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Maroon 5′s ‘V’: Album Review

Maroon 5 are nothing if not consistent. Their 12-year tenure of releasing albums has been punctuated with hit after hit — a huge feat for any band that isn’t named “U2 in the ’90s.” In a world where almost everything is microwaveable, Maroon 5 manage to maintain a solid track record of success, and their 5th studio album, aptly titled V (out today, ), lives up to that formula of big songs while never faltering — for better or for worse. More »

Calvin Harris And John Newman Tease Their Collaboration “Blame” (Again): Listen

Calvin Harris, hitmaking dance producer, and John Newman, rising soul singer, have released yet another snippet of their collaboration “Blame” (available September 7).

While last month’s preview seemed to reveal the song’s intro, the new clip picks up right where that left off, with Newman’s distinctive vocals heard over a spare synth melody and chords kicking in to up the ante.

For Harris, “Blame” is the follow-up to his recent Top 10 hit “Summer,” while, the song arrives after Newman’s BRIT Awards-nominated hit “Love Me Again” and his collaborations with Rudimental (“Feel the Love” and “Not Giving In”).

The “Blame” video, directed by Emil Nava (Harris’ “Summer,” Jessie J‘s “Price Tag,” Ed Sheeran‘s “Lego House”) is set to premiere later this week (on September 4). For now, hear the third teaser of Harris’ and Newman’s “Blame” after the jump. More »

Mary J. Blige Talks Doing ‘The London Sessions’ With Naughty Boy, Disclosure And Sam Smith

The Return Of The Queen
Last month, Mary J. Blige headed to London to record new music. Now, The Guardian reports that the resulting album, The London Sessions (out November on Capitol), finds her inspired by and working closely with some of the U.K.’s brightest stars: Naughty Boy, Emeli Sande, Disclosure, Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes.

The list of collaborations so far is staggering: Smith wrote four songs total. He teamed with songwriter Napes (Smith’s “Stay With Me,” Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”) for a doo-wop track called “Therapy.” Disclosure worked with Blige on a ’90s house song “Right Now,” to pick up where they left off in the inspired duet version of Settle‘s “F For You.” Naughty Boy, who’s overseeing The London Sessions, also wrote a song with Sande that evokes “early 00s U.K. garage” called “Pick Me Up.” More »

Hilary Duff Delays Release Of Her Comeback Album

Hilary Duff has spent her summer staging a comeback, with initial plans to release a new album this fall. On August 29, though, she announced on Twitter that she is delaying the full-length’s release. “Guys hate to break this news but the album won’t be out in October,” Duff said. “You will have to wait a few more months. Love all the excitement tho.”

Duff had released two lead singles from her comeback album so far: “Chasing the Sun,” the breezy and innocent ode to summer co-written by Colbie Caillat; and “All About You,” a sassier and punchier pop anthem by hitmakers Savan Kotecha, Carl Falk and Kristian Lundin. Both songs helped to show the folkier bent that Duff had in mind for her return, following 2007′s underrated Dignity, while inspired by groups like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. More »

Maroon 5′s ‘V’: Stream The Full Album

Maroon 5‘s new album, V, is now streaming ahead of its September 2 release date.

Initially, V appeared on paper to be a sequel to 2012′s Overexposed, Maroon 5′s almost shameless effort to recreate the magic behind its 2010 mega-hit “Moves Like Jagger.” For both albums, the band has worked with outside writers and nearly the exact same impressive roster of producers, including Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Shellback.

The sleek and streamlined V explodes twice: penultimate cut “Feelings,” a swaggering disco cut that should remind of frontman Adam Levine‘s Sexiest Man Alive title, and album closer “My Heart Is Open,” the sweeping, Sia-penned ballad with Gwen Stefani. With the exception of a few songs, like The Police-channeling lead single “Maps,” though, Maroon 5 isn’t trying nearly as hard for staggering radio dominance or to dazzle viewers of The Voice with how well the band evokes superstars of the past. More »

Wyclef Jean Announces New Album ‘Clefication,’ Avicii-Featured Single

The 'Clefication' Era Begins
Wyclef Jean, globally-minded hip-hop artist and producer, is staging a comeback with his first new album in five years: Clefication, out this spring. The album’s first single, “Divine Sorrow” featuring Avicii, will be out later this year.

Last year, Jean released a 33-song mixtape, April Showers, as a teaser to his “Frankenstein project” of a new album, then titled The Carnival Begins. At the time, he told Idolator that he had recorded trap songs, dancehall tracks and acoustic ballads as he teamed with Pitbull and 2 Chainz, while also influenced by Missy Elliott and Timbaland.

Billboard reports that Jean had since relocated to Avicii’s native Stockholm to work on Clefication, with help from the EDM superstar’s manger Ash Pournouri. Jean and Avicii have already worked together once before, on World Cup closing anthem “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way),” also featuring famed rock guitarist Carlos Santana and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires. Revisit the song below. More »

Diplo Drops Skrillex And Kiesza Collaboration “Take U There”: Listen

Diplo, pop-meets-Miami bass DJ, and Skrillex, dubstep king, initially introduced their joint side project Jack Ü during last year’s Mad Decent Block Party touring festival. Now, more than a year after the producer duo’s debut, Diplo revealed a live version of Jack Ü collaboration with Kiesza, “Take U There.”

While Kiesza’s breakout hit, “Hideaway,” could easily be mistaken for an early ’90s house record, “Take U There” transports the rising Canadian pop singer to the present. Without much hesitation, her powerhouse vocals lead to the sort of dramatic bass drops and honking rhythms to be expected from the two superstar producers.

Diplo recently said that Jack Ü will release a self-titled mixtape soon. For now,  hear the live version of “Take U There,” recorded during the Brooklyn stop of this year’s Mad Decent Block Party trek, below. More »

Britney Spears And Team Discuss The Business Of Britney In ‘Variety’ And Confirm She’s Still Recording

She Knows How To Work, Bitch!
The Business Of The Legendary Miss Britney Spears is a mighty thing: From her albums, to her ongoing Piece Of Me residency in Las Vegas, to her billion dollar perfume empire with Elizabeth Arden, Hasbro deals and her recent foray into lingerie, she truly is the definition of a work bitch.

As a result, Variety took a deep dive into the legacy behind Brit Brit to explore her many business ventures, as well as the way her team operates and what lies ahead.

For one thing, Brit’s truly the CEO of Britney Spears, according to business manager Lou Taylor, bitch. More »

Róisín Murphy Says Her New Album Is “Like Nothing You’ve Ever Heard Before”

Róisín Returns
While the wait continues for Róisín Murphy‘s long, long, long awaited forthcoming LP, the Irish avant-garde pop songstress just provided a teensy hint of what’s to come on Instagram this week — not that it makes the wait any easier, of course.

The “Let Me Know” chanteuse, who’s been serving up singles here and there like “Momma’s Place,” as well as her summer Italian language disco EP, Mi Senti — uploaded a photo of a handwritten letter explaining what’s to come from the long-awaited LP. “It really is like nothing you’ve ever heard before,” she says. Check out what the singer-songstress had to say in full after the jump. More »

Maroon 5 Team Up With Gwen Stefani On Sia-Penned Ballad, “My Heart Is Open”: Listen

Open Your Heart
The moment has arrived: Maroon 5‘s highly anticipated, Sia-penned collaboration with the one and only Love. Angel. Music. Baby. diva Gwen Stefani is upon us.

The V ballad, due out on the band’s fifth studio album next week (September 2), sees The Voice‘s Adam Levine and newbie judge Stefani trading off heartfelt, melodic verses above a simple piano melody and sweeping cinematic strings, recalling A Great Big World‘s vulnerable “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera.

“I know you’re scared/Oh, I can feel it/It’s in the air, I know you feel that too,” Levine tenderly croons off the top of the track. And then, in comes the No Doubt frontwoman: “It won’t take me long to find another lover but I want you,” she swoons. It’s been forever since we last heard Gwen crooning a ballad to us, but just as with “4 In The Morning” or “Early Winter,” she’s still good at giving us full body chills.

It’s a gorgeous collaboration and, considering the loud rumblings about Gwen’s upcoming solo work on the way, an enticing indication of what’s still to come. Listen to “My Heart Is Open” after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »