John Kearns talks The Weeknd, The Script and Calvin Harris
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I'm still loving the superb I can't feel My Face by The Weeknd (that's how he spells it). If you've missed it the track has been doing the rounds for a while now but is still gathering kudos and more and more commercial success at a steady pace.
The Weeknd is the 'showbiz name' for Abel Testaye, an urban recording artist from Canada who recently hit big with the song Earned It from the Fifty Shades of Gray film soundtrack. He also gained mainstream attention with his collaboration with Ariana Grande on Love Me Harder.
I Can't Feel My Face has one of the most addictive basslines in years and the groove throughout the track is just larger than life.
One of 2015's best songs, hands down.
Nick Jonas surprised the music industry with recent releases such as Jealous and Chains – who would have thought that one of the Jonas brothers was going to serve up some seriously good adult contemporary R&B and pop up on United States FM radio every five seconds?
Jonas's latest track, Levels, is actually more of the same - if a little edgier - and his vocal on this cut takes a more Adam Levine turn in terms of delivery.
Sharp and to the point, Levels is great single and it looks like Nick Jonas is in danger of becoming a huge solo star.
Have fun if you're off to Tennent's Vital in Belfast this weekend.
The Script will no doubt be doing their usual perfect pop-rock performance on Sunday - along with sets from Kodaline, Clean Bandit, Annie Mac and Jack Savoretti - while tomorrow sees dance ringmaster Calvin Harris bringing his travelling circus to town.
Calvin can do no wrong these days and when you actually take stock of the incredible amount of massive hit records he has clocked up in recent years, you realise why this superstar DJ can effortlessly fill a large field in south Belfast.
Tracks such as Summer, Thinking About You, Bounce, Feel So Close and We Found Love are just a handful of reasons why Saturday will be the party night of the year. Best of all in my opinion are his current single How Deep Is Your Love (featuring Disciples) and the brilliant I'm Not Alone.
The acts and collaborating artists he will be presenting on the night include Ellie Goulding, John Newman, the aforementioned Disciples and Burns.
The new single from Foxes – aka Louisa Rose Allen- is a beauty.
Body Talk possesses a really beautiful timeless quality and could easily have been a hit in any of the last four decades. The new album All I Need, which is the second Foxes record, will be released next February.