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Beyonce Previews Incredible Deluxe Vinyl Edition Of Her ‘Visual Album’

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
On The Run Reviewed
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Beyonce drove The Hive into a frenzy last night (July 22) by previewing a deluxe vinyl edition of her game-changing visual album. There was a limited edition German edition released last year but this is in a completely different league. For starters, the objet d’art has a gatefold cover and comes with a booklet of beautiful photos. It’s pretty much irresistible to record collectors.

So where can you buy it? That’s a great question. Queen Bey obviously wasn’t expecting that question  — cue “Pretty Hurts” — because it isn’t available to pre-order on her website yet. (There is, however, a Blue-Ray edition of the album that I didn’t know exists). It turns out, you can order the vinyl from Amazon. Start salivating over your next Beyonce purchase after the jump. More »

Janet Jackson’s Classic Pop Hit “Escapade” Gets An Adorable 2014 Remix: Listen

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
Janet Turns 20
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Well, here’s something to brighten your day. Janet Jackson‘s 1990 chart-topper “Escapade” has been overhauled for 2014 by Nick*. The Chicago DJ does an amazing job of updating the classic hit without losing the original’s bubbly appeal. Think of his endearing “North Shore Remix” as the musical equivalent of a fresh coat of paint.

It’s great to hear something new from Jan even if it’s an unofficial remix. Six years have passed since the pop icon last blessed us with an album (2008′s underrated Discipline) and the world is ready for another opus — as long as she avoids those irritating interludes and keeps the pornographic bedroom jams to a minimum. Listen to the refreshed version of “Escapade” after the jump. More »

Ooh La La, Britney Spears Is Releasing Her Own Line Of Sexy Lingerie!

Jul 23rd, 2014 // 2 Comments
Britney's Baby Is 15
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Revisit the album that started it all for Britney, way back in '99. Read More »

Take a seat, Victoria’s Secret. There’s a new power player in the lingerie game and her name is Britney Spears! The semi-retired pop star revealed her new business endeavor on Twitter this morning (July 23). “Coming very soon… The Intimate Collection, by yours truly,” she informed fans. “Just a peek at what’s to come.” The 32-year-old also shared  a link to the brand’s website, which reveals a launch date of September 9.

This is a smart move from Brit. Her perfume line is a mega-seller and she’s already dabbled in fashion by designing a range of casual clothes for Candie’s. Until she regains interest in her music career, the diva might as well keep that cash flowing in. As for the first promo pic? Well, that is some Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse-level Photoshop wizardry but I’m here for it. See her tweet and the full pic after the jump. More »

Hilary Duff’s “Chasing The Sun” Single, Co-Written By Colbie Caillat, Gets Official Release Date

Jul 23rd, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Following rumors, teases and a general buzz about the grand return of ’00s sweetheart Hilary Duff, the singer is set to officially release her new single “Chasing The Sun” next week, on July 29. The singer/actress, now 26, released her last album (the just-slightly-ahead-of-its-time pop treasure Dignity) in 2007 via Disney’s Hollywood Records. The Duff has now signed up with Sony’s RCA label, and a press release notes that her forthcoming fifth LP is due out this fall.

As for “Chasing The Sun,” the single will hit iTunes next Tuesday, the same day the video premieres. Hilary’s comeback offering was co-written by “Try” songbird Colbie Caillat, fellow musician Jason Reeves and Toby Gad (One Direction’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply,” Nicole Scherzinger‘s “Don’t Hold Your Breath”). More »

Michelle Williams Teases New ‘Journey To Freedom’ Snippets: Listen To “Yes” And “Need Your Help”

Jul 22nd, 2014 // 1 Comment
DC3 Says Yes
Watch Destiny's Child reunite in Michelle's "Say Yes" video. Read More »

Michelle Williams is redefining the soundscape of gospel music on her fourth solo LP Journey To Freedom. The Destiny’s Child diva first showed her intent to shake things up on mid-tempo R&B anthem “Fire” but really went HAM on Beyonce and Kelly Rowland-assisted religious club banger “Say Yes”. Her mission to make faith-based more accessible continues with two new snippets.

The 33-year-old diva surprises on “Need Your Help” — an urban-pop anthem with a distinct ’80s twist courtesy of retro-synths. It’s very promising but Michelle takes it to the next level on “Yes”. The frantic electro-house anthem begins with a massive drop before a male singer demands “put your hands up in the air”. At this rate, Journey To Freedom is shaping up to be one of the most unexpectedly original albums of the year. Listen to the new snippets after the jump. More »

Life Before “Shower”: Becky G’s 5 Best Early Songs And Features

Jul 22nd, 2014 // Comment
7 Q's With Becky G
She talks her hit "Shower," touring with Katy Perry and more. Read More »

Becky G captured lightning in a bottle with Dr. Luke-produced melodic rap/power-pop banger “Shower”. The infectious sing-a-long anthem is storming up the Billboard Hot 100 and on the cusp of cracking the iTunes top 10. It’s the commercial breakthrough we’ve been waiting for since the 17-year-old first started making waves in 2012 with a bunch of cute features.

Given her new profile as the savior of Latin-infused hip-hop/pop, now is as good a time as any to revisit Becky G’s early cuts. While her verse on Cher Lloyd‘s “Oath” is perhaps her best-known feature, she also brightened up Cody Simpson‘s “Wish U Were Here” (still his best single) and stole the show on the rap remix of Kesha‘s “Die Young”. Fall in love with teen’s back catalogue after the jump. More »

Azealia Banks Preps New Single “Heavy Metal And Reflective”, Teases A Still From The Video

Jul 22nd, 2014 // 3 Comments
T.I. & Azealia's Beef
T.I. calls Azealia Banks a "syphilis-lipped rectum." Ouch! Read More »

After spending the last two years tweeting her way to irrelevance, Azealia Banks has given long-suffering fans reason for hope by sharing a video still from her new single “Heavy Metal And Reflective”, which is due on July 29. It will be her first release an independent artist after being dumped by her record label two weeks ago.

There’s not a lot known about the 23-year-old’s new direction apart from the fact that she thinks it’s good. “Heavy Metal and Reflective is so fun because on the track I sound like I’m 10ft tall and I look like a peanut in the video,” the femcee tweeted. In an earlier missive, she declared her new album to be “better than anything that’s out right now GOOD. You all will be SO glad you waited!” Time will tell if that’s true but it’s nice to be writing about Azealia’s music again instead of a yet another messy beef. See the rap diva’s tweets after the jump. More »

OneRepublic Contributes “Ordinary Human” To ‘The Giver’ Soundtrack: Listen In Full

Jul 22nd, 2014 // Comment
OneRepublic's "Love"
OneRepublic unveil their new single "Love Runs Out". Read More »
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Blockbuster soundtrack albums have made something of a comeback over the past couple of years, mainly thanks to movies adaptations of young adult books like Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars (and a little cartoon called Frozen). The Giver is the latest teen-oriented novel headed to the big screen, so it’s only fitting that it gets an appropriately star-studded album.

OneRepublic is responsible for the film’s theme song/lead single. “Ordinary Human” finds Ryan Tedder and the boys in fine form, delivering an ominous but still relentlessly catchy song about not fitting in. They also contribute another track called “I Lived”. Other acts featured on the soundtrack include British boy band Rixton, rising singer/songwriter Tori Kelly and soulful crooner Aloe Blacc. Listen to “Ordinary Human” and see the full tracklist after the jump. More »

Lana Del Rey Covers ‘Complex’, Talks Critics, Chain-Smoking & Being The Other Woman

Jul 22nd, 2014 // Comment
LDR Reviewed
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Lana Del Rey's "Shades Of Cool" video is a return to form. Read More »
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Lana Del Rey has already amassed more than her fair share of media coverage during the Ultraviolence era (often for the wrong reasons) but her interview with Complex magazine is refreshingly upbeat and free of death references. The 27-year-old even looks unusually serene on the cover — wrapping herself in an orange blanket in front of a crashing wave. (Although, that’s a pretty bleak metaphor when I think about it).

While there is a slightly disturbing answer to a question about the relationship between violence and love (“I like a hands-on love”), the “Shades Of Cool” diva seems to be in a better place. For starters, she has come to terms with the critical response to Born To Die. “The good thing about catching so much grief from critics is that you literally do not fucking care,” Lana admits. “That’s what I expect now from my career, that the music is going to be great and the reaction’s going to be fucked up.”

Other topics include her penchant for smoking on stage (“I’m a chain-smoker”) and her reason for covering Nina Simone‘s “The Other Woman” on Ultraviolence. “I relate to being the person who people come to for ‘such a change from the old routine,’ but not being the main thing,” she reveals. “I had a long-term relationship for seven years with someone who was the head of a label and I felt like I was that change of routine.” But the “West Coast” hitmaker doesn’t stop there. “I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying.” More »

Selena Gomez Asked Siedah Garrett To Write Songs For Her New Album

Jul 21st, 2014 // 1 Comment
Selena Flaunts It
Selena posed in lingerie for 'Flaunt' magazine. Read More »

Talk about an unlikely bedfellows. Selena Gomez has asked R&B veteran Siedah Garrett to write tracks for her new LP. The woman who co-wrote Michael Jackson‘s “Man In The Mirror” (and sang with the King Of Pop on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”) tweeted a picture with Sel and wrote: “Listening closely to [Selena] as she invites me to write new pop songs for her next album.”

What now? First of all, the 21-year-old is rumored to be putting out a greatest hits compilation later this year with three new tracks but they have already been recorded — so this must be for the follow-up to Stars Dance. Also, Siedah specializes in soulful ballads, which would represent a rather staggering change of pace for Selena. At least we know she’s still serious about music. See the tweet after the jump. More »