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John Legend and Sam Smith Team Up for Charity in Stirring 'Lay Me Down' Duet: VIDEO

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To mark the upcoming Red Nose Day, a British charity event taking place this Friday where residents wear clown noses to help raise awareness and money for charity, Sam Smith and John Legend have teamed up to record a duet cover of the British crooner's hit song "Lay Me Down."

Rolling Stone reports:

Red noseSmith and Legend will perform their duet live for the first and only time on March 13th at the live Comic Relief – Face the Funny special at London's Palladium. The pair also filmed a video for their collaboration, which juxtaposes Smith and Legend recording the track at a Los Angeles studio with images from one of the many African communities that the Comic Relief program benefits. Smith and Legend will forego all royalties from the track, with Universal donating all profits to Comic Relief.

"'Lay Me Down' holds a very special place in my heart. Not only did I perform it at the Brits, I'm now going to perform it live on the Red Nose Day show with the extremely talented John Legend, which is so exciting," Smith said in a statement. "I recently visited a Comic Relief funded project in my hometown, which supports the young LGBT community in London. I'm extremely proud that my single will help raise money for projects like this and many others in the U.K. and across Africa."

Watch the music video AFTER THE JUMP...and to find out how you can donate to the cause visit www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday

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Tom Hanks, Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen Have a Dance Celebration in 'I Really Like You' - VIDEO

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The music video for Carly Rae Jepsen's über-catchy "I Really Like You" has dropped, featuring a lip-syncing, Tinder using, emoji loving Tom Hanks and a brief appearance by Justin Bieber during the video's closing dance celebration in the streets.

It's totally bizarre...and totally amazing.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE: Jimmy Somerville Will Have You On Your Feet With 'Some Wonder'

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Towleroad is happy to present the U.S. premiere of "Some Wonder", the new video from pop icon Jimmy Somerville's forthcoming album Homage, set for release on March 10.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Said Somerville of the album: “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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NEW MUSIC: Brightly, Screaming Females, Black Honey, Bernard + Edith, Loyle Carner And Eurovision News

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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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Brightly: “Keep Me Close”

Brightly is an indie pop act from Melbourne, Australia.

Taken from forthcoming album Oh, Infinity, “Keep Me Close” is a beautiful acoustic love song which was written by band member Charlie Gleeson “about homophobia, love, and my boyfriend…after a year of some pretty horrific homophobic attacks throughout the world.”

 

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Screaming Females: Rose Mountain

Screaming-females-456-280211New Jersey indie rock trio Screaming Females return with their sixth studio album Rose Mountain, released last week on Don Giovanni.

Lead track “Hopeless” opens with an unnerving piano intro leading to a pared back alt rock sound before launching into 30 seconds of glorious shouty grunge rock.

The video was shot over the course of several freezing winter nights and the blood splatters on the pick guard are apparently 100 percent real as singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster played until her fingers split open. As you do…

 

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Listen to new tracks by Black Honey, Bernard + Edith and Loyle Carner, along with a couple of Eurovision entries, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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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There's Now An Official Song To Send People When You've Decided To Come Out: VIDEO

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In case you're reading this and are finding yourself at a loss for how to come out to those you love, adork-able out singer/songwriter Ally Hills has created a music video that will do the work for you. Says Hills,

People ask me all the time, "HOW DO I COME OUT!?" so to make it easy for everyone, I made this video! Just send your loved ones this and the song will do the work for you!

After all, "Life is better when you just remember that love is love."

Check out the official tune to tell people you're gay, AFTER THE JUMP...

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