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Calvin Harris & Big Sean’s “Open Wide” Video: Watch & Decide If This Is Another Naya Rivera Diss Track

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Fighting Words

Last month Big Sean made jaws drop when he unleashed his powerful track “I Don’t Fuck With You,” which played like a clear shot aimed at ex- fiancée Naya Rivera. Another round seems to have been fired with Sean’s Calvin Harris collaboration “Open Wide,” a track on the latter’s upcoming album Motion (out November 4).

Harris first let the world know he and Sean were in the studio when he popped a pic of the two of them on Instagram back in June. Now the video for their pair-up has arrived, and it’s a violent, shoot-’em-up affair that finds two gangs at war in the desert with a nimble female dancer doing steps between the flying bullets. More »

Imagine Dragons’ “I Bet My Life”: Listen To Their New Single

Are you ready to light-rock? Imagine Dragons‘ debut album Night Visions sold over 2 million copies in the US — a rare feat these days — and spawned multi-Platinum hits in the forms of “Radioactive” and “Demons.” Naturally the Vegas-based alt rock band are eager to keep the ball rolling, and so today we have “I Bet My Life,” the lead single off ID’s upcoming sophomore album.

With this one, gone is the explosive angst that fueled the band’s previous radio fare. And in its place is a lighter, more Mumford-meets-Phillip-Phillips vibe. (That sounds like a horrifying analogy, doesn’t it? Happy Halloween!) Call it a kinder, more cuddly Imagine Dragons, if you will?

Listen to “I Bet My Life,” which was written and produced by Imagine Dragons, below. More »

Drake Drops Three New Songs: “6 God,” “How Bout Now,” “Heat Of The Moment”

6 God

Drake has dropped three new songs ahead of his fourth album, Views from the 6. Like that title, which references the area codes of his hometown Toronto, each track considers his past to some degree. Take “6 God,” produced by Boi-1da and Syk Sense – even though he’s mostly exhibiting annoying movie star behavior, he references Toronto (“I’m not new to this, comin’ from the motherf—kin’ 6 side”) as if he wasn’t the city’s only reigning rap star.

As teased last week, the Boi-1da and Jordan Evans-helmed “How Bout Now” has Drake gloating to an ex, who used to listen to his older music but then ask if they can listen to Ludacris instead. As for the Noah “40” Shebib-produced “Heat of the Moment,” Drake lets a woman down gently, wishing they met when they were teens and he wasn’t so busy with work and world domination and all that: “All the schoolkids are so sick of books and reading / They don’t read anymore, they don’t even read anymore / They just want to be like all the rappers that I can’t stand.”

Whether these songs appear in Views from the 6 or not (Drake didn’t say), they’re still three new Drake songs – proof that, for all of his lyrical pettiness, the rapper’s quite generous to his fans. Hear them below. More »

There’s Another Mystery Skulls, Brandy & Nile Rodgers Song, And It’s Appropriately Titled “Magic”: Listen

The other day we blew a gasket over Mystery Skulls‘ “Number 1,” a disco-fied collaboration with beloved R&B doll Brandy and music legend Nile Rodgers. It turns out there’s another ménage à pop between the three, the aptly-titled called “Magic.” (Not to be confused, of course, with Brandy’s recent cover of Coldplay‘s “Magic.”)

One-man dance-pop machine Mystery Skulls’ debut LP Forever arrives next week (October 27) via Warner Bros. Ahead of that, get a an earful of “Magic” below. More »

Fergie’s “L.A. Love (La La)” Gets A YG Remix: Listen

When we last left Fergie, she was throwing a massive rager on the streets with some of famous friends, including Kelly Osbourne, Sevyn Streeter and “My Hitta” rapper, YG. Evidently, YG wasn’t sticking around just to look pretty in the video — he served up an official remix of the track, which just made its way online.

The rapper’s assist on the throbbing, DJ Mustard-produced cut comes two-thirds in, as YG casually raps his way through a West Coast-inspired brag-a-thon: “High at the club, we party like I scored a touchdown, I pop a bottle and all the models wanna f–k now!” Everybody’s la la la in love. Listen to the remix after the jump. More »

Sam Smith Announces “Like I Can” As New Single: Listen

Calling all Sam Smith fans: you can now rejoice! The UK crooner has announced “Like I Can” as his new single off his critically-acclaimed debut LP, In The Lonely Hour. It is a mid-tempo that places the singer’s vocals at the forefront, with acoustic guitar licks and a stomping bass in the background production.

Smith is also gearing up for a North American arena tour, which begins on January 9 in Atlanta, GA. “Like I Can” follows major tunes like “Restart,” “I’m Not The Only One,” “Money On My Mind,” and his smash hit — “Stay With Me.” In The Lonely Hour was released in the United States in June 2014.

Listen to the new single after the jump. More »

Fifth Harmony Debut New Single, “Sledgehammer”: Listen

The truth is out, no stopping now Harmonizers: Fifth Harmony have got a brand new song for you!

It seems like only yesterday when the girls were in our studio singing their stomping, sassy urban-pop ode to all the independent girls, “BO$$.” But now, with the release of their long-awaited debut LP Reflection just weeks away, they’re already onto the next one.

And this time around, they’ve switched up their sound (yet again) with “Sledgehammer,” a big, throbbing electro-pop production. After the girls made their single announcement via Twitter last night, the song made its official radio premiere on 104.3 FM, which you can now hear after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea And MØ’s “Beg For It”: Listen To The Lead ‘Reclassified’ Single

If you were hoping for another sassy, radio-friendly hip-pop jam from Iggy Azalea in the exact same vein as breakout smash “Fancy” and “Black Widow” — i.e. rhymes about men forever pawing at the ballin’ blonde rapstress, a cute and poppy sing-song chorus and Azalea’s ubiquitous I-G-G-Y! — then you’ll be more than pleased with “Beg For It.” The song serves as the lead single from Iggy’s upcoming re-issue of her debut LP The New Classic, titled  Reclassified, and she’ll work-work-work-work out her debut television performance of the track on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

At one point “Fancy” diva Charli XCX was attached the chorus duties on “Beg For It,” but, you know — the pop game is one that involves a fair amount of shuffle, and now Danish songbird is featured.

Get on your knees and beg for it below. More »

Bette Midler Covers TLC’s “Waterfalls” For ‘It’s The Girls’: Listen

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Bette On It!

After blessing us with her cute take on The Ronettes‘ “Be My Baby,” legendary songstress Bette Midler is back again this week with another selection — and arguably one of the most anticipated! — from her upcoming girl group-inspired covers album, It’s The Girls: TLC‘s “Waterfalls.”

The seasoned vet switches up the classic R&B production of TLC’s original for her take on the track, turning the song into a much more sorrowful, contemplative slow tune complimented by gentle piano melodies and subtle strings — even some light bongo action. It’s a soulful rendition, fit perfectly for The Divine Miss M’s vocals. Listen to Bette’s take on the track up top. More »

Iggy Azalea’s “Iggy SZN”: Listen To The New ‘Reclassified’ Song

Recent “divorcee” Iggy Azalea is cranking up the heat and declaring that it’s “Iggy SZN” in one of the five new tracks on her upcoming Reclassified re-release of The New Classic (out November 24). Reclassified‘s actual lead single is the -featuring “Beg for It,” which is set to premiere on radio Saturday (October 25) morning, ahead of Iggy’s performance on Saturday Night Live that evening.

For now, fans of the chart-topping rapstress will have to settle for sassy “Iggy SZN,” which has her declaring, “Haters gon’ hate while critics critique, I pay them no mind whenever they speak / what they make a year I make in a week, I know you can’t stand it, just get you a seat!”

Guess she told you. Listen below. More »