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MUSIC MONDAY | EBEN – Hip-Hop Pop to Maximize Your Monday

JULY 23 | "LAMBO" Follows Up His Finally Release with Tongue-in-Cheek Creativity

THE MIX | The Sweet Taste of "Ear Candy"

07.23.18 | "This is my 'ear candy' playlist. When I first listened to each one of these songs, they immediately caught my ear right away. I can imagine myself cruising down the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and just enjoying the sun when I listen to this playlist. I hope you enjoy this little look into my music mental(ity)."

Love the "LAMBO" video below.

22-years-old with the world ready to ride along in his "LAMBO," L.A.-based EBEN is everything the hip-hop-pop scene embodies and more – filled with energy, enthusiasm, cool charisma, and creativity. From bandmate to solo singer, musician EBEN is climbing the charts and impressing fans and the "forces that be" alike.

His mixtape Finally reached #7 on the iTunes Pop Albums chart and more than 1 million music-lovers streamed it on Spotify. "LAMBO," EBEN's current single out now, hit #10 on the Spotify U.S. viral charts swiftly, and thanks to his smart sense of humor, the accompanying video has become a YouTube favorite.

He opened for Why Don't We on their U.S. and European tour and will head to Asia with the band again starting August 11. EBEN is globetrotting, giving folks near and far the new music they've been craving. Finally!

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New Rihanna music isn't just your regular release—it's a showstopping event—so it's no surprise to see that her new single Four Five Seconds is already smashing everywhere just days after its premiere.

After only one day, Four Five Seconds has debuted at No. 36 at pop radio, earning 1417 spins and 11.472 AI (audience impression). The AI across all formats is approximately 14.505 million.

The single, which also features Paul McCartney and Kanye West, is also performing well at iTunes. It's already reached No. 2 on the iTunes Songs chart, just behind Mark Ronson's mega-hit Uptown Funk.

Four Five Seconds was released through Roc Nation and Riri's own record label Westbury Road Entertainment, and serves as the first official single from her upcoming eighth studio album.

If you haven't heard it yet, take a listen below.

The wait is over: Lesbian Emojis are finally here and available for download FREE at the iTunes App store.

Emojis have been criticized for their lack of diversity but now there are new options for expressing the joys of lesbian life.

Before you know it, you'll be wondering how you ever managed to communicate without a 'fish taco' or 'Home Depo' emoji.

Here's a sample: Piper and Alex from Orange Is The New Black

There is also one for 'mow the lawn' which one hopes is meant to be a gentle reminder rather than an insult.

Now, go have some fun, lesbians!

Madonna proved that she made the right decision with the surprise release of six new tracks from her upcoming Rebel Heart album over the weekend, with the album immediately conquering iTunes charts across the world.

So far, Rebel Heart has hit No. 1 on the iTunes album chart in 41 countries, while tracks from the album reached No. 1 in approximately 29 countries.

At one point, Madge filled half of the U.S. iTunes top ten; she currently has two tracks left there: Bitch I'm Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj at No. 6, and lead single Living For Love at No. 10.

Who else but the Queen of Pop?

Justin Timberlake's comeback came back a little earlier than expected.

A week before dropping his long-awaited third album, The 20/20 Experience, Timberlake made the album available for streaming on its entirely through iTunes. No pre-order needed!

Head on over to iTunes right now to listen! The album is streaming all as one track, though, so here's a track listing to help you find your way once you get into the deep cuts:

1. Pusher Love Girl

2. Suit & Tie

3. Don’t Hold The Wall

4. Strawberry Bubblegum

5. Tunnel Vision

6. Spaceship Coupe

7. That Girl

8. Let The Groove Get In

9. Mirrors

10. Blue Ocean Floor

Last year, Icona Pop's "I Love It" was arguably the most ubiquitous pop song to not actually be a hit by any conventional measure. The Swedish pop duo's stomping, violent, take-no-prisoners juggernaut of a feel-good dancefloor anthem was used in everything last year from the Snooki & J-Woww credits to one of the Need for Speed video games, and was a hit among critics as well, finishing 15th in the all-encompassing Pazz & Jop singles poll, and 22nd on on our own year-end list. The song was impossibly cool while remaining totally inconclusive, and it felt absolutely great to sing along to at the top of your lungs.

More than any song since Robyn's "Dancing On My Own," "I Love It" was destined to be used in an episode of Girls.

The HBO sitcom, based around four twenty-something friends living in New York, has long relied on such underground-but-populist pop music to help feed the emotion of certain pivotal scenes, and last night's use of "I Love It" was a prime example. The song played during a slow-motion club scene in which main character Hannah was at the height of a coke binge she had indulged in with her roommate Elijah, forgetting all the hangups and insecurities that otherwise dominate her day-to-day life in the name of full-on release. It's a scene that's both incredibly cinematic and imminently relateable—with or without the drugs, nearly anyone should be able to identify with the extreme joy of letting it all go in the name of great pop music.

It's also the kind of scene that makes you wanna go out and download the song that's playing in the background. Not only does "I Love It" sound great—it always does, assuming it's not a super-depressing and rainy Monday morning (and even then it usually powers through)—but in the scene, Hannah and Elijah sing along (inaudibly) to every word, thus proving what an important part of their lives the song already is. (In all likelihood, as two hip-ish Brooklyn twenty-somethings, it probably would be in real life.) So if you're watching at home, and don't already know the song, you feel left out of the loop and left out of the moment, and you just might want to hit up iTunes as soon as possible after to be able to join the party yourself.

You wouldn't be alone. As of writing the day after, "I Love It" has climbed into the Top 50 on iTunes, selling much better and faster than it ever did upon its original release. If the song continues to sell steadily, it might even crack the Hot 100, a compliment not only to the enduring appeal of one of last year's pop masterworks, but to the popularity and cultural influence of Girls, which might currently be the show most likely to break a hit song after only Glee and the big reality competition franchises.

And if this ends up with "I Love It" edging out the latest Maroon 5 ballad or Flo Rida rip-off jam from our pop airwaves, however temporarily, we would be forever grateful.