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Sia’s “Chandelier”: Listen To Her New Song

Mar 17th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Sia‘s “Chandelier” has premiered, and it’s every bit the soaring anthem we expected it would be based on that tantalizing preview from last week. You can hear the influence big pop has had on her sound after she’s spent the last few years writing for the likes of Rihanna and Beyonce, with cavernous percussion and massive orchestral instrumentation thrown into the chorus like it was no big thing. But the whole thing is distinctly Sia — vocally, the way she goes from the opening mumbled verse to the breathtaking acrobatics on the chorus (specifically the title word), it’s the sort of thing that few performers could replicate.

With lyrics like “1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 drink” and “Keep my glass full until morning light / ‘Cause I’m just holding on for tonight,” “Chandelier” is similar to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Swimming Pools (Drank)” in that it’s a party song about the existential dread that makes us want to party (and like “Swimming Pools,” it will no doubt be misinterpreted).

Sia co-wrote the song with Jesse Shatkin, and he co-produced it along with Greg Kurstin. Hear it below. More »

Rubycon’s “Serial Crusha”: Start Your Week Off With The Breezy Indie-Pop Track

Mar 17th, 2014 // Comment
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It’s Monday, and winter is (hopefully) winding down to its inevitable close,  so we figured, why not kick off the week with something new? New York artist Rubycon is set to release his LP Buku Love on March 25, and he describes it to us as “a really fun album: Shameless pop music, with a touch of glam, electro indie pop, good for dancing, lovemaking, great to sing along to.”

Ahead of that, Rubycon posted his single “Serial Crusha” online. As the title implies, the indie-pop song lyrically ticks off a list of loves the singer has encountered, all sung with a Frankie Valli-esque falsetto over a bouncy bed of beats and synths. Listen below. More »

Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon Days Northeast Takeover: New York & Philadelphia Live Review

Mar 17th, 2014 // 4 Comments
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On September 30th, 2010 Ellie Goulding made her debut in New York City at the Hiro Ballroom. She had an acoustic guitar strapped to her, she was timid, yet her voice was gigantic. It’s one of those success stories that you tend to hear about, but you accidentally miss some steps in the artist’s rise to fame. In the case of Ellie Goulding, anyone who witnessed her earliest days will be a combination of proud and impressed by her Halcyon Days – tour that is. In less than four years, Ellie made a swift switch from acoustic upstart to Pop goddess, yet the purity of her sound is still ever-present.

Goulding played three shows in a row, starting with March 12th at the Theater at Madison Square in New York City. That show sold out in minutes, so a second night was tacked onto the Theater for March 13th, followed by a stint in Philadelphia at Temple University’s Liacouras Center. While the Theater at MSG isn’t “The Garden” itself, reaching that milestone is nothing to scoff at. The 5,600-capacity venue is the same place where Lauryn Hill brought her Miseducation Tour to New York on March 24th, 1999 (almost 15 years to the day as Goulding). Why is that important to note? Because both artists arrived from niche backgrounds (in Hill’s case it was hip hop, Goulding’s the often retitled “folktronica”) yet inched their way into Pop stardom with music that initially defied pop’s sonic parameters. More »

Lady Gaga’s “Brooklyn Nights”: Hear The Unreleased ‘ARTPOP’ Ballad

Mar 16th, 2014 // 4 Comments
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Lady Gaga sings sweetly of heartbreak in “Brooklyn Nights,” an unreleased dance-pop ballad that has surfaced online. She recalls nights of crying herself to sleep and souvenirs from a past relationship, though she sings the hook as if other, fond memories are surfacing as well: “It’s not that I don’t want to love you / It’s not that I’m over it, you know, you know / It’s just that I can’t watch us to bleed to death / When we used to be Brooklyn-nights happy.”

According to Gagapedia, Mother Monster had written “Brooklyn Nights” while inspired by a visit to a North Carolina adult shop where “the pornography was staggering.” Although she originally meant for it to appear on her third album ARTPOP, she later saved for the album’s corresponding app – in retrospect, a decision that makes sense. As promised by Gaga, “Brooklyn Nights” is indeed melancholy and sentimental, though it also feels a little stilted, if not robotic compared to her past ballads.

Hear Lady Gaga’s previously unreleased “Brooklyn Nights” after the jump. More »

Mariah Carey’s “You’re Mine (Eternal)” Gets An Official Fedde Le Grand Remix: Listen

Mar 15th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Mariah Carey has taken crossover appeal to a new level. Her new single off The Art of Letting Go, “You’re Mine (Eternal),” will receive three official dance remixes, the first by house DJ Fedde Le Grand.

While the original is mostly hushed, leading gradually until Carey unleashes her whistle register, Le Grand (of 2006′s “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit”) wastes no time in building the song’s energy. The diva’s swooning vocals soar over a pulsing piano melody, helping the Dutch-born artist build a swift crescendo before the remix’s first breakdown.

Le Grand’s remix of “You’re Mine (Eternal)” follows an R&B remix featuring Trey Songz, which Carey dropped the same day as the original itself. Hear it after the jump. More »

Sia’s “Chandelier”: Hear A Snippet Of Her Soaring New Single

Mar 14th, 2014 // Comment
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In just three days, Sia will premiere her new single “Chandelier,” presumably off her forthcoming follow-up to 2010′s We Are Born. But today (March 14) she posted a snippet, and based on these 10 seconds, whew, all that time she’s spent in the last few years writing anthems for the world’s biggest pop stars has rubbed off on her solo stuff. Because that “I want to swing from the chandelier” line sounds like one mammoth chorus.

As we learned from MuuMuuse, the song was co-written by Greg Kurstin associate Jesse Shatkin. It drops March 17, and you can preview it below. More »

Cher Lloyd’s “Sirens”: Hear The Lead Single From ‘Sorry I’m Late’

Mar 14th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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A few days after announcing her sophomore album Sorry I’m Late (out May 27), Cher Lloyd has premiered the LP’s lead single, “Sirens.” It’s a driving midtempo anthem, and we think all her impatient stans (who inspired the album’s title) will find it was completely worth the wait.

The production is pretty standard pop fare, with a few hints of electronics whooshing in and out, but everything evaporates for the first bars of its truly triumphant chorus, before it all swoops back in to lift the vocals even higher. The swagger jagger is definitely back.

Stream the new song below. More »

Prince & Zooey Deschanel Recorded A Duet: Hear “FALLINLOVE2NITE”

Mar 14th, 2014 // 1 Comment

Prince and Zooey Deschanel have recorded a duet together, because the Purple One’s love for New Girl runs hella deep. A snippet of the house-inflected tune was first heard in the Prince-starring January episode of the FOX show, when he and Zooey’s character performed the song at a house party. But now the full studio version has premiered.

Prince’s voice sounds ever-so-slightly pitch-shifted, making Deschanel the earthy counterbalance, while horns and flutes over a programmed four-on-the-floor beat. As Consequence of Sound points out, the song was released by Epic Records, which suggests PLECTRUMELECTRUM may find Prince ending his exile in the indie world.

Check it out below. More »

Calvin Harris’ “Summer”: Listen To The Slamming New Dance Song In Full

Mar 14th, 2014 // 1 Comment
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On Calvin Harris‘ debut album, 2007′s I Created Disco, the Scottish producer/DJ was still far off from landing high profile collaborations with people like Rihanna, Ellie Goulding and Florence Welch. Instead, he had to rely on his own vocal ability as a means of connecting with the ears of the public. Then, some time after Calvin broke big worldwide with “We Found Love” and the string of hits off 18 Months, he declared that, going forward, he’d no longer be singing on his own songs.

So that brings us to Harris’ new, euphoric single “Summer.” It’s a shameless bid at nabbing an “Umbrella”/”California Gurls”/”Blurred Lines”-like Song Of The Summer anthem, from the ready-for-the-strobe-lights production down to, obviously, the title. Plus it has vocals by none other than Calvin Harris himself. Never say never, I guess?

Hear “Summer” below. More »

Charli XCX Debuts New Song “Breaking Up” At SXSW: Watch

Mar 13th, 2014 // Comment
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All signs indicate Charli XCX is making a concerted effort to trade in the bubbly, squiggly, Tumblr-wave sonics on which she has built her reputation in exchange for rock elements. Which really isn’t that surprising, because let’s be honest, Icona Pop‘s “I Love It” is really a punk song disguised as club pop. But even more overtly, she’s traveling with a guitar-bass-drums band, says her sophomore album is punk-influenced and released this thrashing little song.

And now, after revealing that she linked up with Weezer‘s Rivers Cuomo for her True Romance follow-up, Charli unveiled the strutting rocker “Breaking Up” at SXSW. It’s all peppy angst, with crunchy guitars and a yell-at-your-ex refrain of “Everything is wrong with you / So breaking up was easy to do,” all of which certainly seems to suggest it has Cuomo’s fingerprints on it.

Check it out up top. More »