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Artists We Wish Would Collab

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Have you ever sat down and wondered “What if?” while listening to your favorite artists back to back? As if the universe could hear you and these artists would feel compelled to come together, making your music library greater than it already is? Well, in some cases, some of our favorite artists have worked together, have thrown the idea out there, or have even crossed paths. Here are a few pairings of artists we wish would collab.

Adam Lambert X Demi Lovato

Both Lambert and Lovato made their strong voices visible on known networks; Lambert blowing viewers away on FOX’s American Idol, and Lovato intriguing preteens everywhere on Disney Channel’s miniseries As The Bell Rings. Although Lambert didn’t win AI, he continued to smash with his debut album, his later well-received albums, and touring with Queen. Lovato rose through the Mouse ranks with Camp Rock, her own tv show, and two hit albums. Things seemed a bit rocky for both (whether it be performance reviews or personal struggles), but Lambert & Lovato are dynamic singers who have certainly grown from the simple brash vocals and established vocalists. It would be very interesting to hear both harmonize and provide a soothing ballad or dance pop for the masses.

Agnes Obel X Julie Byrne

Both Nobel and Byrne are singer-songwriters with an affinity for atmospheric melodies. Obel takes a more classical approach with her inclusion of various strings, building upon her poignant piano plays, wistful voice and state of mind. Byrne takes a more folk approach with her poetic lyrics, unique vocals and gentle guitar. Obel’s first album Philharmonics was highly successful, broadening her appeal as three of its songs featured on American dramas (Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge). Her second album, Aventine, featured the single “Dorian”, bringing more attention (and Spotify streams). Her recent release, Citizens of Glass, showcases the artist trying different types of instruments and audio techniques. Byrne came to my attention during the release of her sophomore album Not Even Happiness, featuring folk with matured arrangements, contemplative lyrics, and critical acclaim. Its single, “Follow My Voice,” is the best example of her unique take within the genre. Because both artists are consistent and compelling in sound, it would be very interesting to hear an entire universe as both singers worked together.

Childish Gambino X Chance the Rapper

Both rap, sing and have created a notable sound for themselves and among their fanbase. Childish Gambino emerged as an outlet, producing various rap and hip-hop releases (firstly mixtapes) for internet music followers (and fans interested in Donald Glover) and those seeking refuge from the norm. The styles of Gambino emerged into various explorations of R&B, funk and electronica. The album Because The Internet was an interactive release, complete with a script, short film (Clapping for the Wrong Reasons) and continued noted features. Chance the Rapper grew viral with longtime listeners in his hometown of Chicago, with his first mixtape 10 Day, and subsequently with well-received Acid Rap. His style consists of layered and groove-laden instrumentals and sounds out of various samples or arrangements by Chance himself, who not only raps, but sings and plays the piano as well. The two artists actually crossed soundscapes during the release of Gambino mixtape Royalty for “They Don’t Like Me.” The introspective and confident lyrics, paired with both rappers playing off each other and the warped version of Dem Franchize Boyz’ “I Think They like Me” for support. Short and sweet, both artists came on the radar of their budding fan bases, and would return for another collaboration on Gambino’s Because The Internet for “The Worst Guys.” The only issue, is that Chance only features on the chorus! Another fair return (and lyric distribution) is surely due!

Gallant X FKA twigs

Gallant came to my ears with his ethereal cover of Foo Fighter’s “Learn to Fly,” but already had folks buzzing with his “Weight in Gold.” Showing impressive range, relatable lyrics and easy-going feel, Gallant toured with Sufjan Stevens, collaborated with Jhené Aiko for “Skipping Stones,” and impressed with Seal for Coachella ‘16. Gallant’s musical style ranges from electronic, alternative rock & R&B influences, with his vocals showing clarity, richness & emotion. FKA twigs is another artist transfixing audiences with her delicate vocals and stand-out production. She grew out of her background dance work for other artists, and continued on with music, generating interest with her style and her single, “Water Me.” Her appeal lies within her voice, experimental video and production style, merging electronic, pop, hip-hop and even industrial influences. A signature song for Gallant lies in Ologys “Jupiter,” and for Twigs, perhaps LP1s “Pendulum.” Both artists represent the unconventional becoming conventional. And hearing both voices (and falsettos!) with a unique production would certainly break sound-waves.

 

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Let’s Talk About Music with Cheat Codes

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Everyone is always looking for the biggest life hack or cheat code in life, am I right? It’s so much easier to do something when it’s laid out for you and just that…EASY. That’s the mindset of the group Cheat Codes who have undoubtedly created some of your favorite tracks hitting the radio now (i.e. “Let Me Hold You”, “Sex”). Don’t lie, you’ve found yourself bumping your head without even checking to see who’s to thank for all the catchy music blasting through your speakers. No need to look any further to know more details about Cheat Codes. Check out our interview with the trio below to learn about who they are, what their biggest life hack is, and their goals for 2017.


Cliché: For our readers who don’t know who you are, how did you three meet and eventually form Cheat Codes?
Cheat Codes: We all met in Los Angeles and used to be involved in different music projects! Matt used to be in a rock band, Trevor did Singer-Songwriter Acoustic stuff and Kevi used to rap. So when we started the project we wanted to do something that was flexible enough to kind of jump around stylistically.

What’s something you’ve learned now that you’re in the music industry that you can share with someone who wants to follow your footsteps?
We learned everything not to do, basically haha. One of those being, DON’T TAKE ANYTHING TOO SERIOUSLY. The whole point of making music your job is to have fun, so when it gets too serious and starts feeling like a stressful grind, somethings wrong. We’re just having a blast every day so we don’t get tired of working constantly. It keeps the stamina up! Our earlier previous projects really taught us to be self-reliant, and just do the most you can, with the resources you have. If you make that your mantra and repeat it every day, you’ll become aware of the abundance of resources at your disposal.

With a three-piece group you get different likes and dislikes. How do you guys go about agreeing on what songs/sounds go well together, when a track is finished, etc.?
We just paper scissors rock and the winner gets to pick. Just kidding. Yes, the 3 of us are different in lots of aspects but luckily for us we are all pretty relaxed and similar when it comes to agreeing on the songs and sounds for Cheat Codes and when you are making songs from scratch it’s really easy to make little changes until all 3 of us are happy. Producing software these days is really helpful. The main question we’re asking ourselves is which ideas are the best and then we cut the fat from there.

There are so many debates with EDM music and some think it’s not “real” music. What’s your take on it?
Haha this is an interesting question… I think music is evolving, technology is at the forefront of it, and Electronic Dance music is embracing that. Music is just vibrations, so saying something isn’t “real” music is kind of closed minded. Didn’t people say Elvis was the devil’s music when it came out? haha

How did the signing with 300 Entertainment come about? What does this new journey mean for you as a band?
The biggest reason we signed with 300 is because they let us operate our business exactly how we want to. We weren’t too fond of signing into a major label system and putting out music the same way as everyone else. We like flexibility and the ability to take risks. 300 gives us that!

When was the moment you realized Cheat Codes was gaining momentum and eventually a huge fanbase?
There’s been a lot of crazy moments in 2016, I think one of the first one’s was playing Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware. We had a super early time slot, one of the first of the day and weren’t expecting many people to come out, and we walked out on stage to a sea of people, and they were all singing along, so that was an amazing experience.

Based off of your Twitter and Instagram posts, you guys seem to be having a blast pretty much all the time. What do you do when you’re not on the road or creating music?
Honestly, we’re workaholics…. We all feel like we have a lot more to accomplish before we can take a real break; so we try to incorporate as much fun as possible into our work. When we’re just chilling, we’re usually on Netflix or Hulu watching Forensic Files.

Since you guys go by Cheat Codes… What’s your biggest life hack you’ve learned in life?
Make everything as easy as possible. A lot of people pursue a goal thinking it will be a lot of hard work, we go into everything thinking it’s so easy that it’s impossible for us to fail. I think that gives us an edge.

What is the group’s biggest goal for 2017?
We have a lot of goals for 2017! We want to put out our first E.P., start a clothing line, create new custom visuals for our live show and headline our own tour by the end of the year!

Listen here
to check out their new song No Promises (feat. Demi Lovato).
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The Perfect Upcoming Albums for Fall

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Making music is hard. Here at Cliché, we understand that there is more to the process than just writing a song and recording it in a studio. Our favorite musicians are often perfectionists, and that may be why our they seem to take so long to release an album. However, the wait to hear the following artists’ new music will soon be over. In fact, not only are these artists releasing their albums soon, but they have decided to do it during one of the best seasons…FALL! Who doesn’t love boots, scarfs, coffee, and hats to keep you warm? We do, and we’ve compiled a list of albums that are sure to get you through this cozy season.
1. Demi Lovato – Confident
 
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I became a fan of Demi Lovato after my best friend made me a Here We Go Again CD and told me I would fall in love. I did fall in love, and I haven’t looked back since. Lovato’s first single–a follow up to her self-titled 2013 album Demi Lovato – “Cool For the Summer” has been climbing the charts, and the impossibly catchy song will lead us into her fifth studio album Confident out October 16. Lovato told UsMagazine that “This album is not just about the things that I’ve been through; it’s more mature, it’s sexier, it’s soulful. It’s a new chapter in my life; I’m tired of my past defining who I am.”
2. Adele – 25
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Sadly, there hasn’t been clear confirmation on a new Adele album, but it is rumored that the critically acclaimed singer will finally release her highly anticipated third studio album this season. Rumor has it that she’s worked with the likes of Ryan Tedder, Max Martin, and Danger Mouse to create amazing new tunes. Adele has been working on her third album for almost four years. Her album 21 is still charting on Billboard,which proves that not only are her fans ready for new music from her but that she has a staying power that takes most artists decades to achieve.
3. Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
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This one is a rumor too, but it’s a rumor that we are super excited about nonetheless. Coldplay has always had the ability to make music that can fit in any emotional situation. Who isn’t still blasting “Fix You” on rainy days and “Yellow” on every other day? We are ready for Coldplay to say exactly what we can’t quite put into words, and what’s better than Chris Martin singing in your ears as you curl up with your favorite book and some hot cocoa? That’s right–absolutely nothing.
4. Alessia Cara – Know It All
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Alessia Cara is taking the world by storm. As we mentioned, she is one of our artists to watch and for good reason. Her instant hit “Here” is a soulful and honest song that led her to release her Four Pink Walls EP at the end of August, a few days earlier than she was scheduled to. The five-song track list was a favorite of both fans and celebrities, all of whom congratulated her on Twitter and exclaimed their eagerness for a full-length album. When Cara was asked on Twitter why she chose the title Know It All for her debut album she said, “I decided to call the album “Know-it-all” because each song is so opinionated and touches upon a strong feeling. While listening to the album, the listener might be under the impression that I have things figured out and that I know it all, but the reality is that I have no idea. It’s a sarcastic title taken from the song ‘If’ on my album. The line says, ‘I’m a know-it-all; I don’t know enough.’” Who really knows anything anymore? Not us, that’s for sure, but we are so excited to see what’s next for the 19-year-old songstress.
Making music is hard. However, with artists like these, it’s nice to know that no matter our mood there is always a song there to express it when we can’t. We can’t wait to load our iTunes up with songs from these amazing artists.
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Demi Lovato Praises Kim Kardashian

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During a recent photo shoot with Allure magazine, Demi Lovato praises Kim Kardashian and talks going makeup-free.

According to E! Online, the singer-actress went face-makeup-free for her magazine shoot, only wearing mascara and lip-gloss.

Demi Lovato Praises Kim Kardashian

“We wanted today to be super natural, show my skin, show my freckles,” Lovato shared, in an Allure behind-the-scenes video clip. “I do have a regimen and I stick to it. No matter how tired I am, I always take my makeup off before I go to sleep, I always wash my face, use a toner, sometimes a serum if I need some extra love. Then I wear a really thick night cream. I just listen to my skin.”

Her love of her skin and her skincare habits have inspired Lovato to start her own line of skincare products called Devonne by Demi.

Besides loving going makeup-free, Lovato also loves other certain “assets.”

“It’s my butt. I love my butt,” Lovato stated. “Hopefully it stays that way, cause this ain’t going anywhere.”

And one woman who encouraged her to embrace her curves? None other than Kim Kardashian.

“I really started to accept my body when the trend started becoming less about super skinny models that was completely unattainable for anybody to have. Kim Kardashian, say whatever you want about her, but she has revolutionized what’s accepted with curves nowadays.”

The January issue of Allure, which features Jennifer Anniston on its cover, is available December 23rd.

(Photos courtesy of E! Online)

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