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Calvin Harris’ ‘Motion’: Stream The Full Album

Calvin Harris‘ upcoming fourth album Motion is already highly-anticipated, but soon after the star-filled tracklist was released we couldn’t wait to listen! Today, after endless Instagram teaser videos and snippets, the LP is now available for full stream on iTunes.

Motion is jam-packed with features from our favorite artists — Gwen Stefani‘s collaboration on the club-ready “Together,” the naughty “Open Wide” track with Big Sean, the Ellie Goulding-assisted “Outside” and John Newman‘s feature on “Blame.” There is also the throwback rave-y tune, “Slow Acid.” Oh, we can’t forget the smash hit that started it all — the inescapable “Summer.” More »

Gwen Stefani Hits The Club With Calvin Harris On “Together”: Listen

Calvin Harris‘ feature-filled album Motion, out on November 4 (next week!), is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest releases, packed full of certifiable club smashers like “Summer,” “Blame” with John Newman and “Outside” with Ellie Goulding. (Have you entered to win a copy of the record yet?)

But of all the new tracks, arguably the most anticipated track of the whole bunch is “Together,” featuring the inimitable vocals of Queen Gwen Stefani. And, at long last, the wait is over. Listen to the track after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj Teams Up With Lil Wayne, Drake & Chris Brown For “Only”: Listen

After taking over the charts with her massive, booty-loving single “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj is back with a follow-up song — “Only.” It finds the rapper going back to her roots, and actually rapping. The opening line immediately tears down any rumors about her and the Young Money crew: “I never f*cked Wayne, I never f*cked Drake/ All my life man f*ck sake/ If I did I would menage with ‘em and let them eat my ass like a cupcake.” Well then!

The rapper continues to talk a lot of smack on the tune, while Chris Brown rushes in with the confident hook. Lil Wayne and Drake also provide explicit verses. It is all laid over a simple but menacing beat with pin-drop sound effects, courtesy of producer Dr. Luke.

“Only” is the third single off Nicki Minaj’s forthcoming third studio LP, The Pinkprint — which has been pushed back to a December 15 release date. Take a listen after the jump. More »

HAERTS’ ‘HAERTS’: Album Review

HEARTS first appeared on the music scene in 2012 with the infectious single “Wings,” and now the indie-pop quartet are gifting fans with their self-titled debut LP — which is out today (). The project is a reminder that popular synth-drive music of today doesn’t always have to hit you in the head with intensity. Sometimes it can be tender and supple, and that is just what this album delivers.

HAERTS begins with “Heart,” and the opening lines reveal its thematic core: “I will never break your heart/ Don’t go blaming on me/ Blame the silence, the voices, the fear.” The lyrics read like a personal diary, making an instant connection with the listener. Lead singer Nini Fabi‘s vocals soar over the track, which is glossed over by cozy synths and feather-light percussion. More »

Emblem3′s ‘Together Forever’: Stream The Full EP

In case you haven’t noticed, Emblem3 are looking a little bit different these days.

Following the success of their Top 10 record Nothing To Lose and lead single “Chloe (You’re The One That I Want),” the X Factor USA alum fell short a member when Drew Chadwick opted to pursue a solo career. But, no matter! Brothers Wesley & Keaton Stromberg are continuing their journey together with Forever Together, a collection that just dropped today. Onward and upward!

And what’s better, the boys are now streaming the entire EP on their YouTube, which you can now stream in full after the jump. More »

Taylor Swift’s ’1989′: Album Review

What pop’s best friend Taylor Swift has to say with her fifth album 1989 (out today, ) is that, despite what some people may think, she can still keep a secret. Given how she is also a multi-Platinum album maker, seven-time Grammy winner and popular gossip blog subject, that may seem impossible. Whether she was singing “Tim McGraw” or “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Swift has told us during arena tours that she wrote songs to express whatever she couldn’t say while face-to-face. When she was still a teenager, Swift wasn’t afraid to name names. And while she may be older and more mindful now, 1989 still has a song called “Style” (a title that, one would presume, references ex-boyfriend/One Direction member Harry Styles).

We thought we had Swift mostly figured out – the type of music she made, what inspires her the most, the album liner notes decoding process, even executive-producing 1989 with Top 40 wunderkind Max Martin. And though she vowed that one day she’d escape small-town living, we couldn’t have predicted that Taylor would channel Phil Collins, Annie Lennox, Like A Prayer-era Madonna and even some peers to show that finally, she’s relocated to the big city of her dreams. 1989 is bold and brazenly confident, and it makes previous forays into pop like “I Knew You Were Trouble” sound like child’s play in comparison. More »

Calvin Harris & Big Sean’s “Open Wide” Video: Watch & Decide If This Is Another Naya Rivera Diss Track

Calvin Harris Big Sean Open Wide video
Fighting Words

Last month Big Sean made jaws drop when he unleashed his powerful track “I Don’t Fuck With You,” which played like a clear shot aimed at ex- fiancée Naya Rivera. Another round seems to have been fired with Sean’s Calvin Harris collaboration “Open Wide,” a track on the latter’s upcoming album Motion (out November 4).

Harris first let the world know he and Sean were in the studio when he popped a pic of the two of them on Instagram back in June. Now the video for their pair-up has arrived, and it’s a violent, shoot-’em-up affair that finds two gangs at war in the desert with a nimble female dancer doing steps between the flying bullets. More »

Imagine Dragons’ “I Bet My Life”: Listen To Their New Single

Are you ready to light-rock? Imagine Dragons‘ debut album Night Visions sold over 2 million copies in the US — a rare feat these days — and spawned multi-Platinum hits in the forms of “Radioactive” and “Demons.” Naturally the Vegas-based alt rock band are eager to keep the ball rolling, and so today we have “I Bet My Life,” the lead single off ID’s upcoming sophomore album.

With this one, gone is the explosive angst that fueled the band’s previous radio fare. And in its place is a lighter, more Mumford-meets-Phillip-Phillips vibe. (That sounds like a horrifying analogy, doesn’t it? Happy Halloween!) Call it a kinder, more cuddly Imagine Dragons, if you will?

Listen to “I Bet My Life,” which was written and produced by Imagine Dragons, below. More »

Drake Drops Three New Songs: “6 God,” “How Bout Now,” “Heat Of The Moment”

6 God

Drake has dropped three new songs ahead of his fourth album, Views from the 6. Like that title, which references the area codes of his hometown Toronto, each track considers his past to some degree. Take “6 God,” produced by Boi-1da and Syk Sense – even though he’s mostly exhibiting annoying movie star behavior, he references Toronto (“I’m not new to this, comin’ from the motherf—kin’ 6 side”) as if he wasn’t the city’s only reigning rap star.

As teased last week, the Boi-1da and Jordan Evans-helmed “How Bout Now” has Drake gloating to an ex, who used to listen to his older music but then ask if they can listen to Ludacris instead. As for the Noah “40” Shebib-produced “Heat of the Moment,” Drake lets a woman down gently, wishing they met when they were teens and he wasn’t so busy with work and world domination and all that: “All the schoolkids are so sick of books and reading / They don’t read anymore, they don’t even read anymore / They just want to be like all the rappers that I can’t stand.”

Whether these songs appear in Views from the 6 or not (Drake didn’t say), they’re still three new Drake songs – proof that, for all of his lyrical pettiness, the rapper’s quite generous to his fans. Hear them below. More »

There’s Another Mystery Skulls, Brandy & Nile Rodgers Song, And It’s Appropriately Titled “Magic”: Listen

The other day we blew a gasket over Mystery Skulls‘ “Number 1,” a disco-fied collaboration with beloved R&B doll Brandy and music legend Nile Rodgers. It turns out there’s another ménage à pop between the three, the aptly-titled called “Magic.” (Not to be confused, of course, with Brandy’s recent cover of Coldplay‘s “Magic.”)

One-man dance-pop machine Mystery Skulls’ debut LP Forever arrives next week (October 27) via Warner Bros. Ahead of that, get a an earful of “Magic” below. More »