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Christina Aguilera’s much-ballyhooed guest arc on Nashville begins Wednesday. If you’ve watched any of the numerous promos, you’ve undoubtedly heard Xtina’s signature powerhouse vocals on display. After all, she plays a pop superstar named Jade St. John. Not much of a stretch.

The Real Thing” is one of two new tracks the 34-year-old singer is releasing to coincide with her appearance on the ABC drama. If you were expecting The Voice mentor to go full out country, you’re out of luck. It’s actually a bit of everything. There are shades of rock, pop, cabaret and a tinge of country.

Love Christina, but it doesn’t exactly scream ‘hit.’ Don’t get me wrong. It’s not bad but I had far higher expectations. I’m hoping her second offering, the ballad “Shotgun,” is more to my liking. Give “The Real Thing” a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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The first official photo of One Direction since Zayn Malik’s departure has been unveiled. The group’s management team uploaded it on their official website today with the following new bio.

“One Direction are Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. In just over five years together they have impressively sold more than 50 million records, have achieved a total of 91 number ones and performed to over 7.5 million fans worldwide.”

It’s like he never even existed ;) While I liked Zayn, I admit I’m sorta liking the dynamic of the boy band as a quartet. Question is, will they still sell a boatload of records and merchandise as a foursome?

What do you think of the photo? Can 1D survive without Malik? Sound off below.

Madonna Surprises Drake With A Kiss At Coachella

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Generating headlines due to a surprise kiss is old hat for Madonna. Who could forget her infamous kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV VMAs? Her latest victim was none other than Drake.

The 56-year-old diva planted a huge sloppy kiss on the Canadian rapper during his Coachella set. After the make out, she yelled, “I’m Madonna Bitch,” as she walked off stage.

I don’t blame her for seizing the opportunity to lock lips with Drake. He is pretty fiiiiine. Plus, I’m sure this is the secret to Madonna staying youthful. Sucking the life out of younger recording artists ;)

The whole thing went down during a surprise performance of “Human Nature.” Drake reportedly didn’t expect it. He expected the “Living For Love” singer to only walk around him while he sat on a chair.

As headline-worthy the kiss is, it’s Drake’s reaction that has social media buzzing. It appears he was disgusted, but sources tell TMZ say that’s not the case. He liked the kiss, but just not the aftertaste of the Material Girl’s lipstick. Ummm, okay. Who believes that? Check out the clip below and decide for yourself.

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It’s a Florence vs. Florence battle royale. My money is on Florence ;)

Florence + The Machine unveiled their new clip just before taking the stage for their Coachella set. “Ship To Wreck” is the latest taste off their forthcoming studio album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful. The powerful upbeat track is my favorite so far from this era of theirs. It’s everything I love about the English band.

I’m excited that Welch and company are taking a Beyonce-like approach to promote the LP. They plan on releasing a clip for every track. I wish every musical act did this. Sometimes a strong video can do wonders for a song’s appeal. Watch their latest visual below.

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Brandon Flowers Still Wants You In New Music Video

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The Killers frontman’s second stab at a solo album is shaping up quite nicely. On the heels of the surprisingly catchy, “Can’t Deny My Love,” Brandon Flowers releases another solid track off his forthcoming sophomore studio album titled The Desired Effect.

Visually speaking, “Still Want You” pales in comparison to the stunning clip for its predecessor starring Evan Rachel Wood, but it’s nice effort. When not serving laid-back cool hanging out at some warehouse, the 33-year-old singer navigates through a woman’s hands while singing the song’s lyrics. Warren Fu directed the slick black-and-white clip. Check it out below.

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Hilary Duff’s Sparks Gets A Hot Dance Remix

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Hilary Duff’s shiny new track “Sparks” is awesome on its own accord. With a dance overhaul, it’s a whole different ballgame. The synth-pop song transforms to a club bangin’ anthem. If you thought the whistles were fantastic before, they’re now even more epic with the harder beat.

German rising DJ JØRG adds major house beats to “Sparks.” I’m not sure if this is an authorized remix but it should be. I’m even more obsessed with the infectious song than before. Give it a listen below.

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Katharine McPhee Teases New Single Via Instagram

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With roles on Smash and CBS’ Scorpion, I assumed (wrongfully) that Katharine McPhee had given up on her recording career. Thankfully, I was wrong. The 31-year-old entertainer’s “Over It” is one of the most underrated singles from an American Idol alum. Maybe I’m biased since I loved how The Hills used it for an episode. Remember when Lauren Conrad was over it with one of her sucky friends?

McPhee took to Instagram to preview her new single “Lick My Lips.” Love the title. You can hear the track in the background while she’s getting glammed up to film the music video. Based on the grainy quality, I think it has potential. Can’t wait to hear the high quality full version. Give it a listen below.

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Kiesza Debuts Artsy ‘Sound Of A Woman’ Music Video

In: Donovan, Music
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Nothing will probably ever top her viral “Hideaway” music video but her latest is a valiant effort. Kiesza just dropped an artsy visual for “Sound of A Woman,” the title track off her major label debut. It’s simple, yet powerful. A fitting clip for the equally powerful track.

The trio of Blayre Ellestad, Jesse Hill and Ljuba Castot directed the mostly black and white clip. The Canadian songstress executes dramatic poses while visual effects are shown on her silhouette. In other scenes, she’s shown running or serving major face. Check out the eye-catching video below.

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