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DJ Cassidy Makes The World Go Round With R. Kelly

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When did R. Kelly become the go-to duet partner du jour. First Lady Gaga and now DJ Cassidy. The veteran New York disc jockey enlisted the 47-year-old R&B singer for a catchy new track, “Make The World Go Round.”

Much like his Robin Thicke and Jessie J collaboration, “Calling All Hearts,” Cassidy’s new single is another retro-tinged romp. R. Kelly’s soulful vocals complement the rich horn section and throbbing bassline perfectly. I’m also loving the dance instructions shouted by Cassidy. I can definitely see people executing the choreography at the clubs.

Both “Make The World Go Round” and “Calling All Hearts” are off the celebrity DJ’s debut album, Paradise Royale, due out this Summer. The album boasts other high-profile artists including Kelly Rowland, Usher, Passion Pit and Pitbull. Give the delicious disco anthem a listen below.

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Lady Gaga Debuts Trimmed G.U.Y. Music Video

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Are you obsessed with Lady Gaga’s 12 minute visual opus? Do you find yourself always skipping to the meaty parts of the clip? You’re in luck. Mother Monster has debuted a trimmed down version of the video to a much more manageable four minutes. In essence, it’s just the “G.U.Y.” portion, omitting “Venus,” “ARTPOP” and the lengthy credits.

The original has already amassed over 18 million views. That will surely give the single a boost on Billboard’s chart. It definitely needs it as the song debuted only at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 Bubbling Under Chart. In other words it’s No. 118 on the main chart.

Once the visual streams have been added in, I predict a Top 20 placing. I would place it higher but the single isn’t selling well on iTunes, struggling to break into the Top 100. If you want to remedy that situation, give the broadcast version of “G.U.Y” a spin below.

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Last year, Cyndi Lauper celebrated the 30th anniversary release of her debut album, She’s So Unusual. The album sold six million in the United States and over 16 million worldwide. It landed at No. 4 on Billboard’s 1983 year end albums chart. Her LP spawned several hit singles including “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” “All Through the Night,” “Money Changes Everything” and of course “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Love the Spice Girls, but that song is the OG girl power anthem.

Over the years, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” has been covered numerous times with several different musical arrangements. Some have been great and some have been completely WTF. What’s surprising is the released version that everyone loves is completely different than the original demo recording by Lauper. Can you imagine if Rick Chertoff and William Whitman, who co-produced the track, didn’t flip the script to the catchy pop song that made Cyndi into a household name. Check out the original demo evolve to the official release below.

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“Fall Into Love” with Wrathschild

In: Calan, Music
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The other day I did a post introducing you all to Wrathschild consisting of boy-girl team Simon Curtis and Wolfy. Well they officially launched their first single together titled “Fall Into Love” on Billboard.com and now you can all fall as hard as I have for this duo. The song has been on repeat since I got a copy to review. If the rest of their album comes out as magical as this single then I’m sure these two are well on their way to commercial success.

These two are currently doing all the heavy lifting on their own so please be sure to support them and their music by purchasing the single so they can continue to bring us awesome tunes for years to come.

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Kylie Minogue Shares Her Romantic Music Playlist

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After all this time, I finally know why I love Kylie Minogue. We apparently have the same taste in music. The 45-year-old Aussie compiled an extremely listenable playlist titled “Back To Mine” for Rdio.com. “Lovers of the world unite for this exclusive Rdio playlist of romantic gems handpicked by Kylie herself,” writes the website.

Her picks include classic 90s R&B tracks from Janet Jackson, TLC and surprisingly Hi-Five. The out-of-nowhere latter selection really pleases me. The boy band’s “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” is one of my favorite tracks from that decade.

The “Sexercize” chanteuse also earns some hipster cred with cuts from Grimes, Sky Ferreira and Solange. Minogue even picked a hit from Johnny Depp’s former love, Vanessa Paradis. She recorded the campy track, “Joe Le Taxi,” when she was only 14-years-old. Check out Kylie’s other selections below and weigh in on which of them are your favorites afterward.

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Danity Kane Announces #NoFilterTour

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The five four ladies of Danity Kane are embarking on a tour this Spring. Dubbed the #NoFilterTour, Aubrey O’Day, Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex & Aundrea Fimbres kick things off in San Francisco on May 16. The tour will consist of their greatest hits and new tracks off their forthcoming album.

They announced the news via YouTube using fan selfies to create images of the ladies. While the pics come together, a cheesy inspirational voiceover delivers lines like this, “From the very beginning we have always believed in acting with expression — free from restrictions.” Check out the clip and tour dates below.

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Shakira Is A Fiery Runaway Bride In Empire Video

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It’s all about Shakira in her latest clip. I suppose when you’re not allowed male co-stars and Rihanna isn’t available, there is no other choice.

With no groom in sight, the 37-year-old channels Julia Roberts circa Runaway Bride and hightails it out of the church. Hopefully, the same thing doesn’t happen when Shakira walks down the aisle for real when she marries her handsome boyfriend, Gerard Pique.

Once free, the Colombian singer references two other films. Her wedding dress catches fire reminiscent of Catching Fire and then runs to a lush green landscape to twirl her little heart out. Julie Andrews would be so proud. Check out the “Empire” clip below which was directed by Darren Craig, Jonathan Craven and Jeff Nicholas

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When Rio hit theaters in 2011, it grossed $143.6 million. It’s accompanying soundtrack didn’t fare as well and only moved 148,000 copies. With the Frozen soundtrack doing phenomenal business, spending six weeks atop the Billboard Top 200 and selling 1.4 million units, future animated films have a lot to live up to. With a star-studded cast, Rio 2 is definitely poised to do much better than its predecessor. However, I don’t think any of the tracks will reach “Let It Go” heights.

“This is almost a traditional musical,” says Kevin Weaver, president of film and television music at Atlantic Records Group. “Many of the characters perform on camera. I think there is definitely more of an appetite for animated films that are music-heavy and are very good. Everyone should keep an eye on them.”

Among the highlights of the 14 Brazil-inspired tracks are Ester Dean and B.o.B’s collaboration, “Rio Rio,” and Janelle Monae’s “What Is Love.” The soundtrack also features duets and ensemble songs by the film’s voice cast, including Kristen Chenoweth, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jermain Clement, Rita Moreno, Jesse Eisenberg, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, X Factor finalist Rachel Crow and more. Give the soundtrack a spin below.

“As the film progresses and the Blue Macaws make their way into the Amazon, the music’s rhythms increasingly become tribal and rooted in the folk music of northern Brazil. “We wanted to show the diversity of Brazilian music,” producer Sergio Mendes tells Billboard.

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