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Christina Aguilera might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t deny that the woman has some pipes. Though she’s never won The Voice, it’s not for lack of trying. The 34-year-old singer has consistently doled out sage advice to members of her team. Girl knows her sh*t no doubt.

If you’ve ever wanted constructive feedback from X-tina, here’s your shot. The “Dirrty” singer is teaming up with MasterClass.com to give online singing lessons.

Naturally, one’s initial reaction is WTF is Aguilera thinking? Admittedly, I did. Upon looking into it further, it turns out the website has a slew of well-respected individuals from different areas sharing their expertise. Find out below who the other celebrity teachers are.

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With the US Open in full swing, I just had to share this clip. It’s a little cheesy given all the tennis video hos, but appropriate given that all eyes are on Flushing Meadows at the moment. Serena Williams and Stan Wawrinka for the win!!!

Both DJ Cassidy and Chromeo have an affinity for retro beats from yesteryear. It was only a matter of time before these two acts collaborated. The result is exactly what you’d expect. “Future Is Mine” is funky with a disco-light beat but with a modern touch. American rapper Wale pops up to add a little hip-hop flavor. Check out the clip below.

“From the moment I first heard Chromeo’s music years ago, I knew we shared similar sources of inspiration,” Cassidy explains. “As we became friends, they proved me right. Dave and Pee bring the funk to everything they touch. They literally took the groove to the future…pun intended.”

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It’s no secret I love this beyotch. Her debut album Aquarius introduced her to the world, but her sophomore album, I predict, will catapult her to music royalty. It’ll include collaborations with Diplo, Max Martin, Dr. Luke and more hitmakers. The 22-year-old R&B singer just debuted a teaser for her upcoming LP titled Joyride. The clip shows Tinashe in the desert whispering dialogue.

“A big part of it was the focus going into it, which was that we weren’t going to make a lot of songs, and it wasn’t going to be so experimental. We definitely knew what we wanted going in, and we were a lot more efficient in achieving it. I have so much other stuff going on that we really didn’t have any other options!” she told Rolling Stone about her new album.

As she embarks on her new era, Tinasha gave fans one last morsel from her debut album. She filmed a combo music video for “Bet” and “Feels Like Vegas” with the assistance of director Stephen Garnet. It’s just Tinashe working it out in a tunnel and at an underground parking garage. It’s simple but mesmerizing. Check out the music video below, along with the album teaser.

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At 49-years-old, Janet Jackson still has it. The “Nasty” singer kicked off her Unbreakable Tour in Vancouver last night and it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. As a result from screaming and singing every lyric, I practically have no voice today. I was in heaven.

Janet put all of today’s 20-something pop tarts to shame. With a minimal set and only one outfit (no costume change the entire night), she showed off her signature moves while belting out (live at that) all her greatest hits. No stage gimmicks, just Janet doing what she does best. Flashing that signature million dollar smile and winning the crowd over. She slayed it.

The only snafu from what I saw was a wardrobe malfunction. It wasn’t another nipplegate incident but rather her elaborate necklace seemed to bother her. Not sure exactly what the issue was, but Jackson just ripped it off and continued like a pro.

Jackson bookended the entire night by debuting two new songs. She opened with an uptempo number featuring Missy Elliott and ended the night with a socially conscious ballad. No word on what the official title for either track is as of yet, but you can check them both out below.

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Who the hell is Jacob Whitesides? And more importantly, how did he snag a duet with Kelly Rowland? Someone’s got connections.

Even more random is the fact the Destiny’s Child singer is practically double his age. Who knew Kelly was such a cougar… at least vocally ;) Girl sings about making love underwater with the twink. You go Kelly!!!

I Know What You Did Last Summer” is reportedly the lead cut off the 18-year-old’s forthcoming debut album. The mid-tempo ballad features a nice melodic beat but their pairing feels a bit awkward. Their voices complement each other fine but there’s just something a bit off. With that being said, I adore Kelly, so I’ll buy anything she’s selling. Give the track a listen below.

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With the 2015 MTV VMAs airing on Sunday night, many artists seized the moment to debut music videos. Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas all premiered new clips. Justin Bieber joined in on the action by dropping the accompanying visual for his well-received new single “What Do You Mean?

Given that the Poo Bear and Skrillex co-production has a tropical house sound, I was expecting the music video would be a sunny lighthearted affair. Boy, was I wrong.

Instead, the Brad Furman-directed clip features The Biebs concocting an elaborate prank that involves John Leguizamo abducting his on-screen love interest played by model Xenia Deli. After being bound and gagged, his girlfriend finds herself at a surprise underground skateboarder rave. Now that’s romance ;) Check out the random music video below.

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It was a busy night for Miley Cyrus on Sunday. Not only did the 22-year-old singer host the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards but she also dropped a brand new album and music video. If that wasn’t enough, Cyrus also engaged in a bitch fight with Nicki Minaj on live television. It was epic and will undoubtedly be played for years to come.

Recently in an interview with The New York Times, Cyrus shared her thoughts on Nicki Minaj’s outrage at “Anaconda” being snubbed in the Video of the Year category. While Minaj clearly forgave Taylor Swift for her comments on that subject (ergo Taylor joining Nicki on stage), she hasn’t given the same courtesy to Miley.

After giving her acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop Video, all hell broke loose. “Back to this bitch that had a lot of say about me the other day in the press. Miley Cyrus, what’s good?” Minaj said. Cyrus, not one to back down, fired right back, even looking at Nicki’s way when she talked about losers. You have to watch the entire interaction below if you haven’t already done so.

In other Miley-related news, she dropped her fifth studio effort immediately after the show. Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz was released as a free streamable album. Early word regarding her new LP was that it was experimental. And that it is.

The 23-track offering is definitely not pop music. There’s not one radio-friendly mainstream song out of the bunch. I do applaud Miley for taking an artistic risk though, albeit an indulgent one. Listen to the album below, along with watching the music video for “Dooo It.” It’s pretty much a closeup of Miley’s mouth and plenty of glitter.

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The “Levels” music video is pretty cliche with all the scantily-dressed women slithering about. But with that being said, it’s watchable due to its interesting art direction and Nick Jonas naturally of course. The 22-year-old singer has never been sexier. Even all covered up.

The Colin Tilley-directed music video is set in an abandoned warehouse. With piles of tires and empty oil barrels as a backdrop, Jonas rocks some slick denim and distressed graphic tees.

I wasn’t a fan of the song originally, but it’s grown on me. This smoldering new visual will further solidify Nick’s quest to become his generation’s Justin Timberlake. Check out the clip below.

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