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One of the most popular segments on The Tonight Show feature the guests squaring off against Jimmy Fallon in a lip sync battle. Fallon takes his dog and pony show over to Spike TV for a brand new series hosted by LL Cool J and supermodel Crissy Teigen. Think RuPaul’s Drag Race Lip Sync For Your Life but with no drag queens.

Lip Sync Battle (catchy title LOL) will pit two celebrities performing two songs per episode. The audience ultimately picks the winner.

The network just dropped a brand new star-studded trailer featuring The Rock performing Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Stephen Merchant channeling his inner “Dirrty” and Anna Kendrick tackling Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty.”

To sway votes her way, the Pitch Perfect actress brings out J. Lo for a surprise cameo. Kendrick’s opponent, John Krasinksi, has something special up his sleeves for a rebuttal. Find out below. Lip Sync Battle commences on April 2 on Spike TV.

watch new trailer after the jump

Nate Ruess Heads To The Voice

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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Last season Taylor Swift did it and this year it’s Nate Ruess. The 33-year-old singer heads to The Voice to impart knowledge to this season’s contestants during the Knockouts.

“I’m super excited and always happy to lend whatever knowledge I have to other vocalists,” Ruess said in a statement. “Plus I’ve heard nothing but great things about Blake, Pharrell, Christina, and the guy with the tattoos.”

Based on the above comment, you can see Ruess and Adam Levine are buddies. Better watch it Blake, there’s a new bromance on set ;)

Ruess recently debuted his first solo singleNothing Without Love.” He’s pursuing a solo career while his band, fun., is on hiatus.

Check out a preview of Ruess’ stint as an adviser on The Voice below. Dude seems to be a very likeable and fun (hehe) guy.

watch after the jump

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Alex Newell just might be on his way to becoming the biggest recording artist among the Glee cast. Sorry Lea Michele ;) The 22-year-old actor, who played Wade “Unique” Adams on the FOX musical show, is racking up infectious dance anthem after another.

Newell can currently be heard on Clean Bandit’s latest “Stronger” and on Blonde’s killer anthem “All Cried Out.” Now comes another hot collaboration. This time, he heats up the dance floor with Russian producer Matvey Emerson.

The rising dance diva takes on Robin S’s classic “Show Me Love” and gives it a disco-house makeover. The result is one sick slinky creation. Give it a listen below.

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Tinashe Releases ‘Amethyst’ Mixtape For Free

In: Donovan, Music
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Tinashe caught my attention last year with the one-two punch of “2 On” and “Pretend” off her debut album, Aquarius. Others in the industry also took notice. The 22-year-old recording artist racked up collaborations with Nick Jonas and Calvin Harris on “Jealous (Remix)” and “Dollar Signs” respectively and impressed Lorde enough for the Kiwi singer to add her to the Mockingjay soundtrack.

Imagine my delight this week, when I found out the
rising R&B singer dropped a brand new mixtape, Amethyst, and for free at that. Reportedly, she recorded the entire thing during the Christmas holidays in her bedroom.

Truthfully, I’m a little surprised she released this considering she has a single, “All Hands On Deck” featuring Iggy Azalea currently out right now. You’d think the record label wouldn’t be on board with this. I have a sneaky feeling Tinashe isn’t pleased with RCA as of late with the lack of promotion and financial backup. She’s filmed her past couple music video herself and on her own dime.

Check out her 7-track mixtape below which features productions from Legacy, DJ Dahl, Ryan Hemsworth, Iamsu to name a few.

listen and download after the jump

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Meghan Trainor certainly has the cute market cornered doesn’t she? The 21-year-old sticks to a similar formula used for her “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin” videos. Colorful sets with Trainor rocking a retro-tinged wardrobe while executing simple cute choreography. Her fans, the #Meghatrons should be pleased.

Dear Future Husband” is the third single off her debut album Title. I have to say, that I half-expected Meghan to be a one-hit wonder after her smash “All About The Bass.” The chart performance of “Lips Are Movin,” cracking into the the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, surprised me. Her latest, a catchy doo-wop pop track, should follow suit and become another hit. Check out the video below.

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Everyone has a favorite musical number. Josh Groban apparently has several. The 34-year-old singer decided to cover his favorites from the Great White Way for his upcoming album titled Stages which hits the streets on April 28.

“Nothing has inspired me more in my life than the energy that is shared in a theater when great songs and great art are on the stage,” Groban said in a press release for Stages. “I wanted this album to pay tribute to those inspirations and memories.”

A few of the productions that Groban picked songs from include Into The Woods, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz, Carousel and A Chorus Line to name a few. “What I Did For Love” from the latter is the lead single off his new album. The accompanying music video features Josh simply playing the piano and lets his fantastic voice take the stage front and center.

“Stages is an album I’ve wanted to make since I signed to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records during my freshman year as a Musical Theater student at Carnegie Mellon,” Groban says. “I knew in my heart that, at some point, I would visit the songs I love from that world as an album. Having lived in New York City the last few years, seeing as much theater as I could see, and having so many great friends in the theater community, it became really inspiring to take this on. It was time.”

Stages features a couple notable duets. Kelly Clarkson and Audra McDonald sing on “All I Ask of You” (Phantom of the Opera) and “If I Loved You” (Carousel) respectively. Give Josh’s new video a watch below.

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Who had a feeling this was coming???

Earlier this week, Marvin Gaye’s family won an unprecedented settlement in their copyright infringement lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke. It appears “Blurred Lines” isn’t the only hit Pharrell penned that ‘borrowed’ from Gaye’s catalog.

Nona believes “Happy” borrows from her late father’s 1967 hit, “Ain’t That Peculiar.” She chatted with Entertainment Tonight about it. Read her quote below and check out both tracks afterward to see if her new claim has merit. Be sure to sound off afterwards.

“I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,” Nona Gaye told ET. However, she says they’re not going to be taking Pharrell to court for it since they’re “not in that space” right now. It was a sentiment backed up by Nona’s mother, Janis Gaye, who added, “We’re just in the moment today and we’re satisfied.”

listen to both tracks and decide for yourself

Kat Graham Samples TLC For New Single ’1991′

In: Donovan, Music
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What About Your Friends” off their debut album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, is one of TLC’s most underrated singles. Sure, it cracked the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 but most fans of the girl group probably wouldn’t put it in their Top 5. Not this fan and it would appear, neither would Kat Graham.

The Vampire Diaries actress samples the TLC track for her latest single, “1991.” It’s a bit odd she chose that year given that the album dropped in 1992, but oh well. Tomayto, Tomahto. Regardless, Graham’s new song is hot and I’m obsessed. No doubt in part to its throwback content.

“I spent most of my time in music– at least for the songs that garnered attention– singing other people’s work,” the 25-year-old singer shared to Billboard. “I want to be honest about that because I am finally doing what I’ve always wanted to do and making music that I’ve always wanted to make.”

Gotta give Kat credit for keeping on and doing her thing with the music. Girl won’t stop hustin‘ until she becomes a bonafide recording success. Give her latest a spin below.

listen to track after the jump

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