Gwen Stefani Announces Festive LP ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’

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Well, the rumors were true! Gwen Stefani is releasing a seasonal album. The 47-year-old announced You Make It Feel Like Christmas on social media today (September 21) — a project fans cottoned on to way back in August when the diva registered festive-sounding songs like “Christmas Eve” and “Under The Christmas Lights” with BMI. As it turns out, they both made the final tracklist along with other originals like “My Gift Is You” and “When I Was A Little Girl.” All of the tracks were co-written with Justin Tranter and Busbee.

Gwen was obviously feeling in a generous mood because she also shared a snippet of the title track/lead single (bottom of post). A duet with boyfriend Blake Shelton, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” is a rollicking country anthem with an instantly catchy chorus. It’s always hard to land a festive hit with an original, but this could be the exception. If you like your Christmas fare a little more traditional, the album contains a smattering of classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night” and “White Christmas.” See the full tracklist below.

Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas tracklist:

  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Let It Snow
  3. My Gift Is You
  4. Silent Night
  5. When I Was A Little Girl
  6. Last Christmas
  7. You Make It Feel Like Christmas
  8. Under The Christmas Lights
  9. Santa Baby
  10. White Christmas
  11. Never Kissed Anyone With Blue Eyes
  12. Christmas Eve

 

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Fergie Stunts In Her Stylish “Like It Ain’t Nuttin’” Video

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I could write an essay about the way Fergie’s Double Dutchess rollout has been botched (these are my preliminary thoughts), but the project has suddenly gained momentum over the last couple of weeks with the release of ’90s-house anthem “You Already Know” and the full “Hungry” video. It looks like she saved the best for last with “Like It Ain’t Nuttin’.” Produced by Black Eyed Peas collaborator Will.i.am, the 42-year-old’s latest is one of the best rap songs of the year — by a male or female artist.

Fergie rides a minimal, old school beat like a pro — spitting rhymes about her money and influence. It’s slick, catchy and pleasingly not on-trend. The video is equally impressive. The “Glamorous” diva serves a variety of edgy looks (her eyebrows briefly go missing) and throws money around at a party in a tunnel. It ends with a performance in an underground club, which showcases the hitmaker’s killer moves. Time will tell if Double Dutchess finds an audience, but my interest is suddenly piqued. Which is just as well given that it drops tomorrow (September 22).

Watch Fergie strut her stuff up top.

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Five Foot Two:’ Documentary Review

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Few pop acts have managed to captivate the world in the way that Lady Gaga has since debuting in 2008. She paired electro-pop anthems with outrageous costumes and a larger-than-life message of self-acceptance, brashly defying industry expectations of how female pop stars are supposed to behave. Her brand was all about excess and self-indulgence, and it worked without fail until 2013’s ARTPOP.

Instead of picking up where she left off, the pop star returned from a lengthy break with the folk-Americana stylings on Joanne. Gone were the days of couture costumes and provocative performances as the hitmaker proclaimed that she was finally recording music for herself. That was at odds with her previous messages. If the Mother Monster demanding that you put your paws up while wearing meat dresses and bleeding onstage at the VMAs was a true portrayal back then, who was this dive bar diva?

The album and its accompanying era raised endless questions, and they are finally addressed in the forthcoming Netflix documentary, Five Foot Two. Out tomorrow (September 22), it offers unfettered access to the life of one of the world’s most renowned pop powerhouses. Comprised mostly of home footage, no stone is left unturned as she discusses heartache, loneliness, pain, and, most importantly, her love of family and art.

In the aftermath of news that she postponed the European leg of her Joanne World Tour due to a battle with fibromyalgia, her struggle with chronic pain becomes evident almost immediately in the project. It was teased in all of the previews, and she alludes to throbbing pain wracking her body between recording sessions and other meetings. But the severity of it all is not evident until Tony Bennett’s birthday party.

After a montage of footage promising her appearance at the event, the director pans over to the singer sprawled across her couch. Tears of agony and frustration are captured by the always-present camera before it cuts away. The moment is followed by a performance delivered in full makeup later that night, almost as a declaration that nothing will stop her. The second she steps in front of a camera, Gaga is in full superstar mode regardless of what happened moments before.

Countless doctor’s appointments follow. Even still, the show must go on. As Gaga processes the news from her doctor she worries that crying will make her face puffy for her next engagement. It is never easy to be a pop star, to be required to straddle the line between her life in the public and her private need, but the 31-year-old preservers like a professional.

This balance between mundane and celebrity pervades much of the documentary. Footage bounces between her home life and superstar appearances with little fanfare. A family Baptism is treated with equal importance as promotional tours. Gaga herself seems to recognize that tension in her life, but usually she embraces it. Even the “uniform” that defined the Joanne era — her crop tops and cutoff denim paired with that pink hat – was a massive orchestration that required a poolside meeting to decide upon. Unlike most meetings that take place in offices across the globe, the pop singer hosted this one topless.

Though she is adept at walking that tightrope, it is not without personal burden. “I just want to make music and make people happy and like go on tour and have a family. And I just can never get it all right,” she says of her failed engagement to actor Taylor Kinney. Later, things get even more raw as she speaks over a blacked out screen as though the moment was too private to share in person. “I’m alone,” she says, again fighting back tears. “And all these people will leave, right? They will leave. And then I’m alone, and I go from people touching me all day and talking at me to total silence.”

Loneliness is recurring problem throughout Five Foot Two. Even in the midst of the media furor, she is alone. A montage of paparazzi footage reveals just how manic things get as frenzied fans flock and photographers trail her every move. “I did it,” she says to her father as she retreats into relative peace after one outing. It is unclear if “it” was the video shoot that she’d just finished or braving walking through the sea of insanity gathered just outside.

Luckily, her family is there to provide support. “My family is the most important thing in my life,” she says with complete conviction. They also became a driving inspiration behind her last studio album, which was named after an aunt who passed away from lupus at 19. During a meeting with her grandma she introduces the emotional title track, sparking a moving conversation about the artist and her departed family member. “She had a lot of talent, but she did not have enough time,” Gaga’s grandma said of her daughter in a way that draws parallels between the two creative women.

The film culminates with Gaga’s much-hyped Super Bowl performance. “I don’t know about you, but I’ve been working my whole life for this moment,” she tells her dancers as she is strapped into the cables that will allow her to soar through the air moments later. As the credits roll, we get footage from after her set as she processes the moment and the aftershocks (“Million Reasons” topping the iTunes charts, for example). For fans, both hardcore and casual,Five Foot Two is well worth a watch.

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Dua Lipa Delivers A Dark, Electro Cover Of “Bang Bang”

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Dua Lipa signed on as the face of Italian fashion brand Patrizia Pepe in August. She models their AW line in a photo shoot and delivers a cover of Cher or Nancy Sinatra’s (choose your preferred version) in a new commercial. This song has been done to death over the years, but the hitmaker breathes new life into it courtesy of dark and brooding electronic-production and a typically smoldering vocal. I really want to hear the full version. At this point, the 22-year-old can do no wrong.

After releasing five singles from her debut LP, Dua caught lightning in a bottle with the sixth. “New Rules” started to gain traction when video went viral and has subsequently become a streaming sensation. It recently topped the charts in the UK and is well on its way to repeating that feat in the US with rising pop radio airplay and a steady ascent on iTunes. She is supporting the song with a string of US headline tour dates, which kick off on November 20 in Boston, MA. Listen to her new cover up top.

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Miley Cyrus Rolls Out Break-Up Anthem “Week Without You”

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Miley Cyrus is hoping to revive the Younger Now erawith a perky break-up anthem called “Week Without You.” A country-tinged ditty about her brief split with Liam Hemsworth, the song is pleasant enough but ultimately forgettable. “If I spent a week without you, bet you’d wonder what I do,” she begins the song over a throbbing guitar line. “I think that I’d start going out, get caught kissing other dudes.” From there, she outlines how much better single life would be.

However, there’s a twist. “You know I’d miss you, baby,” Miley coos on the outro. All’s well that ends well, I guess. While I admire the 25-year-old’s decision to write the album herself, it has resulted in a very obvious lack of singles. It might make more sense as a whole, but this is starting to sound like a passion project she made with only her future husband in mind. Again, that’s fair enough. It just makes for a fairly inaccessible era. Hopefully there’s another “Younger Now” or “Malibu” on the album somewhere.

Listen to the (former) pop star’s latest single below.

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Demi Lovato Is Craving That “Sexy Dirty Love” On New Buzz Track

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After dropping a pair of soulful ballads, Demi Lovato ups the tempo on new Tell Me You Love Me buzz track “Sexy Dirty Love.” The pop star was obviously listening to a lot of Justin Timberlake while recording the album because this wouldn’t sound out of place on FutureSex/LoveSounds with its blend of old-school R&B and electro. “You’re my new obsession, let go of any hesitation,” she coos over Oak’slayered production. “Baby be my new addiction, intoxicate me gently with your loving.” That takes us to the funk-heavy chorus.

“You got me so high, pull me closer into you and watch our bodies intertwine,” Demi moans. “I feel so alive, you know what I’m thinking of — got me dreamin’ ’bout that sexy dirty love.” This feels like a bolder, more adventurous take on “Sorry Not Sorry.”My only complaint is the heavy autotune on her vocal. Why mess around with one of the best voices in pop? At this rate, the 25-year-old has not only won the battle of the ex-acts, but she is setting herself up for one hell of an era. Listen to “Sexy Dirty Love” below.

 

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Kylie Jenner is pregnant with her first child.

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According to a new report, Kylie Jenner is pregnant with her first child. TMZ reports that the 20-year-old’s boyfriend Travis Scott is telling friends that the reality star is expecting a baby girl.The outlet also claims that Kylie began telling friends earlier this month at the Day N Night Fest in Anaheim, CA. The news comes after the lip kit queen skipped out on a family interview with Megyn Kelly.

During her 20th birthday celebration, she fueled pregnancy speculation by rocking an oversized shirt for her celebration. Walking into the venue, the visibly surprised reality star headed straight to her 25-year-old rapper boyfriend and gave him a big hug. Watch the video below for a look inside her party.

Kylie was joined by her sisters Kim and Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner as well as Kris Jenner and her BFF Jordyn Woods as she said goodbye to her teen years. And it looks like the Kardashian family pulled out all the stops for her big day. Along with a very voluptuous ice sculpture, Kylie was treated to a chocolate fountain, Dippin’ Dots ice cream, and a cake with her face on it. What more could a girl want? However, fans are convinced her sweet tooth may be in overdrive due to pregnancy cravings. Sources told OK! magazine that Kylie «couldn’t be more excited about the news.»

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«Kylie kept to herself with the excuse that she was focused on her new makeup line,” sources told the mag. “But we all think she’s staying out of the spotlight until she’s ready to share her news. She’s been keeping low-key for months now, and everyone thinks she’s pregnant.”

Previously, a source told the outlet that «they’re not using protection and she’s told a bunch of people that Travis is baby daddy material. Kylie’s moving way too fast with Travis but this is the way she rolls.»

This means that if Kylie is really pregnant, she will due around the same time as older sister Kim, who is expecting twins via surrogate in January.

 

 

 

Versace y una reunión épica: las exmodelos más importantes del mundo, juntas en la pasarela

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Gianni Versace, fundador de la firma de moda italiana que lleva su apellido, ha estado muy presente en la semana de la moda de Milán, donde su hermana, Donatella Versace, le ha vuelto a rendir homenaje en la ciudad 20 años después de su trágica muerte. Y para que su recuerdo siguiera vivo en la pasarela, además de presentar una colección inspirada en su trabajo, con tintes ochenteros y muy colorida, ha subido a la pasarela a cinco tops que trabajaron mano a mano con él: Cindy Crawford, Noemi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer y Carla bruni. Además, vestidas tal y como lo hicieron cuando todavía eclipsaban las pasarelas, algo que ha emocionado a los más nostálgicos. De nuevo, Donatella ha querido reservar un momento del desfile a su hermano, como hizo en el mes de junio en la semana de la moda masculina en Milán, la ciudad donde comenzó en 1972 su carrera como diseñador, con la colección Reunión en Casa. Y es que sigue teniendo muy presente el 15 de julio de 1997, día en que Gianni fue disparado y asesinado en Miami, tras veinte años en los que Versace se había establecido como una de las firmas de moda internacionales más importantes, un icono del estilo italiano cuya esencia ha seguido presente hasta hoy.
 En la misma pasarela desfilaron Gigi Hadid y Kendall Jenner, las supermodelos de la nueva era, lo que demostró que la firma Versace pica en punta en esta temporada en lo que a lujo se refiere. Sin embargo, con este cierre en homenaje a los 90 y, principalmente a Gianni Versace, emblema de la época, Donatella subrayó el modelo de mujer que quiere reivindicar: mientras las firmas de renombre eligen mujeres de menos de 20 años para vestir sus diseños, las cinco ex estrellas de la moda que convocó Versace tienen entre 47 y 51 años.
La experiencia y el trabajo que hicieron de estas mujeres íconos más allá de los flashes, constituyen un mensaje poderoso para llevar a las pasarelas, y eso es algo que las otras marcas deberán tener en cuenta de ahora en más. Las cinco, que se autodefinen «Gianni Girls», expresaron en las redes sociales su felicidad por ser partícipes del desfile, reencontrarse y, sobre todo, la emoción de recordar al fallecido modisto con un homenaje tan importante.

 

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Will Selena Gomez Be An «American ldol» Judge?

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The clock is ticking for ABC’s ‘American Idol’ reboot to find two more judges to join Katy Perry. We’ve got EXCLUSIVE details on how producers have their eyes on Selena Gomez to join the show.

It would be pretty awkward to see Taylor Swift‘s BFF Selena Gomez, 25, sitting next to arch-enemy Katy Perry, 32, week after week on American Idol, but the “Fetish” singer is at the top of the show producers’ wish-list for judges. “Producers think that Selena would be great to join the judging panel because she’d bring in a younger crowd for ratings, she’d be considered the nice judge and they would love her to join because the impact she has with social media,” an AI insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. Sel is the most followed person on Instagram with a whopping 127 million followers, so of course the show would love to have a judge who can reach so many people.

“They are putting together a proposal for her and are hoping she will accept it and join the show, it’s a long shot but they are taking the chance to get her. They’d love to have her signed up and all judges by mid October,” our insider adds. So far the show has been striking out right and left when it comes to getting other stars to join Katy on the panel. ABC reportedly spent a whopping $25 million to land her back in May, which is over half of the show’s budget. As a result, they don’t have much money left over to get other top names. After all, who wants to do the same job as Katy for a fraction of the paycheck? Especially in Selena’s case, she is the bigger star these days! See pics of beautiful Selena, right here.

If by some chance Selena actually agrees to join the show, they definitely need a “nice” judge cause Katy said she won’t be holding back when it comes to the contestants’ talent. She called in to On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Aug. 23, to give her judging strategy. “I’m going to maybe be more the Simon Cowell. I really respect him. As much as people said, ‘Oh, he’s grumpy or he’s mean,’ he was just truthful, you know? He’s seen it. I don’t need to be there to win the popular race.” She added, “Honestly sob stories come second for me. Everyone has a situation and God bless them…but if you don’t have the goods, you don’t have the goods.” Brutal!

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Drake’s 15 Best Songs: Critic’s Picks

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Drake fans are always wanting more. Even after releasing More Life earlier this year, demand is still high for new tunes and with any luck that wait won’t be too long, as the superstar rapper is in the midst of prepping a follow up.

During his recent OVO Fest set on Toronto, Drake teased he would be returning to his beloved city to continue fine tuning his “new album.” Months later, indications of Drizzy spending countless hours in the studio began to appear online and lead many of his fans to believe that we are merely one tweet away from listening to his latest offering.

With a possible project looming before 2017’s end, we revisited his catalog to comb through some of his best work. While there are a treasure trove of gems to choose from, after much deliberation we whittled our list down to the 15 most impressive Drake songs to date.

15.  Drake – “Energy»

 

As a former successful child star, Drake rightfully deserves a lot of the criticism spewed his way. But, with the flack came “Energy” — proof that Drizzy can indeed put his melodic rhymes to rest and come straight for the necks of his naysayers. It is both a battle-cry and warning that can easily conjure one to break everything in sight.

14. Drake – “Successful” Ft. Lil Wayne & Trey Songz

One thing’s for certain: Drake raps about success, a lot. But “Successful,” one of the key tracks from So Far Gone, is by far Drizzy’s ultimate aspirational anthem. Considering the plethora of songs which encapsulate the hustle, the grind, or means to an end, the track was a moment of oddly plain and brilliant honesty: “I just wanna be, I just wanna be suc-cess-ful.”

13. Drake – «Fear»

 

One of the keys to Drake’s appeal is his ability to internalize his life and make it relatable. Never did he do it as quickly as he did on «Fear» — a song that captured the moment he was living in. Drake’s dreams were coming true but the future remained uncertain and like the artwork for the song suggests, it’s easy to drown in newfound success (or get buried alive). Without a doubt, «Fear» proved to be a Drake song we couldn’t live without.

12. Drake – «Light Up» Ft. JAY-Z

 

With gated drums enveloping the background, both JAY-Z and Drake go off the handle with extended verses. JAY drops gems for the burgeoning emcee with lines like: “Here’s how they gon’ come at you/ With silly rap feuds tryin’ to distract you/ In disguise, in the form of a favor.» Hov obviously spoke from experience, but the irony is, before long Lil Wayne and JAY were sending subs back and forth and Drake was taking aim at his highness. Politics as usual.

11. Drake – «Cameras»

 

Drake is an expert at seamlessly weaving the pleasures and pains of fame and success into one cohesive narrative. Over the weepy, nostalgic Jon B. sample on «Cameras,» he does exactly that, telling an insecure lady friend: «You just know what you get told, you don’t see behind the scenes.» It’s a plea for the nameless woman he’s addressing to not succumb to the manipulation of the media and gossip.

10. Drake – «Dreams Money Can Buy»

 

If there’s anything that Drake does undoubtedly well, it’s boosting his ownconfidence. The bars here are appropriately aspirational and tinged with bravado: “I want Saudi money, I want art money/ I want women to cry and pout their heart for me/ And tell me how much they hate it when they apart from me.”

9. Drake – «Take Care» Ft. Rihanna 

Long thought to be a romantic duo, Drake and Rihanna delivered a duet for the ages in the midst of their rumored love affair. The record finds both artists discussing their need for trust, loyalty and safety in one another. While the flame may have dimmed out between them, this sweet pairing makes for an incredible emotional appeal.

8. Drake – «Legend»

Everyone, rich or poor, must reckon with the fact that death is imminent. Drake has been questioning the burdens of his newfound celebrity for years, but it is here, on the first track off his surprise If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late mixtape, that he ponders this scenario with the sincerity that it deserves.

7. Drake – Controlla Ft. Popcaan

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In a world where Popcaan’s verse never existed, “Controlla” could rightfully stand on Drake’s hook alone as he bemoans the love of his life. But, the sun-dappled track has all the makings of a hit with its unruly guest spot. Speaking on how he would cry, lie and die for a woman, the record carries a sheen fitting for an affair in the heat of many summers past.

6. Drake – «Underground Kings» 

Drizzy’s calculated rise to the top of the charts serves as the main theme of «Underground Kings» as he looks back on his mixtape days (and yes, those Acura days too). If there’s one thing that he’s never lacked, it’s confidence in himself and few songs in his catalog tackle his ascent like he does here. Plus, nowhere else do you get to hear the hilarious but addictive vocal inflection that he does when he spits «I’m getting back to my ways.»

5. Drake – «Too Much» Ft. Sampha

Drake’s oftentimes questionable practice of discovering artists he likes and appropriating their likeness couldn’t have been better exemplified than with this track. “Too Much” literally pulls from a Sampha record in its entirety and spins the already sobering track into even more of a heart-wrenching listen.

4. Drake – «Uptown» Ft. Lil Wayne & Bun B

While Drake is very much a Canadian, the lyricist was way ahead of the curve in 2009 with his take on the chopped-up (never slopped up) sound of Houston. With «Uptown” Drizzy tapped into the less drug-infused side of Southern rap. The organ-backed record finds Drake experimenting with a syrup-slow flow assisted by Bun B’s gruff delivery and a solid verse by Wayne. It’s also hard not to bop along to the chorus in which Drake heeds a fair warning: “It’s okay, you can run and tell my city I’m on.”

3. Drake – «Look At What You’ve Done»

Drake’s ode to his mother and uncle belongs in the same pantheon of gratitude heavy rap classics like “Hey Mama.” The introspective record finds the Toronto native being terribly honest about the ups and downs of both relationships, which makes it even more touching. By the time his grandmother’s voicemail comes in while the song fades out, you’re in the midst of a serious emotional overload. The brutal honesty in «LWYHD» makes the record one of the best Drake songs ever.

2. Drake – «Forever» Ft. Eminem, Lil Wayne, & Kanye West

Last name ever, first name greatest.» With that line, Drake introduced his ubiquitous flow to the world on a song ostensibly about LeBron James. While “Forever” featured three of the biggest names in rap, Drizzy managed to tote his confidence seemingly unwavered. Over the blaring horns of Boi-1da’s production, Drake reaffirmed his hunger for more to the masses that barely gave So Far Gonean earshot of a listen.

1. «Best I Ever Had»

Long before Drake became a household name, the rapper formally introduced himself with “Best I Ever Had.” The melody works on a variety of levels, but first and foremost it functions as a singularly perfect pop song with caption-worthy one-liners like: “Sweatpants, hair-tied chilling with no makeup on.” And, it arrived at a stage early enough in Drizzy’s catalogue for fans to feel that he was not too far removed from portraying the token Black guy on Degrassi.

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