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No disrespect to Avicci (love him), but what truly makes “Wake Me Up” such a sensational record is due to the talent of featured singer Aloe Blacc. His mesmerizing vocals are hypnotic. The 34-year-old singer released not only an acoustic version of his hit collaboration with Avicii, but also an accompanying music video. Instead of a young girl on a journey to find her people at a rave, this one tells a tale inspired by 11 million true stories.

Directed by Alex Rivera, this alternate version gives the song a much more thoughtful and deeper meaning. Blacc’s version highlights the struggles undocumented immigrants face in America. Many of the actors featured in the clip have lived the story they portray. For more information about the director and the actors, head over to Legalize America. Meanwhile, check out Aloe’s vid below.

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Whether it’s an intentional tribute to Beyonce or not, it’s pretty obvious Tamar Braxton is channeling Bey circa Sasha Fierce era. With the high pony, finger jewelry and white backdrop, it screams “Single Ladies.” Love Tamar’s new album, but girl needs to rewatch Mrs. Carter’s music videos a few more times. Her hairography is nowhere near as fierce as Beyonce. Watching Tamar twirl that pony is embarrassingly awkward. With that being said, I do love “Hot Sugar” and clip because…

The one thing Toni’s little sis has on the “Irreplaceable” singer is her choice of backup dancers. While I appreciate Bey’s army of powerful females, watching a gaggle of sexy shirtless male dancers wearing heels, skirts and extremely tight tights is fun for obvious reasons. I’m loving the two featured in the photo above. Check out her Instagram-inspired clip below.

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I’m not a strip club aficionado by any means, especially of the female variety, but I’ve never seen a live band at any of the establishments I’ve been to. Have you? Bruno Mars decided to go to a sweaty nightclub, slash gentleman’s club, to film his “Gorilla” music video. The 28-year Hawaiian native premiered his latest yesterday on Facebook instead of going the usual Vevo route.

Being a co-director certainly has its perks. I’m sure all those steamy make-out scenes with Freida Pinto weren’t by accident. Who could blame him? Even I was getting a little woody watching the Slumdog Millionaire actress do her thing? Didn’t think she had the guts to take on such a sexy role. Girlfriend struts her stuff on stage and even gets dangerously close to getting intimate with a guitar before torching it. A stripping pyromaniac… who knew?

Gorilla” is the fourth single off his epic Unorthodox Jukebox. All three previous releases have cracked the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with the first two reaching pole position. So far, “Gorilla” has only managed to reach No. 26 as of publish time. Perhaps, his stylish sexy visual will improve its chart performance. After all, online video streams are now factored in Billboard’s ranking formula. Check out the clip below.

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After channeling her inner Mad Max in a post-apocalyptic world with Winnie Cooper (The Wonder Years‘ Danica McKellar), Avril Lavigne takes it down a notch and goes adult contemporary for her new video. Standing right by her side, or should I say appearing in the mirror, is her second husband Chad Kroeger. The clip is so melodramatic at times, I thought I was watching Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” video.

Mr. and Mrs. Nickelback join forces for “Let Me Go“- another single off Avril’s upcoming fifth self-titled album. Personally, Lavigne’s past ballads are leaps and bound better than this, but since this one features her hubby, I’m somewhat diggin’ it. After all, they are the de facto Canadian royal couple du jour ;)

Watch a tortured, yet glamorous Avril play the piano below while Chad strums his little heart out as a mirror reflection. Speaking of which, is it bitchy to note the transformation Kroeger goes through wasn’t much of a difference. Watch the video below and see if you agree with my assessment that the older man and present-day Kroeger are practically the same.

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The Wanted Beg America To Show Them Love In New Video

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If there’s one takeaway from The Wanted’s latest music video is that Max George looks fantastic in a cop uniform. Can you just imagine him handcuffing you? WOOF!!! He also looks great getting drenched with water while wearing a suit. Truth be told, George looks good in (and out) of everything. SIGH. I digress.

Minus the awful title, the man band’s new single isn’t half bad. I enjoy them slowing things down with a swooning orchestral ballad. “Show Me Love (America)” is the umpteenth promotional single off their upcoming third studio album, Word of Mouth, due in stores on November 4.

Seriously, what is up with that title? Are the boys frustrated the numerous follow ups for their breakthrough hit “Glad You Came” have all bombed big time on the Billboard Hot 100. Have they resorted to blatantly begging their US fans to show them love? Watch the Frank Borin-directed visual below and weigh in afterward.

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Thanks to Babyface, we know the wonder that is Toni Braxton. He introduced the chanteuse back in 1992 on his Boomerang soundtrack contribution, “Give U My Heart.” Two decades later, the R&B singers reunite for another wicked duet.

Hurt You” is a sultry new track off Braxton’s upcoming album, Love, Marriage & Divorce. In the Ray Kay-directed visual, the two sing in adjoining rooms at some road motel. As the song progresses they begin to break down the walls (figuratively and literally) between them. The concept of the visual is fairly simple yet effective.

As a side note, I wonder if it bothers Toni that Tamar is the more famous Braxton these days? With her reality show, daytime talk show The Real, and chart-topping singles, the younger Braxton is definitely giving older sis a run for her money. Check out Toni’s latest visual below.

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Prince Declares Breakfast Can Wait On New Single

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His Purple Highness is back. Kinda sorta. The 55-year-old funkmeister just debuted a brand new video, but he’s nowhere to be seen. When you’re that legendary, you can’t be bothered to mug for the camera :) Instead, a cross-dressing doppelganger stands in his place.

Prince takes it back old school for his “Breakfast Can Wait” clip. The Danielle Curiel-directed clip begins with a couple getting their dance on while eating the most important meal of the day. Don’t you eat your cereal busting out a few moves? I do ;) It then segues to a dance studio where dancers bust out some choreography that could fit in easily in vintage Michael Jackson, Janet and Paula Abdul videos. Check out the clip below.

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On The Electric Lady, Janelle Monae boasts several high-profile collaborations including Prince (“Givin Em What They Love”), Esperanza Spalding (“Dorothy Dandridge Eyes”), Solange Knowles (“Electric Lady”) and Erykah Badu on “Q.U.E.E.N.” which was the lead cut.

Out of them all, my favorite is hands down “PrimeTime” featuring Miguel. Partially, because I love slow jams, but also because I have a slight crush on the R&B crooner. That man just oozes sex when he sings. Every time I hear “Adorn,” I just want to get busy. At long last, a visual has premiered for their epic single. Why this hasn’t charted, especially on the R&B charts, is beyond me? Fingers crossed the clip garners some radio airplay and chart activity.

In the clip, Monae plays a “cyber-server” named Cindi Mayweather who works at a night club called the Electric Sheep where show droids entertain rich patrons. In other words, a classy high-tech strip club. While working, she meets Joey Vice played by Miguel. After getting harassed by horny male customers, she quits and frolics with Miguel on the rooftop and at another party. Watch these two get their flirt on in the Alan Ferguson-directed video below.

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