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Prior to Grease: Live, I had no idea who Jordan Fisher was. I’m pretty sure most of the viewers hadn’t heard of the 21-year-old actor previously either. He appeared in Disney’s Teen Beach films and ABC Family’s The Secret Life of The American Teenage. Based on last night’s performance, I predict Fisher is here to stay.

The rising talent just dropped a new single via Soundcloud. “Counterfeit” is a sultry track that shows off his vocals, especially that sexy falsetto of his. The pop track has a shot of crossing over to mainstream radio if promoted wisely. It’s very in line with what Nick Jonas and Justin Bieber are serving up these days. Give it a listen below.

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Grease Live: Huge Ratings & My Five Favorite Numbers

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Grease was definitely the word on Sunday night. FOX’s first live musical production hit all the right notes, scoring with critics and viewers alike.

Grease: Live danced away with 12.2 million viewers and an impressive 4.3 rating among adults 18-49, beating NBC’s last two live productions. The Wiz Live and Peter Pan Live scored 11.5 million and 9.2 million respectively. It did fall short, however, of The Sound of Music Live which delivered a whopping 18.3 million viewers. FOX, though, should be very proud. The network proved you could stage a live production without making it a hate-watching event.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the three-hour extravaganza. There were so many moving parts (multiple sound stages, live audience and rainy weather) to the elaborate production. FOX really set the bar high for all following live musicals. This one will be hard to beat.

According to The Wrap, Vanessa Hudgen’s standout number, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” was the most re-watched scene during the live telecast. While Hudgen’s Rizzo cover ranked in my Top 5, it wasn’t my favorite. Find out which scene was below.

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It’s been eons since I last posted about Yanis Marshall. For those who aren’t familiar with him, the French dancer became a YouTube sensation when he danced in high heels all over Paris to Spice Girls tunes. Then along with Arnaud and Mehdi they wowed audiences on Britain’s Got Talent.

The trio recently uploaded a new video on their YouTube channel paying homage to Britney Spears. They updated the choreography for her hit, “Baby One More Time,” with sultrier slash sluttier dance moves. Check out the fierceness below.

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With Super Bowl 50 just mere days away, naturally Coldplay drops a brand new video. And not just any, but one featuring Beyonce. Only makes sense given Yonce is scheduled to join the Chris Martin-fronted band at the Super Bowl Half-time Show.

The Ben Hor-directed visual finds Martin and Bey traveling to the exotic land of India. Beautiful landscapes, ancient temples and the vibrant people are highlighted in the beautifully-shot clip.

I do sense Martin and co. will no doubt receive some criticism for Beyonce dressing up in traditional Indian garb. I personally don’t find it offensive, but there will be some who will cite cultural appropriation.

Watch the “Hymn For The Weekend” video below and weigh in if you think Bey dressing in this way was a good or bad idea.

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Zayn Malik Debuts First Solo Single ‘Pillow Talk’

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The highly-anticipated debut single from Zayn Malik has finally arrived. With such a well-publicized departure from One Direction, pressure is definitely on for Malik to deliver a smash hit from the get go.

Personally, “Pillow Talk” is just alright. The mid-tempo R&B jam is decent but nothing groundbreaking. I fear that it won’t do well on radio, given that it doesn’t have a catchy hook, IMHO. Maybe subtle is what he was going for. If so, then mission accomplished.

Check out the music video below featuring rumored girlfriend, Gigi Hadid. The supermodel certainly loves appearing in music videos. This is the umpteenth one in recent memory.

“I think I’m pretty black and white about what it’s about,” he revealed to The Sunday Times. “Everybody has sex, and it’s something people want to hear about,” the 23-year-old continued. “It’s part of everybody’s life, a very big part of life! And you don’t want to sweep it under the carpet. It has to be talked about.”

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Rising Artist Spotlight: Mackenzie Thoms

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Tori Kelly proved last year she didn’t need to win American Idol to make a huge splash in the recording history. Girlfriend became the “It Girl” of the year despite not even making the voting rounds. The 23-year-old singer was certainly the one that got away. Here’s another rising talent that the FOX singing competition rejected.

Mackenzie Thoms tried out for Season 11 of American Idol. Clearly he didn’t make it far because I don’t really remember him on the show. Like Tori proved, that doesn’t matter if you got mad skills.

The Seattle-raised singer made heads turn with his debut single “Conviction,” released last year. His latest, “Do Me All Again,” is even better. It’s R&B with a pop sensibility and radio friendly. Give it a listen below, along with his previous single.

“‘Do Me All Again’ is about the difficulty being in a relationship. Basically me asking the other person if being with me was worth the heartache. When I wrote this song it was with 2 of my friends when I was in a moment of vulnerability. I really wanted to be express my situation at the time. So that’s what I did. I hope when people listen they realize that nobody should ever be with a person who’s only giving or getting half of themselves.” – Mackenzie Thoms

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Dev Debuts Sultry New Track ‘Lowkey’

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Remember Dev? The 26-year-old singer was poised to be the next big thing after her hit “Bass Down Low” and featured appearance on “Like A G6” by Far East Movement. Sadly, her subsequent singles went nowhere even with assistance from the likes of Enrique Iglesias and Sage The Gemini. She’s back and with a killer new track in tow.

Taking a page from Selena Gomez’s Revival book, Dev goes the sultry route with a slinky R&B-tinged track. “Lowkey” finds Dev channeling her inner sex kitten to send out serious sensual vibes. If you like Selena’s latest singles, you’ll appreciate this. Give the alluring single a spin below.

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Sia Debuts Soaring New Track ‘Broken Glass’

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I fully admit I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I can’t help it. Everything on her forthcoming album, This Is Acting, has been fan-friggin’-tastic. Her latest preview is no different.

It’s beyond shocking that all these tracks were initially intended for other artists but were ultimately rejected. They’re all fools. At least their team is for letting these gems slip away.

With just days before her LP drops (Friday, Jan 29), Sia graces her fans with another lavish pop anthem. “Broken Glass” is everything you’d expect from the 40-year-old Aussie. It features booming synths, soaring vocals and passionate lyrics. Give it a spin below.

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