A$AP Rocky Remixes Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One”: Listen

Sam Smith is quite literally not the only one anymore.

Ahead of the release of his jazzy new single “I’m Not The Only One,” as well as his upcoming In The Lonely Hour Tour 2015 in the UK, the soul-pop crooner’s just been joined by rapper A$AP Rocky for a bitter new version of the song — and Rocky’s got Queen Yoncé on the brain.

“Dine at Ciprianis like Beyoncé, they’re getting by or they’re getting bodied/So Sasha Fierce, a whole lot of tears,” the NYC rapper cooly declares, tackling his troubles with the ladies. Later on, he hits harder for an even more depressing verse: “Jack Daniels for breakfast, a cap of Valium mixed with antidepressants/My momma said that we need love/Till I found out life’s a bitch with no no prenup,” he bitterly raps. And by the time Sam comes in with his aching crooning for the final time, it’s all over — this one’s a total angry tears fest. The remix will be available on iTunes at midnight.

Listen to the A$AP Rocky remix of “I’m Not The Only One” after the jump. More »

U2 Just Released Their New LP ‘Songs Of Innocence’ On iTunes — For Free!

It was only a matter of time before another huge act did a Beyonce by unexpectedly dropping an album with no forewarning. And U2 did just that today (September 9) with the surprise release of their 13th studio LP Songs Of Innocence. Only they upped the ante even further by giving it away for free on iTunes. It will reach other retailers on October 13.

Songs Of Innocence is the Irish band’s first album since 2009′s No Line On The Horizon. The legendary rockers worked with noted hitmaker Ryan Tedder on four tracks including the lead single “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)”. Other collaborators include Adele‘s producer Paul Epworth and Danger Mouse. See the full tracklist and download link after the jump. More »

Sam Smith Clarifies His Comment About Not Wanting To Be A Spokesman For The Gay Community

In a recent interview, Sam Smith was quoted as saying he didn’t want to be an ambassador for the gay community. “I’m not trying to be a spokesperson,” he told Digital Spy. “It sounds awful of me, but I’m really just trying to live my life and write music about it.” The break-out star now tells an Australian website that the comment was taken out of context.

“Of course I want to be a spokesman for the gay community,” the 22-year-old clarified. “I want to be a spokesman for everyone. What I meant was I don’t want to limit to just one community, I want to reach everyone, gay people, lesbians, transsexuals, straight people, Catholics, anyone. I want my music to hit everyone.” Sam also talked about coming to terms with his sexuality from a young age and the acceptance he feels from fans. More »

Future Hit: Kim Cesarion’s “Undressed” Is Criminally Catchy

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Europe has been well represented on the Billboard Hot 100 this year with surprise hits from Nico & Vinz (Holland), Milky Chance (Germany) and Tove Lo (Sweden). Don’t be surprised if Kim Cesarion (another Swede) adds his name to that list with criminally catchy debut single “Undressed”, which sounds like Prince dropped in 1987 — albeit with a modern twist.

Produced by Arnthor Birgisson and Gary Clark, the hook-laden hit blew up in Scandinavia before reaching the top 10 in Australia earlier this year. “Undressed” is now being rolled out stateside and just debuted in the top 40 of Billboard’s Pop Songs airplay chart. It’s also gaining traction on iTunes and is a sync or TV performance away from being huge. Watch the simple but stylish video up top. More »

Katy Perry Subtweeted The Hell Out Of Taylor Swift Last Night (Or Just Rewatched ‘Mean Girls’)

Katy Perry fired off one of the best subtweets in recent memory last night (September 8) when she kind of — but not really — responded to news that Taylor Swift had written a diss track about her called “Bad Blood”. “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing…,” she wrote referencing the baddest bitch in Mean Girls. Shade.

The drama started yesterday when Taylor told Rolling Stone that she had written a track about an unnamed rival on her new LP 1989. “She did something so horrible…  it had to do with business,” the former country queen confessed. “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.” Internet detectives soon realized she was referring to Katy. See the prismatic diva’s comeback after the jump. More »

Mary J. Blige’s ‘The London Sessions’ Out In December: Watch A Behind-The-Scenes Video

There are many, many reasons to get overly excited about Mary J. Blige‘s upcoming album The London Sessions, including the roster of bright and shiny UK talent (Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sande, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans, Sam Smith) the soul queen spent time in the studio with this summer during the making of it. And here’s another item that’s getting us jazzed for the LP, which now has a December 2 release date: The three-minute behind-the-scenes clip on the making of the album, which premiered today on Pitchfork. (Watch it below.) More »

BANKS’ ‘Goddess’: Album Review

There’s a level of accessible obscurity that brought BANKS to the forefront of 2013’s summer and has kept her here for the release of her debut album Goddess(out today, ). While artists like FKA Twigs remain cloaked in intimidating anonymity and every princess in pop’s rolodex is currently overexposed, BANKS is just enough of both to not be too much of either. While Goddess is more of a compilation of BANKS’ first year of fame, it’s beautifully dark — presenting a level of cautious optimism that anyone in and out of love can find relatable. More »

Michelle Williams’ ‘Journey To Freedom’: Album Review

Michelle Williams has always walked the line between mainstream R&B (the genre she conquered with Destiny’s Child) and gospel (her calling) with both grace and a certain amount of caution. On her fourth LP, however, both worlds collide. Journey To Freedom is an ambitious attempt at extending the scope of faith-based music by conveying the diva’s inspirational message through non-traditional means. More »

Simone Battle’s Death Was Officially Ruled A Suicide: Morning Mix

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:: The Los Angeles County Coroner has ruled Simone Battle‘s death at the age of 25 a suicide by hanging. The former X Factor contestant had finally found fame with girl band G.R.L., who are currently climbing the charts with “Ugly Heart”. [ABC News]

:: Avicii has cancelled all his touring and promotional plans for the foreseeable future due to ongoing health concerns. The Swedish DJ recently had his gallbladder and appendix removed and also suffers from pancreatitis. [MTV]

:: While she waits to give birth to her second child, Alicia Keys has been busy thinking about the state of the world and her place in it. She just wrote a song addressing the matter called “We Are Here”. Prepare to be uplifted. [Facebook]

:: Taylor Swift is going all out with the deluxe edition of 1989. Take the exclusive Target release. The packaging includes voice memos, a collection of photos and even a chance to meet the former country queen. [Target]

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Selena Gomez Has Allegedly Signed With Interscope Records

Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed by either label, it looks increasingly likely that Selena Gomez will move to Interscope after she fulfills her contract with Hollywood Records (by releasing a greatest hits collection in time for Christmas). The news was announced by Hits Daily Double over the weekend and warmly received by fans on social media.

While Disney did a great job of refining the superstar’s dance-pop sound, the move will allow her to present a more mature image and also give her access to the wealth of collaborators on Interscope’s roster. Kind of like the makeover and opportunities that RCA gave Miley Cyrus. Selena is expected to drop a new single from her greatest hits package imminently. More »