The video for Maroon 5′s “Love Somebody” looks extremely simple, but the theme is beautiful. Adam Levine and his bandmates only half exist, literally, until they mold the perfect lovers, who help them to become whole in return. At least that’s what I got from the sexy video in which Levine and a woman use their hands to create the rest of each other with a paint-like substance. As a fan of M5′s older material I’ve tried my hardest to detest this new stuff, but with each new single I find myself singing along and hitting replay. There’s something really intimate about this video. And, really, who doesn’t want to feel closer to Adam Levine?
The newest X Factor US judge, Kelly Rowland, is releasing her fourth studio album Talk A Good Game on June 18. The “Dirty Laundry” singer released the album tracklisting for the project today and, according to the list, the album will feature 12 songs with features from artists like Pusha T and Rowland’s Destiny’s Child sisters Michelle Williams and Beyonce. Based on the singles we’ve heard so far (“Dirty Laundry” and “Kisses Down Low“) I think it’s safe to assume this album will cover a wide variety of topics. Also, is Kelly Rowland putting reusing “This Is Love” or is she doing another song with the same name? Hmmmm. Continue reading
Remember that time Paris Hilton released the auto-tune-heavy party track “Last Night (I Wanna Bang You)” with the help of Young Money Cash Money rapper Lil Wayne? Well, despite the track getting very little attention, it seems the two may be working together again soon. Paris Hilton revealed plans to release her sophomore album this summer…under her new label Cash Money Records. Maybe. The singer told Showbiz 411 that she’d signed with the label, but MTV says her rep did not confirm the report. Hilton says the album will feature house music. Continue reading
Nicki Minaj spits a few hot bars about Atlanta life on the fast-paced “I’m Out,” Ciara’s latest release from her forthcoming self-titled album. Ciara raps her verse about partying after a breakup, instead of singing it. I hate to bring up Cici’s enemy Rihanna, but this is the kind of track the island pop star could’ve put her stamp on. Anywho, the busy track knocks, but it’s also pretty forgettable. Speaking of forgetting, did Ciara forget she had a hot single named “Body Party” that she could be promoting?
Ciara will be released July 9.
Robin Thicke reminisces on a blossoming young love in “4 The Rest of My Life.” In the slow-paced love song Thicke sings of stealing his dad’s car to sneak over to see his girl who was home alone. The song could possibly be based on Thicke’s relationship with Paula Patton considering they met when they were teenagers. The track is nostalgic thanks to the lyrics and romantic thanks to the string section.
If someone sings this to you it’s actually mandatory that you marry them. No questions asked. Continue reading
Pharrell is happy and nothing can bring him down, at least in “Happy,” the new track from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The artist/producer did such a good job scoring the original film that he’s been asked to work on the sequel as well. “Happy” is an upbeat groove with a retro beat that’s sure to evoke some body movement, no matter how hard you try to sit still.
Mario returns to the music scene with the release of “Somebody Else,” a Polow Da Don production about a lover leaving Mario for dead (in the words of Mama Dee). Nicki Minaj takes on the role of the ex who didn’t feel appreciated or respected during her verse. I’m a fan of the 21st Century “Remember the Rain” sample and the nod-worthy beat, but I’m not sure this is a strong enough single to put Mario back on the radio, even with a verse from Ms. Minaj.
Listen to “Somebody Else” over at Vibe.
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.
Turn up?! Continue reading
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.
Give “Fool Me Once’ a spin and download it below! Continue reading
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