Archive for the First Listen Category

First Listen: Shakira & Rihanna Release Their New Single ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’

Behold, Shakhanna
"I keep forgetting I should let you go"

Early last week Shakira announced that she would be releasing a new single that features guest vocals by none other than Rihanna. A few days later, she hit us with the sexy cover art for the single Can’t Remember to Forget You. Today we get to hear the song in full. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this collaboration but the song sounds pretty much what you think a pop song from Shakira and Rihanna would sound like. It’s an upbeat and poppy number with a little Caribbean flare. Click the embed above to give it a listen then let me know what you think in the comments below. Does this sound like a hit song to you?

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First Listen: Lea Michele Releases The Audio Of Her Album Title Track ‘Louder’

'Louder' the album drops March 4

On Friday we got to see the music video for Lea Michele‘s debut solo single Cannonball, the first from her forthcoming debut solo album Louder. Today we get to hear in full the title track of her new album in full. Lea sat down to chat with Billboard magazine and has allowed them to debut her song with the world first. Click below to hear Louder and read excerpts from her interview with Billboard mag. More »

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First Listen: Lorde Releases A New Single Titled ‘No Better’

Do try to tear yourself away from the new Beyoncé album for a sec ...

Lest you think that Beyoncé is the only artist dropping surprise new music on the world today, comes news that newcomer Lorde has also released a bit of new music as well. After the very successful and critically-acclaimed release of her debut album Pure Heroine, Ms. Lorde has dropped today a new single titled No Better. The song sounds like it would be right at home on her album so I’m guessing that maybe it’s an outtake song that just didn’t make the final cut. That said, I love it. Click below to hear No Better in full and see if you love it, too. More »

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First Listen: Lea Michele Releases Her Debut Single ‘Cannonball’

Plus, Check out the cover art for her debut album 'Louder'
"And now I will start living today"

Last month we got our first look at the cover art for Lea Michele‘s debut solo single Cannonball along with our first look at the music video that was created for the track. Today we get to hear the song in full. Cannonball was penned by Sia, the woman who has been writing big songs for pretty much every major female popstar these days (Britney, Beyoncé, Xtina, Katy, Rihanna … and on and on). Click the embed above to hear Lea sing the heck out of this very big song with her very big voice and see what you think. Pay close attention to the lyrics, I think you’ll find that they were tailor-made for Ms. Lea Michele. After you listen to the song, click below to get your first look at the album art for Lea‘s debut solo album Louder. More »

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Listen: Daniel Kim’s ‘Pop Danthogloy’ Mashes-Up 68 Songs From 2013

Basically every single pop song from 2013
68 Songs in Under 6 Minutes

Last week DJ Earworm dropped his annual year end mash-up video United State of Pop for 2013 … and not to be outdone, DJ Daniel Kim has released a mash-up of his own. Kim‘s year end wrap up is titled Pop Danthology and it features clips from 68 different pop songs. So, basically, all of them. Click the embed above to give it a listen, then click below to see the LONG list of songs featured in the clip. More »

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Watch: Jamie Lynn Spears Covers ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ By Older Sister Britney Spears

A Medley of Spears
She's also not that innocent

Last week we got our first look at the newly released music video for Jamie Lynn Spears‘s new Country single How Could I Want More. Today, JL treats us all with a live performance of another of her new Country songs. Jamie Lynn has embarked on a short, intimate run of live concert performances to promote the upcoming release of her debut album and last night she performed the song Ms. Mississippi for a lucky group of fans. Midway thru the song, JL busted out a rendition of big sister Britney Spears‘s massive hit song Oops!… I Did It Again. She even managed to work in the hand-to-heart-pump dance move as she performed. And you MUST watch to the very end … JL gives our dear Britney a very sweet shoutout. Check out the video embedded above to watch the performance in full … or FFWD to the 2:05 mark for the start of JL‘s cover of Oops! I am in LOVE with this performance, are you?

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First Listen: DJ Earworm, ‘United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy)’

It's that time of year again
Living the Fantasy

It is that time, once again, when DJ Earworm unleashes upon the world his annual mash-up of all of the most popular pop songs of the year. The 2013 installment of his United State of Pop mash-up series has been titled Living the Fantasy. Click the embed above to have a listen and be reminded of all of the great pop songs that made us boogie all 2013 long. Click below to read a list of the songs included in this year’s mash-up, just in case you cannot place a song or two. Please enjoy. More »

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First Listen: Ariana Grande Wishes For ‘Snow In California’ On Her Xmas Album

"I don't need another gift, I just have one wish this year ..."

Last month we got to hear Ariana Grande‘s cover of the Wham! Xmas classic Last Christmas and today we get to hear another track off her upcoming Xmas album/EP. This time around, Ariana is singing about what she wants for Xmas this year … and instead of gifts or chocolates, she just wants to have Snow In California. Now, as a person who grew up with snowy winters for most of my life, I can assure you … it’s best to be careful what you wish for. But, this is what Ariana wants so … let it snow, I suppose. Click below to have a listen of this cute little Xmas tune. More »

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First Listen: Drake Previews One Of Aaliyah’s Unreleased Songs On Instagram

Make It Stop, Please

Remember back in August of 2012 when we first learned that Drake was planning to release a new album of previously unheard and unfinished Aaliyah music and then we learned that her family wasn’t happy about the idea, then there were a LOT of crazy rumors and reports going around that ultimately meant the project would never be released. Back in January, an unreleased song called Quit Hatin’ leaked online then … nothing. Well, today we get to hear bits of another unreleased Aaliyah song by way of Drake who posted a video on his official Instagram profile which teases the song. Click below and have a listen. More »

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We Need To Discuss My New Favorite Album ‘Saint Heron’ And The Fact That Solange Knowles Just Tweeted Me

That-Ish-Cray Of The Day

Sigh. Okay. Where to begin, where to begin…? If you’ve ever been retweeted or tweeted at by one of your favorite celebrities, then you know how I’m feeling right now. Friggen. Solange. Friggen. Knowles. Friggen. Just. Friggen. TWEETED. ME!!! Not a retweet my friends. But, like, took time out of her day to type the words “Thank You!!” Please note the two exclamation points; that is how effing excited she was to read my tweet/mini-review of her new compilation album Saint Heron. Folks, Solange is OBSESSED with me and IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL OR ANYTHING. But seriously, y’all need to get up on Saint Heron and I’m here to help. Click inside for more!
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