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It’s no secret that Jason Derulo looks to Michael Jackson for inspiration. From his dance moves to his style, you can certainly tell the King of Pop had a major influence on Derulo growing up.

The “Cheyenne” visual is definitely inspired by The Gloved One’s “Ghost” and “Thriller” clips. Just compare the dance scenes with zombie backup dancers. The 25-year-old finds himself trapped in a haunted mansion being a tormented by a creepy Ring-looking like chick. Check out the Syndrome-directed vid below.

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Well, someone’s trying on a new look. “Cool For Summer” is nothing like anything Demi Lovato has released previously. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Max Martin co-produced track doesn’t become her biggest hit to date. It could also be a strong contender for this year’s Summer Song crown.

“Cool For Summer” is the first taste of what the 22-year-old singer has in store for her Lovatics for her upcoming fifth studio album. Ali Payami, Alexander Erik Kronlund and Savan Kotecha also worked on the catchy track.

At first listen, the electro-pop concoction sounds a bit Katy Perry meets Jessie J. In fact, the hook reminds me a lot of the latter’s hit “Domino,” especially during the chorus. Give it a listen below.

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Charlie Puth is quickly becoming the go-to man when a rapper needs someone to sing the hook. His soulful pipes are definitely in high demand.

On the heels of his chart-topper “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa, the 23-year-old singer appears on another track for a soundtrack. Puth joins Lil Wayne for “Nothing But Trouble.” Charlie’s silky vocals work perfectly with Wayne’s rap hooks.

It’s for the upcoming 808 documentary which puts the spotlight on the classic Roland TR-808 drum machine and how it defined hip hop and modern dance culture. Give the track about Instagram models (I kid you not) a listen below.

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It’s probably not the first time people have drawn on The Biebs’ face. At least this time though, it’s not penises or other raunchy graffiti scribbled on his mug.

Skrillex and Diplo finally unveiled the music video for their Justin Beiber-assisted hit “Where Are Ü Now.” The track is off the electronic duo’s joint music project, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U.

Back in May, artists were invited to a Los Angeles gallery to draw photos on Justin’s face. Some of the submissions were chosen for the clip. Skrillex and Diplo released a statement explaining the video’s concept. Check out the video below.

“We are being overwhelmed, in a good way, by the success of ‘Where Are Ü Now’ with Justin Bieber, so with the video we wanted to just take it back to the beginning of the record & essentially create an ode to our fans,” thee said in a statement.

“Doing what we do, it’s entirely all about the fans. We walk a fine line by being ‘famous’ and in the public eye but we are only here because of you, the fans,” they continued. “Justin wrote this record during a tough time in his life and it comes to us that sometimes, as artists, we are also just objects and we have to take that as much as we have to use that to create. We all do this for you, respect that you put us here and it’s Ü that made the video.”

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It’s my wildest gay dreams come true. Perhaps a slight exaggeration but you get my drift.

Ariana Grande headlined the 2015 New York Pride Dance on the Pier. The diminutive singer sang her hits “Break Free” and more to the 10,000 plus crowd. During her set, the 22-year-old chanteuse surprised everyone by performing a killer Whitney Houston/Madonna mashup.

Grande seamlessly blended “I’m Every Woman” with “Vogue.” This needs to be a bonus cut on a future LP and a permanent fixture on her tour. Watch the slayage below.

On a side note, Happy belated birthday to Miss Ariana. The singer just celebrated her birthday over the weekend just like yours truly on June 26.

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During the mid 90s, Puff Daddy aka Diddy aka Sean Combs ruled the charts with his Bad Boy crew. On the 20th anniversary of Bad Boy Entertainment, the 45-year-old rapper kicked off the 2015 BET Awards by giving an epic performance.

Joined by Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, 112, Mase, Pharrell Williams and The Lox, Diddy and company sang the label’s greatest hits including “Hypnotize,” “Feels So Good,” “Mo Money, Mo Problems,” “Peaches and Cream,” “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” and “It’s All About The Benjamins.” Fittingly, the last song paid tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G.

Check out the spectacular medley below. You’ll enjoy the walk down memory lane for sure. At the very least, you’ll get a chuckle when Diddy falls into the hole that Lil Kim eventually pops out of. That’s at the 4:58 mark if you just want to see that part.

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Rihanna’s new era is mind-boggling to say the least. Three singles have been released but still no word on when her new album will come, let alone its official title. The 27-year-old seems more preoccupied with her fashion ventures than her music career. It seems that’s all about to change.

Bitch Better Have My Money,” which was released in March, is finally getting a video treatment. The full video won’t debut until Thursday July 2, but RiRi premiered a trailer in anticipation of its release. The two-minute long clip seems to indicate that the full visual will be one big budget affair. I can’t wait. Check out the teaser below.

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The Rhythm Nation came out in full force to honor Janet Jackson at the 2015 BET Awards.

Tinashe, Jason Derulo and Ciara performed a killer dance tribute for the 49-year-old entertainer. The trio seamlessly executed iconic choreography from Janet’s “Pleasure Principle,” “All For You,” “If,” and “Rhythm Nation” music videos. This video is a must-watch for any JJ fan.

In addition to the dance tribute, the BET Awards bestowed Ms. Jackson with the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award. Her longtime friends and producers Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam presented it.

“We began a fantastic journey with a friend we celebrate tonight. She came to us a young woman with a lot to say and boy did she say it. She is Ms. Janet Jackson,” Lewis said. Jimmy Jam added, “At the time there were few women demanding respect and sounding so funky doing it. Janet’s music and her vocal expressions were empowering innovative and provocative.”

Though Janet didn’t perform, much to the dismay of the audience, she took to the stage to accept her award.

“Twenty-five years ago, we created Rhythm Nation hoping the world would be a better place. But today there’s even more to be done.” She added, “To all the fans,” she said, “I’ve missed you so much and I love you so much.”

I’m so ecstatic that the “No Sleeep” singer is back. Can’t wait for her new album to drop. Until that hits online, check out the dance tribute after the jump.

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