Archive for the ‘Music News’ Category

Calvin Harris And John Newman’s “Blame”: Listen To The New Song In Full

Calvin Harris made it be known that his John Newman collaboration “Blame” was on the way three months ago, back in early June, and there have been several snippet-teases in recent weeks. But at long last, the full version of the song is here…and it’s pretty glorious!

The track starts off with a plucky synth refrain and Newman’s soulful, booming vocals. Things quickly get whipped into an out-and-out dance frenzy before swinging back into yet another grand showcase for John Newman’s forlorn crooning. The realm of dance music isn’t exactly new territory for the British singer, who featured on a couple Rudimental tracks last year (including the UK chart topper “Feel The Love”). For Harris, however, “Blame” somehow feels fuller and more rounded-out, structurally, than much of his other output. Call it a new era for the Scottish producer/DJ.

Lay all of “Blame” on yourself below. More »

Gorgon City And Jennifer Hudson’s “Go All Night”: Listen To A Tease Of The ‘Sirens’ Track

All Night Long
Gorgon City are currently working “Unmissable” as their fourth single off upcoming debut LP Sirens (due out October 7), but one track they might consider for next in line is “Go All Night.” The booming deep house cut features the powerhouse vocals of Jennifer Hudson, and it was co-written by Kiesza.

Over the holiday weekend UK duo Gorgon City tossed short snippets of each Sirens album track on Instagram. Head below to get just a taste of what Academy Award winner J-Hud sounds like when she takes her unmistakeable voice to the club. More »

Jhene Aiko’s ‘Souled Out’: Stream The Full Album

Ready for a sonic escape?

Following the release of her Cocaine 80s-assisted “To Love & Die” and “The Pressure” (along with the video, which just dropped today), honey-voiced LA songstress Jhene Aiko‘s dreamy debut album, Souled Out, has arrived one week ahead of schedule.

The long awaited full-length debut is a follow-up to Aiko’s critically acclaimed 2013 Sail Out EP, which spawned her hit “The Worst,” and features production by No I.D. and Fisticuffs, as well as features from Common, her daughter Namiko and her late brother, Miyagi.

Listen to the atmospheric record right now on iTunes, and let us know what you think about the LP in the comments below. More »

Usher Announces ‘The UR Experience’ Tour: See The Concert Dates

Experience Ursh Live!
He’s coming to give it to you.

This morning, Usher announced a fall tour called The UR Experience (erm, what do you think of that title, Justin Timberlake?), which is due to impact over 27 cities across North America.

As for what to expect? The show promises to include “a fresh take on early and recent songs, as well as new music from his anticipated forthcoming eighth studio album,” which means he may very well be previewing new tunes out on the road. And yes, there may be some superstars joining him along the way: “With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests. I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before,” he explains of the new tour. August Alsina and DJ Cassidy are already confirmed to be tour guests. Maybe Nicki Minaj will show up to give it to us too?

Will you be catching Usher out on tour this year? Check out the tour trailer and upcoming concert dates after the jump. More »

Marina & The Diamonds Teases New Song “Froot”: Listen

Tutti Froot-y!
Marina And The Diamonds. Is. Coming.

The Electra Heart diva has been oh-so-heartlessly teasing our sorry souls with photos and brief samples of new songs from the recording studio all summer long, and she’s just gone and given us another track to look forward to from her forthcoming third studio album.

Two days ago, while most of us were busy getting away for Labor Day weekend, Marina was putting in werk at the studio on a song called “Froot,” which she just teased (along with a gorgeous new promo photo!) on Instagram. Although it’s a bit LQ, it already sounds as dramatic and as epic as all things Marina should. More »

Justin Bieber And Cody Simpson To Release Acoustic Duets Album In November

Beliebers and Angels, rejoice: It’s really happening.

Back in June, a sound engineer posted a photo of Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson vibing in the studio together. But the collaboration was no secret: By the beginning of August, Simpson already teased one of their tracks together on his Instagram. And now, it looks like those studio sessions are being rolled out into a full record. More »

Kanye West’s “Awesome” New Song Played Briefly In ‘Kardashians’ Episode: Listen

So Awesome, Man
With anticipation high and speculation running rampant ahead of the release of Kanye West‘s Yeezus follow-up, every little song tease that surfaces in the meantime makes fans of the confident rapper jumpy. So here’s another one for West’s followers: a short snippet of a tune we’ll just call “Awesome,” which was played on the most recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Mind you, I know nothing about the Kardashians, nor have I ever watched an episode of their show(s). So let’s just have this quote from some Kardashian or other set the scene up for you: “One of my favorite stories about you and Kanye is that we went to the studio and he was so excited to play this song for her! The whole song was singing the word ‘awesome’, like over and over again, and I’m like, ‘Wow — this guy is so passionate!’”

There, like, you have it. Like, listen below. More »

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 »