Archive for the First Listen Category

Watch: This Music Video Is Actually A Promo Video For The ‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-Off ‘Better Call Saul’

Viral Marketing
"Your husband disappeared in a most convenient way?"

Back in August we got to see the first teaser video for the upcoming Breaking Bad prequel spin-off series Better Call Saul that will debut on AMC next February. Today we get to see a new promo video for BCS that comes in the form of a music video for a song appropriately titled Better Call Saul: The Song. I am counting the seconds until this prequel series premieres on AMC and I’m hopeful we’ll get more promo gems like this for the show in the meantime. Wee!

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First Listen: Fiona Apple Shares New Music For The Showtime Series ‘The Affair’

Sink back into the ocean/Sink back into the ocean

It’s always a good day when Fiona Apple drops some new music, and I’ve been curious about this new Showtime series, The Affair. A few months back I saw the first trailer, but it’s strange how Fiona Apple‘s involvement is now making me even more interested. She’s singing the main title sequence song, Container, and it gives you a sense of the beautiful, haunting quality that the show may also possess. Click inside for more!

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Listen: Aretha Franklin Covers ‘Rolling In The Deep’ By Adele, We Are Not Worthy

The Queen of Soul shows the divas how it's done
Aretha does Adele

Aretha Franklin is releasing an album of cover songs next month titled Aretha Franklin Takes on the Great Diva Classics which includes songs by other, lesser divas. Click the embed above to hear Aretha‘s recording of Adele‘s monster hit song Rolling in the Deep and have a listen of how the song sounds coming from Aretha‘s golden pipes. Is this album of cover songs meant to be a tribute to these songs sung by other women or is it the ULTIMATE shade that Aretha is taking other divas’ songs and singing them better? Click below to read the official press release announcement for this album and see the full tracklisting. More »

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First Listen: Lorde Releases ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ From The Soundtrack Of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′

"The scars that mark my body, they're silver and gold"
"I'm a princess cut from marble, smoother than the storm"

Last week we got to see the cover art for Lorde‘s new single Yellow Flicker Beat, the first single from the forthcoming soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Today, we get to hear the song in full!! Lorde has released the official audio of her song and as you can hear above, she managed to craft a song perfectly for the film. The lyrics are really, really good. With lines like, “my blood is a flood of rubies, precious stones” you know the song was written by this genius songwriter. Check out Yellow Flicker Beat in full above and fall in love.

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First Listen: Fergie Ferg’s New Single ‘L.A. LOVE (La La)’ Hits The Internets

'L.A. got the people sayin'"
La La La La La La

Last weekend we got a a tiny listen of Fergie Ferg‘s new comeback single L.A. LOVE (La La) but today, today we get to hear the song in full. Fergie‘s new track made it’s debut online for our listening pleasure and as you can hear above, it sounds very much like the kind of songs that Fergie is fond of releasing. Fergie is reppin’ her love for L.A. hardcore in this song, which I can respect and lurve myself. Get your first listen of L.A. LOVE (La La) above in preparation of hearing this song all over the radio from here on out.

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First Listen: One Direction’s New Single ‘Steal My Girl’ Leaks To The Internets Early

1D 1 Day Early
"I don’t exist if I don’t have her"

One Direction has a new album titled Four coming out and tomorrow, they are due to officially release the song Steal My Girl to promote the album’s upcoming release. 1D fans had other plans, tho, and wouldn’t you know it … the song has leaked online a day early. If you are so inclined, you hear Steal My Girl in full by clicking the embed above. It’s a catchy track, if you’re into that sort of thing. Enjoy.

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Two Britney Spears Demo Songs Written By Blood Orange Have Leaked Online

These 'Britney Jean' demos are remarkable

During production of Britney Spears‘s most recent album, Britney Jean, she worked with a host of producers and songwriters on songs that were being considered for inclusion on the album. When will.i.am was made executive producer of the album, it was pretty much determined that all of the most exciting options for the album would not make the cut and will’s boring vision for the album would shape Britney Jean. Today we get to hear portions of two demos that were written for Britney‘s album by Blood Orange (whose real name is Devonté Dev Hynes) that have mysteriously made their way online. The songs may not stay online for long, tho, so click below and have a listen while you can. You MUST hear what Britney‘s album could’ve sounded like. More »

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First Listen: Kendrick Lamar Releases A New Single Titled ‘i’

"Brother Kendrick Lamar, he's not a rapper, he's a writer"

Last week, Shannon reminded us how great rapper Kendrick Lamar is with her fun #ThrowbackThursday post but today, we get to hear some new stuff from the man. Kendrick has released a new song titled i that features a sample of the song That Lady by The Isley Brothers. Now, I’m not really a Kendrick Lamar connoisseur but this new song sounds like a bit of a departure from the music he usually puts out. Click below to hear i in full and see what you think. More »

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First Listen: Ricky Martin Releases A New Single Titled ‘Adiós’

In English, Spanish and French
What. Is. This?!

Um. So. Ricky Martin has just released a new single titled Adiós that has been recorded in English, Spanish and English & French and as you can hear for yourself, the song is pretty horrendous in any language. Of the 3 versions, I guess the song sounds best in Spanish … but that is not saying much. I listened to the song a few times and, yeah, I just do not love it at all. Click the embed above to hear Adiós in English and see what you think. Am I being too harsh? You can click below to hear the song in Spanish and French to compare … or further torture yourself. Eek. More »

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First Listen: Trent Reznor Previews A New Song From The ‘Gone Girl’ Soundtrack

'The Way He Looks At Me'
Creepy

Back in July we learned that Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor was still very hard at work, with collaborator Atticus Ross, on the soundtrack for the upcoming David Fincher film Gone Girl. Today we get our first listen of music from the soundtrack. Reznor has released a song titled The Way He Looks At Me for our listening pleasure. As you may recall, TR described the sound of the Gone Girl score as “the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors … The way that it artificially tries to make you feel like everything’s OK. And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel.” I’d say this song fits that bill perfectly.

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