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Adam Lambert is about to embark on a new era with his third studio album, The Original High. It’s his first offering since leaving RCA Records over creative differences and signing with his new label. I can’t wait for the lead cut, “Ghost Town,” to drop on April 21. The slinky Max Martin-produced track will undoubtedly be huge club hit.

The 33-year-old singer talks about his new album, singing with Queen, advancing gay rights in the music industry with Hunger. Lambert also poses for a stunning broody fashion editorial snapped by Rankin for the publication. Check out more photos and quotes below.

On The “Ghost Town”

“The first single feels like the perfect introduction to The Original High. It establishes itself in a very earthy, vulnerable way and transforms into a hypnotic dream full of surreal imagery and set to a minimal yet massive deep house beat. The hook will worm its way into your ears after the first listen. Get ready!”

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Zayn Malik Officially Quits One Direction

In: Donovan, Music
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If I was a betting man, I would’ve placed all my money on Zayn Malik being the first to leave One Direction. Even before he took a break from touring last week due to stress, I had a feeling he was the Ginger Spice of the group.

The announcement was made today via the band’s Facebook page. Those worried that this means this is the end of 1D, fear not. They will continue as a quartet much like Spice Girls did when Geri Halliwell left.

Question is, for how long? Sans Ginger, the Spice Girls only lasted for another album which performed mediocrely compared to their previous albums. Check out Zayn’s official statement below.

“My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologize to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.” – Zayn Malik

read One Direction and Simon Cowell’s statements after the jump

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Most of us are familiar with the “All American Boy” hitmaker and openly out stud Steve Grand. He finally dropped his much anticipated album All American Boy and let me tell you, it’s got me “Soakin’ Wet.” I’m sure he had no idea when he posted the video for All American Boy back in July of 2013 that it would garner almost 4 million views to date and the media coverage that followed. It comes as no surprise to me that he has such a fan following. After meeting him in person during Toronto World Pride this past summer I can safely say he’s one of the nicest, most genuine performers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. After his performance he made sure to take photos and signed autographs for every person who wanted one and on a side note he also gives the biggest hugs that just makes you wanna snuggle with him for hours – *All American Boy dream sequence* …ok, moving on.

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“I see this app as the wave of the future. I know my fans will swipe right.” That’s his official stance on why he chose to debut his newest music video on Tinder. But could his decision be partly a dig on his ex-fiance Jordin Sparks who debuted “Double Tap” on Instagram recently? I wouldn’t be surprised since there is no love lost between these former lovers.

Want To Want Me” is the lead cut off Jason Derulo’s upcoming fourth studio album. The Ian Kirkpatrick-produced track is a slick and catchy number. Looks like the 25-year-old R&B singer has another hit on his hands, following “Wiggle” and “Talk Dirty.”

For the accompanying clip, Jason enlisted director Colin Tilley to film an equally slick visual. It’s pretty by-the-numbers with Derulo dancing, taking his shirt off, working out and making out with some chick. Check out the video below.

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It’s two Jennifers for the price of one. Jennifer Hudson and former Sugarland frontwoman Jennifer Nettles duet on “You Will.” The empowering ballad was written by Diane Warren and will be the new official anthem for the OWN network.

“I was so touched when Diane Warren came to me and said she wrote a song with OWN in mind,” said Oprah Winfrey. “And then to have Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles bring the song to life with their stunning collaboration… what a gift.”

Though very different genres, country and R&B artists have often time teamed up for some wicked collaborations in the past. This one is just the latest. Though Hudson steals the show a bit, their vocals complement each other. “You Will” will no doubt do well on adult contemporary stations due to its message and Oprah’s legions of loyal fans. Give it a listen below.

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When disco is mentioned, one can’t help but think of the iconic band, CHIC. They churned out some of the greatest hits from the genre including “Le Freak” and “Good Times.”

Nile Rodgers is the only surviving member of the band. He resurrected the group with a new lineup. The latest incarnation of the legendary disco-funk group just dropped a killer new track titled “I’ll Be There” that will no doubt become a club hit.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss stars in the sexy visual. She connects the past and the present, as explained by Rodgers. She visualizes the past looking at old school vinyl – then gets dressed and goes out to a current party to meet up with Stephen Galloway and the current ?CHIC? lineup happens to be play. The clip directed by Inez and Vinoodh also features vintage footage of the original CHIC members.

The video is being released today because it’s the vernal equinox. What’s that you ask? It’s when day and night are the same length—and because there’s a solar eclipse in parts of the Northern Hemisphere. I’m already obsessed with the single and the video. Check it out below.

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Jennifer Lopez Feels The Light In New Music Video

In: Donovan, Movies, Music
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Jennifer Lopez performed her new ballad on last night’s episode of American Idol. Her choice of gown was relatively demure and prom-like and not the revealing and sparkly designs the 45-year-old entertainer typically wears.

After watching her new music video, it all makes sense. The gown’s train is used as a backdrop as animated aliens dance around her. In essence, J. Lo is a glorified projector screen ;)

Feel The Light” is lifted off the soundtrack for Dreamworks’ animated film Home. Lopez provides the voice of Lucy Tucci, the mother of lead character Tip played by Rihanna. Check out her bright and colorful new visual below.

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Rihanna Drops Two New Tracks From Home Soundtrack

In: Donovan, Music
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Personally, I was hoping the full version of “American Oxygen” would leak first. That’s a potential smash in the making. Instead, two more contributions from Rihanna off the Home soundtrack have arrived. Surprisingly, I’m leaning towards the ballad more than the uptempo track.

As Real As You And Me” was co-written by RiRi and produced by Rodney Jerkins. The 27-year-old’s slow jams often get overshadowed by her club bangers. “Take A Bow” and “Stay” are among her finest moments, if you ask me. This new one, ranks up there.

The second track, titled “Dancing In The Dark,” isn’t a Bruce Springsteen cover, but rather an original composition from long-time collaborate Ester Dean. It’s nice but nothing that immediately jumps out. I suppose it’s suitably fitted for an animated film soundtrack. Check out both tracks below.

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