Maroon 5 Embrace Synths On “It Was Always You”: Listen To The Upbeat ‘V’ Buzz Track

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment
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While “Maps” continues to climb the Billboard Hot 100, Maroon 5 has unveiled another taste of their appropriately-titled fifth LP V (due September 2). And it’s not the genetically engineered for radio, pop/rock by numbers anthem we’ve come to expect from the band. Instead, they mix it up by experimenting with synths and the result is well worth a listen.

Produced by The Monsters and The Strangerz, “It Was Always You” begins ominously with jittery synths before Adam Levine sings about taking the leap from friends to lovers. “My whole life we never crossed the line, only friends in my mind,” the Begin Again actor admits. “But now I realize, it was always you.” It’s a fresh sound for the veteran rockers but still unmistakably Maroon 5. Listen after the jump. More »

Future Hit: Ella Henderson Brings Her “Ghost” To America — Watch The Video

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment
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In June, Ella Henderson threw her home country of the UK for a loop by releasing her stomping, soulful power-pop single “Ghost.” Co-written and co-produced by Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella — part of the team behind Maroon 5‘s current hit “Maps,” as well as “Counting Stars” by Tedder’s band OneRepublic — the song shot straight to the top of the British chart and stayed there for several weeks, thus turning Henderson into one of 2014′s breakout stars.

Of course, Ella had already gained some notice in England after winding up in sixth place on the 2012 season of The X Factor UK (AKA the season that James Arthur won — yeah, we had to look him up, too). More »

Ariana Grande Covers ‘Seventeen’ Magazine, Shows Off Her Flawless Selfie Game: 10 Pics

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment

Ariana Grande is everywhere at the moment. The pint-sized diva has radio programmers frothing at the mouth with “Break Free”, just conquered iTunes with her feature on “Bang Bang” and now finds herself on the cover of Seventeen magazine looking like the rich girl-next-door with a very expensive wardrobe and killer collection of headbands.

The 21-year-old talks about overcoming her insecurities if the headline is any indication, so get ready for some serious self-help advice. Ariana also shows off her flawless selfie game in the accompanying photo shoot — teaming the perfect pout with some of the cutest cell phone cases on the market. Peruse the pop star’s shenanigans for Seventeen up top. More »

Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J & Ty Dolla Sign Get “Shell Shocked” For ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’: Watch

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment
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In light of the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blockbuster flick, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign and Juicy J have teamed up as a power rap trio for soundtrack banger, “Shell Shocked.” Produced by Madsonik and Kill The Noise, the menacing track serves up a hard-hitting trap beat for the hip-hop all-star’s killer verses.

“[Paramount] heard about how big of a fan I was of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their whole legacy. I actually have Donatello tattooed on my leg, so when they asked me to do it, just being a fan and being a musician, it made sense,” Wiz revealed in a press release. “In my generation, I think everyone who listens to me loves the Turtles as much as I do, so it just made sense.”

So, without further ado, prepare to raise some shell!

Watch the video up top, and let us know what you think in the comment section below. More »

Ibrawlator: What Was The Best Album Of July?

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment
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Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you to decide which album ultimately ruled.

The month is nearly over, which means it’s that time again: The “Best Of” Ibrawlator for July! Last month, Jennifer AKA Jenny AKA J.Lo La Lopez herself slayed the polls with her fun, papi-lovin’ new record, A.K.A..

And now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of July.

The nominees for July? Sia‘s cathartic 1000 Forms Of Fear, La Roux‘s joyous disco throwback Trouble In Paradise, Robin Thicke‘s remorseful Paula and Trey Songz‘ chart-topping Trigga.

Now we want to know: Which one takes the crown for July’s best album? It’s time for you to decide. More »

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Team Up With Fences On “Arrows”: Listen To The Dreamy Track

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment
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Seattle indie rockers Fences team up with hip-hop super duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on brand new track “Arrows,” a thumping, whimsical number that is bound to be a serious contender on the Hot 100 scene. However, it’s certainly not the first time the two groups have collaborated together. Not only are Fences frontman Christopher Mansfield and Macklemore good buddies, Chris actually co-wrote song “10,000 Hours” for the Grammy-winning duo’s breakout LP The Heist.

“Fences is a good friend,” Macklemore told Billboard. “He’s fucked up in the same way that I’m fucked up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond the music. I’ve always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We’ve made a bunch of stuff together over the years, and this here song about ‘Arrows’ is my favorite one we’ve done.”

Listen to “Arrows” below. More »

Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Stop By The ‘TODAY’ Show For A ‘Cheek To Cheek’ Chat: Watch

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment
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Mother Monster Lady Gaga and music legend Tony Bennett had nothing but praise for each other once they stepped out of a silver Rolls Royce and talked with Carson Daly on the TODAY show this morning. The pair are now officially on the promo slog for their upcoming joint LP of jazzy standards, Cheek To Cheek, and its lead single “Anything Goes.”

“He’s a legend and it’s a total honor to be singing with him,” Gaga said of her musical companion, Bennett. “He’s really changed my life, asking me to sing this record with him. I’ve been singing jazz since I was 13 years old and Tony was the first person that knew that.” More »

Neon Hitch Cleans Out Her Closet With “Yard Sale”: Listen

Jul 29th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Neon Hitch! It’s a name we haven’t heard for a minute, but one we’re more than happy to see appear on our radar once again.

As the “Get Over U” fiery gypsy-pop princess has continued to evolve as an artist, the singer’s released a smattering of tunes over the past year, including her gorgeous cover of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” last year and her electronic take on Marilyn Monroe‘s classic “Some Like It Hot” with Kinetics.

Now, Neon’s cleaning out her closet and getting rid of all her old junk — and what better way to do it than a yard sale?

“Yard Sale” is Neon’s very solid return to form, dedicated to “leaving the past behind and letting go of the stuff you don’t need – literally and emotionally.” The song sees Neon cathartically crooning on top of a stomping (sort of pirate-y?) electronic pulse. “I’m having a yard sale, giving away all the things I used to call my own/I’m having a yard sale, giving away all the memories that used to feel like home,” she happily declares across the chorus.

The track is just as Top 40 radio-friendly as anything she’s ever done — she’s always been a fantastic pop songwriter, after all! — and it’s nice to hear the girl getting it together and tossing out the trash she doesn’t need anymore before the release of her long delayed, much anticipated debut, Eleutheromaniac.

Listen to “Yard Sale” after the jump, and let us know what you think of Neon’s return in the comments below. More »

Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Delight In “Anything Goes” Video: Watch

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment
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Her ARTPOP really could mean anything.

As we’ve known for a while, Lady Gaga‘s briefly ditched her Koons balls and Aphrodite Lady garden panties to jazz it up with the legendary Mr. Tony Bennett for their long-awaited duet LP, Cheek To Cheek, due out in September.

After dropping “Anything Goes” off on iTunes at midnight, the duo’s come full force with their #CheekToCheekPromo today, including an appearance on Today this AM and the release of the accompanying video for their debut standard.

The behind-the-scenes clip sees the two tinkering away in the studio, recording their record together and fiddling at the engineer’s table to craft their collaboration. The two trade smiles (as Gaga trades out several wigs), some tears (when isn’t Gaga crying, really?), embrace, hit the stage together and, evidently, enjoy their time working together.

Plus, most importantly, a cameo from Gaga’s iconic French bulldog, Asia! Check out the clip up top. More »

Lana Del Rey Teases “Ultraviolence” Video: Watch A Preview

Jul 29th, 2014 // Comment
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Here comes the bride, all dressed in…gloom.

Lana Del Rey‘s positively haunting Ultraviolence title track, which is due to be released as the next single from the campaign, is about to get a visual treatment.

A newly released grainy teaser from Noisey sees Lana leading herself into blissful matrimony at a church, dressed in a white wedding dress, clutching flowers and kneeling at an altar. It’s the happiest day of her life! Right? Erm…knowing Lana, this probably won’t end very well.

And who is she looking at in the final few seconds as she glances over her shoulder at us? Is it Jim, Lana’s cult leader, arriving to come give her all of that ultraviolence? Or is it Bill, from Kill Bill, leading to a bloody wedding massacre scene? We’re waiting on pins and needles already. Check out the teaser up top, and let us know what you think the video’s going to be like in the comments below. More »