Archive for the First Listen Category

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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First Listen: Lana Del Rey Releases Her New Single ‘West Coast’

"Down on the West Coast, they got a sayin' ..."
"... If you're not drinkin', you're not playin'"

Last week Lana Del Rey announced the title of her new single, West Coast, and revealed that the song would debut in full today. Over the weekend, tho, LDR previewed the song during a concert performance in Las Vegas and then performed the track in full at Coachella. Today, tho, the song has been officially unleashed upon the world. Click the video embed above to hear West Coast, the first single from Lana‘s upcoming new album Ultraviolence. The song has a bit of a different vibe for a LDR song. If this first single is any indication, it would appear that Lana‘s sound has evolved a bit … which is very nice. Have a listen, see what you think. A new era of Lana Del Rey music is now upon us.

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First Listen: Lana Del Rey Debuts Her New Single ‘West Coast’ Live In Las Vegas

Foreplay
"You’ve got the music in you, don’t you?"

In the past week or so, Lana Del Rey has announced the title of her new single West Coast and has released the cover art for the track. She is scheduled to world premiere the song on BBC Radio 1 on Monday but last night she teased the song by performing the chorus live in concert in Las Vegas, NV. Click the video embedded above to watch LDR perform a tiny bit of West Coast live for the first time ever. She is scheduled to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend and may possibly perform the song in full then ahead of its radio debut on Monday. For now, this a capella snippet of West Coast is all we get.

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First Listen: Charli XCX Releases A New Song Titled ‘Boom Clap’

From the soundtrack of 'The Fault in our Stars'

Charli XCX is back with an amazing new song titled Boom Clap which has been released as the first single from the forthcoming motion picture soundtrack of the movie The Fault in Our Stars (which has been adapted from the novel of the same name). Charli has unleashed the single on the world for our listening pleasure and SHOCKER of shockers, it’s only the most perfect pop song. Have a listen below. More »

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Listen: Angel Haze Puts Her Spin On Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk In Love’

"I'm just an open letter, you scribbling on my pages"

Rapper Angel Haze just released the studio version of her remix of Beyoncé‘s Drunk In Love and as you can hear below, she uses Bey‘s song to rap about a love affair of her own. This remix features much of Beyoncé singing parts of her song but Angel inserts a few rap verses throughout the song, giving us a bit of insight into Angel Haze‘s lurve life. Have a listen below. More »

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First Listen: Miley Cyrus Sings ‘A Day In The Life’ By The Beatles

"If ya love The Beatles and John Lennon you gonna love this!!!"

Last month we learned that Miley Cyrus teamed up with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips to record a cover of the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (while she was “high as f*ck”, mind you) and today we learn that she has recorded at least one other Beatles song, too. Coyne is working on a re-imagining of the Beatles album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club band made up of cover recordings and it would appear that Miley is featured on at least two songs from that album. Click below to hear a short snippet of Miley‘s version of the Beatles song A Day in the Life. More »

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First Listen: A Clip Of Tori Amos’s New Song ‘Promise’ Has Been Released

Featuring Tori's daughter Natashya Lórien

Tori Amos made a radio appearance on Radio Eins earlier today and at the end of her appearance, a clip of her new song Promise was played on air. Promise is one of the tracks included on Tori‘s forthcoming new album Unrepentant Geraldines and it features her daughter Natashya Lórien on guest vocals. We’ve previously heard Tash sing on Tori‘s albums Midwinter Graces and Night of Hunters, which came out a few years ago. As you can hear below, Tash‘s voice has matured considerably. The audio below is just a portion of the song but it does give us a pretty good feel for the song overall. Have a listen. More »

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First Listen: Michael Jackson’s New Song ‘Xscape’ Leaks To The Internets

Hear It Here

Last week we learned that the late Michael Jackson will be releasing a posthumous album titled Xscape next month (which MAY contain a song that MIGHT feature our dear Britney Spears) and a day later, we got our first listen of a short snippet of the album’s title track. Today, we get to hear Xscape IN FULL since the song has leaked its way to the Internets. Honestly, it’s not a bad song. Have a listen below. More »

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Listen: Scott Bradlee & Dave Koz Present A Smooth Jazz Version Of The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Theme Song

It's cool, daddy-o
'Game of Thrones' Smoooothed Out

Pianist Scott Bradlee teamed up with sax man Dave Koz to record a Smooth jazz version of the Game of Thrones theme song and as you can hear above, it kinda rules the 7 realms. Dave Koz and I go WAY back. When I played saxophone in middle school and high school band, Koz was my favorite sax player to look up to (I was a member of his fan club and may have stalked him a bit at an in-store appearance). I’ve been a big fan ever since … so it’s great to see that he’s still doing great things today. The GoT theme song is pretty dope in its original form but if you’re in the mood for a smooth, jazzy version of the song … then this version is for you. Enjoy.

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Listen: Pitbull Teams Up With Jennifer Lopez For The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song

'We Are One (Ole Ola)'
Ole Ola Ole

The official song for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been released and it features Pitbull singing Ole Ola Ole along with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. To be honest, Pitbull‘s music isn’t really my thing but I don’t mind this song very much. The song really picks up when J. Lo starts singing so, yeah, check it out in the video embedded above and see what you think!

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