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Ariana Grande and her team are playing approximately no games with her debut album ‘Yours, Truly’. Well, at least, not anymore.

Having whipped up an amiable buzz with gems ‘The Way’ and ‘Baby I’, the project encountered its first (and hopefully, only) hurdle this week when its official covered was ripped to shreds by fans and critics alike for reasons we’d rather not delve into (the comments HERE will help fill the blank, though).

It’s common knowledge, love it or loathe it, that image and perception are everything in today’s industry. Hence, it’s warming to see Ms. Grande’s team heeded the suggestion of the masses to change the cover.

The shot above was unveiled on Instagram moments ago, simply baring the caption:

 “Official album artwork :)”

Brisk, swift, and effective, kudos to her team for nipping the nonsense that was the previous artwork in the bud. There’s no shame in having a plan B. Indeed, we can think of a number albums that should have done the same.

‘Yours, Truly’ hits stores on September 3rd. Listen to its latest single after the jump…

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Brit-Pop fans rejoice!

For, not only are Mutya Keisha Siobhan back in a literal capacity, they are sonically stronger than ever as evidenced at their sell-out comeback gig last night.

The trio (who first rose to prominence as the original line-up of the Sugababes) rocked London’s Scala with a stellar set that whet appetites aplenty for their first album in over 10 years.

Given the…interesting….history that accompanies the “Sugababes” narrative (one best summed up with the words “revolving” and “door”), many have wondered whether MKS would re-tread material released by other incarnations of the band during their re-introduction.

The answer was an emphatic “yes”, with the ladies serving up must-see showings of ‘Babes favourites such as ‘Freak Like Me’ and ‘Stronger’. Also present on the setlist were the gems this line-up released under the Sugababes moniker (‘Overload’ and ‘Run For Cover’).

Yet while there was an air of retrospective during the show, the focus was very much on the future – more specifically the group’s new LP. The project’s lead single ‘Flatline’ received its debut live showing, while the previously teased ‘Boys’ was also performed. Another new cut titled ‘I’m Alright’ proved quite the crowd pleaser.

So what are you waiting for? Check out MKS in action after the jump!

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If a report published by our pals over at ‘OmgInsider’ is anything to go by, you’re looking at American Idol’s Season 13 judging panel.

Released months after its Nicki Minaj led Season 12 panel disbanded, this reported new panel sees former judge Jennifer Lopez return to join Season 12 judge Keith Urban and ‘The Voice UK’ front man Will.I.Am.

Full story below…

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John Legend fans rejoice!

For tonight, one month before the release of his new album ‘Love in the Future‘, the serial hit maker releases the clip for his brand new single ‘Made To Love’.

Artistic, sexy and easily one of his braver clips to date, the visual follows the launch of ‘Love‘s first single, ‘Who Do We Think We Are’.

However, as we’re sure you’ll agree, ‘Made’ is no doubt on course to outperform the aforementioned single, especially once the world sets its sights on the scorcher below!!

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Jordin Sparks has a hit on her hands!

That’s right, after taking some time to find her feet as an artist, the Urban Pop Princess has unleashed a sun kissed new jam named ‘Skipping a Beat’.

We kid you not when we say it’s already our favourite song to drop this summer, built for Top 40 Radio but laced with a generous amount of Urban seasoning…giving everyone here at TGJ no choice but to pop a little shoulder bounce.

Basically…..we’re in love with it.

Check it out below…

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Say what you will about Rihanna, but little can be done to downplay her leading role in the play that is Pop music.

By no means a remarkable vocalist, the star has-in recent years- morphed herself into an albums seller, watching each and every LP she’s released since 2010 sell no less than 3 million units worldwide….impressive, by anyone’s standards.

Only right then, that she assesses her worth as an act today and secures a brand new recording contract- complete with new terms and conditions set to catapult her even further to Pop supremacy.

Good news below…

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She’s the internationally renown superstar with a voice that boasts 3 octaves and 2 US Top 40 singles to her name.

Perhaps, it’s for these reasons many a critic is dying to hear what her sophomore album serves up on release, following the UK win nabbed by its lead single ‘Wild’.

Now watch the ‘Party in the USA’ writer tease her brand new single ‘It’s My Party’ via a Google+ Hangout session.

Find out why we’re already in love with it below!

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New beginnings.

The above is no doubt the name of Ciara‘s game this time around, storming the world of R&B with her self titled album this Summer.

Now, as fans await to see how she’ll take the release to Gold certification within the year, the performer has revealed that the project marked the first step in her journey to a new space…a new beginning in all respects.

Her take on herself below…

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With Lady GaGa and Katy Perry eyeing major numbers with their respective albums, they’ll no doubt be aware of Drake…the mega seller with a habit of outperforming many a Pop rival first week.

Today, in ensuring he does just that with his new album ‘Nothing Was The Same‘, the Hip Hop hero sends a brand new single the world’s way, featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean.

Named ‘All Me‘, this one has hit written all over it, and if- our estimations are right- will send ‘Same’ straight to #1 upon release.

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It’s shaping up to be a good week for Grammy winning singer/songwriter Robin Thicke.

With the weeks past affording him his first #1 single on Billboard Hot 100 ‘Blurred Lines’, news has now surfaced that the top-selling, Pharrell/T.I.-assisted number is assisting Thicke to his first ever Billboard 200 reign (to be reflected upon the chart’s refreshing next week).

The ‘Sex Therapy’ performer, who has been on a weeklong promo of the new critically acclaimed album, made his most recent stop aboard tonight’s episode of ‘America’s Got Talent’.  Rejoining former ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’ co-star Nick Cannon, see Thicke show ’em how it’s done with his show-stopping performance below:

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‘Dirty Laundry’ diva Kelly Rowland cleaned up quite nicely for the September 2013 issue of Essence magazine, of which she graces the cover (as seen above).

As previously reported, the mag – set to hit stands August 9th – is accented by a feature story that sees Rowland reflect on the incidents that make-up her tell-all, Dream-penned hit ‘Dirty Laundry’ as well as dish on her relationship with her estranged father and much more.

But, before you can read that story in its entirety, get into the fierce photos that will accompany it in this behind the scenes showing:

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As super-producers go, they don’t come more successful than Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins.

The hitmaker embodies the word in the most literal sense, having cooked up chart smashes for the likes of Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Lady GaGa, and Whitney Houston.

Now, the Grammy winner is venturing into reality TV with his singer wife Joy Enriquez. Christened ‘House Of Joy’, the show (which airs on Jennifer Lopez‘s new Spanglish channel, NUVOtv) chronicles the couple’s day-to-day life, as well as Enririque’s musical ambition.

Of course, in the spirit of asking the questions you want us to, we quizzed Jerkins on the latest projects he’s working on – which he revealed to be Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, Justin Bieber, and more.

Hit ‘PLAY’ to check out our EXCLUSIVE interview with the Rodney and Joy AND be sure to check out ‘House of Joy’ Thursdays at 10/9C only on NUVOtv!

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