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Beyonce’s Fifty Shades Of Grey Teaser

In: Donovan, Movies, Music
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The first full trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey premieres this Thursday. Late Saturday night, Beyonce posted a video via Instagram teasing the movie adaptation of the best-selling erotic novel. Images of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) with Bey’s seductive vocals play in the background. It sounds an awful lot like a slowed-down sexier version of “Crazy In Love.”

What does this all mean? Is Mrs. Carter providing a track for the movie soundtrack. Or even better, is she curating the entire album or recording all the songs. I guess, we’ll have to wait and see. Leave it to Beyonce to drop another huge surprise announcement. Check out the video teaser below.

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Rising Artist Spotlight: SZA

In: Music, Nic
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The American singer-songwriter known as SZA has been making waves on the indie charts for a while with her unique combination of soulful and chill beats. Now currently writing her fourth EP, SZA has released a new video from her latest EP entitled Z and is showing a different side.

You could expect an artist who cites her influences as everything from Wu-Tang to Billie Holiday to have a wide variety to draw from, and none is more true than SZA showing a bit of her down-lo Pop side on her newest track “Julia“. I’ve enjoyed every beautifully shot music video SZA has released but something more ethereal and lighthearted is involved in the Julia video and it works for her.

Hitting the scene in 2012 with her self-released EP See.SZA.Run, the album got favourable reviews comparing her minimalist R&B sound to artists like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. Following that up with her next EP S,  in 2013, SZA continued her streak of great reviews. Her latest EP Z though, released earlier this year, has found the most commercial success, breaking into both the UK and Billboard markets.

At the tail end of the “Julia” video when the sun goes down, we get a snippet of a new song called “Tender,” something more true to what we’ve heard from her previously, which makes me anxious for her next album, released in hard copy (a first for the artist) as well as digital download.

SZA definitely has the artistry and chops for a long career. Marking her as a Rising Artist is an understatement. I think SZA is already a star.

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Weird Al Yankovic is going full out to promote his new album, Mandatory Fun, in stores now. The 54-year-old comedian has released a new video each day this week.

He started things off, poking fun at Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” with “Tacky” featuring cameos from Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler and Eric Stonestreet. Yankovic followed that up with “Word Crimes” (Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”), “Handy” (Iggy Azalea “Fancy) and “Foils” (Lorde “Royals”).

Wisely, Weird Al has debuted each video on different outlets- YouTube, College Humor and Yahoo. I can’t wait to see what he drops tomorrow. In the meantime, check out “Foils,” “Handy,” and “Word Crimes” below and share which one is your favorite.

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Things on the Kelly Rowland front have been relatively quiet lately. With a recent marriage and a baby on the way, it’s totally understandable. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this new duet featuring the Destiny’s Child member.

I have no idea who Beau Vallis is, but thankful he convinced Rowland to appear on “Love Stand Still.” Apparently, Vallis is a songwriter and producer who’s worked with folks like Ludacris and Lil Wayne.

Penned by Sevyn Streeter and Eric Bellinger, “Love Stand Still” is breezy light love jam. It’s an easy listen but highly doubt it’ll become a smash hit. Stranger things have happened though, so you never know. Check it out below and weigh in afterward.

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Beyonce Leads The MTV VMAs 2014 Nominations

In: Donovan, Music
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It appears MTV is drunk in love with Beyonce. The 32-year-old singer leads the pack with eight nominations for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Close behind are Eminem and Iggy Azalea with seven nods apiece. Azalea and Beyonce, along with Miley Cyrus, Sia and Pharrell Williams will duke it out in Video Of The Year category. My money is on “Fancy” taking that Moonman statue.

Usher, Ariana Grande, and 5 Seconds of Summer are all confirmed to perform with additional talent being announced at a later date. The winners of the Moonmen statuettes will be revealed during the live telecast from LA.’s The Forum airing on MTV on Sunday, August 24 at 9 p.m.

I’m ecstatic that MTV recognized Kiesza’s viral “Hideaway” clip for its choreography. However, I don’t see her winning given that Sia is also included in this category. There’s no way she’s losing. Maddie Ziegler’s dancing in “Chandelier” is absolutely mesmerizing. Props to Sam Smith and Fifth Harmony for scoring nods as well. Check out all the
nominations below.

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Nick & Knight Debut ‘One More Time’

In: Donovan, Music
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In 2011, New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys formed a super group, NKOTBSB, and released an album. Fast forward a couple of years later and two members from each boy band have joined forces for a new musical act. Nick Carter and Jordan Knight are taking a break from their boys to form Nick & Knight. Guess these boys really connected while on tour together.

The boys premiered their debut single titled “One More Time” on Ryan Seacrest today. The track is a breezy pop jam. It’s the lead cut off their debut album out this September in conjunction with a tour. Nick & Knight will perform 39 shows starting in Nashville on September 15 and ending in Calgary, Alberta on November 22. Give their collaboration a listen below. It’s very Maroon 5-lite in my opinion.

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After releasing teasers and preview pics, Paris Hilton finally unveiled the official music video for “Come Alive.” Ever wonder what goes on in that pretty little blond head of hers? Wonder no more. The 33-year-old heiress invites her fans to take a peak into her magical world filled with unicorns, rainbows, flowers and cotton candy clouds. Here’s what Hilton said about the Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip.

“It’s all about love and how it makes you feel alive. So when I was coming up with the concept for the music video, I wanted it to be something that was very magical, ethereal, just very fantasy like, that’s why I wanted to have a unicorn in it because I just think they’re such beautiful, magical creatures,” – Paris Hilton told E!

“Come Alive” serves as the latest single off Hilton’s upcoming sophomore album, which is scheduled for release later this year via Young Money Records. Watch Paris channel her inner Victoria’s Secret Angel below complete with feathery wings and *gasp* bangs. Be prepared for a sparkly affair. For me, it’s a poor man’s mashup of Rihanna’s “Only Girl In The World” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.”

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Things on the Anne Hathaway front have been relatively quiet lately. Wonder what the Academy Award-winning actress has been up to? It appears donning drag and pretending to be a musician.

Hathaway, along with Brie Larson and Kristen Stewart star in Jenny Lewis’ “Just One Of The Guys” music video. The three wear white suits before taking on bro personas in track suits and baseball caps. The Beck-produced single is off Lewis’ forthcoming studio album Voyager. Give the video a look below.

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