Somebody on Usher's team is probably really, really pissed that Swedish House Mafia dance track "Euphoria"--once a front-runner for title track--now shares its name with this year's Eurovision winner--itself a dance track. That's a lot of inconvenient associations for a track that doesn't really need them.
Swedish House Mafia are known for many things--most of them related to Ibiza somehow--but stylistic range isn't one of them. Fittingly, "Euphoria" sounds a lot like the other SHM collaboration on the album. There are minor differences in mood--where "Numb" is becalmed, "Euphoria" is tense, but otherwise, you can practically chart the buildups and breakdowns without actually hearing it.
It's not that Usher doesn't have a right to dance music--he's certainly done worse--i.e. almost every single last album--and he's done his duty in what's practically a dance-music Guetta-vocalist draft. It's that "Euphoria" never quite takes off in the way its title, and its placement as Looking 4 Myself's final track, would suggest. It'd sound great in a club, sure, but it wouldn't be a standout by any means; Usher and Swedish House Mafia talk about euphoria, but what they deliver is perfectly passable excitement. Maybe he's not so different from Loreen after all.
It was always her dance floor.
Few artists have given as much of themselves to their fans as Lady Gaga.
Since being ordained queen of the nightclub (not to mention the pregame, the getting-ready-bedroom-dance, the drag show, and the summer night drive) in 2008 with "Just Dance," the hit single from her hit debut album The Fame, Gaga has continued to surprise fans with constant reinvention. She cemented her place as the pop-artist of a generation with Born This Way and even (as over-produced as it was) Art Pop, and then, shockingly, went on to release a jazz standard's album with Tony Bennett (Cheek to Cheek), a country album (Joanne), and finally become an Oscar-nominated actress for A Star Is Born. Somehow, she pulled off every iteration of herself with charisma and grace.
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You can bid on a legal document that grants you ownership of a percentage of Grimes' soul.
If you're feeling particularly soulless as of late, you're not alone!
Grimes, who birthed both a studio album and her first son earlier this year, isn't letting a world in shambles keep her from Grimesing on. She's now dabbling into fine art too, making her debut in simultaneous online exhibitions on Gallery Platform Los Angeles (May 28 through June 3) and Maccarone Los Angeles (May 28 through Aug. 31). The show is called Selling Out and features a piece also called "Selling Out" that contains part of Grimes' soul.