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After their big win at the 72nd Golden Globes, it’s pretty safe to say that John Legend and Common are headed to Oscar glory. Given that Selma was practically snubbed in a few major categories including Best Actor and Best Director, honoring them in this category is a nice consolation prize.

Both Lana Del Rey and Lorde who earned Golden Globes nominations failed to pick up Oscar nods. Taking their place are Adam Levine and surprisingly Rita Ora. Check out all the nominated original songs below and weigh in on which one should win.

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Remember Natasha Bedingfield? She was sorta the ‘thinking man’s Britney’ during the early 2000s. A blond pop princess but who wrote her own lyrics. She had a string of hits which included “These Words,” “Pocketful of Sunshine” and of course “Unwritten” which became the theme song for The Hills. The 33-year-old is back and for a cause.

Bedingfield’s comeback single “Hope” is a motivational track that is dedicated to women suffering from mental illness. 20 percent of proceeds go towards the Hope & Grace initiative.

“They asked me to write a song for their charity,” Bedingfield explained last week. “I was so inspired because good mental health is such an important thing for women to focus on. Us women need to stick together, to look after each other. We all know how to smile so well, but can often be so good at hiding the painful moments.”

In addition to this charity single, Natasha is working on her fourth studio album which she plans on releasing later this year. Give her latest visual a view below.

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Nicole Scherzinger released her latest album, Big Fat Lie, in England last year. “Your Love” was a Top 10 hit while “Run” and “On The Rocks” failed to crack the Top 40 in the UK. The 36-year-old former Pussycat Doll has now shifted focus across the pond in anticipation of the LP’s US release.

Scherzy recently covered one of Sam Smith‘s hits exclusively for Perez Hilton. I’m always down for a song cover, especially when done right. Given her history of executing previous covers with ease I was expecting so much from this.

In my opinion, Nicole tries too hard to make “I’m Not The Only One” her own, adding too much melisma. Girlfriend drags out the lyrics for far too long. Don’t take my word for it. Check out her cover below and weigh in afterward.

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G.R.L. is forging ahead as a quartet after Simone Battle committed suicide last year. The girl group pays tribute to their fallen comrade on a touching emotional new song titled “Lighthouse.”

“We rehearsed the other day without her, and it’s just weird. But she was so passionate about singing and this group, and I feel like we’re keeping her memory alive by being together,” Emmalyn, 22, told People. “But right now we’re focused on the song and the positive message overall, about being together in hard times. We’re taking everything else one day at a time.”

For the accompanying visual, the girls sing in a room filled with light bulbs while images of Battle’s childhood and times with G.R.L. are shown. I’m glad G.R.L. is continuing to make music. I’m a fan and wish them much success. Hopefully, they keep it as a quartet and don’t try to replace Battle.

“We learned so much from her,” Lauren, 25, continued. “In the video you can see her passion for performance, and you can see her strumming along to the music in the beginning. It’s us showing that she’s still part of the group. She’ll always be part of this group.”

Given how they lost Simone, the remaining girls are making it their mission to bring the topic of depression out in the open. They are partnering with Give An Hour- an organization that provides support and awareness for mental health issues. Check out the fitting clip below.

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Mariah Carey Officially Announces Las Vegas Residency

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Move over Britney, there’s a new diva heading to Las Vegas. After weeks of speculation, Mariah Carey confirmed the news on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Thursday.

“I ‘m going to do my first ever residency in Vegas at Caesars. This is a special event for me,” Mariah said. “And again, I have to hope that the fans will enjoy this cause I’m gonna be performing, which was kind of inspired by my album Number 1’s, and this is now the updated version with 18 of them.”

The 44-year-old elusive chanteuse will call Caesar’s Palace her home. She’ll hold down the fort while Celine Dion takes an extended hiatus to take care of family health issues. Once tickets go on sale, I’ll definitely be looking into booking a trip to Sin City.

No word on what Caesars shelled out, but it’s safe to assume it’ll top Spears. I’ll definitely share it when I learn her salary. Watch Mimi’s huge announcement below.

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Remember that 90s movie where Robert Redford offered Woody Harrelson one million dollars to sleep with Demi Moore? Men.com takes a page from Redford’s playbook to woo over Justin Bieber.

While upping the ante and doubling the price to $2 million is a nice touch, that’s chump change for the Biebs. But as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Johnny Rapid pleads his case to the Canadian singer in thirty seconds. Pretty much, he lets Justin know he can just starfish there while he does all the work. Check out the offer below.

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My preference when it comes to wedding receptions is I much prefer a DJ to a live band. Let’s face it, not all wedding bands were created equally. However, I will say I’ve seen my fair share of some pretty good live entertainment. If Maroon 5 was on hand though, I definitely wouldn’t complain.

Adam Levine and company crashed as many weddings possible during one sunny day in Los Angeles. Cameras were on hand to capture all the awesomeness for their “Sugar” music video. The reactions on the bride and groom and their guests are priceless. Katy Perry took a similar approach crashing birthday parties for a recent video, but this one is far better executed.

Not going to lie, I found myself getting a tad emotional watching it. Never thought I’d say that about a Maroon 5 clip. Check it out below.

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Ciara got engaged to Future in late 2013. The following year she gave birth to their baby and just a few months after that, they parted ways. Allegedly the rapper was extremely unfaithful and cheated on Ciara plenty of times. #stupidfool

“I bet you start loving me/ As soon as I start loving someone else/ Somebody better than you/ I bet you start needing me/ As soon as you see me with someone else/ Somebody other than you,” she sings on hook. “And I know that it hurts/ You know that it hurts your pride/ But you thought the grass was greener on the other side.”

Naturally, with that history and the song lyrics, one would think her latest “I Bet” was inspired by her ex. Apparently not. The 29-year-old singer says ‘no’ to Billboard.

Whatever inspired her, I’m loving the R&B slow jam produced by Harmony Samuels. With a killer remix, this has the makings of becoming a huge club anthem. Give it a listen below. Welcome back CiCi

“I am truly fulfilled by this experience of making my new music,” she tells Billboard. “I was able to create everything I have aspired and hoped for as an artist. It is my favorite album I have made thus far in my career, and so excited begin my new journey. It is a new me. A new attitude.”

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