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Trent Reznor Announces That Robin Finck Has Re-Joined Nine Inch Nails

"I am proud to announce ..."

Yesterday we learned the bummer news that bassist Eric Avery has decided NOT to tour with Nine Inch Nails when the band hits the road later this year on a new world tour. Today we learn from Trent Reznor himself that former NIN bassist Robin Finck will step in to fill the void on tour. TR posted the news along with the photo of Robin in rehearsals on the official Nine Inch Nails website today … which also happens to be Trent‘s birthday. So, yay! Click below to read the full text of Reznor‘s statement about Finck‘s return to NIN. More »

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First Listen: Solange Taps Kendrick Lamar For Her ‘Looks Good With Trouble’ Remix

YesPleaseMoreThankYou.

Okay. I am freaking the FREAK out over here! I kid you not, I probably purchased four or five albums on iTunes last year, and two of them were by these fine folks. Solange‘s True EP and Kendrick Lamar‘s good kid, m.A.A.d city debut did a body good last year, which is why I’m so psyched to see that they’re teaming up this year. Kendrick just dropped a video for Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe, and he appears to be mastering the art of strong features (either by him, or for him). In just a few months he’s worked with Jay-Z, Miguel, Dido, Drake, and more. Click inside to hear one more collabo from K-Dot!
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Watch: Mariah Carey Performs A Medley Of Her Greatest Hits On The ‘American Idol’ Season 12 Finale

The Diva Takes The Stage
'American Idol' Goes Out With A Vision Of Mimi

Last night was a huge night for American Idol fans, though, since I don’t watch the show I’ll leave it Trent to share the big news. I did, however, have to check out this video of Mariah Carey singing her greatest hits. The incomparable diva took the stage last night for the twelfth season finale and performed a beautiful medley featuring songs like Vision of Love, My All, Hero, and We Belong Together. She ended with her latest single, Beautiful which recently became her 27th number one on the R&B/Hip Hop charts. Peep the video for more, and try not to be blinded by all the bling– it’s Mimi!

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First Listen: Britney Spears’s New Single ‘Ooh La La’ Has Leaked To The Internets

"Turn it up 'til the speakers pop"
"So baby come with me and be my Ooh La La"

One month ago today we learned from our dear Britney Spears that she recorded a song titled Ooh La La for the forthcoming soundtrack to The Smurfs 2. Late last night, Ooh La La managed to leak its way online. Click the embed above to hear the song in full … while you can. It’s likely this leak uploaded to You Tube will get yanked offline at some point. The song is … different. I didn’t like it the first time I heard it … but after a few spins, I think it’s growing on me. Give the song a listen, see what you think. Do you like? If so, how many listens did it take?

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Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ And 10 Other Reasons Why The-Dream Is An R&B/Hip-Hop Triple Threat

Throwback Thursday Wants Me To Semi-Reconcile With The-Dream

Disclaimer: I do not like Terius The-Dream Nash. We all have that one celebrity who rubbed us the wrong way that one time and we just never got over it. Look, I’m not even a big Christina Milian fan. Never bought an album (but do love Dip It Low), but for some reason I got reeeallly mad at The-Dream when he cheated on her, and they got divorced! I don’t know what it was, but I was just kinda done with him after that. Even now, when I hear one of his new songs I always, first, roll my eyes before fully listening to the track, lol. But after I found out that he produced that new Kelly Rowland song that I will never, ever get over and also played a big part in getting Kelly to actually share those powerful stories, I thought it was time to give some props where props are due. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, The-Dream is a triple threat in both R&B and Hip-Hop and–let’s be honest– his music makes for a pretty dope jam session. Click inside for some of your favorite songs, brought to you in part (or in full) by The-Dream!
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First Listen: Carly Rae Jepsen Releases A New Single Titled ‘Take A Picture’

Carly's Crowdsourced Single Is OUT!
"I take a picture of you / Taking a picture of me"

Carly Rae Jepsen is back with a new single that was created with a little crowdsourcing help from the Coca-Cola Perfect Harmony program … or something like that, I’m not entirely sure of the details but they seem irrelevant to the fact that OMG CARLY RAE JEPSEN IS BACK WITH A NEW SINGLE! Jepsen debuted her new single Take A Picture on American Idol last night but in case you missed it (or want to hear it again and again) you can hear the song in full above. I dig the song but I think it’ll take a few more listens before I decide whether I’m in love with it or not. Do try to not pay attention to the lyrics, it may aid in your enjoyment of the song. Give is a spin and let me know … is this new Carly Rae track a hit or a miss?

If you like, Coca-Cola is giving the song away for FREE download HERE until tomorrow.

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Listen: We Need To Discuss ‘Dirty Laundry,’ Kelly Rowland’s New Single About Domestic Abuse And Her Friendship With Beyoncé [UPDATE]

'When you make pain look this good it never wears out'

Yesterday Trent mentioned in Les News that Kelly Rowland released a new single titled Dirty Laundry… and we need to discuss it. Ummm. Here’s the thing about Dirty Laundry. It is everything. The song caught me off guard so hardcore, I had to turn my body away from my kids as I listend to it because I don’t believe in letting children see you cry… LMAO. OMG, I wanted sooo badly to listen to it again and again, but I couldn’t risk breaking down like that again. It was epic. If you haven’t heard the song, then please click inside and get your first listen on so we can talk about the amazingness that is Kelly Rowland and her ability to keep it completely and totally real.
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First Look: Kendrick Lamar Releases A Super-Dope Video For ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’

It's MUCH Better Than Lady Gaga's Version, LOL. No, But Really. It Is.
The Mike Epps Cameo Is Everything

On Monday night I nearly loooost my mind when I saw that Kendrick Lamar had finally dropped the visuals to my favorite song on his debut album, Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe. I’ve lit’rally been waiting for this video since November, when Lady Gaga first released her ‘video’ to the song (because she was originally featured on the track). Since we’ve seen Kendrick‘s videos for Poetic Justice and Backseat Freestyle we should know by now not to expect the usual fare from him, but I was still pleasantly surprised to see that the concept of the video was completely different from anything I could have imagined. Kendrick and his crew attend a funeral, dressed in all white, and by the end of it he pronounces the death of molly which has recently become the topic of conversation in a lot of hip-hop records. Molly is ecstasy (in a purer form), but ultimately it’s just another drug and K-Dot appears to be over it. Peep the video for– Mike Epps makes a cameo as a preacher (duh) and it’s amazing!

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Backstreet Boys Announce The Release Of A New Album, Tour

'In A World Like This' Comes Out in July

Last July Backstreet Boys announced that they were staging a 20th anniversary reunion with all 5 members back in the fold then in December they released a new Xmas single titled It’s Christmastime Again. Just last month, we learned that BSB was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame … and today we learn that the guys are releasing a new album in July titled In A World Like This that will be promoted with a new concert tour. Backstreet‘s back, alright. Earlier today, BSB performed their new single Permanent Stain on Good Morning America and are featured in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Click below to bask in this new onslaught of BSB goodies. More »

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First Look: Solange Releases A Short Video For ‘Locked In Closets’

Plus She Got A Fabulous Feature In 'Vogue' Magazine
'Follow Me On A Vibrant Journey Through My Hood'

One of my absolute favorite albums of 2012 was Solange‘s EP True. There are so few artists who I can listen to all day, every day, from the beginning of an album to the end, but my girl Solange has got it! Last year she released a brilliant video for her single Losing You and now she’s teaming up with Refinery 29 & Absolut for a new mini-video for her song Locked In Closets. I sooo wanted this to be a full-blown, official video, but it’s still a really fun and funky visual and Solange is now officially apart of their Free Spirits campaign. Peep the video for more and click inside for a recent photo shoot Solange did with Vogue Magazine. They covered her preparation for the 2013 MET Ball, and she looks, typically, fab.
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