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Pharrell Joins Mary J. Blige For “See That Boy Again”: Listen

Jun 10th, 2014 // Comment
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Mary J. Blige and Pharrell channel Stevie Wonder in their new duet “See That Boy Again.”

To mournful horns and dramatic strings, the queen of hip-hop soul traces through how she attempts (but ultimately fails) to forget how a man walked out on her. Pharrell pops in to belt out some comforting words, only to have Blige’s hook shoot through as if to shut him down. All the while, they sound as if inspired by Wonder’s early ’70s catalog, with their pleading voices set to sharp melodies.

“See That Boy Again” appears in the Think Like a Man Too soundtrack (out June 17) – what looks to be a serious treat for R&B fans. Instead of featuring 14 artists in 14 songs, Blige has actually cut 14 entirely new songs, essentially making for a brand-new Mary J. Blige album. Hear Mary J. Blige and Pharrell duet on “See That Boy Again” below, then get more details on the Think Like a Man Too soundtrack at Yahoo!. More »

Is Madonna Collaborating With Disclosure?

Jun 8th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Madonna has sparked rumors with photos she snapped at New York’s Governors Ball, though not of just anyone. While joking that she was doing “security work” for U.K. dance duo Disclosure (“Latch” featuring Sam Smith, “F for You” featuring Mary J. Blige, this terrific remix of Pharrell‘s “Frontin’”), Madonna had fans wondering if they plan to collaborate on new music, too.

Already, Madonna has excited fans with all the possibilities for her next album, the follow-up to 2012′s MDNA. Last month, she worked with Diplo. Prior to that, she rounded up pop songwriters MoZella, Symbolyc One and Toby Gad, who have previously worked with Beyonce and Fergie if not Madonna herself. And before that, she posed with two young (and promising) stars, dark pop songstress Natalia Kills and the eclectic EDM producer Avicii. Given how she’s teamed with names in both dance and pop so far, a collaboration with Disclosure would fit right into the mix.

See Madonna’s snapshots of Disclosure from Governors Ball after the jump. More »

Giorgio Moroder Debuts “Giorgio’s Theme”: Listen

Jun 7th, 2014 // Comment
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Giorgio Moroder, electronic great, has debuted an ambitious new song with a simple title: “Giorgio’s Theme.”

It’s the first track revealed from Adult Swim’s fifth Singles Program. And following remixes of songs ranging from Coldplay‘s “Midnight” to HAIM‘s “Forever,” plus that actually believable rumor that he was working on Lana Del Rey‘s Ultraviolence, “Giorgio’s Theme” adds to how Moroder became 2013′s most talked-about producer at age 73 – with the same open mind and excitement toward music’s every possibility of a 20-year-old.

“First of all, it’s not EDM,” Moroder says. “It may have some arpeggios and nice chords. It’s not going to have any EDM-typical sound, and it’s probably going to be about six, seven minutes.” Those arpeggios? Grimy. And those chords? Pounding. Throughout the seven-minute stretch, “Giorgio’s Theme” wrestles and glides and rushes with all those and more; above all else, it’s a superhero theme. Hear it after the jump. More »

Lana Del Rey’s “Brooklyn Baby” Surfaces Online: Listen To The ‘Ultraviolence’ Gem

Jun 7th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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Lana Del Rey‘s “Brooklyn Baby” has surfaced online, a day prior to its proper debut.

On May 27, Del Rey had shared a lo-fi snippet of the song, where crystalline guitars and her affected jazz vocals could barely be heard through the haze. Compared to the actual song, it played out like the sort of found footage that she compiled for “Video Games” – a savvy move that has made the actual reveal all the more surprising.

In “Brooklyn Baby,” her slight warble actually cuts through wall of sound at times. And toward the end, just when a wash of sound threatens to overtake her, her voice flutters and declares, “Yeah, my boyfriend’s pretty cool, but he’s not as cool as me.”

Del Rey’s fascination with submissiveness can be found all over Ultraviolence, at least from what’s been revealed so far, from the brooding lead single “West Coast” to the Crystals-referencing title track (“He hit me and it felt like a kiss,” a line that still startles today). In comparison, “Brooklyn Baby” sounds like a moment of personal triumph.

UPDATE: Hear the official version of “Brooklyn Baby” below. More »

Baauer Returns With The Surprisingly Great “Look Both Ways”: Listen To The Tim Vocals Collaboration

Jun 6th, 2014 // Comment
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After Baauer hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 last year with his viral, bedroom-made “Harlem Shake,” it was on him to prove he had actual musical credibility. Following up his initial success wasn’t as easy as it seemed, but the Philly-born DJ/producer has finally struck upon a truly great R&B-electro number in the form of “Look Both Ways.”

Harlem singer Tim Vocals provides, um, vocals here, and does a damn fine job at giving a smooth touch to Baauer’s murky, slow-building synth track. Be sure to stick around for the chorus that, despite the “n***r it’s dark, it’s dark, it’s dark / don’t make me come and tear your world apart” lyrics, manages to come off as chillingly euphoric.

Good stuff to end end the work week on. Give “Look Both Ways” a listen below. More »

MØ Tore Up The Troubadour: Live Review

Jun 5th, 2014 // Comment

finished up her first headline tour of North America at the Troubadour in Los Angeles last night (June 4) with a killer set of twisted electro-pop tunes and even a demented Spice Girls cover. The Danish diva instantly won over the crowd with her rowdy antics — she climbed into the bleachers, indulged in some crowd-surfing and prowled the stage like a caged tiger — but held their interest with genuine charisma and a remarkably versatile voice.

The 25-year-old opened the high-energy gig with “Fire Rides” and diligently worked her way through most of debut LP No Mythologies To Follow. Highlights included Diplo-produced floorfiller “XXX 88″, breakthrough single “Pilgrim” and moody synth-anthem “Waste Of Time”. However, Karen Marie Ørsted (her real name) saved the best for last.

The ponytail-whipping bad ass sparked a Spice Girls sing-a-long with her gloomy version of “Say You’ll Be There” before belting out current single “Don’t Wanna Dance”. It’s an ironic title because the entire venue was moving to the furious indie-pop gem. MØ more than lived up to the hype. She brings something wild and untamed to the pop scene, which makes her a name to watch. More »

Mike WiLL Made It Announces New Single “Buy The World” Featuring Future, Lil Wayne & Kendrick Lamar

Jun 5th, 2014 // Comment
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Get ready, world: Mike WiLL Made It has some plans for you. As announced today (June 5), the Atlanta producer will release a new song, “Buy the World,” on June 17 – his second single off his forthcoming Interscope debut. Future, Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar are its featured guests, hinting that Mike WiLL may be plotting another hip-hop/R&B radio takeover with his efforts.

“Buy the World” follows “23,” which features Miley Cyrus, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa — and a time when Mike WiLL’s work efforts were near impossible to avoid. In 2012 and 2013, he was crossing over from hip-hop/R&B (2 Chainz‘s “No Lie,” Juicy’s “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” G.O.O.D. Music‘s “Mercy,” Ciara‘s “Body Party”) to pop (Rihanna‘s “Pour It Up,” Cyrus’ Bangerz), while releasing hit after hit in the process. This year Mike WiLL has continued to straddle those genre lines, producing for the likes of Candice Glover, Mariah Carey and Future, though for not as many songs as in previous years. More »

Sam Smith’s “Reminds Me Of You”: Listen To His Collab With “Royals” Producer Joel Little

Jun 5th, 2014 // Comment
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Last Fall, Sam Smith hit the studio with Joel Little, the producer behind Lorde‘s Song Of The Year Grammy winner “Royals.” One of the fruits of their labor is “Reminds Me Of You,” a bonus track that will appear on the Target-exclusive edition of Smith’s upcoming debut LP In The Lonely Hour (out June 17).

“He’s working on his album and I’ve always been a big fan of his voice and his songwriting so we found some time to get together,” Little, who hails from New Zealand, told Billboard in November. “We get into the room together and talk about what we’ve been listening to and what we feel like working on. I’ll just start by putting a beat together. Sometimes I have things, like starting points in songs prepared, and we’ll go through those, but if there’s nothing getting us particularly excited, I’ll just make something.”

Today, Target premiered a 30-second snippet of “Reminds Me Of You.” If the slower pace of Sam’s hit ballad “Stay With Me” isn’t your thing, and you lean more toward his work with Naughty Boy and Disclosure, you might enjoy what we can hear of this soaring pop track so far. Give it a listen below! More »

50 Cent Announces G-Unit Reunion Album: Watch

Jun 4th, 2014 // Comment
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50 Cent surprised Hot 97′s Summer Jam crowd when he brought out his crew G-Unit to the stage, since fans thought the rapper-turned-mogul cut ties from it entirely. Turns out, that performance was just the beginning of a productive year. G-Unit (also including Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck) will release a new album in late November, the crew’s first new music in six years.

50 Cent had stopped by Good Day Philadelphia to tell the news, just one day after he released his comeback album Animal Ambition. Based on how the chat went, the (very) advance notice is probably necessary: 50 was also there to promote his new Starz series, Power. The morning talk show’s hosts were still reeling over his first pitch, which was actually found to be the worst ever. And, thanks in part to Sharon Osbourne (50 explains), they were also still debating over how to say his rap moniker. (He handles that well.)

As a result, the G-Unit album news seemed to barely register. Catch it, if you can, in the Good Day interview after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea Confirms Follow-Up To ‘The New Classic’

Jun 4th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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“[L]et this serve as proof anything is possible,” Iggy Azalea said, regarding how she became the first female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in a decade. And, based on the rate she’s working, Azalea hopes to churn out more hits soon. In an interview with Miss Info for Hot 97, she confirmed that she has already started working on a follow-up to her Def Jam debut The New Classic.

Azalea plans to start recording new songs in August, after she wraps a few festival dates. She didn’t reveal who will appear on the new album, though she did reveal that she wants Missy Elliott to appear. More »