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Mary J. Blige’s “When You’re Gone”: Listen To ‘The London Sessions’ Track

Mary J. Blige shifts gears from UK house to stripped-down production with her latest song, “When You’re Gone.” The tune, from her upcoming album The London Sessions, is a simple yet emotive acoustic ballad that finds the diva singing about longing for a lost love. The delicate guitar melody is the base of the song, with soaring strings rushing in towards the end.

The London Sessions (out on December 2), is the singer’s forthcoming thirteenth studio LP — with songs like “Therapy,” “Right Now,” “Nobody But You” and “Whole Damn Year.” It features collaborations from artists like Disclosure, Sam SmithEmeli Sandé and Naughty Boy.

Listen to “When You’re Gone” below. More »

Nick Jonas Debuts New Song “Teacher” Off Self-Titled Solo Album: Listen

There’s been absolutely no shortage of Nick Jonas lately, for both our ears and our eyes — and we’re certainly not complaining.

With his debut solo album just days away (out November 11), the “Jealous” crooner has just dropped another treat for fans on iTunes called “Teacher,” written alongside the same songwriting team behind his murky R&B debut, “Chains.”

“Right when I think I finally got you figured out, you turn around and blow my mind,” the crooner starts above the song’s kicky pulse, giving just a little bit of that Prince funkiness in the process. Things get even sexier as he heads into the chorus: “It’s like your mama never taught you how to love…so let me teach ya,” he purrs before the song breaks into a joyous beat breakdown. Oh mah, oh mah, oh mah God! Sounds like a real smash to us. Listen to “Teacher” after the jump! More »

Chvrches’ “Dead Air”: Listen To The ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Soundtrack Tune

Chvrches has released their cut off the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack. Titled “Dead Air,” the mid-tempo track showcases what the Scottish trio does best — mixing airy synths and punchy percussion with delicate vocals. Chvrches have been playing this song live for a while, under titles like “Richard Pryor,” “Gene Wilder” and “Eddie Murphy.” So it may already sound familiar to fans.

The Mockingjay OST will be available on November 17, and features songs like Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat” and the Lorde/Miguel/The Chemical Brothers mashup called “This Is Not A Game.”  Other artists making appearances on the soundtrack are Ariana Grande, Tove Lo and Grace Jones. Look out for Mockingjay — Part 1 when it hits theaters on November 21.

Take a listen after the jump. More »

Cheryl Debuts New ‘Only Human’ Track, “Stars”: Listen

Darlings, you’re all superstars to Chezza!

Girls Aloud icon-turned-solo UK pop darling Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is rapidly heading our way with her latest studio album, Only Human. And, along with quenching our thirst with her stripped-down acoustic Only Human Sessions on YouTube, the “Crazy Stupid Love” chanteuse has just given her loyal Soldiers another full-length taste of what’s to come from the upcoming LP.

“Stars” is the newest Only Human song to be unveiled on iTunes for those who pre-ordered the record, written alongside rising production troupe, Red Triangle. As is so often the case with Cheryl, the track is a bright and self-empowering number, full of inspiring lyrics (“Shine your light, baby!”) and a surging dance pulse. The shimmering, stomping electronic album cut isn’t just Chezza’s latest gift to her fans — it was also written for her fans: “Im SO happy you all love ‘Stars’ we wrote it with you in mind !! love you, enjoy,” she excitedly tweeted after midnight.

We can all be sta-ah-ars! Listen to the new song after the jump. More »

Calvin Harris’ ‘Motion’: Album Review

When Calvin Harris released his very first album I Created Disco in 2007, what stood out about it was the then 23-year-old’s penchant for retro-funk mixed with a cool blending of synth-organ flourishes that sounded like they were lifted from a 1950s B horror movie and Atari game squelches ripped from the ’80s. Nothing about the record set music ahead, but it was unique enough to herald the coming of a new player on the pop scene.

Fast forward five years, to 2012, and Harris’ third album 18 Months might as well have been a greatest hits package. It had all the singles that broke the Scottish musician through in America (including “We Found Love” with Rihanna“Sweet Nothing” with Florence Welch and “I Need Your Love” with Ellie Goulding, not to mention “Feel So Close,” which had Calvin himself on vocals), and it seemed to fit in nicely in the new era of Producer As Superstar With Album Featuring Big-Name Guests. In the UK especially, the LP was a cornucopia stuffed with never-ending smashes.

So consider it a major disappointment, then, that Harris’ fourth LP Motion (out today,

Horror Director Legend John Carpenter’s Debut Album ‘Lost Themes’ Preceded By New Song “Vortex”: Listen

If you’re even a casual horror movie fan, chances are you caught one of director John Carpenter‘s films at some point in October, whether it be Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Starman, They Live or Vampires. The through-line in each of those (and the dozens of other films Carpenter directed) is their simple-yet-compelling electronic scores. True movie buffs know that John Carpenter was right up there with Giorgio Moroder when it came to cementing movie moments in viewers’ minds by way of music throughout the ’70s and ’80s. (His father, by the way, was a music professor.)

Cut to the present, and Carpenter is readying the release of his debut album, Lost Themes (out February 3). The LP features nine cinematic songs, which John worked on with musician Daniel Davies and son Cody Carpenter. The first taste comes in the form of the thrillingly ominous, synth- and piano-driven opening track “Vortex,” which you can watch a special, custom-made video for set to clips from Carpenter’s movies over at the Sacred Bones Records site. More »

Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar And Calvin Harris Perform At Bacardi Triangle: Review

In theory, the Bacardi Triangle event could have a total disaster: A crowd of sweaty, heavily (read: responsibly!) sauced people stranded on a small deserted island in the middle of the Caribbean with all-but-no cell service?

But, of course, it wasn’t. In fact, a once-in-a-lifetime experience would sort of be the understatement of the century.

Over the past weekend, as part of Bacardi’s special Bacardi Triangle experience, journalists, bartenders and hundreds of contest winners were flown in from cities all across the world including New York, Los Angeles and London to Puerto Rico, put up in a 5-star resort (El Conquistador) and then ferried to a deserted island for a triple-headlining concert between Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar and the Motion maestro himself, Calvin Harris. More »

Is This The Tracklist For Beyonce’s Four-Disc Reissue?

Beyonce has been rumored to be releasing a four-disc reissue of her 2013 self-titled album. Now, a photo of that release’s tracklist has surfaced online. If this is to be believed, then the reissue’s physical release, here titled BEYONCE – The Complete Edition, will feature ten new songs with accompanying visuals, plus a DVD of her and Jay Z‘s On The Run special. Featured artists would include Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.

Complex points out that this document appears to be fake for few reasons. It says that the reissue’s release date, November 25, falls on Monday — it’s actually a Tuesday. Plus, a song called “Good In Goodbye” is already a lyric from 4‘s “Best Thing I Never Had.” What’s also worth noting, though, is that two of this reissue’s songs are registered on ASCAP: “DONK,” co-written by Pharrell and The-Dream; and “Cherry,” written by Timberlake, Timbaland and Jerome Harmon.

See the alleged tracklist for Beyonce’s rumored four-disc reissue below.  More »

Steve Aoki Remixes David Guetta’s “Dangerous”: Listen

Dangerous

David Guetta surprised with his new single, “Dangerous.” It isn’t the EDM that has flooded the pop charts in recent years – see Guetta’s own 2011 breakthrough, Nothing But the Beat. Instead, “Dangerous” (also the opening track of his sixth album, Listen) takes on a midtempo, disco-funk groove inspired by vintage French-Dutch electronica.

Guetta is aware that “Dangerous” is a departure for him, so he enlisted a few DJs for remixes that he could play during his floor-filling sets. (The first was by Guetta himself. He called it the “Banging Remix,” because he can.) Next up is Steve Aoki, who just released his second studio album Neon Future I. As to be expected, the electro house producer brings “Dangerous” up to the speed Guetta likely had in mind, while swapping out the romantic strings for, well, a harder-hitting beat.  More »

Calvin Harris Pairs Up With Tinashe On “Dollar Signs”: Listen To The ‘Motion’ Track

Calvin Harris‘ forthcoming LP Motion  (out November 4) is filled with major star features, and the latest comes from “Pretend” singer Tinashe. Titled “Dollar Signs,” the chanteuse’s pretty vocals flutter over seemingly mellow rhythms. But once the bassline kicks in, Harris shifts the song into fifth gear with mechanical synths — making it ready for international dancefloors.

Harris’ fifth studio album includes bangers like “Summer,” the John Newman-assisted “Blame,” “Pray To God” featuring Haim and “Outside”with Ellie Goulding. You can stream Motion on iTunes and also enter to win a copy of the album in our giveaway!  Take a listen to “Dollar Signs” after the jump. More »