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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 »

Hilary Duff Delays Release Of Her Comeback Album

Hilary Duff has spent her summer staging a comeback, with initial plans to release a new album this fall. On August 29, though, she announced on Twitter that she is delaying the full-length’s release. “Guys hate to break this news but the album won’t be out in October,” Duff said. “You will have to wait a few more months. Love all the excitement tho.”

Duff had released two lead singles from her comeback album so far: “Chasing the Sun,” the breezy and innocent ode to summer co-written by Colbie Caillat; and “All About You,” a sassier and punchier pop anthem by hitmakers Savan Kotecha, Carl Falk and Kristian Lundin. Both songs helped to show the folkier bent that Duff had in mind for her return, following 2007′s underrated Dignity, while inspired by groups like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. More »

Maroon 5′s ‘V’: Stream The Full Album

Maroon 5‘s new album, V, is now streaming ahead of its September 2 release date.

Initially, V appeared on paper to be a sequel to 2012′s Overexposed, Maroon 5′s almost shameless effort to recreate the magic behind its 2010 mega-hit “Moves Like Jagger.” For both albums, the band has worked with outside writers and nearly the exact same impressive roster of producers, including Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Shellback.

The sleek and streamlined V explodes twice: penultimate cut “Feelings,” a swaggering disco cut that should remind of frontman Adam Levine‘s Sexiest Man Alive title, and album closer “My Heart Is Open,” the sweeping, Sia-penned ballad with Gwen Stefani. With the exception of a few songs, like The Police-channeling lead single “Maps,” though, Maroon 5 isn’t trying nearly as hard for staggering radio dominance or to dazzle viewers of The Voice with how well the band evokes superstars of the past. More »

Wyclef Jean Announces New Album ‘Clefication,’ Avicii-Featured Single

The 'Clefication' Era Begins
Wyclef Jean, globally-minded hip-hop artist and producer, is staging a comeback with his first new album in five years: Clefication, out this spring. The album’s first single, “Divine Sorrow” featuring Avicii, will be out later this year.

Last year, Jean released a 33-song mixtape, April Showers, as a teaser to his “Frankenstein project” of a new album, then titled The Carnival Begins. At the time, he told Idolator that he had recorded trap songs, dancehall tracks and acoustic ballads as he teamed with Pitbull and 2 Chainz, while also influenced by Missy Elliott and Timbaland.

Billboard reports that Jean had since relocated to Avicii’s native Stockholm to work on Clefication, with help from the EDM superstar’s manger Ash Pournouri. Jean and Avicii have already worked together once before, on World Cup closing anthem “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way),” also featuring famed rock guitarist Carlos Santana and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires. Revisit the song below. More »