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Katy Perry, whose single "Roar" is N°1 worldwide, took to Twitter to announce the release of "Dark Horse" on iTunes, tweeting to her more than 42 million followers, "Here she is!!! DARK HORSE ft. @therealjuicyj PREORDER PRISM. ENJOY (and thanks for waiting)."

The song, a mid-tempo hip-hop-infused track featuring Memphis, Tennessee rapper Juicy J, is a departure from Katy's "Roar" and previous pop releases. A preview of the song is available on iTunes, where fans can download it instantly when preordering her new album.

The song's lyrical content references a callout to a lover who doesn't know what is about to come his way, with Katy singing, "So you wanna play with magic / Boy you should know what you're falling for / Baby do you dare to do this / 'Cause I'm coming at you like a dark horse."

Katy called upon her fans to select the song as one of several "Prism" preview tracks, rather than as an official follow up single to "Roar." 
 

Britney Spears confirms Vegas Residency

Posted on September 18, 2013

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Britney Spears has finally confirmed her Las Vegas Residency. The 31-year-old singer appeared on "Good Morning America" yesterday to announce that after months of speculation, she will be heading to Las Vegas to kick off a residency at the city's Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.


Britney will complete a two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood with an expected 50 shows each year. "I'm going to definitely do the greatest hits but I'm going to have to put some of my new material in it to just keep it fresh," she announced on "GMA."

The news of the show, which will be called "Piece of Me," comes after the release of the singer's latest single, "Work Bitch." The song, which is expected to be featured on Britney's upcoming eighth studio album, made its official debut on Sunday after it was leaked online.

Tickets for "Piece of Me" show are available for purchase today. Packages on Ticketmaster include the opportunity to meet Britney, VIP tables, and autographed memorabilia.


Justin Rocks in Rio

Posted on September 18, 2013

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This year's Rock in Rio headliners included Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Muse, Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, David Guetta and The Offspring who performed to 85,000 people per day during the first weekend of the Rio de Janeiro music festival. 

The hottest bows of the weekend came from the most experienced of the headliners. Alicia Keys proved why she is one of the best singers in the world and an impressive piano maestro as well. Among the songs she performed were “Girl on Fire,” “You Don’t Know My Name” and “Empire State of Mind.” The soul diva also included a surprise for the audience as she shared the stage with Brazilian singer Maria Gadú for her very first hit, “Fallin.”

Justin Timberlake, however, won the title for deafening cheers as he delivered the weekend's best performance on Sunday night, closing out the fest's first weekend with fireworks. The multi-talented star’s set was energetic and chock full of choreography, allowing the thousands of fans in the audience to dance along to Timberlake's non-stop hit parade, which included “Cry Me a River,” “Rock Your Body,” “Suit and Tie,” and “What Goes Around”?

Rock in Rio's second weekend is expected to rock as a bill of guitar-heavy bands take the stage. Among them: Metallica, Alice in Chains, Bon Jovi, Nickelback, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, John Mayer, Iron Maiden, Slayer and Avenged Sevenfold.


AVICII Releases New Album

Posted on September 18, 2013

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The buzz around Avicii's debut album, "True", started back in March when he premiered "Wake Me Up" to the massive crowd at Ultra Music Festival, leaving his fans and the EDM community perplexed by the then brand-new country-tinged sound. And now, with "True" out, Avicii will admit he is no stranger to harsh criticism.

 

Despite this initial reaction, the single's official release was wildly successful and the attitude began to shift toward "True". "Wake Me Up" has reached no.1 all over the world, and tracks like "Lay Me Down" have already received critical acclaim. The genre departure that first alarmed fans and critics is now setting his LP apart from other collections of electronic music.

 

"This song, this album is nothing more than me sitting down with some time to spare and actually making exactly the type of music I want to make, with access to all of these people," he explained. Those people include collaborators such as Mike Einzinger, Aloe Blacc, Nile Rodgers, Adam Lambert and Imagine Dragons, just to name a few. Avicii Wanted To Work With Nile Rodgers 'Way Before' Daft Punk.

 

He was also sure to clarify that the genre crossovers featured in "True" are not a marketing scheme in any capacity, but very simply what he is into right now. "It's all about the music and the songs that I make, and it just happens to be this folky blend because that's what I was listening to a lot at the moment."

 

With his new release, he hopes to encourage other producers to return to the "emotion and melody" of dance music. "The genre has so much more to offer, and now is the first time I've seen that the scene is kind of lacking." As for the criticism — no negativity can bring him down. "Right from the start, I had such confidence in the music 'cause I knew exactly what I had... for me I was never really worried 'cause I knew it was going to be provocative and I knew I was going to get reactions. I just let it slide and figured once this gets released they'll see what my idea was with everything."


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The new Album "Hesitation Marks" soars to No.1 this week with sales of 173.000, 102.000 of those in the US, 12.000 in the UK and Canada, nearly 10.000 in Germany and 6.000in Japan.

If you had to boil down Trent Reznor's persona to one word, that word would be "control." In the chorus of Nine Inch Nails' breakout song "Head Like a Hole," Reznor hollers that he'd "rather die than give you control." The liner notes of Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut, Pretty Hate Machine, declare that "Trent Reznor is Nine Inch Nails." There is little doubt that Reznor has been fully responsible for conceiving, executing, and presenting pretty much everything he's ever been associated with. For those who are only casually familiar with Nine Inch Nails' music, this compulsion to dominate is totally Reznor.

 "Nine Inch Nails are a huge band and they've been headlining loads of festivals everywhere for years".

"Hesitation Marks" is the industrial rockers' first Studio Album in five years, and the first since taking time off from touring. It's a fresh lineup and, in the time in-between, Trent Reznor has won an Oscar, launched How To Destroy Angels with his wife and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross and, made amends with a major labels in time to launch a proper campaign to push a significant and solid radio single. The result from that pause is a mellower Reznor with big standalone songs, rare rays of sunshine and a runof  tracks toward "Hesitation Marks'" end.


"Hesitation Marks," NIN's eighth full-length, eagerly rushes in with the Reznor we've known and loved, minus all the yelling. Perfectly dystopic "Copy of A" and the single "Came Back Haunted" are quite the pair, kicking off this 14-track set after murmuring intro "The Eater of Dreams." Reznor intimately croons on piano-dripping "Find My Way" and red-lit "All Time Low," his chilling voice allowing in a few "baby" fillers along the way.
 
But talk about "Disappointed," which is the title to a meandering glitch-dirge segueing into a sequence of songs that will try the patience of the average Nine Inch Nails fan. The glittering pop-punk sounds of "Everything" completely disorients the dark-dweller with all that light; "Satellite" has all the soul of a car commercial, with follow-up "Various Methods of Escape" providing no obvious means of escaping this HTDA outtake until three-quarters in.
 
"Running" and closer "While I'm Still Here"/"Black Noise" at least provide some inspired beats, invoking the good ol' days of trip-hop without gagging on sickly sweet melodies, as on the aforementioned. Reznor's voice is as strong as ever




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