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Breathe Carolina Release “Billie Jean” Lyric Video

The folks behind the Punk Goes Pop series really know how to make a good thing last. Since its release back in November, the series has pushed teasers, music videos, and lyric videos from some of the album’s artists such as Craig Owens, We Came as Romans and now, Breathe Carolina, with the release of a new lyric video for their Michael Jackson cover, “Billie Jean.”

The truth is, it’s a bold move covering such an iconic figure, but Breathe Carolina seem more than comfortable in this element, adding their own twist and style to the track without taking away from the brilliance of the original.

Check out the lyric video after the jump.

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“Watch This!” Wednesday: Creepy Clips for Halloween

We love passing new music videos around the OurStage office, and now we’re going to be sharing our finds with you. In honor of Halloween, this week’s videos are all about zombies, murder and everything evil. Enjoy!



Evanescence – “Going Under”

What would you do if you were playing a show, and everyone around you started turning into demons…even your bandmates?! Continue reading ‘“Watch This!” Wednesday: Creepy Clips for Halloween’

?uestlove To Teach NYU Class, College To Get 1000 Times Cooler

If there were anything to make you want to go back to college again – besides the socially acceptable binge drinking, sleeping until noon, and wearing sweatpants to dinner – it would probably be taking a class with ?uestlove. Yes, that’s right. This spring, The Roots drummer will be teaching a two credit class on classic albums at the Clive Davis Institue for Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The course’s tentative syllabus involves the analysis of time–tested albums such as Led Zeppelin IV and Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall in order to understand the many factors that go into making those select albums designated classics. Billboard reports that ?uestlove will be co–teaching the course in conjunction with Harry Weinger, the vice president of A&R at Universal Music Enterprises.

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The Grind

The first thing you have to know about TAMPPA is that he loves his hood. Born and raised in Brooklyn, the rapper considers the borough his muse. On “Brownsville Grind,” a nod to one of Brooklyn’s public housing projects, TAMPPA paints a picture of his hustle. The track is a soulful, brassy, hip-hop hot cooker with an intro by none other than Ludacris. TAMPPA’s got connections—his cousin is Anthony Cruz, a.k.a. the rapper and frequent Nas collaborator, AZ. As you can hear, talent runs in the family. TAMPPA’s tracks are filled with lyrical smart bombs. On “Gotta Be More” he talks about rising above his situation and chasing the dream, rapping, “Like the late, great Michael, I gotta go thrill ‘em.” By “Fix Your Face” he’s arrived. Over rattling textures and a fat bass line he proclaims, “We are kings, and ghetto legends.” All hail the next great MC of Kings County.


Bonus update. Tamppa has a personal message about his latest collaboration:

New Jackson 5 Rarities Dredged Up In “Come And Get It: The Rare Pearls”

Since the King of Pop’s untimely death there’s been a fairly consistent stream of posthumous albums culled from demos, b-sides, and various curios from over his extensive back catalog. We’ll be seeing many more Michael Jackson “rarities” records like these for years and years and years to come, no doubt.

But whatever argument could be made against cash-grab, unit moving tactics like that will evaporate in the face of Come And Get It: The Rare Pearls, a compilation record of covers, alternate takes, and unreleased tracks from The Jackson 5 circa the mid 1970s.

Yes, modern nostalgics, you heard me right. Baby Michael is back.

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Sound And Vision: Post-Mortem Pop, Starring Drake’s Aaliyah Resurrection and the Second Coming of Whitney Houston

Drake must be the luckiest guy in music. He’s got an enviable portfolio of assets: looks, talent, street cred, excellent connections, gold and multi-platinum. Now the Canadian rapper has a beautiful woman, too—at least a controlling interest in her legacy. But is ownership of the next posthumous phase of Aaliyah’s career one benefit too many?

That’s what some are wondering as we approach the 11th anniversary (on August 25) of the death of Aaliyah, who was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001, at age 22, cutting short one of the most promising careers in music. Since then, there’s been scant new material issued under her name. I Care 4 U, a posthumous album released in December of 2002, was followed by nearly a decade of silence.

Until now. Earlier this month, Drake unveiled a new Aaliyah track, “Enough Said,” credited to Aaliyah featuring Drake and produced by the rapper’s Take Care collaborator Noah “40” Shebib. There’s more: Drake has promised a new Aaliyah album, executive produced by himself and 40, with 13 or 14 tracks, to be released later this year.

“Enough Said” Aaliyah featuring Drake

But is it a true Aaliyah album if key players in her life and legacy—namely her immediate family—are left out of it? Her brother, Rashad Haughton, went so far as to deny the family’s involvement on Aaliyah’s Facebook fan page. “There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family,” he posted on August 7, several days after Drake released the new single. Continue reading ‘Sound And Vision: Post-Mortem Pop, Starring Drake’s Aaliyah Resurrection and the Second Coming of Whitney Houston’

Boulevard of Dreams

Hollywood Boulevard is where legends leave their names. All along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, entertainment icons share the same stretch of concrete: Michael Jackson; Diana Ross; Billy Joel. Just a stone’s throw away, an artist by the name of D. Hollywood (the “D” is for “dirty”) is plotting his own rise. A multi-instrumentalist, daredevil, and eccentric, Hollywood’s bombastic personality is inextricable from his rakish style of west coast rock. “My Name Is Love” is made up of lurching, low-throttle guitars, synths, and Hollywood’s wild child lyricism. “My name is love and I’m a liar” he sneers. Drums and vocals provide the meat of “Chutes and Ladders.” It’s lo-fi, extra dirty rock delivered in lashes. But Hollywood’s greatest moment comes in “On Fire,” an impossibly catchy anthem with big, swaggering guitars. “I’m going out tonight, gonna set the world on fire,” he promises. We believe him.


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