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Beck Covers John Lennon's "Love"

beck_hansen_0100If the last few weeks have been any indication, winter seems to be the season for cover songs. Between The Flaming Lips, The Joy Formidable, Ke$ha and more, there hasn’t been any shortage of classics getting a new lease on life. Beck‘s new cover of John Lennon‘s “Love” only cements that tradition. Made for Starbucks’ fifth compilation album, Sweetheart 2014, “Love,” originally from Lennon’s 1970 Plastic Ono Band album, sits alongside tracks by Vampire Weekend, ThaoThe Head and The Heart, and many more in an easy listening covers paradise. Check out the new song, along with the track listing below, and pick up Sweetheart 2014 beginning Feb. 4. (more…)

Tears For Fears Cover Animal Collective's "My Girls"

Tears for FearsLately we’ve been seeing a lot of unusual covers and collaborations from bands like The Flaming Lips, Ke$ha, and The Joy Formidable to name a few. Now, with Tears For Fears releasing their cover of Animal Collective‘s “My Girls,” the replication isn’t quite as different as you might imagine (or even hope.) Flooding listeners with sweet synths and haunting vocals, this cover takes everything you loved about the original and adds that extra dose of ’80s vibes to send listeners straight into a blissful trance.

Tears For Fears is also working up on a follow up to 2004’s Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, with plans to release the new album in 2014. Check out the cover below. (more…)

The Flaming Lips, Ke$ha, New Fumes Cover The Stone Roses

the-Flaming-LipsRemember when The Flaming Lips and Ke$ha planned a collaborative album? In case you don’t, it was aptly titled Lip$ha and was shelved this past November. We can’t imagine why. But Lip$ha hopefuls, fear not! On The Flaming Lips’ new Stone Roses cover album, fans can find this sought after (and to be honest, kind of weird) collaboration, also featuring New Fumes, with the track “Elizabeth My Dear.” Check it out below. (more…)

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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Ke$ha Brings 'Crazy Beautiful Life' Documentary To MTV

If you’ve ever wondered what Ke$ha is up to when she’s not feeling like a sabertooth tiger and living hard just like [she] should, you’re about to find out. With the premiere of her new documentary series, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life to MTV this April, fans will get an inside look at the singer’s antics as she records Warrior, travels the world, and attempts to find love as her fame rises. You know, the kind of things we all struggle with.

You might have heard my voice on the radio, seen me onstage or in a music video, but that’s only a part of the story, Ke$ha said in a statement. With this documentary series I’m revealing a more complete picture of what my life is really like. It’s not all glamorous, but it’s all real.

You can check out the promo trailer below.

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#FreeTicketFriday Returns!

The holidays may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the season of giving is over. This week #FreeTicketFriday returns, and fans will be given the chance to win a pair of tickets to the US-based concert of their choice*. All you have to do to enter is:

1) Follow @OurStage on Twitter

2) Retweet the #FreeTicketFriday tweet (posted at 1pm EST on Fridays).

That’s it! Once you retweet, you’ll automatically be entered to win a pair of tickets. So who will it be? Taylor Swift? The Killers? Ke$ha? Let us know who you’d choose in the comments, and don’t forget to enter every Friday at 1pm EST.

* = some restrictions apply. See official rules for details.

Ke$ha 'Warrior' Album Stream

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!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ke$ha – Warrior

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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Review written by: James Shotwell

Ke$ha Releases Video For "Die Young"

If you’re a conspiracy theorist, you’re going to find a lot to like in Ke$ha’s new video for “Die Young.” Inverted crosses and satanic pentagrams flash repeatedly in blatant, seizure-inducing patterns, while upside-down triangles appear superimposed over almost every single shot, splicing up the frames into disjointed tesselations. There’s definitely enough imagery present to incite rabid online discussions of secret Illuminati plots to take over the world, but like most of those theories, such arguments seem to miss the mark. What’s really going on in with the proliferation of these kind of inscrutable symbols in Ke$ha’s new video is a lot less sinister, but not any less devious.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012