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Will.i.am & Justin Bieber Release “#thatPOWER” Video

Gearing up for the Tuesday release of his new album #WillPower, Will.i.am has released the video for his Justin Bieber assisted single “#ThatPOWER.”

Forgetting for a moment just how ludicrous song and album titles with hashtags are, the clip for “#ThatPOWER” is sufficiently entertaining. Will.i.am has been known more and more for his interest in futuristic imagery and technology in recent years, and that interest is on full display in the video. You can view the clip at the end of this post.

#WillPower hit stores on Tuesday. We probably won’t review it, but if anything else interesting surfaces we’ll be sure to bring it to your attention. Continue reading ‘Will.i.am & Justin Bieber Release “#thatPOWER” Video’

Will.I.Am Streams “Fall Down” Featuring Miley Cyrus

Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am has built a career with boundary-pushing pop music, and today’s post is no different.

On April 23 Will.I.Am will make history by becoming the first major artist to release and album with a hashtag in the title. The album, titled #Willpower, will feature Will.I.Am’s latest pop concoctions, including a new collaboration with Miley Cyrus entitled “Fall Down.” The song features a recurring whistle sample and a hook driven at times entirely on the strength of a snare sample, but please don’t let either of those facts scare you away from the song. I cannot say Will’s additions are the interesting, but Miley dominates this track with the full range of her vocal abilities.

Will.I.Am may never win me over, but Miley Cyrus on the other hand has done a fine job of reinventing in 2013. This track proves she has more to offer than she has as of yet been able to share with the masses. I can’t believe I’m about to type this, but I am legitimately excited to see what she comes up with next. Continue reading ‘Will.I.Am Streams “Fall Down” Featuring Miley Cyrus’

Will.I.Am Streams “Fall Down” Featuring Miley Cyrus

Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am has built a career with boundary-pushing pop music, and today’s post is no different.

On April 23 Will.I.Am will make history by becoming the first major artist to release and album with a hashtag in the title. The album, titled #Willpower, will feature Will.I.Am’s latest pop concoctions, including a new collaboration with Miley Cyrus entitled “Fall Down.” The song features a recurring whistle sample and a hook driven at times entirely on the strength of a snare sample, but please don’t let either of those facts scare you away from the song. I cannot say Will’s additions are the interesting, but Miley dominates this track with the full range of her vocal abilities.

Will.I.Am may never win me over, but Miley Cyrus on the other hand has done a fine job of reinventing in 2013. This track proves she has more to offer than she has as of yet been able to share with the masses. I can’t believe I’m about to type this, but I am legitimately excited to see what she comes up with next. Continue reading ‘Will.I.Am Streams “Fall Down” Featuring Miley Cyrus’

Black Veil Brides Featured On ‘Now That’s What I Call Music 45′

Everyone’s favorite radio friendly compilation is back, and in a surprising twist of events the makers of Now That’s What I Call Music have featured Black Veil Brides‘ ”In The End” on their 45th installment. Appearing as a “Now What’s Next” bonus track, Black Veil Brides finds a home among other bonus artists, Born Cages, Walk The Moon, and Capital Cities.

Although it’s a shocker to see the band included on a track list that also features acts like Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, One Direction, and Ne-Yo, it’s refreshing to see Now That’s What I Call Music delving a bit more into the unknown. At least, the unknown of many regular Now listeners.

Check out the full track list after the jump, and keep an eye out for our upcoming interview with Black Veil Brides by following us on Twitter!

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Exclusive Q and A: Eva Simons Talks Honesty, Touring With LMFAO, And Crazy Collaborations

It’s rare to see an artist go from piano lessons to party rocking, but Eva Simons is not your typical pop star. The 28-year-old Dutch singer-songwriter found her musical passions at an early age. Simons was classically trained pianist who graduated from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Her monster dance hit with Afrojack, “Take Over Control,” which she also co-wrote, topped the iTunes dance charts globally, and has sold nearly a million downloads in the U.S. alone, while the video has racked up more than 10 million views on YouTube. Having already collaborated with big stars like will.i.am and Chris Brown, Simons is ready to introduce herself to the American pop scene at the perfect time, as electronic dance music continues to take the world by storm. We caught up with Simons to talk about staying true to herself, being on the Identity Tour with LMFAO, and her ideas for the future of her career. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Eva Simons Talks Honesty, Touring With LMFAO, And Crazy Collaborations’

Will.i.am Broadcasts New Song From Mars For “Universal Premiere,” Puts Humanity In Interstellar Risk

Will.i.am is boldly going where no pop star has gone before. The frontman of The Black Eyed Peas has been building buzz for his solo debut, #willpower, but couldn’t limit himself to simple terrestrial methods of self-promotion. For the debut of his new track “Reach For The Stars,” will.i.am knew that he need to do something special. Something out of this world.

So he shot for the Moon and landed on Mars.

Will.i.am made history yesterday when he – with the help of NASA and American taxpayers – played “Reach For The Stars” for the entire universe to hear via the Curiosity rover currently galavanting across the martian countryside.

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Sound and Vision: The Fall of R&B: How Pop Is Selling Its Soul for a Dance Beat

Remember the days when R&B and hip hop was the sound of pop? From the ‘90s to the mid ‘00s, music’s most dependable hitmakersMariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, R. Kelly, Usher, Brandy, Monica, Alicia Keys, Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé, among themspecialized in “crossover” soul, climbing both the R&B charts and the Hot 100 in tandem.

But lately, something strange has been happening on Billboard’s R&B /Hip-Hop Songs chart: A hit is no longer necessarily a hit. Just because a song is big in the R&B sphere doesn’t mean it’s big anywhere else. For the week ending April 7, 2012, only one song in the R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10Tyga’s “Rack City”had managed a comparable placing on the Hot 100.

The song at No. 1, Beyoncé’s “Love on Top,” which had been there for multiple weeks, was way down at No. 54 on the Hot 100. (It briefly entered the Top 40 last September, debuting and peaking at No. 20 after Beyoncé performed it at the MTV Video Music Awards.) Meanwhile, there wasn’t a single R&B diva in the Top 40 aside from Janelle Monae, who got there by guest-singing on rock band fun.’s No. 1 hit “We Are Young.”

What happened to pop’s soul? There’s a disconnect between the pop and R&B charts that hasn’t been so pronounced since the days when Michael Jackson’s label, CBS Records, threatened to pull all of its artists from MTV if the then-fledgling network didn’t play Jackson’s “Billie Jean” video.

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