Angus & Julia Stone Unveil Melodic Rick Rubin-Produced Groove “Grizzly Bear”: Listen

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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Angus & Julia Stone have unveiled another gorgeous cut from their self-titled third LP (due August 1 on Republic Records). The Australian brother and sister duo snagged legendary producer Rick Rubin to helm the album and his raw, less-is-more approach is very evident on “Grizzly Bear” — a melodic groove that channels ’70s Fleetwood Mac.

“Yeah I seen you there, lookin’ all pretty when you brushed your hair,” sings Angus over breezy guitar and warm keys. Julia then joins him on subtle but insistent chorus (“Can I take you home? We can go anywhere you want to go”). It’s softer and prettier than buzz track “Heart Beats Slow” and every bit as intoxicating as official lead single “A Heartbreak”. Listen after the jump. More »

Lana Del Rey Is A Disheveled Bride In The Latest Still From Her “Ultraviolence” Video

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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Lana Del Rey‘s Ultraviolence era got off to a slow start — at least, visually — with her atmospheric but generally underwhelming “West Coast” clip. She turned things around with the wonderfully seedy saga that accompanied “Shades Of Cool” and the 28-year-old looks set to deliver yet again with her Nabil-directed “Ultraviolence” video.

The Complex cover girl shared a black-and-white still from the extravaganza on Instagram and she appears to be dressed as a bride. Only, Lana looks a little worse for wear, which would tie in with the bleak ballad’s disturbing lyrics (“he hit me and it felt like a kiss”). It will be interesting to see if the video tackles the domestic violence references head on or takes a more subtle approach. The visual is said to be “coming soon”. More »

Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls “Fancy” A “Game-Changer” & “The Song Of The Summer”

Jul 23rd, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Questlove has defended Iggy Azalea in a new interview with Time magazine, calling “Fancy” a game-changer for hip hop. He also labelled it the song of the summer. The Roots drummer, who is producing a new live music TV show called SoundClash for VH1, was asked about the avalanche of criticism leveled against the Australian rap diva for everything from her accent to alleged appropriation of black culture.

“We as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture,” he said about Iggy’s eight week stint at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “I will say that ‘Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.”

As for the femcee’s southern accent? “I’m not going to lie to you, I’m torn between the opinions on the Internet,” Questlove admits. “The song is effective. I’m in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, ‘Fancy’ is the song of the summer.” More »

Nile Rodgers’ “Do What You Wanna Do”: Watch The Lyric Video For The Music Legend’s Funky Single

Jul 23rd, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Over the past year we’ve heard Nile Rodgers bust some funky guitar licks on new music released by Daft Punk, Avicii, Chase & Status, Tensnake and, collectively, Disclosure, Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes. Now we’ve finally got a new offering from the music legend featuring himself and, well, nobody else. (Guess we’ll still have to keep waiting for that epic track Rodgers’ promised would feature “almost everybody that’s ever sung with” him.)

As Rolling Stone explained upon premiering the song earlier this month, “Do What You Wanna Do” was recorded by Nile and auctioned off (to the label Cr2 Records) to benefit the musician’s We Are Family Foundation. Now there’s a lyric video to go along with the irresistible disco party jam. More »

Pitbull Teams Up With John Ryan On “Fireball”: Listen To The First Single From ‘Globalization’

Jul 23rd, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Pitbull is coming for your dignity — yet again — with another extremely catchy single that you’ll blast on high volume when no one else is around. “Fireball” is actually something of a change of pace for Mr. Worldwide after a pair of female-voiced, acoustic-flavored club-bangers (“Timber” and “Wild Wild Love”). Singer/songwriter John Ryan takes over vocal duties this time around and the party jam has a distinct world music twist.

As with most Pit anthems, “Fireball” boasts a killer chorus, a plethora of catchy hooks and lyrics about partying with sexy ladies.  ”I saw, I came, I conquered,” he raps cheekily. “Or should I say — I saw, I conquered, I came?” Clever and classy. The party-starter is billed as the lead single from Mr. 305′s forthcoming 8th studio album Globalization. I guess that means “Wild Wild Love” didn’t make the cut? Listen to Armand’s latest after the jump. More »

Union J Are Having The Best Time Ever In “Tonight (We Live Forever)” Video: Watch

Jul 23rd, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Note to self: Score an invite to the next Union J house party.

After debuting “Tonight (We Live Forever)” (out August 17), the lead single from their upcoming sophomore record due out later this year, the fab foursome known as Union J have at long last dropping the accompanying visual for their euphoric summer anthem.

And what better way to demonstrate the true meaning of living it up and YOLO-ing the night away than by packing a bunch of attractive strangers into a big apartment full of balloons, disco balls and neon lights? There is no other way, really.

The Director X-helmed clip sees the guys getting crazy and raging with their friends — taking photos, getting sassy with a drag queen, yelling and dancing around like madmen. Of course, all that partying eventually causes the sound to cut out, but fear not — the boys know how to carry the tune a capella. And from there, the party just keeps on going all night long.

Watch the boys get wild up top, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! “Weird Al” Yankovic’s ‘Mandatory Fun’ Becomes His First #1 Album

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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Whatever magical potion of longevity “Weird Al” Yankovic bathes in (we’re referring to his career here, sickos), it’s certainly doing the trick. The curly-weaved pop comedian chucked out eight music videos for songs off his new LP Mandatory Fun over eight days starting last week, and the resultant payoff is the first chart-topping album of Yankovic’s 31-year music career.

In total, Mandatory Fun sold 104,000 copies in its first week out of the gate, i.e. double the amount of what last week’s chart-topping album, Sia‘s 1000 Forms Of Fear, moved — a sure sign, music lovers, that the Alpocalypse is indeed nigh.

See where the rest of this week’s movers and shakers wound up in the upper tier of the Billboard 200 below. More »

Beyonce Previews Incredible Deluxe Vinyl Edition Of Her ‘Visual Album’

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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Beyonce drove The Hive into a frenzy last night (July 22) by previewing a deluxe vinyl edition of her game-changing visual album. There was a limited edition German edition released last year but this is in a completely different league. For starters, the objet d’art has a gatefold cover and comes with a booklet of beautiful photos. It’s pretty much irresistible to record collectors.

So where can you buy it? That’s a great question. Queen Bey obviously wasn’t expecting that question  — cue “Pretty Hurts” — because it isn’t available to pre-order on her website yet. (There is, however, a Blue-Ray edition of the album that I didn’t know exists). It turns out, you can order the vinyl from Amazon. Start salivating over your next Beyonce purchase after the jump. More »

Janet Jackson’s Classic Pop Hit “Escapade” Gets An Adorable 2014 Remix: Listen

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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Well, here’s something to brighten your day. Janet Jackson‘s 1990 chart-topper “Escapade” has been overhauled for 2014 by Nick*. The Chicago DJ does an amazing job of updating the classic hit without losing the original’s bubbly appeal. Think of his endearing “North Shore Remix” as the musical equivalent of a fresh coat of paint.

It’s great to hear something new from Jan even if it’s an unofficial remix. Six years have passed since the pop icon last blessed us with an album (2008′s underrated Discipline) and the world is ready for another opus — as long as she avoids those irritating interludes and keeps the pornographic bedroom jams to a minimum. Listen to the refreshed version of “Escapade” after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj Teases More Of Jessie J & Ariana Grande Collaboration, “Bang Bang”: Listen

Jul 23rd, 2014 // Comment
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This summer’s most anticipated girl power anthem is nearly upon us: Jessie J‘s “Bang Bang,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, is heading our way next week on Tuesday, July 29.

After Jessie provided us with the first fiery preview of the tune earlier this month, Nicki’s come in with an assist today, showcasing just the teensiest hint of what sounds like an already blazing, mile-a-minute verse.

“It’s me, Jessie and Ari/If they test me, they sorry,” Nicki declares. With the “Break Free” mini-diva and “Pills N Potions” rapstress in her corner, it seems like Jessie J’s truly poised for a proper American takeover this time around. Are you ready for this powerhouse (bang) banger? Listen to the Instagram teasers after the jump, then let us know what you think so far in the comments below. More »