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Mariah Carey is set to release an entire album of her number 1 Billboard songs! Along with all of her greatest hits, the album titled Mariah Carey #1 To Infinity also features a brand new song, titled simply Infinity. The track was released on Apr. 27 ahead of the full album release on May 18.

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15 Recent Pop Songs That Weren’t Released as Singles (But Should Have Been)

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus
Originally Posted on Billboard.com

These songs from Miley, JT, 1D and other pop superstars could have ignited radio, if they had just been given the chance.

Have you ever listened to a just-released album, gravitated toward one particular track and thought with certainty, “Oh, this song is definitely going to be a single!”? And then you wait, and other songs are chosen as singles from that album, and you keep waiting, and the album cycle ends… and you realize that the most obvious single choice (to you, at least) was never chosen?

We know that feeling of incredulity: there have been several high-profile pop projects over the past few years with out-and-out standout tracks that seem ripe for radio play… and yet, for one reason or another, they never make it there. These songs will forever exist as precious album cuts and fun hypotheticals for pop nerds to kick around. And, yes, your favorite hit-maker has a song that could (or did) make this list.

Check out 15 of the best pop songs from the past five years that weren’t released as singles before their respective artists’ album cycles came to a close, but really should have been:

Miley Cyrus, “#GETITRIGHT”

As a No. 1 pop album with multiple smash singles, Miley CyrusBangerz album was an anomaly for only having three official singles released. “We Can’t Stop” was the Mike WiLL-assisted reinvention and “Wrecking Ball” gave Cyrus her first Hot 100 No. 1 single, but after the somber, gorgeous “Adore You” was released as a follow-up in late 2013, the controversial pop star embarked on the Bangerz tour and ceased with the single releases. The logical fourth single that never was, of course, is this slinky Pharrell Williams cut, which Cyrus performed on television but never gave a music video or radio push. As breezy as “Wrecking Ball” was intense, “#GETITRIGHT” remains a stellar album cut, but not a single. #BUMMER.

Rihanna, “Lost In Paradise”

Rihanna has been startlingly good at selecting the most sensible singles from each of her seven albums; scan through her discography, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find too many irrepressible bangers that weren’t given a shot at radio. One of the exceptions to that rule is “Lost In Paradise,” the final track onUnapologetic that steps forward on a contemplative foot and explodes when Rihanna declares, “It may be wrong but it feels right, to be lost in paradise!” The song presented an interesting mix of pop elegance and techno animation, and more complex emotion than something like “Right Now.”

Justin Timberlake, “Let the Groove Get In”

Those searching for a Justin Timberlake dance floor burner to follow up “SexyBack” and “My Love” on The 20/20 Experience were rewarded roughly 47 minutes into the comeback album with the intricately energetic “Let the Groove Get In.” Stretching past the seven-minute mark, the Afro-pop-influenced collection of calls and responses seemed like the logical next step for JT after “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors,” but instead Timberlake pushed out “Tunnel Vision,” then quickly skipped ahead to the second half of The 20/20 Experience with “Take Back the Night.” If only one new album had been released, “Let the Groove Get In” could have been the stealth dance hit Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience opus curiously lacked.

Demi Lovato, “Something That We’re Not”

“Something That We’re Not,” from Demi Lovato‘s most recent album Demi, is the type of song that takes one listen to completely embrace: the big-haired pop-rock sound, the please-acknowledge-the-friend-zone concept and cheeky background of ‘hey!’s’ make the song one of Lovato’s most fully realized to date. The pop star gave “Really Don’t Care,” a Cher Lloyd collaboration in a similar vein, a proper single look, as well as more uptempo dance fare like “Heart Attack” and “Neon Lights.” All three of those tracks were Top 40 hits for Lovato, but none offer the unadulterated shout-along joy of “Something That We’re Not.”

Beyonce, “End of Time”

Real talk: “End of Time” is the catchiest song on Beyonce‘s 4 album, with a bulletproof chorus and masterful control of its melodies. Beyonce released a whole bunch of singles and videos from 4, delivering official clips for “Run The World (Girls),” “1+1,” “Best Thing I Never Had,” “Party,” “Love on Top” and “Countdown” before taking time off to deliver her first child, Blue Ivy Carter. Those six songs help make 4 one of Beyonce’s strongest full-lengths, and “End of Time” should have been squeezed into that group.

Taylor Swift, “State of Grace”

With singles like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “22” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” Taylor Swift‘s Red album represented the transition to mainstream pop that 1989 completed two years later. Here’s the best-kept secret of Red, though: it features the best straight-ahead rock song of Swift’s career. Opening track “State of Grace” pummels the listener with guitar riffs as towering as skyscrapers and a central theme — blindsiding love — that can be summed up with a 12-word chorus: “And I never saw you coming/And I’ll never be the same.” Released as a promotional single ahead of Red, “State of Grace” might have dominated alternative radio for months on end if a different artist had created it… but then again, no artist could have pulled off this anthem as well as Ms. Swift did.

Usher, “Show Me”

Usher‘s 2012 album Looking 4 Myself contains about five songs that could have been among the R&B king’s biggest Hot 100 hits, from the Luke Steele-assisted strut of the title track to the pre-“Get Lucky” style of the Pharrell Williams collaboration “Twisted.” “Show Me,” however, remains the most frustrating non-single, a classy throwback to Usher’s “U Remind Me” days that didn’t need to resort to studio gimmickry in order to sizzle. Remember those pained shrieks at the end of “Scream”? “Show Me” is the exact opposite of them: calm, collected, effortlessly cool.

Britney Spears, “(Drop Dead) Beautiful”

“Hold It Against Me,” “Till The World Ends” and “I Wanna Go” stood apart from the rest of Britney SpearsFemme Fatale album, and deserved to be the electro-pop project’s first three singles. But pour some out for Sabi and her would-be breakout moment, “(Drop Dead) Beautiful,” a Britney song with a gorgeous hook, an Auto-Tuned rap breakdown (from Sabi, not Britney), and lines like “You must be B-I-G/Because you got me hypnotized” and “Your body looks so sick, I think I caught the flu.” Top 40 radio never caught the “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” flu in 2011, but we sure did.

Katy Perry, “Double Rainbow”

Katy Perry struck a lot of different poses with her PRISM singles — tribal empowerment on “Roar,” trap-hop salaciousness with “Dark Horse,” goofy dance-pop on “This Is How We Do,” disco on “Birthday” — and while “Unconditionally” waved the stone-serious mid-tempo ballad flag admirably, “Double Rainbow” had the prettier pedigree. Produced by Greg Kurstin and co-written by Sia, Perry and Kurstin, “Double Rainbow” is not the powerhouse Sia co-write that Perry probably envisioned, but it’s arresting enough to warrant multiple rewinds. All the way, “Double Rainbow” — all the way.

Justin Bieber, “Roller Coaster”

True Beliebers understand that Justin Bieber‘s Journals tracks showcased an impressive level of R&B artistry during a tumultuous time in the former teen superstar’s career. Nowhere is this more clear than “Roller Coaster,” an understated funk delicacy with a savvy breakdown in the bridge leading into the glide of the chorus. Who says that all of Journals is downbeat? “Roller Coaster” certainly isn’t an international pop play like “As Long As You Love Me,” but it’s something more nuanced and ultimately smarter.

P!nk, “Are We All We Are”

Holy cow, does P!nk‘s The Truth About Love album start out strong: the 2012 full-length boasts “Are We All We Are,” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” “Try,” “Just Give Me a Reason” and “True Love” as its opening five tracks! The first of those five, of course, was the only one to not be released as a single — and what a shame, because “Are We All We Are” is a classic fist-pounding-against-chest P!nk single, a distant cousin to “So What” and an inspiring stomper vaguely reminiscent of P.O.D.’s “Youth of the Nation.” But, you know, in a good way!

Lady Gaga, “MANiCURE”

Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP album has a few quietly stunning track sequences nestled within its 15 songs, and the lovably “MANiCURE” injects a jolt of energy into the middle section of the full-length. An underrated expansion of Gaga’s sound,ARTPOP still lacks the sort of otherworldly hooks that Fame Monster fans longed for — but “MANiCURE” totally hits its mark as a triumphant post-breakup romp, and is one of the instances on the album in which Gaga’s vocal performance is jubilantly unabashed. Perhaps if the album had been given a few more cracks at a smash hit, “MANiCURE” would have reached its potential as one.

One Direction, “Little Black Dress”

While One Direction swiveled toward arena rock on 2013’s Midnight Memories, “Little Black Dress” took a bite out of the power-pop of Cheap Trick and the Knack — and excellently so. Seriously, listen to this song and wrap your head around the fact that the Strokes haven’t made a rock song this good over the past decade. Maybe “Little Black Dress” wouldn’t have caught on at radio, but it’s a song that defiantly slays the image of 1D as a mainstream pop act, and goes a long way toward establishing their post-teenybopper cred.

Kesha, “Only Wanna Dance with You”

Some of Kesha‘s sophomore album Warrior sounds belabored, as if the electro-pop star’s crazy misadventures needed to be spelled out in extreme detail; meanwhile, “Only Wanna Dance With You” remains disarmingly sweet, a tale of two kids drinking wine on the cement outside of a 7-11, not wanting to develop feelings but knowing that they now exist. The airy ditty would have made for a lovely change-up to singles like “Die Young” and “C’Mon,” but continues to be a hidden gem for Kesha completists.

Adele, “I’ll Be Waiting”

As one of the biggest-selling albums of the century and the home of three No. 1 singles, Adele‘s 21 is an album that doesn’t have too many smudges on its resumé. Still, could the rousing “I’ll Be Waiting” have been the fourth No. 1 single had it been performed at one of the many awards cermeonies that Adele was sweeping in 2011-12? The uncharacteristically fast tempo, nifty piano refrain and brassy vocal take combine for one of the album’s most emphatic releases, and after “Set Fire to the Rain,” “I’ll Be Waiting” could have very well set Top 40 radio ablaze, had it been given the chance.

13 Awesome Eco-Friendly Songs That’ll Help You Celebrate Earth Day

Originally posted on BuzzFeed

1. Bad Religion, “Los Angeles Is Burning”

This song is about the excessive human consumption and media frenzy that has taken over the world with no concern for the well-being of our home and humanity.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “When the hills of Los Angeles are burning, palm trees are candles in the murder wind.”

2. The Beach Boys, “Don’t Go Near the Water”

The Beach Boys were obviously ocean enthusiasts. This song says to show some love to the oceans and to stop polluting our waters.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Don’t go near the water to do it any wrong, to be cool with the water is the message of this song.”

3. Dead Kennedys, “Cesspools in Eden”

It’s all about how big corporations don’t care about us and that they’re building the factories that are poisoning us and our environment.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Groundwater’s poisoned, air stings like hell, the lines for doctors grow long.”

4. Devo, “No Place Like Home”

A great tune that makes you want to angry-dance to the fact that mankind is obliviously spoiling the Earth, and soon we won’t even have a home to spoil.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “If we should all just disappear, the skies and waters will clear in a world without us.”

5. Gorillaz, “Superfast Jellyfish”

Typical Gorillaz, hitting you square in the face with how nothing is natural anymore and we’re all puppets to consumerism.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “The sea is radioactive, all hail king Neptune and his water breathers.”

6. Metallica, “Blackened”

This song is based on the apocalypse according to the Bible and relates it to pollution, deforestation, and other social problems we see now.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Death of Mother Earth, never a rebirth, evolution’s end, never will it mend.”

7. Michael Jackson, “Earth Song”

MJ preaches for everyone to join together to save our planet and bring peace to humanity.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Did you ever stop to notice, this crying Earth, this weeping shore?”

8. Miley Cyrus, “Wake Up America”

We all know she loves at least one kind of plant. This old-school Miley song is about getting America to stop ignoring Mother Nature’s cry for help.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “We’re all in this together! It’s our home so let’s take care of it.”

9. Mos Def, “New World Water”

A pissed-off Mos Def explains that while human beings are feeding their obsession with money, their home is deteriorating around them and will soon be gone.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “It’s the New World Water, and every drop counts. You can laugh and take it as a joke if you wanna, but it don’t rain for four weeks some summers.”

10. Pixies, “This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven”

This song points it out plain and simple: Humanity is killing the Earth, and we are all going down with it.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “There was a guy, an underwater guy who controlled the sea, got killed by 10 million pounds of sludge from New York and New Jersey.”

11. Talking Heads, “Nothing but Flowers”

A sarcastic song about a time when Mother Nature takes over and things like highways and 7-Elevens are missed, even though they are now in a “peaceful oasis.”

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “Once there were parking lots, now it’s a peaceful oasis. You got it.”

12. Tegan and Sara, “Our Trees”

From the ladies who sing “Everything Is Awesome” in The Lego Movie (another movie about social injustices), this song is about how we need to stand up for Mother Nature and be her voice.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “If the trees could be lions, would they still fall and be tagged? Would they refuse to surrender, refuse to be gagged?”

13. Will.i.am., “S.O.S. (Mother Nature)”

Will.i.am. explains how we need to open up our eyes and see the pollution humanity is causing that’s killing our planet.

Most Environmentally Friendly Lyric: “And here they come choppering down, chopping down our rain forest, fucking up our air for us, they don’t really care for us.”

So listen up, ‘cause Mother Nature is awesome!

25 Record Store Day 2015 Exclusives You Need In Your Life

New and rare tunes from Wu-Tang Clan, The White Stripes, and Johnny Cash are just a few of the gems on offer at the annual bonanza for vinyl nerds.

Record Store Day is back!

Record Store Day is back!

The annual high holiday for vinyl lovers is happening this Saturday, April 18, at a local record store near you. Here are just a few reasons, of many, to be excited about this year’s crop.

1. A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky

LPFJ2

Limited edition white vinyl 7”
RSD Exclusive Release

2. The Black Keys

The Black Keys

Meet Me In The City

7” Vinyl Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the release of Kimbrough’s “All Night Long”, two versions, for the first time on a split single.
RSD Exclusive Release

3. Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

The Night We Called It A Day

7” blue vinyl Limited Edition single featuring two songs from Bob Dylan’s newest release “Shadows In The Night”
RSD Exclusive Release

4. Bruce Springsteen

6 different newly remastered LP Vinyl: The River, Nebraska, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Born To Run, Born In The U.S.A.

All RSD First Release

5. Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks

The Way

7”Colored Vinyl. The A-side is the title track from their popular 2014 album and the B-Side is an unissued track from the same sessions. Artwork is by Malcolm Garrett, the artists of all the early iconic Buzzcocks artwork. Limited to a one time pressing of 900 copies on Blue vinyl & 300 on White. Not to be repressed.
RSD Exclusive Release

6. Courney Barnett

Courney Barnett

Kim’s Caravan

The B-side of this 12” is a cover of John Cale’s “Close Watch” and is exclusive to this Record Store Day release.
RSD Exclusive Release

7. David Bowie

Changes and Kingdom Come

Both 7” vinyl. Changes is the continuation of 40th anniversary picture disc series. The previously unreleased AA side was recorded in 1971 for a small run of promo LPs made to secure David Bowie a record deal. Kingdom Come is a transparent red inside opaque black (Classic Black) – Color in Color. Part of Rhino’s now celebrated RSD exclusive Side By Side 7” singles series. Two artists perform the same song.

Both RSD Exclusive Release

8. The Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen

Beelzebubba

LP Vinyl featuring tracks “Punk Rock Girl,” “Stuart,” and “Smokin Banana Peels.” 4000 Pressed — 3900 Blue vinyl and 100 randomly inserted White vinyl.
RSD Exclusive Release

9. Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie

Bad Reputation

7” 45 RPM Colored Vinyl is baby blue with coke bottle green splatter.
RSD Exclusive Release

10. The Flaming Lips

Both 10” Colored Vinyl, a series three Limited Edition 10” EP’s on different colored vinyl that contain tracks previously released only on CD overseas.
RSD Exclusive Release

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Kanye West Performs at Time 100 Gala

Every year, TIME puts out their list of 100 most influential people in the world.  This year, both Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Made the list.  At the party, held Tuesday, April 21, Kanye Performed.

Kanye played a 20-minute set that included “All Day,” “Black Skinhead,” “New Slaves,” “Blood on the Leaves,” “Runaway,” “Only One,” “Good Life,” “Gold Digger” and “Touch the Sky.”

Garbage’s Record Store Day Release ‘The Chemicals’ Gets a Video

Watch Garbage's new video for 'The Chemicals'

Garbage have unveiled the video for their latest track ‘The Chemicals’, featuring Brian Aubert from Silversun Pickups.

The video is being released to celebrate Record Store Day, and the single will be available on limited editon 10″ vinyl during Record Store Day weekend.

Shirley Manson discussed the collaboration with Aubert  with Mashable, saying: “It’s something we’ve sort of begun as a tradition from our days of doing duets with people we really love and admire, and this time around we wanted to collaborate with Brian just because we’ve had the pleasure of bumping into him on the circuit. He and I met doing a benefit at the Pablove Foundation a few years ago now, and we just love him,” she continued. “We love his energy and he’s really funny and an amazing talent and an incredible singer. And we love that he sounds androgynous — you don’t know what he is. You don’t know whether he’s a girl or a boy a lot of the time, and I love that.”

Girlpool Shares Title-Track ‘Before the World was Big”

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Girlpool’s debut album, Before the World Was Big, is based on the experiences of losing your innocence and growing up in a world of disillusionment. In an interview with SPIN last month, Girlpool’s Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker explained that their upcoming  debut album will touch on growing up and figuring out life’s different chapters while “constantly developing and changing.”

On their latest cut, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad share a tale of friends growing up in seemingly quiet places, before life spirals out of control and the simple things become big challenges.

Listen in below.