Rita Ora Performs “I Will Never Let You Down” On The ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’: Watch

Apr 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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Rita Rocks
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For her first American performance of new single “I Will Never Let You Down,” UK songstress Rita Ora was decked out in a white frilly dress, which she strutted and stomped around in on the Tonight Show stage last night. Ora was flanked by two backup dancers and a full band that proceeded to transform Calvin Harris‘ production into a more organic sound for Jimmy Fallon‘s audience.

“I Will Never Let You Down” was released on US iTunes this week. Watch Rita’s performance above, and see if it has you rushing to download. More »

‘Frozen’ Overtakes ‘Lion King” As The Longest-Running #1 Soundtrack From An Animated Movie

Apr 23rd, 2014 // Comment
Oscars: Song Winner
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At the domestic box office, Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen is currently about $93,000 shy of hitting the $400 million mark. And on the Billboard 200, the movie’s soundtrack has now racked up an 11th week at the top, thus surpassing the 10-week run of The Lion King in 1994 to become the longest-reigning #1 soundtrack from an animated feature in the chart’s history. And, thanks to Easter holiday shopping, Frozen sold another 259,000 copies — the album’s best sales week since its November 2013 release.

This leaves the Top 10′s new entries to debut in the #2 through #5 positions, including Jason Derulo‘s third LP Talk Dirty at #4 (his first Top 10 album, with 44,000 sold) and Ingrid Michaelson at #5 with Lights Out (37,000).

Anyone think Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic is posing any kind of threat to a 12th week the top for Frozen? Nah, probably not. More »

Pharrell’s “Marilyn Monroe” Video: Watch

Apr 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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Girls, Girls, Girls
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Pharrell has dropped a video for G I R L opening track “Marilyn Monroe.” He sings, “I just want a different girl,” and in the video, he certainly gets his wish. It starts with Pharrell going in to embrace some beautiful goddess, only to see her vanish just before he wakes up from a dream — but then the remainder of the reality-based visual is more like a fantasy, as he’s surrounded by dozens of women dancing to the orchestral funk number in what basically amounts to an ode to the manic pixie dream girl.

There’s also an appearance from the purple-coiffed Kelly Osbourne, who is featured briefly on the track and has struck Pharrell with cupid’s arrow in the visual. Check it out up top. More »

Win Kelis’ ‘Food’ On Vinyl And A 3-Room Sonos Wireless HiFi System!

Apr 23rd, 2014 // Comment
Kelis' Food
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Eat up the tracklist and cover art for her new album. Read More »

Kelis is one of the industry’s most versatile entertainers: She’s tackled funky, Top 40-friendly R&B (“Milkshake”), hip-hop (“Bossy”), dance floor-ready electronica (“Acapella”) and now, she’s moved into the throwback soul arena, tossing blaring horns, gentle guitars and rich vocals into the appropriately titled Food, a filling homemade concoction released yesterday (April 22) via Ninja Tune. (Have you checked out the review yet?)

Featuring foodie-friendly titled cuts like “Jerk Ribs,” and “Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy,” as well as “Rumble,” the album takes us out of the dance floor and into the dining room for some tasty sonic grub.

Since we believe all good music should be served at high volume, we’re giving away a 3-room Sonos Wireless HiFi system to blast this Food out loud. Want to win? Head below to find out how. More »

Kiesza Covers Haddaway’s “What Is Love”: Watch The Video For Her Rendition Of The ’90s Classic

Apr 23rd, 2014 // Comment
Kiesza's "Hideaway"
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Kiesza, her love affair with ’90s dance music and the success she’s having in the UK at the moment have all come full circle. Following the Canadian singer’s ascent to the top of the British chart this week with debut single “Hidewaway,” she’s unveiled a video for her haunting piano-and-synth cover of Haddaway‘s Eurodance staple “What Is Love,” which NME premiered this week.

Originally released in 1993, “What Is Love” danced its way to the upper reaches of charts around the globe (and, of course, even gained a second life later in the decade thanks to this Saturday Night Live skit). Here, Kiesza and several extras symbolically go naked in the visual and delivers a stunningly stripped-down version of the tune.

If you’re at all squeamish about NSFW material, be warned: there are (the top halves of) butts. Otherwise, head below to watch Kiesza’s take on the song, plus the original Haddaway video. More »

Coldplay Debut “Oceans” For BBC Radio 1: Watch

Apr 23rd, 2014 // 1 Comment
Coldplay's "Magic"
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After debuting a couple Ghost Stories tracks during their concert at SXSW, Coldplay have unveiled another album cut in a live setting, today (April 23) performing “Oceans” for BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge.

While the restrained, generally hushed tone of the band’s new material has invited comparisons to their debut album, “Oceans” is the first track that truly feels like it could’ve come from a Parachutes session. There’s hardly a hook to be found, but it’s a lovely, slightly forlorn sway of a song, with an acoustic guitar anchoring Chris Martin‘s meandering falsetto amidst some swirling atmospherics. Perhaps the studio version has a heftier arrangement, but for now, it sounds like the unassuming, pre-”Clocks” iteration of the band.

Update: Now with video! Watch them perform “Oceans” and “Magic” below.
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