With anticipation high and speculation running rampant ahead of the release
of Kanye West
follow-up, every little song tease
that surfaces in the meantime makes fans of the confident rapper jumpy. So here’s another one for West’s followers: a short snippet of a tune we’ll just call “Awesome,” which was played on the most recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Mind you, I know nothing about the Kardashians, nor have I ever watched an episode of their show(s). So let’s just have this quote from some Kardashian or other set the scene up for you: “One of my favorite stories about you and Kanye is that we went to the studio and he was so excited to play this song for her! The whole song was singing the word ‘awesome’, like over and over again, and I’m like, ‘Wow — this guy is so passionate!’”
There, like, you have it. Like, listen below. More »
, hitmaking dance producer, and John Newman
, rising soul singer, have released yet another snippet of their collaboration “Blame”
(available September 7).
While last month’s preview seemed to reveal the song’s intro, the new clip picks up right where that left off, with Newman’s distinctive vocals heard over a spare synth melody and chords kicking in to up the ante.
For Harris, “Blame” is the follow-up to his recent Top 10 hit “Summer,” while, the song arrives after Newman’s BRIT Awards-nominated hit “Love Me Again” and his collaborations with Rudimental (“Feel the Love” and “Not Giving In”).
The “Blame” video, directed by Emil Nava (Harris’ “Summer,” Jessie J‘s “Price Tag,” Ed Sheeran‘s “Lego House”) is set to premiere later this week (on September 4). For now, hear the third teaser of Harris’ and Newman’s “Blame” after the jump. More »
Last month, Mary J. Blige
headed to London to record new music. Now, The Guardian
reports that the resulting album, The London Sessions
(out November on Capitol), finds her inspired by and working closely with some of the U.K.’s brightest stars: Naughty Boy
, Emeli Sande
, Sam Smith
and Jimmy Napes
The list of collaborations so far is staggering: Smith wrote four songs total. He teamed with songwriter Napes (Smith’s “Stay With Me,” Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”) for a doo-wop track called “Therapy.” Disclosure worked with Blige on a ’90s house song “Right Now,” to pick up where they left off in the inspired duet version of Settle‘s “F For You.” Naughty Boy, who’s overseeing The London Sessions, also wrote a song with Sande that evokes “early 00s U.K. garage” called “Pick Me Up.” More »
has spent her summer staging a comeback, with initial plans to release a new album this fall. On August 29, though, she announced on Twitter
that she is delaying the full-length’s release. “Guys hate to break this news but the album won’t be out in October,” Duff said. “You will have to wait a few more months. Love all the excitement tho.”
Duff had released two lead singles from her comeback album so far: “Chasing the Sun,” the breezy and innocent ode to summer co-written by Colbie Caillat; and “All About You,” a sassier and punchier pop anthem by hitmakers Savan Kotecha, Carl Falk and Kristian Lundin. Both songs helped to show the folkier bent that Duff had in mind for her return, following 2007′s underrated Dignity, while inspired by groups like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. More »
‘s new album, V,
is now streaming ahead of its September 2 release date.
Initially, V appeared on paper to be a sequel to 2012′s Overexposed, Maroon 5′s almost shameless effort to recreate the magic behind its 2010 mega-hit “Moves Like Jagger.” For both albums, the band has worked with outside writers and nearly the exact same impressive roster of producers, including Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Shellback.
The sleek and streamlined V explodes twice: penultimate cut “Feelings,” a swaggering disco cut that should remind of frontman Adam Levine‘s Sexiest Man Alive title, and album closer “My Heart Is Open,” the sweeping, Sia-penned ballad with Gwen Stefani. With the exception of a few songs, like The Police-channeling lead single “Maps,” though, Maroon 5 isn’t trying nearly as hard for staggering radio dominance or to dazzle viewers of The Voice with how well the band evokes superstars of the past. More »
, globally-minded hip-hop artist and producer, is staging a comeback with his first new album in five years: Clefication
, out this spring. The album’s first single, “Divine Sorrow” featuring Avicii
, will be out later this year.
Last year, Jean released a 33-song mixtape, April Showers, as a teaser to his “Frankenstein project” of a new album, then titled The Carnival Begins. At the time, he told Idolator that he had recorded trap songs, dancehall tracks and acoustic ballads as he teamed with Pitbull and 2 Chainz, while also influenced by Missy Elliott and Timbaland.
Billboard reports that Jean had since relocated to Avicii’s native Stockholm to work on Clefication, with help from the EDM superstar’s manger Ash Pournouri. Jean and Avicii have already worked together once before, on World Cup closing anthem “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way),” also featuring famed rock guitarist Carlos Santana and Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires. Revisit the song below. More »
pop-meets-Miami bass DJ,
, dubstep king, initially introduced
their joint side project Jack Ü
during last year’s Mad Decent Block Party touring festival. Now, more than a year after the producer duo’s debut, Diplo revealed a live version of Jack Ü collaboration with Kiesza
, “Take U There.”
While Kiesza’s breakout hit, “Hideaway,” could easily be mistaken for an early ’90s house record, “Take U There” transports the rising Canadian pop singer to the present. Without much hesitation, her powerhouse vocals lead to the sort of dramatic bass drops and honking rhythms to be expected from the two superstar producers.
Diplo recently said that Jack Ü will release a self-titled mixtape soon. For now, hear the live version of “Take U There,” recorded during the Brooklyn stop of this year’s Mad Decent Block Party trek, below. More »
The Business Of The Legendary Miss Britney Spears
is a mighty thing: From her albums, to her ongoing Piece Of Me
residency in Las Vegas, to her billion dollar perfume empire with Elizabeth Arden, Hasbro deals and her recent foray into lingerie
, she truly is the definition of a work bitch.
As a result, Variety took a deep dive into the legacy behind Brit Brit to explore her many business ventures, as well as the way her team operates and what lies ahead.
For one thing, Brit’s truly the CEO of Britney Spears, according to business manager Lou Taylor, bitch. More »
While the wait continues for Róisín Murphy
‘s long, long, long awaited forthcoming LP, the Irish avant-garde pop songstress just provided a teensy
hint of what’s to come on Instagram this week — not that it makes the wait any easier, of course.
The “Let Me Know” chanteuse, who’s been serving up singles here and there like “Momma’s Place,” as well as her summer Italian language disco EP, Mi Senti — uploaded a photo of a handwritten letter explaining what’s to come from the long-awaited LP. “It really is like nothing you’ve ever heard before,” she says. Check out what the singer-songstress had to say in full after the jump. More »