January 13, 2012

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Hayla - I'm Free (Remixes)

This is the debut single from the Middle Eastern beauty. "I'm Free" is the perfect showcase for her impressive vocals. One minute she is whispering and cooing softly, the next she is soaring and harmonizing. The lyrics are rather lovely.

There are many remixes of this by Ralphi Rosario, Mixin Marc & Tony Svejda, Mike Rizzo, Super Stylers, Dave Matthias, Klubjumpers, Massi & De Leon, and DJ Bam Bam. All of the remixes' productions beautifully complement the vocals. They are all in an uplifting vein. The Dave Matthias one is a little more hard-hitting and is the highlight of the bunch.

Grade: A


Melodic House Hub said...

Do you know when or if this going to be released?

Sean said...

I don't have a date for when it will be (if it will be), but some of her other music was digitally released so hopefully it will. She had listed a tracklisting for a CD maxi single on her website, but that may be a promo CD. On her Store page, she has a link to buy "I'm Free" on iTunes, but it's actually a link to buy her album.

It's a shame that when you do a search for Hayla and the song, nearly all the links that come up are for illegal downloads of the various remixes.

Melodic House Hub said...

I know Sean, it is terrible. I don't know how this music is going to survive. I'm curious what the state of House music will be 10 years from now. Thank you for the info!

Sean said...

Perhaps the music industry will change as well. Physical releases of singles are becoming fewer and fewer with each passing year. It's nice when some independent artists put out even a limited physical release. I was all about buying CD maxi singles back in the day and miss that I cannot now. I still continue to buy older singles that I missed out on the first time around through eBay and Amazon's marketplace.

Even some major labels and artists have experimented with releasing music in a different way. A USB edition of Lady Gaga's Born This Way album was released towards the end of last year. In addition to audio files of the deluxe edition of the album, there were several exclusive remixes, photos, and videos. I don't recall the price of the U.S. edition, but because it was a very limited item, the price was on the higher side. I saw the French version which was the same being sold at $80 (in U.S. dollars). Similar releases happened for her previous two albums. I think something like that could work, however, the price would need to be much lower. It should be comparable to the deluxe edition price (around $13.99 or so) in order to be viable. The cost of memory has really come down in recent years so I could totally see more of such releases happening.

With digital releases, the real major issue is the lack of availability of a release in a timely fashion (some labels are really good about that). I know they have promotional plans/schedules for their releases, but times have really changed and you really cannot wait so many weeks to make a release available for purchase. Some labels still wait a little while, but you can't wait that long.

There was a time (in the 80's-mid/late 90's when the U.S. Hot 100 was sales-based), a single would hit radio and then the physical single would be released around the time the single was peaking at radio so the sales would be good and it would get a good placing on the chart. Towards the middle of the 90's, labels wanted to increase album sales so for some singles, no physical release happened and the songs never made it to the Hot 100 (two notorious examples where this happened were No Doubt's "Don't Speak", The Cardigans' "Lovefool"--there are countless other ones). And of course, there would be limited releases of singles that would be deleted from production almost immediately after they were pressed so that sales of the physical single didn't interfere with the album's sales. Physical singles began to be released less often. The Hot 100 methodology was eventually changed so that radio-only singles could chart. And then they waited too long to change it to allow digital singles to chart. For a time, some labels waited longer, usually until the single was about to peak or close to peaking at radio to do a digital release. Shakira's 2006 hit "Hips Don't Lie" illustrates that strategy when pushed to the extreme: it hit radio in mid February, yet it wasn't available for purchase on iTunes until the very end of May! Part of the reason for delaying it so much was to wait for it to peak, and to serve as a boost to the re-release of her Oral Fixation Vol. 2 album which had not performed all that well until the re-release including the song happened.

There are people who would pay a reasonable price for a song/single/album, but they have to make it available so we can.

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