You could say Emeli Sande is having the best year ever, despite it only being May 1.
Sande has made a successful transition across the pond with her breakout hit single, “Next To Me.” Her album has stayed in the Top 10 longer than any other debut LP ever – breaking a record held by The Beatles. Plus Sande landed a track on “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack. As if covering a Beyonce classic with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra wasn’t enough, Sande will also walk the red carpet for the movie premiere. Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire will be in attendance, along with Jay-Z and Florence Welch.
Sinatra sang that you could make a “brand new start of it” in New York, so maybe it shouldn’t come as a total surprise that Sara Bareilles is doing just that in the Big Apple. From a new home to a new band to new music, it seems the “Love Song” singer has completely shaken up her life.
Actually, correction: she currently is without a band. Bareilles is trekking across the country solo with the “Brave Enough” tour, the first time she has ever performed a stretch of dates alone on stage.
“I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve played a show by myself,” Bareilles told “The Ralphie Show” during an in-studio visit. “And I think I hide behind (the band) in a lot of ways, so it’s very raw.”
The California-born songstress admitted she’s worried.
“I don’t really know how to prepare for this, but there’s a part of that that’s actually really exciting to me,” she elaborated. “It’s gonna be a communion with the audience.”
Bareilles is flying solo again in more than one way. She says that she “recently out of a long relationship” and separated from her band mates, permanently. Her former band includes now ex-boyfriend Javier Dunn.
“All of these splits were really amicable and really loving but just feeling like I needed to move in to some new directions,” she explained. “It’s been a really introspective year from me. A lot of heart break, and heart ache but I feel a lot of expansion.”
This is ironic, because she surely doesn’t have the square footage in lower Manhattan that she had back in California. Even if she does, Bareilles noted that everyone is “on top of each other” in New York. She doesn’t seem to mind.
“There’s something about the energy here,” the singer observed. “I’ve just been super-inspired by literally just walking the streets and seeing graffiti and then hearing music pour out of the windows.”
Bareilles fell in love with the city last fall while working on her forthcoming LP, The Blessed Unrest, due out this July. It spawned the appropriately-titled first single, “Brave,” which Sara worked on with fun.’s Jack Antonoff. She eventually moved to Manhattan in January, and the drastic climate change was a bit of a culture shock to her.
“I don’t know if you guys are aware, but it’s quite cold here in January,” she joked. “There were some brutal days. I’m used to 70 degrees and sunny all the time. So when I’m crying (while) walking down the street carrying my laundry, I’m like, ‘What am I doing here?’”
Yes, I followed up on this, and Bareilles does in fact carry her laundry to and from her apartment. She drops it off at a wash-and-fold, but still, her modesty and girl-next-door persona have not vanished through all of this change. Nor has her sailor’s mouth.
“I even tweeted, ‘The subway’s my b-tch!’” recalled Bareilles, shortly before she would go on to miss her stop and end up lost. “I have no idea where I was about to end up.”
She could probably say the same for other aspects of her life. And like she’s doing with her music, and her personal life, she figured it out, and moved on.
Describing the past couple of years as “a roller-coaster” for the band Paramore would be both cliche and an understatement. In December of 2010, Josh and Zac Farro were done with the band, for good. Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York regrouped, released an EP, played some one-off dates on Vans Warped Tour, and then put out the band’s first studio album in four years. The self-titled LP is the first of the group’s to debut at number one. “Still Into You” is the lead single for pop radio.
Jason Derulo is back, after a freak accident while dancing almost took his life.
The pop star was rehearsing for his world tour in January of 2012 when he mis-executed a flip and landed on his head. Derülo was diagnosed with a “Hang Man’s Break,” as he fractured the same bone that is broken when someone is hung. Many people die or are left paralyzed from the injury.
Derulo spent six months in a neck brace, and has made a full recovery. He now prepares to release his third studio LP, due out this summer on Warner Brothers Records. The first single is about his girlfriend Jordin Sparks, who joked on “The Ralphie Show” that as long as she’s breathing, Jason won’t attempt another back flip.