Ellie Goulding does not have the spinning peppermint bra of Katy Perry or the tabloid-baiting love life of Rihanna. But she consistently puts out good music without any need for bells and whistles. (The fact that she performed for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding reception should not be held against her.) Earlier this week Goulding put out a new single, Hanging On, featuring Tinie Tempah, and yesterday she dropped the music video.
In other news, Ellie Goulding’s single Lights also hit the top five this week, following a new high of sales by her album of the same name. The Guardian teases that Goulding is at work on her second album with Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia.
In the mean time, she’s offering a download of Hanging On for free.
His name might be Tinie Tempah, but the 22-year-old musician is fixing to become hip-hop’s next big deal. Already a breakout star overseas, his platinum-selling debut record, Disc-Overy, earned him four top-five singles and two BRIT Awards. He’ll invade America with a little help from some friends—musical guests Ellie Goulding, Kelly Rowland, and Swedish House Mafia among them—when the album gets its stateside release this month.
But he won’t rest there: he wants your closet, too. Tempah intends to expand his successful T-shirt brand, Disturbing London, with the hope that it will grow into his very own Billionaire Boys Club. Drawing from his own sense of style, Tempah admits that fashion design is a natural extension of his passion for music. “I record a song to express myself in the same way that I put on clothes to express myself,” he says. “I was spending so much time putting together loads of different brands to achieve my look that I decided it would be easier to make my own brand with all of the staples together.”
The collection, which is scheduled to launch this summer, will feature “a little bit of high fashion, and a little bit of street cool.” We asked the budding streetwear titan for his sartorial must-haves, and he happily obliged us. “When I wear something, I like it to be as close to the source as possible, so I go with original vintage Levi’s rather than denim that looks vintage,” he says. “I always wear trainers regardless of whether I’ve got on a suit or some camouflage shorts. I go with new Nike Blazers or some vintage trainers. I have pairs of black eyeglasses and pairs of clear ones. I especially love Cutler and Gross glasses, which have become an everyday staple. As for a watch, well, it’s got to be Rolex.”
What luck! In a week that turned out to be all about the kill, we’re introducing our brand new Music Issue on newsstands now, featuring cover stars The Kills. Coincidence? We think so! Anyway, read all about the everlasting musical union between Mr. Hince and Ms. Mosshart — and the new album they made — here. Also in our May issue:
Before Mark Ruffalo hulks and smashes in next summer’s Avengers, he pauses for his directorial debut, Sympathy for Delicious; read a revealing interview with the actor about the rock drama and the darkness that inspired it. UK music sensation Anna Calvi has opened for Interpol, but she never met lead singer Paul Banks — until now. The Arctic Monkeys, rockstars before they turned twenty, evolve on their new album, Suck It and See. New York’s Gang Gang Dance explain where their trippy, tribal, genre-defying sound comes from. Our sometime fashion guru Gavin McInnes puts SXSW on blast. Avant-garde musical artist Planningtorock takes us on an impromptu tour of Berlin.
Plus Rose Byrne, Taylor Momsen, Chloe Sevigny, Death Cab for Cutie, Dolly Parton, Richard Ashcroft, Tinie Tempah, and more!