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POP INTERVIEW: The SPiN Bandmates Get on MTV!

Since I last wrote about the fabulous boys of SPiN, a band similar to your favorite late 90’s Top 40 rock, they’ve gotten a song played on The Real World competition spinoff and put out more great material.

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You know those people who you see again in five years, and they are still the same old bums complaining about being in the same situation? Since I last wrote about the fabulous boys of SPiN, a band similar to your favorite late 90’s Top 40 rock, they’ve gotten a song played on The Real World competition spinoff and put out more great material.

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What have you been up to since I last spoke with you?
Hank: Looking handsome, writing / recording new music, looking handsome some more.

How did your song end up getting on “The Real World/Road Rules Challenger?”
Jim: We will sell out to anybody if the price is right (and usually the price is a round of cheap whiskey). Guess we have a music supervisor fan over at MTV and he’s got a few fans too now!

You released some material for Facebook friends first. Have you ever received negative reactions from Internet friends that ended up helping you – constructive criticism?
Hank: We get more negative feedback then good from our closest friends, which is fine because even if you sell a million copies of a song in the US, that just means that 310 million people either a) didn’t like it enough to buy, b) hate it, or c) stole it. We like to think that 307.5 million stole it and the other 3.5 million bought Gangnam style instead. Damn that infectious Psy fella.

Where did the darkness on your somewhat newish song, “The Scream Inside,” come from?
E: Jim is kinda twisted, as individuals go. Actually, we all worked on the lyrics to that one and it went through three different versions before we ended up with “The Scream Inside”. It may have just been the frustration of not being able to think of lyrics for a good riff.

Have you ever thought of writing songs for women? I thought Hayley Williams might be able to sing material like “Sing Myself,” also on that EP.
Lou: Our songs are available for anyone to sing and re-record, at a premium of course. If you can get Hayley Williams on that, we can talk finder’s fee. Seriously, we write different kinds of songs and I’m sure sooner or later we’ll feel that it would be best suited for someone else, if they’re interested. That’s the catch. Do you happen to know if Adele needs a song for her next album?

Have you lightened up in general for your newest EP and the song it was named for, “Hard to Ignore?” Or is it a mask you’re wearing?
Jim: Music to us at least, is not about one or two emotions. Music should be about all emotions. Some artists just do happy, some just do angry. We do whatever we are feeling at the moment. That’s the way it should be. I mean, how can a band write an angry song after they made 12 million dollars and have had three ways with 2 hot chicks and a retired gymnast? Shouldn’t their next album be pretty happy?

Were you inspired by 90’s music for “For Your Love?” The verse comes off like that.
Lou: Actually, we were inspired by Jim’s dad’s band “Flashback” who played it one night when we went out to see them. They’re great. They did the Yardbirds song one night and we just thought, wow, we should do something with this.

Where are you off to next and what will you be doing?
E: Not sure about where, although we should head down to Florida, since we haven’t played that part of the east coast. We’re working on another music video and in the meantime, writing more, recording more, playing more. Trying to grow as a band through the writing and recording process, and popping our heads up once in a while to give a little live handsomeness to the masses.

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LISTEN: Tina Turner And Kygo Collaborate On A Fun Remix Of ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’

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You must understand how this remixed up jam makes my pulse react.

Did you wake up today thinking “man, what does love really have to do with it?” Then you’re in luck because after 36 years from its original debut, Tina Turner’s mega hit song “What’s Love Got To Do With It” has been remixed and released by the Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo. And let me tell you, I may not know what love has go to do with it but I do know this remix is fire!

You might remember Kygo from his previous remix of Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” and just like he did with that bop, he turned Turner’s classic into a surefire dance floor hit. In a statement about the exciting collaboration the 28-year old said “I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Tina Turner, who is an icon that I grew up listening to. ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ is one of my all-time favorite songs so to have a chance to rework it has been a very special moment in my career. I love working around timeless vocals and although it’s challenging to preserve elements of the original track and adding my own touch, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out!”

The updated song is also accompanied by a new music video directed by Sarah Bahbah and starring Laura Harrier and Charles Michael Davis. The sexy duo portray a pair of star crossed lovers who have all the makings of a perfect couple but just can’t seem to dig down deep enough to make the relationship last. And while the subject matter might be heartbreaking, the video is beautiful and pairs perfectly with Turner’s iconic voice.

Check out the music video below!

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Pentatonix’s Cover Of Billie Eilish’s ‘When The Party’s Over’ Will Give You Chills

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We could all use a bit more harmony these days…a 5-part harmony that is.

Billie Eilish is known to have a bit of a darker tone to her music but this cover of “When The Party’s Over” by Pentatonix will absolutely send chills down your spine.

The a capella quintet is known for their amazing covers and unique arrangements and this one is no different. Collaborating from a distance, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee perform the somber tune with an individual closeup in front of a simple white background before being edited together to create perfect harmonies. The Eilish song is already a fan favorite with the original music video being viewed over 500,000,000 times and I’m sure this cover will rack up the views as well.

The track is featured on the a capella group’s latest EP, At Home, which was release back in June. Check out the music video for “When The Party’s Over” below!

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Just Shared The Original Demo For ‘Moana’ Hit Song And It Features A Big ‘Hamilton’ Star!

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Another gem from the wonderful world of Miranda.

If there are two things musical lovers are forever grateful for it’s Disney and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Disney scooped up Miranda to write songs for the 2016 hit film Moana which told the story of a young princess chosen by the ocean to reunite an ancient relic with a powerful goddess. Unsurprisingly, the film’s standout song “How Far I’ll Go” won the Oscar for “Best Original Song” because everything Miranda touches turns to gold. What’s even more exciting than the award winning content Miranda creates, however, is the glimpses into the creative process he often shares with fans. After Hamilton became a smash hit, Miranda shared countless original demos and compositions of songs from the musical just to show fans the growth of his creativity. Well, moments ago Miranda took to Twitter to once again give us a peek into his process but this time it’s for the hit Disney film.

While Hamilton was still in it’s pre-Broadway run, Miranda was writing songs for Disney. He enlisted the help of his costar Phillipa Soo, the original Eliza Schuyler, to record the demo for “How Far I’ll Go” from their dressing room at the Public Theater. Finally after all these years, Miranda has decided to share the demo with us and it’s enough to make any theater geek freak out! In his tweet he apologizes for making the demo so “high” but applauds Soo because she “can sing ANYTHING.” And by the sound of this demo she really can!

Check out some Disney magic…or Miranda magic…or both(?) by listening to the original demo below!

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