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BET Throws Shade At Madonna’s Prince Tribute

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The second Billboard announced Madonna was paying tribute to Prince, immediately there was backlash. Many felt, Madge wasn’t fit to honor the Purple One. Personally, I was cautiously optimistic that she would deliver.

While it wasn’t a trainwreck, the 57-year-old’s cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Purple Rain” was a tad underwhelming even with a surprise cameo by Stevie Wonder on the latter. Naturally, social media lit up with people bashing the “Like A Virgin” singer.

BET even got in on the action. The network threw shade at Madonna’s performance by promising a better tribute to the “Let’s Go Crazy” legend at their BET Awards June 26 telecast. Check out their promo below, along with Madonna’s tribute.

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Taylor Swift used last year’s Billboard Music Awards to debut her epic “Bad Blood” visual. This year, Adele seized the opportunity to premiere her “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” music video. It’s a simple but very captivating affair.

The clips starts with the 28-year-old striking a fierce pose while wearing a floral Dolce & Gabbana gown. Her arched eyebrow is giving me life 😉 Once the camera pans towards Adele, she multiples. Before you know it, you’re looking through an Adele kaleidoscope. It almost feels like you’re on a psychedelic trip. Check out the Patrick Daughters-directed clip below.

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Absolutely brilliant choice, given that Ellen DeGeneres’ character can never remember a thing. Kudos to whoever picked “Unforgettable.” Irony at its best.

Sia gives the classic 1952 Irving Gordon-penned tune, made famous by Nat King Cole, a somewhat haunting makeover. The Aussie songstress premiered the track with a live performance, fittingly enough, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The 41-year-old powerhouse wore her signature bow and two-toned wig, paired with a puffy dress. The styling was actually quite perfect. She looked ready for the ocean, serving pufferfish realness.

Check out her rousing rendition below. Finding Dory swims into theaters on June 17.

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Rising Artist Spotlight: Finnish Singer Benjamin

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When it comes to Scandinavian pop stars, Sweden is tops for its uncanny ability to export global sensation after another. Abba, Ace of Base, Robyn, Icona Pop, Tove Lo, Zara Larsson and The Cardigans are just a few that quickly come to mind. Rising artist Benjamin Peltonen, who simply goes by his first name, might just put Finland on the map.

The 19-year-old was an Instagram star before signing with Warner Music Finland. His first EP was released last year and achieved moderate success in his native homeland. His full-length debut album dropped just last month and features the sensational track “Body.” The pop anthem has potential to infiltrate several foreign territories including North America.

Check out the music video below directed by Hannes Honkanen. Benjamin serves up some light Jason Derulo realness.

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Fergie Teases New Single Via Instagram

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It’s been 10 long years since Fergie released her debut solo album, The Duchess. After a couple of false starts, it appears her follow-up sophomore LP might be on the horizon. The 41-year-old just uploaded a clip on Instagram, teasing that new music is on the way. Halleloo!!!

The clip comes on the same day she’s slated to perform at the Rock In Rio music festival. Fergie Ferg looks absolutely fierce in the black and white clip. She dishes out some lyrical rhymes while rocking some killer outfits. Check it out below.

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Celine Dion Covers Queen For New Single

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When it was announced that Celine Dion would be performing the classic Queen anthem “The Show Must Go On” at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards, I found it a little odd. Especially given the fact Britney Spears was performing a medley of her greatest hits. Why wasn’t Celine doing a medley as well since both ladies are set to receive special Billboard Awards, Icon Award and Millennium Award respectively. Today though, it all makes sense.

The 48-year-old chanteuse just released a studio version of the Queen ballad. And as you would expect, Dion absolutely slays with her powerful vocals. No doubt the single has special meaning to Celine, since she continued her Las Vegas residency after losing both her husband and brother within a couple of days. The show definitely did go on.

Check out the track below where she’s accompanied by violinist Lindsey Stirling.

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Alicia Keys Debuts ‘In Common’ Music Video

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Alicia Keys has been hustling hard the past couple weeks promoting “In Common” on a series of television appearances. Makes sense given “In Common” is her first single in four years. And a fantastic one at that. I’ve been a fan of the sultry Latin-infused track since I first heard it.

The 35-year-old just debuted the accompanying visual and she looks absolutely effervescent in it. She stands on a fire escape, serving up hippy chic with her hair lightly tousling about. Meanwhile, a bunch of dancers get wrapped up with the infectious beat and execute some fun choreography. Check out the Pierre Debusschere-directed clip below.

“This video is about celebrating our individuality, and how in the brilliance of our uniqueness, the magic of it all is at the core, we are all the same,” she told The FADER. “We want the same things. We all want to experience love, the freedom to be our truest selves, to love whomever we want and to be accepted and celebrated for all of our nuances and so called imperfections that make us, us.”

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The ongoing Kesha-Dr Luke saga continues. Is anyone else hoping this drama comes to a close in the near future?

Just a couple of days ago, Billboard issued a statement revealing Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records rescinded its permission for Kesha to perform at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards for fear the “Tik Tok” singer would use the platform to disparage his name.

Kesha responded by saying her performance had nothing to do with Dr. Luke, but rather a tribute to Bob Dylan. She explained, “I was never going to use a picture of him, speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way. I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to.”

Even Lady Gaga weighed in. She compared Dr. Luke to a Disney villain. “Isn’t it strange that it’s legal to own a woman this way? Listen Ursula, we want her voice back. #freeKesha,” she tweeted.

Fast forward to today and the 42-year-old producer has changed his mind, once again. Read his latest statement below.

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