Archive for the First Listen Category

First Look: Frank Ocean’s Director Shoots An Exciting New Short Film/Music Video In Kerala, India

'Higher' By Just Blaze & Baauer, Featuring Jay Z
'Turn My Music High, High, High...'

Nabil has made amazing music videos for artists like Kanye West and Frank Ocean, and now it looks like the acclaimed director might be venturing into short film. Just Blaze (one of Hip Hop’s biggest producers and frequent collaborator of Jay Z‘s) has teamed up with Baauer (the guy who brought us the whole Harlem Shake movement) on a new single called Higher. Higher features Jay Z, and the video just premiered the other day. None of the artists actually appear in the video/short film; instead Nabil shot the footage in Kerala, India and created a powerful story of honor and revenge, inspired by the Kalaripayattu (Indian martial arts) warriors. The video definitely has me yearning for more, which is why I was psyched to hear that a longer film might be in development. Peep the video for more! Are you into it?

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First Look/Listen: Prince Reveals Hilarious Dave Chappelle- Inspired Cover Art For His New Single

'Breakfast Can Wait'
Shirts Vs. Blouses

If you are anything like me (or PITNBr Alecia), every time Prince does anything, you think of Dave Chappelle. Since walking away from his hit sketch comedy series Chappelle’s Show and the $50 bajillion contract that came with, Dave Chappelle has been deemed a recluse, popping up here and there for the occasional live performance. But many of us will never, ever forget the amazingness that was his show, and the True Hollywood stories he used to do with Eddie Murphy‘s big brother Charlie Murphy. Apparently, Prince hasn’t forgotten any of that awesomeness either. And now that he’s discovered and embraced Twitter (and, perhaps the internet as a whole) he’s sharing the hilariously appropriate cover art for his new single, Breakfast Can Wait. Chappelle fans will totally get the pancake reference, LOL. Click inside for more and listen to a snippet of the new track, above! It’s on friggen YouTube!
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Listen: Justin Bieber Teams Up With Michael Jackson On A ‘New’ Old Song

'Slave 2 the Rhythm'

It’s been a few years now since the world lost the acclaimed King of Pop Michael Jackson but that doesn’t mean that he stopped releasing “new” music. A previously unheard, unfinished MJ track titled Slave 2 the Rhythm has surfaced online … which features vocals by Justin Bieber. Yes, folks, Justin Bieber. MJ recorded the song before his death in 2009 but the song was unfinished. Somehow, The Biebs got his hands on the track and recorded vocals to finish the song and then … voila! It hits the Interwebs. Click below to hear MJ and JB “dueting” on Slave 2 the Rhythm and see what you think of this collaboration between the two. More »

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First Listen: Eminem Drops A New Song Titled ‘Survival’

"You'll never take my prize from me, It'll have to be pried from me"

Back in February we heard news that claimed that Detroit rapper Eminem would be releasing a new album after Memorial Day of this year but here we are in mid-August and there is no new album in sight. Back in June, tho, we got to hear a snippet of a new song that Em was reportedly working on for his as-yet unannounced album but news about Slim Shady and his music has been pretty light this year thus far. Eminem made a surprise appearance/performance last week in NYC at a private event called Shock the World which was a 30th anniversary celebration for G-Shock Watches but he performed no new music. Today, at long last, we FINALLY get to hear a new song from Eminem that will be featured on the forthcoming soundtrack to the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts. Click below to hear this new song, titled Survival, in full and learn more about Em‘s reported plans to release more music soon. More »

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Listen: Cher’s Song With Lady Gaga Leaks Online . . . Much To Her Chagrin

"I’m so Fg DISSAPOINTED”
Cher Takes a Leak, Gets Pissed

Back in July of LAST YEAR, we learned that Cher was planning to release a new album that featured music she worked on with artists like P!nk and Lady Gaga. Thus far, Cher has yet to release that album … but she did release earlier this year a new single called Woman’s World (that, unfortunately, failed to really go anywhere). Today we get to hear a song that Cher made with Lady Gaga titled The Greatest Thing … which has managed to leak its way online. Cher is pretty pissed about the leak but whaddayagonnado? Click the embed above to hear, what I assume is, the unfinished demo version of The Greatest Thing and see what you think. Click below for more deets about this leak and read the pissed off tweets that Cher posted in response to the leak. More »

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Watch: Kelly Clarkson Performs Her New Country Single ‘Tie It Up’ At The CMA Music Festival

First Listen
"Every ball needs a chain"

Back in June we got to see the cover art for Kelly Clarkson‘s new Country music single Tie It Up and right now, we get to hear the song in full as Kelly performed it live on the television broadcast of the CMA Music Festival last night. As you may know, Kelly is gettin’ ready to get hitched for real in October so the release of his new marriage-themed single is perfect. Kelly‘s performance of Tie It Up was pretty flawless last night … she sounded and looked great. Altho this is technically a Country song, it has enough elements for the pop fan in me to love it. Check out Kelly‘s performance of Tie It Up in the video embedded above and see what you think. I’m of the mind that Kelly can do no wrong, after hearing this song performed live … wouldn’t you agree?

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First Listen: Frank Ocean Features On John Mayer’s New Song ‘Wildfire’

Short but Bittersweet
"So gorgeous a man might cry"

John Mayer has a new album out this month which features guest performances by his current ladylove Katy Perry and BFF Frank Ocean. The track that features Ocean is titled Wildfire and is only a minute and a half long … but it’s a beautiful and heartbreakingly sad song. As you may know, Mayer played guitar on Frank Ocean‘s debut album and backed him up when Frank performed on Saturday Night Live last year. It sounds like Ocean wanted to return the favor by appearing on John‘s album. Click the embed above to hear Wildfire in full. Altho short, the song is very, very bittersweet.

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The Unreleased Album From Kanye West’s Old Skool Group Go Getters Hits The Internets

Blast from the Past

Back in 2000, before Kanye West took the world by storm as a solo act, he was part of a Chicago group called Go Getters and today we get to hear music from the group’s previously unreleased album. A website has gone live that offers information and download links for the Go Getters album World Record Holders, revealing the world a new collection of songs that show a different, younger side of Kanye and his crew. Click below to see vintage-looking promo photo of Go Getters and hear their song 10 In A Benz in full. If you like what you hear, you can hear the rest of the tracks by downloading the entire album for your listening pleasure. More »

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First Listen: The Studio Version Of ‘Copy Of A’ By Nine Inch Nails Is Released Online

"I am just a copy ...
... of a copy of a copy"

Back in June we got to see the David Lynch-directed music video for the Nine Inch Nails single Came Back Haunted, the first from the forthcoming new album Hesitation Marks. Since that song was released, NIN has performed a couple of other new songs live in concert on their current Festival Tour and today we get to hear the studio version of one of those songs. Trent Reznor has released the new song Copy Of A for free to Amazon users in the UK HERE and, naturally, the song is getting play all over the world (I understand it will be released for free HERE on Amazon in the US tomorrow). Click the embed above to hear Copy Of A in full as it will sound on Hesitation Marks when it is released next month. I got to hear this song performed live at Lollapalooza earlier this month and I am in LOVE. This upbeat track is very reminiscent of the sound of NIN‘s debut album Pretty Hate Machine. I am dying to hear more. Hesitation Marks will be released in full in just a few weeks … I CAN’T WAIT!!!

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First Listen: Tom Cruise’s Son Connor Cruise Releases His First Single

A Star is Born?

Connor Cruise, son of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, is trying to make a name for himself in the world of music and today we get our first listen at his first single. Cruise teamed up with Metro Station singer Mason Musso and Black Eyed Peas collaborator DJ Poet on a new single titled Closer to Heaven. I’m not a huge EDM fan but I have to say that after a couple of listens, I’m pretty impressed with how the track turned out. Click below to have a listen and see what you think of Connor‘s foray into music. More »

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