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Jessie J. is showing a softer and gentler side in this new offering off her forthcoming album, Sweet Talker, due out October 13. Co-written by rising R&B singer Elle Varner, “Personal” is exactly as the title suggests. The 26-year-old Brit sings about those foolish “what we do” moments during relationships on the stripped-back mid-tempo ballad.

It’s a nice change of pace from the more raucous club-bangers like “Bang Bang ” and “Burnin’ Up.” It’s nice to see Jessie rebound back from her underrated commercially-disappointing sophomore album, Alive. Give her first iTunes countdown single a listen below and sound off afterward.

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Anyone else secretly hoping that “Real Love” is a cover of Mary J. Blige’s classic hip hop soul hit from 1992? Sadly, it isn’t. The silver lining though is Clean Bandit was wise enough to enlist Jess Glynne for a new collaboration. The last time they teamed up “Rather Be” was created. Definitely one of my favorite tracks from this past Summer.

Real Love” is off Clean Bandit’s reissue of their debut album New Eyes. Currently, the track is only slated for European release, but thanks to the Internet, those living across the pond get to sample the disco-infused dance-pop track. Off that bat, it isn’t as catchy as “Rather Be” but it has potential. Give it a listen below.

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For the most part, I like it better when Nicole Scherzinger delivers uptempo tracks like “Poison,” “Don’t Hold Your Breath” or “Wet.” Even during her Pussycat Dolls era, the only slow jam I enjoyed was “Stickwitu,” which by the way is an awesome group karaoke song to sing along to. The 36-year-old is going against familiar ground to promote her sophomore album.

After a couple buzz singles, “Your Love” and “On The Rocks,” Scherzinger has chosen “Run” as the official first single off her LP, Big Fat Lie. Instead of going with a pop-dance number, she’s opted for a heartfelt piano ballad which allows Nicole to show off her soaring vocals. The track, like most of the songs on her forthcoming effort, was produced by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. Give the song a listen below. Does Nicole finally have a solo hit on her hands? Weigh in below.

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If you’re not feelin’ all the retro-tinged tracks Jennifer Hudson is offering up these days, perhaps this new dance ditty is more to your liking.

English electronic music production duo, Gorgon City, taps the Dreamgirls actress for “Go All Night” which finds Hudson going deep house courtesy of Kiesza. The “Hideaway” singer co-wrote the dance track. It’s nice seeing J-Hud venturing out of her comfort zone. This suits her just nicely.

Go All Night” is off Gorgon City’s forthcoming debut album, Sirens, due out on October 6th in the UK. Other artists featured on the LP include MNEK, Laura Welsh, Maverick Sabre, Katy B, Erik Hassle, Yasmin and many others. Give the Hudson-assisted number a listen below and sound off afterward.

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Sam Smith Debuts Upbeat ‘Restart’ Music Video

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No one does heart-wrenching ballads like Sam Smith. Correction, no other male singer does. Adele has that market cornered. While I loathe music videos using tour footage, I will say it’s a nice change of pace to see Smith actually crack a smile in one of his music clips. It’s only fitting, “Restart,” the sole track off The Lonely Hour gets somewhat of an upbeat visual.

“Restart is one of my favourite tracks on the album and I really felt like I wanted to visualise it,” says Smith. “I had such an amazing time putting this video together, remembering some incredible moments from this year and also a recent trip with my team to Brighton this summer.”

Restart” is the fifth single off Smith’s debut album. I suppose if there was a perfect time to offer up the obligatory tour music video, now would be it. Check out the Brit’s adventures on tour this summer in the video below. Kinda makes me bummed I missed his concert last week. I suppose lying on the beach in Maui wasn’t a bad consolation prize.

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I don’t know about you, but I get a little squeamish at the sight of blood, especially copious amounts of it. Even though I know it’s clearly fake, watching Adam Levine drenched in it with Behati Prinsloo is a little creepy. I’m sure some of you have a different point of view and will find the clip hot.

The newlyweds get naked and intimate for the Samuel Bayer-directed clip. Levine plays a butcher who’s obsessed with Prinsloo and preys upon her. Maroon 5 received a little flack for the controversial lyrics and I’m sure the accompanying visual will do nothing but add more fuel to that fire. Give it a view below.

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Aretha Franklin has demanded “respect” in the past and now she’s serving some major R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas. The 72-year-old legend covers classic tracks from her compatriots spanning the past several decades for her forthcoming album.

Among the chosen include Gladys Knight, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Sinead O’Connor to name a few. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Andre 3000 are a couple of the producers who worked with Franklin on Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics due out on October 21.

The most contemporary track appearing on the LP is Adele’s monster hit “Rolling In The Deep.” Aretha gives the track some old school swagger by incorporating the chorus from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for a unique mashup. She’ll perform the track on Late Night with David Letterman tonight. Give it a listen below, along with reading the complete tracklisting.

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Lorde previously covered Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Clearly, the powers-that-be were impressed with the Kiwi singer. The “Royals” singer curates the entire soundtrack for the latest installment.

The lead cut, “Yellow Flickr Beat,” has premiered on her Vevo account. It will reportedly be played during The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 closing credits.

“Yellow Flickr Beat” is exactly what you’d expect from Lorde. It’s ominous-sounding with introspective and thought-provoking lyrics. The brooding singer is the perfect musician to provide the soundtrack for Katniss Everdeen in battle. Give it a listen below.

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