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First Listen: Kelly Clarkson Releases Her New Album Title Track ‘Piece By Piece’

Her "most personal" song on her new album

Yesterday we got to hear Kelly Clarkson‘s new song Invincible, which was written by Sia, and today we get to hear the title track from Kelly‘s new album Piece By Piece. To promote the album, Kelly is releasing a new song each day to get fans excited to hear the album in full. According to the tweet that Kelly sent out earlier today, the song Piece By Piece is her “most personal” song on the album Piece By Piece … which, I’ve surmised, is probably why it was chosen as the title track. I’ve listened to the song a few times already and I really like it. It’s a mid-tempo jam that is a classic Kelly Clarkson track. More »

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First Listen: Rihanna Has Released A New Song Titled ‘Towards The Sun’

Featured on the soundtrack for the animated film 'Home'

Earlier this month, Rihanna released a music video for her new single FourFiveSeconds which, as I’m sure you’re well aware, features Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Today we get to hear a NEW Rihanna song that has just been released for our listening pleasure. Towards The Sun is a soaring pop song that is featured on the original motion picture soundtrack for the new Dreamworks animated film Home. Rihanna (well her voice, actually) stars in this animated movie and she produced an entire concept album for the film. Click below to hear Towards The Sun and see what you think. I’m loving this song, I think you will, too. More »

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First Listen: Here Is Kelly Clarkson’s New Sia-Penned Ballad ‘Invincible’

Her second single from 'Piece By Piece'
Kelly teams up with Sia

Kelly Clarkson has released the second single from her new album Piece By Piece and as you can hear above, it is a soaring power ballad titled Invincible. This new song was written by Sia, of course, and it is quite lovely. Kelly Clarkson can sing the Hell out of a ballad and Sia has an uncanny penchant for writing empowering anthems so this is a pretty perfect song from the both of them. Check out Invincible above and see what you think. While I tend to prefer the more upbeat pop songs (like Heartbeat Song), I really like this new Kelly track. Do you?

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First Listen: Zedd & Selena Gomez Release Their New Song ‘I Want You To Know’

"I want you to know that it’s our time"
"You and me bleed the same light"

Yesterday we got a photo preview of Selena Gomez‘s music video with Zedd for their new single I Want You To Know. Today we get to hear the song in full. The embed above features the music collaboration between Zedlena that we’ve been waiting to hear and … it’s not bad. The song is Zedd‘s song so it’s a very EDM-sounding track. I think Selena‘s voice lends itself well to this kind of song. This strikes me as one of those songs that grows on you with each listen and I’m sure it’ll do well in the clubs. What do you think of Zedd and Selena’s first musical collaboration? Do you like?

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First Listen: Scarlett Johannson Has A New All-Girl Pop Group Called The Singles With A New Single Titled ‘Candy’

"Super Pop"

Actress and new mom Scarlett Johansson also loves to sing from time to time … which is why it should be all that surprising to learn that she is now the lead singer of an all-girl pop group called The Singles. The group, whose sound is described as “super pop”, is made up of ScarJo, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan with Este Haim of HAIM on drums. The Singles have released their first song titled Candy which was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. Click below to hear Candy in full and learn more about ScarJo‘s fun new super pop group The Singles. More »

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First Listen: Here Is Big Sean & Ariana Grande’s New Song ‘Research’

Listen to the lovebirds sing about cheating and distrust

Real life lovers Big Sean and Ariana Grande have collaborated again on a song titled Research that will appear on Sean‘s upcoming new album Dark Sky Paradise. Previously, the pair have collabs on songs that have appeared on Ariana‘s album but this track was recorded for Sean‘s album. As you can hear below, Big Sean and Ariana song this song together about a couple that distrusts one another to the point of cheating. In the song, the girl is a manic psycho who “researches” her boyfriend’s online habits because she suspects he is cheating on her. How romantic. Click below to hear Research by Big Sean and Ariana Grande and see what you think. More »

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Listen: Missy Elliott Remixed A Diplo & Skrillex Song And Made It Infinitely Better

The Year of Missy Elliott Continues
Missy remixes Diplo

After Missy Misdemeanor Elliott reminded the world that she is the absolute BEST during her performance at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show earlier this month, we’ve been wondering when we might next be hearing from the artist and today we have our answer. Missy decided to remix the song Take Ü There that Diplo and Skrillex have released (under their side project name Jack Ü) and make it an infinitely better track. Missy spits fire on this remix of Take Ü There and managed to overshadow everyone on the track — Diplo, Skrillex and guest vocalist Kiesza. The song is still very much an EDM banger so if that genre of music isn’t your thing, you may not enjoy this remix very much. But if you’re a Missy fan, you will probably appreciate her ability to use her magic to make the song better. MISSY! We need a new album from you. Please, give the world what it desperately needs!!

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Watch: Snoop Dogg Is Releasing A New Album Titled ‘Bush’

Executive Produced by Pharrell
A Snoop Odyssey

Hallelujah, world! Snoop Dogg (the artist, thankfully, no longer known as Snoop Lion) announces today that he is releasing a new album titled Bush that was executive produced by Pharrell … which means, OMG, we are about to be blessed with an amazing new Snoop album! The teaser above gives us our first taste of Snoop‘s new single Peaches N Cream and also teases the forthcoming arrival of Bush. Check out the video teaser above then click below to read the just-released press announcement for Snoop Dogg‘s new album. More »

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Watch/Listen: Kanye West Debuted A New Song Titled ‘Wolves’ During The adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY Season 1 Fashion Show

Watch Kanye's entire adidas Fashion Show in full
adidas Originals x Kanye West | YEEZY SEASON 1

Yesterday we saw an adorably brilliant photo of North West screaming her head off in horror as she sat front row at her father Kanye West‘s debut fashion show for adidas. Today we get to see Kanye‘s adidas fashion show in full, which included the worldwide debut of a new song titled Wolves — described as Track 1 of his new album and which features guest vocals by Vic Mensa and Sia. Click the embed above to watch the adidas Originals x Kanye West fashion show for Yeezy Season 1 to experience what attendees of the New York Fashion Week show witnessed in person. If you just want to hear the new Kanye song Wolves, you can skip to the 8:15 minute mark of the video. After you check out the adidas fashion show above, click below to watch the just-released promo video for Kanye‘s signature adidas show Yeezy Boost. More »

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First Listen: Madonna Officially Releases Her New Song ‘Iconic (Featuring Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson)’

"If you try and fail, get up again"
"I'm the best the world has ever seen"

Today, with the release of the cover artwork for both the Standard and the Super Deluxe versions of Madonna‘s new album Rebel Heart, Maddy has also released 3 more songs from her album for our listening pleasure. The full album won’t be released until March 10 but as it stands today, 9 songs from the album are now available for purchase (the first 6 she released in December in addition to the 3 new songs available now). Among the new songs that have been made available is her collaborative song Iconic which features Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson, the former boxer, on guest vocals. If you’ve ever wondered what a song collab between Madonna and Mike Tyson might sound like, this new song is for you. Click the embed above to give it a listen. Is it everything you dreamed of?

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