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Posts Tagged ‘News’

George Ezra’s “Budapest” Is The Best iTunes Single Of The Week (ie. Free Download) In Ages

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You never know what you’re going to get with the iTunes Single Of The Week — a diamond in the rough or a lump of coal. Happily, this week’s selection is definitely the former. George Ezra‘s melodic folk-pop anthem “Budapest” has been a phenomenon in Europe, reaching the top 10 in the UK, Germany and Italy (among other nations) and then proved just as popular in Australia and New Zealand.

What’s so intoxicating about the Brit’s breakthrough single? Well, it has a probably lot to do with George’s sleepy voice and timeless melodies. His sound is unique but if you need a comparison, the closest is probably Ed Sheeran circa + mixed with a little Vance Joy. Hell, Ryan Tedder called “Budapest” the song of the summer, so it has to be good! Listen after the jump.

If you like what you hear, you can download the song for free for the next seven days over at iTunes. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Mary Lambert’s “Secrets” Now Has A Rap Verse Courtesy of B.o.B: Listen To The Rising Hit

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Mary Lambert is probably best-known for singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ marriage-equality anthem “Same Love” but that could all change with serotonin-raising new hit “Secrets”, which is steadily climbing iTunes. The lead single from the 25-year-old’s debut album Heart On My Sleeve (due October 14) takes feel-good pop to the next level with some of the realest lyrics you are ever likely to hear on top 40 radio.

“I’ve got bipolar disorder, my shit’s not in order,” Mary sing-talks over jaunty piano. “I’m overweight, I’m always late.” Nothing, it seems, is off the table in this euphoric plea for self-acceptance. She admits to wearing mom jeans, boasts about being “so gay” and having a dysfunctional family. I was a little concerned about the addition of B.o.B. but his verse is just as sincere — rapping about stuttering and growing up poor. Listen to “Secrets” after the jump.

Have you already fallen in love with Mary? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sam Smith Thinks Tinder And Grindr Are “Ruining Romance”

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Get off your phone if you want a piece of Sam Smith. The British crooner likes to meet guys in the flesh and spoke out against hook-up apps during an interview at V Festival. “No offense to people who go on Tinder but I just feel like it’s ruining romance,” he is reported as saying. “We’re losing the art of conversation and being able to go and speak to people.”

But that’s not all. The “Stay With Me” hitmaker also thinks sex apps are making people more superficial. “From my experience, the most beautiful people I’ve been on dates with are the dumbest, so why would I swipe people (a reference to the selection process on Tinder) who are unattractive when I could potentially fall in love with them?” The 22-year-old reasoned. “Stop Tinder and Grindr!”

Sam needs to chill. In this day and age, most of us know couples who met online or via a hook-up app. It might not be his idea of a fairytale romance but they seem pretty happy to me. Do you agree with his stance or is it a little naive in 2014? Have your say in the comments below.

[Via Metro].

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Mapei Shares The Cover & Tracklist Of Debut LP ‘Hey Hey’, Drops New Single “Believe”: Listen

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Mapei was voted Sweden’s next big thing by the fine people of the internet when debut single “Don’t Wait” became an instant blog favorite in 2013. She followed that up with the equally impressive “Change” and today (August 19) delivers her third sublime pop song in a row. “Believe” finds the 30-year-old in a mellow mood as she sends a message of love and encouragement.

“When your back is against a wall and you thought you lost it all,” she sings over staccato beats and gritty guitar riffs. “Don’t worry, I’ve been here before baby.” That builds into the kind of soaring chorus that would be cheesy in anyone else’s hands but sounds like a simple statement of truth in Mapei’s. If these singles are any indication, the rising diva’s Hey Hey LP (due September 23) could be one of the year’s best. See the full tracklist and listen to “Believe” after the jump.

Mapei’s Hey Hey tracklist:

1. Don’t Wait
2. Change
3. Blame It On Me
4. Come On Baby
5. Things You Know Nothing About
6. As 1
7. Second To None
8. Believe
9. Step Up
10. Keep It Cool
11. What’s Innit 4 Me
12. Baby It’s You

Listen to “Believe”:

You can pre-order Hey Hey from iTunes now and get “Believe” (as well as “Don’t Wait” and “Change”) immediately.

Is Mapei the next big thing? Have your say in the comments below.

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Jennifer Hudson Discos Down On ‘JHUD’ Track, “Dangerous”: Listen

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Watch out now: Jennifer Hudson‘s back with a fierce new attitude.

Following the announcement of her upcoming third studio album JHUD, the American Idol alum just dropped the disco-tinged uptempo, “Dangerous,” originally teased on her album sampler in July.

Gliding across a slick dance floor strut, the songstress has no qualms about going all in for her man — even if it kills: “I do it for the thrill, even if it kills/You make me feel dangerous,” she cooly croons. There’s lot to love here — from the infectious beat to the whispered bridge toward the end. It’s surely one of JHud’s hottest dance floor moments since “Spotlight” — could this be her next big single?

Are you dying for Jennifer’s latest? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” Gets A Beautiful Synth Overhaul From Cole Plante: Listen

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Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” is pretty close to perfect in its original state, which makes a remix an unsettling proposition. There have been a couple of decent efforts but no one has approached the track with as much reverence as rising DJ Cole Plante. He completely deconstructed the ballad and pieced together his version from scratch — using only the Brit’s powerful vocal and a piece of the organ refrain.

“As I sat and listened to each and every not[e], chord progression and element that went into the original, I knew I wanted to build this remix not as a normal remix but one as if Sam and I sat together in a room,” the 17-year-old explains. “From the original parts I only kept the vocals [and] the light organ that comes in at the very ending.” As it turns out, Sam’s voice blends perfectly with Cole’s beautiful synthscape. Listen to his loving overhaul after the jump.

Do you love Cole’s remix? Let us know in the comments below.

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Taylor Swift is the latest pop star to incur the wrath of Black Twitter for perpetuating stereotypes in her “Shake It Off” video. (The former country queen can call Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen for advice). She literally dances like no one is watching in the intentionally corny visual but the scene where she twerks has been labelled offensive by some commentators.

“Haven’t watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful,” tweeted Earl Sweatshirt last night (August 18). “Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture.” See the Odd Future rapper’s full commentary after the jump.

He makes some valid points. Did Taylor cross the line? Have your say in the comments below.

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Taylor Swift is the latest pop star to incur the wrath of Black Twitter for perpetuating stereotypes in her “Shake It Off” video. (The former country queen can call Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen for advice). She literally dances like no one is watching in the intentionally corny visual but the scene where she twerks has been labelled offensive by some commentators.

“Haven’t watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful,” tweeted Earl Sweatshirt last night (August 18). “Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture.” See the Odd Future rapper’s full commentary after the jump.

He makes some valid points. Did Taylor cross the line? Have your say in the comments below.

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“Haven’t watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful,” tweeted Earl Sweatshirt last night (August 18). “Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture.” See the Odd Future rapper’s full commentary after the jump.

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Jax Jones’ “Go Deep” Video: Watch The Free-Spirited Clip

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What’s on your bucket list? Do you want to climb Mount Everest? Travel the globe? Or… just buy a pair of Chuck Taylors?

British beatsmith Jax Jones — who you might also know from Duke Dumont‘s summer smash “I Got U” — explores that very thought in his new video for infectious single “Go Deep.” The visual follows an elderly man finding his childhood bucket list and then actually setting out to accomplish everything on it. This includes, but is not limited to, partying in a car with a gaggle of girls, schooling a group of guys at basketball, dancing on TV, lounging in a limo and kissing some gal named Jenny all over the course of 24 hours. Needless to say, that guy had a pretty busy day ahead of him.

Watch the video up top, and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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