"Flexin' with my hands up"
At the start of this month we learned that Beyoncé is releasing a new album this month (which is really just a repackaged version of her Beyoncé album that she released last year) and today we get to hear a short snippet of the first single released from the Beyoncé Platinum Edition Box Set. Click below to hear a small portion of 711, which is rumored to be released in full in a few days. More »
"Though you're far from me, say you'll BRB"
Mariah Carey is responsible for the single greatest Xmas song written in the past two decades (her massive hit All I Want For Christmas Is You) but there is a NEW Xmas song out this week that just may give Mimi a run for her money. Straight No Chaser teamed up with Kristen Bell for a new song titled Text Me Merry Christmas and as you can hear above in the just-released lyric video, it’s a carol that is very appros for today’s technology-obsessed culture. Have a listen and see what you think, is this new track an Xmas carol for the new era?
I'm still not convinced
Last last month we got to see the first video promo for NBC‘s upcoming live musical production Peter Pan Live! scheduled to air this holiday season and today we get to hear actress Allison Williams sing as Peter Pan for the first time in this just released new video promo. As you can also see in the video embedded above, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook is utter perfection … but … the more footage I see from this production, the more I’m convinced it’s not the show for me. I love musical theater … but not all musical theater. In any event, I have a feeling this new production of Peter Pan will do well for NBC. Have a look at the video above and see if it looks like something that YOU will want to watch when it airs on NBC on December 4.
Band Aid 30 includes 1D, Sam Smith, Bono, Sinéad and More!
Back in 1984, a star-studded supergroup called Band Aid gathered together some of the biggest names in music to record and release a charity single titled Do They Know It’s Christmas? to raise money and awareness to fight hunger in Ethiopia (you may recall that an American supergroup of performers called USA for Africa recorded and released We Are The World for the same cause back in ’84 as well). Today, Band Aid 30 — a supergroup comprised of One Direction, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin from Coldplay and more — releases an updated version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? as a charity single to raise money to fight the spread of the ebola virus and care for its victims. It’s pretty remarkable, I think, that 30 years after the original Band Aid came together to fight hunger a new incarnation of Band Aid can come together to fight ebola. I also think it’s remarkable that Bono was a member of Band Aid back in 1984 and he is a member of Band Aid 30 today. You can click HERE to donate, if you are so inclined.
You can also click below to watch the music video for the original 1984 version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? More »
Love this song... love this movie!
Last night I was lucky enough to attend an early screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that because I don’t wanna be SPOILER girl. Wait, lemme just say one thing: I loved it. More than the first two, I loved it. Okay, that’s it! We have another new song from the soundtrack, this one by Major Lazer ft. Ariana Grande. All My Love is a pretty sweet dance track. I feel like I can definitely get excited about this collection. Peep the video above for more!
"You're not alone in anything / You're not alone in trying to be"
Thus far we have heard Yellow Flicker Beat, Flicker (Kanye West Rework) and Meltdown — all songs that are sung by or feature Lorde on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Today we get to hear the final Lorde song from the Mockingjay soundtrack, her cover of the Bright Eyes song Ladder Song. As you can hear above, Lorde puts her own spin on the already mournful track and makes it her own. It’s a fitting song for the Mockingjay soundtrack, I think. Have a listen, see what you think. IMHO, this song makes it very clear to me that Lorde did an excellent job curating songs for this movie soundtrack.
But really, it's all about Lorde
Belgian artist Stromae is credited as the lead on the song Meltdown, featured on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 — which was curated by Lorde … but after you hear the song in full above, I think you’ll agree that it sounds like a Lorde song with guest vocals by Stromae … and Pusha T and Q-Tip and HAIM. Meltdown is basically the Lorde show with a bunch of friends guesting on the track. Have a listen above and see what you think. I like the song very much. It’s about as good as her other Mockingjay song Yellow Flicker Beat and way better than the Kanye West remix Flicker. Do you like this new track?
Inspired by female coffee producers in Costa Rica
Alanis Morrissette has released a video for her new song The Morning that was written for a documentary called A Small Section of the World that will open in select theaters and on VOD in December. The Coffee is inspired by the female coffee producers of Costa Rica and features percussion sounds created by Carlos Tapado Vargas utilizing coffee beans and the machinery that is used to make coffee. The project sounds very interesting and as you can hear above, the song sounds classic Alanis. Click the embed above to get your first listen of/look at The Morning.
This is the Anthem
Back in August we learned that Eminem is planning the release of a new Shady Records compilation titled ShadyXV and last month, we got to see the cover art for the album. Today we get to hear a new song from the album titled Detroit Vs. Everybody and as you can hear, the rap anthem features an all-star collection of Detroit hip hop artists … including Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf and Trick Trick. The song contains some adult language so it is very likely NSFW but if you’re in a place where you can listen, you’re gonna wanna hear this great new song. ShadyXV will be released on November 24.
This is the rework
Last week Lorde released the music video for her new song Yellow Flicker Beat, which is featured on the motion picture soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 — an album that she curated. Today, we get our first listen of the Kanye West remix version of the song. To be completely honest, I am terribly unimpressed with this “rework”ed version of the song because I find the subtlety to be quite boring. The original version of the song is just fine the way it is … Kanye‘s remix doesn’t really add to the song, nor does it transform it in any interesting way. Still, I’m sure it was a thrill for Lorde to get Yeezus to remix her song for inclusion on this soundtrack so … good for her. Have a listen above, see what you think. Are you impressed with Flicker (Kanye West Rework)?