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SINGLE PREMIERE: The Civil Wars – “The One That Got Away” (+ Lyrics)

This ain't no Teenage Dream.

This ain’t no Teenage Dream.

The duo out of Nashville who call themselves The Civil Wars were living the dream: a Gold album, GRAMMY Awards and universal praise from the critics. Then, at the end of last year, a sudden notice. The duo of John Paul White and Joy Williams was taking a hiatus, a split – they were to be no more. Yet, recently, they’ve re-emerged and are ready to carry out the promotion of their second full-length album, a self-titled effort. It will be their first for Sony Music Entertainment, and the leadoff single from the effort is a gorgeous song called “The One That Got Away”. The song goes for adds this week at Adult Album Alternative radio. It’s everything that you hoped it would be.

“The One That Got Away” may share the title of a big Katy Perry hit from early 2012, but this certainly sounds nothing like it. The single harkens back to the days of Fleetwood Mac and the essential Rumours LP, with a vocal from Williams dripping in a dark and bitter anguish. Just looking at the lyrics, it’s likely to remind us of what led the duo to their time apart and perhaps what reconnected them; flat-out love and a lot of it. The set plays on both the physical and emotional longing and regret of what romance can do. It’s hauntingly beautiful and right up there among the best material they have to offer. It’s sure to be a winner with a lot of their fans and those in the media. Look out for their album later this year. In the meantime, enjoy this first taste of the era and let me know what you think in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

Listen to the premiere of “The One That Got Away” from The Civil Wars. / Download “The One That Got Away” on iTunes.

“THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY”

[Verse 1]
I never meant to get us in this deep
I never meant for this to mean a thing
Oh, I wish you were the one
Wish you were the one that got away
I got caught up by the chase
And you got high on every little bit
I wish you were the one
Wish you were the one that got away

[Chorus]
Oh, if I could go back in time
When you only held me in my mind
Just a longing gone without a trace
Oh, I wish I never ever seen your face
I wish you were the one
Wish you were the one that got away

[Verse 2]
I miss the way you wanted me
When I was staying just out of your reach
Begging for the slightest touch
Ooh, you couldn’t get enough, mmm

[Chorus]
Oh, if I could go back in time
When you only held me in my mind
Just a longing gone without a trace
Oh, I wish I never ever seen your face
I wish you were the one
Wish you were the one that got away

[Middle 8]
Got away from me (x2)
For anybody has to breathe

[Chorus]
Oh, if I could go back in time
When you only held me in my mind
Just a longing gone without a trace
Oh, I wish I never ever seen your face
I wish you were the one (x2)
Oh, I wish you were the one
I wish you were the one that got away

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Grouplove – “Ways To Go” (+ Lyrics)

Ready, set, "Go".

Ready, set, “Go”.

Los Angeles quintet Grouplove are back with their first single from their forthcoming album Spreading Rumours, an electronic jam called “Ways To Go”. I recently profiled their new stuff in a post two weeks ago. The single is on iTunes tomorrow, while the album is out on September 17. While the song is fairly different from the rock sound on their last album, it still grooves despite some weak verses. It’s all about that chorus, post-chorus, and the drop about 2/3 into the song. If you’ve been into the 80’s influence that’s been sweeping across Alternative music in general on and off the charts, then you’ll love this song. If you don’t, then I would wait for the rest of the album to come out. Enjoy!

Watch the the premiere of “Ways To Go” from Grouplove.

“WAYS TO GO”

[Verse 1]
I didn’t ask for this
You give me heart attack
I didn’t want to care
And then I saw you there
Been working like a dog
I turned all my dreams off
I didn’t know my name (x2)

[Chorus]
(I got a little bit longer) I got a ways to go (x2)
(Oh I got a little bit longer) I got a ways to go-oh-oh
Whoa oh oh (I got a ways to go)

[Post-Chorus]
Even when I can’t see my rearview
Even if I call just to hear you
Even when I sleep all day (x2)
Even when I work it like I’m times two
Living in the back of the bunk just like we do
Even when I dream all day

[Verse 2]
Don’t wanna sleep tonight
You’ve got me feeling right
I didn’t know my name (x2)

[Chorus]
(I got a little bit longer) I got a ways to go (x2)
(Oh I got a little bit longer) I got a ways to go-oh-oh
Whoa oh oh (I got a ways to go)

[Post-Chorus]
Even when I can’t see my rearview
Even if I call just to hear you
Even when I sleep all day (x2)
Even when I work it like I’m times two
Living in the back of the bunk just like we do
Even when I dream all day (x2)

(instrumental break)

Whoa-oh whoa-oh whoa (x3)
Whoa

[Chorus – half]
(Oh I got a little bit longer) I got a ways to go-oh-oh
Whoa oh oh

[Post-Chorus – variation]
Even if I smoke in the back room
Even if I go right to meet you
Even when I sleep all day (x2)
Even when I work it like I’m times two
Waiting for the day just to end so I see you
Even when I dream all day (x2)

[End]
D-d-d-day, etc.
(Whoa-oh Whoa-oh oh) (x3)
Oh
Day

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SINGLE REVIEW: Karmin – “Acapella” (+ Lyrics)

Harmonizing for another hit.

Harmonizing for another hit.

Boston’s sultans of swag pop, the male-female duo Karmin, brought an edge to the music world through their creative YouTube covers of rap songs (and others) and eventual original music, like 2011’s “Crash Your Party” and 2012’s “Brokenhearted” and “Hello”. Each received mainstream radio airplay, with “Brokenhearted” becoming the breakout hit of the bunch, going as high as #16 on the Hot 100. Their Hello EP also charted in the top 20 on the album chart. Over the holidays, the twosome of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan recorded a version of “Sleigh Ride”, which was offered as a free download through a sponsorship through the store Coach, but that was the last of any new music we heard from them. Now, the duo signed to Epic Records have produced an epic single titled “Acapella”, which has now been serviced to radio.

“Acapella” is largely different from the single material on Hello in that it relies heavily on the vocal and a lot of bass and drum loops, whereas some of their former stuff freely used guitar and synthesizer. The barely there arrangement takes a little getting used to, but you’ll be more focused on the lyrics than anything else. Like their hit “Hello”, the song features Heidemann rapping in the verses and singing the chorus/middle eight, with Noonan sharing a few lines in the second verse. Hey, at least it’s not reduced to a “Cheerio!” this time around, but I would like to see him more prominently featured on the rest of the album. (By the way, the only parts of this song that are actually acapella are the introduction (vocal and beatboxing), the ending line of the chorus (vocal only) and the middle eight (vocal only).)

Heidemann, in her Nicki Minaj-lite style, takes to the mic and wraps her way around name-checking two childhood fairytales, a toothpaste brand, a recent Justin Timberlake single and a popular Italian restaurant chain, among other references that fall seamlessly into place. It’s a cute song and a relatable to a teen audience at the same time, especially those who feel compelled to break off their relationship. Plus, they sound like they’re having fun. It’s a little bit silly, but it’s enjoyable, especially when Heidemann goes into her “falsett-uh“. Four out of five rooster impressionists would agree she does her call well. Possibly the only aspect of the song that gets a little bit annoying is the slowed-down vocal effect throughout the song, which is trying too hard to recreate Yello‘s “Oh Yeah”. I mean, this isn’t Nick Noonan’s Day Off, hello! Or, maybe it is. This song moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to listen to individual component, you could miss it.

With many acts taking a retro direction when it comes to single releases, this should at least stand out for skewing way more in the modern realm. It’s equal parts commercial and risky given the nature of it, but Karmin isn’t exactly known for playing it safe. As for now, I’m predicting a top 20 peak at CHR radio for it, with a quick fall after it peaks later this summer. It’s polarizing enough, and hopefully, there will even better second single to come, but I’m satisfied with the results here. I’m always good with a hometown act succeeding, so please guys, don’t leave us brokencharted tonight (or over the next few nights, weeks, months… you know what I mean.)

Let me know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

Listen to the premiere of Karmin‘s “Acapella”.

“ACAPELLA”

[Chorus]
Used to be your baby, used to be your lady
Thought you were the perfect lover
All the harmony went falling out of key, so
Now you gotta find another
Now you’re talking crazy saying that you made me
Like I was your Cinderella
You and me are through, though, watch me hit it solo
I’mma do it acapella (x2)

[Verse 1]
Once upon a time, I met the perfect guy
He had that Colgate smile, he had that suit and tie
Mama always said get a rich boyfriend
You don’t gotta love ’em, girl, you can pretend
You bet, I totes believed her, yeah, every word she said
Thought he was gluten-free, but all that I got was bread
Mama always said nice guys finish last
Beat ’em at his own game, honey, take the cash

[Pre-Chorus]
Ooh, and what a lucky girl you will be
But no, he didn’t do jack for me
I want a bean with a beanstalk
And if the magic ain’t right, time to walk

[Chorus]
Used to be your baby, used to be your lady
Thought you were the perfect lover
All the harmony went falling out of key, so
Now you gotta find another
Now you’re talking crazy saying that you made me
Like I was your Cinderella
You and me are through, though, watch me hit it solo
I’mma do it acapella, yeah

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
I’mma do it acapella, yeah

[Verse 2]
Out on our first date, he took me gourmet
We hit that Olive Garden, my Little Italy
Daddy always said let the gentleman pay
Never ever go Dutch at the buffet
I saw his bad intention, he didn’t wanna talk
He put the saucy on it (Oops!) time to check my watch
Daddy always said money can’t buy class
You don’t wanna get stuck taking out trash

[Pre-Chorus – variation]
Ooh, yeah I guess it wasn’t meant to be
Because he didn’t do jack for me
I want a bean with a beanstalk
And if the magic ain’t right, time to walk

[Chorus]
Used to be your baby, used to be your lady
Thought you were the perfect lover
All the harmony went falling out of key, so
Now you gotta find another
Now you’re talking crazy saying that you made me
Like I was your Cinderella
You and me are through, though, watch me hit it solo
I’mma do it acapella, yeah

[Middle 8]
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
I’mma do it acapella
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Watch me do it in falsett-uh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Never mind, bring the beat back

[Chorus]
Used to be a baby, used to be a lady
Thought you were the perfect lover
All the harmony went falling out of key, so
Now you gotta find another
Now you’re talking crazy saying that you made me
Like I was your Cinderella
You and me are through, though, watch me hit it solo
I’mma do it acapella, yeah

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh, Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
I’mma do it acapella, yeah

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Britney Spears – “Ooh La La” (+ Lyrics)

Hittin' hard one more time.

Hittin’ hard one more time.

After coming off a successful single with will.i.am, “Scream & Shout”, Britney Spears is back to doing her solo material with this brand new song. I thought it would be coming out next month, but apparently, somebody couldn’t wait to leak the song, and you know how the Internet is. The song was co-produced by Ammo and Dr. Luke, with writing credits going to Dr. Luke, along with Bonnie McKee, Fransisca Hall, J. Kash and Lola Blanc. Enjoy!

Listen to the new song from Britney Spears, “Ooh La La”, from the soundtrack to The Smurfs 2. / Download “Ooh La La” on iTunes.

[Verse 1]
You don’t have to look like a movie star
Ooh, I think you’re good just the way you are
Tell me, if you could
Would you wake up and run away with me?
You don’t have to roll like a millionaire
Baby I would go with you anywhere
We don’t need no gold
We’ll be shining anyway, we’ll see

[Bridge]
You know can nobody get down like us
We don’t stop ’til we get enough
C’mon, turn it up ’till the speakers pop
Break it down, show me what you’ve got

[Chorus]
Ooh, my my baby, don’t be shy
I see that spark flashing in your eye
My heart beats fast ’cause I want it all
So baby come with me and be my ooh la la
Take my hand, we can go all night
And spin me round just the way I like
It feels so good, I don’t wanna stop
So baby come with me and be my ooh la la

[Verse 2]
You don’t have to wear no designer clothes
Just as long as we’re dancing on the floor
Fingers in my hair and
I’m letting go tonight, so free

[Bridge]
You know can nobody get down like us
We don’t stop ’til we get enough
C’mon, turn it up ’till the speakers pop
Break it down, show me what you’ve got

[Chorus]
Ooh, my my baby, don’t be shy
I see that spark flashing in your eye
My heart beats fast ’cause I want it all
So baby come with me and be my ooh la la
Take my hand, we can go all night
And spin me round just the way I like
It feels so good, I don’t wanna stop
So baby come with me and be my ooh la la

[Middle 8]
Be my ooh la la (x8)
Be my ooh la la (Be my ooh la la) (x8)
Ooh, my my baby, don’t be shy
I see that spark flashing in your eye

[Chorus]
Ooh, my my baby, don’t be shy
I see that spark flashing in your eye
My heart beats fast ’cause I want it all
So baby come with me and be my ooh la la
Take my hand, we can go all night
And spin me round just the way I like
It feels so good, I don’t wanna stop
So baby come with me and be my ooh la la

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull – “Live It Up” (+ Lyrics)

Lightning doesn't strike thrice.

Jenny’s back on the block.

Ready for another premiere? Dale! Here’s the latest song that brings Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull back together, “Live It Up”. This is now the fourth single that the two artists have collaborated on, including Lopez’s comeback smash from 2011, “On The Floor”. That dance ditty went top ten on the Hot 100. Last year, they collaborated on “Dance Again”, which peaked just inside the top 20. This song will be the first single from Lopez’s forthcoming studio album, her first all-new effort in two years, and is produced by RedOne. It was serviced to radio stations at 9AM this morning. A video for the single premieres next Wednesday, the 15th, and it will be performed live on American Idol, where Lopez was formerly a judge, the following night. Sounds like a pretty hectic schedule, but it should help this song soar up the charts. Enjoy!

Listen to “Live It Up” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull. / Download “Live It Up” on iTunes.

“LIVE IT UP”
Jennifer, Pitbull

[Rap]
From the streets of Miami
To presenting at the Grammys
Con el multito de Jennifer
Maybe now you understand me

Clap your hands, go clap your hands, go clap your hands to the beat (x2)
Mr. Worldwide, RedOne, and the beautiful Jennifer Lopez
Dale
We don’t believe in defeat, that’s why we’re back for a threepeat
Hi Jenny, mira que esta loco
Yo me la como como pastelitos de Coco
I get stupid on the beat, see wowo
I got mamis, mamis by the boatload
Yo tengo la carne y ella el mojo
I’m sayin’ dale, She’s screamin’ “yolo”
She’s Little Red Riding Hood and guess who’s el lobo (me la como)
Whose name is globally known?
Whose name on the check and they’re adding the o?
Whose name on the blimp with “the world is yours”?
Whose name on the schools, slam fo’ sho’
I know it’s hard to understand how a boy grew to a man
Man turned to a brand
But guess what, here I am
Jenny from the block, let’s rock with the plan

[Verse 1]
Yeah push me harder, I do the same
Boy I wanna feel you in every way
Don’t even wonder it’s just a game
We’re rockin’ body to body, let’s go insane

[Bridge]
I hit the spotlight, all night, ready to go
Give you a hard night, so tight, ready to blow
I’m in the spotlight, all night, ready to go
Give you a hard night, so tight, ready to blow

[Chorus]
Oh, we can do anything we want
Live it up, so live it up, live it up, go
Oh, and we ain’t stoppin’ ’til we’re done
Live it up, so live it up, live it up
Go, go, go, etc.

[Spoken]
Make love, don’t fight
Let’s f**k tonight

[Verse 2]
Turn up this mutha and let it play (mami)
I know you like my bumper, don’t be ashamed
(que rico)
Don’t even wonder it’s just a game (mami)
We’re rockin’ body to body, let’s go insane (que rico)

[Bridge]
I hit the spotlight, all night, ready to go
Give you a hard night, so tight, ready to blow
I’m in the spotlight, all night, ready to go
Give you a hard night, so tight, ready to blow

[Chorus]
Oh, we can do anything we want
Live it up, so live it up, live it up, go
Oh, and we ain’t stoppin’ ’til we’re done
Live it up, so live it up, live it up
Go, go, go, etc.

[Spoken]
Make love, don’t fight
Let’s f**k tonight

[Spoken]
You name it, she’s done it
She’s the reason that women run it
Bet this on a Grammy
Maybe now you understand me

Clap your hands, go clap your hands, go clap your hands to the beat (x3)

[Chorus]
Oh, we can do anything we want
Live it up, so live it up, live it up, go
Oh, and we ain’t stoppin ’til we’re done
Live it up, so live it up, live it up
Go, go, go, etc.

[Spoken]
Let’s f**k tonight (x2)

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Mariah Carey featuring Miguel – “#Beautiful” (+ Lyrics)

You'll be lovin' it long time.

You’ll be lovin’ it long time.

Mariah Carey is keeping it all in the Lambily with her new one, “#Beautiful”, featuring R&B singer Miguel. It’s the first single from her forthcoming album for which neither a title or release date has been revealed. We’ll likely find out that information soon. “#Beautiful” is the second title on note recently to include a hashtag in the title, following the recent hit for will.i.am and Justin Bieber, “#thatpower”. It was sent to radio this morning at 7AM Eastern to several formats and will be on iTunes at 8AM Eastern. Be sure to come back then for a link to the song. Also, stay tuned to your local pop-formatted Clear Channel to hear this collaboration every hour on the hour as a part of iHeartRadio’s artist integration program. It’s sure to have a huge first day on the airwaves under such circumstances. Will it give Carey her nineteenth #1 single on the Hot 100? That would be #beautiful, wouldn’t it? Check out the song below. Enjoy!

Listen to “#Beautiful” by Mariah Carey featuring Miguel. / Download “#Beautiful” on iTunes.

“#BEAUTIFUL”

Miguel, Mariah

[Intro]
Ah, ah, you’re beautiful
Yeah
Ah, ah, you’re beautiful

[Verse 1]
Hop on the back of my bike
Let the good wind blow through your hair
With an a** like that and a smile so bright
Oh, you’re killing me, you know it ain’t fair, yeah
Ride on through the middle of the night
Let the moonlight kiss your skin
When you dance like that, your jeans so tight
Oh, you’re killing me, baby do it again

[Chorus]
You’re beautiful, and you’re mine, it’s f*cking beautiful
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah
You’re beautiful, good lord, you’re f*cking beautiful
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah, yeah

[Verse 2]
I like when you run red lights
Don’t stop ’til you thrill me, oh how you thrill me
Always in control, how you do it, I don’t know
But I don’t care, take me anywhere

[Chorus]
‘Cause it’s beautiful, ooh you make me feel undressable
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, oh yeah
You’re beautiful, and you’re mine, it’s f*cking beautiful
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah
You’re beautiful, good lord, you’re f*cking beautiful (so beautiful)
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah
Yeah, yeah

[Middle 8]
Oh oh oh oh
Yeah yeah

You don’t know what you’re doing darling
Hop on back my bike darling

Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, etc.
Don’t you worry darling

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo – “Tonight” (+ Lyrics)

Get down "Tonight".

“Tonight” is the night.

LISTEN/WATCH “Tonight”.

BUY “Tonight” on iTunes / BUY “Tonight” on AmazonMP3

Well, what do you know? A few days ago, I posted a preview of Jessica Sanchez‘s new single in a topic about forthcoming songs going to radio in the next month. I just mentioned some general details about the releases and that there was a video in production, which has now been filmed. I was thinking it would be out during the last week of the month. After all, her album is out April 30; I was figuring the label would at least give her song six weeks at radio before putting out a full-length release. Around 5:30 Eastern time, a promotional account for Interscope Records posted the song on their SoundCloud account, which was then sent to me by a friend. Several hundred views later, I guess the label made a little error. The song is no longer available to listen to. However, keep this link here handy just in case they decide to put it back up. So, now, let’s see what I can remember from hearing the song about five times.

It’s an electropop and dance song that’s very different for Sanchez, with her impressive range that usually shines on ballads and slower songs, yet it still showcases her vocals pretty well and stays familiar with Ne-Yo‘s sound shift as of recent. I wouldn’t be surprised if StarGate had some sort of credit for production on the track. It vaguely reminds me vocal-wise of several of his past singles: 2008’s “Closer” and his feature on Conor Maynard‘s “Turn Around” from last year. It’s a very sassy song in terms of lyrics, as evidenced by the chorus that Sanchez pounds out, totally shedding that clean-cut image of her. I’m not sure I necessarily believe her when she sings about a place “where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it”, but I guess it could be worse. Otherwise, it’s a pretty harmless song with a length of just under four minutes (if I remember correctly.) It has an intro of about twenty seconds. Just to let you know, I am expecting a video in outer space with dancers in spacesuits and aliens ready to pounce, so these two better not let me down. (OK, they probably will.)

“TONIGHT”
(The two trade off vocals in the song, so Jessica‘s part is italicized and Ne-Yo‘s part is bolded.)

[VERSE]
It seems like every day is something else
Another reason to be stressing

And you wanna run away, said you just wanna run away
You try to get out and enjoy yourself
But everybody’s acting so depressing

And you wanna run away, yeah, said you just wanna run away

[BRIDGE]
Though we ’bout to hop up on this rocket
Get up outta here

Go somewhere where nothing ever goes wrong
‘Bout to hop up on this rocket
Take to the sky
Everything is fine

[CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where there ain’t no drama and the party’s never ending
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh

[VERSE]
It seems like every day is something else
Another reason to be stressing

And you wanna run away, said you just wanna run away, woah-oh
You try to get out and enjoy yourself
But everybody’s acting so depressing

And you wanna run away, (oh oh), said you just wanna run away

[BRIDGE]
Though we ’bout to hop up on this rocket
Get up outta here
Go somewhere where nothing ever goes wrong
‘Bout to hop up on this rocket
Take to the sky
Everything is fine

[CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where there ain’t no drama and the party’s never ending
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh

[POST-CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
Pretty baby, babe
No oh-oh-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
Oh oh-oh

[MIDDLE 8]
And we’ll be dancing through the moments
Got my girls ’round me, just grab your boys from Mars
And we’ll get away, go somewhere and just get right

[CHORUS]
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where the dudes got money and they’re not afraid to spend it
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh
‘Cause we ain’t even on Earth tonight
We on a planet where there ain’t no drama and the party’s never ending
Hey-oh, Hey-oh, and everything is alright, hey-oh hey-oh

Sanchez’s album will be released on April 30 through Interscope Records entitled Me, You and The Music. Enjoy!

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