<p>Asha Sing</p>

Asha Sing

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Exclusive Premiere: Asha Sing's party pop 'Satellite' video

Summer's not over yet

You may have picked up on Asha Sing's beat last summer with her infectious "Mercy." And this summer is hardly over, according to her new music video for "Satellite."

Today, HitFix exclusively premieres the vid from the Miami-based artist, below. Again, Sing actively incorporates her Desi roots with a handful of Holi powder around her pool party.

"Satellite was really fun for me to make because it was the first time I got to take more of a directors role. We specifically created a story where I got to show my personality and more of my acting chops," Sing said. "The best part was that a lot of my best friends and family were in the video. We were cracking up the entire shoot trying to finish."

This fall, the former Shakira backup dancer sets off on her Be Unique Tour in South Florida to middle and high schools, to share her story "of choosing an education first and how she set out to break the barrier between Indian and American pop music, blending them together and ridding it of stereotypes."

The single "Satellite" was released in August.

Kendrick Lamar: 'I love myself' in new single 'i'
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Kendrick Lamar: 'I love myself' in new single 'i'

Trippy production with a heavy Isley Brothers sample

Kendrick Lamar goes back in time in a couple of ways for his much-anticpated new single "i."

It's the first solo release from the rapper since "good kid, m.A.A.d city" came along and blew minds two years ago (and about eights months since he was robbed of armfuls of Grammys).

The intro sounds like it was ripped from the Civil Rights era in the late '60s, with an announcer hyping a speech from "Brother Kendrick Lamar."

"He's not a rapper, he's a writer! He's a lover!" he says. "If you read in between the lines, we’ll learn to love one another. You can't do that without lovin' yourself..." Record scratch.

Then a guitar-tittering Isley Brothers sample, from "That Lady," kicks in, teleporting the Compton writer star right into 1973. The Rahki-produced and Ali-mixed song keeps it light and fun from then on out, with Lamar keeping the positive vibe flowing.

"Dreams are reality’s peace / Blow steam in the face of the beast / The sky can fall down / The wind can cry down / The strong in me / I still smile," he rhymes over the hooks. "I've been through a whole lot / Trials and tribulations but I know God/ Satan want to put me in a bow tie/pray that the holy water don’t go dry."

Keep an ear out for the blaring of car horns, shooting you in the city, but then goofily off-setting them with keyboards ad-libs straight outta the play room.

It's a refreshingly, self-loving song, a swagger without put-downs or diamonds.

Lamar has maintained that his new album will be out this year. This is a good sign of things to come.

12 most important seconds of Pitbull's new 'Fireball' music video

12 most important seconds of Pitbull's new 'Fireball' music video

Ah-ooga

Pitbull has released the David Rousseau-directed music video to his "Fireball" single featuring John Ryan, which dances us into the night at a club into which we'd never be invited. Listen for the nod to Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," were this nod be a great seismic shift causing the Earth to lurch and bodies fold upon themselves.

Here are the most important seconds of this music video:

0:14: In a demonstartion of impressive restraint, it is at this second that Pitbull executes the second of only two Pitbull Giggles.

0:34: Guitar face LOL

0:47: I would literally pay money to hear Pitbull distinguish the term "conquering" from "cumming," in person, aloud.

1:08: Dad dance

1:44: This is the part where I thought, this party actually looks fun. Then I can do the big reveal on my latest moves.

2:17: Butt scan, a scan of butt.

2:19: Your poker face sucks, dude.

2:34: This is what I do whenever I enter a room.

2:47: "The Mask" At 20: An Homage

2:59: "I'm going to steal your drink and pee in it," she whispered.

3:37: Slight breach of etiquette in the ladies' room, but at least she wasn't peeing.

And then Bruce Wayne's parents were shot, in the rain, in a dark alleyway.

Gwar got a new singer, and it's a woman named Vulvatron

Gwar got a new singer, and it's a woman named Vulvatron

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters has a good Dave Brockie story

After frontman and founder Oderus Urungus (aka Dave Brockie) of Gwar died earlier this year, many wondered what the future of the gross-out metal band would be. The band has always had a rotating door, but there would need to be a gap filled for another vocalist.

Well, we have at least a partial answer. Gwar got a lady singer. And her name is Vulvatron. According to a profile from Wondering Sound, she made her debut during Riot Fest in Chicago over the weekend, and she is a sight to see.

I feel, in this case, we have all won, and for several reasons:

1. Her "massive (prosthetic) breasts occasionally shoot geysers of blood," making her "a monster instead of a princess."

2. She's purple! Cool!

3. She is not the first female member of Gwar, but is the group's first major player, co-leading on vocals with Blothar (aka Mike Bishop, aka Beefcake the Mighty).

4. She's already getting the hang of Twitter, the guts-spewing, fire-inacting, cum-and-blood-chugging, guitar-wielding, speaker-blowing social media medium of choice.

RIB, Brockie. Long live Vulvatron.

And in case you didn't know, hero human Dave Grohl is a fan, and has a good story about Gwar and Brockie, below (NSFW). This was delivered during the Foo Fighters' ultra-small show at The National in Virginia last night (Sept. 17).

Review: Chris Brown's new album 'X' rarely makes its marks

Review: Chris Brown's new album 'X' rarely makes its marks

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On ego and art

Chris Brown is an artist whose public persona is nearly impossible to separate from his art.

He's an obviously gifted singer, and frequently an even better dancer. His pout and his swagger, when he's performing, is all part of the act. And the act can often be the art. He's also been repeatedly arrested, charged and sentenced for assault; he publicly brawls with other artists; he's proven a hostile and defensive in television appearances and on social media. That recent Billboard interview was insufferable. He can be vile about women, boastful about commercial success and his own materialism.

His success is dependent on inspired live performances, a hit single and the support of his label and guest artists on his records. This need has worked its way into his art, onto his new album "X," though not always in the most explicit, lyrical terms.

"X" was an album that took a year-and-a-half to make, and publicly went through spits and starts. It's biggest rev really began with the success of "Loyal" feat. Tyga and Lil Wayne, a runaway hip-hop smash with a hugely catchy vibe and ugly, misogynistic lyrics that sprinkles drug use on top like the Weeknd showed up for the weekend. It's defensive as hell, too, which makes fans "loyal" to Brown defensive on his behalf. He doesn't even need to answer to its blatant, demeaning themes.

Except that he does anyway.

"If you're only as good as the company you keep / Then I'mma blame you for what they say about me," he warns in the first lines of the titular, opening dance-inspired track. It's a noisy and soaring offering, co-produced by Brown and Diplo. Then, cynically: "I can make you a believer if I turn the nonsense down."

The "company" he keeps on this album, in addition to Diplo? Chart-toppers like Usher, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, Jhene Aiko and producer Danja. (Nicki Minaj wastes away on "Love More" from the deluxe bonus version, the same collection of excess tracks where Brown's terrible "Fine China" exists to be burned by a thousand fires.)

Some of these singers, rappers and beat-makers are contemporaries any artist would kill to keep in their cadre. Stylistically, Brown's riding their sonics. This does not make for a cohesive album.

"Songs on 12 Play" is an obvious homage to Kellz, plugging "Ignition" though inviting Songz to guest on vocals. R. Kelly shows up instead on messy pussy ode "Drown In It" which is just as explicit as you imagine. Perfectly innocuous "New Flame" reverses it's simple structure to cater to an Usher cameo and, worse, a dorky Rick Ross verse, promising to do you ladies "right."

Let's pause. I don't think for a single second the cameos from troubled artists like R. Kelly (for his chronicled history of sexual assault of young women), Rick Ross (who has difficulty grasping what sexual assault even is) and Akon (whose rep was partially staked on a fake criminal history) on an album of troubled artist Chris Brown is coincidence. I also think that guest spots from artists like Grande, Aiko, Brandy and Lil Wayne were from artists who wanted or could use the exposure: Grande and Brown were in the lab before "Problem" was even Grande's great career solution. Brandy's rebuilding the Brandy brand, as is loyal Wayne. Aiko is building off her breakout year.

This all returns to that initial assertion, that "guilt/innocence by association" I think its in moments like these that Brown forces an intersection of public face -- ego -- and art.

Perhaps that's why there's "Loyal," and its reheated machismo on "Stereotype." That's why there's the slobbery sex anthems and fluffy suite of "Body Shots" and "Drunk Texting." "X" is 17 songs long, including a throwaway "interlude" ("101"), performed in a lot of different styles and hardly a single one of them focus on the "personal" Brown, about forgiveness or debt, prison or rehab, girlfriends or exes, or growth.

Brown and his company think it's time you forget the ego: he wants a hit, whether descriptive, debaucherous or offensive. As long as it stays impersonal.

Reeling "Autumn Leaves" and "Do Better" do alright; "X" really is a wind-up toy that will get you ready for a game better than this. "Time for Love" and "Add Me In" are also highlights, with some vocal takes that actually sound inspired.

Overall, though, a prioritization of style over substance may explain why "X" just feels like R&B spit-balling, sounding like "now," not "for always," and zero fun at all. To quote another lyric from "X," "I swear to God I'm moving on": Brown breezily flitting between villainous provocateur to lover-man to pimp to The Good Guy -- the "moving on" -- is maybe what's holding him back.

Run The Jewels drop a new hip-hop track to have you saying 'Oh My'

Run The Jewels drop a new hip-hop track to have you saying 'Oh My'

Don't cry: El-P and Killer Mike are back

Run The Jewels are back with a track that will have you saying "Oh My."

The duo -- consisting of Killer Mike and El-P --  dropped "Oh My Darling Don't Cry" today via the Adult Swim Singles series, ahead of their next album "Run The Jewels 2" (that's "RTJ2" for those who wish to conserve characters.)

The songs from the AS singles program have included eyebrow-blazers from dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder to metal men Mastodon to electronica composer Fatima Al Qadiri. You can hear the previously released song streams in the Soundcloud playlist below.

Run The Jewels has already released "Blockbuster Night Pt. 1" from #RTJ2; like their first self-titled album, this set will be out for free to fans, with the option to purchase on CD or vinyl.

Run The Jewels tour dates are below all the yummy streams.

Here are Run The Jewels' tour dates:

10/15 - College Station, TX - Boulevard 217 %
10/16 - Austin, TX - Red 7 %
10/18 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's %
10/20 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz
10/21 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall %
10/22 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10/23 - Birmingham, AL - Zydeco %
10/24 - Columbia, SC - Music Farm %
10/25 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm %
10/31 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
11/1 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11/2 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *
11/3 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle *
11/4 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
11/6 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
11/7 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/8 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *
11/10 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
11/11 - La Jolla, CA - Porters Pub *
11/12 - Pomona, CA - Glass House *
11/14 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine +
11/15 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater *
11/17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
11/18 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *
11/20 - Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Café *
11/21 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
11/22 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
11/25 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall *
11/26 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
11/27 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda *
11/28 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
11/29 - New York, NY - Stage 48 *
12/11 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
12/12 - London, UK - Koko
12/13 - Paris, FR - La Bellevilloise
12/15 - Oslo, NO - BLA
12/16 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Strand
12/19 - Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset
12/20 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli Vredenburg
12/21 - Dublin, IE - Opium Rooms
12/30 - Lorne, AU - Falls Festival
12/31 - Marion Bay, AU - Falls Festival
1/1 - Sydney, AU - Field Day
1/2 - Byron Bay, AU - Falls Festival
1/4 - Busselton, AU - Southbound Festival
1/7 - Sydney, AU - Enmore Theatre ^
1/8 - Melbourne, AU - The Forum ^
1/9 - Brisbane, AU - Hi Fi ^
1/10 - Auckland, NZ - Town Hall ^

% Red Bull Sound Select show
* with Ratking & Despot
+ with Despot
^ with Joey Bada$$

 

<p>Ariana, look out! He&#39;s behind you!</p>

Ariana, look out! He's behind you!

Watch Ariana Grande and Chris Brown's ridiculous 'Don't Be Gone Too Long' music video

Garner thy ancient hoodie

Ariana Grande and Chris Brown went to a Renaissance Faire and came out clean on the other side with a new music video.

"Don't Be Gone Too Long" is off of Brown's long-delayed "X," out tomorrow. And while I like Grande and Brown's voices together, this song is a particular thudder, like two talented people being stuffed into a single catchy phrase.

Good thing there's MAGIC to be had. Check out the steamy landscape, like "Neverending Story." Or the prima nocta moves, like in "Braveheart." Prince Douchebag (the villain, I mean) looks like Alan Rickman, a la "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." And Grande's a ballerina, like in... "Black Swan." Brown directed it, noting he "wanted to do something different" on Twitter. So there's that, to explain thine ancient white hoodie.

The sung phrase "no one to love me when you're gone" stings a little much when it Brown behind the words, and that damsel-in-distress arm-grab at the end certainly was some interesting choreography. Don't you know that ho's loyal?

Grande only recently released her chart-topping album "My Everything," and will appear on "Saturday Night Live" with Chris Pratt on Sept. 27. Chris Brown, on the other hand, pleaded guilty to a not-Rihanna assault on Sept. 2, stemming from an altercation from last October. His most repeated fact from his recent Billboard cover interview is that he's just human, y'know.

Stop pretending Jessie Ware isn't your new favorite pop artist: Watch 'Say You Love Me'

Stop pretending Jessie Ware isn't your new favorite pop artist: Watch 'Say You Love Me'

Here, watch a couple of music videos in a row

It's time we talked, that you quit denying it. Jessie Ware is your new favorite pop artist and you just keep being like, "I don't know who Jessie Ware is."

I'm sick of it. You know that you've rocked "Tough Love" after that last ill-advised nightcap. Or when you got ready in the morning the other day. Or when you had a sassy email you composed for your boss and then decided to delete it.

And this new video, for "Say You Love Me?" Let's stop pretending you haven't thought of making this exact music video when you went to the Museum of Natural History, and when you heard the lyrics it was like Jessie Ware drilled them directly out of your skull and tried to pass them off as her own? Because how else would you be singing every word by the song's end?

Let's end this charade. You already pre-orded the "Tough Love" album, didn't you? Didn't you. It's out on Oct. 21 in the U.S.

Here is the tracklist for Jessie Ware's "Tough Love," your new favorite pop album:

1. Tough Love
2. You & I (Forever)
3. Cruel
4. Say You Love Me
5. Sweetest Song
6. Kind of … Sometimes … Maybe
7. Want Your Feeling
8. Pieces
9. Keep on Lying
10. Champagne Kisses
11. Desire

Pink combined with City & Colour's Dallas Green for new album: Listen 'You and Me'

Pink combined with City & Colour's Dallas Green for new album: Listen 'You and Me'

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The softer side of the singers

Pink is no stranger to a ballad, but her brand new song "You and Me" picks up an acoustic guitar and swoons over pedal steel, with new duet partner Dallas Green -- aka, City and Colour.

Performing under her given name Alecia Moore, the pop star and Green have crafted a 10-song album called "rose ave." under the name You+Me. "rose ave." is due on Oct. 14 via RCA. The sentimental lyric video for their song "You and Me" can seen below, and pre-orders for the album come with a download of the single.

"The artists met through Alecia's husband Carey Hart and instantly felt a connection and wanted to work together," reads a statement from the label. "Alecia invited Dallas to Los Angeles to write a song or two and ended up writing 8 songs together in 1 week. The duo then decided to finish and record an album."

Just looking at the cover art for the album, we see Pink in a long dress and fedora, with a plaid jacket and she's barefoot. Green's in a cowboy 'fit, staring back through specs, sitting in front of a desert landscape on a porch.

Green -- whose penchant for the dramatic has lasted successfully and prettily and painfully over four albums -- seems to give Moore some restraint here, both aesthetically and sonically. Whereas his work in Alexisonfire is him at his most extreme, City and Colour give him another emotional outlet. And maybe this album with Moore gives him his mainstream outlet, insofar as a folk or roots oriented record can mainline, a la Civil Wars or the Avett Brothers.

Two of Pink's more successful songs from 2012's "Truth About Love" were collaboarations: Nate Ruess amplified "Just Give Me a Reason" and cheeky "True Love" featured Lily Allen. But it's when she hit the harmonies on the former that may have partly inspired this endeavor. Her vocal range is so powerful, and so extreme, it's nice to hear someone who can play nice and temper her into her gentler tones.

Here is the tracklist for "rose ave.":

1 Capsized

2 From a Closet in Norway (Oslo Blues)

3 Gently

4 Love Gone Wrong

5 You And Me

6 Unbeliever

7 Second Guess

8 Break The Cycle

9 Open Door

10 No Ordinary Love

Here is an infomercial for Ryan Adams' new album, starring Garry Shandling, Jeff Garlin, Don Was, Bob Mould
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Here is an infomercial for Ryan Adams' new album, starring Garry Shandling, Jeff Garlin, Don Was, Bob Mould

Hide your birds

Ryan Adams' self-title album is out tomorrow. But today, this little infomercial is the star.

Garry Shandling, Jeff Garlin, Don Was and Bob Mould co-star in this truly bizarre piece of internet ephemera, which may withstand the passage of time due to its use of parakeets and the skittish secretary trope.

Single "Gimme Something Good" also has its moment to shine, if we can call it that.

"Ryan Adams" is out on the singer-songwriter's own PAXAM label, I highly recommend the aforementioned song, along with "Wrecking Ball" and "Trouble." Guests like Johnny Depp, Adams' wife Mandy Moore and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench lend their talents to the set. Here's a great profile of Adams via Buzzfeed.

Read Melinda Newman's review of "Ryan Adams" here.