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Considering everything on This Is Acting were tracks originally intended for other artists but ultimately rejected, they’ve all been fantastic. As they say ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’ In this case, the tossed garbage could become huge hits for Sia.

Two new tracks have surfaced online. The first titled “Reaper” was written for Rihanna for her long-delayed Anti album and features production and co-writing efforts from Kanye West. Unlike the other RiRi reject “Cheap Thrills,” this one isn’t tropical-tinged. It’s even better if you ask me.

Meanwhile “Making The Most of The Night” was co-written with Carly Rae Jepsen for her underrated Emotion LP. You can definitely tell Jepsen worked on this. It has her vibe all over it.

Sadly though, it looks like this won’t make the final cut for This Is Acting. When Sia released the official tracklist the other day, this wasn’t on it. Sadly, this demo might be all that we’re going to get. Check out both tracks below and weigh in afterward.

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American Idol kicks off its farewell run this Wednesday with its Season 15 premiere on FOX. As always, it’ll begin with memorable auditions from on the road. Kanye West was one of those who performed in front of Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban.

“My name is Kanye, I’m from the south side of Chicago,” the 38-year-old entertainer told the judges.

Obviously, it’s a gimmick crafted by producers to drum up interest. Why would Kanye do it, you ask? Sure, he’s a fame whore and all but I figure it had more to do with Kim Kardashian. Ryan Seacrest who produces her reality show probably asked for a huge favor.

Check out his full audition of “Gold Digger” below. While I love that song, personally I wouldn’t have given him a golden ticket to Hollywood. I’ve seen better. Perhaps, he should’ve called up Season 8 winner Kris Allen for a duet on “Heartless.” Remember Allen’s epic performance of that? So good.

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News of Kanye West’s appearance on the farewell season of American Idol first broke months ago. FOX just released a new promo featuring the rapper’s much-heralded cameo.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Kim Kardashian is bundled up with some of the singing competition’s most notoriously bad singers. From William Hung’s unforgettable “She Bangs” audition to Season 6’s Sanjaya Malakar and a few in between. After watching this, I’m even more curious to see what West has in store for his ‘audition.’

American Idol Season 15 kicks off January 6. Check out the new promo below.

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The Weeknd Debuts ‘Tell Your Friends’ Music Video

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The Weeknd drops his second studio album Beauty Behind The Madness this week. Based on what I’ve heard so far, the 25-year-old Canadian crooner will avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face” were both Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 hits and his latest is poised to follow the same trajectory.

Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd just debuted his latest visual to promote his LP’s release. And it’s a dark one. “Tell Your Friends” produced by Kanye West features Weeknd getting buried alive. He later appears above ground firing his gun at the same man who appeared in the his “Can’t Feel My Face” video.

Check out the Grant Singer-directed video below, along with a Beauty Behind The Madness album sampler. His album sounds so good.

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Numerous fans felt a little gypped by the original edit of “Bitch I’m Madonna.” With all the marquee names participating, I, like many, assumed Beyonce, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus would’ve been featured more than just a couple of seconds in the Jonas Akerlund-directed clip. Pretty much all they did was lip sync just one line. Does her new visual rectify that faux pas?

Madonna ditches the partygoers and her Asian lady backup dancers in the Sander Kleinenberg remix video edit. Instead, the 56-year-old icon is shown gyrating and hair flipping in a room solo while grainy footage of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Chris Rock, Diplo, Nicki Minaj and the aforementioned names are edited in between. The cameos are a bit longer but not by much. Check out the video remix edit below.

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Taking a page from Taylor Swift’s playbook, Madonna enlists her famous friends for her star-studded visual “Bitch I’m Madonna.” Unlike Swift’s “Bad Blood” clip though, the guest stars in the video seem like an afterthought.

With exception to Rita Ora, Chris Rock and Diplo, the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus appear to have taped their cameos after Jonas Akerlund finished directing the clip.

Not surprisingly, the clip debuted exclusively on Tidal. If you recall, Madonna made headlines when she lifted her leg on the table while giving her signature.

While “Bad Blood” is a far superior clip, Madge’s latest is still a playful little romp. Lots of colorful and fun fashion abound. Check out it below before Jay-Z’s minions take it down.

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It’s no secret I love Nick Jonas. Besides the obvious (his body), I’ve been pleasantly surprised by his solo album. With that being said, I’m a little disappointed with his latest appearance.

The “Jealous” singer stopped by the UK’s Capital FM recently. As they do with everyone who sits down, they persuade them to play a round of Instaoke. Three songs are randomly (yeah right) chosen for the guest to sing.

The imaginary wheel stopped on “Problem” (Ariana Grande), “Bye Bye Bye” (‘N Sync) And “Gold Digger” (Kanye West) for Nick. Dude doesn’t even remotely look like he’s into it. The most entertaining thing about the whole thing was the slight shade thrown at Grande’s expense. Watch the clip below.

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Heading into the 2015 Billboard Music Awards telecast, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s first performance of “Pretty Girls” was without a doubt the performance everyone was looking most forward to. About two hours in, the duo did themselves proud. It wasn’t at all a trainwreck, and in fact, both ladies looked sensational. Britney, IMHO, hasn’t looked this great and comfortable on stage in years. Well done.

Mariah Carey also made a notable appearance as well. She hit the Billboard stage for the first time in 17 years. Perhaps she’s still recuperating from bronchitis, but Mimi wasn’t at her vocal best. Every note felt so laborious as opposed to the ease she belted out those notes years ago.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson absolutely slayed her vocals during her “Invincible” performance as did Tori Kelly and Nick Jonas on “Nobody Love” and “Jealous” respectively.

Speaking of Jonas, he was in fine form tonight. Dude looked beyond sexy. Charlie Puth and Empire‘s Jussie Smollett also smoldered on stage during their respective performances. Check out all the videos below.

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