Chromeo‘s brilliant retro-dance excursion “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” — easily one of the best singles of 2014 thus far — has been overhauled by The Chainsmokers. You know, the dope New York City duo behind iTunes-conquering smash “#Selfie” (or, as I like to call it, Instagram: The Musical).
The Chainsmokers certainly know their way around a remix (listen to the dance outfit’s epic transformation of Bastille‘s “Flaws”) and they completely reconstruct Chromeo‘s gem. The early ’80s-flavored jam now has an acoustic, piano-based intro before the BPM shoots through the roof and “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” transforms into a very modern sounding floorfiller. Listen after the jump. More »
Calvin Harris dropped a bomb on clubland yesterday (March 10) when he threw a six second snippet of a new song on Instagram. Today the Scottish DJ treats us to a bigger bite of “Summer” and, rather excitingly, even hints at a March 14 release date in his post. The sunny season clearly starts early in 2014!
The second “Summer” preview reveals the involvement of a male vocalist, who sings sweetly about finding love in the warmer months. “When I met you in the summer to my heartbeat’s sound, we fell in love ’til the leaves turned brown,” croons the mystery man over expertly layered synths. It’s hard to tell from such a short preview but Calvin’s latest sounds extremely promising. Listen after the jump. More »
Bill O’Reilly hilariously referred to Kanye West as a “gangster rapper” a couple weeks ago, so it’s important to know this is a man who is in tune with pop music before we dive into this non-story. The TV pundit has now focused his rage on Beyonce and the supposed bad example she’s setting for teenagers in her “Partition” video. In a recent interview with Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, who was there to discuss meditation, O’Reilly for some reason decided to go on a tangent about the visual.
“She puts out a new album with a video that glorifies having sex in the back of a limousine. Teenage girls look up to Beyoncé, particularly girls of color,” he said. “Why on Earth would this woman do that? Why would she do it when she knows the devastation that unwanted pregnancies… and fractured families.” He continued: “I believe an entertainer like Beyoncé and a mogul like you have an obligation to protect children, not put out exploitive garbage that you know harms impressionable children.”
Simmons, after trying to steer the conversation back to his book, relented and defended “Partition” as art. “Beyonce having sex in the back of a limo and referencing Monica Lewinsky is art?” an incredulous O’Reilly responded. More »
Toni Braxton and Babyface have been promoting excellent new album Love, Marriage & Divorce with breathtaking performances on talk shows across America, but the classy couple saved their best for last — delivering a killer rendition of “Hurt You” On The Ellen Degeneres Show today (March 11), ahead of a two week stint in Broadway musical After Midnight.
The best thing about watching these titans of R&B in action is their simple yet sophisticated approach. There are no gimmicks. Just two artists with incredible voices pouring their heart and soul into songs dealing with love, hate and everything in-between. “Hurt You” allows Toni to (literally) kick up her heels and she threw some epic diva poses on Ellen. Watch the duo up top. More »
It’s been a busy 24 hours for Sevyn Streeter. The Florida-born diva conquered The Arsenio Hall Show last night (March 10) with a brilliant performance of breakthrough hit “It Won’t Stop” and unveiled a remix of new Call Me Crazy, But… single “Next” featuring Kid Ink this morning.
When we spoke to the gun songwriter (she wrote Ariana Grande‘s “The Way” and Tamar Braxton‘s “All The Way Home” among other hits) about “Next” last year she admitted that “her ex-boyfriend had indeed become her next boyfriend” once or twice in real life.
Sevyn contemplates on/off relationships on the mellow mid-tempo R&B groove, while the “Show Me” rapper does his thing on the intro and delivers a typically smooth verse. These two sound really good together and this version of “Next” will, no doubt, be shown a lot of love from urban radio. Listen after the jump. More »
Foster The People has already moved on from Supermodel lead single “Coming Of Age”, revealing the cover and lyric video for “Best Friend” today (March 11). On first listen, the Paul Epworth-produced psychedelic-pop track is a marked improvement on its curiously underwhelming predecessor.
“When your best friend’s all strung out, you do everything you can ’cause you’re never gonna let it get him down,” sings Mark Foster over jangling guitars and splashes of percussion. It’s the kind of subtly catchy jam that catches up on you after a couple of listens. Watch the kaleidoscope-colored lyric video after the jump and get amped for the band’s sophomore set. More »