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Adam Lambert Recreates His 'American Idol' Audition, Announces New Album: VIDEO

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Adam Lambert's American Idol story has come full circle: from nervous audition-er to "superstar" judge. While shooting a round of auditions with Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Lopez for the upcoming season of the popular singing contest, Connick asked Lambert if he would be willing to recreate his original audition for the show from season 8. The current Queen frontman originally auditioned with the Queen uber classic, "Bohemian Rhapsody." Foreshadowing of things to come. Lambert took Connick's challenge and delivered a pitch perfect performance even better than his original.

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Lambert has also just announced a new album that marks the beginning of a partnership with Warner Bros. music. Said Warner Bros. CEO Cameron Strang of his decision to sign Lambert after Lambert left RCA

"The potential is worldwide superstar. He has fans all over the world. He's he's got one of the great voices and he's coming into his own as a person and as a man. He more comfortable with himself and his artistic vision of himself and I think there's a confidence and a freedom that comes with having made more than one record."

Lambert's new album will see him re-team with Swedish pop god Max Martin ("Baby One More Time") and Shellback, who together gave Lambert the hits "Whataya Want From Me" and "If I Had You" off his debut album "For Your Entertainment." 

Lambert told Billboard that this new album feels like a departure for him: "The album feels like a new era for me -- emotionally, lyrically, sonically. It feels fresh, it feels new. It's still me. It's still stuff that fans know and love but it's a new chapter 100 percent."

The first single is due out in April.

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Jessie Ware Adds Some Chaka Khan to a Spellbinding Cover of Labrinth's 'Jealous': VIDEO

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British singer-songwriter-soulstress Jessie Ware appeared in BBC Radio 1' Live Lounge this week and took on the heart-breaking verses of Labrinth's ballad "Jealous", adding in a bit of Chaka Khan's 1984 classic "Through the Fire" for very good measure.

Check out the stunning cover, AFTER THE JUMP...

This week on Instagram, Ware also announced her North American tour dates.

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The OXD Mirror: Dive Deep with Miguel Migs, Compuphonic, Walker & Royce and more

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 BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

EDM may have ruled the airwaves in 2013, but 2014 saw a shift to all sorts of house music, both mainstream and otherwise. The resurgence of deep house is a trend Occupy The Disco is a big fan of and today I'll be highlighting some of the latest cuts from that subgenre.

Miguel Migs' enlists the soulful vocals of Meshell Ndegocello on 'What Do You Want,' a track from the San Francisco-based DJ's latest album, Dim Division.  This isn't the first collaboration for the two, with Meshell providing vocals for two tracks off of 2012's Outside the Skyline. While the original production on the track is light and airy,  The 'Migs Salted Vocal' highlights the bassline, grounding it in a lower atmosphere and making it much more dancefloor ready. The track is part of a remix package, out on Defected Records later this month.

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Rihanna's Cover Of Madonna's 'Vogue' Surfaces: LISTEN

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Hints of Rihanna's return to the music scene are surfacing as the singer's cover of Madonna's classic Vogue surfaced this week reports OutAccording to U.K.'s Attitude, the cover is from 2008 and her vocal stylings sound reminiscent of her Good Girl Gone Bad days, which served as a guide track for a live performance. Rihanna's absence from the music scene and pop charts has fans and others anxious, and curious, about the release date of her next album, which many, including Rihanna, have dubbed #R8. The singer has dropped an album virtually every year since her debut album Music of the Sun in 2005, and her last album Unapologetic was released in 2012.

However, Rihanna's kept busy in the interim with her film career in a cameo role in 2014's Annie and one of the lead roles in DreamWorks' new animated film Home--set to debut on March 27, features on other artists songs including Shakira's Can't Remember to Forget You and world tours. Rumblings of a new album began in early 2014 after Rihanna left her label Def Jam to fully sign with Roc Nation and news of rising artist Kiesza writing new material for the artist. Rihanna posted a snippet of demo song Kiss it Better on her Instagram late last year and a rough demo of a song called World Peace leaked on the internet and was subsequently taken down. Crooner Sam Smith also let slip that Rihanna shared details with him about the new album stating that he's "excited," for it.

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 4.08.48 PMMeanwhile Rihanna's fans certainly haven't forgotten the singer. Notable fan Mina Gerges, a college student with 35,000 followers on Instagram, recreates famous photographs of female celebrities including Kim Kardashian's "Break the Internet" picture, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Rihanna and posts them on his Instagram.

In the meantime Gerges, and other Rihanna fans hungry for new music, can listen to the singer's cover of Vogue in full, AFTER THE JUMP... 

 

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NEW MUSIC: Jimmy Somerville, Neutronic, Color of Light, Dragoons, Twin River, Jonathan

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New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good.

Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

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Jimmy Somerville: Homage

-1Jimmy Somerville is set to drop new album Homage on March 10th in the U.S.

“Travesty”, written by Somerville and produced by John Winfield, is a taster of the album which - as the name and Somerville’s back catalog might suggest - pays homage to the disco era.

Somerville and Winfield say they worked hard to authentically recreate the original sound of the disco era.

On Hommage, Jimmy says:

“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!"

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Neutronic: “Closer”

The 80s electro pop revival (mark four) shows no signs of letting up in 2015.

With breakout acts like Oh Wonder previously Wonder Wonder) and the ubiquitous CHVRCHES in 2014, first off the blocks this year is England-based duo Neutronic, a boy-girl duo with downtempo electronica tricks to spare, beautiful harmonies and a warm rush of instrumentation.

Have a listing to their brilliant debut track “Closer” which should by rights be huge.

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Listen to new tracks from Color of Light, Dragoons, Twin River and Jonathan, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Kelly Clarkson's New Track 'Heartbeat Song': LISTEN

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If you're looking for some upbeat bubble gum pop to start your week, the original 'American Idol' Kelly Clarkson dropped her return to Top 40 early this morning, a track called "Heartbeat Song" which will serve as the lead single to a forthcoming album called Piece by Piece.

Last week, Clarkson told fans what they should expect from it:

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