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Rising Artist Spotlight: Let’s Talk About HAIM

In: Music, Nic

I’ve been obsessed with these girls for a few months now, and get unnecessarily excited when they come out with anything new, whether it be song or video. I just realized yesterday that I haven’t posted about them at all, and now that they’re quickly nearing hipster royalty, I should really introduce you to, if you haven’t already heard, HAIM.

These three sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana, only started releasing singles last year, but being the new kids on the block haven’t stopped them from growing underground notoriety at a rapid pace. All of a sudden my Songza is playing them and I realize they’ve arrived.

After already being on tour with people like Edward Sharpe, Mumford and Sons, Florence + The Machine, and Ke$ha, these girls don’t have a full length album yet, but one is scheduled for release this year, to be vague, and the fans (me) can’t wait for the 80’s influenced pop to continue. Every single they’ve released has been absolutely epic, and below is my absolute favorite to date still “Don’t Save Me“, along with an amazing follow up that just debuted a couple months ago “Falling“.

I’m pretty sure these ladies have a sound I haven’t quite pinned down or been able to completely compare anything to with some great harmonies and haunting vocals and a whole lot of retro keyboard. I’m stoked to see their careers blossom.

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Ke$ha has her new Warrior coming out in a few weeks on December 4 and an awesome new track from the album has just surfaced online. The track is called “C’mon” and I’m loving it already!

In the chorus, Ke$ha sings, “C’mon cuz I know what I like / And you’re looking just like my type / Let’s go for it, just for tonight / C’mon, C’mon, C’mon / Now don’t even try to deny / We’re both going home satisfied / Let’s go for it, just for tonight / C’mon, C’mon, C’mon.”

It definitely seems to follow the formula for what has worked for Ke$ha’s past hit singles. “Die Young” is a great track, but I think I’m digging this one more. There are also some entertaining lyrics in the song like, “We been keepin’ it PG, But I wanna get a little risky / Come gimme some of that ‘yum like a lollipop’ / Let me set you free”. WINK 😉

Listen to the new track below and let me know what you think!

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Yes! After much anticipation, Ke$ha‘s new single, “Die Young” has just hit the web and we’ve got the full version for you to listen to below. Given that she was doing some video teasers of the song in the last little while, I imagine the music video isn’t too far away. In the chorus, Ke$ha sings:

“I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums / Oh what a shame that you came here with someone / While you here in my arms / Let’s make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young”.

The catchy tune is co-written by Nate Reuss of fun. and produced by Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, and Cirkut. Needless to say, there are a lot of talented people behind it. It’s got a great hook and I can’t wait to hear it playing in the clubs. There will definitely be some great remixes to this song in no time.

The song is the first single from her upcoming album, Warrior which will be released later this fall/winter. Listen to “Die Young” lyric video below and share you thoughts on what you think about it!

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It’s hard to believe that it has almost been 2 years since Ke$ha officially released some new music. Finally, the wait is over and her new album, Warrior will hit shelves on December 4. In an official press release, Ke$ha said, “I am so excited to finally share WARRIOR with all of my amazing ANIMALS. I’ve been working for a year on this new record and have collaborated with some of my idols. This process has been long and intense and I couldn’t be more stoked to share this music. I hope with WARRIOR my fans get to know me in a much more raw and vulnerable way.”

Ke$ha’s new album will feature collaborations with her usual hit making partner-in-crime, Dr. Luke, along with Benny Blanco, Sia, The Flaming Lips and hit song writer, Bonnie McKee. The other day, Patrick gave us a video tease of her new song Die Young which Ke$ha sang a cappella in a Tokyo subway station. The single will be officially released this coming Tuesday and I personally cannot wait to jam out to some Ke$ha again. Check out the track list for the new album after the jump.

Check out Ke$ha’s “Warrior” track list after the jump.

Ke$ha Goes Patriotic For V Magazine

In: Donovan, Music

Everyone’s favorite pop punch line is back. The 25-year-old “Tik Tok” singer poses for a series of patriotic photos for V Magazine’s Americana issue. Snapped by Inez and Vinoodh, Ke$ha sports USA flag-inspired wardrobe and makeup for the publication’s June 2012 issue.

For the accompanying interview, Ke dollar sign ha talks about her upcoming album. Knowing her music reaches millions of people, she felt the new album should have a positive message instead of the drunken partying attitude of her debut. The underlying theme for the new album is “warrior“. If you’re worried she’s going to the extreme and tone it down completely, don’t be. Ke$ha says, “it’s not going to be some avant-garde jazz record. I innately write pop songs. That’s just what I do.” Read a few other memorable quotes from her interview with V Magazine below.

Regarding The Paparazzi

“When paparazzi showed up at my house, it was really mind-boggling. I’ve found ways to do exactly what I want, but in the privacy of my own sanctuaries. I have wild, wild nights [in the woods], but my friends and I are all really private. We get f–king crazy, but you’re not going to see me stumbling out of nightclubs.”

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Versace for H&M Event and Fashion Show

In: Charge It, Fashion, Redd

Last Wednesday, the Versace for H&M collection was launched at a celebrity packed event in New York!

Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Alexander Wang, Linda Evangelista, Emma Roberts, Uma Thurman and Ke$ha joined Donatella Versace at the specially designed building on the Hudson River in New York.

Over 500 specially invited guests entered the world of Versace already on the red carpet. At the specially designed building on the Hudson River, Donatella Versace was joined by Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Alexander Wang, Linda Evangelista, Emma Roberts, Uma Thurman, Chace Crawford and many many others. The Versace for H&M collection was shown on the catwalk alongside with some iconic pieces created just for this exclusive show. A second scene in this fabulous venue was entered by Prince and Nicki Minaj who gave an exclusive concert. A glamorous after-party followed in true Versace style for hours…

Here is the official news film with all the exclusive interviews from the red carpet, the catwalk, the concert (Prince and Nicki Minaj) as well as the after party!

The collection just hit Canada and I’m loving the slim-fit trousers and suit jackets… Check them out!

Check out some of the video highlights after the jump.

With news like this, it looks like seeing music on MTV is slowly disappearing. Maybe they should just drop the “M” completely from their call letters because they are literally just becoming TV, with nothing music about it… other than the fact they have their yearly Video Music Awards. However, I digress. The network has just ordered two scripted and four reality shows in order to expand their original programming.

“We’re always looking to connect with our audience in a way that reflects their lives back at them — we always say our lives amplified ­ and each of these series connects with our core young audience in a way that reflects their lives back at them. They relate to it as being very pertinent to their real lives in the world today.” David Janollari, Head of MTV Programming

It makes sense really. Look at the continued success of the guilty pleasure Jersey Shore and the newly renewed for a second season, Teen Wolf. MTV has discovered that the ones watching the network are those tweens and so, you have to cater to them. Check out the new shows MTV will bringing to us soon below.

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The full version of Ke$ha‘s collaboration with Alice Cooper has finally surfaced and we’ve got your first listen. The song is called “What Baby Wants” and it’s from Alice Cooper’s “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” album. Based on the lyrics, Ke$ha the cannibal/animal does get what she wants. According to Cooper, she has “razor blades instead of teeth” and Ke$ha threatens to drain his veins and bath in his blood. Okay… So is she a vampire? Is she still a cannibal? Lyrics aside, this collaboration is incredibly fascinating to me.

I have to say, I actually dig the song. It’s not your typical “pop” song from this current day and age, but the mixture of Ke$ha and Alice Cooper is nostalgic, catchy, and certainly outside the box. Don’t get me wrong, I was still a little too young for Alice Cooper when he was on top of the charts, but my brothers (twins) who are nine years older than me used to listen to Alice Cooper and the likes all the time so I definitely took a liking to all types of 80s music. Listen to the track and tell me what you think below!

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