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Alicia Keys Debuts Amazing Spider-Man 2 Music Video

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At first listen, I thought “It’s On Again” was a delightful neo-soul retro-tinged track. I was expecting to love it more after numerous listens. Surprisingly, it hasn’t. In fact, I’d the say the opposite is occurring. Given the talent behind “It’s On Again,” I thought for sure it’d be my next obsession. Perhaps expectations were too high. At least the accompanying visual is an entertaining watch.

Alicia Keys is joined by Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams. Lamar kicks things off rapping his verses into a walkie talkie while Pharrell, who produced the track, oversees all the action in a control room. Since he’s practically running things lately, it’s fitting Williams is where he is. It finishes with all three meeting up on the street with the video director and an orchestra. Random. Naturally, footage from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 are spliced in. Check out the visual below.

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Robyn set gays in a frenzy last week when she announced a joint tour with Röyksopp. I’m so bummed that I’ll be out of town when they hit my neck of the woods.

To support their road trip, they’re releasing a mini-album titled Do It Again. The compilation will feature five tracks and will hit stores on May 26. The trio previewed a snippet of the EP’s 10-minute opening number, “Monument.” Give it a listen below, along with the tour announcement just in case you missed it last week.

“I’ve been going back and forth to Bergen to record and write with the Röyksopp boys up until recently,” Robyn said in a statement. “It started to feel more like a band thing than songs for a Röyksopp or Robyn album so we’re releasing this music together as a band you could say.” She adds “This doesn’t sound like Röyksopp featuring Robyn or Robyn produced by Röyksopp, it’s just something else entirely.”

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For the 24th annual Broadway Bares extravaganza, organizers decided to go with a rocker theme. Over 150 of New York’s most talented (and hottest) Broadway performers will channel rock icons and pay tribute to 60 years of rock ‘n roll. Once again, proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event was created by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots).

Broadway Bares combines the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle-dazzle of Broadway and has been a smashing success since its inception in 1992. The event, featuring the hottest male and female dancers on Broadway, has become one of BC/EFA’s signature events. The first Broadway Bares featured just seven dancers performing choreographed stripteases on a bar and raised more than $8,000. Through 23 editions, Broadway Bares has raised more than $11.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! arrives Sunday, June 22 at its new home at Hammerstein Ballroom with two performances only at 9:30 PM & Midnight. Special guests for the evening will be announced at a later date. This year’s edition will be directed by Nick Kenkel (Catch Me If You Can, Peepshow, Legally Blonde), who also directed Broadway Bares 23. Check out the naughty video promo announcing this year’s theme below.

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Paul Walker Tribute @ 2014 MTV Movie Awards

In: Donovan, Movies
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“Every day was an adventure to be tackled and he wanted to make a difference in this world… he never asked for credit or glory. He was just a really good guy,” Jordana Brewster said as part of a touching tribute for her deceased Fast and the Furious co-star.

Brewster wasn’t the only one to offer up emotional memories of Paul Walker. Vin Diesel also shared his fond memories of his friend in a voiceover during a video montage of Paul’s film career. Check out the short and sweet clip which aired at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards below.

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The United States Postal Service release their Harvey Milk commemorative stamps next month. However, their Finnish counterparts have outdone them with their decision to honor one of the most influential gay artists in history. Pretty progressive for a country where same-sex marriage is still illegal.

Touko Laaksonen better known as Tom of Finland remains a towering and iconic figure in the gay art scene with his unapologetic depictions of gay sex. With over 3,500 illustrations to his credit, choosing which ones to highlight proved a daunting task. Graphic illustrator Timo Berry was tapped to select the artwork to be printed on the stamps released this Fall.

“The sheet portrays a sensual life force and being proud of oneself. There is never too much of that in this northern country,” says Timo Berry.

The release of the stamps will coincide with an exhibition of Laaksonen’s work at Finland’s Postal Museum. The above picture is one of three featured on a miniature sheet which contains three 1st class self-adhesive stamps. Check out the slightly NSFW sheet below.

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Jennifer Hudson Walks It Out On New Timbaland Track

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Sissy that walk J-Hud. The Dreamgirls actress slays it with her new slammin’ slow jam. Don’t mess with this leaner and sassier version.

Walk It Out” comes from prolific producer Timbaland and features lyrics by Lyrica Anderson. The track is the official follow up to her infectious “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” off her upcoming third studio album. It’s an interesting decision to slow things down as the lucrative summer season is just around the corner, but I like it. I’m always down for a slinky sensual jam. Give it a listen below.

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Arguably the best thing about That Awkward Moment are all the shirtless scenes with Zac Efron. MTV also agrees. The network bestowed the 26-year-old with a Best Shirtless Performance award at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Jessica Alba and Rita Ora presented the award to Efron with Alba intentionally mispronouncing his name. The latter persuaded Zac to deliver his speech shirtless by jokingly ripping off his shirt.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the biggest winner of the night with three popcorn statues. In a three-way tie for second place were We’re the Millers, The Wolf of Wall Street and This Is the End with two apiece. Check out Efron in all his shirtless glory below.

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Lana Del Rey Debuts New Track ‘West Coast’

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Lana Del Rey performed her new single for the first time at Coachella this weekend. On Monday morning, the 27-year-old chanteuse released the official audio for “West Coast,” the first cut off her forthcoming album Ultraviolence. The track was co-written by Rick Nowels and Lana herself with Dan Auerbach on producing duties.

The guitar-driven track is slinky and less moody than her previous offerings. Her smoky vocals are sublime. “West Coast” includes references from Quentin Tarantino, Stevie Nicks and the New Radicals. I’m loving the ‘ooh baby, ooh baby’ homage from “Edge of Seventeen.” Give the track a listen below which features Del Rey and some dude frolicking at a beach on a loop.

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