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Jennifer Lopez drops 'Booty' remix featuring Iggy Azalea

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In today’s pop-music-and-butts news, Jennifer Lopez released a remix of “Booty” featuring Iggy Azalea, who claims “the last time the world seen a booty this good it was on Jenny from the block.” (Nicki Minaj might disagree.)

The original “Booty,” off J. Lo’s latest album A.K.A., features Pitbull alluding to Bubba Sparxxx’s “Ms. New Booty” and commenting on Lopez’s butt-related skills: “The way she twerk it, not fair.” Azalea prefers to talk about her own skills in her verse on the remix, though, rapping, “They beggin’ me to drop down but right now Iggy on top.” Can’t argue with that—three songs featuring Azalea are currently in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100.

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Emo revivalists Modern Baseball hit the road for 'Pothole' video

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After a solid decade as the go-to soundtrack for disaffected youth, emo has pretty much suffocated itself beneath a mountain of asymmetrical haircuts, metalcore breakdowns, and barely sublimated misogyny, and few people are in mourning over it. However, there’s a growing wave of young musicians who are throwing out the subgenre’s recent history and returning to the core values that defined it in the ’90s (before it was absorbed by Hot Topic), fusing punk’s energy and DIY ethos with the swooning romanticism of a teenage Smiths fan and the delicate melodies of a ’70s singer-songwriter.

Philly’s Modern Baseball is at the leading edge of this movement, and may be the most accessible to pop fans who don’t know or don’t care that there’s even an emo revival happening. Their latest single, “Pothole,” foregoes the pop-punk tendencies that define much of their material in favor of lightly fingerpicked acoustic guitar and nakedly raw vocals, to subtly powerful effect. The video, made largely out of footage filmed on one of their tours, highlights the energy that the band and their community of fans produce together at their shows, as well as the monotony of life on the road.

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Mikky Ekko made EW a playlist for a weeknight pizza party

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Mikky Ekko, who you may know as Rihanna’s co-star in her mega-hit “Stay,” will release his debut album later this fall (side note/friendly PSA: it’s almost fall). The first single, “Smile” debuted earlier this month and bodes well for the upcoming collection: powerful vocals, delicate finishes, catchy, anthemic choruses.

The Louisiana native, who currently lives in Nashville, has been gaining major momentum, spending last summer touring with Jessie Ware, opening for Justin Timberlake in London in October and is currently working on highly-anticipated projects with artists like Zedd, Gwen Stefani, and Rihanna.

EW reached out to Ekko, asking him to put together a playlist for an occasion of his choosing. What did we get? “10 Tracks to Vibe Out Your Tuesday Night Pizza Party.” Fun, specific, and nuanced (in nature as well as naming), complete with commentary on each selection.

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Dan Bodan delivers heartfelt electropop on 'Jaws of Life'

Electronic musician Dan Bodan came of age in Montreal’s fertile noise scene, but after he was exposed to Berlin nightclubs while studying abroad, he turned his attention to more coherent electronic expression. His debut album, Soft, comes out Oct. 28 on the esteemed DFA Records label.

Like DFA founder and LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy, Bodan mixes danceable beats with aching pop hooks and deeply expressive vocals. He also shares the same disregard for genre boundaries; while the album centers around electropop, there are bits of techno and drum ‘n’ bass floating around in the mix.

Soft‘s lead single is “Jaw of Life,” which blends rich analog synth sounds, the funkier end of the ’80s pop spectrum, and Bodan’s voice into a lovely and unguardedly intimate ballad. READ FULL STORY

Stream Stuart Murdoch's 'God Help the Girl' original soundtrack

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For the past few years, indie auteur Stuart Murdoch has been splitting his energies between his usual gig leading Belle and Sebastian and a project called God Help the Girl. It started out as an experiment in which Murdoch and the rest of his group backed a cast of female singers he recruited through an ad in a Glasgow magazine, but since releasing a self-titled LP in 2009, the venture has grown considerably more ambitious.

Sept. 5 will see the release of a God Help the Girl film, written and directed by Murdoch. Starring Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, and Pierre Boulanger, it expands on Murdoch’s long-standing fascination with impeccably vintage-attired, romantically entangled young people in Glasgow. It has a strong musical aspect, as you might expect, and the soundtrack is comprised of previous GHTG recordings, new recordings sung by the film’s cast, with dialogue and score woven throughout, helping to underline the overall project’s leaky boundaries when it comes to format.

Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta talks new song, working with Icona Pop

Dance-pop band Cobra Starship hasn’t released an album since 2011’s Night Shades, but frontman Gabe Saporta has been keeping busy: In that time, Saporta got married, made one of the official “I Don’t Care” remixes, staged a Midtown reunion, and started experimenting with a new sound for Cobra Starship. And now, the band’s back with a new song featuring Swedish duo Icona Pop called “Never Been in Love.”

Saporta wanted to draw from ’90s Britpop for his new music, something evident in the “na-na”-tinged, clap-heavy “Never Been in Love,” a song that samples the piano from Fatboy Slim’s 1999 hit “Praise You.” “We wanted to find something that people would be familiar with,” Saporta said, “but it’s been so long that it almost feels new again.” READ FULL STORY

Prince to release two albums on the same day

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One of Prince’s defining qualities as an artist is his almost startling prolificacy. While he’s not flooding the market quite as severely as he was during the ’80s, when he was putting a new album seemingly every couple months, along with writing for a stable of proteges and filling his vault with material that for one reason or another he felt was unworthy of release, he still keeps busy.

According to an announcement on this morning’s Good Morning America, Prince will release two albums on Sept. 30. One, entitled Plectrum Electrum, was recorded with 3rd Eye Girl, the all-female band that seems to have been his primary concern for the past couple years. He’ll also release a solo album, Art Official Age, his first since 2010’s 20Ten, which he teased earlier this summer.

 

Charli XCX on her new album 'Sucker' and getting angry at pop music: An EW Q and A

At last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Charli XCX was one of the evening’s stealth victors. Though she did not cash in on any of her five nominations (four for her turn on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” one for Artist To Watch), her pre-show performance of “Boom Clap” ended up being one of the most compelling of the evening.

She also dropped some details about her forthcoming album Sucker, which will arrive on October 17, and unleashed the video for the album’s second single “Break the Rules.”

The clip, which features actress Rose McGowan, is a timely piece of back-to-school anarchy—one last summer tantrum before the leaves fall off the trees and beach jams start sounding passé.  READ FULL STORY

Surprise, surprise: Blue Ivy Carter was the star of Twitter on Sunday

The star at this year’s Video Music Awards wasn’t Miley’s tongue or Nicki’s butt but something much more innocent as proven by the night’s most popular tweets: Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter Blue Ivy. READ FULL STORY

Watch Sam Smith's sway-inducing 'Stay With Me' at the VMAs

It’s hard to find a Sam Smith performance that doesn’t seem like a honest attempt to wring out everyone’s tears.

It was a night of juxtapositions, as Kim Kardashian West came out to introduce Smith to the stage to perform “Stay With Me.” In a reversal from the glitter and floor-grinding opening number, the stage was notably stripped of extraneous accoutrements, save for an accompaniment on the piano. Smith brought the audience to a gentle sway, delivering a straightforward rendition of the relationship song of the summer. It even brought the typically non-emotive Jenner sisters to their feet without taking a selfie of themselves. If Smith’s performance is any indication, glitter and fireworks are not prerequisites for a great, if not tear-inducing, VMAs performance.


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