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Mariah Carey releases new single 'The Art of Letting Go': Hear it here

It’s not quite right to call Mariah Carey’s upcoming 14th album “long-delayed,” since it hasn’t really had an official spot on the calendar to miss since the single “Triumphant (Get’Em)” arrived last summer.

The single that followed, this February, “Almost Home,” was reserved for the soundtrack to Oz The Great and Powerful — though the date did seem to draw closer with the Miguel-assisted May jam “#Beautiful,” which made it to no. 15 on the Hot 100.

The album we now know is called The Art of Letting Go still doesn’t have a release date, but it does have a new single — the title track, no less. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, the song has a nice throwback vibe to it (think “Vision of Love”), but also doesn’t really have a chorus, which sort of makes it a toss-up. Tip of the hat to the line, “Go to Mimi on your contact/ Press delete” though.

Listen below via Carey’s Facebook: READ FULL STORY

Janelle Monae postpones tour dates for vocal rest

Fans hoping to Dance Apocalyptic with Janelle Monae in Anaheim, San Diego, and Phoenix will have to wait a little longer — Monae has postponed those three shows on her tour.

“Starting today, I am under strict doctor’s orders for mandatory vocal rest,” Monae wrote on her official website. “Not doing so could possibly result in damage to my vocal cords.”

There have been no dates rescheduled as of yet, though at the moment Monae intends on being in Dallas this Saturday for her concert at the House of Blues. She’s on her biggest headlining tour yet in support of her just-released new album The Electric Lady. And because Monae is Monae, she even stuck to her kooky script while announcing her postponements:  “But alas, apparently even the most expertly designed android breaks down sometimes and must recharge,” she wrote.

Eminem drops Rihanna-assisted 'The Monster': Hear it here

Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 doesn’t arrive until next Tuesday, but we’ve already heard the intense “Survival,” the throwback banger “Berzerk,” and the battle-ready “Rap God.” Now comes the Rihanna reunion “The Monster,” which just arrived on the Internet.

RiRi previously appeared, of course, on Em’s chart-topping single “Love the Way You Lie” back in 2010, and he returned the favor by lending “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” to her Loud album that same year. Mr. Mathers also dropped in on Rihanna’s “Numb,” from her 2012 release Unapologetic. 

“The Monster” has a slightly jumpier tempo than the pair’s other collaborations, but it still finds Rihanna playing the songbird sounding-board to Em’s weary confessional rhyme spitter. It doesn’t have the same sort of chart-topping grandeur that “Love the Way You Lie” had, but it does sound like the most radio-read crossover track we’ve heard from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 thus far.

You can buy “The Monster” on iTunes starting at midnight; until then, listen below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga may regret telling R. Kelly 'Do What U Want' on new single: Hear it here

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When Lady Gaga announced the full track list for her upcoming album ARTPOP, the most intriguing entry for super freaks everywhere was the song titled “Do What U Want.” It wasn’t so much that it was a particularly provocative name for a song, but more because the phrase “featuring R. Kelly” came right after.

That song has been released, along with a photo of Gaga’s be-thonged buttocks that serves as the cover art. The song, built on a totally ’80s synth throb, finds Gaga encouraging listeners to “Do what you want with my body.” Duet partner R. Kelly takes her up on that, crooning about doing shots and flying on private jets before doing what he wants with her body (in the back of a club, of course, because all the best R. Kelly verses take place in the back of a club).

Honestly, the track doesn’t quite come together (Gaga’s vocal style clashes too much with both the track and Kelly’s smooth R&B pipes), but it’s an intriguing mind-meld nonetheless. Give it a listen below.  READ FULL STORY

Your weekend must-listen: TLC's career collection '20'

Weekends call for a special soundtrack: Something celebratory without being too hype, background-y when needed but also capable of sparking kaffeklatsch-type conversation, and of course, high quality enough that you don’t feel you’re squandering your precious free time listening it. TLC’s 20 retrospective, out this week, hits all those marks and more. Because nothing should be harder than it has to be on the weekend, read this now so you’re ready to listen this evening before you hit the town, or tomorrow morning when you’re mellowing with some coffee.

Background: TLC dominated ’90s R&B with three delightfully titled albums (Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, 1992; CrazySexyCool, 1994; FanMail, 1999) that sold tens of millions of copies and threw off about 10 big hits, from “What About Your Friends” to “No Scrubs,” all of which you can hear on 20. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, the group’s flamboyant rapper, died in a 2002 car crash, after which the group broke up.

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Prince prefers dancing to pancakes in 'Breakfast Can Wait' video: Watch it here

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What is it about “Breakfast Can Wait” that Prince loves so much? Since the single dropped a few months back, His Purpleness has gone out of his way to give the track a totally amazing piece of cover art, and now he’s dropped what is probably his most high profile video in years.

In the Prince-free clip, directed by dancer Danielle Curiel, a couple plays out a most important meal of the day-eschewing fantasy before a sudden smash cut sends everyone to a dance studio and finally to a carefully-choreographed roundtable featuring a bunch of freaky masks and a whiff of Budweiser Black Crown.

Check it out below, and dig Prince’s cross-dressing doppelganger.  READ FULL STORY

TLC premieres new single 'Meant to Be': Hear it here

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TLC’s 20th anniversary this year is a bittersweet milestone considering founding member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes passed away 11 years ago. Still, that isn’t stopping co-founders Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins from putting together a VH1-produced biopic about the evolution of the multiplatinum R&B trio CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which premieres October 21.

There’s also a new compilation from the group called 20 that features the new single “Meant to Be,” a sweet, breezy pop tune written by Ne-Yo. Give it a listen below.  READ FULL STORY

What's on 'New Girl' star Hannah Simone's iPod: Canadian classics and Compton covers

You probably know Hannah Simone best as Cece, best friend to Zooey Deschanel’s Jess on New Girl — but Simone got her first on-camera exposure as a host on Canada’s MuchMusic.

“The great thing about a job like that is you’re talking to people about their passion and about what they love, so I don’t think I ever had an interview that I didn’t really enjoy,” said Simone of her experience on the Canadian music network.

Not surprisingly, she has carried a lot of great Canadian artists around with her on her iPod, though there’s also room for Cat Stevens and a novelty cover of a Snoop Dogg song.

Leonard Cohen, “Bird On A Wire”
“I just spent the weekend with my family, and our whole conversation seemed to revolve around Leonard Cohen. I’m crazy about him, and I have been for a long time. I’ve bought every album he’s ever had and every book of his poetry. I went to Coachella once, and it was only to go see Leonard Cohen. I got in the car and sat through all the crazy traffic in L.A. to get there—instead of a two hour drive it takes like six hours. Then I watched his set and turned around and left. I just so wanted to see him perform in the desert.

The other time I saw him was when I was in Toronto, and a friend surprised me with tickets. I went on my own and sat by myself. It was like being at church. Everybody sat pin-drop silent. I love the song ‘Bird on a Wire’ — It’s an amazing lyric: ‘Like a drunk in a midnight choir.’ He’s so incredible, and a Canadian to boot.”

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R. Kelly drops another sex/food crossover single, 'Cookie': Hear it here

R. Kelly adores carnal pleasures. He also has a fondness for food. And he has never hesitated bringing the two together; look no further than classic tracks like “Sex In the Kitchen” (where he wanted to lay you down next to the buttered rolls) or “Sweet Tooth” (wherein he compared a part of the female anatomy to Skittles).

Now comes “Cookie,” the latest track from Kelly’s forthcoming Black Panties album. It contains a ton of shout-outs to Oreos (which, it should be noted, were not on his shopping list—hopefully his song about chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs will be coming soon), and he does in fact call himself “Cookie Monster” at one point (though the song somehow doesn’t sample this classic).

Give “Cookie” a spin below. And in case it’s unclear: This is not in any way about baked goods.

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Justin Bieber releases 'Heartbreaker,' his first #MusicMonday single: Hear it here

Last week, Justin Bieber announced Music Mondays –in which he’ll unveil a new single every Monday for the next ten weeks.

“Heartbreaker” premiered late last night, though versions of this song have been kicking around the dusty corners of the Internet for a while now. It’s an atmospheric slow jam that comes complete with a ’90s style spoken-word bit in the middle.

It really wouldn’t sound out of place on Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which bodes well for Bieber or says terrible things about Timberlake, depending on who you are.

The release of “Heartbreaker”  — and the nine more Mondays to come — will get Beliebers primed for a new 3D concert movie said to be coming soon. The new song is available on iTunes right now, though you can also give it a spin below.  READ FULL STORY

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