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First Listen: Veruca Salt Releases A NEW SINGLE & Announces Their New Album ‘Ghost Notes’

Listen to 'Laughing in the Sugar Bowl' NOW!

Following the release last year of their comeback/reunion Record Store Day 2014 single The Museum of Broken Relationships b/w It’s Holy, the original members of Veruca Salt announced that they were going into the studio to record their third full-length studio album. Today, VS has announced that their new album is titled Ghost Notes (out in July) and they have released two songs for our listening pleasure. Click below to see the cover art for Ghost Notes and see the album’s tracklist of 14 songs … then listen to their new songs Laughing in the Sugar Bowl and The Gospel According to Saint Me which give us our first taste of THE NEW VERUCA SALT ALBUM!!! More »

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First Listen: Drake Collabs With Beyoncé On His New Track ‘Can I?’

Here's a taste
Drizzy + Beyzus

A snippet of a new Drake track has made its way to the Internets which reveals that he recorded the song with none other than Beyoncé herself. The clip is only seconds long but it’s a nice first taste of what’s to come when this track is eventually released in full. Drake and Bey have a nice history of making beautiful music together and this latest collab promises to be great. Have a listen, get a taste and prepare yourselves for the hot track that is coming our way.

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Listen: Small Pools Releases Their Cover Of ‘A Real Hero’ From The ‘Drive’ Soundtrack

"We wanted to do a cover that was a bit under the radar"

Back in 2011, Ryan Gosling starred in a film titled Drive that, to this day, remains one of my fave movies of all time (in fact, I just rewatched Drive over the weekend, randomly) and gave us one of the more memorable soundtracks in recent years. The LA band Small Pools, who just released their debut album Lovetap! last month, decided to record and release a cover of the song A Real Hero by College & Electric Youth as featured on the Drive soundrack … which you can listen to in full below. A Real Hero is such a great song, it plays in heavy rotation in my running mix. Click below to hear Small Pools put their spin on this really great track. More »

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Listen: Years And Years Releases A New Song Titled ‘Shine’

From their debut album 'Communion'
"It's shaking the sky and I'm following lightning"

Back in March, I fell in LOVE with a new British band called Years and Years and, have since, played the heck out of the songs the band has released on their debut EP. Today we get to hear a new song titled Shine that will be featured on Years and Years‘s debut album Communion, which will be released in July. Shine is an EXCELLENT example of why I love this band so much. Click the embed above to have a listen and fall in love yourselves.

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First Listen: Prince Releases His Tribute Song Titled ‘Baltimore’

"If there ain't not justice / Then there ain't no peace"

Last week it was announced that Prince had written and recorded a song in tribute to Freddie Gray and the people of the city of Baltimore. Just a few days ago, it was announced that Prince and his band 3rd Eye Girl would be playing a tribute concert in the city of Baltimore, MD this weekend with proceeds going to Baltimore-based youth charities. Today, one day before Prince‘s concert performance in Baltimore, we get to hear the just-released tribute song that Prince wrote for the Freddie Gray and the city of Baltimore … appropriately titled Baltimore. Click below to have a listen of the song in full. More »

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Watch: This Audio Clip From Rehearsals For Mariah Carey’s New Vegas Show Will Give You LIFE!

Listen to that HIGH note!

Last week Mariah Carey made her grand arrival in Las Vegas ahead of the kick-off of her new Vegas show at Caesar’s Palace Mariah Carey #1 to Infinity. Since then, Mimi has been rehearsing night and day to get her show right and … people, she is gonna S-L-A-Y Sin City when her show premieres this week. Audio from Mariah‘s rehearsals has mysteriously made its way to TMZ who, in turn, released the audio for the rest of us to hear and MC sounds AMAZE! Click below to get a taste of what Mariah has in store for the lucky folks who will see her in concert in Las Vegas during her residency there. More »

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First Listen: Paris Hilton Releases Her New Single ‘High Off My Love’

Featuring Birdman
"The night is young / It's time to kill it"

Last month Paris Hilton teased the release of her new single, a song titled High Off My Love (Featuring Birdman on guest rap), after she first revealed the song’s existence last summer when she filmed the music video for the song. High Off My Love and her previous single Come Alive are reportedly due to be featured on Hilton‘s next album … which hasn’t officially been announced. As you may know, Paris has been trying her hand at DJing in the past year or so but, thankfully, this new single is an actual pop song rather than a more EDM instrumental. I can’t say that High Off My Love is her best work but it’s also not the worst thing she’s ever done. Have a listen above and you make the determination, does Paris Hilton still have a future in music?

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First Listen: Britney Spears’s New Single ‘Pretty Girls’ Has Made Its Debut Online

"We're just so pretty"

It’s here! Ahead of its official release on Monday, Britney Spears‘s new single Pretty Girls (with Iggy Azalea) has made its way online for our listening pleasure and I am THRILLED to hear that it is a great pop song … destined to be the song of the summer. Because I’m not a big Iggy fan (at all), I was worried that her influence and inclusion on the song would hurt the track but, thankfully, she’s not too much of a hinderance. The song is catchy and the chorus is absolutely infectious. Click below to hear Pretty Girls and get your first taste of the song of Summer 2015. More »

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First Listen: Mariah Carey Releases Her New Single ‘Infinity’

Back to the '90s
"I was your eternally / There's an end to infinity"

Over the weekend, we got to see the cover art for Mariah Carey‘s new single Infinity, the only new song included on her upcoming greatest hits album #1 to Infinity. At the stroke of midnight last night, Mimi released Infinity for download on iTunes and made the song available for listening online with the release of the lyric video embedded above. As you can see and hear, this song appears to be TOTALLY about her soon-to-be ex-husband Nick Cannon … and how he lost the greatest thing he ever had when he messed up his marriage with Mariah. The song is really, really good. It has a distinctly ’90s sound to it, which is where Mariah Carey is strongest. This song has a very good shot at becoming Mimi‘s next #1 song. Have a listen, see what you think.

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First Listen: Britney Spears’s Cover Of ‘Tom’s Diner’ Has Been Officially Released

Her collab with Giorgio Moroder

Way back in November we first learned that legendary music producer Giorgio Moroder is planning the release of his first album in over 30 years which will feature collaborations with singers like Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue and our dear Britney Spears. In February, we got to see the video for the first single from Moroder‘s new album, his collab with Kylie titled Right Here, Right Now. Today, we get to hear a couple snippets of audio from Giorgio‘s song with Britney, which is a cover of the Suzanne Vega song Tom’s Diner. Click below to get your first taste of Britney and Giorgio‘s take on Tom’s Diner and see what you think. UPDATE: Shortly after the leak, the official audio was released … listen below. More »

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