Beyoncé turns Santa Claus in an instant! Out of nowhere, the R&B Diva releases a self-titled album exclusively on iTunes. Queen Bey’s fifth solo LP includes 14-songs and 17 music videos. Contributions come from Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland, Drake, Frank Ocean, Pharrell, Timbaland, Hit-Boy, Key Wane, Detail, Michelle Williams, Sampha, husband Jay Z, and her daughter Blue Ivy. Dubbed a visual album, the 17 music videos were shot throughout the world in Paris, Rio De Janeiro, New York, and Sydney. Along with the surprise album, Bey has released 30-second snippets on every accompanying video. Preview the full album via the creative visuals below.The Carter-Knowles family takes #NewRules to the limits! Head to iTunes and purchase the album now -- watch previews of all the videos after the jump. [See More]
On the day she dropped her latest EP Sail Out, Jhené Aiko opens up in an exclusive interview with Pepsi.com. Aiko's been busy. Between releasing her EP, dropping a new song with Kendrick Lamar and sharing a brand new music video for "The Worst," the 25-year-old singer knows how to make things happen. She was the first artist to be signed to the No I.D.-run Def Jam imprint Atrium Records. She preaches the benefit of being signed with someone like him, because, "He truly understands what it is to be an artist, because he’s an artist also, he’s a producer... He’s always like, 'Don’t rush anything, just take your time. The music is going to be great regardless of what’s happening.'" After pushing back the release date for her Sail Out EP from October 29th to today, it's clear patience is a part of the game for Aiko. [Hear & Read More]
A year after the release of her first EP, Kiss the Sky, Vali delivers Paper Charade.The seven-song effort features the singer-songwriter singing of the highs and lows of love and fame. "Paper Charade" also features a guest appearance by her Rostrum Records labelmate, Wiz Khalifa, and production by The STRZ, The Bird Call Productions' Ruwanga Samath, DJ Flict, Will Simms and RT Production. Listen to the full stream of "Paper Charade" after the jump and purchase the project now on iTunes ($3.99 USD). [Hear & Read More]
Drake's new album may be called Nothing Was the Same, but he's confident one thing's permanent. New single Wu-Tang Forever pays titular tribute to the long-lived New York rap crew, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of its debut album this year. Lyrically, he's got other things on his mind: "I just love when I'm with you," he raps over the spare beat, which samples the Clan's 1997 track "It's Yourz." Pre-order Nothing Was The Same to get the track now. Album drops on September 24th. Does his new track meet your expectations? Let us know in the comments.
John Mayer‘s upcoming album, Paradise Valley, will feature some familiar faces. According to Rolling Stone, the singer’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Katy Perry and and good pal Frank Ocean will appear on John’s sixth album. Katy will be singing a duet with her beau on “a country-tinged mid-tempo track” called “Who You Love,” while Frank will be appearing on, “Wildfire,” which has been performed at many of John’s concerts this summer. John played guitar on Frank’s song, “Pyramid,” which make sense as to why the two would be out for another collaboration. As for Katy, John has publicly gushed about his loved during Milwaukee’s Summerfest in July and the two have undeniable chemistry that will make for beautiful music.
With a another smash-hit under his belt tearing up clubs and radios worldwide, Drake debuts the second single off his Nothing Was the Same LP. After keeping it solo on “Started From the Bottom,” October’s Very Own calls on two of G.O.O.D. Music’s all-stars in 2 Chainz and Big Sean on “All Me” produced by Key Wane. Just four days before his 4th annual OVO Festival in Toronto, Drizzy looks to have another hit on his hands leading up to the September 17th release of his third solo album.
Robin Thicke phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to chat about his upcoming album Blurred Lines and his recent chart-topping success. The single off the album of the same title made headlines when the singer released its music video featuring none other than "naked women." Robin, who has been married to Paula Patton since 2005, says his wife had no issue with the nudity. “Well, you have to remember we are both artists in my family,” Robin explains. “My wife does the same thing in her new movie coming out [called] Two Guns. She has a topless scene in that, so we don’t take that stuff too seriously.”
California native Mally Mall drops a brand new single featuring Wiz Khalifa, Tyga and Fresh. The track is a energetic, highly addictive, full of minimal melodic elements, plenty of hard hitting drum work, and an overall smooth feeling that will definitely insight some twerking. Production courtesy of The Audibles on this new infectious club banger. Enjoy.
On the eve of Magna Carta Holy Grail’s official release to non-Samsung Galaxy users, Jay-Z held an impromptu Q&A with fans via Twitter. Assuring his fans there are no ghost tweeters behind his @S_C_ account, Hova answered a slew of questions including his inspirations behind a few #MCHG tracks, a gentrified Brooklyn, his favorite Michael Jackson songs and so much more. Yet when asked if there was a finished version to Dead Presidents 3, the legendary Brooklyn emcee responded with “Just or Guru has it I give them Twitter permission to GO.” Without any hesitation Young Guru – the longtime engineer of Jay – took to Twitter to bless us all with the finished version to the aforementioned track. Hip-hop heads may remember this ode to the all-mighty dollar first premiered on a DJ Green Lantern mixtape back in 2007, but has since sat comfortably in Guru’s vault, which surely holds plenty more unreleased tracks. Check it out below and cop Jay-Z’s twelfth studio album on iTunes today. Enjoy.
After taking a first look at Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail album via “Holy Grail” – the smooth collaboration with Justin Timberlake – here’s our second offering: BBC. With Timberlake’s name again on the credits, this is possibly the most star-studded tune on the album, with Nas, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and Beyonce‘s also featured on (or part of the production process behind) the track. Magna Carta Holy Grail will be available for download online on July 9th, but tell us what you think of the two tracks so far in the comments below.
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