Hayley Kiyoko is important because:

-She’s mixed race.

-She’s bisexual.

-Her music is really good because it isn’t offensive and one of her more popular songs (Girls like Girls) is not only catchy, but sends a great message about queer girls :) 

-She’s an artist I would listen to while looking at a sunset in the summer.

-She has a video of herself eating a taco in her car on youtube.

Irish singer songwriter and producer Eden, formerly known as The Eden Project, has constantly churned out some amazingly heartrending songs this year so far, culminating in his excellent End Credits EP last month. The sixth track on that release is a stirring slow burner named Wake Up. Eden’s voice quivers with such desperate poignancy on the atmospheric electronic and cinematic pop number, which builds in raw intensity in the dramatic fashion we’ve come to expect and love from the act. The last forty or so seconds of Wake Up are indeed a stimulating, heart swelling experience as it bursts with passion and ardor. Listen to End Credits in full on Soundcloud and download for free, here.

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It's Not Right, But It's Okay
  • It's Not Right, But It's Okay
  • Radio 1 Live Lounge

“It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” by CHVRCHES // Originally by Whitney Houston

CHVRCHES are everywhere this week, with the release of their excellent new album, The Bones of What You Believe. The band showed up at the Radio 1 Live Lounge to support the album, and in turn dropped a killer electro pop cover of Whitney Houston’s classic, “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay”. There’s a lot to love here. 

I Want it That Way
  • I Want it That Way
  • Charli XCX
  • AV Undercover

“I Want It That Way”  by Charli XCX // AV Undercover 2013 (Originally by Backstreet Boys)

For the past several months, Charlie XCX has been performing the Backstreet Boys’ hit song, “I Want it That Way” at various shows.There are quite a few grainy youtube clips of those performances, but finally the AV Club has given us a crystal clear, in studio take that makes it all the easier to enjoy. Her version strips the track back to a more straight forward ballad where she does all of the heavy lifting with her vocals, as her backing track is a simple xylophone and some atmospheric synths. The result is a pretty ballad that has a melancholic charm all its own. Definitely give it a listen and check out the video at AV Undercover