Music News: Glee’s Lea Michele announces lead single “Cannonball”

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I’ll waste no time – here’s what you need to know:

  1. Lea Michele’s debut studio album is called, “Louder.”
  2. “Cannonball,” the lead single from “Louder,” is out on iTunes on December 10th, the same day the album goes up for pre-order.
  3. “Cannonball” was written by Sia Furler.  This is big stuff.
  4. The album will include a tribute song to late boyfriend Corey Monteith and maybe some collaborations with Bonnie McKee.
  5. “I came in like a caaaaaaaaannonballllllllllll…”

I lost track of Glee during season 3, but Lea has some killer pipes, so I’m anxious to hear what she’s come up with in the studio!

Music News: New Taylor Swift album coming sooner than we think?

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Just after winning four American Music Awards on Sunday night (an impressive tally, even though they’re fan voted), America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift sat down backstage with Billboard’s Keith Caulfield to chat a little bit about her new album.  And surprise!  Things are running “ahead of schedule.” Continue reading

Music News: “Britney Jean” is now streaming on iTunes

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Rejoice, Britney fans!  Britney Spears’s new album, “Britney Jean” is now streaming for free on iTunes!  It’s a Thanksgiving miracle.  My full review will be out soon – all I’ll say is that will.i.am lied about “just guiding” the album, as his electro STINK is all over it (he has production credit on 7 of the 10 songs on the standard edition).  I long for Dr. Luke and Max Martin.

Stream “Britney Jean” on iTunes now!  The album will be officially released in the U.S. on Tuesday, December 3rd.  Check out full writing and production credits here.

New Music: Colbie Caillat – “Hold On”

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Colbie Caillat is famous for a slew of pleasant adult contemporary hits that you find yourself humming along to while waiting in line at Target (“Bubbly,” “I Do,” “Lucky,” etc.), but her brand new single, “Hold On,” finds the beach pop songstress trying her hand at something quite different – and it pays off big time. Continue reading

New Music: Britney Spears – “Alien”: Listen to the new William Orbit-produced leak

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Another day, another new Britney Spears leak.  Early this morning, Britney’s William Orbit collaboration, “Alien” made its way online, and it’s…fine.  William Orbit is perhaps best known for his work on Madonna’s critically-acclaimed album, “Ray of Light.”  Fans have been clamoring for Britney to work with Orbit for years now, but I’m not so sure this is the song they were waiting for.  It’s just kind of…there. Continue reading

Music News: Ryan Tedder says new Beyonce song is “better” than “Halo”

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The Beyonce rumor mill is in full swing again after OneRepublic front-man Ryan Tedder recently spilled during an Australian radio interview that he’s done a song with The-Dream (“Single Ladies”) for Bey’s new album that is both “bigger” and “better” than his Grammy Award winning track, “Halo.”  That’s a pretty bold claim, but I guess we’ll have to take his word for it, as he also stated that he has no idea what’s going on with the album or when we might finally get to hear new music.

It’s hard to get excited about this news.  For all we know, Ryan and The-Dream merely pitched this song to Bey’s people, we have no idea if she’s actually recorded it.  Something tells me that a decade from now, when Beyonce’s album is finally released, the demo for this supposedly “bigger” and “better” track will be collecting dust in a studio waste bin somewhere.  That is, until Leona Lewis gallops along and scoops it up.

No word yet on new music from Beyonce, but she’s been very busy lately, what with her ongoing The Mrs. Carter Show world tour and countless video shoots for music we’ll probably never get to hear.  It must be tough being the world’s biggest, mostly silent pop star.

Check out Ryan Tedder’s interview via Idolator.

Music News: Katy Perry previews lavish “Unconditionally” music video

 

Katy Perry unveiled a dramatic preview of the music video for “PRISM’s” second single, “Unconditionally” this afternoon, and hold on to your butts ’cause it looks MASSIVE.  This video has everything: fancy dresses, ballroom dancing, too much rouge, a drunk old lady taking a time-out on a chaise longue, and a GIANT ass owl.  Katy revealed at her “We Can Survive” Breast Cancer Fundraiser show in LA last month that the “Unconditionally” music video was inspired by the films Dangerous Liaisons and Anna Karenina (the new one with Keira Knightley).  Intriguing!

When the stunning single artwork for “Unconditionally” was released a few weeks ago, rumors started swirling that the music video may have also been inspired by the suicide of Evelyn McHale – a 23-year-old woman who jumped to her death from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in 1947.  Eerily referred to as, “The Most Beautiful Suicide,” a photography student who just happened to be passing by at the time snapped this haunting photo of Evelyn’s body moments after it landed on top of a limousine.  Spooky!

So while it’s tough to say from the preview what exactly the “Unconditionally” music video will be about, I think it’s pretty clear that it will contain a whooole lotta melodrama and intrigue, and probably a couple of star crossed lovers.  Sign me up!  The “Unconditionally” music video is set to premiere on November 19th on MTV at the oddly precise time of 7:53 PM EST.  Check out the preview above and a few stills from the video after the jump! Continue reading

Music News: Katy Perry co-wrote Britney Spears’s “Passenger”

Producer Diplo just tweeted that he co-wrote Britney’s Spears’s recently leaked song, “Passenger” with Katy Perry and Sia!  That’s quite a pop songwriting trio.  I thought I detected some Sia backing vocals on the track, but I was too shy to speak up!  We already suspected that Katy spent some time in the studio with Sia and Diplo back in June, but when Diplo didn’t appear as a producer on Katy’s new album, “PRISM,” I just assumed that their collaborations had been left on the cutting room floor.  Not so!  One of their efforts, “Passenger,” was given to Britney Spears.  “Passenger” may not have fit on “PRISM,” but it suits Britney quite well.  In fact, I think it’s one of the most impressive songs we’ve heard from her in years!

That whole, “Britney Jean” is “my most personal record yet” business is kind of hurt by the fact that Britney apparently didn’t do any writing on “Passenger,” but no matter.  It’s still an awesome song and I’m thrilled to see that it made the final track listing for the album, which was unveiled yesterday.

Thanks to the good people over at Popjustice for breaking this story AND for taking a screen shot of Diplo’s tweet, as he has since deleted it!  Excellent work all around!

New Music: Mariah Carey – “The Art of Letting Go”

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“Go to ‘Mimi’ on your contacts – press delete.”

Oh, Mariah.  Oh, woof.  Mariah Carey went ahead and dropped the title track from her long-awaited 14th studio album, “The Art of Letting Go,” this afternoon, and it’s a limp, meandering break-up song filled to the brim with silly vocab words like, “dominion” and “reverberating,” and awkward, unimaginative phrases like, “Letting go ain’t easy, it’s just exceedingly hurtful.”  Even Mariah’s characteristically strong vocals can’t save this dated, empty balladHow did we manage to go from “#Beautiful” to this? Continue reading

New Music: Chelsea Lankes – “Ghost”

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You know that ache you feel in your chest when you want something so badly but you know you can’t have it?  You’ve wanted it for so long, your heart and your body are convinced you need it to go on, even though in your head, you kinda know better?  That’s the struggle Nashville based singer Chelsea Lankes has tapped into on her phenomenal new single, “Ghost.” Continue reading