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Lana Makes The ‘West Coast’ A Little Better

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Lana Del Rey’s ‘West Coast’ dropped yesterday and spoiler alert, it’s perfect.

After the masses traveled to Brooklyn to catch a glimpse of THE billboard, Lana decided not to keep us waiting too long and drop the track on the UK’s Radio 1.

‘West Coast’ is everything you wanted and nothing that you expected all at the same time. The hip-hop based sound of Born To Die has been traded with some 70’s realness that would make your hippy Uncle and Aunt proud. 

Bring us to Woodstock Lana. 

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The Return Of Lana

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Ultraviolence is about to commence.

If you guys aren’t ready for the Lana Del Rey return than you better brace yourself, because it’s-about-to-go-down.

The first signs of promo appeared this week when a billboard for Lana’s third album mysteriously appear in the pretentious hipster capital of the world, Brooklyn.

This is just one of the few pieces of the puzzle that we’ve been given the last few weeks. So naturally I’ll help you piece them together so we can figure out exactly what’s going down (and probably be wrong about most of it).

*born 2 die*

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Ed Sheeran Gets Pharrelled on New Single ‘SING’

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If you were reading my coverage of the Grammy’s back in February than you know that I’m not really an Ed Sheeran fan. His music didn’t do anything for me, and it didn’t help that he was riding off of his Taylor Swift friendship to get more fans.

Even though I wasn’t a fan I never denied his talent or his “sound.” To put it simply, it wasn’t for me but I understood why people liked him. He wrote all of his music, and when he came on the radio you knew that it was him.

With his popularity on the rise he decided to let go of the ‘Lego House’ sound and dive right into the mainstream before the release of this sophomore album.

Maybe I’m becoming a bitter blogger, but this is getting me more angry than I was before.

#NeverHAPPY

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Gif Love: Kanye Set To Release New Album in 2014

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Not an April Fools joke.

I repeat, not an April Fools joke.

This morning Kanye West made the announcement that Australian leg of his tour was going to be postponed. Originally slated for May, the dates are now taking place in September. You’re probably thinking that unless you live down undah (classless joke) this news doesn’t really affect you.

WELL THINK AGAIN

Kanye’s using the time to make/finish his new album. So there’s that.

Here’s a few of the things you’re probably thinking right now, assuming that he is actually going to use the time to finish his album and not marry Kim like everyone is saying.

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R.Kelly and Keyshia Cole Hit The Studio Together

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This past week Keyshia Cole decided to post a picture on twitter that literally contained 1,000 words/stan thoughts. She and R. Kelly are pictured together in a studio with Keyshia sending out the love and R.Kelly advertising for cigars.

Do you guys know what this means?

This is a potential ‘I Believe I Can Fly’/’Heaven Sent’ collaboration.

This is a potential ‘Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12’/’I Should’ve Cheated’ type of magic going on.

What are you suppose to do when two of the best R&B artists meet up in the studio and you have nothing but a picture to imagine the greatness? Start digging for clues, that’s what.

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Sia Swings From The Chandelier And Wins

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Isn’t it about time for Sia to have another smash of her own?

For the past 3 years or so Sia has been writing for all your favs and slaying the pop game while doing so. Anyone ever heard of ‘Let Me Love You’? How about ‘Pretty Hurts’? Oh, so your telling me that you’ve never heard of ‘Diamonds’??

She has been the pen behind the worlds biggest pop stars, and most people don’t know it. Sia had a brief moment in the spotlight with ‘Titanium’ in 2011. Even though she sang and co-wrote the song it was officially billed as a David Guetta song….yeah about that…..

She’s finally stepping back to the mic to bring us her 6th album this year, which is her first since 2010’s We Are Born. With all of her new founded success there is no better time for the album to drop and for you to recognize pop greatness.

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Sam Smith Performs ‘Leave Your Lover’; World Stops Moving

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This past Thursday Sam Smith performed at the MtvU Woodie Awards down in Austin.

He decided to bless us with a performance from album track ‘Leave Your Lover’, a song about unrequited love and the levels of emotions that come with it.

How is it humanly possible for his voice to sound exactly the same on stage as it does in the studio? What type of British magic did he and Adele succumb to? How pissed is Rita Ora that she can’t obtain it?

‘Leave Your Lover’ is another brilliant track from Sam. He’s been performing it for a while, but I’m apparently very late to the ‘lover’ party. The song contains the same octave jumping vocals that we’ve come to expect from Sam, but since his voice is flawless each song sounds better than the last.

Get ready to be schooled below.

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Phillip Phillips Strikes Again With ‘Raging Fire’

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American Idol has done an ok job with finding new artists throughout years.

An artist isn’t just somebody who can sing, but someone who has vision, goals, and charisma. This is why a good half of its winners are great artists and the other half are flops.

Fantasia is not in the flop category. How dare you.

Phillip Phillips is one of the only good winners recently. He has a unmistakable voice and he’s working the folky-pop category with ease. His win on Idol was the most obvious since Carrie Underwood destroyed everyone in 2005.

Phillips winning song, ‘Home’, catapulted him away from the competition. He wasn’t just know for winning, but for an actual song now. This is the biggest obstacle for each winner.

This brings us to his new single, ‘Raging Fire’, the first release of his upcoming sophomore album.

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Jason Derulo Goes For The “Bilingual” Pop Crown

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CUAN-DO!

Jason Derulo pulled a fast one on us yesterday and released a Spanish version of his hit single ‘Talk Dirty’.

Other “Bilingual” pop stars are reportedly steaming from the release. By steaming I mean they’re probably loving it, and by “bilingual” I mean the artist who released a Spanish single when no one knew they spoke Spanish.

Anyone remember ‘Irreemplazable’?

How about ‘If I Ain’t Got You (Spanish Version)’?

I’m sure that the Spanish version of ‘Talk Dirty’ was recorded for the preservation of the language and not for the $ales and widespread radio play it will receive right?

America is a melting pot of cultures, we have the right to hear ‘Talk Dirty’ in any language that we want to don’t we?

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Young Money: The Rise Or Fall of an Empire?

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Young Money released their second compilation album today, The Rise of an Empire. But I’m starting to doubt the album’s title after giving it a spin.

We’ve seen a lot of label empires in Rap/Hip-Hop. Remember the power of Death Row, Bad Boy, Murder Inc. and G-Unit back in day? They were everywhere from the airwaves to the clothes racks. The 2009-2011 success of Young Money seemed to mirror that.

The introduction of superstars Drake and Nicki Minaj mixed with the never ending Lil Wayne reign lead to massive popularity for the label. This lead to a top 5 compilation single and top 10 album. Everyone wanted a piece of Young Money back then.

But it’s 2014, the fireworks are done, and the world isn’t watching the way it use to.

Rise hasn’t even cracked the top 5 on iTunes and none of the songs are taking off on the singles chart. So how much of a rise is this actually going to be?
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