CL, dynamic lead vocalist of the must-hear 2NE1, surprised both K-Pop and dubstep fans when she popped up in Skrillex‘s forward-thinking debut album Recess. Then last month, she made headlines as she cemented plans to make her stateside debut next year, and while working with super-manager Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Psy). Last night (November 21), CL showed fans that she’s pulling out all the stops for her U.S. takeover, by hitting the studio and posing (above) with producers Skrillex, Diplo and RoccStar.
When Diplo isn’t working as chief architect and spokesman for Madonna‘s forthcoming new album, he has been teaming with Skrillex in the joint side project Jack Ü, as heard in Kiesza collaboration “Take U There.” Skrillex himself worked with rising moombahton star Dillon Francis on a song to appear in the latter’s upcoming EP, not to be mistaken for debut album Money Sucks, Friends Rule. Meanwhile, RoccStar’s most recent clients include Usher (“Clueless”), Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown and comeback kid Fergie.
See more snapshots from CL’s studio session below. More »
Eminem and 50 Cent star in the new, 66-track mixtape Shady Classics. This quick-cutting compilation by DJ Whoo Kid (formerly 50 Cent’s touring DJ, now Shade 45 personality) is of fan favorites from throughout the label’s 15-year history, and these songs are dizzying, vulgar reminders of just how much has changed since Shady Records was formed.
In some songs, Eminem seems to be testing out flows and subject matter – in particular, America’s lazy parenting – that would be fine-tuned for The Eminem Show. At one point, he actually shouts out Tower Records as he boasts of picking up the new Cypress Hill. And in “We All Die One Day,” he picks on rumored ex Mariah Carey while lyrically referencing Ricky Martin‘s “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”
Shady Classics arrives just two days before Eminem releases the two-disc Shady XV, which features 12 new tracks (including his Sia-featuring “Guts Over Fear”) and greatest hits like 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” Hear the career-spanning mixtape, as premiered by Hot New Hip Hop, below. More »
Ariana Grande is trying her hand at becoming a holiday diva with her forthcoming single, “Santa Tell Me.” The singer announced the news last week, and today (November 21) Republic Records posted a preview of the yuletide tune on Instagram. The bouncy, R&B teaser finds Grande using her velvety vocals to ask Santa if her man truly cares — Big Sean, are you listening?
“Santa Tell Me” will officially be released on Monday, November 24. In the meantime, Grande will take the stage with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj at the 2014 American Music Awards this Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. She will also perform at A Very Grammy Christmas on December 5 on CBS. Take a listen to the Christmas tune after the jump! More »
If you could take our pulses right now…well, you wouldn’t feel anything because we just flatlined. BUT, just before that, our hearts were beating loud like a sledgehammer. Why? Because the lovely ladies of Fifth Harmony just dropped some oh-so-tantalizing teases for their “Sledgehammer” music video.
The 5H divas just teased 15 seconds of the video on their Twitter, and it’s safe to say they’ve stepped up the glam factor by 110%. The girls are giving us flowing gowns — and yes, even a hint of some of that hammer-in-the-air choreography. And that’s not all! MTV came through with the second teaser, which features a lot of Camila Cabello hair-flipping against a wall next to a giant white horse statue. (Importantly, there are also actual sledgehammers being hurled through the air by some dudes.) All in all, this looks like the girls’ best visual to date already.
Check out the teasers after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Rixton has announced the follow-up single to their catchy “Wait On Me”! The UK pop quartet will premiere their new song, “Hotel Ceiling,” live on ABC’s Good Morning America on January 6.
The song is mid-tempo ballad with rumbling percussion that lays underneath lead singer Jake Roche‘s soulful vocals, as he croons about missing his lover. “Hotel Ceiling” is the third single from Rixton’s debut LP, Let The Road, which features tunes like their breakout “Me And My Broken Heart.” The album will arrive on March 3, 2015.
Take a listen to their new single after the jump! More »
It’s been over a year now since American Idol alum Jessica Sanchez dropped her debut LP Me, You And The Music, but it seems the powerhouse vocalist is beginning to prep her follow-up record.
Jessica’s feeling all sorts of drunk in love with her brand new single, using similes galore to prove that their relationship is surely a classic match made in heaven: “We’re like Whitney and the bodyguard/Just like ATMs and credit cards/I was made for loving you, boy!” she happily declares above the organ-tinged, tripping R&B-pop beat. As always, her voice shines on the swoon-filled tune, proving that she’s still got plenty to offer as a pop star.
The song’s a cute lil’ tune and, with any luck, only just an early taste of what’s to come from the underrated singer. Check out “This Love” after the jump, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. More »
Snippets of Beyonce‘s new singles (“7/11″ and “Ring Off”) from her Platinum Edition Box Set have been circling the Internet for a few days now, but now the full versions have leaked! The 30-second clip of “7/11″ was definitely not promising, and listening to the track in its entirety doesn’t make it any better. The try-hard, club-ready tune sounds like a demo found in the trash of the Unapologetic studio. Beyonce’s vocals are embarrassingly run through an autotune machine, as she talks about getting TURNT.
The better track is obviously “Ring Off,” which is a heartfelt tribute to her mother — Miss Tina Knowles. Beyonce sings about how she now understands her struggles of being in a failed marriage and all the sacrifices she made for her family. Now that she took that “ring off,” Tina is much happier and is enjoying live more than ever. More »
Olly Murs and Demi Lovato‘s lovely duet has now surfaced! Titled “Up,” the bouncy mid-tempo highlights the stars’ bright and strong vocals. During her recent CapitalFM appearance, Lovato stated: “It’s kind of got this folky, country vibe. It’s super catchy, I love it. He’s the sweetest guy in the world and I’m excited I got to work with him, he’s got good energy.”
The tune follows songs like “Wrapped Up” and “Right Place, Right Time” from the 28-year-old British X Factor star. “Up” is the latest track off Olly Murs’ upcoming fourth studio album Never Been Better, which will be released on November 24 in the United Kingdom. Take a listen after the jump! More »
Sure, The Voice diva and L.A.M.B. goddess Gwen Stefani hasn’t even fully debuted her upcoming Pharrell-produced cut just yet, but that hasn’t stopped her from giving the track some early promo.
In a new 30-second spot for the FIAT Gran Finale, the “Baby Don’t Lie” songstress is giving us a taste of her funky new solo club banger, “Spark The Fire.” And this isn’t the first time the track’s been teased: Pharrell recently played the track live during a set. O-M-G, O-M-G, she’s back again! Who’s got the lighter?
Get a high quality taste of the duo’s collaboration after the jump, and let us know what you think of the latest teaser in the comments below. More »
The release of Beyonce‘s Platinum Box Set of her fifth studio LP is just around the corner, but we’re already getting sneak listens of the new songs! A snippet of “7/11″ surfaced this morning, and now a preview of the second tune — “Ring Off” — has found its way online.
This song sound way more promising than the ratchet mess that was “7/11,” as it finds Beyonce crooning on the island-tinged, bass-heavy production. It sounds like a cut from her debut LP Dangerously In Love, in the best way possible. Look out for the singer’s box set on November 24.
Take a listen to “Ring Off” after the jump! More »