Look out for the Tuscon act The Sometimes. Think Foster The People and Phoenix. The trio consists of a couple of dudes who are just having fun. It’s working for them. Check out the track All This Time as well as the video which was recorded live in the living room. The band tells Kings, “All This Time’ is one of the first songs we wrote. We wrote and recorded the majority of it while visiting home in Seattle, holed up in our makeshift bedroom studio. It’s a song about feeling frustrated and ‘stuck’, but still enjoying yourself along the way.” Give it a listen!
Look out for Sky Keller and her new single Bad. The latest release is a bit darker from her previous releases, but it’s my favorite. The Connecticut native, now based in LA, debuted with the track “Don’t Get It” that received some fanfare. Give it a stream.
The rock genre needs more sexy-sensual female rockers. It seems the pop world has them all. But add Kelsy Karter to the mix. She just released the uptemto rocker Catch My If You Can. In fact, before finding her rock roots the New Zealand/ LA based singer was releasing pop songs. “I just realized I didn’t want to live in the pop world,” Kelsy says. “I want to be a rockstar, and I think we need more female rock stars so I’m happy to fill that lane.” She started collaborating with Cage The Elephant, Alex Da Kid, and Micky James. I personally like the direction and Kelsy found her niche. Check out the video for the latest single.
Female pop singers dominated the top 40 charts in 2018 which made headlines. The Guardian ran with “Fame and fortune rising for female pop stars in UK” while The Telegraph printed “Gender gap in pop music charts nearly closed after string of hits by female singers, new data shows”.
So who are these female pop stars that created the monumental shift in 2018? Well that would be rapper Cardi B, Dua Lipa Jess Glynne, and Ariana Grande. These artists had a string of hits that spent nearly 300+ weeks on the top 40 charts.
This is not an orchestrated effort to close a gender gap because next year could look completely different. If Cardi B and Dua Lipa slowed down, then who would take their place? Cardi B spent the longest in the UK top 40 at 77 weeks with songs I Like It and Girls Like You.
Jessica Laws debut single Liar landed on our playlist. Influenced by Pink, Demi Lovato, and Sia – Jessica tells Kings, “Liar reminded me of a time where I was unable to stand up for myself, a time where someone else made decisions for me and always looked down on me. How could I let people think low of me? I was lying to myself that I was ok”. Spending 3 to 4 nights of the week performing covers, Jessica has a strong vocal and fierce stage presence. Jessica notes, “I want my songs on the radio and having a number 1 hit even it takes a while”. Give it a stream.