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Video Premiere: Natalie Merchant – “Giving Up Everything”

Video Premiere: Natalie Merchant - "Giving Up Everything"

Former 10,000 Maniacs vocalist Natalie Merchant will release a new self-titled album on May 6 via Nonesuch Records. The video for the song “Giving Up Everything,” directed by Dan Winters and featuring the first music to be heard from the album, premiered last week over on NPR’s First Watch.

The release of her new self-produced album marks Merchant’s first record of original material in thirteen years. It will include guest vocalists Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell and gospel singer Corliss Stafford.

Merchant’s career began when, as a college student, she joined the seminal alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. Serving as lead vocalist, lyricist, and sometime pianist, Merchant released five critically acclaimed studio albums with the band, including the platinum-selling In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man’s Zoo (1989), Our Time in Eden (1992), and MTV Unplugged (1993). Merchant left the group in 1993, after 12 years, to record her first solo album. Tigerlily (1995) was certified five-times platinum, and was followed by the platinum Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), and Motherland (2001).

Watch: New Trailer For Gay Drama “Burning Blue”

Watch: New Trailer For Gay Drama "Burning Blue"The new trailer for the gay drama Burning Blue – starring British-American actor and model Trent Ford and The Last Airbender actor Morgan Spector – doesn’t shy away from the fact that it’s a love story about two pilots engaging in a secret romance.

The film, which will be released in select U.S. theaters and VOD on June 6th, was originally an acclaimed Off-Broadway play. The story centers on the relationship between two Navy fighter pilots during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era. The romantic drama is now a film directed and co-written by DMW Greer, who wrote the original play.

“In 1987, a classmate and fellow Navy Pilot was killed in an accident while piloting a routine jet training flight over the California desert,” Greer says. “While I’d lost several friends in aviation accidents, ‘Matt’s’ death was different. While it did not fully occur to me until he was gone, I realized I’d been in love with him for many years. It was something understood and experienced together but never discussed.”

Adding: “It was a devastating loss, nearly overwhelming. Still as all military aviators are trained to do I worked to isolate and compartmentalize everything – putting the experience aside and carrying on.” This complicated relationship would serve as the inspiration for Burning Blue.

Plot: They have been trained to meet danger head-on, to execute vital strategic maneuvers while flying at breathtaking speeds. But after a series of fatal accidents, a close-knit squadron of male Navy pilots begins to splinter—and becomes the focus of a criminal investigation. As a government agent digs to uncover the cause of the accidents, two of the pilots engage in a secret, forbidden relationship. Their affair is exposed…and the squadron is engulfed by an incendiary scandal that will challenge each pilot’s notions of friendship, love, honor and courage.

New Music: Meshell Ndegeocello – “Conviction”

New Music: Meshell Ndegeocello - "Conviction"Meshell Ndegeocello, best known for three-time Grammy nominated hit “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)” and her duet with John Mellencamp on a cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night”, has premiered a new song titled “Conviction.” The track is taken from Ndegeocello’s forthcoming studio album, Comet, Come To Me, which is scheduled for release on June 3rd via Naive.

“Comet, Come To Me was a little labor but a lot of love. It was made with my favorite collaborators, and it felt good to channel the sounds in my mind after having Nina in residence for a while,” says Meshell, referencing her last album, a tribute to Nina Simone. The collaborative process that comes with making an album especially inspires her. “When I’m writing songs and recording the demos, I’m having my own awesome experience in my attic, or on a plane, or in a hotel room, just making my beats on my laptop. Then I get together with these people that I have an intimate musical relationship with, and we bring the songs to life.”

In addition to the twelve new tracks on Comet, Come to Me (15 including the bonus tracks available on her website), fans of Meshell’s will no doubt be intrigued by her cover of Whodini’s “Friends”, a seminal hip-hop track originally released in 1984. Commenting on her inspiration for choosing this song, Meshell explains: “I play with a lot of people who play improvisational music and jazz, and I thought it would be fun to take something that they might think of as easy or straight-forward, and do something different with it. I also like how language is morphing, and ‘friends’ is such a malleable word, I don’t even know what it means anymore.”

New Andy Bell Single Coming Next Month, Album To Follow

New Andy Bell Single Coming In May, Album To Follow Erasure vocalist and synthpop pioneer Andy Bell will release a new single titled “Beautiful” on May 5th via Ministry of Pop. The song, a collaboration with songwriting and production duo Shelter, will serve as the lead single from Andy’s forthcoming third solo album, ipop.

Ministry of Pop confirmed the release on their Facebook page, saying: “The Ministry of Pop is proud to announce the release of Andy Bell’s new single “Beautiful” Pre order available from 21st April. Official release date 5th May 2014. “Beautiful” is the first single from Andy’s forthcoming album “ipop” produced in collaboration with Shelter.”

According to Shelter, ipop will also include a contribution from Erasure songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke. “We’re still working up the track with Vince, but so far, apart from a few tweaks here and there, he said he’s loving what we’ve done, bells, whistles, brass knobs & all,” says Shelter. Adding: “What with Andy & Vince being our own idols, it all just feels a bit surreal really but in a very good way! We do however feel extremely driven and focused more than ever to produce a product that both Andy & Vince (and naturally all general Vince / Andy / Erasure fans) collectively will be proud of.”

Andy Bell released his debut solo album, Electric Blue, in October of 2005. “Crazy,” the album’s Manhattan Clique produced lead single, peaked number 35 on the UK singles chart. Bell’s second studio album, Non-Stop, came in 2010. The album, which was co-written and co-produced by Bell and veteran producer Pascal Gabriel, spawned four singles: “Running Out,” “Will You Be There?,” “Call On Me,” and “Non-Stop.”

Earlier this month, Bell and DJ/producer Dave Audé released their highly anticipated collaboration single “Aftermath (Here We Go)” on iTunes via Audacious Records.

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Remix Premiere: Kylie Minogue – “I Was Gonna Cancel (The Presets Remix)”

Remix Premiere: Kylie Minogue - "I Was Gonna Cancel (The Presets Remix)"

I am not even going to lie: I really, really dislike “I Was Gonna Cancel” by Kylie. I found it difficult to even finish listening to the first time I heard it, which is really saying something considering my love for all things Kylie. When I saw that The Presets, who I also adore, had remixed the song, I rushed to hit play. Unfortunately, for me, the remix is just about as interesting as the song itself. Kylie will release “I Was Gonna Cancel” in America on May 12th. I think I am going to have to pass on this one.

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New Music: Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

New Music: Lana Del Rey - "West Coast"

“Video Games” singer Lana Del Rey has premiered her new single, “West Coast.” The song, which was co-written by Del Rey and Rick Nowels, while production was handled by Dan Auerbach, serves as our introduction to her upcoming third studio album, Ultraviolence. The song is out now on iTunes.

Video: Pet Shop Boys Perform Live @ Coachella 2014

Video: Pet Shop Boys Perform Live @ Coachella 2014

British new wave icons Pet Shop Boys took the stage at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. The iconic duo performed a fantastic set that included “Integral,” “I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing,” “Suburbia,” “It’s a Sin” and, of course, “West End Girls.” You can watch the entire set below!

Video Premiere: Mike Oldfield – “Moonshine”

Video Premiere: Mike Oldfield - "Moonshine"

Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Mike Oldfield, best-known for the 1973 album Tubular Bells, has premiered the music video for his new single, “Moonshine,” which features vocals from Luke Spiller – lead singer of up-and-coming band The Struts. The song is the latest to be pulled from Oldfield’s critically acclaimed UK Top 20 album Man On The Rocks, which was released in America via iTunes last month. The album was record in the Bahamas with legendary British producer Stephen Lipson, known for his work with Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, and Annie Lennox, and features contributions from  legendary bassist Leland Sklar (Phil Collins, Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor) and drummer John Robinson (Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Daft Punk).

New Music: OneRepublic – “Love Runs Out (Extended Edit)”

New Music: OneRepublic - "Love Runs Out (Extended Edit)"

OneRepublic has premiered their brand new single “Love Runs Out” in full via their SoundCloud page. The track, which was crafted by the band’s frontman and hugely successful singer-songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder, was originally intended to be the lead single from the band’s latest album Native, but Ryan felt the song wasn’t quite ready to be released. “Love Runs Out,” which you can download now on iTunes, appears on a re-packaged version of the band’s album Native.

Robyn & Röyksopp Announce “Do It Again” Mini Album

Robyn & Röyksopp Announce "Do It Again" Mini AlbumNorwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp and Swedish pop singer Robyn will release a five-track mini album to coincide with their joint tour. The “Do It Again” mini album will be released via Cherrytree Records/Interscope on May 26th, 2014, and will be spearheaded by the title track, which will be released April 28th digitally via digital download stores and streaming via subscription services.

“This 5 track mini-album is the accumulation and embodiment of the synergy between Robyn and ourselves,” Röyksopp reveal. “We’ve intended this to be a diverse yet cohesive and thought through musical venture; it’s meant to be an expression where pop & art reign side by side.”

The highly anticipated “Do It Again” tour with Röyksopp and Robyn kicks off this summer in Spain at the Sonar Festival on June 13th and hits the US with stops including The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on June 29th and at Pier 97 in NYC on August 20th. Robyn and Röyksopp have a long history of working and performing together. They collaborated on 2009’s “The Girl and The Robot,” (from Röyksopp’s album Junior) and again on 2010’s “None of Dem” (from Robyn’s album Body Talk). They have also played live together several times, notably at the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 2011, and most recently, Robyn joined Röyksopp onstage in Trondheim, Norway. For Tour and Ticket information: http://doitaga.in/

Röyksopp and Robyn have unveiled a clip from “Monument”, the first track on the mini album. You can listen to a snippet of the song below.

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