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A grave wrong has finally been made right. When Clean Bandit revealed their latest collaboration, “Real Love,” with Jess Glynne, many, including myself, hoped it would be a cover of the classic Mary J. Blige track. Alas, it was an original composition. Thankfully, Glynne heard her fans’ outcry.

The 24-year-old English singer-songwriter delivers an acoustic cover of “Real Love” for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Her gravely voice really shines during the performance. She does the What’s The 411? single justice. Mary would be proud. Give it a listen below.

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Nicole Scherzinger’s long-awaited sophomore album drops in the UK next week on October 20. Big Fat Lie is a bit of a departure from her pop dance-ready debut Killer Love. Tricky Stewart and The Dream produced the entire album which features the 36-year-old taking a more mellower approach.

I gotta say, I kinda like it. Previously released tracks “On The Rocks” and “God Of War” remain favorites, while “Electric Blue” featuring T.I. and “Heartbreaker” sound promising.

Fans of Scherzy’s more upbeat fare, fear not. Nicole previously stated the US release of Big Fat Lie, due out in Spring 2015, would feature a slightly different tracklist. “Our club is different in America. I feel like the club here (UK) is more dance and the club in America is a little more R&B and hip-hop,” she said in an interview with Graham Norton.

Check out an album sampler of Big Fat Lie below and weigh in on which tracks are your favorite. If none of them please you, sound off about that as well.

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Nick Jonas is certainly a fan of one-word song titles. “Chains,” “Jealous,” and “Numb” are tracks that have surfaced online from his forthcoming self-titled album. “Teacher” and “Wilderness” are two new tracks also sporting only one word. Just like their predecessors, these new offerings are quite good.

On “Teacher,” class is in session. The youngest Jonas tries to instruct his lover how to love properly. “When you act like this, it’s like your momma never told you how to love. So let me teach you,” he croons on the 80s disco-tinged track.

Continuing the sexual theme, Nick sings about taking it back to basics and getting naked on “Wilderness.” He longs to get all savage on the pop track. Yes please!!!

It appears Nick’s fans are warming up to his new R&B sound. The second single “Jealous” is officially a Top 40 track on the Billboard Hot 100 and shows no signs of slowing down. Clearly, not reuniting with his brothers was a wise career move. This older, buff and urban Jonas is one I can get behind of ;) Give his new tracks a listen below and weigh in on which of the two is catchier. My vote is for “Teacher.”

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Bette Midler Pays Tribute To Girl Groups On New Album

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The legends are certainly representing this year. Barbra Streisand released her Partners LP to much success. Tony Bennett teamed up with Lady Gaga for a new album which also hit the top of the charts. Aretha Franklin is also getting in the game with Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, due out October 21.

Bette Midler is taking a similar approach to Franklin, but instead of paying homage to divas, the Divine Miss M is putting girl groups in the spotlight. It’s The Girls hits stores on November 4 and it’s her first album in eight years.

The 68-year-old icon covers classics made famous by The Shirelles, The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas to name a few. For the most part, the acts she’s chosen are pretty old school with exception to TLC which is by far the most contemporary. Too bad, she didn’t include Destiny’s Child or Spice Girls in the mix.

The first track off the LP has been released. Bette covers The Ronettes‘ ’60s classic “Be My Baby.” Overall, it’s a pretty faithful rendition. Give it a listen below.

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It’s no secret that Kesha and longtime producer Dr. Luke have a strained relationship. By the looks of it, it’s not going to get better anytime in the near future. Earlier today, the “Tik Tok” singer filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke. Hours later, he filed a countersuit against his former protégé.

Kesha alleges Dr. Luke was abusive from the get-go after signing her when she was 18. She claims he made repeated sexual advances toward her, and forced her to use drugs and alcohol. She points to one specific occasion where she woke up naked in Dr. Luke’s bed, sore, sick after taking ‘sober pills’ he gave her. Kesha also cites physical abuse in her lawsuit.

She is asking a judge to let her out of her contract with Luke. Her lawyer Mark Geragos spoke to TMZ.

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Taylor Swift Debuts ‘Out Of The Woods’ In Full

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Taylor Swift’s first full pop album titled 1989 is only two weeks away. The first iTunes Countdown Single has been released in full after Swift teased it on Good Morning America on Monday.

Out Of The Woods” is an 80’s-influenced pop mid-tempo track produced and co-written by f.u.n.’s Jack Antonoff. Within just a few minutes of its release, the 24-year-old’s latest offering has already hit the top of the iTunes chart.

Even though Taylor previously claimed her new album would be unlike her previous LPs and not about romance and heartbreak, it appears she was serving a side of BS. “Out of the Woods” is about a troubled relationship, and not just any, but about her brief fling with One Direction’s Harry Styles. Give it a listen below.

“This song is about the fragility and kind of breakable nature of some relationships. This was a relationship where I was kind of, living day to day, wondering where it was going, if it was going to go anywhere, if it was going to end the next day,” Taylor says about the song. “It was a relationship where you, kind of, never feel like you’re standing on solid ground.”

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Taylor Swift Teases New Song ‘Out Of The Woods’

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Firstly, belated congratulations to Taylor Swift for being named Billboard Magazine’s Woman of the Year for 2014. She becomes the first person to nab the title twice. Personally, the “Shake It Off” singer wouldn’t have been my choice but that’s just my two cents.

“As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts,” said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “Over the course of her career, she’s charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 — the most of any female artist since her debut in 2006. We are tremendously excited to be honoring her as the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time.”

Swift shared a teaser of her next single off 1989 with Good Morning America earlier today. “Out Of The Woods,” Taylor admitted, addresses a troubled relationship. Rolling Stone reports it’s about her ex Harry Styles.

I wouldn’t be surprised, since that’s certainly Swift’s modus operandi. She co-wrote it with f.u.n. member and Lena Dunham’s boyfriend, Jack Antonoff. Give the 80s electronic-inspired track below. The full version comes out tomorrow.

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The 2014 American Music Awards air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23. One artist whom you’ll most likely see on stage accepting an award is Iggy Azalea. The Aussie femcee leads the pack with six AMA nominations.

Iggy is up for Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip-Hop) and New Artist of the Year. Trailing close behind with five nods each are Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. Lorde follows next with four.

Nominations and winners are based on public polls and data from music sales. Fans can vote both on AMAvote.com and on Twitter once per day. Check out all the nominees below.

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