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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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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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