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Wheel of Musical Impressions” is by far my favorite segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It never fails to deliver and the latest installment was no exception.

Celine Dion stepped up to the bat, or should I say wheel for her turn. It started off rocky with her Cher impersonation, but kicked into high gear when she flawlessly and hilariously channeled Rihanna and Sia. I died laughing with her hair bit on the latter. Her impromptu Michael Jackson was pretty great too.

Check out the awesome clip below. It’s nice to see Celine smiling and having fun again after losing her husband and brother back-to-back earlier this year.

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We all know how Todrick Hall loves showing off his ratchet side. For his latest video though, it’s all about glamooooooooor dahling.

Expensive” finds the 31-year-old YouTube sensation serving up bling to the max with some assistance by a quartet of RuPaul’s Drag Race alums. Kim Chi, Willam, Mariah and Laganja all look as flawless as ever, if not more. They sashay around some high-end boutique while Hall raps about the finer things in life.

Speaking of fine things, those pink glittered Timberlands are everything. I would never wear them, but they are pretty fab. Check out the video below.

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Cher Lloyd Returns With Sassy ‘Activated’

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After disappointing sales for her sophomore album, Cher Lloyd was dropped from Syco and Epic Records. Two years later, the 22-year-old X Factor alum resurfaces and is doing it on her own terms. She’s releasing new music independently via Vixen Records.

“I’ve waited two years to have creative control of my own career and finally do things my way,” Lloyd revealed in a statement. “Returning with new music and releasing ‘Activated’ is such a huge deal for me. I’ve been working hard on new music and I cannot wait to reveal more to you all!”

Lloyd is as feisty as ever with “Activated.” The spunky track, however, shows off a more mature and decidedly more R&B sound, circa early 2000s. It’s not a bad track but I can’t see it breaking through stateside. Give it a listen below.

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Despite dropping some solid tracks including “Freedom,” “FREE.K” and “Messin’ Around” featuring Enrique Iglesias, his Climate Change era has been a major disappointment for Pitbull. None of the aforementioned tracks have cracked the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40. Hell, only “Messin’ Around” has broken into the Top 100. And that only peaked at No. 64.

The 35-year-old rapper appears to be changing his strategy for his latest offering off the album. Believe it or not, he’s not sampling a hit from the 80s or 90s. SHOCKER!!! Instead, he goes with an original uptempo EDM urban-tinged jam with Flo Rida and Lunchmoney Lewis assisting.

Since I’m inexplicably obsessed with Mr. Worldwide, I’m a fan of the track. Give it a listen below. The chorus is infectiously catchy.

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Sia Filter Now Available On Snapchat

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech, Music
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If you’ve ever wondered how you’d look rocking the Aussie singer’s signature look, wonder no more. Snapchat is here to make all your dreams come true. You can now give yourself a Sia makeover, complete with her iconic black-and-white wig and oversized bow. It’s everything!!!

Should you choose the video option, you can sing along to her current smash, “Cheap Thrills” featuring Sean Paul. Why Rihanna discarded this gem is truly boggling. Check out my video below.

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After watching this, boy do I ever miss Glee and Mercedes Jones. That is the first two seasons only, of course. The last couple were a hot mess, right?

Amber Riley is set to make her West End debut later this year by starring in Dreamgirls on the London stage. It also marks the UK premiere of the musical, 35 years after first captivating audiences on Broadway.

The 30-year-old actress will play Effie, originally played by Jennifer Holliday and later by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 feature film. She teased her debut by sharing a performance of “I Am Changing.” Check it out below. It’s fantastic.

“I am so honored and excited to not only be playing such an iconic role, but also to be working with Sonia Friedman and Casey Nicholaw,” Riley said in a press statement. “Working on the West End is now a dream realized, I just feel like this is going to be something special!”

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With her time winding down at the White House, Michelle Obama is having a lot more fun these days. Her latest extracurricular activity involved taking a spin with James Corden for a new installment of Carpool Karaoke. As expected, it delivered some memorable moments.

Michelle and James kicked things off by belting out “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by her favorite artist, Stevie Wonder. They then segued to a rendition of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” complete with some car choreography.

Naturally, Obama used the opportunity to promote her initiative Let Girls Learn. That led to a sing-a-long to her all-star charity single, “This Is For My Girls” which included Missy Elliott popping out of thin air. The clip ends will all three having the time of their lives with Elliott’s hit, “Get Ur Freak On.”

Watch FLOTUS aka “Renaissance” get her groove on below. In case you’re wondering, that’s her Secret Service code name.

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LOLAWOLF is R&B/electro-pop trio formed by Zoe Kravitz, along with keyboardist James Levy and drummer/producer Jimmy Giannopoulos. For their latest single, Kravitz enlisted her buddy Miley Cyrus to assist with vocals on “Teardrop.” The collaboration isn’t too much of a surprise, given LOLAWOLF opened for Miley’s Bangerz Tour in late 2014.

“Teardrop” is a wonderfully sublime trip. It’s a bit spacey and out there, but nonetheless a solid offering. It’s not my usual fare, but I like it. Give it a listen below.

On a side note, if the cover art looks familiar, you’re not trippin’ out. It’s of Jeremy Meeks aka that “Hot Mugshot Guy.” I’m beyond curious to know the story behind why his image was used.

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