Following a summer of rising up the chart it became #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in a moment that baffled both those stateside and here in the UK where Jay Sean has never managed the same feat. In fact, for me it was interesting to note that Down is one of just a handful of songs from a UK act to reach the top spot overseas and not here.
Pour It Up is probably the song that cemented the transition from the Pop bangers of old into the ‘new Rihanna’ that we saw release Anti earlier this year. It’s 2 minutes and 41 seconds of Rihanna grinding and wailing over a trap beat, but sometimes that’s all you need in life.
There’s something so perfect about surrounding a dance record with strings. Release Me is a bombastic banger of a song, with huge vocals from Agnes and a throbbing bassline, but it remains classy throughout.
Another year, another (hugely late) halftime report on next year’s Grammy Awards. There’s one very obvious contender for just about every possible award, but something tells me that it won’t be another clean sweep for the current reigning ‘Queen of the Grammys’ Adele. I take a very early look at some of the biggest contenders.