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Bing Crosby, David Bowie 'The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth' -- New Vinyl

Bing Crosby & David Bowie The Little Drummer Boy Peace on EarthBing Crosby Archive / Collector's Choice

Bing Crosby and David Bowie's 1977 single 'The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth' gets 7-inch vinyl treatment, as of Nov. 9.

Backed by the 1953 Bing Crosby / Ella Fitzgerald duet of 'White Christmas' on the vinyl, the track was originally recorded and taped for the Bing Crosby final special, 'Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas.'

Trickling piano keys and tumbling drumming open the track, as Crosby and Bowie sing the first verse of 'The Little Drummer Boy' in unison. By the second verse, Bowie branches off, soaring on 'Peace on Earth,' while Crosby continues delivering baritone drummer syllables.

The duet -- which was taped just five weeks before Bing's death in 1977 -- will be included on the forthcoming DVD release, 'Bing Crosby: The Television Specials -- Volume Two,' also available Nov. 9. The two-disc collection also includes Bing's first holiday special, his first color special and Bing Crosby and the Sounds of Christmas from 1971.

The Bing / Bowie duet will also be included on the upcoming 19-track album, 'Bing Crosby: The Crosby Christmas Sessions,' which will feature 10 previously unreleased Yuletide recordings.

To hear the iconic 'The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth' duet, head over to AOL Radio's Holiday Classics station.

Filed under: New Music, Christmas

Flo Rida, 'Turn Around (5,4,3,2,1)' -- New Song

Flo Rida Turn Around

Flo Rida has released a new club banger, 'Turn Around (5,4,3,2,1),' which is featured on his upcoming third studio album 'Only One Flo,' the first of two projects in stores Nov. 30.

The track opens with the recognizable electronic sample of Yello's 1985 hit 'Oh Yeah' -- which is featured during the credits of the cult classic 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' As the deep base vocals of the sample continue throughout, a whirlwind of hip-hop synth beats dominate the track while Flo Rida encourages his muse to keep dancing:

"Oh-oh baby want some more baby? / I love the way you do it 'cuz you do it so crazy / I'm countin' down so turn around / 5,4,3,2,1 gotta make that booty go."

'Turn Around (5,4,3,2,1)' follows his chart-topping collabo 'Club Can't Handle Me' with French DJ David Guetta. Flo Rida plans to release the second project, titled 'Only One Rida,' shortly after the first. Although 'Only One Flo' is expected Nov. 30, an release date for the second has yet to be announced.


Filed under: New Music, Pop, Dance

Black Eyed Peas, 'The Time (The Dirty Bit)' -- New Song

Continuing with their robotic-infused thumping sound, the Black Eyed Peas have released 'The Time (The Dirty Bit),' the first single off their upcoming album, 'The Beginning,' out Nov. 30.

Prominently a club anthem, the track's chorus samples the 1987 hit ballad '(I've Had) The Time of My Life,' from the flick 'Dirty Dancing.'

"Haters, better step back / Ladies, don't load your app / I'm the party application / Rockin' just like that," confidently raps over a looping, strobing beat.

"It just reconfirms to me that the song is cross-generational," explains Franke Previte, who won an Oscar and Golden Globe for writing the original tune. "The song has now crossed over to the next generation in a huge way. There couldn't be any group, cooler, edgier, and more hip than the Black Eyed Peas to record it."

'The Beginning' follows their 2009 album, 'The E.N.D.,' which sold 2.8 million copies -- according to Nielsen SoundScan -- and garnered them their first, second, and third Billboard No. 1 hits with 'Boom Boom Pow,' 'I Gotta Feeling' and 'Imma Be.' "I am so excited about our new album," shares on his blog. "The Beginning is our departure to the new, always pushing new sounds and technology. I can't wait till you experience all that we have been cooking up."


Filed under: New Music, Pop, Dance

Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, 'For the Summer' -- New Song

Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs For the SummerCourtesy of RCA Music Group

Ray LaMontagne asks his lover if he can come home 'For the Summer,' on his new single off Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs' fourth album 'God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise.'

Dulcet acoustic guitars, wailing harmonica and breathy, brokenhearted vocals set the tone for a folksy tune about rekindling a relationship: "I could slow down for a little while / Get back to loving each other / Leave all those long and lonesome miles behind."


Filed under: New Music, Indie

Sugarland, 'The Incredible Machine' -- New Album

Sugarland release 'The Incredible Machine' today, Oct. 19, the duo's forth studio album. Jennifer Nettles' powerhouse vocals are evident, as well as the number of arena rock-laden tracks, like the opener 'All We Are,' the title track or even the pop-punk 'Find the Beat Again.'

But with elements of today's mainstream pop, '80s rock, Auto-Tune, reggae dialects and even soulful, stripped-down gospel, it's hard to pinpoint the album's concept -- except that it holds a barrel of anthemic, domineering sing-along records.

"We wanted another world on stage," Nettles explained to Entertainment Weekly about the album's visual concept, which they deemed "steampunk." "We wanted something fun, a visual aesthetic to be inspired by."

Still, the album -- solely written by Nettles and Kristian Bush except for 'Tonight' and the lead-off single, 'Stuck Like Glue,' which had some help from Kevin Griffin and Shy Carter -- bears some standout tracks. Although not a huge fan of the album's lead-off single, which incorporates the ongoing Auto-Tune trend as well as a reggae-driven interlude, the love tune's bubble-gum percussion keeps it a country-pop contender. Favorites, however, are the album's closer, a gospel-channeled piano ballad 'Shine the Light,' and the Lady A-sounding, acoustic-driven 'Little Miss.'


Filed under: New Music, Country

Kenny Chesney, 'Somewhere With You' -- New Song

Kenny Chesney encapsulates the struggle of transitioning into a new relationship on 'Somewhere With You,' a new song from his September released and No. 1 selling album, 'Hemingway's Whiskey.'

Co-penned by J.T. Harding and Shane McAnally, the percussion-laden, electric guitar ballad has Chesney singing about being in limbo -- trying to rid the nostaglic moments from a previous love while moving into a new relationship:

"If you see me out on the town / And it looks like I'm burning it down / You won't ask and I won't say / But in my heart I'm always somewhere with you."

"This song killed me when I heard it," Chesney told Billboard. "You're not necessarily in another relationship, but you're with somebody else, just starting something with somebody else. Trying to balance both those worlds [old relationship and new] is tough. I've done it a lot, where you're with somebody and you're thinking this isn't necessarily bad, but wow, man it would be really great to be with you. That can be a lot of mental baggage."


Filed under: New Music, Country

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 'Nowhere' -- New Song

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers NowhereCourtesy of Geffen

In celebration of the upcoming remastered deluxe edition of 'Damn the Torpedoes,' Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have released 'Nowhere' -- a never-before-heard track from the album's original studio sessions that Tom et al forgot they even recorded.

Carrying subtle vocal elements and guitar melody variations similar to the track 'Even the Losers,' 'Nowhere' encapsulates a jaunty, yet brilliantly composed electric guitar-laden effort, with a chorus that is almost entirely lyric-free, aside from the single, shout-out of the song title's name.

Ironically, the recording of 'Nowhere' was part of a group of tape boxes that had been shuffled to detect existence, and subsequently "lost" to avoid being included in the 1979 lawsuit as part of Petty's assets. Recording engineer Ryan Ulyate discovered the recording while searching for alternate versions of songs for the re-release of 'Torpedoes.' 'Nowhere,' along with 'Surrender,' are part of the nine bonus tracks that were not included on the original album. The other bonus tracks are alternative versions of the album's songs, live renditions and B-sides.


Filed under: New Music, Rock

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