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Rihanna was set to headline the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but it appears that’s not the case anymore. The lingerie brand announced that Ellie Goulding is in and RiRi is out. The “On My Mind” singer will join previously announced performers The Weeknd and Selena Gomez.

People‘s sources reveal Rihanna canceled her appearance to finish up her album. Ummmm, I’m sorry but that sounds like major BS. So far, the “Bitch Better Have My Money” singer’s forthcoming eighth studio album has been a hot mess. That’s what you get when you enlist Kanye West to executive produce your project.

If that’s the true reason why Rihanna canceled, it’s just rude. The annual extravaganza tapes in New York next week. Producers must’ve been frantic trying to find a replacement. Thankfully they did. Goulding will slay it. Too bad producers didn’t have more time. They probably would’ve incorporated a bondage theme if Ellie sang her Fifty Shades of Grey track, “Love Me Like You Do.”

What do you think of this last minute change? Weigh in below.

Ellie Goulding Debuts New Single ‘Army’

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Leading up to the release of her third studio album, out November 6, Ellie Goulding has been sharing a bunch of buzz singles. The latest, “Army,” is actually her next official single off Delirium. Once again, the team of Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Ali Payami are behind the mid-tempo track.

Among the tracks she’s dropped so far from this era, “Army” ranks pretty up there. It’s quintessential Goulding and is a bit reminiscent of “Love Me Like You Do.” Check it out below, along with “Lost & Found” which she released last week, but I hadn’t written about yet. The boppy folk-tinged track is interesting to say the least. Not my favorite.

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Who knew Ellie Goulding had comedic skills? The 28-year-old English singer teams up with Aussie comedy group Skit Box to poke fun at activewear and the people who take the style too seriously. It’s actually quite brilliant in its simplicity. I won’t spoil the parody for you, so definitely give it a view below.

In other Ellie-related news, she debuted a new track off her forthcoming album, Delirium. As sensational as her current single “On My Mind” is, I love “Something In The Way You Move” much more. The Greg Kurstin-produced track has Goulding’s signature ethereal vocals gliding ever so perfectly over the killer beat. This has smash written all over it. Check out the dance lyric vid for the hot new track below.

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It’s definitely the year of the vengeful gun-toting femme fatale. Ellie Goulding is the latest pop star to exact revenge on someone who has wronged her. The music video for her infectious Max Martin-produced single “On My Mind” is in the vein of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

Goulding with the assistance of her chola-dressed bestie settles the score on her abusive and controlling beau. After galloping through Las Vegas, the two end up at his office to duct tape him and steal all his money.

The Emil Nava-directed clip is a bit random, especially the inclusion of old-school cartoon clips, but it’s an entertaining watch. Give it a view below.

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Max Martin recently scored his 21st chart-topper with The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” Is it even possible for the 44-year-old Swedish music producer to produce a flop? He just crafted another potential smash. Could No. 22 be far behind?

This time around he’s worked his magic for Ellie Goulding. “On My Mind” is the lead cut off the 28-year-old singer’s upcoming third studio album Delirium.

The electro-pop song is a perfect marriage of both their talents. It’s signature Martin while being quintessential Goulding. Her ethereal vocals are like butter on the infectious beat. Give it a listen below. The hook is killer

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After a seemingly endless parade of Sin City-esque promo posters, Taylor Swift finally debuted her star-studded “Bad Blood” music video. Practically everyone in Hollywood was in it, except the person who reportedly inspired the track- Swift’s frenemy Katy Perry. Was it worth the hype? Yes and no.

Once again, director Joseph Kahn (“Blank Space”) delivers a highly-slicked produced visual. However, given the roster of famous faces involved, I expected a short film with more of a narrative. Instead, it seemed like a treatment for the all-female action flick, The Expendabelles. Speaking of which, if producers find themselves stuck with casting, half of these ladies would be perfect for the Expendables spin-off.

The clip begins with Swift and Selena Gomez teaming up for a heist, before Gomez backstabs her. Taylor then goes through some sort of high-tech boot camp to hone her skills. In the end, Swift along with her female brigade face-off against Gomez in another battle royale.

Joining Swift in the clip are models Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, actresses Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba and Serayah along with fellow musicians Ellie Goulding, Zendaya, and the aforementioned Gomez.

My favorite parts though featured the veterans including Cindy Crawford, Mariska Hargitay and Ellen Pompeo. The latter two might seem out of place, but Taylor has two cats named after their TV alter egos- Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey.

Check out Swift’s “Toxic”-ish (Britney Spears) video below and weigh in afterward.

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Not exactly sure what inspired Ellie Goulding to do this, but I certainly appreciate it.

The 28-year-old British songbird covers Hozier’s smash hit, “Take Me To Church.” Her angelic voice is perfectly suited for the gospel-tinged track. With Ellie on vocals though, the folk-rock song is far less bombastic and more hypnotic with its moody electronic synths. It’s worth a listen for sure.

In other related Hozier news, the 24-year-old Irish singer recently released a new music video. He opted to only appear in silhouettes. Instead, it’s all about Natalie Dormer in the “Someone New” visual. Despite hooking up with several men, the Game of Thrones actress plays a lonely woman in the somber clip. Check it out below, along with Goulding’s cover.

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Apparently, I’m much more skilled at predicting results for The Voice than I am at both The X Factor and American Idol. I ranked all eight performances last night and my bottom three fell in line with America’s votes. And my list was written before iTunes released their overnight sales numbers.

Ellie Goulding stopped by this week to perform her UK chart-topper “Burn” with Matthew Schuler, Will Champlin and James Wolpert. Ellie jokingly stated later she now knows how it feels to be part of a boy band. The Top 8 joined forces on “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and a OneRepublic medley consisting of “Apologize” and “All The Right Moves.” Cee Lo Green also got in on the action and performed “Amy” off Goodie Mob’s latest album, Age Against The Machine.

As always, the most entertaining filler of the night was the confessional segment. The best moments include the contestants’ impressions of the judges. The biggest revelation though was the fact Tessanne actually has a Boston accent instead of a Jamaican one. Wicked good. Enough stalling, let’s get to the eliminations.

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