If the family of Marvin Gaye can sue Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke and make them pay $5million for Blurred Lines because it replicates the “feel” of a song, then Pat Benatar could certainly go after David Guetta on this one. “Love Is A Battlefield” anyone? Both are great pop tunes. Guetta has proven his studio craftsmanship time and again and this record is no exception. It sounds just like my radio did in 1984, which is clearly what he was going for (and the video confirms this.) Speaking of copying ideas, the video is clearly borrowing from Ready Player One as the protagonist’s avatar interacts with with someone in a virtual online world who isn’t who they would purport to be.
Katy Perry recently released her single “Smile.” If you’re old enough to remember June 1999, the riff in Perry’s song may sound familiar. That’s when Naughty By Nature released their single “Jamboree.” Yes, it appears Perry sampled her riff from Naughty By Nature. It turns out, however, that this is a sample of a sample. Naughty By Nature got their sample from Benny Golson’s “I’m Always Dancin’ To The Music,” an absolutely fantastic disco track from 1978. Enjoy this one and see if you can keep from cuttin’ a rug. I’ll bet you can’t. This one is gold!
London Grammar is an English indie pop band formed in Nottingham in 2009. The band consists of Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic ‘Dot’ Major. If you’re looking for an entire album full of outstanding songs and top shelf production, I would give it a listen. It sounds just as good today as it did when it came out in 2013.
Dude… Quit stalking your girlfriend or else she’ll dump you and write a song like this about you. Justin Caruso, a DJ and producer from Los Angeles, has a nice catchy tune here. It does sound like he took classes at The Chainsmokers Academy of Music though. So far so good, Mr. Caruso, but I hope you take your art in more interesting directions in the future.
Nice pop tune from R3hab a Dutch producer.