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It appears David Guetta and Nicki Minaj’s latest collaboration is proving as successful as their previous offering, “Turn Me On.” “Hey Mama” is just on the cusp of breaking into the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. With the release of the accompanying music video and performance at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, the EDM track should cross the threshold this week.

Guetta and Minaj head to the desert for a Burning Man meets Mad Max-themed visual. Should a Beyond The Thunderdome remake ever happen, I nominate Nicki to step into Tina Turner’s fierce warrior wardrobe. Check out the surprisingly entertaining clip below where Minaj appears as a hologram.

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Heading into the 2015 Billboard Music Awards telecast, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s first performance of “Pretty Girls” was without a doubt the performance everyone was looking most forward to. About two hours in, the duo did themselves proud. It wasn’t at all a trainwreck, and in fact, both ladies looked sensational. Britney, IMHO, hasn’t looked this great and comfortable on stage in years. Well done.

Mariah Carey also made a notable appearance as well. She hit the Billboard stage for the first time in 17 years. Perhaps she’s still recuperating from bronchitis, but Mimi wasn’t at her vocal best. Every note felt so laborious as opposed to the ease she belted out those notes years ago.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson absolutely slayed her vocals during her “Invincible” performance as did Tori Kelly and Nick Jonas on “Nobody Love” and “Jealous” respectively.

Speaking of Jonas, he was in fine form tonight. Dude looked beyond sexy. Charlie Puth and Empire‘s Jussie Smollett also smoldered on stage during their respective performances. Check out all the videos below.

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After a seemingly endless parade of Sin City-esque promo posters, Taylor Swift finally debuted her star-studded “Bad Blood” music video. Practically everyone in Hollywood was in it, except the person who reportedly inspired the track- Swift’s frenemy Katy Perry. Was it worth the hype? Yes and no.

Once again, director Joseph Kahn (“Blank Space”) delivers a highly-slicked produced visual. However, given the roster of famous faces involved, I expected a short film with more of a narrative. Instead, it seemed like a treatment for the all-female action flick, The Expendabelles. Speaking of which, if producers find themselves stuck with casting, half of these ladies would be perfect for the Expendables spin-off.

The clip begins with Swift and Selena Gomez teaming up for a heist, before Gomez backstabs her. Taylor then goes through some sort of high-tech boot camp to hone her skills. In the end, Swift along with her female brigade face-off against Gomez in another battle royale.

Joining Swift in the clip are models Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, actresses Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba and Serayah along with fellow musicians Ellie Goulding, Zendaya, and the aforementioned Gomez.

My favorite parts though featured the veterans including Cindy Crawford, Mariska Hargitay and Ellen Pompeo. The latter two might seem out of place, but Taylor has two cats named after their TV alter egos- Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey.

Check out Swift’s “Toxic”-ish (Britney Spears) video below and weigh in afterward.

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Prior to this, I wasn’t familiar with Jon Bellion. Thanks to Zedd, that’s no longer the case. Not only does he have a great voice, but he’s pretty fine looking as well. Bellion has some notable credits on his resume, including writing the chorus to Eminem’s “The Monster” and co-writing and producing “Trumpets” by Jason Derulo.

The 25-year-old Russian-German producer taps Bellion for his new single, “Beautiful Now,” which serves as the official follow-up to the Selena Gomez-assisted “I Want You To Know.” The EDM track has Zedd’s signature style all over it. The masterful synth work along with a rumbling bassline give an energetic vibe similar to his smash “Clarity.” Give it a listen below.

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The Barden Bellas hit all the right notes at the box office this weekend. Most were predicting the highly-anticipated sequel would take a number in the $40 million range. Pitch Perfect 2 surpassed industry expectations, taking home a whopping $70.3 million.

It snatched the crown from High School Musical 3 to become the biggest movie musical opening of all time. Even more impressive is the fact Pitch Perfect raked in only $65 million during its entire run. Who run the world? Anna Kendrick and company, that’s who.

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According to the lyrics, her only intention is to give a good show. Mission accomplished. Her music might not be your cup of tea, but her taste in men is on point and will certainly please you. The 34-year-old heiress packs her latest visual with some serious male eye candy, including one of the hottest Dancing With The Stars pro, Gleb Savchenko.

When I first heard “High Off My Love,” I was meh about it. After watching her sexy new clip, I’ve somewhat come around. Damn her for filming a well-produced and entertaining music video. The EDM track featuring American rapper Birdman is the latest single off her long-awaited sophomore album. Give it a watch below.

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Janet Jackson Announces Triumphant Return

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BEST.NEWS.EVER!!! Not only is Janet Jackson releasing new music this year, but she is embarking on a world tour as well. She announced her comeback at the stroke of midnight on Saturday which also happened to be her 49th birthday.

As a hardcore Janet fan, this news excites me tremendously. She’s one of my favorite divas of all-time, if not my number one. Her return is long overdue. Her last studio album, Discipline, was believe it or not, released in 2008. She’s remained relatively out of the spotlight since marrying her billionaire husband in 2012.

Hopefully, the “That’s The Way Love Goes” singer can recapture her former glory. IMHO, she’s never recovered from ‘Nipplegate,’ while her cohort Justin Timberlake has flourished. Hasn’t she suffered enough? #genderinequality Team JJ FTW!!! Check out her sultry announcement below.

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Adam Lambert Goes ‘Underground’ On New Track

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Adam Lambert gives his adoring fans another taste off his forthcoming album, The Original High, in stores in a month. The 33-year-old singer swaps out the house beats of “Ghost Town” for slinky haunting percussion.

Like its predecessor though, “Underground” also features some finger snapping. Another solid offering from his new era. I’m beyond curious to hear what else Lambert has in store for us on his new LP. Give his passionate ballad a listen below.

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