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Jhene Aiko Debuts New Song “The Pressure”: Listen

Jul 18th, 2014 // Comment
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Jhene Aiko revealed last month that she would release her debut LP, Souled Out, on August 25. With her meandering new song “The Pressure,” however, she tells Vogue that she has pushed back the release to September. Based on how “The Pressure” plays out, Aiko seems to realize that her time to deliver is approaching.

Initially, while singing over metallic slaps and a shaky beat, Aiko maintains her cool as she exhales deeply into each verse. Halfway through, however, her words become sharper. “You are such a liar / I never denied you, I was for sure,” she sings, before she becomes flat-out dismissive. While Aiko says “The Pressure” was inspired by the stress of finishing Souled Out, she sounds ready to turn the blame on someone else. More »

Is A S Club 7 Reunion On The Way?

Jul 18th, 2014 // Comment

It’s been said time and time again: There ain’t no party like a S Club party. It’s a sentiment that still rings true to this day…but will there be a new S Club 7 party sometime soon?

On Wednesday, bandmate Hannah Spearritt posted a rather incriminating tweet: “See y’all tomorrow S’s!”, tagging each bandmate in an old school photo of the whole gang together. Bradley McIntosh replied with a photo of the troupe too. The reunion evidently happened, confirmed after Hannah posted a photo with Tina Barrett and Paul Cattermole. “Last 3 standing! @realtinab1 & @Paulcattermole1 #heatwave #goodtimes lol,” she wrote.

Of course, there’ve been rumblings of a S Club reunion for years: As of June, bandmate-turned-solo UK pop princess Rachel Stevens revealed on Lorraine that the troupe has been “texting and tweeting,” and that “it would be fun” to reunite. Of course, there was that time Bradley, Paul and Jo reunited in 2012 on The Morning Show in Australia (in front of Dannii Minogue, no less!) but…we’re hoping this time around, they’ve got all 7 back together again.

What’s this all about? A new album? One-off performances? Or maybe it’s just for the sake of taking a trip down memory lane together. Who knows? Just don’t stop and never give up. Check out the S Club tweets after the jump, and enjoy a little #FlashbackFriday with a little “Reach.” More »

Hilary Duff’s New Single Is Coming Next Week

Jul 18th, 2014 // Comment
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She’s ready for the big time, ready for the small — whatever’s comin’ to us, we’ll be ready for it all! After months and years of waiting, pop princess Hilary Duff is returning to us with her brand new single next week.

According to a flyer posted last night, Duff will premiere the lead single from her forthcoming album live at Marquee in NYC next Thursday, July 24. “World Debut of the Lead Single from her New Studio Album!,” the official Facebook event declares. Little Duffsters from all around the world, start booking your flights to JFK now!

As we already know, newfound collaborator Ed Sheeran dished that Hil’s comeback track is a “good song” with “more of an adult alternative acoustic sound.” So…a sequel to Dignity? Perhaps not — it’s sounds more like a continuation of “Come Clean” and “So Yesterday” is heading our way soon. But who knows what to expect, really? Only last year, she was telling us that she was “super into EDM.”

We remain on constant #DuffWatch.

Check out the flyer after the jump. Are you excited for the return of Hilary? Let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

Dragonette Teams Up With Mike Mago For Club Cut, “Outlines”: Listen

Jul 17th, 2014 // Comment
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Electro troupe Dragonette are certainly no strangers to a good ol’ dance floor collabo, having teamed up with Martin Solveig for their inescapable smash “Hello,” as well as Kaskade‘s storming “Fire In Your New Shoes.”

This time around, they’ve joined Amsterdam based producer Mike Mago for a throbbing, summery House-pop production called “Outlines” due out on August 15 — and it’s got all the makings of a smash.

“Another dance in the dark/Another love undercover/Outlines of a heart,” songstress Martina repeats before giving way to a deep, funky beat breakdown. The club cut blends in nicely with the ongoing House revival across the pond, including Disclosure and Clean Bandit. Plus, it’s great to hear that voice again! Listen to “Outlines” after the jump, and let us know what you think of Dragonette’s latest dance floor foray in the comments below. More »

Beau Vallis Taps Kelly Rowland For “Love Stand Still”: Idolator Premiere

Jul 17th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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Beau Vallis’ name might not immediately ring a bell, but his presence has been felt on tons of your favorite artists’ tracks. In addition to singing/songwriting, Vallis is a producer and an engineer, having worked with the likes of Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Ludacris and many others. He links up with none other than Kelly Rowland for his new cut “Love Stand Still.”

The track — penned by Sevyn Streeter and Eric Bellinger — is a breezy love song about enjoying the moment, where Beau and Kelly’s vocals blend perfectly with the romantically spacey beat of production team Da Internz. There’s a lot of talent on this one track, where the vocalists are as strong as the songwriters. Talk about a winning combo! It’s about time Beau Vallis stepped from behind the boards and got on stage. Let’s hope he stays there.

Check out the song, and let us know what you think about it in the comments after the jump. More »

DJ Fresh Announces “Flashlight (feat. Ellie Goulding)” As New Single: Listen

Jul 17th, 2014 // Comment
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Ellie Goulding‘s got a new single out! Well, sort of.

UK producer DJ Fresh — the man responsible for UK #1′s “Hot Right Now” with Rita Ora and “Louder” with Sian Evans among many Top 10 hits over the past few years — supplied the punchy drum and bass track “Flashlight” for Ellie’s Halcyon Days re-release back in summer of 2013. (Feels like ages ago!)

Now, the DJ’s gone and dusted off the track with a slight polish for a proper single release in 2014, due to dominate dance floors across the pond on September 28. (Feels like decades from now!)

The re-rub stays pretty true to the original, supplying some added punch to the already energetic production as Ellie’s voice gets swept up in a turbulent explosion of beats and thumping drums. “Get out of my way — I’m coming through!” she warns throughout. Make room on the dance floor: Ellie’s coming! Listen to DJ Fresh’s “Flashlight” with Ellie Goulding after the jump. More »

Lana Del Rey To Release “Ultraviolence” As Next Single In The UK

Jul 16th, 2014 // Comment
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Were you begging for Lana Del Rey to give you all of that ultraviolence? Well, you’re in luck: The “saddest, baddest diva in rock” is preparing to drop the title track of her stunning second LP as the next official single from the campaign in the UK, due out on August 18 according to an official press release.

The dark and deeply romantic ode to a former flame named Jim, written alongside Dan Heath and produced by Dan Auerbach in Nashville, was originally premiered on BBC radio prior to the album’s release in early June.

The track is largely considered an album standout, and has also sparked some controversy for its provocative lyrics, as Lana sings about a very physical kind of love affair. “He hit me and it felt like a kiss,” she woozily coos in the chorus, an assumed nod to The Crystals‘ 1963s hit, “He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss).” If the song’s evocative and ultra violent lyrics are any indication, the accompanying video ought to be quite something.

Are you excited for Lana — err, Deadly Nightshade’s “Ultraviolence” to be a single? Let us know in the comments below, and listen to the track after the jump. More »

Austin Mahone Debuts “Say My Name”: Listen

Jul 16th, 2014 // Comment
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Austin Mahone released a new song called “Say My Name,” just a few months after he released his debut EP The Secret. (He’s been working hard – just ask his label boss Birdman.)

No, “Say My Name” is not a Destiny’s Child cover. However, after the 18-year-old singer recorded what sounded like long lost Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC cuts for The Secret, he turns in his new song to full-fledged R&B-turned-pop sensations for inspiration. On top of electric keys, Mahone begs for a girl to stay the night, his voice aching as if he’s listened to Boyz II Men in the past. During the breakdown, he interpolates the melody from Ginuwine‘s 2001 classic “Differences,” the part where the R&B lothario sings “My whole life has changed…”

Ultimately, Mahone sounds like an 18-year-old while singing such songs. He’s earnest, but he’s still got some growing up to do in order to sell heartache like this. Still, it’s tough to blame him for trying – have you heard “Differences” lately? Hear Mahone’s new song “Say My Name” and revisit Ginuwine’s 2001 classic after the jump. More »

Nick & Knight’s “One More Time”: Listen To Nick Carter And Jordan Knight’s Joint Single

Jul 16th, 2014 // Comment
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It would be easy to sit here and goof on “One More Time,” the lead single by new duo Nick & Knight (that would be Backstreet BoysNick Carter and New Kids On The Block crooner Jordan Knight), but the truth of the matter is that it’s a pretty decent pop offering.

RyanSeacrest.com premiered the breezy, guitar-pop jam “One More Time” yesterday, while pointing out that Nick & Knight’s debut album is due out on September.

Honestly, we’re here for the woah-oh-oh-ohs. Listen below. More »

Marina & The Diamonds Teases New Song From The Recording Studio

Jul 16th, 2014 // 4 Comments

Marina & The DiamondsElectra Heart was easily one of the greatest (and most underrated) pop records of 2012, supplying us with powerful and devastating cuts — from “Primadonna” to “Lies” to “Power & Control” to “How To Be A Heartbreaker.”

And now, the UK singer-songstress is hard at work preparing a follow-up.

She’s already been dropping Instagrams over the past few weeks while “chillin” in “the studio” and attempting to record while watching the World Cup — even gifting us with a recording of her singing the word “motherf–ker” on loop. But just a few hours ago, the “Hollywood” chanteuse uploaded a brief snippet of a brand new song.

Although the tease is only a few seconds long, the sparse, piano-led ballad already sounds incredibly promising: “All my worries are gone, I’m enjoying the ride,” she beautifully croons. And it sounds like we might be hearing it in full pretty soon: Marina tweeted the words “End of Summer” just before posting the snippet. Gulp!

Are you ready for the return of Marina? Listen to the snippet and check out the tweet after the jump. More »