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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
Show Them All Kinds Of Love

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 »

Stevie Wonder Covers John Lennon’s “Imagine” At Global Citizen Festival: Watch

Sep 29th, 2013 // 1 Comment
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Stevie Wonder covered John Lennon‘s “Imagine” at this year’s Global Citizen Festival, in efforts to advocate stricter gun control laws. “Can you believe that they let blind people carry guns? Come on,” he said. The crowd laughed as the blind singer mimed a misfire.

The one-day festival, on September 28 at New York’s Central Park, is held in efforts to end extreme poverty worldwide — so it’s a slightly different cause than what Wonder championed during his headlining set. Still, as the enduring musician explained why he performs “Imagine,” he showed why his protest cover song was relevant. More »

Meek Mill Tries His Hand At Sing-Rapping On ‘Make Me’: Hear The New Track

Sep 27th, 2013 // Comment
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On the eve of dropping his latest mixtape with DJ Drama (featuring the Freddy Krueger-esque title Dreamchasers 3Meek Mill — the most energetic challenger to Kendrick Lamar’s current rap crown — leaked the auto-tune soaked track “Make Me.”

Mill shows off the harder-edged version of Drake’s sing-song style rapping, which he put to such good use on his 2012 major label debut Dreams & Nightmares; he’s also doing the “people talking shit just makes me stronger” bit which seems to be the penetrating thesis of Maybach Music as a whole. Hear the track below. More »

The Weeknd’s Crime Of Passion Is Ugly In ‘Pretty’ Video: Watch

Sep 20th, 2013 // Comment
Revenge...thy name is Abel.

Toronto-based PBR&B progenitor Abel Tesfaye, cryptically known as The Weeknd, is still riding the wave from his proper big label debut Kiss Land (which we enjoyed very much) doling out clever promotional treats for fans like handing out his personal phone number and making his first live television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live just a week ago. No stranger to eerie, seriously NSFW yet cinematic music videos, he’s following up his creepy Drake  collaboration “Live For” with what is basically a short film for Kiss Land’s fourth single, the terrifying dirge of vindictive jealousy “Pretty.” And the results are horrifying. More »

Big Sean Torches Arsenio Hall With A Performance Of ‘Fire’: Watch

Sep 20th, 2013 // Comment
Big Sean Manages To Stay Cool With 'Fire'
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With the recent revival of Arsenio Hall’s late night talk show, viewers have gotten spoiled with nightly live performances from hip hop’s elite, including sets from Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Nas. Last night, Kendrick Lamar’s former intern and Detroit native Big Sean took Arsenio’s stage to throw down with “Fire,” the fourth single from his recently released sophomore album, Hall of Fame

With incredible support from the live band backing him, Big Sean looks and sounds like cooly charismatic star MC he (and Kanye) so desperately wants to be, ripping through the H.O.F. uplifting highlight without a hiccupped syllable or gargled chorus in sight. Take a look at the video above.

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Rihanna & Her Fans Share Deep Connections In ‘Half Of Me’ Documentary: Watch

Sep 20th, 2013 // Comment
Just Rihanna, Her Fans & The King Of Beers

Over the past year (and for her entire career, really) Rihanna has had some…let’s say “interesting” PR moves: her 777 tour last fall featured a mid-air protest from disgruntled journos; she managed to get fined almost $50k for missing multiple court dates; a controversy arose over her grandmother’s funeral arrangements; she’s had multiple ugly run-ins with fans; and she unexpectedly became the shade thrower to trump all shade throwers at this year’s VMA’s.

And now, in what is a pretty obvious attempt to remedy the handful of instances where RiRi seems like a detached, entitled brat, she’s teamed up with Budweiser to film “Half of Me,” an 11-minute documentary about the deep connection she shares with her fans.  More »