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Chris Brown’s “New Flame”: Listen To The Usher- And Rick Ross-Featuring Synth Jam

Jun 30th, 2014 // Comment
Ariana x Breezy
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Usher's "Good Kisser"
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Chris Brown, never one to set pop or R&B forward, has offered up “New Flame,” a cut that features Breezy on the first verse, Usher on the second and a rap by Bawse Rick Ross topping the whole thing off. The main hook here is a monotonous synth loop that runs throughout while all involved croon over the otherwise bright track.

“New Flame” is harmless enough, but if anything, it has us wondering why we’ve yet to hear that Breezy/Ariana Grande duet that was teased back in April? Give this new one a listen below. More »

2014 BET Awards: Beyoncé, Jay Z & Iggy Azalea Perform, Nicki Shades + Full List Of Winners

Jun 30th, 2014 // 2 Comments

Awards! Live performances! Shade! Last night’s 2014 BET Awards brought the action once again this year.

It was an especially big night for Beyoncé fans last night — but then again, when isn’t it a time for celebration as a Beyhive member? Queen Bey led the pack by winning not one, but three awards of the night including the “Fandemonium” Award, followed by a sexy surprise (pre-taped) performance of “Partition” with Jay Z live from Miami’s On The Run Tour (which we attended!) to close out the show.

Other major performances of the night included Nicki Minaj‘s trippy-as-hell performance of “Chi-Raq” into “Pills N Potions” (there was a giant mushroom in the middle of the stage!), Usher‘s career-spanning hit medley — from “Nice And Slow” to “Good Kisser,” Chris Brown‘s return to the stage for the first time since jail with a choreography-filled performance of “Loyal” alongside Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker (?!), Iggy Azalea and T.I.‘s “No Mediocre” and Pharrell‘s cheerleader-filled #BaeUniversity opening of “Come Get It Bae” (hey, where’s Gwen?), which led into a killer mash-up with none other than Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott‘s classic, “Pass That Dutch.” “The Empress!” Pharrell dubbed Missy before welcoming her to the stage. Watch some of the night’s biggest performances, then check out the full list of winners below. More »

Ariana Grande Announces New Album ‘My Everything,’ Teases “Break Free” Video

Jun 29th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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Get ready, Arianators: Ariana Grande will release her sophomore album, My Everything, on August 25. The news arrives after Grande launched two Twitter countdowns, one for her next single (“Break Free”) and one for (as we know now) My Everything, presumably, to build up anticipation. But when the “Problem” star revealed one detail after another – the title, the release date, a way fans can hear her new music before My Everything drops – as if she could hardly contain her excitement.

First, Grande teased a snippet from her “Break Free” video. An hour later, she revealed the album title. Then she announced that fans who pre-order the album will gain access to an exclusive concert stream, where she’ll perform the songs prior to My Everything‘s release. Finally, she elaborated on all that to Ryan Seacrest, while verifying that yes, the “Break Free” clip is inspired by Barbarella and also, after whispering like Ying Yang Twins on “Problem,” Big Sean will be featured on a song titled “Best Mistake.”

See Grande’s teaser of her “Break Free” video and chat with Seacrest about My Everything below. More »

Is Britney Spears Releasing New Music This Summer?

Jun 28th, 2014 // Comment
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Is Britney Spears releasing new music this summer? According to a “press release” posted to fan forum Breathe Heavy, she will. Produced by Stargate (Femme Fatale), “All the Way” will be released in mid-August and featured in the official soundtrack for Search Party, directed by Jon Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover) and set to hit theaters in September.

It’s tough to tell whether this rumor is true. On one hand, the “release” says that the Search Party soundtrack will also feature Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, plus new remixes by Lil Jon featuring LMFAO. Yes, both of those artists would make sense for a film by the director of The Hangover. What doesn’t make sense, though, is how the “release” mentions a “physical CD single” of “All the Way” to be released via Universal. Labels still support CD singles, though they’re hardly a top priority. More »

Lil Wayne’s “Krazy” Is A Whole Lot Of Racket, No?: Listen

Jun 27th, 2014 // Comment
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If you thought this year’s musical output so far was grim, get ready for a double-dose of Lil Wayne — which, depending on your taste, is either a really good thing or… well. “This year, not only will I be dropping Tha Carter V — I’m dropping two albums,” Weezy told MTV. “This year, (be) looking forward to two albums from me, because I been out the game for a second.”

Wayne has been ramping up for his new material by releasing tracks like “D’usse” and the Mike WILL Made-It collab “Buy The World,” and now we’ve got a new one in the form of “Krazy.” As the title suggests, the track is a bit of a maddening cacophony — from Weezy’s breathless vocal delivery to the monotony of the synth hook throughout the damn thing.

Tell you what — you get the latest feel of #CarterSeason below, and I’m going to go stand far, far away while you do so. More »

Sky Ferreira Defends Terry Richardson, Lady Gaga’s Right To Self-Expression In Facebook Post

Jun 27th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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One of the reasons we’re big fans of Sky Ferreira around here is not only because of her very, very good music, but because of her outspokenness — especially in the face of controversy.

As a result of the Internet’s condemnation of Lady Gaga regarding the newly surfaced, controversy-riddled preview of the unreleased video for “Do What U Want” — the one that features two artists embroiled in sexual abuse allegations over the years, R. Kelly and photographer Terry Richardson — Sky’s work was also called into question because of her ongoing working relationship with Richardson, including their many, many photoshoots in the past, as well as Sky’s own video for “Red Lips.” And so, she decided to respond.

“As someone who has worked very closely with Terry Richardson on many many many occasions since I was 17 years old I would like to say… from my OWN personal experience: I have never been forced or manipulated into anything,” she begins in the Facebook note posted yesterday. Continue reading Sky’s full note below the jump. More »

The Saturdays Tease Summery Video For “What Are You Waiting For?”: Watch

Jun 27th, 2014 // Comment
The Sats' New Song
Listen to "What Are You Waiting For?" Read More »

What am I waiting for? Well, the video for The Saturdays‘ new single, “What Are You Waiting For?”, actually.

Yesterday, the UK fivesome premiered “What Are You Waiting For?”, the lead single off of their forthcoming greatest hits compilation; a banging, blazing Xenomania-produced club cut perfect for summertime revelry. And so, what better than to have a video full of beach-y fun and poolside glamour?

The Sats just teased a 15-second preview of the forthcoming video, which sees Una hair flipping (always a plus), Rochelle rocking giant hoop earrings, Frankie looking seriously fit with a nice cool beverage in the pool, and all the girls jumping up and down in sexy swimsuits. Check out the Instagram teaser after the jump. More »

Usher’s “I Don’t Mind”: Listen To His New Ode To Strippers

Jun 27th, 2014 // Comment
Usher's "Good Kisser"
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Ursh goes shirtless in his latest video. Read More »

Gosh, Usher is such a goddamn romantic. “Shorty, I don’t mind if you dance on a pole, that don’t make you a ho,” the smooth singer croons on his new handclap-filled cut “I Don’t Mind.” This follow-up to oral sex jam “Good Kisser” is a somewhat minimal affair with a simple synth loop and Ursh uttering such sweet, totally non-misogynistic nothings as “you can twerk while in a split, you rackin’ up them tips / you’re body rockin’, you’re booty poppin’, I’m proud to call you my bitch.”

Confessions this ain’t, folks. Have at Usher’s latest below. More »

Disclosure Covers ‘Billboard’: Check Out The “EDM Power Players”

Jun 27th, 2014 // Comment
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Good things come to those who wait, and Disclosure is finally getting the recognition they so deeply deserved last summer — this summer — on the cover of Billboard this week.

While their debut album Settle dropped well over a year ago in the UK last May, including hits like “White Noise” with AlunaGeorge, the young UK dance dynamos have slowly but surely climbed their way up to mainstream radio stateside over the past year (no easy feat!), thanks to both their Mary J Blige-assisted “F For You,” as well as the slow-burning success of “Latch,” their incredible collaboration with current “It” boy (and record breaker), Sam Smith, which currently sits at its all time peak of #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Billboard cover flaunts the boys as “EDM Power Players” which is a bit, well, hmmm: Although the troupe is dance-oriented at heart, they’re probably a bit too sophisticated to be lumped into the “EDM” category, which conjures visions of raging festival ravers, beat drops, PLUR and Kandi bracelets. Also, “RAVE ON!“? Yeesh.

That being said, the Billboard cover is a well deserved, long overdue sign that the boys are truly doing it big. Check out the cover up top. More »

Beyonce And Jay Z’s ‘On The Run’ Tour Is Brilliant Despite Flawed Setlist: Live Review

Jun 26th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Beyonce and Jay Z‘s blockbuster On The Run tour kicked off last night (June 25) in Miami before an estimated 76,000 screaming fans. Despite starting over an hour late due to near-apocalyptic traffic conditions, there were nothing but smiles in Sun Life stadium. The sense that history was about to be made was palpable and the opportunity to bear witness was compensation enough for a (not so) minor delay in the sticky Florida heat.

And, as expected, The Carters delivered two hours of impeccable entertainment that cemented their status as the first couple of popular music. Hov acted as a kind of de facto MC for the event, warming up the crowd with a slew of classic hits between his wife’s more elaborate set pieces. The recurring themes of love and family really pulled the show together. After all, it began with a glamorous projection that read “This Is Not Real Life” and ended with a montage of home movies featuring Blue Ivy with the caption “This Is Real Life”.

Not that On The Run was completely without flaws. For a stadium show, the staging is relatively unspectacular. Jay performs with little production behind him and the second stage in the middle of the venue is a complete misfire. Transitions to and from it were awkward and there weren’t enough screens to see what was happening. My biggest qualm with the show, however, was the setlist. Bey’s contribution to be specific. Too much of the brilliant (but all too recent) Mrs. Carter Show world tour was simply recycled. And that’s not good enough when premium tickets cost $500. More »