nuLike: Yesterday – Toni Braxton

TBMs. Braxton is finally (and officially) back! After many leaked songs, a proper first single saw the light yesterday (no pun intended). The track sounds like a Ryan Tedder track (it could’ve easily been a Leona Lewis’ single). Her voice is stronger than the hard-hitting drums. This is definitely one of the best comeback singles this year (it and Whitney’s Million Dollar Bill).
PS: This post is dedicated to Abdullah at p0ach.

Yesterday – Toni Braxton [Download]


Leona Lewis unveils single cover

LLewisHot. I rarely like “official” artworks, but this works very well, practically cause it looks fan made.

Sound Off: Kelly Clarkson’s Already Gone vs. Beyoncé’s Halo

After Kelly Clarkson said “Ryan and I met each other at the record label, before he was working with anyone else. He’s from Oklahoma, I’m from Texas; we got along really well and had some of the same influences. We wrote about six songs together, four or five of them made the album. It was all fine and dandy. I’d never heard of a song called Halo. Her album came out when my album was already being printed. No-one’s gonna be sittin’ at home, thinking ‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyonce and Kelly the same track to write to.’ No, they’re just gonna be saying I ripped someone off. I called Ryan and said, ‘I don’t understand. Why would you do that?

Ryan Tedder recently said “Already Gone” is one of the best song I’ve written or produced since “Bleeding Love” and stands tall on it’s own merits apart from “Halo”. They are two entirely different songs conceptually, melodically, & lyrically and I would never try to dupe an artist such as Kelly Clarkson or Beyoncé into recording over the same musical track, the idea is both hurtful & absurd. I think when people hear “Already Gone” they will hear what I hear-one of the greatest female vocalists on earth giving her most haunting and heart-breaking performance on a song she helped write. I challenge people to listen and form their own opinions“.

I personally think they don’t sound THAT similar to each other, but all of Tedder’s productions sound alike. But I can see why Kelly would be mad, she raved about Already Gone before her or Beyoncé’s album were released, and was very proud of her work with Tedder.

nuLike: Battlefield – Jordin Sparks

JSJordin Sparks, winner of the 6th season of American Idol, returns to the music scene with this epic (Ryan Tedder, obviously) song that is describe by Popjustice as a “monolithic Ryan Tedder R&B extended metaphor rock power ballad”. Her debut album had some great non-idol-ic moments (Shy Boy, Freeze, Overcome, See My Side and No Air), but I won’t say that I was excited about her new single. I read the raving reviews, so I took a listen, and I loved it. Highly recommended. Get it before it goes “mainstream” and loses its feel.

Battlefield – Jordin Sparks [Download]

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