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Miley Cyrus Soars On Buddy’s Pharrell-Produced “Smoke Signals”: Listen

Feb 25th, 2014 // Comment
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Pharrell recruited Miley Cyrus for the vocal hook on emerging rapper Buddy‘s new song “Smoke Signals,” an addictive track built on Pharrell’s breezy beat and Miley’s echoing background vocals. She’s in true siren mode here, and it is powerful.

While the “Smoke Signals” title probably has you thinking you’ll hear more of her tired drug sing-raps, this is nothing like that! In between Buddy’s verses, Miley gives an elegant vocal turn that shows when she isn’t mugging for the cameras or chewing up the studio scenery, she’s really pleasant to listen to. It was easy to forget that!

The song is off Buddy’s Idle Time mixtape. Stream it below. More »

Ellie Goulding’s “Beating Heart”: Watch The ‘Divergent’ Track’s Lyric Video

Feb 25th, 2014 // Comment
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Ellie Goulding has four songs on the very buzzworthy Divergent soundtrack, and after previewing “Beating Heart” the song is now out with a lyric video comprising scenes from the film. “Beating Heart” starts off with the same sort of twinkling synths heard in her breakout song “Lights,” and from there you get the familiar mix of warm, lush atmospherics that are just ever so danceable, a sweet spot Goulding has mastered at this point.

Her voice sounds a tad more British than usual, and while the song is more subdued than “Burn,” the chorus (“Wanna hear your beating heart tonight / Before the bleeding sun comes alive”) is still anthemic. Check it out below. More »

Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Tyga Go “Senile”: Listen

Feb 24th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Nicki Minaj can’t stop won’t stop. Her latest salvo is on “Senile” (that’s the very Golf Wang-esque artwork) with Lil Wayne and Tyga, off the Young Money compilation Rise Of An Empire (out March 11). David D.A. Doman’s minimalist beat creeps and bobs, so the track doesn’t lead to the type of fireworks Minaj has been spitting lately, but she still drops plenty of heaters in her verse (e.g. “All these rappers is my sons, and I’m always nine months”).

As for Wayne, he swoops in with the third verse, and it’s suitably whacked-out and wizardly. Overall, it’s like the YMCMB answer to G.O.O.D.’s “Clique” (Tyga is so their Big Sean) — and it serves as a tantalizing little appetizer for the new albums coming from Nicki and Weezy later this year.

Hear it below. More »

Charlotte Sometimes’ ‘By Request’ EP: Idolator Premiere

Feb 24th, 2014 // Comment
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Following her stint on the second season of The Voice, Charlotte Sometimes released Circus Head in 2012, and is now set to follow that up with another EP, her fifth altogether, next week (March 4). Titled By Request, the tracklist for the four-song acoustic set was decided upon after Charlotte let fans select songs to be re-worked into more stripped down versions for the release. Included is a reinterpretation of the singer-songwriter’s “Losing Sleep” (originally from her debut album Waves And The Both Of Us), as well as a cover of Foster The People‘s summer 2011 smash “Pumped Up Kicks” and a new song, “Magic.”

Charlotte entered New York’s Cutting Room Studios to lay down By Request, which was recorded live in one day. From the opening acoustic guitar chords of “Magic” to Sometimes’ final, heartfelt vocal yowls on “Losing Sleep,” it’s clear that this special release is a unique vehicle that once again showcases the 25-year-old singer’s incredible wealth of talent.

Head below to give By Request an early listen, ahead of its official release on March 4. More »

Hear t.A.T.u’s Non-Comeback Comeback Single “Love In Every Moment”

Feb 24th, 2014 // 3 Comments

Russian fake-lesbian duo t.A.T.u. reunited for a performance at the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, then announced plans to stage a full-on comeback with a tour and new music on the way. A few days after that, Lena Katina and Julia Volkova swiftly canceled all those plans. However! The new single, “Love In Every Moment,” survived the wreckage and it has hit the Web.

It’s a brooding blast of Euro-pop, with the ladies singing in Russian, and the chorus is a tasteful crescendo of cascading synths. Alas, there’s also a brostep breakdown with Russian rapper Ligalize that sounds instantly dated, but otherwise, the single is a tantalizing taste of what could have been.

Hear it below.  More »

Danja Reveals Two Unreleased Britney Spears Demos & “Hot As Ice” Remix: Listen

Feb 23rd, 2014 // 6 Comments
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Producer Danja revealed two unreleased demos for Britney Spears. Both were informed by the first time he worked with her, on her fifth album Blackout.

Danja says that initially for 2008′s Circus, he aimed for a “raw, edgy, rock vibe” but, after it wasn’t received well, instead went “all the way urban” as he did for Blackout. The resulting demo kicks off with ominous fanfare, as an mid-career T.I. track might have, but then allows room for pleading lyrics: “Boy, why won’t you follow?” (Spears doesn’t sing here, so fans have to imagine how she’d interpret it all.)

His next demo, for Britney Jean, is even better. “I thought we were going do a Blackout 2, so I felt like this was Blackout 2,” he says. It’s as uptempo and energetic as promised, although with its thumping beat, canned-orchestra flourishes and piercing fire-alarm synths, it also feels like “Kill the Lights” – also a Danja production – with even more drama.

Hear Danja’s demos, plus a “Hot as Ice” remix after the jump. More »

Justin Bieber Drops New Song “Broken”: Listen

Feb 22nd, 2014 // 5 Comments
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Justin Bieber has surprised fans with a new song, “Broken.” For even casual listeners, it sounds like a response to reasons why he’s gained attention as of late — not for his music, but for his antics.

Bieber released “Broken” for free as he did with 2013′s Journals, only this time in a mixtape by his official DJ Tay JamesWe Know the DJ Radio 4. Throughout, he croons to a funk guitar and record scratches, a setting fit for ’90s R&B. “They give me what’s mine / someone like me is hard to find / Ooh, I cannot be broken / ooh, I cannot be broken,” Bieber sings at the hook.

Bieber’s lyrics never name exactly who “they” are: those who give him what’s his, those who want a reaction, those are trying to get at him. If anyone else was to have released this song, “Broken” would read as nothing short of empowering. Instead, it’s terribly hard to hear this without recalling his Instagram post comparing himself to Michael Jackson, following his arrest for a DUI and drag racing.

“Broken” may make for a fine throwback, but it also leaves a bitter taste because of how it arrives after — and seems to address — recent events. Hear the new song after the jump. More »

50 Cent Returns With “The Funeral”: Watch

Feb 21st, 2014 // Comment
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The newly indie 50 Cent has dropped the first taste of his forthcoming album Animal Ambition, a day after announcing he was leaving Shady/Aftermath. Considering its significance as the beginning of a new phase of Fiddy’s career, “The Funeral” is fairly innocuous. Not that it isn’t good (it is!), it’s just not a “spectacle,” which is kind of refreshing.

“The Funeral” is a brooding ghetto tale about the fallout from a shootout, including vengeance, mourning and family drama, with 50 spitting over an old school boom-bap. The video was directed by Eif Rivera, check it out up top. More »

Jessie Ware Helps Out On Julio Bashmore’s “Peppermint”: Watch

Feb 21st, 2014 // Comment

Emerging British producer Julio Bashmore was one of a the key forces on Jessie Ware‘s wonderful debut, Devotion, assisting on weightless tracks like “Sweet Talk.” So Ware recently returned the favor, taking vocal duties on “Peppermint,” a song off Bashmore’s forthcoming debut album. It’s a pulsating house track, with Ware repeating, “I’m hot for you / What you gonna do?” over neon synths and drum machines.

For the video, unfortunately, we don’t see the two of them. Instead, it’s a whacked-out, fever dream CGI animation. Watch it below. More »

Kendrick Lamar’s “m.A.A.d city” Remixed By James Blake: Listen

Feb 21st, 2014 // 2 Comments

James Blake returned to BBC Radio 1 under his Harmonimix moniker, where he last offered up a “Drunk In Love” remix. This time the Brit threw a reworking of Kendrick Lamar‘s “m.A.A.d city” into his mix, and it is so loopy! There’s an organ riff that gives the proceedings the feel of a hockey game, wiping away the original’s pent-up energy for a sense of carnival madness.

Not bad for something he apparently put together on a plane. Hear it below. More »