Archive for the First Listen Category

Watch: Madonna Teases A New Song Titled ‘Messiah’

"Magic makes the people come together"

On Monday we learned officially that Diplo wrote a song with Madonna, presumably for her new album, that is titled Bitch, I’m Madonna. Today we learn that Maddy is also recording a song titled Messiah because late last night she teased the song on her official Instagram profile. First, Madonna shared a photo of a page of sheet music for Messiah … and then she shared a short Instagram video of the recording of the song. Click below to hear the clip and read what she has to say about the song. More »

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Imogen Heap Will Release A New Album Titled ‘Sparks’ In August

Listen to her new single 'Run-Time' NOW!

Imogen Heap, who I love SO MUCH, is readying the release of a new album titled Sparks and I am FREAKING out with excited anticipation. I fell in love with Imogen when she toured with Rufus Waiwright on his first US tour way back in the late 90s. Rufus was great on that tour but my first boyfriend and I became obsessed with Imogen. Her debut album didn’t do much here in the US so she released her next album under the moniker Frou Frou and found the success she deserved. I’ve been hearing crazy things about the creation of her new album Sparks, things confirmed by the press release that is posted below. Click below to see the cover for Sparks, learn more about the album and listen to her new song Run-Time in full. More »

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First Listen: Eminem & Busta Rhymes Sample House Of Pain On Their New Song ‘Calm Down’

Jump Around? Naw, CALM DOWN!

Busta Rhymes is coming at us with a new album titled E.L.E. 2 (a follow-up to his 1998 album Extinction Level Event: The Final World Front) at some point this year and to get us excited for the album’s release we get to hear a new track titled Calm Down which features Eminem on guest vocals. Calm Down samples the 1992 song Jump Around by House Of Pain, which is only all kinds of amazing. Click below to hear Busta and Em on Calm Down in full. More »

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First Listen: Ryan Adams Releases A New Single Titled ‘Gimme Something Good’

"All my life been shaking wanting something"

Ryan Adams is readying the release of a new 7″ single for a new song titled Gimme Something Good and today, we get to hear the song in full before its release. I understand that Ryan is planning to release a series of 7″ vinyl singles leading up to the release of a new album. It has been many years since Ryan Adams released his last album, Ashes& Fire (2011), so I’ve been ANXIOUSLY awaiting the release of new music. Click below to hear Gimme Something Good and get a taste of what’s to come from the always amazing Ryan Adams. More »

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First Listen: Robin Thicke Previews His New Song ‘Lock The Door’

'She locked the door / I keep knockin', knockin', knockin', knockin'"

Last week we saw the tracklisting for Robin Thicke‘s new album Paula which is full of songs that are meant to try and woo back his estranged wife Paula Patton. You may recall that one of those songs is titled Lock The Door. Today, we get our first listen of that song. A minute and a half preview of Lock The Door is featured below for your listening pleasure. If the songs on Robin‘s album are meant to be a message to Paula, then in this instance it would be wise for her to listen to him … and lock her damn doors. More »

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Listen: This Mash-Up Of Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ & Reba McEntire’s ‘Fancy’ Will Give You Life

Here's your one chance

In a stroke of brilliant genius, an industrious fan decided to mash-up Iggy Azalea‘s current hit song Fancy with Country Music star Reba McEntire‘s 1990 hit song Fancy into one, amazing song. Now, normally I wouldn’t be all excited about a Country Music mash-up song but these two Fancy songs have just been begging to be blended into one song. Music by Reba, lyrics by Iggy … have a listen below. More »

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First Listen: Icona Pop Releases A New Song Titled ‘Get Lost’

Behold, your fave new song of the summer
"Woke up this morning / Bleary eyed"

Icona Pop, those lovely ladies who stole your heart last year with their single I Love It, are back this year with a new summer single titled Get Lost and SURPRISE! It’s a sickeningly infectious piece of pop confection. The single hasn’t been officially released just yet but it has made its way to the Internets in full a wee bit early. Click the embed above to have a listen … and then try to get the damn song out of your head.

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Watch: Pearl Jam Performed ‘Let It Go’ From Disney’s ‘Frozen’ In Concert Because Why The Hell Not?!

Um ...
The final nail in the coffin of Grunge

The ubiquitous song Let It Go from Disney‘s monster hit movie Frozen is inescapable, it would seem. You go to the mall, you hear the song. You go to a restaurant, you hear the song. You go to church, chances are you may possible hear the song (but in a religiousifed manner, I would assume). The one place might expect to be safe from hearing the song is at a Pearl Jam concert … but notsofast. Pearl Jam, inexplicably, performed Let It Go live in concert in Milan, Italy this weekend because … well, I don’t know why … they just did. Click the embed above to hear a snippet of their performance and marvel at how far the kings of the Grunge Music era have come.

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First Listen: Amy Grant Releases A Remix Of ‘Baby Baby’ From Her First-Ever Remix Album

Prepare for 'In Motion: The Remixes'
The stars are shining for you

So … I have a little confession to make. I’m kind of a tiny fan of Christian Pop star Amy Grant … ok, a BIG fan actually … and I have been for many years. Back when I was a youngster, I went thru a moral dilemma where I was trying to reconcile my love of pop music (Madonna, Prince, Sheena Easton) with what I thought was a religious awakening (my parents dragged me to church a lot) and I ended up stumbling on the oddly-satisfying music genre of contemporary Christian Pop music. The uncontested queen of the genre (and I’ve always been in love with pop queens) was/is Amy Grant. I owned all of her albums and know all of her songs from, like 1982 (El Shaddai, yo) until 1994 (yeaaaaah Lucky One) when my fandom ran out and I focused on other pop queens. My flirtation with Christian Pop only lasted a year or so but I stuck with Amy Grant for quite a few years. Back in 1991, Amy had a huge crossover hit with Baby, Baby and today we get to hear a remixed version of the song which is featured on Amy‘s first-ever remix album In Motion: The Remixes … due out in August. Click the embed above to hear this new version of Baby, Baby then click below to see the tracklisting of the other songs featured on the album. More »

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Listen: Sinéad O’Connor Covers ‘I Would Die 4 U’ By Prince

Nothing Compares 2 a Prince Cover

Sinéad O’Connor shot to international fame back in 1990 with the release of the song Nothing Compares 2 U, a song that was written by Prince. 24 years later we get to hear Sinéad‘s version of another Prince song, this time I Would Die 4 U. Sinéad‘s version of I Would Die 4 U will be included on a compilation album titled Purple Reggae which features reggae versions of classic Prince songs (due out later this month). Click below to sample Sinéad‘s take on this iconic Prince track and hear what it sounds like when Sinéad takes on Prince again. More »

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