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Didn’t love “Baby Don’t Lie?” You weren’t alone. Gwen Stefani’s first solo single in years received a tepid response and it reflected on the Billboard Hot 100. The track didn’t even crack the Top 40 on the chart. Here’s hoping for a reversal of fortune with the next single.

After teasing it a month ago, the 45-year-old Voice coach finally premieres “Spark The Fire” in full. It’s about time. Stefani joins forces with frequent collaborator Pharrell Williams for the fun track. If you loved “Hollaback Girl,” this is relatively in the same lane.

If being licensed is an indicator of the song’s future success, “Spark The Fire” should do well. It’s already been featured in a 30-second commercial for the FIAT Gran Finale. Give Gwen’s potential new hit song a listen below.

listen to the track after the jump

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I’m sure not even Mariah Carey could’ve have predicted the success of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” when she recorded it back in 1994. It was a definite game-changer and forever changed the standard for modern day Christmas tracks. The Yuletide favorite is so beloved it reenters the Billboard Hot 100 around the holiday season.

Naturally, being that Grande is a mini Mimi, the “Problem” singer had to record her very own X-mas track and get in on that lucrative holiday action. Last year, the 21-year-old released a Christmas EP featuring four songs including a cover of “Last Christmas.” “Santa Tell Me” is her first original Christmas track and it’s pretty good.

Will it match the success of Carey’s classic track? Only time will tell. Check it out below. Like Carey, Grande doesn’t want material things on December 25. She just wants Santa to bring her true love. Awe!!! Be sure to weigh in after listening to it.

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It wasn’t exactly the best kept secret in town, but the cat is officially now out of the proverbial bag. Katy Perry is putting on the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX. The 30-year-old singer was an early frontrunner for the gig.

Though early reports suggested the NFL was hoping to score a cut of the performer’s post-Bowl revenue, it appears Perry won’t be paying to play at the most-watched TV event of the year. Bravo for Katy for not caving in. It’s not like the league is hurting for money.

Now that everything is official, Perry is already in promotional mode. A video clip hyping up the performance has been released. Check it out below.

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The 2014 American Music Awards were handed out Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles with Pitbull presiding over the ceremonies once again. Heading into the evening, Iggy Azalea led the pack with six AMA nominations. One Direction, however, ended up being the night’s big winner, taking home three awards- Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Midnight Memories.

Unlike the VMAs though, Azalea didn’t go home empty-handed this time. The Aussie femcee won two categories. Taylor Swift also got in on the action by earning the event’s most prestigious honor. The legendary Diana Ross presented the “Blank Space” singer with the first-ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence!

Katy Perry and Sam Smith took home honors for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist respectively. Check out all the winners below.

In between all the acceptance speeches, there was a whopping 18 performances crammed into the three-hour telecast. There was something for everyone with artists ranging from teen dreams 5 Seconds of Summer to R&B veteran Mary J. Blige. My favorites of the night were Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea and Jessie J reuniting with Nicki Minaj and Grande.

On the flip side, I took bathroom breaks during Selena Gomez, Magic! and Fergie‘s set. Was it me, or did the Duchess move awkwardly slow and look a tad stiff? No disrespect but she looked like Iggy’s grandmother on stage. Check out the performances below.

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Beyonce Debuts DIY Music Video For ’7/11′

In: Donovan, Music
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No fuss, no muss, no frills. That pretty much sums up Beyonce’s latest video. You gotta hand it to her to have the balls to pass this homemade low budget clip as the first video to promote her new album. Such a stunt queen. Love it.

The 33-year-old singer surprised (once again) her fans by dropping the clip for “7/11” with no fanfare or lead up promotion. It features Bey acting silly, twerking, mugging and hanging out with her female backup dancers at a hotel. Presumably, I figure Bey shot this herself while on tour. Check it out below.

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TLC’s CrazySexyCool Turns 20

In: Donovan, Music
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Earlier this week on November 15, TLC’s sophomore album CrazySexyCool celebrated its 20th anniversary. Insane, right? The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA, making TLC the first girl group in history to be awarded diamond status. It also sold over 23 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling album by an American girl group. It’s second only to Spice Girls’ Spice for worldwide honors.

CrazySexyCool spawned four Top 5 singles with two of them reaching No. 1 including “Waterfalls.” The issue-tackling track is their most successful, spending seven weeks in pole position and earning them a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. It lost out to Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose.” Highway robbery, right?

In honor of this momentous occasion, I’ve embedded all the music videos from their iconic album below. I also included a track that wasn’t released as a single, but should’ve. One of these days, I swear I’m going to convince two other bitches to wear over-sized silk pajamas and go as them for Halloween ;) Best.Costume.Ever!!!

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People love speculating on when Beyonce’s marriage with Jay Z will end. Naturally when “Ring Off” leaked, some thought the 33-year-old singer was perhaps hinting at a split. While the new track does talks about a relationship ending, it’s actually about Bey’s mother Tina Knowles bouncing back after her divorce. Mr. and Mrs. Carter are still alive and kicking.

Of the two new tracks featured on the Platinum Edition Box Set of her multiplatinum-selling self-titled album, “Ring Off,” is more promising. I didn’t realize it had such a tropical vibe based on the snippet released the other day. Check out the track in its entirety below, along with “7/11” which also leaked.

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Another Country Music Singer Comes Out

In: Donovan, Music, Totally GAY!
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Just hours after Ty Herndon came out to People and Entertainment Tonight, a fellow country music singer followed suit. Billy Gilman did it with much less fanfare. He did, however, credit Herndon for inspiring him to publicly declare his sexuality in a video posted on YouTube.

“It’s difficult for me to make this video, not because I’m ashamed of being a gay male artist, or a gay artist or a gay person, but it’s pretty silly to know that I’m ashamed of doing this knowing that I’m in a genre and an industry that’s ashamed of me for being me.” – Billy Gilman

The 26-year-old singer is best known for releasing “One Voice” in 2000 when he was just 12-years-old. He became the youngest singer to score a Top 40 hit on the country music charts. Gilman revealed he’s in a relationship for the last five months. LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, a friend of his, tweeted her support.

“@BillyGilman: MY STORY BY BILLY GILMAN: http://youtu.be/5N7MBAPZWms ” THIS is amazing @TyHerndoncom I luv you both Billy I’m proud of you #tears.

I’m crying in a damn @McDonalds restroom in VA Thx to you both @TyHerndoncom @BillyGilman #speakthetruth #LGBT #ComingOut

Check out his coming out video below. I wonder if November 20 will unofficially become the day country music singers come out as a result of Herndon and Gilman’s one-two punch? That would be kinda awesome.

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