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Back in 2013, I questioned if Tori Kelly was the one American Idol let slip through their fingers. The California native auditioned for the ninth season of the FOX singing competition, making it to Hollywood but failing to make the Top 24. Simon Cowell called her “almost annoying” during her audition. Fast forward years later and it’s the 22-year-old who’s now having the last laugh.

After Idol, Tori became a huge YouTube personality. Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, scooped her up and guided her to a record deal with Capitol Records.

The infectious lead single, “Nobody Love,” off her debut album is building buzz and destined to be her breakout hit. That shouldn’t be a surprise given that it’s produced by Max Martin. The Swedish hitmaker has crafted hits for Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and P!nk to name a few.

Commit Tori Kelly to memory because mark my words, she’ll be pop’s next big sensation. Check out her “Nobody Love” music video below.

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Nate Ruess, along with his fellow bandmates, is pursuing a solo endeavor while fun. takes a break. With the success of his collaboration with P!nk on “Just Give Me A Reason,” the 33-year-old singer should do quite fine on his own two feet. Especially, if the following cuts are anything like his first solo offering.

Nothing Without Love,” ironically was originally destined for fun.’s 2012 album, Some Nights. Ruess decided to resurrect the foot-stomping single but rewrite some of the lyrics to reflect what’s going on with his life. The track features background vocals from Lykke Li. He recently revealed the following about the single to Rolling Stone.

“It felt so believable; I was saying what I was thinking,” Ruess said. “This is the first time I’ve been comfortable in my own skin, and it’s with someone who’s comfortable in their own skin. The reason I’m making a solo album is because it’s the first time.”

For the explosive anthem’s accompanying clip, Nate enlisted Anthony Mandler to direct. It opens with Nate floating alone in the sea to sing the first few lines a capella. Later, he’s shown walking the streets as numerous people walk past him. Check out the visual below.

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I have to say I’m completely speechless with Ariana Grande’s latest video. It’s just so random and dramatic. She certainly loves looking to all things science-fiction for inspiration.

The Max Landis-directed clip begins with an explosion. We then see the 21-year-old navigate through a city being bombarded by meteors. After witnessing all the catastrophe surrounding her, Grande makes her way onto a rooftop with a male friend. As the apocalypse nears, the two exchange one last kiss.

One Last Time” is the fourth single released from Ariana’s Grammy-nominated album My Everything. Hopefully the David Guetta-produced track can follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and break into the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. Prior to this video, I thought it had a shot. Now, I’m not so sure. Check out the somewhat disappointing visual below.

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Bjork Debuts ‘Black Lake’ Trailer

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Björk released her ninth studio album, Vulnicura, earlier than expected due to leaks. Initially, it was intended to hit stores in March 2015 to coincide with a retrospective being presented at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. The exhibit was to “chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance.”

One of the installations is titled “Black Lake” which is also a track on her critically-acclaimed album. The 49-year-old Icelandic entertainer released a teaser trailer directed by Andrew Thomas Huang. It’s dark, eerie, stylish and stunning. Pretty much, everything you’d expect from the woman who wore that infamous swan dress at the Oscars. Check it out below.

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Taylor Swift Debuts Ethereal ‘Style’ Music Video

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Back in October when Taylor Swift promoted the release of her new album 1989, she revealed “Style” was her ‘secret favorite.’ When I first heard her LP, the Max Martin and Shellback-produced track immediately jumped out as a potential hit. I’m glad Swift’s camp chose it as the official third single. It’s one, if not, my favorite.

There’s not much of a narrative to the Kyle Newman-directed clip. Just close-up images of the 25-year-old moving around slowly as images are projected onto her silhouette. The hazy quality of the clip gives it a very ethereal vibe.

As far as her love interest this time, she’s picked another cutie- English actor Dominic Sherwood. Fitting choice given the song is reportedly inspired by Taylor’s brief fling with Brit Harry Styles. Sherwood is best known for appearing in Vampire Academy and being romantically linked to Modern Family actress, Sarah Hyland. Check out Tay’s stylishly moody visual below.

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How’s this for multitasking?

Kimberly Caldwell married MLS soccer player Jordan Harvey in a beautiful ceremony in Palm Springs on New Years Eve. The American Idol Season 2 alum decided to film all the day’s festivities for her “Tied Together” music video. With the guests all fabulously dressed in their best Great Gatsby-inspired attire, Caldwell had plenty of stylish extras at her disposal.

Shot by Let Em Have It Productions, the clip follows Kimberly as she gets ready for her big day, exchanging of the vows, the raucous reception and when the newlyweds and guests rang in 2015 by releasing giant illuminated paper lanterns into the desert sky.

I was fortunate enough to attend the ceremony and reception. Kimberly was one of the most gorgeous brides I’d ever seen. She truly glowed the entire day.

Had I known prior that I might be a video ho, I would’ve mugged more for the camera ;) Watch the video below to get a peek into the beautiful wedding. Try to see if you can spot Patrick, Brian and myself in the clip.

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Florence + the Machine are certainly in a giving mood this week. On the heels of “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” the English rock band debuts the official lead cut off their third upcoming studio album.

While the track they premiered earlier this week was mostly instrumental, “What Kind Of Man” is everything you’d expect and had hoped for from Florence and company. It starts off with a pseudo a cappella intro before kicking into high gear with a killer beat and Florence’s signature wails. Forget Hozier, Welch takes us to church with this new offering. Simply triumphant.

Like their previous clip, this one is directed by Vincent Haycock and features mesmerizing choreography from Sia “Chandelier” creative mind Ryan Heffington. Check out the slightly NSFW video below. It features brief nudity.

“I guess although I’ve always dealt in fantasy and metaphor when I came to writing, that meant the songs this time were dealing much more in reality. Ceremonials was so fixated on death and water, and the idea of escape or transcendence through death, but the new album became about trying to learn how live, and how to love in the world rather than trying to escape from it. Which is frightening because I’m not hiding behind anything but it felt like something I had to do.” – Florence Welch regarding upcoming album

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Jessie Ware is one of the most underrated singers out there in my opinion. Her critically-acclaimed sophomore effort Tough Love is absolutely brilliant. It’s a shame, the 30-year-old Brit isn’t a bigger smash here in North America.

Ware enlisted Chris Sweeney to direct the visual for “Champagne Kisses.” The 1960s-inspired clip features plenty of eye-catching visuals with Ware looking as flawless as ever. Definitely give the visually-engaging clip a view below.

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