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Jhene Aiko’s Debut LP ‘Souled Out’ Gets A Release Date

Jul 9th, 2014 // Comment
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We spoke with Jhene Aiko about new album 'Souled Out'. Read More »

After scoring a slow-burning hit earlier this year from her Sail Out EP with “The Worst” and premiering the slinky lead single “To Love & Die,” moody alt-R&B chanteuse Jhene Aiko‘s debut album is finally sailing onto our iPods next month.

Souled Out, which is set to include production from No I.D., Key Wane, Fisticuffs, James Fauntleroy, and Dot Da Genius — will arrive on August 25, according to Rap-Up.

“The sound is different in the sense that the music is more intricate and there are live instruments. I feel like everything is on another level. It’s deeper,” she told us in an interview back in December about her upcoming LP.

Unfortunately, Jhene’s got some pretty strong competition when it comes to the charts: “Break Free” mini-diva Ariana Grande‘s feature-filled sophomore record My Everything is set to be released on the same day. But then again, who cares? A Jhene record is (finally) coming soon, and that’s all that matters.

Are you excited about Jhene’s upcoming LP? Let us know in the comments below. More »

G.R.L. Announces Self-Titled Debut EP: See The Cover Art & Tracklist

Jul 8th, 2014 // 5 Comments
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The G.R.L. girls are finally ready to G.O. for it.

After getting wild with Pitbull and going bad behind bars in the video premiere for their jail-themed video for “Ugly Heart”, the up-and-coming fab fivesome are now set to release their debut self-titled EP on July 29, due out on Kemosabe Records/RCA.

Along with “Ugly Heart,” the mini-collection will also include brand new songs including “Rewind,” “Don’t Talk About Love” and “Girls Are Always Right,” as well as the swirling, power pop-tastic “Show Me What You Got,” which first premiered back in February. Check out the video for “Ugly Heart” down below, and let us know if you’re excited about the EP release in the comments section. More »

ASTR Puts A Chilly Spin On Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap”: Listen

Jul 8th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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ASTR‘s on a major roll as of late: After premiering their Miami Vice-inspired visual for “Blue Hawaii” with us late last month, the NYC electro-duo’s just returned to deliver a stomping reinterpretation of one of our very favorite summer jams of 2014: Charli XCX‘s The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack anthem, “Boom Clap.” (Speaking of, did you catch her performance of the track on this morning’s Today Show?)

The troupe’s reinterpretation drags the song down into the chilly depths of the club, providing some drippy beats, trap-lite hi-hats and pounding drum loops. (Actually, it’s a little reminiscent of the “Fancy” beat!) Charli’s vocals also get sent through the ringer on the remix; her rowdy chants are now chopped and screwed into demonically distorted vocals, stuttering yelps and moans. It’s a much darker side of “Boom Clap” — but no less fantastic.

Listen to ASTR’s remix of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” below, and let us know what you think of the re-rub in the comments after the jump. More »

Ariana Grande Teases “Best Mistake” Featuring Big Sean: Listen

Jul 8th, 2014 // Comment
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Ariana Grande has teased yet another song off her forthcoming sophomore album, My Everything. Shortly after she revealed her Star Wars-inspired lyric video for Zedd collaboration “Break Free,” Grande posted to Instagram a snippet of “Best Mistake,” featuring Big Sean. “Break up / wake up / total / waste of / time,” she sings in a clip posted to Instagram, as if sighing through her hiccuping rhythm.

“Best Mistake” isn’t the first time that Grande’s teamed with Big Sean, who she counts as one of her best friends. 2013′s “Right There” made for one of her debut Yours Truly‘s biggest surprises, whether you’re a fan of Big Sean or otherwise. (He tends to sound most like rap’s annoying younger sibling, though pop settings can actually brings out his voice’s boyish charms.) He’s also the (uncredited) voice behind the Ying Yang Twins-inspired hook of My Everything lead single “Problem.”

Hear Grande’s “Best Mistake” snippet after the jump. More »

Usher And Nicki Minaj Reunite On Pharrell-Produced “She Came To Give It To You”: Listen

Jul 8th, 2014 // 3 Comments
Usher's "Good Kisser"
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Usher goes shirtless in the sexy video for "Good Kisser". Read More »

One freak is never enough.

It’s been just under four years now since “Good Kisser” crooner Usher and “Pills N Potions” rapstress Nicki Minaj teamed up for their sexy collabo, “Lil Freak.” But the powerhouse performers are teaming up once again for a brand new cut from Usher’s upcoming LP.

This time around, the whole thing’s been helmed by producer du jour Pharrell — and yes, it’s all funked up.

Listen to the radio premiere of “She Came To Give It To You” via Rap-Up after the jump. More »

Sia’s ’1000 Forms Of Fear’: Album Review

Jul 8th, 2014 // 6 Comments
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It was during a 2011 string of tour dates that Sia announced she’d be taking a breather from touring, focusing on songwriting for other artists, which was her hidden genius (and solid moneymaker). Despite suggesting she’d only be penning for others, Sia managed to sneak in the colossal “Titanium” with David Guetta, a solid enough hint of the shape of things to come from her as a budding Pop star. A year later Rihanna would release the Sia-penned “Diamonds,” ushering in a whole new era (and dimension) for Rih-Rih’s career. The song had Sia’s DNA all over it — we just didn’t fully realize it yet. More »

Paris Hilton’s “Come Alive”: Listen To The Heiress Siren’s Dreamy New Dance Song

Jul 8th, 2014 // 4 Comments
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The eternal, tormented wait is over, Paris Hilton fans. It’s been like a never-ending march from a fiery pit of damnation to the gates of Hell, anticipating The Music Savior’s follow-up single to last year’s party jam “Good Time.” And now She has delivered.

“Come Alive” lives up to its title, as it offers a more mature aesthetic than previous Hilton offerings — and, in all seriousness, she’s also showing growth as a vocalist this time around. Here, Paris weaves her dreamy words of amore over a sugary dance track that reportedly comes courtesy of nearly a handful of producers, including Mr. Beatz and Cordell Ellis.

They say Paris is the City Of Lights. And so let her shine the way, children, toward the path you must follow. Listen to “Come Alive” below. More »

ALT-J Release “Left Hand Free” From Their Upcoming Second Album ‘This Is All Yours’: Listen

Jul 7th, 2014 // Comment

After releasing their Miley Cyrus-sampling slow-burner “Hunger Of The Pine” as the first taste of their upcoming sophomore attempt This Is All Yours, British indie rockers Alt-J are back with new song called “Left Hand Free.”

A complete change in direction from the first track, “Left Hand Free “ is a bluesy rock jam, very reminiscent of the The Black Keys circa The Big Come Up days, leaving us eager listeners with a very murky image as to what the much-awaited album will sound like.

Listen to tune after the jump, and let us know what you think of ALT-J’s latest in the comments below. More »

Jessie Ware’s “Tough Love” Gets An Infectious Remix By Canadian Producer Cyril Hahn: Listen

Jul 7th, 2014 // Comment
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Responsible for the ethereal remix of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” Canadian beatmaker Cyril Hahn puts a daring new spin on Jessie Ware’s latest single “Tough Love.”  While leaving the British soulstress’ sultry vocals untampered with, Cyril completely reworks the originally eerie BenZel-produced track, adding yet another new jam to the  ‘90s house-revival movement  that’s been surfacing. Listen to the tune after the jump. More »

Coldplay Back Up Cat Power In “Wish I Was Here”: Listen

Jul 7th, 2014 // Comment
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Coldplay backs Cat Power‘s Chan Marshall in “Wish I Was Here,” a piano ballad written and recorded for Zach Braff‘s forthcoming film of the same name. (Wish I Was Here is also the directorial follow-up to 2004′s Garden State, the film that introduced The Shins to the masses.) Frontman Chris Martin‘s voice only surfaces about halfway through, after Marshall has already recalled a long, ugly night out, as if to comfort her.

Turns out, as essential as her voice is now, Cat Power wasn’t part of the original plan. Braff had sent Coldplay an early version of Wish I Was Here, only for the band to write the song and Martin to suggest that a woman sing it. “When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, ‘Cat Power,’” Braff said to NPR. Marshall recorded the song in New York, then Martin added in his vocals later on. More »