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First Listen: Fergie Ferg Enlists YG For A Remix Of ‘L.A. LOVE (La La)’

Compton in the house

Last week we saw photos from the set of Fergie Ferg‘s music video for her new comeback single LA LOVE (La La) which hasn’t been released just yet … but, while we wait for the video to drop, we can have a listen of the just released remix of LA LOVE. Ferg managed to get Compton rapper YG 4 Hunnid to bust a rhyme on the remix … which you can hear in full below. More »

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Listen: Iggy Azalea Has Released Two New Songs For Our Listening Pleasure, ‘Beg For It’ & ‘Iggy SZN’

The Reissue
Reclassified

Iggy Azalea is planning to re-release her debut album The New Classic with a bonus track edition titled Reclassified and this new version of the album will include 5 new songs. Today we get to hear 2 of those 5 new songs in full. The video above is titled Beg For It and it features the Danish singer on vocals (I understand that Charli XCX was originally meant to provide the vocals for the song but ‘s version won out for the album re-release). Click below to hear Iggy‘s other new song titled Iggy SZN (which is pronounced season) to get another taste of the new music that Azalea is dropping on her Reclassified album. More »

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First Listen: Bette Midler Has Covered ‘Waterfalls’ By TLC For Her New Album

Not Bad
The Divine Miss TLC

Aretha Franklin has released an album of cover songs where she pays homage to some of the diva classic songs that we all know and love and today we learn that the Divine Miss M is also releasing an album of cover songs as well. Bette Midler is releasing next month an album titled It’s The Girls! which features Bette‘s covers of girl group songs … and included on the album is her rendition of TLC‘s Waterfalls. Click the embed above to hear Bette Midler‘s poignant version of Waterfalls and see what you think. I must admit, it’s a bit weird to hear Bette sing about Little Precious et al. but overall, I think her rendition is pretty darn good.

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First Listen/Look: Taylor Swift Previews Her New Song ‘Style’ In A New Target Commercial

Lots of talking then, music
"We never go out of Style"

Last week we got to see a Diet Coke commercial that stars Taylor Swift (and a horde of adorable kittens) and doubles as an ad for her new album 1989. Today we get to see a Target commercial that stars Taylor Swift and is an outright ad for her new album 1989. Target will be selling an exclusive version of Taylor‘s album and as you can hear above, this new commercial features a snippet of her new song Style. Click the embed above to watch the commercial and hear her new song … but be warned, Taylor does a lot of talking before the music kicks in at the :35 mark of the clip. Enjoy.

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First Listen: Taylor Swift Releases A New Song Titled ‘Welcome To New York’

"The lights are so bright / But they never blind me"

Taylor Swift has released a new song from her upcoming new album 1989 and, IMHO, it’s the best song she’s dropped thus far. The first song from 1989 that Taylor released was the infectious but not entirely spectacular Shake It Off (I know a lot of people really love the song, I think it’s just OK). Then, Taylor released Out Of The Woods (a song she reportedly wrote about her brief relationship with Harry Styles of One Direction) which, I feel, is a really great pop song. Today we get to hear, in full, the track Welcome To New York which will be the first song on her new album. Click below and have a listen. More »

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First Listen: Gwen Stefani Teases A New Song Titled ‘Spark The Fire’

Announces the video for 'Baby Don't Lie' is out TOMORROW
MORE GWEN!!!

Gwen Stefani is super serious about her return to the music biz because not only did she officially release her new single Baby Don’t Lie today but she also released a snippet of another new song titled Spark The Fire, which you can listen to above. Gwen previewed the song on the radio earlier this morning and as you can hear, it’s a damn fine song (OMG OMG she’s back again). Just moments ago on her official Twitter profile, Gwen announced that the completed music video for Baby Don’t Lie will be released tomorrow!

My video for #BabyDontLie premieres tomorrow on @Vevo! Tune in to #TheVoice tonight for a sneak peek & join my Twitter Q&A at 10pm EST!

OMG, so much new Gwen stuff right now! I was hoping she might release another single this year … at this rate, she may release her entire new album by Thanksgiving :D

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First Listen: Calvin Harris Teases His New Song ‘Together’ With Gwen Stefani

It's a good day for Gwen fans
Just a Taste

Earlier today we got our FIRST LISTEN of Gwen Stefani‘s new solo song Baby Don’t Lie and right now, we get to hear more new music from Gwen. Calvin Harris has released a short teaser of his new song Together which features Stefani on guest vocals. Much like Maroon 5‘s collab with Gwen, My Heart Is Open, this new Calvin Harris song (from what I can discern from this preview clip) sounds much, much better with Gwen‘s vocals. Have a listen above and get a second helping of new Gwen Stefani music for the day.

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First Listen: Gwen Stefani Releases A NEW SONG Titled ‘Baby Don’t Lie’

The Comeback Single
"I don't wanna cry no longer"

It has been a veritable lifetime since Gwen Stefani last released solo music and just a few weeks ago, we learned that she was putting the finishing touches on a new solo album. Today we get to hear the FIRST bit of new music that Gwen has released in 6 years … today we get to hear her brand new song Baby Don’t Lie. The song, I understand, was co-written by Benny Blanco (who worked with Kesha when she was Ke$ha and our dear Britney Spears) and Ryan Tedder of One Republic (which is evident when you hear the music). The song is more mid-tempo that I would’ve guessed but it is a crazy infectious song at first listen. The song will be available for download on iTunes in seconds, I’m sure (on Monday, to be exact). I gotta know … what do you think?

UPDATE: Should the embed above stop working, you can hear Baby Don’t Lie here:

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First Listen: Justin Bieber Jumps On A Remix Of Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’

"We gonna take it to a whole ‘nother level"

The Meghan Trainor hit song All About that Bass has been remixed by Maejor Ali — a producer who has worked previously with Iggy Azalea, Juicy J, Keri Hilson and others — and now features a guest vocal performance by none other than Justin Bieber. Now, whether or not Justin‘s inclusion on the track is a good thing or a bad thing is left up to the listener … so you can click below and check out this Maejor Remix of Meghan Trainor‘s All About that Bass featuring Justin Bieber and see what you think. More »

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Listen: Tom Morello Of Rage Against The Machine Releases A Rock Anthem For Ferguson, Missouri

'Marching on Ferguson'

Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, has released an anthem titled Marching on Ferguson as a way of showing his support for the on-going protests in Missouri where people are still reeling of the killing of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown by a police officer — who remains free and is, thus far, not facing any prosecution at all. Morello first performed the song live in September and has now made the song available for download at THIS site set up to encourage activism in Ferguson, MO. Click below to hear Marching on Ferguson in full. More »

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