This week’s round-up is particularly exciting amongst fans of the pop genre, with one of 2014’s biggest releases taking place. Taylor Swift will release her album 1989 next week, which delivers a much more prominent pop sound. Elsewhere in the round-up, Hampshire-born Alexa Goddard releases her most recent single under the wing of Jay-Z, entitled ‘So There’, and the ninth volume of BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge will be released on Monday.
Taylor Swift – 1989
Although only 24, Taylor Swift is releasing her fifth album next week, a follow-up to the global success Red, which spawned the likes of ’22’ and ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. The new album is entitled 1989, the year that she was born, and has the lead single ‘Shake It Off’, which has also become a hit around the world. Promising more of a pop sound rather than the country tone the rest of the album took, 1989 is likely to assert Swift as a key figure in the powerful female artists that dominate the music scene. Listen to ‘Shake It Off’ below, and buy the album next week when it hits the shelves.
Various Artists – BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2014
BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2014 will be the ninth volume in the series which compiles the best of Radio 1’s Live Lounge sessions where artists have performed a mixture of their own songs as well as covers. This year’s collection includes a range of musical talent from Ed Sheeran who covers Sam Smith’s hit single ‘Stay With Me’, George Ezra with a live version of his single ‘Budapest’ and ‘London Grammar’ with their cover of ‘Wrecking Ball’. The compilation album will be available to buy on Monday 27th.
Alexa Goddard – ‘So There’
As a YouTube sensation, the Hampshire-born singer-songwriter first shot to fame with her rendition of ‘Turn My Swag On’, which ended up reaching 20 on the UK singles chart. Years later, Goddard revealed that she had been signed to Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation. Since then, she has released the non-album single, ‘Marilyn’, which didn’t chart. ‘So There’ is the second single to be released single Goddard got signed, and is the lead single from her upcoming album that is yet to be titled. The track, available to buy tomorrow, is shameless, catchy pop. Listen below.