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Ever since I heard the first cut, the Kylie Minogue collaboration “Right Here, Right Now” which I love, I’ve been chomping at the bits to hear more from Giorgio Moroder’s highly-anticipated album. With only two months to go before Déjà Vu drops on June 12, we finally get a new song. It’s none other than the title track featuring Sia.

As one would expect, “Déjà Vu” is a disco-tinged masterpiece from the legendary 74-year-old producer. Hopefully, this gets an accompanying music video. If only to see what kind of wig or apparatus the Aussie singer uses to block her face. Too bad, Moroder only previewed a minute. I can’t wait to hear the entire thing.

I’m also curious to hear Britney Spears’ cover of the Suzanne Vega classic “Tom’s Diner.” Quite an interesting choice. Kelis, Matthew Koma, Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko, Foxes and more have contributed to the album as well. Check out the official tracklist below along with previewing the Sia-assisted song.

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JoJo Debuts Sensational Ballad ‘Far From Heaven’

In: Donovan, Music
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It’s been over a year since JoJo was finally extricated from Blackground Records. She immediately signed with Atlantic once freed from the shackles of her former label. At long last, she drops some new music. Hopefully, a full studio album isn’t that far behind.

“It’s just been so long since I’ve released an album that really what I wanna bring is just quality,” JoJo told Rap-Up TV in May 2014. “I wanna bring big songs. I want them to touch a wide range of people and I really want it to represent my very best work. I’m really not thinking about what other people are doing. I’m thinking about representing my personal best, delivering powerful vocals, and being honest and as raw as possible.”

The 24-year-old singer takes us to church with an emotional ballad that puts the spotlight on her heavenly vocals. Her fans’ prayers have been answered. At least for this fan, they have. #amen Give the powerful new track a listen below.

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Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down Gets A Tiesto Remix

In: Donovan, Music
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Some of my favorite dance remixes are usually slow jams originally. In my opinion, ballads are ripe for the picking for DJs to turn into dance anthems. There’s something about sad love songs made over with a bumpin’ dance beat that makes them epic.

Tiesto is the latest DJ to overhaul the Sam Smith hit, “Lay Me Down.” The Dutchman takes a surprisingly restrained approach when compared to his past work. The old adage less is more definitely works here.

Check it out below, along with another remix by Australian producer Flume which surfaced recently .

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Uptown Funk Finally Dethroned On Billboard Hot 100

In: Donovan, Music
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For 14 weeks, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have dominated the Billboard Hot 100 with their smash collaboration “Uptown Funk.” The single was just two weeks shy of tying the all-time record held by Mariah Carey. At long last, their reign on top is over and let go of their grip on the No. 1 slot. Oh well, at least it’s still in a seven-way tie for the second-longest running chart-topper in history.

“Uptown Funk” fended off strong competition from “Sugar” and “Thinking Out Loud” by Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran respectively. Both sat at the bridesmaid slot for weeks waiting to become the bride but to no avail. Someone has usurped them. Have any guesses who it could be? Ellie Goulding, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, The Weekend, Maroon 5 or Sheeran? Perhaps it was someone else? Find out below.

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I Really Like You” was supposed to be Carly Rae Jepsen’s huge comeback. From the onset, critics praised it for its infectious beat and catchy chorus. For some reason though, it just hasn’t connected with the general public. It hasn’t even cracked the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40. It’s truly shocking how underwhelming the song’s performance is.

Jepsen and her manager Scooter Braun are desperate to save whatever life “I Really Like You” has left. The thirst is real folks.

Braun convinced Justin Beiber to enlist a bunch of famous friends to film a lip dub clip for the track. Watch Ariana Grande, Lance Bass, David Foster, K-pop star CL, Empire‘s Bryshere Gray, Kendall Jenner and many more below be unofficial ambassadors for Carly Rae.

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Without all the excessive makeup, the American Idol alum’s natural beauty shines. His less-is-more approach is definitely working. Almost universally, Glamberts agree that Adam Lambert is looking especially fine these days.

On His New Look

“Someone said to me ‘oh you’re not wearing all that crazy shit, are you trying to tone it down?’ and I was like ‘no, I just got tired. Fu*k! It was a lot of work!’”

In addition to chatting about his ‘new’ look, Lambert talks about his forthcoming third studio album, titled The Original High with Notion magazine. Appropriately enough, he graces the cover of their 69th issue, wink. Check out more pics and quotes below from his feature in the publication.

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Avril Lavigne Gets Inspirational With ‘Fly’

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Avril Lavigne is giving back with her new single “Fly.” Proceeds from the track will go to The Avril Foundation which supports unprivileged kids and those who suffer from diseases and disabilities. The 30-year-old Canadian singer reveals why she opted for a slower tempo on the inspirational track.

“Originally I went for a more pop production, and then I scrapped it. I wanted it to be more stripped-down, and let the vocal be the lead part of the song.” – Avril Lavigne

It’s nice to have Avril back and with more of a mature sound instead of relying on her go-to rebel teen shtick. “Fly” will also serve as the official anthem of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games being held in Los Angeles. Give it a listen below.

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On his new album, Stages, Josh Groban decided to cover his favorites from the Great White Way. A few of the productions that 34-year-old singer chose include songs from Into The Woods, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Carousel and A Chorus Line to name a few.

“Stages is an album I’ve wanted to make since I signed to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records during my freshman year as a Musical Theater student at Carnegie Mellon,” Groban says. “I knew in my heart that, at some point, I would visit the songs I love from that world as an album. Having lived in New York City the last few years, seeing as much theater as I could see, and having so many great friends in the theater community, it became really inspiring to take this on. It was time.”

What I Did For Love” was the first taste heard from the LP and now we have our second. It’s a stunning duet featuring none other than Kelly Clarkson. The two team up on “All I Ask Of You” from The Phantom of the Opera. It’s as amazing as you’d imagine.

During her American Idol season, Broadway was never a theme. Had it been, Clarkson would’ve definitely slayed. She effortlessly hits all the high notes on this Andrew Lloyd Webber-penned number. Check out the sensational duet below.

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