Archive for the First Listen Category

First Look/Listen: Karen O Releases A Music Video For ‘Rapt’, Her First Solo Single

Her debut solo album 'Crush Songs' is on the way
Just One Yeah

Karen O, the frontwoman for the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, announced last month that she would be releasing her first solo album later this year. Today we get our first look and listen of her debut solo single Rapt. Rapt is the first song released from her new album Crush Songs, which will be released on September 9. As you can see above, the video is a nice compliment to the sparse acoustic track. I love Karen O. I’ve been waiting for her to release a solo album for years now, so this is very welcome news for me. Check out the video and prepare yourselves for what will undoubtedly be an amazing album to come.

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First Listen: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Team Up For A New Song Titled ‘Bang Bang’

Threesome
Jessie, Ari, Nicki

Jessie J officially released her new single Bang Bang which features guest vocals buy fellow pop stars Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. It would appear that Iggy Azalea‘s very successful collab with Ariana, Problem, was a huge inspiration for this new song … in that, I’m guessing Jessie is hoping to enjoy the same success. Bang Bang will be featured on Jessie J‘s upcoming new album as well as the deluxe version of Ariana‘s album My Everything. Click the embed above to hear this new track from these ladies and see what you think. Are you a fan?

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First Listen: Hilary Duff Releases Her NEW Single ‘Chasing The Sun’

'Sun' shines
Ooooh Ooooh

Last week, Hilary Duff teased her new single Chasing the Sun. Today, we get to hear the song in full. As a HUGE Hilary Duff fan, I have to say A.) I’m very excited that Hil. D is putting out new music and B.) I love the new music she’s putting out. Chasing the Sun is a very cute little pop song, perfect for the summer. Click the embed above to give it a listen and see what you think.

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First Listen: Azealia Banks’s New Song ‘Heavy Metal And Reflective’ Leaks To The Interwebs

After a very long wait, Azealia drops a sick track

Lorde have mercy — a NEW song by Azealia Banks has been unleashed and it is damn good. Last week Azealia announced that she would be releasing a new song titled Heavy Metal and Reflective on July 29 (tomorrow) but, as tends to happen with the release of new music these days, the song leaked to the Internets a bit early. The full audio of Azealia‘s new song is available for listening in full below and I think you may agree with me that the song is just really good. Hear for yourselves below. More »

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First Listen: Hilary Duff Teases Her NEW Single ‘Chasing The Sun’

The Return of Hil. D

Back in March we learned that Hilary Duff scored a new record deal to put out new music after she teased us for the past year that she was working on new stuff. Today we get our first listen of Hilary‘s new single Chasing The Sun. Hil. D posted the CUTEST video on Instagram that both teases her new single AND shows us how much fun she is. Click below to hear a snippet of Chasing The Sun and learn more about Hilary‘s new music to come. More »

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Listen: Madonna Recorded A New Sample Of ‘La Isla Bonita’ For Diplo

"Last night I dreamt of Major Lazer"
What?????

Last month we learned that Madonna got drunk on rosé while chillin’ with Diplo in his studio and today we learn that the pair are pretty much BFFs now. Earlier this year, Madonna revealed that she has been working with Diplo (aka Major Lazer) on new music for her new album … confirmed by Diplo himself who revealed that they recorded a song titled Bitch, I’m Madonna. Today we get to see video of Diplo showing off a new sample of La Isla Bonita that Madonna recorded for him personally. Click the embed above to hear the personalized sample of La Isla Bonita that Maddy recorded for Dippy and try not to seethe with jealousy over their new BFFship.

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First Listen: Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign Team Up For The New ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Song

Shell Shocked
Ninja Rap

We are just a few weeks away from the release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in theaters and to get us excited for the film’s release, we get to hear the first single from the TMNT motion picture soundtrack. Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign have collaborated with Kill The Noise and Madsonik for a new song titled Shell Shocked. But you know, back in my day when the first set of TMNT movies were released, we only needed ONE rapper to provide the Turtles with a song. Click above to hear Shell Shocked in full and then click below to hear what I contend is the single greatest TMNT song that ever was or ever will be … courtesy of Vanilla Ice. More »

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First Listen: Banks Releases A Lyric Video For ‘Beggin For Thread’

Prepare to fall in love
Your Fave New Singer

Now that folks are pretty much in love with or, at least, well aware of young performers like Lorde, Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea, it’s time to meet someone else who you need to be in lurve with. Banks is a singer who has released a lyric video for her new single Beggin For Thread, the first from her debut album Goddess which hits stores in September. My girl Ollie has been a huge Banks fan for a while so she gave me the heads up about the release of this new single … which I loved at first listen. Click the embed above to see the lyric video for Banks and remember her name. When her album Goddess drops on September 9, you’re gonna be hearing a lot more about her.

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First Listen: Deborah Cox Has Recorded ‘I Will Always Love You’ For The Whitney Houston Biopic

Close enough?
Deborah will always love Whitney

Last week we got our first look at actress Yaya DaCosta in character as Whitney Houston as she will appear in the upcoming Lifetime made-for-TV biopic film about her life. Today we learn that Yaya will NOT be heard singing Whitney‘s iconic songs in the film … singer Deborah Cox will have the honor of providing Whitney‘s singing voice in the movie. This week, Cox recorded her version of the song I Will Always Love You (which Whitney recorded for The Bodyguard soundtrack back in the early 90s). Click the embed above to hear a portion of Deborah‘s version of I Will Always Love You and see what you think. Is Deborah‘s version of the song good enough to represent Whitney‘s version of the song? Click below to hear Whitney Houston‘s version of I Will Always Love You to compare. More »

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First Listen: Nick Carter & Jordan Knight Release Their Debut Nick & Knight Single ‘One More Time’

Woo Ooh
The Debut Single

Back in April we learned that boybanders Nick Carter (of Backstreet Boys) and Jordan Knight (of New Kids on the Block) were teaming up to create a new music duo called Nick & Knight with a forthcoming album and tour to come later in the year. Today we get our first listen of the debut single One More Time by Nick & Knight and, I gotta say, the track isn’t all that bad. In all honesty, I can’t say that I was all that interested in hearing music by Nick and Jordan primarily because I didn’t believe that their new music would be able to surpass the fun pop music they’ve already released with their respective boy bands BSB and NKOTB. But, after a couple of listens, I’m really enjoying this new single. The chorus is really catchy and I’m telling you, you’ll be singing along with the Woo Oohs by the song’s end. Have a listen above, see what you think. Are you a fan of Nick & Knight?

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