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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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Listen: Maroon 5 Teams Up With Gwen Stefani On ‘My Heart Is Open’

Adam Levine enlists the aid of his fellow 'Voice' judge
The Voices

Maroon 5‘s newest album V is out in stores now and as you can hear above, it features a song titled My Heart is Open … which features guest vocals by Gwen Stefani. Gwen, as you may know, is one of the new judge/coaches alongside Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine on The Voice so it makes sense that the two would collaborate on a song together to promote both the album and their TV show. PERSONALLY, I’m much more interested in new solo Gwen music but I’ll take what I can get (even tho this new Maroon 5 song sounds a lot like every other Maroon 5 song that I’ve ever heard). Have a listen to My Heart is Open above and see what you think.

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Listen: Ryan Adams Releases An EP Titled ’1984′ Which You Can Listen To In Full

Something to tide you over until his album is released next month
The Punk EP

In early July we learned that the incomparable Ryan Adams will be releasing a new, self-titled solo album in September but today, I’ve got something for you fans too anxious to wait for the album to drop. Ryan has also released an EP of punk songs on 7″ vinyl that includes 10 songs that should tide us over until his full length album is released on September 9. Click the embed above to hear his new EP 1984 in full. It really is a great collection of songs. If this is what his EP sounds like, I can wait to hear what the full-length album sounds like.

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