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Justin Bieber Debuts “Heartbreaker”

The Biebs is back, baby (baby baby).

After teasing a big single release the majority of 2013 up to this point, Justin Bieber finally blessed the Internet with his new song, “Heartbreaker,” early this morning. The track is the first to surface from Bieber since his 2012 studio album, and in keeping with his desire to constantly reinvent his sound, the track showcases a side of the young Canadian rarely heard up to this point. You can stream the single at the end of this post.

So, what has changed in the world of Justin Bieber since he was singing about all he’d do for you as long as you love him? First and foremost, his influences. Bieber has become more and more immersed in the urban community over the last year, and “Heartbreaker” is drenched in RnB sensibilities from the late ’90s. Secondly, his lyrical approach continues to evolve as he grows up. The cockiness of “Boyfriend” is still there, but he’s addressing women now, rather than “girls,” and it gives the whole affair a decidedly more mature tone.

Bieber has yet to reveal or even mention plans to release a new album, but we believe the release of “Heartbreaker” is the beginning of a bigger promotional push that will be revealed as the fall carries on. For now, comment below and let us know your thoughts on Justin’s latest. Continue reading ‘Justin Bieber Debuts “Heartbreaker”’

Lauryn Hill Debuts “Consumerism”

With her prison sentence coming to a close, Fugees member Lauryn Hill has wasted no time returning to music with the release of a new single entitled “Consumerism.”

When most people think of Lauryn Hill they instantly recall the years spent supporting her chart-topping Miseducation album. This was an era in Hill’s career where her hip-hop influence took a bit of a back seat to her more soulful side, and to this day that record plays as well as the day it was released. “Consumerism,” however, could not have strayed further from that gentle, radio-ready sound. It’s a boisterous, high-speed rant on everything from greed to religion and politics that demands your full attention. You can stream the single on HipHopDX.

 

T.I. Debuts “My Potna”

The greatest rappers of all time are the ones who found ways to make the English language work for them. They have a story to tell that is entirely theirs and they’ll bend the basic understandings of rhyme and pronunciation to tell that tale exactly the way they feel it should be conveyed. It’s one of the most unique elements of hip-hop, even though it can be a journalist’s worst nightmare, and today T.I. is sharing another chapter of his story through a new song entitled “My Potna.”

Though T.I. has not released any official tracks or albums since the December 2012 debut of Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, he has spent the majority of 2013 making headlines for promotional singles, either his own or on tracks for other artists. “My Potna” was created for DJ Scream & DJ MLK, who have a new mixtape on the horizon called 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards that is expected to drop in the middle of October. The release supposedly features a number of exclusive tracks, including this one, but so far “My Potna” is the only track made available to the public. You can stream “My Potna” at the end of this post.

Like many urban artists, T.I. tends to keep his future plans closely guarded until he feels it’s time to make them public. We do not know what he has planned in the months ahead, but after “My Potna” gets around I’m sure there will be many fans like us eagerly waiting new developments. We’ll keep our eyes out for updates and bring you additional information as it becomes available. Continue reading ‘T.I. Debuts “My Potna”’

Juicy J Releases “All I Blow Is Loud” Video

The weekend is almost here. Can you feel it?

Hoping to help fans worldwide ease into the weekend a few hours early, Juicy J has released the official video for his Stay Trippy cut, “All I Blow Is Loud.”

Considering the fact Juicy J has been a notable member of the hip-hop community for over two decades, one would think everyone who is even slightly aware of his existence knows he’s a fan of marijuana. But on his latest single, he does not seem to think that’s the case. “All I Blow Is Loud” finds the over-30 rapper offering verse after verse on his love of mary jane, all backed by wall-of-sound production from Lex Luger. The clip tells a tale of an apparent robbery gone awry, but the edits are so quick and sparsely intertwined between lengthy performance sequences that the full story is a little hard to grasp. You can view the video at the end of this post.

Stay Trippy, the new album from Juicy J, arrived in stores the first week of September following more than a year of delays. Fans and critics seem to agree the wait was worth it, so if “All I Blow Is Loud” appeals to you we suggest taking a chance on the full album. Continue reading ‘Juicy J Releases “All I Blow Is Loud” Video’

Rihanna Debuts Racy “Pour It Up” Video

Following up on a post we ran yesterday, pop star Rihanna has released her self-directed video for “Pour It Up.”

The word twerk has become commonplace in pop culture over the last few months, but I’m not sure anyone has seen it executed as professionally (and absurdly) as in “Pour It Up.” The video serves as a buffet of sex appeal, with numerous pole dancers showcasing their skills on and off the dance floor. One girl even twerks on water, which we previously did not even consider as a possibility.

Rihanna has made a lot of headlines in 2013 for her “controversial” behavior, but she seems to have truly outdone herself with this music video. Everyone who ran their mouth about the antics of Miley Cyrus will lose their minds when they witness some of the imagery Riri has in store, and based on the fast-rising view count there will probably be more of the same in the months ahead. You can experience the video below.

We want to know how you feel about this clip. Has Rihanna gone too far, or is she just milking her good looks for all their worth? Comment below and let us know your thoughts. Continue reading ‘Rihanna Debuts Racy “Pour It Up” Video’

twenty | one | pilots Release “House Of Gold” Video

Everyone loves a good song about the awesome power of moms, and this week twenty | one | pilots released one such single that is sure to melt even the coldest of hearts.

Losing someone close to you can leave you feeling as if a part of you has died as well. That unshakeable sense of loss that is given a very literal visualization in the new video for “House Of Gold” from twenty | one | pilots. While a woman works away in a small country home, the members of twenty | one | pilots are seen crooning about promises made to mothers by small children. It’s far more sweet and loving than it reads, I swear. You can view the video below.

twenty | one | pilots have toured the US multiple times in 2013 and show no signs of slowing anytime soon. Their debut album, Vessel, is available now. Continue reading ‘twenty | one | pilots Release “House Of Gold” Video’

Lorde Performs On Fallon

Stop what you’re doing right now and allow some videos to consume your world for a handful of minutes. Trust me, the break will be worth it.

Just two days after her debut album arrived in stores, Lorde hit the stage on Jimmy Fallon‘s late night program yesterday for a performance that could very well bring your personal house down. The 16-year-old New Zealand native offered viewers a stirring rendition of her hit “Royals,” as well as the deep album cut (and personal favorite of the OurStage staff), “White Teeth Teens.” You can view videos of both performances over on Idolator.

As we mentioned, Lorde released her debut album Pure Heroine earlier this week. The record boasts 10 original songs, including “Royals,” “Team,” and “Tennis Court.” It might be a little while before we run any reviews of the record, but we are already confident that we, and you, will be into it. This girl is going places, and it won’t be too much longer before the bandwagon is full.

Rihanna Takes Fans Behind The Scenes Of Her “Pour It Up” Video

Of all the female stars currently dominating the radio, none have had as many consecutive chart-topping singles as Rihanna. Now, on the eve of her new video release, the girl who offered us her “Umbrella” is giving fans a look behind the scenes at her directorial debut.

“Pour It Up” is a single that has received decent exposure on TV and radio already, but in the coming weeks the song will finally be given a proper promotional push when the official video debuts online. Rihanna, who directs and stars in the clip, has been teasing the release via social media all week, and this morning a new behind the scenes video found its way online. The clip shows Riri hard at work on set, guiding the crew and extra through the various shots needed, and offers followers their first true glimpse at the finished product. You can view the mini-documentary below.

Rihanna has yet to set a release date for “Pour It Up,” but given the amount of promotional posts she’s released in recent days it stands to reason the clip will appear online sooner than later. We’ll keep an eye out for updates and bring you more information as it becomes available. Continue reading ‘Rihanna Takes Fans Behind The Scenes Of Her “Pour It Up” Video’

Britney Spears Releases “Work Bitch” Video

Britney Spears wants to help all of her fans around the world reach their dreams of living a life of luxury, and to assist them on their journey she’s released a new, quasi-motivational single entitled “Work Bitch.”

Taking place almost entirely in the desert, the official video for “Work Bitch” is little more than a montage of brilliantly lit, gorgeously costumed performance sequences. Britney is seen rolling around the ground, leading a group of dancers in the middle of nowhere, performing solo in a hallway, and shaking her hips pretty much anywhere you can imagine in between. It’s not exactly the most original video you’ve ever seen, but those needing a fix of Britney eye candy will surely be pleased. You can view the clip on Vevo.

Now, I know the title of this song is going to cause problems for some, but for the sake of argument consider Ms. Spears’ use of ‘bitch’ the same way you would take it if said by Jesse on Breaking Bad. She’s not putting down women or calling anyone names directly, but rather hoping to motivate listeners to take control of their life with a semi-aggressive stance and insanely catchy hook.  And, if nothing else, it’s going to be hard to do better than “Work Bitch” for those needing a new workout track. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the video.

Mayday Parade Preview ‘Monsters In The Closet’

Fearless Records’ pop-rock outfit Mayday Parade have released a preview of their entire upcoming album, Monsters In The Closet.

The last half decade has been a strange one for the members of Mayday Parade. A major lineup change coinciding with the release of their label debut sent the remaining members into a bit of a creative tailspin that lead many to pan their sophomore effort for trying too hard to recreate the magic of the original. Albums continued to sell, however, and before long the band was on a major label. They refined the sound that launched their career to suit their smaller lineup, toured relentlessly in support of a third record, then decided the major label world was not for them and chose to return to their original home at Fearless for album number four. That record is called Monsters In The Closet, and at the end of this post you can stream a preview of every song on the album.

Monsters In The Closet arrives in stores October 8. Based on what we’ve heard so far, it seems safe to say Mayday Parade have another hit record on their hands, but only time will tell. Comment below and let us know what you think of the album preview. Continue reading ‘Mayday Parade Preview ‘Monsters In The Closet’’

 


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