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Earlier this week, Ellie Goulding debuted the music video for her contribution to the Divergent soundtrack. It’s pretty much your standard clip for a YA film. Footage from the movie, specifically of Tris and Four’s relationship, are interspersed with Goulding moving dramatically slow in a foggy forest. Ellie looks great as per usual. I’m kinda digging the tattoo of three birds on her chest. Check out the “Beating Heart” video below.

“The music works on a couple of different levels. On the one hand, there’s music that plays environmentally. Where we landed on Ellie and a couple of other pieces is that they play more to the psychology of the character. When you see the film, Ellie’s pieces speak to Tris, the Shailene Woodley character, to her subconscious and point of view.” – Divergent music supervisor Randall Poster

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Coachella 2014 Lineup Includes Outkast Reunion

In: Donovan, Music
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The full lineup for the 2014 Coachella Music Festival has been revealed and it’s a good one. Once again, the hugely popular music pilgrimage will be held in Indio, California over two weekends (April 11-13 and April 18-20) with the same acts playing both weekends. Last year, a hologram image of Tupac performing with Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre stole the show. I can’t wait for what surprises are in store for concertgoers this year.

The biggest draw is no doubt the reunion of Andre 3000 and Big Boi better known as Outkast. The hip hop duo will headline the Friday shows. Muse and Arcade Fire receive the honor of headlining the Saturday and Sunday night shows respectively. Some of the other notable acts heading to Indio include Ellie Goulding, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell Williams, Haim, GirlTalk, Beck, Empire of the Sun, Pet Shop Boys and Foster The People to name a few. Check out the entire roster below of amazing artists performing under the hot desert sun in April.

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Goodness Gracious, Ellie Goulding Debuts New Clip

In: Donovan, Music
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Ellie Goulding is starting the new year on a stunning note. The British songbird put her glam squad to work. Girlfriend looks fantastic in the video treatment for her latest single, “Goodness Gracious.” Great choice going with the Nate Ruess-penned track. One of the standouts on her Halcyon Days re-issue.

Directed by Kinga Burza (Katy Perry, La Roux, Marina And The Diamonds), “Goodness Gracious” has a wicked retro pop art modern feel. It features the 27-year-old going out for a night of fun with a slick pair of glowing Nikes. Papa wants a pair. They’re so sick, Ellie busts out a couple of dance moves wearing them. If I’m not mistaken, I think this is the first time we’ve seen a dancing Goulding. Check out the clip below.

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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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Usually when I see the word “preview” I fully expect to hear only 15 to 30 seconds worth of an upcoming track. Not so in this case. We get almost a minute and a half of Ellie Goulding’s contribution to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. As expected, “Mirror” is an ethereal brooding track where Goulding shines. I can’t wait to hear the entire thing and perhaps an accompanying video. Finger crossed on the latter.

At the beginning of the year, I fully expected the Jay-Z-curated Great Gatsby soundtrack to handily win Best Soundtrack honors at the end of the year. However, The Hunger Games sequel is giving it a run for its money with songs by Christina Aguilera, Sia, Coldplay and many more. Check out Ellie’s track below.

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When it comes to music, I have serious ADD. Rarely do I ever fully listen to an entire song. Just ask anyone who’s been with me on a road trip. It’s such a problem, I consciously make an effort to scroll the slider to the end to make sure my iTunes knows to increase the song’s play count. Otherwise, most of my library would have zero plays.

Naturally, with that in mind, mashups are my audio adderall. You can listen to numerous songs without ever having to skip or fastforward a track. This latest one titled “Royal Burn” is one of the best I’ve listened to recently. It features Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry and Lorde. Representing for the men are Macklemore, Mike Will Made It and OneRepublic. If you like what you hear, click on the download link and follow the instructions.

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During her four sold-out shows at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, Taylor Swift enlisted a few of her famous friends to make appearances. Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding, Sara Bareilles, Tegan & Sara and Cher Lloyd popped up on stage to perform one of their signature hits with the 23-year-old singer.

In a new behind-the-scenes look at her Red concert tour, her duet partners share their thoughts about their experience performing with the “Trouble” singer. Watch the seven-minute long clip below to hear what they say, along with the actual performances.

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Ellie Goulding recently scored her first chart-topper on the UK charts. The 26-year-old English singer-songwriter paid BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge a visit this week and naturally performed “Burn.” As always, all guests are required to cover a hit by another artist. Goulding picked Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.”

Typically, Ellie wows me with her acoustic covers. Perfect example being Elton John’s “Your Song.” It’s absolute perfection. For some reason though, her take on JT’s recent hit is awkward at best. Not sure if it’s the arrangement that’s responsible for Goulding’s rushed singing, but there is something completely off about it. It’s not the worst I’ve heard, but definitely a disappointment. Give it a listen below and see if you agree with me.

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