In a pop world in which teen stars crash and burn, it's so refreshing to watch and listen to Latin Grammy winner Miguelito. The 15 year old has kept his head on straight no matter the success he's found at such a young age. While most kids are playing video games or getting messy playing in dirt outdoors, Miguelito started his music career at the age of six, releasing Mas Grande Que Tu. That album was a hit, and his follow-up El Heredero earned him a Latin Grammy for Best Childrens' Album. He's been praised by Billboard, and just about everywhere else, and urban legend Daddy Yankee took him under his wing shortly thereafter. Not too bad considering when I was seven, my biggest accomplishment was getting lost on the beach at Wildwood, NJ. Anyway, Miguelito is back with a cover of The Archies classic "Sugar Sugar," and it's as catchy now as it was back then. His "Suga Suga" is a summer gem, and features Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman. At Primary Wave Music's Listening Room in New York City, I spoke with the young talent for A-Sides about his fast rise in the industry and working with Stockman and Daddy Yankee. Enjoy!
"Suga Suga" (which is an energetic remake of The Archies 1969 timeless classic "Sugar Sugar") made its highly anticipated worldwide debut exclusively via Sirius XM Satellite Radio. "I chose "Suga Suga" as my new single because my family and I would sing along to the original song when I was growing up. Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men and I have created this new upbeat version. I am super excited to be collaborating with him on this song," commented Miguelito. Miguelito's colorful version is sure to have everyone dancing to the contagious beat of the song, and it won't be long until the catchy lyrics become the new teen pop anthem.
It's been a pretty good year for Chicago's Ace Reporter, and that's probably an understatement. The band's Yearling XL was released to much love, and today the band's allowing me to premiere the lyric video for its hit single "Untouched and Arrived" exclusively for A-Sides. Have a watch and listen, and get on this band now. They're going to make you famous in your social circles one day.
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A-Sides "Delve Into Twelve" Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its Top 12 tracks of the week AKA the "Delve Into Twelve"based on the following contributing factors: songs I'm playing out that particular week NO MATTER WHEN THEY WERE RELEASED (think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks, and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls, and - most importantly - the songs my two-year-old son gravitates toward by stomping his feet in approval. Yeah, you read that right. This weeks follows below (LW= last week's rank).
12. "Hunger of the Pine" (debut) - Alt-J
11. "Overdose" (debut) - Little Daylight
10. "Boom Clap" (debut) - Charli XCX
9."Get Hurt" (LW-11) - Gaslight Anthem
8. "Let it Burn" (LW-5) - The Orwells
7."Out of My Mind" (LW-10) - Magic Man
6."Would You Fight For My Love?" (LW-3) - Jack White
5."Like a Stranger" (LW-6) - Kitten
4. "Reverse" (LW-9) - SomeKindaWonderful
3 "Seasons (Waiting On You) - (LW-4) - Future Islands
2."Shadow" (LW-2) - Bleachers
1."Stolen Dance" (LW-1) - Milky Chance
About A-Sides Music
Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series was established in August 2011 and usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing. Artists have included: fun, Courtney Love, Air Supply, Birdy, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Pharrell Williams, American Authors, Imagine Dragons, Gary Clark Jr., and more! A-Sides theme written and performed by Blondfire.
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