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Bette Midler Pays Tribute To Girl Groups On New Album

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The legends are certainly representing this year. Barbra Streisand released her Partners LP to much success. Tony Bennett teamed up with Lady Gaga for a new album which also hit the top of the charts. Aretha Franklin is also getting in the game with Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, due out October 21.

Bette Midler is taking a similar approach to Franklin, but instead of paying homage to divas, the Divine Miss M is putting girl groups in the spotlight. It’s The Girls hits stores on November 4 and it’s her first album in eight years.

The 68-year-old icon covers classics made famous by The Shirelles, The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas to name a few. For the most part, the acts she’s chosen are pretty old school with exception to TLC which is by far the most contemporary. Too bad, she didn’t include Destiny’s Child or Spice Girls in the mix.

The first track off the LP has been released. Bette covers The Ronettes‘ ’60s classic “Be My Baby.” Overall, it’s a pretty faithful rendition. Give it a listen below.

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Cheryl Cole who simply goes by Cheryl these days drops her fourth studio album titled Only Human on November 10. The 31-year-old is in hardcore promotional mode in hopes of scoring solid first week sales. More power to ya gurrrrrl!!!

In the past week, she’s released the music video for the breezy upbeat “I Don’t Care” and the electro ballad title track “Only Human.” Now comes an out of left field cover of TLC’s empowering “Unpretty” mashed with Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts.”

The result is neither here nor there for me. I like Cheryl, but don’t think the vocals are on point with her acoustic rendition. Watch it below and see if you agree with my thoughts. I’ve also added Cheryl’s recently released new tracks off Only Human as well. Enjoy.

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Kylie Minogue Shares Her Romantic Music Playlist

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After all this time, I finally know why I love Kylie Minogue. We apparently have the same taste in music. The 45-year-old Aussie compiled an extremely listenable playlist titled “Back To Mine” for Rdio.com. “Lovers of the world unite for this exclusive Rdio playlist of romantic gems handpicked by Kylie herself,” writes the website.

Her picks include classic 90s R&B tracks from Janet Jackson, TLC and surprisingly Hi-Five. The out-of-nowhere latter selection really pleases me. The boy band’s “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” is one of my favorite tracks from that decade.

The “Sexercize” chanteuse also earns some hipster cred with cuts from Grimes, Sky Ferreira and Solange. Minogue even picked a hit from Johnny Depp’s former love, Vanessa Paradis. She recorded the campy track, “Joe Le Taxi,” when she was only 14-years-old. Check out Kylie’s other selections below and weigh in on which of them are your favorites afterward.

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The 41th annual American Music Awards took place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live on Sunday night with Mr. Worldwide aka Pitbull hosting. Random choice, right?

Heading into the evening, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had the most nominations with six. Even though they nabbed two AMAs, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night. The 23-year-old singer won four awards – Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Red. It was her third time winning the year’s top prize!

The top male dog was Justin Timberlake who walked away with three statues. Other multiple winners were One Direction and Rihanna. The AMAs bestowed the latter with their first ever Icon Award which was presented to her by her mom. Adorable.

With regards to performances, Lady Gaga in my opinion stole the show alongside R. Kelly with their sexually-charged tribute to JFK and Marilyn Monroe. Other memorable highlights include Katy Perry’s Japanese-themed “Conditionally” number, DWTS’ Maks Chmerkovskiy tossing around J. Lo during her Celia Cruz homage, Miley Cyrus being accompanied by a giant kitty and Christina Aguilera’s beautiful duet with A Great Big World.

On the flip side, I was underwhelmed with both Ariana Grande and TLC. The former was fantastic vocally but a tad boring, while the latter served practically zero energy during their “Waterfalls” performance with Lil Mama subbing in for the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Check out all the performances and winners below.

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Did you watch VH1′s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story? I did and loved it. Boy, did ousted TLC member Crystal Jones and former manager Pebbles get the shaft, especially the latter. She’s so incensed with her portrayal she’s reportedly contemplating legal action for defamation of character. I’m pretty sure most of her antics were true. Just saying. On a positive note, the cast killed it with their performances. Within minutes, I forgot I was watching actors. Their mannerisms and music video recreations were spot on.

The VH1 biopic scored big for the network. It was the highest-rated original movie on cable television in 2013 with over 4.5 million viewers. In addition, according to SocialGuide, the show was the most-tweeted program on Monday night, generating 1.92 million tweets with the hashtag #CrazySexyCool. Glad to see TLC fans came out in droves.

After the movie ended, the surviving members of the group, Chilli and T-Boz, previewed their new video “Meant To Be.” The breezy acoustic ballad is the only new track featured on their latest greatest hits album 20. The ladies just dropped the accompanying visual which features Ne-Yo. Check out the full-length version below.

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Is it Christmas and no one told me? Because these are a few of my favorite things all coming together. Cue Julie Andrews ;)

The Saturdays minus Frankie Sanford (I’m assuming she’s still on maternity leave) stopped by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to promote their current Top 5 UK hit “Disco Love.” It’s arguably one of my favorite tracks from the British girl group. Reminds me of a camping trip I took this summer.

As part of their two-song acoustic set, Rochelle Humes, Una Healy, Mollie King and Vanessa White performed a mashup of Drake’s “Hold On We’re Gone Home,” TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor.” The vocals aren’t perfect by any means, but if you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy it. Check out both performances below.

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TLC Releases New Ballad ‘Meant To Be’

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In conjunction with a highly-anticipated biopic, Crazysexycool: The TLC Movie airing on VH1 October 21, the surviving members of TLC are dropping another greatest hits album titled 20. Prior to unveiling the track listing, rumors swirled collaborations with Drake and a Lady Gaga-penned track would appear. As it turns out, the only new track included with their previous hits is one written by Ne-Yo.

Meant To Be” is a breezy acoustic ballad in the vein of “Unpretty” or “Diggin’ On You.” Longtime fans of the Atlanta-based girl group will love it. The uplifting jam is exactly what you’d expect from them. I’m sure the track will play at some key moment in the biopic signifying that T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili were in fact, “Meant To Be.” Give it a listen below.

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It’s not an official single nor even her track, but at least we have new music from Lady Gaga. It’s better than nothing, right monsters? “Posh Life” was penned by the 27-year-old singer for TLC. The Dallas Austin-produced track is one of four new songs appearing on the girl group’s greatest hits compilation coming soon.

The track features Gaga’s impeccable piano work and has her singing in a much lower register. No doubt to try to match T-Boz’s gravely raspy voice. With regards to lyrics, it’s in line with TLC’s signature self-empowering mantra. Gaga definitely captures their essence. I can’t wait to hear T-Boz and Chilli’s produced version of “Posh Life.” In the meantime, give Gaga’s leaked demo a listen below.

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