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Well, this is a nice surprise. Ever since word leaked that Adele’s next album is slated for release in 2015, I, like most of her fans, have been waiting with bated breath to listen to her new tracks.

While not brand new, two previously unreleased tracks have surfaced online to tide over fans til next year. Reportedly, “You’ll Never See Me Again” and “Never Gonna Leave You” were produced by Fraser T Smith who worked on “Set Fire To The Train.” Like most of the tracks on 21, these two ballads find the British songbird singing about love and loss. Give both a listen below.

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Rising Artist Spotlight: Moko

In: Music, Nic
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It’s no secret by now that the 90′s are back, and with all things 90′s comes all things 90′s dance. With artists like Kiesza taking the lead on the charts right now, someone is sneaking up beside with a great voice and a great beat, and that person is Moko.

Born Diane Nadia Adu-Gyamfi, and of Ghanaian descent, this British soul singer came to fame with the track “Count On Me” with Chase & Status about a year ago. In October 2013, Moko released her EP Black which she had a hand in personally producing.

Her latest track “Your Love” released early July of this year and just happens to accompany a killer video that screams Crystal Waters and Robin S’s love child. Give me this synthesized beats and I am most definitely a happy boy. Moody lighting, enough throw back dancing to go for days, and a couple aggressive “pigtails”, I’m thinking Moko is just getting started.

Climbing onto the train at the right moment, this diva is gaining momentum and is the one to watch.

Watch the video for Moko’s “Your Love” below.

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Calvin Harris Still The Highest Paid DJ In The World

In: Donovan, Music
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Perhaps Rita Ora should’ve thought twice before allegedly cheating on Calvin Harris. Not only does he create sick beats but dude is rolling in the dough.

The Scottish DJ is once again the highest paid DJ in the world, topping Forbes annual Top 10 list. His twelve month earnings have risen from $46 million last year to a whopping $66 million. Not too shabby for a man who used to bag groceries in Scotland just a few years ago.

“The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years. I happened to be in the right place at the right time.” – Calvin Harris

The publication included earnings from live shows, merchandise sales and endorsements, as well as recorded music sales and external business ventures as part of its tabulating process.

David Guetta equaled his $30 million in earnings from last year, but moved up to runner-up slot on the list. Zedd enters the Top 10 for the first time, catapulting all the way to the No. 7 slot. Not making the cut this time around are Armin Van Buuren, DJ Pauly D and Diplo. Check out this year’s Top 10 below.

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ABC doesn’t officially announce the Dancing With The Stars Season 19 cast until Thursday, September 4 on Good Morning America. However, names of several celebrities possibly participating have began to surface. Whether these rumors are true, we’ll have to wait til next week. In the meantime, enjoy the speculation.

Of the rumored cast, one of the biggest names is Antonio Sabato, Jr. The General Hospital alum and former Calvin Klein underwear model will certainly appease those women who like their men a little more seasoned. He was so cute back in the day as one of Janet Jackson’s music video love interests.

Occupying the middle-aged actress slot is Lea Thompson of Back To The Future and Caroline In The City fame. Eccentric fashion designer Betsey Johnson is one I’m hoping is true. She’s so kooky and I can’t wait for her pro to incorporate her signature cartwheel in one of her dances. Check out the other possible contenders below which includes a Mean Girls star.

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The last time Adam Levine collaborated with one of The Voice female judges, the infectious smash “Moves Like Jagger” was born. That Christina Aguilera duet topped the Billboard Hot 100.

With Gwen Stefani joining the NBC singing competition, naturally, Levine convinced the No Doubt frontwoman to contribute to his band, Maroon 5′s forthcoming album V, due out next week.

Their collabo doesn’t sound like his X-Tina one. In fact, “My Heart Is Open,” is more reminiscent of Aguilera’s duet with A Great Big World on “Say Something.” The Sia-penned ballad features swooping cinematic strings and a simple piano melody. Give it a listen below.

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Zedd Delivers A Killer Remix Of Magic!’s Rude

In: Donovan, Music
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Since featuring Magic! in my Rising Artist Spotlight series back in January, the Canadian group has hit it big. Their infectious single “Rude” ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks until Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” dethroned them this week. The island-flavored gem became only the 9th reggae track to reach the summit, and first since Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” snagged the pole position back in 2003.

With a sexy new dance remix courtesy of Zedd, “Rude” is poised to rule the clubs and might get a second wind over on the Club/Dance chart. The German-Russian DJ swaps out the reggae beats for his trademark electronic synths. The result is a surprisingly sick EDM slash disco dance track. Definitely a fan.

Zedd first premiered this version at Lollapalooza weeks ago, but his remix will be officially released on September 2. Check it out below.

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Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off Debuts At No. 1

In: Donovan, Music
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Love it or hate it, “Shake It Off” is the No. 1 single in the country. Taylor Swift shimmied her way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to 544,000 first-week downloads. That number represents the biggest total of the year, surpassing Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” which held the title previously with 490,000.

“Shake It Off’s” huge debut also marks the fourth biggest bow of all-time. In fact, Swift now owns two of the four slots. Flo Rida reigns supreme with 636,000 for “Right Round,” followed by Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and Katy Perry’s “Roar” with 623,000 and 557,000 downloads respectively.

Also making a solid debut was Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.” It lands at the runner-up slot, giving the rapper her highest charting single to date. Guess that rumored premeditated wardrobe malfunction at the MTV VMAs worked.

In other Taylor-related news, the 24-year-old released outtakes from the filming of her “Shake It Off’ music video. Watch it below.

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Usher must be clearly talking about a different ‘she’ because while he’s dancing up a storm at the club, Nicki Minaj is walking around at some random electronics shop. Couldn’t they have filmed at least one scene together in the same room. Pharrell Williams, who produced the track, even makes a cameo in the Philip Andelman-directed visual.

In Minaj’s defense, I suppose she’s one busy lady these days. Not only did she recently release her “Anaconda” video but she also appears with Ariana Grande in Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” clip.

Watch the “She Came To Give It To You” video below to see Minaj deliver her verses in the backroom while Ush executes his signature killer dance moves. Not the greatest clip, but I’m still a fan of the track.

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