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New Song: Aretha Franklin – ‘Rolling In the Deep’ [Must Hear!!]

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is back!

The 72-year-old singer, with the help of Clive Davis, is breathing new life into a number of classic “diva” offerings from the likes of Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, and more.  Unveiling news on her newest album ‘Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics,’ if you’ve ever wondered what Franklin’s thrilling gospel style would sound like over the instrumental of Alicia Keys‘No One,’ then wonder no more.

With 10 tracks of Re-re revamps aboard one album, the decision of choosing one to kick off the October 21st due set had to have been challenging.  Alas, the selection came in the form of Adele’s monster hit ‘Rolling In the Deep.’

Will Franklin see her version roll the song right back to the top of charts?  You tell us after you listen to this must hear tune:

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Weigh In: Should Kelly Rowland Portray Donna Summer In Upcoming Biopic?

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While actress Elise Neal won the role of Gladys Knight in a forthcoming Aaliyah biopic, the ‘Empress of Soul’ made it clear that she wants R&B diva Kelly Rowland to portray her if her own biopic ever comes to light.

But, does Rowland have her sights set on another music monarch?

The ‘Down For Whatever’ diva may be throwing subtle hints that she’s down to portray ‘Queen of Disco’ Donna Summer in a forthcoming film based on Casablanca Records – the label that brought Summer to fame.  Stirring fans into a heated frenzy this week when she took to Instagram to upload a snap of her rocking a hairdo inspired by the ‘Hot Stuff’ singer, her loyal #RowlandStones almost unanimously urged her to pursue the role.

Kelly has not made it clear that she is interested, but what is clear is that the film is happening (as we reported here) and is set to be led by Grammy winning star Justin Timberlake.

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New Song: Fergie – ‘L.A. Love’

Black Eyed Peas Frontwoman Drops Long-Awaited Comeback Single

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Is “the dutchess” ready to reign atop charts once more?  One listen to her newest single, ‘L.A. Love,’ may give us an answer.

For, nearly a decade after releasing her critically and commercially acclaimed solo debut album, Fergie returns with a global shout out of a tune produced by DJ Mustard.  Coming as the first official single from her long-awaited sophomore project, Fergie Ferg’s next release - due in 2015 – will also feature production from Mike Will Made It, Mustard, and more.

But, before we can get our hands on the album in full, we have been blessed with its lead single.  Tell us how you feel about it:

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Watch: Ariana Grande Rocks ‘SNL’s 40th Season Premiere *Updated*

Songstress Joined By The Weeknd For Stellar Performance

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Another day, another milestone for budding pop diva Ariana Grande.

After topping Billboard 200 with two albums over the span of a year, Grande is still hot on the promo trail showing off her oft-praised chops via many-an-outlet – most notably the 40th season premiere episode of ‘SNL.’

Rocking the Chris Pratt-hosted affair with a piano laced version of her hit ‘Break Free,’ the pint-sized powerhouse then broke out into an energetic take on the top 10 tune.

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Did You Miss It?: Jason Derulo Confirms Split With Jordin Sparks

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Didn’t they almost have it all?

While fans of Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose are still reeling from news of their divorce proceedings, elsewhere on the music spectrum one of pop’s cutest couples – Jason Derulo & Jordin Sparks - are reportedly no longer seeing sparks in their once hot romance as multiple sources have indicated that the singers are splitsville.

Despite just appearing together at last month’s MTV Video Music Awards, the rumor mill was running over with word that the duo were done.  Initially avoiding the topic all together, it appears the ‘Marry Me’ maestro has added fuel to the fire by indirectly confirming that Jordin won’t be becoming Mrs. Desrouleaux any time soon.

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Congratulations: Keke Wyatt Announces Pregnancy With Baby #8

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With her social star reaching its highest heights on the heels of TV One’s uber-successful franchise ‘R&B Divas,’ Keke Wyatt’s name has been earning quite a bit of chatter as of late.

As fans still jam ‘Ke’ Ke,’ the newest addition to her soaring discography, their chatter will now be accompanied with discussions of another new addition – a new baby.

Taking to Instagram yesterday, fans of the R&B songstress were greeting with surprising news that baby #8 will soon be making its way to the Wyatt/Ford household.  See the announcement below:

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Cover Star: Alvester Martin’s Moving ‘Make It To Me’ Cover (Sam Smith)

Alvester Martin is a name you should get used to hearing.

The R&B crooner may have seen his ever-talented dancing shoes slide right next to the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and more over the course of his career, but now his feet are guiding him center stage.

In a recent cover Martin’s soulful voice can be heard blessing fellow crooner Sam Smith‘s ‘Make It To Me.’ Adding in an ever-timely twist of Janet Jackson‘s ‘Come Back To Me’ (as this week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of its parent album ‘Rhythm Nation 1814′), press play below and tell us if he does the cuts justice:

Showcasing a sincerity oft lost in the everyday cover, Martin’s delivery of ‘Make It To Me’ made us believe every word he said.

Never succumbing to the urge to “overdo it” with embellishments, the simplicity of Alvester’s arrangement complimented that of the original singers’ without sounding as if he was trying to imitate.

We go for “sangers” who recognize singing is not just a showcase of the instrument, but also how it’s handled and manipulated.  Bravo Alvester for making this a “must hear”!

For more on Alvester, check out his Soundcloud page here.

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