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Jessie J’s ‘Sweet Talker’: Listen To 90-Second Previews Of Each Song

British pop powerhouse Jessie J brought the heat earlier this week with the premiere of her storming new single “Burnin’ Up.” And now, we’ve got even more sweetness to enjoy from her forthcoming LP, Sweet Talker.

Today, the 90-second iTunes previews from each track on the record have arrived.

Co-helmed by a superstar cast of hit-makers — from Diplo to The-Dream to Pharrell to Max Martin — there’s certainly no shortage of huge pop hooks, top-notch production value and, of course, massively soulful vocal performances courtesy of Miss Jessie herself. There are plenty of fantastic assists too, including De La Soul and Lindsey Stirling, as well as songwriting contributions by the likes of Elle Varner and Sevyn Streeter.

Stream all of the snippets after the jump, and let us know what your favorite tracks are (so far!) in the comment below. More »

Iggy Azalea And Ellie Goulding Team Up For A Collaboration: Listen To A Preview

The New Classic is about to get even classic-er.

Earlier this month, Iggy Azalea announced that she’s working on a repackage of her debut album, which will feature six new songs — including a collaboration with Ellie Goulding. And now, Iggy’s Azaleans have a little taste of the track to look forward to.

The upcoming collaboration is featured in a new trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which just premiered online last night. More »

Gorgon City’s “Imagination”: Listen To The ‘Sirens’ Track, Featuring Singer Katy Menditta

Gorgon City‘s debut LP Sirens is out in two weeks (on October 7), and ahead of that, the UK duo have released new track “Imagination.” The song features relative newcomer Katy Meditta, a London-based singer, on vocals. And like previous singles  “Ready For Your Love,” “Here For You” and “Unmissable,” “Imagination” keeps in line with Gorgon City’s super catchy, trademark house sound.

Consider this another great appetizer before the pair serve up main course Sirens. More »

Tove Lo’s “Thousand Miles”: Listen To The New ‘Queen Of The Clouds’ Single

Tove Lo‘s debut album Queen Of The Clouds (set for a September 30 release) is shaping up to be an electro-pop stunner, and the LP’s latest single does not disappoint! After our premiere of “Timebomb” last week, the Swedish singer-songwriter follows up with the incredible “Thousand Miles.” (And no, it’s not a Vanessa Carlton reference.)

Queen Of The Clouds is split into three sections – “The Sex,” “The Love,” and “The Pain.” “Thousand Miles” falls into “The Pain” category, and for evident reasons. The mid-tempo tune tells a story of a girl struggling to forget a rocky relationship with an ex, which is revved up by the singer’s emotionally distraught vocals and the thundering drum rhythms.

Listen to the new track below. More »

Pentatonix’s Cover Of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”: Listen

Pentatonix fans have come out in full force today, as evidenced by the current iTunes chart placing of the vocal group’s latest release, PTX Vol. III — it’s at #3, out-selling such releases as Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s Cheek To Cheek (#5), Lenny Kravitz‘s Strut (#7), LIGHTSLittle Machines (#15) and Jennifer Hudson‘s JHUD (#16).

One such curiosity from the PTX Vol. III tracklist we’ve had our eye on — and are now finally able to hear — is the quintet’s cover of Clean Bandit‘s current chart smash  “Rather Be.” The truth is, you can be as cynical as you want, but we dare you to not crack a smile while listening.

Head below to hear Pentatonix’s giddy take on the British group’s infectious hit. More »

Mary J. Blige’s ‘The London Sessions’ Tracklist Revealed: Listen To Lead Single “Therapy,” Co-Written By Sam Smith

As previously announced, Mary J. Blige recently found herself traveling to London for a month to work with such producers, songwriters and overall chart fixtures as Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy and Jimmy Napes. The fruits of all this overseas labor is Blige’s upcoming, Rodney Jerkins-executive-produced 13th album The London Sessions (out December 2), which was made available for pre-order on iTunes today. Along with that comes the reveal of the tracklist and the availability of the LP’s lead single, “Therapy.” More »

Kendrick Lamar Releases “i”: Listen To The New Single

After the musical bomb that was good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Kendrick Lamar follows up his 2012 debut with a brand new single – simply titled, “i.” The song, produced by Rahki, is the first insight to the rapper’s highly anticipated, yet-to-be-titled sophomore album.

“i” is an inspiring track, where Lamar triumphantly shouts “I love myself” throughout the chorus. The Isley Brothers‘ “That Lady” sample also boosts the song’s groovy nature. “i” definitely doesn’t sound like anything that is on urban radio – there are no trap influences, heavy bass drops or overtly explicit lyrics.

But don’t just take our word for it! Listen to “i” after the jump. More »

Madison Beer “Unbreakable (Haides Remix)”: Idolator Premiere

Over the summer, Madison Beer released her “Melodies” follow-up single “Unbreakable.” The song, produced by Emanuel Kiriakou (Demi Lovato, Celine Dion) and Andrew Goldstein, is an uplifting pop anthem in its own right, but in remix form it really takes flight.

Idolator premiered dancefloor maestro Monsieur Adi‘s reworking of Beer’s “Unbreakable” back in July. Now we’re giving you the first listen of the Haides Remix. Listen to the 19-year-old Londoner’s take on Madison’s empowering pop jam below. More »

LIGHTS’ ‘Little Machines’: Album Review

If there’s any artist who’s proven that you don’t necessarily need all the frills and tricks to have have a continuous career, it’s LIGHTS. From the moment she dropped her self-titled EP in 2008 and caught the attention of clothing retailer Old Navy, LIGHTS’ light and airy vocals, spacey melodies and honest lyrics drew fans from all over the world and forged the way for her debut album The Listening in 2008 and 2011’s sophomore effort Siberia.Now she’s back with her third LP Little Machines (out today, ), which LIGHTS recently told us was her best work yet. After looking at the progression over the past six years, it’s not that hard to agree. The album not only gives her devoted fans a lot of the sounds that made them fall for her in the first place, it also contains various nuances that show her growth and maturity. Sure, she’s still in her 20s (27 to be exact). But now that’s not only married and a mom, LIGHTS has clearly gone through a number of experiences that inspired songs that can appeal to an older audience as well. More »

Mary J. Blige’s “Whole Damn Year”: Listen To Her ‘London Sessions’ Ballad

We’re still waiting for the actual first single off Mary J. Blige‘s upcoming LP The London Sessions to arrive — it’s called “Therapy” — but in the meantime, we now have the second so-called buzz track to surface ahead of the album’s release. “Whole Damn Year” follows up the far more upbeat, Disclosure-produced “Right Now.” It’s a ballad that finds Blige lyrically detailing the aftermath of an extremely painful breakup.

“Tryin’ to find a way to explain this, why you can’t touch me tonight / I can feel you getting impatient, but I really can’t let you inside,” Mary sings mournfully in “Whole Damn Year.” Some outlets are reporting that the song is a co-write done with Emeli Sande, but there’s no official word on that just yet.

Hear “Whole Damn Year” below. More »