Music News: Dr. Luke producing for Britney Spears once again

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Dr. Luke stans, rejoice!  The pop super producer confirmed via Twitter today that he has done one song for Britney Spears’s upcoming 8th studio album, “Britney Jean.”  The good doctor was short on details, only revealing that it’s a “personal” song co-written with the highly in-demand Sia Furler, but that’s certainly enough to pique my interest!  Britney recently dubbed “Britney Jean” her “most personal record yet,” though you certainly wouldn’t know it by looking at floundering lead single, “Work Bitch.”

I’m glad that Dr. Luke was able to sneak at least one song onto “Britney Jean.”  2011’s “Femme Fatale,” co-executive produced by Luke & Max Martin, was a surprisingly cohesive, thoroughly enjoyable pop album – one of Britney’s best, if you ask me.  It’s actually Britney’s first and only album to notch 3 consecutive top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  It’s unclear what exactly has gone on between Luke and Britney’s management team since then (he was not asked back – will.i.am is handling executive producer duties this go around), but I’m excited to hear what he’s come up with!

“Britney Jean” is due out in the U.S. on December 3rd.  Second single “Perfume” (also co-written with Sia) is scheduled to hit iTunes on November 5th.

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Review: Katy Perry – “PRISM”

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It’s been over 3 years since Katy Perry released her double-platinum, best-selling album, “Teenage Dream” – a record-breaking body of work that launched 5 #1 singles and put Katy on the map as one of the world’s biggest pop stars.  After taking some well-deserved time off earlier this year, Katy returned to the music scene this month with the release of her third studio album, “PRISM.”  A decidedly more mature album than the adolescent “Teenage Dream,” “PRISM” is a multifaceted look at Katy’s healing process following her very public divorce from comedian Russell Brand.  But even though she’s tackling some heavier subject matter this time around, Katy hasn’t left the big choruses and quotable hooks of “Teenage Dream” behind. Continue reading

New Music: Eminem – “The Monster (feat. Rihanna)”

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Fans have had to wait a little over 3 years, but Eminem and Rihanna are finally reunited on “The Monster,” the follow-up to the pair’s 2010 ubiquitous smash hit “Love the Way You Lie.”  With the bar set almost impossibly high, does “The Monster” live up to the hype? Continue reading

New Music: Bonnie McKee – “Sleepwalker”

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Hit songwriter Bonnie McKee continues her quest to become the world’s next big pop star with the release of her spooky new “inbetwingle” (in between single), “Sleepwalker.”  You may remember first hearing about “Sleepwalker” way back in January, and although the song and accompanying zombie-filled music video have been in the works for quite some time, it’s actually not the official follow-up to this summer’s criminally underrated “American Girl.”  Instead, it’s just a fun Halloween-inspired track designed to tide fans over until Bonnie FINALLY releases her re-debut album sometime next year. Continue reading

New Music: Lady Gaga – “Venus”

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The ARTPOPALYPSE is upon us!  With each passing day, we’re hearing more and more from Lady Gaga’s upcoming “ARTPOP” album.  Early yesterday morning, Gaga released previously planned second single “Venus” just a few hours before her first live performance of the song on X Factor UK.  And unfortunately, it’s a BIT of a mess. Continue reading

New Music: Lady Gaga – “Do What U Want (feat. R. Kelly)”

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Lady Gaga continues her complicated relationship with fame on the official second single from “ARTPOP,” “Do What U Want” – an unlikely duet with the music industry’s resident creepy uncle R. Kelly.  On the surface, “Do What U Want” sounds like just another ode to partying and GETTING IT ON, but it’s more than that.  Dig a little deeper, and you’ll hear a completely different kind of ode: an ode to the HATERS!  Specifically, the media.  “Write what you want, say what you want ’bout me, if you’re wonderin’ know that I’m not sorry…you can’t have my heart and you won’t use my mind, but do what you want with my body!” Gaga wails over a grungy electro beat courtesy of producer DJ White Shadow.  It’s kind of like the musical equivalent of a rowdy teenage girl on Maury double-flicking off the camera while she shouts, “YOU DON’T KNOW ME, YOU DON’T KNOW MY LIFE!”  But I digress. Continue reading

New Music: Lola Blanc – “Ooh La La” (Demo for Britney Spears)

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After Britney Spears released her Smurf 2 soundtrack single “Ooh La La” back in July, co-writer Bonnie McKee revealed that she was brought in to the project after the song had already been written in order to make it more kid-friendly.  Well, the original version of “Ooh La La” has leaked online (sung by up-and-comer Lola Blanc), and it’s a totally different, totally inappropriate, trash-filled innuendo fest.  And I love it. Continue reading

New Music: Tove Lo – “Out of Mind”

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Swedish singer Tove Lo’s voice is fascinating – fragile one minute, roaring with confusion and youthful angst the next, it’s captivating and instantly recognizable.  I’ve been keeping an eye on Tove since the release of the brilliant “Habits” back in March, and since then she’s gone on to feature on a couple of cool dance tracks (Lucas Nord’s “Run On Love” and Seven Lions’ “Strangers”), but nothing quite compares to her thrilling and arresting new single, “Out of Mind.” Continue reading

New Music: Katy Perry – “Birthday”

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Okay, so I promise that I’m not going to post EVERY song from Katy Perry’s new “PRISM” album (my full album review is coming soon), but this one’s just too good to pass up.  In an album made up of predominately thoughtful and reflective mid-tempo pop songs, “Birthday” stands out like…well, like Katy Perry in her birthday suit! Continue reading

New Music: Katy Perry – “Unconditionally”

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With lead single “Roar” and 2 promotional singles (“Walking On Air” and “Dark Horse”), it may seem like we’ve already heard a lot from Katy Perry’s upcoming “PRISM” album before its scheduled release (and actually, the whole thing leaked online this morning…oops!), but today marks the premiere of the project’s official second single, “Unconditionally.”  And it’s absolutely glorious. Continue reading