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Lea Michele Covers Ariana Grande’s Break Free

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This Fall, Lea Michele and Ariana Grande will appear on the small screen together on Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series, Scream Queens. I can’t wait. Murphy, without a doubt, always delivers on a killer first season of any of his programs. His subsequent ones are a bit less predictable. Just look at Glee and American Horror Story’s last seasons. #underwhelming

In an upcoming episode of the FOX musical, Michele covers Grande’s dance hit “Break Free.” Not surprisingly, Lea sounds fantastic on it. Perhaps it due to the fact she actually enunciates ;) It’s a shame her recording career never went anywhere. She truly is a gifted vocalist. Hopefully, Lea sports Ariana’s signature ponytail during the scene she performs this song. Check out Lea and company’s cover below.

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If the reports are true, Selena Gomez is finally over Justin Bieber and has moved on. #thankgod!!! The 22-year-old singer is now romantically linked to Russian-German music producer, Zedd. Good for her. Not only is the DJ not so douchey but he’ll be beneficial to her recording career.

The rumored couple has teamed up for “I Want You To Know.” It’s clear that these two not only have chemistry out of the recording studio but in it as well. With that being said, the track, while upbeat and fun to listen to, brings nothing new to the EDM genre. It’s no “Clarity” and not even Zedd’s last big hit, “Break Free” with Ariana Grande, but still, a pleasant listen and should do damage on the charts.

“I Want You To Know” will be featured on Zedd’s forthcoming second studio album. Though Zedd produced and wrote the track, reportedly, Ryan Tedder assisted as well. Give the tune a listen below.

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Kelly Clarkson Is ‘Invincible’ With Sia

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NOW THIS IS MORE LIKE IT!!! After the underwhelming lead cut, Kelly Clarkson delivers a scorching new track off her forthcoming album, Piece by Piece.

While “Heartbeat Song” grew on me (albeit at a snail’s pace), it’s by far her worst-charting lead single in recent memory. The verses are solid but the hook is weak. In essence, the track is a poor man’s version of Kelly’s bigger hits.

Thankfully, we now have “Invincible” written by the one and only Sia Furler. The empowering anthem has potential hit written all over it. Kelly’s signature powerful vocals shine on the Greg Kurstin and Jesse Shatkin-produced number. With this new song, I have faith that Clarkson’s new LP won’t be a bomb. Give “Invincible” a listen below.

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It’s the music circle of life. Ricky Martin got his start in the music industry being part of the boyband Menudo.

The 43-year-old is now paying it forward and joining forces with Simon Cowell to find the next ultimate Latino boyband. Cowell knows a thing or two in this arena as well. I’m sure you’ve heard of the little group he manufactured called One Direction ;)

“I am very excited to be a part of this innovative program, together with Simon Cowell,” said Ricky Martin. “Our community needs musical projects in order to cultivate its talents; which is why I feel it’s the perfect moment for a show like ‘La Banda.’ There is so much talent to be discovered and I’m sure we’ll find the next musical phenomenon with the help of not only the judges but also the fans.”

learn more about the show and relive Martin’s Menudo days after the jump

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Alex Newell made a triumphant return to Glee on last week’s episode to reprise his role of transgender teen ,Wade “Unique” Adams. He gave an outstanding performance backed up by a 200-strong transgender choir. There’s no denying the 22-year-old has a stellar voice. He’ll definitely be one Glee alum who’ll have a solid future when the FOX musical show ends its run.

Blonde recognized the superb talent oozing from his pores. The UK deep house duo, who recently scored a Top 10 UK hit with “I Love You,” enlisted Newell for their latest dance track, “All Cried Out.”

Alex’s powerful pipes elevate the banging house jam into anthemic territory. This has club hit written all over it. Newell may never crossover to bonafide pop star but dance diva is a strong possibility. Give the track a listen below.

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It’s A Love Hangover For Mad Men Final Season Teaser

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Beginning April 5, AMC begins airing the final seven episodes of Mad Men. The critically-acclaimed drama signs off after seven years of serving us mid-century modern realness. Brace yourselves folks. The party is almost over.

The network just debuted a brand new teaser trailer. It’s pretty much the already-released still images but in motion form. Diana Ross’ 1976 disco hit “Love Hangover” serves as the soundtrack to the clip. Check it out below.

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Surprisingly, or perhaps not, Kesha has never attended New York Fashion Week until this year. The 27-year-old singer broke her cherry in a big way. She hit up show after show, sporting a new look at each one. She was seen at Tadashi Shoji, VFiles, Prada, Christian Siriano, DKNY, Zac Posen and Diane von Furstenberg to name a few.

Hopefully, all this exposure to style and good taste elevates the “Tik Tok” singer’s fashion game. She needs to leave her glittery trailer trash image behind.

Kesha recently talked to Yahoo Style! about her first NY Fashion Week. However, the most intriguing parts of the interview was when chatter shifted to music. Admit, you kinda miss her :)

“I’ve been working on new music for months now, obsessing in the studio all night. I have a lot of new music, but it’s been all over the place. Some it’s been weird country, talking about…can I curse?” She adds, “And then I have love songs, so it’s all over the place. I’m still kind of compiling my record.”

Check out her quick interview with Yahoo Style’s Joe Zee And Hannah Davis below.

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The thing I look most forward to as each season of The Voice begins is the group performance from the coaches. It’s always a highlight of every cycle.

Last year, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine joined Gwen Stefani on her No Doubt hit “Hella Good.” In previous years, “I Love Rock And Roll” by Joan Jett, “Come Together” by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones classic, “Start Me Up,” to name a few have been covered. For Season 8, it’s all about Lenny Kravitz’s catalog.

Levine, Shelton, Williams and returning coach Christina Aguilera take on the rock anthem “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” Perhaps it’s the old adage of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder‘ that’s responsible for this, but X-tina slays it. As much as I love a ballad or dance track from the 34-year-old diva, I’m partial to when she gets dirty and rocks it out.

Check out the performance below. The Voice returns on Monday, February 23.

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