Johan Rodrigues Discusses The Guitar That Started It All

We spend a lot of time covering the biggest pop acts here in the United States, but considering the fact OurStage welcomes artists and fans from all over the world we thought it would be fun to begin introducing a few world music new tidbits into the magazine as well. If you’re an international artist with a new song, video, or tour announcement, email with a link to your material. We cannot guarantee every submission will be featured on the blog, but we will reply to every message we receive.

In Portugal, if you’re looking for male pop artists you would be hard pressed to find a more notable person than Johan Rodrigues. His latest EP, Um, has been garnering praise the world over, and his latest single “Bad Girl” is so catchy it hurts. Johan recently took time from his busy schedule to discuss the gift that started his interest in music, the creation of Um, and developing as an international talent. You can read an excerpt from the piece below, then click here to read the full interview. (more…)

98 Degrees Announce New Album, '2.0'

Boys bands will never die, and those needing proof need look no further than the gentlemen of 98 Degrees. Their time in the spotlight was always secondary to the fame *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys achieved, but here we are more than a decade later and they’re still chugging along with a new album and tour planned for 2013.

Taking a few cues from future tour mates New Kids On The Block, the men of 98 Degrees have announced plans to release new album entitled 2.0 later this year. This will be the first album from the group since 2000’s Revelation, and it should help push a few more ticket sales for their upcoming “Package Tour” with NKOTB.

At this point, no single has been release from 2.0, so there really is no way to know what 98 Degrees have planned for us. So, instead of waiting around with nothing to do, click below and stroll down memory lane with one of their biggest hits. (more…)

ALBUM REVIEW: Ke$ha – Warrior

When sitting down to review Ke$ha’s latest album, Warrior, I found it impossible to resist digging into her catalog for research. Only three years have past since “Tik Tok” impacted radio waves around the world, but one look at the sales and popularity of this still young pop starlet and one might believe she’s at least hit the half decade point. The truth is, Kesha has only just begun to make her mark in pop music, and her latest effort proves there is much (MUCH) more glitter and innuendo awaiting us in years to come.

If you have never experienced Kesha outside of the radio singles, you need to be prepared for a slightly different experience when reaching for one of her albums. While the glitter-loving songstress is known for packing many potential singles on her releases, usually including some of her awkward attempts at rapping, each album is also stuffed with progressive material that makes it clear Kesha could do so much more with her career if desired. Warrior makes this more evident than ever, with only a handful of cuts coming across like disposable radio tracks, and I don’t want to get hopes too high here, but there is a cohesion to the glam pop queen’s efforts this time around that leads one to believe there is a much grander vision at play than we’ve been told.

Kicking things off by blending her newer sound with songwriting elements fans will find familiar, “Warrior,” kicks off Kesha’s new album with all the glory and pizazz a pop record deserves. The hook is huge, the rhymes about club life are intact, and the attitude is second-to-none. This is what I like to call “typical Kesha,” and it’s never executed more slickly than on Warrior. As you dig through the hit “Die Young,” as well as the early leak “C’Mon,” it becomes clearer and clearer that there is an evolution taking place within Kesha’s sound. She’s still very rooted in dance floor singles, and that will likely never change, but the focus on well-written lyrics and wordplay has never been stronger. Tracks like “Dirty Love,” “All That Matters,” and “Love Into The Light” offer more substance than Kesha’s entire debut album, and that’s on the extreme end of the spectrum. There is actual replay value to the whole, and I don’t just mean on the radio.

Warrior is real pop music, albeit complimented with a disposable facade, and it will sell to a ridiculous amount of music listeners with little effort. Some longtime fans will hate her new sound, and others will continue to not “get it,” but anyone listening to this album with an open mind is destined to discover a pop record that could go on to rival Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream in terms of lasting ability and pop cultural impact. 2013 will be the year of Ke$ha, and with a record like this there is no reason she shouldn’t find herself atop the Billboard charts for weeks, if not months to come.


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Review written by: James Shotwell

Exclusive Q and A: Eva Simons Talks Honesty, Touring With LMFAO, And Crazy Collaborations

It’s rare to see an artist go from piano lessons to party rocking, but Eva Simons is not your typical pop star. The 28-year-old Dutch singer-songwriter found her musical passions at an early age. Simons was classically trained pianist who graduated from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Her monster dance hit with Afrojack, “Take Over Control,” which she also co-wrote, topped the iTunes dance charts globally, and has sold nearly a million downloads in the U.S. alone, while the video has racked up more than 10 million views on YouTube. Having already collaborated with big stars like and Chris Brown, Simons is ready to introduce herself to the American pop scene at the perfect time, as electronic dance music continues to take the world by storm. We caught up with Simons to talk about staying true to herself, being on the Identity Tour with LMFAO, and her ideas for the future of her career. (more…)

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Party Patrol


Prepare to sweat your weaves out, people. Coming straight outta the city of brotherly love is DaCav5, an electro-pop band armed with its own party rock anthems. Like LMFAO, DaCav5 specializes in crazed, pitch-bent beats that burrow down into your brain and command your body to move. Dirty Style has a whiff of Party Rock Anthem, kicking off with a big, fat, bassy beat. Add defiant mantras like I don’t care what people say, Ima party anyway, with a sexy female refrain and you’ve got yourself a hit. David Guetta, eat your heart out. Party Started does exactly what it proposes to do. The track gets underway with orchestral pulses and edgy vocal stylings. Bitch get back, you know the kid got swag. The kid definitely has swag. Make that all five kids. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have some partying to do.