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Iggy Azalea Teases New Charli XCX Collaboration “Beg For It” In London: Watch

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Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX already delivered the song of Summer ’14 with “Fancy.” Are they about to do it all over again in the second half of the year?

During the tail end of I-G-G-Y’s showcase in London on Wednesday night, the Aussie femcee offered a small taste of a brand new Charli collabo called “Beg For It.” And, based on what we’ve heard so far, it seems like “Fancy” is officially getting a sequel.

“Can’t play with ya, I been busy working bae!” Iggy raps along the bass-heavy beat. And, just like “Fancy,” Charli comes in to provide a sing-along friendly chant. “I’m out here with my friends/I’mma make you beg, I’mma make you beg for it!”

It certainly sounds like a smash already. But is the track too similar to “Fancy,” or will the duo be two for two on top of the charts with this one?

Listen to the “Beg For It” teaser after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

Fifth Harmony Set December Release Date For Debut Album, ‘Reflection’

Mark your calendars, Harmonizers: Fifth Harmony have officially set the date.

Following the announcement of the title of their debut album Reflection, the young ladies of 5H are setting their sights on a December release date for their long-awaited debut LP — the same month that the girls finished their run on X Factor USA back in 2012. “December has played a major part in 5H history.. So putting our debut album out in December 2014 just felt right,” the girls tweeted earlier this week.

The album will presumably include several songs that the girls have previewed this year, including lead single “BO$$,” “We Know,” “Them Girls Be Like” and “Reflection.” More »

Michael Jackson & Queen’s “There Must Be More To Life Than This,” Mixed By William Orbit: Listen To The Previously-Unreleased Duet

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Turns out “Love Never Felt So Good” might not be the only Michael Jackson song that could have an impact on the charts this year.

Three years ago, the King Of Pop’s estate gave permission to the surviving members of legendary rock band Queen to finish production on tracks Jackson recorded in the early 1980s with the band’s frontman Freddie Mercury. Today, the first of those songs, “There Must Be More To Life Than This,” premiered on UK radio. It was reported to have been recorded by Mercury and Jackson sometime between 1982 and 1983, and the final mix of the song was done by British producer William Orbit. More »

Jessie Ware Debuts Miguel-Penned ‘Tough Love’ Track, “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe”: Listen

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As the release of Jessie Ware‘s sophomore LP Tough Love (due out on October 21) comes creeping closer still with each passing day, the soulful British songstress has been treating fans with more and more delicate electronic offerings from the ever-promising collection.

She’s given us the artsy “Say You Love Me,” shared some “Share It All” and provided us with some (flowery) “Tough Love” over the past few weeks — and now, she’s linking up with Miguel for her latest offering.

“Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe,” which was produced by BenZel (Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch), plays like a sweet afternoon daydream (or a nice addition to the bedroom playlist), set across gentle electronic ripples and sensuous beats. The song’s full of whispered purrs and soulful crooning, recalling some of Miguel’s own Kaleidoscope Dream. “Do I want you at all? Okay, I hate to admit…kind of…sometimes…maybe,” she coos.

Listen to the new Tough Love track after the jump. Did Jessie win you over? Let us know your thoughts below. More »

Jessie J To Play Intimate Showcases In New York City And Los Angeles This October

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Jessie J is bringing a little sweetness stateside this fall.

Just ahead of the release of her forthcoming third studio LP Sweet Talker on October 14, the British powerhouse vocalist has just announced two intimate shows in America this October.

Jessie will be heading to Gramercy Theatre in NYC on October 9, followed by a performance on her album release day at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on October 14. And, judging by her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards this year, Jessie’s beloved Heartbeats are certainly in for a stunning live showcase.

The songstress will most likely be performing a mixture of older Who You Are smashes like “Price Tag” and “Domino,” as well as key cuts off of her upcoming album. And hey, maybe her “Bang Bang” BFFs Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj or “Burnin’ Up” collaborator 2 Chainz will stop by too?

In the meantime, get excited for Jessie’s next single by watching her acoustic take on the track after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift Explains The Animators Sequence In “Shake It Off” Outtake

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Taylor Swift has been slowly rolling out fun outtakes from behind-the-scenes of the silly video for her smash hit, “Shake It Off.”

Last week, Taylor gave us a look at the ballet, cheerleader and modern dance sequences from the clip. And today, we’re learning a bit more about the The Animators — the futuristic pop-and-lockers. “Dancers are such passionate people about what they do, and they’re so proud to be in a music video representing their style of dance…and I’m so proud to awkwardly ruin it with my dancing,” she deadpans.

Head down after the jump to watch the 1989 singer-songwriter dancing crazy spastic in front of the trained dancers in a vintage Lady Gaga (circa 2008) spaceball look. “I try so hard. I’m always trying so hard…I think that’s the point of this video,” Taylor reflects behind the scenes. Oh, Taylor. More »

LIGHTS’ ‘Little Machines’: Listen To The Album

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In just one week, Canadian synth-pop singer-songwriter LIGHTS will offer up new album Little Machines (on September 23). Ahead of that, the studio release, her third, is streaming in full courtesy of the New York Times. Quiet opening track “Portal” kicks the off on a mellow note, and the ride carries on through an impressive array of dance, electro and straight-up pop tunes. Don’t miss standouts “Same Sea,” “Speeding” and “How We Do It.”

Dare we say it, LIGHTS might have really outdone herself here — words we don’t toss around lightly, considering her 2009 debut The Listening is one of the finest albums to come out of the previous decade. More »

Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga’s “Nature Boy”: Listen To Their Cover Of The 1940s Standard

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Jazzy pals Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga continue to roll out their Cheek To Cheek tracks ahead of the album’s release next week (on September 23). This time around it’s “Nature Boy,” a cover of the classic standard written by eden ahbez (yes, his name was in lower case) and made famous when the 1948 Nat King Cole version was released.

Says Gaga of this track (via a press release), “You will recognize ['Nature Boy'] also famously as used in Moulin Rouge, but our rendition with the now late multi-reedist Paul Horn is spectacular. Horn was meant to join Tony & me for the PBS special but sadly passed just weeks before, a New Age Jazz pioneer, lets celebrate him 2day. You will hear his genius in the flute solo of our ‘NATURE BOY’ a solo that will echo through the world today. And forever.” More »

Madonna’s New Single Is Reportedly Almost Finished

The iconic #UnapologeticBitch has been teasing tons of alleged song titles and lyrics on her Instagram, taking selfies and hopping in the studio with seemingly dozens of talented acts, including Diplo, Avicii, Disclosure and Natalia Kills among many others. (We’ve been feverishly rounding up all the latest on what to expect from the upcoming LP!)

Now, it seems the first taste of the MDNA follow-up is nearly upon us. More »

Breach & Kelis Team Up For “The Key”: Listen To The Clubby Reworking Of ‘Food’ Track “Rumble”

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DJ/producer Breach has been on a roll in his native country of the UK, after racking up two Top 10 hits in 2013 (“Jack” and “Everything You Never Had”). For his stab at a hat trick, the British musician has paired up with chameleon-like songbird Kelis for a remix of her Food track “Rumble.” Re-titled “The Key” for its official single release, Breach pulls Kelis away from the neo-soul sound she experimented with on her most recent album, and puts her right back on the dancefloor.

That’s not to say “The Key” sounds anything like Kelis’ underrated 2010 foray into French electronic music, Flesh Tone. Rather, Breach gives a somewhat retro house zing to “Rumble” with this one, and in the process underscores the fact that Kelis really is one of the most versatile artists in modern pop. More »