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It’s my wildest gay dreams come true. Perhaps a slight exaggeration but you get my drift.

Ariana Grande headlined the 2015 New York Pride Dance on the Pier. The diminutive singer sang her hits “Break Free” and more to the 10,000 plus crowd. During her set, the 22-year-old chanteuse surprised everyone by performing a killer Whitney Houston/Madonna mashup.

Grande seamlessly blended “I’m Every Woman” with “Vogue.” This needs to be a bonus cut on a future LP and a permanent fixture on her tour. Watch the slayage below.

On a side note, Happy belated birthday to Miss Ariana. The singer just celebrated her birthday over the weekend just like yours truly on June 26.

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Not feeling the Pride spirit yet? Perhaps, Spotify’s new playlist just might do the trick. The service compiled the top streamed songs across pride-themed playlists in the United States.

After analyzing tens of thousands of pride playlists on Spotify, not surprisingly the Top 20 consists mostly of female artists. The gays certainly love their divas. The two male acts to make the cut were Scissor Sisters and Sam Smith. The latter singer’s two ballads “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One” surprisingly were included.

Which diva do you think reigns supreme? Is it Britney, Whitney, Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Cher or someone else? Maybe it’s drag icon RuPaul. Check out the entire list below to find out.

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Ariana Grande’s The Honeymoon Tour hits my neck of the woods next week and I can’t wait. The thousands of teen girls surrounding us will undoubtedly be annoying but I’ll be armed with six of my friends and a bit of alcohol in my system ;)

During her Inglewood, California spot, the 21-year-old singer covered the Whitney Houston classic, “I Have Nothing.” She absolutely slays it. David Foster who produced the track accompanied her by playing the piano alongside here. Hopefully, Ariana performs this or an equally impressive song cover when she hits Vancouver.

Justin Bieber who previously joined Grande on stage in Miami, once again made a surprise appearance. This time though, he remembered the lyrics to “Love Me Harder” when he duetted with Ariana. The Canadian singer also sang “As Long As You Love Me” and his new Jack U collaboration “Where Are U Now.” Check out all the performances below.

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The staying power of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ collaboration is surprising to say the least. “Uptown Funk” notches its fourteenth week in pole position of the Billboard Hot 100. Currently, it’s in a seven-way tie with the likes of Black Eyed Peas and Whitney Houston.

If it can keep its grip for another week, it’ll be the second-longest running hit of all-time. Should it score two more weeks, it would tie the record of 16 weeks which Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men have held with “One Sweet Day” since 1996. How insane is that?

Never did I think “Uptown Funk” would have this sort of longevity. Truthfully, it’s not my favorite Mars hit and in fact, I kinda find it annoying.

Check out all the hits below that have scored 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Do you think “Uptown Funk” can score two more weeks at No. 1? Which long-running No. 1 is your favorite? Weigh in below.

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CHVRCHES’ Incredible Whitney Houston Cover

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I’m always down for a Whitney Houston cover, especially when it’s from an artist I don’t expect. This is so right and definitely more than okay. CHVRCHES takes on the late great Whit’s 1999 classic “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.”

The UK pop trio transform Dark Child’s production into a hypnotic synth piece of awesomeness. Lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry’s rendition almost gives the kiss-off anthem a sweet icy tone as opposed to Houston who was ready to cut a bitch with the original. God love her.

CHVRCHES are currently on a promotional tour to pimp out their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, which features their latest single “Gun.” Their Houston cover premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. Check out their wicked version below.

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In honor of Whitney Houston’s would-be 50th birthday and her remarkable career, I thought it was appropriate to re-post this article from years ago on Whitney’s best singles. Rather than arbitrarily ranking them on what I thought was the best, I decided to let my iTunes play count stats determine the ranking. Numbers don’t lie right? Let’s be real, if I ranked them solely based on my favorites the entire list would be made up entirely of all her amazing ballads. I know power ballads and Whitney are synonymous, but I’d thought I’d take a different approach.

I have to admit I was surprised by some of the outcome. A couple of years ago, I made a conscious effort to clean up my iTunes library and properly tag each song with the correct information and downloaded the respective cover art. It was a lot of work but well worth it in the end. Hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Editor’s note: I originally compiled this list before Whitney’s last album. If I were to base the countdown on today’s stats, “Million Dollar Bill” would rank in the Top 5. Hope you enjoy my list.

check out my countdown after the jump

She’s not related to either diva, but Ariana Grande has the vocal range that made Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston legends. The 19-year-old is best known for her role on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, but with the launch of her recording career, she’s quickly attracted Carey comparisons and rightfully so. “The Way” featuring Mac Miller definitely reminds me of vintage Mariah with its bouncy pop beat and smooth vocal acrobatics. The track peaked at No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 while the music video has over 15 million views to date.

Ariana recently uploaded a cover of Houston’s “I Believe In You And Me” and girl slays it. The audio quality is a bit echo-y and it starts out slow, but then she lets loose and her powerful pipes shine. She definitely does the song justice.

Grande has also appeared on MIKA’s “Popular” which offers a fresh twist on the track featured in the hit Broadway musical Wicked. It was the first time composer Stephen Schwartz authorized the usage of his music. Check out all three tracks below.

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While I love hearing all the juicy tidbits from celeb autobiographies, I’m never tempted to pick one up and read it in its entirety. For Clive Davis’ The Soundtrack of My Life which is out today, I just might have to change that. Not only do I respect the music legend, but I’d love to hear his insights on the superstars he’s made including Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen to name a few. And the cherry on top, Clive Davis comes out as a bisexual. I never would’ve guessed.

The 80-year-old reveals his first same-sex experience took place during the Studio 54 era in the 70s. It wasn’t until he divorced his second wife in 1985 that he began serious relations with men. Davis shares he was in a monogamous one with a male doctor from 1990 to 2004. Even though he’s currently in an other committed relationship with a man, he considers himself a bisexual. Tomato, tomahto.

In addition to all his personal anecdotes, Clive discusses his professional relationships with the superstars he’s worked with. From concerns he had with Whitney Houston’s lifestyle to his infamous battle with Kelly Clarkson on her third studio album, My December, he dishes it all out. As part of his publicity book tour, he stopped by Katie Couric’s daytime talk show to chat. Check out a couple of clips below from the episode which airs today. I wonder why Usher is there. Hmmmmmm ;)

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