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Joe Jonas and his new band DNCE dropped their debut track a couple of weeks ago. “Cake By The Ocean,” a euphemism for sex by the beach, was a stark contrast from his previous R&B-tinged solo offerings. The single is surprisingly awesome and could potentially do damage on radio and on the charts. Little brother Nick has some stiff competition from his own family.

The lyric clip could easily pass for an official video. Jonas along with his new bandmates are shown riding a convertible in the city and performing at a club. The concert footage are actual clips from New York underground shows they performed during fashion week. Check it out below.

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While fun. is on hiatus, Jack Antonoff formed another indie pop act, Bleachers. Their debut album, Strange Desire, was released last year, spawning the singles “I Wanna Get Better” and “Rollercoaster” which both cracked the Top 5 of the Billboard Alternative chart. The 31-year-old guitarist has come up with a brilliant companion covers album for his band’s debut album.

Titled Terrible Thrills Vol. 2, the album features an all female reimagining of the original tracks. He’s enlisted an impressive roster of ladies including Tinashe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sia, Sara Bareilles, MO, Charli XCX and Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. He even snagged Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles to contribute. Amazing!!!

“I love female voices,” Jack wrote on his Twitter. “i wish i had one. when i write songs i typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so i can hit the notes. that’s why so many bleachers’ songs are sung so low. i could change the key but i like things sounding like a male version of what in my head was a female-sung song. I’ve always written this way. so with that in mind i wanted to release a version of my record that spoke to how it was written and the ways i originally heard it in my head before i recorded and sang it. i think it’s important for people to know where the songs come from and why the songs come out sounding the way they do. i hear my music as my interpretation of a song I’m writing as a female in my head, so i wanted to make that a reality with the artists who inspire me to write in the first place.”

If you’re wondering why this LP is labeled Vol. 2, it’s because Antonoff did the same thing with his former band, Steel Train. That covers album featured the talents of Tegan and Sara and Scarlett Johansson to name a couple.

Personally, it’s a brilliant concept. Dare I say, I like the songs much better now with female vocals. The Tinashe, Sia and Charli XCX tracks are my favorites. Give them a listen below.

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Lady Gaga Named Billboard’s 2015 Woman Of The Year

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Two years ago, P!nk earned the honor. Taylor Swift snagged the title for the second time in her career in 2014. This year, Lady Gaga joins the ranks of those ladies along with Fergie, Beyonce, Ciara and Katy Perry as ‘Billboard Woman of the Year‘.

“Billboard’s Woman of the Year has always represented the finest in music, and the anointing of a key influential figure who drove the conversation for that year. No one embodies that more than Lady Gaga in 2015,” says Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s entertainment group, which consists of Billboard and THR. “From her show-stopping performance at the Oscars, to her co-headlining tour, to her philanthropic outreach and foundation promoting youth wellbeing and empowerment, to her new role as TV star, there is no woman dominating popular culture tastes and its evolution as much as she is today. What a force.”

Lifetime has inked a three-year deal with Billboard to televise the event. The inaugural televised outing will be held Dec. 11 at Cipriani Midtown in New York but aired later on Dec. 18. More honorees for this year’s Women in Music will be revealed in the coming weeks. Last year celebrated Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Jessie J, Charli XCX and Idina Menzel, along with Swift.

Does Gaga deserve to earn the title this year? If not, who do you think should be the 2015 Billboard Woman of the Year? Sound off below.


Following in the footsteps of Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey and bestie Taylor Swift, the Kiwi singer is the latest pop star to play the vengeful vixen. At first glance, Lorde appears to be the other woman getting hot and heavy with a married man. We later learn, the 18-year-old is a cold-hearted assassin hired by the man’s wife to punish him for his philandering ways.

No disrespect to Sam Smith and Disclosure’s other collaborators, but “Magnets” is my favorite cut so far from their forthcoming album Caracal. This has massive potential to become a huge hit for both acts. God knows Lorde needs one. Her Mockingjay track “Yellow Flicker Beat” didn’t exactly burn up the charts like her breakthrough “Royals.”

I’ve never seen Lorde look so glamorous and put together. Fear not Lorde disciples, the Kiwi’s signature stroke-like dance moves haven’t gone away. Check out the revenge clip below.

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D∆WN Hits The Dance Floor With ‘Dance’

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If you’re going to drop a hot new dance track, you might as well just simply title it “Dance.” That’s exactly what former Danity Kane member, Dawn Richard, did. Going stylistically now as D∆WN, the 32-year-old singer teams up Ester Dean for a bumpin’ dance anthem. It’s the first taste off her forthcoming third studio album, The Red Era.

“I wanted to create a vibrant atmosphere,” D∆WN said in a press release. “The Red Era is about moving on, redeeming yourself, and finding redemption. It’s time for people to start feeling good and start embracing who they are while dancing in their own light. That time is now… Let’s DANCE!”

While I love Danity Kane, I haven’t really been feelin’ D∆WN’s previous alternative R&B solo work. This uptempo gem is much more vibrant and mainstream. Exactly what I like. Give it a listen below.

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After the one-two punch of “Good For You” and “Same Old Love,” the 23-year-old singer finally picks up the pace with the latest taste off her forthcoming album, Revival.

I was starting to worry, there wasn’t going to be an uptempo offering among the bunch. “Me & The Rhythm” comes from the Swedish duo of Mattman & Robin and based off the snippet, it sounds like another winner from Selena.

In other Gomez-related news, the pop starlet wowed with a recent live performance of “Good For You.” Dressed in a stunning white dress, she gave her best live vocal of the Top 5 hit yet on Le Grand Journal. Check it out below, along with a preview of her new promotional track.

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Over the weekend, the Global Citizen Festival took place in Central Park in front of 60,000 fans. The fourth annual event, curated by Chris Martin, aims to bring awareness to global poverty in hopes of eradicating it by 2030. Once again, a star-studded lineup gathered for the great cause.

Though the event saw some other memorable surprise duets including Coldplay bringing out Ariana Grande, my favorite involved everyone’s favorite English ginger and the bodacious hair-flipping beast that is Beyonce. The two gave a killer acoustic performance of Bey’s hit, “Drunk In Love.” Sheeran has covered the track several times previously, but this time, he finally got to jam on it with Queen B herself. Check it out below.

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JoJo’s long-overdue comeback is in full swing. The 24-year-old singer just debuted the first visual off her much-buzzed about Tringle release. “When Love Hurts,” my favorite cut, gets the honor.

Directed by Patrick ‘Embryo’ Tapu, the visual finds the “Too Little, Too Late” vocal powerhouse in an abandoned warehouse voguing up a storm with a bunch of neutral-dressed dancers. There’s no real narrative but nonetheless it’s still an effective clip for the killer track.

Check out the music video below. JoJo serves up hand choreography and legs for days. Welcome back, girrrrrl!!!

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