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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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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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Ellie Goulding Has The Midas Touch In New Clip

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Sometimes a highly-complicated produced music video isn’t needed to accompany a track. If the single is hot enough, sometimes the simple approach is the best route. Not saying Ellie Goulding’s new visual isn’t glitzy. There’s a statue of a woman made of gold who has the “Midas Touch” in the clip. Everything she touches turns to gold. How awesome would it be to have that power?

It was love at first listen the second I heard the 26-year-old’s collaboration with DJ Burns. To be fair, it wasn’t a hard sell given I loved the original 1986 version by electro-funk group Midnight Star. Goulding’s sensual and darker take gave the vintage club track new life. Her cover appear on the the singer’s re-release of her Halcyon album. Check out her latest clip below.

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