This is the rework
Last week Lorde released the music video for her new song Yellow Flicker Beat, which is featured on the motion picture soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 — an album that she curated. Today, we get our first listen of the Kanye West remix version of the song. To be completely honest, I am terribly unimpressed with this “rework”ed version of the song because I find the subtlety to be quite boring. The original version of the song is just fine the way it is … Kanye‘s remix doesn’t really add to the song, nor does it transform it in any interesting way. Still, I’m sure it was a thrill for Lorde to get Yeezus to remix her song for inclusion on this soundtrack so … good for her. Have a listen above, see what you think. Are you impressed with Flicker (Kanye West Rework)?
Redundant blogpost title is redundant
Mark Ronson has released a new song that is so damn funky you’d think we were still living in the funkadelic 1970s, my friends. Ronson teamed up with crooner Bruno Mars for a new song titled Uptown Funk and as you can hear above, it’s a sick track that would make even his purple majesty Prince jealous that he didn’t create this song. Honestly, funk isn’t my fave genre of music but because Uptown is very reminiscent for me of one of Prince‘s funkier songs, I really like this song a lot. Have a listen above and see what you think. Do you love it?
Yes, 'Bed Of Lies' is a NEW song
Last month we learned that Nicki Minaj was tapped to host the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards live from Glasgow, Scotland and last night she did her duty as host of the MTV EMAs. Not only did Nicki host the show but she also performed as well. Click the embed above to watch a medley performance that features two of Nicki‘s hit songs — Super Bass and Anaconda — with a brand new track titled Bed Of Lies (featuring Skylar Grey) squeezed in between. The new song sounds interesting, even if the performance last night was mostly Skylar singing and not Nicki rapping. Have a look above if you missed Nicki‘s performance last night … or just want another look.
Spoiler Alert: It's amazing
In late October, we learned that the motion picture soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 — curated by Lorde — will feature a collection of some of the most exciting music artists around … including one of my fave newer bands Chvrches. We’ve already heard the Lorde song Yellow Flicker Beat from the soundtrack and right now we get to hear the Chvrches song Dead Air in full. As a fan, I really love this new song. I’m anxious to hear the rest of the soundtrack but having new music from Lorde and Chvrches doesn’t make the wait seem so terrible. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released on November 17.
XO/Out Of The Woods
What do you get when you take Beyoncé‘s song XO and you mash it up with Taylor Swift‘s song Out Of the Woods? Well, IMHO, you get a pretty amazing new song that works surprisingly well. An industrious fan came up with the brilliant idea to mix these two songs in order to make a new mash-up song that I must admit I’ve been listening to on repeat for the past hour or so. Click below to get your first listen of Beylor Swift‘s XO/Out Of The Woods. More »
New music from his upcoming new album
Back in July we got our first look at singer-turned-actor Marilyn Manson in the final season of Sons of Anarchy (where he plays an incarcerated white supremacist gangster) but today we get to see MM back in his role as rock star. Manson has released for free a new song titled Third Day of a Seven Day Binge that will be included on his as-yet untitled new album, due out in 2015. Click the embed above to hear the song in full then head over to the official MM website HERE to download the track, if it tickles your fancy. Marilyn Manson is playing a string of intimate Hallowe’en concerts here in SoCal this week and I’ll be seeing his show in Santa Ana tomorrow night. It looks like MM is trying to get his music career going again so … we’ll see how well that goes for him.
Compton in the house
Last week we saw photos from the set of Fergie Ferg‘s music video for her new comeback single LA LOVE (La La) which hasn’t been released just yet … but, while we wait for the video to drop, we can have a listen of the just released remix of LA LOVE. Ferg managed to get Compton rapper YG 4 Hunnid to bust a rhyme on the remix … which you can hear in full below. More »
Iggy Azalea is planning to re-release her debut album The New Classic with a bonus track edition titled Reclassified and this new version of the album will include 5 new songs. Today we get to hear 2 of those 5 new songs in full. The video above is titled Beg For It and it features the Danish singer MØ on vocals (I understand that Charli XCX was originally meant to provide the vocals for the song but MØ‘s version won out for the album re-release). Click below to hear Iggy‘s other new song titled Iggy SZN (which is pronounced season) to get another taste of the new music that Azalea is dropping on her Reclassified album. More »
Aretha Franklin has released an album of cover songs where she pays homage to some of the diva classic songs that we all know and love and today we learn that the Divine Miss M is also releasing an album of cover songs as well. Bette Midler is releasing next month an album titled It’s The Girls! which features Bette‘s covers of girl group songs … and included on the album is her rendition of TLC‘s Waterfalls. Click the embed above to hear Bette Midler‘s poignant version of Waterfalls and see what you think. I must admit, it’s a bit weird to hear Bette sing about Little Precious et al. but overall, I think her rendition is pretty darn good.