Girl Power!

A flurry of dazzling new releases, videos and so forth, all from the fairer kind have appeared on the Internet during the past day or so and therefore, here is a post to keep you up to date with what you should be watching and listening to…

*Christina Perri is to release her second album in 2014, the follow-up to her  hugely successful debut ‘lovestrong.’ which appeared in 2011. In preparation for its release, Christina has issued ‘Human’ as the first single from the album. The Martin Johnson (Avril Lavigne, Gavin DeGraw, Boys Like Girls) produced track is a quietly fragile sounding piano led, power ballad with rousing and defiant flourishes within the choruses.

*The wondrous Colbie Caillait is readying her fourth studio collection and has this week unveiled the first taster in the form of ‘Hold On’. The Ryan Tedder produced song advances Colbie’s previous acoustic, guitar driven style and adds greater rhythmic piano elements, which results in a fuller, richer sound. Colbie’s new album is due in 2014 features production from Babyface, Dave Stewart and John Shanks amongst others.

*Sophie Ellis-Bextor has revealed the studio version of ‘Young Blood’ which serves as the first release from her upcoming fifth studio album ‘Wanderlust‘. The single version has a beautiful downtempo yet spirited sound thanks to its strings and orchestral overtones and is a spruced and smartened up, livelier version of the initial demo version which Sophie had previously given away as a free download.

*Katy Perry has unveiled the video to her latest single ‘Unconditionally‘. The visual is an effortlessly vibrant and elegant display with a suitably festive sprinkling, which is somewhat fitting given the singles 16th December release date.

*One of Christina Aguilera’s many strengths is in the extra-curricular collaborations she involves herself with, whether it be duetting with Tony Bennet, singing for Herbie Hancock or providing the hook for Diddy or T.I. – the results are unexpected, unique and wholly exciting. Christina’s latest collaboration with A Great Big World is no exception. ‘Say Something‘ is a beautiful, stripped back song which enables the quality of Christina’s vocal to soar.

*Jessie J is set to release her greatest single to date with ‘Thunder’. The track is imbued with eighties stylings, impassioned chest pounding emotion and supreme vocal delivery which combine to create a song this is a cut above what Jessie has previously produced.

*India.Arie offers, succour, healing and a ray of light with the affirmation ‘Break The Shell’ which is taken from the inspirational, uplifting and therapeutic ‘SongVersation‘. The video sees India on tour and all of the parts to which life on the road entails…

*Britney Spears is currently shooting the actual video for the single ‘Perfume‘, so in the meantime, a lyric video has been placed on the Internet for anyone wishing to sing-a-long…