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Esmée Denters became a YouTube sensation back in the late 2000s with her amazing video performances. One of the artists she covered took notice of her.

Justin Timberlake became so enamored with Denters that she became the first artist to sign to his label, Tennman Records. Timberlake even recorded the duet, “Love Dealer,” (love the song) with his protégée which became a Top 10 Billboard Club hit. Though Denters scored a couple hits off her debut album in her native Netherlands, Tennman Records decided not to release another album with her.

Fast forward five years later and the 26-year-old Dutch singer is one of the contestants competing on the fourth season of The Voice UK. She started off shaky covering “Yellow” by Coldplay during her blind audition, but eventually all four judges including will.i.am and Rita Ora turned around for her.

Check out her audition below, along with her JT duet from back in the day. Hope she does well on the show. I was always a fan.

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Two months after debuting her comeback single, Fergie has finally dropped the music video for “L.A. Love (La La).” Was it worth the wait? Truthfully, as colorful and star-studded as it is, it’s pretty basic IMHO.

Fergie hits several Los Angeles hot spots in a colorful festive float with some familiar faces in tow. It appears everyone and their mother came out to show the Dutchess some love.

A few of the folks making a cameo include will.i.am, Ryan Seacrest, Wilmer Valderrama, Kelly Osbourne, DJ Mustard, J-Pop princess Koda Kumi and Hilary Swank to name a few. Random bunch, right? Especially Swank. Who knew Fergie Ferg and the Million Dollar Baby actress were such good friends.

Hopefully for Fergie’s sake, the clip helps boost the single on the charts. So far its performance has been lackluster at best, peaking so far only at No. 63. Check out the clip below.

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Watch Kylie Minogue In Voice UK Season 3 Promo

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After having a relatively quiet 2013, Kylie Minogue is poised to make a big splash in 2014. With a new album including rumored single “Into The Blue” and new judging gig on The Voice UK, expect to be inundated with Kylie news this year. Can you believe it’s been four years since she released Aphrodite? Insane, right?

The Voice UK returns on the BBC on January 11, with a couple of new judges- Minogue and Ricky Wilson from The Kaiser Chiefs. Rumor has it, Kylie’s red swivel chair was adjusted to accommodate for her short stature. To prevent her feet from dangling in mid-air whilst sitting down, extra steps at the foot of her judging chair were added. How cute.

Check out a new promo below which features Minogue joining her fellow judges, Wilson, Tom Jones and will.i.am, in the delivery room. One by one each, turns around to the beautiful sounds of newborns crying. A star is born (literally).

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Shazam Reveals Most Tagged Songs & TV Shows Of 2013

In: Donovan, Music
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I don’t know about you, but I feel Shazam is probably one of the best apps ever created. There is nothing more frustrating than hearing a song but not being able to remember the title or artist. Even worse, if you hear it on your favorite TV show and rack your brain trying to figure it out, but still come up empty-handed. Honestly, Shazam has saved me numerous headaches. I also love using it as a makeshift to-download list for songs I need to purchase. The service has been partially credited for Icona Pop’s success. Their hit “I Love It” went on to be Shazamed more than two millions times in the US after appearing on Girls.

In the past several years, Shazam’s activity has increased at an astronomical rate. In 2011, Adele was tops with 4 million Shazams. In 2012, five artists achieved more than five million tags. This year, 43 artists have achieved more than five million Shazams. The popular music tagging service revealed their annual list of most popular tags. Check out the lists below and see if your tagging contributed to the totals.

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VEVO Reveals The 10 Most Played Music Videos In 2013

In: Donovan, Music
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Despite all the headlines and chart success, Miley Cyrus received no Grammy nominations. I guess all her antics scared off Academy voters. Here’s a small consolation prize for being snubbed.

VEVO recently released their annual list ranking the ten most played music videos of the year. In no shocker, Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” topped the list. After all, the clip generated 19.3 million views on its first day of release and was the fastest to be certified in VEVO’s history by reaching 100 million views within just six days. As of December 1, the much-spoofed clip stood tall with over 371 million views worldwide. Last year’s winner, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen notched 357 million clicks in 2012.

The most interesting part of the list is how a couple of leftovers from last year made the list. Both Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and will.i.am’s collabo with Britney landed in the Top 10. On the flip side, Katy Perry breaking the Top 5 is equally as impressive, given that “Roar” only premiered just in August. Check out below what other clips were extremely popular in 2013.

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DJ Earworm Mashes Up Summer 2013′s Biggest Hits

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What’s your song of the summer so far? Is it Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky?” How about “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke? Perhaps it’s Pitbull and Christina Aguilera’s catchy dance anthem “Feel This Moment?” DJ Earworm definitely considers them as viable contenders for the 2013 summer crown. The musical genius has once again worked his magic and delivered another wicked mashup. Praise the dance gods he doesn’t just do a year-end one.

Along with the aforementioned tracks, DJ Earworm includes hit tracks from Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Zedd, will.i.am and Justin Bieber to name a few. Props to my buddy Trevor Guthrie for getting a nod for his collaboration with Armin van Buuren in the mashup.

As much as I love DJ Earworm’s latest masterpiece, I feel he unfairly snubbed Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It,” Mariah Carey’s “#Beautiful,” Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” and Miley Cyrus’ oddly addicting “We Can’t Stop.” I’ve definitely have all those songs on heavy rotation. Check out Earworm’s new mash below.

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Ke$ha Gets Crazy With Will.I.Am For New Video

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Ke$ha acting all crazy isn’t anything new. After all, she’s the same woman who drank her own pee, hoping that would translate to ratings for her MTV reality show. Compared to that behavior, she’s relatively sane in her brand spanking new music video directed by Darren Craig. She sure does love Craig. He also filmed the 26-year-old singer’s “Die Young” and “C’mon” clips. “Crazy Kids” is the third single from her 2012 album Warrior.

The four-minute visual kicks off with Ke$ha wearing a powder blue hoodie accessorized with chunky gold jewelry and oversized eyeglasses. Once she takes off her hoodie, she reveals purple and blue cornrows. She later ditches her tripped-out chulo look for more of a glamorous outfit and hairstyle to hang out with shirtless middle-aged bikers.

Making an appearance in the video as an astronaut is will.i.am. It’s only fitting the Black Eyed Peas member pops up in sort of holographic form given that Justin Bieber also did the same in his “#thatPower” clip. Check out Ke$ha’s “Crazy Kids” music video below.

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Forget Jem & The Holograms, it’s all about will.i.am and the Bieber hologram. I know our site has our fair share of will.i.am and Justin Bieber haters, so be forewarned. The Black Eyed Peas member is surrounded by multiple look-alikes, while the Biebs pop up as a ghostly hologram. I’m sure it’s every hater’s worst nightmare.

I’m not the biggest fan of either artist but I appreciate a high-concept well-executed clip. I can give props when warranted. I even half-debated writing this yesterday, but after watching it a few times, I decided to write a post about it.

Ben Mor directs the clip which is set in a futuristic Asian world. It’s all very I, Robot meets Star Wars. will.i.am sports his unflattering harem drop pants while meticulously executing robotic choreography. Meanwhile, Justin takes a page from Tupac’s Coachella appearance last year and only appears in holographic form. Check out the clip below.

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