Just the other day we brought you our thoughts on Ke$ha‘s latest album, Warrior. Now, the full album has been released for stream, ahead of its Dec. 4 release date. That’s right, no more late nights searching the web for leaks, or playing “Die Young” on repeat to hold you over. You can now bask in Ke$ha glory all you like. But as we warned you in our review, don’t expect to see a full album filled with radio-ready singles. Embrace the pop, embrace the rock. After all, Iggy Pop does join Ke$ha for “Dirty Love.” You can listen to it right now over at iTunes and let us know what you think!
As November draws to a close so does the “Rock Boat Lucky 13″ Competition. This Friday the 30th is the last day to enter for your chance to perform on the The Rock Boat with major acts like Sister Hazel, NEEDTOBREATHE, Rusted Root, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Will Hoge, Tony Lucca, OurStage’s own Bronze Radio Return, and more!
If you think you’ve got what it takes and can see yourself taking the Bahamas by storm with your music, then hurry up and click here to enter now!
‘Tis the season for holiday classics! You’ve noticed it while pushing through the crowds on Black Friday or strolling through the supermarket to pick up pies, and now we’re bringing the holidays to you via Hopeless Records’ new compilation, Hopeless For The Holidays. Featuring newcomers and long time favorites such as For The Foxes, Divided By Friday, Driver Friendly, and Anarbor, the album will contain Christmas covers and originals. Dive into the spirit by listening to For The Foxes’ contribution, “All That Glistens” after the jump, along with the track listing.
1. For The Foxes – The Only Thing That Glistens
2. Divided By Friday – All I Want For Christmas Is You
3. Anarbor – West Coast Christmas
4. Driver Friendly – X-Mas In Texas
When sitting down to review Ke$ha’s latest album, Warrior, I found it impossible to resist digging into her catalog for research. Only three years have past since “Tik Tok” impacted radio waves around the world, but one look at the sales and popularity of this still young pop starlet and one might believe she’s at least hit the half decade point. The truth is, Kesha has only just begun to make her mark in pop music, and her latest effort proves there is much (MUCH) more glitter and innuendo awaiting us in years to come.
If you have never experienced Kesha outside of the radio singles, you need to be prepared for a slightly different experience when reaching for one of her albums. While the glitter-loving songstress is known for packing many potential singles on her releases, usually including some of her awkward attempts at rapping, each album is also stuffed with progressive material that makes it clear Kesha could do so much more with her career if desired. Warrior makes this more evident than ever, with only a handful of cuts coming across like disposable radio tracks, and I don’t want to get hopes too high here, but there is a cohesion to the glam pop queen’s efforts this time around that leads one to believe there is a much grander vision at play than we’ve been told.
Kicking things off by blending her newer sound with songwriting elements fans will find familiar, “Warrior,” kicks off Kesha’s new album with all the glory and pizazz a pop record deserves. The hook is huge, the rhymes about club life are intact, and the attitude is second-to-none. This is what I like to call “typical Kesha,” and it’s never executed more slickly than on Warrior. As you dig through the hit “Die Young,” as well as the early leak “C’Mon,” it becomes clearer and clearer that there is an evolution taking place within Kesha’s sound. She’s still very rooted in dance floor singles, and that will likely never change, but the focus on well-written lyrics and wordplay has never been stronger. Tracks like “Dirty Love,” “All That Matters,” and “Love Into The Light” offer more substance than Kesha’s entire debut album, and that’s on the extreme end of the spectrum. There is actual replay value to the whole, and I don’t just mean on the radio.
Warrior is real pop music, albeit complimented with a disposable facade, and it will sell to a ridiculous amount of music listeners with little effort. Some longtime fans will hate her new sound, and others will continue to not “get it,” but anyone listening to this album with an open mind is destined to discover a pop record that could go on to rival Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream in terms of lasting ability and pop cultural impact. 2013 will be the year of Ke$ha, and with a record like this there is no reason she shouldn’t find herself atop the Billboard charts for weeks, if not months to come.
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Chris Brown has deleted his Twitter account following a foul-mouthed exchange with a female comedian that produced some golden tweets for the ages. Jenny Johnson, a comedian who has previously ridiculed Brown online, provoked the singer into a verbal assault by tweeting “Being a worthless piece of s— can really age a person” in response to a photo that he posted of himself. What ensued was a back and forth tirade of mudslinging, farts, and yo momma jokes. Very adult. Though Brown’s Twitter is currently offline, it’s still possible to read the exchange on Johnson’s Twitter account. “Mom says hello…” Brown tweeted at one point. “She told me not to shart in ur mouth, wanted me to shit right on your retina.” We really can’t make this stuff up.
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Yesterday we brought you the details of Blink-182’s Christmas EP release, with pre-order package info that included screen-printed signed posters, t-shirts, hoodies and a few more goodies for the Blink-182 lover in all of us. Today, we’re bringing you the newly released title of Blink-182’s upcoming Christmas EP. Drum roll please!
Blink-182’s newest release will be called Dogs Eating Dogs and will be their first release since parting ways with Universal Music Group.
Speaking about the album to MTV News, Hoppus said:
“This kind of agility is exactly what we were looking for, post-label. We have ideas for songs, we get into a studio and put the ideas together, grind hard, chase that paper, and weeks later we release the songs on our own,” he wrote. “I spent last week in the studio with Travis and Tom. It was great, ideas falling everywhere. Lots of long hours spent on five new songs. … The band is in a great place creatively. Having everyone in the same room at the same time makes all the difference for us.”
There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding Blink-182‘s newest post-hiatus release. Now you can finally pre-order limited edition merch bundles for the EP entitled “A Blink 182-Christmas.” In addition to a digital download of the EP, the 3 package options, titled “Santa’s Lap,” “Naughty,” and “Nice,” include various assortments of Blink-182 Christmas themed shirts, hoodies posters, wrapping paper, and holiday cards. Fans who order the “Santa’s Lap” package by Monday, November 26th at Noon will receive the screen-printed poster signed by the band as well as “various surprise additions… made at random while supplies last!” Click here to order now!
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Now that would be an interesting combination. Can you imagine both bands competing with one another to create the most futuristic modern indie rock explosion? Think of the light show they’d need if they performed together. The crowd would go blind! Well perhaps we’ll see (or not see, rather) sometime in the near future. According to NME, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says they would like to collaborate with Muse. The two bands have “become good friends” and they’d “never rule out working together.” Whether this will definitely happen is uncertain, but you can bet that the result would be either absolute “Madness” or “Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll.”
If you like Muse or The Killers, you should check out OurStage artist A Lion Named Roar.
Living up to her name, P!nk rocked a high end gala dinner to benefit breast cancer this past Monday. On Nov. 12, P!nk took the stage, performing hit after hit including “Family Portrait” and “Who Knew,” while regaling the audience with jokes and family anecdotes to keep the mood light.
Kicking things off with “Just Like a Pill,” and filling her set with a mixture of the old and the new, P!nk played two songs off her latest album, The Truth About Love, including “How Come You’re Not Here” and “Try.”
P!nk ended the night with “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” and “So What,” before giving thanks to her surgeon, Dr. Maggie DiNome also the host of the event, and to all in attendance.
“Thank you all for being part of such a special night. Thank you Maggie for taking out my body parts and keeping me healthy!”
All proceeds from the dinner will go towards a breast cancer research fund at the Margie Petersen Breast Center at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.
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It has been quite a while—6 years in fact—since Andre 3000 has released a full studio album. Outkast‘s 2006 soundtrack for their movie Idlewild, is the last major release by the hip hop/R&B artist. Since then he has only been on featured tracks or his own sporadically released single tracks. This has raised a lot of questions and rumors among his fans, especially as to whether or not there will be an Outkast reunion.
According to Complex.com, Andre 3000 explained in a Rolling Stone interview just where he stands currently as an artist, and frankly, he is not sure. He says that “things are kind of up in the air with me, and some days, I feel like yeah, I’ll do it. Some days, I feel like, I don’t. I don’t know the future of music right now. I have no idea what I do. I honestly don’t.” Andre also mentioned that he feels a judgmental pressure from fans and critics who are watching his every move in the music world “because I don’t do it much, they analyze every word and before, you could’ve had a shitty verse and people just forgot about it. So it’s different now.”
As for a reunion with Outkast, he simply states that he has tuned out all rumors and expectations because “it makes me mad to read it sometimes,” he says, “I don’t read the Internet.”
Meanwhile, Andre’s former Outkast partner Big Boi is set to release his next solo album, coincidentally named Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, on December 11th. Hopefully Andre will get back into the swing of things, and perhaps the two will join forces once again, but as of now, that seems unlikely.
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