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Archive for the ‘Music News’ Category

Robyn And Royksopp Perform “Do It Again” On ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’: Watch

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Robyn and Royksopp are doing it, and doing it, and doing it well.

Following the release of the space-age video for their colossal collabos “Monument” and “Do It Again,” the Swede-pop tag-team has continued to dazzle audiences across the world live (and on TV!) on their Do It Again Tour.

Now, as they head through the Northeast with their tour, the pop powerhouses stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform their killer title track. In her usual fashion, Robyn rocked the house in sky-high boots and a killer oversized jacket and sweatshirt look, energetically hopping all around the stage. At the very end, Royksopp’s Svein hops out on stage and shows off his impressive robo-chops, bouncing along with Robyn and delivering a killer finish to their performance.

Watch Robyn and Royksopp perform “Do It Again” up top, and let us know if you’ll be catching them on tour in the comments below.

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Norwegian duo Royksopp and Swedish songbird Robyn continue to think outside the box...
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Gwen Stefani Isn’t The Only One With New Music Coming: Bush Announce Album ‘Man On The Run’

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Gwen Stefani has a new gig as a coach on The Voice, plus some new music in the pipeline (for hopefully later this year). And it turns out her husband, Gavin Rossdale, is also getting back into the swing of things, musically.

Stefani recently revealed that Rossdale would be by her side, advising contestants, on the upcoming season of The Voice. Now there’s the official announcement that Bush, Gavin’s band, will release their sixth studio album Man On The Run on October 21. It’s the quartet’s first album in three years, and only their second since 2001′s Golden State.

A press release notes that Bush recorded the album with Foo Fighters producer Nick Raskulinecz in Northridge, California. Lead single “The Only Way Out” is set to premiere on September 9.

One notable factor about Man On The Run is that it will arrive just ahead of the 20th anniversary of Bush’s multi-Platinum debut LP Sixteen Stone, which was released in December 1994.

Now, let’s take in this Bush classic from just before the days when Gwen and Gavin began dating:

And while we’re at it, we always had a soft spot for this lite jam from Rossdale’s 2008 solo album, too:

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Nick & Knight’s “One More Time” Video: Watch The Guys Frolic With Models

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What exactly are Nick Carter and Jordan Knight doing in an empty house with a pair of beautiful female models and a camera? Oh, let’s keep our minds out of the gutter for at least four minutes and just assume that they’re auditioning these lovely ladies for starring roles in their “One More Time” video.

Feathers fly, bulbs flash and said beauties flaunt their curves in the visual for Nick & Knight‘s light and breezy, Maroon 5-esque single. Meanwhile, these boy band survivors have such a great rapport in this clip that it’s almost easy to forget they came of age a decade apart, in two separate vocal groups.

Enjoy the wink-wink knaughty pleasures of Nick & Knight’s “One More Time” video above.

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Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”: Review Revue

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For the past few weeks, country-pop songstress Taylor Swift has been the ultimate tease, dropping hints via Instagram about what many guessed was her much-awaited fifth studio album.

Well, the wait if over, folks! In a tell-all live-stream with Yahoo yesterday, Tay revealed that her upcoming LP is called 1989, which is a tribute of sorts to her birth-year and her first official entrance into the world of pop. What’s more, the now-not-so-country diva also premiered her latest Max Martin/Shellback-produced single “Shake It Off,” as well as the track’s rather dorky video, during the stream.

So, how did the rest of the music world feel about Tay’s latest attempt?  Here is a round-up of what some critics had to say about “Shake It Off” below.

:: The Guardian thought that the “Shake It Off” visual was not her best work: “The incongruent blend of modern dance, ballet, and breakdancing is fun, but the conceit falls flat. Taylor is a little too skilled a dancer for the comedy to really work, though watching her shake it in a Swan Lake tutu is nevertheless pretty great. That said, her twerking scenes — with closeups of the gyrating butts of anonymous, primarily black female dancers — come off as somewhat misguided.”

:: The Daily Beast was disappointed with the new track, stating, “We are in a new phase of Taylor Swift’s career. It is, apparently, one in which she feels comfortable using the term ‘sick beat’.’Taylor Swift is now a pop star. Ugh.”

:: Forbes predicts that while Taylor’s upcoming LP might be a late entry into the pop world, it will still come out on top: “Every August in an even year for the past several years, Taylor Swift has put a new album campaign in motion, so even before any of this was announced, the music world was buzzing, wondering if she would do it again. Swift is by far one of the industry’s biggest names and best sellers, so the timing of this release (in Q4) is no mistake. Expect this to become one of the biggest (if not the number one) sellers this year, even if it’s getting a late start.”

:: Hollywood Life noted that “Shake It Off” will not only be a sure-fire hit, but it also has a clear message to all of the anti-Swifties out there: “Taylor debuted an amazing new diss song on Aug. 18, but this time her feisty message wasn’t intended for an ex-boyfriend — it was for all of her ‘haters!’”

:: NOISEY compared Taylor to that of a one-woman boy band, saying that while she preaches not to conform to the norm, she is actually doing just that: “She loves conforming, so you get a pop paradox, where in order to be as poised and successful as she can be, Taylor has to dumb herself down, yet even this she manages to do with a weird adorable aplomb. So congratulations Taylor Swift, you’ve done it. You’re a one-woman boy band. Can’t wait till you split-up in two years and your left arm makes a shit indie solo album.”

:: Lastly, Consequence Of Sound questions the clip’s political correctness: “In the video for ‘Shake It Off’, which serves as the lead single to her new album 1989, Taylor dresses in variety of outfits, including a ballerina, a cheerleader, a break dancer, a cross between Lady Gaga and Kraftwerk and a rapper. It’s the latter that has drawn criticism from some on Twitter, specifically over the black female dancers who twerk alongside her. (The video will no doubt draw comparisons to Lily Allen’s ‘Hard Out Here’ video, which also came under fire for featuring black female dancers tweaking.)”

But, enough with these guys. What did you think about “Shake It Off”? Let us know below.

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Nicki Minaj Shows Off Her Butt While Giving Drake A Lapdance In “Anaconda” Video: See The Photos

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Nicki Minaj‘s impressive ass is coming, children. The booty-ful rapstress will offer up her music video for “Anaconda,” the single whose cover art launched a thousand (sometimes controversial) memes, on Wednesday.

To get her Barbz sprung ahead of her visual for the follow-up to previous flop “Pills N Potions,” Nicki tossed some saucy snaps from the set of  “Anaconda” on Instagram. Here we see her giving fellow Young Money artiste Drake a lapdance…again.

Catch more of Nicki and Drake’s “Anaconda” escapade below.

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Ibrawlator: Who Got Snubbed The Most By The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards?

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It’s that time of year again! A time to celebrate the year’s best videos at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, yes — but also a time to yell and scream at the sheer snubbery of it all.

Every year, a few beloved clips from our pop acts go ruthlessly unrecognized by the annual award show. We’ve been compiling a list of the most deserved videos that flew under MTV’s radar this year, but now we want to hear from you: What video do you think deserved a nomination (or ten!) this year?

Below are our most snubbed videos of ’14 — from Britney‘s “Work Bitch” to Lady Gaga‘s “G.U.Y.” and “Applause” to Demi Lovato‘s “Neon Lights.” All of these videos (and more) got a whopping zero nominations — so it’s time to speak out: Place your vote after the jump and serve justice for your faves! (Don’t see your fave on the list? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the poll!)

Vote above! The poll will end on Tuesday, August 26.

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Katy B Releases Free Track “Little Red Light”: Listen

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While this year in pop hasn’t exactly yielded a treasure trove of releases (yet), Katy B‘s stunning dance-pop opus Little Red remains one of the standouts of 2014.

It’s been a minute since we last heard from the UK dance floor crooner, but she’s returned out of nowhere with a brand new (free!) cut called “Little Red Light” as a gift for fans heading out to see her upcoming live set.

“Here’s an exclusive new track from myself to get you in the mood for my set at the Boxfresh x Rinse stage at Carnival,” she explains on her Soundcloud. The funky track sees Katy getting anxious about the status of her relationship, a la “Broken Record”: “Got your little red light on, flashing like a warning sign/I don’t want to be a feel boy, or is it all in my mind?” she ponders across tripping UK garage beats and an infectious Island rhythm.

Listen to Katy’s free new track after the jump, and let us know what you think of the new tune in the comments below.

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Hilary Duff Gets Sexy In “All About You” Lyric Video: Watch

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Well hello, Miss Duff!

While Hilary Duff was already looking extra fine in her bikini while daydreaming through her breezy lead single “Chasing The Sun,” the Dignity diva is getting downright sexy in the newly premiered lyric video for her folky follow-up, “All About You.”

In keeping with the song’s suggestive lyrics (“I can be your dirty secret!“), HilDuff’s gone and stripped down completely, seductively whispering over her shoulder and playfully tossing knowing glances our way in the up-close-and-personal clip. She’s surely all grown up! (Also, kudos to Hilary for actually appearing the in the song’s lyric video — that extra effort is always appreciated to keep it interesting!)

Watch Hilary’s intimate “All About You” lyric video up top, and let us know what you think of the clip in the comments below.

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Following the release of “Anything Goes” and the unveiling of their Cheek To Cheek album cover, another track from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s joint jazz project has premiered in the form of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” The song, originally performed by Adelaide Hall, dates back to 1928, and has been covered over the decades by everyone from Louis Armstrong to Billie Holiday to Rufus Wainwright.

You’ll know it immediately when you hear it. (Listen below.) We’re just curious at this point how Monsters will react to a full album of this type of material from dance-pop doll Gaga — and how Bennett’s fans will take to this pair-up in general.

Cheek To Cheek is set for a September 23 release, and below you’ll find the album’s tracklist. Will you be picking up a copy?

1. “Anything Goes”
2. “Cheek to Cheek”
3. “Don’t Wait Too Long”
4. “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”
5. “Nature Boy”
6. “Goody Goody”
7. “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”
8. “Firefly”
9. “I Won’t Dance”
10. “They All Laughed”
11. “Lush Life”
12. “Sophisticated Lady”
13. “Let’s Face The Music and Dance”
14. “But Beautiful”
15. “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”
16. “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center)

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Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Blacc Hollywood’: Album Review

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Ever since Wiz Khalifa’s debut single “Say Yeah” (the one with the infectious Alice DeeJay “Better Off Alone” sample) arrived, it’s been pretty obvious that the Pittsburgh rapper has a penchant for crafting anthems. Of course 2011′s gigantic “Black And Yellow” really drove that point home, but since then it’s been a matter of pointing out the anthems in Wiz projects.

2012′s O.N.I.F.C. had “Work Hard, Play Hard,” and now his fifth studio album Blacc Hollywood (out today, ) has “We Dem Boyz.” Wiz has been consistent on that front. However, what’s offered beyond the token anthem is equally important — and while Blacc Hollywood has some hits, it also has some misses.

Wiz has reached an interesting phase in his career. It’s his fifth solo studio album — and while his third album 2011′s Rolling Papers (housing “Black And Yellow”) marked his career upswing, he survived long beyond the shadow of that single. The rapper evolved into a 21st century Snoop Dogg, yet bypassed Snoop’s awkward No Limit era by just consistently churning out hits that were true to form. Now Wiz is married with a child, yet still has to keep cranking out these weed-laced bro anthems he’s known and loved for. He does that, but at times it feels forced.

The traptastic “Hope” opens (after a weird inspirational message) with Ty Dolla $ign on the bridge as the two question the loyalty of strippers. “We Dem Boyz” follows, with Detail producing a hauntingly synthy soundbed for Wiz to chant the hook that has echoed throughout the 2014 Summer. An ill-placed romantic “Promises” continues, dulling the shine of its predecessor, but things pick back up for “Kk.” There, Project Pat and Juicy J assist Wiz on what can be his next big single.

The momentum maintains through cuts like “House In The Hills” (with Curren$y) and “Ass Drop,” but “Raw” gets lazy in its Drill-meets-Trap cadence with lines like “Got a car that wins races.” “The Sleaze” travels along a similar tune. Other songs like “Stayin Out All Night” and “Still Down” (with Chevy Woods and Ty Dolla $ign) bring the “it’s just me and my boys” vibe.

Blacc Hollywood rides out on the highest notes possible, with Nicki Minaj on the mid-tempo “True Colors” (even though Nicki’s bars are just one big extended promo for The Pink Print), the “We Dem Boyz” remix and “You And Your Friends” (with Ty Dolla $ign and Snoop Dogg).

Blacc Hollywood has a lot of parts — most work and some don’t. Hip hop’s Rockstar will have to regroup for project #6 to really assess who he’s rhyming for at this stage in his career.

Best Song That Wasn’t the Single:  “So High,” where Wiz rhymes in a cadence reminiscent of Juvenile on “Ha,” yet the hook is breezy and oozes THC. On the remix tip, the “We Dem Boyz” remix is better than the original, as Rick Ross, ScHoolboy Q and Nas bring a trifecta of chill vibes that are less abrasive than the 1.0 version.

Best Listened To: On the car ride to the dispensary to get some Ganja Gummy Bears, naturally.

Idolator Score: 3.5/5

Kathy Iandoli

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