Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton announced on Tuesday that he will release his second music compilation entitled “Pop Up! #2” next month. L.A.-based music group Opus Label will distribute the Hilton-curated album that features 15 tracks from rising pop acts like Tegan & Sara, Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX and others. The eclectic record is set for a May 14 drop date.
Among the musicians featured on “Pop Up! #2” are indie rockers Tegan & Sara with “Closer.” The synthpop track served as the lead single from the duo’s “Heartthrob” album, which is their most mainstream effort yet. Tegan & Sara wanted to take an unexpected direction with their music so they wrote this fun dance song with hitmaker Greg Kurstin.
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Alt-pop singer Sky Ferreira is also featured on the compilation with “Everything is Embarrassing.” The gloomy dance ballad became a breakout, landing her on many of 2012’s best-of lists (including on here tapeunit.com) as well as a performance spot on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Ferreira sought to find a new direction with “Everything” that reflected her own interests so she teamed up with indie producers Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid. The result was something magical.
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British singer-songwriter Charli XCX’s “You (Ha Ha Ha)” is another song featured on “Pop Up!” The dance song samples EDM producer Gold Panda’s “You.” She exudes coolness and confidence on the cheery track when she sings, “You were old school / I was on the new sh-t.” Some might know Charli XCX from her recently released album, “True Romance,” and others because she co-wrote and is featured on Icona Pop’s breakout hit, “I Love It.”
See “You (Ha Ha Ha)” on here
Additionally, Hilton chose to feature MNDR’s “Feed Me Diamonds” on his album. The New York City-based act released the dark electropop track as a single from their most recent album of the same name. Singer Amanda Warner delivers a heartfelt performance on the feathery and sophisticated song. MNDR is in good company with the aforementioned singers and other artists on “Pop Up! #2.”
See “Feed Me Diamonds” on here
Hilton and Opus Label first collaborated on “Pop Up! #1” last August. That original compilation featured Estonian pop singer Kerli, actress Kat Graham, EDM producers The Cataracs, and other buzzworthy acts during that time.
“Pop Up! #2” tracklist
Kodaline – “All I Want”
Lianne La Havas – “Lost & Found”
Petula Clark – “Cut Copy Me”
Elle King – “No One Can Save You”
Paloma Faith – “Let Your Love Walk In”
MNDR – “Feed Me Diamonds”
Charli XCX – “You (Ha Ha Ha)”
Tegan & Sara – “Closer”
Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarrassing”
Asaf Avidan – “Cyclamen”
Bastille – “Pompeii”
Wynter Gordon – “Reach Out”
Big Deal – “Chair”
Blondfire – “Waves”
Kal Lavalle – “The Ocean”
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