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Rebel Heart a commercial flop? Madonnas new album is her worst-selling release in 20 years
Mar 26, 2015 10:20pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Madonna’s latest album Rebel Heart opened to the singer’s worst sales week in more than two decades, and the results were even worse for week two.

Rebel Heart, the pop star’s thirteenth studio album, sold 116,000 copies in its first week of release. For comparison, her previous album, 2012’s MDNA, debuted with 359,00 copies sold. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 1994’s Bedtime Stories to find a Madonna album that sold less albums in its first week of release. Rebel Heart is also the first of her albums not to debut at No. 1 since — yes, Bedtime Stories.

This week’s sales numbers were even worse. Only 22,800 copies of Rebel Heart were sold over the last seven days — a drop in sales of 80% — plummeting the album’s chart position from No. 2 to No. 22.

Industry insiders chalk up the poor sales numbers to the premature leaking of Rebel Heart. Several tracks from the album appeared online back in December, forcing Madonna to push up the album’s release by several months.

Also, with the release of MDNA, Madonna offered copies of the album as part of ticket packages for the supporting tour, which she then counted toward the total number of albums sold. She’s employed a similar tactic for her Rebel Heart t...



Download Last Nights Björk Concert At NYCs City Center
Mar 26, 2015 9:55pm | StereoGum
Last night, Björk played a show at New York's City Center theater supported by producer Arca, percussionist Manu Delago, and a fifteen-piece orchestra called Alarm Will Sound. For her first set, she played Vulnicura's first six tracks in order starting with the gorgeous "Stonemilker," while her second set contained a mix of older material before finishing up with Vulnicura's closing tracks (and two encores). NYCTaper recorded the whole thing, and they're offering it up as a free download here. For her first encore, Björk also played "Sun In My Mouth" off of 2001's Vespertine, and you can stream that below.




Kanye West and Dame Dash have purchased Karmaloop
Mar 26, 2015 8:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Kanye West has taken his fashion prowess to the next level: He and Dame Dash have officially purchased online streetwear retailer Karmaloop.com. The news was announced this afternoon via Dash’s Instagram.

“Board meeting had to go over some @damondashstudios biz showed him @loisaidas and @toohonorable_ddstudios got the thumbs up and yeah the Karmaloop thing is real,” Dash wrote. “this is exactly how I saw things 10 years ago and he’s doing some shit that even I couldn’t do but it’s not my place to speak on it…but let’s just say iam proud as fuck…that’s the way it’s supposed to be…the younger dudes are supposed to be better then us…that’s what we fight for #honaorablepeoplesticktogether”

Karmaloop was forced to file for bankruptcy earlier this week, despite having carved out a strong following within the streetwear community since its launch in 2000. The acquisition has presumably saved the company from shuttering its doors. Some are dubbing Kanye and Dash’s joint venture as “Dash West Studios”.

Dame infamously signed Kanye to Roc-a-Fella Records in 2000, but the two had a falling out after Kanye sided with Jay Z when the label split in late 2004. The two reconciled only recently. In addition to Karmaloop, they’ve teamed up executive produce Loisaidas, a new film set in Harlem, New York.

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band Public Access TV lived in one of the buildings destroyed in 2nd Ave explosion/fire (they're OK, currently on tour)
Mar 26, 2015 7:43pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Public Access TV @ BVSXSW 2015 (via @brooklynvegan)

Amongst the tenants of one of the buildings on 2nd Ave that was destroyed today in to the giant explosion and fire this afternoon are the band Public Access TV. They were not in building, thankfully, as they're currently on tour on the West Coast. But they let everyone know they were ok on Facebook:

We've got a lot of messages about our apartment burning down in New York today. We are all safe. Very very lucky. Thoughts go out to everyone else affected by it and the firefighters.
Thanks for checking in, guys. It was just Saturday (3/21) when Public Access TV played BrooklynVegan's SXSW day party at Red 7.

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Song : Tourist : Holding On (feat. Josef Salvet & Niia)
Mar 26, 2015 7:24pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

We are still awaiting an announcement of the promised debut LP from London producer Tourist, but as long as he keep dropping great singles like this new song “Holding On”, we won’t have to wait too impatiently. It was premiered as the hottest record in the world on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 program and, as you can imagine at this point, has some pretty on-point production. To really bring it full-circle, he enlists Josef Salvet and Niia for vocals. Listen below.


Warpaint at Hammersmith Apollo in London
Mar 26, 2015 7:05pm | The Line Of Best Fit
Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa play a headline set in west London.>

Song : No Joy : Everything New
Mar 26, 2015 6:54pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

It is always nice when Montreal’s No Joy are in the fold and we get just that with the announcement of their third LP titled More Faithful out via Mexican Summer on June 8th. According to the press release, the this album looking to “expose them a little bit more as people” by offering more “vulnerability’ in their song crafting. Production for the album was done by musician Jorge Elbrecht, who might be best known for his work with Ariel Pink with recording taking place Brooklyn studio Garys Electric and an old farmhouse in Costa Rica to get the band isolation from the outside world. Their first single from “Everything New” seems to support the recording process with its intimate qualities and overexposed day haze feel. Listen below.


Song : TOKiMONSTA : Nope
Mar 26, 2015 6:24pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

It is a fanfuckingtastic world we live in when artists randomly drop tracks for no reason whatsoever, but it keeps happening more and more. Los Angeles producer Jennifer Lee aka TOKiMONSTA just posted to her soundcloud a “random unreleased thing” titled “Nope” to say “happy almost Friday”. Quite honestly, we can’t think of a better reason for new music. Listen below.


Song : Elliot Moss : Best Light
Mar 26, 2015 6:04pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

New York multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Elliot Moss is someone who is really starting to pique our interest as of late. First, he dropped the captivating “I Can’t Swim”, now he unveils the cold, emotive “Best Light” mixing subdued percussion and his feathery vocals. Both songs will appear on his upcoming debut LP, Highspeeds, out on April 28th via Grand Jury. Listen below.

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Bleachers Dear Prudence (The Beatles Cover)
Mar 26, 2015 6:01pm | StereoGum
Bleachers' Jack Antonoff must have been feeling especially inspired by The White Album (could you blame him?) because he recorded and shared a rough-and-tumble cover of the Beatles' "Dear Prudence" from his hotel room in North Carolina. Antonoff breaks the song down into its most essential parts, adds some Autotune in place of the vocal harmonies, and punches everything up a bit. Listen below.



Ricardo Villalobos to release first entry in Rawaxs AIRA EP series
Mar 26, 2015 5:50pm | Fact Magazine

Fred P and Ron Trent will also contribute to the series.

Frankfurt label Rawax has partnered with Roland to launch the AIRA EP series, featuring music created on Roland’s AIRA equipment. The Japanese manufacturer launched its AIRA line last year in an effort to revive the sounds of classic machines like the TR-808 and TB-303, and has since expanded its range to include additional models such as the TR-707.

The first entry in the AIRA EP series features the inimitable Ricardo Villalobos on the A-side. His track, ‘Rabbit Over’, was created using the TR-8, TB-3 and VT-3 devices. Oskar Szafraniec dons his Oscar Burnside alias on the flip side, with his offering, ‘Vitality’, made using the TR-8, VT-3, System-1 and SBX-1. Burnside’s entry also features the vocals of Infinite Livez.

Ron Trent and Fred P will provide their own entries into the series, however details of those releases are yet to surface.

AIRA Series Vol. 1 will be released on April 27 via Rawax. [via RA]

Tracklist:

A Ricardo Villalobos – Rabbit Over
B Oskar Szafraniec feat. Infinite Livez – Vitality

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Ricardo Villalobos to release first entry in Rawaxs AIRA EP series
Mar 26, 2015 5:50pm | Fact Magazine

Fred P and Ron Trent will also contribute to the series.

Frankfurt label Rawax has partnered with Roland to launch the AIRA EP series, featuring music created on Roland’s AIRA equipment. The Japanese manufacturer launched its AIRA line last year in an effort to revive the sounds of classic machines like the TR-808 and TB-303, and has since expanded its range to include additional models such as the TR-707.

The first entry in the AIRA EP series features the inimitable Ricardo Villalobos on the A-side. His track, ‘Rabbit Over’, was created using the TR-8, TB-3 and VT-3 devices. Oskar Szafraniec dons his Oscar Burnside alias on the flip side, with his offering, ‘Vitality’, made using the TR-8, VT-3, System-1 and SBX-1. Burnside’s entry also features the vocals of Infinite Livez.

Ron Trent and Fred P will provide their own entries into the series, however details of those releases are yet to surface.

AIRA Series Vol. 1 will be released on April 27 via Rawax. [via RA]

Tracklist:

A Ricardo Villalobos – Rabbit Over
B Oskar Szafraniec feat. Infinite Livez – Vitality

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Leftfield announces first album in 16 years, premieres Universal Everything listen
Mar 26, 2015 5:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

On June 8th, Neil Barnes’ influential electronic project Leftfield will release Alternative Light Source, its first album in 16 years. Due out through Infectious Music, the 10-track effort serves as Barners’ third to date following 1999’s Rhythm and Stealth and 1995’s Mercury Prize-nominated Leftism.

For the album, Leftfield will be joined by A-list collaborators in TV on the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe, Poliça singer Channy Leaneagh, and post-punk/hip-hop duo Sleaford Mods, among others.

As a preview of the LP, the band’s shared “Universal Everything”, a hard-hitting dance number that’s sure to rile up partygoers on both sides of the Atlantic. Listen in below.

Alternative Light Source Tracklist:
01. Bad Radio
02. Universal Everything
03. Bilocation
04. Head and Shoulders
05. Dark Matters
06. Little Fish
07. Storm’s End
08. Alternative Light Source
09. Shaker Obsession
10. Levitate For You



NYC Band Public Access T.V. Lived In The Building That Collapsed Today (Theyre Safe)
Mar 26, 2015 5:02pm | StereoGum
This afternoon, an explosion at a building in the East Village caused the building and an adjacent one to go up in flames and eventually collapse. The New York Times says that at least a dozen people were injured, though no fatalities have been reported so far. It turns out that New York-based band Public Access T.V. lived in the building in question, but they assured everyone on their Facebook page earlier today that all of the band members are safe. Frontman (and former Be Your Own Pet member) John Eatherly had this to say:



Charli XCX at Shepherds Bush Empire in London
Mar 26, 2015 5:00pm | The Line Of Best Fit
The electro-pop Best Fit favourite plays the capital as part of her UK tour. Wunmi Onibudo provides the pictures.>
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