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Yung Rapunxel

“Yung Rapunxel” (stylized as #YUNGRAPUNXEL) is a song recorded by American singer/rapper Azealia Banks for her debut studio album titled Broke with Expensive Taste. Interscope Records released the song as the album’s first single to mainstream radio on April 16, 2013. The track contains an interpolation of the song “No More Drama” by R&B singer Mary J. Blige. On March 11, 2013, the song was made available for online streaming via SoundCloud.[2][3] The song was performed by Banks during the Glastonbury Festival in June 2013.

Work Bitch

“Work Bitch” is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her eighth studio album, Britney Jean (2013). It was written by Spears, William “will.i.am” Adams, Otto “Knows” Jettman, Sebastian Ingrosso, Anthony Preston and Ruth-Anne Cunningham. The song’s production was handled by Ingrosso, Jettman and Adams, while vocal production was done by Adams and Preston. “Work Bitch” made its premiere on September 15, 2013 on iHeartRadio and select Clear Channel radio stations and was released to digital retailers on September 17, 2013 by RCA Records as the lead single from the record alongside a clean version titled “Work Work”.

“Work Bitch” debuted and peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, “Work Bitch” peaked within the top ten of the charts in nine countries, including Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

An accompanying music video for “Work Bitch” was directed by Ben Mor and filmed in Malibu, California and released in October 2013. The music video has generated acclaim from critics and fans alike, who praised Spears’s dancing and the visual cinematography. Spears traveled to the United Kingdom to promote the song on the British TV chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man. The song was performed for the first time by Spears as the opening song from Spears’ Las Vegas residency show Britney: Piece of Me (2013-17).

Wallace (song)

“Wallace” is a song recorded by American rapper Azealia Banks for her debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste (2014). The song was written by Banks, Kevin James, Filip Nikolic and Trevor McFedries, while production of the song was provided by the latter two. Lyrically, the track describes a man with a rottweiler head and depicts Banks killing him. Musically, the song is of both R&B and hardcore hip hop origins. In 2015, Banks released a music video for “Wallace” directed by Rob Soucy and Nick Ace. The video for “Wallace” was released via the Google Cloud Platform. Banks performed the song during the 2015 Coachella Festival and on her Broke with Expensive Taste Tour.

Trap Queen

“Trap Queen” is the debut single by American rapper Fetty Wap from his self-titled debut album (2015). Following its online premiere in March 2014, it was released independently on April 22, 2014 before being re-released in conjunction with 300 Entertainment on December 15, 2014. The song was well received by critics who praised the vocals and production for being cheery and infectious.

In 2015, “Trap Queen” became Fetty Wap’s first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a sleeper hit which ultimately went on to be a top ten hit, peaking at number 2; the song spent 12 consecutive weeks in the top-10. “Trap Queen” has peaked within the top ten of the charts in Denmark and the United Kingdom. An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Nitt Da Gritt, was released on his YouTube page that features Wap and his girlfriend partying at their apartment. He first performed the song on television at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards with Fall Out Boy and would make later appearances at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘n Out and the BET Awards 2015 to perform the song. The song received two nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards: Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.[1]

The Kids Aren’t Alright (Fall Out Boy song)

“The Kids Aren’t Alright” is a song by American rock band Fall Out Boy. It was released as the first promotional single (overall the third release) on December 15, 2014 from their sixth studio album, American Beauty/American Psycho, as a digital download with pre-orders of the album. [1][2] It coincided with the release of the second official single from the album, “American Beauty/American Psycho”, along with the album artwork and track listing.[3][4] When asked which American Beauty/American Psycho track the band was most proud of, Pete Wentz responded, “It’s hard to say because it’s like having kids. [Patrick] says The Kids Aren’t Alright”.[5]

The Big Big Beat

“The Big Big Beat” is a song recorded by American rapper Azealia Banks for her second mixtape Slay-Z (2016). It was released as the lead single from the mixtape on February 19, 2016 after Banks had announced the mixtape in the previous May. Production of the song was handled by new producer An Expresso, while the song was penned by Banks alone. The song contains an uncredited sample of The Notorious B.I.G.’s voice. Lyrically, the track discusses staying true to your roots when you become famous.

“The Big Big Beat” received a positive response from music critics. Several critics highlighted the “club-ready” spirit of the composition and the “catchy” lyrics. A music video for the single was released on April 26, 2016 and features the rapper dancing in a hallway of a downtown skyscraper, on the top of a police vehicle, and at the entrance to another building.

Slow Hands

“Slow Hands” is a song by New York City-based post-punk revival band Interpol and is featured on the band’s second album, Antics. The song was written by Carlos Dengler, Daniel Kessler, Paul Banks, and Sam Fogarino.

It was released on September 13, 2004 as the lead single from that album, charting at #36 on the UK Singles Chart and #15 on Billboard magazine’s Modern Rock Tracks chart (see 2005 in music). The world premiere broadcast of the song on radio was by Los Angeles, California station KROQ-FM. In Australia, the song was ranked #74 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2004. In June 2005, the song was re-issued as the final single from Antics, charting at #44 on the UK Singles Chart.

Shady Love

“Shady Love” is a song by American pop band Scissor Sisters which features front-man Jake Shears’ pseudonym Krystal Pepsy and uncredited vocals from Harlem rapper Azealia Banks. The song was set for release in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2012[1] as the lead single from the band’s fourth studio album (2012), but the release was cancelled for unconfirmed reasons.[1] The track was written by frontman Jake Shears, Azealia Banks and was produced by Alex Ridha (who also co-wrote the song).[2] “Shady Love” received its first play on January 2 by BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac[3] and was met with positive reviews, including NME who described it as “the first big hit of 2012”.[3]

The band did release the song as a 12-inch single, but to 300 of their Twitter and Facebook fans.[4]

Partition (song)

“Partition” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her self-titled fifth studio album released in 2013. Beyoncé co-wrote and co-produced the song with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Dwane “Key Wane” Weir, and Mike Dean, with extra writing from The-Dream and extra production from Jordy “Boots” Asher. The song was sent to urban contemporary on February 25, 2014 as the third single from Beyoncé by Columbia Records.

The song consists of two parts, individually titled “Yoncé” and “Partition”. “Partition” has been described as “electro-R&B” also known as PBR&B that moves “from a sweet, girl-group pop sound to Dirty South hip-hop”. Its production musically consists of a sparse synthesized arrangement, a thrusting bassline and a heavy drumbeat giving it elements of electro-R&B. Exploring the deep, sexual nature of Beyoncé, “Partition” depicts sexual intercourse in the back of a limousine. The closing minute of the song features a French word interpolation similar to a quote by actress Julianne Moore in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski.

Following the album’s release, “Partition” picked up airplay on United States urban contemporary radio stations. It has since peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, number nine on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

Accompanying music videos for “Yoncé” and “Partition” were released on December 13, 2013, on Beyoncé. The former clip was directed by Ricky Saiz and filmed on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, while the latter was directed by Jake Nava and shot at the Parisian cabaret club, Crazy Horse. Both “Yoncé” and “Partition” were added to the setlist and performed live during the second European leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013–14) and later during the On the Run Tour (2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016). Both of the songs were performed at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards as part of a medley of the singer’s eponymous album.

Liquorice (song)

“Liquorice” is a song by American rapper Azealia Banks, taken from her debut extended play (EP) titled 1991 (2012). The song was released onto Banks’ Tumblr account on December 18, 2011, and was later released for digital download on December 4, 2012. Built around Lone’s song “Pineapple Crush”, “Liquorice” is an acid house track that incorporates synthesizers in its composition. Lyrically, the song contains wordplay from Harlem, Banks’ origin, and is inspired by interracial dating. A music video for the single was directed by Rankin and was released in June 2012.

“Liquorice” received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who praised the use of “Pineapple Crush” on the song and deemed it catchy. The single charted at number 73 on the Flemish Ultratip of Belgium in July 2012. In support of the song and 1991, Banks included “Liquorice” on the set list for her Mermaid Ball tour and performed the song at BBC’s Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend in 2012 and the 2013 Glastonbury Festival.

Ice Princess (song)

“Ice Princess” is a song recorded by American rapper Azealia Banks for her debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste (2014). It was released as the fourth single from the album on March 23, 2015. Production of the song was handled by AraabMuzik, while it was written by Banks, Kevin James, and Jonathan Harris. “Ice Princess” contains a sample of “In the Air”, originally produced by progressive house DJ Morgan Page.[1] Lyrically, Banks brags about her wealth, with Jordan Sargent of Pitchfork Media describing it as Banks “spitting knotty rhymes about her diamonds”.[2] “Ice Princess” garnered praise from music critics, with one describing the song as “Banks at her best”. To promote the song, an accompanying music video for the track was released on March 31, 2015. It features Banks ruling over a kingdom of ice warriors, flying through the sky destroying anything colorful while turning everything into ice.

Heavy Metal and Reflective

“Heavy Metal and Reflective” is a song recorded by American rapper Azealia Banks for her debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste (2014). It was released as the second single from the album on July 28, 2014. Production of the song was handled by Lil Internet, who previously worked with Banks on her 2013 single “Yung Rapunxel”, while writing came from Banks, James Strife and Julian Wodsworth. The track received generally mixed reviews from critics, who complimented the song’s overall sound, but were critical of Banks’ vocals. To promote “Heavy Metal and Reflective”, Banks released a music video for the song on August 5, 2014, directed by Rob Soucy and Nick Ace, in which Banks escapes from being kidnapped and left in the desert, before leading a motorcycle gang through the terrain, arming herself with pit bulls.

Harlem Shake (song)

“Harlem Shake” is a song recorded by American DJ and producer Baauer. It was released as his debut single on May 22, 2012, by Mad Decent imprint label Jeffree’s. The uptempo song incorporates a mechanical bassline, Dutch house synth riffs, a dance music drop, and samples of growling-lion sounds. It also samples Plastic Little’s 2001 song “Miller Time”, specifically the vocal “then do the Harlem shake”, which is an allusion to the dance of the same name. Baauer added a variety of peculiar sounds to the song so that it would stand out.

The single did not begin to sell significantly until February 2013, when a YouTube video set to its music developed into an Internet meme of the same name. The media response to the meme helped increase the single’s sales, as it charted at number one for five consecutive weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number three in the United Kingdom and number one in both Australia and New Zealand. During the song’s chart run, Billboard enacted a policy that included video streams as a component of their charts.

“Harlem Shake” was well received by music critics, who viewed it as an appealing dance track, although some felt that it was more of a novelty song. After the song became a hit, Mad Decent label head Diplo reached an agreement with the artists of the song’s samples, which had not been contractually cleared before its release. However, according to Baauer, he has not received any of the money the song made because of the legal issues from not having properly cleared the samples. American rapper Azealia Banks released a remix to “Harlem Shake” on her SoundCloud page, which was subsequently removed at Baauer’s request and led to a dispute between the two.

Chasing Time (song)

“Chasing Time” is a song recorded by American rapper Azealia Banks for her debut studio album, Broke with Expensive Taste (2014). It was released as the third single from the album on September 22, 2014. Production of the song was handled by Andrew “Pop” Wansel, while it was written by Banks, Ronnie Colson, Warren Felder, Jonathan Harris, Steve Mostyn, Kelly Sheehan and Wansel. Lyrically, the track discusses Banks recovering from a breakup. “Chasing Time” received positive reviews from music critics, with Mike Wass of Idolator commenting that the song included a “soaring chorus”.[1] To promote the single, Banks released a music video for “Chasing Time” on November 13, 2014, which was produced by Nina Dluhy-Miller and directed by Marc Klasfeld. Banks also held a contest in which she asked budding producers to submit remixes of “Chasing Time”, with the winner receiving $10,000. Pitchfork Media included the track in their list of ‘The 100 Best Tracks of 2014’.

Kicks Like a Mule

Kicks Like a Mule is a British rave/electronic music duo consisting of Richard Russell and Nick Halkes. Their first single, “The Bouncer”, peaked at #7 in the UK Singles Chart when it was released in 1992.[1] Although both Halkes and Russell worked at the XL Recordings label at the time of the single’s release (XL being run by Russell to this day), it was released on Rebel MC’s independent Tribal Bass label. It featured a repeated vocal sample of an archetypal club bouncer saying “your name’s not down, you’re not coming in”.

Kicks Like a Mule were also responsible for the remix of Awesome 3’s “Don’t Go”, and produced the song “Pass the Rizla” by London Posse which was featured on the London Underground EP on XL Records in 1993. This was also featured on the 2001 reissue of London Posse’s album Gangster Chronicle. Their second single, “Number One” was also released on the Tribal Bass label.

As ‘Lifelike’, Russell and Halkes also recorded the song “Lifelike”, which was released on FFRR Records. Although this was meant to be the first fruits of an album project, the album never materialised.

In 2006, homage was paid to Kicks Like a Mule in the form of a cover of “The Bouncer” by Klaxons, with Kicks Like a Mule returning the favour by covering the Klaxon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow”.

In 2008, live DJ sets at Epidemik, Bestival, Bangface and Break! followed with remixes of the likes of M.I.A. (featured on Kitsune Maison Vol. 5), Axwell, The Gossip, DJ Mehdi and more.

Most recently, under the revised artist name K.L.A.M., the act have both remixed and supported The Prodigy on part of their arena tour and also remixed Kid Sister for Fools Gold and DJed at Bestival in 2010.

Blue Jeans (Lana Del Rey song)

“Blue Jeans” is a song by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey for her second studio album Born to Die (2012). It was released on April 8, 2012, by Interscope Records as the third single from the record. Produced by Emile Haynie, the song was written by Del Rey, Haynie, and Dan Heath. It is a downtempo ballad with hip hop influences. A controversial performance of the song on SNL placed Del Rey under scrutiny and polarized opinion. Charting across Europe and Asia, “Blue Jeans” reached the top 10 in Belgium, Poland, and Israel. Two music videos were created for the song. The first was self-produced. The second was shot and directed by Yoann Lemoine, featuring film noir elements and crocodiles.

BBD (song)

“BBD” (Bad Bitches Doit)[1] is a song recorded by American rapper Azealia Banks for her debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste (2014). It was released as the first promotional single from the album on January 1, 2013. Production of the song was handled by Apple Juice Kid, with Sup Doodle providing co-production for the track. Banks, Jonathan Harris and Kevin James all contributed to the song’s writing. Critical reception of the song was generally positive, with critics claiming the song to be the one of the first party anthems of the new year. Banks clarified on her Twitter account that “BBD” was not the first official single from Broke with Expensive Taste, writing “Y’all know i love dropping songs tho! Lol”.[2]

Bad Girls (M.I.A. song)

“Bad Girls” is a song by British recording artist M.I.A. for her fourth studio album, Matangi (2013). The song is written by Maya “M.I.A.” Arulpragasam, Marcella Araica and Floyd Nathaniel “Danja” Hills, and produced by Danja. The song, her first release following her departure from XL Recordings in 2011, was self-released worldwide under exclusive license to Interscope Records in the US on 31 January 2012. A shorter version of the song appeared on Vicki Leekx (2010), a free online mixtape on 31 December 2010. “Bad Girls” was released as a digital download a day after its world premiere on radio and online.

The track is a midtempo dancehall song with Middle Eastern influences and exhibiting elements of worldbeat and syncopated drums in its instrumentation. The song’s lyrics revolve around sexual prowess and female empowerment, while its chorus features the refrain “Live fast die young, bad girls do it well” sung in a haughty rap-sung delivery. The song received positive reviews from contemporary critics, who lauded it as a highlight from the mixtape and commended its hook and lyrics on its final version as containing hallmarks of her previous songs including “Paper Planes” (2007) and “XXXO” (2010).

An accompanying music video for the song was shot in Ouarzazate, Morocco in solidarity with the women to drive movement, premiering on 3 February 2012. Directed by Romain Gavras and written by Arulpragasam, the video garnered universal acclaim and accolades from other artists. The song charted in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Korea, Switzerland, the UK and the US solely on downloads and was distributed in physical format on 12 March 2012.

ATM Jam

“ATM Jam” is a song by American rapper Azealia Banks, featuring vocals from the track’s producer Pharrell. The track was released in 2013, serving as the second single from Banks’ debut studio album, Broke with Expensive Taste (2014). The track debuted on June 29, 2013 as part of the rapper’s set at Glastonbury Festival 2013,[1] with New York radio station Hot 97 premiering the clean, shortened version of the studio recording three days later on July 2.[2] On July 11, 2013, the full studio version of “ATM Jam” was officially released for radio airplay on BBC Radio 1.[3] On November 9, 2013, Azealia tweeted that she would be taking “ATM Jam” off the album and that the song was meant to be a “passing chapter” and not a single.[4]

212 (song)

“212” (two-one-two) is the debut single by American rapper Azealia Banks. The musical base of the track is the song “Float My Boat” by Belgian DJ Jef Martens and his brother Toon (under the alias “Lazy Jay”), who also produced Banks’ version. The song was first released on December 6, 2011 in the United Kingdom as the lead single from her 2012 EP 1991, and is also included on her debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste (2014).[2] The song is named after the area code 212 which covers Manhattan, New York where Banks grew up. In September 2011, the song was chosen as the Record of the Week by Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1.[3] The song was included in many publications’ end-of-year lists for 2011, being ranked at number 9 by Pitchfork Media[4] and number 2 by The Guardian.[5]

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