FEATURED SONG: Zara Tejo & Ernesto Leite – “Fogo Frio”

I’ve been learning Portuguese on and off for three or four years, and about a year ago I heard the most beautiful song while I was listening to some Portuguese radio. The ability to do this while not being in the country of the original broadcast is one of my favourite things about the internet! It depends on the laws of each country, as I have come across some inaccessible content in the past, but fortunately Portugal’s national station Radio Antena has not been off limits here in the UK. Oh yeah – I just remembered Brexit. Anyway, sadly I forgot all about the song, on account of the intermittent nature of my studies, until I heard it again a few months ago…

“Fogo Frio” (translated: “Cold Fire”) is a song by singer Zara Tejo from her 2018 album Eu Sou Tudo Isto (translated: “I Am All of This”), featuring Ernesto Leite, who wrote and composed it. Soothing drums, light acoustic guitar, warm piano and delicate vocals conjure a feeling of strange comfort beneath poetic lyrics about longing and the persistent pain that comes with it.
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JoJo Takes Us Back To The Future With Vintage Re-Recordings

Christmas came early for pretty much every adolescent of the mid 2000s, when pop/R&B singer-songwriter Joanna “JoJo” Levesque celebrated her birthday on Friday 20th December by re-releasing her first two albums JoJo and The High Road – and to a vocal army of touched, nostalgic, and appreciative fans.

“Why?” is the obvious question. Well, the story behind it is quite remarkable and inspiring.

Most of us remember the young Bostonian singer’s big, attitude-filled arrival in 2004 with the hit “Leave (Get Out)”, which was followed up in 2006 by “Too Little Too Late” (both recorded when JoJo was just 12 and 15, respectively). But many don’t know that soon after those early successes, Levesque, now 28, began to experience many difficulties with her former label Blackground Records, which delayed the release of a third album, and kept her for over seven years in a recording contract with seemingly no way out.

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Chris Brown drops new music video for “Hope You Do”

When an artist releases an album with over 40 tracks, you might think that they would be satisfied with their work. They can put their feet up and stop there. Not Chris Brown.

Yesterday the veteran and 29-years-young singer from Virginia released his seventh (yes, seventh!) music video from his latest album Heartbreak on a Full Moon (2017). In the song “Hope You Do”, which was produced by ISM and A1 (and contains explicit lyrics), Brown talks of wanting to change his playful and wayward habits for a girl that he really likes, longing for her attention and engagement, while displaying a melodic and emotive vocal performance over the sultry, silky R&B/trap instrumental.

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NEW MUSIC: Ellis Aaron – “Me & You (Remix)”

Ellis Aaron is a singer, songwriter and musician from Bristol who is slowly making a name for himself on both the Bristol and worldwide music scenes. Having had his music played on local and international radio stations and received a lot of positive feedback from his fans and peers alike for his soulful and high-calibre productions, Aaron has released a new follow-up remix to his most recent single.

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Leaks, Covers & Mixtapes: A Brief Guide to JoJo’s Unofficial Releases

Fresh from touring in Japan and Okinawa with Armed Forces Entertainment, Joanna “JoJo” Levesque recently announced that she is ready to get back on the road for a new tour with a distinct twist. Hold on to your wigs…

Those well-accustomed to the R&B/pop singer’s journey will know that after crashing onto the scene at the age of 13 in 2004 with arguably her most popular song “Leave (Get Out)” and subsequently releasing two successful albums JoJo (2004) and The High Road (2006) on Blackground Records, Levesque hit what we shall now call a blip in the form of label troubles, which for seven years prevented her from releasing a third studio album. During that time, having tired relentlessly to put together several versions of a full LP with hopes of starting the next phase in her music career, she stayed proactive and released mixtapes to tide her loyal fans over, performed various covers… and unfortunately had a lot of the material that she was working on leaked.

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FEATURED EP: Oscar Jerome

London-based musician and singer-songwriter Oscar Jerome released his eponymous debut EP last week. After spending years grafting in the music scene and refining his talent, the young artist unveils a work consisting of four weighty tracks that are certainly a testament to that.

It’s hard to define Jerome’s sound as it’s a peculiar mixture. The influences of jazz, hip-hop and soul are clear, but it’s more aptly described as alternative. With contemplative and obscure lyrics, and arrangements that have carefully been thought out, he creates something original and mysterious that captures your attention from start to finish.

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FEATURED SONG: JoJo – “Mad Love.”

All is right in the world. Order has been restored. Finally, thankfully, gladly after 10 long years, it can be said with near absolute certainty that Joanna “JoJo” Levesque is releasing her third studio album.

There’s a lot that’s happened in the gap between The High Road (2006), which was JoJo’s last official LP, and the forthcoming Mad Love (out 14th October). In short, while dealing with legal troubles – without a doubt the main reason for her lengthy mainstream absence – she never let that stop her from creating and releasing music to her fans. She put out the mixtapes Can’t Take That Away from Me (2010) and Agápē (2012), followed by the EPs LoveJo (2014), III (2015) and LoveJo2 (2015).

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