Brennan Carley

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    Chance the Rapper Shares a Taste of His 'Sunday Candy'

    Late last night, Chance the Rapper teased his upcoming album Surf with his band the Social Experiment in a song called "Sunday Candy." Billed to Donnie Trumpet (really Nico Segal), the track also features the Acid Rap wunderkind (duh), Peter Cottontale, Nate Fox, and guest vocals from Jamila Woods, who guides the chorus down a gospel-flecked road."Sunday" is a horn-heavy track that verges on trappy, with slick, sing-song Chance rhymes like "I come to Christmas for dinner / Fifty rolls on my plate / Hella holes in my stocking / Holding your pockets in place." Stream it below, and keep your eyes peeled for Surf which, knowing the Chicago rapper, could feasibly drop any day.

  • tink, timbaland, tell the children

    Tink and Timbaland 'Tell the Children' About Racial Injustice on New Track

    Not even a full day after a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury chose not to pursue charges against officer Darren Wilson for his role in the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Timbaland has joined forces with Chicago rapper Tink on a jolting new protest song, "Tell the Children." It follows Killer Mike's equally as emotional speech before his Run the Jewels show in St. Louis last night.Timbaland harrowingly overdubbed the song with audio of newscasters announcing last night's contentious decision. "Children" also features simulated gunfire and Tink spitting passionate rhymes about injustice: "They wanna take us out, so they start making allegations / I'm fed up / Police coming so we sped up." Stream it below.

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    Lady Gaga Concludes Her 'Artpop' Tour With a Sprawling Paris Show

    Last night in Paris, Lady Gaga brought her massive six-month long, 79-date "artRAVE: The Artpop Ball" tour to a close with a nearly two-hour long performance that was also livestreamed online. Encompassing hits including "Paparazzi" and "Bad Romance," while also sprinkling in Artpop tracks as well, Gaga's performance was an acid-washed, high-energy experience that also allowed fans the opportunity to see costume changes onstage."When this song is over," the pop star said as the night wound down, "the clock will start ticking. Until next time. Thank you for believing in me always." Stream the final ever artRAVE tour above.

  • jack u, diplo, skrillex, kiesza

    Diplo and Skrillex Dance the Night Away With Kiesza in Their 'Take U There' Video

    Back in August, Diplo and Skrillex released their first official track as Jack Ü, a scorcher of a trap anthem featuring "Hideaway" vocalist Kiesza called "Take Ü There." (See what they did there?) Late last night, the electronic super-producers finally released the visuals for that song, and they're about as frenetic and zippy as could've been expected. Scratchy animation and goofy dance sequences show up interspersed between live shots of Skrillex and Diplo behind the decks at festivals — including the Mad Decent Block Party and Austin City Limits, for instance — across the world. Check out the visuals above, and see Jack Ü in action at their New Year's Eve gig in New York City.

  • charli xcx, breaking up, sucker, new single

    Charli XCX Trounces Her Ex in New Single, 'Breaking Up'

    After lighting up the American Music Awards last night with the one-two punch of "Boom Clap" and "Break the Rules," Charli XCX has just released her scuzzy new smash, "Breaking Up." The track continues the British singer's brat-pop inspired streak of singles, including the tough-as-nails "London Queen" and the jangling "Gold Coins." Charli's vocals are scratchy and strong, filled with personality as she chomps down on her ex-bashing lyrics. "You said forever / But baby I'm not so sure," she slurs with flair. Stream it below, and look for Charli's album Sucker on December 16.

  • alison mosshart, the kills, the walking dead

    Alison Mosshart Snarls Through New 'Walking Dead' Single, 'Bad Blood'

    Fresh off her collaboration with Gang on Four on their new single "Broken Talk," the Kills' Alison Mosshart has teamed up with Nashville singer Eric Arjes on the Walking Dead soundtrack cut, "Bad Blood." The raven-haired Dead Weather singer — who previously contributed vocals to a Sons of Anarchy track in 2011 — guides the track down a ominous, seductive path with her rasping vocals and foreboding phrasing. It's the sort of song that perfectly captures the popular AMC show's tone. Quick: someone cast Mosshart as a zombie. Stream "Bad Blood" below.

  • mary j blige, therapy, new music

    Mary J. Blige Gets Vulnerable in Live 'Therapy' Performance

    In an effort to reclaim her own musical narrative last summer, Mary J. Blige jetted off to London to work with Sam Smith, Disclosure, and Jimmy Napes on a refreshing new album that she's calling The London Sessions. The project kicks off with "Therapy," which showcases a haunting gospel chorus behind the soul legend's emotionally raw, totally stripped down vocals. It's a bold, "lay it all on the line" type experiment for Blige, who has consistently demonstrated her ability to change with the times.Earlier this fall, Blige visited the Capitol studios for a live one-take performance of "Therapy." It's easy to sense her pain when she slams down the lyrics, "Why would I spend the rest of my days unhappy? / Why would I spend the rest of my life alone?" Stream it above, and check out The London Sessions (now available for pre-order) on December 2.

  • will butler, arcade fire, solo, new music

    Arcade Fire's Will Butler Announces Solo Album With Psychedelic Trailer

    After running through a full set of new material at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn earlier this month, Arcade Fire's Will Butler has announced the upcoming release of his debut solo record, Policy. Set to hit shelves in March of 2015 (via Merge), Butler's album will most likely include some of the art-rock minded songs he played a few weeks ago, including "Take My Side," "Finish," and "Surrender." According to Merge:Policy is American music—in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon (I know, but it counts). Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world.Policy was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix’s old living room (upstairs at Electric Lady Studios). Jeremy Gara played drums; other musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals.

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    Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea Rubbed Butts During the AMAs

    Defying ABC's alleged censorship rules during last night's American Music Awards ceremony, Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez teamed up on the big stage for the first-ever live performance of "Booty" and, as promised, rubbed their butts together for the briefest of moments. Though the Reclassified rapper only made a quick appearance, she and Lopez shimmied and shook their stuff to close the three-hour long show as Taylor Swift and Lorde danced along from the front row.As of this morning, ABC has not commented on the performance, though the actual rump-rubbing was so brief and innocuous that it's hard to imagine anyone complaining. Stream the semi-risqué "Booty" performance above.

  • taylor swift, amas, american music awards

    American Music Awards 2014 Winners List: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, and More

    At the annual American Music Awards on Sunday night, Taylor Swift took home the Dick Clark Award for Excellence (presented by music legend Diana Ross), and One Direction scooped up the Favorite Band, Duo, or Group — Pop/Rock and Favorite Album — Pop/Rock trophies. The British boy band also took home the Artist of the Year award, upsetting Beyoncé and Katy Perry. In another surprise decision, Iggy Azalea took home the prize for Favorite Artists — Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-Hop for her spring release, The New Classic. Britian's Sam Smith won his first major award for Favorite Male Artist — Pop or Rock, and before the broadcast, Enrique Iglesis won Favorite Artist — Latin.

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