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Get married, drop a new track — all in a day’s work for Kanye West.
The rapper — who married Kim Kardashian in an extravagant ceremony on Saturday, just in case you didn’t hear — took advantage of the hype and unveiled his new single, “God Level,” on the same day. The song is part of Adidas’ FIFA World Cup commercial “The Dream,” which debuted during halftime of the UEFA Champions League Final. (The full track had appeared on SoundCloud, but has since been taken down.)
Lots of international soccer stars make an appearance in the clip, all of whom are still probably not famous enough to have made the cut for Kimye’s guest list.
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Justin Bieber surprised fans Saturday night by dropping his new single, “Hard2FaceReality,” via Twitter:
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 27, 2014
Though the release of the two-minute slow jam featuring Poo Bear could be viewed as commentary on his week of legal woes — the Canadian pop star was detained at LAX by customs officials for nearly four hours on Thursday, and just a day earlier had his DUI case in Miami postponed until July — the track is more likely about the ups and downs of his on-off relationship with Selena Gomez. “It’s hard to face reality,” he sings, “even though you might get mad at me.” READ FULL STORY
Jack White played his new single “Lazaretto” for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl.
The singer and guitarist called it the “world’s fastest-released record.”
But don’t look for it in the Guinness World Record Book, as White admitted he doesn’t know if anyone else has attempted the feat. The stunt was a promotion for Record Store Day and his upcoming album, Lazaretto.
White performed Saturday morning at his Third Man Records label. As he was playing, fans could watch on television the acetate record being cut in a room behind the stage. After the title song from the upcoming album, he also recorded a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Power of My Love,” which was the B-side on the record. The master was then hustled over to the United Record Pressing plant, also in Nashville. READ FULL STORY
The Purple One is just full of surprises these days.
Hours after announcing plans for a new album, the release of previously unavailable material, and a special reissue of Purple Rain — all in partnership with “slave” label Warner Bros. Records, though it appears the two parties have made amends — Prince dropped another bombshell: his new single, “The Breakdown.”
It’s a contemplative, string-orchestrated funk ballad that Prince promises could be “the saddest story ever told.” Listen here and judge for yourself:
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Justin Bieber, “All Bad”
And on the sixth Music Monday, Bieber laid back in the cut. The latest song from his weekly series (leading up to the Christmas release of Believe, the movie) may not be the best one yet—“Heartbreaker” comes closest to “Cry Me a River”—but it’s the eeriest of the frankly downbeat, uniformly pretty collection. The line “females like to run their mouths” might be a deal-breaker coming from the weekend-warrior Justin seen in the tabloids, but hearing it from The-Weeknd-wannabe Justin on record, it actually starts to make sense. Behold the man-boy Bieber. READ FULL STORY
We often hear the words “Britney Spears” and “Perfume” in the same sentence — the pop princess just released her 13th fragrance last month — but this time, we’re talking about her music: Spears posted her second Britney Jean single, “Perfume,” on her Facebook page Sunday.
Apologies to anyone expecting a scratch-and-sniff confection; “Perfume” is an angsty ballad in the vein of Spears’ “Everytime” or “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know.” She’s using her fragrance to mark her territory, hoping her scent lingers on her man so other ladies will keep their paws off.
Listen to the new track below:
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Forget about electric guitars — the lads of One Direction have a new favorite instrument: the kickdrum.
The boy band’s new track “Story of My Life,” which will appear on the upcoming Midnight Memories (their third disc in less than three years), slows things way down from “What Makes You Beautiful” or “Best Song Ever,” though it still proves propulsive. Per usual, the boys take turns singing on the verses, though the chorus seems to feature Harry Styles’ rasp much louder than any of his other bandmates.
Lyrically, the song invites some shades of grey into One Direction’s normally sunny universe as they sing about a torrid romance. “The story of my life: I give her hope,” they wail, but then flip the switch and say, “I spend her love until she’s broke inside.” The writing isn’t all so tight — for instance: “Written on these walls are the colors that I can’t change/Leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage” — but it’s not unlike Phillip Phillips’ smash “Home” in tone or sentiment.
The die-hard Directioners will eat this up, but casual fans who like their boy bands peppy and poppy (i.e. more “Larger Than Life” than “Shape of My Heart”) may prove tougher to convince. Give the song a listen and weigh in with your thoughts below: READ FULL STORY
A lot has been made of the Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga chart face-off this fall, but music fans shouldn’t count out OG pop queen Britney Spears in that fight. Spears dropped her new single “Work Bitch” on Sunday, a day earlier than planned, after a low-quality version of the song leaked online.
The will.i.am-produced song — which clocks in at a robust (for Britney) four-plus minutes — is tailor-made for the dance floor. Spears lets listeners know that, whatever they want in life, whether it be a Bugatti, a Maserati, or a hot body: “You better work, bitch.”
Listen to the full track below:
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Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks aren’t engaged yet, but if Derulo’s new single “Marry Me,” the second track from his upcoming Tattoos, is any indication, that may change soon.
The song, which debuted on On Air with Ryan Seacrest this morning, is a sweet mid-tempo ballad in the same vein as Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” that imagines a romantic proposal: “We’ll forever be in love, so there ain’t no need to rush,” Derulo tells his lady. “But one day I wont be able to ask you loud enough. I’ll say, ‘Will you marry me?'” It’s all as fizzy and romantic as a glass of wedding champagne.
EW caught up with the couple, who’ve been dating since 2011, at last night’s VMAs red carpet, where Derulo joked that the song was about, “Just this random girl that I met,” alongside an amused Sparks. The Idol alumnus explained that she’s known she was the muse for a while, actually, since she discovered he’d written the song “about a year and a half ago.”
“It was still really early on in our relationship,” she says, “so to hear something like that was really special.” Still, she laughs, “When he was going throughout the process with his record, I was like, ‘Is “Marry Me” still on there? It better be on there. Is “Marry Me” still on there?”
Check out the song below: READ FULL STORY
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