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S Club 7 Reunite For ‘Children In Need’ Special

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For the first time in 12 years, the original S Club 7 members performed together. The group reunited for BBC’s annual Children In Need Benefit Concert to perform a medley of their greatest hits. The charity provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged.

With exception to Jo O’Meara, all the ladies looked fantastic. Tina Barrett, Hannah Spearrit and Rachel Stevens haven’t aged much and look as hot as ever. To quote one of their songs, O’Meara ain’t got the flow no more. Someone’s clearly had a hard life since the band’s hey day. Vocally, she wasn’t on par to what I remember.

With that being said, I hope this performance wasn’t just a one-off. The English pop group are reportedly holding a press conference on Monday, November 17 to unveil their “huge plans” for 2015. Is a new album and tour on the way? Fingers crossed. Until they reveal everything, check out their medley performance below.

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When Bob Geldof and Midge Ure initially organized UK singers for “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money to relieve those affected by the famine in Africa, they couldn’t have possibly predicted that the charity single would become a holiday staple. Not only did it become a Yuletide favorite, but it also inspired similar efforts from American and Canadian artists with “We Are The World” and “Tears Are Not Enough” respectively.

Since it’s initial release back in 1984, Geldof has released a couple of other recordings to celebrate different anniversaries. One was released in 1989 and 2004 to celebrate the single’s fifth and 20th anniversary. To coincide with it’s 30th year, Geldof is planning the fourth recording. He’s enlisted Grammy-winning producer Paul Epworth to produce the latest cover. This time proceeds will go to raise money for Ebola relief.

As per usual, a roster of UK and Irish pop royalty have been asked to participate. Sam Smith, Adele, One Direction, Jessie Ware, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Olly Murs, Elbow, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Sinead O’Connor, Queen‘s Roger Taylor, Fuse ODG, Jimmy Napes, Foals, Underworld and Bono will all take part. The U2 frontman also lent his vocals for the original recording. The new version is scheduled to drop on Monday, November 17. Until then, check out the three other previous recordings to refresh your memory. Nothing beats the original in my opinion.

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Hate to be a negative Nelly but I have a feeling Lorde will suffer the dreaded sophomore slump with her next album. Pure Heroine was so critically acclaimed and beloved, plus the fact “Royals” was such a massive hit, everything will pale in comparison.

Hopefully, she can avoid that pitfall by being as brilliantly selective with the tracks as she has been with curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. Everything I’ve heard so far has been pitch perfect. In addition, her decisions to mix current artists with veteran ones have been bang on.

If she was solely responsible for bringing Charli XCX together with Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon, she deserves a trophy. Their pairing is so random but brilliant on “Kingdom.” Another collabo that leaked this week was the first cut off the soundtrack, “Meltdown.” That features a plethora of artists including Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim and Lorde herself. It’s shockingly quite good.

The Kiwi’s stamp is everyone on this album, including a couple of solo tracks. While she’s chosen “Yellow Flicker Beat” as the first official cut, her cover of “Bright Eyes’ “Ladder Song” deserves some notice. The track is in her melancholy wheelhouse but a gentler side emerges. Check out the track, along with the others below.

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If Hollywood ever decides to film a prequel to Gone Girl, producers should consider Taylor Swift as a viable choice to play a young Rosamund Pike. The 24-year-old singer delivers bat sh*t crazy equally as convincing as the film’s psychotic female lead.

Since it’s release this week, several enterprising individuals have re-edited the Joseph Khan directed video into a horror film. While Swift’s clip is meant to poke fun at the public’s perception of her as a crazy lovesick woman, in these reimaginings, she’s an actual psychopath. Watch out Freddy Krueger, you’ve got some competition.

With the video’s exquisite production and cinematography, “Blank Space” could easily pass as an upcoming blockbuster. Check out a couple of my favorites below.

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Nicole Scherzinger is obsessed with showing off her dramatic skills during her Big Fat Lie era. Her previous clip “On The Rocks” and her latest for “Run” both feature no narrative and just glamor shots of the 36-year-old singer emoting. No wonder she’s playing Grizabella in London’s revival of Cats. Scherzy undoubtedly nailed her audition.

“The song is called ‘Run’ basically encouraging people to run from whatever fears are holding them back,” she shared with E! News about the song’s message. “We all have our own stuff—people, relationships, ourselves, the stuff inside of our mind—that hold us back and make us feel small, make us feel less than, that we can’t do it, that we’re less then.”

Wearing a black lingerie dress, Nicole runs in slow motion in a mansion and writhes on its floor in the simple, yet intense clip. It’s probably not the breakout hit she’s looking for to finally achieve solo success in the US, but it’s a solid single and video. Check it out below.

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As curator of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, Lorde is carrying the weight of the album’s success on her shoulders. It’s no wonder the 18-year-old singer is in hardcore promotional mode, appearing everywhere possible to perform “Yellow Flickr Beat” and talk up the LP.

A recent visit took place at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, a favorite of mine. As required by every visitor, the artist has to perform a cover of a current hit. The Kiwi chose Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”

Some might find it surprising she picked the R&B hit. It’s clear, though, she’s a fan of the genre by picking Miguel, Q-Tip, Tinashe to contribute to the Mockingjay soundtrack. Lorde’s cover could seamlessly fit on her debut album, Pure Heroine. She gives it her signature tortured and haunting vibe. Give it a listen below and see if she did it justice.

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When the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 track list surfaced online last month, there was one track, titled “Track 5,” that raised eyebrows. It was later revealed that the yet-to-be recorded song was a collaboration between Diplo’s Major Lazer project and Ariana Grande. The soundtrack’s official release date isn’t til next week, but the LP has leaked which gives us our first listen at the much-anticipated track.

All My Love” is edgier than what we’re used to hearing from Miss Grande thanks to its tribal beat. Her beautiful melodic vocals sound fantastic over the electro jungle bassline. What’s most notable about the song is the fact you can actually make out practically every word she’s singing. She’s notoriously known for not enunciating the lyrics. Give the track a listen below.

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For those hoping my Pitbull obsession would die soon, you’re out of lucky. It still burns inexplicably bright for Mr. Worldwide. Maybe one day it’ll fade away, but that isn’t today :)

The 33-year-old rapper debuts another track off his forthcoming album, Globalization, in stores November 24. “Time Of Our Lives” reunites Pitbull with Ne-Yo. The two previously collaborated on the 2011 chart-topper “Give Me Everything.”

As you would expect, “Time Of Our Lives” is another party anthem with a killer celebratory hook. The duo dedicate the track to everyone who’s going through tough times. Kind of a change of pace from Pitbull’s usual lyrics of bottle service, downing shots of Fireball and sunny destinations. It’s not groundbreaking but a fun listen. Let loose and check it out below.

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