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Britney Spears is not shy about her open love for queen of pop, Madonna. Before Lady Gaga came around and started being inspired by her songs, Britney performed with her live on stage and even collaborated on her track Me Against The Music. And, if you’ve seen Britney’s terrible movie Crossroads you remember her little rendition of Open Your Heart at the very beginning.

Well, rumor was that Britney was going to be doing a very exciting cover on her upcoming Femme Fatale Tour and speculation was definite that it would be a Madonna song. When a 13-second clip of Madonna’s 1983 classic Burning Up hit the web, we all rejoiced… could this be the cover we’re all dying to hear?

Now, a HQ recorded version (so that Britney can lip sync for her life on stage I’m sure) has hit the web and we are absolutely loving on it. The tour kicks off in Sacramento in six days so only time will tell if the leak is true. Regardless, the cover itself is a lot of fun and doesn’t stray very far from the original hit. Let’s hope she fills the stage with some seriously great 80′s dance moves and some killer outfits.

Listen to Britney sing “Burning Up” after the jump

Last summer, I was addicted to the sounds of Gym Class Heroes and their front man Travie McCoy with his hit song Billionaire. Now, the Heroes are ready to step back into the spotlight with their newest track featuring The Voice judge Adam Levine. Even though the Maroon 5 front man is only featured, the track sounds more like a jam from their style of album than the Gym Class crew. However, I think it’s going to be a summer hit for those hot days.

The single cover basically gives you the flavor of what the track is about. The gramophone is simulated with a lily as it transforms its way down into a heart. The darker washed out background color gives us the feel of the peppy melody which is backed by some seriously dark synths. The genre-bender is sure to turn a few ears in the right direction.

Stereo Hearts will be the lead-off single for the groups fifth studio album which is titled The Papercut Chronicles II. The group states that this album will be more of a throwback to their 2005 breakout album which was more about 4 dudes, sitting in a room and making “organic, dark metal”. The band will also join the Vans Warped Tour this summer so make sure you check them out.

Listen to “Stereo Hearts” after the jump.

Rappers are known for their names that usually represent their persona or look. Well, it looks like Fat Joe may have to rethink his name. Reportedly, the man known for his heavy frame has dropped 100 pounds and is showing it off in his newest music video.

In the video for his newest track Drop A Body, Joe “Fat Joe” Cartagena” looks like a different man, slimmer not only in the body but in the face as well. I have to admit, I almost didn’t recognize him. I’m not sure what prompted the dramatic weight loss but I’m sure he is healthier and better off less almost another person. To be honest, when I saw the title of the music video, I thought “Drop A Body” referred to his weight loss with 100 pounds equaling the weight of a person. I was wrong and you can see what it actually means in the video below.

The video is a little bit dark and gruesome as he stands on a pile of dead bodies with CGI volcanoes in the background with some creepy crawlers coming towards you with brightly lit eyes. The song and the video may not be up your alley but it’s definitely worth checking out to see the big transformation.

Check out a slimmer “Fat Joe” after the jump

Ciao Bella, Jessie J Does Vogue Italia

In: Donovan, Fashion, Music

British Pop sensation Jessie J didn’t have to beat out twelve other skinny beyotches on ANTM to score a fashion editorial in Vogue Italia. All she had to do was be her fabulous self. The “Price Tag” singer gives some serious glamooooor in the latest issue of the fashion magazine. The edgy Gothic-themed styling really works for her. She may not be about the “Price Tag”, but the designer duds look so stunning on her, she might have to rethink that and go on a hardcore shopping spree on Rodeo Drive soon.

For the woman behind Miley Cyrus’ hit, “Party In The U.S.A.“, Jessie J proves she can easily whoop it up in Italy as well. Photographer Francesco Carrozzini snapped the singer, while Enrica Ponzellini styled the high-fashion editorial shoot. Check out a few shots from the June 2011 issue of Vogue Italia below. Bellissima!!!

view more pics after the jump

Pop-Tart Pick: Simon Curtis

In: Calan, Music

So yesterday on June 7th, Simon Curtis released his second studio album titled “R?” and I have to say it’s pretty fantastic. I fell in love with the boy back when I randomly came across 8Bit Heart and got to download it for free. Also fellow cast member Redd did a post on him back in 2010 just after he announced this album. My favourite songs from 8Bit Heart were probably “Beat Drop” and “Diablo,” you can still pick up your free copy of the album here on his website:

For the new album Simon has released it on iTunes and it has 14 awesome new tracks for us to tickle our eardrums with. My favorites that are currently on repeat at the moment are “Superhero” and “Flesh” for sure. Also the remix for Superhero is pure ear bliss so be sure to check that one out as well. The new album is defiantly a step forward for Mr. Simon Curtis who is doing in right in my books. I enjoy the catchy hooks and his own individual flare for pop music, it’s needed for sure.

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Back in November, I wrote about the fact that Shania Twain was currently in negotiations with Caesars Palace to take on Sin City. Now, it’s official: Shania Twain is heading to Caesars Palace starting January 21st 2012, and tickets are already on sale starting tonight! Check out her video announcement later in the post.

Shania Twain, international superstar and the world’s best-selling female country artist of all time, confirmed today her widely-speculated return to the stage and vocal spotlight with a two-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The music icon will bring all of her biggest hits in her new show SHANIA: STILL THE ONE exclusively to The Colosseum beginning December 1, 2012.

Tonight (June 8th), tickets for the first 10 performances will be going on pre-sale to American Express card holders. They actually go on sale the moment Shania announces the winner of the “Male Video of the Year on the 2011 CMT Awards this evening. Brilliant! Tickets will be available to the general public on Sunday, June 19th at 10:00am.

Check out the announcement VIDEO after the jump…

Is James Franco Releasing An Album?

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Music, Tyrell

Music blog Pitchfork is reporting that up next on James Franco’s to-do list is releasing his first music album. The album is set to be released later this summer. He will be teaming up with DJ /Rupture on the project with a possible appearance from video performance mate Kalup Linzy who often performs in drag.

Kalup and Franco began their musical journey together when James invited Linzy to perform with him on his brief return to ABC’s General Hospital. The album is titled Turn It Up and will be distributed through /Rupture’s label Dutty Artz.

The album will be available for digital download on July 9th as well as a limited edition 7″. The EP will feature the tracks Rising (Both Sides Now) and the album’s title track Turn It Up (So We Can Turn It Out). It looks like James really likes his parenthesis. The album was produced by DJ /Rupture and Brent Arnold. I personally cannot wait to hear what this little piece of ear candy will sound like.

Watch Kalup & Franco perform “Proud Mary” after the jump

Katy Perry & Rebecca Black Join Forces On Friday

In: Donovan, Music

Fittingly enough, Katy Perry debuts her new music video this Friday. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is Katy’s fifth single from her multi-platinum album, “Teenage Dream”. The CD has already yielded four number one singles in a row. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” certainly has a lot to live up to. To keep her fans happy til the video premieres on Friday, Perry is giving a sneak peek.

Based on the thirty second clip, it’s going the retro route with an 80s themed party. There’s lots of visual references from the “Me Decade”. If that wasn’t cheesy enough, Rebecca Black of “Friday” fame, makes a cameo in the vid. That being said, trying to pick her out in the party scene is sort of a “Where’s Waldo” game. See if you can spot her out. Perry certainly has a hard-on for Black. Not only has she included her in the video, but she’s incorporated the CGI bulletin board from Black’s video as well in the trailer. Plus, she also covered Black’s ubiquitous hit during one of her concert tour stops.

watch a sneak peek at Katy Perry’s video after the jump

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