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The Carters at the MTV VMAs

The Carters at the MTV VMAs

Many people believe that it’s not a good idea for a couple to work closely together constantly. Clearly, Jay Z and Beyonce don’t feel that way.

Fresh off their On The Run tour, the power couple is now rumored to be working on a joint album, which will be released either later this year or in 2015, according to reports. The “Drunk In Love” duo has already combated divorce rumors earlier this year and ever-so-slyly dodged pregnancy reports in the last week, so we’ll see if this rumor ends up being true or not.

Admittedly, I’m more excited to see what #NewRules the Carters will be following this time around than I am for an actual album.

Still, there are many things that I wonder IF this joint album is actually real.

The Carters haven’t done much traditional promo for their recent releases, but I do wonder if the rumored album will be another surprise release (a la Beyonce) or a project centered around a major sponsorship deal (a la Magna Carta Holy Grail). Will this be another visual album (Note: at least with Beyonce we saw pictures of Mrs. Carter filming videos before the album dropped. We haven’t seen any of that so far.)? Also, will the couple be going on tour together again in support of the release?

If they really want to top charts, the album should feature a series of intros with their daughter Blue Ivy singing her favorite songs by her superstar parents.

Beyonce and Jay Z’s On The Run tour special will air on HBO this weekend (Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9 pm EST).

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Legacy Recordings

Legacy Recordings

Well, here’s something to be thankful for.

Whitney Houston’s estate and her mentor Clive Davis have put together a compilation of noteworthy performances from the late singer, affectionately called The Voice by media and fans, which will be released on Nov. 10. Just in time for the holiday season.

The ‘Whitney Houston Live’ album and DVD will feature performances from throughout the singer’s successful career, starting with her television debut on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983 when she covered The Wiz’s “Home” and ending with the 2009 Oprah Winfrey Show performance of “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.”

This is definitely going to be one of those DVDs that I cry and laugh my way through. Houston’s voice and huge personality brought so much happiness to so many people and it’s still hard to believe it’s been over two years since we lost her.

See the tracklist for the project below. Continue reading

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

One Direction’s new song may not feel like an instant pop hit, but, make no mistake about it, it’s a very solid release.

“Fireproof” feels like a more mature effort from the X Factor group. “Nobody knows you, baby, the way I do,” the boys sing with huge echoing harmonies over a production centered around guitar riffs.

It’s a much softer and subtler release than I expected, but that’s all apart of it’s appeal.

The song, which is available for free for the next 24 hours, is the first offering from the boys’ fourth studio album FOUR. The band unveiled the album’s release date (Nov. 17) and artwork along with the new track this morning. Continue reading

Big Machine Records

Big Machine Records

After a two year hiatus Taylor Swift is ready to release her first “documented, official pop album,” although if her last two albums weren’t pop albums I don’t know what they were. Still, the singer, who has made a name for herself with kid-friendly, pop-leaning country songs (or country-leaning pop songs) for nearly eight years, announced her fifth studio album 1989 today via a worldwide Yahoo! live stream.

The album title hails from the year Swift was born and the decade that she says influenced her work this time around.

As expected, Swift delivered the album’s first single “Shake It Off” during the stream. Teaming up once again with “I Knew You Were Trouble” collaborators Max Martin and Shellback, Swift sounds off in a horn-y anthem about shaking the haters off.

Stealing a line (or two) from 3LW, the singer puts her repetitive touch on an old saying. “Players gonna play, play, play, play, play. Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate,  hate baby,” Swift sings during the song’s infectious hook. Luckily she left shot callers and their incessant calling out of it this time.

In addition to releasing the single, Swift unveiled the video during the live stream, too, and, like most pop videos these days, it instantly sparked a discussion on cultural appropriation because of it’s depiction of black girls twerking.

Personally, I’m not offended by the visuals based on the fact that black women are also seen performing various other dance styles in the video, which was clearly designed to poke fun at the fact that Swift is a terrible dancer.

As far as the song itself goes, I feel the same way about this single that I felt about “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” when Swift debuted it via live stream two years ago. The lyrics feel very reductive and I definitely wish Swift would’ve released a single that better displays her songwriting, but I also haven’t stopped singing the hook since I first heard it so clearly it’s a solid pop release.

As one of the few Taylor Swift fans that is aching for the young songstress to showcase the depth she displayed on her collaboration with the now defunct duo The Civil Wars, I’m disappointed, although not surprised. As a fan of all things pop and all things cheesy, I can’t stop dancing (and dancing terribly, might I add).

And I suspect I’ll be dancing until Swift releases 1989 on Oct. 27 and long after. Continue reading

Instagram (RCA)

Instagram (RCA)

Chris Brown’s x was originally supposed to be released over a year ago, but a series of personal and legal woes, among other issues, caused the album to be delayed despite the release of several solid singles.

Fans have been waiting for the album to receive a new release date since the singer was released from jail a few months ago and yesterday he finally delivered one.

X will be released on Sept. 16.

No word yet on if songs like “Fine China,” “Love More” and “Don’t Think They Know” will still be featured on the highly anticipated album or if Breezy has decided to scrap the 2013 releases for newer material.

Instagram

Instagram

Fans have been waiting impatiently for this moment for years.

Jhene Aiko resurfaced in 2011, snagging a new record deal after the release of her mixtape Sailing Soul(s) and since then fans have been looking forward to the singer’s full-length LP Souled Out. Less than a month after the singer unceremoniously released a Cocaine 80s collaboration from the forthcoming album, the release date has been revealed.

Souled Out is scheduled to be release on August 25, according to Rap-Up.

The singer dropped a 7-track EP, Sail Out, last summer to hold fans over until the album’s release and if that project is any indication we’re in for a real treat come August.

Republic

Republic

It has been less than a year since Ariana Grande released her R&B-inspired debut album Yours Truly featuring songs like “The Way” and “Right There” and now the 21-year-old singer is preparing to release her second LP.

On August 25, just days ahead of the one-year anniversary of Yours Truly, Grande will release My Everything. The cover for the new album is stylistically similar to it’s predecessor’s artwork. Both covers are in black and white and feature pink and white typography.

My Everything will feature Grande’s current hit single, the Iggy Azalea-assisted “Problem” (whose only real problem is the fact that Azalea has, ironically, been blocking it from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for over a month). Grande will release the album’s second single, the Zedd-assisted “Break Free” on July 2. The singer teased the song’s video on Instagram over the weekend. In the short clip she can be seen kicking off her pants and singing (“This is the part where I break free”) into the camera.

Big Sean, who appears on the hook of “Problem” and also contributed to Yours Truly is also featured on the album along with Childish Gambino, A$AP Ferg and more.

With these rap features it seems like Grande may not have strayed too far from the influences that made her first album so well received for this project.

In addition to releasing a new song this week, the songbird will also have a special on MTV. The network is bring TRL back as “TAL” (Total Ariana Live) for one day on Wednesday, July 2 at 7 p.m. Both “Problem” and “Break Free” will be performed. Continue reading

Polydor | Interscope 2014

Polydor | Interscope 2014

Fans have been waiting all year for Lana Del Rey to reveal the release date of her forthcoming album. Today she took to Twitter to do just that.

Ultraviolence will be released on June 16.

The singer revealed the album artwork and tracklisting for the forthcoming album last week. The album features lead single “West Coast” and was produced by Dan Auerbach.

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Mariah Carey in “You’re Mine (Eternal)” video

Mariah Carey’s album will have a traditional release, according to her label. Def Jam released a statement to Billboard following the magazine’s cover story on Carey, which included news that the singer was planning to release her album all-at-once via digital retailers without traditional promo at an undisclosed date. The plan immediately drew comparisons to Beyonce’s surprise digital release in 2013.

“Mariah will announce the date and title in advance of the on-sale date,” Laura Swanson, exec VP-media for Def Jam said.

The album’s artwork and tracklisting will also be revealed prior to the “late May” release date.

Let’s just hope we actually get an album in May. At this point it doesn’t even matter how it’s released as long a there are no more setbacks.

Billboard

Billboard

After a series of delays and failed singled, Mariah Carey is taking a new approach with her album. The singer now plans to drop the new album title, tracklisitng, artwork and music for her 14th album simultaneously via digital retailers. In a fashion similar to Beyonce’s secret album drop, the album will be released to physical retailers the next week.

The album was previously titled The Art of Letting Go and scheduled for a May 6 release date.

No word yet on if previous singles like the amazing Miguel-assisted single “Beautiful” or the less successful singles “Triumphant” and “Almost Home” will appear on the album. It seems as though Carey’s latest single “You’re Mine (Eternal)” will make the cut, however, since Trey Songz is listed alongside Wale and Nas as album collaborators in Carey’s new Billboard cover story.

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