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Rihanna teased yet another track from her forthcoming album tentatively titled R8. This time, however, it’s a bit more uptempo than previous teasers. Thank God. I was half worried RiRi’s eighth studio album was going to be one big snoozefest.

American Oxygen” made its debut Thursday night during a promo for the NCAA March Madness tournament. The 30-second clip features the 27-year-old twirling in front of an American flag while basketball footage plays in between. Rihanna looks effortlessly stunning. Check out the vid below.

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The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes Debuts First Solo Single

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Max George may have been the cutest member of now defunct boy band The Wanted. However, when it comes to talent, I’d give the gold star to Nathan Sykes.

I never really noticed him until his collaboration with Ariana Grande on “Almost Is Never Enough.” The 21-year-old singer can really blow. He impressed me during several live performances promoting the duet.

Sykes premiered his new single titled “More Than You’ll Ever Know” this week. The jazz-inspired track featuring horns and fingers snaps finds Nathan confessing his love for a girl. Not what I was expecting from him, but a surprisingly mature offering.

No word on when his debut album will drop, but he previously revealed he worked with the likes of Babyface, Diane Warren and Harmony Samuels. I expect a few soaring ballads in the mix given the aforementioned names. Give his solo track a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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Ne-Yo Covers Nick Jonas & Ed Sheeran Down Under

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Ne-Yo is currently riding high with his current single “Time of Our Lives” off his latest album Non-Fiction. Love that song.

The 35-year-old R&B singer is in Australia at the moment on a promotional tour for the LP. While there, he covered two smashes dominating radio right now. I enjoy a good cover so naturally, I had to share them with you.

He tackled “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran for the Dan & Maz Show and then delivered an acoustic version of “Jealous” for Nova’s Red Room. Personally, he slayed “Jealous.” With regards to “Thinking Out Loud,” I prefer Sheeran’s original vocals on the ballad. Check out both renditions below and weigh in if you agree with me.

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Rihanna Previews Two New Tracks

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The Navy must be rejoicing today. Their diva didn’t just preview one track, but two new tracks.

The 27-year-old singer first took to Instagram to share two clips of “Higher.” Like “FourFiveSeconds” the track is on the mellower side but instead of an acoustic guitar it’s more piano driven. I really hope RiRi has some solid club bangers and more uptempo fare on her forthcoming R8.

The other track, “Dancing In The Dark,” is not off R8 but instead from the soundtrack of her upcoming animated film Home co-starring Jennifer Lopez. Dreamworks shared a clip from the movie where the song is played. Check out both previews below and weigh in afterward.

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M83 & HAIM Team Up For Insurgent Movie Soundtrack

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After contributing a track for the Divergent soundtrack, French electronic music act M83 are back again for the sequel, Insurgent. This time, they aren’t alone and come armed with the trio sister act of HAIM.

“We’ve been fans of Anthony Gonzalez and M83 for a long long time so when he reached out to have us sing on the song we were ecstatic,” HAIM told MTV News in a statement. “We had the best time in the studio with him, it all happened so fast and was so easy and natural. We are so excited to be a part of this movie.”

Holes In The Sky” is a beautifully composed number featuring gorgeous orchestral sounds that build up to a crescendo. The sisters’ rich harmonies really play well on it.

Other artists appearing on the soundtrack include Imagine Dragons, Lykke Li and Royal Blood. Give “Holes In The Sky” a listen below.

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Marina and the Diamonds drop their third studio album, titled Froot, on March 16. In anticipation of its release, the Welsh act has premiered four singles in the past few months. One of the standouts is “Forget” which just received a video treatment today.

Directed by Markus Lundqvist, the visual is relatively simple. Marina plays with her band on a rotating stage while rocking out chic black and white outfits. It’s solid but I would’ve preferred one with a narrative.

Nothing will ever compare, however, with her “How To A Heartbreaker” clip which featured plenty of men showering. Remember that sexy clip? Watch “Forget” below, along with reliving her eye-pleasing blast from the past.

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I think I just peed my pants!!! Shania Twain just revealed some pretty awesome news. The 49-year-old singer announced her farewell tour dubbed Rock This Country Tour on Good Morning America earlier today. It’s the first time she’s hitting the road in more than 11 years.

“This is a celebration tour. It’s party time! The ‘Rock This Country’ tour will have a different spirit than my past tours. It’s a Shania they’ve never seen before. A lot of years have gone by and I’ve got a lot more to share.”

Twain kicks off her 48-city engagement in Seattle on June 5 ending on August 23 in Fresno, just days before her 50th birthday.

I never took the opportunity to check out her two-year Las Vegas residency. Whether or not this is her final tour or one of many future Cher-like farewell tours, who knows? I’m just excited I have a chance to see her one last time before she ‘retires.’

Pre-sales are on March 10 with tickets for the public on Friday, March 13. Check out tour dates and video announcement below.

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Ariana Grande is clearly a fan of Cashmere Cat. The “Problem” singer tapped the Norwegian-born DJ for “Be My Baby” off her My Everything LP. She also enlisted him to support her Honeymoon Tour as an opening act.

It’s now the 21-year-old singer’s turn to return the favor and assist him out. She pops up on his new dubstep-tinged track, “Adore.” Her silky R&B vocals go down smoothly over the electronic synths. Give it a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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