Lana Del Rey has been relatively quiet lately, working on her forthcoming album Ultraviolence, but she’ll be in touch with her fans sooner than you may think. The singer will put on shows in 14 concerts starting April 23 in Grand Prairie, Texas and ending May 27 in Seattle, Washington.
The tour should be a fun mixture of new and old material.
Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 14). Continue reading
If you’re in need of some upbeat Monday tunes, look no further. Kylie Minogue is streaming her twelfth studio album Kiss Me Once over on The Guardian a week ahead of it’s official March 17 release.
I haven’t listened to the album enough to give my opinion in this post, but I will say there are a few hooks stuck in my head already!
Take a break from your hectic workday and have an impromptu dance party for a bit!
Stream the album here.
Lily Allen pays homage to Kanye West and narcissism today with the release of the artwork for her forthcoming album Sheezus and a new music video starring herself in multiple roles.
In the “Our Time” video, Allen invites her friends to come party at her home after a drunken night out on the town. The awkward moment comes when you realize Allen plays herself, her friends and the random girl crying in a hot dog costume.
Allen keeps it simple for the Sheezus artwork, sitting outside of a luxurious home with three dogs. I expect the think pieces to continue as long as Allen continues to take inspiration from hip-hop culture. Sheezus will be released May 5.
Check out the “Our Time” video and the tracklisting for Sheezus below. Continue reading
Fresh Ocean may not be up for promoting Chipotle’s impeccable chicken bowls, but when it comes to working with Converse he’s all in. The company has enlisted the R&B singer along with The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, and producer Diplo for their Three Artists, One Song series.
“Hero” feels like it could be the soundtrack for a retro scene in a movie where the main characters go on their first date at a Drive In theater. The fact that the song makes use of a kid choir doesn’t deter Ocean from singing about everything from his race, dunking abilities and how low he hangs over crunchy guitar riffs.
Best listened to while: longing for Spring to finally come and stay for good.
Listen to the song and download it below! Continue reading
Things have been moving smoothly and swiftly for Iggy Azalea since the Australian rapper set an April release date for her debut album The New Classic. Still, I think Azalea’s previous setbacks means she knows a thing or two about struggling. She uses her life as an example that anyone can reach their dreams in “Impossible is Nothing,” enlisting Mike Posner for the uplifting hook. The production is as simple as an Azalea song gets. The focus this time is on the message.
Posner isn’t the only artist featured on Azalea’s forthcoming album. Charli XCX, T.I., Watch the Duck, Rita Ora and Mavado also snagged features, according to the tracklisting on iTunes. The standard edition will feature 12 songs, including “Fancy,” “Change Your Life” and “Work,” while the deluxe edition will feature “Bounce” along with two new tracks. Continue reading
TDE’s leading lady SZA will be the second member to release a project this year. Following Schoolboy Q’s no. 1 album Oxymoron, the singer will drop a new EP titled Z on April 8. The singer announced the news at the end of a new video.
In “Babylon” she strips down and “goes fishing,” emerging herself in water and spreading her arms as she sings “crucify me” repeatedly. SZA co-directed the video alongside APLUSFILMZ. The alt-R&B track features solid production from Mac Miller and DJ Dahi, but the singer’s gloomy lyrics are still the focal point.
Best listened to while: feeling resentful and adopting a NFG attitude as a result. Continue reading
President Obama may have flubbed the spelling of “respect” during the White House’s Women of Soul event last night, but that doesn’t mean he and the First Lady don’t have a deep appreciation for soulful divas! Jill Scott, Tessanne, Melissa Ethridge, Patti Labelle, Janelle Monae and Ariana Grande all performed in front of the First Family during the event, both as solo artists and collaboratively.
If you don’t start shouting the minute mama Labelle or Franklin’s feet touch the stage, you’re going about this viewing experience all wrong. Newcomers Monae and Grande even hold their own, performing their own material and popular covers.
Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House will air on PBS on April 7. Until then, watch a few of the performances, including “Lady Marmalade,” “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You),” “Tightrope,” a cover of “I Have Nothing” and a group performance of “Proud Mary” below. Continue reading
Timbaland may not be a fan of new artists working with old Aaliyah records, but he doesn’t seem to have a problem having a hand in a posthumous Michal Jackson album. The producer, who is working on the project with L.A. Reid, says the first single will be “Chicago,” but yesterday he teased a previously unheard track, “Slave To The Rhythm,” instead.
The minute-long snippet focuses on the production, clearly influenced by Timbaland’s signature sound, but towards the end fans can hear about 15 seconds of Jackson’s vocals. I’m usually not a fan of posthumous records, but a smile definitely crept on my face when I heard MJ’s voice. So unparalleled.
Are you interested in hearing more? Continue reading
Fresh off the release of her solo debut album LOUDER, Lea Michele stopped by Good Morning America yesterday to perform the album’s strongest cut “Battlefield.” As expected, the emotional ballad came to life nicely live.
LOUDER isn’t a bad album, but “Battlefield” is one of the few tracks on the release that Michele really manages to make her own. The rest, especially the uptempo dance songs, sound like predictable pop songs that could’ve been given to whatever pop star was in the market for a new single at the time of it’s creation.
Watch the “Battlefield” performance below and let me know what you think of the track. Continue reading
Elle Varner is gearing to release her sophomore album later this year and it definitely won’t be all sweet and innocent. After debuting “Rover,” the sexy first taste of the new project, in December, the singer has returned with an absolute BANGER.
Varner sings about getting revenge on her cheating ex over a booming trap beat in “Cold Case.” The is amazing. Everything from the ominous background vocals to the easily accessible “oohhh” refrain and the angrily crafted lyrics is well done. If you weren’t looking forward to Varner’s second album this should change your mind rather quickly.
Best listened to while: Considering pulling a Left Eye on your cheating beau. (You may want to remember how that turned out for her, though). Continue reading