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Archive for the ‘Music News’ Category

Selena Gomez Asked Siedah Garrett To Write Songs For Her New Album

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Talk about an unlikely bedfellows. Selena Gomez has asked R&B veteran Siedah Garrett to write tracks for her new LP. The woman who co-wrote Michael Jackson‘s “Man In The Mirror” (and sang with the King Of Pop on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”) tweeted a picture with Sel and wrote: “Listening closely to [Selena] as she invites me to write new pop songs for her next album.”

What now? First of all, the 21-year-old is rumored to be putting out a greatest hits compilation later this year with three new tracks but they have already been recorded — so this must be for the follow-up to Stars Dance. Also, Siedah specializes in soulful ballads, which would represent a rather staggering change of pace for Selena. At least we know she’s still serious about music. See the tweet after the jump.

Are you here for a Sel/Siedah collab? Let us know in the comments below.

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

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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.

Are you excited to hear Avicii’s new musical direction? Let us know in the comments below.

[Via Rolling Stone].

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

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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.

What did you think of Diplo’s “Tennis Court” remix? Let us know in the comment section below.

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

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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.

Are you ready for the second coming of Ms. Duff? Have your say in the comments below.

[Via Josep Vinaixa].

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

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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.

Is this a crossover pop hit in waiting? Have your say in the comments below.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

V‘s Tracklist:

1. Maps
2. Animals
3. It Was Always You
4. Unkiss Me
5. Sugar
6. Leaving California
7. In Your Pocket
8. New Love
9. Coming Back For You
10. Feelings
11. My Heart Is Open (feat. Gwen Stefani)

Deluxe Edition/B Sides

12. ShootLove
13. Sex And Candy
14. Lost Stars

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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.

Show Dates:

09/24  Amsterdam, Holland – Bitterzoet
09/25 Warsaw, Poland – Basen
09/26  Paris, France– Trabendo
10/02 London, UK – St John at Hackney
10/03  Manchester, UK – Manchester Cathedral
10/21 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – The Tower
10/26  Toronto, ON – The Great Hall
10/28 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Masonic Temple

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

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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.

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