1. Is Brandy's 'Beggin' & Pleadin'' a Breakup Anthem? Plus More of the Week's Best and Worst Singles

    January 15, 2016 12:23 PM EST 0 0 0 West 's last surprise drop, "Facts," had even his biggest stans fearing the upcoming Swish would end up an air-ball. Relax, everyone: "Real Friends" is his best song since 2013. "Facts" was brash and disposable, bu ...

  2. Is M.I.A.'s 'Borders' a Breakout Hit? Plus More of the Week's Best & Worst Singles

    December 04, 2015 5:38 PM EST 0 0 0 The refugee crisis is a ripe topic for M.I.A. , whose family fled civil war in Sri Lanka. "Borders" is one of her smoothest songs, with a dancehall throb and "Big Pimpin' "-style hook. But simplistic, if heartfelt ­lyrics (& ...

  3. Major Lazer's 'Light It Up' Gets Remix From Nyla & Fuse ODG: Listen

    November 06, 2015 5:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Major Lazer ’s “Light It Up,” from their third studio album Peace Is the Mission , has received the remix treatment from Nyla and Fuse ODG. BBC’s Annie Mac gave the innovative rendition her stamp of approval earlier this week when she declared it th ...

  4. Does Ariana Grande's 'Focus' Need Sharpening? Plus More of the Week's Best & Worst Singles

    November 06, 2015 4:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Dating back to her 2011 debut "Put Your Hearts Up," Grande has never released a less-than-great single -- until now, with "Focus," a rehash of 2014's "Problem." That song ­continuously built up to new crests; " ...

  5. Check Out Blanco's Premiere of 'Camarilla' Featuring Dyland (Exclusive)

    November 04, 2015 11:07 AM EST 0 0 0 As someone said recently, there’s dembow everywhere -- now, even in electronic music! Blending dance with reggaeton seems to be a combustible, irresistible mix, or, at least, so thought Norwegian electronic DJ and producer Alekander Vinter (aka Blan ...

  6. Tracy Morgan Performs at Comedy Club for First Time Since Crash

    October 13, 2015 2:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tracy Morgan is continuing his comeback. The 46-year-old 30 Rock alum, who is returning to Rockefeller Center's Studio 8H this weekend to host Saturday Night Live , tweeted Monday that he had just performed his first stand-up routine since the ...

  7. One Direction’s ‘Infinity’ Review: New Ballad Limited by Lyrics

    September 22, 2015 2:00 PM EDT 4.663 k 1.843 k 49 One Direction has constructed legitimately moving power ballads before — and most memorably on its previous two albums — using the hushed verse-mammoth chorus blueprint, from “You and I” to “Ready to Run” to “Story of My Life.” “Infinit ...

  8. D.R.A.M. Releases Revamped '$' Featuring Donnie Trumpet: Listen

    August 03, 2015 6:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 D.R.A.M. , the Virginia singer best known for his single "Cha Cha," has released a reworked version of "$." The song was originally featured on his #1Epic EP, and now, with the help of Donnie Trumpet (as in Donnie Trumpet and the ...

  9. Danny Brown & Clams Casino Release New Track 'Worth It': Listen

    August 03, 2015 4:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Worth It," a new single from Danny Brown and Clams Casino, just dropped from Adult Swim's Singles 2015 -- 19 weeks of free songs, which also features DOOM, Run the Jewels and Flying Lotus . Danny Brown Writing Children's Book &# ...

  10. FKA Twigs Premieres Otherworldly New Track 'Figure 8': Listen

    August 03, 2015 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Let me live through your lights," FKA Twigs echoes on her new track "Figure 8." From the get-go, the song -- which premiered Monday (Aug. 3) on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio -- sucks its listener in to an astonishingly entranci ...

  11. One Direction, ‘Drag Me Down’ Single Review: 1D Becomes Larger Than Life

    July 31, 2015 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 On one hand, One Direction ’s new single “Drag Me Down” offers the “mature” sound that the group members has been boasting about in the lead-up to their fifth studio album. If 2014's Four found the boys still dabbling in mid-70’s arena-rock, th ...

  12. EVVY Dances the Storm Away With New Single 'Tidal Wave': Exclusive Premiere

    July 23, 2015 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 With her new single "Tidal Wave," New York City-based songstress EVVY stays calm in the face of a storm. "Sometimes we come face to face with uncontrollable and destructive forces like a tidal wave," she says. "In the end, w ...

  13. Maximum Balloon Blends the Seasons With 'Let It Grow,' Feat. Karen O & Tunde Adebimpe

    July 10, 2015 4:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 Maximum Balloon , TV on the Radio guitarist David Andrew Sitek's solo project, releases the first new music since his 2010 debut of the same name. Entitled "Let it Grow", the track is graced with Sitek's fellow TV on the Radio ba ...

  14. Demi Lovato Gets Aggressive on Red-Hot ‘Cool For The Summer’: Single Review

    July 01, 2015 11:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Love it or hate it, Demi Lovato 's "Cool For The Summer" is undeniably the pop star's most self-assured statement to date. The new single shoves the listener into blissful submission, as the former Disney star swaps out the breat ...

  15. Raury Lures & Lambastes on New Single 'Devil's Whisper': Listen

    June 15, 2015 6:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 It has been quite a year for Raury , the music industry’s favorite indigo child, who first stepped onto the scene in the spring of ’14 with the free-spirited visuals for “God’s Whisper.” Now, one mixtape and various collaborations later, Raury shows ...

  16. Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea Stay Fancy on 'Pretty Girls': Single Review

    May 04, 2015 10:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Like "bees to the hon-ayyy," as Britney Spears sings on her new Iggy Azalea collaboration "Pretty Girls," pop and pop-rap fans are likely to swarm this slick slice of electro-hop, which pulls off the blonde-bombshell pairing by p ...

  17. Rihanna Is a Trap Queen on 'B—h Better Have My Money': Song Review

    March 26, 2015 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rihanna spoiled us. By releasing four albums in four consecutive Novembers from 2009-2012, the music superstar packed year after year with radio heat until taking two fourth quarters off, and making us realize how much we had taken her combustible d ...

  18. Best and Worst Singles of the Week: From Mumford & Sons to Wale

    March 13, 2015 5:44 PM EDT Mumford & Sons "Believe" Glassnote Following the busy acoustic stomp of past singles like "Little Lion Man," Mumford & Sons ' "Believe" does away with the band's beloved banjos in favor of Coldplay ...

  19. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Rihanna, Kanye & Paul McCartney to Zac Brown Band

    January 30, 2015 5:50 PM EST Giorgio Moroder Featuring Kylie Minogue "Right Here, Right Now" RCA At 74, Moroder is still crafting opulent dance productions. His collaboration with Minogue lacks the heart-stopping hooks of his greatest disco achievements, but still s ...

  20. Best & Worst Singles of the Week -- From Kelly Clarkson to Ellie Goulding

    January 16, 2015 3:22 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> James Bay "Scars" Republic James Bay takes a nostalgic approach to road-weary rock ballads, and "Scars" is no exception. The track features dusty organs and outdated tech refer ...

  21. Kelly Clarkson Returns in Style on 'Heartbeat Song': Single Review

    January 12, 2015 7:15 AM EST Kelly Clarkson 's decade-plus career has been marked by such tidily constructed hits that it feels like she can conjure radio play at will. Now 32 years old and a new mother, Clarkson has returned in style after the release of a greatest hits ...

  22. Pepe Aguilar, 'MTV Unplugged': Track by Track

    October 24, 2014 6:52 PM EDT The Ranchero Star Goes pop/rock with guests Miguel Bose, Reyli, Saul Hernandez, Meme del Real and more Ranchera star Pepe Aguilar is a rocker at heart. Back in his teens, he even fronted a rock back in Mexico before turning his full attention to ra ...

  23. Taylor Swift Sprints Forward on ‘Out Of The Woods’: Song Review

    October 14, 2014 10:54 AM EDT It’s easy to draw lines between Taylor Swift ’s massive new song “Out Of The Woods” and the music of Bleachers , the moving alt-pop side project of fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who happened to co-write and produce Swift’s new offering. Those ...

  24. From Alicia Keys to Fall Out Boy, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 19, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Alicia Keys "We Are Here" RCA Records Never mind the simplistic chord progressions: A pregnant Keys ' latest move to effect social change through song would hit if it weren't such an overwrought exercise in cliche. The midtempo ...

  25. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Single Review: The Country Superstar Goes Full Pop

    August 18, 2014 5:15 PM EDT On Taylor Swift's blockbuster 2012 album, Red , the country superstar explored several stylistic shades: arena rock, confessional folk, even dubstep. But the foundation of the project was undoubtedly bubble-gum pop. Swift's fourth stud ...

  26. 'Regulate' At 20: Warren G & Michael McDonald Discuss the G-Funk Jam

    April 28, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Warren G is interested in recruiting Macklemore for a 20-year anniversary version of 'Regulate.' Michael McDonald had just hit the Lower East Side of the N-Y-C, and while he wasn't on a mission trying to find Mr. Warren G, fate was ...

  27. Katy Perry, 'Roar': Track Review

    August 12, 2013 11:30 AM EDT KATY PERRY Roar (3:42) Producers: Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut Writers: Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter Publishers: various Capitol Record s Katy Perry kicks off her hotly anticipated "Prism" era w ...

  28. Nine Inch Nails, 'Came Back Haunted': Track Review

    June 06, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Nine Inch Nails "Came Back Haunted" (5:17) Producers: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Alan Moulder Writer: Trent Reznor Publishing: Form and Texture Inc. (ASCAP) Null/Columbia Four years after announcing a hiatus, Trent Reznor and Nine Inc ...

  29. Demi Lovato, 'Heart Attack': Track Review

    February 26, 2013 2:28 PM EST 0 0 0 DEMI LOVATO Heart Attack (3:32) Producers: The Suspex Writers: Mitch Allan, Jason Evigan, Sean Douglas, Nikki Williams, Aaron Phillips, Demi Lovato Publishers: various Hollywood Records "Give Your Heart a Break," Demi Lovato's 2012 hi ...

  30. Paramore, 'Now': Track Review

    January 25, 2013 10:00 AM EST PARAMORE Now (4:10) Producers: Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Taylor York Writers: Hayley Williams and Taylor York Publishers: WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), But Father, I Just Want To Sing Music (ASCAP), FBR Music and Hunterboro Music (ASCAP) Fueled By Ramen ...

  31. 'Glee' Covers 'Locked Out of Heaven': Exclusive Song Premiere

    January 21, 2013 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Listen below to the New Directions' version of Bruno Mars' No. 1 hit. "Glee" returns to airwaves Thursday, Jan. 24 with an all-new episode featuring McKinley High's take on Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" a ...

  32. Churchill, 'Change': Track Review

    January 21, 2013 10:00 AM EST 2 5 0 CHURCHILL "Change" (3:17) Producer: Joe Richmond Writer: T. Bruns Publisher: Churchill the Band Publishing (ASCAP) A&M/Octone Records   Denver newcomer Churchill doesn't overthink its first major bid at radio success, as "Cha ...

  33. Maroon 5, 'Daylight': Track Review

    January 15, 2013 10:00 AM EST 2 2 0 MAROON 5 "Daylight" (3:46) Producers: Adam Levine, MdL, Max Martin Writers: A. Levine, M. Martin, M. Levy, S. Martin Publishers: various A&M/Octone/Interscope   Following the No. 1 run of "One More Night" on the Billboard Hot ...

  34. Redfoo, 'Bring Out The Bottles': Track Review

    January 14, 2013 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 REDFOO "Bring Out the Bottles" (3:59) Producer: RedFoo Writers: A. Smith, B. Garcia, S. Gordy Publishers: RedFoo LLC dba Yeah Baby Music/RedFoo LLC dba Chebra Music (ASCAP) Interscope   For his first single sans bandmate (and nephew) Sky B ...

  35. Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, 'Suit and Tie': Track Review

    January 14, 2013 7:00 AM EST 0 1 0 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FEAT. JAY-Z Suit and Tie (5:27) Producer: Timbaland Writers: Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Jerome "J-ROC" Harmon, James Flauntleroy Publishers: various RCA Records "It was probably the ...

  36. David Bowie, 'Where Are We Now?': Track Review

    January 08, 2013 12:40 PM EST 0 0 0 DAVID BOWIE "Where Are We Now?" Producer: Tony Visconti Label: ISO/Columbia Rating: 79/100 Leave it to David Bowie to ask the question, in song, that we'd all like to put to him -- namely, where the hell has he been? It's been a ...

Pages