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Tommy Stoner Talks To Us About ‘Sturdy’, His Music, And His Life



Following on from our review of Tommy Stoner’s single, ‘Sturdy‘, we took the opportunity to have a chat and ask him a few questions. The Atlanta, Georgia based artist has quite a substantial discography under his belt, and also has some great things to say, so we were surprised to hear that he’s not done very many interviews to date. We hope you enjoy our chat.

We really enjoyed your single, ‘Sturdy’. What is your definition of Sturdy? How does a person achieve sturdiness?

Sturdy to me is just being solid. Solid, meaning whole or having your (you know what) together. That’s financially, emotionally, and mentally. A person can easily obtain this “sturdiness” not necessarily by being perfect but simply by being the best version of their self that they can be.

Who has been the most inspiring person in your life? Why? What about your musical inspirations?

Naturally there are many people that have had a time where they have been the most inspiring person in my life. However, speaking to today the most inspiring person in my life is my manager Scoville Jenkins. Like he’s the real definition of “you believe in something, go get it”. It’s the all-in mentality he possesses that just strikes something in me to keep going to the studio everyday working on my craft. My musical inspirations are the current legends that have blessed me with features for my next project. I don’t want to spoil who’s featured on it however, it’s something about seeing a legend reach down and collaboration with someone like myself who happens to be a fan of them. Seeing this happen in my life has given me soo much inspiration musically to be great and one day also be able to reach down and collaborate with someone in my position today.

You are a frequent collaborator with your cousin Ghee Boe. How did that come about? Have you always sung together? What’s next on the horizon for you and will it be a collaboration with Ghee Boe again?

Man me and ghee are blood related and it’s crazy cause we’re actually blood related on both sides. My dad and his dad are cousins and some kind of way came across our dope mothers who are sisters and magic happened. As far as the music relates, we both used to ALWAYS freestyle in the car with my other cousin Makk who usually would be driving as well as freestyle with us. I actually started music as a producer and ghee was literally the first rapper I’d ever produced an entire project from. I would record a hook or two until eventually he’d motivated me to do my own full songs. Right now I’m working on my next project entitled “Rolling Papers 4” and Ghee is definitely featured on there as well. EVERYTHING I do he’ll be a part of much; However we also have a collaboration project we’ll be gearing up for after RP4’s release.

If you could do it all over again, what about your music career would you do differently and why?

It’s easy to have regrets in life in general and honestly if I could make a list, it’d be pretty long. Regardless though, I actually still think all of the decisions or mistakes I made just were simply just meant to get me here. Looking back at the start of my music journey from me learning the producer route and then being told I wasn’t a producer until I learned to engineer as well down to engineering and learning to engineer myself, to then mastering my artistry. If it we’re producing and engineering I wouldn’t have had the privilege of meeting all the legendary artist I’ve been so fortunate to work with on my own songs. Like everything just seems like it was supposed to happen so I don’t think I would change too much.

What three tracks are top of your playlist right now?

Off the top of my I head I would say: 1. ‘Priceless’, 2. ‘Up There’ and 3. ‘Sturdy’, all off of my TOMMY sober project I recently dropped.

What advice do you have for anyone starting out in the music business right now? Were you ever given a piece of advice that you’ve lived by during your music career?

Advice I would give is just to keep going and always try new stuff. If you’re an artist or engineer, learn to make some beats. If you’re an engineer or producer, try out recording yourself you never know what works until you try. I was given this same advice by many of my peers, so I’d just pass that along. As well as to never give up.

What question do you wish someone would ask you in an interview, but nobody ever has? What’s the answer to that question?

I’m fairly new to this interviewing part of the journey I’ve only had about 6 or 7 since releasing my first ever video but I never worry about question usually I’m just honored to even be interviewed. Like it’s truly a privilege to just share my story or life in general in hopes to inspire someone else. I think one thing that would be cool though is like a trick question or a game at the end that comes with a prize I love stuff like that lol.

Tommy Stoner can be found online on his official websiteFacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Watch the video for ‘Sturdy’ below.

Tommy Stoner - "Sturdy" feat. Ferregamo Swave, Ghee Boe.(Official Music Video)

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What Song Does Eddie Munson Play in ‘Stranger Things’ Finale?



There’s a lot on the minds of Stranger Things fans after the Season 4 finale. But now, fans have the answer to what song Eddie Munson performed during the final episode of the show.

Warning: Stranger Things Season 4 spoilers ahead!

Earlier this month when the Stranger Things teaser trailer was released, fans saw that Eddie would be playing the guitar on top of a trailer in the Upside Down during a lightning storm.

TikTok users began analyzing the clip to see what chords he was playing to see if they could determine what song he would be performing. Some TikTokers theorized that it was Europe’s “The Final Countdown” while some correctly figured out the tune.

Eddie Munson (played by Joseph Quinn) dedicated the song to Chrissy before breaking out into an epic guitar solo. The song turned out to be “Master of Puppets” by Metallica. The song is the title track from the band’s 1986 record.

This season, other artists like KISS, Journey, Talking Heads, The Beach Boys and Kate Bush had their music featured in the hit 80’s-themed Netflix series. Quinn actually used music to get into his character.

“I listened to a lot of heavy metal and that was my… God, it’s impossible to not sound pretentious when you say it, but, yeah, that was my way in,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

Prior to filming, Quinn actually began playing guitar after watching Jack Black in the 2003 cult-classic School of Rock.

“I’ve played since I was 7, and I’ve had huge breaks,” he shared. “I wouldn’t consider myself a brilliant guitarist, but I can play it. That was very lucky because those scripts came out, I think, at some point in the pandemic. I did start practicing pretty furiously.”

Watch the epic scene, below.

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Jedward Wow In Packed Out Show At Manchester’s Factory – A Brilliant Start To Their 3 Date ‘Voice Of A Rebel’ UK Tour



Starting their 3 date tour in legendary Manchester venue The Factory, the Irish duo had fans both young and old, long standing and brand new, local and from abroad. Many had travelled to the show, the first since the advent of the Covid-19 Pandemic, not just from around the UK and Ireland, but also from as far flung locations as Canada.

Jedward have been going strong since their start back in 2009, with many of their fans loyal to them since those early days, while others have joined along the way. I’ve only been a part for their journey since 2011, but when you’re a Jedward fan, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been there from day one or from today; what’s important is that you’re there.

Jedward’s current UK tour, takes in 3 dates, Manchester last night, London tonight, and Glasgow tomorrow. The tour is to promote their 2019 album, ‘Voice Of A Rebel’, which was entirely written and produced by John and Edward themselves (with 22 songs!), and while this might seem a long gap between album and concerts, we all know what state the world has been in. Jedward will be releasing their 5th album later this year, and that one will also have a tour, hopefully not with a 3 year gap! You can bet this writer will be joining that tour too!

John and Edward came on stage at 8pm and didn’t stop their high energy performance until just after 10. With four albums under their belts, plus some 13 non-album singles, there were plenty of songs to choose from, and in addition to their album tracks, they had their now well-established acoustic session, which sees John playing guitar and singing, with Edward’s accompaniment. As a special treat for the locals, they performed a rousing rendition of the Oasis classic, ‘Wonderwall’, which went down an absolute storm, the audience belting out every word. 

And that’s the thing about Jedward fans. They sing. They sing every word, they know every song. Detractors of Jedward presume that they and their fans only know pop and of that only Jedward’s version of it. But John and Edward themselves are known to have encyclopaedic musical knowledge, and have great memories for massive catalogues of songs – in addition to their own. They also added a fair few a Capella renditions of some of their own songs and covers, proving (as always) the haters wrong, and singing them pitch perfect. 

As this was the first concert of the tour, and with many doing all three dates, the Manchester show covered a wide range of songs from across the entire Jedwardian era – songs such as Ghostbusters and All The Small Things made the cut, alongside their two Eurovision entries, Lipstick and Waterline (the former getting a reprise later in the show), and newer tracks such as the title track from the Voice Of A Rebel album, and crowd favourite, the absolute banger, Extraordinary. Tonight we are promised some more of their later tracks, and I for one am furiously refreshing my memory of all the words.

Jedward perform at the Camden Assembly tonight. This date is completely sold out. Tomorrow night they will be at The Garage, Glasgow.

Manchester set list:




Respect Your Dreams

Happens In The Dark

Bodies In Action

Young Love

(Acoustic session): 

  • Wonderwall
  • Nothing Compares 2U
  • Teenage Dirtbag
  • As It Was

Teenage Runaway

Bad Behaviour

Hold The World (a Capella)

Go Getter (a Capella)

Soul Crushing

All The Small Things

Can’t Forget You

Spice Things Up


Under Pressure/Ice Ice Baby

Everyday Superstar

Numb (a Capella)

You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful (a Capella)

Phoenix Wings

Good Vibes


Voice Of A Rebel

Free Spirit (a Capella)

Mr Brightside (a Capella)

Taste The Heat


Lipstick (reprise)

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Imen Siar Talks Working With David Guetta, Debut Album (Q&A)



Imen Siar’s career is just getting started, but she’s rapidly finding a place for herself in the industry.

The 23-year-old singer kicked things off by lending her voice to the Arabic version of David Guetta’s “Family” alongside featured rappers Ty Dolla $ign and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. The English-language version of the track features none other than Bebe Rexha, putting Siar in an exclusive group of pop heavyweights.

She followed that up with her debut solo single “Lonely People,” which was released in English, Italian and Arabic. Believe it or not, that’s only three of the six languages the rising star can sing in.

The soaring ballad highlights her stunning vocals and offers just a hint at what she’s capable of. With plans to drop several more singles over the course of the year — including her most recent track, “Glitter and Gold” — and her debut album in early 2023, Siar is poised for a major breakthrough.

Despite that, she remains the humble star who was discovered singing into a mop while working at a Nando’s restaurant in the U.K.

Below, Imen Siar opens up to PopCrush about the beginning of her career, hearing herself on the radio for the first time, her musical inspirations and her biggest goals. Plus, she teases what to expect on her forthcoming album.

Watch Imen Siar’s “Lonely People” Music Video:

Why did you decide to start your musical journey with “Lonely People”?

I wanted my first song to be something that could speak to everyone. One thing that does that is to have multiple languages involved because it means that you can reach more people. Releasing after the pandemic, talking about loneliness is something that affected everyone.

You recorded the song in a couple of languages. Is that something you want to do with all of your releases?

I would say with the majority. Or I would say maybe as much as I can. When it comes to ballads or slow songs it’s easier. I will always give it a go and see how it sounds. If it sounds right, I’ll do it.

You sing in six languages. What was the process of learning?

I feel like I got lucky with my background and where I grew up. I was born and raised in Italy. So that’s why I know Italian. My origins are from Morocco so I speak the dialect there. In Morocco we speak French. And then I came five years ago to the U.K., and I’ve always loved English.

Spanish, I learned it back in high school a long time ago, but it’s very similar to Italian. I work in Nando’s, and the majority of my co-workers are Spanish so it’s always been around me. To speak maybe I’m not as fluent as Italian, but I’m able to sing. German, I’ve been always fascinated by the language. The way they speak… It’s so harsh, but I love it.

You mentioned that you work at Nando’s. It seems like that inspired the music video for “Lonely People.”

Absolutely. I posted videos of myself singing at my job when I was working at Nando’s… Where I’m still working as a waitress. Oftentimes I find myself singing into a mop. I wanted to recreate that scene. But in this case it was in an American diner.

I was looking at your Instagram and I saw that you just heard yourself on the radio for the first time.

Oh, yes! I was literally on my way to Boston for a photo shoot. We were already talking about the fact that I’d never heard myself on the radio. He [my manager] put the radio on, just in case. I remember when I least expected it, all I hear is, “Is there anyone out there?

We were just talking and all of a sudden hearing myself made it more magical.

What were you doing in America?

So I’ve written so many new songs for the album. The album is almost done. We did some video shoots for the next songs. I’ve done photo shoots. All the radio interviews. It was like getting a glimpse of what it will be like after Nando’s is out of the picture. What I will be doing full time, which is beautiful.

Watch Imen Siar’s “Glitter and Gold” Music Video:

It looks like you have more music coming very soon.

Yes. It still feels surreal to me. A few months ago I had “Lonely People” that I was thinking of. Now all of a sudden I’ve got 10 songs.

“Glitter and Gold” is very different from “Lonely People.” It makes you want to jump and be the best version of yourself. In the beginning it’s more laid back, but then the chorus is very heavy. It’s just like about me learning everything in glitter and gold. People doubting me with all the disadvantages I have and turning it into something better.

Based on this song and “Lonely People,” it sounds like there’s an uplifting, positive vibe to your music. How would you describe your sound?

That’s my issue! I feel like nowadays with the music industry and TikTok, it’s easier for people to go different routes. That’s why my album is different. It’s not going to be about just one sound.

Culturally there’s a lot that I can bring. All the tropical, exotic side of my life with ballads that British people would love. Then there’s something else that people in the Middle East would love.

I want my voice to be able to speak for itself. I want it to be about my personality and my message always. What I’m always going to have is positive messaging. Never any explicit words. Only family friendly. That’s my thing. It has to line up with my values and religion.

Who inspires you musically?

There’s always two people I say — Jessie J and Alessia Cara. Jessie J vocally. I just love her. When it comes to Alessia Cara, it’s her whole persona. There’s never drama around her. I want to be that type of artist. I just want to be a good person, give good music, have good times and good vibes with other people.

What’s your biggest professional goal?

My biggest goals always somehow have to do with people that are not me. Like my mom, my sister, my husband. My goal of course is for people to love my music as much as they can. But I used to say I love to sing, and I could do it just for myself. But the reason I’m doing this as a career is because I want a better life for my family.

I think it drives me to work harder when it’s for the people you love. For me being happy is making them happy.

That’s so sweet! Let’s talk about your David Guetta collab. That was your first ever release. How cool was that?

Sometimes I forget everything that’s happened until people remind me! That was really cool. At the beginning my manager said, “David Guetta is working on this project, and the Arabic singer who was meant to be working on this song can’t do it.” I was literally at Nando’s and was like, “I have to get to the studio right now.” Like a movie. We did it, David Guetta liked it and that’s it.

When I recorded the song I didn’t even know that I was going to be on it. Then they sent me back my song, and I listened thinking it was the whole song just sung by me. I heard the rap parts and was like “Oh my God, this is Boogie. Oh my God, this is Ty Dolla.” It was a roller coaster of emotions, seriously.

Listen to David Guetta’s “Family”:

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