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Glee – Funeral (Episode 43)


We are now just one episode away from the season finale of Glee. This weeks new episode is titled “Funeral” & sees New Direction continue to strategize their set list for Nationals with a little assist from Jessie St. James (Jonathan Groff). Meanwhile, an unexpected loss rocks the world of one of McKinley’s own. The songs this week are: Try A Little Tenderness (Otis Reading), My Man (Barbara Streisand), Pure Imagination (Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory), Some People (Gypsy), Light Up The World (Glee Original), & Back to Black (Amy Winehouse). Be sure to check them out & tune in every Tuesday on FOX 8/9c. Enjoy!!

DL: Glee – Funeral (6 Songs)
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DL Link 3: HERE
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BUY Glee – The Music Presents The Warblers: HERE

Lady GaGa: ‘Hair’ (Premiere)

Lady Gaga has just released her second promo single, “Hair,” as part of her iTunes countdown to “Born This Way” leading up to the album’s release on Monday (May 23)! The pop track was co-written & produced by Gaga & longtime collaborator RedOne. This one is another inspirational anthem with another insanely catchy sing along chorus. Be sure to check it out, Enjoy!!

BUY Lady GaGa’s new song “Hair” on iTunes Now!

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Britney Spears: ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ (June 2011)

Britney Spears looks stunning on the brand-new June issue of Harper’s Bazaar!

“I’ve worked so complex on this album, so it’s really refreshing” the 29-year-old pop star says in the magazine. She was interviewed by Laura Brown & photographed by Alexi Lubomirski.

On dancing again: “I love to dance, so it’s very exciting. The tour rehearsals have been going really well. I think it will be my best show yet.”

On Lady GaGa: “She’s unique & extremely talented. I love her spin on everything.”

In other news, Britney has officially confirmed that “I Wanna Go,” will be the next single as she begins the Femme Fatale Tour next month with Nicki Minaj, Jessie & The Toy Boys, & Nervo.

For more from Britney, visit harpersbazaar.com!

Lady GaGa: ‘Born This Way’ Giveaway!


Pop star, Lady GaGa will finally be releasing her highly-anticipated album, “Born This Way” on Monday (May 23)! The album will include the singles “Born This Way,” “Judas” & “The Edge of Glory.” In celebration of the release, ALi’s Blog is giving away two copies of the special edition album + 10 “Born This Way” two sided album art posters! (U.S & Canada only)

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Joe Jonas: ‘See No More’ In June + Official Cover!


Joe Jonas has revealed that his first single off his debut solo album is titled “See No More.” The 21-year-old singer will premiere his single to radio on Friday (June 3)! “See No More” was co-written by Joe & Chris Brown & was produced by Brian Kennedy. The song will be available digitally on Monday (June 13)! ATTENTION: I now have an excuse to post approximately him.

“I love electronic European sounds that are just big, Joe recently told Rolling Stone. “I wanted to make a record that a DJ would be attracted to.” Two potential album tracks are titled “Fast Life” & “Black-Light.”

“Working on this album has been a rewarding yet intense experience. ‘See No More‘ especially carries a lot of personal emotions with it & I am hoping people listening to it will obtain a sense of where I’m coming from with this new sound,” Joe said in the press release. “I’ve had an impressive team working with me on the music & I am excited, anxious, yet more importantly… ready… to share it all with my fans. It’s as much for them as it is for me.”

The as-of-yet-untitled album will be released on Tuesday (September 6) will include production by Brian Kennedy (Chris Brown), Danja (Britney Spears), Rob Knox (T.I), James Fauntleroy (Rihanna), & Frankmusik.

JoJo – The Other Chick


After years of delays & the release of her mixtape “Can’t Take That Away From Me” last year, JoJo is back! The 20-year-old singer is ready to make her official return with “Jumping Trains,” her third album due out after this year on Interscope. An unfinished version of the first single, “The Other Chick,” leaked earlier in the week yet now she has officially premiered the final version on her official website. JoJo is serving some intense vocals on the R&B/Pop jam & I’m absolutely loving it. A video for the single has already been shot & will premiere soon. Be sure to check it out, Enjoy!!

DL: JoJo – The Other Chick
DL Link 2: HERE
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American Idol (Season 10): Top 4 [Studio Recordings]


I apologize for getting these up a little late, it’s been a crazy week. We are two weeks away from crowning this years winner of American Idol. Mentored by Lady GaGa, Wednesday brought out some of the contestants best performances yet. They performed the songs of Lieber & Stoller & moreover a song that inspires them. SPOILER: On Thursday, we said goodbye to James Durbin. I’m really hoping we obtain a female top two this year, Haley & Lauren for the win! Tune in every week on Wednesday & Thursday on FOX at 8/7c, Enjoy!!

1. Haley Reinhart – I Who Have Nothing
2. Haley Reinhart – Earth Song
3. James Durbin – Love Potion No. 9
4. James Durbin – Don’t Stop Believin’
5. Lauren Alaina – Trouble
6. Lauren Alaina – Anyway
7. Scotty McCreery – Young Blood
8. Scotty McCreery – Where Were You

DL: American Idol – Top 4 [Studio Recordings]
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Calvin Harris: ‘Bounce’ (w/ Kelis) [Video Premiere]

Lady GaGa: ‘V’ Magazine Summer 2011

Lady Gaga currently graces the cover of the upcoming Summer issue of V! She was photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin.

The Asian issue hit newsstands today (May 12) with 10% of the proceeds going towards the Japan Relief efforts.

This is Gaga‘s first issue as their new fashion & art writer, she was interviewed by Elton John.

“Art is my whole life. The monsters are my medicine. They heal me, physically & emotionally, every night at the show.”

The Edge of Glory has been chosen as the third official single after topping iTunes in over 10 countries. Born This Way is officially released on Monday (May 23)!

All clothes by Thierry Mugler (A/W-11/12)

For more from GaGa, visit vmagazine.com!

Introducing: Florrie


Time for an introduction post! Hands down one of my favorite new artists, this is 22-year-old British recording artist Florrie. I first started reading approximately her last year thanks to my buddies over at HardCandyMusic & I’ve been hooked ever since. She was the former house drummer for production team Xenomania & has played live in tracks for the Pet Shop Boys, Girls Aloud, & Kylie Minogue. For the past year she has been standing on her own two feet & pouring out a batch of solo material for FREE! The songs are absolutely brilliant & interesting, it’s pure feel-good electro-pop. Below you can check out her first ever music video for her latest single, “Begging Me.” Enjoy!

DL: Florrie – Give Me Your Love (Fred Falke Club Mix)
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Download Florrie‘s “Introduction” EP for Free at her Official Website!
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BUY Florrie – Begging Me [Single]: HERE BUY Florrie – Introduction [EP]: HERE

Kelly Rowland: ‘Here I Am’ Out Early Fall!


Kelly Rowland has just reveled that her very delayed third studio album will be called “Here I Am” – early fall release date!

“I was talking to my product manager,” recalls Rowland, who’s currently working in Los Angeles. “I said I wanted people to know that this is the record, the sound I¹ve been working toward… that here I am. And she said, that’s the title. It just connected with my heart & the music as well. It stands for everything I’ve gone through & thought approximately for this record as a woman. It’s very strong.” Source

Kelly‘s current single “Motivation” climbs to #3 on the Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart & #31 on the Hot 100.

The album will include work from: Dr. Luke, Stargate, RedOne, Tricky Stewart, Rodney Jerkins, Jim Jonsin, & Rico Love.

BUY Kelly Rowland – Motivation (Featuring Lil Wayne) [Single]: HERE

Beyoncé Announces New Album Is Titled ‘4’

Beyoncé is on this weeks cover of Billboard Magazine! The singer will be receiving the Artist of the Millennium Award at this years Billboard Music Awards.

In the magazine Beyoncé reveals that “4” is the title of her new album.

“We all have special numbers in our lives, & ‘4’ is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, & a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.”

On Run The World (Girls): “I just heard the track & loved that it was so different: it felt a bit African, a bit electronic & futuristic. It reminded me of what I love, which is mixing different cultures & eras — things that typically don’t go together — to create a new sound. I can never be safe; I always try & go against the grain. As shortly as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.”

For more from Beyoncé, visit Billboard.com

BC Jean: ‘I’ll Survive You’ (Video Premiere)

BC Jean‘s first single “I’ll Survive You” off her debut album due out after this year!
BUY BC Jean – I’ll Survive You [Single]: HERE

Robyn: ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ (Remixes)


Swedish pop diva, Robyn has just released a new digital EP featuring four remixes of her latest single “Call Your Girlfriend.” The single appears on her critically-acclaimed “Body Talk” album (Out Now). Starting next month, Robyn will commence opening for Katy Perry on her California Dreams Tour. Will you be catching them on tour? Check out the ‘Feed Me’ remix below, Enjoy!

Buy Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” Remixes EP on iTunes Now!

Beyoncé: Run The World (Girls) [Teaser]

Check out this new teaser of Beyoncé‘s new video for “Run The World (Girls)” set to premiere this month.
BUY Beyoncé – Run The World (Girls) [Single]: HERE

Jon ALi Interviews: Jessie & The Toy Boys


About two months ago I received the chance to interview singer-songwriter Jessie Malakouti of Jessie & The Toy Boys. Fresh off the release of her new single “Push It,” she will be joining Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, & Nervo, on the Femme Fatale Tour beginning next month. We talked approximately everything from her journey, the single, the debut album, the music video for “Push It” & Jessie does her best to describe herself in just three words. You can check out a snippet of the interview & read it in it’s entirety below, Enjoy!

Jessie Malakouti gives Jon ALi a Shout Out + Interview Clip!

ME: Hey Jessie! How are you?

JESSIE: I’m well actually, thank you. How are you?

ME: I’m great! I recently introduce my readers to you & received some tremendous feedback so I’m super excited for this interview.

JESSIE: Yay! I love your blog. I’ve been reading it for awhile now so it was really rad to be on it. Thank you.

ME: I’m so pleased to hear that, you’re welcome. Alright, so the first thing that I wanted to talk approximately is; what inspired the name, Jessie & the Toy Boys.

JESSIE: What inspired the name is the band. The band inspired the name, they made the name. I’ve grown up playing in bands & I love the idea of being in one, yet because I’m such a creative control freak. I needed band mates that wouldn’t obtain in the way of my decisions & ‘Toy Boys’ are perfect for that reason.

ME: Yeah & I totally obtain that from all the promo pictures & all the visuals you’ve put out so far. Was that something you really wanted to show off & display?

JESSIE: Yeah, I was really excited to obtain the images of the ‘Toy Boys’ & I out there. The pictures you’re seeing are from our first photoshoot together. Everything I do is story boarded & I put together the art direction. I had this idea in my head to form Jessie & the Toy Boys weeks before the photoshoot & just really wanted to obtain it right. I pulled images that inspired me then went to this factory & literally hand picked each band mate. Named them, dressed them, & then we had our first photoshoot [Laughs].

ME: [Laughs] that’s pretty impressive & exciting. I’ve actually heard & read some things approximately you for quite some time now so it’s tremendous to finally see you out there. I don’t think when people hear about, Jessie & the Toy Boys that they’ll know that you’ve been around for awhile now. So for anyone who doesn’t know; how did you obtain to where you are now?

JESSIE: It’s a pretty simple story. I had a dream & I knew I was going to achieve this dream no matter what it took. I graduated high school early, I was 16 & then I came to Los Angeles. Once I received there I started hustling & basically did whatever I could to work in entertainment. I was doing it even if I wasn’t getting paid or just an extra sitting on a set for 24 hours. I didn’t care, I wanted to learn & meet as many people as I could. Started shaking hands & started making new friends. I formed a rock band & we began playing shows up & down the strip. Then one night there was an A&R record executive in the crowd at this whole in the wall venue we were playing. He spotted us & signed my band. That was my first official entry into the professional music business & from there I never stopped. I wrote so many songs that I was able to obtain a publishing deal so that I could continue writing songs. Started writing for other artists, met more & more producers, & my song writing was just improving. Then finally after writing for the last two years, I started figuring out who I wanted to be as an artist. I shifted the focus from writing for other people to just writing for myself. Then approximately a year ago is when I decided to form Jessie & the Toy Boys.

ME: Yes… & now you’re here talking to me & you have your single “Push It” out! It paid off & you must feel so pleased & excited to finally have things moving, you know?

JESSIE: Yeah! It’s so exciting, “Push It” is the first single & what I love approximately it is that you can’t listen to it sitting down. You have to obtain up & move, I’m really excited approximately it.

ME: As am I! A lot of my readers are complex to please so whenever I introduce an artist there has to be things I love approximately them in every aspect. I look into the visuals, involvement, music, & of course the single. So when it came to you, I was immediately drawn in by all that & I knew they would love it. So I’m pleased that I’ve been reading a lot of positive feedback so far.

JESSIE: Thank you so much! Well you have satisfactory taste; everything you put up is basically what I’m into. I think I saw a recent post of Ellie Goulding & I love her. When I lived in the U.K I was hearing a lot approximately her & knew she was special so you know what’s up.

ME: She really is great, I love her as well & thank you, I really appreciate that.

JESSIE: No problem

ME: Now I know you’ve recently released the video for “Push It,” what was the overall concept for it?

JESSIE: I sort of approach everything visually with the aesthetic of treating it like an editorial high fashion shoot. I wanted it to be in a Laundromat & thought it provided an absorbing backdrop because it’s so graphic. With the shapes of the washer machines, the tile, I really love graphic prints & patterns. I received the idea of the backdrop first & then started thinking of the narrative in my head. I was thinking I’m doing my laundry in the Laundromat & then maybe the ‘Toy Boys’ pour too much soap in the machine. It gets full & then it turns into a full on Ibiza foam party [Laughs].

ME: [Laughs] Sounds like it must have been a lot of pleasant to film.

JESSIE: Yeah, It was… actually, that’s a lie. I had pneumonia.

ME: Oh no!

JESSIE: Yeah, I had pneumonia & was trying really complex to conserve my energy for whenever I had to be on camera. Between takes I was a wreck. I was wet & it was freezing cold yet moreover a dream come true, you know?

ME: Yeah, you’re never going to forget that, having pneumonia on the set of your first video.

JESSIE: I know, I know. That’s the thing, It was the set of my first video that I didn’t do alone, you know? Every other video I’ve done it’s been just me. This was the first time it felt real. I had a crew behind me making sure everything was going okay. There was like one hundred people there & I was just like, Wow, all these people are here for me. I felt so blessed.

ME: I can only imagine, especially since you’ve worked so complex to obtain here & to just see it all happening, must have felt great.

JESSIE: Yeah, totally.

ME: Awesome, well I know you’ll probably be working complex to obtain “Push It” out there. As for the album; are you still working on it?

JESSIE: Yeah, I’m always writing. The ‘Toy Boys’ & I are still working on some things in the studio yet we unquestionably plan on having an album out after this year.

ME: Great! What’s it sounding like so far?

JESSIE: It’s very electro. The Jessie & the Toy Boys sound is like biting into one of those cherry cordial chocolates. Outside you don’t really know what you’re going to obtain until you take a bite & then it’s sweet & sour at the same time & leaves you buzzed. I think our sound is a mixture of a couple different genres & it just leaves you hyped.

ME: That’s unquestionably a rad way to describe it.

JESSIE: Yeah! I like that [Laughs].

ME: [Laughs] definitely. I’m sure you’re working with a ton of people on it as well, right?

JESSIE: Yeah, over the years of being a professional songwriter I’ve obviously developed a lot of relationships with incredible writers & producers. I really wanted to narrow down who I chose to work on this album with. I wanted it to be focus & a cohesive sounding record. I didn’t want it to sound like a mixtape & have 20 different producers on it. I wanted it to sound like an album with a vision throughout the whole thing. I’m working a lot with Jimmy Harry, Tony Kanal, Nellee Hooper, David Gamson & it’s really just those guys who are working with me on this record.

ME: Yay! Well that sounds like one solid team.

JESSIE: Yeah, it’s been a dream, especially with Nellee Hooper. I have these things called ‘Good Karma’ notebooks & I’ve had them since I recorded my first song when I was sixteen. I write down ideas, dreams, & goals for the year. I remember in one of my first or second notebooks, I wrote down one of my dream collaborations would be with Nellee Hooper because I’m such a fan. So its absorbing four years after & I’m actually getting the chance to work with him. I didn’t know him or anything or know how I was going to obtain too him. I believe in the laws of attraction a lot & I feel like I attracted him into my life [Laughs].

ME: [Laughs] He sensed you presence.

JESSIE: Exactly! So true [Laughs].

ME: Well this is all so good. The single is out, you’re working on the album, its all coming together.

JESSIE: Yes, I’m very excited

ME: Well I know you’re going to work your butt off to obtain everything moving so I’m wishing you the best of luck in everything. Thanks for taking time to talk to me today.

JESSIE: No problem, Thank you very very much for all the support.

ME: You’re welcome, talk to you soon!

BUY Jessie & The Toy Boys – Push It (w/ Yelawolf) [Remixes]: HERE

Tinie Tempah: Enter to Win ‘Live on Letterman’ Tickets!

ALi’s Blog is giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to Tinie Tempah’s Live on Letterman mini concert on Tuesday (May 17) in New York City! Tinie‘s performance will moreover be simulcast live on CBS. The exclusive concert is being held to celebrate the U.S release of his debut album “Disc-Overy” out the same day.

HOW TO ENTER (FYI: Transportation is NOT included):
Comment below with your favorite Tinie Tempah song, include your full name & email address. Winner will be chosen on Friday!

BUY Tinie Tempah – Written in the Stars [Single]: HERE

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BUY The Lonely Island – Turtleneck & Chain: HERE

BUY Jordin Sparks – I Am Woman [Single]: HERE

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BUY Christina Perri – Lovestrong. (Deluxe Version): BUY HERE
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Glee – Prom Queen (Episode 42)


We are just a two episodes away from the season finale of Glee. This weeks new episode is titled “Prom Queen” & sees Principal Figgins ask the New Directions to perform at the schools dance – much to prom coordinator Sue’s dismay. Things obtain heated as the competition for prom king & queen draws closer. The songs this week are: Rolling in the Deep (Adele), Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder), Friday (Rebecca Black), Jar of Hearts (Christina Perri), I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You (Black Kids), & Dancing Queen (ABBA). Be sure to check them out & tune in every Tuesday on FOX 8/9c. Enjoy!!

DL: Glee – Prom Queen (6 Songs)
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BUY Glee – The Music Presents The Warblers: HERE

Lady GaGa: ‘The Edge Of Glory’ (Premiere)


Lady Gaga has just released her first promo single, “Edge Of Glory,” kicking off her iTunes countdown to “Born This Way” leading up to the album’s release on Monday (May 23)! The huge power ballad was co-written & produced by Gaga, Fernando Garibay & DJ White Shadow. This one is easily an instant favorite for me, its crazy catchy, delivers a complex hitting beat & was just built for a huge arena. Gaga wrote the track after the death of her grandfather in September & it features Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band playing saxophone. Be sure to check it out, Enjoy!!

BUY Lady GaGa‘s “The Edge Of Glory” Single on iTunes Now!

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