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The last time Adam Levine collaborated with one of The Voice female judges, the infectious smash “Moves Like Jagger” was born. That Christina Aguilera duet topped the Billboard Hot 100.

With Gwen Stefani joining the NBC singing competition, naturally, Levine convinced the No Doubt frontwoman to contribute to his band, Maroon 5′s forthcoming album V, due out next week.

Their collabo doesn’t sound like his X-Tina one. In fact, “My Heart Is Open,” is more reminiscent of Aguilera’s duet with A Great Big World on “Say Something.” The Sia-penned ballad features swooping cinematic strings and a simple piano melody. Give it a listen below.

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Jennnifer Lopez and Pitbull used to be a lethal combination. But with each new collabo, the results have dwindled. Wisely, J. Lo has decided to swap out Mr. Worldwide on “Booty” in favor of Iggy Azalea. After all, the Aussie rapper currently has three singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, becoming only the fourth woman to achieve this feat.

Even if Azalea wasn’t on a current hot streak, the pairing makes complete sense, especially on this Diplo-produced track. When you think of ample rear ends, Lopez and Azalea definitely come to mind. The only thing missing is Nicki Minaj and then you’d have a deadly trifecta. Of course, we all know that’s not going to happen since Nicki allegedly can’t stand Iggy.

Check out the new remix below and see if Iggy doubles the pleasure and doubles the fun. Weigh in afterward.

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Eminem Debuts ‘Guts Over Fear’ Featuring Sia

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Despite facing some criticism for collaborating with Eminem previously, Sia follows up their previous duet “Beautiful Pain” with “Guts Over Fear.” The track will appear on the soundtrack to The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. It will also pop on a two-disc compilation, ShadyXV, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the rapper’s label, Shady Records.

“I know personally that he is not homophobic, but a performance artist,” she tweeted at the time of her first duet with Eminem. “I would never work with someone I believed to be homophobic. I respect that he can be misinterpreted in the worst way by the ignorami, and that scares me, but I respect him as an artist and person.”

The Aussie singer donated earnings from her previous collabo to the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. I’m curious to know if she’ll do the same this time around. Give “Guts Over Fear” a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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Things on the Kelly Rowland front have been relatively quiet lately. With a recent marriage and a baby on the way, it’s totally understandable. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this new duet featuring the Destiny’s Child member.

I have no idea who Beau Vallis is, but thankful he convinced Rowland to appear on “Love Stand Still.” Apparently, Vallis is a songwriter and producer who’s worked with folks like Ludacris and Lil Wayne.

Penned by Sevyn Streeter and Eric Bellinger, “Love Stand Still” is breezy light love jam. It’s an easy listen but highly doubt it’ll become a smash hit. Stranger things have happened though, so you never know. Check it out below and weigh in afterward.

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Jennifer Hudson heads back to the 1970s for a disco-inspired new track off her yet-untitled forthcoming album. She enlists R. Kelly to lay down some vocals for “It’s Your World.”

Picking the 47-year-old R&B singer is a risky choice. Just ask Lady Gaga. Controversy seems to surround R. Kelly no matter where he goes. Especially when the lyrics talk about being a ‘servant‘ and a ‘slave.’ With that being said, the beat is infectious. What can I say? I love me some disco.

Hudson also uploaded an album sampler for her third studio album. As mentioned before, it’s untitled and doesn’t even have a release date as of yet. Seems sort of silly. Anyway, I love J-Hud so I’ll go with it. Check out her R. Kelly duet and more below. UPDATE: Hudson just revealed the album will be titled JHUD. #loveit

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In conjunction with Capital Records, Katy Perry has launched her very own record label named Metamorphosis Music. The “Birthday” singer announced the news today along with revealing her first signed artist.

Not surprisingly, it’s Los Angeles-based artist Ferras. The singer-songwriter has been the opening act for Perry during her Pristmatic World Tour. A few other notable credits from him include writing a track for Adam Lambert’s debut album, along with briefly having the official exit song for American Idol Season 7 before producers picked a single by Ruben Studdard for the final rounds.

“Ferras is a man with a message, and a unique lyrical way of communicating his perspective on life that makes you feel connected to every note when you listen,” Perry said in a statement adding, “I believe he is going to be an important artist to watch unfold. I am SO ecstatic the world gets to hear his music now both online and on tour with me.”

Perry also serves as executive producer on Ferras’ self-titled EP released today. One of the tracks features a duet with Katy titled “Legends Never Die.” I’m not really feeling it yet, but perhaps it’s a slow burn. Give it a listen below.

“Her instincts are really on point,” Ferras said in a statement. “She is very blunt and doesn’t sugar-coat things, which I appreciate. Also, she gave me the freedom to do what I wanted musically and was a natural partner.”

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If a song sounds great no matter what genre, that’s usually a sign how great it’s written. Coming off his well-received performance at the recent CMT Awards, John Legend has released a country studio version of his massive hit, “All Of Me.”

Just like the CMTs, he enlisted Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles to duet with him on the ballad. Whether with a monster dance beat thanks to a killer Tiesto remix, or a twangy folky guitar arrangement, the piano ballad sounds fantastic. Nettles and Legend’s vocals harmonize beautifully over Hunter Hayes guitar strumming. Give it a listen below.

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Mary J. Blige Joins Sam Smith For ‘Stay With Me’

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Being such a fan of both Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige, I can’t believe I missed this video which premiered a couple of days ago. If you’re obsessed with “Stay With Me,” this is a must-see.

As part of his promotional tour to pimp out In the Lonely Hour, out on June 17, Smith enlisted Blige for a duet of his hit song “Stay With Me.” With Mary’s powerful pipes, the gospel-tinged ballad is even more soulful. Check out the video below which premiered on Good Morning America on Monday.

“Working with Mary J. Blige is one of the biggest highlights of my career so far. I remember holding her album in my hands in the car when I was a young boy,” Smith shared in a statement. “To meet your idols is a magical thing, but to work with them is truly a dream come true.”

“I’m so honored to have had the chance to work with Sam Smith. Sam’s true soulful voice… is the first of this kind I have heard since Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson and all the great soulful male voices from the ‘80s. I’m completely blown away by his talent, soul and the sincerity.” – Mary J. Blige

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