Nicole Sia

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  • Damon Albarn's First Solo Album Coming in 2014

    Damon Albarn's First Solo Album Coming in 2014

    And a headline is all we know. Damon Albarn, best known for his work with Blur and Gorillaz, announced Wednesday (December 11) that his first-ever solo album will arrive sometime in 2014. The news came in the form of a 21 second YouTube video, with scant other detail. Watch above. Albarn described the upcoming full-length as "quite intimate" to the Wall Street Journal earlier this year, adding that work on Blur's long-speculated-about eighth album will begin after the solo LP sees release. In a May interview with Rolling Stone, the 45-year-old said the album is "sort of folk soul" and will feature "rhythmic" work from XL Recordings owner Richard Russell, who previously teamed with Albarn on Bobby Womack's 2012 record, The Bravest Man in the Universe."Making a solo record can be such a disaster," Albarn said.

  • Charlotte OC Colour My Heart EP stream

    Stream Charlotte OC's Sinuous Debut EP 'Colour My Heart'

    Earlier this month, SPIN premiered a bewitching live clip of "Colour My Heart," the Tim Anderson-produced title track from Charlotte OC's debut EP. Today, we bring you the rest. Out November 25 on Stranger, the Lana Del Rey-indebted four-song offering booms as it burns, with pumping kick-drum, vampy bass, and the Blackburn-born siren's clarion voice. Enjoy it below.

  • Charlotte OC

    Watch Charlotte OC's Bewitching 'Colour My Heart' Live Video

    The influences coloring Charlotte OC's soulful, dance-floor-ready pop are these: Berghain, Berlin's mythologized nightclub, and the unusual Bon Iver mix she encountered there. "What I was hearing was heaven, what I was seeing was a version of hell," she recalls. Those hellish impulses led her to co-writer Tim Anderson's Tim Burton-esque studio in L.A., where, surrounded by the macabre, she penned her debut EP Colour My Heart, a Stygian swooner that layers Lana Del Rey-like brooding over Lorde-ly beats. Above, watch Charlotte — of Malawian, Indian, and Irish heritage — gorgeously perform its pulsating title track as she channels the bewitching allure of Stevie Nicks and the big-throated finesse of Alicia Keys.

  • chris brown arrested for assault

    Chris Brown Arrested for Felony Assault in Washington, D.C.

    Chris Brown was reportedly arrested and charged with felony assault early Sunday morning (October 27) in Washington D.C. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brown was in a fight with another adult male who sustained injuries. ABC News alleges that Brown, 24, punched the man in the face outside of the W Hotel in downtown D.C.The embattled R&B singer, one of SPIN's 2012 Hall of Shame inductees, performed at local nightclub The Park with August Alsina earlier in the evening. He is, of course, no stranger to controversy, specifically when it involves assault. In January, Brown and his entourage were involved in a parking lot brawl with Frank Ocean, in which homophobic slurs were reportedly leveled at the channel ORANGE singer.

  • Did Arcade Fire's New Single 'Reflektor' Leak?

    Did Arcade Fire's New Single 'Reflektor' Leak?

    Was all that secrecy for nothing? Days before its scheduled world premiere, Arcade Fire's hotly anticipated new single, "Reflektor," appears to have leaked. The Montreal-based Grammy winners announced earlier this week that their new album's titular first single would debut alongside a brand-new video on Monday, September 9. But midday Saturday (September 7), Tumblr site Omnimusic posted what very convincingly sounded like the song itself. As often happens with leaks, the embed intermittenly disappears and reappears.From what we heard on one listen, the James Murphy-produced track percolates with a retro disco sound, similar to what Daft Punk achieved with Random Access Memories. And is that that most certainly is professed Arcade Fire fan David Bowie providing brief background voals at the end.Hear the song below.

  • the replacements rehearse favorite thing in new video

    Watch the Replacements Rehearse 'Favorite Thing' in Latest Itty-Bitty Video

    We can name that tune in... three notes. In the 19-second video above, posted to Facebook Wednesday (July 3), the two members who constitute the newly reunited Replacements (Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson) rehearse 1984 Let It Be cut "Favorite Thing." A previous practice clip showed the band riffing through 1987's "Alex Chilton," and like that even-shorter glimpse, the new preview intentionally crops the shot to exclude the drummer and guitarist.

  • Jay-Z magna carta holy grail leak

    Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' Leaks Outside the Samsung Galaxy

    That didn't take long. Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail sold a milli before it debuted exclusively on Samsung phones at midnight this morning (July 4), but those million units spread far beyond the mobile galaxy shortly thereafter. Pirated streams that appeared early Thursday were taken down by day's end, but the album continued to have a presence on file-sharing sites. Never mind the means, but five SPIN contributors managed to get ahold of a copy and shared their completely impulsive reviews.Hov's 12th studio album won't be available for purchase by non-Samsung users until July 8.Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail track list:1. "Holy Grail" (feat. Justin Timberlake) 2. "Picasso Baby" 3. "Tom Ford" 4. "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" (feat. Rick Ross) 5. "Oceans" (feat. Frank Ocean) 6. "F.U.T.W." 7. "Somewhere in America" 8. "Crown" 9. "Heaven" 10. "Versus" 11. "Part II (on the Run)" (feat.

  • kanye west kim kardashian give birth to baby girl

    I Am a Dad: Kim and Kanye Welcome Baby Girl

    Happy Father's Day, Papa 'Ye! Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl, her first child with boyfriend Kanye West, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, California at 1:30 a.m. Saturday (June 15). According to X17, Kim wasn't due until July 11, and though mother and daughter are doing fine, the baby is being kept in an incubator. Her name hasn't yet been revealed.Sources conflict on whether the baby was delivered naturally or through C-section. West was present for the entire thing, TMZ reports, and canceled an appearance at a Yeezus listening party in Los Angeles Friday night when Kardashian started contractions.It's been a productive few days for West, whose masterful sixth album Yeezus leaked a day earlier, to rapturous praise, after the Chicago MC made stops in New York and Switzerland to preview the album.

  • the replacements reunite at riot fest

    The Replacements to Reunite Onstage After 22-Year Absence

    Even during their '80s heyday, the Replacements were an unpredictable live entity. And though footage exists of the group at their explosive peak, that was 30 years ago. Still, the Paul Westerberg-led indie-punk icons are "reuniting" as the headliner for Riot Fest 2013. The three-city engagement marks the 'Mats' first billed performance in 22 years; they last performed in Chicago's Grant Park on July 4, 1991.In a statement, founding bassist Tommy Stinson contended that the band never broke up despite the hiatus. No word yet on who will replace guitarist Slim Dunlap (replacement for original guitarist Bob Stinson), who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2012. In June of that year, Stinson let slip that he and singer Paul Westerberg were working together on a tribute album — what later became the auction-based Songs for Slim EP and split 7-inch series.

  • Stream Natasha Kmeto Idiot Proof song premiere

    Stream Natasha Kmeto's Dazzling 'Idiot Proof'

    Portland soul-futurist Natasha Kmeto wears two hats as singer-songwriter and electronic producer on dazzling new song "Idiot Proof." Holding court over a galloping dance-floor rhythm, the recent Best New 5 alumna booms like a freestyle diva: "It's been awhile / I need peace." Jolts of synth call back to '90s house while Grimes-like whispers root "Idiot Proof" firmly in the present. The track hails from Crisis, her sophomore solo album (due June 18 on Dropping Gems) following her 2010 full-length debut, Expressor, and two era-straddling EPs. Enjoy the new one below.Natasha Kmeto's Crisis track listing:1. "Crisis" 2. "Idiot Proof" 3. "Brushstrokes" 4. "Last Time" 5. "Morning Sex" 6. "Take Out" 7. "Vodka Diet" 8. "Buried" 9. "Deeply 10. "Prideless"

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