Archive for the First Listen Category

Watch: Bonnie McKee Releases A Fun Music Video For Her New Holiday Song ‘California Winter’

With Love from Bonnie
This is how we do in SoCal

Singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee has written and released a new song for the holiday season and today we get to see the low budget but superfun music video for her song California Winter. Here is Bonnie‘s description of the music video:

This one-shot video was duct-taped, stapled, and glued together with chewing gum by my loving, wonderful, talented friends! There are no cuts, just old fashioned Hollywood elf work. It was a last minute stroke of inspiration and we had less than a week to prepare. We learned the choreography the day before the shoot, and were still stitching costumes day of! When we arrived at 6am it was just a big empty room, and by the end of the day every single elf/dog in the building had put their blood, sweat, and sparkling icicle tears into building the set and making it work! We did 6 full takes and this was the last (with the fewest bloopers) of the day. BEHOLD!!! You are witnessing a Christmas Miracle!! Happy Holidays everyone!!

I love winter in California and I really like this song and video. See, this is how we do Xmas in SoCal :)

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Listen: Madonna Releases ‘Living For Love’ From Her New Album ‘Rebel Heart’

"After the heartache / I'm gonna carry on"
"Not gonna stop / Love's gonna lift me up"

At midnight last night, Madonna‘s new album Rebel Heart became available for pre-order with 6 songs released for immediate download. Among the 6 songs that have been released is the first single Living For Love. Maddy has also made Living For Love available for streaming, just in case you’re not yet convinced you want to pony up and pre-order the album. Having listened to the songs a few times already, I really like all of them … including Living For Love. Click the embed above to have a listen and see what you think. This is the first official taste we’re getting of the new era of Madonna music … are you impressed?

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Listen: Owl City Releases An Xmas Single Titled ‘Kiss Me Babe, It’s Christmas Time’

"Little lights flash in your eyes / Glowing by the fireside"
"Let's fly around the world tonight, oh yeah"

We are just about a week away from Xmas 2014 and everywhere you go, there is Xmas music everywhere. Some people love it, others don’t … but I’m a fan of Xmas music. I don’t really go for the traditional type of Xmas music but I do like creative versions of the classic carols or poppy, upbeat original songs. Owl City has released a new Xmas single titled Kiss Me Babe, It’s Christmas Time which you can hear in full above. Owl City is usually hit or miss for me but there is something I like about this song. Have a listen, see what you think.

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First Listen: Marilyn Manson Releases A New Song Titled ‘Deep Six’

More MM For You
Another song from 'The Pale Emperor'

Back in October, Marilyn Manson released a new song titled Third Day of a Seven Day Binge which will be featured on his new album The Pale Emperor which is scheduled for release next month. Today we get to hear another new song from the album, a track titled Deep Six. MM is offering both Third Day and Deep Six for immediate download if you pre-order The Pale Emperor on iTunes … but you can click the embed above to hear this new song in full first before you make up your mind. Unfortunately, this new song sounds to me very much like most of the music that Manson has been putting out in recent years. I’m hopeful that this new album will feature some great new music but, thus far, I’ve yet to hear anything all that exciting. Have a listen, see what you think … do you like this new MM song?

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Listen: D’Angelo’s New Album ‘Black Messiah’ Is Now Available For Streaming In Full

His first album in 14 years

With only a couple weeks left of 2014, there has been speculation over whether or not a big musical artist would be releasing a surprise album in the manner that Beyoncé did this time last year. I think many folks have been looking in Rihanna‘s direction or Madonna‘s direction for a possible surprise album but I don’t think anyone was expecting D’Angelo to come out of nowhere and drop a new album. D’Angelo and The Vanguard (his new group, apparently) released a brand new album at the stroke of midnight last night without any warning. Black Messiah is now available for purchase and/or streaming in full below. More »

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First Listen: Nicki Minaj & Beyoncé Release A New Song Titled ‘Feelin’ Myself’

"Yo B, they ready"

At the start of this month, we learned that Nicki Minaj managed to cajole Beyoncé to appear on her new album The Pinkprint, which is out later this month, and today we get to hear the ladies’ song together Feelin’ Myself. Produced by Hit-Boy, Feelin’ Myself is a slower, mid-tempo jam that is full of cockiness and sass … perfect for a collab for Nicki and Bey. Click below and have a listen of Feelin’ Myself and see if you’re feelin’ this jam. More »

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Watch: Here Is A Clip Of Anna Kendrick Singing ‘On The Steps Of The Palace’ In ‘Into The Woods’

"This is more than just malice"
"I'm caught unawares"

A clip of footage from the Disney adaptation of Into The Woods has been released that shows us a portion of Anna Kendrick‘s performance of the song On the Steps of the Palace, which you can see above. We already know that Anna Kendrick can sing because she was pretty terrific in Pitch Perfect but I’m curious to see how she is in this full-on musical production movie. Check out the clip above and see a tiny bit of Into The Woods before it hits theaters on Xmas day.

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First Listen: Lana Del Rey’s New Songs ‘Big Eyes’ And ‘I Can Fly’ Have Been Released In Full

Lovely

Yesterday we got to preview Lana Del Rey‘s new song Big Eyes, the title song from the Tim Burton movie of the same name due out on Xmas Day. Today we get to hear Big Eyes in full along with another new LDR song titled I Can Fly, both from the Big Eyes soundtrack. Based on what we’ve seen of the movie thus far, it sounds like LDR is the perfect person to provide the soundtrack to this new Tim Burton movie. Have a listen below and see what I mean. More »

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First Listen: DJ Earworm Releases ‘United State Of Pop 2014 (Do What You Wanna Do)’

It's that time again
The Year in Pop

Each year, DJ Earworm releases a compilation mash-up music video titled United State of Pop that complies his selection of the year’s greatest pop hits and today we get our first listen/first look at his 2014 song. This year’s compilation is titled Do What You Wanna Do and it turned out pretty sweet, I think. Have a listen above and let’s remember all the great pop hits from 2014.

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First Listen: Nicki Minaj Releases A New Song Titled ‘All Things Go’

"Life is a movie / But there'll never be a sequel"

A couple of days ago, Nicki Minaj released the tracklisting for her upcoming new album The Pink Print and today she is letting us hear one of the new songs on her album in full. All Things Go has been released for our listening pleasure and as you can hear below, it is one of the slower, more introspective songs on the album. Nicki rap/sings about quite a few serious and important subjects on the track, including family, fame, money. I’m guessing there will be quite a few club bangers on the album but as you can hear below, The Pink Print will also include prettier slow jams, too. More »

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