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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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As a child, Jason Gould knew the words to songs from Funny Girl and Hello Dolly. Obviously, the son of Barbra Streisand was going to be one big ol homosexual. How lucky to have Babs as his mom? Despite rumors of an estranged relationship with her openly-gay son, Streisand and Gould team up for “How Deep Is The Ocean” for her forthcoming 24th studio album.

Titled Partners, the LP will feature duets with the likes of Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, John Legend and many more. It’s her second vocal duets release following 2002′s Duets compilation. Give her duet with her son a spin below.

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Remember The Veronicas? The Australian pop duo scored a global hit with “Untouched” back in 2007. It was heavily featured on several shows including So You Think You Can Dance. After experiencing label hell (they have a new home over at Sony), they’re back with a brand new single off their upcoming self-titled third studio album.

You Ruin Me” is a pop ballad much different from their previous releases. The girls have definitely matured as artists since their breakthrough hit. It’s just ready for some enterprising DJ to give it a sexy dance overhaul. They recently explained the inspiration for their emotional new offering on Twitter.

“#YouRuinMe is the last chapter connecting whats happened the last 4 years. Next is rebirth. Where you find out why you don’t f`*ck with u.” – The Veronicas via Twitter

While I like “You Ruin Me,” I hope there’s something in the vein of “Untouched” on their forthcoming LP. In the meantime check out “You Ruin Me” below which will be available on iTunes on September 19.

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U2 Giving Away New Album On iTunes For Free

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At today’s major Apple announcement, U2 performed their new single, “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” which Ryan Tedder worked on. The track is off their new album, titled Songs of Innocence which is available now. Bono and company just pulled a Beyonce by dropping a surprise album, but did one better.

Until October 13, the band and Apple are giving it away for free to every iTunes customer in 119 countries (roughly half a billion). It’s available right now in the albums section of iTunes on PCs or your Apple device to download. It will also be available on iTunes Radio and Beats Music for streaming, starting tomorrow.

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Leighton Meester Debuts New Track ‘Heartstrings’

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Leighton Meester assisted Cobra Starship on their Top 10 hit “Good Girls Go Bad” back in 2009. Naturally, the former Gossip Girl actress attempted a solo recording career after that. Sadly, none of the tracks including a duet with Robin Thicke nor songs on the Country Strong soundtrack fared well on the charts.

The 28-year-old is surprisingly launching another attempt at music stardom. She shared a new track titled “Heartstrings” with Billboard. It’s off her forthcoming debut LP scheduled to be released on October 28.

“‘Heartstrings’ speaks to vibe and encompasses a lot of the themes of the rest of the album,” Meester tells Billboard. “It’s been a long time coming and I’m very excited to finally release it.”

Meester was most recently seen on Broadway in a well-received stint in Of Mice and Men. Give her latest a listen below. It’s in the vein of artists such as Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell.

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As she prepares to give birth to her second child, Alicia Keys couldn’t help but think about the world she’s bringing her baby into. The 33-year-old singer decided to put her thoughts in a brand new track titled, “We Are Here.” She talks about Gaza, Israel, Nigeria and other conflicts in the world today.

Whether this introspective ballad is the signaling of Keys’ new era, who knows? I’m thinking most likely not and it’s just a stand-alone single. Check out the accompanying music video below which Alicia premiered on Facebook this week, along with a detailed description about what inspired the reflective track.

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Nick Jonas Drops Catchy New Track ‘Jealous’

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Nick Jonas channeled Justin Timberlake on “Chains.” For his follow-up, the 21-year-old does his best Miguel impression. Based on his newest track, “Jealous,” it’s clear Jonas is fully embracing R&B for his forthcoming album.

Jealous” was written by Jonas with the collaboration of Simon Wilcox and Nolan Lambroza. He previously described the track as “new-agey Lionel Richie” to Billboard. Nick added he wrote the lyrics after a night out with his girlfriend, former Miss USA/Miss Universe Olivia Culpo.

It’s a tad troubling he’s hurrying the release of “Jealous” relatively soon after premiering the video for “Chains.” Both singles are potential hits, IMHO. If sung by different artists, I have no doubt they’d get major airplay. It’s clear his new direction isn’t vibing with his fans. Personally, I’m loving the urban sound on Nick. Give “Jealous” a listen below.

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P!nk Forms New Duo Act For Upcoming Folk Album

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P!nk is switching genres once again. She burst onto the scene with a more urban sound before going with a pop rock vibe. She’s flipping the script once again, and this time not doing it alone.

The 35-year-old entertainer is teaming up with Canadian singer Dallas Green, forming a new folk duo called you + me. Their forthcoming album which features ten tracks, titled rose ave., is coming on October 14.

Check out the lyric video for their first single “You and Me” below. It’s a nice acoustic ballad. Folk music suits P!nk quite well.

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