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Nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards are just around the corner. In fact, they’ll be revealed during CBS’ telecast, The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night, airing on December 5, 2012. Hosting the event again is LL Cool J with Taylor Swift co-hosting alongside him. Three-time Grammy Award winners Maroon 5 are on deck performing, plus Fun., Ne-Yo, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and The Who.

One of the biggest awards handed out on Grammy night is hands down Best New Artist. For every Adele, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5 or Alicia Keys, there are a few missteps like Milli Vanilli and Hootie & the Blowfish. I still can’t believe Hootie beat out Brandy, Alanis Morisette or Shania Twain that year. Hell, I would’ve even taken Joan Osborne over them. Okay, maybe I took it too far with that one. LOL.

Unlike last year where Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, Skrillex, J. Cole were nominated with Bon Iver winning, this year boasts a solid crop of potential nominees. Even with such a strong field, the Academy has to be careful who to acknowledge. I’ve picked a few acts from this year I have a feeling are being considered for a Best New Artist Grammy. Check them out below and see if you agree with their chances. I’ve split them into two categories- “Strong Contenders” and “Longshots“. Be sure to leave your comments at the end.

check out my field of contenders after the jump

Footloose Soundtrack Battle: Original Or New Version?

In: Donovan, Music

Ever since the “Footloose” remake was announced, everyone wondered if the new version could capture the magic of the iconic 1984 film. Almost thirty years later, the movie is still referenced and part of pop-culture today. It had an amazing soundtrack, great storyline and a crushworthy Kevin Bacon. Plus the original featured a very young pre-”Sex and the City” Sarah Jessica Parker as the dowdy best friend. Brillballs.

Recent remakes of classic 80s films like “Fame” and “The Karate Kid” have underwhelmed IMHO. This Friday October 14, we finally get to see if the remake disappoints or supersedes the original. But before we cast judgment on the film, we can make weigh in on two songs covered from the original soundtrack. The 1984 soundtrack sold over 9 million copies and spawned six Top 40 hits. Two of those hits were “Footloose” and “Almost Paradise”. Check out both the new version and original below and cast your vote on the better arrangement.

check out both music videos after the jump

New Releases Out This Week: October 10th

In: Charge It, Movies, Music, Tyrell

This week’s featured new release is Britney Spears’ newest remix album titled “B In The Mix, The Remixes: Volume 2.” After the success of her first remix album, it was due time for her camp to bring out the second round. The songs come from her two more recent albums, Circus and Femme Fatale. The disc includes mixes from Tiesto, Kaskade, Benny Benassi and more. Check out the track list below.

  • 1. Criminal [Radio Mix]
  • 2. Gimme More [Kaskade Club Mix]
  • 3. Piece of Me [Tiësto Club Mix]
  • 4. Radar [Tonal Club Remix]
  • 5. Womanizer [Benny Benassi Extended]
  • 6. Circus [Linus Loves Remix]
  • 7. If U Seek Amy [U-Tern Remix]
  • 8. 3 [Manhattan Clique Club Remix]
  • 9. Till the World Ends [Alex Suarez Club Remix]
  • 10. I Wanna Go [Gareth Emery Remix]

More new releases after the jump.

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