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Ariana Grande Teases More Of Jessie J & Nicki Minaj Collaboration, “Bang Bang”: Listen

We’re nearly there now! After Jessie J teased the first bit of her upcoming Max Martin-produced summer power pop production “Bang Bang,” Nicki Minaj came in with an assist weeks later with her own verse. And now, My Everything pop princess is rounding it out with a teaser of her own contribution.

“She might’ve let you hold her hand at school, but I’mma show you how to graduate!” the little diva yelps at one point in the brief snippet. (Admittedly, it’s kind of hard to understand what she’s singing.) But those powerful pipes sound as great as ever, ensuring that tomorrow’s majorly anticipated collabo will be one to remember in 2014.

Check out Ari’s brief “Bang Bang” snippet after the jump, and let us know what you think about the song so far in the comments below. More »

Azealia Banks’ “Heavy Metal And Reflective”: Listen If You Must

Azealia Banks‘ first single since departing her label, “Heavy Metal And Reflective,” personally has me reflecting upon hopping on that motorbike featured in the song’s music video tease from last week, revving it up and speeding off a cliff. Azealia, sorry, baby — but this trap-lite trash is less of “an ASS-CLAPPERRRRRRRR” (as the rapstress herself described it) and more of an exercise in how artists who spend too much time projectile-vomiting hate on Twitter ought to get it together and actually focus on not making shit music.

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Hilary Duff’s “Chasing The Sun”: Listen To Her Comeback Single

Well, here’s one way to kick off the week: It’s Hilary Duff‘s long, long, long awaited comeback track, “Chasing The Sun”!

Backed by a simple guitar strum, the breezy return to form recalls Metamorphosis-era HilDuff at her most earnest and summer-iest. As suggested in recent interviews, the song steers clear of the electronic/dance sound of 2007′s Dignity, instead diving into “folkier-type” territory. “I’m chasing the sun/Won’t miss out on the fun, gotta get it while our hearts are young,” she repeatedly coos across the track.

The end result is something of a cross between Mandy Moore‘s Wild Hope, Sheryl Crow‘s “Soak Up The Sun” and Paris Hilton‘s “Stars Are Blind.” In short: It’s sweet, but certainly no “With Love.”

Listen to “Chasing The Sun” after the jump. What do you think of Hilary’s return to the music scene in 2014? Let us know in the comments below. More »

Shawn Mendes Streams Debut EP Sampler: Listen

Life of the Party
Vine superstar Shawn Mendes has revealed a preview of his debut self-titled EP, out July 28.

Earlier this month, Mendes released the four-song EP’s lead single “Life of the Party” and became the youngest artist to have a debut single premiere on the Top 25. The Ontario native, age 15, started gaining attention last year by posting covers of pop songs — from Justin Bieber‘s “As Long As You Love Me” to Rihanna‘s “Stay” to Lana Del Rey‘s “Summertime Sadness.” Based on his EP preview, featuring 90 seconds of each song, Mendes has come closer to finding his voice. More »

5 Seconds Of Summer Pose As Target Employees To Prank Customers: Watch

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Can I Help You With Anything?
Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer will likely sell big with their self-titled debut album. Just in case, though, the pop-punk band decided to pose as Target employees – complete with fake names – in an elaborate prank to boost sales. The band’s mission, according to drummer Ashton Irwin: “We’re going to be pretty much trying to sell our album to middle-aged men.”

Ultimately, 5 Seconds of Summer ended up aiming for a broader audience. The band dropped CDs into random carts. Guitarist Michael Clifford “helped” another customer search for microwaves by mentioning that they were likely by the CDs. Fellow guitarist Luke Hemmings told one customer that he smelled nice, before he placed a CD next to a child sitting at the DVDs section. (She pushed it away.) More »

Hilary Duff’s New Album Was Inspired By “Folkier-Type” Music

Hilary Talks Folk-Pop
The Hilary Duff comeback is now in full swing, and we’re learning more about what to expect with each passing day.

After teasing a remix of her forthcoming single “Chasing The Sun” last night at Marquee in NYC, the “Come Clean” pop princess revealed in an interview with PopJustice that her upcoming album isn’t quite going in the electronic direction she initially embarked upon when we spoke to her last year. Check out what she had to say after the jump. More »

Lady Gaga Recorded More Music Last Night For Her Jazz Album With Tony Bennett

Gaga Gets Cheeky In The Studio
What’s a Mother Monster to do when she’s not busy raving and dancing with her Monsters on the ArtRave or forcing her french bulldog puppy Asia to pose for photos on Instagram? (#SaveAsia). She’s busy getting all jazzy on us, that’s what.

As we’ve known for a while, Lady Gaga is recording a pop standards record called Cheek To Cheek with the legendary Tony Bennett. The two have teamed up time and time again — most recently popping up during Bennett’s set at the Montreal Jazz Festival — while teasing tracks from the long-delayed duet record.

Last night, Gagaloo invited us into the studio (via Instagram) to show us that she’s still working on that new album. “Studio Rattin’ with the Bennett Boys,” she wrote on one photo. “It’s a Standard night #CheekToCheek,” she captioned another. “Dance with me, I want my arm about you.” (That line, of course, coming from the classic “Cheek To Cheek.”)

Check out more photos of the “Applause” goddess cutting tracks after the jump. Are you excited to hear Cheek To Cheek? More »

Lana Del Rey Premieres “Ultraviolence” Remixes: Listen

Deadly Nightshade On The Dance Floor
With no time to waste, Complex cover girl and our favorite other woman Lana Del Rey is beginning to roll out “Ultraviolence,” the next single and title track from her masterful second record, Ultraviolence.

While she preps the upcoming video, Lana — err, Deadly Nightshade — has just dropped a trio of tantalizing remixes to add a little mmmph to her already, erm…physical ode to love.

The mixes — crafted by PBR Streetgang, Sonic Matta and The Penelopes — range from modern electronica pulsations to early ’90′s-leaning House, providing the spooky epic with a dance floor friendly gloss. Grab Jim, and allow him to raise you up at the discotheque. Check out the remixes after the jump, and let us know which one’s your favorite in the comments below. More »

Madonna Enlists A Choir For Her Upcoming Album: Watch A Brief Clip

Let The Choir Sing!
For those of you hoping to hear a “Like A Prayer” moment on Madonna‘s upcoming MDNA follow-up, you’re in luck: She’s got a choir.

Earlier this afternoon, the ever enthusiastic, Instagram-loving Queen Of Pop posted a brief clip of the troupe performing together. “London Community Gospel Choir make my new music sound triller! #livingforlove,” Madonna Instagrammed/hashtagged. Yes, M — that choir sure does sound trill! (And for diehard fans, there’s even more reason to get excited: It’s the same choir behind “Nothing Fails” on American Life.)

Though it’s but a mere few seconds, the teaser is already giving us the same shivers as that holy opening of her iconic 1989 release. And if you listen really closely, you can even hear the slightest bit of M herself singing in the final second.

Listen to the London Community Gospel Choir croon after the jump and, while you’re at it, get down on your knees and listen to timeless tune, “Like A Prayer.” More »

Years And Years Sing Blu Cantrell’s “Breathe”: Listen To The Dazzling Cover

Happy Throwback Thursday (#TBT), everyone! As we take this time to reminisce about the glimmering pop days of yore, take a moment to bliss out to Years and Years‘ cover of Blu Cantrell and Sean Paul’s infectious 2003 collabo, “Breathe.”

Hailing from London, this R&B-pop trio completely transformed the track, as frontman Olly Alexander’s soulful vocals gently float over the slightly eerie bass-laden melody, giving this song a new, more poignant dimension. Not to mention, they also have some great tracks of their own: From R&B electronic-infused jams like “Take Shelter”  to synth-y bops like “Real”, it seems as though these guys are slowly becoming one of the most exciting acts to watch this year.

Catch Years and Years on tour with Sam Smith this fall, but in the meantime, listen to their cover below, and give the original tune a spin as well. More »