Timbaland Embroiled In Bar Brawl

Superproducer TIMBALAND spent an hour behind bars in Germany early this morning (11Jun07) after a violent bar brawl. The music mogul was temporarily held in custody in Cologne after a fight in the city left a 29-year-old Croatian man in hospital with injuries to his rib cage and multiple bruises. Cologne police spokesperson Juergen Goebel says eye witnesses confirmed a heated argument between Timbaland - real name Timothy Mosley - and an unidentified man in the bar of the Intercontinental Hotel at 11.30pm last night (10Jun07). The pair took their argument outside where it allegedly escalated into violence, with members of Timbaland's entourage also reportedly joining in the brawl. Sources claim the fight began when Timbaland began flirting with the man's girlfriend. In an ensuing war of words, it is believed the producer took offence to a racial slur. According to Goebel, Timbaland was questioned and held in custody for approximately one hour. He was later released.


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Chloe Howl, Banks, Jungle: The Future Of Pop In 10 Artists 4217611 News

A facet of popular culture that frequently is at the receiving end of derision of ‘indie’ or ‘underground’ circles, pop music is in actual fact often the site of technological and stylistic innovation- channelling the sounds of the underground and disseminating them to the masses.

Timbaland’s fresh production techniques completely altered the pop landscape of the early naughties, whilst recently, professional egotist and sometimes rapper Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ injected the stark and abrasive sounds of experimental hip hop into a mainstream context. It’s a continuous and cyclical process of obsolescence and fresh ideas that has sped up as the instantaneous nature of the internet becomes the central tool in the transportation of the cultural to-and-fro.

But who will usher in a new era of pop in 2014? Which artist will emerge brimming with new ideas, or even just provide fresh spins on existing concepts? Here is a list of the ten most likely candidates:

Chloe Howl

.Chloe Howl At Awards
Chloe boasts 3 million followers on Soundcloud alone

Read Our Live Review Of Chloe Howl At Oxjam Here

Having signed a record deal with Columbia Records shortly after leaving school, her 2013 track ‘No Strings’ caused ripples amongst bloggers, leading to an including in BBC’s Sound of 2014 list as well as a nomination for a Brits Critics Choice Award. At only 19, Chlöe is set to release her eponymous debut album of modern pop which details the trials and tribulations of teenage life with acute first-hand observation. The young songstress possesses copiously more ‘edge’ than the likes of current pop stars such as the rather bland Ellie Goulding. Having won accolades for her straight-laced and unperturbed observations of teenage sexual exploits with the upfront ‘No Strings’, Chloe could easily be described as 2014’s teenage version of Lily Allen but that would not do the young Chloe justice. With over 3 million followers on Soundcloud, it seems summer will usher in the teenage Howl as a certified pop star.

Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit and Sharna BassIt's Clean Bandit!

Clean Bandit have worked with a wide array of vocalists, including Sharna Bass (Pictured, far left)

Read Our Review Of 'Rather Be' Here

Having scored a huge number one with the effervescent breakthrough single ‘Rather Be’, which stayed at the top spot for a commendable four weeks, the quartet of Cambridge graduates look set to further instil themselves on the wider public conscious with the impending release of debut album ‘New Eyes’. Offering an idiosyncratic blend of dance, electronica and classical, the foursome provide a fresh take on the pop-dance crossover smash hit, successfully fusing string instruments and supremely danceable beats with incredibly catchy results. With ‘Rather Be’ alone resulting in a full UK tour which culminates in a show at the legendarily imposing Brixton Academy, their effortless and summer-ready pop will be a familiar feature on radio and in clubs for the next year at the very least.

 Mø

Originally starting out as a crunk-pop project, the Danish singer has instead opted for the pathway of kaleidoscopic pop which fuses several in-vogue pop styles into a thrilling and unique electro-pop sound. Her music is indicative of the internet age, where a host of disparate styles and genres are only a click away, and as such her debut album No Mythologies To Follow is awash with nods to various contemporary oeuvres. Southern US bass music, Scandinavian pop and brash electro are all represented in equal measure. What’s more, her vocals are alive with a startling array of hooks, leaving most of the tracks bearing distinct potential as singles. With an emotional range every bit as wide as that of her vocals, Mø presents a riotous pop party where nothing is sacred and her only demand is that you dive headfirst into her electro-pop maelstrom.   

Jungle

Jungle Announce Debut Album Plus Autumn Tour Dates

The formerly esoteric collective have finally unleashed a statement of intent in the guise of ‘Busy Earnin’, a gorgeous exercise in Bee Gees-flavoured falsetto vocals, slap bass, glaring synthesizers and a generally sumptuous production. Their previously mysterious media presence stoked a huge amount of interest and hype which the aforementioned single, plus the likes of tracks ‘The Heat’ and ‘Platoon’, have more than lived up to. Capable of dispensing hooks with a veritable aplomb, the collective present a thoroughly modern sound palette with bass capable of shaking houses, balanced out by the bright tones of males falsettos. Each track is an invitation to cast off inhibitions and dance like no one is watching as the collective proceed to emit slinky synth-funk. Having recently signed to XL Records, home of pop giants Adele and M.I.A, their ascension to pop hierarchy seems a dead cert. 

Azealia Banks

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Azealia Banks Vows To Leak Debut Album Online

The potty-mouthed New York vixen may have garnered the public’s attention for all the wrong reasons after Twitter spats with a growing selection of celebrities, including, most memorably, Lilly Allen, it is no wonder the rapper’s music has taken a backseat. Yet, her sole release to date, the ‘1991’ E.P, offered a brash production and instrumentation to match the viciousness of the singer’s lyrical output. It was in-your-face and unabashed yet an extremely intoxicating mix of street-smart gutter talk and memorable dance hooks, meaning Banks was as likely to bring the good-time party vibes as she was to bring da ruckus. Label wrangles and mis-management means the world is still waiting for her debut album to drop but despite the fast turnover and short shelf-life of artists in the internet age, interest in Banks refuses to wane. She is simply too stubborn and interesting an artist to disappear without a trace.  

Next page: Banks, Glass Animals, Sophie

Banks

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Having gained the approval of much of the often fickle bloggersphere in the past year, LA singer Banks specializes in a bass-heavy pop that belongs in the 2am club slot. Alongside an engrossingly dark and moody production style, it is in Banks’ lyrical fare where things get very intriguing. Far from the standard brash and unrealistic declarations of love or overt hyper-sexual drizzle, Banks’ lyrics are fervently truer to the human experience, digressing upon vulnerability and insecurity whilst offering flashes of coy flirtation. As such, the music of Banks penetrates through to a level of consciousness beyond the base emotional response solicited by a bog-standard club track, coaxing you into her world with that sultry production and infinitely relatable lyrics. Here’s hoping the pop world takes note of Banks, because she’s currently making a lot of gaudy pop artists look horribly out-dated. 

Glass Animals

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Glass Animals Announce Debut Album Zaba 

The Oxford quartet are sitting rather pretty at the moment. With a debut album Zaba primed for imminent release on Wolf Tone, a label started by the man responsible for the success of such artists as Friendly Fires and Florence and the Machine, Glass Animals look set to reach the hallowed ground of critically acclaimed pop stars. Boasting a thoroughly contemporary and intelligent production which imparts R&B’s warm sonics over rather quirky pop incantations. In an electronic counterpart to Bon Iver’s mythological song-writing process, the group produce their music from the confines of a hut in the woods but far from the campfire acoustics of Iver’s output, the group suffuse influence from the likes of Burial and latter-day Radiohead. ‘Gooey’, the first single from their debut, is a woozy and delicate slice of late-night pop brimming with production nuance and a chorus that wraps around you like a blanket of sumptuous sound. Expect these lads to get the critics a little hot under the collar.

Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira Attends NME AwardsThe singer, actress and model recently released her debut record Night Time, My Time

Ferreira Suffers Serious Injury On Miley Cyrus 'Bangerz' Tour

After a brief sojourn as a highly stylized Britney Spears clone at the behest of her then label, Sky has thrown off the shackles of label contracts and image management to carve out her own pop sounds that brims with a menacing punk attitude. Debut album Night Time, My Time has managed to impact despite a convoluted release thanks to the very label problems that have plagued Ferreira throughout her career. With a scuzzy production and incredibly frank and upfront lyrical content, Sky is every bit the Riot Grrrl and her no nonsense attitude has recently won her a place as support slot on the controversial Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour. Her individualism and refusal to be pinned down may have stunted her grown commercially, but most importantly it has allowed the 21 year-old to establish a firm and unique identity on her own terms rather than that of label executives. The antidote to the irritating ‘brat-pop’ of Kesha, Sky looks set to continue her idiosyncratic pathway to superstardom with as little outside input as possible.

Sophie

Sophie is the moniker appointed to a clutch of producers whose aim is to produce hyper-real strain of dance music which owes as much to the ultra-saccharine state of J-pop as it does to glitch and other niche spheres of electronica. It’s been dubbed as pop’s new avant-garde yet it maintains a stringent catchiness amongst the often busy and hyperactive production style. ‘Blipp’, the single which initially turned heads, features cut-up cutesy vocals and an inherently contradictory nature as it manages to be both minimal and maximal in the same song. It’s strange, unique and in growing rarity amongst the electronic world- completely fresh. It may be overly abstract to make a huge impact on the mainstream, but it is surely only a matter of time before the oblique electronica filters through to big-time producers and the mysterious textural palette is brought to bear on the wider public.

Solange

Solange Knowles
Solange's relationship with brother-in-law Jay Z has come under scrutiny after their altercation in an elevator

Solange Sees Record Sales Boost After Jay Z Elevator Incident

Having recently entered the public eye for all the wrong reasons, Solange Knowles altercation with Jay Z looks set to overshadow the sultry pop star’s truly unique musical stylings as the press will surely choose to remember her for such a widely-reported incident. Despite being the sister of the undisputed Queen of pop, Solange had, until recently, enacted a rather low-key entry into the music business. Her 2012 E.P True was a massive hit with Pitchfork types and despite cynics suggesting it was only a ploy to rebrand herself as apart from her sister, it nonetheless earned her a huge amount of cred from indie blogs who commended her dark and thoroughly contemporary take on soul and electronica. With a full length tentatively pencilled in for a 2014 release, this summer could see Solange stepping into the limelight whilst providing the soundtrack to a very different type of party than her sister’s showbiz bombast. 

A facet of popular culture that frequently is at the receiving end of derision of ‘indie’ or ‘underground’ circles, pop music is in actual fact often the site of technological and stylistic innovation- channelling the sounds of the underground and disseminating them to the masses.

Timbaland’s fresh production techniques completely altered the pop landscape of the early naughties, whilst recently, professional egotist and sometimes rapper Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ injected the stark and abrasive sounds of experimental hip hop into a mainstream context. It’s a continuous and cyclical process of obsolescence and fresh ideas that has sped up as the instantaneous nature of the internet becomes the central tool in the transportation of the cultural to-and-fro.

But who will usher in a new era of pop in 2014? Which artist will emerge brimming with new ideas, or even just provide fresh spins on existing concepts? Here is a list of the ten most likely candidates:

Chloe Howl

.Chloe Howl At Awards
Chloe boasts 3 million followers on Soundcloud alone

Read Our Live Review Of Chloe Howl At Oxjam Here

Having signed a record deal with Columbia Records shortly after leaving school, her 2013 track ‘No Strings’ caused ripples amongst bloggers, leading to an including in BBC’s Sound of 2014 list as well as a nomination for a Brits Critics Choice Award. At only 19, Chlöe is set to release her eponymous debut album of modern pop which details the trials and tribulations of teenage life with acute first-hand observation. The young songstress possesses copiously more ‘edge’ than the likes of current pop stars such as the rather bland Ellie Goulding. Having won accolades for her straight-laced and unperturbed observations of teenage sexual exploits with the upfront ‘No Strings’, Chloe could easily be described as 2014’s teenage version of Lily Allen but that would not do the young Chloe justice. With over 3 million followers on Soundcloud, it seems summer will usher in the teenage Howl as a certified pop star.

Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit and Sharna BassIt's Clean Bandit!

Clean Bandit have worked with a wide array of vocalists, including Sharna Bass (Pictured, far left)

Read Our Review Of 'Rather Be' Here

Having scored a huge number one with the effervescent breakthrough single ‘Rather Be’, which stayed at the top spot for a commendable four weeks, the quartet of Cambridge graduates look set to further instil themselves on the wider public conscious with the impending release of debut album ‘New Eyes’. Offering an idiosyncratic blend of dance, electronica and classical, the foursome provide a fresh take on the pop-dance crossover smash hit, successfully fusing string instruments and supremely danceable beats with incredibly catchy results. With ‘Rather Be’ alone resulting in a full UK tour which culminates in a show at the legendarily imposing Brixton Academy, their effortless and summer-ready pop will be a familiar feature on radio and in clubs for the next year at the very least.

 Mø

Originally starting out as a crunk-pop project, the Danish singer has instead opted for the pathway of kaleidoscopic pop which fuses several in-vogue pop styles into a thrilling and unique electro-pop sound. Her music is indicative of the internet age, where a host of disparate styles and genres are only a click away, and as such her debut album No Mythologies To Follow is awash with nods to various contemporary oeuvres. Southern US bass music, Scandinavian pop and brash electro are all represented in equal measure. What’s more, her vocals are alive with a startling array of hooks, leaving most of the tracks bearing distinct potential as singles. With an emotional range every bit as wide as that of her vocals, Mø presents a riotous pop party where nothing is sacred and her only demand is that you dive headfirst into her electro-pop maelstrom.   

Jungle

Jungle Announce Debut Album Plus Autumn Tour Dates

The formerly esoteric collective have finally unleashed a statement of intent in the guise of ‘Busy Earnin’, a gorgeous exercise in Bee Gees-flavoured falsetto vocals, slap bass, glaring synthesizers and a generally sumptuous production. Their previously mysterious media presence stoked a huge amount of interest and hype which the aforementioned single, plus the likes of tracks ‘The Heat’ and ‘Platoon’, have more than lived up to. Capable of dispensing hooks with a veritable aplomb, the collective present a thoroughly modern sound palette with bass capable of shaking houses, balanced out by the bright tones of males falsettos. Each track is an invitation to cast off inhibitions and dance like no one is watching as the collective proceed to emit slinky synth-funk. Having recently signed to XL Records, home of pop giants Adele and M.I.A, their ascension to pop hierarchy seems a dead cert. 

Azealia Banks

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Azealia Banks Vows To Leak Debut Album Online

The potty-mouthed New York vixen may have garnered the public’s attention for all the wrong reasons after Twitter spats with a growing selection of celebrities, including, most memorably, Lilly Allen, it is no wonder the rapper’s music has taken a backseat. Yet, her sole release to date, the ‘1991’ E.P, offered a brash production and instrumentation to match the viciousness of the singer’s lyrical output. It was in-your-face and unabashed yet an extremely intoxicating mix of street-smart gutter talk and memorable dance hooks, meaning Banks was as likely to bring the good-time party vibes as she was to bring da ruckus. Label wrangles and mis-management means the world is still waiting for her debut album to drop but despite the fast turnover and short shelf-life of artists in the internet age, interest in Banks refuses to wane. She is simply too stubborn and interesting an artist to disappear without a trace.  

Next page: Banks, Glass Animals, Sophie

Banks

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Having gained the approval of much of the often fickle bloggersphere in the past year, LA singer Banks specializes in a bass-heavy pop that belongs in the 2am club slot. Alongside an engrossingly dark and moody production style, it is in Banks’ lyrical fare where things get very intriguing. Far from the standard brash and unrealistic declarations of love or overt hyper-sexual drizzle, Banks’ lyrics are fervently truer to the human experience, digressing upon vulnerability and insecurity whilst offering flashes of coy flirtation. As such, the music of Banks penetrates through to a level of consciousness beyond the base emotional response solicited by a bog-standard club track, coaxing you into her world with that sultry production and infinitely relatable lyrics. Here’s hoping the pop world takes note of Banks, because she’s currently making a lot of gaudy pop artists look horribly out-dated. 

Glass Animals

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Glass Animals Announce Debut Album Zaba 

The Oxford quartet are sitting rather pretty at the moment. With a debut album Zaba primed for imminent release on Wolf Tone, a label started by the man responsible for the success of such artists as Friendly Fires and Florence and the Machine, Glass Animals look set to reach the hallowed ground of critically acclaimed pop stars. Boasting a thoroughly contemporary and intelligent production which imparts R&B’s warm sonics over rather quirky pop incantations. In an electronic counterpart to Bon Iver’s mythological song-writing process, the group produce their music from the confines of a hut in the woods but far from the campfire acoustics of Iver’s output, the group suffuse influence from the likes of Burial and latter-day Radiohead. ‘Gooey’, the first single from their debut, is a woozy and delicate slice of late-night pop brimming with production nuance and a chorus that wraps around you like a blanket of sumptuous sound. Expect these lads to get the critics a little hot under the collar.

Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira Attends NME AwardsThe singer, actress and model recently released her debut record Night Time, My Time

Ferreira Suffers Serious Injury On Miley Cyrus 'Bangerz' Tour

After a brief sojourn as a highly stylized Britney Spears clone at the behest of her then label, Sky has thrown off the shackles of label contracts and image management to carve out her own pop sounds that brims with a menacing punk attitude. Debut album Night Time, My Time has managed to impact despite a convoluted release thanks to the very label problems that have plagued Ferreira throughout her career. With a scuzzy production and incredibly frank and upfront lyrical content, Sky is every bit the Riot Grrrl and her no nonsense attitude has recently won her a place as support slot on the controversial Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour. Her individualism and refusal to be pinned down may have stunted her grown commercially, but most importantly it has allowed the 21 year-old to establish a firm and unique identity on her own terms rather than that of label executives. The antidote to the irritating ‘brat-pop’ of Kesha, Sky looks set to continue her idiosyncratic pathway to superstardom with as little outside input as possible.

Sophie

Sophie is the moniker appointed to a clutch of producers whose aim is to produce hyper-real strain of dance music which owes as much to the ultra-saccharine state of J-pop as it does to glitch and other niche spheres of electronica. It’s been dubbed as pop’s new avant-garde yet it maintains a stringent catchiness amongst the often busy and hyperactive production style. ‘Blipp’, the single which initially turned heads, features cut-up cutesy vocals and an inherently contradictory nature as it manages to be both minimal and maximal in the same song. It’s strange, unique and in growing rarity amongst the electronic world- completely fresh. It may be overly abstract to make a huge impact on the mainstream, but it is surely only a matter of time before the oblique electronica filters through to big-time producers and the mysterious textural palette is brought to bear on the wider public.

Solange

Solange Knowles
Solange's relationship with brother-in-law Jay Z has come under scrutiny after their altercation in an elevator

Solange Sees Record Sales Boost After Jay Z Elevator Incident

Having recently entered the public eye for all the wrong reasons, Solange Knowles altercation with Jay Z looks set to overshadow the sultry pop star’s truly unique musical stylings as the press will surely choose to remember her for such a widely-reported incident. Despite being the sister of the undisputed Queen of pop, Solange had, until recently, enacted a rather low-key entry into the music business. Her 2012 E.P True was a massive hit with Pitchfork types and despite cynics suggesting it was only a ploy to rebrand herself as apart from her sister, it nonetheless earned her a huge amount of cred from indie blogs who commended her dark and thoroughly contemporary take on soul and electronica. With a full length tentatively pencilled in for a 2014 release, this summer could see Solange stepping into the limelight whilst providing the soundtrack to a very different type of party than her sister’s showbiz bombast. 

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First Single Of Michael Jackson's Posthumous Album To Premiere At iHeartRadio Awards 4176773 News

Michael Jackson’s new song (we’re using “new” very loosely, the song was recorded in 1983) is premiering today. Love Never Felt So Good, will debut tonight during the first ever iHeartRadio Music Awards, which air at 8 PM. on NBC, according to a tweet from iHeartRadio. The song will feature a “special guest” – likely Justin Timberlake, who is listed as the artist for the track – along with MJ, of course.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"align=center lang="en"><p>Love Never Felt So Good <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Honor&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#Honor</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23iHeartAwards&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#iHeartAwards</a> <a href="http://t.co/USGCwJEXPp" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/USGCwJEXPp</a></p>&mdash; Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) <a href="https://twitter.com/Usher/statuses/462061021549441024" rel="nofollow" >May 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The premiere is just for the re-arranged version, so if you feel like listening to Love Never Felt So Good a bit earlier, you can check out the original 1983 demo. Johnny Mathis also recorded a version of the song in 1984, according to Rolling Stone. Love Never Felt So Good will be the first off a posthumous album of eight previously unreleased songs and new cuts. The album, titled Xscape will be released of May 27th.

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake is likely to perform the song tonight at iHeartRadio.

Epic Records CEO LA Reid personally compiled the album. For Xscape he searched through four decades of music stored in the Jackson estate vault, looking for songs with completed vocal tracks that he then handed off to a variety of producers to give them a "fresh, contemporary" sound. Some of the names on the list include Timbaland, who worked as the album’s lead producer, as well as Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon, John McClain and Rodney Jerkins (who worked on the original version of the title track, "Xscape," with Jackson). A deluxe edition of the album will also include the original versions of each song.

More: Michael Jackson's XSCAPE Set To Be Biggest Selling Album Of 2014

More: Michael Jackson's Ex, Debbie Rowe, Gets Engaged After Health Fears

LA Reid
Epic Records' CEO LA Reid rifled through four decades of music to compile the album.

Michael Jackson’s new song (we’re using “new” very loosely, the song was recorded in 1983) is premiering today. Love Never Felt So Good, will debut tonight during the first ever iHeartRadio Music Awards, which air at 8 PM. on NBC, according to a tweet from iHeartRadio. The song will feature a “special guest” – likely Justin Timberlake, who is listed as the artist for the track – along with MJ, of course.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"align=center lang="en"><p>Love Never Felt So Good <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Honor&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#Honor</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23iHeartAwards&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" >#iHeartAwards</a> <a href="http://t.co/USGCwJEXPp" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/USGCwJEXPp</a></p>&mdash; Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) <a href="https://twitter.com/Usher/statuses/462061021549441024" rel="nofollow" >May 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The premiere is just for the re-arranged version, so if you feel like listening to Love Never Felt So Good a bit earlier, you can check out the original 1983 demo. Johnny Mathis also recorded a version of the song in 1984, according to Rolling Stone. Love Never Felt So Good will be the first off a posthumous album of eight previously unreleased songs and new cuts. The album, titled Xscape will be released of May 27th.

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake is likely to perform the song tonight at iHeartRadio.

Epic Records CEO LA Reid personally compiled the album. For Xscape he searched through four decades of music stored in the Jackson estate vault, looking for songs with completed vocal tracks that he then handed off to a variety of producers to give them a "fresh, contemporary" sound. Some of the names on the list include Timbaland, who worked as the album’s lead producer, as well as Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon, John McClain and Rodney Jerkins (who worked on the original version of the title track, "Xscape," with Jackson). A deluxe edition of the album will also include the original versions of each song.

More: Michael Jackson's XSCAPE Set To Be Biggest Selling Album Of 2014

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LA Reid
Epic Records' CEO LA Reid rifled through four decades of music to compile the album.

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Jennifer Hudson - Walk It Out Ft. Timbaland 4156427 Videos 15th April 2014

'Walk It Out' is the brand new single from Jennifer Hudson featuring Timbaland. She will be releasing a new album later this Spring. The singer was recently honoured with a humanitarian award at the 2014 People's Choice Awards.

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Michael Jackson New Album 'Xscape' Gets First Listen: What Do Critics Think? 4135643 News

Michael Jackson's Xscape may not be released until next month but the new posthumous release from the late pop star has already fallen into the hands of critics who have given the brand new collection of songs a first listen verdict. Featuring eight previously unreleased songs, the new album will be released in May, announced the executive producer L.A. Reid.

Michael Jackson Xscape Cover
Michael Jackson's Latest Posthumous Album, 'Xscape,' Will Be Released On The 13th May.

"Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with," the former US X Factor judge said in a statement, via Billboard. "We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world."

Song titles from the Timbaland-curated album have not yet been released the album was played in full at a secret London-based playback last week. The Guardian's Michael Cragg wrote that "Xscape is leagues ahead of Michael, [...] Opening with a burst of disco-tinged soul, it's an album that seems to focus on songs from pre-90s Jackson, with the first song a light and airy take on the effortless Off the Wall era.

"With a youthful-sounding Jackson skipping in-between expensive-sounding production, it's reminiscent, somewhat ironically, of Justin Timberlake, especially his The 20/20 Experience double album," the critic added. He also notes that whilst the new tunes are undoubtedly contemporary, "there are times when the production overwhelms songs that are perhaps not sturdy enough to support the added superstructure."

The Telegraph's Bernadette McNulty argues that Xscape's clean production sound only serves to alienate the listener from the King of Pop: "The singer's posthumous releases [.] have ironically only served to make Jackson feel more dead, the lifeless songs lurching and thudding with the grace of Frankenstein's monster, animated purely by brute studio (and commercial) force rather than organic impulses."

Listen To Michael Jackson's 'Human Nature':
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"Most of Xscape nods back to the height of Jackson's pop appeal," says Digital Spy's Lewis Corner. "[The tracks'] final form echoes MJ's holy trinity of albums Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad. The fifth song we were played opens with computerized synths, [...] echoed snare beats and a storming rawk guitar solo make it one of the stand-out tracks, even if the chorus does hear him dubiously ask: "Do you know where your children are?""

Newsbeat's Chi Chi Izundu says "The first track harks back to Jackson doing disco and doing it well; from that point you get a feel for the production. Think 90s RnB, when it was good." The reporter also notes darkly that "The song, probably set to cause controversy is the one called 'Do You Know Where Your Children Are?' Which apparently was Michael's response to the child abuse allegations against him in the noughties."

Michael Jackson's Xscape will be released on the 13th May by Epic Records.

More: What about that singer who swore he was Michael Jackson's illegitimate son?

More: Michael Jackson and five other artists to release music posthumously.

Michael Jackson Fans Await The Dr. Conrad Murray Verdict:
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Michael Jackson's Xscape may not be released until next month but the new posthumous release from the late pop star has already fallen into the hands of critics who have given the brand new collection of songs a first listen verdict. Featuring eight previously unreleased songs, the new album will be released in May, announced the executive producer L.A. Reid.

Michael Jackson Xscape Cover
Michael Jackson's Latest Posthumous Album, 'Xscape,' Will Be Released On The 13th May.

"Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with," the former US X Factor judge said in a statement, via Billboard. "We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world."

Song titles from the Timbaland-curated album have not yet been released the album was played in full at a secret London-based playback last week. The Guardian's Michael Cragg wrote that "Xscape is leagues ahead of Michael, [...] Opening with a burst of disco-tinged soul, it's an album that seems to focus on songs from pre-90s Jackson, with the first song a light and airy take on the effortless Off the Wall era.

"With a youthful-sounding Jackson skipping in-between expensive-sounding production, it's reminiscent, somewhat ironically, of Justin Timberlake, especially his The 20/20 Experience double album," the critic added. He also notes that whilst the new tunes are undoubtedly contemporary, "there are times when the production overwhelms songs that are perhaps not sturdy enough to support the added superstructure."

The Telegraph's Bernadette McNulty argues that Xscape's clean production sound only serves to alienate the listener from the King of Pop: "The singer's posthumous releases [.] have ironically only served to make Jackson feel more dead, the lifeless songs lurching and thudding with the grace of Frankenstein's monster, animated purely by brute studio (and commercial) force rather than organic impulses."

Listen To Michael Jackson's 'Human Nature':
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"Most of Xscape nods back to the height of Jackson's pop appeal," says Digital Spy's Lewis Corner. "[The tracks'] final form echoes MJ's holy trinity of albums Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad. The fifth song we were played opens with computerized synths, [...] echoed snare beats and a storming rawk guitar solo make it one of the stand-out tracks, even if the chorus does hear him dubiously ask: "Do you know where your children are?""

Newsbeat's Chi Chi Izundu says "The first track harks back to Jackson doing disco and doing it well; from that point you get a feel for the production. Think 90s RnB, when it was good." The reporter also notes darkly that "The song, probably set to cause controversy is the one called 'Do You Know Where Your Children Are?' Which apparently was Michael's response to the child abuse allegations against him in the noughties."

Michael Jackson's Xscape will be released on the 13th May by Epic Records.

More: What about that singer who swore he was Michael Jackson's illegitimate son?

More: Michael Jackson and five other artists to release music posthumously.

Michael Jackson Fans Await The Dr. Conrad Murray Verdict:
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XSCAPE: New Michael Jackson, Produced by Timbaland, Set For May 13 4133208 News

A new Michael Jackson album featuring eight previously unheard recordings will be released on May 13 through Epic Records. The posthumous record, titled XSCAPE is produced by Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome Harmon and John McClain.

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson at the 15th Annual American Music Awards

According to a statement, the combination of Jackson's material with revamped contemporary production adds a "fresh sound" that retains Jackson's essence and integrity.  Epic Records Chairman L.A Reid was reportedly granted unlimited access to the four decades of Jackson's vocal only material. He then teamed up with Timbaland and other producers to "contemporize" the songs 

More: Why is Jermaine Jackson dissapointed with Michael Jackson's XSCAPE?

"Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with," Reid said in a statement.

A deluxe edition of XSCAPE will also include a selection of original recordings. Both the standard and deluxe versions are available to pre-order from 1 April through iTunes and other distributors. 

More: Debbie Rowe undergoing cancer tests

More: Michael Jackson's ex-wife: "I'm not engaged!"

"Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision," said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.

Since his death in 2009, Epic Records has continually released Jackson's material, including a reissue of Bad, a remix album titled Immortal and several posthumous compilations, including This Is It.

A post on Michael Jackson's official Twitter page read: "New @MichaelJackson album! XSCAPE, comprised of previously unreleased songs, out May 13th! More at http://www.michaeljackson.com  #MJXSCAPE"

Watch fans waiting for the verdict at Dr Conrad Murray's trial:
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A new Michael Jackson album featuring eight previously unheard recordings will be released on May 13 through Epic Records. The posthumous record, titled XSCAPE is produced by Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome Harmon and John McClain.

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson at the 15th Annual American Music Awards

According to a statement, the combination of Jackson's material with revamped contemporary production adds a "fresh sound" that retains Jackson's essence and integrity.  Epic Records Chairman L.A Reid was reportedly granted unlimited access to the four decades of Jackson's vocal only material. He then teamed up with Timbaland and other producers to "contemporize" the songs 

More: Why is Jermaine Jackson dissapointed with Michael Jackson's XSCAPE?

"Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with," Reid said in a statement.

A deluxe edition of XSCAPE will also include a selection of original recordings. Both the standard and deluxe versions are available to pre-order from 1 April through iTunes and other distributors. 

More: Debbie Rowe undergoing cancer tests

More: Michael Jackson's ex-wife: "I'm not engaged!"

"Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision," said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.

Since his death in 2009, Epic Records has continually released Jackson's material, including a reissue of Bad, a remix album titled Immortal and several posthumous compilations, including This Is It.

A post on Michael Jackson's official Twitter page read: "New @MichaelJackson album! XSCAPE, comprised of previously unreleased songs, out May 13th! More at http://www.michaeljackson.com  #MJXSCAPE"

Watch fans waiting for the verdict at Dr Conrad Murray's trial:
2172122-0;noautoplay; Fans Of Michael Jackson Await The Verdict Of Dr. Murray Outside Los Angeles Superior Court - 19.02.2012 22:00:02

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Timbaland's Wife Files For Divorce 3909329 News

Hitmaker and producer Timbaland's wife of five years has filed for divorce.

Monique Mosley is asking for an alimony lump sum to cover the duration of the divorce battle and financial support for both the couple's five-year-old daughter and a 10 year old from a previous relationship.

Monique claims Timbaland, real name Timothy Zachery Mosley, is the child's father by default because he has "publicly and privately proclaimed this child as his own".

She also wants life insurance and expenses for private school, vacations and summer camp with her kids, according to Tmz.com.

And she is also calling on her estranged husband to pay her legal costs.

Hitmaker and producer Timbaland's wife of five years has filed for divorce.

Monique Mosley is asking for an alimony lump sum to cover the duration of the divorce battle and financial support for both the couple's five-year-old daughter and a 10 year old from a previous relationship.

Monique claims Timbaland, real name Timothy Zachery Mosley, is the child's father by default because he has "publicly and privately proclaimed this child as his own".

She also wants life insurance and expenses for private school, vacations and summer camp with her kids, according to Tmz.com.

And she is also calling on her estranged husband to pay her legal costs.

17th October 2013 3745150
Jay-Z Surprises Unsuspecting UK Fans By Taking The Tube With Chris Martin 3906112 News

Forget chauffeur-driven limousines, Jay-Z finds the easiest way to travel to his London gigs is by Tube - and we have to say, we're in agreement.

Like many city-dwellers, the 'Holy Grail' singer doesn't see the point of trying to get round busy London in a car and has instead opted to hit the subway to attend his O2 Arena show on the UK leg of his Magna Carta world tour. He was joined by Chris Martin of Coldplay, Timbaland and a 10-person entourage as he boarded the London Underground, rendering several nearby passengers in complete shock.

This isn't the first time Jay-Z has opted for efficient but unexpected subway travel; in 2012, he made acquaintance with a grandmother named Ellen on his way to a show at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. The woman appeared not to recognise him as she asked him if he was famous and asked what he did for a living. The name rang a bell for the lucky old dear, though, and their adorable conversation was documented in a film called 'Life+Times' on Jay-Z's culture website.

Despite the fact that the Tube is probably a lot faster than car travel in the middle of London, we have a feeling that Jay-Z's travelling ideas were mainly aimed to be a publicity stunt. It worked, nonetheless, as fans flocked to Twitter to reveal their experience. 'Seeing Jay Z on the tube getting mobbed arriving to O2!! #Buzzing Too starstruck to take a pic! #Jigga', was one fan's response, while another told his followers, 'What a riot... Just met Jay Z on the tube in London'.

Jay-Z performing at the Manchester Arena
Superstar Jay-Z made fans' days as he hit the Underground

Jay-Z at Manchester Arena
The rapper likes to prove he's a normal guy

Forget chauffeur-driven limousines, Jay-Z finds the easiest way to travel to his London gigs is by Tube - and we have to say, we're in agreement.

Like many city-dwellers, the 'Holy Grail' singer doesn't see the point of trying to get round busy London in a car and has instead opted to hit the subway to attend his O2 Arena show on the UK leg of his Magna Carta world tour. He was joined by Chris Martin of Coldplay, Timbaland and a 10-person entourage as he boarded the London Underground, rendering several nearby passengers in complete shock.

This isn't the first time Jay-Z has opted for efficient but unexpected subway travel; in 2012, he made acquaintance with a grandmother named Ellen on his way to a show at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. The woman appeared not to recognise him as she asked him if he was famous and asked what he did for a living. The name rang a bell for the lucky old dear, though, and their adorable conversation was documented in a film called 'Life+Times' on Jay-Z's culture website.

Despite the fact that the Tube is probably a lot faster than car travel in the middle of London, we have a feeling that Jay-Z's travelling ideas were mainly aimed to be a publicity stunt. It worked, nonetheless, as fans flocked to Twitter to reveal their experience. 'Seeing Jay Z on the tube getting mobbed arriving to O2!! #Buzzing Too starstruck to take a pic! #Jigga', was one fan's response, while another told his followers, 'What a riot... Just met Jay Z on the tube in London'.

Jay-Z performing at the Manchester Arena
Superstar Jay-Z made fans' days as he hit the Underground

Jay-Z at Manchester Arena
The rapper likes to prove he's a normal guy

14th October 2013 3894650
Jay-Z Takes His Love Of The Subway To London; Rides Underground To O2 Show 3905840 News

Jay-Z decided to attend his final concert at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn in an against-character fashion; by ditching the glitz and glamour that he so often raps about and riding the subway. Prior to a gig at London's O2 Arena this weekend, the rapper went back to his roots again and arrived to the venue via public transport, and even brought a few famous faces along for the ride.

Jay Z
Jay kick started his world tour earlier this year

Chris Martin and Timbaland joined Jay on his train part way through the journey, with producer Timbaland supporting Jay throughout his Magna Carta world tour. Coldplay frontman Martin isn't supporting him during the tour, however the pair are good friends and they also hooked up on stage during the performance. The trio were also accompanied on their journey by an entourage of about 10 people, with bodyguards included.

Needless to say, the unannounced Tube ride caused quite the stir amongst those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Jay and co. on the train. One fan, Jamie Robb, tweeted a photo of the rapper and Martin, with Timbo just in the background behind Jay. He wrote, "What a riot... Just met Jay Z on the tube in London."

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Other fans also commented on the journey, with Twitter user Fu Choi tweeting, "Seeing Jay Z on the tube getting mobbed arriving to O2!! #Buzzing Too starstruck to take a pic," whilst another wrote, "Coming off the tube and I see Jay Z casually walking up the next escalator next to me… EVERYONE GOES NUTS!!"

Jay is performing four shows at the O2 Arena in London before taking his Magna Carta tour further afield and hitting up the rest of Europe. He will arrive in Paris for two shows later this week and will perform shows in The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Switzerland before taking his world tour across the Atlantic to his native USA.

Jay-Z Live
He will head to mainland Europe later this week

Jay-Z decided to attend his final concert at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn in an against-character fashion; by ditching the glitz and glamour that he so often raps about and riding the subway. Prior to a gig at London's O2 Arena this weekend, the rapper went back to his roots again and arrived to the venue via public transport, and even brought a few famous faces along for the ride.

Jay Z
Jay kick started his world tour earlier this year

Chris Martin and Timbaland joined Jay on his train part way through the journey, with producer Timbaland supporting Jay throughout his Magna Carta world tour. Coldplay frontman Martin isn't supporting him during the tour, however the pair are good friends and they also hooked up on stage during the performance. The trio were also accompanied on their journey by an entourage of about 10 people, with bodyguards included.

Needless to say, the unannounced Tube ride caused quite the stir amongst those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Jay and co. on the train. One fan, Jamie Robb, tweeted a photo of the rapper and Martin, with Timbo just in the background behind Jay. He wrote, "What a riot... Just met Jay Z on the tube in London."

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Other fans also commented on the journey, with Twitter user Fu Choi tweeting, "Seeing Jay Z on the tube getting mobbed arriving to O2!! #Buzzing Too starstruck to take a pic," whilst another wrote, "Coming off the tube and I see Jay Z casually walking up the next escalator next to me… EVERYONE GOES NUTS!!"

Jay is performing four shows at the O2 Arena in London before taking his Magna Carta tour further afield and hitting up the rest of Europe. He will arrive in Paris for two shows later this week and will perform shows in The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Switzerland before taking his world tour across the Atlantic to his native USA.

Jay-Z Live
He will head to mainland Europe later this week

14th October 2013 3894650
Jay Z's London Tube Adventure Makes A Few Fans' Days 3904538 News

Multi-millionaire rap, fashion and sports mogul Jay Z has proven he is still a man of the people, by taking the Tube to his latest gig at London’s O2 Arena. But even the most tedious journey can be made fun, if there are friends along and lucky for him, Mr Carter was joined on the way by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and collaborator Timbaland. Actually, it was probably lucky for the travelers on the tube that day as well, who will now, at the very least, get to brag that they’ve ridden in the same train car as Jay Z.

Jay Z, UK Tour Opening Night
World-famous performer by night,

And, in the age of instant communication, the first (and sometimes second) hand accounts have already started flooding in, although the accounts do seem to vary. One user mentions Rihanna: “Jay-Z, Rihanna and Timberland all took the London Underground to their concert last night.... Love that.”

Another praises the rapper for going without any “bouncers,” although fan photos do seem to show several members of his entourage around. One user shared his exciting encounter right away: “What a riot... Just met Jay Z on the tube in London,” he said.

Jay Z, Dublin Airport
Regular, tube-riding citizen by day.

Others were less composed about the whole thing: “Seeing Jay Z on the tube getting mobbed arriving to O2!! #Buzzing Too starstruck to take a pic! #Jigga”

Well, it’s nice to know that even on a sold out, multi-million dollar world tour, Jay Z still finds time to connect with fans – even if he does take a sizeable entourage on the adventure.

Timbaland, Chime for Change Concert
Jay Z was joined by Timbaland on his highly publicized train journey.

 

Multi-millionaire rap, fashion and sports mogul Jay Z has proven he is still a man of the people, by taking the Tube to his latest gig at London’s O2 Arena. But even the most tedious journey can be made fun, if there are friends along and lucky for him, Mr Carter was joined on the way by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and collaborator Timbaland. Actually, it was probably lucky for the travelers on the tube that day as well, who will now, at the very least, get to brag that they’ve ridden in the same train car as Jay Z.

Jay Z, UK Tour Opening Night
World-famous performer by night,

And, in the age of instant communication, the first (and sometimes second) hand accounts have already started flooding in, although the accounts do seem to vary. One user mentions Rihanna: “Jay-Z, Rihanna and Timberland all took the London Underground to their concert last night.... Love that.”

Another praises the rapper for going without any “bouncers,” although fan photos do seem to show several members of his entourage around. One user shared his exciting encounter right away: “What a riot... Just met Jay Z on the tube in London,” he said.

Jay Z, Dublin Airport
Regular, tube-riding citizen by day.

Others were less composed about the whole thing: “Seeing Jay Z on the tube getting mobbed arriving to O2!! #Buzzing Too starstruck to take a pic! #Jigga”

Well, it’s nice to know that even on a sold out, multi-million dollar world tour, Jay Z still finds time to connect with fans – even if he does take a sizeable entourage on the adventure.

Timbaland, Chime for Change Concert
Jay Z was joined by Timbaland on his highly publicized train journey.

 

13th October 2013 3894650
Justin Timberlake Makes 'The 20/20 Experience Part 2' Available To Stream 3879048 News

Justin Timber has completed his 'Experience,' and he's made it available for us all to listen to ahead of the official release date of it's second and final instalment. Can this man do no wrong? Part 2 of The 20/20 Experience was made available to stream in full on the iTunes Store late last night (23 September), four days ahead of it's official release.

Justin Timberlake live
The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 will be released officially on 30 September

With Jay-Z making another appearance, and Drake showing up for one of the songs too, the album was produced by JT's long-time collaborator Timbaland. We've already heard the singles 'Take Back The Night' and his latest release 'TKO,' and if these are anything to go by then we may have a poppier release than the more adult R&B-oriented 20/20 Experience Pt. 1. Then again, the album is a bit of a mammoth, clocking in at approximately 74 minutes, so there plenty of album room to slip in a few darker curve balls.

Justin Timberlake VMAs
He won big at the VMAs thanks to the first 20/20

The first 20/20 Experience was a smash hit, and entered the charts at No. 1 when it was released in March this year, with 968,000 units shifted in the first week. It also spawned the hits 'Tunnel Vision,' 'Mirrors' and the massively successful collab. with Jay-Z, 'Suit & Tie.'

The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 is officially out on 30 September through RCA. The full tracklist is below.

Check out the video for 'Take Make The Night'
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The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2:

1) Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)

2) True Blood

3) Cabaret (Feat. Drake)

4) T.K.O.

5) Take Back the Night

6) Murder (Feat. Jay Z)

7) Drink You Away

8) You Got It On

9) Amnesia

10) Only When I Walk Away

11) Not a Bad Thing

Justin Timber has completed his 'Experience,' and he's made it available for us all to listen to ahead of the official release date of it's second and final instalment. Can this man do no wrong? Part 2 of The 20/20 Experience was made available to stream in full on the iTunes Store late last night (23 September), four days ahead of it's official release.

Justin Timberlake live
The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 will be released officially on 30 September

With Jay-Z making another appearance, and Drake showing up for one of the songs too, the album was produced by JT's long-time collaborator Timbaland. We've already heard the singles 'Take Back The Night' and his latest release 'TKO,' and if these are anything to go by then we may have a poppier release than the more adult R&B-oriented 20/20 Experience Pt. 1. Then again, the album is a bit of a mammoth, clocking in at approximately 74 minutes, so there plenty of album room to slip in a few darker curve balls.

Justin Timberlake VMAs
He won big at the VMAs thanks to the first 20/20

The first 20/20 Experience was a smash hit, and entered the charts at No. 1 when it was released in March this year, with 968,000 units shifted in the first week. It also spawned the hits 'Tunnel Vision,' 'Mirrors' and the massively successful collab. with Jay-Z, 'Suit & Tie.'

The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 is officially out on 30 September through RCA. The full tracklist is below.

Check out the video for 'Take Make The Night'
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The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2:

1) Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)

2) True Blood

3) Cabaret (Feat. Drake)

4) T.K.O.

5) Take Back the Night

6) Murder (Feat. Jay Z)

7) Drink You Away

8) You Got It On

9) Amnesia

10) Only When I Walk Away

11) Not a Bad Thing

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