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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Team Up With Fences On “Arrows”: Listen To The Dreamy Track

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment
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Seattle indie rockers Fences team up with hip-hop super duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on brand new track “Arrows,” a thumping, whimsical number that is bound to be a serious contender on the Hot 100 scene. However, it’s certainly not the first time the two groups have collaborated together. Not only are Fences frontman Christopher Mansfield and Macklemore good buddies, Chris actually co-wrote song “10,000 Hours” for the Grammy-winning duo’s breakout LP The Heist.

“Fences is a good friend,” Macklemore told Billboard. “He’s fucked up in the same way that I’m fucked up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond the music. I’ve always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We’ve made a bunch of stuff together over the years, and this here song about ‘Arrows’ is my favorite one we’ve done.”

Listen to “Arrows” below. More »

Neon Hitch Cleans Out Her Closet With “Yard Sale”: Listen

Jul 29th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Neon Hitch! It’s a name we haven’t heard for a minute, but one we’re more than happy to see appear on our radar once again.

As the “Get Over U” fiery gypsy-pop princess has continued to evolve as an artist, the singer’s released a smattering of tunes over the past year, including her gorgeous cover of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” last year and her electronic take on Marilyn Monroe‘s classic “Some Like It Hot” with Kinetics.

Now, Neon’s cleaning out her closet and getting rid of all her old junk — and what better way to do it than a yard sale?

“Yard Sale” is Neon’s very solid return to form, dedicated to “leaving the past behind and letting go of the stuff you don’t need – literally and emotionally.” The song sees Neon cathartically crooning on top of a stomping (sort of pirate-y?) electronic pulse. “I’m having a yard sale, giving away all the things I used to call my own/I’m having a yard sale, giving away all the memories that used to feel like home,” she happily declares across the chorus.

The track is just as Top 40 radio-friendly as anything she’s ever done — she’s always been a fantastic pop songwriter, after all! — and it’s nice to hear the girl getting it together and tossing out the trash she doesn’t need anymore before the release of her long delayed, much anticipated debut, Eleutheromaniac.

Listen to “Yard Sale” after the jump, and let us know what you think of Neon’s return in the comments below. More »

Lana Del Rey Teases “Ultraviolence” Video: Watch A Preview

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment
Blue Jeans, White Wedding
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Here comes the bride, all dressed in…gloom.

Lana Del Rey‘s positively haunting Ultraviolence title track, which is due to be released as the next single from the campaign, is about to get a visual treatment.

A newly released grainy teaser from Noisey sees Lana leading herself into blissful matrimony at a church, dressed in a white wedding dress, clutching flowers and kneeling at an altar. It’s the happiest day of her life! Right? Erm…knowing Lana, this probably won’t end very well.

And who is she looking at in the final few seconds as she glances over her shoulder at us? Is it Jim, Lana’s cult leader, arriving to come give her all of that ultraviolence? Or is it Bill, from Kill Bill, leading to a bloody wedding massacre scene? We’re waiting on pins and needles already. Check out the teaser up top, and let us know what you think the video’s going to be like in the comments below. More »

Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga’s “Anything Goes”: Listen To The ‘Cheek To Cheek’ Duet

Jul 29th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Nearly a year after “Applause,” the lead single off ARTPOP, arrived, Lady Gaga is back with an altogether different kind of release: her jazzy standards project with Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek. Today the pair pick up where they left off in 2011 with their Duets II cover of “The Lady Is A Tramp” by offering up the first taste of Cheek, “Anything Goes.”

Originally the title song from Cole Porter‘s 1934 Broadway musical, “Anything Goes” finds Gaga and Tony swapping lines amidst horns, cymbals and a big ol’ sax solo. All in all, it’s nice music to entertain guests to at your next classy dinner party.

Hear Mother Monster and Tony Bennett take on “Anything Goes” (now available on iTunes) below. More »

Robyn And Royksopp Debut Dave Aude Remix Of “Do It Again”: Listen

Jul 28th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Robyn and Royksopp are currently out on the road (again!) on their Do It Again Tour, entertaining fans all across the world. They’ve also recently premiered the dramatic visual for their EP title track “Do It Again,” as well as hitting the stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live to give the US a taste of what they’re bringing to the table when they return in August.

Now, the Scandi superstars are aiming for continued dance floor dominance with a brand new remix of their EP title track, crafted by Dave Aude. The blazing uptempo re-rub packs some major electronic heat into the original production, perfect for a sweaty summer outdoor rave.

Give the recently premiered remix a spin after the jump, and let us know if you’ll be catching the two acts out on tour next month. More »

FKA Twigs Sings About Her Life As A “Video Girl”: Listen To The Haunting Track

Jul 28th, 2014 // Comment
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With the recent premiere of her dazzling single “Two Weeks,”  and the release of her highly-anticipated debut album LP1 just around the corner, British soulstress FKA Twigs — real name Tahliah Barnett — is everyone’s new up-and-coming artist to watch. While she might be considered a newcomer, FKA Twigs is actually a music-biz veteran, revealing that she was, in fact, a back-up dancer in her latest track “Video Girl.”

Featured in visuals for Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Taio Cruz, and, most notably, in Jessie J’s “Price Tag” and “Do It Like A Dude,” FKA Twigs addresses her past in this very raw and slightly heartbreaking new track. As synthy layers and Tahliah’s gentle vocals wind throughout song, it seems that the singer is not just ready for a new start as an artist, but she simply craves it. More »

SecondCity’s “What Can I Do”: Listen To The Ali Love-Featuring “I Wanna Feel” Follow-Up

Jul 28th, 2014 // Comment
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House producer SecondCity (aka Rowman Harrington) was was born in Chicago, but his family emigrated to England when he was a young kid. In early June, Harrington topped the UK chart with club cut “I Wanna Feel,” which borrows vocals from Toni Braxton‘s 1996 hit “You’re Makin’ Me High.” For his follow-up floorfiller “What Can I Do,” however, SecondCity has opted for original vocals by Ali Love, a singer who previously appeared on The Chemical Brothers‘ “Do It Again,” among other tracks. Got all that? Good.

Now, sure, there are quite a lot of house anthems floating around the airwaves these days. But when they’re good enough to get our toes tapping at 4:50 p.m. on a Monday afternoon, there’s always room for another on our summer playlist.

Give “What Can I Do” a listen below. More »

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang”: Listen To The Collaboration

Jul 28th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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It’s here! After each one of the talented ladies teased the track via social media over the past few weeks, “Bang Bang” — the Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Ilya crafted superstar collabo between UK powerhouse Jessie J, My Everything mini-diva Ariana Grande and “Pills ‘N Potions” rapstress Nicki Minaj — is finally upon us.

“She got a body like an hour glass but I can give it to you all the time!” Jessie confidently pledges off the top of her clap-heavy, twerk-friendly soulful summer anthem. And from there, the ladies are off with a bang (eh heh), wailing across big bouncy beats and horn blasts.

“Break Free” pop darling Ariana provides a reliably solid verse of her own, followed by a spitfire surge of ferociousness sure to satiate the Barbs’ thirst for more from Miss Minaj. The vocals are loud and bold (we all know Jessie doesn’t hold back from a big ol’ belt!), and there are plenty of earworm pop hooks — from that powerful chorus (“Bang bang…there goes your heart!“) to the spell-off “B to the A to the N to the G to the uh!” and everything in between. More »

Caleb Johnson’s “Only One”: Listen To The Lead Single Off The ‘American Idol’ Winner’s ‘Testify’ LP

Jul 28th, 2014 // Comment
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Only two short months ago, in May, Caleb Johnson became the winner of American Idol at the end of the series’ 13th season. And abracadabra — his debut album Testify is due to be released in a mere two weeks, on August 12. Today the LP’s lead single, “Only One,” premiered, and the mid-tempo rock number finds the North Carolina crooner exercising his classic-rock vocal chops over some slick, radio-friendly instrumentation.

Phillip Phillips found some success sticking with this same multi-format pop-rock formula after winning Idol two years ago. Can Caleb keep the mojo going? Listen to “Only One” below and see what you think. More »

Alesso And Ryan Tedder Team Up On Club Floorfiller, “Scars”: Listen

Jul 28th, 2014 // Comment
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If one thing is clear about Swedish DJ Alessandro Lindblad— otherwise known as Alesso— and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, it’s that they are truly two peas in a pod.

Back in 2012, the two released club hit “The Calling (Lose My Mind)”  with Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, which was then followed by Alesso’s mesmerizing rework of OneRepublic’s smash single “If I Lose Myself.” Now, the dynamic duo are back in action with a new club cut, “Scars.”  With its anthemic melody and massive drop, this tune is bound to be not only on everyone’s latest summer gym playlist, but probably on every DJ’s latest club mix as well.

Alesso, who was recently signed to Def Jam Records, also premiered his latest banger “Tear The Roof Up” on BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe on July 15. Hopefully, this means a brand new record from the 23-year-old beatsmith is coming soon. While we wait, however, jam out to “Scars” just below. More »

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