Tove Lo made waves in 2015 with her hit singles “Habits (Stay High)” and “Talking Body.” Now she’s back with “Cool Girl,” the lead single for her upcoming album, Lady Wood, which is due out in the end of October.
I first heard about “Cool Girl” from Lorde and her producer Joel Little. They were tweeting about how great it was, so I had to take a listen. I mean, if Joel Little – who I’ve admired his production work – says a song is awesome, he must speak the truth. At first, I wasn’t that chuffed – the beginning is a bit slow. But once we hit the chorus, the song just takes off. Not only does the chorus of “I’m a cool girl, I’m a, I’m a cool girl” grab you in, but the synth/bass work is fantastic. It’s a great electronic song to bike/run/dance/exercise to.
I have to admit, I thought Tove Lo was going to be a one hit wonder. Her hit “Habits (Stay High)” burned up radio here in America last summer/fall, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100, an incredible feat for a debut single. I actually thought it deserved a Grammy nomination for at least Song of the Year because it is such a cleverly written song. Technically, she wouldn’t be considered a one hit wonder because she was featured on Alesso’s song “Heroes (We Could Be),” which charted to number thirty-one on the Hot 100, but she only had one huge major hit. Then I finally heard “Talking Body,” her next single from her debut album Queen of the Clouds, and I think she’s got another hit.
“Talking Body” has such a great beat to dance to (yes, I did give a little shimmy while writing this/listening to the song), especially around the chorus. I like the sound during the chorus that sounds, this is the only way I can think about describing it, like a faint beep of a grocery store checkout scanner. Such a weird description to give, but I think it gives the song a nice punch of air. You should definitely check out “Talking Body” (you can listen to it above), it could be a great hit for the summer…the snow’s melting, it’s time we get out and dance around on the dewy grass.
Incidently, Tove Lo is the mastermind behind Ellie Goulding’s massively successful hit “Love Me Like You Do;” she co-wrote it with Max Martin, a music god/producer, as well as Savan Kotecha, Ilya, and Ali Payami. Why Tove Lo didn’t record the song instead of selling it, I’m not sure. I do know that Tove Lo started out as a songwriter before trying to start a solo career, so it is possible “Love Me Like You Do” was a song she sold before her recent success. Regardless, when you hear “Love Me Like You Do,” I think it sounds like Tove Lo singing it.
It’s that time of year again. In one month, the Grammys will announce the nominees for the 57th Grammys. I really get into watching the Grammys and predicting who will get nominated and who will win (and I am actually pretty good at it). While sometimes it feels like the Grammys are rigged and sometimes I wonder how some songs even get nominated, I think they occasionally do a good job at honoring great music . For me, the Grammys are a great way to be introduced to new music and/or different genres. I’m in the process of creating my list of potential nominees, so I will update/edit this as I think of nominees, but look out for the real list December 5th!
I base my nomination predications on looking at past actions of the Academy and looking at past nominees; I’m not predicting nominations because I personally think they’re awesome (some of them I actually don’t), but because they’re just likely to get chosen.
Below are some categories with potential nominees as I think of them (there is no order, and I’m not capping the nominees at 5 like the Grammys will…I’m good, but not that good). Again, it’s not who I think will or should be nominated, it’s more a list of who could be and has a good shot at being nominated, and it’s not a complete list because I haven’t finished thinking about it, so it will grow/be edited until the actual nominations are released .
Whenever my family and I do something and take a road trip, I always make a cd with different songs. Since we’re going apple picking tomorrow, I made this playlist for our ride, so I thought I’d share…especially because it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged…this semester is legit killing me (#stressed). Normally I put upbeat/happy songs and a wide range of genres on the playlists for my family so there’s something for everyone, but I think I kind of dropped the ball on this one. Oh well. I’m an artist.
If you’re wondering why I randomly added “Ew!,” the Jimmy Fallon skit/song, my family like Jimmy Fallon…so it was meant as a joke…although I do think the song is actually quite good because of will.i.am’s production. Plus, Jimmy Fallon rapping as a teenage girl is hilarious.
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