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Sky Ferreira Closes Out The ‘Night Time, My Time’ Era, Debuts New Song “Guardian” And Plans Ahead For 2015

Well, it’s the end of an era: Sky Ferreira is officially putting her critically acclaimed debut album, Night Time, My Time (our Best Album of ’13!), to bed.

The “Everything Is Embarrassing” singer-songwriter tied together the remaining strings of her campaign, which gave us everything from “You’re Not The One” to an opening set on Miley‘s Bangerz Tour to “I Blame Myself”, with a handful of live shows on the West Coast over the past few days. In a post on Instagram yesterday, Sky reflected on her 2 year stretch of touring and provided some insight into what’s coming next.

Find out what she had to say after the jump. More »

Rihanna Just Surprised Everyone With A New Song Preview: Listen To A Snippet

Hold on to your wigs, #RihannaNavy! Rihanna just pulled a fast (and highly unexpected) move on Instagram, choosing to switch out her usual sexy selfies for an actual song snippet! Yes, this is NOT a drill!

The brief preview only lasts for a few seconds, but it is just enough of a tease to hold us over for what’s to come from the Bajan songstress. It features a looping and ominous hook (“Ain’t none of this shit promised/Ain’t none of this promised) over a wobbly, alt-R&B production. No words when #R8, the nickname for Rihanna’s eighth LP, will be released — but let’s just hope it’ll be a Christmas treat.

Take a listen after the jump! More »

Mary J. Blige’s ‘The London Sessions’: Stream The Full Album

MJB Takes Us BTS Of 'The London Sessions'
MJB Takes Us BTS Of 'The London Sessions'
The singer talks "Therapy" in this Idolator premiere!

With her upcoming album The London SessionsMary J. Blige decided to escape her R&B-heavy comfort zone and try out a fresh sound. All of the songs that have been released so far seem very promising, and now the full LP is available for stream!

The London Sessions is a smooth blend of R&B, soul, dance and ’90s-inspired UK house — which is fitting since the singer gathered some awesome artists for the project. Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy and Jimmy Napes all took part in the LP, either by writing or producing. It includes tracks like “Right Now,” “Follow,” “Nobody But You” and “Therapy.”

You can take a listen to The London Sessions over at iTunes Radio before it officially releases on December 2. Let us know what you think in the comments below! More »

Little Boots’ “Pretty Tough” & “Heroine”: Listen To The New ‘Business Pleasure’ Songs

Little Boots' "Taste It" Video
Little Boots' "Taste It" Video
The UK singer skewers our additions to beauty, fame and all that's bad for you.

Still feeling a tad creeped-out by Little Boots‘ thought-provoking “Taste It” video? A good remedy for that might be two new songs from the British singer’s upcoming Business Pleasure EP: “Pretty Tough” and “Heroine.” The former is a slow-burning synth jam that sounds like moody music lifted from John Carpenter‘s cinematic ouvre, while the latter is a throwback house track that picks up where Little Boots’ astounding 2012 single “Every Night I Say A Prayer” left off.

Give both Business Pleasure cuts a listen below ahead of the EP’s release next week. More »

Jordin Sparks Releases “How Bout Now” Remix: Listen To The ‘#ByeFelicia’ Track

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Jordin Sparks Talks Split With Jason Derulo
Jordin Sparks Talks Split With Jason Derulo
The singer discusses her breakup on the 'Wendy Williams Show'

Jordin Sparksrelationship with Jason Derulo may be over, but that’s not stopping her from recording tunes about him. But don’t get it confused — this one is not a love song! Sparks remixes Drake‘s “How Bout Now,” and spills some truth tea about her former man over the tense hip-hop production.

It even includes the revealing and shady line: “Remember when you broke your neck and I had to wash your back for ya?” “How Bout Now” is off Jordin Sparks’ mixtape, appropriately titled #ByeFelicia (yes, there is a hashtag). It is set to be released this afternoon.

Take a listen after the jump! More »

David Guetta’s ‘Listen’: Album Review

David Guetta & Nicki Minaj, "Hey Mama": Listen
David Guetta & Nicki Minaj, "Hey Mama": Listen
David Guetta's collaboration track with Nicki Minaj and Afrojack has arrived.

Today, David Guetta is a household name.

Although the French producer had been making waves on the dance floor back in his homeland well over a decade ago in the early ’00′s, it was his 2009 collaborative record One Love — the one that spawned global smashes like “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland and “Sexy Bitch” with Akon — that effectively turned the DJ into an overnight pop star in his own right.

His now tried-and-true formula, the pairing of distinct vocalists and some of the world’s biggest pop stars with pulverizing House beats, has since become status quo in an EDM-saturated world (an era for which he is largely responsible), influencing fellow DJs like Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Avicii — even Giorgio Moroder‘s forthcoming artist album feels like a response to the Guettafication of dance music. And with his sixth studio album, Listen (out November 24), Guetta shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. More »

Selena Gomez’s ‘For You’: Album Review

Selena Gomez winds up her seven-year stint with Hollywood Records by releasing career-encompassing greatest hits compilation For You. It marks the end of an era, which has seen the 22-year-old evolve from baby-faced teen pop/rocker (whatever happened to The Scene?) to the sophisticated starlet we saw steal the show at last night’s (November 23) American Music Awards. The 15-song set is a little heavy on nostalgia and unnecessarily long — the extras are kind of bogus — but it’s a potent reminder that beneath the celebrity and ‘it’ girl status is a very good pop star.

The obvious selling point of For You is current single “The Heart Wants What It Wants”, which is presently sitting at number two on iTunes. The Rock Mafia-produced gem shows the former teen queen in an entirely new light. There’s a vulnerability we haven’t seen before as Selena sings about the dark-side of her very own fairytale with palpable honesty and conviction. If this is any indication of the direction she plans to take at Interscope, expect many more hits and headlines. More »

Beyonce’s ‘Beyonce (Platinum Edition)’: Album Review

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On December 13, 2013 Beyonce casually dropped her self-titled, visual album in the middle of the night and changed the way music was promoted forever. Cut to (almost) a year later and the term “doing a Beyonce” (ie. opting for a surprise release) is part of the industry’s vernacular and the LP is a double platinum, critically-lauded success. To commemorate the game-changing event’s one-year anniversary, Queen Bey is releasing a four-disc box set — complete with new material and a DVD of performances from The Mrs. Carter Show world tour.

You can read my review of Bey’s game-changing visual album here — in short, it’s a flawless masterpiece — but is the reissue a worthy companion? The answer depends on your level of devotion to Beyonce. As a card carrying member of The Hive, I think the Platinum Edition is a gift from the gods. For the more casual fan, it might be better to simply download the tracks you like on iTunes because there is a bit of filler. For starters, the “Blow” remix featuring Pharrell is borderline unlistenable (“I’m a milkman at your door” could be the worst lyric/euphemism of 2014) and Mr. Vegas‘ reggae overhaul of the gorgeous “Standing On The Sun” has been online for over a year. More »

Iggy Azalea’s ‘Reclassified’: Album Review

Iggy Azalea‘s didn’t get a fair shake from critics when The New Classic dropped in April. Which was odd given the near-universal praise her mixtapes and EP received. That makes the release of Reclassified — a reissue with six new tracks — as good an opportunity as any to acknowledge that the femcee’s debut is actually relentlessly enjoyable (“Fuck Love”, “New Bitch” and “Lady Patra” are everything) and celebrate how far she’s come in the last seven months without the assistance of the usual super-producers and songwriters-for-hire.

There isn’t a dud track on Reclassified. While -assisted lead single “Beg For It” occasionally veers a little close to breakthrough hit “Fancy”, the formula clearly still works. The Charli XCX-penned chorus soars and Iggy’s flow has never been more confident. All it needs is an epic video to become to rap diva’s fourth top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100. Of the other new cuts, “Heavy Crown” stands out as another future hit. Who knew Ellie Goulding‘s breathy vocals would sound just as amazing over trap beats or combine so effortlessly with the Aussie’s bars? More »

K. Michelle Struggles To Stay Afloat On “Going Under”: Listen

K. Michelle Going Under
Just Keep Swimming
K. Michelle's "Maybe I Should Call" Lyric Video
K. Michelle's "Maybe I Should Call" Lyric Video
K. Michelle croons her 'Anybody' ballad. Watch!

It feels like every day, we’re treated to a new excerpt from the diary of K. Michelle.

Today, the talented Love & Hip Hop starlet-turned-R&B siren has unveiled the fourth track from her forthcoming studio album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart, following the release of “Love ‘Em All,” “Maybe I Should Call” and “How Do You Know?”

The synth-filled electro-R&B jam sees the songstress slipping down beneath the surface, baring her soul and expressing her doubts. “Who’s gonna pick me up? Who’s gonna give a f–k? Oh, who’s gonna go the mile? Fly me to the clouds?” she cries. Like her past few releases off of Anybody, “Going Under” proves that K’s diving deeper lyrically and providing more depth production-wise on her highly anticipated follow-up.

Listen to “Going Under” up top, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »