Leighton Meester Randomly Dropped A Surprisingly Good Album: Stream ‘Heartstrings’ In Full

Leighton Meester was a hot pop property for a minute in 2009. The actress was riding a wave of popularity thanks to her role on hit teen drama Gossip Girl and had a top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 courtesy of a feature on Cobra Starship‘s “Good Girls Go Bad”. She got to work on her debut album for Universal Republic and released a couple of singles — most notably the Robin Thicke-assisted urban-pop jam “Somebody To Love” — but the project was never released.

Five years later, the 28-year-old is releasing her much-delayed LP without much fanfare. Fans expecting more of the club-friendly pop she first dabbled in will be surprised by the contemplative folk sound of Heartstrings. It’s gentle singer/songwriter fare that evokes images of small town America. There are a couple of dark twists, giving the album an occasional Lana Del Rey-type quality. Find the streaming link after the jump. More »

Ariana Grande, Pharrell & Maroon 5 To Perform For ‘A Very Grammy Christmas’ Special

The Recording Academy is expanding into the well-loved Christmas music market, with the announcement of their inaugural holiday special — A Very Grammy Christmas. Acts like Ariana GrandePharrellMaroon 5 and Tim McGraw are slated to perform. The special will tape on November 18 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, with tickets on sale at Ticketmaster.

A Very Grammy Christmas is set to air on December 5 on CBS. That same day, they plan to announce the 2015 Grammy nominations for Album of the Year. The rest of category nods will be revealed earlier that morning. As for the holiday show, hopefully Grande will perform her swagged-out version of the 1984 classic “Last Christmas.” One can only dream!

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Taylor Swift’s ’1989′: 3 Highlights To Watch Out For

Perhaps you’ve seen rumblings on Twitter, on the Internet or merely felt the vibrations coursing through the streets, but Taylor Swift‘s new album, 1989, may or may not have hit the web a little early.

To be fair, we’d already heard a bunch of new tunes leading up to the album’s eventual arrival, including her #1 smash “Shake It Off,” “Out Of The Woods” and “Welcome To New York,” as well as a hint of “Style.” But what else is there to look forward to? Let’s discuss. More »

Britney Spears Is Getting Her Own Holiday, As She Rightfully Deserves

It’s Britney (Day), bitch!

Incredibly, it’s already been just about a year since Brit Brit began her Las Vegas residency, Piece Of Me, and the reviews and sales numbers have been utterly stellar — so much so, that Planet Hollywood is now giving back to the living legend in the form of a new holiday.

On Wednesday, November 5, Las Vegas will be celebrating “Britney Day” at The LINQ Promenade, where Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak will “present Britney with an official proclamation, as well as the Key to the iconic Las Vegas Strip.” What will B do with that key? Likely indulge in her outrageous shopping spree for a bit with her BFFs, and then help herself into the Starbucks on the ground floor of Planet Hollywood for some delicious frappes. More »

There’s Another Mystery Skulls, Brandy & Nile Rodgers Song, And It’s Appropriately Titled “Magic”: Listen

The other day we blew a gasket over Mystery Skulls‘ “Number 1,” a disco-fied collaboration with beloved R&B doll Brandy and music legend Nile Rodgers. It turns out there’s another ménage à pop between the three, the aptly-titled called “Magic.” (Not to be confused, of course, with Brandy’s recent cover of Coldplay‘s “Magic.”)

One-man dance-pop machine Mystery Skulls’ debut LP Forever arrives next week (October 27) via Warner Bros. Ahead of that, get a an earful of “Magic” below. More »

Nick Jonas Plays ‘Guess The Bulge’, Comments On Liam Payne, Harry Styles & Justin Bieber’s Crotches: Watch

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Detective Nick

Nick Jonas is nothing if not a good sport. The “Jealous” hitmaker, who almost broke the internet when his Mark Wahlberg-inspired Flaunt underwear shoot surfaced online, was asked to play ‘guess the bulge’ during a recent interview with Sugarscape and accepted the challenge. Footage of the heartthrob evaluating Justin Bieber‘s package (among others) is now here!

The first cab/crotch off the rank is Nick’s own and he recognizes it (thankfully). He has less luck with Liam Payne and Harry Styles but easily picks out Justin Bieber (“this looks ridiculous… only one person in the world can look that ridiculous”). He also notes that Zac Efron is wearing nude underwear and talks about showing his butt on Kingdom. Watch up top. More »

Kiesza Covers Haddaway’s “What Is Love” On ‘Conan’: Watch

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Baby, Don't Hurt Me

It’s been a pretty insane week for “Hideaway” hit-maker Kiesza ever since her debut album, Sound Of A Woman, dropped on Tuesday: She’s performed on Good Morning America, Live With Kelly & Michael, had a lengthy chat with us about her LP and dropped the video for her latest single “No Enemiesz.” But that’s not all! Last night, she took her haunting cover of Haddaway‘s classic dance jam “What Is Love” to Conan.

Forgoing the dancers for a simple, stripped-down piano performance, Kiesza showcased a different side to her talent — the acoustic side! — belting her sorrowful rendition of the song. At times, the performance recalls Lady Gaga‘s earliest days, when she’d turn around from a high-energy performance of “Just Dance” and stun with a piano version of “Poker Face.” A versatile pop princess — that’s what we love to see (and hear)! Check out Kiesza’s performance up top. More »

Kiesza Takes It All Off In Her “No Enemiesz” Video: Watch

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Hot Bod

Kiesza shows off her rock-hard dancer’s body in her video for “No Enemiesz,” the latest track from her debut album Sound Of A Woman. The flame-haired songstress takes notes from Janet Jackson‘s 1986 hit “The Pleasure Principle” visual, transforming an empty loft into her personal dance studio.

The video is all about choreography, where Kiesza dances alone in a mirror and with other members of her crew. But the most interesting parts occur when the singer strips off her clothes piece by piece. As each clothing item falls to the floor, it transforms into a live dancer — it’s a cool technique!

Sound of a Woman was released on October 21, and features songs like “Giant In My Heart,” “Losin’ My Mind” and “The Love.” More »

One Direction, Coldplay & Calvin Harris To Perform At 1st Annual BBC Music Awards

BBC Music celebrated their launch earlier this month with a pretty epic cover of The Beach Boys‘ classic — “God Only Knows.” The video features star players like One Direction, Paloma Faith, Chris Martin and a handful of others. Coincidentally enough, some of these musicians will be performing at television program’s first annual awards ceremony!

Along with Coldplay, Paloma Faith and 1D, music favorites like Ed SheeranCalvin Harris and Clean Bandit plan to touch the stage. It will be broadcasted live on December 11 via BBC One, from London’s Earls Court. A panel of BBC Music experts and music journalists will chose the winners for best British and international artists of the year, while the public will vote for the best song of the year. More »

One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” Video: Watch Them Go For The Fellini-esque…With Danny DeVito

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1D Throw A Party In The Desert

Countless teaser clips and photos have been leading up to today’s big moment for One Direction fans: the arrival of the music video for  “Steal My Girl,” the lead single off the boy band’s upcoming LP Four. So was it all worth the wait? Let’s see what we have here…

Things kick off with the five guys on the desert-based set of the video shoot. (Looks like the much-filmed Vasquez Rocks, just outside of L.A., to us.) Then comes the startling arrival of the quirky “greatest artist of his generation,” played by Danny DeVito. He ominously informs the worried lads, “I’ve seen your work. Today we’re gonna take it to a new level.” Uh oh. More »