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First off, congratulations to Selena Gomez for scoring her second Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit. “The Heart Wants What It Wants” catapulted from No. 20 to No. 6 this week, matching her personal best “Come & Get It” which peaked at No. 6.

Just in time for the weekend, Selena Gomez unleashes a whackload of dance remixes for her hit. If you weren’t a fan of the ballad before, perhaps these club-ready makeovers are more to your liking. DJ Kue, Cosmic Dawn and Ruff Loaderz transform the heartfelt single into something folks on the dance floor can really get into.

My personal favorite among the bunch is the Cosmic Dawn radio edit. It’s got a sexy slinky beat. Check them all out below.

listen to all the remixes after the jump

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I like YaYa Dacosta. I adore Deborah Cox. I respect Angela Bassett and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Whitney Houston. However, I’m not impressed that her life story is airing on Lifetime network. My diva deserves a big budget feature film. With the network butchering Aaliyah and Brittany Murphy’s lives in their recent cringeworthy biopics, I was worried the Bodyguard actress would suffer the same fate.

It’s still too early to tell, but the first trailer for Whitney looks promising. The television movie seems to cover the embattled singer’s tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown, drug addiction and career accomplishments. Yaya does a decent job channeling Houston and Cox’s vocals are spot on. Don’t even get me started on the movie’s Clive Davis. He looks uncannily identical to the music mogul. Sensational job on the casting. The only thing missing so far is Whit’s infamous ‘Bobbbbbbbyyyyy’ cattle calls.

Whitney airs on Saturday, January 17. Most likely, I’ll be hate watching it, but watching nonetheless. Check out the trailer below which premiered on BuzzFeed and share your thoughts afterwards.

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At the halfway point of the year, Katy Perry led the pack with the most played music video of 2014. As of November 30, 2014 Katy-patra’s “Dark Horse” clip has been eclipsed. Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX with their Clueless homage passed Perry to take the year end title.

According to VEVO, the “Fancy” clip pulled in more than 380 million views, 140 million of which were in the US alone. The Aussie femcee also makes another appearance on the Top 10 list thanks to her collaboration with Ariana Grande on “Problem.” Overall, the ladies dominated the list by taking the top seven slots. The highest charting man was Rich Gang with “Lifestyle.” Props to Sam Smith for making the cut with his relatively simple clip for his sensational ballad “Stay With Me.”

Check out how Taylor Swift’s shaking, Meghan Trainor and Nicki Minaj butt anthologies fared on the chart below.

check out all the clips after the jump

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A few days ago, I wrote that Jennifer Lawrence was set to make her debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, the 24-year-old actress sings an a capella number titled “The Hanging Tree.” The track produced by The Lumineers featuring lyrics by Hunger Games scribe Suzanne Collins was projected to break into the Top 40.

It charted even higher, entering the prestigious chart at No. 12 based on 200,000 downloads in its first week. That’s pretty remarkable for a song that’s not on the soundtrack, but rather on the score, and not receiving radio airplay. Is there anything this woman can’t do. To be fair though, the film’s composer James Newton Howard earns the credit officially.

find out the list of Oscar winning actors J-Law joins and listen to the track after the jump

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Jordin Sparks is taking aim at another R&B singer with her new track. This time around though, she’s not dissing her ex Jason Derulo like on “How Bout You.” Instead, it’s a response to Chris Brown’s song, “Loyals.”

The American Idol Season 6 winner teams up with DJ Mustard for a R&B gem. If you like Mustard’s other tracks such as “2 On” by Tinashe or “L.A. Love (La La)” from Fergie, this will be your cup of tea. “It Ain’t You” is the perfect hybrid of both those songs. The track is the first taste of Sparks’ upcoming third studio album Right Here, Right Now due out in 2015 via Sony Music.

It’s nice seeing Jordin going for a harder urban sound instead of something more pop-friendly. Give it a listen below.

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With over 300 million records sold worldwide and numerous lucrative business ventures, Madonna has certainly amassed a fortune over the past three decades. According to Wealth-X, the 56-year-old icon is the world’s richest recording artist with a net worth of $800 million. With a new album on the way and plenty of mileage left, expect Madge to pad that number over the next few years. I wouldn’t expect anything else from the best-selling female recording artist of all time according to Guinness World Records.

Coming in the runner-up slot as the second wealthiest recording artist on the planet is Paul McCartney with $660 million in his bank. Rounding out the Top 3 is Dr. Dre. The hip hop mogul doesn’t have a long list of hits, but he makes the list due to selling his Beats to Apple. The youngest person to make the Top 10 is 33-year-old Beyonce. She squeaks in at the No. 10 spot with a personal fortune of $440 million. Check out the rest below.

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Ever since its release in 1994, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has been covered by numerous artists come the holiday season. Fifth Harmony is the latest to take on the Mariah Carey classic. Their version doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel but it’s a fun little festive romp.

5H’s cover is off Epic Records’ I’ll Be Home For Christmas EP. Among the other offerings are Tamar Braxton (“Sleigh Ride”), Fiona Apple (“Frosty The Snowman”), Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson (“Winter Song”) and Meghan Trainor (“I’ll Be Home”).

What Normani, Lauren, Dinah, Camilla and Ally show their Yuletide spirit in the newly-released music video. The EP is currently in stores now.

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One of the things I look most forward to at this time of year is DJ Earworm’s annual music video, mashing up the calendar year’s 25 biggest Billboard hits. With the decline of EDM on the Hot 100 chart, Earworm (real name: Jordan Roseman) tells Billboard he went with a more mellower approach.

“The thing that has been most notable in the past two or three years is the decline of EDM,” says Earworm of the 25 songs he selected for this year’s song. “The ‘United State of Pop’ became this dance track from ’09 to ’12, and then starting last year, there just wasn’t enough in that genre to fully support it, so I went down-tempo. And this year, ‘Timber,’ which was popular in January, is the only popular dance track I’m dealing with. It’s definitely down-tempo, so you have to decide, how is this going to go? How am I going to maintain the energy levels while being true to the sound of the year?”

It truly is remarkable how he weaves ballads like Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and John Legend’s “All Of Me” with hip-hop anthems like Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” and Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow,” along with dance tracks DJ Snake’s “Turn Down For What” and Pitbull’s “Timber.” Check out the DJ/Producer’s latest masterpiece below, along with a list of which tracks made the cut.

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