Taylor Swift Explains The Animators Sequence In “Shake It Off” Outtake

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Taylor Swift has been slowly rolling out fun outtakes from behind-the-scenes of the silly video for her smash hit, “Shake It Off.”

Last week, Taylor gave us a look at the ballet, cheerleader and modern dance sequences from the clip. And today, we’re learning a bit more about the The Animators — the futuristic pop-and-lockers. “Dancers are such passionate people about what they do, and they’re so proud to be in a music video representing their style of dance…and I’m so proud to awkwardly ruin it with my dancing,” she deadpans.

Head down after the jump to watch the 1989 singer-songwriter dancing crazy spastic in front of the trained dancers in a vintage Lady Gaga (circa 2008) spaceball look. “I try so hard. I’m always trying so hard…I think that’s the point of this video,” Taylor reflects behind the scenes. Oh, Taylor. More »

Jennifer Hudson’s ‘JHUD’: Stream The Full Album

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You ready to work it out? Jennifer Hudson‘s sassy, sexy new record JHUD is finally ready for your ears.

Over the past few months, the powerhouse vocalist and Academy Award-winning American Idol alum has been dropping tasty teases of her forthcoming third studio album — from her ‘tude-heavy “Walk It Out” with Timbaland, to R. Kelly duet “It’s Your World,” to the disco-tastic “Dangerous,” to the flashing lights of throwback jams like “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” and “He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” with Pharrell and Aussie femcee, Iggy Azalea. Phew! That’s a whole lot of goodness already, huh?

Today, the entire album is available to stream in full over at VH1. Head over and have a listen, then let us know your thoughts on Jennifer’s latest LP in the comments below. More »

Gwen Stefani Reportedly Releasing Single “Baby Don’t Lie” In October

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If summer was all about wave-making by pop rookies Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor, then fall is shaping up to be the time when the established pros take the spotlight. Because not only is Fergie rumored to be releasing a brand new single in the coming weeks, it seems we’ll finally be hearing new (solo) music from Gwen Stefani, as well.

PopJustice notes today that Interscope’s radio-listing site playiga.com may have accidentally posted the title of Stefani’s upcoming single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” as well as its premiere date of October 6. So, bottom line: Gwen and Fergie could be aurally transporting us all back to 2006 – 2007 very, very soon. More »

Fergie’s Comeback Single Is Reportedly Called “L.A. Love (La La),” Out On September 30

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The Dutchess might be returning to her throne sooner than you think.

Eight years after the release of her debut solo record The Dutchess, Black Eyed Peas songstress Fergie is reportedly ready for round two, beginning with her new single “L.A. Love (La La).”

According to a tweet by Billboard’s Associate Director of Charts Gary Trust last night, the new Fergie bop will drop on September 30. More »

Kylie Jenner Has Her Heart Set On A Music Career: Morning Mix

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:: Kylie Jenner wants to be a pop star. (The same dream didn’t turn out too well for sister Kim Kardashian). It seems the teenager has been taking singing lessons with vocal coach/producer Tim Carter. Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt. [Radar Online]

:: Now here’s a cute celebrity couple. Trey Songz and R&B diva Mila J are dating. We know because they have been spreading their love for each other all over Instagram. Romantic. [Rap-Up]

:: Taylor Swift has made jokes about ending up a crazy cat lady but she might already be there. The former country diva has been snapped leaving her apartment with her feline friend several times in the past week. [MTV]

:: File this under best jobs ever. Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is willing to pay someone $50,000 a year to be his personal blunt roller. Actor Seth Rogen has already applied! [Instagram]

Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »

SBTRKT Teams Up With Caroline Polachek For “Look Away”: Watch The Scary Interactive Video

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Unless you’re an indie music nut, you might wondering why the name Caroline Polachek sounds familiar. She is the writer/producer behind Beyonce‘s “No Angel” (ie. the best song on Queen Bey’s stunning visual album) and therefore a tried and tested genius. For further proof, check out her spooky feature on SBTRKT‘s creepy new track “Look Away”.

Taken from the British producer’s forthcoming sophomore LP Wonder Where We Land (due October 7), “Look Away” serves up a nightmarish soundscape of sinister synths. It’s the perfect canvas for Caroline’s haunting vocals and is pretty much guaranteed to soundtrack a horror movie eventually. In the meantime, find the genuinely unnerving interactive video after the jump. More »

Nicole Scherzinger’s Sophomore LP Is Called ‘Big Fat Lie’: Check Out The Sexy Cover & Deluxe Tracklist

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After scrapping five albums worth of material, Nicole Scherzinger is finally ready to unleash her sophomore/debut LP (depending on where you live). It’s called Big Fat Lie and boasts an extraordinarily sexy cover, which finds the thinking man’s Beyonce — just go with it — tussling her hair and rocking chunky jewelry that screams early Janet Jackson. I love it.

There’s no US release date yet but the album drops October 20 in the UK. The former Pussycat Doll unveiled the standard tracklist earlier today (September 16) in a crossword puzzle but the pre-order link (only for UK residents unfortunately) includes three bonus tracks as well as the videos for singles “Your Love” and “On The Rocks”. See the full tracklist after the jump. More »

Nick Jonas Unveils His Cute, Colorful And Generally Adorable “Jealous” Video: Watch

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After giving fans a taste of his sexy new R&B sound with buzz single “Chains”, Nick Jonas pulled the trigger with “Jealous”. Co-written with hitmaker Nolan Lambroza and singer/songwriter Simon Wilcox, the ’80s-influenced anthem is a rush of fizzy pop with slick synths and a monster chorus. Radio is eating it up, which means the 22-year-old could have a big hit on his hands.

The much-anticipated video dropped today (September 16) and it features a variety of segments/skits that include a very uneven basketball game, a piano duet in heaven and a cameo appearance from real-life girlfriend Olivia Culpo, who plays the cello in her lingerie. The things we do for love! It’s all very good natured and cute and most importantly has a great soundtrack. Watch after the jump. More »

Beyonce And Jay Z Are Allegedly Working On A Joint Album

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Beyonce and Jay Z are allegedly working on a joint LP. Yes, a whole album of collaborations like “Crazy In Love”, “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” and my current favorite “Part II (On The Run)”. The world isn’t ready! Dash Radio’s DJ Skee reported the news this afternoon (September 16) but didn’t cite his source, so it’s probably best to take the revelation with a grain of salt.

There is some precedent for it, however. Hov recorded Watch The Throne with Kanye West and Bey has been hinting at releasing more new music. She was rumored to be working on a sequel to her game-changing visual album but a joint project could be less stressful and take the weight of expectation off her shoulders. (Topping Beyonce is going to be tough). Listen to DJ Skee’s interview after the jump. More »

Must Hear: Made In Heights’ New Single “Ghosts” Is Synth-Pop Perfection

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If you missed Made In Heights the first time around (they released an album in 2012), there’s still time to get on board before they explode with their sophomore set. And the LA-based duo will do just that if gorgeous new single “Ghosts” is any indication of what they have up their collective sleeve. Make no mistake. This is one of the prettiest pieces of electronica to surface thus far in 2014.

“When all the ghosts are singing, taking my tears and filling their cups up,” sing-whispers vocalist Kelsey Bulkin over Sabzi‘s cascading synths in the song’s ever-so-subtle chorus. That gives you some idea of the song’s quirky lyrical content but probably doesn’t do justice to the whimsical production. Think of this as the complicated, stoner cousin of Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”. Listen after the jump. More »