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Take it from someone who started a weekly pop column last year: 2014 was a bad year for pop music. I write this knowing that there are still many self-satisfied blowhards in the world — sometimes even in the comments section of this very website! — who will tell you that every year is a… More »

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

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Jessie Ware – “12” (Demo)

Jessie Ware’s sophomore album, Tough Love, comes out soon. So far, we’ve heard a lot of songs and previews of songs from the record, but here’s something that won’t show up on it when it drops. It’s a demo for a song called “12” that was made with Rhye’s Robin Hannibal and producer Salva. Here’… More »

By: James Rettig / October 12, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Preview Yet Another New Jessie Ware Track, “Sweetest Song”

Jessie Ware’s Tough Love is out next week in the UK and the following week in North America, but it hasn’t streamed in full yet. So hell yeah, why not keep leaking out bits and pieces of this thing? The song in question this time is called “Sweetest Song,” and from the 90-second snippet we… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 10, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Watch Jessie Ware Perform Another New Song “Keep On Lying”

Jessie Ware’s sophomore album, Tough Love, has been a frequent subject of praise here over the past few months, and deservedly so. The British R&B singer has been releasing awesome single after awesome single, and today, we get video of her performing yet another brilliant song, “Keep On Lying.” The Julio Bashmore-cowritten track is a… More »

By: Maggie Stamets / October 8, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Jessie Ware – “Pieces”

In a way, it’s going to be sad when Jessie Ware’s new album Tough Love comes out, since it means she’s probably going to stop posting incredible new songs on Soundcloud at regular intervals. We’ve already heard five different new songs — “Say You Love Me” is probably the champion right now — and now… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 6, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Jessie Ware – “Cruel” (Preview)

The British soul singer Jessie Ware will release her sophomore album later this month, and she’s been generous with sharing its tracks. The title track, “Share It All,” “Say You Love Me,” the Dev Hynes collab “Want Your Feeling,” and the Miguel collab “Kind Of… Sometimes… Maybe” are all out there in the world, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Watch SBTRKT, Jamie xx, and Jessie Ware’s Full Sets From iTunes Festival London

Since the beginning of September, Apple’s iTunes Festival has had a new show each night. The past two nights have seen Jessie Ware, SBTRKT, and Jamie xx take the stage. Both Ware and SBTRKT performed new songs from their respective upcoming albums. All of the performances are available to stream on iTunes for a limited… More »

By: James Rettig / September 20, 2014 - 11:18 am

Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me (Gorgon City Remix)”

Jessie Ware’s awesome Tough Love track “Say You Love Me” is a big, bold power ballad, a far cry from her usual poised smoldering. Rising London production duo Gorgon City’s remix remakes the song into a club anthem, framing it with a different sort of bigness and boldness. Whereas the original might crush your heart,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 19, 2014 - 11:44 am

Jessie Ware – “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe” (Feat. Miguel)

Jessie Ware debuted “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe” at Flow Festival in August, but today she drops the studio version, on which she is assisted by none other than Miguel. It’s a breathlessly stunning, sensual slow jam, yet another highlight from her upcoming Tough Love, which, at this point, has given us nothing but highlights. Listen. More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 17, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Watch Jessie Ware & BenZel Break Down “Say You Love Me”

Jessie Ware broke down her new song “Say You Love Me” for The Guardian’s Behind The Beat video series. The song was co-written by Ed Sheeran and produced by BenZel (Benny Bianco and Two Inch Punch, who both appear in the video). “My voice is definitely more up front in this record and that wa… More »

By: James Rettig / September 17, 2014 - 9:36 am

Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me” Video

Jessie Ware’s recent single “Say You Love Me” was bigger and bolder than anything we’d yet heard from her. The new video for that song takes a similar approach with its directness. Ware sits atop a large fake stone on a set, and the camera simply films her in extended takes. There’s nothing else, but… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 11, 2014 - 3:48 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week brought a small avalanche of new songs from big-ticket names. And four of the tracks that made our list of the 5 Best Songs Of The Week come from such artists — it easily could have been a full five-for-five if we weren’t divided on the new Iceage single … or the new… More »

By: Stereogum / September 5, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Jessie Ware – “Want Your Feeling” (Feat. Dev Hynes)

Sometimes, in the weeks before a record’s release, you can start to get that warm, confident feeling: Oh yeah, this is going to be a good one. That’s how many of us at Stereogum feel about Tough Love the sophomore album from the British soul singer Jessie Ware. All the songs we’ve heard from the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 2, 2014 - 9:02 am

Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me (Shura Remix)”

The British soul singer Jessie Ware is a couple of months away from releasing Tough Love, her sophomore album, but anticipation is high around these parts because the three songs we’ve heard — the title track, “Share It All,” and “Say You Love Me” — are all fucking beautiful. “Say You Love Me,” in particular,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014 - 2:27 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Some of this week’s 5 Best Songs are weird. Like, really weird. Some of them are pretty normal — which isn’t a knock, because it’s not easy to make something that sounds masterfully effortless and straight-up competent. All of them, however, are good. Check them out and share your own thoughts below. (Also, this seem… More »

By: Stereogum / August 15, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Watch Jessie Ware Play Four Tough Love Songs At Flow Festival

Jessie Ware has been slowly teasing new songs from her upcoming sophomore album Tough Love since it was announced back in July. So far, we’ve heard studio versions of “Tough Love,” “Share It All,” and “Say You Love Me” and a live rendition of “Champagne Kisses.” During her set at last weekend’s Flow Festival i… More »

By: James Rettig / August 13, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me”

Devotion was the kind of debut album that can loom over an artist’s entire career, never to be repeated. But judging from these early singles, Jessie Ware’s sophomore effort Tough Love is going to be even better than Devotion. We’ve already heard the simmering title track and the misty “Share It All.” Now comes the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 12, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Hear Jessie Ware Perform “Tough Love” And “Wildest Moments” On BBC Radio 6 Music

The great British soul singer Jessie Ware will soon release Tough Love, her second album, and she recently stopped by Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music radio show. In the midst of a charmingly chatty half-hour interview, she sang a couple of songs: A haunted, stripped-down take on the new “Tough Love,” and another of “WildestMore »

By: Tom Breihan / August 8, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Chance The Rapper – “Wonderful Everyday” (Arthur Theme Song Cover)

Chance The Rapper has been trotting out his cover of the Arthur theme song during his live show for a while now and he’s finally posted a studio version of the track. It features a whole chorus of vocals from Wyclef Jean, Jessie Ware, Francis And The Lights, Elle Varner, Eryn Allen Kane, The O’my’s,… More »

By: James Rettig / July 30, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Watch Jessie Ware Debut “Champagne Kisses” In Poland

Although there’s no official date yet, Jessie Ware has been gearing up for the release of her anticipated sophomore LP Tough Love, and everything we’ve heard so far has been stellar. She played a show in Poland over the weekend, and fans there were treated to the surprise debut of another new song, “Champagne Kisses.”… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 30, 2014 - 5:18 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

It was a good week for songs. Any week whose 5 Best Songs includes seven artists including Danny Brown, Ezra Koenig, Jessie Ware, Rustie, SBTRKT, Shura, and Spoon? That is a good week for songs. And you know what? You could maybe even argue that a few others shoulda been squeezed on there, too. Do… More »

By: Stereogum / July 25, 2014 - 5:24 pm