It's been a "whirlwind" of a year for Tessanne Chin — in December, the season-five champ of The Voice won viewers over with power ballads and reggae-rock songs while under Adam Levine's wing, breaking fellow coach Blake Shelton's three-peat winning streak, earning the first commissioned track from the show's in-house songwriter and producer, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, and previewing what could be the first major Top 40 breakout for the NBC singing show.
5 Seconds of Summer wants you to know it's a rock band. Sure, you'll see One Direction play some guitars in concert, and yes the rock band look was part of the Jonas Brothers' act, but it's been a long time since a boy band truly pulled off the vibe (you know, no one in the JoBros actually drummed).
A little more than two years ago, Jack Antonoff celebrated Fun's No. 1 single, "We Are Young," in an unusual way: by starting to write songs for a new band, Bleachers. "The Beatles did 12 songs every six months," says Antonoff, who chafes at the idea that if you’re as successful as Fun was with its second album, Some Nights -- 5.1 million sold, with "We Are Young" moving another 7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- you get the chance to make and tour just 12 new songs every three-and-a-half years. "Everybody should have two bands if you look at it like that. Everyone should have 10 f—ing bands. It's not enough."
Indie pop trio Sir Sly will release its debut album "You Haunt Me" through Cherrytree/Interscope Records on Sept. 16, and the rising troupe of performers is now sharing the full-length's powerful title track, which doubles as its lead single.
Following her success as a featured artist on Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," U.K. songwriting phenom Charli XCX has a solo hit on her hands with "Boom Clap," the fizzy single released from "The Fault in Our Stars" soundtrack. Charli has been issuing a steady stream of remixes of "Boom Clap" over the past few weeks, and Billboard has a new one to debut, as well as the full collection of five remixes that you can stream now.