FIRST SINGLE, “INTO THE BLUE,” OUT NOW, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28TH
“INTO THE BLUE” EARNING EARLY CRITICAL RAVES
“‘Into The Blue’ is the best pop single you’ll hear all year” – Huffington Post
January 28th, 2014 – Burbank, CA – Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning global superstar Kylie Minogue will release a brand new album, entitled Kiss Me Once, on Warner Bros. Records / Parlophone on March 18th. This is the Australian pop icon’s first studio album since 2010’s Aphrodite, and her first since signing to Roc Nation Management.
Kiss Me Once, a return to the dance floor after 2012’s orchestral compilation The Abbey Road Sessions, was executive produced by Kylie and Sia, who co-wrote the title track. Kylie also teams up with Pharrell Williams, who wrote and produced “I Was Gonna Cancel,” Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM), MNEK (Bastille), and Greg Kurstin (P!nk).
“Making this album was quite a journey but I loved it,” Kylie says. “It was through a time in my life where there were a lot of changes and new beginnings. I’m thrilled with the response to ‘Into The Blue,’ and I can’t wait for you hear the rest of the record!”
The first single, “Into The Blue” will be released today, Tuesday, January 28th, and has already been hailed by critics as “the best pop single you’ll hear all year,” as The Huffington Post put it, going on to praise it as “a bona-fide, smack you between the eyes, instant pop classic” that “manages the rare feat of getting better with every listen.” Idolator raved: “‘Into the Blue’ truly takes off at the seismic hook, where Minogue’s crystalline voice soars over an arena-ready dance breakdown. She sounds optimistic, if not in total bliss.” “Into The Blue” will feature remixes by Vanilla Ace, Roger Sanchez and Patrick Hagenaar. Watch the lyric video here.
Kylie exploded onto the music scene in 1987 and has not only become a chart topping, multiple Grammy, BRIT, and ARIA award-winning artist over the past two decades, but also a fashion icon, designer, entrepreneur, actress, and philanthropist. She has remained a force to be reckoned with and a constant musical influence throughout the years, having released eleven studio albums, two live CDs, eight live concert DVDs, plus her Greatest Hits and the Ultimate Kylie double album and multiple video packages. She has released 50 singles internationally, all of which have been hits, and sold more than 70 million albums worldwide.
Kylie broke through in the U.S. with her 2001 smash single “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” which reached No.1 in over 40 countries. Her myriad achievements also include performing during the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, ranking among VH1’s “Great Women in Music” and Greatest Women of the Video Era,” and inspiring millions around the world as not only a gay icon, but also a breast cancer survivor.
Most recently, Kylie made a triumphant debut as a coach on The Voice UK, with The Guardian exclaiming that she “single-handedly revived the show” as it pulled in record viewing figures. She is also coaching on The Voice Australia, which began filming this year.
Kiss Me Once will be available for pre-order in standard and deluxe editions beginning today, Tuesday, January 28th. The track-listing is as follows:
Into The Blue
I Was Gonna Cancel
Feels So Good
Kiss Me Once
The deluxe edition will include the following bonus tracks along with exclusive video footage:
Sleeping With The Enemy
Click here to pre-order Kiss Me Once on iTunes.
LOS ANGELES – Jan. 22, 2014 – AXS TV today predicted eight of the GRAMMY®’s top categories on the channel’s first-ever GRAMMY®PREDICTION SPECIAL. Hosted by AXS TV’s Ryan Stout, the hour-long LIVE event featured expert opinions from renowned music critic Bob Lefsetz, hip-hop newsmaker DJ Skee, and research entrepreneur John Dick of CivicScience. Using polling conducted from the next-generation data mining company CivicScience, AXS TV’s panel of experts debated CivicScience’s findings, while adding their own thoughts and predictions on eight of the GRAMMY’s top categories including Best Rock Album; Best Rap Album; Best Country Album and Album of the Year, among others.
The SPECIAL predicted massive wins for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose singles—such as “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love”—rocketed the hit-making duo into super-stardom, and made them easy favorites for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and the coveted Album of the Year. Best Rock Album was awarded to Kings of Leon for the 2013 release MECHANICAL BULL, while Taylor Swift’s RED took home honors for Best Country Album. And acclaimed newcomer Lorde’s hit single “Royals” was crowned Song of the Year and Record of the Year, with Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams winning Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the irreverent summertime favorite “Blurred Lines.”
The panel of experts were extremely opinionated tonight. Lefsetz and Skee had a spirited debate about the Best Rap Album; Lefsetz favored Drake while Skee supported the merits of Best New Artist nominee Kendrick Lamar: bit.ly/1dQyxtD
When it came to discussing the Best Country Album, Lefsetz had strong criticism for Taylor Swift. While he believes she will win the GRAMMY, Lefsetz actually favors someone else: bit.ly/1dx81zr
To predict the winners, CivicScience used a proprietary method, analyzing results to surveys conducted online among a mix of music enthusiasts and general consumers. CivicScience’s method has been lauded by leading academics, most recently for the company’s impressive forecasting of the 2013 Oscars. For this year’s GRAMMY predictions, nearly 200,000 surveys were included in the company’s analysis. Voters were able to submit their choices right up to the show’s premiere.
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Maxine Ashley premiered the video for her R&B reimagining of Portishead’s classic “Glory Box” on Noisey UK. Watch the video here. A seductive elegance comes off Maxine as she begins her soul-stirring rendition of the song in a grand foyer, the black and white film underscoring the splendor and a knowing look in Maxine’s eye. As the rhythm explodes, the screen bursts into color and Maxine takes the song to a different place no one else can create. The video was directed by JL Brown. “Glory Box” is the first video from her forthcoming Mood Swings EP presented by Krucial Noise, which will be released digitally on Tuesday, September 17. The EP features production by Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and Pharrell Williams.
Bronx-born Maxine Ashley is a soulful & sassy 20-year-old misfit with a mesmerizing voice and a rebel spirit. She defies conventions with her adventurous music and style, loves the Smiths as much as Beyonce, and refuses to keep her big mouth shut! Her YouTube Channel has over 9,000,000 views of her spellbinding covers of R&B hits recorded in her bedroom. Maxine’s magnetic performances in the videos soon made fans and champions out of fellow artists like Pharrell Williams and Lil Wayne, both of whom recorded with her. Maxine has traded her bedroom for the studios of New York and London where she’s developed a cosmopolitan mix of urban pop, R&B, electronic music, and soul that is undoubtedly from New York but ready for the world. Her guest appearance on Italian DJ Alex Gaudino’s single, “I’m in Love”, for Ministry of Sound was a smash hit with radio and club DJs across Europe. She also had a track handpicked by Lanvin to soundtrack the fashion label’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.
Mood Swings EP out September 17.