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4/28/13

Kelly Rowland & The Dream Prep Joint Tour

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R&B singers Kelly Rowland and The Dream aren't known for having strong voices, in fact, both have struggled to translate their studio performances onto the stage, but that hasn't stopped the duo from announcing a new co-headlining joint tour.

The 'Lights Out' tour is slated to kickoff in Kansas City, Missouri on May 24th, just ahead of the May 28th release of his new album 'IV Play', and wrap in Chicago, Illinois, just after the June 18th release of her new studio album 'Talk A Good Game'.

Peep the complete list of tour dates for their new co-headlining 'Lights Out' trek below:

'LIGHTS OUT' TOUR DATES

May 24 - Kansas City, Missouri – The Midland by AMC
May 26 – Silver Spring, Maryland – The Filmore Silver Spring
May 28 – Baltimore, Maryland – Rams Head Live
May 29 – Boston, Massachusetts -Wilbur Theatre
May 30 – New York City, New York – Best Buy Theater
June 13 – Jackson, Mississippi – Thalia Mara Hall
June 14 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Varsity Theatre
June 21 – Cleveland, Ohio – House of Blues
June 22 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Bogart’s
June 23 – Chicago, Illinois – House of Blues

Watch the official music video for Rowland's newest single, "Kisses Down Low", below:

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Video Preview: Rita Ora - 'Facemelt'

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International star Rita Ora is gearing up to release her new video for "Facemelt", but before the video's April 30th release, the star has released a teaser for the single.

The single serves as the fifth release from her 'ORA' album, which debuted at No.1 on the UK Album Chart and is nearly platinum in the country. The full music video will premiere on Hunger TV, but until then, you can watch the 30-second teaser beneath:


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4/26/13

Video: Ashanti - 'Never Should Have'

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R&B songstress Ashanti bares her soul in the emotionally-charged video for "Never Should Have", the heartfelt single from her forthcoming studio album 'BraveHeart', which is scheduled to hit stores and digital outlets on June 11th.

Directed by Sanji Senaka and shot in Santa Barbara, the video details the heartbreak and disappointments of love, and the 'Army Wives' star makes it clear in the video that this can affect all types of relationships. Feel her heart break in the video beneath:

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Mariah Carey Snags Miguel For New Single

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Mariah Carey has been recording material for her upcoming studio album for over three years and it looks like fans are finally going to hear some of her hard work.

The 'American Idol' judge has unleashed a new teaser for "Beautiful", her brand new single with R&B singer Miguel, which will premiere on Monday, May 6th. The single will mark her first non-holiday single release since 2009's 'Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel' (Yes, we are pretending the disaster that was "Triumphant" never happened).

It was recently announced that Carey will kick off the 'Good Morning America' Summer Concert Series on Friday, May 24th and is rumored to be taking the stage at the 'American Idol' finale on Thursday, May 16th. Hopefully, she delivers on May 6th...

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Justin Timberlake Brings 'Mirrors' To 'Ellen'

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Continuing the promotional efforts for his album 'The 20/20 Experience', which has already been certified double-platinum by the RIAA since its March 19th release, Justin Timberlake visited 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' on Thursday, April 25th.

The 32-year-old heartthrob surprised the audience and briefly talked about his marriage to actress Jessica Biel, before hitting the stage to perform his latest single "Mirrors", as well as, one of the highlights on the disc, "Pusher Love Girl". Watch it beneath:

"Mirrors"



"Pusher Love Girl"



Interview

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Jennifer Lopez Enlists Pitbull For New Single

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Jennifer Lopez clearly believes in the 'if it ain't broke, then don't try to fix it' formula, because the superstar is calling on a familiar face for her brand new single.

"Live It Up", the singer's forthcoming single, will be released on May 8th, and will feature Latin rapper Pitbull, as well as, production from RedOne, the mastermind behind her past two hit singles "On the Floor" and "Dance Again", which respectively sold 3.8 million and 1.2 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The track will serve as the lead single from Lopez's eighth studio album, which will also feature contributions from Chris Brown and Future and is scheduled to be released later this year. Watch the video for their worldwide smash, "On the Floor", beneath:

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Beyonce Sings 'Standing On The Sun' For H&M

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Beyonce recently kicked off her Mrs. Carter World Tour and although she has yet to debut an official single, the endorsement deals keep piling up for the superstar with the latest being a Jonas Åkerlund-directed commercial for H&M’s summer campaign.

In the advertisement, which was shot in the Bahamas, the 31-year-old mom basically puts on a performance in the sun, while whipping her hair and donning a series of bikinis from the fashion line. In addition, the Sia-written track, "Standing in the Sun", from the recording sessions of her upcoming fifth studio album as the backtrack. Watch it below:

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4/25/13

Bruno Mars Lands First 'Rolling Stone' Cover

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Rolling Stone magazine dubs Bruno Mars as Pop's Golden Child in the May 9th issue, a declaration that Celebrity Bug can't help but endorse, given both the quality and chart performance of his latest studio album, 'Unorthodox Jukebox'.

Landing his first cover with the hit entertainment publication, the Hawaiian-born star talks with the magazine about his history as an entertainer, his love for Elvis Presley and the why his girlfriend, model Jessica Caban, was the inspiration behind his No.1 hit, "When I Was Your Man". The issue will arrive on newsstands on Friday, April 26th.

Watch the official music video for the previously-mentioned chart-topping single beneath:

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4/24/13

Fantasia Soars On 'Good Morning America'

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Hot on the promotional trail for her 'Side Effects of You' album, Fantasia, who won the third season of 'American Idol', appeared on 'Good Morning America', where she soared with a performance of the album's first single "Lose To Win".

The newly-released album is on track to sell around 95,000 copies in its first week of release and land a spot in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. Watch her sing beneath:

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Beyonce Debuts 'Grown Woman' In Paris

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Beyonce kicked off her Mrs. Carter World Tour earlier this month and surprised and angered fans by not including any new songs on the tour's set list, but the 31-year-old entertainer switched things up at bit at her latest stop.

While at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, France on April 24th, the singer performed "Grown Woman", a new song from her forthcoming fifth studio album, which is set to be released later this year. Watch her performance of the single beneath:


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People's Most Beautiful Woman 2013 Is . . .

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At 40, Gwyneth Paltrow seems to live a picture perfect life. She's tall, she has the body of a model half her age, she's married to a rock star (Chris Martin) and now, she has one more honor to add to her list: People's Most Beautiful Woman.

In the issue on newsstands Friday (April 26th), the Academy Award winner says her family makes her feel more beautiful than before: "Around the house, I'm in jeans and a T-shirt. I don't really wear makeup. That's what they're used to," she says.

Other stars featured on the annual list include: Halle Berry, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland and more....
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New Music: Hunter Hayes - 'I Want Crazy'

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Hunter Hayes used his performance at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards to debut his brand new single, "I Want Crazy", but he struggled a bit with his delivery and the performance kind of came off as a giant mess.

Fortunately, the official audio recording has surface and now, we can fully analyze the single, which was co-written by the heartthrob with Lori McKenna and Troy Verges and serves as the first single from his upcoming re-release 'Hunter Hayes (Encore)'.



One thing is certain, Hayes was not suffering from writer's block while crafting the upbeat single, in fact, he jam packs it so full of words that as a listener you often have to hit the replay button to fully grasp his vision. With that being said, Hayes doesn't miss a beat and rides the verse with a natural ease, especially for someone his age.

There is a sense of urgency in his voice as he sings about booking flights to see his significant other and when he begins to run down the list of things he wants and doesn't want, you can't help but wonder if the title may be a little more literal than figurative, which makes it all the more brilliant. Seriously, the sky is the limit for Hayes.
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4/23/13

Video: Alicia Keys & Maxwell - 'Fire We Make'

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It's getting hot in here, and Alicia Keys and Maxwell deserve the blame. The R&B superstars heat up the screen in the steamy music video for "Fire We Make", the third single taken from her No.1 studio album 'Girl On Fire'.

Filmed in New Orleans with director Chris Robinson, the video transports fans back in time to a good ole southern love affair and if the scenes between the two star isn't enough to put you on the edge, Maxwell's voice will definitely accomplish the task.

Watch the two stars bring their fire to the screen in the "Fire We Make" video beneath:


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Video: Demi Lovato - 'Heart Attack'

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Pop belle Demi Lovato, who has signed on for the third season of 'The X Factor', has premiered the video for "Heart Attack", the lead single from her forthcoming album 'DEMI', which is scheduled to hit stores and digital outlets on May 14th.

Directed by Chris Applebaum, the video is a little too tame and boring for the upbeat single, but that has not stopped it from enjoying commercial success of the Billboard Hot 100, where it currently sits inside the Top 10. Watch the official music video beneath:

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Ciara & Bow Wow Reunite On '106 & Park'

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Reunited and it feels so... AWKWARD!!!!

Former couple Ciara and Bow Wow were reunited on '106 & Park', where she was on hand to premiere her "Body Party" video and he currently serves as co-host of the daily countdown.

With her current rapper beau Future watching from the side, the singer talked with her former flame about her recent appearance on 'The Game', shooting the video for her latest single in Atlanta with some of her celebrity friends and her forthcoming fifth studio album 'Ciara', which will be released on July 9th. Watch their slightly awkward reunion on the show beneath:

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2013 Billboard Music Awards: Nominations

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What do Maroon 5, Taylor Swift and Fun. have in common? The three artists each scored a leading 11 nominations at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on Sunday, May 19th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Coming in close behind them is Rihanna, who'll compete in 10 categories this year. She'll face off against the two of the threesome for the Top Artist prize, while "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen snagged 9 nods. Peep the nominees beneath:

2013 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS : NOMINATIONS

Top Artist
Justin Bieber
Maroon 5
One Direction
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Song
fun. – Some Nights
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
Carley Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
One More Night – Maroon 5
Payphone – Maroon 5 (Ft. Wiz Khalifa)

Top Billboard 200 Albums
21 – Adele
Babel – Mumford & Sons
Red – Taylor Swift
Up All Night – One Direction
Take Me Home – One Direction

Top Duo/Group
Coldplay
One Direction
Fun.
Maroon 5
Mumford & Sons

Top New Artist
Carly Rae Jepsen
Gotye
PSY
One Direction
The Lumineers

Top Touring Artist
Lady GaGa
Coldplay
Madonna
Roger Waters
Bruce Springsteen

Top Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars
Drake
Flo Rida
Jason Aldean

Top Female Artist
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna
ADELE
Taylor Swift
Carly Rae Jepsen

Top Hot 100 Artist
Maroon 5
Taylor Swift
Rihanna
Fun.
Flo Rida

Top Billboard 200 Albums
Justin Bieber
One Direction
Taylor Swift
ADELE
Mumford & Sons

Top Digital Songs Artist
Carly Rae Jepsen
Taylor Swift
Flo Rida
Fun.
Maroon 5

Top Radio Songs Artist
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna
Maroon 5
Fun.
Flo Rida

Top Social Artist
One Direction
Rihanna
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift
Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist
PSY
Rihanna
Nicki Minaj
Baauer
Drake

Top Pop Artist
One Direction
Bruno Mars
Maroon 5
ADELE
Justin Bieber

Top R&B Artist
Ne-Yo
Rihanna
Chris Brown
Alicia Keys
Usher

Top Rap Artist
Drake
Nicki Minaj
Pitbull
Flo Rida
PSY

Top Country Artist
Carrie Underwood
Taylor Swift
Hunter Hayes
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan

Top Latin Artist
Shakira
Jenni Rivera
Romeo Santos
Prince Royce
Don Omar

Top Rock Artist
Fun.
Coldplay
Gotye
Bruce Springsteen
Mumford & Sons

Top Dance Artist
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Skrillex
Madonna
Swedish House Mafia

Top EDM Artist
Calvin Harris
Skrillex
Deadmau5
Swedish House Mafia
David Guetta

Top Christian Artist
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Matt Redman
tobyMac
Chris Tomlin

Top Pop Album
ADELE – 21
Maroon 5 – Overexposed
One Direction – Take Me Home
One Direction – Up All Night
Justin Bieber – Believe

Top R&B Album
Rihanna – Unapologetic
Usher – Looking 4 Myself
Chris Brown – Fortune
Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
Frank Ocean – Challell Orange

Top Rap Album
Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday:Roman Reloaded
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t
2 Chainz – Based On A T.R.U. Story
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Top Country Album
Jason Aldean – Nigh Train
Taylor Swift – Red
Carrie Underwood – Blown Away
Luke Bryan – Tailgates & Tanlines
Lionel Richie – Tuskegee

Top Rock Album
Fun. – Some Nights
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Mumford & Sons – Babel
Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
Phillip Phillips – The World From The Side Of The Moon

Top Latin Album
Prince Royce – Phase II
Jenni Rivera – Joyas Prestadas: Banda
Jenni Rivera – Joyas Prestadas: Pop
Jenni Rivera – La Misma Gran Señora
Romeo Santos – Formula, Vol. 1

Top Dance Album
David Guetta – Nothing But the Beat
Deadmau5 – >Album Title Goes Here<
LMFAO – Sorry for Party Rocking
Madonna – MDNA
Skrillex – Bangarang

Top EDM Album
David Guetta – Nothing But the Beat
Deadmau5 – >Album Title Goes Here<
Skrillex – Bangarang
Skrillex – Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites
Swedish House Mafia – Until Now

Top Christian Album
Casting Crowns – Come to the Well
Lecrae – Gravity
MercyMe – The Hurt & the Healer
tobyMac – Eye on It
Various Artists – Wow Hits 2013: 30 of Today’s Top Christian Artists & Hits

Top Digital Song
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – We Are Young
Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used to Know
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – Thrift Shop
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa – Payphone

Top Radio Song
Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used to Know
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Maroon 5 – One More Night
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa – Payphone
Bruno Mars – Locked Out of Heaven

Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Fun. – Some Nights
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – We Are Young
Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used to Know
Ellie Goulding – Lights
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

Top Streaming Song (Video)
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – We Are Young
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – Thrift Shop
PSY – Gangnam Style
Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
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4/22/13

Video: Ciara - 'Body Party'

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Ciara puts all the focus on her body and her relationship with the song's co-writer Future in the video for "Body Party", the newly-billed lead single from her forthcoming fifth album 'Ciara', which will arrive in stores on July 9th.

The X-directed video features appearances from Jazzy Pha, Ludacris, Joseline, Stevie J and Trinidad James, and while the talking scenes with her beau were a little awkward, the sexy clip is still a victory for the star. Watch her turn up the heat below:

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Video: Miguel - 'How Many Drinks? (Remix)'

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R&B hero Miguel recruits rapper Kendrick Lamar for the official remix and video to "How Many Drinks?", the latest single from his critically-acclaimed sophomore album 'Kaleidoscope Dream', which was released in October.

The single's video, which was directed by Constellation Jones, sees the singer basically delivering a live performance, but even despite its simplicity, it works well considering the subject matter and the temptation to go the easy and cliche route with half-clothed women and the typical party scenes. Watch the official video beneath:

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Fantasia Amazes With 'American Idol' Return

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Looking the best she ever has and sounding even better, Fantasia delivered a goosebumps-inducing performance of "Lose to Wine", the lead single from her fourth studio album 'Side Effects of You', which will be released on April 23rd.

In 2004, the North Carolina native was crowned the champion of the show's third season and while she has endured some personal (suicide attempt, affair) and professional struggles (low album sales, missed appearances), the singer has emerged more confident and self-assured than ever before. Watch her emotional performance below:

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Miguel Captivates 'Saturday Night Live' Crowd

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It is no secret that R&B has taken a turn for the worst with more and more acts abandoning the genre to focus on the dance and techno craze, while some artists have found a nice balance (Usher), others haven't (Ne-Yo).

Fortunately, for R&B lovers, Miguel is emerging as R&B's hero and entertained the 'Saturday Night Live' crowd on April 13th with performances of "How Many Drinks?" and his Grammy-winning hit "Adorn". Watch both of his performance beneath:

“How Many Drinks?”

“Adorn”

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Ciara Reveals Newly-Titled Album Cover

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'One Woman Army' is no more! R&B star Ciara has decided to take a different approach and simply entitle her fifth studio album 'Ciara', because the set, which is due on July 9th, is about her fans following her journey.

"I started working on this record more than a year ago, and since then, I have found my creative clarity on the direction I wanted to go in," she said.

"I pushed myself to be even more creative. I’m more open to change. I’m learning so much of about myself, and I've become really comfortable and free. This album goes beyond my music. This time it’s about taking a new journey with me."

Peep the official track list and watch the music video for the omitted song "Sorry" below:

OFFICIAL TRACK LIST

01. I'm Out (featuring Nicki Minaj)
02. Sophomore
03. Body Party
04. Keep on Lookin'
05. Read My Lips
06. Where You Go (featuring Future)
07. Super Turnt Up (featuring Ciara)
08. DUI
09. Livin' It Up
10. Overdose

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Video: Justin Bieber - 'All Around The World'

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Music heartthrob Justin Bieber has traveled all around the globe promoting his latest platinum studio album 'Believe', and in the video for "All Around the World", the superstar offers fans a glimpse from his tour diary.

The Ludacris-assisted single serves as the fourth international single and fifth U.S. release from the set, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 374,000 upon its release in June 2012. Watch the official music video beneath:

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4/15/13

Album Cover: Chrisette Michele - 'Better'

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Soul songstress Chrisette Michele looks off into the distance, while surrounded by nearly all-white, on the official artwork for "Better", her fifth studio album.

Tentatively scheduled for a June 11th release, the album is preceded by the singles "Charades" and "A Couple of Forevers", and according to the Grammy winner, this album will be a lot easier to embrace than 2010's 'Let Freedom Reign': "I need every record to be dynamic and exactly what I'm going through and experiencing right now."

Watch the official music video for her latest single, "A Couple of Forevers", beneath:

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Jennifer Lopez Radiates On 'Dancing' Duet

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Fashion icon Jennifer Lopez knows how to make an entrance and that's exactly what the 43-year-old actress did when she performed alongside Andrea Bocelli in a revealing floor length black lace dress that showed off her curves.

The reality show seems like the perfect match for the star, who is known more for her dance-heavy performances than her vocals, but on this particular episode the singer showed off her vocals with a rendition of "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás". Watch below:

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Video: Nicki Minaj - 'Up In Flames'

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Nicki Minaj takes it back to the street in the low budget video for "Up In Flames", the latest single taken from her 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up' album.

Despite the disappointing sales, the 'American Idol' judge keeps promoting and issuing singles from the set, while she records new material for her upcoming third album, which is expected to be released later this year. Watch Minaj's latest visual creation beneath:

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2013 ACM Awards: Performances & Winners

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Last Sunday (April 7th), the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and the star-studded show saw The Band Perry deliver the night's best performance and a emotional Luke Bryan win Entertainer of the Year.

Other performers included: Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Jewel, Eric Church and more. Peep all the performances and the complete list of winners beneath:

Blake Shelton & Friends - "Boys Round Here"



Opening Monologue: Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan



Carrie Underwood - "Two Black Cadillacs"



Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban - "Highway Don't Care"



Kelly Clarkson - "Don't Rush"



Lady Antebellum - "Downtown"



Miranda Lambert - "Mama's Broken Heart"



Kenny Chesney - "Pirate Flag"



George Strait - "Give It All We Got Tonight"



Eric Church - "Like Jesus Does"



The Band Perry - "Done"



Jason Aldean - "1994"



Little Big Town - "Your Side of the Bed"



Jana Kramer - "Whiskey"



Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley & Hunter Hayes - "Outstanding In My Field"



Hunter Hayes - "I Want Crazy"



Hunter Hayes & Stevie Wonder - "Sir Duke (You Can Feel It All Over)"



Garth Brooks - "The Dance" / George Strait - "Cowboy Rides Away"



Blake Shelton - "Sure Be Cool If You Did"



Brad Paisley & John Mayer - "Beat the Summer"



Jewel - "Hands" & "Fill A Heart"



Luke Bryan - "Crash My Party"



Luke Bryan Wins Entertainer of the Year



Stevie Wonder, Luke Bryan & Blake Shelton - "Signed Sealed Delivered"



2013 Academy of Country Music Awards : Winners

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert

Vocal Duo of the Year
Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town

New Artist of the Year
Florida Georgia Line

Album of the Year
Eric Church - 'Chief'

Song of the Year
Miranda Lambert - "Over You"

Single Record of the Year
Miranda Lambert - "Over You"

Video of the Year
Little Big Town - "Tornado"

Vocal Event of a Year
"The Only Way I Know" - Jason Aldean (feat. Luke Bryan & Eric Church)
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4/7/13

2013 ACM Awards: Celebrity Bug Predictions

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We are literally hours away from the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards and one thing is for sure, at the end of the night one group of country music fans will happy when the winners of each category is announced and four other group of country music fans will be left screaming at the television in disapproval.

Eric Church leads the field of nominees with seven nominations followed newcomer Hunter Hayes with six, but do either one of the stars have what it takes to walk away as the biggest winner of the night? Take a look at our predictions and share yours beneath:

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Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Prediction: Taylor Swift. Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan have all had a big year, but unfortunately none of them have the fan-base to keep Taylor Swift for winning her fourth consecutive trophy in the fan-voted category. Of the three, I give Luke Bryan the edge, given he has done well in the past with fan-voted awards and will be front and center throughout the telecast lobbying for votes as the host. Blake Shelton also has a chance, unlike his wife Miranda Lambert, who shouldn't be nominated in the category at all, but ultimately, I firmly believe the award is Taylor's to lose.

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Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Chuch
Toby Keith
Blake Shelton

Prediction: Jason Aldean. Unlike the female category, with the exception of Toby Keith, a strong argument could really be made for each and every one of the guys. Still, Aldean should and rightfully deserves to secure his first win in the category. Eric Church or Luke Bryan haven't firmly secured themselves as headlining acts and Blake Shelton has spent more time on 'The Voice' than he has touring as a artist, but Aldean upped his game by playing a few stadiums, which should make this a easier decision for voters.

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Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Prediction: Carrie Underwood. There are five nominees, but this is really a two woman race. Martina McBride and Kacey Musgraves are both great, but they are filler nominees at best and while Taylor Swift has sold more albums in the past year than the other four nominees combined, she is more of a entertainer than a vocalist, which is why she has never secured a win in this category. Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert are the only two with a fighting chance at winning, and the former has undeniably had a better year in terms of touring, sales and chart positions, which should help her reclaim her throne after watching Lambert win the award for the past four years.

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Vocal Duo of the Year
Big and Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Sugarland
Thompson Square

Prediction: Thompson Square. Big and Rich, Love and Theft and Sugarland are just here to fill up space in my opinion, I believe the category is a toss up between newcomers Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square, with the latter taking the trophy.  While Florida Georgia Line have released the biggest single of the nominees with "Cruise", the duo have only released two singles and given Thompson Square took the category at last year's CMA Awards, I give them the edge over Florida Georgia Line.

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Vocal Group of the Year
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

Prediction: Little Big Town. Eli Young Band, despite the other nominations for "Even if It Breaks Your Heart", simply haven't made enough of an impact in the past year to pull an upset, and Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry are just gearing up to release new albums. On the other hand, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band are both coming off wins at the 2013 Grammy Awards, but it's hard to deny the career year that Little Big Town have enjoyed with their 'Tornado' album and that gives them the edge.

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New Artist of the Year
Jana Kramer
Brantley Gilbert
Florida Georgia Line

Prediction: Florida Georgia Line. This category is a fan-voted award and given FGL is still riding high off the success of "Cruise", I believe they defeat Gilbert and Kramer. A FGL win would also keep peace on the home front for the engaged couple.

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Album of the Year
Carrie Underwood - 'Blown Away'
Eric Church - 'Chief'
Taylor Swift - 'Red'
Luke Bryan - 'Tailgates and Tanlines'
Little Big Town - 'Tornado'

Prediction: Eric Church, 'Chief'.  This is another category that is really up for grabs and even though Church's album was released way back in 2011, the fact that he is still releasing singles from the set says a lot about the overall quality of the project and gives him an edge to repeat his CMA win in this category. Underwood has already produced three No.1 singles and won two Grammy's for her album, a feat that is unmatched by any of her fellow nominees, so she is neck and neck with Church in terms of chances to win. Swift has sold the most albums, but despite its critical and commercial success, 'Red' is unapologetically a pop album not a country album. Little Big Town's album is too new to take the category and Luke Bryan's album is a little too old, but I wouldn't complain if either of them won the category. Still, I believe the battle is between Church and Underwood with the former taking the trophy.

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Song of the Year
Lee Brice - "A Woman Like You"
Eli Young Band - "Even if It Breaks Your Heart"
Miranda Lambert - "Over You"
Eric Church - "Springsteen"
Hunter Hayes - "Wanted"

Prediction: Miranda Lambert, "Over You". Honestly, I think both Hayes and Church are nominated for better songs with the latter actually having a legitimate shot at winning. Still, Lambert won this category at last year's CMA Awards and created a emotional moment with her husband Blake Shelton, who wrote the song. It's a moment I believe the academy will have firmly planted in their heads when they vote for this award.

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Single Record of the Year
Eli Young Band - "Even if It Breaks Your Heart"
Miranda Lambert - "Over You"
Little Big Town - "Pontoon"
Eric Church - "Springsteen"
Hunter Hayes - "Wanted"

Prediction: Little Big Town, "Pontoon". Again, I believe Hayes and Church have the two strongest songs in this category, but they aren't nearly as fun as "Pontoon", which is almost single-handily responsible for LBT's career year. Church is also a contender in the category, which sadly like the Song of the Year category doesn't include Carrie Underwood's beautifully written No.1 "Blown Away", but the trophy is LBT's to lose.

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Video of the Year
Eric Church - "Creepin"
Hunter Hayes - "Wanted"
Little Big Town - "Tornado"
Kacey Musgraves - "Merry Go Round"
Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Zac Brown Band - "The Wind"

Prediction: Little Big Town, "Tornado". None of the music videos in this category are overly impressive in my opinion, but I believe the real battle lies between Little Big Town and Eric Church, with both being pretty even in terms of chances to win.

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Vocal Event of a Year
"Don't Rush" - Kelly Clarkson (feat. Vince Gill)
"Easy" - Rascal Flatts (feat. Natasha Bedingfield)
"Feel Like A Rock Star" - Kenny Chesney (feat. Tim McGraw)
"Let It Rain" - David Nail (feat. Sarah Buxton)
"The Only Way I Know" - Jason Aldean (feat. Luke Bryan & Eric Church)

Prediction: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & Eric Church, "The Only Way I Know". Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw won this category at the last year's CMA Awards, but that collaboration feels underwhelming in comparison to what this unlikely trio delivered. Chesney and McGraw still have a chance based on their names and hugely successfully 'Brothers of the Sun' co-headlining tour, but that chance is very slim.

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Carrie Underwood Returns To 'American Idol'

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Showing the remaining contestants that 'American Idol' can turn you into a superstar, Carrie Underwood belted out her new single "See You Again" on Thursday.

The single is the fourth release from her platinum album 'Blown Away' and while it is one of the dullest cuts on the album, which is filled with stronger single contenders ("Wine After Whiskey"), Underwood was perfection in a peach Oliver Tolentino Couture gown and sounded great as always. Watch her perform her brand new single beneath:

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The Band Perry, Celebrity Bug's Featured Artist for April 2013, plays a game of chess in the Declan Whitebloom-directed video for "Done", the single serves as the second release from their newly-released sophomore album 'Pioneer'.

The video deals with the ending of underwhelming relationship in a metaphorical way that goes beyond your traditional love gone wrong videos and undeniably separates itself from anything the sibling trio has done in the past. Watch the video beneath:

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With their new studio album 'Pioneer' currently in stores, The Band Perry, who is gearing up to perform at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards, earns the honor of becoming Celebrity Bug's Featured Artist of the Month for April 2013.

The set has already produced the single "Better Dig Two", which hit No.1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart earlier this year. Watch the platinum single's video beneath:

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Country rebel Miranda Lambert plays the picture perfect Stepford wife in the video for "Mama's Broken Heart", the fourth single from her 'Four the Record' album.

Directed by Trey Fanjoy, the video relies heavy on the lyrics of what is undeniably the best song on her latest album and depicts a heartbroken woman that is trying hard to uphold her spotless reputation, while enduring and dealing with the personal turmoil of heartbreak within the confides of her home. Watch the video for the single beneath:

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Beyonce Debuts Pepsi 'Mirrors' Commercial

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Demi Lovato Sings 'Heart Attack' On 'Kimmel'

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Demi Lovato stepped back in the spotlight to debut her new song, "Heart Attack", on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!', where she also sat down with the host about deciding to return to 'The X Factor', who she would like to see replace Britney Spears and more.

The new single serves as the first release from her fourth studio album 'DEMI', which is due on May 14th, and the performance is just the beginning of the intense promotional that the singer will embark on to promote the project. Watch all the action beneath:

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"Give Your Heart A Break"



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R&B superstar Chris Brown has been extremely vocal about being inspired by Michael Jackson, but in his new video for "Fine China", the lead single from his forthcoming album 'X', that love transforms into obsession right before your eyes.

Aside from mimicking Jackson's vocal style and some of his signature moves, the clip itself is basically an updated take on some of the late superstar's work. That aside, both the song and the video, if you can get past the similarities, are winners. Watch beneath:


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Video: Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne - 'High School'

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Nicki Minaj, despite the slow sales of her 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up' album, pushes forward with her promotional efforts for the set by unleashing the video for her latest single "High School", which features Lil' Wayne.

In the video, which was directed by Benny Boom, the 'American Idol' judge get close with her label head Lil' Wayne, who plays her love interest. Peep the video beneath:


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