Demos That Did It Better

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Thanks to hackers and YouTube, pop fans are now able to listen to a slew of unfinished demo material that was probably never meant for public consumption.  It’s great (for us…not the artists).  Sometimes, a demo ends up being way more awesome than the finished product.  Sometimes, a demo never sees the light of day and it’s a massive injustice!  Check out a list of some of my favorite demos and unreleased jams after the jump. Continue reading

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New Music: Icona Pop – “Girlfriend”

 

Okay, so there’s a new Icona Pop song out, and it’s kinda cute and it’s kinda fun, but it’s also kinda boring.  But don’t fret!  It’s not their new U.S. single.  According to Billboard, “Girlfriend,” which randomly bites its chorus from Tupac’s 1996 song “Me and My Girlfriend,” is “just a single for Europe and other international areas.”  You see, “I Love It,” which is currently smashing in the U.S., was released in Europe last summer, so it’s rather old hat now and Europeans needed something new.

This is good for two reasons: firstly, “Girlfriend” is repetitive and not nearly as charming as “I Love It” or many of the other songs from Icona Pop’s “Iconic” EP.  Secondly, the girls spilled at the Billboard Music Awards this month that they’ll have a new album out “before the end of the summer” which features production by Shellback, Stargate, and Benny Blanco (only further fueling those Katy Perry collaboration rumors).  We don’t want “Girlfriend,” we want the new stuff they were talking about!  And if they’re going to have a new album out before the end of the summer, we should be getting a new single any day now.  They’ve just got to wait for “I Love It” to slow down a little bit…

What do you think – is “Girlfriend” a good follow-up to “I Love It”?