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MIGUEL

Album Review: Miguel - Wildheart (2015 LP)

Miguel has been setting the bar high with his music. For someone that has a striking ability to apply himself, Wildheart is a sophisticated work of art. Since 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, his experimentation with rock music has glued together his songs quite nicely, and the music on this record is no exception. The transition from his slick and contemporary elements of R&B beats has taken Miguel out of his comfort zone and it works. Wildheart is a refreshing look to why it's important to channel creative energies when making new material.

Miguel releases music videos for "NWA" and "...Goingtohell"

After releasing one of the best albums of the year, Miguel has given us the visuals for his latest single "NWA" with West Coast classic Kurupt. The smooth, seductive groove is a highlight of Wildheart and it's video was originally released as part of a sectioned short film entitled Wildheart Chapter 1: Find What You Love and Let It Kill You; demand has pushed the versatile crooner so also split some of the videos up, hence we get a nice and short(er) look at NWA as Miguel and Kurupt cruise around L.A separately; Miguel on foot, and Kurupt driving slow through the back streets of his neighbourhood. Watch the clip below.

The AU's 15 Best International Singles of 2015 (So Far...)

It's been a fantastic year of music so far all around the world, and now we're excited to count down for you the 15 tracks our contributors have voted as the best of the year from outside of Australia. To be eligible, the track needed to have an official single or video release between 1 January and 30 June, 2015. Enjoy the list below and then listen to them all in our playlist!

Lauryn Hill and Miguel lead a massive second line up announcement for Soulfest 2015

Second line up announcements for music festivals are traditionally on a somewhat lower scale than the first announcement. Not this one though. Joining the already massive announcement of Mary J Blige as headliner for Soulfest will be none other than Ms Lauryn Hill.

the AU playlist: Top 20 R&B Love Songs from the 90s to now (Part One: 20-11)

Sentimentality isn't as common in music (or society) as it used to be, with saccharine R&B replaced with a rougher edge, often favouring the over-sexed and crass. While love means so many different things to so many different people, there was a time when a singular, romantic idea of love inspired R&B artists to write some truly timeless music. Some of them have gone on to be constantly covered by others, some have faded into obscurity, but they all have, at point or another, captured the essence of that idea of love, without creeping into cliche territory. With Valentine's Day coming up, we thought it best to look to the past and present of R&B and feature 20 of our very favourites. We'll be looking at classic soul as well, but for now here are, what we believe to be, the top 20 R&B love songs from the 90's to now. Here's part one, 20-11.

Single Stream: Miguel Featuring Kurupt "N.W.A" (2014)

With 2014 nearing a close, R&B maestro has decided to join in on the surprise release trend by streaming a free three-track EP with absolutely no lead up. It'd be a risky move had Miguel not already established himself as one of the most reliable artists in R&B right now, still coating himself with massive acclaim from his masterful 2012 LP Kaleidoscope Dream. While all three tracks are essential listening, we're particularly fond of the slick "N.W.A" featuring west coast legend Kurupt.

Live Review: Bruno Mars + Miguel - Qantas Credit Union Arena (08.03.14)

Ever since that ‘Nothin on You’ hook, the world has been trained to flock to Bruno Mars’ sugary vocals like bees on honey. As such, he has become one of the most bankable pop stars in the world; this tour was a complete justification of that. Stopping in Sydney for his worldwide ‘Moonshine Jungle’ tour, the Hawaiian-born artist took any doubts some may of his viability as a live performer and stomped all over them.

Live Review: Bruno Mars + Miguel - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (04.03.14)

He croons and makes the ladies swoon, he can shred a guitar, he can bang out on the drums, he’s sexy, and he’s one of the biggest artists in the world right now. His name is Bruno Mars and he has brought his animal prowess and an entourage to Melbourne as part of their 2014 Moonshine Jungle Tour.

Album Review: Nas - Life Is Good (2012 LP)

A bit over a decade ago the two self-proclaimed kings of the New York hip-hop scene, Jay-Z and Nas released some of their finest LP’s, each with at least one track spitting vitriol in the others direction. Nas had the classic ‘Ether’ and Jay-Z had the vicious ‘Takeover,’ a track on which Jay attacks Nasty’s consistency: