At just 19-years-old, Jasmine Thompson has led a career many can only dream of.

With a soaring voice, her features on Felix Jaehn's "Aint Nobody (Loves Me Better)" and Robin Schulz's "Sun Goes Down" elevated the tracks to new heights. Both were certified platinum across the world. It became clear to Thompson very quickly that her fusion of pop and melodic house music deeply connected with people.

"I can't lie, sometimes it is really strange looking back," the singer told Popdust. "It's important to be gentle with yourself. I think that's why I don't feel that much pressure, because the only reason I'm doing this is because I love to create music."

"Funny" the singer's latest collaboration with Zedd, is a kaleidoscopic dance song that's brought to live by Zedd's signature array of bright electro house. "The song is about that old phrase: you only know what you've lost once it's gone," said Thompson. "'Funny' is a kind of modern twist on a new way to say it."

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Zedd Remixes "365," His Collaboration with Katy Perry

The Russian-German electronic music hit maker has transformed "365" — a parable of heartbreak, obsession and the perils of technology — into a bass heavy club fantasia.

In the world of electronic pop, Zedd, Russian-German DJ/musician/producer/cherubic millennial, is the king.

His debut album, Clarity, featured several charting singles and its title track earned him a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.

Now, Zedd is back with a new remix of "365," his collaboration with Katy Perry, and an accompanying video.

The original version of "365" is a bleak, dystopian lament about unrequited love - specifically, the love (at first simulated and then real) felt by a robot woman (Perry) for the human man (Zedd) she's been assigned to as a spouse facsimile. This sci-fi tragedy is set to Perry's smooth vocals, which glide over a reggaeton-ish beat and the standard collection of pop chords.

Zedd, Katy Perry - 365 (Official) www.youtube.com

Zedd's remix, meanwhile, swaps out the mid-tempo Caribbean beat for a more standard up-tempo deep house pulse, and speeds up and distorts the vocals.

The remix video strips things down even further: instead of a tale of a synthetic woman scorned (which was beautifully shot and directed by Warren Fu), all we see are two robots, one gold, and one silver, in a silent, unmoving embrace. Only the background changes, shifting its optical effects to align itself with the track's club-ready buildups and releases.

Whether you prefer "365" in its original, more soulful, form, or its entirely clubbified remix is moot: they serve different purposes effectively and brilliantly.

Zedd, Katy Perry - 365 (Zedd Remix) www.youtube.com



Matt Fink lives and works in Brooklyn. Go to organgrind.com for more of his work.


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Maren Morris, the Grammy-award winning pop powerhouse whose song "The Middle" is nominated for Record of the Year, just released an inspirational music video to accompany her new single "GIRL."

The video–which opens up with a soft-spoken Morris speaking on how women just want "the same as everybody else"–features an eclectic montage of women doing badass stuff. From dancing and yoga to boxing and setting cars on fire, the music video pays homage to all the strong women that inspire Morris. "What you feel is natural," Morris belts on the track's rocking chorus. "Pick yourself up off the kitchen floor." The video additionally shows women devastated, trying to reconcile with the hardships that come with being badasses. "Baby girl, don't you hang your head low," Morris croons. "Don't lose your halo." The track, which was released on January 17th, is already getting praise, specifically from acclaimed actress Nicole Kidman. "Another female country music powerhouse!" she said on her Instagram story. "Your new single is on repeat, Maren Morris!"

As the video comes to a close, it shows Morris belting out the chorus one last time in front of thousands during a stadium show, with gritty electric guitar chords ringing out. "Well, one of the hard things about being a girl is having to answer all these questions about why it's hard to be a girl," Morris says with a laugh as the song trails off. We hear you, Maren. Keep doing your thing. Check out the video below.

Maren Morris - GIRL www.youtube.com


Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area. Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.


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Shawn Mendes Wants to be Bill Murray When He Grows Up

The pop star's new music video for "Lost in Japan" parodies Sofia Coppola's 2003 film "Lost in Translation."

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"Let's never come here again because it would never be as much fun," a 17-year-old Scarlett Johansson says to a man three times her age, and I was thinking the same thing, except maybe only the first part.

Released late last night, Shawn Mendes's new music video for "Lost in Japan" takes its plot from the 2003 romantic-comedy film Lost in Translation starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, where a lonely, aging movie star has a foreign love affair with a conflicted newlywed. The prolific Canadian singer-songwriter is the stand in for Murray, which makes the situation less creepy, but doesn't make it less tired.

We start off the video with Mendes driving through the neon-bright streets of Tokyo, where he sees himself on a billboard selling whiskey. Same as the film, he's in town to film a whiskey commercial Dos Equis-style. But while Mendes is many things (wink), he's definitely not the gritty masculine type who drinks scotch, as evidenced by the later scene where he "shaves" his perfectly hairless face.

Shawn Mendes, Zedd - Lost In Japan (Original + Remix) www.youtube.com

The video skims along, featuring most of the iconic shots from the movie, including the oft-parodied picture of Murray in an ugly-but-silky-looking yellow bathrobe. He eyes his love interest in an elevator, played by 13 Reasons Why actress Alisha Boe, and pursues her karaoke-style (as you do in Japan). We are at least treated to a steamy shower scene, however that doesn't last long enough.

"Lost in Japan" is the second official single off Mendes' 2018 self-titled album, and at the end of the day is still fun and catchy. It has Mendes' usual boyhood romantic charm, leaving the tweens screaming and the gays speechless. The video smartly mixes both the original version of the song and the popular remixed version featuring Zedd.

Still, if the shower scene were extended and all the other scenes were taken out, it wouldn't have hurt the video. It may actually have improved it.


Joshua Smalley is a New York-based writer, editor, and playwright. Find Josh at his website and on Twitter: @smalleywrites.



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PREMIERE | MkX Drops Red-Hot Music Video, 'One Sided Love'

Pulsing with muscular trap-pop energy, 'One Sided Love' hits the bull's eye

MkX drops a new music video today, called "One Sided Love." Coming hot on the heels of his previous singles, "The Look" and "Ghost," the track was written and produced by MkX, and remixed with DJ Mike D.

"One Sided Love," a smoldering trap-pop tune about the emotional turbulence of unrequited love, taps into MkX's up close and personal familiarity with the ache of one-sided passion.

"I wanted to write a song that reflected what I was going through and that I know everyone who listens has gone through at one point or another," says MkX. "As a longtime pop super fan myself, I know how important it is as a listener to be able to connect with what the artist is saying.Lyrically, the song is like an inner-monologue of overanalyzing and being a bit paranoid."

Performing live since the age of nine, MkX toured with Ariana Grande, Christina Perri, and the British pop/rock band Rixton. By the time he stepped into the limelight as a solo artist, the energy around him was a swirling vortex. Both "The Look" and "Ghost" clipped the 500,000 mark on Spotify, rounded out by his featured performance at Las Vegas' Fashion Show Mall's live show.

Opening with gleaming synths, flowing into a resonant trap groove, "One Sided Love" throbs with potent, dark, sensual energy. MkX's voice starts off with husky, sighing tones ascending to gorgeous, nastily tight colors, imbuing the tune with stinging atomic muscle. Smooth, radiant vocal harmonies suffuse the music with lustrous textures, lush and intense.

The lyrics speak to the heartache prompted by love that's not returned.

"I try and try / Your truth disguised / Save me the pain / And forfeit the game / Slam the brakes / So my heart don't break / This is a one-sided love / Just say no / Cuz now I know / This is a one-sided love."

The video, directed by Matt Alonzo, is a stylish work of visual art, full of phantasmagoric colors, avant-garde tessellations, and polished dance moves. MkX projects a magnetic presence.

"One Sided Love" brims with pulses of sub-bass layered oomph and infectious surges of seductive hues. MkX's voice infuses the tune with electrifying frisson and sizzling heat. "One Sided Love" is off the chain.

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Kesha finally has a moment to breathe. Amidst rape allegations and law suits against producer Dr. Luke, the songbird, all but trapped in her record deal with Kemosabe Records/Sony Music, teams up with EDM mastermind Zedd for one important collaboration. True Colors, which originally appeared on his 2015 studio album of the same name, gets an emotive, raw and truly visceral overhaul. Lest you forget, Kesha is first and foremost a singer's singer; underneath all the drops and beats of most of her work, there is a voice longing to be heard.

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"All my life, one page at a time, I'll show you my, my true colors," Kesha declares over a blanket of moody production, piercing through the drums with confidence and vulnerability. "No, no, I won't apologize for the fire in my eyes. Let me show you my, my true colors, it ain't your rainbow."

Later, she goes for the gut, "I've escaped my capture, and I have no master. And somehow it's like I've waited all my life..."

For the record, Zedd clarified how the two were able to record and release the song. "We didn't use any loop holes. Kemosabe / RCA gave us permission to release this song!" the producer tweeted earlier this week. Zedd and Kesha first debuted the collaboration at this year's Coachella festival.

Grab True Colors now on iTunes.

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