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Alanis Morissette Working On ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Musical

Nov 8th, 2013 // Comment

This is either brilliant or just more proof that all the creatives are out of new ideas. Alanis Morissette is bringing her sneering ’90s smash Jagged Little Pill to Broadway. The Canadian singer’s entire 1995 international debut will be adapted for a jukebox musical, also titled Jagged Little Pill, along with other songs from her catalog and new tracks penned by Morissette for the show.

“I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story,” she said, and we’re hoping that means more details about her doomed relationship with Dave Coulier. The show will get orchestration and arrangements from Tony winner Tom Kitt, who worked on Green Day‘s American Idiot stage show. It’s scheduled to debut as a workshop production in 2014, giving you plenty of time to think up more “Ironic” jokes. More »

Lady Gaga’s “Dope” Hits The Web Early: Listen

Nov 3rd, 2013 // 4 Comments
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Lady Gaga has toyed with nudity — and revealed a wide range of influences, from Botticelli to Juvenile — in the months leading up to the release of new album ARTPOP. She finds yet another compelling way to strip herself down in the album’s final buzz single, “Dope.”

Like other album tracks, “Dope” is theatrical pop. Unlike those songs however, “Dope” draws all attention to Lady Gaga’s voice without traces of other genres (’80s R&B, glam rock, house, trap) interfering. To a piano and organ, she roars as she sings through her apologies — “I know I fucked up again, because I lost my only friend” — and reveals the sentiment behind the title. She isn’t pining for dope, she needs you more than dope, and she wants to make sure that listeners hear that loud and clear in this ARTPOP ballad.

Lady Gaga’s “Dope” will make its live debut at the YouTube Music Awards, tonight (November 3) at 6 p.m. EST, and premiere on YouTube tomorrow. For now, hear a stream of “Dope” after the jump. More »

Britney Spears’ “Perfume”: Preview The ‘Britney Jean’ Ballad

Nov 3rd, 2013 // 4 Comments
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Britney Spears will debut her next single “Perfume” today (November 3) at 6 p.m. EST on Facebook. Meanwhile, a leaked snippet helps to show exactly why it’s significant to Spears.

“Perfume” is a song that wrestles with the possibility of an ex moving on to another woman. On paper, Spears’ chorus ends on a determined note. “And while I wait, I put on my perfume / yeah, I want it all over you / I gotta mark my territory,” she sings. In a snippet of the sparse Britney Jean ballad though, the “Work Bitch” pop star sounds vulnerable, if not wounded.

“‘Perfume’ is incredibly special to me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone,” Spears recently said to E!. “Everyone’s been through an insecure moment in a relationship that’s left them vulnerable and I think this song captures that.” While it skips and sounds garbled, the preview still helps to show why “Perfume” is as worthy of attention as Spears (and her team) has said.

Hear the “Perfume” snippet after the jump. More »

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian File Lawsuit Over Leaked Engagement Video

Nov 1st, 2013 // Comment

Stars — they really are just like us. How many times have you found yourself in this situation — am I right, ladies? Yes, down-to-earth, normal human people Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have filed a lawsuit against a gentleman by the name of Chad Hurley for leaking video footage of their marriage proposal.

It’s a bit nastier than just that, though: Hurley, who co-founded YouTube and is currently hard at work at a new video “remix” platform called MixBit, reportedly crashed West’s low-key engagement at San Francisco’s AT&T Park (which he rented out for the occasion, remember) and despite signing a confidentiality agreement, then uploaded the footage to MixBit (described in the papers as a “foundering” business, yikes) in an effort to promote the service and himself. More »

Cady Groves Releases New Track “Take My Hand”: Listen

Oct 24th, 2013 // 1 Comment

“Forget You” songstress and perpetually underrated pop star Cady Groves released a new song yesterday called “Take My Hand,” and it’s a stunner: A midtempo ballad with acoustic guitar, a skittering backbeat and an emotional vocal delivery from Cady. Produced by Kevin Rudolf (Selena Gomez, Nelly Furtado), the track was written in honor of Groves’ brother Casey, who passed away several years ago; “Take My Hand” serves as a touching ode to his life. Try not to get a little misty over the lyrics: “If you knew the pain that I went through, for never knowing / And if your sons could see you one more time,” she sings.

While fans continue to wait for Groves’ long-delayed album via RCA Records, it’s an excellent stopgap — and a salient reminder of just how talented she is.  More »

Say Lou Lou Get Even Dreamier On “Better In The Dark”: Listen

Oct 22nd, 2013 // Comment

Swedish-Australian songstresses Say Lou Lou are one of those rare pop acts that don’t seem to be capable of releasing anything subpar: Each song is a pristine little pop gem, with perfectly dreamy production that swirls around their high, frosty vocals.

Their latest effort, then, is just par for the course, following up their genius cover of Tame Impala‘s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”: “Better In The Dark” is hazy and luminous and twinkly as a night sky, with a Kyliesque chorus that surges from a bed of synths and crashing drums. I don’t know how, exactly they keep on doing it, but I hope they don’t stop. More »

M.I.A. Previews ‘Matangi’ Track “Y.A.L.A. (You Always Live Again)”: Listen

Oct 16th, 2013 // 1 Comment
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M.I.A. has twisted the Credo That Drake Built for her Matangi track “Y.A.L.A” (as in, “You Always Live Again”) which is a sly, if nonsensical, twist on the “You only live once” rallying cry of Generation Y.O.L.O. Maya posted a preview of the song on her Soundcloud, accompanied by the tweet, “If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?”

M.I.A. spends the snippet rapping in a nasally yelp, and based on the 90-second cut, the track isn’t quite as frenetic as “Bring The Noize” or “Come Walk With Me,” but it’s got enough unhinged energy to bring to mind the dancehall rush of Major Lazer. If we learned anything from that sneaky “Come Walk With Me” teaser, though, it’s that it’s futile to judge an M.I.A. song before hearing the whole thing.

Hear a preview below, and check out M.I.A.’s tweet. More »

Tegan & Sara’s “Shudder To Think”: Hear The Shimmering B-Side

Oct 15th, 2013 // Comment
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Tegan And Sara made one of the best pop records of the year with their impeccable Heartthrob — its only shortcoming was that it was too short — which is why their new song, “Shudder To Think,” serves as such an excellent bonus. A b-side taken from the soundtrack for the upcoming Matthew McConaghuey vehicle The Dallas Buyers Club, the song features some nice, chirpy 8-bit instrumentation and ’80s-evoking production (I’d wager that this, like their album, was produced by Greg Kurstin), with typically wistful lyrics from the sisters Quin.

Listen below. More »

The Wanted Bring High Drama In “Show Me Love (America)” Video: Watch

Oct 14th, 2013 // Comment
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Here are the highlights of the video for The Wanted‘s new single “Show Me Love (America)”Max George in a police uniform. Got it? Good — we’re all clear.

No, but really! The boys of The Wanted are back with a new visual for their latest single, a big, swooning orchestral number, and the black-and-white video is fittingly high on drama: Shots of the boys in suits standing on stage together in an empty theater (an old-fashioned trope but a welcome one) are intercut with footage of a couple in the throes of relationship turbulence; as the woman runs through the street all distraught, she encounters the boys in various forms. (That’s how Max ends up dressed as a cop, obviously.) More »

Justin Bieber Accused Of Throwing Punches At Korean Nightclub For Not Playing Rap

Oct 13th, 2013 // 3 Comments
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Justin Bieber has made known to #Beliebers that he loves hip-hop, through photos, video selfies, appearances and (actually pretty great) bonafide collaborations. According to famed house DJ Michael Woods, Bieber’s love for such music may have inspired his latest nightclub scuffle.

On October 10, Woods launched an Asian tour at Seoul nightclub The A Club. According to Woods, a shirtless Bieber and his security “muscled in” the DJ booth during his set to demand hip-hop music. When Woods refused, Bieber threw punches at Woods’ tour manager Alex Madden before taking off.

The Believe star himself has yet to comment, as he focuses instead on promoting his next #MusicMondays single “All That Matters.” Meanwhile, party host Ben Baller says to Perez Hilton that he didn’t see punches thrown but did see “a little tiff going on” between Woods and Bieber.

Woods and Madden have also aired out details on Twitter — see a few after the jump. More »