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I first heard “Say Something” when it was featured on this season’s So You Think You Can Dance in a beautiful dance choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Clearly I wasn’t the only one who fell in love with the track. Christina Aguilera also did.

Her team contacted A Great Big World’s manager to propose the idea of re-recording the track but as a duet with her. Given her star power, obviously they agreed. The result is absolutely sublime. Gotta give props to Xtina for not overpowering them with her bombastic vocals. Instead, she complements their vocal stylings and elevates the track.

“[This song] is sort of coming to me at a time when I’m feeling very inspired…it’s so simple and it’s so quiet and still and steady and in a way pleading to hear something, to hear some kind of answer or get an answer in the most humble, unassuming, non-demanding way” – Christina Aguilera

“Say Something” is off A Great Big World’s upcoming album Is There Anybody Out There? On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, they’ll perform the duet with Aguilera on the show. Definitely give the gorgeous ballad a listen below.

listen to the track after the jump

YouTube held its first annual music awards on Sunday night. I didn’t watch the live streaming event, but by all accounts it was one hot mess… but in a good way. The irreverent event’s unscripted structure perfectly suited the video-sharing website. After all, if they want to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, they have to stay away from being safe and too polished.

One widely-cited complaint about the categories was there was too much focus on established artists and not enough on rising ones. Given their calculations determining the nominations, that was nearly impossible. They base it on data over the last 12 months. However, once the nominees were in place, the winners were determined by votes on social media.

Eminem and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis walked away with awards. The biggest upset to some occurred in the Video of the Year category. South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation beat out the likes of One Direction, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and many more. Check out all the winners below, along with highlights including performances by Lady Gaga, Eminem and more.

check out all the winners after the jump

Listen To Britney Spears’ New Ballad ‘Perfume’

In: Donovan, Music

Typically, ballads and Britney Spears don’t go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong, but this one is in her wheelhouse. I’m a little embarrassed to say this, but “Everytime” is not only one of my favorite slow jams from her but also in general. Cue head nod of shame ;)

The 31-year-old previously called “Perfume” her favorite song off her upcoming eighth studio album Britney Jean. Brit co-wrote the track with Sia and will.i.am on producing duties. She premiered the track on her Facebook today. I’m not completely blown away by it at first listen, but I can see it being a slow burn. However, I will say I like it better than Gaga’s new ballad “Dope.” Check it out below and decide if it’s a worthy followup to “Work Bitch.”

“‘Perfume’ is incredibly special to me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone,” Spears recently told E!. “Everyone’s been through an insecure moment in a relationship that’s left them vulnerable and I think this song captures that.”

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Lady Gaga Releases Theatrical ‘Dope’ Early

In: Donovan, Music

Lady Gaga strips it down and brings out the theatrics for her final ARTPOP promo single. It’s just Mother Monster belting it out with just a piano to accompany her. “Dope” was supposed to debut tonight during YouTube’s inaugural music awards, but Gaga debuted the track a tad earlier. Check it out below.

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One Direction Recreate Their Past In New Music Video

In: Donovan, Music

They claimed their last single was the “Best Song Ever,” but I disagree. Their follow-up is so much better in my opinion. With that being said, “Best Song Ever” is 1D’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a MTV moonman for “Best Song of the Summer.” I guess I’m in the minority.

Story of My Life” is the second single off the UK boy band’s forthcoming third studio album, Midnight Memories which hits stores just in time for US Thanksgiving. The track is a bit of a departure from their usual pop sound. The ballad has a more folksy sound which IMHO highlights them much better. The accompanying video was supposed to debut Sunday, but has leaked early. Watch Harry, Liam, Niall, Louis and Zayn pull photos from their past and recreate them. Check it out below.

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Emblem3 Go Shirtless In The Fox Parody

In: Donovan, Music, Totally GAY!

Earlier this week, Fifth Harmony bypassed Emblem3 as the highest-charting Billboard Top 200 act from the US edition of The X Factor. Perhaps thats why the trio decided to film this video while on the road with Selena Gomez on her Stars Dance Tour. After all, sex sells. Even to tweens.

Wesley Stromberg, Keaton Stromberg and Drew Chadwick wear some animal costumes while they lip sync to the viral hit, “The Fox.” Naturally, mandatory shirtless scenes are included in their parody which they debuted on Ryan Seacrest’s show. As an aside, is everyone still loving “The Fox” or should it retire like “Gangnam Style?” Sound off below.

“We thought the Ylvis song was genius!” Wesley Stromberg said on Ryan Seacrest. “We were always playing it backstage to psych us up for the show and figured if we’re always rockin’ out to it, why not just tape it and share with our fans!”

watch the parody after the jump

Demi Lovato Gets Chilly In ‘Let It Go’

In: Donovan, Music

Sometimes less is more. Demi Lovato’s new music video is relatively simple in concept but it’s one of her best. The X Factor judge serves moody dark glamor as she emotes in a gorgeous Victorian-designed set. “Let It Go” is for Disney’s upcoming animated film Frozen which explains all the scenes interspersed with Demi’s. Frozen hits theaters November 27.

Lovato sure is an expert in juggling these days. Along with sitting on X Factor’s judging panel, she’s guest starring on Glee, planning her Neon Lights tour and filming videos for Disney movies. Girl is working… hard. Check out her new visual below. The end of the clip where she’s randomly ripping off bed sheets is animated gif worthy.

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Lady Gaga Reveals Dope Single Artwork & Heads To SNL

In: Donovan, Music

Dope” isn’t available to download until November 4, but Lady Gaga just unveiled the single artwork. It’ll be the third and final promo single until ARTPOP drops. Mother Monster lives up to her moniker and looks a tad frightful. Fitting I suppose since she debuted it on Halloween. Gaga spots an extremely shoulder-padded blazer ripped from the 80s, a floppy hat, some serious grill and barely-there sheer underwear. Just another typical fashionable look from the “Applause” singer.

SNL details after the jump

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