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Not exactly sure what inspired Ellie Goulding to do this, but I certainly appreciate it.

The 28-year-old British songbird covers Hozier’s smash hit, “Take Me To Church.” Her angelic voice is perfectly suited for the gospel-tinged track. With Ellie on vocals though, the folk-rock song is far less bombastic and more hypnotic with its moody electronic synths. It’s worth a listen for sure.

In other related Hozier news, the 24-year-old Irish singer recently released a new music video. He opted to only appear in silhouettes. Instead, it’s all about Natalie Dormer in the “Someone New” visual. Despite hooking up with several men, the Game of Thrones actress plays a lonely woman in the somber clip. Check it out below, along with Goulding’s cover.

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ricky-martin-pitbull-mr-put-it-down

As you all know, I’m always down for a Pitbull collaboration. My inexplicable obsession with Mr. Worldwide hasn’t passed yet ;)

This time around, the 34-year-old rapper joins forces with Ricky Martin. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe it’s the first time they’ve teamed up. Shocking, right?

Martin debuted “Mr. Put It Down” on New York City’s 103.5 last night. The English-language track is pretty bangin’ and features a club-ready beat. For the meantime, I only have a low quality version but once a better version pops up, I’ll update it. Check out the hot new single below and weigh in afterward.

UPDATE: Official Audio now embedded.

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zedd-selena-gomez-i-want-you-to-know-video

I’ve been on the fence since first hearing “I Want You To Know.” At times I like it and at other times I’m just meh. I just wish it was something that wowed me from the onset. Clearly, I’m in the minority. The EDM track is already a Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hit. I will say though, the newly-released music video has me rethinking my stance. I’m a sucker for a glossy visual.

Selena Gomez channels her inner disco diva and heads to the club for the colorful music video. There’s not much of a narrative but oh well. She looks flawlessly glamorous which I suppose was the main objective.

The strobe-filled clip finds the 22-year-old singer showing off her dance moves in vintage form-fitting clubbing attire. Zedd appears sporadically popping up at the club looking dapper in a tuxedo. Just in case you were wondering, Zedd and Selena are being dubbed Zeddlena by their fans.

“I Want You To Know” is the lead cut off Zedd’s forthcoming sophomore studio album and is expected to appear on Selena’s first album with her new label, Interscope. Check out the fun clip below.

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Jordin Sparks Drops ‘Double Tap’ Music Video

In: Donovan, Music
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Looking great is the best revenge!!! Right?

Ciara isn’t the only R&B singer following that train of thought. Jordin Sparks is also flaunting her body to show what her ex is missing. The American Idol Season 6 winner just dropped the music video for her new single “Double Tap” and she looks fantastic.

The 2Chainz-assisted track is off her well-received #ByeFelicia mixtape and will also be featured on her forthcoming third studio album, Right Here, Right Now.

The urban scorcher has been described as somewhat of an Instagram anthem. The Dabs-directed music video plays on that by showing the 25-year-old singer on the social media app taking plenty of selfies hoping her admirers ‘double tap‘ her photos. Check out the clip below.

“For me in the song, the girl is talking to the guy saying, ‘I know you stalk my page. I know you look at the photos. I know that you don’t like them. I bet you’re not going to like that picture, but I know you like me,’” Sparks told Yahoo Music about the song.

“But then you can take it another way as well, like you’re in a relationship with someone,” she added. “Say we’re sitting next to each other. Say we’re together, right? I’m scrolling through my phone, and I hover over a picture of a really hot guy, and you’re like, ‘I know you’re not about to tap that picture. I know you’re not about to double-tap that picture in front of me.’”

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Ciara Shows Off Toned Body In ‘I Bet’ Music Video

In: Donovan, Music
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Someone’s got their pre-pregnancy body back and then some. Ciara shows off her toned physique for her “I Bet” music video. Motherhood certainly suits her.

“I Bet” is the lead cut off her forthcoming album Jackie named after her mom. The Harmony Samuels-produced ballad was inspired by the 29-year-old’s breakup with her baby daddy, Future. The personal track is doing well on urban radio and starting to make a dent on mainstream stations. Deservedly so. I love it.

For the accompanying clip, Ciara tapped Hannah Lux Davis to direct. The R&B singer shows off her dance skills in leg-baring and sultry outfits. There’s no narrative, but she looks sensational and serving some vintage Janet Jackson seductiveness. Definitely check out the visual below.

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maroon-5-sugar-nicki-minaj-remix

It’s clear that Adam Levine or someone in Maroon 5 loves hip-hop. During their current V era, the band has enlisted rappers J. Cole and Big Sean to add some urban swagger on “Animals” and “Maps” respectively. They’ve done it once again for their latest single.

This time around though, some female power was enlisted for the official remix of “Sugar.” Nicki Minaj delivers some rhymes about her favorite candy and fashion designers on the new version which features an updated and bouncier beat.

I like Minaj, but her presence isn’t necessary. The catchy track is fine on its own. Give the remix a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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ella-henderson-mirror-man-video

Despite finishing in sixth place on The X Factor UK, Ella Henderson is proving you don’t have to win the competition to launch a successful recording career. The 19-year-old singer’s first three singles lifted from her debut effort, Chapter One, have all landed in the UK Top 20 including the global smash “Ghost.” Her latest, “Mirror Man” should follow suit and do solidly on the charts as well.

Director Colin Tilley filmed a relatively simple clip but it’s in its simplicity that makes it stunning. Ella plays around with the elements including fire, sand and water while a hunky blond love interest transforms into a panther. There’s some wicked visual effects in the clip which probably cost the label a pretty penny. Check out the “Mirror Man” visual below.

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britney-spears-gimme-more-rehearsals

Over the years, Britney Spears has delivered several memorable performances at the MTV Video Music Awards. Whether she’s parading around on stage with a huge snake or making out with Madonna, the “Work Bitch” singer always makes headlines. In 2007, however, Spears had everyone talking, but for all the wrong reasons.

The second the awards show opened with a close up of Britney’s track extensions, you just knew it was going to be one hot huge mess. The 33-year-old singer looked dazed and confused as she slowly and awkwardly navigated the stage.

Footage from her rehearsals have leaked in full. It’s quite obvious Spears wasn’t in any condition to perform but MTV proceeded anyway. Poor girl. I will say though, she looks livelier during the rehearsals than the live performance.

The “Gimme More” trainwreck was just the latest debacle for Brit in 2007. That same year she entered rehab, lost custody of her children and shaved her head to name a few missteps. Check out the footage below.

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