Music: Lorde It Up With New Video ‘Royals’

Meet the gritty 16 year old who knocked Miley Cyrus off the US charts.

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[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ordes lyrics and interviews read like the gritty voice of her generation, she’s knocked Miley Cyrus from the top spot of the US charts and has a track on the forth coming Hunger Games soundtrack, all by the age of 16.  With her striking wide set eyes and sea of wavy hair, the fiercely independant New Zealander isn’t short of an opinion and her ideals are refreshing in an industry currently awash with twerking popstrels, “I think a lot of pop music and how females are portrayed in pop music is not a super healthy thing and I try and stay away from it,” she said. Do a Google image search for Lorde, not an arse cheek or cleavage in sight. “Basically everything that I put out that has my name on it is controlled by me,” she told MTV News. “I have a very strong visual identity. I know how I want stuff to look. I’m almost too involved. I feel like people who work with me are like, ‘Oh, God! Leave me alone!'” Perhaps her Tumblr gives an insight into her creative inspiration, like snippets from Vice magazine with grainy 90’s press images, random quotes and faceless hair models. Lorde and her co-writer and producer Joel Little had been letting things ‘grow organically’ on advice of their record label until Grimes, one of Lorde’s musical influences, happened to set the ball rolling after Tweeting a link to Lorde’s Soundcloud page last year. Now she has hits in the US and New Zealand under her belt and will no doubt achieve the same in the UK with debut single Royals, see video below. Talking about her personal taste for partying with The Guardian, Lorde says she prefers something more low-key than the lavish pop-star “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds” lifestyle she criticises in ‘Royals’. “We go to quite, like, grotty parties with super-weird punks, our lives aren’t super-aspirational to the pop world or anything.” Sounds like the kind of girl we’d like to meet on a grotty dance floor, in the mean time we’ll make do with her forth coming album Pure Heroine, out Oct 28. Check out Lorde’s style highlights below.

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Music: Haim Bring Their Nu-Folk Tour To UK

Haim on tour plus pics of the California hipster sisters style inspiration.

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[dropcap]C[/dropcap]alifornia girls Haim are bringing their nu-folk music and hipster outfits to the UK in December as part of their European tour. Any music that sounds a lot like Fleetwood Mac is probably good right? Well yes; and the genetically elite sisters debut album Days Are Gone has a big dollop of thunder-only-happens-when-it’s-raining dreaminess with some 90’s R&B vibes thrown in. Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, aged 21-27 years, along with drummer Dash Hutton, topped BBC’s Sound of 2013 and played on the coveted Pyramid Stage at this years Glastonbury, with a gig at iTunes Festival in London coming at the end of September. A celebration of their style follows, plus video for their forth coming single The Wire.

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Haim band

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Tickets for their UK December dates here.

Music: Ex-Sugababes ‘Mutya Keisha Siobhán’ Retro Shoot

MKS new single & looking glam in a retro ‘at-home’ style shoot for Evening Standard.

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[dropcap]O[/dropcap]riginal Sugababes Mutya Keisha Siobhán are looking gorgeously glam in a retro ‘at-home’ style shoot for Evening Standard. They’re due to launch their new single Flatline, a 90’s vibe soulful R&B track with catchy lines such as; ‘We’re like a pack of cards, the King and Queen of Hearts all fall down’. They’ve not strayed far from their popular harmony heavy style so if you were a fan their first time around 13 years ago, listening to Flatline will have you feeling all nostalgic. See the sun-bleached road trip music video below and shop the clothes worn in the shoot.MKS Sugababes
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Music: AlunaGeorge Debut Album & Style Icon Status

Aluna Francis is our style muse! Fine out why…

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]lunaGeorge launched their long awaited debut album Body Lines last week, with tracks like floaty garage classic in the making ‘Your Drums/Your Love’ and smooth as ice cream ‘Outlines’ which has me sauntering round the house like a slinky cat. The London duo Aluna Francis and George Reid have already been nominated for a BRIT for their ‘futuristic pop’ and came second in BBC’s Sound of 2013.  Aluna’s style looks to be an important ingredient to AlunaGeorge’s appeal, she was spotted at Vivienne Westwood’s London Fashion Week AW13 show and is never without some thoughtful but wearable style; oversized shirts, Nike Air Max trainers or glammed up in a Theyskens Theory dress for the BRIT 2013 awards. We also love her Pinterest board for style inspiration. She told Never Under Dressed, ‘I have quite a practical approach to everything I wear and my make up, I think in the same way I would if I was going to a rave-I’m gonna get very sweaty but I still want to stand out.’ That a’girl! Here’s some of her fashion hits…

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Aluna Francis

Aluna Francis

Aluna Francis

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Music: Jessie Ware Masters Pop, Hair & Fashion

Jessie Ware’s new music gets us all sing-in-the-shower sensual with big style & hair to match.

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]essie Ware’s hybrid of R&B, Disco and Electro gets us feeling all sing-in-the-shower sensual, and she has the slick style and big hair to match. After working with the likes of Jack Penate, SBTRKT and Katy B, the Brixton based singer has made it solo in the pop world and is billed for London’s Wireless festival at the Olympic Park this July. She’s also made an impression on the fashion world and can be seen FROW-ing with her signature big bun at London Fashion Week. Quite a turn of events for the down to earth 28 year-old who was intent on a career as a tabloid football pundit after University, until her pal Jack Penate persuaded her otherwise. Thanks Jack, we’re loving her new funky Summer anthem ‘Imagine It Was Us’, released in May, see the Kate Moross directed video below. In the mean time, here’s a pick of Jessie’s looks:

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Jessie Ware

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Music: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Gigs, Music & Lily Cole

New songs & tour plus some Karen O style inspiration

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t feels like too long since Yeah Yeah Yeahs graced us with new material and Karen O some new hair inspiration, but alas here they are. New single ‘Sacrilege’ is out April 15 with a video starring a red hot and floozy Lily Cole (see for yourself below). The track is the lead single from their forthcoming album Mosquito, also released next week followed sweetly on by a UK tour in May. Here’s a pick of Karen O’s best looks:

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Music: Lianne La Havas Summer Gigs & Videos

Lianne La Havas love affair; thankfully she has plenty more audio treats this summer.

Our love affair with Lianne La Havas continues, and thankfully she’s giving us plenty more audio treats this summer. She has premiered two new videos, an emotional two part visual story representing the songs “Elusive” and “Gone” from her new album, see below. After her UK tour this month including two nights at London’s Shepherds Bush she will be performing at V Festival in Stafford on 17th August and Chelmsford on 18th August.

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Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas at Essence Awards