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Clearly, Big Sean and Ariana Grande have chemistry both in and out of the recording studio. The real-life couple have collaborated previously on “Big Mistake” and “Right There.” If you count Grande’s smash hit “Problem” where the 26-year-old rapper makes an uncredited vocal contribution, that makes it three.

For his third studio album, Dark Sky Paradise, the Detroit-born emcee enlisted his girlfriend for the catchy hook on “Research.” Big Sean names drops several names including Chris Brown, Drake and Meek Mill in what appears to be some slight shade aimed towards his ex-fiancee, Glee actress Naya Rivera.

Sean calls out a ‘girl’ for ‘researching’ his phone for incriminating evidence, while all the while having some dirty skeletons in her own closet. Give the track a listen below and see if you think he’s dissing Naya.

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If Drake hoped to replicate Beyonce’s success when she dropped a surprise album, consider it mission accomplished. The Canadian rapper moved an impressive 535,000 units of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late during its debut frame. And that’s only factoring the three days the surprise EP was eligible for this week’s chart.

The EP is the hip-hop star’s fourth chart-topper. Drake is also planning on dropping a studio album, Views From The 6, later this year. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is the second-largest sales week among all albums in the past year, behind only the debut of Taylor Swift’s monster 1989 album.

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Missy Elliott Takes Us There On Jack Ü Remix

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Missy Elliott is one hot commodity these days after her well-received guest appearance during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. The 43-year-old rapper pops up on a hot remix for “Take Ü There” by Jack Ü.

Producers Diplo and Skrillex enlisted Elliott on their Kiesza-assisted collaboration. Missy’s signature hip hop swagger works wonders on the dubstep-tinged track.

If this is a taste of what’s to come from the “Get Ur Freak On” entertainer, I can’t wait for her new album to drop. She was recently spotted in the studio with her longtime collaborator Timbaland. Until those eventual masterpieces surface, check out “Take Ü There” remix below.

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carly-rae-jepsen-new-single

Carly Rae Jepsen will most likely never reach the heights of “Call Me Maybe.” Both “This Kiss” and “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” were solid followups but failed to do any damage on the Billboard charts or on radio. According to her PR team though, her forthcoming single is as good or even better than “Call Me Maybe.” Talk about high expectations.

Earlier this week, the 29-year-old Canadian singer was spotted filming the music video on the streets of Soho, New York City. Joining her were Justin Bieber (not surprising) and Oscar winner Tom Hanks (talk about random.) Who knew that Hanks and her were such good buddies? I’m thinking Tom owes someone in Jepsen’s camp a huge favor ;)

Based on the short snippet, “I Really Like You,” has potential. It definitely has a catchy hook. Give it a sample below, along with getting a glimpse of Tom Hanks showing off his dance moves.

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A star-studded roster came together to honor one of music’s living legends last Tuesday after the Grammys. Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were just some of the great talent assembled for Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute.

Bey opened the show, covering Wonder’s “Fingertrips,” “Master Blaster,” and “Higher Ground” with Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark Jr. by her side. Confession time. The more I see Ed Sheeran, the more my inexplicable crush on him grows. Seriously, I can’t get enough of the 24-year-old ginger. Beyonce should really consider booking some time in the studio with Ed for her next album. They sound fantastic together.

Other highlights include Gaga playing the piano to perform “I Wish” and Grande teaming up with Babyface to duet on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

Wonder, himself, took to the stage to perform a medley of his hits including “Contusion”, “Sir Duke”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, “Ribbon in the Sky”, “Overjoyed” and “Superstition.” The celebration ended with a star-studded performance of “Happy Birthday.”

Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monae, John Legend and Ne-Yo also took to the stage. Check out some of the performances below.

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It’s not exactly the Super Bowl half-time show, but the NBA did a solid job booking entertainment for its 2015 All-Star Game. Christina Aguilera and Ariana Grande received calls to entertain the crowd while the players regrouped for the second half.

Sadly though, Aguilera and Grande never shared the stage together. How epic would that have been? Instead, both divas enlisted guest rappers to assist them. X-tina brought NAS while Ariana conjured up Nicki Minaj.

For Christina, it was all about the Big Apple. The 34-year-old diva covered “New York, New York,” “New York State Of Mind,” and “Empire State Of Mind,” paying homage to the host city. The Radio City Rockettes joined her on stage to add even more NYC flair.

During her set, Grande performed a medley of her hits that included, “Problem“, “Love Me Harder”, “The Way”, “One Last Time“, “Bang Bang” and “Break Free.” If you’re going to her Honeymoon Concert Tour, this is pretty much a preview. Speaking of “Bang Bang,” how weird is it that I’ve seen Ariana and Nicki promote this more than Jessie J? Isn’t it technically the Brit’s single?

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I have to say I’m completely speechless with Ariana Grande’s latest video. It’s just so random and dramatic. She certainly loves looking to all things science-fiction for inspiration.

The Max Landis-directed clip begins with an explosion. We then see the 21-year-old navigate through a city being bombarded by meteors. After witnessing all the catastrophe surrounding her, Grande makes her way onto a rooftop with a male friend. As the apocalypse nears, the two exchange one last kiss.

One Last Time” is the fourth single released from Ariana’s Grammy-nominated album My Everything. Hopefully the David Guetta-produced track can follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and break into the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. Prior to this video, I thought it had a shot. Now, I’m not so sure. Check out the somewhat disappointing visual below.

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Whenever I hear “A Thousand Miles” I always think of that hilarious scene in White Chicks. Terry Crews‘ enthusiasm while singing the Vanessa Carlton hit cracks me up. While not as amusing, this wicked cover is worth checking out.

Grammy-nominated British singer MNEK elevates the piano-driven Top 10 2003 smash and transforms it into a surprising dance track. He adds some bass and drums while interpolating the B-52 classic, “Love Shack,” It’s pure genius and oddly catchy. Give it a spin below, along with the aforementioned White Chicks scene.

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