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First Listen: Icona Pop Releases A New Song Titled ‘Get Lost’

Behold, your fave new song of the summer
"Woke up this morning / Bleary eyed"

Icona Pop, those lovely ladies who stole your heart last year with their single I Love It, are back this year with a new summer single titled Get Lost and SURPRISE! It’s a sickeningly infectious piece of pop confection. The single hasn’t been officially released just yet but it has made its way to the Internets in full a wee bit early. Click the embed above to have a listen … and then try to get the damn song out of your head.

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Watch: Pearl Jam Performed ‘Let It Go’ From Disney’s ‘Frozen’ In Concert Because Why The Hell Not?!

Um ...
The final nail in the coffin of Grunge

The ubiquitous song Let It Go from Disney‘s monster hit movie Frozen is inescapable, it would seem. You go to the mall, you hear the song. You go to a restaurant, you hear the song. You go to church, chances are you may possible hear the song (but in a religiousifed manner, I would assume). The one place might expect to be safe from hearing the song is at a Pearl Jam concert … but notsofast. Pearl Jam, inexplicably, performed Let It Go live in concert in Milan, Italy this weekend because … well, I don’t know why … they just did. Click the embed above to hear a snippet of their performance and marvel at how far the kings of the Grunge Music era have come.

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First Listen: Amy Grant Releases A Remix Of ‘Baby Baby’ From Her First-Ever Remix Album

Prepare for 'In Motion: The Remixes'
The stars are shining for you

So … I have a little confession to make. I’m kind of a tiny fan of Christian Pop star Amy Grant … ok, a BIG fan actually … and I have been for many years. Back when I was a youngster, I went thru a moral dilemma where I was trying to reconcile my love of pop music (Madonna, Prince, Sheena Easton) with what I thought was a religious awakening (my parents dragged me to church a lot) and I ended up stumbling on the oddly-satisfying music genre of contemporary Christian Pop music. The uncontested queen of the genre (and I’ve always been in love with pop queens) was/is Amy Grant. I owned all of her albums and know all of her songs from, like 1982 (El Shaddai, yo) until 1994 (yeaaaaah Lucky One) when my fandom ran out and I focused on other pop queens. My flirtation with Christian Pop only lasted a year or so but I stuck with Amy Grant for quite a few years. Back in 1991, Amy had a huge crossover hit with Baby, Baby and today we get to hear a remixed version of the song which is featured on Amy‘s first-ever remix album In Motion: The Remixes … due out in August. Click the embed above to hear this new version of Baby, Baby then click below to see the tracklisting of the other songs featured on the album. More »

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Listen: Sinéad O’Connor Covers ‘I Would Die 4 U’ By Prince

Nothing Compares 2 a Prince Cover

Sinéad O’Connor shot to international fame back in 1990 with the release of the song Nothing Compares 2 U, a song that was written by Prince. 24 years later we get to hear Sinéad‘s version of another Prince song, this time I Would Die 4 U. Sinéad‘s version of I Would Die 4 U will be included on a compilation album titled Purple Reggae which features reggae versions of classic Prince songs (due out later this month). Click below to sample Sinéad‘s take on this iconic Prince track and hear what it sounds like when Sinéad takes on Prince again. More »

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Listen: Eminem & Sia’s New Song Is Featured In A New Trailer For ‘The Equalizer’

The Re-Up
Music by Eminem and Sia

Last month Shannon shared a trailer for the new Denzel Washington film The Equalizer (which is based on the TV series of the same name) and while that trailer was all well and good, the trailer we get to see today is a bit better because it features a new song by Eminem and Sia. Em and Sia have collaborated on this as-yet untitled track for the film and as you can hear in the video embedded above, it’s a pretty catchy tune. Sia has been working with everyone lately so this collab with Eminem is not at all surprising. I suspect we’ll get to hear this song in full sometime soon, hopefully with a title. Check out the trailer above and hear what you think of this new song by Eminem and Sia.

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First Listen: Angel Haze & Ludacris Put Their Spin On The Theme Song For ’22 Jump Street’

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It's the 'Jump' off

22 Jump Street will hit theaters this weekend and to get the party started a bit early we get to hear today the newly revamped theme song for the movie. Rappers Angel Haze and Ludacris were tapped with putting their own spin on the Jump Street theme song and as you can hear above, it’s deffo a party song to get you in the mood. I’m not crazy about EDM banger club songs but I do enjoy the cleverness of putting this new spin on the classic theme song. Have a listen, have a jello shot (or two) and get ready to party down on Jump Street.

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First Listen: Lana Del Rey’s New Song ‘Brooklyn Baby’ Hits The Internets

"You're burin' up / I'm coolin' down"
"They say I'm too young to love you"

A new song from Lana Del Rey‘s new album Ultraviolence has made its way to the Internets for our listening pleasure today. Like the earlier songs that we’ve heard from this album thus far (West Coast, Shades of Cool and Ultraviolence), this new song is really great. Click the embed above to hear LDR‘s Brooklyn Baby and try not to fall too deeply in love.

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Here Is Your First Listen Of ‘Wig In A Box’ & ‘Sugar Daddy’ From The ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’ Broadway Cast Soundtrack

"I put on some make-up / And turn on the tape deck"
The Original Cast Recording

A couple of weeks ago we learned that the new Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris, would be releasing an original cast recording soundtrack in July but today we get out first listen of two of the songs from the soundtrack album. The songs Wig in a Box and Sugar Daddy are available for immediate download if you pre-order the album on iTunes … or you can just hear them both in full right here. Click the embed above to hear the Hedwig and the Angry Inch Broadway cast recording of Wig in a Box and then click below to hear Sugar Daddy in full. More »

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First Listen: Kelly Rowland Releases A New Song Titled ‘The Game’

“Make your play, make it count today”

Kelly Rowland has a hot new track out today titled The Game which is featured on a new compilation album sponsored by Pepsi Cola. Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game is a soccer-themed album that features songs by Janelle Monaé, Rita Ora, Santigold, Timbaland and others. As I understand it, this album is also being released as a visuals album when it comes out on June 10. Click below to get your first listen of Kelly‘s song The Game. I’ve already listened to the song a few times and I really like it, I think you will like it, too. More »

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First Listen: A Snippet Of Kanye West’s Unreleased Song ‘Black Bruce Wayne’ Leaks To The Internets

The Black Knight

A previously unreleased but long-rumored song titled Black Bruce Wayne by Kanye West has leaked its way to the Internets and altho the clip featured below is only a short snippet, it does give us a pretty good feel for what the full song sounds like. I’m not sure if this song was meant for Kanye‘s previous album Yeezus and just didn’t make the cut or if it will appear in full on his upcoming follow-up album due out this year but now that a snippet of the song has come to light, I suspect that the full song will get leaked eventually. Until then, click below to get this small taste of Black Bruce Wayne. More »

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