Apr 09

Watch Pentatonix throw a non-stop ’90s dance party

Pentatonix/RCA RecordsWe spent 2020 dancing to Dua Lipa's album Future Nostalgia.  Now, Pentatonix is throwing it back to the '90s, with a club-tastic medley that's the perfect soundtrack for a six-minute dance party.

In their new video, the group, dressed in their best '90s club styles, sings their way through an amazing 17 dance floor favorites a cappella style, including "Around the World (La La La La La)," the ATC song that Ava Max interpolates in her current hit, "My Head & My Heart."  O.K., it came out in 2000, but close enough.

Other smashes you'll hear include Jennifer Lopez's "Waiting for Tonight," Cher's "Believe," C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" and, of course, "What Is Love" by Haddaway.

Part of the fun, is, of course, seeing how many songs you recognize, but here's a handy list:

La Bouche, "Be My Lover"
Haddaway, "What Is Love"
ATC, "All Around the World"
Alice Deejay, "Better Off Alone"
C+C Music Factory, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Snap!, "Rhythm Is a Dancer"
Vengaboys, "Boom Boom Boom Boom"
Sonique, "It Feels So Good"
Cascada, "Every Time We Touch"
Eiffel 65, "Blue (Da Ba Dee)"
Robin S, "Show Me Love"
Jennifer Lopez, "Waiting for Tonight"
Ace of Base, "Beautiful Life"
Cher, "Believe"
Crystal Waters, "Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee La Da Da)"
CeCe Peniston, "Finally"

By Andrea Dresdale
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   Apr 09

Matchbox Twenty’s NFT auction raises nearly $75,000 for charity

Randall SlavinMatchbox Twenty's first foray into the world of NFTs -- the new technology that allows people to own a unique piece of digital content -- has worked out pretty well.

The band's first NFT offering, which included the rights to high-res digital images of the original lyric sheets for their hit song, "Unwell," was sold for $24,000, proceeds from which went to the charities RADical Hope and The Trevor Project.  Then, a donor kicked in an additional $50,000 directly to RADical Hope in support of the whole project.

RADical Hope addresses America's youth mental health crisis, while The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.

During a conversation about the NFT auction on the app Clubhouse last Thursday night, Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, who wrote "Unwell," spoke about why he wanted to tie the song to the current state of mental health in the country.

"What we're really talking about is the mental health of our future generations," Rob said. "Who we're going to be ten years from now depends on how we treat people now, and I think the Trevor Project and RADical Hope are pinpointing a huge group that we might lose if we don't let them know how special they are and how normal they are."

"Unwell," a top-ten hit in 2003, was recently interpolated by superstar DJ and producer Steve Aoki for a new song called "Used to Be," featuring vocals by Kiiara and Wiz Khalifa. A new acoustic version incorporates Rob's vocals as well.

By Andrea Dresdale
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   Apr 09

New Music Friday: Gwen Stefani, Pink, Doja Cat & more have new songs for you

Interscope RecordsWhen you're done listening to all 27 tracks on Taylor Swift's latest release, Fearless (Taylor's Version), you can check out all these other new songs as a palate cleanser:

Pink has teamed up with soulful British singer/songwriter Rag'n'Bone for a duet, "Anywhere Away from Here." He says, "It’s an honor to have Pink on this record and I’m so glad she is able to be a part of it."

Doja Cat has released a new collaboration with SZA, "Kiss Me More," along with a colorful video starring Grey's Anatomy actor Alex Landi.  It's from her hotly-anticipated new album Planet Her, due later this year.

Gwen Stefani has teamed up with red-hot rapper Saweetie for a remix of her single "Slow Clap."  There's also an exuberant high-school-themed video directed by Sophie Muller, who was also behind the camera for No Doubt's classic clip "Don't Speak."

DJ & producer Imanbek, who turned Saint Jhn's "Roses" into a hit, has teamed up reggae superstar Sean Paul and Sofia Reyes for a new song called "Dancing on Dangerous."

Surfaces, the who went RIAA double Platinum with "Sunday Best, is back with a new song and video, "Wave of You."

AJ Mitchell has released a new single called "Stop" from his long-awaited debut album, Skyview, which will reportedly finally drop this year.

Canadian singer/songwriter Forest Blakk has added none other than new mommy Meghan Trainor to his sweet ballad "If You Love Her," making for a melodic duet.

By Andrea Dresdale
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