A pack of new album releases debut on the Billboard 200 this week, thus bumping older titles like Katy Perry‘s Prism, Lorde‘s Pure Heroine and Bruno Mars‘ Unorthodox Jukebox out of the Top 10. (Also barely hanging in there is Beyonce‘s self-titled fifth album, at #10). This also means that the chart-topping streak of the soundtrack to Disney’s Oscar winner Frozen is once again interrupted.
Leading the pack of newbie LPs is Schoolboy Q‘s third studio set Oxymoron, which goes in at #1 after first-week sales of 139,000. The Los Angeles rapper’s first two albums, which were independently released, charted at #100 and #111, respectively. More »
After hearing his verse on the syrupy “Senile,” we now get Lil Wayne‘s solo track off the forthcoming Young Money compilation Rise Of An Empire (out March 11). “Moment” is equally slurry, with Weezy managing his manic energy over an atmospheric beat (that murky intro sounds an awful lot like the opening to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Swimming Pools (Drank)”).
The song is a slow burn, as his verses start quiet and gradually gain steam. All in all, a good holdover while we wait for him to finish Tha Carter V. Give it a listen below. More »
Music festival season has officially begun, with Austin, Texas’ annual South by Southwest kicking things off next Tuesday (March 11). With 2,200 acts (!!) set to perform over the six-day conference, our favorite artists can easily get lost in the mix. So we’ve combed through the extensive roster and picked out this year’s can’t-miss performers!
A majority of our SXSW picks last year were rooted in pop, but this time around the choices are a bit more varied. From seasoned pop veterans to rising stars from across the pond, these seven performers are definitely worth waiting in long lines for a chance to see them live. More »
When Miley Cyrus isn’t posing topless here, posing topless there or posing topless over there, too, she’s making out and then getting into silly Twitter fights with Katy Perry. And when all those shenanigans aren’t going on, she likes to just chill out on her plane with an arm-shaped dildo called the Hand Of Adonis.
The proof of this comes via two pics the “Adore You” songbird tweeted a few days back. How they escaped us up to this point is one of the great mysteries of all time — or at least this week. But above and below, you can now see the (ahem!) Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award nominee realizing that life in plastic is truly fantastic. More »
Coldplay revealed they’ve linked up with producer Paul Epworth for their forthcoming album Ghost Stories (out May 19). This is the band’s first time working with Epworth, who helmed the majority of Adele‘s smash 21 and has worked with everyone from Florence + The Machine to The Rapture. Coldplay tapped Epworth after working closely with Brian Eno on their last two albums, Mylo Xyloto and Viva La Vida.
“Ghost Stories was a collaborative effort,” the band posted in a recent fan Q&A. “Jon [Hopkins] produced ‘Midnight,’ Rik Simpson & Dan Green were of course involved and Paul Epworth also worked on the album. Guy [Berryman] actually did a lot of the production this time round.” More »
Back in August 2013, Timbaland revealed L.A. Reid enlisted him to work on a posthumous Michael Jackson album featuring Jackson’s unreleased vocals and Tim’s production. Tim said back then that he’d have the work done by the end of 2013, but only now are we hearing the first bit of music from the project.
For Timbaland Thursdays, the producer posted a 1:07 snippet of a new song called “Slave To The Rhythm.” The majority of the chunk is a typically busy Tim arrangement, with his syncopated percussion intertwining with 20/20 Experience-type strings. Then the King of Pop storms in with his angry voice, repeating “She’s a slave to the rhythm.”
To be honest, the Timbo sound kind of overwhelms MJ on this one, but it’s tough to really know with such a short sample. Hear it for yourself below. More »