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First Listen: Taylor Swift Releases A New Song Titled ‘Welcome To New York’

"The lights are so bright / But they never blind me"

Taylor Swift has released a new song from her upcoming new album 1989 and, IMHO, it’s the best song she’s dropped thus far. The first song from 1989 that Taylor released was the infectious but not entirely spectacular Shake It Off (I know a lot of people really love the song, I think it’s just OK). Then, Taylor released Out Of The Woods (a song she reportedly wrote about her brief relationship with Harry Styles of One Direction) which, I feel, is a really great pop song. Today we get to hear, in full, the track Welcome To New York which will be the first song on her new album. Click below and have a listen. More »

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First Listen: Gwen Stefani Teases A New Song Titled ‘Spark The Fire’

Announces the video for 'Baby Don't Lie' is out TOMORROW
MORE GWEN!!!

Gwen Stefani is super serious about her return to the music biz because not only did she officially release her new single Baby Don’t Lie today but she also released a snippet of another new song titled Spark The Fire, which you can listen to above. Gwen previewed the song on the radio earlier this morning and as you can hear, it’s a damn fine song (OMG OMG she’s back again). Just moments ago on her official Twitter profile, Gwen announced that the completed music video for Baby Don’t Lie will be released tomorrow!

My video for #BabyDontLie premieres tomorrow on @Vevo! Tune in to #TheVoice tonight for a sneak peek & join my Twitter Q&A at 10pm EST!

OMG, so much new Gwen stuff right now! I was hoping she might release another single this year … at this rate, she may release her entire new album by Thanksgiving :D

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First Listen: Calvin Harris Teases His New Song ‘Together’ With Gwen Stefani

It's a good day for Gwen fans
Just a Taste

Earlier today we got our FIRST LISTEN of Gwen Stefani‘s new solo song Baby Don’t Lie and right now, we get to hear more new music from Gwen. Calvin Harris has released a short teaser of his new song Together which features Stefani on guest vocals. Much like Maroon 5‘s collab with Gwen, My Heart Is Open, this new Calvin Harris song (from what I can discern from this preview clip) sounds much, much better with Gwen‘s vocals. Have a listen above and get a second helping of new Gwen Stefani music for the day.

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First Listen: Gwen Stefani Releases A NEW SONG Titled ‘Baby Don’t Lie’

The Comeback Single
"I don't wanna cry no longer"

It has been a veritable lifetime since Gwen Stefani last released solo music and just a few weeks ago, we learned that she was putting the finishing touches on a new solo album. Today we get to hear the FIRST bit of new music that Gwen has released in 6 years … today we get to hear her brand new song Baby Don’t Lie. The song, I understand, was co-written by Benny Blanco (who worked with Kesha when she was Ke$ha and our dear Britney Spears) and Ryan Tedder of One Republic (which is evident when you hear the music). The song is more mid-tempo that I would’ve guessed but it is a crazy infectious song at first listen. The song will be available for download on iTunes in seconds, I’m sure (on Monday, to be exact). I gotta know … what do you think?

UPDATE: Should the embed above stop working, you can hear Baby Don’t Lie here:

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First Listen: Justin Bieber Jumps On A Remix Of Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’

"We gonna take it to a whole ‘nother level"

The Meghan Trainor hit song All About that Bass has been remixed by Maejor Ali — a producer who has worked previously with Iggy Azalea, Juicy J, Keri Hilson and others — and now features a guest vocal performance by none other than Justin Bieber. Now, whether or not Justin‘s inclusion on the track is a good thing or a bad thing is left up to the listener … so you can click below and check out this Maejor Remix of Meghan Trainor‘s All About that Bass featuring Justin Bieber and see what you think. More »

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Listen: Tom Morello Of Rage Against The Machine Releases A Rock Anthem For Ferguson, Missouri

'Marching on Ferguson'

Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, has released an anthem titled Marching on Ferguson as a way of showing his support for the on-going protests in Missouri where people are still reeling of the killing of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown by a police officer — who remains free and is, thus far, not facing any prosecution at all. Morello first performed the song live in September and has now made the song available for download at THIS site set up to encourage activism in Ferguson, MO. Click below to hear Marching on Ferguson in full. More »

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First Listen: Taylor Swift Releases Her New Song ‘Out Of The Woods’

aka 'The Song About Harry Styles'
"AREWEOUTOFTHEWOODSYETAREWEOUTOFTHEWOODSYETAREWEOUTOFTHE"

Yesterday we got to hear a very short snippet of Taylor Swift‘s new song Out of the Woods, the second from her forthcoming new album 1989, and as you may recall — that snippet was painfully short. Today we get to hear the song in full and, as you can hear above, it’s a pretty great pop song. Rumor claims that this song was written about Taylor‘s short romantic relationship with Harry Styles of One Direction and a careful dissection of the lyrics appears to back up that rumor. Have a listen of the song in full above and then click below to read the lyrics and see if you can piece together Taylor‘s romance with Harry from the lyrics of this song. UPDATE: If he embed above isn’t working, there is a working stream of the song below. More »

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First Listen: Taylor Swift Previews Her New Song ‘Out Of The Woods’ On ‘Good Morning America’

The full song is released tomorrow
Just a tiny taste

Taylor Swift is about to unleash a new song from her new album but before she does so, she is teasing us today with a short snippet of the track to get us excited. Out of the Woods is Taylor‘s new song and this morning on Good Morning America, a short portion of what sounds like the chorus was previewed on national television. It has been suggested that Out of the Woods is a song that Taylor wrote about her relationship with Harry Styles of One Direction … so once the song is released in full tomorrow, a proper dissection of the song’s lyrics can be undertaken to determine the validity of that claim. Click above to hear this short sample of Out of the Woods. Does this clip make you excited to hear the full song tomorrow?

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First Listen: Marina And The Diamonds Releases A New Song Titled ‘Froot’

From her new album 'Froot'
"Come on fill your cup up"

Marina and the Diamonds is BACK with new music and today we get to hear, in full, the title track of her new album Froot. Marina has been teasing the release of this new song on her official Twitter profile and today, she gives us the goods. Click the embed above to hear Froot in full … and if you’re having difficulty understanding what she is singing, you can read the lyrics to the song below. More »

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First Listen: Here Is Aretha Franklin’s Version Of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’

The Queen of Soul takes on Disco

Late last month we got our first listen of Aretha Franklin‘s cover of Adele‘s song Rolling In The Deep, which she performed LIVE on The Late Show with David Letterman, and today we get to hear Aretha‘s version of the Gloria Gaynor Disco classic I Will Survive. Click below to hear the song in full and make sure you listen to the end because it cleverly segues into Survivor by Destiny’s Child. More »

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