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Usher Dances His Pain Away In ‘Crash’ Music Video

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Usher recently released two new singles for his fans. While “No Limit” catered to the hip-hop crowd, “Crash” was targeted for mainstream radio and primed for Billboard Hot 100 success. Of the two, I much preferred the latter.

The 37-year-old singer just debuted the accompanying visual for “Crash.” Directed by Christopher Sims, the clip finds Usher dancing his pain away in a studio as his former lady love is shown in a large projection behind him. Check out the video for the sensational track below.

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“Waiting for a change to set us free
Waiting for the day when you can be you and I can be me
Waiting for hope to come around
Waiting for the day when hate is lost and love is found”

Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful. I seriously got a little emotional listening to the poignant lyrics of Christina Aguilera’s powerful new ballad “Change.” The 35-year-old powerhouse really hit this one out of the ballpark. Sometimes her vocal acrobatics can be a tad much, but she walks the line perfectly in this instance.

In the wake of the horrible Orlando massacre, Aguilera decided to release her new offering as a charity single. This marks her first proper release since 2012. All proceeds will be used to help families affected by the tragic event.

“The horrific tragedy that occurred in Orlando continues to weigh heavily on my mind. I am sending so much love and so many prayers to the victims and their families. Like so many, I want to help be part of the change this world needs to make it a beautiful inclusive place where humanity can love each other freely and passionately,” Christina said in a statement on her official website. “We live in a time of diversity, in a time of endless possibilities, in a time where expression of oneself is something to be celebrated. And I am left wondering how people filled with so much love could be taken by so much hate. Though there is such heavy sadness I believe that there is much more love in the world than we know. We need to learn to love again, we need to learn that one person does make a difference; we need to keep love in our hearts. As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. We all have the choice to spread love, encourage individuality and make a difference to others – we are all in this together, as one, united in love.”

Check out the lyric video below which features X-Tina rocking red hair while pics and videos from her childhood appear in a slideshow. Christina is back folks!!!

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At long last, Calvin Harris and Rihanna have debuted the music video for their killer anthem “This Is What You Came For.” Their latest collab currently sits at its peak position of No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their previous two, “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been” reached No. 1 and No. 5 respectively. With a newly-dropped visual, “TIWYCF” stands a good shot of cracking the Top 5 like the others.

The music video is relatively simple in concept but executed quite fantastically by director Emil Nava. Rihanna performs inside a gigantic cube while lasers and different landscapes light up the studio. I’m somewhat curious to know if the white box is the same one Drake used for “Hotline Bling.” Probably not, but it looks very similar.

Check out the entertaining clip below which features only a cameo from Calvin Harris. Guess he was too busy to appear in the video for his own song. Perhaps, he was already mending his broken heart and learned that Taylor Swift had already moved on with a new beau, The AvengersTom Hiddleston. She certainly has a type doesn’t she 😉

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He first took us to church with his debut single and now Hozier is back to deliver a new track that will have us worshiping his deep rich baritone voice all over again.

Better Love,” like his breakout single “Take Me To Church,” is another anthemic indie rock soul-infused number. It serves as the theme song for the upcoming film, The Legend of Tarzan. By the time awards season arrives, I have a strong feeling the 26-year-old Irish singer might be in contention for an Oscar for Best Original Song. It’s lush and cinematic, exactly what the Academy loves.

Check out the music video below which features footage from the film interspersed with Hozier tickling the ivories.

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Disclosure Drops 3-Track EP ‘Moog For Love’

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During the headline set at their Wild Life Festival in Brighton just days ago, Disclosure shared a new track “Boss.” Like many, I was hoping the gritty synth track was a sign of a new album on the horizon. While not exactly a full blown LP, it’s part of a surprise new EP.

Moog For Love hit all major digital outlets this week, including iTunes and Spotify. Included in the trio of songs is the aforementioned “Boss,” along with “Feel Like I Do” and the title track featuring Al Green and Eats Everything respectively. The former samples Green’s classic “I’m Still in Love With You.” It’s not what you’d expect from the English duo but it works. I’m a fan.

Check out all three tracks below and weigh in on which one is your favorite afterward.

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Keke Palmer just earned major brownie points with me. The 22-year-old entertainer just revealed her latest music video was inspired by Aaliyah. Since I love the late great “Try Again” singer, naturally, Keke gets mad respect from me.

“One of my favorite videos was ‘4 Page Letter’ by Aaliyah so the vision for the video was a take on that vibe, mixed in with who I am as an artist,” explained Keke. “I love Aaliyah. To me she was a true artist in every sense of the word and I continue to just be inspired by her and let my heart guide me as always.”

Like Baby Girl’s “4 Page Letter” visual, Keke filmed her “Yellow Lights” clip in the forest, complete with some slinky choreography. It’s a bit budget, but I like the overall vibe and especially the old school flavor of the track. Check out Palmer’s new offering below.

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Zara Larsson appears to be the go-to featured vocalist of the moment. The 18-year-old Swedish singer assisted Tinie Tempah and MNEK on “Girls Like” and “Never Forget You” respectively. Not to mention, she’s done well on her own with her breakthrough single “Lush Life.”

David Guetta is the latest to tap the rising pop star. He’s enlisted Zara for his UEFA Euro theme song, “This One’s For You.” If you find the song instantly catchy, it’s maybe because it reminds you of another smash hit. Diplo and DJ Snake have both accused Guetta of ripping off their hit collabo, “Lean On.” Truthfully, they do sound remarkably similar.

Not surprisingly, the accompanying visual features plenty of people playing soccer all around the world. No doubt thanks to Turkish Airlines which clearly sponsored the clip. Check out the official music video below.

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Fresh off his well-received Tony Awards hosting duties, James Corden delivers another entertaining serving of Carpool Karaoke. His latest passengers for the widely-popular Late Late Show segment were Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and Josh Klinghoffer, better known collectively as Red Hot Chili Peppers.

As expected, the rock group belted out some of their greatest hits including “Can’t Stop,” “Give It Away,” “Californication” and “Under The Bridge.” At one point, Flea and Corden busted out “Food Glorious Food” from Oliver. Guess James still has a case of Broadway fever. For wrestling fans, you’re in for a treat. Kiedas and Corden face off on some random person’s lawn. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t a long match 😉

Check out the latest Carpool Karaoke installment below, which features some stripping down. It wouldn’t be a RHCP performance without Kiedis and Flea shedding some clothes. Also there’s an interesting tidbit about Cher babysitting Anthony when he was entering adolescence. Let’s just say… #mrsrobinson

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