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First Listen: Ellie Goulding Releases ‘Love Me Like You Do’ From The ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Soundtrack

"You're the cure"
You're the pain / You're the only thing I want to touch

Ellie Goulding has released a new song titled Love Me Like You Do which will be featured on the original motion picture soundtrack for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. As you can hear above, Love Me is a very anthemic and catchy song … and is a good sign that even tho the movie may not live up to expectations, the film’s soundtrack may end up being the best thing about the Fifty Shades movie release. Have a listen of Ellie‘s new song and see if it puts you in the mood for a little Fifty Shades of Grey action.

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Watch: Courtney Love Will Make Her Opera Debut In NYC This Week

'Kansas City Choir Boy' opens on Thursday
An Opera Star Is Born

Courtney Love will make her musical theater debut this Thursday night when the new opera Kansas City Choir Boy opens in NYC. Yes, you read that right … Courtney Love is starring in an opera. In this new show, Love will play a “[teenage character named Athena] who leaves her boyfriend in Kansas City to pursue fame and success in New York. Problems arise when he tries to follow her and discovers that Love has already been wooed by the thrill and vices of the city”. Well, OK, then. Courtney Love and the show’s composer Todd Almond (with Eric Allen on cello) perform the song All I Ever Wanted from the show in a showcase performance for The New York Times, which you can watch in full above. I must admit, I don’t really know much about opera but this performance doesn’t sound very operatic to me. Nor does it sound particularly good but, hey, that’s just my opinion. Have a listen above and see what you think of C. Love as an opera singer. Kansas City Choir Boy will run from January 8-17 but all performances are already sold out. That said, if the show is a hit, I’m certain more performances will be added. Have a listen and then please let me know … are you a fan of Courtney Love: Opera singer?

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Listen: Gwen Stefani Teams Up With Pharrell For An Original Song For The ‘Paddington’ Soundtrack

'Shine'
I'll do anything to protect my people's dreams."

Gwen Stefani and Pharrell, who have been collaborating a lot lately on new music together for her new album, have teamed up again for an original song that will be featured in the upcoming US release of the live-action/computer-animated film adaptation Paddington (based on the beloved children’s book series Paddington Bear). Shine was not included in the movie when it was released in the UK back in November but it will be featured in the movie when it is released here in the US on January 16. Click the embed above to hear a leaked version of the song, which doesn’t offer the greatest sound quality. To be completely honest, I’m fairly underwhelmed by this song … as well as the other Gwen/Pharrell collabs that we’ve been hearing so far. Have a listen and see what you think. Do you think Gwen and Pharrell have a hit on their hands with Shine?

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First Listen: Kanye West & Paul McCartney Release A New Song Titled ‘Only One’

Happy New Yeezus
"Tell Nori about me"

Without much fanfare or hoopla, Kanye West dropped a new song last night just before the US welcomed the arrival of 2015. The song is titled Only One and it is a collaborative track that Yeezy wrote with Paul McCartney (who plays the keyboard on the track). The song, which you can listen to in full above, is a fairly autotuned lullaby/ballad that sounds much different from the music that Kanye released on his last album Yeezus. With the release of this song (HERE on iTunes), Kanye appears to be signaling to the world that he is about to unleash his next era of music on us. Happy New Year, indeed. Have a listen, see what you think.

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First Listen: Here Is The Song That Pharrell & N.E.R.D. Created For The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

'Squeeze Me'

Spongebob Squarpants is getting his very own major motion picture movie next year and for the occasion, Pharrell managed to stage a reunion of N.E.R.D. so that they could create new music for the film’s soundtrack. The original song Squeeze Me by N.E.R.D. has been made available today and as you can hear below, it’s a pretty infectious earworm that will likely live inside your brain until the end of time. Have you ever wondered what a mixture of Pharrell, N.E.R.D. and Spongebob might sound like? Click below and find out. More »

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Listen: Kanye West’s Album ‘Yeezus’ Has Been Turned Into An Xmas Album Titled ‘Kreezus’

I Am A Claus

An industrious comedy troupe called Local Business Comedy have turned Kanye West‘s album Yeezus into a brilliant Xmas album titled Kreezus. The songs on Yeezus have been adapted and changed into Xmas songs with titles like I Am A Claus, New Sleighs, I’m In It (The Chimney) and more. I’m not sure from whence came this amazing bolt of creative inspiration but as far as Xmas gifts go, this one is a pretty sweet one. Click below to hear Kreezus in full. More »

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Watch: Bonnie McKee Releases A Fun Music Video For Her New Holiday Song ‘California Winter’

With Love from Bonnie
This is how we do in SoCal

Singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee has written and released a new song for the holiday season and today we get to see the low budget but superfun music video for her song California Winter. Here is Bonnie‘s description of the music video:

This one-shot video was duct-taped, stapled, and glued together with chewing gum by my loving, wonderful, talented friends! There are no cuts, just old fashioned Hollywood elf work. It was a last minute stroke of inspiration and we had less than a week to prepare. We learned the choreography the day before the shoot, and were still stitching costumes day of! When we arrived at 6am it was just a big empty room, and by the end of the day every single elf/dog in the building had put their blood, sweat, and sparkling icicle tears into building the set and making it work! We did 6 full takes and this was the last (with the fewest bloopers) of the day. BEHOLD!!! You are witnessing a Christmas Miracle!! Happy Holidays everyone!!

I love winter in California and I really like this song and video. See, this is how we do Xmas in SoCal :)

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Listen: Madonna Releases ‘Living For Love’ From Her New Album ‘Rebel Heart’

"After the heartache / I'm gonna carry on"
"Not gonna stop / Love's gonna lift me up"

At midnight last night, Madonna‘s new album Rebel Heart became available for pre-order with 6 songs released for immediate download. Among the 6 songs that have been released is the first single Living For Love. Maddy has also made Living For Love available for streaming, just in case you’re not yet convinced you want to pony up and pre-order the album. Having listened to the songs a few times already, I really like all of them … including Living For Love. Click the embed above to have a listen and see what you think. This is the first official taste we’re getting of the new era of Madonna music … are you impressed?

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Listen: Owl City Releases An Xmas Single Titled ‘Kiss Me Babe, It’s Christmas Time’

"Little lights flash in your eyes / Glowing by the fireside"
"Let's fly around the world tonight, oh yeah"

We are just about a week away from Xmas 2014 and everywhere you go, there is Xmas music everywhere. Some people love it, others don’t … but I’m a fan of Xmas music. I don’t really go for the traditional type of Xmas music but I do like creative versions of the classic carols or poppy, upbeat original songs. Owl City has released a new Xmas single titled Kiss Me Babe, It’s Christmas Time which you can hear in full above. Owl City is usually hit or miss for me but there is something I like about this song. Have a listen, see what you think.

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First Listen: Marilyn Manson Releases A New Song Titled ‘Deep Six’

More MM For You
Another song from 'The Pale Emperor'

Back in October, Marilyn Manson released a new song titled Third Day of a Seven Day Binge which will be featured on his new album The Pale Emperor which is scheduled for release next month. Today we get to hear another new song from the album, a track titled Deep Six. MM is offering both Third Day and Deep Six for immediate download if you pre-order The Pale Emperor on iTunes … but you can click the embed above to hear this new song in full first before you make up your mind. Unfortunately, this new song sounds to me very much like most of the music that Manson has been putting out in recent years. I’m hopeful that this new album will feature some great new music but, thus far, I’ve yet to hear anything all that exciting. Have a listen, see what you think … do you like this new MM song?

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