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Annie Leaks New Song "I Know Your Girlfriend Hates Me"

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This is the moment lots of you have been waiting for.

Annie's much-anticipated new single, titled "I Know Your Girlfriend Hates Me," was leaked on her MySpace page yesterday. Unfortunately, her label pulled the track before most of her fans could find out about it and replaced it with a brief sample of the single. Ugh. 

Luckily, blogger AiMT posted an audio stream of the entire track here. "I Know Your Girlfriend Hates Me" was written and produced by Richard X who previously worked with Sugababes, Róisín Murphy, Gwen Stefani, Pet Shop Boys and many other pop artists.

Even though the rip is not of great quality, I'm really liking this new Annie track. It is a crispy pop tune filled with quirky sound effects and the Norwegian singer's fragile, yet endearing vocals (and the "ring-ding-a-dong" bit around the 2:12 mark is totally cute). In good ole' "Bubblegum" fashion, she continues to tease a boy with her seductive lyrics and razor-sharp wit.

Listen to Annie "I Know Your Girlfriend Hates Me"

March 26, 2008 in Audio Streams | Permalink | Comments (4)

Listen to The Veronicas "Untouched"

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If you were looking for this week's guilty pleasure, I think I might have found just the right track for you.

Check out The Veronicas' fast-paced new single "Untouched" that is taken from their new album "Hook Me Up."  The twins from Brisbane, Australia first hit the scene back in 2005 with their debut single "Forever" that became a huge teen hit across MySpace and other social networking sites.

Jessica and Lisa Origliasso turn it up a few notches on this new single that introduces a brand-new, electro-driven sound. The song is a peppy brew filled with über dramatic strings, hook-laden synths and a buzzing bassline that tells a story about teenage yearning for a little love.

The sisters whote their sophomore album together with veteran hitmakers like Shelly Peiken (Christina Aguilera), Greg Wells (Mika), John Feldmann (The Used, Good Charlotte) and Billy Steinberg who wrote "Like A Virgin" for Madonna, "True Colors" for Cyndi Lauer and "Eternal Flame" for The Bangles. "Untouched" was written by up and coming songwriter Toby Gad who is also responsible for Fergie's evergreen "Big Girls Don't Cry." Catch the video for "Untouched" here.

Listen to The Veronicas "Untouched" [Quicktime]

March 26, 2008 in Audio Streams | Permalink | Comments (3)

Watch Temposhark "Blame"

Check out this brand-new Temposhark music video that shows the band recording their single "Blame" in the studio. The song prominently displays Temposhark's signature sound of big, synth driven melodies with Rob Diament's inspired vocal delivery. Their debut LP "The Invisible Line" is available on iTunes now.

March 25, 2008 in Temposhark | Permalink | Comments (1)

R.E.M. Premiers New Album on iLlike.com

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R.E.M. premiered its entire new album, titled "Accelerate," yesterday on social music discovery site iLike.com. It's a first for the Silicon Valley upstart that will surely boost its membership base to record new levels in the coming days. The iLike R.E.M. listening party will continue through March 26th, six days before the album's North American release on April 1st.

"Collaborating with iLike, and debuting 'Accelerate' across the Web is in keeping with the spirit and immediacy of the album." says the band's frontman Michael Stipe in a press release. "We wanted to do something superfast and super real. Music, art, and pop culture are about right now, and nothing else matters. 'Accelerate' is our turbo-charged response to the times we live in."

"With 11 songs clocking in at just 34 minutes, 'Accelerate 'is intense and relevant, with songs inspired by the WTO riots in Seattle, the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and other topical themes," said Ali Partovi, CEO of iLike. "We are honored to play a role in helping R.E.M. introduce this album to their fans across the Web. This is our first-ever Worldwide Listening Party and R.E.M. has set a very high bar."

I created profiles on both Last.fm and iLike.com to test out both services. I'm still figuring out which one I like best. Does any of you have experience with these two? Which one do you prefer?

March 25, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Free Download: N.E.R.D. "Everybody Nose"

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When The Neptunes' Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams get together, they create a little bit of musical magic. I have been grooving to N.E.R.D.'s "Everybody Nose" ever since it was first leaked to the airwaves a few months ago. It is a banging pop R&B track that is dominated by spaced out sounds effects, fierce rhythmic syncopation, a sharped-edge bassline and soulful production stylings that very much define The Neptunes' distinct sound.

The song is a good example of why I am a fan of Hugo and Williams. It is not so much about the incredible vocals or the deeply emotive lyrics, but it is the production of their songs that fascinates me. Their secret to making music is a neat little software program called ProTools. It enables them to seamlessly mix acoustic instruments and digital bits to create a sound that appears to be recorded by a live band. "I want my live records to sound like they're programmed and my programmed records to sound like they were live," Williams once explained in an interview with The New York Times.

"Everybody Nose" is a song about the dark side of fame that was obviously inspired by some of the Hollywood starlets falling from grace last year. The track is taken from N.E.R.D.'s upcoming new album "Seeing Sounds" that is scheduled for release this summer. (The scratching at the end of "Everybody Nose" is courtesy of another very iconic music producer who is a childhood friend of Pharrell. Click HERE to find out who it is.)

Download N.E.R.D. "Everybody Nose" [MP3]

March 25, 2008 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (4)