Archive for the ‘Music News’ Category

Rick Ross, Diddy & French Montana Channel Notorious B.I.G. On “Nobody”: Listen

Feb 20th, 2014 // Comment
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As Stereogum astutely points out, Rick Ross‘ “Biggie Smalls corpse-humpery levels” hit an all-time high with new Mastermind track “Nobody,” which uses the same beat and hook as Notorious B.I.G.‘s Life After Death track “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).” French Montana is on hook duties here, while Diddy is doing “Hate Me Now”-style yelling in the background — and he’s even credited here as Puff Daddy, the moniker he used back during the Biggie days, to remind you that THIS IS A WORK OF NOSTALGIA.

Hear it below, but honestly, it’s a pretty lazy re-creation, so you’re better off just spinning the original.

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Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down”: Listen To A Minute Of The Calvin Harris-Produced Song

Feb 19th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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The new Calvin Harris single is so upbeat and so pure pop — not to mention vaguely reminiscent of his masterful 2007 collab with Kylie Minogue, “In My Arms” — it literally might leave you dancing on air. I guess it should be mentioned that the new Calvin Harris single is actually the new Rita Ora single, which her DJ/producer/singer/chart wiz beau Calvin whipped up for her.

“I Will Never Let You Down” is previewed in a Rimmel London makeup ad, and judging by the 54-second clip above, I’ll just go out on a limb and say this has the potential to become the first BIG moment for Rita. Don’t believe me? Check out the snippet over at Vogue Italy and hear for yourself. More »

Ellie Goulding Unearths Skrillex Collab “Because”: Listen

Feb 18th, 2014 // 1 Comment

Ellie Goulding put together a 40-minute mix for BBC Radio 1, and for the final track she unveiled an unreleased Skrillex song she was featured on back when they were dating. It’s called “Because,” and Skrillex says they recorded in a hotel room two years ago.

Goulding’s vocals are much more manipulated here than they were on their 2011 collaboration “Summit,” as they’re blanketed in fuzz, warped and chopped into loops. For the DJ, the track shows he was already forgoing brostep for the atmospheric, restrained territory of Burial even before dropping “Leaving” last year. Hear the collaboration below. More »

Lady Gaga’s “Brooklyn Nights”: Listen To A Clip Of The Unreleased Song

Feb 18th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Sometimes-depressed nudist Lady Gaga has been busy collaborating on future projects with Britney Spears and the Real Housewives cast, but a piece of her past has recently surfaced online in the form of an unreleased song snippet. The track in question is “Brooklyn Nights,” which is said to have been recorded during sessions for Mother Monster’s most recent LP, ARTPOP.

In fact, we turned to the ever-reliable Gagapedia for info on this mysterious track, so why don’t we just let them do the talking and post the music below? Good? Good. More »

Betty Who’s “Heartbreak Dream”: Listen To The New Single, Which Is Out Today

Feb 18th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Ahead of the springtime release of new EP Slow Dancing, Betty Who has unleashed the sunny new single “Heartbreak Dream”(out today on iTunes). The track, another collaboration with producer Peter Thomas, couldn’t really come at a better time, as we’re all buried under snow and ice and could quite frankly use a bright ray of pop to warm our polar-defeated souls.

Is it possible for a song about heartbreak to sound this upbeat? Betty Who makes it seem effortless. Head below to give the song a listen! More »

Candice Glover’s ‘Music Speaks’: Album Review

Feb 18th, 2014 // 4 Comments
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Candice Glover‘s rendition of The Cure‘s “Lovesong” reappears on her debut album Music Speaks (out today, ), as it should. She first performed it as a top-six finalist on American Idol‘s Season 12, when tasked to sing a song she wished she wrote. So she tackled it as Adele would, with a deft cabaret turn from its gloom-rock origins. She was as commanding and charismatic as Dame Shirley Bassey, at least until judge Mariah Carey stepped on stage to shower her with glitter.

Season 12 posed a nagging question, on its volition and otherwise: How was Glover passed over twice already? She has said that she arrived with a big voice but little else, like the instinct to sing “Lovesong” despite Idol‘s producers. (“Everybody was more supportive of my big voice, and so I said I didn’t want to scream at America every week,” she said to Yahoo!.) Or, perhaps, to approach Music Speaks as she did. A sharp snapshot of R&B then and now, Music Speaks inspires the latest Idol winner to exercise even more restraint than she did on the show. More »

Kylie Minogue’s ‘Kiss Me Once’: Listen To The Album

Feb 17th, 2014 // 9 Comments

A month ahead of the March 18 release of Kylie Minogue‘s new album, a sampler of Kiss Me Once has now been put online. Upon hearing the clips from the pop queen’s 12th outing, it becomes clear that she opted for a blend of upbeat dance-pop tunes (“Into the Blue,” “Million Miles,” “Les Sex”), disco throwbacks (“I Was Gonna Cancel,” “Sexy Love”) and lush ballads (the Enrique Iglesias pair-up “Beautiful”). So far, title track “Kiss Me Once,” produced by the LP’s executive producer Sia, is standing out as a major highlight.

Listen below and let us know what your own thoughts on what you’ve heard so far from Kylie’s latest! More »

Enrique Iglesias & Kylie Minogue’s “Beautiful” Surfaces Online: Listen

Feb 16th, 2014 // 8 Comments
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Enrique Iglesias and Kylie Minogue‘s duet “Beautiful” has surfaced online — and proves to be a surprising turn for the global pop icons.

Iglesias and Minogue sing together for nearly the entire song, providing what should be a rare intimate moment for both of their respective albums, SEX + LOVE and Kiss Me Once. This sentimental ballad follows several stadium-sized attempts to build hype for their respective next albums: Minogue’s blissful “Into the Blue” and Iglesias’s “I’m a Freak,” in which he reunites with Pitbull.

Listen to “Beautiful” after the jump, then sound off at the comments below. More »

Stream JoJo’s Free (And Flawless) ‘#LoveJo’ EP

Feb 15th, 2014 // Comment
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JoJo continues to thank supporters with her new EP. #LoveJo, released February 14, is her first new music since she was released from Blackground Records and signed to Atlantic – and, perhaps, a stunning sign of what’s to come.

#LoveJoJo is respectful of R&B tradition and tastefully modern at the same time. The crystalline runs of spiritual “Oh Glory” is proof positive of the former, although of the four tracks, the EP’s biggest surprise may show how JoJo nails this balance best. In a bait-and-switch that recalls how Miguel‘s “Don’t Look Back” surprised by interpolating The Zombies, JoJo’s neo-soul take of Anita Baker‘s “Caught Up in the Rapture” dissolves into glitchy loops, before a step-team beat launches a cavernous cover of Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home.” It’s the No Jacket Required classic by way of Beyonce‘s “Jealous.”

Stream JoJo’s #LoveJo EP after the jump. More »

Miley Cyrus’ Demented ‘Bangerz’ Tour Is A Candy-Colored Thrill Ride: Opening Night Review

Feb 15th, 2014 // 14 Comments

If they ever turn Spring Breakers into a musical, it would look a lot like Miley Cyrus‘ batshit crazy Bangerz tour, which kicked off in Vancouver, Canada tonight (February 14). This weird and wonderful acid trip of a concert documents the adventures of a girl that took a walk on the wild side and — much like the characters in Harmony Korine‘s mind-bending movie —  decided to stay. Simply because it’s a lot more fun.

As such, the show is a wholly unselfconscious celebration of Miley 2.0. She owns all her headline-grabbing antics from 2013 (the twerking, that foam finger and those skimpy outfits) and sticks to songs on the new LP — with two notable exceptions. But let’s start at the beginning. Because I honestly can’t think of a better one in recent memory.

Bangerz opens with a projection of the 21-year-old’s face. Nothing unusual there. At least not until a giant tongue sprouts from the screen and Miley slides down it in a skimpy leotard singing “SMS (Bangerz)”. The surreal moment is made weirder still by the cast of furry friends and cartoon characters dancing merrily on stage, who help divert attention away from the fact that the song is not particularly good. More »