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Magazine Melee: July 2014

Nicole Scherzinger Talks New Album And Her Dream To Be In A Movie-Musical

Pop songstress Nicole Scherzinger has been a very busy lady as of late. After releasing the sun-kissed video for her new House-influenced single “Your Love,” Nicole is officially gearing up to release her highly anticipated sophomore record. So, what should people be expecting from the new disc?

“The album is a cohesive piece because I’ve worked with [Beyonce/Rihanna Producers] The-Dream and Tricky on the whole album.” Nicole reveals in a recent interview with Attitude. “Actually, Your Love is a bit more poppy than the other songs. The other songs are pop but they’re more urban-pop. I think we’ve finally found a Nicole sound – for the first time since the Dolls albums. Some songs are inspired by Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope, some songs are inspired by retro Janet, and some are inspired by early Sade. It’s a vibey album with lots of soul.” More »

Fun. Debuts New Song “Harsh Lights” On ‘The Tonight Show’: Watch

More fun. In Store
After fun. catapulted to mind-blowing mainstream success with 2012′s Some Nights, the NYC pop-rock trio quietly broke into solo endeavors: a side project here, a pop feature there. On June 18, though, fun. debuted a new song, “Harsh Lights,” in a special episode of The Tonight Show, to a crowd of 5,000 in Orlando. At first impression, the jaunty pop number comes close to feeling like a last-call song. But as frontman Nate Ruess‘s wry lyrics sink in, the song reveals itself to be a rallying cry for failing to meet our own staggering expectations — how handy!

With this performance, one thing is certain – fun. is back. More »

PSY And Snoop Dogg’s “Hangover” Video: Review Revue

Bottoms Up!
The art of getting drunk is nothing to joke about. It requires skill, determination and acute precision. While  mastered only by a lucky, select few, South Korean singer PSY and hip-hop kingpin Snoop Dogg seem to have truly aced the art form in their latest collab single, “Hangover.”

The new hit, which comes with a video of the dynamic duo taking drunkenly to the streets of South Korea, certainly has the Internet feeling buzzed.

Here is what a few folks in the music world had to say about the track.

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Florence + The Machine Confirm Highly Anticipated Third Studio Album

Since the release of their sophomore disc Ceremonials, English indie-rock band Florence + The Machine has kept very quiet about any upcoming music. But, it seems the wait is finally over, folks. Frontwoman Florence Welch confirmed to NME that they are, indeed, working on a third studio album!

At Mark Ronson’s fundraiser for the Arms Around The Child charity at The Other Ball in London on Wednesday ( June 4th), the ethereal red head abstained from performing any new material “because it’s not ready yet!” However, as noted by NME, “When asked if there was new material she smiled and confirmed: ‘Yeah. Yeah there is.’”

There’s your answer. We’ll be expecting something soon, Florence! More »

Lily Allen Releases “Bass Like Home”: Listen To Her Unofficial 2014 World Cup Anthem

In gearing up for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, artists such as Shakira and Pitbull have put out their separate football-inspired anthems for this year’s festivities. Now, English songstress Lily Allen has also joined their ranks with track “Bass Like Home.” Well, unofficially, really, but could we have expected anything less from the Sheezus pop star?

While “Bass Like Home” doesn’t actually reference anything football or even World-Cup oriented, Lily shows love for England by making references to classic British icons such as the Queen, John Lennon, William Shakespeare and even former English Newcastle United player Paul Gascoigne. And with its infectious 90’s house beat and Allen’s deceivingly sweet voice, maybe it should be an “official” World Cup Anthem after all.

Give it a spin (or five) down below. More »

Kelly Rowland’s Releases “The Game”: Listen To Her Football-Inspired Track

While there’s no doubt that R&B songstress Kelly Rowland is a total trailblazer, this time around, she’s making it readily apparent by releasing hot, new single “The Game.”  Featured on the 11-track album, Pepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game, which will include tracks from pop heavyweights such as Janelle Monae, Santigold, Don Omar and Rita Ora,  this pop anthem is not only incredibly fierce, but also one that will be accompanied by a short film directed by  award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee.

“I was immediately attracted to ‘The Game’ because I can identify with its theme of overcoming challenges and finding your voice,” said Rowland when speaking about the track. “It’s a very important message and I’m honored to partner with Pepsi on a project that brings the worlds of music, sports, and film together. As an artist—and a huge film and sports fan—it’s been an incredible experience.”

Check out the tune below. More »

Hilary Duff Is Set To Star In New TV Land Comedy Series, ‘Younger.’

Since recent photos officially proved that Hilary Duff has, in fact, been working with UK singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran on a brand new album, it seems only fitting that the star has announced that she’s gearing up to re-enter the world of TV since her iconic Lizzie McGuire glory days. Teaming up with the likes of Tony-Award-winning Broadway star Sutton Foster and Sex & The City creator Darren Star, Hil is scheduled to star in new comedy series, Younger, premiering on TV Land next January.

From what we know, the TV series is about a single 40-year-old-mom (played by Sutton) who pretends to be 26 in order to enter the work force again and start fresh. According to PopDust, “Hillary plays a ‘smart and sassy, sophisticated NYC girl” who befriends her at work, but is unaware that she’s lying about her age.” More »

Mariah Carey Arrives (More Than) Fashionably Late To The World Music Awards

Last night at the World Music Awards in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Mariah Carey took home the Pop Icon Award for having the most number one singles in America, but not without reaffirming her true diva status first.  Arriving four hours late, Mimi delayed the awards show as well as her own launch party for her latest album Me, I am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse, causing artists such as Miley Cyrus and Tinie Tempah to wait patiently in the wings. Nonetheless, the reasons for her late arrival still remains unknown.

As if that wasn’t enough drama surrounding the WMA’s, NBC, who was supposed to air the awards ceremony, aired a re-run of the Last Comic Standing instead. While NBC has kept quiet about situation, Billboard suspects that it was live-stream technical difficulties that caused NBC to do the last minute switch.

Watch a clip of Mariah opening up the show down below. More »

Cheryl Cole Announces New Single “Crazy Stupid Love”

Cheryl Cole has been quiet since Girls Aloud wrapped its greatest hits tour (and split) in 2013. But she doesn’t plan to be absent from music for much longer. Recently, she revealed to Hello! that she will debut a new single, “Crazy Stupid Love,” during the June 7 finale of Britain’s Got Talent. That song will then appear in her still-untitled fourth album due November.

Rumors say that “Crazy Stupid Love” will be a “dancey urban-pop number with saxophones.” (Hm.) They also say that Cole’s Britain’s Got Talent performance will be a “sensational routine with a huge team of dancers and pyrotechnics.” Whether or not pyrotechnics or saxophones are involved, however, Cole is plotting a major comeback. She is returning to The X Factor UK as a judge alongside Simon Cowell, performing at the Capital Summertime Ball on June 21 and releasing a perfume in August. More »