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Steve Grand Talks About Debut Album 'All-American Boy', His Desire to Be a 'Uniter': VIDEO

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Steve Grand, who catapulted to success on the heels of his super-viral "All-American Boy" video (now closing in on 4 million views), dropped an EPK this week talking about his upcoming album of the same name, which he has been working on since and is released on March 24.

"What really made a difference for me was the people who would write in," Grand says of his romantic clip about the guy that got away. "That made me realize that yes this was why I did this. To connect people, and to connect with people. Thousands of letters and emails were coming in at the time..."

He adds:

“So while people say this is no big deal anymore. Who cares? You know who cares are the kids that are really struggling with this. The kids who feel like they would still rather be dead than live life as a gay person. I’m thinking about them all the time when I’m doing these things. Because deep down we really all just want to loved, we want to experience love, we want to give love, we want to take in love, and we want to feel valued and understood...

...That's all you could hope for as an artist, as someone who lives to be a uniter."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Need More Magic Meryl Effin' Streep? Watch The Song Cut From 'Into The Woods' - VIDEO

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If box offices revenues are any indication, then statistically you saw Into The Woods. But maybe you felt that it was missing a little something...a little more Meryl, perhaps? That would be because one of her songs was a victim of the cutting room floor at the altar of pacing.

"She'll Be Back" takes place right after the witch's confrontation with Rapunzel, featuring a bitter witch lying to herself about the personality of her "daughter" and the fallout of her own selfish actions that drove her away. The song will be included in the Blu-Ray/digital versions of the film when it's released on March 24th, but you can watch the cut scene AFTER THE JUMP...

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Empire's Gay Character Sings His Way Out of the Closet: VIDEO

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There are a number of reasons that you should be tuning in to Lee Daniels’s Empire including, but not limited to: Courtney Love actually acting (and killing it,) Naomi Campbell playing a cougar into mother-son roleplay, and Raven-Symoné playing a savvy gold-digger. The show is meant to revolve around the stories of Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) sons vying to inherit their father’s company. In reality, though, this season’s been all about Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) - Lucious and Cookie’s gay son.

Empire has featured a fresh, yet complex take on relationships between homophobic parents and their gay children. Daniels has made clear his desire to use the show as a vehicle to address gay black men plagued by homophobia, and this week was no exception. In typical t form Jamal comes out to the world through song, eliciting a wide variety of reactions from the public and his family. If you’ve been keeping up with the season then the episode’s treating Jamal’s sexuality as a public revelation might seem a little off--his being gay is one of the show’s worst kept secrets. But hey, what’s a little lapse in continuity in exchange for all that camp?

Check out Jamal’s coming out performance here AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: R&B, Disco and House Converge with SlowKnights, Janet and Classixx, D'Angelo and More...

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Scissor Sisters' guitarist Del Marquis (Derek Gruen) has been cultivating his own brand ever since the band took an indefinite hiatus after their 2012 release, Magic Hour. Marquis released Cosmos under the Slow Knights moniker the following year, and quickly became a personal favorite with additional remixes by ColeCo and stage shows with Midnight Magic and Spank!

While Del Marquis was the mastermind behind Cosmos, he did mostly featured other vocalists such as Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light), Xavier Smith and Bridget Barkan on the album's tracks.  

Those vocalists have now officially joined Slow Knights and are ready to release their sophomore effort, Living in a Dark World, Let Me Be Your LightThe lead single, 'Just Kiss' features soulful vocals and lyrics about attraction and anger layered over trap drums and '80s synths. The track is very heavily rooted in R&B, but it also has a tropical disco remix by ColeCo, which should be hitting the sound waves next week. 

Check out additional tracks, all of which are available as Free Downloads, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Add Some Pop to Your Morning with 3 New Tracks from Kelly Clarkson's Album 'Piece By Piece': LISTEN

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Following the release of the Sia-penned anthem "Invincible" this week, tracks are appearing from Kelly Clarkson's new album Piece By Piece.

The title track "Piece By Piece" hit the web this week, along with "Run Run Run" which is a cover of the Tokio Hotel track and features John Legend. Also out there is "Take You High" (which is, coincidentally or not, 4:20 in length), a track also written by Sia.

Check them all out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Nick Jonas Covers Kanye West's 'Only One' - LISTEN

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Nick Jonas, in case you haven’t been paying attention for the past few months or so, has been carefully recrafting his image as a part of a larger game plan to solidify himself as a solid vocalist. He went and got buff, began baiting the gays, and continued to bait the gays--all while dropping the occasional single from his new eponymous album.

For those of us unconvinced by Jonas’s gospel rendition of ‘Jealous,’ the 22-year old singer is back with a stripped down cover of Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s ‘Only One.’ Whether or not this song will finally convince you to start taking Jonas seriously we can’t say, but we endeavour you to give the song a listen and share your thoughts here AFTER THE JUMP...

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