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#NEWMUSIC: KYLIE MINOGUE – “INTO THE BLUE”

I don’t know how much longer we could’ve waited! After teasing us earlier this year with The-Dream-produced Single Skirt earlier this year, International Pop Queen Kylie Minogue finally unleashes a proper Single!  The Track, Into the Blue, is her Debut from Warner Music after many fruitful years under EMI Music and is written by Kelly Sheehan (Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora).  

Minogue recently joined the U.K. Edition of The Voice on the urging of will.i.am to record ratings and has spent much of 2013 in the U.S. working on her new Music.  She next will mentor on The Voice Australia.

Gorgeous. Uplifting. Empowering. Danceable. Signature Kylie.

Listen to the Track below:

Official Artwork:

Download Into the Blue here on January 27, 2014.

Minogue‘s Debut Disc under Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation Management, KISS ME ONCE, hits stores Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

(Photo credit: Warner Music)


#NEWMUSIC: “BEYONCÉ” | FREE “THE MRS. CARTER SHOW” SEAT UPGRADE IN TORONTO

Only you, Queen B!  Beyoncé​ just about shocked all of us by dropping her fifth Studio Disc only a few minutes before midnight.  The Disc, which admittedly fell off our radars after Promo Single Grown Woman surfaced earlier this year, is a self-titled Disc and is described by the Entertainment Magnate as “a visual Album”, which she feels enables her to  “speak directly to her Fans”.

Beyoncé​ features 14 new Tracks and 17 – yes 17 – Music Videos, including one for Grown Woman even though it doesn’t surface as an actual Album Track.

On the Disc are Collaborations with the likes of Frank Ocean, Toronto’s Drake and her Husband, Jay-Z.  It even features a Collaboration with Daughter Blue Ivy.

Official Artwork:

Preview Snippets of Beyoncé​ and purchase it right here.

Also, for those of you in Toronto attending her The Mrs. Carter Show at Air Canada Centre next Monday, December 16, 2013, remember that she is partnering with Goodwill to give Fans a chance to get free upgrades on their seats into her #Beyhive!

All you have to do is bring a donation with you: old clothes, toys and small household items between 7:00 – 8:00 PM to get a qualifying sticker.  Follow  @GOODWILLTECNO for more!

(Photo credit: Sony Music/Mr. Will Wong)


#NEWMUSIC: JAY-Z LEADS 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY NOMINEES

Nominations were announced tonight in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, rung-in with a Concert from several potential Nominees.

Leading the way was Hip-Hop Impresario and Multimedia Mogul Jay-Z with an impressive nine nominations, while four Artists tie in second spot with seven nominations apiece – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell, Justin Timberlake and Kendrick Lamar.  Toronto’s Drake has us well-represented, nabbing a total five nominations.

Missing surprisingly in the category of Best New Artist  is New Zealand Teen Sensation Lorde, whom howmever is recognized in some of the more major categories.  After several comparisons between Sara Bareilles’ Brave and Katy Perry‘s Roar, many eyes will be on the Best Pop Solo Performance category as both are pitted against one another for Pop Music Glory.

See Perry‘s Toronto-recorded performance Roar acoustically at the Nominations Concert:



Nominees are as follows in some of the Evening’s most-watched categories:

Best New Artist
James Blake 
Kendrick Lamar 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
Kacey Musgraves 
Ed Sheeran 

Album Of The Year
The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

Just Give Me A Reason — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
Locked Out Of Heaven — Bruno Mars
Roar — Katy Perry
Royals — Lorde
Same Love — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert

Record Of The Year

Get Lucky — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
Radioactive — Imagine Dragons
Royals — Lorde
Locked Out Of Heaven — Bruno Mars
Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams

View a complete list of Nominees here.

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards air Sunday, January 26, 2014 on CBS at 8:00 PM EST.

(Photo credit: Universal Music)


#NEWMUSIC: DJ EARWORM’S “UNITED STATE OF POP 2013 (LIVING THE FANTASY)”

It was a great year for Pop Music in 2013.  DJ Earworm recaps it best and in what is becoming an annual Pop Tradition, the San Francisco-based Mash-up Artist has just unveiled his United State of Pop 2013 Megamix.  And he never disappoints!  Although a bit less energetic and a bit darker than previous year’s, this is definitely among his best.

The Mix includes Billboard Magazine‘s Year-End Top 25 Songs and this year we have:

Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up
Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man
Capital Cities – Safe & Sound
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
Eminem feat. Rihanna – The Monster
Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly – Cruise
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
Imagine Dragons – Demons
Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z – Suit & Tie
Katy Perry – Roar
Lady Gaga – Applause
Lorde – Royals
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – Thrift Shop
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
OneRepublic – Counting Stars
P!nk feat. Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason
Rihanna – Stay
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines
Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
Will.I.Am feat. Britney Spears – Scream And Shout

Check it out in full below:

(Photo/video credit: Dj Earworm)


#TORONTOBOUND: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & TRACE AYALA AT THE BAY IN TORONTO FOR WILLIAM RAST

Founded in 2006 by Megastar Justin Timberlake and his Best Friend Trace Ayala, Fashion Label William Rast is set to debut at The Bay in Toronto and the Duo are set to ring-in the occasion with an appearance at the Queen Street location on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM.  The Line collaborated in late 2010 with Discount Retailer Target in the U.S. for an exclusive Collection.

The Store Tweeted earlier this evening about the Appearance and although we’re unsure if it’s an Autograph Signing or simply an appearance, Timberlake appears to have a gap in his schedule that day as he co-headlines with Jay-Z on their The Legends of Summer Tour with a Show  at Rogers Centre the following night, giving him an opportunity to promote the Line.  Furthermore, this is an ultra-rare chance for Toronto Fans to see Timberlake up-close!

More details to come…

More on William Rast here.

(Photo credit: The Hudsons Bay Co.)


#NEWMUSIC – KYLIE MINOGUE – “SKIRT”

Recently joining Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation Family, Pop Queen Kylie Minogue is prepping the release of her twelfth Studio Disc and a Lyric Video for her new Track, Skirt, has just surfaced after the Audio leaked online a couple weeks ago. The Track, which pairs her with Co-Writer The-Dream and Producer Nom de Strip somewhat is like Scream & Shout by will.i.am and Britney Spears with its dark, futuristic, Electro flavour – an interesting change after going lighter on Disc Aphrodite in 2010. The Melody is signature Kylie when the Track does get melodic after all the Build-up.

See the Lyric Video below:

With EMI‘s (her former Distributor) acquisition by Universal Music last Fall, it’ll be interesting to see a new energy in Kylie‘s being marketed Stateside, a feat still illusive despite her being a huge, international Megastar.  Guessing this is more of a Teaser in advance of what’s the come, but as always we’re excited to hear more from her!

I still don’t believe it’s been a month since I finally met Kylie Minogue by chance in New York City last month!  Although I’ve seen her in Concert many times including overseas, she was just everything I hoped she’d be. Sweetheart.

Our Snap, once again:

(Photo/video credit: Roc Nation/Universal Music)