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Pop Music Updates – July 24, 2012

Dragonette is coming to Vancouver Saturday, September 29, 2012. (via Vancity Buzz)

Mariah Carey officially the next American Idol judge, gets an $18 million payday for one season. (via TMZ)

Lana Del Rey to release Born To Die re-release. Yes, yes, yes! (via The Prophet Blog)

 

 

Amazing! Marina & The Diamonds releases “Teen Idle” live video

Marina & The Diamonds

Out of nowhere, Marina & The Diamonds has released a video for “Teen Idle”. The video, a recording of a live performance in London, showcases Marina’s talents in full. Using only a piano and her amazing vocal chops, the songstress wows the crowd and pretty much slays.

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#MusicMonday – Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”

Hands.

I’m not super familiar with Fiona Apple’s past work, but I’m totally loving her new album.

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do is a collection of brave, thoughtful piano-driven pop songs that is simply like a breathe of fresh air. Tracks like “Valentine” have a more conventional pop production, while songs such as “Left Alone” are more jazzy.

Idler Wheel is Fiona Apple’s first album in six years, and lead single “Every Single Night” is uncompromising. The video is equally as weird and wacky (look out for the octopus hat that makes multiple appearances). Despite the seemingly random images, the general theme of water gives the video a unified feel.  Watch it below.

Photo: Forty Photographs | Flickr

Lana Del Rey releases yet another music video

Can we just name Lana Del Rey the queen of music videos and get it over with?

Just a few weeks after releasing the stunning “National Anthem” video, Del Rey is back with “Summertime Sadness”, a gorgeous, vintage-inspired video that touches on friendship (lesbianism?), depression, and suicides.  Just like before, Del Rey is alternating between slick videos and less-polished ones. “Summertime Sadness” is not as slick as, say, “Born To Die”, but it is equally as cinematic and poetic.

Lana Del Rey slaaaays again.

Marina & The Diamonds enchants fans in Vancouver concert

Marina & The Diamonds - Vancouver - July 2012

Marina Diamandis —aka Marina & The Diamonds — brought some serious star power to her July 15 concert at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.

With minimal costume changes and backed only by her band, Diamandis breezed through her limited discography, displaying the grace and the prowess of a global superstar in-the-making.

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Jojo’s “Demonstrate” is a little boring

Jojo - Demonstrate

With the unwavering popularity of watered down pop dance tunes these days, you’d think that Jojo would jump on the bandwagon to try to save her career.

But no, she’s sticking with RnB — and the result isn’t quite successful.

“Demonstrate” has nice moments — and Jojo demonstrates vocal calisthenics here — but the song just lacks that something to be memorable. From the somewhat disjointed beat to the not-so-polished vocals, there’s just something very amateur about this track.

It’s nice to see Jojo sticking with RnB (she truly excels in this genre), but she will need something stronger than “Demonstrate” if she wants to grab people’s attention again.