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HAIM lost out the Grammy Award for Best New Artist earlier this week, but they are still winners in my book. Love them and glad Calvin Harris chose “Pray To God” featuring the sister act as his latest single from his album Motion.

I thought for sure “Together” featuring Gwen Stefani would be the next release given that the No Doubt singer is more high profile. To be perfectly honest, both tracks are worthy singles and I wouldn’t be surprised if “Together” follows “Pray To God.”

HAIM leaves their signature earthy bohemian vibe for a more polished glamorous look. They look bewitchingly stunning as they ride horses, hair flip in the forest, get cosmic in space and smolder in a snowy setting. Definitely a worthy visual for the killer track. Check it out below.

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Charli XCX Gives Taylor Swift Hit A Punk Makeover

In: Donovan, Music
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Charli XCX recently dropped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to promote her latest single “Doing It.” As required by any artist appearing on the show, a song cover is part of the set list.

Surprisingly, the 22-year-old English singer chose the super saccharine “Shake It Off.” Her punk-tinged rendition gives the peppy pop smash new life. The reinterpretation works quite well with Charli’s shout-y cheerleader-like yells.

If you’re not a fan of Swift’s sugary original, definitely give this new version a listen.

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Madonna is no dummy. The 56-year-old legend knows exactly where the majority of her fan base lies. Ergo the strategy behind this unique promo sweepstakes.

Madge teams up with Grindr to give five lucky fans an opportunity to chat with their diva on Valentine’s Day. All you have to do is recreate her now-iconic Rebel Heart album cover as your new profile pic on the gay hookup app. Be sure to include the hashtag #LivingForLove to go along with your new profile pic.

Click here for contest rules. Check out other the prizes part of the giveaway below.

  • Grand Prize – Five (5) lucky winners will win a chance to chat with Madonna herself on Grindr.
  • First Prize – Three (3) lucky winners will win a signed Rebel Heart album.
  • Second Prize – Three (3) lucky winners will win a Rebel Heart album.

Believe it or not, I don’t have Grindr but this might be the very reason to download it for the first time. Are you going to enter? Weigh in below.

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It’s been a long four years since Florence + The Machine unleashed Ceremonials in 2011. Thankfully, the English rock band decided to release new material today from their upcoming third studio album. It’s about friggin’ time.

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is a mysterious track with beautiful instrumentals. As usual, Florence Welch’s voice is pure magic. The track comes with an accompanying hypnotic music video.

Welch is shown dancing with a doppelgänger in the clip directed by Vincent Haycock and Tabitha Denholm. If you find yourself mesmerized by the choreography, it comes from the creative mind of Ryan Heffington. He’s the same choreographer responsible for all those dance moves in Sia’s viral “Chandelier.” Check out the video below.

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2015 Grammy Awards: My Favorite Moments

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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Throughout the night, only a handful of awards were presented during the 57th Grammy Awards. The marathon telecast instead opted to show performances. Some were memorable while others almost put me to sleep. Seriously, I have no idea what Ariana Grande was thinking. She has so many far superior songs than the ballad she chose.

By far, my favorite was Sia’s latest performance of her smash hit “Chandelier.” Maddie was once again on hand to execute some wicked contemporary choreography but this time she was joined by the hilarious Kristen Wiig. I’m still in shock the Aussie singer lost out Best Video to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” #robbed

Other highlights came from female veterans. Madonna injected some much needed energy in a night filled with ballads. Say what you will, but the 56-year-old can still deliver a fun pop performance. Meanwhile, Annie Lennox cast a spell on the audience when she joined Hozier. Mary J. Blige did the same when she paired up with Best New Artist Sam Smith on his ubiquitous hit, “Stay With Me.”

Beyonce closed out the show by delivering a soaring gospel number. Instead of being accompanied by women on stage, Bey opted to feature men who have suffered and lived. “I felt like this is an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black men,” she revealed. Check out her unforgettable performance below along with the others. Be sure to weigh in on your favorite Grammy performances.

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Madonna sure has a hard-on for all things bullfighting related. She’s often taken inspiration from the spectacle for several of her music videos and once again does it for “Living For Love.”

The 56-year-old icon engages in a beautifully choreographed duel against some hunky shirtless human bulls. The dramatic visual was directed by J.A.C.K. (Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen). It ends with the following quote from Friedrich Nietzsche.

“Man is the cruelest animal. At tragedies, bullfights and crucifixions he has felt best on earth; and when he invented hell for himself that was his very heaven.”

Madge made history with “Living For Love” by becoming the first artist to premiere a music video on Snapchat. Check it out below. I actually quite dig it and makes me like the track more.

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DJ Earworm, in my opinion, is one of the best mashup artists around. He never ceases to amaze me. Definitely wish I had his mad skills.

In honor of this weekend’s Grammy Awards, the talented DJ crafted a short video mashup for E!’s Live at the Red Carpet special. Check out his latest masterpiece below featuring some of this year’s nominated acts.

check out the clip after the jump

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, naturally everyone including Kelly Clarkson is in a romantic kind of mood. The 32-year-old singer shows numerous couples engaging in flirty lovey-dovey acts in her newly-released “Heartbeat Song” music video.

Overall, it’s a cute clip. Kelly, like she did in her “Catch My Breath” visual, uses every camera trick possible to hid her post-pregnancy weight. Gauzy filters and plenty above-the-bust shots are used whenever Kelly is on screen. I say embrace the weight, girl. She looks adorable no matter what size she is. Check out the clip below.

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