Brennan Carley

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Biography

  • chelsea lankes

    Chelsea Lankes Goes Full Synth on Motley Crue's 'Too Young to Fall in Love'

    Chelsea Lankes was born in Texas, but her sound is full-bodied Swedish synth-pop, by way of Los Angeles back alleys. On her new cover of Mötley Crüe's "Too Young to Fall in Love," the singer reinterprets the hair metal classic with electropop guitars, digitally altered background vocals, and a rebellious drumbeat snatched from the Knife's back pocket. The track follows "Down For Whatever," released earlier this year."I've always been a fan of the '80s and particularly hair metal," Lankes told SPIN. "There are so many great lyrics and melodies from that era and dressed up a little differently, they can still be a really great pop song. 'Too Young to Fall in Love' is an earlier cut from Mötley Crüe, but it's one of their best.

  • haim

    HAIM Shoot 'Holes in the Sky' With M83 on New 'Insurgent' Soundtrack Cut

    On HAIM and M83's new joint single, "Holes in the Sky" — which comes from the upcoming soundtrack for the film Insurgent — both acts work dramatic, orchestral magic together as they swirl their melodies together. There are drums, quivering strings, anthemic singing ("Hands to the sky / I am a dreamer"), and an altogether strikingly demure take on cinematic exposition.The past few months have seen some important cosigns for the Haim sisters, including Calvin Harris (who included them on the Motion track "Pray to God"), Taylor Swift (who's bringing her buddies on the 1989 tour this summer), and now M83. Listen to "Holes in the Sky" at MTV and see Insurgent on March 20.

  • major lazer

    Major Lazer Need Mø and DJ Snake to 'Lean On' in New Single

    In their new single, "Lean On," Major Lazer throw a dancehall party straight out of 1993 featuring Danish vocalist Mø and French producer DJ Snake, who you'll probably know from "Turn Down For What." It's the briefest glimpse into Diplo's plans for the group's third album, which is allegedly set for release sometime this spring. Stream it below, and check out Diplo's joint album with Skrillex as Jack Ü, which the pair surprise-released last Thursday night.

  • madonna

    Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' Hacker Indicted on Four Counts

    Let's face it: Madonna's Rebel Heart promotional campaign has been nothing short of unfortunate. In December (and then again in January), a giant chunk of songs, demos, and otherwise, leaked to the web, forcing the pop icon to release several of them, including "Living For Love," on iTunes. Last month, the 39-year-old hacker behind the leak was arrested in Israel, and according to new reports, was just indicted on four counts of "computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring, copyright infringement and obstructing investigation," according to the Hollywood Reporter.Court documents likewise reveal that the hacker — Adi Lederman — broke into more than 15 email accounts to gain access to the files.

  • iggy azalea

    Jennifer Hudson Pursues Iggy Azalea in the Duo's High-Stakes 'Trouble' Video

    After debuting their Reclassified single, "Trouble," on a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson have just dropped the track's video, in which they play the lover of a criminal and that man's arresting officer, respectively. Directed by the Grammy-nominated Azalea and Director X, it provides a clever and pretty fitting representation of the rapper's lyrics as she suggests, "Should have known you were bad news." The clip's a fresh take on the Bonnie and Clyde story that's pervaded American pop culture for years, but with Hudson and Azalea befriending each other in the end as the cops make a guns-drawn arrest in the background. Watch it above.

  • alesso

    Alesso Unleashes His Inner Nerd in Confetti-Strewn 'Cool' Video

    Usually content to let the singers on his tracks dominate in their subsequent music videos — think Tove Lo in the "Heroes" visual from last fall — Swedish DJ and producer Alesso tries his hand at acting in the surprisingly entrancing treatment for his new synth-pop single, "Cool." Set in a fictional high school, the narrative follows a nerdy, bespectacled Alesso, who eventually abandons all decorum, thrusting his hips at his teacher and prancing through the hallways. Along the way, there are some fun spoofs on the massive spectacle that live DJ sets have become. Watch for yourself above.

  • lady gaga

    Lady Gaga Releases Emotional New Song, 'Till It Happens to You'

    Earlier this week, Lady Gaga teased a starring role on the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Hotel, and now she's got a brand-new single called "Till It Happens to You." A stirring and emotional track, "Till It Happens to You" highlights the pop star's evocative voice, which offers an empowering message: "Hold your head up and be strong / When you fall you gotta get up," she sings on the ballad, a track similar in tone to her deep cuts "Speechless" and "Gypsy."As Idolator points out, the Diane Warren-penned track appears in the new documentary The Hunting Ground, which focuses on campus sexual assault across the country. Stream "Till It Happens to You" below, and look for a higher-quality version sometime soon.

  • kelly clarkson

    Q&A: Kelly Clarkson Talks 'Piece By Piece,' Identity Politics, and Recording While Pregnant

    On March 3, pop superstar Kelly Clarkson will release her seventh studio album, Piece By Piece. It's a largely anthem-driven project that's been in the making for four years, and is partially helmed by such big-name collaborators as Sia, Greg Kurstin, Justin Tranter, Bonnie McKee, and more. In the middle of her press tour, the former American Idol winner got on the phone with SPIN to talk about recording while pregnant, teaming up with some of pop's biggest stars, and not realizing that one of her new songs was actually a cover.When did you start actually working on this album?A couple of songs were recorded during my Maroon 5 tour a couple years ago.

  • Kanye West

    Kanye West Gives Sprawling, Career-Spanning Interview to Zane Lowe

    A day after premiering his new track, "All Day," on the BRIT Awards, Kanye West visited BBC Radio host Zane Lowe to discuss all things fashion — including his recent Adidas line of sneakers — as well as his reputation and upcoming musical output. Here's a bit of what he had to say, but know this: "Everything that I said will ever happen... will happen," he claimed. Does that mean we're eventually getting "Piss On My Grave," Ye? Watch the entire thing above.On his collaboration with Adidas:Now I feel people rallying because they know that I want to fight for H&M, Zara type concepts, and I know that Adidas can eventually get those price points.On the concept of inaccessible fashion:Exclusivity is the new N-word, because nothing should be exclusive.

  • the knocks

    Stream the Knocks' Excellent New Single, 'Dancing With Myself'

    The Knocks have a knack for earworms. Last summer, the New York City production duo dropped the Powers-featuring "Classic," an instant rush of nostalgia and timeless romance. Now the Knocks have teamed up with one of Powers' members again — Mike Del Rio  — for "Dancing With Myself," the lead single from their upcoming debut album, 55. The slow burner features vocals from bandmember James "JPatt" Patterson singing about a familiar neighborhood: "Street lights are singing / Turning up tonight / I'm dancing with myself."You're going to want to keep these guys in your sights as the year goes on. Stream "Dancing With Myself" below (and don't miss the sax outro).

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