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Bette Midler Covers TLC’s “Waterfalls” For ‘It’s The Girls’: Listen

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Bette On It!

After blessing us with her cute take on The Ronettes‘ “Be My Baby,” legendary songstress Bette Midler is back again this week with another selection — and arguably one of the most anticipated! — from her upcoming girl group-inspired covers album, It’s The Girls: TLC‘s “Waterfalls.”

The seasoned vet switches up the classic R&B production of TLC’s original for her take on the track, turning the song into a much more sorrowful, contemplative slow tune complimented by gentle piano melodies and subtle strings — even some light bongo action. It’s a soulful rendition, fit perfectly for The Divine Miss M’s vocals. Listen to Bette’s take on the track up top. More »

Iggy Azalea’s “Iggy SZN”: Listen To The New ‘Reclassified’ Song

Recent “divorcee” Iggy Azalea is cranking up the heat and declaring that it’s “Iggy SZN” in one of the five new tracks on her upcoming Reclassified re-release of The New Classic (out November 24). Reclassified‘s actual lead single is the -featuring “Beg for It,” which is set to premiere on radio Saturday (October 25) morning, ahead of Iggy’s performance on Saturday Day Night Live that evening.

For now, fans of the chart-topping rapstress will have to settle for sassy “Iggy SZN,” which has her declaring, “Haters gon’ hate while critics critique, I pay them no mind whenever they speak / what they make a year I make in a week, I know you can’t stand it, just get you a seat!”

Guess she told you. Listen below. More »

J. Cole Remixes Jessie Ware’s “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe”: Listen

Jessie Ware is no stranger to a rap collaboration (see A$AP Rocky‘s remix of 2013′s “Wildest Moments”), and her latest joint effort is with J. Cole. The North Carolina-bred rapper added an explicit verse to the singer’s “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe,” a Miguel-penned cut off her sophomore album Tough Love.

J. Cole’s verse kicks off the song, adding a staccato flow to the sensual bedroom romp that includes sexy talk about twisting tongues and fake asses. The two artists met in Los Angeles while Ware was in the studio with production duo BenZel (aka Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch). Take a listen to the remix below. More »

Mystery Skulls, Brandy & Nile Rodgers Just Dropped “Number 1,” The Best New Track You’ll Hear This Week: Listen

Sometimes, out of the blue, a magical song springs up that possesses the ability to instantly brighten all corners of the universe. And we’re not saying this lightly: Mystery Skulls‘ disco-pop jam “Number 1,” featuring R&B diva Brandy and the legendary Nile Rodgers, is one such sunny track. The good news is that Mystery Skulls’ upcoming debut LP Forever (out October 27) is full of equally-addictive tracks guaranteed to get your butt shaking and your face smiling.

But that’s a few days off. For now, just revel in the absolute pop bliss of “Number 1″ below. More »

Sia Sings “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” For ‘Annie’ Soundtrack: Listen

In case you haven’t already watched the trailer or seen the new cast (Quvenzhané Wallis! Cameron Diaz!), the classic Annie is getting a massive 2014 reboot in time for Christmas. And, to coincide with the big budget remake of the original 1982 film adaptation, the movie’s also getting a newly rejuvenated soundtrack with updated lyrics and melodies, all thanks to producer Greg Kurstin and the pop industry’s most in-demand songwriter, Sia.

The ever-elusive 1000 Forms Of Fear belter delivers not one, not two but three new tracks on the soundtrack including a duet with Beck. And now, we’ve got a first listen of one of those new songs: “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.”

True to Sia and Greg’s collaborative style, the song’s been given a punchy, poppy update, full of Sia’s soaring vocals and epic, crashing production from Kurstin. Really, aside from Sia’s more chipper and optimistic delivery, this production could have certainly been served up on her fantastic studio album. Listen to “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” after the jump. More »

Is Jennifer Lopez Considering A Las Vegas Residency? (Update: Yes!)

Britney Spears, Shania Twain and Celine Dion have been dazzling audiences for months (and years!) now in Las Vegas. Will Jennifer Lopez soon be following suit?

It’s purely speculation at this point, but the “Booty” pop diva was spotted living it up at Brit Brit’s Piece Of Me show and Shania’s showcase at Caesars Palace in Vegas over the weekend, which she attended alongside her manager Benny Medina, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. But was the trip purely for pleasure, or was there some business at hand behind-the-scenes?

A residency could just be a perfect match for the A.K.A. pop veteran, considering her endless run of hit singles and fiercely loyal fanbase. And, considering the fact that Celine and Shania are due to leave town soon, there are some major diva-sized stilettos to be filled — Louboutins, perhaps.

Update: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire: According to a new report from TMZ this morning, Jenny From The Block was indeed in Las Vegas to secure a residency deal, which is being finalized right now — and if the money’s right, she’ll be performing right where Britney’s show is happening at Planet Hollywood!

“Jennifer Lopez is in the final stages of making a deal to perform in Vegas … and according to the contract — obtained by TMZ — she’ll rake in more per show than Britney Spears. Jennifer is being offered a whopping $350,000 per show at The Axis, Planet Hollywood … the same place Britney is performing. Britney is making a paltry $310K a show. But Britney will ultimately score more than JLo because her contract provides she’ll do 96 shows over 2 years. JLo will do 72shows, 3 times a week for 24 weeks over a 1 or 2 year period — the contract leaves that open.”

Assuming the deal does goes through, will you be heading to Vegas to see La Lopez in action? Sound off in the comments below. More »

Rixton’s “Wait On Me” Gets A Dance Remix: Listen To The Cahill Rework

Rixton‘s catchy “Wait On Me” single has a smooth R&B-inspired flair, but the song has now been spun into a club-ready jam! Cahill (an electronic group from Liverpool, UK) remixed the boy band’s song – taking away the melodic soul away and adding an heavy bassline, ear-splitting synths and intense drops.

“Wait On Me” is the follow-up to Rixton’s breakthrough single, “Me And My Broken Heart.” Both singles are from their debut album, Let The Road - out on January 6, 2015. Take a listen to the Cahill remix after the jump. More »

Nick Jonas Gets Sexual In New “Wilderness” Song: Listen

Rawr.

It’s already clear that Nick Jonas is an extremely sexy being (I mean, have you taken a look at this Flaunt magazine gallery?). But the singer takes full ownership of his newfound confidence in his latest tune, “Wilderness.” It strays away from his recent R&B-tinged offerings, with the melodic piano beat giving off a more radio-friendly pop flair.

The song is an uptempo romp that finds the crooner channeling his inner caveman, as he sings, “Naked as the day we were born/Did you know it could feel like this?/Feel like this?/I’ll take your body back, take it back, take it back to the wilderness.”  Oh, there’s also some male howling thrown in the background for good measure. Nick Jonas’ self-titled album is set for a November 11 release, and features songs like “Chains,” “Jealous” and “Numb.” Take a listen after the jump. More »

Kiesza’s ‘Sound Of A Woman’: Album Review

After the whirlwind that was last year’s Q4 pop album releases (including Katy Perry‘s Prism, Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP, Britney SpearsBritney Jean and Beyonce‘s Beyonce), the music industry seemed to fade into a boring lull once 2014 hit. But fast forward to the current season, and it appears that pop has had a musical resurgence – thanks to artists like Canadian pop-house maven Kiesza. The flame-haired singer first made waves this past, chilly winter with her smash single, “Hideaway” and now her debut LP Sound Of A Woman arrives today ().

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Jessie Ware’s ‘Tough Love’: Album Review

British soul singer Jessie Ware can be modest. “I’m never going to be a pop star like Lady Gaga,” she once said, as if the idea was too far out of reach. Plus, while her voice is just as powerful as fellow UK star Jessie J (no, really), Ware’s 2012 debut Devotion was proof positive that she won’t require back-up dancers anytime soon. Devotion may have marked her transition from featured vocalist for electronica producers like SBTRKT to solo artist; however, Ware kept her voice low among the album’s dripping tempos, airy ambiance and simmering drama.

That was fine – after all, the “Wildest Moments” singer earned easy comparisons to Sade, a major influence and the epitome of smooth operator, while helping reestablish that R&B has long been more exciting and forward-thinking than Chris Brown ever made it seem. Still, while Devotion portrayed Ware as someone who keeps her composure, follow-up Tough Love (out today, ) demonstrates that, actually, she’s got some nerve – and that, too, is really exciting. More »