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Jeff Bhasker: Best known for his award-winning work with alternative group fun. on their smash breakthrough Some Nights – which netted him the Grammy for Song of the Year for “We Are Young” – Bhasker is credited as the executive producer on Styles’ album.

The frequent Kanye West collaborator, who has more Academy hardware on his shelf thanks to his Best Rap Song wins for Ye’s “All of the Lights” and the Jay Z/Rihanna/West tune “Run This Town,” has also written and produced tracks and albums for Alicia Keys, Goapele, Robin Thicke, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran and Mark Ronson. He took home yet more Grammy gold in 2016 as one of the producers on the Record of the Year winning Ronson smash “Uptown Funk.”

Bhasker also released Born on the Fourth of July, a bold, experimental solo concept album under the name Billy Kraven, in 2013.

Alex Salibian: Salibian is part of Bhasker’s production crew. He provided guitar, piano and backing vocals for Young the Giant’s 2016 album Home of the Strange, and (along with Bhasker) co-produced the record. He has also lent a production/engineering and musical hand on songs by Cam, Mikky Ekko and Elle King and is credited as a co-writer and co-producer on Styles’ “Sign of the Times.”

Tyler Johnson: Another frequent Bhasker associate, Johnson was also part of the team behind the 2012 Bhasker-produced Pink hit “Just Give Me a Reason” (he engineered it), as well as providing sampling advice on fun.’s Some Nights, and producing and engineering songs for All American Rejects, OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran and Mikky Ekko. He also lent songwriting expertise to songs by Miley Cyrus, SonReal and John Legend on the singer’s 2016 Darkness and Light album.Johnson has also dabbled in the country world, helping write Cam’s breakthrough single “Burning House” and its follow-up, “Mayday” (in addition to playing guitar, keyboards and programming the drums), as well as co-writing and co-producing Keith Urban’s “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today),” from the star’s Ripcord album.

Kid Harpoon: The English singer/songwriter born Thomas Hull released the critically acclaimed folk-punk single “The River, the Ocean, The Pearl” in 2006, followed by a pair of EPs and his full-length debut, Young Turks, in 2009. He’s since co-written songs for Florence + the Machine (“Shake it out,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Leave My Body” from Ceremonials), collaborated with Florence and Calvin Harris on Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” single, and co-wrote and co-produced a handful of songs for Jessie Ware’s 2012 debut, Devotion.

Hull also has production and writing credits on tracks by Mayer Hawthorne, Haim (“Days are Gone”), Shakira (“Can’t Remember to Forget You”), Christina Perri (“Burning Gold”), Shawn Mendes (“Roses”) and Skrillex (“Fire Away”). - Billboard

OCTOBER 14: Mary Lambert’s “Heart on My Sleeve” album is released (2014)

On this day in 2014, Mary Lambert’s Heart on My Sleeve album first hit shelves. The lesbian singer and songwriter’s debut album contained the hit “She Keeps Me Warm.”

The cover of Mary Lambert’s debut full-length album Heart on My Sleeve (x).

Mary Lambert first got her start in the world of slam poetry, representing Seattle, Washington – not far from her hometown of Everett, Washington – in the 2008 Brave New Voices International Poetry Competition. In 2012, she reached the mainstream’s radar by co-writing and providing vocals for the song “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. As a lesbian, she was the only LGBT person to work on the track.

Adapting the success of her verse from “Same Love” into her own independent material, Mary wrote “She Keeps Me Warm,” which became the first single of her Heart on My Sleeve album in January of 2014. The album as a whole was released on October 14, 2014 to a positive reception. The songs “She Keeps Me Warm” and “Secrets” were highlights of the album, giving wlw everywhere new explicitly gay tunes to bop to. Mary is currently working on her second album, but until then, the lyric “I can’t think straight, I’m so gay” from “Secrets” will remain our mantra. 

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Harry Styles pulled back the curtain just a bit on his new album on Thursday (Apr. 13) with the news that the self-titled, 10-song solo debut will drop on May 12. And while the announcement still leaves plenty of questions – why is Harry face-down and shirtless in a pool of pink water on the cover? Who helped him write the songs? – one thing we do know is which producers helped the former One Direction star craft the tunes.

Styles has already served notice that he’s willing to go a bit off the beaten path for his solo bow, starting with the Bowie-meets-Pink-Floyd, Coldplay-meets-Eric-Carmen sound of the first single, “Sign of the Times.” But his choice of producers is also a signal that he’s not content to play by the rules. A look at Harry’s collaborators:

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MONSTA X Scores First No. 1 on World Albums Chart With 'Beautiful' LP

Monsta X marks the top spot by sending their first full-length album and its lead single to new heights on multiple Billboard charts this week.

The hip-hop-focused boy band see their The Clan, Pt. 2.5 [Beautiful] full-length debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. With more than 1,000 copies sold, Beautiful marks the band’s best sales week in America to date.

Since last year, the group has been on a steady rise up the charts. Previously, the group had sent two iterations of their Clan releases to World Albums including the Part 1 (Lost) EP (which peaked at No. 5) and their Part 2 Guilty EP (No. 3).

Monsta X also makes their first appearance in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, which sees many less K-pop acts. Beautiful debuts at the No. 10 slot on the chart marking only the third K-pop album to make the Top 10 after NCT 127’s Limitless (No. 4) and GOT7’s Flight Log: Arrival (No. 3). The septet’s first appearance on the ranking was with The Clan 2.5 Pt. 2 Guilty EP that debuted at No. 16.

Furthermore, Monsta X’s new title track “Beautiful” debuts at No. 4 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. The powerful, electronic/hip-hop cut marks the band’s best showing on this tally too.

me reading some facts about the album harry styles: “It also debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 230,000 album-equivalent units, of which 193,000 were pure album sales. It is the highest first sales week for a British male artist’s debut full-length album since Nielsen SoundScan began in 1991. It was also Sony Music’s biggest global seller in the second quarter of 2017.”

me: *screams*

“...Of Your Life.”

Requested by an anon. I’ve probably never said it before but I really love Christian my guy. 

Originally posted by highgrnder

Christian and you were goals, no one could deny that. You’ve known with Christian since his C-Clown days in 2012. You bonded over so much. Both of you were apart of KPOP groups, you both had the same position in the group. Both of you were leaders. But when his group disbanded, you were there for him, that’s when he confused his love for you.

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On this day in music history: July 8, 1981 - “Beauty And The Beat”, the debut album by The Go-Go’s is released. Produced by Richard Gottehrer and Rob Freeman, it is recorded at Penny Lane Studios, The Record Plant and Sound Mixers Studios in New York City from April - May 1981. Having started on the underground punk rock scene in Los Angeles in the late 70’s, The Go-Go’s make their recording debut in 1980 when they release the first version of “We Got The Beat” through UK indie label Stiff Records. The single generates significant buzz back home in the US, but the Go-Go’s have difficulty securing a record contract. I.R.S. Records signs them, after numerous rejections from other labels, telling them bluntly that they feel that a self contained all female band won’t be successful in a male dominated music industry. The band work with songwriter and producer Richard Gottherer, originally one third of the 60’s band and songwriting team The Strangeloves (“I Want Candy”, “My Boyfriend’s Back”) and Rob Freeman. To record their full length debut, the band relocate to New York City to work with Gottherer and Freeman. Band members Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin write the bulk of the albums eleven tracks with Kathy Valentine and Belinda Carlisle also contributing. The first single “Our Lips Are Sealed” (#20 Pop) penned by Wiedlin and Terry Hall of the UK ska bands The Specials (later of Fun Boy Three), comes about after the pair become romantically involved while The Go-Go’s are touring as the opening act for The Specials. With Hall having a girlfriend back home, they write the song as a sly and ironic reference to the affair while trying outwardly to keep it under wraps. The albums now iconic cover photo features the Go-Go’s with their faces covered in cold cream and with their hair and bodies wrapped with bath towels. Before the photo shoot, the bands manager Ginger Canzoneri warns the girls not to get anything on the towels as she “needs to return them to Macy’s” after the photo session. Once released, the album initially gets off to a slow start, but quickly picks up steam after the release of the second single, the re-recorded version of “We Got The Beat” (#2 Pop) is issued in January of 1982. From there, “Beauty And The Beat” takes off like a rocket, with The Go-Go’s making history as the first all female band to score a number one album on the Top 200 in the US. Originally released on CD in the mid 80’s, it is remastered and reissued in 2011 for its thirtieth anniversary as a two disc deluxe edition, with the second CD featuring a live concert recorded at The Metro Club in Boston on August 20, 1981. The title is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP pressed on pink translucent vinyl. “Beauty And The Beat” spends six weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Yoooo its so crazy how time flew my last release of music was in 2013!!??

This year ill be dropping a beat tape as well as my full length debut album. I feel very blessed and very excited and kinda nervous for the world to hear the music I have been obsessing over the past few years. 

anonymous asked:

Can u teach me how to tell bangtan boys (BTS) apart. I'm only new to kpop, so I hope I'm not offending anyone!

TO ANYONE READING THIS: THIS POST IS OUTDATED, I’VE MADE A NEWER ONE HERE!

Yes of course I can teach you!!! You’re not offending anyone, we’re all very happy to get new fans so don’t worry about asking questions we’re all here to help!

Since you’re new to kpop, I’ll teach you under the assumption that you know very little about them so please bear with me if I’m telling you thing you already know :)

Bangtan Boys aka 방탄소년단 (bangtan sonyeondan) aka BTS (aka these guys have too many names) is a relatively new group, but they’ve been doing very well for rookies. They have had a debut mini album, two full length comeback albums, and two follow-up promotions (meaning they promoted one song from their debut/comeback and after that they promoted a second track from that mini/full album). They’ve also done a lot of pre-debut stuff and some unofficial MVs and mix-tapes and things, but they only have FIVE official MVs:

No More Dream (official debut)

(left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope)

We Are Bulletproof pt. 2 (follow up track)

(Left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope)

N.O (first comeback)

(left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope)

(wow they’re in the same order I never noticed that)

Boys In Luv (second comeback)

(left to right: Jin, Suga, Jimin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, V, J-Hope)

Just One Day (currently on-going follow up track)

(left to right: Jimin, Suga, Jungkook, Jin, Rap Monster, V, J-Hope)

Okay, now that we have the eras clear, the members!

Rap Monster (real name Namjoon)

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You can most easily recognize Rap Monster’s older pictures by his sunglasses and afro-fohawk-what-ever-you-call-it hair. He literally NEVER took off his sunglasses until their first comeback, and then for Boy In Luv he went blonde. I’d also say he’s probably got the tannest skin color. He’s the leader, and one of the rappers of BTS. He also produces/writes most of their songs (if not then he assisted) and writes all of his own raps. He taught himself english too :)

Suga (real name Yoongi)

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Suga is also one of the rappers, he writes and produces as well. You can identify him from older eras because he would usually wear some kind of weird hat, but for later comebacks not so much. He’s got this really adorable gummy smile that’s easy to spot, and reddish brown hair most recently, tho other members have similar colors so don’t learn him by that.

Jin (real name Seokjin)

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Jin is one of the vocalists, and also the ‘face’ of the group meaning he’s the prettiest. He honestly hasn’t changed much since their debut image wise…. you can identify him by his lip tbh because they’re so freaking plump which sounds really awkward but srsly look at them….

J-Hope (real name Hoseok)

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J-Hope is the final rapper/writer as well as one of the main dancers of BTS. He’s also the cutest (debatable). He’s always acting ridiculous, but actually ALL of them act pretty crazy so… that won’t help you…. For their early on promotions he would wear either a hat and bandanna underneath or a weird mask type thingy.

Jimin (that’s his real name)

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Jimin is another vocalist and dancer of BTS. He’s the one who does the abs flash in No More Dream. You can recognize him by his kinda squishy face under his eyes that makes him look a little sleepy all the time. Though he has lost a lot of that recently….

(real name Taehyung)

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V is another vocalist in BTS. The fans call him the alien because he does really weird things at really random times and no can ever seem to figure out what goes on inside his head…. that last picture is the darkest his hair has ever been and it was taken like a couple days ago. He was the secret member of BTS up until their debut, so you won’t find anything of him from their pre-debut videos. The fans were really surprised when his debut teaser image came out

Jungkook (that’s his real name)

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And last but not least~ Jungkook! Jungkook is the last vocalist of BTS. He’s also the youngest member (with Jin being the oldest) born in 1997. He’s really young for an idol >~< He used to have this adorable baby face in their early promotions but as of Boy in Luv he’s looks SO MUCH OLDER it’s rather startling actually how much he’s grown up….

So that’s BTS! I can’t tell you much about their personalities because they all act really crazy and ridiculous. You’ll know what I mean if you watch their Bangtan Bombs which is just videos of them doing random stuff backstage and what not. You can watch them on their official channel here

As for learning them, it’s understandable that you’ll get them mixed up. It’s hard to keep any kpop idols straight unless you REALLY know their face. Just study their features and their videos and you’ll find your own way of telling them apart over time :)

Some tips:

NEVER LEARN AN IDOL BY THEIR HAIR COLOR. They dye their hair ALL THE TIME. Don’t do it find something else.

DON’T TRUST GOOGLE IMAGES. If you search a group member you’ll find that ~75% are of that member and the rest are of other members and it’ll be impossible to tell who you actually are looking for if you don’t already know them.

WATCH LOTS OF SUBBED VIDEOS. You’ll learn them faster if you watch a lot of interviews and backstage footage :)

Thanks for asking anon, and welcome to kpop!!! Sorry for the super long post, I just really wanted to help you out >~<

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You know you’re in for quite the treat when new Giraffage surfaces and it features Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner on unexpected guest vocals. I, for one, certainly didn’t expect this combination of talent. She lends gauzy diaphanous vocals to the San Francisco producer’s new chillwavey single, Maybes, an intoxicating and fluid ambient electronica piece. A bit of retro italo wave and plenty of jazzy sophistication saturates Maybes, as well as a pixelated chiptune playfulness that takes us back to our youth. The hypnagogic treat will be on Giraffage’s long awaited debut full length, Too Real, out October 20th.

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On this day in music history: July 7, 1986 - “Eat ‘Em And Smile”, the full-length debut solo album by David Lee Roth is released. Produced by Ted Templeman, it is recorded at The Power Station in New York City, Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA and Can-Am Recorders in Tarzana, CA from Late 1985 - Early 1986. Following the Platinum selling success of his EP “Crazy From The Heat”, Roth initially plans on making his first full album in a similar vein, recording covers of lounge, pop and standards. He scraps the idea to make a straight ahead rock album more like his work in Van Halen. Roth assembles a band of top notch musicians that include guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette. The album is well received upon its release and spins off four singles including “Yankee Rose” (#16 Pop, #10 Mainstream Rock), and Goin’ Crazy" (#66 Pop, #12 Mainstream Rock). “Eat 'Em And Smile” peaks  at number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Tuesday, September 26: Solace, “Man Dog”

The opening track on Solace’s debut full-length positioned the band as worthy heirs to the stoner metal throne abdicated by Kyuss a few years earlier.  “Man Dog” was over 7 minutes of Tommy Southard’s sunburnt Iommi-esque riffing, tumbling drums, and Jason’s powerful yet laidback vocals, and felt more like a natural follow-up to “Gardenia” than anything Josh Homme did with Queens of the Stone Age.  Solace was essentially an east coast version of the Master of Reality tribute acts coming out of California, but “Man Dog” had its own personality and didn’t meander even though it took its sweet time. The tune was thick, heavy, and Sabbath-fried in classic stoner fashion, and became a worthwhile addition to the subgenre.

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I know The Handmaid’s Tale won an impressive number of Emmys this past weekend and it’s supposed to be a very good television series, but I just haven’t found time to sit down and watch it yet. As such, I’m totally unfamiliar with female art duo SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT’S, consisting of visual editor/producer Charlotte Fassler and her creative collaborator Dani Girdwood, who’s coming fresh off of working on The Handmaid’s Tale. Today, they’ve shared their visual project I Found God to go along with Brooklyn trio Mainland’s new song of the same name. As always, Mainland’s single is a triumphant alt anthem, a sweeping effusion of energetic stomping rock whose cathartic effect serves as rich fodder for SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT’S and their creativity. They cast 12 real life couples for the video, which shows them frantically trying to find their respective partners while wandering in the streets. It’s a powerful visual and audio combination. Mainland will be releasing their full length debut next year. I Found God is its explosive lead single. Download/stream the song, here.