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Harvest Records

Harvest Records

BANKS has been showing off her versatility leading up to the release of her debut album Goddess. From the moody “Waiting Game,” to the anthemic title track, she’s shown she’s no one trick pony. “Beggin For Thread” offers yet another sound.

It’s true, we’re used to BANKS shading her failed relationships, but the production is usually a bit darker than this new pop gem.

“Beggin For Thread” might not sound like a Banks record sonically, but the lyrics are undeniably her.

“You got me begging for thread to sew this hole up that you ripped in my head,” she sings during the hook.

Ouch.

Goddess will be released Sept. 9.

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Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

Lights has been keeping busy both professionally and personally since releasing her sophomore album Siberia in 2011. Recently, the singer has kept fans in the loop regarding her musical happenings via social media in between sharing snaps of her growing family.

Now, following a pretty grand countdown on Instagram, the singer has announced a new album and released it’s first single, “Up We Go.” The song features a larger sound than we’re used to hearing from Lights and one of her best hooks to date. “From down this low, it’s only up we go,” she chants.

The new sound is a natural progression for the “Timing is Everything” singer.

Her new album, Little Machines, will arrive September 23.

Following the album’s release, Lights will tour from October through November. Check out the dates here. Continue reading

Instagram

Instagram

Ryan Seacrest revealed the lineup for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival moments ago and it’s a pretty good one!

This year’s festival will includes sets from Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Lorde and more!

The iHeartRadio Music Festival will take place in Las Vegas on Sept. 19 and 20. Tickets for both days go on sale to the public this Saturday, July 26.

The lineup comes just days after the first round of iTunes Festival performers were announced.

The most important news here, however, is that new music from Taylor Swift is likely right around the corner.

View the rest of the iHeart Radio Music Festival lineup here.

222 Records / Interscope

222 Records / Interscope

Maroon 5 says their new album V features elements from both their older and new sounds in a new press release that unveils the forthcoming album’s artwork and tracklisting.

The album, lead by the Sting-sounding single “Maps,” will feature 11 songs when it is released on September 22. Most importantly, the band collaborated with Gwen Stefani for a song called “My Heart is Open.”

Stefani and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine are both judges on NBC’s reality singing competition The Voice.

I don’t want to get my hopes up about this album, but if it is really going to incorporate the band’s old sound into their new infectious pop tunes, it may be a solid release from the guys.

In related news, Maroon 5 was just announced as performers at this year’s iTunes Festival. Continue reading

Apple

Apple

The 2014 iTunes Festival is looming and the first round of performers have been revealed.

Sam Smith, Pharrell, Kylie, Maroon 5 and Beck, 5 Seconds of Summer and Kiesza are just a few of the artists whose names are currently on display on the festival’s official website.

The month-long festival takes place in September every year and is streamed live to Apple customers from London.

The festival came to the United States for the first time this year at SXSW with performers like Coldplay hitting the stage.

Sony Music Ent.

Sony Music Ent.

The Script’s “Superhero” is basically a redo of their 2012 single “Hall of Fame,” but without Will.I.Am. Yes, it’s a much better attempt at an uplifting anthem, but it’s not a home run, either.

“Every day, ever hour, turn that pain into power,” the group chants throughout the song, the lead single from their forthcoming third album No Sound Without Silence.

The boys have yet to release anything that packs the emotional punch like the songs from their debut album, but this is a step in the right direction.

No Sound Without Silence will be released on Sept. 15. Continue reading

Tinashe performs "2 On" The Wendy Williams Show

Tinashe performs “2 On” The Wendy Williams Show

Tinashe stopped by The Wendy Williams Show recently to perform her popular single “2 On.” The newcommer didn’t bring out collaborator Schoolboy Q, but she did showcase a few of the fun dance moves from the song’s music video.

The single and choreography are seriously so infectious. It’s like I love it more with each new listen/performance.

Tinashe is currently planning to release her debut album Aquarius later this year. Continue reading

Love Renaissance

Love Renaissance

Atlanta fans likely heard Raury’s “Cigarette Song” at one (or both) of his first two official shows (Raurfest, which doubled as his 18th birthday celebration and Anti-Tour: Urban Outfitters, which I wrote about for Atlanta Magazine – read here), though they likely didn’t know the song’s name. Now, finally, after weeks of teasing the song’s release on Twitter, Raury has debuted “Cigarette Song.”

The new release serves as the second single for the Atlanta native that got picked to open for Outkast’s ATLast home show alongside Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino earlier this summer with only one single (“God’s Whisper”) out.

For the most part, Raury’s vocals stay as soothing as they do on “Bloom,” although sonically the song goes back and forth from being acoustic to incorporating raging electric guitar riffs. The lyrical content is much similar to “Bloom,” too. Don’t confuse the new single for a declaration of love. “I’m only yours tonight. That’s only for tonight,” he sings.

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Robyn and Röyksopp's "Do It Again" video

Robyn and Röyksopp’s “Do It Again” video

When you imagined visuals for the Robyn and Röyksopp throbbing party anthem “Do It Again” you probably didn’t imagine a passionate black-and-white-styled music video. But that’s exactly what the collaborators went for.

The artists make brief appearances throughout the video, which focuses on a group of people who are loving and fighting as hard as they possibly can in the midst of chaos.

The concept sounds uplifting, but, according to the video’s director, Martin De Thurah, it is actually a little darker than one may initially think.

“I worked with the idea of ‘what is our heart’s desire?’—and I realized that no one in the world truly gets to live out their passions. We are all under some construct, whether you’re an atheist living in Denmark or a gay person in Russia,” he told Dazed.

“Do It Again” is the title track from Robyn and Röyksopp’s joint mini-album, which was released earlier this year. Continue reading

Jhene Aiko performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Jhene Aiko performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Jhene Aiko teams up with the Fisticuffs once again for “The Pressure,” the latest cut from her long awaited album Souled Out. The vibe and sound of the song feels familiar, sticking to similar conventions as Aiko’s other releases, but the production is tighter. Over electric guitars, knocking percussion and synths, the singer tells of another troubled relationship. The song doesn’t play out her hit “The Worst” or even her emotional freestyle “Comfort Inn Ending,” though.

“Have you seen my fucks to give? I have none I cannot live with the pressure,” she sings.

Ouch.

Souled Out is out August 25.

Listen to “The Pressure” here.

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