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Katy Perry Drops Free Riff Riff Remix Of “This Is How We Do”: Listen

Katy And Riff Raff, Yo!
Oh WOW, Katycats! Katy Perry sure has a treat for YOU!

Are you bumping “This Is How We Do” on repeat all day and night? Are you trying to teach your ice cream to twerk? COOL, YO! Now get ready, because Katy’s already switched it up with a brand new remix, starring her newest BFF Riff Raff.

Who? Well, the Houston-bred rapper has been kicking around for a while now as part of Diplo‘s Mad Decent label. You might know him for his current Vine-popular jam “Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz,” or maybe from his work as part of comedic hip-hop troupe Three Loco with Andy Milonakis and Simon Rex. More »

Robyn Is Working On A New Solo EP

Robyn Readies New Material
Tired of listening to Body Talk? Did you Do It Again until you just couldn’t take it anymore? That’s okay: There’s new Robyn on the way.

In an interview with TIME, the Swedish pop songbird opened up about new material for an upcoming EP while touring with Royksopp. She’s been working alongside bandmate Markus Jägerstedt and late longtime collaborator Christian Falk, the “Dream On” producer who tragically passed away only a few short weeks ago.

“He was sick for a while before he died, and that’s also one of the reasons I wanted to make sure that we got that material out there, before he actually disappeared from the face of this earth. So he was able to be a part of that a little bit before he went,” she explained. “It’s also changed the songs a little bit, me and Markus are still working on it. It’s going to be strange, but very healing, to finish the record without Christian.” More »

Calvin Harris And John Newman’s “Blame”: Listen To Yet Another Clip Of Their New Single

Yesterday, Calvin Harris offered up the first snippet of his new single “Blame.” He also unveiled the official cover art for the song, which features “Love Me Again” crooner John Newman on vocals, and noted that the single’s release date is now September 7 (it originally had an August 25 date, per iTunes back in July).

But good news — while this all means we’re still a good two-and-a-half weeks off from hearing shirtless Ice Bucket Challenge stud Calvin’s new jam, he’s still not done teasing us. Harris popped another snippet from “Blame” on Instagram this morning — one that sounds like the intro to the song — and you can give it a listen below. More »

T.I. And Skylar Grey Team Up On The Sobering “New National Anthem”: Listen

In response to the ongoing chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, Georgia rapper T.I. has teamed up with singer-songwriter  Skylar Grey on a hard-hitting new number called “New National Anthem.”

Complete with a menacing beat and a powerhouse hook from the “I Need A Doctor” songstress, T.I. addresses the topics of racism, gun culture, and, well, the actual state of the union. The “No Mediocre” hip-hop kingpin has been very vocal on the subject as of late, posting a personal letter about the death of Michael Brown via Instagram on August 19.

“I know radio prolly ain’t gonna play this,” T.I states in the beginning of the song. “But chopper going off in the hood man like Afghanistan or the Gaza strip somewhere, man/Yeah, we hear it so much. we probably numb to it by now. After all, it’s the American way, right?
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Listen to the track after the jump. More »

Deadmau5 Throws Shade At Paris Hilton, Paris Hilton Responds Flawlessly: Read The Tweets

Paris Vs. Deadmau5
The electronic dance community is meant to be a harmonious world, but every now and then, an occasional moment of nasty ripples through the DJ scene.

The trouble began last night, when pop princess-DJ-actress-heiress-entrepreneur extraordinaire Paris Hilton excitedly tweeted about her ongoing “Foam & Diamonds” Amnesia residency in Ibiza. “Hey @AmnesiaIbiza! Can’t wait to party with you all again tonight at my #FoamAndDiamonds party! #Ibiza See you there!” she wrote.

Sensing an opportunity to shade, Canadian beatmaker Deadmau5 — a DJ known to get into an Internet scuffle or ten — unexpectedly came in out of nowhere with a cutting tweet: “.@ParisHilton @Amnesia_Ibiza whatever, just clean up your stupid fuckin mess before I get there next week.” Whoa. Shots fired! More »

Nicki Minaj, Jessie J & Ariana Grande Star In Beats By Dr. Dre Commercial: Watch

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Divas And Beats
That “Bang Bang” promo keeps coming!

After Jessie J spilled the beans on a “Bang Bang” performance at the 2014 MTV VMAs alongside Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, the trio just popped up in a brand new commercial for Beats By Dr. Dre.

The three superstar divas all take turns flaunting their generally glam lives to the tune of “Bang Bang,” from Jessie J stepping into a souped up ride, to Ari getting ready at a video shoot, to Miss Minaj casually stepping out into a helicopter — y’know, as pop divas generally do. The ad sells a whole bunch of products, including the Pink Pill XL, the Pink Mixr and, of course “Bang Bang.” Get those coins, girls!

Do you love Nicki, Jessie and Ari’s commercial? Let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

Largest Collection Of Madonna Memorabilia Ever To Be Auctioned Off In November

That's A Lot Of Madge!
You want a piece of Madonna? For a pretty penny, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

Julien’s Auctions announced yesterday that they’ll be holding an auction for “the largest collection of Madonna memorabilia from her personal and professional life ever” in November, including music video wardrobes, awards, handwritten personal notes — even financial documents.

So, what’s up for grabs? Lots! Highlights include the recent B-Day Girl’s S&M-inspired wardrobe from her V Magazine shoot with Katy Perry, Re-invention Tour costume pieces and nude photos from her Penthouse Magazine shoot. They’ve also got handwritten notes on tour choreography, working lyrics, as well as trophies from several award shows over the years, including the MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

And, if you really want to immerse yourself in all things Ciccone, there’s a personal make-up compact, a 1972 Junior High School yearbook — and even a 1988 day planner (that’s while she was recording Like A Prayer!), which includes “dates with then-husband Sean Penn as well as birthday reminders and holiday plans.” More »

Jessie J, Ariana Grande And Nicki Minaj To Perform “Bang Bang” At The 2014 MTV VMAs

Jessie J Heads To The VMAs
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are kicking off with a bang — a bang bang, that is!

As suspected following the announcement of both Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande as performers for the evening, the pop powerhouses will link up with Jessie J to perform their massive summer Max Martin collaborative banger, “Bang Bang.”

Of course, that’s not all: The accompanying Hannah Lux Davis-directed music video — sponsored by Beats by Dr. Dre and Target — will drop immediately after on MTV. And get your dancing shoes on, because the clip apparently includes “an easy-to-learn dance that the British songstress made up.”

You ready for all that? Let us know if you’re excited for all the “Bang Bang” madness coming up in the comments below. More »

Calvin Harris And John Newman’s “Blame”: Listen To A Tease Of Their New Single

Shirtless Ice Bucket Challenge stud Calvin Harris first alerted us all about his “Summer” follow-up single “Blame” way back in early June. And, lo and behold, we all blinked, summer (and “Summer”) practically flew by and here we are ever closer to the August 25 premiere date for the new track.

“Blame” features UK soul singer John Newman, who was kind of the next big thing until Sam Smith swooped in and stole all the “male version of Adele” thunder to be had. Still, Calvin is on a hotter streak than ever, with “Summer” having recently become his first Top 10 hit in the US to feature the Scottish DJ/producer’s own vocals — so perhaps bigger things are still in store for Newman?

Give a listen below to the Instagram tease of “Blame” that Calvin Harris just posted. More »

Ariana Grande Streams 4 Songs From ‘My Everything’: Listen To “Why Try,” “A Little Bit Of Your Heart,” “Be My Baby” & “Love Me Harder”

'My Everything' Breaks Free!
My Everything is shaping up to be exactly that, isn’t it Arianators?

“Break Free” pop princess Ariana Grande is in a giving mood apparently, because she’s decided to stream 4 full songs from her upcoming sophomore LP, which is due out in less than a week.

Already, there’s a lot to love here, from her piano-led power ballad “A Little Bit Of Your Heart” to the marching Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder-crafted anthem “Why Try,” to the slick throwback R&B stylings of the Cashmere Cat-assisted “Be My Baby.” Best, though, might be “Love Me Harder,” the Max Martin and Savan Kotecha-crafted “Love Me Harder,” featuring The Weeknd, an irresistibly smooth synth-pop production.

Listen to the songs after the jump. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. More »