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Jimmy Somerville Returns to Disco with New Singles 'Travesty' and 'Back to Me': VIDEO

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The good news about Jimmy Somerville, who stunned us recently with a haunting 30th anniversary reprise of his 1984 Bronski Beat classic "Smalltown Boy", is that he has begun releasing singles from a forthcoming album which has a distinctly retro feel.

Says Somerville in a press release:

“I've finally made the disco album I always wanted to and never thought could. If I was 15 again I'd buy it, sit on my bed, slowly open the gate-fold, slide out the vinyl, place it on the turntable then jump off the bed and imagine someone just passed me a tambourine…I'd be in heaven!  The horns, the strings, the bass, the guitars, the drums, the backing vocals and the melody….the escape. So open your ears embrace the groove and pay homage to an all too easily derided sound ... I LOVE Disco!"

Have a listen to the first U.S. single from Homage, "Travesty", AFTER THE JUMP...

And listen to a sneak peek of "Back to Me" HERE.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Release New Cover of 'Nature Boy' - LISTEN

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Off of their upcoming jazz duets album comes Gaga and Bennett's cover of the song, "Nature Boy." Gaga paid tribute to the late musician Paul Horn, whose flute solo is featured on the song. Gaga took to Twitter to share the story behind the song and Horn's contributions:

Nature Boy was composed in 1941 by eden ahbez, a wandering man from Brooklyn with long hair. It was recorded first by Nat King Cole in 1947...

You will recognize it also famously as used in 'Moulin Rouge,' but our rendition with the now late multi-reedist Paul Horn is spectacular...

Horn was meant to join Tony & me for the PBS special but sadly passed just weeks before, a New Age Jazz pioneer, lets celebrate him 2day...

You will hear his genius in the flute solo of our "NATURE BOY" a solo that will echo through the world today. And forever. #TheGreatPaulHorn

Listen to the new track, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tom Goss and Jeb Havens Serve Up 'Trashy' Cover of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off': VIDEO

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Out singer-songwriters Tom Goss and Jeb Havens cover Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" with a loop pedal and a trash can. Now that's some backyard cooking.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

We've previously featured Havens cover of Lorde's "Royals" on Towleroad, and for more Goss, you may want to check out his fur-worshiping clip for "Bears", which just passed half a million views this week.

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Erasure Streams 16th Album 'The Violet Flame', Releases Video for First Single 'Elevation': WATCH

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Erasure (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) have been teasing their new album The Violet Flame since May and yesterday began streaming their 16th studio album in full over at USA Today.

Last week saw the release of the Tom Oxley-directed video for the duo's latest single "Elevation", which follows a group of clubbers out of the nightclub to the beach and finally to a precipice high above the water to watch the sun rise.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Says Bell of the single: "It's very celebratory...It's one of those hand-in-the-air (tunes), saying, 'Hi, we're all here and we're all together and we're all having a great time.'"

What's your favorite Erasure track?

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Shirtless Brendon Urie And Panic! At The Disco Cover 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - VIDEO

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The bisexual "dabbler" and band Panic! at the Disco did a rendition of Queen's classic hit, "Bohemian Rhapsody" while on tour that may just have you saying, "magnifico." 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Let Annie Lennox Take You on a 7-Minute 'Nostalgia' Trip in Her Luscious Album Preview: VIDEO

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Annie Lennox is back with her first non-holiday studio album in 7 years and takes on standards, mostly from the first half of the 20th century, in a work aptly titled Nostalgia.

2_lennoxIn a 7-minute preview she talks about the "incredible relationship" you must have with the songs that you cover in order to allow them to bring you in. She also talks about curiosity, finding the beauty and pain in the blues, and wanting to find resonance to today in the songs she presents.

"It's a journey into nostalgia but it's also a contemporary piece of work," says Lennox

Lennox gives stunning voice to "Memphis in June" by Hoagy Carmichael and Paul Francis Webster, "Georgia on My Mind" by Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, "Strange Fruit" by Abel Meeropol, "Summertime" by George Gershwin, "Mood Indigo" by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard, and "I Put a Spell on You by Screaming Jay Hawkins, which Lennox calls a song of empowerment, certainly resonating today as strongly as ever:

"Everywhere in the world women are abused by men, and I love men. And I have to say I'm a feminist, and I'm absolutely proud to say I'm a feminist. A man-loving feminist. That's who I am. But some of the behavior. Very bad. Very disappointing."

Lennox also held a listening party at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California where she talked more about the album and how she is still fascinated with making music.

"I want to still make music. I don't want to twerk, but I want to be relevant."

Get a few luscious samples of Lennox's new LP and hear her explain, AFTER THE JUMP...

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