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Beyonce & Jay Z Debut Part One Of New Short Film

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Beyonce and Jay Z sure do love channeling Bonnie and Clyde-like characters in black and white short films, don’t they? The superstar couple star in a brand new one, this time for NOWNESS.

“Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyoncé and Jay Z” – Video Description

Filmmaker and photographer Dikayl Rimmasch shot three short films starring Mr and Mrs Carter’s alter egos. Part One of “Bang Bang” just dropped. Look for the other two to debut shortly. Rimmasch recalls his first conversation with Jay Z about the film.

“We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again,’” According to Jay Z says Dikayl. “Everything he mentioned was a level of consciousness he has for staying alive as an entertainer and as a human being. He wanted to keep it more abstract because for him it was very abstract. How do you stay new, not just to your audience but also yourself?”

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Word of Chris Brown and Ariana Grande’s duet surfaced earlier this year. “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” was put on the backburner when Brown was incarcerated again.

Allegedly, Grande’s team wanted to distance their beloved pop princess from Chris’ shenanigans and wanted Ariana’s vocals gone from the duet. It appeared they got their way since the version of “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” appearing on Brown’s forthcoming LP, X, doesn’t include Ariana’s riffs. Instead, it’s some other random chick.

It’s interesting that the video, directed by Brown himself, leaked just days before his new album drops. Shady, shady, shady. Ariana and Chris play a medieval Romeo and Juliet-like couple in the visual. The “Problem” singer even ditches her signature pony. Check out the clip below.

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With Summer unofficially over, Calvin Harris has finally released the follow up to his smash, “Summer.” The Scottish DJ steps away from the mic this time around and lets John Newman take over the vocals. Newman is best known for his debut single “Love Me Again.” “Blame” is another winner for Harris and primed to be another chart-topper.

The Emil Nava-directed video begins with Harris and Newman at their respective mansions with scantily-clothed women around them. After that, it’s a bunch of random scenes of attractive people partying in the club. I suppose the clip’s narrative is that the nightlife and copious amounts of drinking are to blame for their tricks. All in all, it’s pretty par for the course for an EDM track. Give it a watch below.

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Holy lookalike Batman. While the stand-ins for Beyonce, NeNe Leakes, Solange Knowles, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are a little busted up, the Mariah Carey impersonator is on point. Honestly at times, I thought I was looking at the real Mimi. I guarantee you will to. An impeccable job in casting indeed.

Todrick Hall previously filmed a Chicago parody featuring famed Disney characters performing “Cell Block Tango.” He once again looks to the musical for inspiration. But this time with a little Orange Is The New Black spice with Leakes as the HWIC (head warden in charge).

Watch the ladies explain what they exactly did to get them locked up. Here’s a little hint with Mariah’s crime. It has something to do with Ariana Grande’s ponytail. The Carey bit is the best, along with the Beyonce and Solange parts. Hall has another viral hit on his hands. Definitely check out “Cell Black Django” below.

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As a child, Jason Gould knew the words to songs from Funny Girl and Hello Dolly. Obviously, the son of Barbra Streisand was going to be one big ol homosexual. How lucky to have Babs as his mom? Despite rumors of an estranged relationship with her openly-gay son, Streisand and Gould team up for “How Deep Is The Ocean” for her forthcoming 24th studio album.

Titled Partners, the LP will feature duets with the likes of Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, John Legend and many more. It’s her second vocal duets release following 2002′s Duets compilation. Give her duet with her son a spin below.

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Remember The Veronicas? The Australian pop duo scored a global hit with “Untouched” back in 2007. It was heavily featured on several shows including So You Think You Can Dance. After experiencing label hell (they have a new home over at Sony), they’re back with a brand new single off their upcoming self-titled third studio album.

You Ruin Me” is a pop ballad much different from their previous releases. The girls have definitely matured as artists since their breakthrough hit. It’s just ready for some enterprising DJ to give it a sexy dance overhaul. They recently explained the inspiration for their emotional new offering on Twitter.

“#YouRuinMe is the last chapter connecting whats happened the last 4 years. Next is rebirth. Where you find out why you don’t f`*ck with u.” – The Veronicas via Twitter

While I like “You Ruin Me,” I hope there’s something in the vein of “Untouched” on their forthcoming LP. In the meantime check out “You Ruin Me” below which will be available on iTunes on September 19.

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U2 Giving Away New Album On iTunes For Free

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At today’s major Apple announcement, U2 performed their new single, “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” which Ryan Tedder worked on. The track is off their new album, titled Songs of Innocence which is available now. Bono and company just pulled a Beyonce by dropping a surprise album, but did one better.

Until October 13, the band and Apple are giving it away for free to every iTunes customer in 119 countries (roughly half a billion). It’s available right now in the albums section of iTunes on PCs or your Apple device to download. It will also be available on iTunes Radio and Beats Music for streaming, starting tomorrow.

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Leighton Meester Debuts New Track ‘Heartstrings’

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Leighton Meester assisted Cobra Starship on their Top 10 hit “Good Girls Go Bad” back in 2009. Naturally, the former Gossip Girl actress attempted a solo recording career after that. Sadly, none of the tracks including a duet with Robin Thicke nor songs on the Country Strong soundtrack fared well on the charts.

The 28-year-old is surprisingly launching another attempt at music stardom. She shared a new track titled “Heartstrings” with Billboard. It’s off her forthcoming debut LP scheduled to be released on October 28.

“‘Heartstrings’ speaks to vibe and encompasses a lot of the themes of the rest of the album,” Meester tells Billboard. “It’s been a long time coming and I’m very excited to finally release it.”

Meester was most recently seen on Broadway in a well-received stint in Of Mice and Men. Give her latest a listen below. It’s in the vein of artists such as Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell.

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