The fruits of Mrs. Miley Cyrus Hemsworth‘s labors over the past two years are finally making their way to our ears —and going up in flames.
For his upcoming album Reincarnated, Snoop Dogg—now reborn as Snoop Lion—recruited the smiley pop princess for a song called “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks,” co-produced by Major Lazer (that’s Diplo‘s side project) and Ariel Rechtshaid (Sky Ferreira, Solange, Charli XCX, et al.)
An unusual pairing? Certainly. But together, the two make sweet, sweet sounds.
WHERE THEM MUUSERS AT?
Last week, superstar DJ David Guetta released his fifth studio album Nothing But The Beat, which rocketed to #5 on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart–his first ever Top 10 Billboard debut.
Just as with his last studio album, One Love, Guetta’s latest release features collaborations from some of music’s hottest hit-makers, including “Where Them Girls At? (feat. Flo-Rida & Nicki Minaj),” “Sweat (feat. Snoop Dogg),” “Night Of Your Life (feat. Jennifer Hudson)” and of course “Titanium,” the explosive Sia-penned dance floor annihilator that became an instant favorite of the year here at MuuMuse.
Nothing But The Beat is the perfect companion to a killer night out, complete with celebratory dance floor anthems, filthy-mouthed throb fests, and of course, incredibly bangin’ beats. It’s simply a must!
To celebrate the album’s release, MuuMuse is proud to be giving away 3 copies of David Guetta’s new record, Nothing But The Beat.
I want to dance to NOTHING BUT THE BEAT with @MuuMuse!
Three winners will be randomly selected and notified on Wednesday, September 14. Good luck!
STOP LIFE. STOP IT RIGHT NOW: NEW GIRL GROUP ALERT!!!
Anyone who’s ANYONE knows that one thing we LOVE (besides Godney) is a girl group.
Anyone who’s ANYONE knows that the other thing we LOVE (besides a girl group) is music of the Asian persuasion.
Meet BLUSH: Five girls making “edgy and fun” music. Together. AND ALL OF ASIAN DESCENT.
I AM ABSOLUTELY SEIZING.
Above is a viral animated clip (created by animator Shawn Harris with the iPad Brush App!) for “Undivided,” the groups’ lead single featuring Snoop Dogg (!).
The song is an summery mid-tempo electronica/R&B scorcher, much in the same vein as the recent output of Jessica Mauboy or Girlicious: “I love him and everything in me says don’t fight it / When I look into his eyes, I know we will be undivided,” the girls croon above the infectious, slow-grinding beat that bumps with an early ’00′s power-pop punch.
(PS: Do you hear those cries of “Aishiteru!” and “Wo Ai Ni” at the end? MY HEART. WON’T SKIP…A BEAT.)
And now, the roll-call for your new favorite band:
• Victoria–‘Queen V’–is the regal and poised singer/dancer with model-looks and an extensive gymnast background who while being raised in Hong Kong recorded several successful singles for the Chinese market.
• Natsuko–‘Nacho’–is the Japanese dance-crew veteran with a Hip-Hop vocal soul.
• Angeli is the sensual singer from the Philippines who was former lead singer of two bands as well as a top contestant on Pinoy Idol.
• Ji Ha born and raised in Korea, is the seemingly shy former law student with an R&B heart who has earned the nickname ‘Tiger’ because of her wild side.
• Alisha–‘L’il Ali’–is the youngest member, a multi-talented and multi-lingual Hindi singer/dancer who brings together Bollywood and Salsa with Hip-Hop and World Pop.
Regal and poised singer?! Multi-talented Hindi dancer?! MY GOD…YES!!!!
According to their official website, their upcoming studio album will feature production by several MuuMuse approved acts including Tal Herzberg, DJ Alex Guadino and Morgan Page.
For more information, check out their official website where you can currently download a free copy of “Undivided.”
BLUSH, LADIES AND LADYBOYS:
ENDING LONGSTANDING CULTURAL RIVALRIES, EASING BORDER TENSIONS AND SLAYING YOUR FAVES WITH HOT BEATZ SINCE 2011.
“Undivided” was released on June 21. (iTunes)
Snoop Dogg‘s storming the charts again, and this time…he’s doing it on the dance floor.
“Sweat” (perhaps better known in its uncensored form as “Wet”) is the lead single from the hip hop icon’s upcoming album Doggumentary, co-penned along with “Like a G6″ production duo The Cataracs.
While the chilly original version of the track has been floating around for a few months now, Snoop Dizzle’s just unleashed a brand new David Guetta re-swizzle of the lusciously raunchy tune for release in the UK (which just debuted at #16 on the UK Singles Chart) that’s positively major.
Guetta’s re-rub (which starts off an awful like Benny Benassi‘s sublime mix of Madonna‘s “Celebration” from back in 2009) provides enough fist-pumping filthy beats and almighty arena synthesizers to convert Snoop’s track from a drippy bedroom grinder to a full on, sweat-filled stadium stomper.
In fact, it was this very remix that absolutely blew my mind when I first heard it played last weekend while dancing on stage ata drag club with my entire family during a surprise 18th birthday party for my sister! (Look for that story and more in my forthcoming memoir, No, I’m Not Even Kidding You Right Now: Confessions of a Gay Jew Blogger).
To make this song even more impossibly amazing, Snoop told Rolling Stone back in December that the track was penned specifically for Prince William’s bachelor party.
Only the finest for royalty.
“Sweat” is the lead single from Snoop’s forthcoming album Doggumentary, which will be released on April 18. (iTunes UK)
So here’s a post I’ve meant to do for over a month.
Jessica Mauboy is the runner-up from the fourth season of Australian Idol.
For those who haven’t encountered her name yet in their musical journey, a very brief history: Jessica Mauboy has a very listenable and melodic voice, comparable to that of Jordin Sparks, Alexandra Burke or Charice. Following her exit from Idol, the singer released her electro-tinged R&B debut in 2008, Been Waiting. The record spawned about a half dozen radio smashes, including the two very good singles that first caught my attention two years ago: “Been Waiting” and “Burn.”
On November 5 of this year, Mauboy released Get ‘Em Girls, the follow-up to her debut. ‘Urban’-flared and even more radio-friendly than her first album, Get ‘Em Girls nearly bursts at the seams with a dizzying array of American and Australian producers and co-writers, including Bangladesh, Harvey Mason Jr., Audius, Brian Kennedy and even the legendary Billy Steinberg (who penned Madonna‘s “Like A Virgin”)–not to mention the artist guest list, featuring Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Iyaz. Not too shabby!
Though a somewhat eclectic bunch, the talent medley totally worked for Mauboy, resulting in a what proved to be one of the better albums of the year. (See–it even made the MuuMuse Top 40 list!)
Two songs from the album have already been released as singles (“Saturday Night (feat. Ludacris)” and “Get ‘Em Girls (feat. Snoop Dogg)”), although both songs were coupled with shoe-string budget clips that make Girls Aloud‘s “Something Kinda Ooooh” video look groundbreaking.)
Singles aside, I wanted to share one of my favorite album tracks: “Maze,” which was produced by Fredro (who’s also responsible for album tracks “Can Anybody Tell Me?” and “Forget Your Name”) and co-penned by one of my current songwriter crushes, Claude Kelly.
Fredro, the song’s producer, is a Swedish-born writer who first began making waves in the early ’00′s producing for about a zillion of MuuMuse’s most approved acts including Shontelle‘s “Ghetto Lullabye” (!), The Sugababes‘ “Switch” (!!), and Holly Valance‘s “Hush Now” (!!!), as well as another former Australian Idol contestant–Season 1 winner, Guy Sebastian.
Claude Kelly is the same man responsible for co-penning Britney‘s “Circus” and “Shattered Glass” (I know, I KNOW…deep breaths!), Miley Cyrus‘ “Party In The U.S.A.” with Jessie J, and a handful of the better offerings from Christina Aguilera this year, including “Woohoo,” “Desnudate,” and arguably Burlesque‘s best number, “Express.” As one of his latest productions now soars up the Billboard charts (Bruno Mars‘ devastatingly good “Grenade”), I’m fully anticipating the talented songwriter to dominate in 2011.
So that is that, and now we have “Maze”: A fantastically slick, electronica-infused R&B scorcher.
The song is particularly fantastic because it somewhat recalls JoJo‘s legendary “Too Little, Too Late” in that the chorus is very anthem-like and triumphant/inspirational sounding, when in fact the actual message of the song is rife with inner turmoil and a certain degree of sadness.
Speaking to its ‘explosive’ quality, “Maze” basically contains approximately two and a half choruses. First, there’s the pre-chorus (“Yeah, ’cause…one minute you want my tou-ee-uch, yeah / Next minute you donâ€™t want none”).
Upon first listen, it seems like this could be the song’s decent chorus–but it isn’t. IT JUST FEEDS INTO A BETTER ONE: “OOOOOH! Should I stay or should I GOOOO?”
But then, something EVEN MORE AMAZING happens toward the end of the actual chorus: “Your heart is like a MA-EE-AY-ZE!” J. Melly bellows and repeats, rendering the listener physically incapable of doing anything except throwing their head back and hollering right along with the Aussie R&B songstress.
In conclusion: “Maze” is a-MAZE-ing. Do you see what I just did there?! LOLOLOLOL.