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Ryan Tedder Protege ‘Kay’ Wants You To Know Her Name

If you’re looking for your daily pop fix but you’re tired of hearing the usual overplayed dance/electro-pop that’s been dominating the airwaves lately, there is a cure. She goes by ‘My Name Is Kay’ and her eponymous EP, which dropped worldwide at the end of February is starting to make waves.

She’s got a very distinct style, combining her history as an emcee with irresistable pop hooks over funky beats, which ends up sounding different than anything else out there. Given, most of these pop hooks and funky beats are probably due to her collaboration with the king of catchy himself, Ryan Tedder. Tedder not only helped her sign with Interscope, but also co-wrote numerous tracks on the EP, such as the title track which has been gaining radio play in Canada, Kay’s home and native land. Nonetheless, My Name Is Kay manages to deliver a spunky but genuine attitude with hip-hop and pop flavour all on her own. Check out the super catchy title track of her EP below!


Introductions + Ed Sheeran

Right now you’re probably wondering what I mean by ‘introductions’. Well, I’m not here to introduce a band (yet), I’m here to introduce myself. My name’s Susie Yankou and this is my very first post on Life After Nirvana! There are a few things you should know about me if we’re going to be friends (which we are):

1. I’m Canadian. What’s up.

2. I’m a music addict. I grew up singing and writing songs and have since picked up guitar, piano and trumpet. Being a singer/songwriter myself, I love discovering new music, creating music, seeing live music… You get the idea.

3. I love pop. There are a lot of guys that contribute to this site who have the lo-down on awesome indie/alternative/rock/metal/any other genre, but as long as it’s catchy, I like it. Pop music is where it’s at. That being said, I am a lover of all genres, so you can expect more than your typical top 40 pop updates from me!

4. I have a weird obsession with British music. I will literally browse the BBC music charts every week to see what’s hot in the UK and listen to all of the songs that I haven’t heard of. You can expect a lot of updates on British artists, because they have so much good stuff going on over there.

That’s all you need to know for now. I think this officially makes us friends. And to kick off our friendship and prove that I’m not all talk, let me share with you one of my favourite British artists out there right now.

His name is Ed Sheeran, and his style is the perfect blend of acoustic, pop and hip-hop music. His debut album “+” has been massive in the UK and now he’s touring North America opening for Snow Patrol, trying to make a name for himself over here. “+” is due out on June 12th in US, but the entire thing is available online, since it was released in Britain in the fall.

One of my favourite tracks off of the album is a super-catchy tune called Drunk. It’s got a great hook, and some fantastic wordplay in the lyrics. Give it a listen!