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Listen to A$AP Rocky’s Cover of “Pumped Up Kicks”

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Video: Keyshia Cole featuring Lil Wayne, “Enough of No Love”

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Listen To Alicia Keys’ Triumphant New Track, ‘New Day’…

New music from the follow-up to Alicia Keys’ 2009 disc The Element of Freedom has been hotly anticipated for months, and [today], the R&B star finally unveiled a celebratory new cut, “New Day.”

As the song’s beat springs back and forth and piano flourishes add a bit of seriousness, Keys sings about touching the sky and not letting chances go to waste. If “New Day” is indeed the lead single to Keys’ fifth studio album, the track is her most upbeat lead single yet, following cuts like “You Don’t Know My Name,” “No One” and “Doesn’t Mean Anything.” (Listen and More via Billboard…)

Listen To Alicia Keys’ Triumphant New Track, ‘New Day’…

New music from the follow-up to Alicia Keys’ 2009 disc The Element of Freedom has been hotly anticipated for months, and [today], the R&B star finally unveiled a celebratory new cut, “New Day.”

As the song’s beat springs back and forth and piano flourishes add a bit of seriousness, Keys sings about touching the sky and not letting chances go to waste. If “New Day” is indeed the lead single to Keys’ fifth studio album, the track is her most upbeat lead single yet, following cuts like “You Don’t Know My Name,” “No One” and “Doesn’t Mean Anything.” (Listen and More via Billboard…)

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Hear Janelle Monae Play Two ‘Electric’ New Songs Live…

Last November, Janelle Monáe told a reporter she’d written “84.799 percent” of the material for two new albums, both of which she hoped to release in 2012. The ArchAndroid artist has been a little busy since then, what with her guest appearance on fun.’s “We Are Young” topping the charts, an Easter gig at the White House, and live appearances spanning Mexico, New Orleans, and Australia. On Friday night at the Toronto Jazz Fest, though, Monáe busted out a couple of previously unreleased songs: the Hendrix-nodding disco-funk strutter “Electric Lady” and the jazz-pop ballad “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.” (Listen and More via SPIN…)

Hear Janelle Monae Play Two ‘Electric’ New Songs Live…

Last November, Janelle Monáe told a reporter she’d written “84.799 percent” of the material for two new albums, both of which she hoped to release in 2012. The ArchAndroid artist has been a little busy since then, what with her guest appearance on fun.’s “We Are Young” topping the charts, an Easter gig at the White House, and live appearances spanning Mexico, New Orleans, and Australia. On Friday night at the Toronto Jazz Fest, though, Monáe busted out a couple of previously unreleased songs: the Hendrix-nodding disco-funk strutter “Electric Lady” and the jazz-pop ballad “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.” (Listen and More via SPIN…)

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New DJ Khaled featuring Kanye West and Rick Ross: “I Wish You Would”…

Nah Right has pointed to a new DJ Khaled track, “I Wish You Would”, featuring Kanye West and Rick Ross. As you may recall, Kanye and Khaled collaborated on “Theraflu” earlier this year (which was changed to “Way Too Cold”, and is now just “Cold”). Khaled’s album Kiss the Ring is out August 21. Check out “I Wish You Would” here. (via Pitchfork…)

New DJ Khaled featuring Kanye West and Rick Ross: “I Wish You Would”…

Nah Right has pointed to a new DJ Khaled track, “I Wish You Would”, featuring Kanye West and Rick Ross. As you may recall, Kanye and Khaled collaborated on “Theraflu” earlier this year (which was changed to “Way Too Cold”, and is now just “Cold”). Khaled’s album Kiss the Ring is out August 21. Check out “I Wish You Would” here. (via Pitchfork…)

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Behind The Scenes: Trey Songz Shoots Chapter V Album Cover…

Just a couple weeks after dropping his latest single “2 Reasons,” Trey Songz is now giving you 5 reasons to buy his new album, Chapter V. The cover of his fifth studio album, which is slated to be released August 21, features five shirtless Trey’s…no complaints here. ;-)

The upcoming project boasts eighteen tracks with features from T.I, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, J. Cole and Kelly Rowland. From the looks of the track listing, fans are in for some classic baby-making music, however, Trey has hinted that he may be switching things up just a little on this LP:

I’m definitely trying to leap forward with every album, and with this album, I think it’s a leap forward and a leap into the past. I want to embody in this album—this fifth album, which is very monumental for me—what I am, where I came from, and where I’m going. I just think it’s going to be very fluent, very diverse, yet very cohesive album.”

Go behind the scenes with Trey as he shoots the Chapter V cover and album packaging at a beach house in Miami above via Necole Bitchie

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Lupe Fiasco Mansplains Misogyny on Counterproductive ‘Bitch Bad’…

"Who you callin’ a bitch?" rages Queen Latifah, on her jazz-sampling single "U.N.I.T.Y.," originally released on the 1993 album Black Reign. “I’m a bad bitch / I’m a, I’m a bad bitch,” repeats Nicki Minaj on her fire-breathing 2009 mixtape cut “Itty Bitty Piggy”; “I’m a bad bitch / I’m a cunt,” she adds on 2011 debut LP Pink Friday's “Roman's Revenge,” and that last word is one that newer New York rapper Azealia Banks has since all but made her trademark. Clearly, something has changed in hip-hop's relationship with anti-woman slurs over the past two decades, and that's ostensibly what Lupe Fiasco tries to address on “Bitch Bad,” the second track to emerge from his long-delayed Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album (due out September 25 on Atlantic).

Give Lupe the benefit of the doubt, and his point, while arguable, makes a certain amount of sense: Even as young women reclaim the idea of a “bad bitch” to describe their own power and sexuality, young men might continue to see them as a different kind of “bitch,” thus perpetuating the cycle of misogyny rather than ending it. (More via SPIN…)

Lupe Fiasco Mansplains Misogyny on Counterproductive ‘Bitch Bad’…

"Who you callin’ a bitch?" rages Queen Latifah, on her jazz-sampling single "U.N.I.T.Y.," originally released on the 1993 album Black Reign. “I’m a bad bitch / I’m a, I’m a bad bitch,” repeats Nicki Minaj on her fire-breathing 2009 mixtape cut “Itty Bitty Piggy”; “I’m a bad bitch / I’m a cunt,” she adds on 2011 debut LP Pink Friday's “Roman's Revenge,” and that last word is one that newer New York rapper Azealia Banks has since all but made her trademark. Clearly, something has changed in hip-hop's relationship with anti-woman slurs over the past two decades, and that's ostensibly what Lupe Fiasco tries to address on “Bitch Bad,” the second track to emerge from his long-delayed Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album (due out September 25 on Atlantic).

Give Lupe the benefit of the doubt, and his point, while arguable, makes a certain amount of sense: Even as young women reclaim the idea of a “bad bitch” to describe their own power and sexuality, young men might continue to see them as a different kind of “bitch,” thus perpetuating the cycle of misogyny rather than ending it. (More via SPIN…)

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A$AP Rocky Announces LongLiveA$AP Release DateAlbum due on September 11…

Nah Right points to an interview between A$AP Rocky and Philadelphia radio station Power 99, where Rocky revealed the release date for LongLiveA$AP. The album is out on September 11. Check out the interview and more via Pitchfork…

A$AP Rocky Announces LongLiveA$AP Release Date
Album due on September 11…

Nah Right points to an interview between A$AP Rocky and Philadelphia radio station Power 99, where Rocky revealed the release date for LongLiveA$AP. The album is out on September 11. Check out the interview and more via Pitchfork

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Video: Lana Del Rey, “National Anthem”…

In any early episode of Mad Men, Don Draper and crew created an ad concept for Playtex, asking women if they were a Marilyn or a Jackie. In the video for “National Anthem” Lana Del Rey bucks the concept of either/or, kicking off the clip with an interpretation of Monroe’s saucy “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to a JFK-portraying A$AP Rocky. Ultimately, Del Rey becomes Jackie; as for Rocky, well, we all know how this ends. (via The Fader…)

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Video: Maybach Music featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Power Circle”…

Maybach Music’s Self-Made Vol. 2 is out today and to celebrate, the crew has released a video for their single “Power Circle” featuring Kendrick Lamar. The video includes concert footage, studio time and pieces of the MMG press conference. If you love Rick Ross without his shirt on, this is another one for you. (via The Fader…)

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Report: Chief Keef Makes NYC DebutPhotos and Review of the Chicago Phenom’s S.O.B.’s Show Last Night…

In January, the Chicago rapper Chief Keef was a 16-year-old South Side kid serving out a house-arrest sentence at his grandmother’s while his rap videos racked up local YouTube hits. Last night, Keef made his official New York debut at S.O.B.’s, the landing pad for many out-of-towner hip-hop debuts over the years, including, once upon a time, Kanye West’s.

Keef and West had crossed paths recently after Kanye scooped up Keef’s song “I Don’t Like” and pumped it full of guest rappers, extra synths, and choral “OH!’S,” thus rendering a street-rap hit officially radio-playable. It was this West-ian infusion of star power— along with recent news that Keef had signed a lucrative deal with Interscope Records— that might have been somewhat responsible for the swarm-the-front-door urgency outside S.O.B.’s. (Pics and More via Pitchfork…)

Report: Chief Keef Makes NYC Debut
Photos and Review of the Chicago Phenom’s S.O.B.’s Show Last Night…

In January, the Chicago rapper Chief Keef was a 16-year-old South Side kid serving out a house-arrest sentence at his grandmother’s while his rap videos racked up local YouTube hits. Last night, Keef made his official New York debut at S.O.B.’s, the landing pad for many out-of-towner hip-hop debuts over the years, including, once upon a time, Kanye West’s.

Keef and West had crossed paths recently after Kanye scooped up Keef’s song “I Don’t Like” and pumped it full of guest rappers, extra synths, and choral “OH!’S,” thus rendering a street-rap hit officially radio-playable. It was this West-ian infusion of star power— along with recent news that Keef had signed a lucrative deal with Interscope Records— that might have been somewhat responsible for the swarm-the-front-door urgency outside S.O.B.’s. (Pics and More via Pitchfork…)

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Video: Kreayshawn featuring V-Nasty, “Summertime”…

In advance of a promised official video, Kreayshawn has released a breezy, day-with-the-girls VHS showcase for “Summertime,” shot in LA by Uzi. The camcorder clip visually references the montage of tween-era home videos Kreayshawn shared recently; she wears tattoo necklaces in both. V-Nasty drops a hollered verse at 2:30, but doesn’t make an appearance. Kreayshawn’s major-label debut, Somethin Bout Kreay, drops August 14th via Columbia. Register to download “Summertime” for free here. (via The Fader…)

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Iggy Pop and Best Coast Team Up for “True Blood”Collaborate on a song called “Let’s Boot and Rally”…

"True Blood", the HBO vampire drama that previously featured a collaboration between Neko Case and Nick Cave, is about to get another awesome collaborative duet. Iggy Pop and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino are teaming up for a song called "Let’s Boot and Rally", which will be featured in the show’s July 8 episode.

The song will premiere July 5 on KCRW. A press release features quotes from each of them.

Iggy Pop:

"I’ve always liked to bite. I guess this makes me a singing vampire, does this mean I have a license to suck? Hi Bethany…"

Bethany Cosentino:

 “What an honor to get to sing with a legend, and for such a fantastic show. What’s up Iggy!

This and More via Pitchfork…

Iggy Pop and Best Coast Team Up for “True Blood”
Collaborate on a song called “Let’s Boot and Rally”…

"True Blood", the HBO vampire drama that previously featured a collaboration between Neko Case and Nick Cave, is about to get another awesome collaborative duet. Iggy Pop and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino are teaming up for a song called "Let’s Boot and Rally", which will be featured in the show’s July 8 episode.

The song will premiere July 5 on KCRW. A press release features quotes from each of them.

Iggy Pop:

"I’ve always liked to bite. I guess this makes me a singing vampire, does this mean I have a license to suck? Hi Bethany…"

Bethany Cosentino:

“What an honor to get to sing with a legend, and for such a fantastic show. What’s up Iggy!

This and More via Pitchfork

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No Doubt’s Push and Shove Heavy on Reggae Songs, Horns…

When Gwen Stefani enters a recording studio, it is customary for the horn players awaiting her to begin playing “The Imperial March.” We learn this key factoid and a few more nuggets about the first No Doubt album in 11 years from the band’s latest studio webisode, which captures longtime collaborators Gabe McNair and Stephen Bradley adding some of their horny flair to several of the new LP’s tracks.

Based on this latest peek inside the studio, we know now Push and Shove does indeed feature trombone and trumpet — Stefani proclaims there are more horns on Push and Shove than there were on the band’s last album, 2001’s Rock Steady. (More via SPIN…)

No Doubt’s Push and Shove Heavy on Reggae Songs, Horns…

When Gwen Stefani enters a recording studio, it is customary for the horn players awaiting her to begin playing “The Imperial March.” We learn this key factoid and a few more nuggets about the first No Doubt album in 11 years from the band’s latest studio webisode, which captures longtime collaborators Gabe McNair and Stephen Bradley adding some of their horny flair to several of the new LP’s tracks.

Based on this latest peek inside the studio, we know now Push and Shove does indeed feature trombone and trumpet — Stefani proclaims there are more horns on Push and Shove than there were on the band’s last album, 2001’s Rock Steady. (More via SPIN…)

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Watch Deadmau5’s Bradbury-Inspired Video for ‘The Veldt’…

As if to apologize for his umpteenth Tumblr megavent over the weekend, EDM lightning rod Deadmau5 just dropped this extraordinary — and extraordinarily Disney-inspired — clip for his recent Bradbury-nodding, fan collaboration track “The Veldt.”

Deadau5 premiered the instrumental version of “The Veldt” three months ago, claiming to have been so inspired by Ray Bradbury’s 1950 dystopian short story of the same name, which serves as an admonition against the dangers of modern technology, that he created the three-minute soundtrack in tribute to the writer, who died June 5 following a “lengthy illness” at age 91. (Video and More via SPIN…)

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