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Haley Reinhart Debuts “Free” Music Video

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A few days ago, Haley Reinhart looked like she was caught in a wind tunnel before popping up in a golden birdcage on “American Idol“. Today, the American Idol Season 10 Final 3 contestant reappears as one hot vintage pin-up in her debut music video, “Free”. The clip was directed by Christopher Sims whose previous credits include OneRepublic, Lady Antebellum, Cassie and fellow Idol alum, Daughtry. In it, Haley rocks out vintage high-waited shorts and pants that Olivia Newton-John in “Grease” would be jealous of. The bluesy empowering break-up song is the perfect way to kick off Haley’s post-Idol career. It combines all her musical influences of R&B, soul and jazz into a nicely written track that has broad appeal.

“Along with the album’s pop undertones, it definitely has key elements of soul, rock, R&B, and even some jazz,” Haley reveals. “I’m hugely influenced by the music I grew up with and you can hear that on the album. I’m so thrilled to make my visions come to life!”

My favorite part of the music video is during the chorus when some cool 360 degree camera angles are utilized. “Free” is the lead cut from her debut album “Listen Up!” hitting stores on May 22nd. If you’re aching for your Haley fix in between now and the album’s release date, you can catch the petite singer on “90210” tomorrow night on the CW performing “Free”. In the meantime, check out Haley getting her vamp “on” in her newly-dropped music video below.

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Since the 15-second preview of Justin Bieber’s new single Boyfriend, I have been on high alert waiting for this track to be released. Finally, it’s been unleashed upon iTunes and as expected, Beliebers around the globe sent Twitter into frenzy with the hastag #Boyfriend helping to promote the track and to hopefully give Bieber his first #1 hit single on Billboard. That’s right – despite his popularity and fan base, the Biebs has never received the #1 status for a single on Billboard.

But back to the song itself. It’s good – real good. One thing is for certain, Justin is maturing both in life and with his sound. I really hope that this song is an indication of what we can expect from his full album, Believe. The sound is right on point with Justin Timberlake comparisons. The excitement the song gives me reminds me of purchasing JT’s first solo album, Justified. The R&B guitar-driven sound is infectious and the hook is so catchy. While the soft spoken rap in the verses may not have the most compelling lyrics of all time, I think this is a great and exciting direction for Justin and his crew. Without further ado, give a listen to Boyfriend below and check out some behind-the-scenes footage of the recording of the record.

Check out Justin Bieber’s new single “Boyfriend” after the jump.

Kerli Defies “Zero Gravity” In New Music Video

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Last year, Kerli transitioned from creepy art-popper to rave diva with her dance hit “Army of Love“. She has drawn comparisons to Bjork and Annie Lennox with her style of music. The Estonian singer is back and hoping to continue her success with her newly-released music video for “Zero Gravity“.

In her new clip, Kerli is portrayed as a cocoon hanging upside down on a tree branch before blossoming into a beautiful angel. “The Zero Gravity video is about transformation,” she explains. “I tried to mix all this super angelic stuff with some more cyber/techno stuff.” To me she looks like a Harajuku space princess wearing very provocative raver attire. She floats around the heavens looking like a club kid angel. Co-written and produced by Scandipop duo Svante Halldin and Jakob Hazell, “Zero Gravity” is the lead cut from her upcoming second studio album. Check out the music video below.

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Lionel Richie is on fire lately. First, he appeared on NBC’s The Voice as a mentor. Then a month later, it was announced that he would be a judge and mentor on another singing competition show for NBC titled Duets. Now, the crooner his latest endeavor – an album with all country versions of his greatest hits. The first artist to help him out? None other than country superstar (and fellow Canadian) Shania Twain.

The two take on one of Lionel’s best, Endless Love (which was originally with Diana Ross. The two took time to shoot the video in a seaside town in the Bahamas. The concept shows Lionel in his villa while adoring moving artwork of Shania on the beach, on a pier and riding a horse. Then, Lionel steps off of his porch and into reality as him and Shania sing the final chorus together on the white sandy beaches. It’s as cheesy as the song is and I love it! (And I know you romantics out there will too!)

Lionel’s country remake album Tuskegee was released on March 5 and features other big name country artists like Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and the Rascal Flatts. Check out his version of Endless Love with Shania Twain below.

Watch Lionel Richie & Shania Twain sing “Endless Love” after the jump.

If you watch The X Factor UK then you definitely recognize the name Tulisa. A former member of the Def Jam group N-Dubz, this London native sat in the judges seat for the eighth series of the popular UK show. After her band parted ways with their label last year, it was time for Tulisa to step out on her own. After a year of hard work, she is ready to release an album she’s poured a lot of heart and soul into. Yesterday, she debuted her first solo single titled We Are Young which was penned for former band mate (and ex-boyfriend) Fazer.

The track speaks for itself in the title as she sings about the throws of being young. “Forgive me for what I’ve done, ’cause I’m young… We live on the edge of life, we don’t even compromise we rush ’cause we run out of time… We are young.” In the video, we watch as her and her friends party in a hotel penthouse suite with a sweet ocean view. I personally love this anthem-like track and think it’s a solid debut for Tulisa as a solo artist. Check out We Are Young below.

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If you watch The X Factor UK then you definitely recognize the name Tulisa. A former member of the Def Jam group N-Dubz, this London native sat in the judges seat for the eighth series of the popular UK show. After her band parted ways with their label last year, it was time for Tulisa to step out on her own. After a year of hard work, she is ready to release an album she’s poured a lot of heart and soul into. Yesterday, she debuted her first solo single titled We Are Young which was penned for former band mate (and ex-boyfriend) Fazer.

The track speaks for itself in the title as she sings about the throws of being young. “Forgive me for what I’ve done, ’cause I’m young… We live on the edge of life, we don’t even compromise we rush ’cause we run out of time… We are young.” In the video, we watch as her and her friends party in a hotel penthouse suite with a sweet ocean view. I personally love this anthem-like track and think it’s a solid debut for Tulisa as a solo artist. Check out We Are Young below.

Check out Tulisa’s debut, “We Are Young” after the jump.

The UK is giving birth to so many new pop sensations lately: Adele, The Wanted, One Direction, The Saturdays (to name but a few) and now Conor Maynard! Only 19-years old, Maynard debuted his music video for his single, “Can’t Say No” earlier this month and it’s already at well over 2 million views. Why you ask? Well, to put it simply: He’s good. BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills recently crowned the song with the coveted ‘Record of the Week‘ title, joining hits by Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, and David Guetta.

Now, move over Bieber Fever Beliebers because Maynard’s fans have a name too already: “Mayniacs“. Love it. Apparently, they even lived up to their name earlier this month by stopping traffic, singing along to the song and when he was playing at his third-ever gig at the sold out Islington Academy in London. This guy is about to blow up!

He was recently flown out to Miami by Pharrell Williams to record new tracks for his debut album and will also be working with NeYo on it! Check out the video below and see what all the buzz is about!

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Karmin Is “Broken Hearted” In New Clip

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Ever wonder what Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” would sound like if their ingredients were put into a blender? If you answered “yes”, may I present you this fun little ditty. I’ve been a fan of Karmin for a while now and featured them in my Rising Artist Spotlight series. They first caught my attention when they were unsigned artists uploading awesome covers on YouTube. With their debut album dropping on April 24, the timing of the release of their “Brokenhearted” music video is perfect. The catchy song could be their breakout radio hit.

Prolific producer Benny Blanco produced the track. His previous credits include “Tik Tok”, “Dynamite” and “California Gurls”, ergo the familiar sound of Karmin’s single. Even though the title suggest it’s a sappy ballad, “Brokehearted” is surprisingly upbeat and a feel-good song. It has the potential of becoming a summer hit. In the newly-dropped clip, real-life engaged couple Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan playfully flirt with each other. I’d flirt with Nick too. That boy is one cute sexy guy. YUM. Check out the party-themed music video directed by Marc Klasfeld below.

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