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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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Since its initial release in 1984, the fundraising single “Do They Know It’s Christmas” has become a Yuletide tradition. For its 30th anniversary, Bob Geldof has once again enlisted a roster of UK and Irish pop royalty to participate. It’s the fourth version recorded overall. This time proceeds will go to raise money for Ebola relief.

When the latest version was announced, Adele was rumored to be involved. Sadly, the “Rolling In The Deep” singer was nowhere to be found during the studio session. However, there were still plenty of stars who lent their vocals for the charity single. Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, One Direction, Emeli Sandi were just a few who donated their time. Veterans Bono and Chris Martin once again supported Geldof. They participated in the first version and Band Aid 20 respectively.

Check out the new video below. I’m a little surprised Rita Ora received so much camera time and on the flip side, so little for One Direction and Sam Smith.

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When Bob Geldof and Midge Ure initially organized UK singers for “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money to relieve those affected by the famine in Africa, they couldn’t have possibly predicted that the charity single would become a holiday staple. Not only did it become a Yuletide favorite, but it also inspired similar efforts from American and Canadian artists with “We Are The World” and “Tears Are Not Enough” respectively.

Since it’s initial release back in 1984, Geldof has released a couple of other recordings to celebrate different anniversaries. One was released in 1989 and 2004 to celebrate the single’s fifth and 20th anniversary. To coincide with it’s 30th year, Geldof is planning the fourth recording. He’s enlisted Grammy-winning producer Paul Epworth to produce the latest cover. This time proceeds will go to raise money for Ebola relief.

As per usual, a roster of UK and Irish pop royalty have been asked to participate. Sam Smith, Adele, One Direction, Jessie Ware, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande, Olly Murs, Elbow, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Sinead O’Connor, Queen‘s Roger Taylor, Fuse ODG, Jimmy Napes, Foals, Underworld and Bono will all take part. The U2 frontman also lent his vocals for the original recording. The new version is scheduled to drop on Monday, November 17. Until then, check out the three other previous recordings to refresh your memory. Nothing beats the original in my opinion.

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Their first collaboration, “I Need Your Love,” yielded worldwide success. Wisely, Calvin Harris tapped Ellie Goulding again for another track off his new album Motion. “Outside” could easily pass for a 2.0 version of their previous hit. The EDM track doesn’t sound the same but definitely has a similar vibe. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it as they say.

The accompanying music video just premiered. While the track is officially the Scottish DJ’s, it’s all about Goulding who dominates screen time by a mile. Ellie sings outside a trailer park while the clip tells a story of exes contemplating whether or not breaking up was the wise decision. I’m not sure what the floating motorcycle is supposed to symbolize, but it’s a fine-looking video. Check it out below.

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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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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

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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

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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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