Aug 17

Listen now: “Cheerleader” singer OMI returns with a new song, “Masterpiece”

Daniel MessemerOMI, the Jamaican artist who had the Song of the Summer back in 2015 with “Cheerleader,” is back with new music.

The singer has released another collaboration with Felix Jaehn, the same German producer who remixed “Cheerleader” into a number one hit. It's a new, upbeat track called “Masterpiece,” about encouraging women to love themselves for who they are.

“’Cause every time I look at you I’m looking at a masterpiece/ If you’re trying to be perfect, you don’t have to be,” OMI sings.

Despite the success of “Cheerleader,” OMI and DJ Felix only met for the first time while recording “Masterpiece.”

"There were just really good vibes. There was no ego,” OMI tells Billboard of their studio session. “We were bouncing ideas off of each other. Making this [record]. everybody was giving their best to make it all that it could be. That is just an awesome feeling.”

OMI’s follow-up album to  his album Me 4 U is on the way, though he has yet to reveal its release date or title. But he says that fans will really see his “growth and development” on the project.

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   Aug 17

Liam Payne announces debut solo EP, “First Time,” out August 24

ABC/Paula LoboBefore he releases his debut solo album, Liam Payne is putting out an EP.

The singer announced on social media Friday that the debut solo EP will be called First Time and will be dropping next week, on August 24. It's available for pre-order now. The lead single, the EP's title track, features French Montana.

He explained to fans why he’s releasing an EP before a full-length length collection, which he had previously promised would be out in September.

"As you may know, the last few months have seen some big changes for me," he wrote. "I looked at some of the songs on my album which were done a while ago and they felt from another age.”

He continued, “I'm determined for my debut album to truly represent me. I'm now back in the studio working hard to finalize the final few new songs on the record -- I'm genuinely excited about the music I'm writing and recording and I can't wait for it to be ready for you all."

In the meantime, though, Liam says this EP is “a collection of songs that I’m really proud of and want you all to hear.”

As for those “big changes” he mentioned, he could be referring to his split with Cheryl Cole last month, the mother of his one-year-old son, Bear.

Here is the First Time track list:

"First Time"
"Home With You"
"Depend On It"

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   Aug 17

Listen now: Sam Smith and Calvin Harris keep their “Promises” and release new collab

Columbia RecordsThey promised, and they delivered: Sam Smith and Calvin Harris have dropped their new collab “Promises,” along with a lyric video for the track.

On the disco-influenced late summer jam -- written by Sam, Calvin and Jessie Reyez – Sam sings about wanting a steamy hookup that probably won’t lead to anything more.

“I make no promises/ I can’t do golden rings/ But I’ll give you everything/ Magic is in the air/ There ain’t no science here/ So come get your everything,” he sings.

The collaboration follows Calvin’s hit song “One Kiss” with Dua Lipa.

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