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International publications using existing photos of celebrities on their respective covers is nothing new. In fact, it’s a common practice. However, when two editions of a magazine use the same celebrity simultaneously but one is clearly photoshopped, it’s kinda hilarious. Didn’t the parent company not know what their foreign entities were up to?

If you watched Season 5 of The Voice, you undoubtedly noticed Christina Aguilera’s weight loss. She looked fantastic. Apparently, she was too skinny for Cosmopolitan’s Middle East edition. The publication placed Aguilera’s flawless face with some other chick’s body. The “real” head to toe picture appears on the Malaysian edition’s cover. It’s clear the same headshot was used given that X-Tina’s wearing identical earrings and sporting the same makeup and hair. Hilariously enough, the image was originally used for Elle Brazil. Check out the other cover below and compare

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Man Crush: DJ Craig

In: Donovan, Music, Totally GAY!
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Don’t let the name fool you. He’s actually not a DJ, although he is embarking in a career in music. David John Craig or DJ Craig as he prefers to be known professionally is an actor, model and aspiring singer. Since he sorta reminds me of Gleb Savchenko from Dancing With The Stars, I thought I’d feature him in my Man Crush series. I love me some Gleb.

I stumbled upon this Pennsylvania-born stud thanks to a suggestion sent to me via our Facebook page. When I saw his face he looked familiar, but couldn’t quite place him. After checking out his website, I figured it out. He was featured in Christina Aguilera’s “Your Body” music video. Other celebrities he’s worked projects with include Neil Patrick Harris, Dane Cook, Seth Green, Chris Brown, Cher Lloyd, Jasmine V., Placebo, and OwlCity.

Recently, he released a YouTube video doing a cover of songs containing “Beautiful.” Those artists in his medley include One Direction, James Blunt, Prince, Bruno Mars, Joe Cocker, Jesse McCartney and, naturally, Aguilera. Check out the clip below along with sexy pics from his Instagram and Facebook. If you want to hear some of his original material, be sure to click on the SoundCloud link at the end of the post.

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Nasty” was originally recorded by Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Some reports say the collaboration between The Voice judges was intended for either Aguilera’s Lotus LP or Burlesque soundtrack. Either way, it was never released. As they often say, one man’s trash, is another man’s treasure. How hilarious would it be if Pixie Lott’s version became a global hit? I betcha Xtina’s panties would bunch up ;)

It’s been a long three years since the 22-year-old’s sophomore effort. For her third studio album, Lott revealed Motown served as an inspiration. “I’m going to be heading to New York to work with the guys who did the original Motown records in the ’60s to make a new album soon,” she previously stated. If the LP sounds anything like “Nasty,” I’m all in. I’m loving the sassy hook and jazzy-retro production. Hopefully, the Bryan Barber-directed clip is equally as fun.

Check out both versions below and sound off on which songbird sounds best on the track in the comments section.

check out Pixie’s live version and X-Tina’s demo after the jump

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Can’t decide which version of “Do What U Want” you like best? Torn between R. Kelly’s sultry soulful vibe and Christina Aguilera’s growling ad libs? Perhaps, Rick Ross’ sick rhymes are more your flavor. Whichever collaboration you prefer, you’ll go bat sh*t crazy for this megamix, or what I like to call “DWUW Version 4.0,” featuring all of Lady Gaga’s duet partners.

In other Gaga-related news, she recently apologized to her little monsters for the delay of the accompanying music video. The “Applause” singer cryptically wrote on her website that some people “betrayed her” by “mismanaging” her time and health.

Call me a skeptic but I just don’t see Gaga being pushed around. I feel her entire image and direction is heavily controlled by her. The conspiracy theory-loving person that I am, thinks Gaga and Terry Richardson are preparing an ultimate clip featuring R. Kelly, X-Tina and Ross. Don’t you think? Check out her entire apology below, along with the megamix.

listen to the megamix after the jump

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Sorry R. Kelly, but you’re yesterday’s news. As fantastic as the original duet was, along with some pretty wicked live performances, Gaga pushed the R&B singer aside. The “Applause” chanteuse released a studio version of her epic duet with Christina Aguilera at the stroke of midnight New Years.

As much as I like the new studio recording, I was hoping more of a growl-off similar to their live Voice performance. With that being said, any track that features X-Tina on guest vocals is always fantastic. Give it a listen below. Just in case you missed their live duet, I also added that as well. Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want” featuring Christina Aguilera is available to download on Amazon.

It’s a pretty savvy move for Gaga to release an alternate version. For those who were uncomfortable with R. Kelly singing about doing stuff to one’s body given his controversial sexual past, the Xtina version could be easier to swallow (excuse the pun). Don’t you think? Weigh in below.

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The 41th annual American Music Awards took place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live on Sunday night with Mr. Worldwide aka Pitbull hosting. Random choice, right?

Heading into the evening, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had the most nominations with six. Even though they nabbed two AMAs, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night. The 23-year-old singer won four awards – Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Red. It was her third time winning the year’s top prize!

The top male dog was Justin Timberlake who walked away with three statues. Other multiple winners were One Direction and Rihanna. The AMAs bestowed the latter with their first ever Icon Award which was presented to her by her mom. Adorable.

With regards to performances, Lady Gaga in my opinion stole the show alongside R. Kelly with their sexually-charged tribute to JFK and Marilyn Monroe. Other memorable highlights include Katy Perry’s Japanese-themed “Conditionally” number, DWTS’ Maks Chmerkovskiy tossing around J. Lo during her Celia Cruz homage, Miley Cyrus being accompanied by a giant kitty and Christina Aguilera’s beautiful duet with A Great Big World.

On the flip side, I was underwhelmed with both Ariana Grande and TLC. The former was fantastic vocally but a tad boring, while the latter served practically zero energy during their “Waterfalls” performance with Lil Mama subbing in for the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Check out all the performances and winners below.

check out all the winners and performances after the jump

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A Great Big World must be super thankful that Christina Aguilera is a fan of So You Think You Can Dance. The “Beautiful” singer fell in love with the track when she saw a beautiful number choreographed by Stacey Tookey on the FOX show. Her team then contacted Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino to re-record the ballad as a duet.

With X-tina on board, “Say Something” has grown tremendously. The track is currently No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold nearly 200,000 copies in its first week. No doubt in part to their lauded live performance on The Voice. With a brand new visual, the track will surely climb higher on the chart. Much like the beautiful single, the video is simple yet powerful.

Once again, Aguilera shows that less is more when it comes to her image. She looks sensational in a basic black slip dress and minimal hair and makeup. Check out the emotional clip below. A Great Big World’s debut album Is There Anybody Out There? is due out January 14.

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I first heard “Say Something” when it was featured on this season’s So You Think You Can Dance in a beautiful dance choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Clearly I wasn’t the only one who fell in love with the track. Christina Aguilera also did.

Her team contacted A Great Big World’s manager to propose the idea of re-recording the track but as a duet with her. Given her star power, obviously they agreed. The result is absolutely sublime. Gotta give props to Xtina for not overpowering them with her bombastic vocals. Instead, she complements their vocal stylings and elevates the track.

“[This song] is sort of coming to me at a time when I’m feeling very inspired…it’s so simple and it’s so quiet and still and steady and in a way pleading to hear something, to hear some kind of answer or get an answer in the most humble, unassuming, non-demanding way” – Christina Aguilera

“Say Something” is off A Great Big World’s upcoming album Is There Anybody Out There? On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, they’ll perform the duet with Aguilera on the show. Definitely give the gorgeous ballad a listen below.

listen to the track after the jump

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