consisting of Steve Cooper, Cal Stamp, Paul Michel, and Ronan Evran are Brooklyn based. With humble beginnings, their first tour was made possible by donors and fans on Kickstarter along with the incentive of Steve Cooper’s cooking. If you don’t think you know them you can check out their hit song “The Black Jack White” which was featured on an episode of NCIS: NY.

Pre-save their new EP here.

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Ameliarose

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Ameliarose gives us a super relatable new single, “Uneven.” This is the indie-pop artist’s second single and many have compared her to artists such as Kimbra and Lorde. Filled with vintage harmonies and her known “danceable melancholy” vibe, the song opens with Ameliarose singing almost acapella before switching to a groovy beat as she delivers lyrics about an unsteady relationship that we’re sure many can relate to.

Listen to the song here.

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KITTEN

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The bassline will drag you in and the dial-up sounds will keep you engaged with KITTEN’s new single, “Memphis.” The track has frontwoman, Chloe Chaidez, almost speaking the lyrics in a rhythmic tone that will have you in a daze throughout the track as she recalls memories and looks for the meaning of home. “It’s a song that questions the nature of home, and ultimately determines that it’s the people you love who give a place meaning.” This is the first song off of the band’s EP, Honeymoon Phase, set to release in October.

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Hoodie Allen

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Reminding us that it “doesn’t matter where (we) came from, just where (we) end up,” Hoodie Allen delivers some dope rhymes on his opening track for his newest album, Whatever USA, and we couldn’t be happier with his come back.

This nine-track album features Allen’s newest singles “Hell of A Time,” ” Never Going Back,” and “Come Around (featuring Christian French).” Allen says that the album was a rediscover process for him.“This album was such a labor of love and a rediscovery process of my true self.”And he dedicated it to anyone who feels stuck but they keeping moving forward no matter what! “This one is for anybody with a dream. Say goodbye to the place you came from and welcome to Whatever, USA.

Vibe with Hoodie Allen this fall as he makes his way across the US for the Whatever, USA tour!

Are you a fan of up-and-coming musicians? Do you like to support the small guy in the corner? Keep an eye out for our Artist Introductions playlist every Friday!

Check out more of our favorite playlists here!

If you’re an up-and-coming artist with recently released music, or you know someone who is, don’t hesitate to reach out for a potential feature in future weeks.

Words and Featured Photo: MDRN MAG

Cave into Elle Winter and Listen to New Single

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Spotlight Artist: Week of 08/09

2004, is that you? Acting as the human-embodiment of “the city that never sleeps?”. with her constant hard work and drive to succeed, Elle Winter is here to release the next single off her debut EP. At only twenty-years-old, this New York-native already has a growing fan base to support her singing, songwriting and acting. With a voice that’s reminiscent of the 2000’s pop princess, JoJo, there’s no doubt in our minds that this budding artist will be raking in new fans faster than you can say “Leave, Get Out.”

After participating in an acting class at just seven years old, Elle was hooked on the possibility of being part of the entertainment industry. She was full of love and passion for the art, even at such a young age, which led to her being approached by a talent manager who later pushed her to participate in Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing program. This in itself was a crucial step in Elle’s growth before she released her independent single “One More” during 1028. Shortly after, the deal with Red Music took place and the journey towards Elle’s next single and her, eventual, debut EP began.

We can’t shake the feeling that we’re back at our eighth grade dance, in a school uniform, trying to decide if waiting for the perfect moment to ask that cute boy to dance is worth the sticky hot humidity in the gymnasium. We can totally see this track finding a home next to “Since U Been Gone” and “My Happy Ending,” right before “Mr. Brightside.”

Rising star, Elle Winter, drops brand new single “Cave In” off her EP.

Elle Winter’s “Cave In” is the perfect track to bridge the generation gap between Gen Y and Gen Z kids, with a beat that brings on waves of nostalgia and themes of toxicity while being completely self-aware in your toxic traits. After working with a production team, The Orphanage (most notable for working on recent albums from Demi Lovato and Alessia Cara), Elle’s personal experiences have found themselves becoming transformative.

With the release of “Cave In,” and Elle’s ever-growing traction, Pop Sundae wanted to have a little chat with the Disney-discovered star to shed some light on her experiences and influences.

Scroll down to read our in-depth interview with Elle Winter herself!

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In your career so far, what is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve received and who did it come from?
My mom always says that everything happens for a reason. I think carrying that message with me has been beyond helpful throughout my journey. 

Your new single “Cave In” drops on Friday. Are you excited? How are you feeling about it finally being out in the world?
I don’t think I could be MORE excited! I feel like I shouldn’t say this, but it is my favorite song I’ve ever written. It feels pretty surreal that soon people will be able to listen to it and hopefully connect with it in the way I do. 

In regard to your lyrics, particularly the specific line from your new single, “You walking away really saved me,” do you think that toxic connections are now considered a standard part of any relationship? 
I guess you could say that today given our excessive use of social media and other online activities, we are constantly entertained. Whereas prior to this digital age relationships were a source of security and stability, now they could be confused as yet another source of entertainment. I remember during my first relationship talking to my friend’s mom about something that was bothering me and she told me relationships, especially at such a young age, should be enjoyable and easy, rather than drama-filled and “toxic.”

When you look back at that song now, what did you learn from the relationship that prompted it? What would you like listeners to take away from the song?
The song is a very reflective one. It was written after this relationship that, in hindsight, [it] was not good for me or my ex. This song was inspired by me realizing that we were both lucky to not have revisited our relationship and to have left it in the past, rather than get back together. I want my fans to know that it’s okay to be on your own and that while at first, it may seem scary and very tempting to reenter a previous circumstance, it can be best to leave the past where it is.

Are there any other specific lyrics within the song that you think listeners will connect to the most?
I think the titular lyric will hopefully resonate with listeners, “If you said you were sorry, I’d cave in,” given this idea of not being able to resist something that was once special is something I’ve not only experienced but have seen my friends and people I love experience [as well].

What did the writing and recording process for this song look like? Was it different from your previous two singles “Sick of You” and “Do You”?It was similar, given I came into the session with personal experience of mine and a story/concept to share with my collaborators as I had done with my previous singles. I did, however, have an urge to create a song with an interesting juxtaposition of happiness and sadness.

I arrived at the session and spoke to the producers, The Orphanage, about the track giving listeners the urge to dance yet cry at the same time. What was crazy was that The Orphanage started messing around with beats and ideas and soon after played me what they had worked on, and their track had produced the exact feeling I tried to articulate. We then delved into the lyrics and the concept and made sure to tell the story as authentically as possible.

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“[W]hile I’m sweet, I do also hold my ground and don’t let people treat me badly”

You’re releasing your debut EP soon, so in your own words, what is the over-arching theme of the EP?
I would say the EP is empowering, yet vulnerable. For example, in several of these songs it takes me going through a difficult experience to achieve this sense of empowerment.

Which song off the EP are you most excited for your fans to hear?
I am very excited for them to hear “Cave In” and another single of mine, “Yeah No.” Every time I post snippets of either songs, I get several excited messages from fans asking about release dates etc. I also am excited to release these two because I hope that through my own vulnerability and honesty my listeners can connect with my stories and feel like they aren’t alone… hopefully creating a sense of community through this shared experience. 

Which track is the most personal to you? What was the inspiration behind it?
They are honestly all very personal and inspired by unique experiences of mine. From happy experiences to painful ones, I am inspired by it all. 

What is your go-to song to add to a summer playlist?
I am currently loving Dominic Fike, I think his songs are perfect for a chill summer vibe. 

Finally, what can new listeners expect from you, Elle Winter, in the future?
I have a lot of new music on the way and tour dates to announce soon!!

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Words: Kaiti Fleeger | Featured Photos: Angelo Kritikos