Category Archives: News

Beyonce: Rise Up

In addition to lending her voice as ‘Queen Tara’ on new animated film Epic, Queen Beyonce shares a brand new song “Rise Up” for the soundtrack.

Co-written by Sia and produced by Hit-Boy, “Rise Up” serves it’s purpose and we’re glad to hear at least something new from B.

What do you think of “Rise Up?”

Madonna’s MDNA Tour DVD to premiere on EPIX!

It’s about time!

Madonna‘s MDNA Tour will finally get it’s silver screen premiere in it’s fully produced glory on June 22nd. Tune in to EPIX at 8pm EST for the unveiling of the DVD version filmed in Miami. We’re ready!

Read more about it on EPIX here & revisit the tour with  a full bootleg recording of the show from Tel Aviv!

Roisin Murphy Shares Details Of Forthcoming Collaborations.

A few days ago, we brought you the Roisin MurphyLook Around Youmini mix, and now we’ve got some exciting news on forthcoming collaborations which comes from an interview Roisin recently did with Swedish magazine Zero.

The most devoted among you may remember a little Roisin track called ‘Leviathan (Do It Yourself),’ which was apparently produced in 2009 with Kid Gloves and premiered in one of her DJ sets in Rome back in 2010. Well it turns out that it’s finally ready for release as a collaboration with Freeform Five aka DJ Anu Pillai.

We’ve also got the Italian EP with Luca C and Brigante to look forward to. On it Roisin will interpret classic songs by divas like Mina and Patty Prao.

“Though we will mix in electronics as well, so it will be completely different versions.Both of the two women fascinate me. They were so ahead of their time, in different ways. An artist at the same time is known as a blonde bombshell, but still have full creative control and dare to take risks with the music, and also with such a strong emotional charge, provides a heady feeling”

If that’s not enough for you, she will also be featured on a song on the DJ collective Hot Natured‘s upcoming album. This track has an Ace of Base feel and was played in Ibiza last year.  Lastly, there is also more material planned with Solomun but she did not reveal any additional details.

Stay tuned to Hard Candy for more Roisin news and music as we get it! Connect on Facebook and Twitter!

Janelle Monae Announces New Album ‘Electric Lady’

Janelle Monae has just announced the follow-up to her excellent debut album ‘The ArchAndroid’, one of my favorite releases of 2010,  is on the way!  While there is no release date for ‘Electric Lady’ yet, we will get our first taste very soon!

Much to our excitement, the first single ‘Q.U.E.E.N’ features none other than the fabulous Erykah Badu and will be dropping on on April 22nd. I’m way beyond excited for this collaboration, I can only imagine the brilliance of these two amazing artists combined!


Empire of the Sun return with ‘Ice On The Dune’

Circle June in your calendar so you won’t forget Empire of the Sun‘s upcoming sophomore album Ice On The Dune, just announced by the Australian duo. Check out the ‘Discovery’ trailer below, a high gloss trip through an abandoned cave exploding into a clip of what sounds like yet another perfect pop tune from the boys.

Along with the announcement of ‘…Dune’ the boys shared the back story of their quest for world peace.  Continue reading

Daft Punk tease new music

Last night during a commercial break of Saturday Night Live, a teaser trailer of new material from Daft Punk aired. Listen to 15 seconds below! We’re very excited about their collaboration with the legendary Nile Rodgers and by the sound of things we’re going to be very pleased with what they’ve been working on!

Are you ready for new material?

Glass Candy share free track ‘Geto Boys’


Originally recorded in 2008 and sampling Geto Boys classic ‘Mind Playing Tricks On Me,’ Glass Candy are offering up their own version for free mp3 d ownload today.

Other samples on ‘Geto Boys’ include Isaac Hayes ‘Hung Up On My Baby’ and Sugarboy Crawford’s ‘IKO IKO’ – a great selection indeed. Listen + download below.


Goldfrapp to perform new album at Manchester International Festival

In May of 2011 Goldfrapp started hinting at their sixth studio album, and have been recording slowly in the studio ever since. The duo announced this morning that they’ll be playing the album live with the RNCM string orchestra at the Manchester International Festival on July 16/17. Tickets on sale March 1 here.

The official announcement of their new album comes without a name, or first single news but we can safely assume that the widescreen orchestral sounds of Goldfrapp are here to stay. The album is slated for release in late Summer.

From what we can see, Alison seems to be recording some icy vocals at her studio in the snowy countryside, good news all around.

Are you ready for the new album?

Janet Jackson: Rock With U (Ghosts of Venice Rework)

While the ‘Discipline‘ album was far from Janet Jackson‘s best work, I did take a liking to ‘Rock With U,’ and one of our readers has just shared this rather nice Ghosts of Venice rework in our Hard Candy Facebook group. I’m loving the sexy beat and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

In other news, amid rumors that she was due to tie the knot in an extravagant ceremony this weekend, Janet released this statement:

“The rumours regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony. Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favourite children’s charities. We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy. With love, Wissam and Janet”

Congrats Janet! Now work on new music!