New Video: Shakira feat. Rihanna – “Can’t Remember To Forget You”

January 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Shakira and Rihanna get ultra-steamy in the new visual for the Latin superstar’s single “Can’t Remember To Forget You.” The island-flavored video gets a sizzling serving of the duo’s Caribbean-bred curvy bodies and smoldering looks. The two divas can’t get their hands off each other – literally!

Dive into it below:

“Can’t Remember To Forget You” is the first single off Shakira’s self-titled tenth studio out, due on March 25.

New Music: BANKS – “Brain”

January 29, 2014 § 1 Comment

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In anticipation of her upcoming debut LP, BANKS has given her fans a taste of what her record will sound like. “Brain,” produced by Shlohmo, is typical BANKS – a pairing of her moody and ethereal vocals paired with synth-heavy, simmering production. It begins with a slinky intro but then turns into an explosive howl during the bridge at the 2 minute mark.

It’s definitely the most sonically massive song from the LA-based singer, and is also the most heartfelt with lyrics like: “I can see you struggling/Boy don’t hurt your brain/Thinking what you’re gonna say/‘Cause everything’s a game.”

 Listen below:

Seven Reasons Why The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Was A Big Joke

January 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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It’s no secret that the Grammy Awards are becoming more bland and a political favoritism-fest, but last night’s 56th annual broadcast proved why award shows like this don’t really matter anymore. Mediocrity is praised, while deserving artists continue to be snubbed. There are many reasons why The Grammys are becoming such a joke in music, but here are 7 reasons why last night’s broadcast was a fail.

1. Kendrick Lamar Snubbed For “Best Rap Album”

On October 22, 2012, a young rapper from Compton single-handedley shifted the way we think about hip-hop. Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, Good Kid, m.A.A.d city told an insightful story about the harsh realities of growing up in the hood and Lamar’s struggles to get out. Supported by lush production, atmospheric rhythms and poetic lyrics, K. Dot took rap back to a time when it more about storytelling – and less about gimmicks.

Fast forward to 2014 at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and Kendrick Lamar (along with Drake, Kanye West, Jay Z and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is nominated for Best Rap Album. Guess who takes it? The most gimmicky rapper out of the group – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The Heist is so incomparable to Good City that it hurts to even think that it won against a future rap classic. Who is going to remember Macklemore in the next 2 years? Riddle me that…

2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” Performance/Wedding Ceremony

People love to complain that the “sanctity” of marriage is becoming a stunt, yet no one seemed to have issues with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ major “Same Love” performance stunt. Shocker! Macklemore, the master of gimmicks, has taken something as serious as gay right and equality and turned it into a puppet show that was boosted by his cringe-worthy tune “Same Love.”

Queen Latifah came to ordain the weddings of 34 couples (both same-sex and heterosexual) while Madonna joined the crew onstage to sing the newlyweds off with “Open Your Heart.” Once again, Macklemore uses his popularity to exploit a cause that people have died for in order to be crowned the Ultimate Gay Supporter. There are many rappers who are gay and who support gay rights, but check their skin color and you’ll see why they don’t get recognized for their efforts. The entire ordeal was cheap, tacky and made a mockery out of a ceremony that some people actually take as sacred.

3. Beyonce’s Snooze-worthy Performance

For all of the people who truly believe in their hearts that Beyonce gave a performance of a lifetime last night, then you’re sadly lying to yourselves. Yes, it is true that she is one of the best entertainers of our time – but that does not make her exempt from giving a bad performance now and then. First off, she performed “Drunk In Love” – a club favorite but a trashy song for something as highly regarded as the Grammys. It just shows how brainwashed “stans” have become.

Who in their right mind made that decision to OPEN the show with a song like that? There were plenty of other songs from Beyonce that could have been performed, and she let that opportunity slide out of her fingers. The lighting was off, she looked sloppy and the entire vibe of the performance was lackluster. Not to mention that our very own King Bey who you all worship had the nerve to lip-sync about 75 percent of the song while doing ZERO choreography. It was simply mediocre, yet so many people continue to praise and create foils for her mistake – not believing that their queen or “Motha” can do any wrong. If Beyonce really wanted to wow us, she and Jay Z should have performed all their duets – showing us why they’ve become the power couple of music. Keep reading!

Lana Del Rey Debuts “Once Upon A Dream” Cover For Maleficent: Listen

January 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Lana Del Rey adds her vampy touch to the Sleeping Beauty classic “Once Upon A Dream” – now refreshed for the upcoming Maleficient, starring Angelina Joile. The singer’s languid and alluring voice serves as the perfect fit for the mystical tune. “Once Upon A Dream” made its debut as the trailer aired during the 56th annual Grammy Awards last night, and it is now available for free via Google Play!

View the official trailer for Maleficent below:

Maleficent arrives in theaters on May 30.

Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde Win Big At The 2014 Grammy Awards

January 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Daft Punk snags the biggest award of the night for Album of the Year for Random Access Memories at the 56th annual Grammy Awards! The French electronic duo also took three more awards home, including Record of the Year. It was also a big night for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who managed to somehow snag four awards – including Best New Artist. Also, newcomer Lorde took home a well-deserved Song of the Year Award.

There were also some decent performances throughout the three-and-a-half hour long show. Beyonce and Jay Z opened with “Drunk In Love,” Daft Punk took the stage with Pharrell, Nile Rodger and Stevie Wonder for “Get Lucky,” and Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons brought together rock and rap for what was the best performance of the night.

Check out the full list of winners after the jump! Keep reading!

New Video: Disclosure – “Grab Her”

January 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Disclosure take the typical boring office scenario to another level in their new video for “Grab Her.” The video takes the song’s title quite literally, as the workers’ boss shows off his magnetic powers. The various antics make for a fun visual! “Grab Her” is off the electronic duo’s critically acclaimed debut album, Settle.

Watch below:

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