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Taylor Swift Appears (For A Split Second) In The Trailer For OneRepublic’s ‘Giver’ Song, “Ordinary Human”: Watch

Jul 10th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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OneRepublic are already well on their way to enjoying a major second half of 2014, thanks to the slow-burning success of their Native re-issue single, “Love Runs Out.” Up next for the Ryan Tedder-fronted troupe? “Ordinary Human,” a contribution to the soundtrack of The Giver, in which country-pop darling Taylor Swift is set to appear.

The moody, anthemic track is featured in a trailer for the film, which just premiered yesterday. “I’m just an ordinary human with ordinary ways/I’m just an ordinary human…I don’t feel so ordinary today,” Tedder coos across the atmospheric chorus, punctuated by dialogue from the movie — and a brief glimpse of Tay Tay in action.

We already caught a first look at the “Love Story” sweetheart in the black-and-white promo poster, but this is your chance to check out Taylor flaunting her acting chops — briefly, at least. (Zoom to the 1:12 mark below to catch her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance.)

Watch the teaser trailer after the jump, and let us know what you think of the song (and Taylor’s appearance!) in the comments below. More »

Future And Nicki Minaj’s “Rock Star”: Hear The Scrapped, George Michael-Sampling ‘Honest’ Track

Jul 9th, 2014 // Comment
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When Future was promoting his sophomore LP Honest, he kept bringing up a song that he wished was included. He would even play it for journalists at listening parties to show what fans were missing.

“Rock Star” features Nicki Minaj and interpolates George Michael‘s “Careless Whisper,” allowing the Atlanta rapper to flaunt his enthused bars and hoarse crooning skills. However, Future was forced to scrap the song after Michael’s camp refused to clear the sample.

Thanks to XXL, “Rock Star” can now be heard online. Future brings up infidelity, though he refuses to sound as remorseful as Michael did in his 1984 hit single. Instead, the Atlanta rapper lifts the hook’s melody to gleefully sing of a rock star lifestyle, as if inspired by the glimpses of red satin sheets and yachting life featured in the “Careless Whisper” video. He shouts out “Jumpin’ Out the Gym” by bonkers rap triumvirate rappers Migos, Riff RaFF and Trinidad James. Meanwhile, Minaj spits a minute long shout-out to her own lifestyle, sponsored by Myx Moscato.

Is “Rock Star” a sequel to “Careless Whisper”? Hardly. Is it as inspired? Nah — but it’s still a delight to hear how enthused and infectious Future can be when he sees dollar signs. Hear the scrapped Honest song and revisit Michael’s classic below. More »

5 Seconds Of Summer To Perform At 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Jul 9th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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As if we needed any more proof that the bad boys of 5 Seconds Of Summer are making a huge splash stateside, the troupe is now confirmed as the latest act to take to the stage at the upcoming 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

After Ariana Grande revealed that she’ll be breaking free with Zedd, the Aussie pop-punkers are the next act to confirm that they’ll be at this year’s VMAs airing live on Sunday, August 24.

“were performing at the @MTV VMAs in August! to be asked & given this opportunity’s incredible, we cant be more excited about it :D #5SOSVMAs,” the band tweeted.

It’s truly been a massive past few weeks for the band: Not only did they shoot straight to #1 with the international release of their self-titled debut in 71 countries (!) at the start of July, but their latest stateside track “Amnesia” also soared to the top of the US iTunes Songs Chart when it was released at the end of June. Oh, yeah — and they’re going out on tour to open for a little act called…One Direction. Don’t stop, boys!

Are you excited to see 5SOS hit the stage at the VMAs this year? Check out their upcoming tour dates with 1D and watch the lyric video for “Amnesia” below, and let us know what you think in the comments. More »

Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang”: Listen To A Preview Of The Collaborative Single

Jul 9th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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Ready for the (American) return of “Domino” diva Jessie J? Can’t get enough of “Break Free” pop tartlet Ariana Grande? Wishing Nicki Minaj had a better song up her sleeve than the sleepy “Pills N Potions”? Well, goddammit, pop kiddies — the cure for all your woes is finally, kind-of, sort-of here. Jessie posted a preview snippet of her collaborative single with all these other ladies, “Bang Bang,” on her Instagram this morning.

Max Martin is behind this whole thing, and trust us — it’s a late-in-the-game entry to the Song Of The Summer game that could just blow all others out of the water. Head below and bang it up. More »

Kesha Opens Up About Rehab, Eating Disorders And Sexism In A Candid Essay For ‘Elle UK’

Jul 9th, 2014 // Comment

Ever since the day she checked in, there’s been much speculation surrounding Kesha‘s widely publicized rehab stint at the start of 2014. But now, the glitter-loving pop diva herself is finally speaking out directly on the matter.

The “We R Who We R” singer has opened up about her experience in a candid, refreshingly honest essay for the August issue of Elle UK to address the rumors behind her stay, the details of her 2-month treatment and the pressure she faces in the industry — especially as a female pop star.

To begin, she tackles the most common misconception about her stay: that her hard-partying persona was the real reason for rehab. “I’ve written songs about partying, but my dirty little secret is that I’m actually incredibly responsible. I take my music and career very seriously, and certainly didn’t land in this situation from partying,” Kesha reveals.

The actual cause? Body issues — a struggle she’s already faced for years. “I’ve always tried to be a crusader for loving yourself, but I’d been finding it harder and harder to do personally,” she explains. “I felt like part of my job was to be as skinny as possible, and to make that happen, I had been abusing my body. I just wasn’t giving it the energy it needed to keep me healthy and strong.” Continue reading excerpts from Kesha’s essay after the jump. More »

Jhene Aiko’s Debut LP ‘Souled Out’ Gets A Release Date

Jul 9th, 2014 // Comment
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After scoring a slow-burning hit earlier this year from her Sail Out EP with “The Worst” and premiering the slinky lead single “To Love & Die,” moody alt-R&B chanteuse Jhene Aiko‘s debut album is finally sailing onto our iPods next month.

Souled Out, which is set to include production from No I.D., Key Wane, Fisticuffs, James Fauntleroy, and Dot Da Genius — will arrive on August 25, according to Rap-Up.

“The sound is different in the sense that the music is more intricate and there are live instruments. I feel like everything is on another level. It’s deeper,” she told us in an interview back in December about her upcoming LP.

Unfortunately, Jhene’s got some pretty strong competition when it comes to the charts: “Break Free” mini-diva Ariana Grande‘s feature-filled sophomore record My Everything is set to be released on the same day. But then again, who cares? A Jhene record is (finally) coming soon, and that’s all that matters.

Are you excited about Jhene’s upcoming LP? Let us know in the comments below. More »

G.R.L. Announces Self-Titled Debut EP: See The Cover Art & Tracklist

Jul 8th, 2014 // 5 Comments
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The G.R.L. girls are finally ready to G.O. for it.

After getting wild with Pitbull and going bad behind bars in the video premiere for their jail-themed video for “Ugly Heart”, the up-and-coming fab fivesome are now set to release their debut self-titled EP on July 29, due out on Kemosabe Records/RCA.

Along with “Ugly Heart,” the mini-collection will also include brand new songs including “Rewind,” “Don’t Talk About Love” and “Girls Are Always Right,” as well as the swirling, power pop-tastic “Show Me What You Got,” which first premiered back in February. Check out the video for “Ugly Heart” down below, and let us know if you’re excited about the EP release in the comments section. More »

ASTR Puts A Chilly Spin On Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap”: Listen

Jul 8th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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ASTR‘s on a major roll as of late: After premiering their Miami Vice-inspired visual for “Blue Hawaii” with us late last month, the NYC electro-duo’s just returned to deliver a stomping reinterpretation of one of our very favorite summer jams of 2014: Charli XCX‘s The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack anthem, “Boom Clap.” (Speaking of, did you catch her performance of the track on this morning’s Today Show?)

The troupe’s reinterpretation drags the song down into the chilly depths of the club, providing some drippy beats, trap-lite hi-hats and pounding drum loops. (Actually, it’s a little reminiscent of the “Fancy” beat!) Charli’s vocals also get sent through the ringer on the remix; her rowdy chants are now chopped and screwed into demonically distorted vocals, stuttering yelps and moans. It’s a much darker side of “Boom Clap” — but no less fantastic.

Listen to ASTR’s remix of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” below, and let us know what you think of the re-rub in the comments after the jump. More »

Ariana Grande Teases “Best Mistake” Featuring Big Sean: Listen

Jul 8th, 2014 // Comment
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Ariana Grande has teased yet another song off her forthcoming sophomore album, My Everything. Shortly after she revealed her Star Wars-inspired lyric video for Zedd collaboration “Break Free,” Grande posted to Instagram a snippet of “Best Mistake,” featuring Big Sean. “Break up / wake up / total / waste of / time,” she sings in a clip posted to Instagram, as if sighing through her hiccuping rhythm.

“Best Mistake” isn’t the first time that Grande’s teamed with Big Sean, who she counts as one of her best friends. 2013′s “Right There” made for one of her debut Yours Truly‘s biggest surprises, whether you’re a fan of Big Sean or otherwise. (He tends to sound most like rap’s annoying younger sibling, though pop settings can actually brings out his voice’s boyish charms.) He’s also the (uncredited) voice behind the Ying Yang Twins-inspired hook of My Everything lead single “Problem.”

Hear Grande’s “Best Mistake” snippet after the jump. More »

Usher And Nicki Minaj Reunite On Pharrell-Produced “She Came To Give It To You”: Listen

Jul 8th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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One freak is never enough.

It’s been just under four years now since “Good Kisser” crooner Usher and “Pills N Potions” rapstress Nicki Minaj teamed up for their sexy collabo, “Lil Freak.” But the powerhouse performers are teaming up once again for a brand new cut from Usher’s upcoming LP.

This time around, the whole thing’s been helmed by producer du jour Pharrell — and yes, it’s all funked up.

Listen to the radio premiere of “She Came To Give It To You” via Rap-Up after the jump. More »