Red Hot in partnership with Entertainment One Music is set to release Red Hot + Rio 2 on June 28th. A modern tribute to late 60’s Brazilian Tropicália movement, the album will shed new light on the songs of this influential, politically charged era, which changed the culture of the country forever.
The Red Hot Organization is known for two (very important) things: 1/ having impeccable musical taste; and 2/ the ability to channel that taste into projects that successfully raise some serious money to combat HIV/AIDES. Compilations like Dark Was The Night (2009), and Red Hot & Riot (2002), all the way back to the first Red Hot + Rio (1996) have successfully raised over a million dollars and featured star studded line-ups that reminds one of the Grammys.
Red Hot + Rio 2 features over 30 original collaborations between Brazil’s legendary musicians and today’s international indie artists including John Legend, Os Mutantes, Devendra Banhart, Caetano Veloso, Dirty Projectors, Seu Jorge, Beck, Bebel Gilberto, José Gonzalez, Beirut, Tom Zé, Of Montreal, Marisa Monte, Gogol Bordello, DJ Dolores, Aloe Blacc, Angelique Kidjo, Rita Lee, Madlib, Money Mark, Céu, Apollo Nove, Mayra Andrade, Trio Mocotó, Tha Boogie, Alice Smith, Carlinhos Brown, Los Van Van, Brazilian Girls, Marcos Valle, St. Vincent, Neon Indian, Forró In The Dark, Mia Doi Todd, Javelin, and many more.
Check out Beirut's lead singer Zach Condon's cover of "O Leãozinho" (Originally sung by Caetano Veloso) after the jump.
Adele absolutely kills this cover of Cheryl Cole's "Promise This" for BBC's Live Lounge. Originally an upbeat dance song, Adele tones it down to show off her pipes, as she should. Lucky for us, it's also a technique we hear in her upcoming album, 21.
While the new album by Adele has not officially arrived in the US yet, the Euro scene and the savvy, impatient blogosphere is already eating it up. Some press highlights include:
"With just a piano as backing there are no layers to pull back or hidden meanings to uncover and its simplicity will leave you feeling the full effects of her beautiful make-your-hair-stand-on-end vocals. It’s an early shout, but it could very well be the album of 2011." - Punchbowl Blog
"This is a serious and frequently astonishing album." -Holy Moly
"Her second offering has lived up to the reputation she has created from her debut and powerful voice which is the female Johnny Cash." - M is for Music
"21 is simply stunning. ... Genuinely brilliant." - BBC
21 will be released in the US on February 22nd on Columbia Records.
Grammy-winning artist Corinne Bailey Rae returns with The Love EP (out now), a five-song collection of covers that she calls an "homage to some of my favorite musicians, as well as a conversation between some of my musical influences."
The EP opens with a cover of Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover," followed by "Low Red Moon," written by former Throwing Muses/Breeders singer Tanya Donelly for her band Belly. Bailey Rae also crafts unique takes on the 1978 Bob Marley classic "Is This Love" and "My Love," a No. 1 hit by Paul McCartney & Wings. The EP closes with a live version of "Que Sera, Sera" (popularized by Doris Day and Sly Stone) — a song that Bailey Rae and her band have been closing shows with on her recent tour (check out the live video after the jump).
Corinne has recently been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for outstanding female artist alongside Mary J., Rihanna, Sade and Chrisette Michele. The awards will be given on March 4th.
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Ellie Goulding is one of the many outstanding UK artists generating blog buzz, even as her debut album Lights has not yet been released in the US. "Your Song" is not released anywhere yet, but Youtube is gracious enough to let us all watch, regardless of location on the globe. Ellie's new cover just makes us want to hug somebody.