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Rapper-turned-popster Kitty unveils new video for 'Marijuana'

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The Florida-born, NYC-based musician Kitty used to go by the name Kitty Pryde, and she used to be a rapper. Her 2012 song “Okay Cupid” was a pretty massive viral hit (its official video has nearly a million and a half views on YouTube) that brought her a decent amount of acclaim amidst an epic amount of hate from people who saw a young female rapper who didn’t seem interested in rapping about things that grouchy hip-hop fans are necessarily into as a sign of the impending apocalypse (or something).

Kitty still raps, but she’s broadened her overall approach and started moving toward straight-up pop, which considering the sing-songy flow she’s been showing off since “Okay Cupid” isn’t too drastic a leap. Last month she released an EP called Impatiens, which she quickly followed up with a new track, “Marijuana,” that now has a video. It’s her most successful stab at a pop song yet, with a bubbly, laid-back beat that fits the title well, plus a vocal part that ups the melodic quotient while still retaining just enough hip-hop inflection to make the track snap. The end result is a special kind of summer jam that forgoes the celebratory grooves that typify the genre in favor of an effortless chill that can act as mental air conditioning during ridiculously hot and humid days, which should come in handy very soon.

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The Breakdown: Ed Sheeran's 'x' influences, by the numbers

This week’s biggest new release is British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran’s x. Sheeran’s songwriting work for Taylor Swift and One Direction and acoustic pop style have earned him a fan base that’s heavy on younger listeners, but x (which is apparently meant to be pronounced “multiply”) deals with more mature themes, like the alienation that comes with fame and life on the road, as well as the ways sexual and chemical diversions can get away from you. People seem to be digging his new grown-up persona–our Melissa Maerz gave the album a B.

For this installment of the Breakdown we’ll take x apart and figure out what it’s made of. READ FULL STORY

Video: Enter the virtual reality of Groundislava and Rare Times' 'Feel the Heat'

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Groundislava is an LA-based electronic musician who’s part of the rapidly up-and-coming Wedidit Collective. Rare Times is an L.A.-based band that makes retro-minded pop that sounds like a bunch of George Michael remix B-sides that never actually existed. Sus Boy is a visual artist who’s gaining cult notoriety for making bizarro websites for the likes of Skrillex. Put them all together and you end up with the video to “Feel the Heat” from Groundislava’s brand new EP of the same name, which mashes up ’90s-style trip-hop with ’90s-style virtual reality and a heaping dose of very modern techno-paranoia. Keep your eye on all three parties involved–they’re bound to blow up soon.

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Listen to Grimes' new R&B-meets-EDM banger 'Go'

Synth-loving art-pop faerie Grimes has been on the verge of a major breakthrough ever since she released her 2012 album Visions, which refined the experimental electronic approach of her first two LPs and infused her sound with big, undeniable hooks that can stand up next to anything on the Top 40. It has stealthily become one of the most influential records of the past few years, and you can hear ideas borrowed from it all over the radio, including pretty much every synth-heavy pop song by a female performer that’s broken big in the past year.

Grimes herself has been patiently setting up her next move, signing to Jay Z’s Roc Nation for management and apparently fielding some songwriting gigs from major stars. Earlier this month at the Governor’s Ball festival in New York City she played a handful of new songs, including one that she claimed was written for, and rejected by, Rihanna. Today, she posted the finished recording of that track, entitled “Go,” on her SoundCloud. Produced with her longtime musical partner Blood Diamonds, it’s her most ambitiously accessible song yet, with an R&B-heavy vocal melody and arena-sized EDM synths that sound like they could have been lifted off of a Diplo track. It strongly hints that her next album (which she’s still working on) will be aimed straight at pop radio.

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AraabMuzik remixes Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness': Listen

NYC producer AraabMuzik is a virtuoso of the MPC whose freakish talent for making beats and remixing tracks on the fly has made him a jaw-dropping live performer in a field that often seems dominated by antisocial studio rats. In between blowing minds on stage he produces remixes that combine EDM’s electronic bombast with the sonic aggression of old-school NYC street rap, and just in time for both summer and the release of Lana Del Rey’s brand-new Ultraviolence, he’s dropped an arena-ready version of “Summertime Sadness” from her 2012 album Born to Die. It’ll appear on his upcoming mixtape For Professional Use Only 2, out July 15.

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Robin Thicke has a creepy, desperate new video for 'Get Her Back'

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Last year’s inescapable single “Blurred Lines,” which turned Robin Thicke from a marginal R&B singer to a superstar, was great for his career—but maybe not so good for his personal life. After its racy video and a grabby performance alongside (or, actually, very, very close behind) Miley Cyrus at the VMAs turned him into a sex symbol of an exceedingly sleazy kind, his wife Paula Patton, who he started dating as a teenager, left him amid rumors of infidelity.

Earlier this month Thicke announced that he’s releasing an album, entitled Paula, that’s all about their split. Judging by the song titles—“Love Can Grow Back,” “Still Madly Crazy,” “You’re My Fantasy”—it seems less like his Here, My Dear or Blood On the Tracks than a very public, very desperate stunt to convince Patton to reconcile.

How desperate? Well, the new video for Paula‘s lead single, “Get Her Back,” juxtaposes moody shots of Thicke and a disconcertingly Patton-esque woman with snippets of text messages between two estranged lovers, one of whom lists a number of valid reasons as to why they’re estranged (“You drink too much,” “You embarrassed me”) and the other of whom has written an entire album about their breakup. From Thicke’s perspective, it probably seems like a grand romantic gesture—but from anywhere else, it looks like quite possibly the thirstiest video of all time.

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Anamanaguchi releases a mysterious (but catchy) new single

Anamanaguchi, the self-described “boy band” from New York City, is dedicated to hacking pop music the way other geeks hack video game consoles.

Today they released a new single called “Pop It,” which features vocals by an “unknown singer” whose name they won’t reveal and who may or may not be the person depicted in the cover art, pictured above (although they’re willing to say that whoever it is, it’s their first recording gig). That fact just adds a slightly weirder edge to a song that’s already pretty strange—with its glitchy electronic flourishes and relentlessly bubble gummy vibe, it bears more than a passing resemblance to Japanese superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s neon-drenched anime acid trip. But like Kyary, Anamanaguchi works enough hooks into the mix to make the digital chaos worthy of putting on repeat.

So far, Anamanaguchi’s biggest claim to fame is providing the 8-bit pop-punk soundtrack for the video game adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldBut the band has a burgeoning cult following, and as mainstream pop culture grows increasingly similar to the Internet culture they inhabit, it doesn’t seem unrealistic to think they might break through with a bigger crowd soon.

Listen to “Pop It” below, or visit Anamanaguchi’s website to stream the song from a page full of interactive lo-res balloons that help to heighten the already-pretty-strong sensation of being stuck inside a game of “Katamary Damacy.”

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Jennifer Lopez skipping World Cup opening ceremony

This week marks the beginning of the 2014 World Cup, perhaps the biggest non-Olympics sporting event in the world. A total of 32 nations will send their best soccer stars to Brazil to compete for the top prize in futbol.

But the star providing its theme song will no longer be attending. READ FULL STORY

Governors Ball 2014, Day 1: OutKast, Phoenix, Jenny Lewis in a New York state of mind

Sure, it wasn’t completely underwater this year, but Governors Ball remains one of the more problematic three-day festivals on the summer calendar: it’s in too remote a location, the layout is cramped, and the lineup too schizophrenic for the volume of acts on the bill.

The bulk of those negative vibes got washed away the second the curtain dropped on the GovBallNYC Stage, revealing OutKast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi, who immediately tore into a neck-snapping rendition of the blistering Stankonia single “B.O.B (Bombs Over Baghdad).” READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey stumbles on album chart, Coldplay reign for second week

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Apparently no amount of riding the subway in a sparkly ball gown could overcome the lack of heat on Mariah Carey’s latest album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.

Carey’s 14th studio album only managed to shift 56,000 copies in its opening week on the Billboard 200, placing her third behind country star Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am and Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, which spent a second week in the top spot with 85,000 copies sold. READ FULL STORY

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