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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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First Listen: Fergie Ferge Teases Her New Single ‘L.A. LOVE (La La) At The iHeartRadio Music Festival

The song drops on Sept. 29
La La La La La La

A couple of days ago we heard that Fergie Ferg was planning to release a new single titled L.A. LOVE (La La) on September 29 and today we hear and see bonafide proof that the song is on its way. Fergie made an appearance on stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV last night to announce a live performance by Ed Sheeran and as she stepped on stage a short snippet of her new single was played in the background. Click the video embedded above to HEAR this short snippet of Fergie‘s new song and get a quick taste of what’s to come. Then, click below to see the official single release announcement that Fergie posted on her official Instagram profile last night. More »

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Boyz II Men Are Releasing A New Album This Fall

Listen to their new song 'Losing Sleep' NOW!

Back in January of 2013, we first learned that 90s crooners Boyz II Men were going on tour with fellow 90s boybanders New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees. Back in July of this year, Shannon reminded us on #ThrowbackThursday just how amazing the music of Boyz II Men STILL is all these years later. Today we learn the exciting news that the guys are coming at us this fall with a NEW album of songs. Whoa. Click below to hear their just-released new single Losing Sleep and learn more about the new Boyz album titled Collide. More »

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First Listen: Willow Smith Covers King Krule’s ‘Easy Easy’

But why am I just now discovering King Krule?!

The Smith family doesn’t always get my attention in the most positive way, but I like to keep an ear out for new Willow Smith music. She’s released a few fun tracks over the years and now she’s back with a cover of a King Krule track. I actually hadn’t heard of this artist until now, but I dig his original version as well. Click inside for more!

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First Listen: Prince & 3rd Eye Girl Release A New Song Titled ‘WHITECAPS’

From the new 3rd Eye Girl album 'PLECTRUMELECTRUM'

Earlier today we got to hear in full a new Prince song titled U Know that will be featured on his upcoming new solo album Art Official Age. Right now we get to hear a new Prince song titled WHITECAPS that will be featured on his new band 3rd Eye Girl‘s album PlectrumElectrum. As you can hear below, Prince doesn’t sing the lead vocal on this track so it may not resonate with diehard Prince fans. Click below to hear WHITECAPS in full and see what you think. The song is distinctly Prince, even if he’s not the one singing. More »

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First Listen: Prince Releases A New Song Titled ‘U Know’

From his new solo album 'Art Official Age'

Last week we learned that Prince is readying the release of TWO new albums — one solo and one with his new band 3rd Eye Girl — which will both be out on the same day later this month and today we get a taste of the new music to come from His Purple Majesty. The Artist Formerly Known As O(+> has released a new song titled U Know that will be featured on his solo album Art Official Age and as you can hear below, it’s one of those funky jams that we have come to expect from Prince. I am SO crazy excited for the release of these albums, I can’t even tell you!! If you’re just as excited as I am, click below to hear what we have in store for us when his two new albums drop in a few weeks. More »

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