State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Joey Kadish

will.i.am's Latest Album Leaks

#willpower, the fourth ‘opus’ from modest rapper/producer will.i.am, has leaked today, a week ahead of its U.S. release date. The album is chock-full of collaborations with big names such as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Nicole Scherzinger, and Miley Cyrus, who is featured on the LP’s latest single release, “Fall Down.” Have a listen below:

*Warning: contains whistling*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCqjz8xYGjY

Willie sticks with a formulaic recipe of pulsating beats and autotune throughout most of the album, which makes it mainstream but a bit played out. The leak can be found here, so listen and tell us what you think! For those who wish to wait, #willpower will be available to purchase next Tuesday.

Is it just us, or does will’s neck look a bit… erm… off?

Beyoncé Previews New Song in Pepsi Commercial

Early this morning, Beyoncé teased her fans with a short snippet of a new song, entitled, “Grown Woman.” It comes in the form of a new commercial for her current $50 million partnership with Pepsi.

The track is the first release from her untitled 5th studio album. There is speculation as to whether it will be the first single or not, but it is rumored to be released as soon as Monday.

The song is a fierce as the clip, which shows Queen B dancing with past versions of herself including, my favorite, circa “Crazy In Love.” It clocks in at just 60 seconds, but Timbaland’s production is on point. Have a listen for yourself, below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2smYVl0zrk&feature=player_embedded

If that doesn’t make you thirsty, we don’t know what will.


LISTEN: Primary Element Releases New Music

“I Dooze It,” the newest track from Primary Element members Stanley and Stephen Spottswood, featuring Mike Wallz, has proven to be a fruitful effort. If the song is any indication of what their upcoming album, The Brother Project, will sound like, they’re sure to have one hell of a debut. The sound is tried and true hip-hop and Stanley’s production is on point. Listen to it on their SoundCloud.

The album is out April 29.

Taylor Swift Releases New Video For "22"

Just hours ago, TSwift unveiled the video for her latest single, “22.”  The clip features her and her so-called “real-life best friends” getting into shenanigans and ends with Swift jumping into a pool. See? She’s just like us! Have a look below:

Fingers crossed there will be a goat remix of this as well.

LISTEN: Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience Album Stream + Leak

Justin Timberlake’s upcoming sexy opus, The 20/20 Experience, is now available to stream in its entirety on iTunes for a limited time. The album clocks in at over an hour, so if you’ve got some time, check it out. If listening for free isn’t enough, the album has also leaked, which isn’t much of a shocker. You can download it here before it disappears. For law-abiding citizens, the album drops next Tuesday.

5 Acts You Should Know: The UK Does It Better

With so much music out there, sifting through the good and the shit can seem like an impossible task. Luckily for you readers, here are 5 British acts that we guarantee you’ll be impressed with.

 

Haim

When one hears the term “girlband,” the typical reaction isn’t uncontrollable excitement or interest. Not this time.  Haim isn’t your typical group of gals; made up of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, they have a knack for turning folk tunes into music you want to dance to.  Though the trio began making music in 2006, they’ve only just began releasing material last year and are currently signed to ROC Nation with an album on the horizon. They also recently topped the list of BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, rightfully so, and while the sisters are from California, their success has mainly remained across the pond… so far.

 

Bastille

No, we aren’t referring to the Parisian fortress that was stormed during the French Revolution, (although it is that day on which lead singer Chris “Woody” Wood was born.) Bastille is a band that hails from South London and bursted onto the UK music scene with their single “Flaws” and more recently “Pompeii,” which peaked at number three on the singles chart. Their sound seamlessly combines alternative, pop and electronic influences into one killer sound. The band is currently supporting Two Door Cinema Club on their UK tour and their debut album, Bad Blood, will be released March 4.

 

AlunaGeorge

Upon first listen, AlunaGeorge may seem a bit too unconventional to be well-recieved by the masses. Upon the second listen, however, it becomes abundantly clear that this London-based, electronic duo is fucking awesome. Coming in second behind Haim in BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, lead singer Aluna Francis’ soft and sweet vocals are complemented perfectly by producer George (of course) Reid’s innovative beats. Their music seems all over the place, yet makes perfect sense at the same time. They were also recently featured on Disclosure’s new song, “White Noise,” which peaked at number two in the UK.  Their debut album Body Music is due in June.

 

Emeli Sandé

Every once in a while, an artist comes along who possesses raw talent that doesn’t rely on studio production or pulsating beats. Who, when it comes down to natural ability, can blow their competition out of the water. Emeli Sandé is one of those artists. Her debut album Our Verison of Events was released over a year ago and became the biggest selling album of 2012 in the UK, which unofficially makes her Adele 2.o. The album achieved moderate success in the U.S., but Sandé hasn’t received nearly as much recognition as she deserves.

 

 

James Blake

James Blake is no stranger to the music scene; he received widespread recognition through BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll, coming in second, and achieved critical acclaim with his eponymous debut album. His songs combine soulful vocals with eery electronic melodies and haunting R&B beats. It’s the kind of music you’d hear if you were in an M. Night Shyamalan movie, (one that doesn’t suck). He recently released a baby-making new single, “Retrograde,” taken from his sophomore effort, Overgrown, which is due out on April 8.