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On December 2nd, Mary J. Blige releases her thirteenth studio album titled The London Session. The 43-year-old R&B singer traveled across the pond to collaborate with this decade’s most celebrated UK musical talent – including Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, SAM ROMANS and Sam Smith.

“It’s all about the London Music scene and I’m so excited to have been part of it, to record my album,” says Blige. “The songs are fun, therapeutic and soulful. This is a beautiful change for me and I’m proud of what we have done here.”

The lead single, “Therapy,” co-written by Smith has been officially released. The slow-tempo offering sees Blige go more the bluesier route. It borrows from Doo-wop with its simple beat, minimal instrumentation and backing harmonies, as it glides along Blige’s signature soulful voice.

Another track “Whole Damn Year” has also leaked. The powerful R&B ballad finds Mary serving a little Emeli Sandé realness. Not surprising given that Sandé co-wrote this song with Naughty Boy co-producing it with Rodney Jerkins. The latter produced the entire album. Give both tracks a listen below and watch a trailer for The London Sessions as well.

listen to them all after the jump

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Arguably the most-hyped show coming into this new season has to be Gotham. FOX’s Batman prequel didn’t disappoint in terms of ratings. It notched 8 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among the coveted 18-49 demo. Definitely solid given it was against two back-to-back episodes of The Big Bang Theory. Only time will tell if the show can maintain or build upon its series premiere numbers.

Also debuting well was Scorpion over at CBS. It generated 14 million viewers and a 3.3 rating. No doubt aided greatly by it’s cushy lead-in- The Big Bang Theory double header. I don’t typically watch shows on the eye network, but this one has me intrigued. I can’t wait to check it out when I get back from my Hawaiian vacay.

Unfortunately for ABC, the winning streak for freshman shows ended with Forever. The show did alright with 8.3 million viewers but only managed to snag 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo. That number represents a 32 percent decrease from Castle which occupied the post-Dancing With The Stars slot last season. Don’t expect a long life for this immortality drama.

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Jessie J. Debuts New Track ‘Burnin Up’

In: Donovan, Music
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Jessie J suffered the dreaded sophomore slump, but quickly rebounded with “Bang Bang.” Question is, can she keep the momentum going without Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s assistance? Hopefully, she has something else in her arsenal, because this one doesn’t scream smash hit.

Despite featuring production by Max Martin and a rap interlude by 2 Chainz, “Burnin’ Up” never lives up to its title. In fact, it barely generates any heat and fails to ignite. Perhaps, it’s a slow burn and I’ll sing its praises in a couple of weeks, but at the moment, it’s just ‘meh.’

Jessie J.’s third album, Sweet Talker, hits stores October 13 in the U.S. Give her latest a listen below.

listen to the track after the jump

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I guarantee this isn’t going to make any Top 10 list in North Korea at the end of the year. The country’s main media outlet, Korean Central News Agency, has condemned the film (without naming it), promising “stern” and “merciless” retaliation if the film is released.

It’s not all too surprising. Kim Jong-il wasn’t exactly a fan of Hollywood’s portrayal of him in Team America: World Police. How hilarious was that flick? His son, who’s the country’s current leader and the subject of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new film, has already weighed in. He’s called the movie as “undisguised terrorism.”

Check out the synopsis and trailer below. The Interview hits theaters on Christmas Day. Not exactly your typical yuletide fair, is it? Masters of Sex actress, Lizzy Caplan (love her) also stars in the film.

Movie Synopsis

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

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Ricky Martins Sings ‘Adios’ In Three Languages

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When you’re a global superstar like Ricky Martin, it only makes sense he releases his new track in multilingual formats. Naturally, Spanish is one of them, with English and French being the others. Correction. The 42-year-old singer somewhat cheats on the latter since it’s actually an English/French hybrid. Someone needs French 201 lessons ;)

Adios” is off Martin’s forthcoming tenth studio album. It’s the followup to his comeback single “Come With Me” which was a huge hit in Australia and dance clubs worldwide. He followed that up with his FIFA World Cup contribution, “Vida.”

Ricky is experiencing a bit of a renaissance these days. Let’s hope his streak continues with “Adios.” Give his latest a listen below which has been described as “gypsy music meets big band instrumentation.”

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It’s official!!! Bryan Singer is on board to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, scheduled to hit theaters on May 27, 2016. There was doubt that a lawsuit filed by Michael Egan claiming sexual abuse would threaten the 49-year-old director’s participation in the film. With Egan dropping the lawsuit last month, Singer is free and clear to direct the highly-anticipated sequel.

Singer helmed the first two X-Men films of the original franchise and returned to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past. The latter is the most successful one in the franchise’s history with a worldwide gross of $746 million. Production on X-Men: Apocalypse will begin early next year. Are you excited Bryan is back? Sound off below.

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Recently, P!nk joined forces with Canadian singer Dallas Green to form a new folk duo called you + me. They release their first album together titled rose ave. on October 14.

Their first track “you + me” was a gentle folk ballad. They follow that up with another acoustic-driven gem. This time, however, P!nk dedicates the song, “Break The Cycle,” to her mother.

“We were at the bar talking and I really wanted to write a song about my mom,” P!nk tells HuffPost Entertainment. “It didn’t turn out to be quite the love song I thought it would be, but it’s very honest and came out to be so much more.” Give the track a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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Is Kenan Thompson Leaving Saturday Night Live?

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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OMG!!! Please say it isn’t so. Who’s going to play Whoopi Goldberg for future skits on Saturday Night Live? #travesty

According to TMZ, the show’s most seasoned active performer is planning to leave at the end of the 2014-15 season. Their sources say Kenan Thompson wanted out last season, but producer Lorne Michaels convinced him to stay since there was massive cast changes last year.

The 36-year-old joined the show in 2003, making him the most tenured African-American cast member in the show’s 40-year history. Reportedly, he wants to move to the West Coast with his wife and new baby to pursue new opportunities.

Will you miss Kenan? What’s your favorite performance of his? Weigh in below after reliving his hilarious impersonation of Whoopi.

UPDATE: EW.com reached out to an SNL spokesperson. They said the report is “inaccurate as the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season.”

watch Kenan as Whoopi after the jump

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