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Download Lil Kim’s ‘Hard Core’ Mixtape

Eighteen years ago, Lil’ Kim‘s debut LP Hard Core arrived, brandishing fierce hits like “No Time,” “Crush On You” and “Not Tonight.” The decades have taken the Queen Bee down many unexpected roads, and in 2014, she’s now in the more humble arena of putting out her music in mixtape form. Hard Core 2K14 is her (delayed) second such release, following 2011′s Black Friday, and it finds Kim corralling hip hop mainstays like Jadakiss, Yo Gotti, Cassidy and French Montana for feature duties.

You’ve already heard cuts like the Nicki Minaj-baiting “Identity Theft” and “Real Sick.” Now you can grab all of Hard Core 2K14 as a free download and see if there’s much buzz in Queen Bee’s latest.

Fifth Harmony Reveal That They Almost Named Themselves CANDL

Harmonizers: Are you aware that you were almost called…CANDLizers?! (Or maybe Little Candles?)

Yesterday, the girls of Fifth Harmony made a shocking revelation on Twitter, posting a photo of their upcoming debut album Reflection with this fascinating little behind-the-scenes tidbit included: “We almost named ourselves CANDL (our initials).

Shine bright like a CANDL!

It’s a bit of a silly name for the BO$$es, but then again, it wouldn’t be the first time the X Factor USA alum went through a name change, having started out in the competition as LYLAS, then briefly 1432 before settling down into their latest version, Fifth Harmony.

What do you think about the group’s alternate name? Vote on which one you would have preferred below, and sound off in the comments! More »

Lil’ Kim & Jadakiss’ “Real Sick”: Listen To The New ‘Hard Core’ Mixtape Song

Somehow, some way, Lil’ Kim‘s latest Hard Core mixtape song to surface isn’t a Nicki Minaj-dragging affair. Instead, the Queen Bee pairs up with fellow New Yorker Jadakiss for some rhymes laid over a sample of 1998 Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes collab “Victory.”

“Married to the game, nah, we don’t do dates / I’m eatin’ good but I gotta watch my weight / 14 carats in my salad bowl plate,” Kim raps on “Real Sick,” which premiered on DJ KaySlay’s SiriusXM show today. Her full Hard Core mixtape will arrive at 9:11 p.m. tonight. Until then, get “sick” below. More »

Duke Dumont Announces ‘EP1′ Out On September 16, North American Tour This Fall

He’s struck gold not once, not twice, but three times in a row across the pond with “Need U (100%) (feat. A*M*E),” (#1) “I Got U (feat. Jax Jones)” (#1) and “Won’t Look Back” (#2) — and now, British DJ/producer Duke Dumont is hitting North America with a full-fledged EP.

EP1, which will be released stateside on September 16, will include the UK smash “I Got U” (and the MK remix), as well as “Won’t Look Back” and “The Giver.” And that’s not all!

The DJ will also be returning to North America this fall for a headlining tour, for all your party-rocking raver delight. Check out the tracklisting and tour dates below, and dance it up to “Won’t Look Back” after the jump. More »

Gwen Stefani Is Recording A Solo Album AND A No Doubt Album At The Same Time

Double Dose Of Gwen!
Gwen Stefani is making a comeback — and in more ways than one.

It’s no surprise within the industry now (thanks for spilling the beans, Diplo!) that the No Doubt frontwoman has been hard at work recording a follow-up to her last solo outing, The Sweet Escape.

But apparently, the creativity is flowing so much in the studio, she’s knocking out a new No Doubt record too.

In an interview on the red carpet with MTV News during New York Fashion Week, the gorgeous pop icon confirmed that she was back in the studio with longtime collaborator Pharrell (they’ve done “Hollaback Girl” and “Wind It Up” together in the past, among others), and that they’d been working on both records. “At this point I’m thinking about both, I can do both…and it’s just an amazing time; so many opportunities,” she explained. More »

Betty Who’s “Runaways”: Listen To Her Fantastic New ‘Take Me When You Go’ Song

If you thought Betty Who‘s EP non-singles like “High Society,” “You’re In Love” and “Alone Again” were quite dreamy, wait till you give a listen to “Runaways,” an undeniable standout from the Australian singer’s upcoming debut LP Take Me When You Go (out October 7). Rolling Stone premiered the tune today, and accurately described it as a “M83-meets-Katy Perry dance tune.” We’d even go one step further and say there’s a dash of The Cars in there. (Ask your parents about them, kiddies — or better yet, do yourself a service and go pick up their greatest hits.)

Part of Betty Who’s charm is that whether her cuts end of being singles or not, they still come packing the same radio-worthy pop wallop. You can never accuse this girl of chucking out filler material. Case in point: “Runaways.” Give it a listen below. More »

Ariana Grande Announces ‘The Honeymoon Tour’: See The 2015 Tour Dates

Ariana Grande is preparing to give you her everything in a city near you.

After crash-landing onto the stage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and making a splash at America’s Got Talent, the mini pop diva announced today that she’ll be embarking on her first-ever North American headlining trek in 2015 called The Honeymoon Tour, a 25-date venture that begins on February 25 in Kansas City.

Tickets go on sale for all fan club members who download Ari’s new Fahlo fan app and VIP Live Nation members starting from September 15, and general on-sale begins on September 20. Check out the full set of dates after the jump. More »

Iggy Azalea And Demi Lovato To Headline Vevo’s First-Ever CERTIFIED SuperFanFest Concert

Demi & Iggy Are Hitting The Stage
We all know pop fans go hard — and that’s why two of pop’s hottest superstars, Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato, have been selected to co-headline VEVO’s first ever Vevo CERTIFIED SuperFanFest concert at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on October 8.

The celebratory event, which will be made available to view October 16 at 4 PM EST on VEVO, is part of the music video’s CERTIFIED award program, an achievement for those videos that exceed 100 million views. And now, those artists want to thank you for getting them to the top.

As for what to expect? “Exclusive original programming including award presentations, artist commentary and fan tributes” — and plenty of fan interaction, of course. In fact, some attendees will even be selected to present awards on stage, as well as taking over the VEVO Instagram account. Who run the world? Fans.

Check out the announcement after the jump, and let us know if you’ll be attending or watching in the comments below. More »

A$AP Rocky Remixes Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One”: Listen

Sam Smith is quite literally not the only one anymore.

Ahead of the release of his jazzy new single “I’m Not The Only One,” as well as his upcoming In The Lonely Hour Tour 2015 in the UK, the soul-pop crooner’s just been joined by rapper A$AP Rocky for a bitter new version of the song — and Rocky’s got Queen Yoncé on the brain.

“Dine at Ciprianis like Beyoncé, they’re getting by or they’re getting bodied/So Sasha Fierce, a whole lot of tears,” the NYC rapper cooly declares, tackling his troubles with the ladies. Later on, he hits harder for an even more depressing verse: “Jack Daniels for breakfast, a cap of Valium mixed with antidepressants/My momma said that we need love/Till I found out life’s a bitch with no no prenup,” he bitterly raps. And by the time Sam comes in with his aching crooning for the final time, it’s all over — this one’s a total angry tears fest. The remix will be available on iTunes at midnight.

Listen to the A$AP Rocky remix of “I’m Not The Only One” after the jump. More »

BANKS’ ‘Goddess’: Album Review

There’s a level of accessible obscurity that brought BANKS to the forefront of 2013’s summer and has kept her here for the release of her debut album Goddess(out today, ). While artists like FKA Twigs remain cloaked in intimidating anonymity and every princess in pop’s rolodex is currently overexposed, BANKS is just enough of both to not be too much of either. While Goddess is more of a compilation of BANKS’ first year of fame, it’s beautifully dark — presenting a level of cautious optimism that anyone in and out of love can find relatable. More »