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Ugly Heart” first leaked back in March but was put on pause in favor of the girl group’s collaboration “Wild Wild Love” with Pitbull. As catchy as that song was, it only peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100, failing to match Mr. Worldwide’s other collabos with Christina Aguilera (“Feel This Moment“) and Kesha (“Timber“). At long last, G.R.L. gives “Ugly Heart” the promotion it deserves.

Produced by Dr. Luke and co-written by Ester Dean, the track has potential hit written all over it. It’s dance-pop with a tinge of folk courtesy of a ukulele. Unlike her huge misstep with the Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin allows each girl in the group to sing and shine on the track. There’s no Nicole Scherzginer hog in this group. Though I will say, Emmalynn Estrada looks like Scherzy’s younger hotter sister. Man is that girl gorgeous.

The video features the ladies getting arrested at a tattoo parlor. While getting booked at the police station, G.R.L. execute choreography on the desks and in the identification parade room. It’s not until the end, that we find out what crime the ladies actually committed. It’s kinda cheesy but fits the song’s lyrics. Check out the Chris Marrs Piliero-directed clip below.

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The Barden Bellas are back in session. The majority of the Pitch Perfect cast reunited for a very special occasion- the first day of rehearsals for the upcoming sequel. Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee posed with Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks during a break from a cappella boot camp.

I’m curious why Anna Kendrick was nowhere to be seen. Fear not though, Kendrick is set to reprise the role of Beca. It was previously reported that she signed on to appear in the film. I also hope Anna Camp returns as Aubrey for the film. Mark your calendars, Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters on May 15, 2015! I can’t wait.

Selena Gomez Sings ‘Come & Get It’ On New Track

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I wonder if Ryan Seacrest is pissed. “Come & Get It” was originally supposed to debut on his KIIS-FM show on Monday morning, but made its way online a couple of days early. Selena Gomez herself posted on her Facebook page, “A little early but that’s ok! This has been such a fun ride and I’ve worked so hard on the new record. This song is a fun introduction to what’s coming ;) Hope you guys like it! Love y’all!”

Co-written by Ester Dean and produced by Stargate, “Come & Get It” is more grown up than her previous singles. I’m loving the slightly Indian-tinged beat. Gomez revealed she wanted to create something fun, sassy and playful. Mission accomplished. It definitely has potential and ripe for a dance remix. The jury is still out if the song is about her ex, Justin Bieber. Check out a bit of the lyrics below and judge for yourself.

You ain’t gotta worry it’s an open invitation
I’ll be sittin’ right here real patient
All day all night I’ll be waitin’ standby
Can’t stop because I love it, hate the way I love you
All day all night maybe I’m addicted for life, no lie.

I’m not too shy to show I love you, I got no regrets.
I love you too much, much to hide you, this love ain’t finished yet.
This love ain’t finished yet…So baby whenever you’re ready…

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Ester Dean Shows Missy Elliott ‘How You Love It’

In: Donovan, Music

A new year brings new promise. That’s what Ester Dean is hoping for. While the 26-year-old-singer/songwriter has produced hits for Rihanna (“Where Have You Been, “What’s My Name” & “Rude Boy”), Keri Hilson (“Lose Control”), Nicki Minaj (“Super Bass”), Katy Perry (“Firework”) and Kelly Rowland “Lay It On Me,” she hasn’t produced the same magic to churn out a hit for herself. Dean has even appeared in a hit film, Pitch Perfect, but nothing on the singing front… as of yet.

Perhaps collaborating with Missy Elliott will do the trick. Ester’s “How You Love It?” featuring the “One Minute Man” rapper leaked online earlier this week. What’s the result? An adrenaline-fueled track designed for the dance floor with some slick lyrical rhymes from Missy. Reportedly, the track will appear on Dean’s long-awaited and much-delayed debut album, Story Never Told. Check out Ester’s latest below.

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Ester Dean is blowing up. Her name may not be the most familiar in the spotlight but behind-the-scenes, she is one of the music industry’s top song writers. Having written some of the biggest smash hits for the likes of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and Keri Hilson just to name a few. This past month, she made her feature live film debut in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect. So, has Ester caught the acting bug?

“I have caught that bug and I want to venture into anything and everything creative about acting,” Ester tells me in our exclusive chat. “I’d like to become the Will Smith of movies.” When talking about the Pitch Perfect experience itself, she shares, “it was a very new experience and I learned a lot. It was trying because it came at a time that I was also writing songs and going off to venture into new areas. So it was a little scary but it all worked out in the end.” It’s great to see Ester finally take her step into the spotlight, especially from an Oklahoma native who wanted to be a chef.

More of my chat with Ester Dean after the jump.

Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” hands down is one of my favorite ballads ever. If you watch any reality singing competitions, you know I’m not alone with this sentiment. The heart-wrenching song has been butchered numerous times on American Idol, Nashville Star, Rock Star: INXS and countless others. Even established artists aren’t immune to the track’s emotional power. George Michael, Prince, Kenny Rogers, Kelly Clarkson, Boyz II Men are just a few who have covered the 90s classic. Now, you can add Ester Dean to the list.

For those who don’t know who Dean is, she’s the songwriting genius behind some of today’s biggest hits. From Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Usher and Christina Aguilera, Ester has worked with them all, with Rihanna at the top. The prolific songwriter has penned huge hits for her including “Rude Boy”, “What’s My Name?“, “S&M” and “Where Have You Been”.

Stepping out behind the scenes, Ester is now front and center giving her own touch on Bonnie Raitt’s signature ballad. The 26-year-old has totally reworked it and turned it into a dance track. While the dance beats remove the emotional impact of the lyrics (IMHO), I don’t completely hate the cover. I’m sure Bonnie Raitt fans (and Raitt herself) absolutely loathe the new interpretation. Listen to it below and judge for yourself.

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The other day, I was checking out my favorite music blog, JonAlisBlog.com and was delighted to find his new 2012 Fall Playlist which compiles a list of some of the greatest remixes of the hottest songs right now. One song that immediately caught my attention was the lead-off track for the whole playlist brought to us by UK DJ and producer, Michael Woods and singer songwriter, Ester Dean.

We’ve Only Just Begun has been floating around for a while but somehow, I missed the boat on this EDM gem. Featuring Ester’s unique vocals and Woods’ signature production style, the song has marked a permanent spot on my workout playlist. In other Ester news, she made her live-action acting debut in Pitch Perfect which opens everywhere this Friday. I personally cannot wait to see the film. Ester also worked on Ice Age: Continental Drift voicing the character of Sloth Siren. Give a listen to Woods’ and Dean’s collaboration below and tell us if you like in the comments.

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New Music Must-Haves

In: Music, Tyrell

Today, instead of writing three individual posts about three different songs, I thought I’d try and lump them all together for you. May I introduce, New Music Must-Haves. You’ll definitely want to snatch these tracks up before the weekend.

The first track on my must-have list is courtesy of Sam Sparro. His highly anticipated new LP (Return To Paradise) is coming soon and already, we’ve been teased with The Shallow End. Now, we are getting treated to another funk-pop gem titled Happiness. Title aside, this song will put a serious smile on your face with the bouncing bass line and the catchy hook of a chorus. Ten bucks you’ll be singing this song in the show tomorrow morning when you wake up.

Second up is Ester Dean who isn’t best known for her vocal stylings but rather, her penning of hit songs for some of the world’s hottest acts including Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry just to name a few. In her new track Gimme Money which has summer jam sprinkled throughout it, she brought on friend Nicki Minaj to spit a couple raps on it. I absolutely love this song and the hints of Toto’s Africa in the chord progression is also nice for you music junkies who’ll pick that up.

Finally, we have Santigold’s latest track Disparate Youth. Where has Santigold been? I feel like she made us all fall in love when she released You’ll Find A Way and then poof, she didn’t resurface. Thankfully, her latest effort is so solid. The hip hop beat juxtaposed against the bouncing synth is infectious. Once her voice kicks in, you know you’re ready to dance. Also, that guitar riff that kicks in during the verses is so unexpected and a nice touch. This track serves as the officially single for her forthcoming sophomore album due out later this year. Give a listen below.

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