Azealia Banks Explores ’90s House On New Track “Chasing Time”: Listen To Her Latest SoundCloud Release

Given that Azealia Banks debut LP has been pushed back more times that an outward-opening door, you have to take whatever musical crumbs you can get. The Latest track to surface from Broke With Expensive Taste, which now has a tentative January 2015 release date, is called “Chasing Time” and it explores a similar ’90s house sound as her excellent 1991 EP.

Produced by Oak, Steve Mostyn and Ronny Colson, “Chasing Time” is something of a return to form for the struggling femcee. She switches things up by singing (as opposed to rapping) the vast majority of the song and genuinely shines in the soaring chorus. Can someone please build Azealia a time machine, so she can go back in time and launch this album in a non-farcical manner? Listen after the jump. More »

Lana Del Rey Will Perform Two Special Shows At Hollywood Forever Cemetery In October

Given her somber songs, general fascination with death and obsession with the glitz and glamor of Tinseltown, Lana Del Rey‘s upcoming shows at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles could be the ultimate setting to hear her music. The 29-year-old, who recently cancelled shows in Europe due to illness, will perform two special shows at the unlikely venue on October 17 and 18.

The gloomy diva will perform songs from chart-topping sophomore set Ultraviolence and, no doubt, throw in a couple of old gems. The opportunity to hear tunes like “Born To Die” and “Fucked My Way Up To The Top” in close proximity to the dearly departed is pretty irresistible, so make sure to get in early. The fan pre-sale starts on September 24 at 7pm (PST), followed by the public on-sale on September 27 at 12pm PST. Find more info after the jump. More »

Mary J. Blige’s “Whole Damn Year”: Listen To Her ‘London Sessions’ Ballad

We’re still waiting for the actual first single off Mary J. Blige‘s upcoming LP The London Sessions to arrive — it’s called “Therapy” — but in the meantime, we now have the second so-called buzz track to surface ahead of the album’s release. “Whole Damn Year” follows up the far more upbeat, Disclosure-produced “Right Now.” It’s a ballad that finds Blige lyrically detailing the aftermath of an extremely painful breakup.

“Tryin’ to find a way to explain this, why you can’t touch me tonight / I can feel you getting impatient, but I really can’t let you inside,” Mary sings mournfully in “Whole Damn Year.” Some outlets are reporting that the song is a co-write done with Emeli Sande, but there’s no official word on that just yet.

Hear “Whole Damn Year” below. More »

Lorde To Release ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack Song “Yellow Flicker Beat” On September 29

The soundtrack for the highly anticipated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is being curated by Lorde, which is both a curious and incredibly promising thing.

And while we’re still entirely in the dark about which acts the “Royals” songstress has enlisted to provide tracks for the forthcoming collection, we now know that her own contribution is coming to us next week.

“Yellow Flicker Beat” will be released on September 29, produced by the prolific Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence + The Machine). The song, which will reportedly be played during the closing credits of the film, is also the first taste of new music from Lorde since the release of Pure Heroine. More »

Kelly Clarkson Sheds Some Light On Her Next Album, Tweets Lyrics And Release Date Information

What the world needs now is new music from Kelly Clarkson. I know the inaugural American Idol winner released Wrapped In Red last year but it’s hard to rock out to “Run Run Rudolph” in September. (I’ve tried). Unfortunately, we’re going to have to hold tight a little bit longer. She jumped on Twitter over the weekend and shared a couple of tidbits about her much-anticipated 7th LP — including the fact that it won’t be out until 2015.

“The high road can be a lonely place but I’d rather talk to my shadow than a mirage,” the new mom mysteriously tweeted on Friday (September 19). Fans got concerned but Kelly set them straight. “Okay haha my last tweet was referring 2 a song that’s going on my next album.” If that’s a lyric, it looks like wedded bliss hasn’t satiated her appetite for angry pop/rock anthems.

She then tweeted a fan this nugget of information: “I’m so proud of my next album! Might have a special guest on the album…. maybe :) Doesn’t come out until early next year.” This is torture. Who is going to appear on Kelly’s next LP? She’s expressed admiration for Beyonce and Selena Gomez previously but my money is another high-profile country duet. She is the crossover queen, after all! See her tweets after the jump. More »

Two Demos Dev Hynes Recorded For Britney Spears Have Surfaced Online: Listen

Last summer, Dev Hynes and William Orbit‘s brief Twitter exchange fueled rumors that Hynes was cast as one of the many producers on Britney SpearsBritney Jean (released in November 2013). The speculation ended up being true, but his work for the project was ultimately rejected. A little over a year later, two of the demos that Hynes recorded for the Princess of Pop have surfaced online.

The first one is an airy mid-tempo that’s filled with computerized glitches and Hynes’ whispering “Leave us alone,” which Spears’ breathy coos would have worked wonders on! The second demo is a melodic ballad with a beautiful piano melody at its core.

Listen to both demos from Dev Hynes after the jump. More »

Sam Smith Sent Lady Gaga Fan Mail, Which Made Her Cry And Tweet About Her Feelings

Sam Smith put his paws up recently by sending Lady Gaga an emotional fan email. Mother Monster was moved to tears by his words and jumped on Twitter to respond. “You’re so special my baby,” she wrote. “Your email made me cry @samsmithworld With the voice of an angel, u need no permission or advice. You’re perfect.” That’s adorable but what on earth did he say?

Well, the chart-conquering crooner cleared the matter up in a new interview. “I wrote her an email basically just saying, ‘I remember being a 17-year-old, queuing up for your concert, dreaming up doing this and being in the music industry’,” Sam told AMP Radio Boston. “The thing I admire most about [her] was the hustle and what she did to get into the industry.”

But he didn’t stop there. “I just ran with it, saying, ‘Thank you so much for inspiring me to do this because the reason why I’m here now is partly because of you.’” The “Stay With Me” hitmaker should strike up a conversation with Cher. She recently went on a Twitter tirade expressing her love for all things Gaga. ARTPOP might have tanked but high-profile Monsters continue to represent. More »

Pink And Dallas Green (You + Me) Debut Powerful Ballad, “Break The Cycle”: Listen

The pop ladies sure are throwing us for a curve ball with their duet projects as of late, no?

After Lady Gaga teamed up with Tony Bennett for their collection of jazz standards, Cheek To Cheek, Pink announced that she too is embarking on a new musical journey, joining Dallas Green for a foray into folk that steers far from her more familiar rowdy behavior.

The duo already dropped their gentle lead track “You And Me” weeks ago, and now, the duo returns with a heartfelt new selection from their forthcoming record, rose ave., out on October 14.

The chilling ballad, a love song dedicated to Pink’s mother, sees the two singers soulfully crooning across dramatic strings and a repetitive guitar melody. “Let me heal the wounds you’ve held onto all these years/Break the cycle, break the chains, ’cause love is louder than all of your pain,” the two declare across the hopeful chorus. Pink has always been excellent at conveying strong emotions in her music (she’s quite underrated, in fact!), and this stripped-down production only allows her words to stand out stronger than ever. In fact, there’s a fairly good chance you’ll even shed a tear or two. More »

Cash Cash’s “Surrender”: Listen To The Trio’s New Single

After creating an international buzz with their breakthrough single (and one of 2013′s unofficial summer anthems) “Take Me Home,” Cash Cash are back with a new tune, simply titled “Surrender.”

Using their winning formula of hearty female vocals that float over a throbbing, synth-laden beat (as seen with Bebe Rexha‘s feature on “Take Me Home), this new track from the NYC-based trio is tailored to invade club dancefloors worldwide. As the season begins to transfer into colder temperatures, “Surrender” is a fun reminder of those sun-drenched summer memories.

Listen to “Surrender” below, and look out for the song’s official music video in October. More »

One Direction’s “Steal My Girl”: Listen To A Tease Of Their Lead ‘Four’ Single

Directioners, the new One Direction single, “Steal My Girl,” is here! Well, okay — it’s here in like super-abbreviated form. The song is the lead offering from the British boy band’s aptly-titled fourth LP Four (out November 17).

“Everybody wanna steal my girl, everybody wanna take her heart away,” the lads croon on the “Steal My Girl” chorus, before warning, “Find another one because she belongs to me!”

That’s about all you get from the short clip, which you can hear below ahead of the full song’s September 29 release. More »