David Bowie – Let’s Dance

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#ThrowbackThursday – We go back to 1983 when David Bowie was Nº1 in the US and the UK with the title track from the Nile Rodgers produced album Let’s Dance. The song was the first single to be lifted from the album and became Bowie’s biggest-selling hit. The track also went to Nº1 in 7 other countries. This was Bowie’s 4th UK Nº1 featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who played lead guitar.

Let’s Dance was Bowie’s only transatlantic Nº1 and it’s not hard to understand why. The upbeat song has mass appeal and Bowie himself described it as “positive, emotional and uplifting.” “I tried to produce something that was warmer and more humanistic than anything I’ve done for a long time. Less emphasis on the nihilistic kind of statement.”

The music video was filmed on location in Australia and directed by David Mallet and Bowie. Locations included in the video was a bar in Carinda in New South Wales and the Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran. It featured Bowie playing with his band while impassively watching an Aboriginal couple’s struggles against metaphors of Western cultural imperialism. The red shoes mentioned in the song’s lyrics appear in several contexts. Bowie described this video (and the video for his subsequent single, “China Girl”) as “very simple, very direct” statements against racism and oppression.

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Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On
(ft. MØ)

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We can’t stop listening to Major Lazer’s Lean On. It’s an Indian-reggae culture mash-up full of positive vibes! In case you didn’t know Major Lazer is a music project created by American DJ and record producer Diplo and consists of Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. The track is a collaboration with French DJ and producer, DJ Snake with guest vocals by Danish rising star MØ (featured on Iggy Azalea’s single Beg for It.)

The electronic music tycoons headed to the Indian countryside to film the music video for the track. We see some Bollywood-inspired choreography and a traditional Indian dance troupe. The video was directed by Tim Erem and shot in Mumbai in December last year. Here’s what Diplo had to say about the experience:

“India is special and its beauty absolutely humbled me. When we toured there as Major Lazer, it was mind blowing to see our fan-base and we wanted to incorporate the attitude and positive vibes into our video and just do something that embodies the essence of Major Lazer. Major Lazer has always been a culture mashup and to us, India feels like some kind of special creature with one foot in history and one firmly in the future. The experience is something we’ll never forget.”

The track has reached Nº1 in 5 countries and the Top 10 in 9 countries. It is now racing up the UK charts and is currently at Nº13. It is taken from Major Lazer’s upcoming third studio album, Peace Is The Mission, to be released in June.

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Rihanna strips off for V Magazine!

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It’s RihannaRama! If you’re not quite in the summer mood yet these semi-NSFW photos of Rihanna should help. V magazine’s Summer 2015 issue features pages of Rihanna in a sizzling hot photo shoot. The Bad Girl of Pop dons a blonde platinum wig, chalky blue eyeshadow, long thick eyelashes, bubble gum pink lipstick, orange nail polish and… not much else for these fantastic retro pin-up images.

Shot by high-flying photographer Steven Klein and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, RiRi is a tanned goddess oozing self confidence and sexiness, even with this completely new look. In some of the photos she dons sheer luxury swimwear matched with colourful furs and cheeky shorts that show off her curves. This is fun-fashion and RiRi completely killed it!



Inside the issue Rihanna discusses her highly anticipated new album, social media, her latest singles and many other issues. Here are a few juicy excerpts:

Rihanna shot back at those who criticized her for “taking time off”: “I didn’t actually take time off. The past two years are the hardest I’ve ever worked,” she said, pointing out that she’s been at work on several projects, including two albums, the animated movie “Home,” a summer tour and her first annual Diamond Ball, which she launched in December.

On her privacy issues: “Do I even give a dick about that anymore?”


On FourFiveSeconds: “The thing that made me fall in love with [‘FourFiveSeconds’] is the juxtaposition of the music and the lyrics. When you read the lyrics it’s a completely different song than what you are hearing. The music is easygoing, but the lyrical content is very loud and in your face. In performing this, the key was to make sure the aggression wasn’t lost.”

On her upcoming eighth album: “Dude, I’m in love with my interludes. This one called ‘James,’ joint is on constant repeat. [The album is] soulful and aggressive, whether it’s lyrically, musically, or just the tone of my voice.”


On her social media impact: “I run away from anything that does not stimulate me. I often find myself gravitating toward the underground. There is a certain creative freedom there that you can’t experience anywhere else.”

The summer 2015 issue of V Magazine, V95, will ht the newsstands on May 7. Click here to pre-order via the magazine’s official website. On the same site you can also order a Deluxe Edition Box-Set of the Summer Issue which features a case covered with Steven Klein’s explosive RiRi photographs, a copy of V95, and three different mystery posters created by Klein, Bess NYC, and Slava Mogutin.



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DeJ Loaf – Me U & Hennessy

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Dej Loaf, the pint-sized MC from Detroit, has been on everyone’s radar ever since her 2014 club anthem Try Me blew up on the charts. Her brilliant Sell Sole mixtape (2014) and a deal with Columbia Records have put her under the spotlight. Now, with the release of the super sultry Me U & Hennessy, she seems to be the next big thing for female rap.

Me U & Hennessy is an intimate, romantic song – a heartfelt sex ballad really, and the first time we have seen this side of the 24-year-old rhymer. Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks recently named her as one of the “hottest females in entertainment”. Some rappers have even written songs about their affection for her.

At the end of the video we hear Lil Wayne’s voice and there follows a “To be continued” message teasing a remix of the track featuring him. Yesterday (April 20) the remix was released and it certainly turns up the heat! Weezy gets down to business with his sexually explicit verse, singing about codeine and Adderall, threesomes, doing it doggy style and no TVs reporting bad news.

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Wisin, Carlos Vives – Nota de Amor
ft. Daddy Yankee

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Wisin, Carlos Vives & Daddy Yankee have hit Nº1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart. The video was filmed over a few weeks by director Jessy Terrero at a luxury, Miami mansion on Golden Beach. It’s full of eye-candy – gorgeous dancing girls, a sleek black Lamborghini, a BMW i8 and an over-the-top luxury beachfront mansion.

Nota de Amor (Love Note) gives Colombian singer Vives his 10th Nº1 on the list whilst Puerto Rican Wisin grabs his third Nº1 as a solo act and 13th Nº1 in his career. Puerto Rican rapper-singer Yankee gains his fourth Nº1. According to Nielsen Music the track recorded 11.4 million audience impressions during the week ending April 12.

This formidable trio will perform the song for the first time live at the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards, broadcast by Telemundo on April 30. Wisin is up for awards including Latin Rhythm Song of the Year (Adrenalina ft Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez), and Latin Rhythm Album of the Year (El Regreso Del Sobreviviente).

The track is from Wisin’s upcoming 3rd studio album Wisin Presenta: Vaqueros La Trilogía (2015).

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Avril Lavigne – Fly for Special Olympics

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Avril Lavigne debuted her new track Fly on Good Morning America last week (April 16) and announced that all of the net proceeds will go to the Special Olympics. “I wanted the athletes to be the stars of the video and, just like the message of the song, to show the world that they can overcome the challenges and that everyone is meant to shine,” she shared.

The video includes footage of Avril’s visit to a Special Olympics program in Shanghai last year, as well as scenes of athletes participating in the Special Olympics. We also get to see Avril singing the song in what looks like her home recording studio (the pink microphone is a dead giveaway).

Lavigne herself is just recovering from a year long battle with Lyme disease. “I went from doctor to doctor for about eight months until I found somebody that had the knowledge of Lyme disease and the experience of treating it.”

The 30-year-old was bedridden for five long months, but it did give her the perfect time to create and focus on new music. “I’ve never had so much down time in my life, so it’s been good in that sense. It’s just about inner strength and courage. This song took on a whole new meaning for me while I was sick, which was pretty magical.”

This video was created by Avril Lavigne and Special Olympics in celebration of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, and inspired by the Avril Lavigne Foundation.
More about Special Olympics – More about the Avril Lavigne Foundation

Buy Fly Now on iTunes (proceeds benefit Special Olympics)

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David Hasselhoff – True Survivor

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80s icon and former Knight Rider and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has just released a new single – True Survivor – and it’s an 80s synth rock dream! The track is lifted from the soundtrack of King Fury, a martial arts comedy film that was completely funded on Kickstarter. 17,713 backers pledged $630,019 to help fund the movie, which is slated for a May 28 release. On Kickstarter the film is described as “a visually spectacular action comedy that has its foundation in ’80s cop movies.”

As you might expect, the video is completely crazy. The Hoff takes on numerous villains, including Nazis and robots, whilst sporting an 80s-style mullet and leather bomber jacket. Gunfights? Dogs with lasers for eyeballs? Hitler? Kung fu? A giant viking? Explosions galore? Dinosaurs? Sure! The video was shared on Twitter by Jared Leto who wrote, “Say THANK YOU for putting this in your life.”

“The song is perfect for me as I really am, in real life, a True Survivor,” Hasselhoff said to Idolator. “The ’80s was about fun, action, and heroes. Kung Fury has it all! I’m honored to be involved with [director] David Sandberg, an up-and-coming force of nature in the animation digital entertainment world,” he said.

Kung Fury was written and directed by David Sandberg who also appears in the film with Joanna Häggblom, Andreas Cahling and Leopold Nilsson. Find out more about the film on

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Ella Eyre – Together

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Hello, summer anthem! Ella Eyre has just released a video for her soulful, drum-and-bass-infused track Together. Forget the 9 to 5 and head off to Barcelona in a VW with Ella! 🙂

Vevo posted the track 2 days ago and called it “The Sound of the summer – We’ve made Ella’s new tune our TRACK OF THE WEEK! :-)” Could this be Ella’s first Nº1? Smells like it to us. We love ourselves some Ella – what a voice!

The 21-year-old Brit has already scored two Top 20 singles as a solo artist with If I Go (Nº 16) and Comeback (Nº12), as well as a Nº1 with Rudimental, Waiting All Night, and a Top 5 hit with DJ Fresh on Gravity.

The video was shot by Craig Moore in and around Barcelona, and was produced by Futurecut (Rihanna, Lily Allen). Together is officially out on May 18 and is lifted from Eyre’s debut album Feline, which is expected to be released later this summer.

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Blondie – Call me

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#ThrowbackThursday – We go back 35 years to 1980 when Blondie started a 6-week run on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with Call Me, also a Nº1 in the UK and a Top 10 hit in 15 other countries. The song features on the soundtrack of the Richard Gere movie American Gigolo – it plays over the opening titles where Gere is driving his car down the pacific coast highway in California.

Debbie Harry stated that the song is about driving, and that “When I was writing it, I pictured the opening scene, driving on the coast of California.” European disco legend Giorgio Moroder produced the track. The bridge of the original English-language version also includes Harry singing “Call me, my darling” in Italian (“Amore, chiamami”) and in French (“Appelle-moi, mon chéri”).

Not only was the track Nº1 on the Hot 100 for 6 weeks, it was certified Gold and spent 4 weeks at Nº2 on the US dance chart. It was Nº1 on Billboard Magazine’s 1980 year-end chart and lists as Nº 44 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100. 25 years after its original release, Call Me was ranked at No. 283 on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Sunday Sessions with Joey Rockstar

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This weeks #SundaySessions take us to Toronto with up and coming rapper Joey Rockstar who has worked with Kanye West’s Good Music signee “CyHi The Prynce”. He might be fairly new to the scene, but what he lacks in experience he makes up for with passion and a determination to succeed.

This 20-year old rapper released his debut single in 2012 – Clothes and Jays – which led to a collaboration with Kanye West’s Good Music signee “CyHi The Prynce”. Since then Joey has released 5 independent projects and is gearing up for his latest release The Rich Boys Mixtape.

Joey’s sound will appeal to fans of boom bap, smoked-out rap and/or experimental hip-hop. Hot New Hip Hop said in a recent feature on Joey “This Toronto native sounds like he has a lot going for him.” Users on Hot New Hip Hop rated him “Very Hottttt” (82%).


Joey’s latest single, Fantasy, was released just 6 days ago. (Tap here to watch in Creation 5)

Joey’s Sunday Sessions

1 – Big Sean – Deserve It ft. PartyNextDoor (Dark Sky Paradise)
“I like this song because he reflects on where he has come from as an artist, and he paints a picture with the lyrics. I felt like I could envision what he was talking about and the instrumental created a nice atmosphere.”

2 – Jeremih – Planes ft. J. Cole
“I like this song because Jeremih’s voice is so unique and incredible and the beat is awesome! The song in general is really inspiring and the J cole verse doesn’t hurt either!”

3 – Kendrick Lamar – Alright
“This upbeat song is so unique. I love the way Kendrick opens the song up and the lyrics are very creative!”

Connect with Joey
Soundcloud – Twitter – Facebook – Instagram

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