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Just after dropping a greatest hits compilation last year, The Saturdays announced a hiatus to pursue solo endeavors and spend time with their families. As a fan, here’s hoping the girls come back together in the near future. Love their music.

Vanessa White is certainly taking advantage of the break. She’s wisely choosing the time to show off a different side, musically speaking. The 26-year-old released two impressive tracks off her forthcoming debut EP. Both tracks display a sophisticated slick R&B vibe as opposed to her group’s pop-dance anthems.

Don’t Wanna Be Your Love” features production work from Tre Jean-Marie. If your flavor is 90s-tinged R&B, then you’ll love this throwback. “Relationship Goals,” however contemporary to the max. It’s a bit laidback, but sassy. I’d love to see accompanying visuals for both tracks. Hopefully, filming them is on White’s to-do list. Check out her solo work below.

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Billy Idol Announces Las Vegas Residency

In: Donovan, Music
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I’m currently in Sin City celebrating a friends 30th birthday, but I kinda wish he was celebrating it in a few months instead. I’d love to watch Billy Idol rock it out in person. Bet you never would’ve guessed that I’m a fan of the 59-year-old British rocker, did you? Love his signature snarl.

Idol announced he’s heading to Las Vegas in 2016. Billy Idol: Forever, being held at the House of Blues venue inside the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel, is his first ever Vegas residency. So far only 12 dates have been announced between March to May 2016. Tickets begin at around $80.

Even if you weren’t around in the 80s, I’m sure you’ve heard his music. Anytime there’s a throwback involving the 80s, he’s a favorite go-to. On the series premiere of ABC’s Wicked City, a couple of his biggest hits were prominently featured in the episode.

Speaking of his catalog, I thought I’d share my five favorite tracks. There’s no rhyme or reason. The rankings are purely based on my personal taste. Check them out below and weigh in on which Idol track is your favorite.

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With exception to “Automatic” featuring AlunaGeorge, “Working For It” is my next favorite off ZHU’s EP, Genesis Series. The Russian DJ collaborated with producer-of-the-moment Skrillex for the slinky hot track. It also features the vocal stylings of LA-based hip-hop duo THEY.

Wisely, ZHU has released an accompanying visual to promote it. He enlisted director Birdy Ben for the animated black-and-white clip featuring a noir-ish vibe. In the spirit of his current project, the clip combines the work of graphic artists and fan-submitted animated shorts. Check it out below.

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Word of this “What Do You Mean?” remix first leaked a few weeks ago. Justin Bieber offered it up as a bonus track for those who pre-ordered his new album Purpose. With his fourth studio LP dropping tomorrow, the Ariana Grande-assisted version has finally surfaced online.

Truthfully, it’s a tad underwhelming. Grande isn’t featured as much as I’d expected or hoped. She sings a couple of lines and then ad libs for the rest of it. Give it a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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Someone pinch me because I think I’m dreaming. It’s been seven long years since the 44-year-old rapper released a track. At long last, Missy Elliott finally dropped a brand new single. Welcome back, Missy!!!

For weeks now, snippets of “WTF (Where They From)” have been floating around due to ESPN using it for their NBA coverage. Elliott debuted the track featuring Pharrell Williams in its entirety today, a day earlier than scheduled.

It’s as high energy as you’d expect from her. I already love it. For the accompanying visual, Elliott co-directed it with her longtime collaborator Dave Meyers. He’s the man behind some of her classic videos including “Work It,” “Pass That Dutch” and “Get Ur Freak On.” This one is as trippy and visually-stimulating as the rest. It’s quintessential Missy. Check it out below.

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Considering both are successful recording artists and sisters, it’s rather surprising they haven’t worked more often together. In fact, the only time Kylie Minogue recorded a duet with her sister Dannii was a cover of ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” for the British comedy, Beautiful People. It’s about time the Minogue sisters join forces again.

Big sis Kylie enlisted Dannii for an original Yuletide track for her upcoming holiday album, Kylie Christmas. Rather than collaborate on a song fitting to listen to as a family gathers around a fireplace or dinner table, the siblings opt for a tune geared to pump you up for the club.

100 Degrees” is a disco-tinged bass-pumping anthem clearly aimed at the gays. Mission accomplished because I already love it, even after hearing only a snippet. Check out a video preview below. Kylie Christmas ushers in the holiday season tomorrow, November 13.

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Pop Danthology Mashes Up The Biggest Hits Of 2015

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When it comes to year-end mashups, DJ Earworm is my guy. The San Francisco DJ’s “United State of Pop” masterfully splices together the Top 25 songs of year in one awesome mashup track. Looks like he has some competition on his hands.

Vancouver-based Daniel Kim has crafted an annual mashup of his own. His “Pop Danthology” features hits from Ariana Grande, Adam Lambert, Madonna, Carly Rae Jepson, Ellie Goulding, Justin Bieber, Adele and Taylor Swift to name a few. Over 85 songs were incorporated. It was so jam-packed, Kim decided to do two mashups. Check them both out below.

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Photo by Garrett Bridwell

Almost fifty years in the business, the ever-youthful Olivia Newton-John is still going strong and making history. With her latest single, “You Have To Believe,” the 67-year-old legend just notched a Billboard first. Along with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, who’s featured on the track, the two become the first mother-daughter team to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

“I am so excited that this collaboration with my daughter and Dave Audé has reached #1 on the Dance Club Songs chart,” says Newton-John. “It’s fun to have another number one at this point in my career but, I am even more excited that it’s with my daughter and that we get to share this together!”

“Having had the chance to work with my mom was such a great learning experience,” says Lattanzi. “Now add to that being #1 makes it icing on the cake – I’m so proud of being a part of such an amazing team!”

To date, the only other mother-daughter Billboard chart toppers are a little country act named The Judds. Heard of them 😉 They reached pole position on the country charts but not on the club one.

You Have To Believe” is a reworking of Newton-John’s chart-topper, “Magic,” from her film Xanadu. It features production from prolific dance maestro Dave Audé.

If you haven’t checked out the music video for “You Have To Believe” yet, watch it below. To catch Olivia live in person, she continues to pack houses at the Flamingo Las Vegas with her ongoing residency, Summer Nights.

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