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Whenever Calvin Harris and Rihanna team up, magic happens. Their epic “We Found Love” was a global smash and “Where Have You Been” performed quite well too. It’s hard to top the former, but the two superstars have served up another potential winner.

With Rihanna mostly working with urban and dancehall beats lately, it’s nice to hear the 28-year-old Bajan singer back on an EDM beat. “This Is What You Came For” has summer club banger written all over it. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the accompanying visual.

If the single’s artwork looks familiar, Taylor Swift recently sported a jacket with the logo on the back. Who knew she was supporting her man at the time. Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky!!! Check out Calvin and Rihanna’s third collabo below.

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Meghan Trainor Pays Tribute To Her Mother On ‘Mom’

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Not enjoying the sassy new Meghan Trainor who dabbles with urban beats? Miss her “All About That Bass” days? If so, you might appreciate the latest track off her forthcoming sophomore album, Thank You. The 22-year-old Grammy winner returns to the doo-wop sound that made her famous.

Mom“, co-written by Meghan with the help of Ross Golan and Johan Carlsson, is exactly what it sounds. Trainor pays tribute to her mama on the feel-good track. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, her timing is perfect.

If you love the track, be sure you purchase the deluxe edition of her new album. It’s only available on that version. Give “Mom” a listen below.

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Baby Baby,” the lead cut off Heart In Motion, was a huge hit for Amy Grant back in the 90s. She became the first Christian pop singer to have a number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. It also earned Grant three Grammy nods. To celebrate the track’s 25th anniversary, the 55-year-old singer teams up with Tori Kelly for a new version.

“I was thrilled to hear that Tori was on board to record it,” Grant, 55, tells PEOPLE. “Although I had not met Tori at that point, my 15-year-old daughter, Corrina, is a big fan of Tori’s and so I was very aware of her incredible talent and was honored she would sing this song.”

It’s somewhat amusing that Kelly, at 23-years-old, is younger than the track. Check out the newly-recorded version below which combines Tori’s vocals with Grant’s original recording.

“My hope is that those who loved the original will enjoy the breath of fresh air that Tori puts into the song and that perhaps the song will find a brand new audience of younger listeners who weren’t even born when the original was on the radio.” – Grant

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Zedd Debuts Kesha Collaboration ‘True Colors’

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Zedd is a man of his word. The 26-year-old DJ makes good on his promise to produce a single with Kesha during her ongoing legal battle with her record label. No lip service here.

True Colors” marks Kesha’s first single since her smash hit collaboration “Timber” with Pitbull. And that was a whopping three years ago. It’s been far too long.

If you recall, Zedd and Kesha peformed “True Colors” a couple weekends ago at Coachella. While I was hoping for a brand new track, at this stage of the game, it’s just nice to see Kesha Rose back in the studio. “True Colors” is just an updated version of the title track from his last album. That version featured uncredited vocals from Tim James from Rock Mafia.

Just in case you were wondering, the single doesn’t break any laws. Zedd took to Twitter to explain. Oddly enough, Dr. Luke chimed on.

Check out studio recording below.

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With regards to his former Wanted bandmates, Nathan Sykes is easily having the most success since the boy band parted ways. His first two solo singles, “Kiss Me Quick” and “Over and Over Again,” cracked the UK Top 20 and both hit No. 1 on the US Billboard Dance Chart. His solo career is definitely off to a great start.

The 23-year-old Brit teams up with American rapper G-Eazy, of “Me, Myself & I” featuring Bebe Rexha fame. The pairing seems odd at first, but “Give It Up” works. The pop-soul number is his most commercial yet and poised to best its predecessor.

“I think it’s a bit unexpected for me to have a rapper feature on one of my tracks, but I love surprising people and G-Eazy is smashing it right now.” – Sykes told PEOPLE

For the accompanying visual, directed by Michael Baldwin, Sykes gets frisky with his lady love, in and out of bed. Someone’s all horned up 😉 Check out the clip below.

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Just days after releasing her latest visual album, Lemonade, Beyonce kicked off her Formation World Tour in Miami Wednesday night at Marlins Park. The 34-year-old superstar entertained the raucous crowd to over 30 songs from her discography, including some off her new LP. “Formation” kicked off the evening with “Halo” capping the night. In between all her hits, Bey delivered a cover of the Prince classic, “Purple Rain.”

Speaking of the tour, concert goers were surprised with the official merchandise on sale. In quite a savvy business move, Bey is addressing her haters by selling “Boycott Beyoncé” goods in the form of t-shirts and iPhone cases. If you recall, some urged to boycott Bey after her Black Panther-inspired Super Bowl performance. I admit, it’s kinda brilliant and I want a tee of my own.

In other Bey-related news, Mrs. Carter made her sixth studio record available for streaming on Pandora. Apparently, Tidal having “exclusively in perpetuity” only meant a week 😉 Check out Bey’s new concert set list in full below, along with a concert promo she posted on Instagram.

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NBC Finds Its Corny Collins For Hairspray Live!

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Just the other day NBC announced Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein as the first cast members of Hairspray Live!. The peacock network has revealed two more names taking part for their annual live musical production.

First up is Martin Short. The 66-year-old comedian has been tapped to play Wilbur Turnblad, Tracy’s father. The role was played by Christopher Walken in the 2007 feature film. “We are very happy to have the inimitable Martin Short to play Edna’s loving husband, Wilbur,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.

Find out below who’ll step into James Marsden’s shoes to play Corny Collins for the live event.

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Tegan & Sara Debut ‘Boyfriend’ Music Video

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Tegan and Sara recently kicked off their new era by debuting two new singles off their forthcoming album, Love You To Death, due out June 3. Both “U-Turn” and “Boyfriend” tracks are fantastic, but I much prefer the latter. The 80s-tinged synth-pop anthem by producer Greg Kurstin has potential smash written all over it.

For the accompanying video, the Quin sisters enlisted actress Clea Duvall to direct. It’s a fairly simple visual featuring the Canadian duo singing in front of different colored backdrops while a frazzled fictional director played by Rachel Antonoff attempts to film them. The clip also features cameos from Parenthood alums Sarah Ramos and Mae Whitman. Check out the clip below.

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