Brennan Carley

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  • pharrell, spongebob squarepants

    Hear N.E.R.D.'s Fluffy New Contribution to the 'Spongebob Squarepants' Movie

    Earlier this month, Variety reported that the never-not-working Pharrell Williams was busy putting the finishing touches on music for next year's Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water movie. Late last night, the first taste of that soundtrack leaked online in the form of a track called "Squeeze Me," an official N.E.R.D.

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    Madonna Just Surprise-Released Six New Songs on iTunes

    Following the leak of 13 very unfinished demos earlier this week, Madonna has just released six brand new songs on iTunes in advance of her just-announced full-length album, Rebel Heart, set for release on March 10. Among the new track is a song called "Bitch I'm Madonna" which features a biting verse from Nicki Minaj, who earlier this week played coyed when asked about her possible role on new music by the queen of pop. There's also "Illuminati," a name-dropping rapped track that features references to Beyoncé (whose surprise-release playbook Madge seems to have taken a page from), Jay Z, and more."I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring," the iconic singer said in a statement on her official website early Saturday morning.

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    Watch 'The Daily Show' Defend Jay Z's Honor Against Fox News

    On last night's episode of the Daily Show With Jon Stewart, correspondent Jessica Williams took Fox News to task for referring to Jay Z (inarguably one of the most successful rappers of all time) as a one-time crack dealer on first reference —  something Stewart himself described as a clear example of the political channel crossing the line.Here's what Fox host Sean Hannity said in a televised segment last week: "[Governor of New York] Andrew Cuomo thought it was appropriate to take some advice from a guy that admits that he sold crack and was a drug dealer and actually shot somebody," referring to the politician's recent meeting with the Jay to discuss the fallout from the Eric Garner case.

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    SPIN 2014 Exit Interviews: Sylvan Esso

    When Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath calls SPIN in mid-November, she's sitting in a public park in Los Angeles, taking a rare breather from her band's busy 2014. The night before, she and bandmate Nicholas Sanborn made an appearance on Conan; this month, the pair will begin work on their follow-up to this year's self-titled debut, one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2014. The folk-pop project incorporates Meath's twangy leanings — from her time as a member of the Appalachian-esque Mountain Man — into Sanborn's electronic, blippy production. Sylvan Esso peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard 200, and rock radio happily embraced lead single "Coffee," a twinkling sleeper jam with an equally mesmerizing music video. SPIN talked to Meath about Sylvan Esso's busiest, brightest year so far.What was your 2014 like?Essentially, 2014 looked like the inside of many rooms and many new faces.

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    k.i.d. Trip Out in Woozy 'I Wish I Was Your Cigarette' Video

    With only one single to their name, Canadian duo k.i.d. are quickly becoming one of the more interesting acts to emerge in 2014. With a full-length EP ahead of them — due in 2015 — the snarling pop group go the D.I.Y. route in the music video for their track "I Wish I Was Your Cigarette." Lead singer Kara Lane pouts and dances her way through the scratchy visuals, directed by Jungle George, which also feature trippy effects and, of course, a lot of cigarettes. Stream it above.

  • wiz khalifa, mac demarco, smoke chambers

    Wiz Khalifa Remixes Mac Demarco Track as 'Smoke Chambers'

    We didn't see this one coming: On a new freestyle verse, a recently separated Wiz Khalifa has jumped on the Mac Demarco Salad Days intrumental "Chamber of Reflection." The newly titled "Smoke Chambers" showcases the rapper's slow-burn style, as he rhymes about getting back to a sense of normalcy: "Put that camera phone away and keep it real with me / Time to time again I'm searching for reality." It's just an odd enough pairing that it works. Stream "Smoke Chambers" below.

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    The Suffers 'Make Some Room' for Soulful Revival on New Single

    Hailing from Houston, Texas, the Suffers are a ten-piece soul collective that steeps their tracks in jazzy history with a modern twist. They're the sort of neo-retro group you never knew music was so badly missing; comprised of frontwoman Kam Franklin and a powerfully emotive band filled with horns, guitars, and percussion, the Suffers are gearing up to self-release their debut EP, Make Some Room, on January 20.In advance of that launch, they've shared the titular "got my man on my arm" track. "Make Some Room" is a funky, coffee-and-eggs jolt of energy. "I love you like I've known you forever / Just need you to make some room," Franklin wails before an army of trumpets carries her raspy vocals off into the love-drenched sunset. Stream "Make Some Room" below and look for the four-song EP to impact next month.

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    Nicki Minaj Shows Jimmy Fallon Her 'Bed of Lies'

    Last night, Nicki Minaj dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote her new album, The Pinkprint, with a performance of the Skylar Grey-assisted single, "Bed of Lies." The Young Money spitter also spent time in Fallon's hot seat, answering questions about her time as a Red Lobster waitress (spoiler: it didn't end well), as well as eluding questions about her album cover ("It's left for you to decide!"). Stream Minaj's entire appearance above and look for The Pinkprint in stores now.

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    St. Vincent Talks Working With Carrie Brownstein on Marc Maron's 'WTF'

    Marc Maron is known for coaxing excellent interviews out of even the most reserved subjects, so the always talkative and excitable St. Vincent — born Annie Clark — got more than her share in on today's episode of WTF. The electrifying performer — whose self-titled album just landed on SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2014 list — chatted with the show's host about topics including New York City, her fashion sense, and, most interestingly, working with the recently reunited Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein on some music.According to Clark, the pair have written some tracks together, though there's no concrete plans in store to do anything with that music just yet. Stay tuned and stream St. Vincent's full conversation with Maron on the WTF site.

  • nicki minaj, the pinkprint, review

    Review: Nicki Minaj Gets Uncomfortably Personal on 'The Pinkprint'

    Earlier this fall, Nicki Minaj announced that she'd need to push back the release date of her third studio album, The Pinkprint, by two weeks.

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