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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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Listen: Charli XCX Releases A Song Titled ‘London Queen’

OY!
"Livin' the dream like a London Queen"

The amazing Charli XCX has released a new song tilted London Queen which will be featured on her upcoming new album Sucker and as you can hear above, it’s a really punky/poppy confection. The lyrics are simple but the music is infectious … and I can already envision the music video in my head. I’ll be seeing Charli play a show here in LA in a couple of weeks and I’m very, very excited! Hopefully she will perform London Queen at her show. Have a listen, see what you think.

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Watch: This Music Video Is Actually A Promo Video For The ‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-Off ‘Better Call Saul’

Viral Marketing
"Your husband disappeared in a most convenient way?"

Back in August we got to see the first teaser video for the upcoming Breaking Bad prequel spin-off series Better Call Saul that will debut on AMC next February. Today we get to see a new promo video for BCS that comes in the form of a music video for a song appropriately titled Better Call Saul: The Song. I am counting the seconds until this prequel series premieres on AMC and I’m hopeful we’ll get more promo gems like this for the show in the meantime. Wee!

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First Listen: Fiona Apple Shares New Music For The Showtime Series ‘The Affair’

Sink back into the ocean/Sink back into the ocean

It’s always a good day when Fiona Apple drops some new music, and I’ve been curious about this new Showtime series, The Affair. A few months back I saw the first trailer, but it’s strange how Fiona Apple‘s involvement is now making me even more interested. She’s singing the main title sequence song, Container, and it gives you a sense of the beautiful, haunting quality that the show may also possess. Click inside for more!

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