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New Music Tuesday, Diva Edition: Leona Lewis, Ciara, Nelly Furtado, and a mini-Spice Girls reunion

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It’s a good week to be a pop music fan: Nicki Minaj might be joining American Idol, J. Lo is taking her tour into the third dimension, and Xtina’s shooting a video. Here a preview of just a few of the new lady-pop gifts delivered into our inboxes today:

Leona Lewis featuring Childish Gambino — “Trouble”
Leona Lewis has been a very bad girl. She drives her lover to drink, smoke and get belligerent in the bedroom, and all she has to say is “I told you so”  on the icy “Trouble.” Fortunately, Lewis gets by with a little help from her friends – Scottish chanteuse Emeli Sandé co-wrote the song, and Childish Gambino guest raps as the victim boyfriend, busting in like an unexpected Spotify ad. Hear it here.

Nelly Furtado — “Parking Lot”
When Nelly isn’t breaking out viral K-Pop video dance moves, she’s showing off new tracks from her upcoming album, The Spirit Indestructible. Like its predecessors “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)” and the album’s title track, the latest single is a Darkchild collaboration that buzzes like a bee while Furtado longs for her youthful days of killing time in parking lots and … mud-dancing in a barn? Normal teen stuff. Listen here.

Ciara — “Livin’ It Up”
Breaking news: Ciara doesn’t have a lot of friends — or so she sings on the carefree “Livin’ It Up,” which may or may not be from the upcoming One Woman Army. But that doesn’t seem to keep to CiCi down as she sings about her new-found P.M.A. over sprightly synthesizers. You have reason to be cheery, too — it’s a free download over at Cosmo, along with tracks by Karmin, Cher Lloyd and Paloma Faith. Hear it here.

Melanie C featuring Emma Bunton — “I Know Him so Well”
If a Spice Girls reunion is what you want, what you really really want, feel free to hold your breath. But in the meantime, you can hear two of the girls’ voices become one right now: Melanie C (Sporty) and Emma Bunton (Baby) spice up a cover of “I Know Him So Well,” a song from the musical Chess, written by ABBA’s Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus. Listen here.

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Madonna concert in Russia threatened, U.S. Embassy responds

Madonna has made a career out of pushing buttons and poking at hornets’ nests, but her latest piece of controversy goes far beyond flashing her naughty bits, mucking with Nazi imagery, or deflecting catty barbs from Elton John.

In the wake of Madonna’s support for imprisoned Russian punk band Pussy Riot (who are currently on trial for staging a protest and criticizing Vladimir Putin), the U.S. Embassy in Russia has encouraged fans attending Thursday’s show in St. Petersberg to be extra vigilant and alert following credible threats of violence. READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey is 'Triumphant' in her return: Hear a snippet of the new single

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So, things had been pretty quiet in Mariah-land recently, with the R&B diva understandably devoting much of her attention to the endless responsibilities thrust upon her as a new mother toridiculously good-looking twins.

But a quiet spring and summer look to be making way for a fall and winter filled with Mimi. On the heels of signing a whopping $18 million deal to join the judges’ panel of American Idol (more toys for #DemBabies–rejoice, everyone!), Carey has announced the release of her first new single in more than two years, “Triumphant (Get ‘Em).”

The track, which will serve as the lead single for her upcoming 14th studio album, is scheduled to hit the radio sometime today and will premiere on her website at  3:45 pm (ET). Tweeted Mariah about the Rick Ross and Meek Mill assisted tune, “I wrote TRIUMPHANT when I was going through a difficult time & it helped me get through it.  When u hear it, pay attention 2 the lyrics #WIN.”

Well, then–perk those ears up, people, as you listen to a 30 second preview of the song below. Any super-skilled listeners out there hear a grunt from you-know-who at the end?!

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Yes, Spice Girls are reuniting for the Olympics

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want: a Spice Girls reunion!

Thankfully, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will feature just that. According to the always-excited British press, the ’90s group’s five ladies — including the reportedly reluctant Victoria Beckham — have “signed on the dotted line” to perform as one sexy unit again at the Aug. 12 closing ceremony.

The band’s first reunion since 2008 was once rumored to be in the cards for 2010′s FIFA World Cup, but it hasn’t happened for the quintet — made up of Beckham (the singer-turned-fashion director known as Posh Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) — until now.  READ FULL STORY

Best news of the day! Pink releases new single 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)': Listen here

EW fave pop singer Pink hasn’t released a new song since last December, when she offered up the dead-on-arrival “Bridge of Light” for the Happy Feet Two soundtrack. The song went nowhere in the U.S., despite randomly hitting the Top 10 in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

For all intents and purposes, Pink hasn’t really released anything much of note in the music realm since she dropped “F—in’ Perfect” back in December 2010. It should be noted, of course, that she’s probably been rather busy with caring for her first kid with husband Cary Hart, daughter Willow Sage Hart, who was born last June. But in good news for all the Pink fans out there salivating for some new tunes from her: She has returned! And in fine form, with the feisty, upbeat single, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” which is cheeky from the get-go when you consider that title.

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'Sparkle' soundtrack listing: Whitney Houston's final recordings coming July 31

When Whitney Houston passed away on February 11, there were rumors that she had been working on new music for her own solo album. Since it seems as though said rumors are little more than hopeful speculation, for now we can only assume that the tracks recorded for the upcoming soundtrack to Sparkle will be her last recordings.

The soundtrack listing to Sparkle, which comes out on July 31 in advance of the film’s August 17 theatrical release date, features a total of 11 tracks, including a pair of Houston songs (the solo track “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” and the Jordin Sparks duet “Celebrate”) and a total of seven contributions from Sparks.

Check out the entirety of the soundtrack listing below.  READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga debuts 'Princess Die' -- VIDEO

Feel like it’s been a while since Lady Gaga did something mildly shocking? Indeed, she’s overdue!

She remedied that last night in Melbourne, Australia, where she debuted her new song “Princess Die,” which she said “may or may not be on her next album.”

With its title and suicide-centric lyrics, it’s a doozy. Take a listen to it below:

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The Spice Girls appear all in one place for the first time in four years

There was a time when the Spice Girls were inseparable. When they were busy spicing up our lives and encouraging everybody to zig-a-zig-ah, they always rolled as a unit. Then the individual members started breaking off to focus on solo careers and marrying soccer players, and eventually seeing the Spice Girls all together in one place became rarer and rarer.

Like Haley’s Comet, they’re back, though not under the oft-rumored context of another proper reunion. Rather, the five members of the group—Melanie Brown (Scary), Emma Bunton (Baby), Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger)—got together to celebrate Viva Forever, a musical based around the Girls’ music that opens on December 11 in London. They were last seen together taking a final bow on stage at the conclusion of their 2008 reunion tour, and there was a great deal of doubt that the entire team would be present for the opening of the show. But Beckham relented, and the Spice Girls all posed for photos.

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John Mayer on being the subject of Taylor Swift's 'Dear John': 'It's cheap songwriting'

John Mayer’s throat woes may keep him from singing, but it seems nothing can stop him from talking.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the reformed playboy went public with his feelings toward the Taylor Swift Speak Now track “Dear John,” a song-letter Swift wrote for the older singer, following their brief (and apparently not awesome) love affair.

“It made me feel terrible,” Mayer said of the song. “Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that.

“It was a really lousy thing for her to do,” continued the man who used to throw impromptu press conferences in order to speak publicly about ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston.

As for Swift, she’s previously said that the song “is sort of like the last email you would ever send to someone that you used to be in a relationship with.”

But Mayer would’ve rather dealt with this through his inbox. “I never got an email,” he said. “I never got a phone call. I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down.

Added Mayer, “I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?”

He also had some choice words for the song itself: “I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting. I know she’s the biggest thing in the world, and I’m not trying to sink anybody’s ship, but I think it’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!’ That’s bulls—.”

Okay! So, before we all take sides, let’s give the Swift song in question another listen to hear the other side of the story:

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Madonna offends French political leader with swastika imagery

Did you think Madonna, the 53-year-old grand dame of pop, had officially left scandalous concert headlines to the youngsters?

Think again. During a tour stop in Tel Aviv last Thursday, a video montage projected during “Nobody Knows Me,” an album track from 2003′s American Life, includes an image of French political leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika emblazoned on her forehead (which, in 2012, is sort of the equivalent of flashing your middle finger at the largest television audience in history). Le Pen has not taken kindly to the association, and has threatened legal action against the Material Girl.

Check out video of the montage below.

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