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The X Factor 2012 aired its seventh Live Show this evening. This portion of the talent search sees the contestants’ ability showcased before a live audience – with an act being sent home each week.

Judging the hopefuls are new additions Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, original panelist Louis Walsh, and newcomer Nicole Scherzinger.

{An international phenomenon, local versions of the show show now air in the US, Italy, France and beyond. The brain-child of Simon Cowell, The X Factor is responsible for birthing the careers of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, One Direction, Cher Lloyd and JLS.}.
Peep the best of this week’s Live Shows…

When you’re one of Pop’s most lucrative entertainers, the pressure to live up to expectations can at times be an impossible mission to accomplish.

So with a new release out on Monday, a judging slot on ‘American Idol’  and the Grammy Awards all on the way, ‘the pressure’ is one Rap Queen Nicki Minaj is now all too familiar with.

Now watch as she speaks to E! on her personal life, staying disciplined and the challenges her stint on ‘Idol’ has brought in the last weeks.

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Christina Aguilera is wasting no time with the release of the second single from her ‘Lotus’ LP.

As reported yesterday, the Blake Shelton assisted ‘Just A Fool’ has been confirmed as the follow-up to ‘Your Body’ (which peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100).

Now, less than 24 hours later, the track has has been awarded an official “impact date” for radio. Find out when you can the Claude Kelly penned cut will be hitting airwaves below…

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Undoubtedly the most relatable voice in the ‘male music’ arena, ‘Practice’ star Drake has become just as renown for his work outside the studio as he in for the work he creates inside of it.

One of his genre’s more positive ambassadors, this month has seen his record breaking sales, charitable work and creative influence celebrated by ‘Toronto Life‘s December edition, which lists their ‘50 Most Influential People In The City‘.

Their write up on the Rapper below…

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R&B divas Keyshia Cole and Kelly Rowland are both blazing the Urban airwaves with their latest offerings. Hence it’s only fitting that the duo both performed during Chicago’s biggest Urban showcase, ‘Big Jam’.

Watch below as Cole, whose ‘Woman To Woman’ LP drops next Monday, performs ‘Trust & Believe’ while Ms. Kelly shows the audience a little ‘Motivation’.

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For some performers, acclaim is only a matter of when, and not if.

The above could be used to explain Miguel’s rise to fame this year, hailed as the poster child for Contemporary R&B following a long and tiresome journey to the top.

Releasing his second studio album ‘Kaleidosope Dream’ on September 25th of this year, last night saw him take to ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ to perform one of its standout cuts ‘Do You’, days after the LP hit combined US sales of 170,000 units.

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Many a star aligned in Santa Barbara last night for the 11th Annual ‘Celebration Of Dreams’ Gala, which saw ‘Not Like The Movies‘ singer Katy Perry honored for her numerous philanthropic endeavors.

Dressed in a floral Dolce & Gabbana piece, she arrived at the event which celebrated the hand she plays in “bringing awareness to the importance of lending a hand to dreams that involve children who are facing the impending loss of a parent”.

Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Nigel Lythgoe and Priscilla Presley,  the 28 year old singer/songwriter stands as a long time supporter of the organization, which aims to serve the final wishes of dying adults and their families.

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Check out these shots of ‘Unapologetic‘ star Rihanna performing for fans on the latest leg of her ‘777 Tour’.

Arriving at The Danforth Music Hall two nights ago, the care free vocalist flaunted her ‘body’ of work while performing a select number of cuts from her discography, including the Sia crafted love song ‘Diamonds’.

More from her night below…

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VH1 is definitely keeping the Urban reality show on lock and, as recently revealed, rapper The Game is the next in line to get the reality treatment.  Indeed, the ‘How We Do’ hitmaker will have cameras follow him and family as he prepares for a wedding to his longtime girlfriend on the show ‘Marrying The Game’.

As the pressures of creating/releasing a new album also come into play, we’re sure there will be much drama to behold.  Until the show’s official premiere Monday (November 19th), get into the super trailer and sneak peek of episode 1 below (*may not be viewable in all countries*):

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The stars united to pay tribute to the late, great Whitney Houston in this Grammy organized special ‘We Will Always Love You’.

Featuring moving performances from Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Yolanda Adams, Cece Winans, Celine Dion, and more, the salute also saw spoken tributes from Halle Berry, Britney Spears, and LL Cool J.

Set at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, see all the action below (as they become available):

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After ample debate and speculation, Christina Aguilera‘s team have finally confirmed which song from her ‘Lotus’ LP will be awarded the single treatment.

Without further adeiu…

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While fans await hearing what they’re cooking up in the studio, Pop lovebirds Jason Derulo & Jordin Sparks have been doing their fair share of singing elsewhere…each other’s praises.

While seeing their name atop headlines in recent months more for mention of wedding bells than music, the hitmakers reportedly have their sights on making some music together in the near future…

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