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Tove Lo’s “Thousand Miles”: Listen To The New ‘Queen Of The Clouds’ Single

Tove Lo‘s debut album Queen Of The Clouds (set for a September 30 release) is shaping up to be an electro-pop stunner, and the LP’s latest single does not disappoint! After our premiere of “Timebomb” last week, the Swedish singer-songwriter follows up with the incredible “Thousand Miles.” (And no, it’s not a Vanessa Carlton reference.)

Queen Of The Clouds is split into three sections – “The Sex,” “The Love,” and “The Pain.” “Thousand Miles” falls into “The Pain” category, and for evident reasons. The mid-tempo tune tells a story of a girl struggling to forget a rocky relationship with an ex, which is revved up by the singer’s emotionally distraught vocals and the thundering drum rhythms.

Listen to the new track below. More »

Pentatonix’s Cover Of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”: Listen

Pentatonix fans have come out in full force today, as evidenced by the current iTunes chart placing of the vocal group’s latest release, PTX Vol. III — it’s at #3, out-selling such releases as Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s Cheek To Cheek (#5), Lenny Kravitz‘s Strut (#7), LIGHTSLittle Machines (#15) and Jennifer Hudson‘s JHUD (#16).

One such curiosity from the PTX Vol. III tracklist we’ve had our eye on — and are now finally able to hear — is the quintet’s cover of Clean Bandit‘s current chart smash  “Rather Be.” The truth is, you can be as cynical as you want, but we dare you to not crack a smile while listening.

Head below to hear Pentatonix’s giddy take on the British group’s infectious hit. More »

Mary J. Blige’s ‘The London Sessions’ Tracklist Revealed: Listen To Lead Single “Therapy,” Co-Written By Sam Smith

As previously announced, Mary J. Blige recently found herself traveling to London for a month to work with such producers, songwriters and overall chart fixtures as Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy and Jimmy Napes. The fruits of all this overseas labor is Blige’s upcoming, Rodney Jerkins-executive-produced 13th album The London Sessions (out December 2), which was made available for pre-order on iTunes today. Along with that comes the reveal of the tracklist and the availability of the LP’s lead single, “Therapy.” More »

Kendrick Lamar Releases “i”: Listen To The New Single

After the musical bomb that was good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Kendrick Lamar follows up his 2012 debut with a brand new single – simply titled, “i.” The song, produced by Rahki, is the first insight to the rapper’s highly anticipated, yet-to-be-titled sophomore album.

“i” is an inspiring track, where Lamar triumphantly shouts “I love myself” throughout the chorus. The Isley Brothers‘ “That Lady” sample also boosts the song’s groovy nature. “i” definitely doesn’t sound like anything that is on urban radio – there are no trap influences, heavy bass drops or overtly explicit lyrics.

But don’t just take our word for it! Listen to “i” after the jump. More »

Madison Beer “Unbreakable (Haides Remix)”: Idolator Premiere

Over the summer, Madison Beer released her “Melodies” follow-up single “Unbreakable.” The song, produced by Emanuel Kiriakou (Demi Lovato, Celine Dion) and Andrew Goldstein, is an uplifting pop anthem in its own right, but in remix form it really takes flight.

Idolator premiered dancefloor maestro Monsieur Adi‘s reworking of Beer’s “Unbreakable” back in July. Now we’re giving you the first listen of the Haides Remix. Listen to the 19-year-old Londoner’s take on Madison’s empowering pop jam below. More »

LIGHTS’ ‘Little Machines’: Album Review

If there’s any artist who’s proven that you don’t necessarily need all the frills and tricks to have have a continuous career, it’s LIGHTS. From the moment she dropped her self-titled EP in 2008 and caught the attention of clothing retailer Old Navy, LIGHTS’ light and airy vocals, spacey melodies and honest lyrics drew fans from all over the world and forged the way for her debut album The Listening in 2008 and 2011’s sophomore effort Siberia.Now she’s back with her third LP Little Machines (out today, ), which LIGHTS recently told us was her best work yet. After looking at the progression over the past six years, it’s not that hard to agree. The album not only gives her devoted fans a lot of the sounds that made them fall for her in the first place, it also contains various nuances that show her growth and maturity. Sure, she’s still in her 20s (27 to be exact). But now that’s not only married and a mom, LIGHTS has clearly gone through a number of experiences that inspired songs that can appeal to an older audience as well. More »

Mary J. Blige’s “Whole Damn Year”: Listen To Her ‘London Sessions’ Ballad

We’re still waiting for the actual first single off Mary J. Blige‘s upcoming LP The London Sessions to arrive — it’s called “Therapy” — but in the meantime, we now have the second so-called buzz track to surface ahead of the album’s release. “Whole Damn Year” follows up the far more upbeat, Disclosure-produced “Right Now.” It’s a ballad that finds Blige lyrically detailing the aftermath of an extremely painful breakup.

“Tryin’ to find a way to explain this, why you can’t touch me tonight / I can feel you getting impatient, but I really can’t let you inside,” Mary sings mournfully in “Whole Damn Year.” Some outlets are reporting that the song is a co-write done with Emeli Sande, but there’s no official word on that just yet.

Hear “Whole Damn Year” below. More »

Two Demos Dev Hynes Recorded For Britney Spears Have Surfaced Online: Listen

Last summer, Dev Hynes and William Orbit‘s brief Twitter exchange fueled rumors that Hynes was cast as one of the many producers on Britney SpearsBritney Jean (released in November 2013). The speculation ended up being true, but his work for the project was ultimately rejected. A little over a year later, two of the demos that Hynes recorded for the Princess of Pop have surfaced online.

The first one is an airy mid-tempo that’s filled with computerized glitches and Hynes’ whispering “Leave us alone,” which Spears’ breathy coos would have worked wonders on! The second demo is a melodic ballad with a beautiful piano melody at its core.

Listen to both demos from Dev Hynes after the jump. More »

Pink And Dallas Green (You + Me) Debut Powerful Ballad, “Break The Cycle”: Listen

The pop ladies sure are throwing us for a curve ball with their duet projects as of late, no?

After Lady Gaga teamed up with Tony Bennett for their collection of jazz standards, Cheek To Cheek, Pink announced that she too is embarking on a new musical journey, joining Dallas Green for a foray into folk that steers far from her more familiar rowdy behavior.

The duo already dropped their gentle lead track “You And Me” weeks ago, and now, the duo returns with a heartfelt new selection from their forthcoming record, rose ave., out on October 14.

The chilling ballad, a love song dedicated to Pink’s mother, sees the two singers soulfully crooning across dramatic strings and a repetitive guitar melody. “Let me heal the wounds you’ve held onto all these years/Break the cycle, break the chains, ’cause love is louder than all of your pain,” the two declare across the hopeful chorus. Pink has always been excellent at conveying strong emotions in her music (she’s quite underrated, in fact!), and this stripped-down production only allows her words to stand out stronger than ever. In fact, there’s a fairly good chance you’ll even shed a tear or two. More »

Cash Cash’s “Surrender”: Listen To The Trio’s New Single

After creating an international buzz with their breakthrough single (and one of 2013′s unofficial summer anthems) “Take Me Home,” Cash Cash are back with a new tune, simply titled “Surrender.”

Using their winning formula of hearty female vocals that float over a throbbing, synth-laden beat (as seen with Bebe Rexha‘s feature on “Take Me Home), this new track from the NYC-based trio is tailored to invade club dancefloors worldwide. As the season begins to transfer into colder temperatures, “Surrender” is a fun reminder of those sun-drenched summer memories.

Listen to “Surrender” below, and look out for the song’s official music video in October. More »