Beyonce brags about her sexual ability in “Grown Woman,” and she continues on the hook of The-Dream’s “Turnt.” I’m personally not a fan of the whole “beat it up until I black out” line, but you can’t deny Dream’s knack for writing killer tracks. Dream and Beyonce go back and forth over the slow beat, before 2 Chainz comes through with a verse that includes him offering to drink his girl’s bathwater.
IV Play will be released May 28.
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Nylo – to love the most. (via Interview)
Nylo is a new artist signed to Epic Records following the success of her EP Memories Speak (download here). Last week Nylo, who says her music sounds like a “Chicago winter,” released her latest single “Fool Me Once” and I literally had it on repeat all weekend. The production is simple and Nylo’s layered vocals are light and airy as she shames a former lover for being deceitful. The 23-year-old singer is currently working under L.A. Reid and producer Tricky Stewart and plans to release her new mixtape Indigo soon.
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When Beyonce’s “Grown Woman” leaked it served as proof that Beyonce really HAS been in the studio working on new stuff. I mean, sure we’ve heard snippets in commercials and we’ve seen the live version, but this is an actual studio version of a NEW Beyonce song (that’s not for a soundtrack).
“Grown Woman” sounds exactly like the live version, but longer. The African influence and harmonies are the same, but “now bet ya I run this” has been replaced with “now b——, I run this.” Beyonce asserts her sexuality (“I’m a grown woman so I know how to ride it. I’m a grown woman and I’m so erotic.”) and her ability to do whatever she wants (“B—-, I’m grown). The Timbaland produced track seems to be a direct kiss off to anyone who has every criticized Beyonce for her actions.
It’s sassy. It’s fun. Amazing? No. Worth the hype? Not really. But it’s sure to have Beyhive fans clamoring for more, even if Queen Bey is saying her ability to “run this” comes mostly from her sexuality. Continue reading
Travis Garland’s Fashionably Late Vol. II EP has been in heavy rotation since it was released earlier this year and now one of my favorite songs is getting the video treatment. Garland fantasizes about chilling with a girl he meets in the video for “Blue Electric Roses.” The two hang at the beach and chill in Garland’s car throughout the clip. Since the video for “Where To Land” had a chill vibe I would’ve expected something more for this video, but Garland looks gorgeous as usual so there’s that.
After a few setbacks fans are finally close to hearing J. Cole’s sophomore album Born Sinner. The followup to Cole World: The Sideline Story is scheduled for a June 18 release date (Cole hopes to compete with Yeezy’s forthcoming album). Born Sinner‘s lead single, the Miguel-assisted “Power Trip” has quickly become a hit amongst Cole’s fans.
VV Brown landed on the scene with an infectious song and a simplistic approach to making music. In fact, most of the music on her debut album Traveling Like the Light was originally created on Brown’s one-string guitar. But, with growth comes change, and Brown’s new single “Samson” will either isolate fans or excite them. Brown unleashed “Samson” on HungerTV with sinister visuals that show Delilah cutting Samson’s hair (If you’re not familiar with the Bible story here is a synopsis.) and making him instantly weaker, older and just plain creepy looking. The visuals are monochrome. Brown’s vocals are heavy and the drums are strong and steady. Where Regina Spektor turned the infamous tale into a love story, Brown highlights the betrayal and shows Samson’s downfall at the hands of a seductress both visually and sonically.
According to Brown, most of her new songs feature a similar experimental sound. “The new sound is way more experimental and electronic,” she said. “I think my tastes have matured and have become more alternative. I use to listen to a song and think how can this be a “hit record” but now I listen to a record and it’s all about how it makes me feel. It doesn’t have to be consumed with the idea of its catchy or specifically categorized for a particular radio station,” she added. Continue reading
The Billboard Music Awards was pretty eventful. I really don’t think the show planned for Miguel to injure a fan or for Justin Bieber to be booed by fans, but these things happen. Nothing can steal the shine from Country/Pop star Taylor Swift, though. The singer was up for 11 awards at the awards show and she snagged 8 of them.
Rihanna, Justin Bieber, fun., and Nicki Minaj won stuff, too.
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They saved the best for last. Most of the performances during the Billboard Music Awards were decent but, after receiving the Billboard Icon Award, Prince took to the stage to show everyone how to put on a real show! Performing “Let’s Go Crazy” with his all girl band, Prince showed that he’s more than earned all of the accolades he’s received.
Prince takes copyright seriously though, so I’m guessing by morning video of his performance will have disappeared. Watch it while you can. Continue reading
I’m not sure if Christopher has ill intent with this new Aaliyah feature, but it knocks. Chris Brown samples Aaliyah’s vocals from “Don’t Think They Know” in the new X cut “They Don’t Know.” The teaser is low quality, with people screaming in the background, but it’s enough to get fans excited for what’s to come.
Breezy’s giving Drake a run for his money! Continue reading