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Have you been watching Majors & Minors? To be completely honest, I totally forgot that this was happening. It may also be due to the fact that I don’t have the Hub Network. Therefore, I haven’t been slammed with ads for the show to remind me to tune in. However, when I was on SoundCloud, I saw that RCA had uploaded an early sneak peek of Sunday’s episode mash-up. Its two songs I would have never thought of throwing together: ABC by the Jackson 5 and Right Here, Right Now by Jesus Jones.

How the creators of this show managed to put these songs together is beyond me but it works so well. The mash-up gets the crap out of any mash up attempted on Glee to date. It’s not the first time the show has done and collision song. The crew performed a track including Hot Chelle Rae’s Tonight, Tonight mixed with Miley Cyrus’ Party in the USA. Honestly, it’s really good.

While I wouldn’t go rushing out to buy the tracks on iTunes, they remind me of a new generation of Mini Pops and the show style is a whole lot of The Glee Project minus the prize to win a role on Glee. However, the opportunity to work with some heavy hitting musicians like Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Tedder and Leona Lewis just to name a few is pretty awesome. Check out the tune below.

Listen to “ABC/Right Here Right Now” after the jump.

Martin Solveig & Dev “Came To Smash”

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Because Martin Solveig’s album hasn’t technically dropped in North America, many of us have been devoid of the great music that is hiding on this little gem of a record. One of those songs would be this semi-title track featuring my favorite it-girl, Dev. The song is called We Came To Smash and it’s so fierce I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard it until now.

Last night, Dev posted the track on her official Facebook page and immediately had her fans in a tizzy liking, commenting and sharing the track with all of their friends. Never underestimate the power of social media I say. The track is definitely a little more gritty, rough and raw than the radio singles that we have heard from the disc. Yet, the beat and style still sticks true to Solveig’s signature style.

I think I officially need this album and hope that it finds it’s North American release date soon. I also can totally see this song hitting American TV soon as characters walk into a club or just a dramatic entrance of any kind. Am I right? Listen to the track below.

Listen to “We Came To Smash” after the jump.

She’s back! Our favorite weekend anthem girl Rebecca Black has recovered from her musical hiatus and is ready to serve us with a new track titled Person of Interest. The news broke at the end of October that Black was filming a music video for the new song which then was only identified as POI. After a couple of teasers were released, an official announcement came that the video would be released yesterday! Here’s what Rebecca had to say about the song:

“The basis of it is that it’s a love song but it’s not a love song. It’s about almost teenage crushes — when you’re not in love yet but you really like a guy — which I’m really excited about because I don’t think there are too many out like that. It’s very much a dance type song. It will make you get up and dance and sing along in your car.”

The song actually reminds me of an old Hilary Duff track and I to be honest, I kind of like it! The production value on the song is a lot better than Friday for sure and the vocals aren’t auto-tuned to death. The video is really cute too and shows Rebecca’s personality to it’s fullest. I think that with the right guidance, Rebecca might actually have a little career in music ahead of her. Why not, she’s already so well known, someone just write her a hit! Check out Person of Interest below.

Check out Rebecca Black’s new video after the jump.

Jesse McCartney Gives Fans First Listen To New Tracks

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Last fall, Jesse McCartney released the single Shake which was the lead-off single for his upcoming album, Have It All. What was intended to be released that December ended up getting a little bit of a hiatus after Jesse hit the studio and started recording new music that producers and record execs got excited about. So, the team decided to put a halt on the release and perfect the album with a few new songs. However, it’s now past a year since the release of Shake and we have yet to hear anything form Jesse or have a copy of Have It All in our hands. So, what’s going on?

This summer, Jesse popped into the media again when he released a fragrance for women titled Wanted. The fierce crystal blue bottle contained a scent made up of bergamot and chilled apple to ignite the senses. The scent also includes sweet jasmine and rose blossoms in the heart with background notes of cedarwood and amber. The idea was for the fragrance to catch your attention, like Jesse does.

Yesterday, I was on SoundCloud revealing a preview of my new single Glow (on iTunes December 1) and came across a five new Jesse McCartney tracks that he had uploaded a couple of weeks ago. Being a big Jesse McCartney fan, I was thrilled to give them a listen. The tracks, which I assume are new songs to add to the unreleased Have It All really stay true to his Departure album but with an even more R&B flare. One of my favorite tracks is titled Dirty which definitely showcases an edgier McCartney than we’ve heard previous. Check out all five tracks below and tell us what you think.

Listen to 5 new Jesse McCartney songs after the jump.

If you’re a fan of Glee, this is the gift that just keeps on giving. After debuting their 300th musical performance mash-up of their Adele mash up, FOX has decided to release the rest of the music from this Tuesday’s upcoming episode titled Mash-Off. Glee has also been known for creating their unique mash-ups of songs with similar themes and concepts but this time, Glee kept it “in the family” if you will be having the mash-ups be two songs from the same artist.

The artists getting the Glee treatment this week are Pat Benatar with her songs Hit Me With Your Best Shot and One Way or Another, Hall & Oates with You Make My Dreams Come True and I Can’t Go For That and Shelby and Will square off for a You And I mash-up courtesy of Lady Gaga and Eddie Rabbitt. To be honest, I haven’t been a fan of many of their attempts to put two songs together. However, I think this time, they actually did a pretty good job. The Pat Benatar one in particular is quite well done.

But, the one song that has caught my ear in particular is Puck (played by Mark Salling) doing a rendition of Hot For Teacher which was originally done by Van Halen. Look at Glee digging into some metal music. I’m assuming that Puck is singing this about his new found love for Troubletones leader, Shelby. So what are you waiting for? Listen to all the mash-ups below.

Listen to all of the show’s mash-ups after the jump.

Rihanna Premieres “You Da One”

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This morning, Rihanna dropped her second single off the highly anticipated Talk That Talk. Straying very far away from the dance track that was her single with Calvin Harris, Rihanna went back to her island roots with You Da One. The track was produced by hit maker Dr. Luke.

While We Found Love ripped up the charts with mainstream folks, I think this reggae tune will have a few hesitating at first. To be honest, it’s not my favorite but I am hoping that it will grow on me. The tune is also pretty light and bright lyrically compared to what we’ve known from Rihanna in the past.

I could also just wait for a real fierce remix of the track. That could always change my mind but until the album drops on November 21, I’ll reserve judgement. Give a listen to You Da One below and tell us what you think.

Listen to “You Da One” after the jump.

Preview Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” Album Here

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The full album won’t be out in North America until November 21, but today, I am fortunate enough to treat you to a preview of Rihanna’s upcoming album, Talk That Talk. This album sampler only gives us a taste of what to expect from the songstress but from what I’ve read from press who have already heard the whole album, they all have one resounding review… it’s DIRTY. VH1 even said that it was possibly the dirtiest pop album since Madonna’s Erotica. Check out the track list below.

  • 1. You Da One
  • 2. Where Have You Been
  • 3. We Found Love
  • 4. Talk That Talk (feat. Jay Z)
  • 5. Cockiness (Love It)
  • 6. Birthday Cake
  • 7. We All Want Love
  • 8. Drunk on Love
  • 9. Roc Me Out
  • 10. Watch n’ Learn
  • 11. Farewell

Some of the lyrics will make even the naughtiest homo blush. (Yes Adam, I’m “talk-that-talking” to you.) I’m sure that has many thanks to album’s co-writer, Ester Dean. Already, I can tell that my favorite tracks will be Where Have You Been which Calvin Harris also produced as well as Birthday Cake and Roc Me Out. In other exciting Rihanna news, she will be premiering the track You Da One on radio tomorrow! Get your ears ready for that. Until then, listen to the album sampler below.

Preview “Talk That Talk” after the jump.

Cee Lo Green Drops New Single “Anyway”

In: Music, Tyrell

The term “that’s my jam” has never meant more to me than on this song right here. R&B crooner Cee Lo Green has had quite the banner year. Not only did he release the hit album The Lady Killer which produced some seriously sick tracks but he also starred as a judge on NBC’s smash The Voice and even hosted his own talk show.

Now, riding high on his success, Cee Lo is prepping the re-release of his hit album with three brand new tracks. Color me excited. Upon the announcement, Cee Lo dropped this little ditty titled Anyway and it is amazing! The song was co-written by Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Wallpaper and Ross Golan with Wallpaper and Daniel Ledinsky handling the production side of things. The lyric video (the latest trend in music) is pretty simple but really lays out the lyrics which I absolutely love:

Coz no matter what I do
I know I can count on you
Coz baby you still love me anyway
For worse or for better
You make me better
I know you still love me anyway

The newly packaged album is set for release in the UK on November 28 and doesn’t have a US release date as of yet. Let’s hope that it’s soon! Give a listen to Anyway and watch the lyric video below. You’re going to love it. Trust.

Listen to “Anyway” after the jump.

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