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When you think of an Ellie Goulding track, you think of her ethereal vocals on a touching ballad or club-ready dance anthem. Clearly, there is more than meets the eye. The 27-year-old Brit has an inner gangsta lurking in that demure frame. “Bitch, I got it now,” she declares in the hook. And boy does she ever.

Heavy Crown” is absolutely brilliant. I’m surprised this isn’t the lead single off Iggy Azalea’s Reclassified due out on November 24. It’s menacing, powerful and anthemic. The juxtaposition of their contrasting styles is absolutely riveting. This needs to be the next official single. If not only to see these two lovely ladies star in the accompanying music video.

By far, this is the best new duet on Azalea’s reissue of her debut LP. “Beg For It,” featuring MØ is solid, but not nearly as refreshing as this. And don’t even get me started on “Trouble” featuring Jennifer Hudson.

That’s disappointing and mediocre on all levels. On paper, you’d think the duo would create magic. But alas not. So far, Iggy and J-Hud are 0-2 in my books with their collabos. Someone please give them a track worthy of their talents.

Thankfully, there’s “Heavy Crown.” This has massive potential to be another smash for the Aussie femcee. I’m curious to see if she can follow up her amazing breakthrough year in 2015. Ponder that thought while you check out her latest below.

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Hate to be a negative Nelly but I have a feeling Lorde will suffer the dreaded sophomore slump with her next album. Pure Heroine was so critically acclaimed and beloved, plus the fact “Royals” was such a massive hit, everything will pale in comparison.

Hopefully, she can avoid that pitfall by being as brilliantly selective with the tracks as she has been with curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. Everything I’ve heard so far has been pitch perfect. In addition, her decisions to mix current artists with veteran ones have been bang on.

If she was solely responsible for bringing Charli XCX together with Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon, she deserves a trophy. Their pairing is so random but brilliant on “Kingdom.” Another collabo that leaked this week was the first cut off the soundtrack, “Meltdown.” That features a plethora of artists including Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim and Lorde herself. It’s shockingly quite good.

The Kiwi’s stamp is everyone on this album, including a couple of solo tracks. While she’s chosen “Yellow Flicker Beat” as the first official cut, her cover of “Bright Eyes’ “Ladder Song” deserves some notice. The track is in her melancholy wheelhouse but a gentler side emerges. Check out the track, along with the others below.

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Are you tired of the daily Nick Jonas updates yet? At surface it appears superficial with most of the focus put on his body, but I have to give him credit for backing things up with talent. His sophomore self-titled album is kinda impressive. Even if he was heinous (thank God he’s not), I’d still listen to Nick Jonas.

I had a feeling the album would be decent after hearing “Chains” and “Jealous.” On a side note, have you heard the sexy remix featuring Tinashe on the latter. So effin’ sexy!!! Even though “Chains” failed to make a dent on radio or on the charts, it gave fans a taste of a more grown-up Nick. With “Jealous” rising on the charts and a highly buzzed-about performance on DirecTV’s Kingdom, Jonas is poised to be bigger than his family act, Jonas Brothers, ever was.

“In making this record, I really allowed myself to be vulnerable and open up emotionally,” he tells Rolling Stone. “This record is a combination of R&B, soul and pop, with musical influences from legendary artists that I’ve always admired such as Prince and Stevie Wonder – and more modern artists such as the Weeknd and Jhene Aiko. My plan is to surprise the world with the unexpected.”

One of the standouts on his new album officially in stores November 11, is a duet with Demi Lovato. “Avalanche” is a ballad about the aftermath of a breakup. This has radio hit written all over it. The only thing I would change is Demi kinda wailing with her ad libs at the end. I like her, but she’s not exactly the diva she thinks she is. Other early favorites on the LP include “Teacher,” “Push,” and “Nothing Would Be Better.”

Give his new album a listen below. It’s his first with a Parental Advisory warning label. It’s a good thing he put away that purity ring a longtime ago.

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With lyrics like “I’ll take the pleasure, take it with the pain,” and “Can you feel the pressure between your hips?” naturally the accompanying visual had to match “Love Me Harder‘s” sexy lyrics. Mission accomplished.

Ariana Grande finally debuts the music video for her duet with Canadian singer The Weeknd. It’s a sensual clip without being raunchy. The 21-year-old singer writhes and touches her own body in a room covered with sand, before meeting up with The Weeknd in some random basement. All the while sporting her go-to look of a crop top, tight pencil skirt and a variation of her signature ponytail.

“Our visuals are really about this tug of war of loving harder and the compromise of giving in and needing more and wanting more, and just honesty,” explains Hannah Lux Davis who also directed Grande’s “Bang Bang” video.

Check out the clip below which features choreography by Jennifer Lopez’s ex boy toy Casper Smart. I’m not exactly sure what he choreographed in this video but he’s in the credits.

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Days after teasing “Together” featuring Gwen Stefani, the Scottish DJ unveils another track from his forthcoming album Motion. Calvin Harris once again teams up with Ellie Goulding whom he previously collaborated with on the smash “I Need Your Love” off his smash LP 18 Months.

What’s his new track like? Truthfully, “Outside” could easily pass for “I Need Your Love 2.0.” The EDM track doesn’t sound the same but definitely has a similar vibe. I don’t blame Harris for going down a similar path. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I will say though, it’s probably more pop-ish than the tracks Calvin has released off Motion thus far. Give it a listen below.

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2014 is definitely the year of Iggy Azalea. The Aussie rapper is everywhere, conquering everything she touches. Woman’s got the Midas Touch. Hoping to score some of that good fortune is Jennifer Hudson. She’s the latest singer to tap Azalea for a rap interlude.

He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” is another retro-disco inspired track off Hudson’s forthcoming album, JHUD, dropping September 23. While a solid album filler, the Pharrell Williams-produced track doesn’t have the oomph to become a hit single. Kinda of a waste using Iggy’s talent and buzz on this throwaway.

I fear JHUD might bomb big time when released next week. If it does, I hope it doesn’t put the nail on the coffin of Jennifer’s recording career. Someone give this woman a hit. Give “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” a listen below.

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Word of Chris Brown and Ariana Grande’s duet surfaced earlier this year. “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” was put on the backburner when Brown was incarcerated again.

Allegedly, Grande’s team wanted to distance their beloved pop princess from Chris’ shenanigans and wanted Ariana’s vocals gone from the duet. It appeared they got their way since the version of “Don’t Be Gone Too Long” appearing on Brown’s forthcoming LP, X, doesn’t include Ariana’s riffs. Instead, it’s some other random chick.

It’s interesting that the video, directed by Brown himself, leaked just days before his new album drops. Shady, shady, shady. Ariana and Chris play a medieval Romeo and Juliet-like couple in the visual. The “Problem” singer even ditches her signature pony. Check out the clip below.

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As a child, Jason Gould knew the words to songs from Funny Girl and Hello Dolly. Obviously, the son of Barbra Streisand was going to be one big ol homosexual. How lucky to have Babs as his mom? Despite rumors of an estranged relationship with her openly-gay son, Streisand and Gould team up for “How Deep Is The Ocean” for her forthcoming 24th studio album.

Titled Partners, the LP will feature duets with the likes of Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, John Legend and many more. It’s her second vocal duets release following 2002′s Duets compilation. Give her duet with her son a spin below.

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