Archive for the First Listen Category

First Listen: Sam Smith Has Releases His ‘James Bond: Spectre’ Theme Song ‘Writing’s On The Wall’

"I have been dreaming of this moment for a long long time."

After some bit of speculation, earlier this month we learned that British singer Sam Smith has been tapped to record the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre, titled Writing’s On The Wall. Today we get to hear the song in full, at last. Smith has been teasing the release of this new Bond theme for weeks now and today released the song on Spotify after it was world premiered on British radio. As you can hear below, the song starts out with the expected orchestral swell that we usually get from James Bond theme songs and it goes from there. The reviews of the song have, thus far, been mixed … have a listen and see if you like it … or not. More »

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First Listen: Janet Jackson Releases A New Song With Missy Elliott Titled ‘BurnItUp’

The latest from 'Unbreakable'
"Imma shut this down"

At the start of this month, Janet Jackson kicked off her much-anticipated Unbreakable World Tour with a performance in Vancouver, BC and as you may recall, we learned that her show starts with a new song with Missy Elliott titled BurnItUp. Today we get to hear BurnItUp in full, courtesy of JJ herself. Janet has released the song (along with the previous releases of No Sleep and The Great Forever) ahead of her her Unbreakable album release on October 2. BurnItUp is the most upbeat, high energy new song to date — and it features Missy — and I really love it. Click the embed above to have a listen for yourselves and find out if you love it, too.

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First Listen: Sia Releases Her New Single ‘Alive’

From her forthcoming album 'This Is Acting'
"I was born in a thunderstorm"

The truly elusive chanteuse Sia has unleashed a new song upon the world along with the announcement that she is readying the release of a new album, set for imminent release. Her new song Alive will be made available for purchase tomorrow but you can hear the track in full above. The song was co-written by Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso, Jr. and was originally intended to be recorded by Adele … but this soaring upbeat ballad is all Sia‘s now. Click the embed above to hear Alive and see what you think.

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First Listen: Disclosure Releases Its New Song With Lorde, ‘Magnets’

Featured on 'Caracal', out this Friday

Early last week we got to hear a sneak preview of Disclosure‘s new song Magnets, which features Lorde on vocals. Today we get to hear the song in full. Magnets, as you may recall, is a track that is included on Disclosure‘s new album Caracal, which is released in stores on Friday. The tiny sample we got to hear last week gave us our first taste of new music from Lorde in about a year (she last released new music when she executive produced the soundtrack last year for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1). If you liked the sample we heard last week, you are going to LOVE the song in full. Have a listen. More »

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First Listen: Chvrches Has Released Their New Album ‘Every Open Eye’ For Streaming In Full

The album is released on Friday

Back in July, the Scottish electro-pop group Chvrches announced that they would be releasing their sophomore album Every Open Eye in September. Since then, they have released 3 songs from the album for our listening pleasure — Leave A Trace (complete with music video), Never Ending Circles and Clearest Blue. Today, ahead of the album’s release on Friday, Chvrches have made Every Open Eye available for streaming in full. Click below to listen to Chvrches‘s new album from start to finish and hear just how brilliant this trio of musicians remain with this brilliant sophomore LP. More »

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Listen: A Previously Unreleased Selena Quintanilla Song Has Hit The Internets

'Oh No (I'll Never Fall In Love Again)'

Back in March we honored the sad occasion of the 20th anniversary of the murder of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez and today we learn of the existence of a previously unreleased, unheard Selena song. Quintanilla‘s father Abraham gave an interview where he revealed that the unreleased song Oh No (I’ll Never Fall In Love Again) was never professionally recorded but was taped during a rehearsal session for the song and, therefore, isn’t up to par for official release … but after Selena‘s brother A.B. and the Kumbia Kingz recorded music for the track, he decided to release the song online for fans to enjoy. Click below to hear Oh No in full and get a taste of what could’ve been had Selena lived to make more music. More »

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First Listen: Ryan Adams’s Version Of Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ Is Unbelievably Amazing!

From his '1989' album out on 9/21

Earlier today we learned that Ryan Adams announced that he will release his version of Taylor Swift‘s 1989 album on Monday and right now, we get to hear one of the songs from the album in full. Ryan debuted his version of Bad Blood on Apple Music‘s Beats 1 radio this morning and it has now been made available for sharing online. Altho we got to hear small snippets of Ryan‘s 1989 songs (including a rough cut sample of Bad Blood), I don’t think we are properly prepared for how truly magnificent Ryan‘s versions of Taylor‘s songs will be. Click below to hear Bad Blood in full and prepare to be blown away. More »

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First Listen: Naughty Boy Teases His New Song With Beyoncé Titled ‘Runnin’ (Lose It All)’

It's out in full tomorrow
Just a taste

Yesterday we learned that Naughty Boy is releasing a new song tomorrow titled Runnin’ (Lose It All) which features Beyoncé on guest vocals and today we get our first taste of the song. The embed above features a short clip of the music video for Runnin’ and as you can hear, Bey is sanging her heart out on the track. The full song will be released tomorrow, which means it should be available for download at the stroke of midnight tonight. Have a listen above and see if this new song sounds enticing enough to buy when it is officially released tomorrow.

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First Listen: Lana Del Rey Has Released A New Song Titled ‘Salvatore’

Que Bella

We are just a couple days away from the release of Lana Del Rey‘s new album Honeymoon and thus far we have heard the songs Honeymoon, High By the Beach, Terrance Loves You and Music to Watch Boys To from the LP. Today, courtesy of BBC Radio 1, LDR presents us with another new song from the album, a track titled Salvatore. Lana paid a visit to the BBC Radio 1 studio to premiere the song and chat up her new album a bit. The song is another stunner which gives me great hope that Honeymoon may end up being LDR‘s best album yet. Click below and have a listen. More »

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First Listen: Disclosure Previews Its New Song With Lorde, ‘Magnets’

From their new album 'Caracal'

English duo Disclosure are readying the release of their sophomore album Caracal, due out on September 25, and today we get our very first listen of their collaboration with New Zealander Lorde. The new Disclosure album features many collabs — including songs featuring Sam Smith, Kwabs, Lion Babe and more — but it is the Lorde track that is getting the most attention (certainly by me). A short 30 second snippet of Disclosure‘s song with Lorde, Magnets, has made its way to the Internets and I’m kinda obsessed with it already. Click below to have a listen and get your first sampling of the track and your first taste of NEW Lorde music. More »

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