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Roses & Revolutions’ “It’s Christmas Time”: Idolator Premiere

With the weather’s temperature dropping and the year’s end just around the corner, it is the perfect time to bask in the holiday spirit. Today (November 18), we at Idolator are premiering a song from Roses & Revolutions that will do just that! Called “It’s Christmas Time,” the tune strays away from the typically upbeat (and often cheesy) production found in most yuletide songs.

Instead, it provides velvety vocals (courtesy of lead singer Alyssa Coco) that is laid over a warm piano-and-guitar combination. The lyrics are also quite romantic: “The snow, the snow looks lovely as I kiss it off your nose/I love the feeling that no one can hear us.”

When the singer/songwriter duo (comprised of Coco and Matt Merritt) aren’t recording Christmas songs, they are busy promoting their self-titled sophomore EP — which was released in April 2014. The record features the lead single, “Take Me With You.” But in the meantime, grab a mug of hot cocoa and take a listen to “It’s Christmas Time” after the jump! More »

Usher’s “Clueless” Track Is Here Without A Cereal Box Purchase: Listen

Usher‘s new single “Clueless” was supposed to be a promotional track hidden inside special boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios at Walmart, which is definitely one of the oddest marketing tools in recent months! Well, now you don’t have to fret about tearing up endless cereal boxes to find the download link — “Clueless” has now surfaced online.

It is a R&B mid-tempo (with a total lack of percussion) that finds the crooner singing mostly in his upper register, with twinkling synths and a steady bass guitar play in the background. The track doesn’t live up to its hype, so be glad that we saved you a trip to Walmart. No word on when Usher’s eighth studio LP UR will be released, but it will feature production from Max Martin, Disclosure, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Take a listen to “Clueless” after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson Team Up On “Trouble”: Listen To The ‘Reclassified’ Snippet

Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson are back again with another collaboration — this time for the rapper’s track “Trouble,” off the upcoming Reclassified LP. The brief snippet uploaded on Youtube finds the “Beg For It” rapstress with a laid-back flow, with the R&B diva coming in with a sassy hook. The song is laid over a soulful handclaps and piano combination.

The duo previously collaborated on the Pharrell-produced JHUD cut, “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.” Look out for Reclassified on November 24 (featuring the Ellie Goulding-assisted “Heavy Crown” and “Iggy SZN”), and take a listen to the “Trouble” snippet after the jump! More »

Charli XCX’s “Gold Coins”: Listen To The ‘Sucker’ Track

Ahead of her forthcoming Sucker LP releaseCharli XCX has shared a new track off the album. Titled “Gold Coins,” the track is a grainy, rock-tinged tune that pops with bright sound effects and a fuzzy electronic guitar riff. The tune was co-written by Patrik Berger, who in the past has worked with Robyn and Icona Pop.

Charli XCX’s sophomore album, Sucker, is set for a December 16 release. It features punchy tracks like “London Queen,” “Break The Rules” and “Boom Clap.” The singer will also embark on a UK tour beginning in March. Take a listen to “Gold Coins” after the jump! More »

K. Michelle Premieres ‘Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?’ Ballad, “How Do You Know?”: Listen

K. Michelle is having trouble moving on with her latest ballad.

The former Love & Hip Hop starlet-turned-R&B superstar has supplied us with several cuts off of her forthcoming record Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?, including lead single “Love ‘Em All” and “Maybe I Should Call.” For her third serving from the LP, K’s giving us her everything and belting with all her might across an aching piano melody: “How do I forget about the past so easily and start it all again? How do you know?” she sings. For anyone hoping to hear Miss K. Michelle showcasing her powerhouse chops, this one ought to satisfy.

The song is available immediately upon pre-ordering her album, which will be out on December 9. Listen to K. Michelle spill her soul after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

Paradise Fears’ “Who We Were With”: Idolator Premiere

Following the release(s) of their debut album Battle Scars, South Dakota alt-pop band Paradise Fears signed with  the DigSin label and are prepping a new album for 2015. Ahead of that, the quintet will release soaring new single “Who We Were With,” a song that lyrically peels away our starry-eyed ideals about love and presents a kind of basic truth about our common need for companionship.

“The song was adapted from a poem I wrote, based around this idea that was kind of haunting about how people are able to convince themselves consciously of what is or isn’t love, even though it’s supposed to be an intuitive process,” Paradise Fears vocalist Sam Miller tells Idolator. “So often, I’m afraid we feel comfortable, we call it love, we teach ourselves it’s good enough and we settle for less than we deserve. Love is the kind of thing we learn to do. We’re born knowing how to feel, but somewhere in the process of giving it a name, we screw it up.”

Below, Idolator is premiering “Who We Were With” a day ahead of its official single release. Give the bittersweet song a listen! More »

Empathy Test’s “Holding On”: Idolator Premiere

Empathy Test are a synth-savvy duo out of London who are set to release their second EP, Throwing Stones, soon on Brooklyn label Stars & Letters Records. Ahead of that, Idolator is premiering the pair’s track “Holding On,” which features icy keyboards and a beat straight out of 1983 courtesy of band member Adam Relf, as well as the haunting tenor of vocalist Isaac Howlett.

The pair tell us the following about their new track: “‘Holding On’ is an unusually abstract song for us, lyrically. It reflects society’s obsession with celebrity and in particular, celebrity death. Stylistically, it’s a nod to the drum machine-based synth pop pioneers of the early ’80s, with the clockwork high-hat mimicking the click of camera shutters.”

Slip into Empathy Test’s cool, dark world by giving “Holding On” a listen below More »

Nick Celino Debuts With “Drowned”: Idolator Premiere

You might already be familiar with 19-year-old Newcastle-based singer-songwriter Nick Celino from his stint as a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent. After all, he’s kind of hard to forget with that hair. And that voice!

Today (November 17), backed by radio support from BBC’s Radio 1 & 2, the singer is now making his big debut with “Drowned,” a truly chill-inducing, piano-led rainy day ballad that showcases his powerful chops above a soft piano melody and moody guitar.

The emotional track was co-produced by Lana Del Rey producer Sterling Fox and Andrew Horowitz, and offers an intriguing first taste of what’s to come from the unique young crooner.

Listen to “Drowned” after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

Fifth Harmony Cover “All I Want For Christmas Is You” & Meghan Trainor Sings “I’ll Be Home” On Epic Records’ Christmas EP: Listen

There are still approximately five weeks until Christmas, but Fifth Harmony and Meghan Trainor are here now to put you in the holiday spirit! As part of Epic Records’ forthcoming EP I’ll Be Home For Christmas, the singers have recorded some very festive songs!

First up is Fifth Harmony, who covered Mariah Carey‘s 1994 classic — “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” The pop ladies maintain the original production, which is kept modern with glossy piano keys and their clean harmonies. As for Trainor, she shared an original track titled “I’ll Be Home” — a heartfelt ballad about yuletide nostalgia.

The I’ll Be Home For Christmas EP (the record label’s first holiday effort) is set for a November 24 release, and features artists like Fiona Apple, Tamar Braxton and a duet from Sara Bareilles & Ingrid MichaelsonListen to the girl group’s take on Mariah Carey and Meghan Trainor’s original song after the jump! More »

One Direction’s ‘Four’: Album Review

Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas": Watch
Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas": Watch
1D, Sam Smith, Rita Ora & others cover the classic for charity.
When One Direction’s Four (out today, ) leaked ten days before its official release date, the Internet went bonkers. The flood of tearful Tumblr posts attesting to its brilliance were pretty touching. (And not just in a click-this-Larry-Stylinson-gif-until-your-mouse-explodes kind of way, either.)

In this era of music industry ennui, it was touching to see that, despite all that’s changed in the past three years since their debut, global 1D-ementia remains strong. After all, though they’re each in their early twenties, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis are the old-guard now. More »