Mixtape Music News

1.Rolling Stone is getting an editing makeover…

Rolling Stone has a new Miranda Priestly….

Earlier this morning, it was announced that Men’s Journal editor Jason Fine will step in as new managing editor of Rolling Stone. Fine will replace Will Dana, who spent 19 years at the magazine before it was revealed that he was leaving this past Friday.

The big change comes as Rolling Stone continues to deal with fallout from its retracted article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. The same day as news broke of Dana’s departure, three UVA graduates and members of the fraternity sued Rolling Stone and the author of the article over the story.

Fine told the New York Times that he would formally start his new role at Rolling Stone in the second week of August, but he will oversee the close of the current issue this week. Fine will also take over for Dana as Men’s Journal editorial director.He also told The Times that he was “pretty shocked” to find out Dana was leaving and being offered the top gig at Rolling Stone was “pretty surprising.” 

Hey, when it comes to the music world, reinvention is always key. 

2.Demi Lovato spills all the tea with Cosmopolitan…

If you’ve seen the video for her ice-cold hit,  “Cool for the Summer,” you know by now that Ms. Demi Lovato has a newfound outlook on life. Currently, the twenty-two-year old sun-kissed diva is featured on the cover of the September’s issue of Cosmopolitan, and the pop star goes even further with her new honesty-is-everything mentality;opening about her sexy new music and relationship with longtime boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama

“There are a lot of girls in pop,” says Lovato. “They have badass lyrics, but I feel like I’m the only person other than Rihanna and Nicki Minaj who isn’t afraid to say, ‘Try something on me and I’ll fucking beat your ass.’ There are people who can dress up and play the part, but their music doesn’t say it.”

Although the former Camp Rock-er has not yet announced a release date for the follow-up to 2013’s Demi,  “Cool For The Summer” was released last month, just in time for a mid-summer chart push. The song climbed seven spots to No. 24 on last week’s Hot 100 chart.

Also in the spillage, Lovato shares that she and Valderrama only “ever broke up when I was relapsing, whether it was drugs or in a bad place and rebelling against everybody, not just him.” The singer also says that Wilmer is far from the jealous type and that he gets along swimmingly with her ex, Mr. Nick Jonas. 

We also have to show some love for Ms. Demi after her dog, Buddy, passed away from injuries from a coyote attack. Nothing but music love all day, boo. 

3.Is there a new Jennifer Lopez single coming this week?

Get ready to baile mucho-there could be a new Latin infused single from J.Lo coming this week.  According to NYC’s Z100 radio Mark Medina, the new track could be coming “in days.” Here’s what he had to say on Twitter.

While nothing has been confirmed yet, there’s also rumblings that Jennifer is signing up with Republic Records for her next set. In the meantime, there’s always room for Fly Girl dance practice, so “Let’s Get Loud,” shall we? 

4.Chart Rewind-Madonna made the #1 spot her “Playground” 23 years ago this week…

Not to make anyone feel like running out and getting Botox on a Monday, but it was 23 years ago this week that the Material Girl took her A League Of Their Own/Barcelona Gold ballad to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. While the Shep Pettibone produced somber sonnet only played with the top spot for one week, it still remains one of Madonna’s most haunting and underrated ballads.

Fun fact-The Queen of Pop ha never played “Playground” on any of her world tours and judging by the looks of her Rebel Heart Tour playlist, she’s not going to anytime soon. All the more reason to get lost in Madonna’s dreamy ’92 ballad. 

5.Have you heard the new Duke Dumont single, “Ocean Drive,” yet? 

UK DJ Duke Dumont has delivered another sun-kissed scorcher, this time with “Ocean Drive,” a beat-heavy whirling wonder of a tune featuring strong vocals from the Duke himself. Mr. Dumont’s latest is actually just one of a dozen tracks you will hear in this week’s Must Listen Monday and we will a lot more of his brilliant music catalog in this week’s 5 reasons why. 

In a music word, get ready to dance your summer ass off. 



Mixtape Music News/Music Video Edition

The Weeknd/”Can’t Feel My Face”

Mr. Weeknd’s scorching summer single gets an equally fiery music video. 

Disclosure/Sam Smith/”Omen”

Last summer’s overseas “Latch” hit makers are at it again. Only this time, they go a little bit deeper into the dance music realm. 

Madonna/”Rain”/Behind the Scenes

Earlier this week, long time fans of Madonna reveled in what was almost 40 minutes of unused B-roll footage leaked online from the “Vogue” video shoot. While it wasn’t the most groundbreaking clip, it was a fascinating look at the Queen of Pop back in 1990, smack bang in the middle of her HBIC phase.

Now, similar footage has emerged from another of Madonna’s most recognizable videos – the blue-hued “Rain,” a rare reflective moment from 1992’s Erotica. Grab that music umbrella and get lost in the B-roll “Rain” storm below.

Demi Lovato/”Cool for the Summer”

Just in case you haven’t seen it yet. 

Joss Stone/”Stuck On You”

Look who’s back from Forgot About Friday land….and looking fabulous! 

Outasight/”The Wild Life”

Ready for your next summer music obsession?

Syron/”Talkin’ Crazy”

You won’t mind the craziness once the beat kicks in. 

Lion Babe/”Impossible”

It will be impossible not to fall in love with Ms. Babe’s latest romp. 












Mixtape Music News

1.Miley Cyrus set to host 2015 VMA’s……

Get ready to get your music twerk on. Actually, let’s hope not.

Miley Cyrus herself has confirmed that she’s taking hosting duties at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Because it’s Ms. Miley, there’s no telling wants she’ll do, but we can surely expect at least one joke about her now infamous 2013 Video Music Awards performance that caused controversy for her, um, dancing with Robin Thicke and brought about a national (short-lived) obsession with twerking.

The Video Music Awards will air Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. on MTV.


2….and your 2015 VMA nominees are…..

Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 5, Ms. Taylor Swift with 4 and Ed Sheeeran and Beyoncé both follow closely behind with 3 nominations each. The award nominees were just announced this morning on Beats 1 Chart show, though the live stream was disrupted by technical issues for numerous listeners. For this year’s complete list of VMA nominees, shake your groove thing right here

3.Kelly Clarkson and Ms. Piggy take on Rihanna hits…

As if we needed another reason to love Kelly Clarkson, this time she slays it again taking on a flawless cover of Rihanna‘s “Stay” at Pittsburgh’s First Niagara Pavilion on Sunday during a stop on her Piece by Piece Tour. Of course, she absolutely kills it, further proving that she can cover any song.

In fact, the diva is continuing to incorporate fan-requested cover songs on her tour, which has resulted in her singing everything from Nick Jonas‘ “Jealous” to Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive.” And how can we forget her cover of Tracy Chapman‘s classic, “Fast Car?” We can’t.

Ms. Piggy gets her fabulous snout all over RiRi’s #BBHMM. It really needs no explanation.

4.Disclosure drops another new track….

Hot off the music heels of tracks “Bang That” and “Holding On,” brotherly electronic duo Disclosure have unleashed a new song called “Moving Mountains.”

Featuring the vocal stylings of Brendan Reilly, the track premiered on Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1 Show and can be streamed here around the 1:30:00 mark.

“Moving Mountains” is the second song to debut from Disclosure’s upcoming sophomore album, Carcaral. Earlier this summer, the British beat boys revealed the cover art and Sept. 25 release date for their new record, which is their first album in two years since 2013’s Settle. On July 9, they tweeted the announcement of another track with Sam Smith titled “Omen” — a smart pairing considering last year’s “Latch” hit No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

We’re already looking forward to the fall.

5.Grooveshark co-creator found dead inside his home….

On a bit of a sad music note, it’s been confirmed that Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg was found dead in his bed Sunday evening by his girlfriend in the house they shared. He was 28.

Lori Greenberg, his mother, said Monday she was told by police who investigated Sunday night that there was no evidence of injuries or drugs.

Greenberg’s mother also told police that Josh had never been sick a day in his life; and his girlfriend, Abby Mayer, said she had never known him to be sick and he was not prescribed any medication, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Lori also said her son was more than relieved about the April 30 settlement that shut down Grooveshark since it ended the lawsuit that had been hanging over his head. Several record companies had sued the online music streaming service over copyright violations.

“He was excited about potential new things that he was going to start,” she said.

Mr.Greenberg will be missed by many.