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David Guetta Drops Animated “Blast Off” Lyric Video: Watch

Jun 17th, 2014 // Comment
David Guetta's "Bad"
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David's "Shot Me Down"
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After giving us a little teaser on May 27, David Guetta has finally dropped the official version of “Blast Off.” Featuring Australian singer and DJ Kaz James, “Blast Off” is the third song Guetta has released off his much-anticipated follow up to Nothing But The Beat. The track’s menacing heavy-metal guitar riffs and ferocious dub-step drop seem to show the French beatmaker’s complete stray from his usual sugary EDM anthems.

What’s more, the song’s official lyric video (also released today) keeps to the comic-strip theme seen in the videos for new tracks  “Bad” and “Shot Me Down,”  Not to mention, with images like a naked she-hulk rising from the ocean and proceeding to crush everything in her way,  the video is just as chaos-laden as you’d except,. Don’t believe us?  Watch the video below, and see for yourself.  More »

Justin Bieber’s Protege Madison Beer Drops “Unbreakable” Video: Watch

Jun 17th, 2014 // Comment
Justin Bieber's Protege Takes Off
Justin & Cody's Collab?
The pop heartthrobs were recently snapped at the studio. Read More »

Madison Beer initially gained Justin Bieber‘s attention with her mash-up of Bruno Mars covers posted to YouTube. Already, his co-sign has boosted the 15-year-old singer’s profile significantly: She signed with Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun. Bieber himself appeared in her debut “Melodies” video (“That’s a smash. She’s gonna be a star, trust me,” he says). And on June 16, Beer debuted her new song “Unbreakable,” to have its video viewed nearly 100,000 times less than a day later.

“Unbreakable” isn’t geared for block parties like her debut single, “Melodies.” Instead the midtempo pop number aims to uplift anyone who’s ever felt insecure or broken down, with its faint electro flourishes and encouraging hook. In the video, Beer and a crowd wanders aimlessly until they find a field, dance around and send black balloons with messages scrawled on them (“I matter,” “I’m scared,” “I love”) into the sky. Like Bieber to his millions of Beliebers, Beer does her best to seem approachable. More »

Demi Lovato’s Big Night Out At The Hollywood Bowl: Live Review

Jun 17th, 2014 // Comment
Demi's Tour Review
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Demi Lovato made her debut at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last night (June 16) as part of MYfm’s My Big Night Out event. She shared the bill with fellow pop stars Ed Sheeran, Colbie Caillat and Andy Grammer but arguably stole the show with a hit-filled set complete with an inspirational speech and a couple of unexpected fan favorites.

After opening with recent hit “Heart Attack”, the 21-year-old took it right back with Here We Go Again single “Remember December”. It turned out to be Demi’s (winning) formula for the night — to play something current and then remind everyone that she’s already on her fourth studio album by dusting off an old classic. (“Firestarter” followed by “The Middle” was another quirky but fulfilling combination).

The fiery diva, who rocked fitted black pants and a jacket with gold embellishments, really found her groove on new single “Really Don’t Care”. She rocked out with the guitarist, whipping her lavender-colored hair like a woman possessed. She dialed it right back on the next song — taking a seat to beautifully belt out power ballad ”Nightingale”, which she touchingly dedicated to her step-father. More »

Game Calls Out Frank Ocean In New (And Unnecessary) Diss Track “Bigger Than Me”: Listen

Jun 17th, 2014 // 9 Comments
Nicki's "Pills" Remixed
Nicki Minaj's single gets a bright Liam Keegan remix. Read More »

Rapper Game surprised as the romantic lead of Nicki Minaj‘s “Pills N Potions” video. There, he obliges to draping fur over his bare chest, biting on one of Minaj’s bunny ears and, most importantly, gazing wistfully at the Pink Print femcee’s direction. In short, he did the complete opposite of what he’s done as of late: maintain the tough-gangsta persona of his West Coast upbringing, but with groan-worthy beefs that now overshadows his (otherwise respectable) musical output.

Then came “Bigger Than Me,” a misogynistic diss track that declares him to be the black Marshall Mathers (he’s gotten over his beef with Eminem, see), takes aim at XXL‘s new Freshmen class wholesale, and while calling out Frank Ocean in the process: “Tampon lyricists, evacuate the premises / Mute BET cyphers, because I don’t want to hear that shit / May be you rest in piss, f— n—-s / hey Frank Ocean, go ahead and f— these f— n—-s.” He ends by suggesting that Miguel sing to his song. Pardon? More »

5 Seconds Of Summer Beg You To “Kiss Me Kiss Me” In New Song: Listen

Jun 17th, 2014 // Comment
5SOS's "Don't Stop" Vid
The tween pop-punk band play adorkable masked avengers. Read More »

Is 5 Seconds of Summer the next big thing? The rising Australian pop-punk act may have cemented its status with its new song, “Kiss Me Kiss Me.” For this, 5 Seconds of Summer worked with frontman Alex Gaskarth of Baltimore emo outfit All Time Low – a major influence of theirs. And throughout, they embrace all of what All Time Low did right: sounding resolutely teenaged (in other words, their ages – ranging from 17 to 19) but also completely excited (I mean, puppy love is wonderful), and in a genre often associated with angst. “Kiss Me Kiss Me” is a sugar rush of a pop-punk summer anthem.

The song surfaced online after 5 Seconds of Summer offered a download to North American fans who pre-ordered its self-titled debut, out June 27, on iTunes. For a preview of what to expect, hear “Kiss Me Kiss Me” after the jump. More »

Lil Jon Unleashes The Catchphrase Of The Summer In “Bend Ova” Featuring Tyga: Listen

Jun 17th, 2014 // Comment
"Turn Down," Remixed
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In which a dude's invincible crotch threatens to take over the world. Read More »
Danity Kane's "Lemonade"
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Young Money's "Senile"
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Thanks to Lil Jon, a Down South saying has become the rallying cry at Las Vegas clubs, sports stadiums and Hollywood blockbusters alike this year, via DJ Snake‘s smash “Turn Down for What.” The King of Crunk delivers a few more for the summer in his new song “Bend Ova,” co-produced with DJ Kronic and featuring Tyga, which quickly blew up Billboard’s Trending 140 when it debuted last night (June 16).

He re-purposes a few notable lyrics from last Southern-bred hits. “Bend over, make your knees touch your elbows,” he commands, recalling Nelly‘s Country Grammar smash “E.I.” He shouts out to Ciara‘s “1, 2 Step,” too (“Make it shake like Jell-O!”) – fitting, considering how the 2004 song helped introduce her as the Princess of Crunk (and with his help, obviously). Then Lil Jon delivers a catchphrase of his own, one that’s already inspired a few questions from at least one curious radio host: “Hands on your knees / bounce that ass like a yoga ball.”

Sure, fitness balls aren’t actually used that in yoga. But, whether catapulting crunk to the mainstream, leading Zumba classes with Pitbull or conquering EDM dance floors, Lil Jon never seems to get caught up in how he gets a crowd moving, just as long as he gets it moving in the first place. Hear “Bend Ova” below. More »

Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’: Album Review

Jun 17th, 2014 // Comment
Mary J. & Sam Smith
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Hear the duet version of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me." Read More »
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Watch the Brit croon on Saturday Night Live. Read More »
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Sam's Sound
Smith tops BBC Sound of 2014 poll. Read More »

To say British 22-year-old soulster Sam Smith is gifted beyond his years is a total understatement. If you’re skeptical, just take a look at his already impressive resume. After releasing his infectious collab track “Latch” with British electronic duo Disclosure and subsequently featuring on fellow beatmaker Naughty Boy’s hit single “La La La,” the English crooner went on to not only win the 2014 BRIT Critics’ Choice Awards but also BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll. Consequentially, it seems only fitting that Sam’s incredible skyrocket to success merits such high anticipation for his debut album, In The Lonely Hour. Now the question stands: did it live up to the hype?

Yes. Yes, it did.

While the album, for the most part, is minimalist in its musical arrangement, it is Sam’s virtuosic voice that is purposefully made the focal instrument. From gospel-influenced tracks like “Stay With Me” to jazzy numbers such as “I’m Not The Only One,” it is clear that Sam not only has pipes of gold but knows how to use them as well. This can only really be explained by Smith’s intensive jazz vocal training since he was 8 years young. More »

Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’: Album Review

Jun 17th, 2014 // 8 Comments
LDR's "Ultraviolence"
Hear the wonderfully sad title track of Lana's new LP. Read More »
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Lana Del Rey reinvents herself — again — on the nightmarishly beautiful dose of musical Ambien (swallowed with a swig of whiskey) otherwise known as Ultraviolence. The untouchable debutante with a dark side that sang about diamonds and the rivieras on debut LP Born To Die is conspicuously absent. She has been replaced by an under-medicated California girl with a very bad boyfriend. At least, in one incarnation.

Ultraviolence is a concept album of sorts — a collection of faded, yellowed postcards (mostly) from the City of Angels that introduce us to a cast of desperate women. There are femme fatales and game dames, victims and predators, and even an aging socialite reflecting on her life. What brings them together, and makes the album cohesive and compulsively listenable, is the fact that they’re all on the road to oblivion. Some know it, some don’t. But the impending sense of doom pervades each and every song. As such, Lana’s sophomore set isn’t exactly what you’d call a feel-good record.

The change in direction (both musically and conceptually) raises the increasingly boring question of authenticity that seems to waft around the 27-year-old like cheap perfume. I like to think that songstress deconstructs her alter ego a little further with each track on Ultraviolence, but does it really matter if she has simply replaced one fiction with another? Lana is a magnificent storyteller and most authors write about what they know. If that old adage holds up, the Coachella headliner knows more than her fair share about despair, toxic relationships and regret. More »

Mike WiLL Made-It’s “Buy The World”: Listen To Lil Wayne, Future & Kendrick Lamar On The New Single

Jun 16th, 2014 // Comment
Mike WiLL's New Single
"Buy the World" features Future, Lil Wayne & Kendrick Lamar. Read More »
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After dropping a little teaser of the song over the weekend, producer-of-the-hour Mike WiLL Made-It officially released the final version of  new single “Buy The World,” featuring Lil Wayne, Future  and Kendrick Lamar. Usually known for catchy trap bangers such as “23” featuring Miley Cyrus, Mike WiLL takes a rather unusual route with this one, creating a slow-burning, yet ever-menacing, beat for King Kendrick and Weezy to spit pretty solid bars over. No doubt, the move to stray away from what he knows was risky, but one that certainly paid off this time around.

Listen to “Buy The World,” and tell us your thoughts on the track below. More »

MNEK’s “Wrote A Song About You”: Listen To The ’90s House-Influenced Track

Jun 16th, 2014 // Comment
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MNEK Every Little Word
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Following the success on Gorgon City’s “Ready For Your Love” as well as the release of his own funk-filled pop-R&B track “Every Little Word,” 19-year-old London soulster MNEK is back with “Wrote A Song About You.” The song premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, and it starts out with just a few piano chords and MNEK’s flawless voice. Suddenly it turns into an infectious ’90s R&B/house dancefloor number, which seems to only further the momentum of the recent house revival movement in the UK.

So, who — or, rather, what — is this tune about exactly? Well, it’s really just a song about writing…a song.

“None of my songs start out to be autobiographical.” MNEK explains to FADER. “In this case, it wasn’t about anyone, it’s more like creative writing.”

If only every creative writing project ended up being this good. Listen to the song below, and keep your eyes peeled for MNEK’s upcoming album, set to be released later this year. More »