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Elle King broke out in a big way with her infectious bluesy rock smash, “Ex’s & Oh’s.” Love that song. The 26-year-old rising talent recently released new clips to support two tracks off her debut album, Love Stuff.

America’s Sweetheart” finds King heading back to the disco era for an old school roller skating party. Meanwhile, on the complete opposite spectrum, the southern rock chanteuse opts for stop-motion animation to deliver a Bond-esque type narrative for “Under The Influence.” Check out both clips below.

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Beyonce Accused Again Of Ripping Off Another Artist

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Plagiarism claims are once again swirling around Beyonce. This time around, she’s being accused of being “too inspired” by visual artist Pipilotti Rist’s “Ever Is Over All” 1997 piece for her “Hold Up” visual. I have to say, after checking out a scene-by-scene comparison, the clips do look quite similar.

In the past, the 34-year-old superstar has been accused of ripping off other artists including Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Lorella Cuccarini’s work for Bey’s “Countdown” video and 2011 Billboard Music Awards performance respectively. Check out her latest alleged copycat act below, along with previous accusations.

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Billboard just announced Britney Spears will be the recipient of their Millennium Award which acknowledges outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry. She’s the third person to receive the award. Beyonce was the first in 2011 and then Whitney Houston received it posthumously in 2012. The honor has been dormant until now.

Throughout her career, the 34-year-old “Toxic” singer has six albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with 24 Top 40 singles charting on the Billboard Hot 100. Five of those have reached the No. 1 slot. She also has six Billboard Music Awards on her mantle.

Spears will perform a medley of her hits at the show, airing on ABC on May 22 live from Las Vegas. Rumor has it, she’ll debut the lead single “Make Me (Oooh)” off her forthcoming ninth studio album at the awards as well.

Do you think Britney is worthy of the award? Excited to see her perform her hits? Weigh in below.

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British DJ Bruce Fielder aka Sigala is absolutely slaying it in the UK. The 23-year-old record producer has three consecutive Top 5 hits over there. His latest, will undoubtedly keep his streak alive.

Give Me Your Love” features powerful vocals from John Newman and the talents of music legend Nile Rodgers. It’s definitely tailor-made for the club.

The accompanying visual actually features all three individuals. Typically for these dance collaborations lately, the featured artists are usually missing action. Check out the music video below with New York’s skyline serving as a beautiful backdrop.

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Beyonce Scores Sixth No. 1 Album With Lemonade

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Clearly, the BeyHive was thirsty. They gulped down plenty of their queen’s homemade Lemonade. Beyonce’s latest album soared to the top of the chart during its first week of release.

According to Billboard, Bey served up 653,000 equivalent album units and 485,000 in pure album sales, easily topping the Billboard 200 chart. This marks her sixth studio album to reach No. 1, making her the only artist to achieve this feat with their first six studio LPs.

Lemonade scores the biggest week of any album in 2016, both in terms of overall units and in sales. Her reign will most definitely be short. Drake, who released Views From The 6 this week, reportedly sold 630,000 albums on its first day.

With Lemonade exclusively on TIDAL for the first few days, and a physical CD not available til later this week, no doubt Bey’s numbers would’ve been higher had she made her latest effort available everywhere.

In other Billboard 200 news, Prince continues to sell in the wake of his tragic death. The Very Best of Prince, which reigned supreme last week, dropped to second but still sold 391,000 units. That wasn’t the only one from his catalog to chart. In fact, he had five albums place in the top seven.

Did you purchase Lemonade or any of Prince’s LPs? Weigh in below.

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If you loved Aaliyah, you have to check out Yuna. While no one will ever capture the magic that was the Princess Of R&B, for me, Pharrell Williams’s protegee sounds like the late “Try Again” singer. I’m a huge fan.

Ever since I heard “Crush” featuring Usher, I’ve been obsessed. With a recently-released remix, I’m even more so. Typically, slow jams make for excellent club bangers when paired with a slinky beat.

On a side note, have you seen Usher’s racy SnapChat– the one where a smiley emoji barely covers his endowment. Google it if you haven’t. Let’s just say Ush has more talents than just his vocals 😉

Check out the Amice Remix of “Crush” below, along with the beautiful black-and-white music video for the original version.

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AlunaGeorge Reunites With ZHU For ‘My Blood’

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The last time AlunaGeorge and ZHU hooked up, they delivered the fantastic “Automatic.” The two underrated acts team up again for another slick track.

Unlike their previous effort, “My Blood” slows down the pace for a more sensual hip-hop beat. Since it’s a part of AlunaGeorge’s forthcoming sophomore album instead of ZHU’s EP, it makes more sense. The overall vibe fits more with their signature sound than ZHU’s slinky club beats.

Check out the music video for the moody track below which features Aluna, once again, hanging out in her apartment. It’s a bit reminiscent of their “I Remember” visual minus the awesome giant neon pink flamingo.

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It’s a busy day for Rihanna this Friday. Not only does she appear on Calvin Harris‘ new single “This Is What I Came For,” but the 28-year-old singer also assists Drake with a track off his new album, Views From The 6, out today.

Too Good” marks the fourth time Drizzy has teamed up with RiRi. Like their other collabos, “Take Care,” “What’s My Name?” and “Work,” their latest is a bona fide banger. “Too Good” probably won’t dominate the Billboard Hot 100, like “Work,” but I actually like the new song much better.

Give “Too Good” a listen below which plays on their rumored romance a wee bit. I also embedded a preview of his entire album. I’m already obsessed.

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