Partnering with hitmaker Max Martin, Ellie Goulding’s distinct vocals soar in “Love Me Like You Do,” her single for the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. The song’s production seamlessly move from the emotional verses to the soaring chorus, which is easily its best part. “Love Me Like You Do / Love, Love, Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie sings against a pulsating, hypnotic beat.
Before we dive in into the new year, I think it’s worth revisiting the year that was. 2014, after all, was a great year.
So here’s a confession: I currently can’t stop listening to Taylor Swift’s 1989. I admit this with some shame because the truth is, I wasn’t a fan of the country superstar until a few weeks ago. It’s not that she used to make bad music—I actually liked some of her older stuff. But this record is more ballsy, more confident, and more grown up than anything she’s ever released. And the music is pretty good, too.
Last month, Jessie Ware released Tough Love, her sophomore album and her follow-up to the brilliant Devotion. Unlike fellow Brits Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding or Adele, Jessie Ware isn’t a household name yet in North America despite having critical acclaim. This album will not change that, and that’s ok. This record showcases her underrated talent just fine.
It’s difficult not to like Betty Who. She’s cute, she’s talented, and she has a really positive vibe. This charisma is prominent in her debut record, Take Me When You Go.
Whatever diet/workout/anti-aging regimen Gwen Stefani has going, I want it. The 45-year old (yeah, you read that right–45!) is officially back with “Baby Don’t Lie,” and as you can see in the artwork above, she looks amazing.