Ester Dean is probably the best-kept secret in popular music. The hugely-talented (mostly) R&B diva scored a top 40 hit in 2009 with Chris Brown-assisted club banger “Drop It Low” and has featured on numerous singles since then but she is predominantly known as a songwriter. After all, this woman has crafted signature songs for Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera.
And it looks like she was trying to add Miley Cyrus to that long list. When Ester announced that her new single is called “#GMD” — short for “Get My Dough” — on Twitter today (April 10) resourceful Smilers were quick to uncover a similarly titled Bangerz demo. A brief snippet then surfaced online and it’s a cracker. “It’s not a slut, I’m not a tramp, I’m not a hoe but Imma get my dough,” sings the serial twerker on the ratchet-pop jam which was supposed to feature Nicki Minaj. Preview the song and see Ester’s tweet after the jump. More »
Spinning the gorgeous Monsieur Adi remixes of “XO” and “Blow” on repeat since they debuted as part of Beyonce‘s multi-media Out cover story? Same here. The French producer, who opened for the iTunes-conquering diva on the European leg of The Mrs. Carter Show, really breathed new life into the already great tracks and I just can’t get enough.
Which makes the arrival of an incredible (but thoroughly unofficial) “XO” remix video rather pleasing. VJ Maxxy speeds up Terry Richardson‘s neon-drenched, Coney Island-set visual and throws in even more flashing lights. The new edit suits Monsieur Adi’s bittersweet disco overhaul perfectly and has already won the DJ’s approval on Twitter. Watch up top. More »
With the release of The Vamps‘ debut LP looming on the horizon (it drops April 14 in the UK), tracks are slowly surface online. And they all sound extremely promising so far. “Move My Way” is the latest gem to arrive from Meet The Vamps and it finds the boys in a much calmer mood than on raucous, party-starting singles “Last Night” and “Wild Heart”.
Written by the band, “Move My Way” has a breezy guitar-pop vibe complete with hand-claps and sunny vocal hooks that sounds like a cross between Mumford & Sons and Hanson with a splash of The Beach Boys thrown in for good measure. It’s very cute and instantly hummable, and most importantly, shows there’s more to The Vamps than radio-friendly power-pop. Listen after the jump. More »
There’s not much to say about Ed Sheeran‘s x album cover, which is kind of unfortunate when you’re trying to write a post about it. Pop’s favorite redhead takes a literal approach and delivers a giant black cross on a green background. It probably took someone weeks to design, so props to them.
The music contained on the Brit’s sophomore set is a lot more exciting. Pharrell-produced lead single “Sing” has radio buzzing and is already sitting pretty in the upper reaches of the iTunes download chart. A number of big name producers worked on the LP (Rick Rubin, Jeff Bhasker and Benny Blanco), helping steer Ed towards an exciting new musical direction. Revisit the tracklist after the jump. More »
Lana Del Rey is performing at Coachella on Sunday (April 13), so it’s only fitting that it appears she’ll be releasing her thematically appropriate new single “West Coast” ahead of that Cali gig. The singer tweeted out the single artwork minutes ago, along with the caption “Down on the West Coast, they got a sayin’…” with a link to her official site — which swiftly crashed. BUT WHAT SAYIN’ DO THEY GOT?? WE MUST KNOW!
For now, there’s no news about a release, but it seems to be imminent. That’s the artwork up top, head below to see a larger version as well as her tweet. More »
Stevie Nicks is on a roll. The pop legend features on Lady Antebellum‘s excellent new single “Golden” and recently announced a reunion tour with Fleetwood Mac, which kicks off in Minneapolis on September 30 (they are even rumored to be working on new music). She also squeezed in an appearance on Jimmy Fallon last night (April 9) and promptly stole the show from fellow guests Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.
The 65-year-old icon, who will pay tribute to Linda Ronstadt at tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, hammed it up with Fallon — spoofing her Tom Petty duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”. It was a lot of fun but the real treat was her killer rendition of “Edge Of Seventeen”, which she spiced up with a little help from The Roots. Watch up top. More »
Flaming Lips frontman and all-around musical mad scientist Wayne Coyne shared a snippet of Miley Cyrus singing The Beatles‘ “A Day In The Life” on Instagram last night (April 9). The Bangerz diva has been working on the sonic explorer’s re-imaging of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club LP but her contribution was thought to be limited to a cover of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (as previously announced).
“Woke up ..fell out of bed.. dragged a comb across my head.. Yep!!!! @mileycyrus singing the Paul McCartney bit on A Day In The Life!!!!! Yesss!!” read Coyne’s extremely excited Instagram caption. The 53-year-old also gave a hint that the super spacey cover could be a collaboration with New Fumes by tagging them in his message. I guess this means Miley has two appearances on what will surely be the year’s weirdest tribute album. Listen to a snippet of her singing “A Day In The Life” after the jump. More »
Kanye West is apparently getting in his zone to finish up his next album, which he’s hoping to release this summer. Concrete details are hard to come by, but now British producer and recent Very G.O.O.D. Beats signee Evian Christ reveals he’s working on new Kanye material, presumably for the Yeezus follow-up. “[Kanye] e-mailed last night. He wants something that sounds a bit like Otis Redding, a bit like Mobb Deep,” the beat-maker said in a new interview with self-titled.
Christ was credited on the dark, twisted sex fantasy “I’m In It” off West’s 2013 LP, and it sounds like Ye is interested in similarly polarizing and boundary-pushing sonics for the new album. “Kanye is the one dude who’s like, ‘This is not experimental enough. This is too poppy. Make something else,’” Christ added. “No one else gives you that level of creative freedom. When he wants you to work to a blueprint, the blueprint is: ‘Don’t make a rap beat. Anything but a rap beat.’” More »
Following the moodiness of Katy Perry‘s trappy “Dark Horse,” the singer has moved on to her fourth Prism single, the more upbeat disco-pop confection “Birthday.” For the lyric video, which is just as colorful — or, dare we say it, prismatic — as all of Perry’s visuals from this era, we see hands making a wide variety of cakes and sweet treats. And in case you’re questioning whether or not it’s really Katy doing the baking, be sure to stick around till the very end.
Satiate your sweet tooth by watching the “Birthday” lyric video above. More »
No sooner did we post our list of this spring’s 11 hottest acts from outside the United States, which features UK electro-pop outfit Clean Bandit, did said band go and announce the US release date for debut album New Eyes, along with a couple of stateside live dates. The group topped the British chart earlier this year with their Jess Glynne-featuring house-pop dynamo “Rather Be.” (For more on up-and-coming UK songbird Glynne, see Route 94‘s equally catchy “My Love.”) It turns out that a slew of other singers will grace Clean Bandit’s 13-track debut LP, including the colorfully named Sharna Bass, Love Ssega and Lizzo.
The group also has two domestic gigs scheduled: one at the Roxy in the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles (June 17), and the other at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg (June 19).
Head below to see the full tracklist for New Eyes, then listen to Cash Cash‘s remix of “Rather Be.” More »