It's Tuesday! Time for another round of "5 Must-Hear Pop Songs Of The Week"!
This week's roundup features moody R&B from one of pop's most promising up-and-comers on the brink of a breakout, some Norwegian heartbreak, and a kicky remix of the saddest, smelliest ballad from a living legend.
1.) Tinashe, "Vulnerable" featuring Travi$ Scott
'Tis the season! While Tinashe puts the finishing touches on her 2014 major label debut, the much buzzed about artist has decided to drop an early holiday present on us: Black Water, a (free!) collection of tracks to keep her fans temporarily quenched.
"Vulnerable" is the first taste of the singer-songwriter's mixtape, and, judging by the spooky crooning and downtempo beats, it's going to be yet another flawless set of haunting, next-level alt-R&B. "Don't stop looking at me," she taunts above the murky beats. Travi$ Scott comes in later for an aggressive, Yeezus-like blast of aggression before Tinashe returns to seal the deal.
Don't expect this one to bring the holiday cheer -- but if you're looking for a serious late-night haunt to vibe with, Tinashe has got you covered.
+ Listen to TINASHE'S "VULNERABLE" FEATURING TRAVI$ SCOTT.
Listen to more Must-Hear Pop Songs after the jump.
Ariana Grande's "Love Is Everything" teaches us EVERYTHING!
We can learn a lot from Ariana Grande. In recent weeks, Ari's taught us all kinds of things, namely that it's OK to still not be over "Gossip Girl" going off the air, and that sometimes you just gotta rock a red, sparkly, Jessica Rabbit-esque ball gown while delivering a standing ovation-earning performance at the AMAs.
Today, however, the "Last Christmas" chanteuse has released the full version of her latest holiday tune, "Love Is Everything," and guess what? It's gospel choirs, sleigh bells, chants, and... MORE IMPORTANT LESSONS!! Like, a free class in holiday domination 101! So, grab yo' pencils: Here are five holiday lessons we've learned from Ariana Grande's "Love Is Everything."
1.) The gift of love is better than all the Chanel bags in the world: "The truth is, your heart is the biggest gift you can give anyone."
2.) Love is FREE: "As a matter of fact it won't cost you much; it's in your heart you got it right there."
Get more lessons from Ariana Grande's "Love Is Everything" after the jump.
Miley and will.i.am will show you how to properly feel yourself in no time.
There nothing like the holidays to bring people together! Two days shy of Turkey Day/ the first night of Hannukah, will.i.am has gathered together Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, and French Montana to give us a star-studded musical reunion in the form of his unapologetic ode to unadulterated narcissism, "Feelin' Myself." Hey, it's better than our Thanksgivvukah plans: Eat so much that we fall into a food coma for eight consecutive nights.
Do you wanna own your inner awesomeness as much as the "#THATPOWER" performer? Watch the clip for the re-release of #willpower's lead single below, and use it as an instructional tutorial of sorts. Follow will.i.am's example, and you'll be in the club (goddammit, goddammit) feelin' yourself in no time!
1.) Render yourself in CG to admire what everyone else sees.
2.) Better yet, re-create your flawless likeness in hologram form.
3.) No, wait... CLONE YOURSELF!
Watch will.i.am's "Feelin' Myself" video featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, and French Montana after the jump.
Allison Weiss touches every heart in the room in her "Wait For Me" video.
Sensitive indie songstress Allison Weiss has quite a story to tell in her new "Wait For Me" video, and, just a warning, you might want to have a box of tissues ready.
In her low-budget but highly effective clip, Allison, who doesn't appear, illustrates a touching story about a young French-Canadian mother who's away from her daughter and fiancé to go to college in the States. Yeah, like we were saying... tissues.
Watch Allison Weiss' "Wait For Me" video after the jump.
Praise! Britney streams all of "Britney Jean."
+ Britney Spears' Britney Jean won't officially drop until Dec. 3, but those who can't wait until then (and, um, who can??) are able to stream the album in its entirety right now via iTunes. (MTV News)
+ Music quiz: Who said, "I'm going to be the first hip-hop designer, and because of that I'mma be bigger than Wal-Mart"? That would be Kanye West, who dropped that gem of a Kanyeism during a radio interview while discussing his recent Adidas deal after parting ways with Nike. (MTV News)
+ Speaking of Yeezy, check out Seth Rogen and James Franco's spoof of "Bound 2." In their version, dubbed "Bound 3," things get just as hot and heavy as the original, albeit humorously. (RapFix)
+ Alicia Keys took time out during her tour stop in Manila yesterday to visit a Filipino air force base where she brought some much-needed cheer to Typhoon Haiyan evacuees. The singer also distributed crayons and coloring books to the younger survivors. (Billboard)
+ Watch Robyn meet the robot she inspired. Students at Swedish tech university KTH began working on the still in-progress robotics project earlier this year. "I think it's very good that it has a vulnerability to it," Robyn said. (Pitchfork)
Photo credit: RCA Records
Apparently, Brandon Flowers looks like a "We Can't Stop"-meets-"Can't Be Tamed" Miley Cyrus hybrid.
Although frontman Brandon Flowers' mustache may come and go, The Killers' Las Vegas-inspired aesthetic is forever. In the band's latest video for "Just Another Girl," you take a Killers-themed trip down memory lane, revisiting all of the dusty desert landscapes and bright marquee lights from nearly every single one of the group's videos, all guided by Dianna Agron of "Glee" fame.
Watch The Killers' "Just Another Girl" video after the jump.
Calling all Never Shout Never fans: Get a jump start on your holidays with the band's "XMas EP"!
Do they know it's Christmas time at all? Not people in Third World countries, as that famous old creepy charity song once asked, but scene kids? Is it possible to maintain your sense of indie style and cool while celebrating the holidays with your goofy-ass family? Most of whom have probably never even been to Warped Tour? Well, it is now thanks to Never Shout Never's The XMas EP!
Listen to Never Shout Never's The XMas EP after the jump. Read More...
Jamie Lynn Spears is a bona fide country gal in her new single, "How Could I Want More."
We've always known that Britney Spears' little sis, Jamie Lynn Spears, had country leanings. Aside from being raised in Kentwood, La., just last year Jamie performed "I Look Up To You" (a song inspired by Brit) at Nashville's famed venue 3rd And Lindsley.
Since then, it's been quiet on the Jamie Lynn "solo country artist" front. Until now, that is, because Jamie's just dropped her first official single, a simple and sweet country ditty called "How Could I Want More."
Listen to Jamie Lynn Spears' "How Could I Want More" after the jump.
Justin Bieber sings about the ups and downs of love on "Roller Coaster."
Here's a statement that will shock absolutely no one: Justin Bieber's love life has been a series of intense ups and downs. In many cases, Justin's described his emotional lows in songs such as "Bad Day," "Heartbreaker," "All That Matters," and "Recovery," and other times he's covered the upswings in tracks like "All Bad" and "PYD."
Today, however, Justin's combined the peaks and valleys of falling in love in his latest #MusicMonday offering, "Roller Coaster."
Listen to Justin Bieber's "Roller Coaster" after the jump.
You want l'intrigue? They'll give you l'intrigue.
Taking a break from the all party girl all the time image, the ladies of Icona Pop show off a more bittersweet side in their new video for "Just Another Night." While the track is just as infectious as past anthems like "I Love It," "Girlfriend," and "All Night," the latest This Is... Icona Pop single is definitely more sobering than its debauched predecessors -- despite what that bottle-popping still up top might lead you to believe.
Watch Icona Pop's "Just Another Night" video after the jump.