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Listen to Daft Punk and Jay Z's "Computerized"

Posted by Rachel Raczka March 11, 2014 12:23 PM

An unreleased, unofficial track featuring Daft Punk and Jay Z has surfaced online and it's all kinds of awesome.

When the track was recorded is pretty unclear, but we'd say the frequent Blackberry references date it back quite a few years. Rolling Stone notes that the intro is sampled on the French electronic duo's "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack in 2010, but Jay's portion of the song is not used.

According to the site, the song reemerged on a Daft Punk fan site and was rumored to have been produced by Kanye West -- but Pitchfork confirms that he did not. They also confirm that the song is in fact real (as in, recorded by the artists associated) and note that it "seems to have been made before the Samsung-sponsored days of Magna Carta Holy Grail."


Donna Summer's Hall of Fame induction came too late

Posted by Sarah Rodman December 12, 2012 10:49 AM

On the radio and now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When I interviewed Donna Summer last year, she had just been passed over again for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I asked if it was, as is so often said, just an honor to be nominated.

"No, it's an honor to win," she said with a laugh. "That's a bunch of baloney. I don't care about the honor of being nominated, honor me and let me win! After about the third time, stop nominating me, I'm starting to feel like a loser." Summer, a Boston native, continued to laugh a robust laugh and added "I'm just kidding. It is an honor to be nominated, seriously."

When the inductees for the 2013 Rock Hall class were announced yesterday I was excited that Summer's name was finally on the roster. I was also sad-- and to be honest a little angry-- that she was not here to experience the moment, having passed away earlier this year at 63 after a battle with cancer. Even though she clearly understood that no one is entitled to any particular honor and had a sense of humor about it, the induction obviously meant a lot to her.


Jennifer Lopez 'Goin' In' video feat. Flo Rida

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 26, 2012 01:45 PM

J. Lo doesn't play around when it comes to a party.

Jennifer Lopez goes hard with the color, dance moves, and Photoshop-worthy abs for "Goin' In," her video from her newly-released greatest hits album "Dance Again ... The Hits."


Madonna lives la dolce vita in 'Turn Up the Radio' video

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 16, 2012 01:30 PM

Madonna proves she can turn any locale into a party in her latest video, "Turn Up the Radio." The clip, which was filmed in Italy, features the pop queen escaping hordes of paparazzi and then picking up a motley cast of colorful characters - from street contortionists to streetwalkers - for a chauffeured joyride into the countryside (the dapper hitchhiker in the gray suit is her current beau, Brahim Zaibat).

What do you think about the video? Let us know!

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M.I.A. feat. Missy Elliott and Azealia Banks - 'Bad Girls' remix

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 25, 2012 03:48 PM


Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella; Larry Busacca/Getty Images; Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

From left: Azealia Banks, M.I.A., Missy Elliott

M.I.A. has switched up her speaker-rattling single "Bad Girls" in recent days with not just one but two remixes featuring some of hip-hop's most fiery females. Days after dropping a woozy revamp with her spunky protégée Rye Rye and game-changing femcee Missy Elliott, she swapped out Rye for rising raptress Azealia Banks.


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