Late last night was a hotbed of new singles so I’m here to round it up new music update style. Ironic since many of these artists were bigger names in ’07/’08 when this was the format of posts on the rookie version of gowherehiphop.com.
Alas, here’s the official version of Gwen Stefani & Pharrell’s “Shine” off the Paddington soundtrack (previously leaked on NYE), another album preview from Ne-Yo, Ciara’s return single, and a new video from T-Pain (for his upcoming mixtape with DJ Drama.)
It’s not of the “Hollaback Girl” vibe but it’s Gwen & P connecting again for a soul-searching song of substance with “Shine” (alliteration intended).
“Shine” will appear on the upcoming movie soundtrack for Paddington (off the Paddington Bear series) and even in its low quality leak version below, I sense a bigger feel for the song that’s fit for the movie. I like Gwen’s repetition and different delivery of the word “Shine” and Pharrell adds a nice touch at the end.
Borderline *Tibs Fav. as I await a CDQ early in 2015. Fans of one or both will enjoy.
Shine into ’15 ya’ll!
Last night, Lil Wayne & Christina Milian started a fire… this morning Gwen Stefani and longtime collaborator Pharrell return and “Spark The Fire”. What is it with you people and fires?!
Alas, Gwen’s comeback solo album will have this as a single, but I’m not sure it’ll have the legs of a “Hollaback Gurl” or somethin’ like that in today’s climate of pop songs that, honestly, sound similar to the old Gwen. Regardless, here’s the listen below with the video apparently coming soon…
I can’t say I’m up on Gwen Stefani like her fans, but I also can’t deny her catchy vocals through her solo work with The Neptunes on her first 2 solo albums and going as far back as the No Doubt days (“Hella Good” was my favorite single from them, Gwen & Neptunes killed it.) I also can’t deny that a comeback single from her is worth even the curious listen from the casual fan; after all, it’s been 6 years since her last album, The Sweet Escape.
“Baby Don’t Lie” is said comeback single and the first one for her upcoming 3rd album, title TBD. It goes the modern pop route, but doesn’t feel dumbed down. Catchy vocals and the beat on the hook will make this one a Hot 100 favorite, so no doubt you’ll be hearing this on the radio and everywhere else soon (no pun intended). Though time will tell if this becomes a guilty pleasure of mine, I am more excited to hear her upcoming work with Pharrell yet again.