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New Gwen Stefani: "Wind It Up"

DOWNLOAD: Gwen Stefani, "Wind It Up" (mp3, via Beauty N The Beat)

Gwen Stefani leaked her new Neptunes-produced single "Wind It Up" to radio in NYC and LA this morning, pimping the December 5 release of her second solo disc The Sweet Escape and officially beginning the windup to the '06 Christmas shopping season. (It may have leaked to some messageboards as well.) Your watercooler talking points:

  • Gwen is doing more than anyone since Jay-Z circa Hard Knock Life to bring Broadway to hip-hop (or vice versa)? After unloading a Fiddler on the Roof knockoff on Love. Angel. Music. Baby., she's now gone with a leadoff single that samples Julie Andrews yodelling in The Sound of Music. Coming to New York next season: Twyla Tharp's If I Were A Rich Girl: The Songs of Pharrell Williams.
  • Q: Gee, everyone says Fergie's just a C-grade Gwen, but after you get past the robot-doll part, doesn't Gwen's flow on this song sound an awful lot like Fergie's on "London Bridge"?
    A: Yes, but that's just poetic justice for Fergie stealing the Ludacris freestyle from Gwen's remix last year.
  • From the press release: "This album is surprisingly different than the last one. I started recording it last year before Kingston was born and it’s definitely evolved over the last year. The dance sound is very 'now.' It's modern . . . not so retro."
  • We know Kingston will be listening to this. But will he be listening to this?
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