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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

Hear Galantis' new dance-pop single 'You' -- EXCLUSIVE

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If you know the dance duo Galantis, it’s probably for their underground smash “Smile” (and the sex-capades video that came with it). Now there’s a new reason: They’ve got a new single called “You,” and you can hear it exclusively here.

Galantis’ two members — Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson (of Swedish production duo Bloodshy and Avant, also two-thirds of Miike Snow) and Linus Eklow (aka Style of Eye) — have a history of writing and producing bangers for Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, and Icona Pop but they’re now getting their own spotlight, including acclaim from the likes of Diplo and Kaskade and a performance slot at Coachella this April.

Listen the new track below:

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Best and Worst 2013: The Worst Albums of the Year, starring Lil Wayne, Five Finger Death Punch, and John Fogerty

Let’s face it: Outside of a few exceptions, the bulk of the music that came out this year (or any given year) falls into the “pretty much okay” category. It takes a remarkable feat to cross the bridge from “merely disappointing” or “aggressively sub par” over to “truly, remarkably heinous.”

Which is to say: The five albums listed below aren’t merely boring or trite or annoying (though they are in fact all of those things). Each of the five long-players below had to go the extra mile. As many have taught us in the past, it takes quite a bit of work to be this terrible.

So here are EW’s picks for the five worst albums of 2013. They are all terrible. Let us never speak of them again. READ FULL STORY

New Album Roundup: Read EW's reviews of Justin Timberlake, Drake, Icona Pop, and more

Every Tuesday morning in New Album Roundup, we’ll publish our reviews of the week’s releases as found in the pages of Entertainment Weekly. This week: Justin Timberlake, Drake, Elton John, Danny Brown, Icona Pop, and CHVRCHES. 

Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience—2 of 2  The 20/20 Experience found Timberlake and longtime collaborator Timbaland turning the latter’s signature syncopated funk into a strangely insular experience. Apparently the producer saved his haymakers for round 2, because he’s in full classic-Timba mode here…. Those throwback blasts give 2 of 2 a more immediate punch than its predecessor, even as 2 falls prey to the same pitfalls.” (Click here for Kyle Anderson’s full review.)

Drake, Nothing Was the Same  Nothing Was the Same bristles with epiphanies, absurdities, and plenty of bluster, but it’s all fodder for a hyper-realistic portrait of Aubrey Drake Graham, not some coronation ceremony…. Meanwhile, the music itself, largely produced by his stalwart collaborator Noah ’40’ Shebib, explores affinities with songs that overlap and build on each other. It’s a thinking rapper’s paradise.” (Click here for Nick Catucci’s full review.)

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Icona Pop announce fall album date, release new single 'All Night'

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The Swedish electro-pop breakout Icona Pop has had a good run in the States despite the fact that they never released an album here. But hey, who needs something as old-fashioned as an LP when you’ve got Robin Thicke give your songs sexy makeovers?

Well, apparently Icona Pop still do: the duo has announced a date for their first U.S. album. Titled This Is…, the group’s American debut will hit streets Sept. 24. And as a preview, they’ve already released the album’s cover art (above) and a Soundcloud of their next Stateside single “All Night,” which you can hear below:

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SXSW: Austra chills out, Icona Pop turns it up

The bill at Wednesday night’s Vicemagazine “style stage” was two sides of one sexy coin.

The showcase (sponsored by Vice‘s music channel Noisey and Garnier Fructis, complete with an on-site mini hair salon, because why not?) brought together the atmospheric Canadian group Austra and the hard-partying Swedish electro duo Icona Pop. It was an interesting combination.

Canadian trio Austra, whose 2011 debut Feel It Break cemented them as one of the leaders of the darkwave scene — dreamy, brooding synth bands reviving and reinterpreting the likes of Depeche Mode and Kate Bush — came on first and unleashed their not-so-secret weapon, frontwoman Katie Stelmanis’ otherworldly voice. Last night, that voice hovered over the music as the band worked through Feel It Break favorites like “Lost It” and new, unheard material from their upcoming second album, Olympia.

If the live show was any indication, Olympia will be a very mellow affair. Austra’s set was chill, sometimes to point of hypnoisis, and for a while, it was easy to forget you were at a music festival and not daydreaming on a blanket.

Icona Pop, however, did not want you to sleep; they want to crash their cars into bridges and watch it burn. They don’t care — these are ’90s bitches.

Those (paraphrased) lyrics come from the duo’s breakthrough single “I Love It,” which you’ve most likely heard by now. But hearing is one thing — seeing them play it live in front of a sea of screaming, crowdsurfing, screaming again young women is another thing. They were jumping at each other, throwing drinks at the stage, going all-around nuts. It was like a F—-d Up show, but with an exactly opposite girl-guy ratio.

The rest of the Icona Pop’s set, it turned out, was basically a dubstep party. Almost every song wound up having the kind of huge chub-wub-wub bass drops that literally shake the roof — there was debris falling on the heads of the unlucky revelers by the stage’s perimeter. Yet while the kids loved it, a certain, several older members of the crowd suddenly felt an urgent need to smoke a cigarette or make a phone call outside.

As I overheard one such guy put it to his friend, “SXSW is wasted on the young.” But, hey, it is spring break.

Read more:
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