In an era where record deals are becoming scarcer and scarcer, there’s something to be said when hitmakers Ne-Yo and Pharrell Williams both want to sign you.
Such was the predicament 19 year old Conor Maynard found himself in before eventually inking a lucrative deal with EMI Music last year.
Discovered online, the Brighton-bred star has seen his buzz boom; with his Twitter following topping the 160,000 mark and the Youtube views on the video for debut single ‘Can’t Say No’ sitting at over 4 million. All this prior to actually releasing any material.
Impressive? Yes! Surprising? No so much. For, Maynard presents quite the compelling “package”. Indeed, his sound skillfully and genuinely fuses “Pop” and “Urban” in a way many acts beyond his age are still striving to achieve.
Naturally, Maynard’s look and artistic direction have seen comparisons to a certain Justin Bieber drawn – especially with the latter now flirting with a harder/Urban sound. And they’re comparisons we’re sure will only intensify when Maynard hits the US in May.
However, pending then, watch the budding star justify his buzz on That Grape Juice’s The Splash. Peep his performance of ‘Can’t Say No’ above and the track’s official video below. Get familiar with the name and face, as you’ll be seeing much more of it!
Award winning International DJ Adam J teams up with the MOBO-nominated Master Shortie for his debut UK single. This infectious, lavishly produced summer anthem is dedicated to having a good time. Soundtrack for the summer? It’s a sure-fire contender!
By TGJ on Monday 16th Apr 2012 | Filed Under TV News
Feast your eyes on Basketball Wives‘ Tami Roman, a picture of good living on the cover of EGL Magazine.
Speaking openly on her troubled past, her recent divorce and her future plans, her spread also sees her dish on the realities of Reality TV, explaining why she is the most accessible ‘wife’ on the show.
By Sam on Monday 16th Apr 2012 | Filed Under Brandy
Much to the delight of her adorning Starz, Brandy is back!
The singer, who many deem a ‘Vocal Bible’, is gearing up for the release of her hotly anticipated comeback set ‘Two Eleven’. And in continuing to generate a pre-release buzz of sorts, talked to our friends over at True Exclusives.
Watch Ms. Norwood dish on the LP’s concept, Whitney Houston’s influence on it, her last convo with her, and more below…
By Sam on Monday 16th Apr 2012 | Filed Under Rihanna
Rihanna‘s ‘Talk That Talk’ may be playing at a low volume on the charts, yet that hasn’t stopped the McModel from churning out more singles from the set. The latest being fan-favourite and ode to her vocal coach ‘Where Have You Been’.
Set for release this month, she today teased the video for the high octane cut with this new visual still.
Being the fair and unbias outlet we are, we’ll hold the fort until watching the clip itself. That said…
Mariah Carey made a family day out of her visit to Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz today.
Armed with husband Nick Cannon and twins Monroe and Moroccan, the diva looked noticeably demure as she left her New York residence.
With Alicia and Swizz having a tiny tot of their own in Little Egypt, this likely wasn’t a “working” visit. Although, we so wish it was. For, as a writing-producing duo, Ms. Keys and her hubby have cooked up quite a few bangers in recently years (see: Whitney’s ‘Million Dollar Bill’). And with Mimi thirsty for a new sound, this could be just what the comeback Dr prescribed.