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Drake's new album 'Take Care' leaks; is it a bigger story now when albums don't?

Some time between Saturday night and Sunday morning, the entirety of Drake’s Take Care, the followup to his breakout 2010 debut Thank Me Later, found its way onto the Internet.

As news of the leak spread, Twitter exploded with chatter about it, and while any artists get extremely rankled when their music gets out prior to the release date (and, of course, for free), Drake himself was pretty casual about it. “Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like it…and take care until next time,” he tweeted late last night.

The idea of an album leaking isn’t really a story. After all, pretty much everything leaks, and the timeline for Take Care is about right (the release date is next Tuesday, November 15, which means the finished album probably got lifted somewhere along the lines of production).

Drake’s casual reaction is the right one. After all, if people hadn’t gone out of their way to leak his album, that probably means people weren’t interested in the first place. An album leak is something of a validation, and though it may also feel like a backhanded (and bad for business) compliment, it still tells the artist, “You are big enough to steal from.”

It will probably cost Drake a little bit in album sales, but research shows that for a guy in Drake’s position, leaks don’t have as negative an impact as you might think — the logic being that people who will download the leak were unlikely to purchase the album in the first place. Plus, considering Drake himself had unleashed no fewer than six of the tracks from Take Care himself (including “Crew Love,” which showed up on Saturday on a radio station in Toronto), there was already plenty of Drake music out there for people to take.

In reality, it’s a bigger story when albums don’t leak. READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson's 'You Love Me' leaks: Listen here!


There’s still a week until Kelly Clarkson’s fifth studio album, Stronger, officially hits retailers, but here’s a little something to tide you over until then: The original American Idol diva has just dropped another song from the collection, “You Love Me,” on YouTube.

Like the other tracks from Stronger that have surfaced — “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” and “Mr. Know It All” — “You Love Me” is written from the perspective of a scorned lover. “You didn’t let me down / You didn’t tear me apart / You just opened my eyes / While breaking my heart,” Clarkson sings on the midtempo chorus, before getting to the lyrics that explain why the song is named what it is: “You just made me cry by claiming you love me, you love me, you love me.”

The whole thing is laid over driving guitar riffs, so it never gets too sad or weepy. It’s another song that’s sure to please fans — this one here is certainly very pleased with it — even if it doesn’t make a big splash on radio. Take a listen here:


Kelly Clarkson debuts new song 'What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)': Listen here!

Kelly Clarkson dropped a new single on her official website today, a straightforward pop anthem called “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger).”

The tune, which may or may not be the title track of Clarkson’s upcoming October 24 album—iTunes simply calls the song “Stronger,” but her website uses the longer title—falls right into the American Idol‘s belty pop/rock wheelhouse, and it should please fans who love that sound.

Personally, I’m more partial to the understated, sassy-but-soulful vibes on current lead single “Mr. Know It All,” but there’s chatter around the EW Music Dept. that Clarkson might have been better off releasing “What Doesn’t Kill You” as the first track from Stronger.

Take a listen below and decide for yourself. READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey sings five octaves in just over a minute: Listen here!

It’s no secret that Mariah Carey has range, but that’s just become even more apparent: A clever video has surfaced on YouTube that splices together Mimi singing through what the video claims are five octaves, two notes, and two semitones.

“That’s over 65 keys!!!!” the video says at the end. You knew she could do it, but actually hearing her go from low to high in a cascade — with each note flashing on the screen as it happens, each about one second apart — is pretty stunning.

Through the video, you can identify a variety of Mariah’s songs in the background — everything from her soaring rendition of “O Holy Night” to “Forever” — although a huge portion of it is pulled from her two notable Christmas albums. (Go figure.)

If you don’t already appreciate the range Mariah has, you will after the jump:


Kanye West track 'Mama's Boyfriend' leaks, rapper unleashes childhood hate for those eyeing his mother: Hear it here

Nearly a year after Kanye West debuted the lyrics to his spiteful single-parent jam “Mama’s Boyfriend” at Facebook’s headquarters last July, the track–which didn’t make the cut for 2010’s acclaimed My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy–leaked online last night.

“It took me 32 years of my life to write it,” Kanye said of the soulful College Dropout-esque track last year. “It means a lot to me.” It’s obviously one that hits close to home for West, who was mostly raised by his mother after his parents divorced.

Written from the perspective of a child, he attacks any guy trying to be his mom’s new man on “Boyfriend.” Even back then, Kanye knew what strategies grown men would use to get her.


Beyonce's a little peeved her new album leaked, but happy fans like it

On Tuesday Beyoncé‘s new album, 4, leaked to the Internet exactly three weeks before its June 28 release date. But the R&B diva seems to be taking it all in fierce stride.

Rather than sweeping the issue under the rug, she used her Facebook page to address it. Read her statement here:


Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo's 'Nasty' duet finds its way online: Hear it here

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green aren’t just co-judges on the NBC reality show The Voice—they’re partners in song, too.

“Nasty,” a just-leaked song featuring the “F— You” singer and the Bionic woman, has found its way online; the sound quality isn’t great, but you can listen after the jump:


Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' album leaks in full: To listen or not to listen?

It’s almost anti-climactic, really.

After months of intense pre-release buildup and more hype than Donald Trump threatening a presidential bid, Lady Gaga’s hotly anticipated album Born This Way has leaked.

It was set to drop Monday, but when the singer previewed the entire album for UK subscribers of the British newspaper Metro, even she must have known that it was going to go viral faster than Ebola. Get our first impression after the break: READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez's Lady Gaga-penned 'Hypnotico' leaks online: Listen here

American Idol‘s hottest judge won’t let us catch our collective breath. After Jennifer Lopez told her fans to get “On the Floor” with her first single and then teamed up with Lil Wayne for another love-crazy banger, she’s yet to slow things down.

Last night “Hynotico,” one of two tracks on her Love? album written by Lady Gaga, found its way onto the Internet. Just like her two prior singles, it’s an upbeat one. But instead of confessing her feelings to a special guy, the pop star is more than happy just teasing them. Check it out after the jump.


Lady Gaga's new single 'Judas' leaks: Hear it here

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We’re a little over a month away from the May 23 release of Lady Gaga’s new album Born This Way and today the superstar’s latest single, “Judas,” leaked online (it was officially supposed to drop on April 19). Gaga fans will still be eagerly awaiting the video for “Judas” which the singer and her choreographer, Laurie Anne Gibson, co-directed. Gaga already tweeted how proud she was of the final product: “It’s the greatest work we’ve done.” Listen to “Judas” below…

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