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It’s two Jennifers for the price of one. Jennifer Hudson and former Sugarland frontwoman Jennifer Nettles duet on “You Will.” The empowering ballad was written by Diane Warren and will be the new official anthem for the OWN network.

“I was so touched when Diane Warren came to me and said she wrote a song with OWN in mind,” said Oprah Winfrey. “And then to have Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles bring the song to life with their stunning collaboration… what a gift.”

Though very different genres, country and R&B artists have often time teamed up for some wicked collaborations in the past. This one is just the latest. Though Hudson steals the show a bit, their vocals complement each other. “You Will” will no doubt do well on adult contemporary stations due to its message and Oprah’s legions of loyal fans. Give it a listen below.

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I love me some Jennifer Hudson, but hoped “Heavy Crown” featuring Ellie Goulding would be the next single. Perhaps the former is more radio friendly since it doesn’t include ‘bitch’ in the chorus. For whatever reason, Iggy Azalea picked “Trouble” as the latest cut off her Reclassified LP to promote.

The Motown-esque track gets an equally vintage vibe for the accompanying visual. Azalea herself directs the clip with assistance from her stylist Alejandra Hernandez. Following in the cinematic theme as her previous videos, Iggy serves 70s glam bombshell as she busts her bad boy lover from lockdown. A high speed car chase then ensues, with officer J Hud, like a Mountie, getting her man woman. Check out the clip below.

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A star-studded roster came together to honor one of music’s living legends last Tuesday after the Grammys. Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were just some of the great talent assembled for Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute.

Bey opened the show, covering Wonder’s “Fingertrips,” “Master Blaster,” and “Higher Ground” with Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark Jr. by her side. Confession time. The more I see Ed Sheeran, the more my inexplicable crush on him grows. Seriously, I can’t get enough of the 24-year-old ginger. Beyonce should really consider booking some time in the studio with Ed for her next album. They sound fantastic together.

Other highlights include Gaga playing the piano to perform “I Wish” and Grande teaming up with Babyface to duet on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

Wonder, himself, took to the stage to perform a medley of his hits including “Contusion”, “Sir Duke”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, “Ribbon in the Sky”, “Overjoyed” and “Superstition.” The celebration ended with a star-studded performance of “Happy Birthday.”

Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monae, John Legend and Ne-Yo also took to the stage. Check out some of the performances below.

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No one can ever take the place of my beloved Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, but if there was anyone I’ll allow, it’s Jennifer Hudson. She may not be nearly as believable as the political fixer, but it’s entertaining to see her play the Scandal role for a Funny or Die spoof. Watch the Dreamgirls actress discuss Obamacare in the clip below.

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Love, love, love Jennifer Hudson, but let’s face it. Her recording career has been lackluster at best after a promising start. Her biggest hit to date is her debut single “Spotlight” which topped the R&B chart and peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. I have a feeling though, that’s all about to change.

There’s no denying Pharrell Williams has the “midas touch” these days. He’s helped both Robin Thicke and Daft Punk score huge hits this past summer. Hoping to be her lucky charm is Hudson. RCA Records enlisted the hitmaker to work with the Dreamgirls actress on a new track. The early verdict… it’s a success.

I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” is a departure for J-Hud. It’s more uptempo than what we’re used to hearing from her. Definitely a nice change of pace. She stays true, however, to her soul sound but with a nice dance beat. It’s rhythmic soul with a bit of urban swagger in the form of lyrical rhymes from T.I. Check it out below. I’m already a fan of it.

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On Friday, we finally get our chance to see Jennifer Hudson play South African activist Winnie Mandela. The biopic first premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Due to a lackluster response, it was shelved. It received new life in October 2012, when it was released to a limited number of theaters in Canada. Again, poor reviews prevented it from receiving a US release date.

For some reason, Image Entertainment acquired the rights and decided to release it this weekend. I hope they didn’t pay too much for it, because I highly doubt it’ll generate too much revenue at the box office. Perhaps, the company was looking for a huge tax write off ;)

I have no doubt the film sucks major balls, but at least a track appearing on the film’s soundtrack doesn’t. To be fair, I’d like almost anything J-Hud sang. I’ve been a fan of her since her American Idol days. “Bleed For Love” is exactly the type of song, Hudson shines on. Written by Diane Warren, the soulful power ballad allows for Jennifer to soar with her amazing vocals. It’s definitely epic and cinematic. Give it a listen below. A hot dance remix would be fantastic.

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2013 MTV Video Music Awards: Five Takeaways

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By the time I got home last night from my camping weekend trip, I was too exhausted to watch the MTV Music Video Awards. I finally got around to checking out the telecast this afternoon. Thankfully, for the power of digital recording devices, I was able to go through the entire program in half the time. Overall, it wasn’t a bad show with a handful of highlights. Check out my top five takeaways from the 2013 MTV VMAs below.

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Forget her Oscar for Dreamgirls or her Grammy for her debut album. All that doesn’t matter. Jennifer Hudson has officially arrived now that she’s forever immortalized as a Disney character for Disney Parks.

Obviously, I’m exaggerating, but posing for Annie Leibovitz for Disney’s Dream Portrait Series is a big thing. The 31-year-old entertainer joins the elite ranks by channeling Princess Tiana from The Princess and The Frog. Her picture features the caption, “Where you always follow your heart.” Check out previous portraits below and see how Hudson ranks among them.

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