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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.

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