Australia’s Sia Furler has become one of pop’s most effective weapons in recent years, and she’s set to return with her own music next week. Sia posted the above street art displaying a March 17 date across her social media accounts, along with the caption “COMING SOON.” Late last year, she said she was working with longtime collaborator Greg Kurstin to finish up an album, so whether that’s the release date for a single or a full album remains to be seen. Our own Bradley Stern recently interviewed Sia producer and Kurstin associate Jesse Shatkin, who revealed that the LP’s lead single is called “Chandelier,” so our hunch is that March 17 is the premiere date for that song.
Sia’s last solo album, We Are Born, came out in 2010. Since then, she has been a highly sought after songwriter, penning hits for everyone from Rihanna to Beyonce to Britney. See her tweet below. More »
Skrillex pulled a Beyonce, dropping his (debut) album Recess at roughly 3 a.m. ET early this morning (March 11). Well, it’s available for streaming — the actual release date is March 18. Yes, after a couple Grammy wins for the DJ/producer and what feels like an eternity of brostep-soundtracked movie trailers spawned in his image, this is Skrillex’s first proper album. Featured guests on the 11-track effort include Diplo, Passion Pit‘s Michael Angelakos, CL (from 2NE1), Chance The Rapper and Niki & The Dove, among many others.
And just in case you questioned the dude’s self-awareness, the first track is called ”All Is Fair in Love And Brostep.” Recess is supposed to be streaming on iTunes Radio’s “First Play,” but the link sent out from his camp doesn’t seem to be functioning. However, some enterprising fans have already ripped the album to SoundCloud, so you can stream the whole thing below. More »
For the first time since their 2012 Watch The Throne tour, Kanye West and Jay Z are performing a full concert together. The two hip-hop kings will headline day 1 of Samsung’s SXSW concert series in Austin on Tuesday (March 12). The two previously performed together at SXSW in 2011 for a G.O.O.D. Music showcase.
Of course, there’s a catch, as there is with any marquee SXSW show these days. To get tickets, you have to be the owner of a Samsung Galaxy phone with new streaming service Milk Music on the device. We expect this sort of corporate tangling from Hov, but from Kanye “Fuck you and your corporation” West, it’s a bit disappointing.
Janelle Monae, Gary Clark Jr., Broken Bells, Cut Copy and Holy Ghost! are also scheduled for the Samsung series this week. More »
We have literally lived through one of the most epically sucktastic winters in recorded history, between the heavy snowfall, rivers of slush, piles of ice and, um, rain (boo hoo, Los Angeles). Over the past three freezing months, America turned to several things for salvation to escape the chill: The convenience of ordering takeout food; the aptly-titled, Oscar-winning animated feature Frozen; True Detective; and, of course, music.
Unfortunately, 2014 has offered pretty slim pickings as far as big releases. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t new music to be had. In fact, six albums in particular jumped out as early-in-the-year favorites, all of them released between the months of December and March. Below, sift through the six LPs we’ve been using like a heating blanket to warm our super-frosty souls. More »
The end is near! The end of the Blind Auditions, anyway, which wrap up this week on The Voice. Shakira, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Usher’s teams have all gone from just a glimmer in the coaches’ pre-season eyes to almost-full collections of superstar hopefuls… most of whom will be quickly eliminated.
And those who survive a bit longer probably will be forgotten shortly after the season finale. Oh who are we kidding, it’s just a group of 47 future also-rans and one shining star.
But, for now, yay! They made it! Life on the top of the world awaits them! So let’s see which other contestants will be joining the contestants whose dreams are all on the road to coming true. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Who wouldn’t want to look like Lorde? The 17-year-old has inked a deal with MAC Cosmetics and will be releasing her own make-up line soon. I’m guessing it will include lots of black lipstick. [Billboard]
:: Speaking of fashion plates, Britney Spears debuted a Texan-themed cowgirl look while shopping in Malibu, California over the weekend. She teamed the outfit with ugg boots and a cup of iced coffee. [Just Jared]
:: Frank Ocean was recently sued by Chipotle for failing to record a song for a marketing campaign despite accepting an advance payment. Yesterday (March 10) he returned the check with a harsh two word message for the company. [Vulture]
:: Here’s some cute news to start your day. The Black Keys are selling t-shirts to support their hometown little league team. The shirts were designed by the band’s creative director and sell for $24.99. [Spin]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »