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Is Lana Del Rey Recycling the Same Lyrics Over and Over Again? (video!)

Lana Del Rey released a new audio video for her song “Lust for Life,” and it’s already racked up nearly 7 million views on YouTube–and some pretty heated criticism. It seems the singer is recycling the same, or nearly the same lyrics over and over again. The song features the Weeknd for the title track off her upcoming album by the same name....

Alternative Rock Crown Slips; Lorde More Pop, Less Filling (watch!)

Lorde, who broke all the rules with her debut studio album, Pure Heroine, appears to be falling back in line with her latest set, Melodrama. Her two new songs, “Green Light” and “Liability,” veer into pop commercialism. Lorde broke out with her debut single “Royals,” a powerful ballad that made a strong statement about social inequality and the pursuit of crass commercialism. But the Queen of Alternative Rock may be having her Bob Dylan moment...

Meghan Trainor Adds Some Pop to Sony Smurf Movie (See New Video!)

Meghan Trainor, who went from YouTube sensation and self-published musician to the top of the charts, lends her vocals to Sony’s latest animated Smurf movie, “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” Trainor’s song “I’m a Lady,” is featured in the movie. The studio released a preview of the song with film footage last Friday and followed up today (Mar. 3) with the Trainor’s music video. The song is pure pop with a rock and roll vibe. It’s billed as a girl-power anthem. She sings...

Lana Del Ray Takes Another Dream Ride in ‘Love’ Music Video (see!)

Lana Del Rey has been under the radar for over a year, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been busy. She dropped a new video for her song “Love” over the weekend. The good news for fans is she’s still lost in a surreal dreamland where life imitates a burning cigarette. Her upcoming fifth studio album reunites the singer with longtime producer and collaborator Rick Nowels. Benny Blanco and Emile Haynie also contributed to the album....

Debbie Harry Ready to Become Pop’s Grand Dame With New Album (video)

Debbie Harry, who makes Madonna look like a mere child, is ready to re-establish her reign as a pop goddess at the age of 71. She looks fit and fab in a new video for her song “Fun” off her upcoming album “Pollinator.” Harry was the epitome of downtown hipster cool when she broke into music in the late 1960s....

Ed Sheeran Sings Two Songs Off New Album ‘÷’ (Divide) on SNL (See!)

Ed Sheeran, the English singer and songwriter who has brought folk-rock back into the mainstream, sang his new song, “Castle on the Hill,” for the first time on television last night on “Saturday Nigh Live.” The tune is off his new album “÷” Divide. Also from the album, Sheeran performed “Shape of You,” a tune recently released in tandem with “Castle” as a digital download....

Beyoncé Rules World, Leads British NME Awards Nominations (Video)

Beyoncé proved she’s still a music superpower after scoring five nominations for VO5 NME Awards. Kanye West has also been nominated for Best Album for his set Life of Pablo. The late David Bowie, who died last year, is an odds on favorite to win Hero of the Year. Other nominees include Adele, Millie Bobby Brown, Gary Lineker and Liam Gallagher....

Musicians Sing to Politicians Don’t Steal Our Songs on John Oliver (see!)

Musicians as diverse as Michael Bolton, Cyndi Lauper, Usher, Josh Groban, John Mellencamp and Cheryl Crow got together last night on John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” to sing a hilarious medley aimed at errant politicians like Donald Trump who steal songs. Trump caused an uproar when his campaign used well-known rock songs without permission at the Republican National Convention....

Ariana Grande Crawls All Over a Guy in New ‘Into You’ Video (watch!)

Ariana Grande is all about getting up close and personal in a new video for her song “Into You.” She released the video today (May 24) for the latest single from her new album Dangerous Woman. It barely rises above cliche, but she’s still hot to look at performing. Grande’s third studio album dropped on May 20 and she’s been busy promoting it. ...

Gwen Stefani Still a Rockstar at 46; Sings ‘Misery’ on The Voice (see!)

Gwen Stefani is still a rock chick who knows how to work a stage, even at the advanced age (for rock chicks) of 46. She returned to NBC’s “The Voice” to perform her new single “Misery,” a power ballad reportedly inspired by new boyfriend Blake Shelton. The camera cut to a Shelton with a smile a mile wide during the performance and also showed a shot of Christina Aguilera, looking smug. ...

Taylor Swift Dances Like a Wild Woman in New Apple Advert (See!)

Taylor Swift dances like a wild whirling dervish in a new commercial for Apple’s new iPhone streaming music app. It lets you customize playlists for all kinds of occasions. In this case, Taylor chooses a song from her “getting ready to go out” list and reverts to her middle school years. Swift is all arms, legs and headbanging as she fires up and lip-syncs to Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle,” the second single off their fourth album, 2001’s Bleed American....

Rihanna Works It on First Single ‘Work’ From New Album, Anti (Listen!)

Rihanna’s three year hiatus is officially over. The 27-year-old singer, today (Jan. 27) released the first single, or second depending on who’s counting, from her upcoming–and long awaited–new album. Titled “Work,” it features Drake and a heavily reggae influenced sound. The upcoming album, titled Anti, is her first since Unapologetic was released in 2012....

Celine Dion Husband René Angélil Dies at 73, After Long Cancer Battle

Celine Dion husband René Angélil, who began his career as a singer and later devoted his life to Celine’s career, has died after a 20-year battle with throat cancer. His death came at his Las Vegas home Thursday (Jan. 14). He was 73. Celine, 47, has canceled two shows, Saturday and Sunday, at her Caesars Palace residency to deal with his death. She’ll resume performing Feb. 23, according to her rep. ...

Justin Bieber Faces Grueling ‘Purpose’ Tour; Is He Up For It? (Video)

Justin Bieber is plunging headlong back into his music career after a three year layoff. He’s hitting the road nationwide on his new “Purpose World Tour” in support of his latest album. Justin last toured in 2012 for Believe. Is he up for it? Justin announced the tour on “Ellen DeGeneres” as part of his “Bieber Week” appearance on the afternoon talk show....

Adele, Vocal Cord Problems Behind Her, Sings ‘Hello’ Live on BBC (see!)

Adele, the UK singing sensation, is featured in a new video, singing her new song. “Hello.” for the first time live to promote her upcoming BBC music special. She showed no sign of vocal cord problems that hampered her career early on. The British singer, who is known for her mezzo soprano vocal power and emotive style, underwent surgery in 2012 to remove a polyp on her vocal cord....

Ingersol Joins Wave of Female Singer-Songwriters With Debut Album

Ingersol may not be an artist you immediately associate with Adele, Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, but the young singer, songwriter is part of a trend that has re-ignited the music world. The passion and insight of today’s female singer, songwriters recalls the golden era of Joni Mitchell, Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan. Ingersol, will released her self-titled, debut album (via JIC Music) on Nov. 6....