Introducing: Katy B

Katy B - Crying For No Reason

Katy B, not to be confused with Katy Perry, further proves that the UK has some of most of interesting emerging artists.

Not exactly new, Katy B has been in the game for at least seven years, according to her iTunes bio:

The versatile London, England-based Katy B (aka Baby Katy, Baby Katie), a garage/dubstep vocalist inspired by the likes of Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, and Gwen Stefani, first gained notice with “Tell Me,” a 2006 single produced by DJ NG. A series of other features followed, including lead turns on Jelly Jams’ “I Try,” Geeneus’ “Good Life” (a cover of the late-’80s Inner City house classic), and the Count & Sinden’s “Hold Me.” All of those tracks preceded the release of her first proper solo single. “Katy on a Mission,” produced by Benga, was issued on Rinse in 2010. The album On a Mission was released the following April and debuted at number two on the U.K. album chart. Nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize, it was issued that September in the U.S.

Recently, she released the video for “Crying For No Reason,” the lead single from her forthcoming album Little Red. With her moody vocals and insanely catchy synth-pop songs, I think Katy has a good shot of making it big in North America soon. Last year, BBC America named Katy B’s single, “5 AM,” one of the greatest British songs of 2013.

Little Red is scheduled to go out February 3 in the UK, with no date set yet for the US and Canada. In the meantime, check out the “Crying For No Reason” video.

Ke$ha makes directorial debut in “Dirty Love”

ke$ha - dirty love

Death by glitter. Ke$ha just made her directorial debut with “Dirty Love,” one of the few highlights in her latest album Warrior, and it’s actually great.

In the video, Ke$ha turns up the raunchiness as she struts her stuff in as less clothing as possible. Pulling all the sexy stops, Ke$ha bares her bum but drops the Iggy Pop verse without any explanation:

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Photos: Top 5 Vancouver concerts in 2013

Best Vancouver concerts in 2013

What a year in concerts! Vancouver was lucky to welcome some of the biggest names in music this year—from Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake to Bruno Mars and Ellie Goulding.

Here were my top 5 favourites.

  1. Marina & the Diamonds at the Commodore

Welsh singer-songwriter Marina Diamandis made good on her promise last year to return to Vancouver. Her Lonely Hearts Club tour showcased her charm and irresistible alt-pop music.

Marina and the Diamonds - Vancouver, May 2013

Marina and the Diamonds - Lonely Hears Club Tour - Vancouver, May 2013

  1. Bruno Mars at Rogers Arena

In any other year, Bruno Mars would have topped my list of best concerts. The Moonshine Jungle tour had everything going for it: slick production, bright lights, and Bruno’s talent. I expect the concert’s fun old-school vibe to be prominent when Bruno Mars performs at Super Bowl in 2014.

Bruno Mars - Moonshine Jungle Tour - Vancouver
Photo: jenmah

Moonshine Jungle Tour - Bruno Mars - Vancouver - July 20, 2013
Photo: kellybellsss

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