As the sun sets on 2014 and we look ahead to the new year, Marina & The Diamonds returns to usher in 2015 with the latest taste of FROOT on perhaps her most epic offering yet, “Immortal”. The perfect soundtrack to the infinite possibilities of New Years Eve and the hungover reality of New Years Day, it’s yet another delicious squeeze of FROOT to tide you over until the album’s arrival this spring. Preorder FROOTnow and get the title track and “Happy” instantly, plus “Immortal” as soon as the clock strikes midnight and 2015 hits tonight.
Just in time for Christmas Eve, our very own HAERTS have an early holiday treat for all of you boys and girls. Nini, Ben, and Garrett recently recorded a stripped-down rendition of the John & Yoko classic, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and the result is nothing short of a Neon Gold Christmas miracle. Shot in stark black-and-white, it really tugs at your heartstrings and looks like a long-lost demo dusted off after years in obscurity and set free into the world. Get festive above and see you in the new year, Internet.
There’s a new heiress to the Swedish pop throne, and she goes by the name of Seinabo Sey. We announced a very special deluxe release of her debut EP on *gold* 10″ vinyl earlier this week, and now you can go ahead and get your tickets for her inaugural US tour, on sale today. If you missed Seinabo reigning supreme over our New Shapes CMJ showcase earlier this fall, make things right at Le Poisson Rouge next month. It’s all going down to celebrate her deluxe EP release January 27th, with $15 advance tickets now available HERE. And for our West Coasters, Seinabo hits the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever on February 4th, $18 advance tix now on sale HERE. So mark your calendars and get your preorder in for that solid gold For Madeleine EPHERE, because everything about this is going to be *very* special.
We knew we loved the body diamond bros Great Good Fine OK (via their sterling debut EP and their cross-dressing antics in one of the best videos of the year) but we didn’t know how much… Until now. Watch them get extremely up close and personal on the latest episode of Slumber Party @Emmieshouse (above). What’s Slumber Party @Emmieshouse you ask? Why it’s only the best web series out there starring our professional BFF Emmie as she entertains our favorite bands with her signature bedtime antics, truth or dare, and – in the case of this episode – a very special spa day as GGFO put the man in manicure. Seriously you’re about to watch a grown ass man get his legs shaved, and you’re going to like it. Previous Slumber Party guests include our beloved Marina & The Diamonds, MS MR, Charli XCX, Betty Who, ASTR, The Knocks + more – catch up on all the previous action here.
Last week Marina & The Diamonds rolled out the second taster off of next year’s FROOT with pristine new ballad offering, “Happy“, and today she returns with an interstellar live video for the track to keep fans in the Frootmas spirit until the next taste comes on New Year’s Day. Under a twinkling infinity backdrop, it’s a sterling rendition that strips back “Happy” to its pulpy core and goes straight for the emotional jugular. Find happiness above and preorder FROOT now to get “Happy” and “FROOT” instantly.
Calling all interns. Neon Gold is looking for a few new superstars in the making to come live the dream with us at Neon Gold HQ next year. As we are a small operation (there’s four of us, and one is a popstar spending most of her time on tour these days), this will be a very hands-on internship experience both in and out of the office. There will be some boring stuff. But there will also be a lot of awesome stuff. We are seeking interns for 8-12 week internships, and any interested parties would need to be available to work out of our NYC headquarters in Soho. Desk space will be provided, though interns will need access to their own laptops for daily use in the office.
Applicants should be responsible, organized, personable and most of all, hungry. You’re going to be on the front lines with us fighting the good fight, getting a unique taste of life at a boutique company operating within the major label world.
As an intern your responsibilities will include (but won’t be limited to): maintaining and updating social networks, assisting with promotional and marketing materials, coordinating events and assisting with our monthly Popshop club nights (we’ve got four of them now), helping out on a number of top secret but extremely exciting new ventures we’ve got in the works, and most importantly, keeping it real.
Still with us? Still interested? We’ll be conducting interviews the first few weeks of January with those applicants we feel are the most qualified and impressive candidates, so fill out this exciting application form and then email us your resume/CV at email@example.com.
There’s no denying Sweden’s immaculate run in the international pop spotlight this year, and the shine shows no sign of letting up in the new year. For proof look no further than Stockholm’s Seinabo Sey, undoubtedly Scandinavia’s brightest star on the 2015 pop horizon, a once-in-a-lifetime vocal talent whose debut shows left us breathless earlier this year. Thus, it’s with boundless excitement that we welcome her to the Neon Gold family today with the announcement of the deluxe edition of her For Madeleine EP on Neon Gold next month, to coincide with her first proper North American tour including Neon Gold live dates in NYC and LA.
From the heartbreaking chords and powerhouse percussion of “Hard Time” to the anthemic bombast of “Younger” – perhaps the finest song of this year – and “Pistols At Dawn”, For Madeleine was already one of the strongest debuts of 2014, so it’s with great pleasure that we bring the deluxe package into the world on Neon Gold next month. The deluxe EP arrives January 27th on limited edition GOLD 10″ vinyl complete with an exclusive bonus track in live standout “Words”, with an EP launch show at Le Poisson Rouge that same night and her LA headline debut the following week at Hollywood Forever cemetery. Preorder the deluxe gold vinyl edition of For Madeleine HERE, and keep an eye out for Seinabo’s debut North American tour on sale Friday.
New York’s very own VÉRITÉ had *quite* the 2014. The hometown heroine crash landed earlier this year with a handful of maximum-strength pop hits complete with a larger-than-life live show to back it all up, and put a bow on her banner year this weekend with another knockout NYC throwdown at Popshop Brooklyn Saturday night. Today she returns to close out 2014 in style with a brand new remix EP, highlighted by a rapturous secondhand take on “Echo” courtesy of MS MR‘s resident drum machine, NICITA. As doom-and-gloom synths zip down neon streets and propel Kelsey’s vocals to new heights over that signature hyper-percussive NICITA backbeat, it’s all a bit Tron: Legacy as the track spirals relentlessly forward to infinity and beyond. Echo: The Remixes is out now and features fresh takes from Neon Gold all-stars Penguin Prison and Lightwaves in addition to NICITA’s (below), stream it in it’s entirety HERE.
Frootmas comes early today, as Marina & The Diamonds delivers the second taste of her forthcoming opus, FROOT, in the form of freshly-squeezed album opener “Happy”. Harkening back to The Family Jewels-era, “Happy” is an instant classic in the Marina canon and shines as one of the album’s finest moments, as Miss Marina Diamond delivers one of her more breathaking vocals to date over sparse emotive chords and pristine, less-is-more production from David Kosten. FROOT arrives April 7th via Neon Gold / Atlantic, preorder now HERE and get a juicy new track every month leading up to release.
A new star has risen over the City of Lights this year, and if you’re ready to navigate by a new set of pop constellations, she just might rearrange everything. Meet Christine and the Queens, one of the more undeniable and quietly brilliant artists we’ve encountered in ages. A singer-songwriter who takes her name from her time spent in London’s counterculture drag scene, Christine (née Héloïse Letissier) has been gathering heat in France for a minute now, thanks to her electrifying live show and her stunning, platinum-certified debut Chaleur Humaine, the runaway consensus album of the year in her home country.
In possession of a Ziggy Stardust level of iconoclasticism and a stage presence that strikes the perfect balance between MJ and Francis & The Lights, Christine combines an artistic depth that feels rare and almost unorthodox with an unmistakable contemporary edge: in her perfect (and Lorde-approved) single “Saint Claude,” she’s all steely, tight HAIM-esque translucence with an effortless lightness that’s all her own. We suspect next year to be a massive one for Christine as she sets her sights on international stardom beyond French borders, so get involved immediately with the indelible clip for “Saint Claude”, perhaps the finest song and video of the year, above.