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Listen: Prince Has Released A New Song Titled ‘Stare’ Exclusively On Spotify

"Everybody jam cuz this party's going HAM"

Last week we learned that Prince is readying the release of a “super funky” new album geared towards “super hardcore” fans and today we get our first listen of this new music by Prince. Despite the fact that Prince has yanked all of his music off of online streaming music sites like Spotify (because he seemingly hates the Internet), Prince has released a new song titled Stare exclusively on Spotify. I dunno, it makes no sense but what are ya gonna do? Stare is available for streaming in full on Spotify right now but it’s unknown how long Prince will make the song available for listening online. Click below to listen to Stare and keep an ear out for a fun sample of Prince‘s song Kiss at around the 1:25 mark. More »

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First Listen: Demi Lovato’s ‘Cool For The Summer’ Gets A High Energy Remix By Dave Audé

The Song of Summer '15 is ready to party
The Remix EP Cometh

Altho I had pinned my hopes on another song becoming the unofficial song of summer 2015, I have to admit that Demi Lovato‘s luscious pop track Cool For The Summer has quickly become the only pop song that I am in lust with this summer. Ever since I first heard the track a few weeks ago, it has been on constant replay on my computer … on my phone … in my car. Demi has a great track record of releasing really fun pop songs (her single Give Your Heart a Break is fave in my ever-growing running playlist) but she’s really hit it out of the park with Cool For The Summer. Today we get to check out a high energy, dancey remix of Cool For The Summer by Dave Audé — which you can hear in full above — which is featured on the forthcoming Cool For The Summer Remix EP due out on August 7. This is a remix of the song that you are likely to hear bangin’ in the club when you hit the dancefloor this summer. Additionally, Demi will be releasing the music video for Cool For The Summer this week, which you can preview below. More »

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Listen: Chvrches Releases A Lyric Video For Their New Single ‘Leave A Trace’

"I know I need to feel released"
"Take care to tell it just as it was"

A few days ago we learned the really great news that Chvrches have set September 20 as the release date for their sophomore album, titled Every Open Eye. Today we get to hear the first single from the new album in full. Chvrches have released a lyric video for the new single, Leave A Trace, which you can watch above. The song, I’m happy to hear, is very much in vein with the sound that Chvrches have become famous for. I absolutely LOVE the sweet, poppy, electronic music that the Scottish group crafts so expertly. If Leave A Trace is a sign of what we can expect when Every Open Eye is released, then we are in for a treat. Have a listen, see what you think. It’s a really great song, yeah?

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First Listen: Lana Del Rey Releases Her Dreamy New Song ‘Honeymoon’

"We both know the history of violence that surrounds you"
"We both know that it's not fashionable to love me"

Back in January, we first learned that Lana Del Rey named her upcoming new album Honeymoon. Today we get to hear the album’s title track in full, courtesy of LDR herself. Click the embed above to hear Honeymoon and read the lyrics of the dreamlike ballad. The song is classic Lana Del Rey, which means longtime fans will likely love this track. Have a listen, see what you think.

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First Listen: Eminem Teams Up With Gwen Stefani For His New Song ‘Kings Never Die’

From the 'Southpaw' soundtrack

Back in October of 2011, we first heard that Eminem was involved with a boxer movie that he was rumored to star in. We’ve since learned that the movie, Southpaw, stars Jake Gyllenhaal and will be out later this year. Eminem is still involved, tho, as he has at least 2 songs on the official motion picture soundtrack for Southpaw. Previously, we heard his song Phenomenal in the most recent movie trailer for Southpaw and today we get to hear a new song from the motion picture soundtrack, Kings Never Die. As you can hear below, Kings features Gwen Stefani on guest vocals. Check out the track and see what you think of Eminem and Gwen‘s new song. More »

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Listen: Prince Releases A New Song Titled ‘HardRockLover’

"Cover your ears because you're about to hear a woman just scream"

Back in May, Prince and his new band 3rd Eye Girl released a song titled Baltimore that was written and released in support of racial tension that erupted on their streets due to police brutality and abuse of power. Today we get to hear a new song from Prince and 3rd Eye Girl that has been released for an entirely different reason … a very sexy reason. The new song featured below is titled HardRockLover and it sounds very much like the sexier Prince that used to reign supreme in the ’80s and early ’90s. It’s unknown if this song, as well as the other new music (HERE and HERE) that Prince has been performing on tour lately, will be released on a new album but any new music is good news to me. Click below to hear HardRockLover in full. More »

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First Listen: Demi Lovato’s New Single ‘Cool For The Summer’ Has Leaked To The Internets

"Take me down into your paradise"

Demi Lovato is coming at us with a fun new summer song that is due for official release soon but has managed to make its way to the Internets for our listening pleasure today. Cool For the Summer was co-written by Demi along with the legendary Max Martin and his collaborators Ali Payami, Alexander Erik Kronlund and Savan Kotecha (who wrote Demi‘s 2014 summer single Really Don’t Care). This sound is very new for Demi as she ventures into a pop sound with this track … and seeing how I can’t stop playing this song over and over again, I’d say I’m a fan. Click below to see the cover art for Demi Lovato‘s Cool For the Summer and give the song a listen. I have a feeling you may like it. More »

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Watch: Roxette Will Release An Updated Version Of Their 1989 Single ‘The Look’ This Summer

Coming July 17
"And I go: la la la la la"

Back in 1989, the pop group Roxette (made of of singer/songwriters Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson) took the world by storm with the release of their debut single The Look. Next month, 26 years after the release of the song, Roxette will release an updated 2015 version of the song as a single … in the hopes that The Look will find success again. The release of this new version of the song is done in partnership with Swedish fashion brand KappAhl, who approached the group for an ad campaign … and the idea to remake The Look was born. Click the embed above to get your first taste of this new version of the song, then click below to see the cover art for the single and read excerpts from Roxette‘s interview with Billboard magazine. More »

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First Listen: Veruca Salt Releases A New Song Titled ‘Empty Bottle’

And it's the best new song yet!

Thus far this year, Veruca Salt has released 2 new songs (HERE and HERE) from their new album Ghost Notes (due out next month) and today we get to hear the latest offering from the band’s new album. In the past year, the band has released 4 songs (the two from Ghost Notes and the Record Store Day single 2014 tracks Museum of Broken Relationships and It’s Holy) but after listening to the new song below, I must admit that Empty Bottle is their best new song yet. When I say that I have been aching for YEARS for the return of Veruca Salt, it is because when they work together on music they give us amazing songs like Empty Bottle. Slow and sweeping, then loud and powerful — Empty Bottle has it all. Have a listen below and fall in love. More »

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Listen: Janet Jackson Releases Her New Single ‘No Sleeep’ In Full

"I dedicate this to My Love."
The return of Janet Jackson

Last week we got our first taste of Janet Jackson‘s first new single in 7 years, a song titled No Sleeep that will lead the way for JJ‘s return to the music scene. The song will be released for sale at the stroke of midnight tonight but right now, we get to hear No Sleeep in full. As the snippet released last week suggests, this new song is a slower, mid-tempo song that sounds reminiscent of her 1993 single That’s The Way Love Goes. Janet has dedicated this song to “her love”, which of course is her husband Wissam Al Mana. Click the embed above to hear No Sleeep in full and see what you think about it. Janet is back.

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