George Ezra’s “Budapest” Is The Best iTunes Single Of The Week (ie. Free Download) In Ages

Aug 19th, 2014 // Comment
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You never know what you’re going to get with the iTunes Single Of The Week — a diamond in the rough or a lump of coal. Happily, this week’s selection is definitely the former. George Ezra‘s melodic folk-pop anthem “Budapest” has been a phenomenon in Europe, reaching the top 10 in the UK, Germany and Italy (among other nations) and then proved just as popular in Australia and New Zealand.

What’s so intoxicating about the Brit’s breakthrough single? Well, it has a probably lot to do with George’s sleepy voice and timeless melodies. His sound is unique but if you need a comparison, the closest is probably Ed Sheeran circa + mixed with a little Vance Joy. Hell, Ryan Tedder called “Budapest” the song of the summer, so it has to be good! Listen after the jump. More »

Mary Lambert’s “Secrets” Now Has A Rap Verse Courtesy of B.o.B: Listen To The Rising Hit

Aug 19th, 2014 // Comment
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Mary Lambert is probably best-known for singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ marriage-equality anthem “Same Love” but that could all change with serotonin-raising new hit “Secrets”, which is steadily climbing iTunes. The lead single from the 25-year-old’s debut album Heart On My Sleeve (due October 14) takes feel-good pop to the next level with some of the realest lyrics you are ever likely to hear on top 40 radio.

“I’ve got bipolar disorder, my shit’s not in order,” Mary sing-talks over jaunty piano. “I’m overweight, I’m always late.” Nothing, it seems, is off the table in this euphoric plea for self-acceptance. She admits to wearing mom jeans, boasts about being “so gay” and having a dysfunctional family. I was a little concerned about the addition of B.o.B. but his verse is just as sincere — rapping about stuttering and growing up poor. Listen to “Secrets” after the jump. More »

Sam Smith Thinks Tinder And Grindr Are “Ruining Romance”

Aug 19th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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Get off your phone if you want a piece of Sam Smith. The British crooner likes to meet guys in the flesh and spoke out against hook-up apps during an interview at V Festival. “No offense to people who go on Tinder but I just feel like it’s ruining romance,” he is reported as saying. “We’re losing the art of conversation and being able to go and speak to people.”

But that’s not all. The “Stay With Me” hitmaker also thinks sex apps are making people more superficial. “From my experience, the most beautiful people I’ve been on dates with are the dumbest, so why would I swipe people (a reference to the selection process on Tinder) who are unattractive when I could potentially fall in love with them?” The 22-year-old reasoned. “Stop Tinder and Grindr!” More »

Mapei Shares The Cover & Tracklist Of Debut LP ‘Hey Hey’, Drops New Single “Believe”: Listen

Aug 19th, 2014 // Comment
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Mapei was voted Sweden’s next big thing by the fine people of the internet when debut single “Don’t Wait” became an instant blog favorite in 2013. She followed that up with the equally impressive “Change” and today (August 19) delivers her third sublime pop song in a row. “Believe” finds the 30-year-old in a mellow mood as she sends a message of love and encouragement.

“When your back is against a wall and you thought you lost it all,” she sings over staccato beats and gritty guitar riffs. “Don’t worry, I’ve been here before baby.” That builds into the kind of soaring chorus that would be cheesy in anyone else’s hands but sounds like a simple statement of truth in Mapei’s. If these singles are any indication, the rising diva’s Hey Hey LP (due September 23) could be one of the year’s best. See the full tracklist and listen to “Believe” after the jump. More »

Jennifer Hudson Discos Down On ‘JHUD’ Track, “Dangerous”: Listen

Aug 19th, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Watch out now: Jennifer Hudson‘s back with a fierce new attitude.

Following the announcement of her upcoming third studio album JHUD, the American Idol alum just dropped the disco-tinged uptempo, “Dangerous,” originally teased on her album sampler in July.

Gliding across a slick dance floor strut, the songstress has no qualms about going all in for her man — even if it kills: “I do it for the thrill, even if it kills/You make me feel dangerous,” she cooly croons. There’s lot to love here — from the infectious beat to the whispered bridge toward the end. It’s surely one of JHud’s hottest dance floor moments since “Spotlight” — could this be her next big single? More »

Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” Gets A Beautiful Synth Overhaul From Cole Plante: Listen

Aug 19th, 2014 // Comment
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Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” is pretty close to perfect in its original state, which makes a remix an unsettling proposition. There have been a couple of decent efforts but no one has approached the track with as much reverence as rising DJ Cole Plante. He completely deconstructed the ballad and pieced together his version from scratch — using only the Brit’s powerful vocal and a piece of the organ refrain.

“As I sat and listened to each and every not[e], chord progression and element that went into the original, I knew I wanted to build this remix not as a normal remix but one as if Sam and I sat together in a room,” the 17-year-old explains. “From the original parts I only kept the vocals [and] the light organ that comes in at the very ending.” As it turns out, Sam’s voice blends perfectly with Cole’s beautiful synthscape. Listen to his loving overhaul after the jump. More »

Earl Sweatshirt Is Not Impressed By Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” Video: See His Tweets

Aug 19th, 2014 // 3 Comments
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Taylor Swift is the latest pop star to incur the wrath of Black Twitter for perpetuating stereotypes in her “Shake It Off” video. (The former country queen can call Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen for advice). She literally dances like no one is watching in the intentionally corny visual but the scene where she twerks has been labelled offensive by some commentators.

“Haven’t watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful,” tweeted Earl Sweatshirt last night (August 18). “Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture.” See the Odd Future rapper’s full commentary after the jump. More »

Jax Jones’ “Go Deep” Video: Watch The Free-Spirited Clip

Aug 19th, 2014 // Comment
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What’s on your bucket list? Do you want to climb Mount Everest? Travel the globe? Or… just buy a pair of Chuck Taylors?

British beatsmith Jax Jones — who you might also know from Duke Dumont‘s summer smash “I Got U” — explores that very thought in his new video for infectious single “Go Deep.” The visual follows an elderly man finding his childhood bucket list and then actually setting out to accomplish everything on it. This includes, but is not limited to, partying in a car with a gaggle of girls, schooling a group of guys at basketball, dancing on TV, lounging in a limo and kissing some gal named Jenny all over the course of 24 hours. Needless to say, that guy had a pretty busy day ahead of him.

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Tove Lo Trips Out In “Not On Drugs” Video: Watch

Aug 19th, 2014 // Comment
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She had to stay high all the time just a few short months ago, but now, she’s not on drugs — she’s just high on love!

After Swedish singer-songbird Tove Lo announced her debut album Queen Of The Clouds today, she’s just dropped the accompanying visual for the LP’s namesake, “Not On Drugs.”

True to the track’s subject matter, the video is a strangely trippy, kaleidoscopic affair with lots of weird camera tricks, as Tove falls head over heels in love and goes running with sparklers amidst colorful bursts of powder — we’re guessing she’s down for the next Color Run. It’s a simple, yet effective treatment.

All in all, not a bad day to be Tove Lo! Are you excited for her debut LP? Let us know what you think of the video — and the upcoming album — in the comments below. More »

Emblem3 Did The Ice Bucket Challenge Completely Nude. They Win.

Aug 19th, 2014 // Comment
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The boys from Emblem3 have a knack for attention-grabbing antics. They memorably invited Justin Bieber for a jam session by removing their clothes on Instagram (he declined) and recently made waves with a cute cover of Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass”. It was only a matter of time before they got in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And, of course, they did it completely nude.

The duo (Drew Chadwick left the band) nominated Oprah Winfrey, Demi Lovato and 5 Seconds Of Summer before removing their shorts in the first part of two clips they shared on social media. You can’t see much in the Instagram video but the guys show a lot more flesh in their subsequent Vine, which has gone viral for obvious reasons. There’s not much else to say, Check out their charity-raising strip after the jump. More »