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Mystery Skulls, Brandy & Nile Rodgers Just Dropped “Number 1,” The Best New Track You’ll Hear This Week: Listen

Sometimes, out of the blue, a magical song springs up that possesses the ability to instantly brighten all corners of the universe. And we’re not saying this lightly: Mystery Skulls‘ disco-pop jam “Number 1,” featuring R&B diva Brandy and the legendary Nile Rodgers, is one such sunny track. The good news is that Mystery Skulls’ upcoming debut LP Forever (out October 27) is full of equally-addictive tracks guaranteed to get your butt shaking and your face smiling.

But that’s a few days off. For now, just revel in the absolute pop bliss of “Number 1″ below. More »

Sia Sings “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” For ‘Annie’ Soundtrack: Listen

In case you haven’t already watched the trailer or seen the new cast (Quvenzhané Wallis! Cameron Diaz!), the classic Annie is getting a massive 2014 reboot in time for Christmas. And, to coincide with the big budget remake of the original 1982 film adaptation, the movie’s also getting a newly rejuvenated soundtrack with updated lyrics and melodies, all thanks to producer Greg Kurstin and the pop industry’s most in-demand songwriter, Sia.

The ever-elusive 1000 Forms Of Fear belter delivers not one, not two but three new tracks on the soundtrack including a duet with Beck. And now, we’ve got a first listen of one of those new songs: “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.”

True to Sia and Greg’s collaborative style, the song’s been given a punchy, poppy update, full of Sia’s soaring vocals and epic, crashing production from Kurstin. Really, aside from Sia’s more chipper and optimistic delivery, this production could have certainly been served up on her fantastic studio album. Listen to “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” after the jump. More »

Is Jennifer Lopez Considering A Las Vegas Residency? (Update: Yes!)

Britney Spears, Shania Twain and Celine Dion have been dazzling audiences for months (and years!) now in Las Vegas. Will Jennifer Lopez soon be following suit?

It’s purely speculation at this point, but the “Booty” pop diva was spotted living it up at Brit Brit’s Piece Of Me show and Shania’s showcase at Caesars Palace in Vegas over the weekend, which she attended alongside her manager Benny Medina, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. But was the trip purely for pleasure, or was there some business at hand behind-the-scenes?

A residency could just be a perfect match for the A.K.A. pop veteran, considering her endless run of hit singles and fiercely loyal fanbase. And, considering the fact that Celine and Shania are due to leave town soon, there are some major diva-sized stilettos to be filled — Louboutins, perhaps.

Update: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire: According to a new report from TMZ this morning, Jenny From The Block was indeed in Las Vegas to secure a residency deal, which is being finalized right now — and if the money’s right, she’ll be performing right where Britney’s show is happening at Planet Hollywood!

“Jennifer Lopez is in the final stages of making a deal to perform in Vegas … and according to the contract — obtained by TMZ — she’ll rake in more per show than Britney Spears. Jennifer is being offered a whopping $350,000 per show at The Axis, Planet Hollywood … the same place Britney is performing. Britney is making a paltry $310K a show. But Britney will ultimately score more than JLo because her contract provides she’ll do 96 shows over 2 years. JLo will do 72shows, 3 times a week for 24 weeks over a 1 or 2 year period — the contract leaves that open.”

Assuming the deal does goes through, will you be heading to Vegas to see La Lopez in action? Sound off in the comments below. More »

Rixton’s “Wait On Me” Gets A Dance Remix: Listen To The Cahill Rework

Rixton‘s catchy “Wait On Me” single has a smooth R&B-inspired flair, but the song has now been spun into a club-ready jam! Cahill (an electronic group from Liverpool, UK) remixed the boy band’s song – taking away the melodic soul away and adding an heavy bassline, ear-splitting synths and intense drops.

“Wait On Me” is the follow-up to Rixton’s breakthrough single, “Me And My Broken Heart.” Both singles are from their debut album, Let The Road - out on January 6, 2015. Take a listen to the Cahill remix after the jump. More »

Nick Jonas Gets Sexual In New “Wilderness” Song: Listen

Rawr.

It’s already clear that Nick Jonas is an extremely sexy being (I mean, have you taken a look at this Flaunt magazine gallery?). But the singer takes full ownership of his newfound confidence in his latest tune, “Wilderness.” It strays away from his recent R&B-tinged offerings, with the melodic piano beat giving off a more radio-friendly pop flair.

The song is an uptempo romp that finds the crooner channeling his inner caveman, as he sings, “Naked as the day we were born/Did you know it could feel like this?/Feel like this?/I’ll take your body back, take it back, take it back to the wilderness.”  Oh, there’s also some male howling thrown in the background for good measure. Nick Jonas’ self-titled album is set for a November 11 release, and features songs like “Chains,” “Jealous” and “Numb.” Take a listen after the jump. More »

Kiesza’s ‘Sound Of A Woman’: Album Review

After the whirlwind that was last year’s Q4 pop album releases (including Katy Perry‘s Prism, Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP, Britney SpearsBritney Jean and Beyonce‘s Beyonce), the music industry seemed to fade into a boring lull once 2014 hit. But fast forward to the current season, and it appears that pop has had a musical resurgence – thanks to artists like Canadian pop-house maven Kiesza. The flame-haired singer first made waves this past, chilly winter with her smash single, “Hideaway” and now her debut LP Sound Of A Woman arrives today ().

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Jessie Ware’s ‘Tough Love’: Album Review

British soul singer Jessie Ware can be modest. “I’m never going to be a pop star like Lady Gaga,” she once said, as if the idea was too far out of reach. Plus, while her voice is just as powerful as fellow UK star Jessie J (no, really), Ware’s 2012 debut Devotion was proof positive that she won’t require back-up dancers anytime soon. Devotion may have marked her transition from featured vocalist for electronica producers like SBTRKT to solo artist; however, Ware kept her voice low among the album’s dripping tempos, airy ambiance and simmering drama.

That was fine – after all, the “Wildest Moments” singer earned easy comparisons to Sade, a major influence and the epitome of smooth operator, while helping reestablish that R&B has long been more exciting and forward-thinking than Chris Brown ever made it seem. Still, while Devotion portrayed Ware as someone who keeps her composure, follow-up Tough Love (out today, ) demonstrates that, actually, she’s got some nerve – and that, too, is really exciting. More »

Taylor Swift Gets Super Perky For “Welcome To New York”: Listen

In case it wasn’t clear by now, Taylor Swift really loves her new digs in NYC — so much so, she’s just become the official spokeswoman of the city!

Tay Tay is utterly overflowing with optimism on her glittery 1989 intro track, “Welcome To New York,” which she previewed earlier this morning. Seeped in cheesy throwback ’80′s synths, the Ryan Tedder co-penned cut sees Taylor packing up and shipping off to the Big Apple to make all her greatest dreams come true, reveling in all of the fabulousness that the city has to offer. (Granted, being an incredibly rich and popular superstar before making the move probably helps.)

“Like any true love, it drives you crazy/But you know you wouldn’t change anything, anything!” she gleefully coos. Oh, to be Taylor Swift! Listen to the deliriously chipper tune after the jump. More »

Gwen Stefani Teases “Spark The Fire” Song: Listen To A Preview

Gwen Stefani‘s comeback single “Baby Don’t Lie,” is a tame re-introduction back to the industry for the No Doubt front runner. But a preview of a new song has popped up, and it definitely packs the right punch. Titled “Spark The Fire,” the song finds Stefani returning back to her Love.Angel.Music.Baby. roots as she shouts in her unique tone:“Who got the lighter?/Let’s spark the fiyah!!/Who got the lighter?” 

The singer’s commanding vocals (she’s rapping!) combined with the song’s percussion-heavy production filled with “Ting!” sound effects (courtesy of longtime collaborator Pharrell), sounds like a winner that will re-energize the pop world as Q4 wraps up. Listen to a brief snippet after the jump.

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Taylor Swift Previews ’1989′ Song “Welcome To New York”: Listen

Good morning, New York! Taylor Swift‘s got a very special surprise waiting for you this morning.

With the release of 1989 just one week away, Tay’s doing more promo than ever for her forthcoming foray into pop. And, after dropping “Out Of The Woods”, sipping Diet Coke with kittens and teasing lyric after lyric on a daily basis, the “Shake It Off” singer has just provided her loyal Swifties with yet another taste of her upcoming LP.

“Welcome To New York” is the first track off of Taylor’s new record, and will be made available to download in full later tonight on iTunes. The bubbly, synth-filled ode to the city certainly sounds like the late ’80′s pop Taylor was inspired by while making her new album. “Welcome to New York…it’s been waiting for you!” she happily sings above the sparkly beat, recalling something off of Carly Rae Jepsen‘s Kiss. Listen to the preview of “Welcome To New York” up top. More »