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MAGIC!’s “Rude” Gets Remixed By Zedd At Lollapalooza: Listen

Aug 2nd, 2014 // Comment
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Zedd breathed new life into MAGIC!‘s No. 1 hit “Rude” by remixing it during his August 1 Lollapaloooza set.

Essentially, the German producer transformed the reggae-leaning pop song into a rollercoaster of a dance anthem. He ditched the song’s original backbeat for chugging synths, fizzy melodies and whooshes necessary to make “Rude” feel like a momentous occasion – as it should have, given that his set was one of the night’s last.

While Zedd’s remix was unexpected in of itself, his approach was likely exactly how fans of his 2012 debut Clarity would have imagined it’d turn out. Whether remixing for Lady Gaga (“G.U.Y.”) and Black Eyed Peas or producing for Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande (“Break Free”), Zedd’s approach to music is often to stick with conventional pop melodies, but then add as many EDM pyrotechnics as possible.

His Lollapalooza remix of MAGIC!’s “Rude” is no exception – hear it after the jump. More »

Jennifer Lopez And Fat Joe Reunite On “Stressin”: Listen

Aug 1st, 2014 // Comment
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A.K.A. diva Jennifer Lopez and rapper Fat Joe just hopped on a track together again — their first since “Hold You Down” off of Jenny’s 2005 record, Rebirth. (And for a further flashback, let us not forget On The 6‘s “Feelin’ So Good.”)

And while more money generally only leads to more problems, the two are feeling totally laid-back (err, leaning back!) on their newly surfaced “Stressin,” an uptempo Rico Love-produced bragging club banger. “Let me ask you one question…do it look like we stressin’? ‘Cause we ain’t!” J.Lo proudly declares across the bottle-popping chorus. Later on, Fat Joe rattles off designer labels while dropping casual $1000 tips in the booth. More »

British Artists, Including One Direction And Adele, Accounted For One Of Out Every Eight Albums Sold In 2013

Aug 1st, 2014 // Comment
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Did you buy an album last year? There’s a 13% chance it was made by a Brit.

According to the BPI, albums recorded by British artists accounted for one in every eight albums sold during the 2013 sales year, including One Direction‘s Midnight Memories (the highest selling British album of 2013) and Take Me Home, Mumford & SonsBabel and Adele‘s 21.

And that’s not all! According to The BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo, British artists have accounted for the year’s top-selling album in the world for the past six out of seven years, including Coldplay‘s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream, Adele’s 21 and 1D’s Midnight Memories. More »

Cody Simpson Teases New Song With Justin Bieber: Listen

Aug 1st, 2014 // Comment
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Begin shaking and crying now, Angels and Beliebers: Cody Simpson and Justin Bieber‘s majorly anticipated collaboration is nearly upon us.

Although the frequently headline-making Biebs didn’t have time to finish that duet with Ariana Grande, he did manage to hop in the studio with the Aussie teen heartthrob back in June.

Late last night, Cody tweeted about their upcoming music and uploaded an Instagram video teasing the new tune. And, although it sounds a little muffled, the heartfelt guitar-led ballad still sounds like a promising collaboration. “You tell me love is blind, but baby, I can see it all…

Are you ready for Cody and Justin’s collaboration? Check out the teaser after the jump, and ;et us know what you think in the comments below. More »

Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”: Listen To The Raunchy Song

Aug 1st, 2014 // 2 Comments
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The “Baby Got Back” revival continues. Nicki Minaj‘s latest single “Anaconda” has sprung a leak (in low quality form) ahead of its August 5 release date, and if you thought the cover art whipped people into a frenzy, wait till you get a load of the raunchy lyrics to the song itself.

The title comes from Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s infamous 1992 lyric “my anaconda don’t want none, unless you got buns, hon,” while also sampling the while “oh my gosh, look at her butt” bit from “Baby Got Back.” Nicki of course adds her own classy twist to the track by rapping about “this dude named Michael” who has a “dick bigger than Eiffel.” Minaj gets the upper hand, however, when she informs us that her “pussy put his ass to sleep, now he callin’ me Nyquil.” More »

BANKS And Lil Silva’s “Don’t You Love”: Listen To The Wistful Collab

Jul 31st, 2014 // Comment
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In lieu of his soon to be released EP Mabel, up-and-coming UK producer Lil Silva has put out both the title track of the EP as well as synthy number “First Mark” to gear people up for what’s in store. Now, the bedroom beatsmith is back with “Don’t You Love,” and this time around, he’s working with recurring collaborator and our favorite LA soulstress-on-the-rise BANKS.

Having produced her Goddess title track, Lil Silva and BANKS wrote two songs together for Mabel. The first, ”Don’t You Love” is a slow burner that builds carefully and meticulously. Poignant and delicate, the track progresses as Lil Silva’s own fluid vocals seep through followed by BANKS’ gentle croons. While their voices aren’t meant to be the focal point, they’ll still  have you humming “Don’t you lo-o-o-ve” by the end of it.  Listen to  ”Don’t You Love” below. More »

Fifth Harmony Are Asking Fans Unlock Their Debut Album Cover

Jul 31st, 2014 // Comment
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Calling all Harmonizers: Fifth Harmony‘s got a special mission for you.

Right now, the fab fivesome is going strong (and c-o-n-f-i-d-e-n-t) with “BO$$,” the ‘tude-heavy, empowering lead single from their long-awaited forthcoming LP, due out this fall. (Did you catch the girls performing the track live in our studio, along with new album track “We Know”?)

Ahead of the 2014 MTV VMAs (where they’re nominated for Artist To Watch!), the girls are asking you to help reveal the cover art for their upcoming album. Want to help make it happen? Head to Tweematic. After voting for the girls at the MTV VMAs, you’ll have the opportunity to share to unlock the cover. (Currently, it’s hanging tight at a very pixelated 8% of the reveal, seen above.)

Will you be helping to unlock 5H’s album cover? Let us know what you hope to hear from the girls’ debut effort in the comments below. More »

Lorde Is Curating The ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Soundtrack

Jul 31st, 2014 // Comment
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Hey, what’s GRAMMY Award-winning 17-year-old chanteuse Lorde doing with her summer? Why, hand-picking a few artists to appear on the upcoming The Hunger Games soundtrack, of course.

Not only will the “Team” singer-songstress be curating the album, she’ll also be dropping the lead single, due out this fall. “Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” she says of the new endeavor. “The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people.”

Although no names have been announced just yet, we can start speculating now: Maybe she’ll ask her newfound BFF Taylor Swift to be part of the line-up? Or perhaps her tour opener, Lo-Fang?

Along with the record, Lorde’s also heading out on her third North American tour this fall. Check out the dates after the jump, and let us know what you think about Lorde’s latest gig in the comments below. More »

Engineer Confirms New Janet Jackson Album In The Works

Jul 31st, 2014 // 7 Comments

The black cat‘s out of the bag: Over six years after her last studio album, Discipline, Janet Jackson is working on a follow-up to her 2008 record. (!!!)

In an interview with studio speaker company Barefoot Sound, vocal producer and engineer Ian Cross confirmed what many of Miss Jackson’s devoted fans have been waiting to hear ever since the conclusion of her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour in 2011: Janet’s back in the recording studio, and she’s been working for a while now.

“Janet [Jackson] and I had a little bit more of a special relationship because we became friends naturally,” Cross told Barefoot of their ongoing working relationship. “You meet a lot of people and you become friends with a couple of them, but sometimes there is one person you become really good friends with…She asked me to work on an album with her called Discipline in 2007 and, again, just do the same thing, produce the vocals. That led to her hiring me full-time to work with her. That’s where I’m at now.” More »

Diplo Previews New Collaboration With Skrillex And Kiesza, “Take You There”: Listen

Jul 31st, 2014 // 1 Comment
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What happens when two of dance music’s most dynamic producers team up together on one mixtape? We’re about to find out: Twerk-master Diplo and dubstep king Skrillex are set to release their collaborative mixtape Jack Ü, as confirmed during Diplo’s Ask Me Anything session on Reddit this week.

And the first song to drop from the upcoming collabo? “Take You There,” featuring vocals from none other than our favorite “Hideaway” dance-pop sweetheart, Kiesza! (From dancing in the streets of Brooklyn to teaming up to the studio with the heavyweights in the time span of less than a year — now that’s impressive.)

Lucky for us, Diplo’s in a teasing mood lately thanks to Madonna, and he’s just given us a tantalizing first taste of the track. While DJing at Concorde Atlantique in Paris last week, Diplo dropped his Kiesza and Skrillex-assisted “Take You There.” And so far, it’s everything one might expect a collabo between the trio to sound — powerhouse vocals and mind-melting beat drops, mainly. According to Spin, the Major Lazer superstar is trying to get a stream of the song out “this week.” We’re ready!

Listen to Diplo spin the new track after the jump, and let us know what you think about the upcoming collabo. More »