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First Listen: Lily Allen Namechecks Rihanna, Lorde, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga & More In Her New Single ‘Sheezus’

Plus, check out the 'Sheezus' album tracklisting
She is Risen

Back in February Lily Allen announced that her new album would be named Sheezus and in March she dropped the music video for her most recent single Our Time. Today we get our first look/listen of the title track of Lily‘s new album which, as you can hear above, namechecks a few of Allen‘s popstar contemporaries … Beyoncé, Lorde, Katy Perry, etc. The song is a slower jam (produced by DJ Dahi), the lyrics are fantastic (I’ll take the hits, roll with the punches / I’ll get back up, it’s not as if I’ve never done this / But then again, the game is changing / Can’t just come back, jump on the mic and do the same thing) and the video itself is kinda freaky. Sheezus has risen, y’all. After you watch the video above, click below to see the full tracklisting for the Sheezus album which hits stores on May 6 here in the US. More »

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First Listen: Beyoncé Features On The New Boots Song ‘Dreams’

Beyoncé‘s BFF producer Boots (who worked on much of Bey‘s new album) has just dropped a single titled Dreams and, wouldn’t you know it, Ms. Bey is featured on the track as well. Beyoncé sings back-up and one verse on dreams but Boots is the real star of this song. The track is a sexy slow jam which should appeal to folks who are into that kind of thing (I’m more of a club-banger, high energy song fan but even I enjoy this song). Have a listen below and get to know Boots. More »

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First Listen: Courtney Love Returns With A New Song Titled ‘You Know My Name’

The Double A Side
"I'll never change"

Earlier this month, Courtney Love announced that the original members of Hole would be reuniting and then had to backtrack on that announcement because, apparently, she spoke too soon. Undaunted, Courtney is moving forward with the release of her own solo music and today delivers unto us a new song titled You Know My Name. This new track will be featured on a double A side single along with the song Wedding Day, set for release on May 4. Click above to get your first listen of C. Love‘s new music. I must admit, her voice sounds very strong — which I like very much — but I’ll have to listen to the song a few times to get a better sense for it overall. What do you think?

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First Listen: Miranda Kerr Makes Her Singing Debut On A Duet With Bobby Fox

'You're The Boss'
Miranda's Singing Debut

Yesterday we got our first listen of supermodel Gisele Bündchen singing the Blondie hit Heart of Glass in a new ad campaign video for H&M. Today we get to hear fellow supermodel Miranda Kerr making her singing debut on the new single You’re The Boss by Irish singer Bobby Fox. You’re The Best was a duet famously recorded by Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret, so clearly Bobby and Miranda are going for that same sexy vibe. Click the embed above to have a listen and see what you think of Miranda‘s singing ability.

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Watch: Gisele Bündchen Sings ‘Heart Of Glass’ By Blondie For A New H&M Campaign

The Music Video
Gisele for H&M

Gisele Bündchen is the star of H&M‘s new summer ad campaign and has recorded a cover of Blondie‘s iconic song Heart of Glass for the clothier. The music video for Gisele‘s Heart of Glass premiered earlier today on Good Morning America and the song can be downloaded for at iTunes HERE. All of the royalties from this song will go to UNICEF so if you like the track and you want to buy it, you will also be supporting a very good cause. The video is fun and Gisele‘s cover is decent but it’s clear that singing isn’t her strongest suit. Nonetheless, I can appreciate that H&M has come up with a clever way to market their summer line so, I’m not mad at this musical ad campaign at all. What say you? Do you like Gisele‘s cover of Heart of Glass?

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Listen: The New Veruca Salt Songs ‘The Museum Of Broken Relationships & ‘It’s Holy’ Have Leaked To The Internets

"Here comes your brand new day"
"The needle's in the groove"

Like Garbage, Veruca Salt released a limited edition vinyl 10″ single for Record Store Day 2014 this past weekend which features the first new music released by the original members of the band in 16 years. The single, featuring the new songs The Museum of Broken Relationships and It’s Holy as well as the band’s debut 1994 single Seether, is limited to only 1000 copies worldwide so the chances of fans getting a copy of the vinyl were extremely difficult … and, as such, many people have been unable to hear these new Veruca Salt songs. An industrious fan who was lucky enough to buy a copy of the 10″ single this weekend posted a lo-fi video of the songs being played. It’s unknown if these songs will be released officially in any other format so this may be some fans’ only chance to hear the songs. I’ve been playing my copy of the single on repeat ever since I got my hands on it. I am in LUST with these new Veruca Salt songs. GAH! I am really looking forward to hearing more new music, hopefully soon. For now, enjoy these songs … I think you will LURVE them, too.

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Listen: The New Garbage Songs ‘Girls Talk Shit’ & ‘Time Will Destroy Everything’ Have Leaked To The Internets

Limited Edition
The Record Store Day 2014 Single

Over the weekend, Garbage and Brody Dalle released a limited edition 10″ single that features new songs titled Girls Talk Shit and Time Will Destroy Everything. The single is limited to only 4000 copies worldwide so it was very difficult for every Garbage fan in the world to get a copy of the single and it is unknown of the songs will be released officially in any other format (eg. digital or album release). A music video for Girls Talk Shit is on the way but in the mean time, an industrious fan has uploaded video of the vinyl single being played so that fans who could not get a copy of the single can hear the songs. The video is pretty lo-fi but at least you do get to hear the songs in full (along with a chirping bird in the background). You will also note that the record is being played on the Peanuts Record Store Day Turntable that was also released over the weekend. You can hear Girls Talk Shit in the video above and Time Will Destroy Everything in the video below. Enjoy. UPDATE: The songs have been removed from You Tube but you can hear Girls Talk Shit on Soundcloud HERE (thanks Emmanuel). More »

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First Listen: Kylie Minogue’s Record Store Day 2014 Single ‘Golden Boy’ Hits The Internets

Her Single of the YEAR!
"Now I'm bangin' on your door"

In honor of Record Store Day 2014, Kylie Minogue has released a limited edition 7″ single for a new track titled Golden Boy. Unfortunately, the single is only available internationally but thanks to the glory of the Internets, we can hear the song in the embed above. The song, quite honestly, is the best single she’s released in a very long time. It’s a shame that this song is only being released in this limited format because it’s really a spectacular song. Have a listen, see what you think. Don’t you wish Golden Boy was included on her new album Kiss Me Once?

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First Listen: Prince Releases A NEW Song Titled ‘The Breakdown’

It's a slow jam

In the wake of the surprising but very exciting news that Prince has signed a new contract with his old record label Warner Bros. Records to release a NEW album as well as a bunch of old, previously unreleased material from his treasure trove of recordings from the 80′s, Prince has unleashed upon the world a new single titled The Breakdown. As I understand it, Prince performed this song in concert last Fall but just before midnight last night he released it officially for sale on iTunes. Have a listen of this new Prince track below. More »

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First Listen: ‘Here’ Is Pharrell’s Song Contribution To The ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Soundtrack

The song is titled 'Here', get it?

Yesterday we got to see the music video for Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar‘s song It’s On Again which is the first single from the forthcoming motion picture soundtrack of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Today we get our first listen of Pharrell‘s contribution to the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The song is titled Here and it doesn’t sound very much like the music that we usually get from Pharrell. The man can sing, y’all. Have a listen below. More »

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