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Rising Artist Spotlight: Tove Lo

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With her debut album, Queen Of The Clouds, about to drop on September 30, I thought it was the perfect time to put the spotlight on this talented Swedish singer. What is it about Sweden that churns out so many fantastic pop acts? Robyn, Ace of Base, Icona Pop, Avicii, ABBA and the list goes on. Not to mention IKEA ;)

Born Tove Ebba Elsa Nilsson, the 26-year-old has written songs for other artists including Icona Pop, Girls Aloud, and Cher Lloyd. I have no doubt you’ve heard her infectious single “Habits (Stay High).” 18 months after its release, it’s finally making an impact on the Billboard Hot 100 breaking into the Top 20.

Tove Lo recently debuted two followups- “Not On Drugs” and “Timebomb.” Both tracks have me excited to check out her debut LP. Time magazine touts it as “one of the year’s strongest pop releases.” I can’t wait to watch her show, when her tour hits my neck of the woods in the coming weeks. Check her new tracks below, along with some of her earlier work.

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Nick Jonas previously revealed that his girlfriend served as the inspiration for his new track “Jealous” after a night out partying. I’m assuming the former Miss Universe stunner attracted attention from several unwanted suitors. I’m also sure he attracted his fair share of lustful glances as well.

It only makes sense Olivia Culpo appears in the accompanying visual. The 22-year-old beauty queen plays a cello while wearing lingerie as one of her duties in the clip. Meanwhile, Jonas shows off his athletics skills- punching a body bag, batting the sh*t out of a light bulb and playing basketball against a much taller opponent. It’s all very random, including the part where he plays a cab driver. Check out the video below.

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Barbra Streisand paid a visit to The Tonight Show to promote her new album, Partners, in stores now. Her thirty-fourth studio album features the 72-year-old legend teaming up with an array of male singers for some stunning duets.

Since none of them were on hand, Jimmy Fallon stepped up to the plate. The late night talk show host impersonated Elvis Presley, Blake Shelton, and Michael Buble to sing a medley of tracks off Streisand’s LP. Fallon’s Presley was the best. Watch the two create magic below.

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2014 is definitely the year of Iggy Azalea. The Aussie rapper is everywhere, conquering everything she touches. Woman’s got the Midas Touch. Hoping to score some of that good fortune is Jennifer Hudson. She’s the latest singer to tap Azalea for a rap interlude.

He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” is another retro-disco inspired track off Hudson’s forthcoming album, JHUD, dropping September 23. While a solid album filler, the Pharrell Williams-produced track doesn’t have the oomph to become a hit single. Kinda of a waste using Iggy’s talent and buzz on this throwaway.

I fear JHUD might bomb big time when released next week. If it does, I hope it doesn’t put the nail on the coffin of Jennifer’s recording career. Someone give this woman a hit. Give “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” a listen below.

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Beyonce & Jay Z Debut Part One Of New Short Film

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Beyonce and Jay Z sure do love channeling Bonnie and Clyde-like characters in black and white short films, don’t they? The superstar couple star in a brand new one, this time for NOWNESS.

“Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyoncé and Jay Z” – Video Description

Filmmaker and photographer Dikayl Rimmasch shot three short films starring Mr and Mrs Carter’s alter egos. Part One of “Bang Bang” just dropped. Look for the other two to debut shortly. Rimmasch recalls his first conversation with Jay Z about the film.

“We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again,’” According to Jay Z says Dikayl. “Everything he mentioned was a level of consciousness he has for staying alive as an entertainer and as a human being. He wanted to keep it more abstract because for him it was very abstract. How do you stay new, not just to your audience but also yourself?”

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Word of Chris Brown and Ariana Grande’s duet surfaced earlier this year. “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” was put on the backburner when Brown was incarcerated again.

Allegedly, Grande’s team wanted to distance their beloved pop princess from Chris’ shenanigans and wanted Ariana’s vocals gone from the duet. It appeared they got their way since the version of “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” appearing on Brown’s forthcoming LP, X, doesn’t include Ariana’s riffs. Instead, it’s some other random chick.

It’s interesting that the video, directed by Brown himself, leaked just days before his new album drops. Shady, shady, shady. Ariana and Chris play a medieval Romeo and Juliet-like couple in the visual. The “Problem” singer even ditches her signature pony. Check out the clip below.

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With Summer unofficially over, Calvin Harris has finally released the follow up to his smash, “Summer.” The Scottish DJ steps away from the mic this time around and lets John Newman take over the vocals. Newman is best known for his debut single “Love Me Again.” “Blame” is another winner for Harris and primed to be another chart-topper.

The Emil Nava-directed video begins with Harris and Newman at their respective mansions with scantily-clothed women around them. After that, it’s a bunch of random scenes of attractive people partying in the club. I suppose the clip’s narrative is that the nightlife and copious amounts of drinking are to blame for their tricks. All in all, it’s pretty par for the course for an EDM track. Give it a watch below.

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Holy lookalike Batman. While the stand-ins for Beyonce, NeNe Leakes, Solange Knowles, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are a little busted up, the Mariah Carey impersonator is on point. Honestly at times, I thought I was looking at the real Mimi. I guarantee you will to. An impeccable job in casting indeed.

Todrick Hall previously filmed a Chicago parody featuring famed Disney characters performing “Cell Block Tango.” He once again looks to the musical for inspiration. But this time with a little Orange Is The New Black spice with Leakes as the HWIC (head warden in charge).

Watch the ladies explain what they exactly did to get them locked up. Here’s a little hint with Mariah’s crime. It has something to do with Ariana Grande’s ponytail. The Carey bit is the best, along with the Beyonce and Solange parts. Hall has another viral hit on his hands. Definitely check out “Cell Black Django” below.

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