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MOBO Awards 2014: Sam Smith Wins Big, Jessie J & Nicole Scherzinger Perform

Sam Smith swept the 2014 MOBO Awards last night (October 22), as he took away four awards. The In The Lonely Hour crooner won Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Male, Best Album and Best Song for his smash “Stay With Me.”

The ceremony, which stands for Music of Black Origin, was hosted by former Spice Girl Mel B and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Sarah-Jane Crawford. The highlight performances of the night came from Sweet Talker Jessie J and honorary Brit, Nicole Scherzinger. The former sung a tried-and-true mashup of “Bang Bang” and “Burnin’ Up” featuring rapper Kid Ink, while the latter won the crowd with her latest tune “On The Rocks.”

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Pink (You+Me), U2 & Jessie J All Land Top 10 Albums, But Florida Georgia Line Rules The Chart

It’s back-to-back-to-back country albums on top of the Billboard 200, as Florida Georgia Line debut at #1 with Anything Goes (197,000 sold) following chart-topping stints by Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean in recent weeks. Also, Bob Seger follows follows the trend of veteran acts making a big showing in the Top 10 lately (see: Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Stevie Nicks) by debuting at #3 with his 17th studio album Ride Out (59,000).

That leaves Pink and Dallas Green (aka You+Me) to go in at #4 with rose ave. (50,000), which, if you can wrap your head around it, is actually the third-best chart position ever for a Pink album. The only two that did better: 2008′s Funhouse (#2) and 2012′s The Truth About Love (#1). More »

Little Mix Are Working With Marina And The Diamonds, MNEK And Jessie J On Their New Album

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The talented young ladies of Little Mix quietly dropped one of the better girl group records in recent history late last year with Salute, which spawned cuts like the snappy “Move” and self-empowering title track. Since the last album’s release, they’ve been hard at work ever since recording a follow-up — and now, we’re starting to find out who’s been helping to shape their sound.

While interviewing on the red carpet at BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards, the girls revealed to Digital Spy their enviable list of collaborators, including Marina And The Diamonds, MNEK, Jess Glynne and Jessie J.”I think it’s just a step up really – production, vocals, everything,” Jamaican accent expert Jesy explained. More »

Jessie J Brings ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Audience To Their Feet With A Killer Mash Of “Bang Bang” And “Burnin’ Up”: Watch

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Jessie J has delivered a string of brilliant performances during her promo blitzkrieg for new LP Sweet Talker but today’s (October 17) appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show was her best yet. The fiery Brit looked incredible in her purple satin pantsuit and got the party started with a solo version of Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj-assisted summer smash “Bang Bang”.

That segued into a positively euphoric rendition of Ricky Reed/Axident-produced club-banger “Burnin’ Up”. It didn’t take a lot of encouragement for the crowd to jump to their feet and start clapping along. Jessie’s new single is quickly climbing iTunes — it’s already top 40 — and looks set to be another huge hit. Watch her energetic performance up top. More »

Jessie J’s ‘Sweet Talker’: Review Revue

Jessie J reigned in her career by focusing on dominating the U.S. market, with her latest album Sweet Talker (out today, October 14). The singer’s third studio LP is her attempt to breaking into the Top 40, which was a harder feat for her since she mainly gained traction in the UK. But does the album live up to its expectations of being an eye-catching pop masterpiece?

In our review, we wrote “Bang Bang’ was effective enough to help the singer stage a stateside comeback. But the all-star team (DiploThe-DreamTricky Stewart) behind the toned-down Sweet Talker failed to tackle the problem that first pervaded her schizophrenic 2011 debut, Who You Are: Vocal tricks aside, Jessie J doesn’t have a clear sense of identity.

So did other music critics agree with our sentiments? Read on after the jump to see their commentary. More »

Jessie J Performs “Bang Bang” & “Burnin’ Up” on ‘Dancing With The Stars’: Watch

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As part of her promotional run for her latest album Sweet TalkerJessie J stopped by Dancing With The Stars last night (October 13) to perform a two-song medley of her current singles. The first was “Bang Bang,” where the songstress fired up the crowd with her commanding vocals and hip-shaking dance moves.

Next up was “Burnin’ Up,” which included a troop of sexy backup dancers and shirtless men. Featured artist 2 Chainz did not make an appearance, though. “Bang Bang” and “Burnin’ Up” are the latest songs off Jessie J’s third studio LP, Sweet Talker (out today, October 14). More »

Jessie J’s ‘Sweet Talker’: Album Review

I allowed other people to come in and push my control and make me uncomfortable,” Jessie J said of her third studio album Sweet Talker (out today, ). Based on what happened this summer, that move hardly seems like a risk.

Hiring reliable, bold-faced producers and songwriters is often a fail-safe move in pop, and with her sophomore album Alive being restricted to a UK-only release, Jessie J’s decision doesn’t seem like an exception. Along came “Bang Bang,” her Max Martin-assisted, high-octane pop hit that features Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Currently a Top 10 single, it arrived right on trend during a season ruled by all-female collaborations, although with all its gospel inflections it seemed to cater most to Jessie J’s comfort zone and newfound role as leading diva.

Bang Bang” was effective enough to help the singer stage a stateside comeback. But the all-star team (DiploThe-Dream, Tricky Stewart) behind the toned-down Sweet Talker failed to tackle the problem that first pervaded her schizophrenic 2011 debut, Who You Are: Vocal tricks aside, Jessie J doesn’t have a clear sense of identity. More »

Ariana Grande Confirms Her Relationship With Big Sean: Morning Mix

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:: Ariana Grande has confirmed her relationship with Big Sean. The mini-diva spoke with The Telegraph about dating the rapper, stating “He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.” How sweet! The two were rumored to be a couple since the 2014 VMAs in August, and Big Sean even appears on My Everything‘s “Best Mistake.” They previously collaborated on 2013′s “Right There,” and he’s also featured on “Problem.” [Miss Info]

:: Speaking of Grande, she has been receiving a lot of flack for allegedly being a stuck-up diva, but “Bang Bang” collaborator Jessie J is stepping up to her defense. The Sweet Talker stated, “I’ve met Ariana, and there’s a very thin line between ‘diva’ and ‘survival.’ And a lot of people can’t [differentiate that] — and I’ve had that. I’ve had the diva stuff. And it’s when people can’t cope with how passionate you are, and how much you care.” [Billboard]

:: There’s no doubt that Ed Sheeran is currently one of pop’s biggest stars. But the UK crooner did not always have it so easy before he made it big. He revealed in his new book A Visual Journey that he spent two-and-a-half years homeless on the London streets. Sheeran wrote in an excerpt, “There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there… I didn’t have anywhere to live for much of 2008 and the whole of 2009 and 2010, but somehow I made it work.” [Digital Spy]

:: Mark Bell, a major influence in the ’90s London club scene, has sadly passed away. He is best known for producing for Björk, and being the co-founder of British house duo LFO. [Spin]

:: Simon Cowell has a feeling that The X Factor USA will be making a return to our screens. The show hasn’t aired in the U.S. since last December, and with competition like NBC’s The Voice and ABC’s Rising Star making a comeback may be harder than Cowell expects. [Rolling Stone]

:: Ozzy Osbourne will be honored at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, where he’ll received the Global Icon Award. Catch the legendary rocker and other stars when the show airs on Sunday, November 9. [MTV]

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Jessie J Sings “Burnin’ Up” On ‘Live With Kelly & Michael’: Watch Her Energetic Performance

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Jessie J is currently promoting new LP Sweet Talker (due October 14) with a series of TV appearances and live performances. The Brit, who landed one of the biggest hits of the summer with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj collaboration “Bang Bang”, dropped by Live With Kelly & Michael this morning and deliver a high-energy performance of new single “Burnin’ Up”.

The raven-haired singer looked more like a rock chick than an urban-pop diva in her jeans and t-shirt but she soon had the crowd clapping along to her Ricky Reed/Axident-produced club-banger. Jessie sounded as brilliant as ever (she is one of the strongest vocalists in pop) but the live arrangement didn’t the song any justice. Maybe this is just one of those jams that demands playback? Watch up top. More »

Ariana Grande Returns To The Studio: Morning Mix

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:: Ariana Grande spent an entire day recording at a studio in London, less than two months after she released her sophomore album My Everything. Could she be working on its follow-up? [Twitter]

:: Selena Gomez confronts Billy Crudup in a dramatic preview of the musical drama Rudderless. The film hits theaters and Video on Demand on October 17. [MTV]

:: Jessie J has done an acoustic rendition of “Ain’t Been Done,” the opening track of her third studio album Sweet Talker. Recently, she gave Sam Smith‘s “Stay with Me” the same stripped-down treatment.  [MTV]

:: Rap minimalist DJ Mustard hopes to work with Disclosure, Sam Smith and Calvin Harris sometime in the future. He’s already had experience branching out — after conquering hip-hop/R&B radio, he toured with and opened for Skrillex. [Los Angeles Times]

:: Justin Bieber was reportedly cleared of allegedly stealing a fan’s cell phone at a Dave & Buster’s in Los Angeles. The Believe pop star lunged for the device, as the fan was attempting to take photos of him and on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez. [Billboard]

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