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The OXD Mirror: Ru's Top 10 Tracks of 2014

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 BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

It's that time of the year again when we look back and list our favorite tracks of the year.  Given the plethora of amazing music on the disco and house scene this year, this was no easy task. Nevertheless below is a list (in descending order) of my favorite tracks that I played while spinning at our Occupy The Disco parties here in New York. 

While it's actually the Bixel Boys remix of Kiesza's acclaimed lead single, 'Hideaway' that holds the #10 spot on my list (listen after the jump), I'd be remiss to not also include the fantastic music video that accompanied the original cut. Whether it's the rhythm that hooked you, or the chorus of ooh's and aahs, 'Hideaway's brilliance lies in it's simplicty; which is echoed in the music video. It's a refreshing to watch in a world where the opulence of Gaga and Beyoncé seem to reign.

Listen to the Bixel Boys Remix of 'Hideaway' and the rest of Ru's top 10  AFTER THE JUMP...

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Queen To Release Unheard Freddie Mercury Tracks In New Album

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Queen’s lead guitarist Brian May recently confirmed the band’s plans to release a new album by the end of the year that will contain previously unheard tracks sung by the band’s iconic and now deceased frontman Freddie Mercury. The album’s rumored title is Queen Forever.

DigitalSpy.com reports:

The unreleased songs date back to the 1980s and feature Mercury's vocals over recently recorded instrumental tracks, which will be merged together using ProTools.

May discussed what the album will sound like, explaining: "It is quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound."

The Queen guitarist disclosed that he is restoring the songs himself along with bandmate Roger Taylor.

May has previously revealed that Mercury's unreleased material includes a 1983 collaboration with Michael Jackson… it is unclear if the song will appear on Queen Forever.

Mercury died at age 45 from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS, just one day after he publicly announced he had the disease.

Queen will kick off their 17-date summer tour in Chicago on June 19; openly gay singer Adam Lambert will sing in Mercury’s place.


Michael Jackson Returns as Hologram for 'Billboard Music Awards': VIDEO

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A hologram of the late king of pop Michael Jackson performed a new track Slave to the Rhythm at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, delivering the singer's trademark dance moves, leaving some folks asking, is this the future of music and will these ever replace the real thing?

Watch three versions, AFTER THE JUMP...

And what does it mean for an awards show when a hologram gives the night's most talked-about performance?

Billboard has five holograms which preceded MJ.

(note: these clips are vanishing from the web, so watch while you can)

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Michael Jackson Duets with Justin Timberlake on New Track 'Love Never Felt So Good': LISTEN

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"Love Never Felt So Good", a new track off the forthcoming posthumous Michael Jackson release Xscape was debuted by Usher last night at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The track comes with an alternate version which is a duet with Justin Timberlake.

According to Billboard, "The song was written in 1983 in a session with Paul Anka and Kathy Wakefield. In 1984 Johnny Mathis released a version."

Listen to both versions, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Frozen' Cast Does Mesmerizing Recreation Of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' - VIDEO

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If you like Disney's Frozen and Michael Jackson's "Thriller," then you're in luck! One devoted fan-slash-computer graphics whiz re-created the King of Pop's classic zombie dance using Frozen's animated characters and the results are delightfully chilling — especially the dead serious look in Elsa's eyes as she leads her zombie clone horde.

What should we call a "Thriller"/Frozen mashup? Friller? Throzen?

If you dig this video, you might also like the creator's other one of Elsa doing the Macarena

See the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Epic Records Announces New Michael Jackson Album 'XSCAPE'

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Earlier today, Epic Records revealed that a brand new album from the King of Pop will debut later this spring. 

From the record company’s announcement:

XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid. After mining by the Estate of Jackson’s archives, Reid was granted unlimited access to the treasures spanning four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals. Reid then teamed up top producers to “contemporize” the songs while retaining Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard.

The list of producers include global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain.

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said, “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”

XSCAPE, featuring eight brand new recordings, will drop May 13th and will be available for pre-order April 1st on iTunes and elsewhere.


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