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Fans looking for new Nick Jonas tunes, you’re in luck… sorta. A previously unreleased track has surfaced online. However, it sounds more like it came from a recording session during his Nick Jonas & the Administration days or even during his Jonas Brothers era.

24th Hour” is definitely more pop-leaning than any of his recent releases. In fact, it’s borderline bubblegum pop which makes me believe it was recorded years ago. Can’t really say it was a terrible decision to leave this behind. Don’t believe it would’ve done particularly well. Give it a listen below.

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Zayn Malik Debuts At Number One On Billboard Hot 100

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It appears his decision to leave One Direction might’ve been a smart one after all. Zayn Malik’s first solo single “Pillowtalk” has debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

The slow jam is only the 25th song ever to achieve this feat. The 23-year-old is also the first performer from the UK to have his first song do this. Overall, he’s the third UK artist to have a single debut in pole position. Adele and Elton John being the others.

Believe or not, One Direction hasn’t accomplished this milestone. The closest the boy band ever got was with “Best Song Ever” which peaked at No. 2.

Check out the video for his sultry offering below if you haven’t already done so. Congrats to Malik.

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Beyonce Reveals Formation Concert Tour Dates

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Hopefully, your bank account has fully recovered from all that holiday spending, because you’ll need some coin to purchase tickets to Beyonce’s upcoming tour. Let’s face it, tickets won’t likely be cheap.

Just moments after her Super Bowl half-time appearance, the 34-year-old superstar announced dates for The Formation World Tour. The first leg kicks off in Miami on April 27, hitting Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles along the way before ending in Hershey, Pennsylvania on June 12. Bey then begins the European leg on June 28.

Check out all the dates below, along with the first video promo.

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I love “Viva la Vida,” “The Scientist,” “Fix You” and plenty other Coldplay songs, but no disrespect to the Chris Martin-led band, but their parts almost put me to sleep. It not for the colorful props surrounding them and other accoutrements, it was borderline boring.

Before you accuse me of being biased because I’m a huge Bey Hive card-carrying member, that’s not the case. Even Beyonce wasn’t in her finest form, showing a rare misstep when she almost fell during her dance routine. Though I will say, I loved her military-inspired outfit. It was a bit reminiscent of both Michael and Janet Jackson. Both of whom have headlined the Super Bowl halftime show. (Update: Apparently her outfit marked the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers’ formation)

For me, Bruno Mars was the scene stealer. Sure “Uptown Funk” is a bit overplayed but it resuscitated the show. Mars’ showmanship and energy are undeniable. I loved it when his crew had a dance battle against Beyonce and her “Formation” squad. I could’ve easily watched 15 minutes of that.

Another highlight was the brief nod to past halftime shows, showing clips from memorable ones. Martin also got nostalgic, singing some bits of past performers’ song, including Prince’s “Purple Rain” and U2’s “Beautiful Day.”

If you haven’t watched the show, check it out below. Sound off afterwards if you loved or hated this year’s extravaganza.

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It’s Lady Gaga’s world and we’re merely just living in it. From picking up her first acting Golden Globe statue to earning an Oscar nod, the 29-year-old is on fire these days. Everything she takes on lately, she’s absolutely slaying. Her Super Bowl performance was no different.

Wearing a sparkly red pant suit, matching glitter red eye shadow and patriotic footwear, Mother Monster belted out the “Star Spangled Banner” to kick off Super Bowl 50. By most accounts aka tweets, people seem to have loved her performance.

While it wasn’t on Whitney Houston epic levels, Miss Germanotta did her country proud. During some moments though, it was a little theatrical for me but overall, I liked it. Watch it (again) below and weigh in afterward.

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At Super Bowl XLIX, Missy Elliott made her triumphant return when she performed alongside Katy Perry during the Half-time Show. Exactly a year later, the 44-year-old rapper chooses the annual sporting event to debut her new track “Pep Rally.” Appropriate title given the occasion.

The Pharrell Williams-produced track first appeared in Amazon Echo’s Super Bowl Commercial before debuting in full. The ad featured former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, Alec Baldwin, Jason Schwartzman and Elliott herself.

“Pep Rally” is exactly what you’d expect from Missy. It’s boasts her signature beats and commanding rhymes. Give the single a listen below, along with the Amazon Echo ad.

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It was widely rumored Beyonce would debut new music at the Super Bowl 50 Half-time Show. As expected, Queen Bey delivered. Equally as expected, she did it exclusively on Tidal. When will they stop trying to make that streaming service a thing? So not fetch.

As with many of Bey’s music in recent years, “Formation” doesn’t immediately scream hit. Given her quirky lyric pronunciations and killer choreography, it’ll probably grow on me. Plus, there’s no way her loyal Bey Hive will let this fail.

Check out the video below which finds the 34-year-old singer getting crunk in the dirty south, New Orleans specifically, with her all-female army. It’s by far her most political clip yet, touching upon police brutality and more timely topics.

Weigh in afterwards if you think B has a hit or flop on her hands. PS. The Red Lobster lyric has already gone viral.

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Rihanna Work: Video Teasers & Phantoms Remix

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After releasing some rather pedestrian offerings leading up to Anti, Rihanna finally delivered a smash with “Work.” Not surprising, given the fact every time she hooks up with Drake, they conjure up magic. “What’s My Name?” and “Take Care” rank up there as my favorites from each artist.

Work” debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. No doubt when the accompanying video drops, it’ll propel the single higher on the chart. RiRi took to Snapchat last night to share a few teasers for the clip. It appears it’s shot at a bar with plenty of booty-shaking. Can’t wait to see it in full.

In other “Work”-related news, LA based duo Phantoms dropped a killer remix for the track. If possible, it’s even slinkier and sexier than before. Check it out below, along with the vid teasers.

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