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First Listen: Katy Perry’s New Song ‘Walking On Air’ Hits The Internets

Paging CeCe Peniston
Bringing The 90's Back

Katy Perry won’t be releasing her new album Prism until later on this month but thus far we’ve gotten to hear two songs in full from the album (Roar and Dark Horse) and today we get to hear a third. Perry‘s newest song Walking On Air has leaked its way online for our listening pleasure. As I understand it, Katy was inspired by CeCe Peniston‘s 1991 song Finally and it sounds like Swedish producer Klas Åhlund (who has worked with Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Robyn) helped her achieve that sound. Click the embed above to hear Walking On Air in full and see what you think. Personally, I kind of like it. I may not be the biggest Katy Perry fan but I can appreciate her homage to one of the greatest pop songs of the 90′s. What do you think?

Bonus: Click below to see the video for CeCe Peniston‘s classic song Finally and be reminded of just how amazing that song still is. More »

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30-Second Clips From Miley Cyrus’s New Album ‘BANGERZ’ Hit The Internets

The Album Sounds ... Interesting

We are still a week away from the release of Miley Cyrus‘s new album BANGERZ which, as you may recall, Miley is really hoping will be an impactful and memorable album. Today, ahead of the album’s release, we get to hear 30 second clips of each of the 16 songs included on the deluxe version of BANGERZ. The clips have been posted for streaming online so that fans can get a taste of the music before they shell out the bucks to buy the album. I’ve listened to the clips a few times now and I have to say … I’m not really that impressed. Granted, it’s difficult to judge a full some from just a 30 second clip but based on what I’ve heard thus far, I don’t think BANGERZ will have the memorable impact that Cyrus is hoping for. More »

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First Listen/OMG: Kanye West And Joaquin Phoenix Co-Produced This Dope New Pusha T Song

That-Ish-Cray Of The Day
Y'all Ain't Ready...

First of all, Pusha T is about to take over the game and it’s gonna be real awkward. Literally everyone, everywhere is predicting that his album My Name Is My Name is going to be the best [rap] album of the year. “Highly-anticipated” doesn’t even begin to describe the hype surrounding this collection and I’m pretty psyched for him. Now, here’s the crayest thing ever: somehow, some way, Oscar-nominee and celebrated actor Joaquin Phoenix ended up on what will surely be one of the biggest albums of the year. Y’all remember when he wanted to be a rapper, right? LMAO, well, it looks like he decided to do some things on the producing end instead. He and Kanye West (who went on the biggest rant ever about how Pusha T is that ISH) co-produced Pusha‘s new single King Push, and you can check out the song + visuals above. I cannot get over the Joaquin factor, but I’m definitely psyched for this album’s release.

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Listen: Chvrches Covers Whitney Houston’s ‘It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay’

Chvrches are Down for Whitnay

The BRILLIANT band Chvrches paid a visit to Zane Lowe‘s radio program on BBC Radio 1 (the very same radio show where Kanye West talked for an hour about any and everything … which resulted in a spoof by Jimmy Kimmel which then resulted in a ridiculous Twitter rant by West) to promote the release this week of their debut album The Bones of What You Believe. In addition to performing live versions of their new songs, Chvrches also performed a cover of Whitney Houston‘s classic breakup song It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay. And what, pray tell, does this Whitney cover sound like? Click below and have a listen. More »

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Watch: Sky Ferreira Releases A Music Video For Her New Single ‘You’re Not The One’

The First Single from her Debut Album
Full Speed Ahead

Last week we learned that model/singer Sky Ferreira was arrested on charges of drug possession in New York but clearly she is not letting that little incident get in the way of her career plans. Sky has released today the music video for her new single You’re Not The One, the first from her upcoming debut album Night Time, My Time (due out on October 29). Sky is channeling some serious Papa Don’t Preach-era Madonna in this video clip. The video is just meh. to me but I quite like the song. It seems like we’ve been hearing FOREVER about Sky‘s plan to release an album … and it’s finally almost here. We’ll have to wait and see if anything comes from that arrest but if Sky gets her way, it’s full speed ahead on finally getting her music career off the ground.

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First Listen: Lorde’s New Album ‘Pure Heroine’ Is Streaming In Full!

Free Music Makes Life Happy!
Featuring The #1 Hit 'Royals'

New Zealand pop star Lorde is getting ready to blow up/has blown up/will continue to blow up all over the place if I have anything to do with it. Recently the target of some serious hateration on Twitter after she knocked Miley Cyrus‘s Wrecking Ball out of the top iTunes spot, Lorde is not about to be stopped! Peep the video above to listen to her new, currently unreleased album in full! So far, I’m loving it!

Pure Heroine (not to be confused with heroin) hits shelves on September 30.

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First Listen: Justin Timberlake Releases His New Single, ‘TKO’

From 'The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2'
'I’m out for the count/Yeah, girl, you knock me out'

Earlier in 2013 we all came to the realization that this was the year of Justin Timberlake. He came outta nowhere, announced one album– dropped it, killed the game– and then came through and announced a second album. I’m not gonna lie, I’d kinda forgotten that he was running 2013 until I saw him perform at the MTV Video Music Awards… and then I was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s right. He runs 2013.’ After sharing some teasers on Instagram, Justin has officially released his new single TKO. I am loving this song right now; it’s my 6 AM cup a’ joe, and we all know Timbaland makes life happy. Peep the dopeness above! What are your thoughts on the new single?

The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 will be released on September 30.

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First Listen: The Music From ‘Glee’s Tribute Episode To The Beatles Hits The Internets

Hear All 14 Songs Now

A couple of weeks ago we got our first look at the first promo video for the upcoming season 5 premiere episode of Glee that will pay tribute to the music of the Beatles. Today, one full week ahead of the episode’s TV premiere, we get to hear all 14 songs that will be featured on the show. The studio recordings of the cast of Glee singing the songs of the Beatles has been made available online and you can listen to all of them below. Want to hear the cast of Glee put their spin on classic songs like Help, Hey Jude, Yesterday, Let It Be and more? Then you’re gonna wanna click below and have a listen. More »

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Listen: Britney Spears’s ‘Work Bitch’ Gets Mashed Up With RuPaul’s ‘Supermodel (You Better Work)’

PLUS, Check out Britney's STUNNING new Promo Photos

Even before Britney Spears‘s stunning new single Work Bitch was released, before anyone even heard it, it was rumored that the song might contain a sample of RuPaul‘s classic 1992 single Supermodel (You Better Work). When the song was finally leaked then released, we all learned that that rumor turned out to be false. But an industrious fan decided to mashup the two songs into something I like to call Supermodel (You Better Work Bitch)! Click below to hear Britney‘s Work Bitch remixed and mashedup up with RuPaul‘s Supermodel (You Better Work) and hear how perfectly the songs go together. You will also find below a couple of NEW promo photos of our dear Britney that have been released in support of her upcoming Las Vegas concert residency called Britney: Piece of Me which was formally announced earlier today. More »

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First Listen: Katy Perry’s New Song ‘Dark Horse’ Hits The Internets

"Are you ready for / A perfect storm?"

Earlier this month Katy Perry released the music video for her single Roar (right around the time it hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart) and today we get our first listen of her NEW song Dark Horse. Dark Horse is the second song to come from Perry‘s upcoming new album Prism, due out next month. Click below to hear this new song in full and see what you think. More »

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