New Music: Brit Smith – “Provocative (hiDhi) (feat. will.i.am)”

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Do you love Beyonce’s new album but find yourself wondering, “Hey, where are all the fun, uptempo dance tracks?”  Do you pine for Nelly Furtado circa 2006?  Are you ready to watch a music video featuring Betty White and an obscene amount of product placement for Miracle Whip?  Look no further — Timbaland’s new protege Brit Smith is here with her (sort of) debut single, “Provocative (hiDhi).” 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: Britney Spears – “Passenger”: Listen to the new “Britney Jean” leak

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“Passenger,” a possible song for Britney Spears’s upcoming album “Britney Jean,” leaked online yesterday afternoon, and it’s sublime.  A reliable source confirmed that the track is indeed from the “Britney Jean” recording sessions, although we don’t know yet if it will make the album’s final track listing. Continue reading

New Music: will.i.am – “Feeling Myself (feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, & French Montana)”

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Okay, I hate this.  No, I love this.  I hate that I love this.  “Feeling Myself,” a bumping profanity-laced track lifted from will.i.am’s upcoming “#willpower” re-release, hit the Internet yesterday.  The DJ Mustard produced song features the new first lady of hip hop, Miley Cyrus, and rappers Wiz Khalifa and French Montana.  Everybody plays their part to a T: the guys rap about bottle service and smoking weed and Miley raps about twerking and popping molly in the club.  Blergh. Continue reading

New Music: Britney Spears – “Perfume”

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Britney Spears premiered the second single from her upcoming 8th studio album “Britney Jean” on Facebook this evening, and it’s a total home run.  Co-written with Sia Furler and produced by album executive producer will.i.am, “Perfume” is a lush ballad full of piano, stirring synths, sweeping strings, and Britney’s shockingly raw vocals (well, for her standards).  Seriously though, Britney Spears sounds like a human being again and there’s no trace of that strange British accent she occasionally puts on.  It’s incredibly refreshing. Continue reading

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.

New Music: Ke$ha feat. will.i.am – “Crazy Kids”

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will.i.am is just everywhere lately, isn’t he?  We learned yesterday afternoon through media website AllAccess that Ke$ha’s third single from her “Warrior” album is “Crazy Kids,”  but what we DIDN’T know until today is that the radio version of the song features a verse from will.i.am.  As I mentioned a few days ago, will.i.am does have co-writing credit on “Crazy Kids,” and while “Warrior” was being recorded, it was rumored that he would feature on a song with Ke$h.  So I guess we should’ve seen this coming.

Ke$ha stans the world over seem to be pretty pissed about this revelation, but I’m not.  will’s hot right now and his verse is a lot of fun.  Ke$ha’s last single “C’Mon” wasn’t exactly a radio hit, so maybe a feature from will is the bump she needs to climb back on top!  Stream the radio version of “Crazy Kids” via AllAccess and let me know what you think in the comments!

P.S.  Doesn’t she look incredible on the single cover?  I mean, wow.

New Music: will.i.am feat. Miley Cyrus – “Fall Down”

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“Fall Down,” the first promo single from will.i.am’s “#willpower” album, leaked a little early this evening…and it’s a total ripoff of Ke$ha’s “Crazy Kids.”  I’m always skeptical when I hear people say things like, “OMG THIS SONG SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE THAT SONG!!!”  But actually: this song sounds exactly like “Crazy Kids.”  I guess it makes sense.  Reportedly, “Fall Down” was co-produced by Dr. Luke and “Crazy Kids” was co-written by will.i.am, but that doesn’t make it OK.

“Crazy Kids” isn’t the only thing they’re borrowing from, though.  Check out will trying to serve “The 20/20 Experience” during the final 30 seconds.  Mess.  But the chorus does kind of put a pep in my step…

Check out “Fall Down” for yourself and let me know what you think!