Avicii Plans To Go Rock On The Follow-Up To Debut LP ‘True’

Jul 21st, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Avicii redefined the sound of (mainstream) EDM with debut LP True by blending folk/acoustic elements (see smash hits “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”) into his heady synthscape. The Swedish hitmaker is determined to repeat the feat again — by collaborating with a series of rockers including Jon Bon Jovi, Serj Tankian of System Of A Down and Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong on his sophomore set.

There’s even a reggae song on the opus featuring Wyclef Jean and Matis­yahu.”It’s going to be a lot more song-oriented,” Avicii says of the album. “True was an attempt at that, getting electronic music in a song format.” I’m not sure how I feel about this. The 24-year-old’s collaboration with Coldplay was surprisingly great but the idea of Serj Tankian voicing a club anthem makes my blood run cold. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt for now. More »

Lorde’s “Tennis Court” Remixed By Twerk-Master Diplo: Listen

Jul 21st, 2014 // Comment
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Lorde’s hit track “Tennis Court” first got a stunningly spacey remix by Aussie beatsmith Flume back in April, and now it seems that Diplo is up to bat. Fittingly named the “Andre Agassi Reebok Pump Mix,” the rework transforms the original song into a club banger but leaves Lorde’s sultry vocals virtually untarnished, a feat that only Diplo can so effortlessly execute.  So leave that Agassi mullet at home, and get your twerk moves at the ready because, let’s just say, “it’s a new art form showing people how little we care.” Listen to the track after the jump. More »

Hilary Duff’s New Single Is (Allegedly) Called “Chasing The Sun”: She’s Coming!

Jul 21st, 2014 // 1 Comment
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The comeback of the year (or perhaps the millennium) is almost upon us! We know that Hilary Duff is unveiling her new single at Marquee nightclub in New York City on July 24 but the crazily-anticipated jam now has a name. According to several pop sites, the Ed Sheeran-penned opus is called “Chasing The Sun” and there’s even promotional artwork (above).

In a recent interview, Ed described the song as “good” — which is a relief — and declared that Hil is going for “more of an adult alternative acoustic sound”. Sounds promising. “Chasing The Sun” has a lot to live up to, particularly given Charli XCX‘s recent revelation that “Boom Clap” was written for (but rejected by) the girl formerly known as Lizzie Mcguire. More »

Nicki Minaj Jumps On The Remix Of August Alsina’s “No Love”: Listen

Jul 21st, 2014 // Comment
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Nicki Minaj certainly gets around. The 31-year-old is currently promoting The Pink Print lead single “Pills N Potions” as well as Usher collaboration “She Came To Give It To You”. On top of that, she has a feature on Jessie J‘s star-studded new single and recently jumped on the remix of August Alsina‘s surprisingly romantic “No Love”.

Taken from the rising hip-hop star’s debut LP Testimony, which recently debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, “No Love (remix)” begins with Nicki exclaiming: “I swear this is my favorite song!” The 21-year-old then starts crooning about his lady before the femcee steps in for a sassy verse. “You can’t treat me like you treat them, I am the creme de la creme,” she spits over the languid beat. Listen to the cute collaboration after the jump. More »

Sam Smith Announces New Single, “I’m Not The Only One”: Listen

Jul 21st, 2014 // 2 Comments
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Sam Smith is completely and utterly crushing it this summer, having already rocketed straight to the top of the charts in both the UK and stateside (a record-breaking debut!) with his critically acclaimed debut studio album, In The Lonely Hour. (Yes, we loved it too.) At the same time, his latest heart-wrenching single “Stay With Me” continues to sit pretty at Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

And he’s not stopping there, either: Today, the UK soul-pop singer announced the latest single from his debut LP: “I’m Not The Only One,” due out on August 31 in the UK and, presumably, making its way stateside sometime later in the year.

Like much of Smith’s work, the piano-led, marching midtempo is an aching case of unrequited love — or, at least, the ache of not being the only love. “When you call me baby, I know I’m not the only one,” he devastatingly croons. Listen to the track after the jump, and let us know what you think of the single selection in the comments below. More »

Bea Miller Captures Teen Angst Perfectly In Her “Young Blood” Video: Watch

Jul 21st, 2014 // Comment
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Bea Miller didn’t win X Factor in 2013 but the gravelly-voiced teen made enough of an impression to land a record deal with Hollywood Records. Not that she’s your average Disney diva. The 15-year-old worships The Pretty Reckless, recorded an EP full of relatively rebellious pop/rock anthems and is an outspoken LGBT advocate (she has two mums).

It makes sense then that the video for “Young Blood”, the lead single from her similarly-titled debut LP, would be a fairly gritty affair. Directed by Mark Pellington, the atmospheric video was filmed in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse and finds Bea (and a bunch of equally pained-looking teens) in an extremely emo mood. It’s a great fit for the catchy and surprisingly stirring anthem. Watch up top. More »

Maroon 5 Unveil The Cover And Tracklist Of New Album ‘V’

Jul 21st, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Maroon 5 has unveiled the cover and tracklist of their appropriately-titled fifth LP V. The artwork is simple but striking, depicting a neon-lit letter against a desert landscape. More exciting is the tracklist, which features much-anticipated Gwen Stefani collaboration “My Heart Is Open” and the band’s current top 10 smash “Maps”.

V also includes Adam Levine‘s solo contribution to the Begin Again soundtrack “Lost Stars” but the rest of the LP is something of a mystery. The titles, however, sound quintessentially Maroon 5. “Unkiss Me”, “Sex And Candy” and “Sugar” promise to be raunchy cuts, while “It Was Always You” and “Coming Back For You” could be ballads. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »

Jessie Ware Announces North American Tour Dates

Jul 21st, 2014 // Comment
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In lieu of her upcoming sophomore LP, Tough Love, and the recent premiere her ethereal album-titled ballad, British soulstress Jessie Ware has announced a mini Fall 2014 tour across Western Europe and, fortunately, a bit of North America as well. Slated for two shows in California, one in Toronto, Ontario and the last in Brooklyn, NY, Jessie will hopefully show off some much-needed new jams as well as some old goodies like “Night Light” and “Imagine It Was Us.” While the release of her forthcoming album have yet to be determined, the BenZel-produced track “Tough Love” drops on August 3rd.  For a closer look at her tour dates, peruse the specifics after the jump. More »

“Weird Al” Yankovic Premieres “Lame Claim To Fame”: Watch Him Make Fun Of Name-Droppers

Jul 21st, 2014 // Comment
Pft, Like You Haven't Name-Dropped Before.
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As part of the “Eight Videos In Eight Days” installation for his new album Mandatory Fun, “Weird Al” Yankovic debuted his video for track “Lame Claim To Fame” today. Already premiering parodies of pop heavyweights such as Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, and Robin Thicke, Weird Al doesn’t poke fun at celebrities this time around but, rather, makes jabs at the people who name-drop or claim to know today’s biggest cultural figures but really don’t.

“My sister used to take piano lessons from the second cousin of Ralph Nader,” Weird Al sings, which he then follows up with “Last year I threw up in an elevator next to Christian Slater.”

And the list goes on and on. While the video itself is a bit reminiscent of Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer,” the track is done in the style of your average southern blues rock band. It also might have you shouting “I’ve got a lame, lame claim to fame” by the end of it.  You’ve been warned. Watch the clip up top. More »

Gorgon City Premiere (Yet Another) Club Smash, “Unmissable (feat. Zak Abel)”: Listen

Jul 21st, 2014 // Comment
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It’s official: You simply can’t go wrong with Gorgon City.

After making a massive splash on the UK charts at the top of 2014 with their gorgeous MNEK collaboration “Ready For Your Love,” the UK electronic duo followed up their smash with — what else? — another smash: Their Laura Welsh-assisted “Here For You” danced its way into the Top 10 in late May. (Want a more formal introduction? Check out our Popping Up!)

The boys are back for yet another round this summer — and they’ve just nailed it for the third time in a row.

“Unmissable,” which features the powerful chops of rising star Zak Abel, is an instant burst of early ’90′s House-leaning euphoria for the dance floor. “The sun’s gonna shine for the last time, and I don’t want to miss it all…let’s make it unmissable!” he chants across the truly anthemic, piano-led chorus. It’s an ode to living it up, and a very sincere sort of YOLO anthem — so grab your friends, throw your hands in the air and make every moment count.

This track is, in fact, unmissable — and it certainly doesn’t make the wait for their debut album Sirens (due out October 6) any easier. Listen to the track after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »