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Following Adele’s footsteps is a monumental task for anyone, even if you’re as talented as Sam Smith. “Skyfall” was beyond epic and ranks up there among one of the greatest 007 theme songs ever.

“This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it” – Sam Smith

Smith is the first British male solo artist to sing the theme song since 1965. “Writing’s On The Wall” finds the 23-year-old Brit teaming up with co-writer Jimmy Napes once again. Disclosure, who Smith’s collaborated with many times, also played a part on the production.

As expected, the track features a lush orchestral arrangement and Smith’s signature falsetto is on full display. While, I enjoy the track (not as much as “Skyfall), early reviews have not been so kind. Wimpy, boring and a drag are some of the words being used to describe the track. I will agree with most assessments that the chorus isn’t really memorable. No catchy hook here. Give it a listen below and weigh in for yourselves.

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If you haven’t checked out Troye Sivan yet, you should. I’m obsessed with this kid. The 20-year-old Australian entertainer has oodles of talent and then some.

Sivan just debuted the second installment of his Blue Neighbourhood music video trilogy. The first chapter, featuring the title track off his new album Wild, told the story of Troye and his childhood boyfriend.

Their budding romance hits a major bump in the new video including the track “Fools.” The father of his lover walks in as the two are hot and heavy. Troye is immediately kicked out of the house and latter shunned by his former boyfriend whose father has forbidden his son to see him. Making matters even worse, his former lover has now found a new girlfriend.

Don’t look forward to a happy ending to this coming-of-age tale. A preview for the final installment shows a scene taking place at a cemetery. Check out the “Fools” video below.

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Janet Jackson first debuted “Burn It Up” featuring Missy Elliott at the kick-off of her Unbreakable World Tour in Vancouver earlier this month. Finally, the legendary 49-year-old singer unveils the high quality version of the scorching track. And it sounds even more glorious than I remember when I first heard it during her concert.

“Burn It Up” is Janet’s second collaboration with Elliott. Their first “Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)” appeared during her All For You era. Though I love that track, it underperformed on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking only at No. 28. Here’s hoping “Burn It Up” does better. Given the right promotional push and accompanying music video, it could.

On a side note, there are rumors that Naughty Boy has been tapped to rework the single for a UK release. Can’t wait to hear his version, if reports are true. In the meantime, give the original a listen below.

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For their Salute era, Little Mix channeled 90s R&B acts like Destiny’s Child and En Vogue for their sassy girl anthems. The latest taste off their third studio album, Get Weird, finds the UK girl group heading back further in time for inspiration.

Perrie, Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Jade serve major doo-wop realness on “Love Me Like You.” Their tight harmonies on the throwback single would make the Supremes, the Shirelles or any girl group from the Motown era proud. It’s not as catchy as “Black Magic” or as sassy as “Hair,” but it’s a nice change. Give it a listen below.

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Slayage, absolute slayage!!!

Sia just dropped the official lead single from her forthcoming new studio album, This Is Acting, and not surprisingly, it’s phenomenal. “Alive” is giving me life. The soaring chorus is fantastic. Actually, the most shocking thing about the 39-year-old pop powerhouse’s new offering is that it was originally intended for Adele, but was ultimately rejected.

“It’s about Adele’s life, so I now sing a song from Adele’s perspective. This is the first song from this new project. I’m calling it This Is Acting because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn’t go into it thinking, ‘This is something I would say’. It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun”.

The concept of this new album is amazing. I can’t wait to hear the other tracks Sia wrote that other artists passed up. Until those leak, give “Alive” a listen or two or three below. I can’t wait to see the video. I only hope Sia ditches her current shtick and finally shows her face.

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Disclosure Debuts Magnetic Lorde Collabo

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Disclosure drops their highly-anticipated album Caracal in just a couple of days on September 25. Minus the ones that have already been released, the one most are eagerly looking forward to sampling is the English duo’s pairing with Lorde. Does it live up to its high expectations? Resoundingly, I have to say ‘yes.’

Magnets” is fantastic. The Lawrence brothers slow down the BPM, perfectly falling into the “Royals” singer’s vocal wheelhouse. It also has a gloomy atmospheric mood that’s in line with the Kiwi’s overall brand and vibe. Hopefully, “Magnets” gets an official single release and an accompanying visual. It has major potential to do damage on radio and on the charts. I’m obsessed. Give it a listen below.

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Believe it or not, Todrick Hall actually pays homage to someone else than Disney princesses or Beyonce. Shocking news, right? The 30-year-old MTV star instead directs all his adoration and talents to Taylor Swift.

Much like the treatment he gave Queen Bey for that phenomenal tribute, Toddy clones himself to cover Swift’s catalog as a quartet. Not only does he craft an impeccable mashup, but he does it with killer arm choreography as well.

Naturally, once Swift saw this, she gushed online. “I honestly can’t believe what I just saw. This amount of talent in one person has me speechless. I heart @toddyrockstar,” she tweeted. T-Swizzle then invited Hall to her show in Kansas City, Missouri. Check out the epic tribute below.

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Kiesza Gives It To The Moment On New Track

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Is Kiesza about to drop her sophomore album in the near future? It appears that way. The 26-year-old Canadian singer who broke out in a big way in 2014 with her viral clip “Hideaway” has spent most of this year being a featured artist on tracks by Jack U, Duran Duran, Joey Bada$$ and Tribe Society. “Give It To The Moment” is the first single as the lead artist since her debut album Sound Of A Woman.

Give It To The Moment” finds Kiesza collaborating with producer Djemba Djemba. While it’s no “Hideaway,” the track isn’t bad. It actually sounds a lot like her Jack U collabo “Take U There.” Clearly, that vibe spoke to her as she’s somewhat replicating it here. Give it a listen below.

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