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Keeping it real. Not every new single from a RuPaul’s Drag Race alum is of Grammy-winning calibre, let alone worth listening to. Some of them are pure garbage. Manila Luzon, who was robbed on Drag Race and All-Stars, just dropped a new track that’s actually quite good.

Ice Cream” is a little Iggy Azalea-lite but lots of fun. The lyrics are full of sexual entendres and innuendos. The accompanying clip is equally as racy. From a human Neapolitan ice cream dish (Jardon Derrick, Montana Volby, Timothy Willy) to a banana split worth every calorie, the music video is jam-packed with eye-popping visuals. It even ends with Luzon being the recipient of whipped cream bukkake.

Jon Varak, Eddie Eduardo, Casey Everett, Landon Scott, Eric East, Chris Serrato, Joey “Little Roo” Hakim, Austin Watie, Andres Hunt, Jonny Manzanares, Chancelor Dayne, Dexter Mayfield, Chaz Knight, Alex Bullon, Danny Luna, Mackenzie Green all make appearances. Manila’s fellow Drag Race Heather Delta Work also makes a cameo. Check out the Brad Hammer-directed video below.

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The Weeknd is mostly known for his seductive slow jams. When I first heard “Can’t Feel My Face,” I was pleasantly surprised to hear him go a little up-tempo. I’m obsessed with this track.

The Max Martin-produced hit is currently in the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. With a newly-released music video, it stands a good shot of hitting No. 1.

For the Grant Singer-directed visual, the Canadian crooner takes to the stage as a lounge singer and shows off some killer dance moves. Who knew The Weeknd could move like that? I had no idea. Supermodel Chanel Iman plays his love interest in the clip.

Check out the scorching vid below. It’s a hot one. Literally. The Weeknd goes up in flames when a patron throws a lighter his way. Katniss Everdeen has nothing on him ;)

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As required for any BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge visit, a cover of a current hit must be performed. Little Mix chose to take on Jason Derulo’s massive hit, “Want To Want Me.” And it didn’t disappoint.

The performance starts off with some wicked harmonies from the ladies before kicking into high gear with an unexpected mashup with Whitney Houston’s iconic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Are you kidding? If that wasn’t enough, a gospel choir is thrown in the mix.

The British quartet also gave a killer acoustic performance of their current single “Black Magic.” Congrats go out to the girls for scoring their third UK chart-topper. Hopefully, the catchy pop track does well stateside as well. Check out both performances below. Their vocals are on point.

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Courting controversy using Roman Catholic imagery is nothing new for Madonna. The 56-year-old icon’s career is practically built on that foundation.

Once again, Madge goes to her go-to schtick to promote her Rebel Heart World Tour. The 30-second clip features pole-swinging nuns and other behind-the-scenes footage. Check it out below.

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Dirty Work” has such potential to become Austin Mahone’s breakout hit. The funky track shows off a more mature side of the 19-year-old singer. Who knew the Texan had so much urban swagger?

Sadly though, Mahone has released an underwhelming music video for the catchy single. The Gil Green and Kenny Kool-Aid co-directed visual pays homage to The Office and goes for a humorous approach.

It’s a tad too literal, IMHO. This isn’t the “Dirty Work” I had in mind. Personally, a sexier route would’ve benefited the sizzling track much better.

“We were like, let’s make a video where we are all stuck in an office, and we are all super bored and our boss keeps us over, and then he leaves and we have a huge party in the office,” Austin revealed about the video’s concept. “It’s me and my coworkers, and we are running around and dancing and then there is this new girl that comes in, and I’m showing her around, and we like each other a little bit, and we are getting a little freaky in the boss’s office.”

Watch Mahone below goof off with his co-workers, drink Slurpees and flirt with the hot new employee.

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When Disclosure first hooked up with Sam Smith, magic transpired. The undeniably catchy “Latch” became a global smash and introduced the world to these two talented acts. Smith became a Grammy and media darling while Disclosure churned out more club anthems.

The two reunite for what will undoubtedly be another hit collabo. “Omen” is the second single off Disclosure’s Caracal album.

“It was really exciting,” Disclosure’s Howard Lawrence said in a statement. “We had three whole days to hang out with Sam and write, which are two of my favorite things to do.”

For the accompanying visual, Ryan Hope was enlisted again to direct the clip. He did four videos for them during this era, two of which have yet to premiere. “Omen” takes place two weeks after the events of “Holding On.”

Check out the Smith-assisted new track below. I’m already obsessed.

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Beyonce’s 4 era was highly-underrated.The highest-charting single off that album was “Best Thing I Never Had” which peaked at No. 16. Following up her commercially and critically-acclaimed I Am… Sasha Fierce album was a monumental task, even for Queen B.

I’m not a hardcore card-carrying member of the BeyHive but I enjoy listening to “Love on Top,” “End of Time” and “Run the World (Girls)” more today than when they were first initially released. Like wine, the tracks have aged quite nicely.

I utterly hated “Run the World (Girls)” when I first heard it, but now think it’s one of Bey’s finest moments. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed watching numerous dance tributes to the female empowering anthem. This recent one featuring Larsen Thompson and Taylor Hatala is one of the fiercest. These girls can daaaaaaance. Watch them slay the choreography below and literally walk over men in the corporate world.

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Toying with a classic track, especially a much-revered gay anthem, is a difficult juggling act. Bronski Beat’s “Smalltown Boy” addressed key issues including homophobia in the 80s, bullying and loneliness due to family rejection. The accompanying visual was a moving one which featured band member Jimmy Somerville flashing back to the events that motivated him to runaway.

Kate Ryan does an astounding job with her cover. Her vocals over a deep house beat give the track a contemporary vibe but also keeping it quite somber. The same can’t be said for the music video. It’s kind of a host mess if you ask me.

The Belgian dance diva is shown riding a horse before stumbling upon a group of young adults camping. “Runaway (Smalltown Boy)” isn’t exactly a feel-good campfire song. So random?!?!?! Check out the Pascal Baillien and Wim Rombouts-directed visual below.

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