Believe it or not, next year will mark a full decade since Carrie Underwood was crowned the winner of American Idol. To celebrate, the country-pop queen is releasing her collection Greatest Hits: Decade #1 on December 9. Not a bad stocking stuffer, there.
Producer Mark Bright (Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery) co-wrote the compilation’s lead single, “Something In The Water,” with Carrie, and the uplifting song finds Underwood belting out inspirational lyrics over a lush, piano-and-guitar-driven wall of sound. “And now I’m singing along to ‘Amazing Grace,’ can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face / got joy in my heart, angels on my side / thank God almighty, I saw the light,” she sings.
Listen to “Something In The Water” below. More »
Lorde is keeping her head up, sparking her heart and heading into battle with her striding Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack anthem, “Yellow Flicker Beat.”
After teasing the track for several weeks, the brooding singer-songstress returns with a defiant battle cry — the first taste of new music since last year’s Pure Heroine.
Kicking off with an ominous sustained hum, the alt-diva moves into a murky and minimal melody atop spooky chants and noises, not unlike anything from her debut. “The scars that mark my body, they’re silver and gold,” she slowly pronounces. And then, there’s a sudden explosion, as the chorus launches the songstress into a fiery synth-pop anthem. “I just try, keep up with the red, orange, yellow flicker beat sparking up my heart!” she cries out across the slick goth-pop synths. More »
Move over, lesser pop starlets: Aretha Franklin is back on the scene — and she means business.
As we recently learned, the legendary 72-year-old vocalist returns at the end of October to properly school us with a diva-themed collection of covers, featuring Aretha-ized versions of classic cuts by everyone from Diana Ross to Barbra Streisand to Adele. And now, we’ve got a first taste of what’s to come from Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. More »
Fear not, international Who Crew members: Betty Who has got you covered too.
While the “Somebody Loves You” siren puts in promotional work stateside with the release of her upcoming debut Take Me When You Go out on October 7, Miss Who is supplying the UK with a new EP called Convertible Nights on November 24, a 4-track collection of tunes from the album, which should come some time in 2015 across the pond.
Following her opening slot on Katy Perry‘s Prismatic World Tour down under in November, the pop princess will also be returning to London in December, including a showcase on December 2 at Birthdays.
Check out the tracklisting after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
You’ve all waited eight entire years for a brand new Fergie album, and, well, here’s the first taste of it — her new single “L.A. Love (La La)”. The DJ Mustard-produced track finds the 39-year-old Black Eyed Peas diva surprisingly stuck in creative rut, spouting out a slew of hip-hop-lite cliches that, to be honest, we would have expected her to have left behind sometime around The E.N.D. More »
Originally, One Direction planned to release new single “Steal My Girl” on September 29. As of late last night, however, fans have been wondering if the boy band had different plans in mind. After midnight, Liam Payne let Directioners know on Twitter that he was bored, he was really bored, he had headed to bed and wanted to fall asleep but couldn’t because his TV was broken and his room was too hot. Then a low-quality version of “Steal My Girl” surfaced online. #LiamWeKnowItWasYou is now a trending topic on Twitter.
Regardless of how “Steal My Girl” (off 1D’s upcoming album Four) arrived, the song is clearly a hit. “I got it all because she is the one / Her mom calls me love, her dad calls me son, alright,” the lads sing near the beginning, as if each member is trying to catch his breath. Without wasting much time, though, “Steal My Girl” morphs into a soaring stadium pop anthem with hard-hitting drum machine beats, glassy piano chords and that playground chant of a hook (“Everybody wanna steal my giiiirl / Everybody wanna take her heart away!”).
Hear One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” before the song’s September 29 debut below. More »
Influential rock band The Who has released its first new song in eight years, “Be Lucky.” There, it name-checks AC/DC and Daft Punk – two groups that have little in common, other than how they were once rumored to be retired.
“You want to climb without a safety line / AC/DC’s gonna be fine,” lead singer Roger Daltrey growls, before he assures that “Daft Punk’s gonna be fine.” The title of the Who song also references Daft Punk’s comeback hit, 2013′s “Get Lucky.”
Earlier this year AC/DC completed its first album since 2008, but to news that founding member Malcolm Young was hospitalized. (Billboard now reports that Young may be suffering from dementia.) Meanwhile, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was the French electro duo’s first album in eight years, aside from 2010′s Tron: Legacy soundtrack. That (brief) time away from the spotlight resulted in rumors of retirement.
The Who’s “Be Lucky” will appear in the group’s forthcoming two-disc hits collection,Who Hits 50!, out October 27. Hear the new song below. More »
Tegan And Sara‘s “I Was A Fool” gets a super-cool remix, courtesy of The Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish. The single, from the sister duo’s 2013 album Heartthrob, is transformed from a shimmering ballad into a thumping track best suited for an underground bar.
Inglish strips “I Was A Fool” from its Alt-Pop roots and adds a trap-inspired edge, making it the complete opposite of the original song’s dreamy quality. Get ready to hear this one in the clubs or at your next party; the heavy bass truly knocks!
Listen to Inglish’s take on “I Was A Fool” below. More »
Danity Kane has revealed the first song off its post-breakup album, DK3.
Produced by The Stereotypes (Justin Bieber, Danity Kane’s own “Damaged”), “Rhythm of Love” is a tidy dance pop track where the Making the Band-formed girl group (now a trio) plead to get lost in the moment. Fans first heard “Rhythm of Love” live during Danity Kane’s reunion tour last spring, and based on how it sounds, it’s easy to see why the group jumped up and down while performing it.
“Rhythm of Love” will open DK3, out October 27. Hear the studio version below. More »
In 2007, Tori Kelly started uploading covers like India Arie‘s “Wonderful” and Beyonce‘s “Halo” to YouTube, as performed during school recitals. Now she’s a Capitol Records signee prepping her debut album, which may or may not feature Ed Sheeran. “Ed Sheeran was amazing to work with,” Kelly said to MTV. “We wrote a duet together, so hopefully people get to hear that soon as well.”
“I’m hoping that it ends up on my album,” Kelly added. “We’ve been kind of waiting for the right place for that song because it feels so special.” More »