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Adele Ties Whitney Houston’s “Bodyguard” Record

In: Donovan, Music

Typically the Grammys boost the sales numbers of winning albums after the telecast. Considering Adele nabbed 6 awards for “21“, her sophomore effort will definitely receive a nice bump. Even though Billboard only tabulates weekly sales ending on Sunday, the effects of Adele’s big night won’t be felt til next week’s numbers. That being said, the hype surrounding her Grammy return already benefited the singer. This week, “21″ moved another 237,000 copies representing a whopping 95% increase over the previous week. Not too shabby.

With those kind of numbers, it should come as a surprise that Adele once again landed at the top of Billboard’s 200 Album chart. A few weeks ago, I wrote that the British songbird sunk the “Titanicsoundtrack and was aiming at “The Bodyguard’s” record. Well, this week Adele is only one week away from passing Whitney Houston’s record at most weeks at No. 1. Both artists topped the charts for 20 weeks each. With the Grammys inevitably giving Adele’s album a boost, she’ll break the record next week… or will she?

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In light of Proposition 8 recently overturned in California, Jessie and the Toy Boy’s new music video is very appropriate. We here at have been huge fans of this talented musician for a while now. From featuring her in our Rising Artist Spotlight early last year to interviewing Jessie Malakouti, we’ve followed her journey. We’ve always known Malakouti to be very LGBT-friendly and her latest video proves her money is where her mouth is.

Directed by Daniel Hanna, the visual features Jessie falling in love and marrying her true love. The DJ Skeet Skeet produced track, is about “breaking free and following your heart” and that’s exactly what is depicted in the clip. Co-starring as her love interest is Mollie Thomas. For those not familiar with Thomas, she’s the first openly gay woman running for Miss California USA. Before watching the clip, check out a statement written by Jessie yesterday, Valentine’s Day, regarding the video concept and Prop 8. Enjoy.

I was overjoyed to learn that Proposition 8 was recently over turned in my home state of California. It’s a step in the right direction, however for a country that teaches it’s children to place their right hand over their hearts and pledge ‘Liberty and justice for all’ we still have a long way to go towards actually making that a reality. When I wrote ‘Runaway’ with DJ Skeet Skeet, we wrote it from the perspective of our 13 year old selves, who felt pressure from our parents and society to be something that we were not. The song is ultimately about breaking free and following your heart. I wanted to make a music video that told a similar story in relation to gay marriage. I was honored to have the beautiful and brave Mollie Thomas star in my video, and I hope that together we are able to bring about more awareness to an issue that is near and dear to both of our hearts and spread a message of equality. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone deserves love.  xo Jessie

watch the music video after the jump

“Climax” With This New Usher Track

In: Music, Patrick

With Valentine’s Day having just taken place, love is already in the air, but this new Usher track takes things to a whole new level: the “Climax“. The electro R&B track was co-written by Diplo, Redd Stylez, and Ariel Rechtshaid and features strings by Nico Muhly.

“I’m pretty sure in 9 months there are gonna be a lot of new babies that this song is responsible for,” said producer Diplo on Twitter about “Climax,” a new collaboration he worked on with Usher. Diplo has described Climax as “some next level electrosoul” and says that Usher’s newest album is “game-changing.”

“Climax” is one of the sexiest songs I’ve heard in a while and I’m definitely liking the direction his next album is heading in. Give it a listen below and let me know what you think.

Listen to the track after the jump…

Fly High With Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”

In: Music, Tyrell

Keep the new Nicki Minaj tracks coming! I remember last year how Nicki was just breaking into the scene with her quirky raps and split-personality. Now, you can’t go two steps without seeing her face or hearing her name. Now, in anticipation of her upcoming release, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, songs have been hitting the net fast and furious.

First, Marilyn Monroe leaked giving us a more introspective look at the rapper singing about the dark and shaded side of the famed blonde bombshell. Then, we heard Young Forever the same day she performed the new track Roman Holiday at the Grammy’s. Now, Minaj is ready to make our feet move with a new dance track she created with RedOne.

Starships is quite the departure from Nicki’s rap and R&B roots and pulls a little bit of influence from her David Guetta collaboration. Don’t get me wrong, the song definitely contains Minaj’s signature quirky raps in the verses but the pre-chorus and hook itself play into what’s hot in pop music right now. What makes me go dumb is that dance break. Say what?! You’ll have to hear it for yourself. Give it a listen below.

Listen to Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” after the jump.

Cassie “King of Hearts” Music Video Debuts

In: Donovan, Music

It’s been six long years since Cassie burst on the scene with her huge hit, “Me & U“. After multiple delays, the R&B singer is finally about to drop her long-awaited sophomore album rumored to be titled “Electro Love“. The album is set to hit stores in May 2012. Fittingly enough, Cassie debuts the music video for “King of Hearts“, the album’s lead cut, today on Valentine’s Day.

Directed by Christopher King, Cassie announces her comeback with a sexy and sultry music video. The clip is 100% all about her, as it should be. It’s just her oozing urban sexy swagger, dancing and strutting in a barely-there leather strap top. At times, she reminds me of the late Aaliyah in the visual. King of Hearts”, produced by J2, is a techno-fused track. The single’s easy laid back feel is a bit reminiscent of “Me & U” but with a more club beat. Watch the clip below.

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Two unreleased Britney Spears tracks have been leaked by producer Michelle Bell, according to The songs were to be included on the “Original Doll” album in 2004, but the album (and songs) never got released. The songs are called “Peep Show” and “Money Love & Happiness“.

Michelle Bell has worked with artists that include Nas, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Girls Aloud and more. Bell released the songs saying that if she gets enough followers, she’ll release a few new tracks from Britney’s mysterious Original Doll album. Wouldn’t that be a treat?! She produced six tracks for the unheard album.

Check out the two snippets below. Hopefully she releases the full tracks soon!

Give them a listen after the jump…

“Let’s celebrate the great times, ’cause I just want to have a good time!”

This is just the sentence to live by and proves it by making the almost sole lyric in his new song “Great Times“. Featured on his upcoming album #willpower, the Black Eyed Pea isn’t pulling out any special effects or running and jumping into new forms of transportation. Instead, we watch as Will’s face pops up on buildings along with him DJing in what appears to be the heart of Brazil’s nightlife.

If the song itself doesn’t make you want to party with it’s pulsating synthesizers and clap along beat, then I don’t know what will. All I hope is that this minimalist lyrical approach to music isn’t all we can expect from his newest album. But, the video does make me want to take a vacation. Check it out.’s “Great Times” video after the jump.

Last night, Adele proved that her beautiful voice was back in fine form after throat surgery. Today, we see her beauty extends beyond her amazing pipes. The Grammy winner lands on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Last year, the British songbird graced British Vogue, but this is the first time for the US edition.

Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus PIggott, Adele smolders on the cover and in the pictures found inside the March 2012 issue. With her signature long lashes and hair voluminized within an inch of its life, the 23-year-old singer looks glamorous in the fashion magazine. IMHO, this is the best Adele has ever looked. I always thought she was a gorgeous woman, but these pictures made my jaw drop. Simply stunning. Check out a few pics from the photo shoot below, along with a few snippets from her interview with Jonathan Van Meter.

On Voice Troubles

I’ve been singing properly every day since I was about fifteen or sixteen, and I have never had any problems with my voice, ever. I’ve had a sore throat here and there, had a cold and sung through it, but that day it just went while I was onstage in Paris during a radio show. It was literally like someone had pulled a curtain over it.”

On Red Carpet Nerves
I hate the red carpet. I don’t feel insecure, I just feel like, Oh, I don’t want to do this. I literally get a stomach cramp. At the VMA’s last year I felt really out of my comfort zone because there were so many superstars there.

check out the gorgeous pics after the jump

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