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


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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Leona Lewis may or may not have stolen her new single 'Collide': Listen here and decide

Leona Lewis has had a hard time trying to get back to the Oprah-approved level of success she attained with her smash single “Bleeding Love” a few years back, and her latest single “Collide” isn’t going to do her any favors.

For one thing, it is not awesome: EW’s Tim Stack declared it “a misguided dip into dance-pop” that “lands with a major thud” in his review of the track, which appears in the forthcoming issue of the magazine. (In other words, it’s no “Buffalo Stance.”)

But the other thing that may stand in her way is the fact that she has been accused of stealing the track wholesale from dance artist Avicii. They have had a track called “Penguin” that has been circulating for a few months, and Lewis’ “Collide” is little more than her singing over their track. READ FULL STORY

All-star Japan Relief album on iTunes now: Madonna, Gaga, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Eminem, U2, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, and more contribute 38 hits to $9.99 comp

Dozens of the world’s best-known recording artists have come together for a digital-only album—downloadable today on iTunes for $9.99—with 100% of profits dedicated to relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Japan. (To preview or purchase, click here.)

Songs for Japan features 38 tracks, the majority of them well-known hits, from a remastered version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” to Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” and Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.”

Find a full tracklisting after the jump: READ FULL STORY

'Sex and the City 2': Listen to the new single from Jennifer Hudson and Leona Lewis

Jennifer Hudson and Leona Lewis declare that “Love is Your Color” on their single from the Sex and the City 2 soundtrack, which has now been released to the Internet. I thought anyone who was anyone was going to be seen in mauve polka dots this summer. But then, I’m more likely to be found reading Fangoria than the fashion mags.

I can say with a tad more authority that “Love is Your Color” is a big ballad that showcases the two stars’ respective talents, even if does at times sound not unlike another, similarly-titled, song by a certain Celebrity Apprentice contestant.

Check out the track after the break and see if you agree.

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'Sex and the City 2' soundtrack: Meet your divas

Alicia-Keys-Jennifer-HudsonImage Credit: Alicia Keys: Dave Hogan/Getty Images; Jennifer Hudson: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImageCarrie, Miranda, Samantha, Charlotte: say hello to Alicia, Leona, Jennifer and Liza.

As in Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, and Liza Minelli —all slated to appear on the soundtrack for May’s gyno-magical Sex & the City 2. Marc Malkin of E! Online reports that Keys will cover Blondie’s 1980 hit “Rapture,” as a mash-up with the original SATC theme song.

Hudson won’t be back to reprise her role in the first big-screen adaptation of the series; instead, she’ll duet with Lewis on an original ballad, “Love Is Your Color.” Minnelli, already slated for a wedding-scene cameo in the film, will make like a certain other squeakquel and take on Beyonce’s deathless “Single Ladies,” as well as the Cole Porter standard “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.”

The full soundtrack, due May 25, will also reportedly feature contributions from Dido and Cee Lo. So tell us what you think, readers—more potential here than the musical material lassoed for Sex 1.0? (Granted, the bar set by Fergie’s pop-poopsicle “Labels or Love” is not high.) Or—she couldn’t help but wonder—is something missing?

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Cotton lovers Leona Lewis and Colbie Caillat: Yay or nay?

leona-Colbie-CaillatI always thought the fabric of my life was a nice pore-smothering poly-blend, but for smiley songbirds Leona Lewis and Colbie Caillat, it is clearly cotton.

In new ads debuted this week, both wax rhapsodic over the touch, the feel, of Gossypium hirsutum. (Because you know what else is made of cotton? This stuff.)

How do they compare to last year’s trilling textile testimonials from actress/indie-pop kewpie Zooey Deschanel and country peach Miranda Lambert? Let’s look after the jump:


'Everybody Hurts': the new video for Simon Cowell's Haiti-relief song will make you cry

Last week, dozens of bold-faced names gathered to sing a new edition of “We Are the World,” but the music industry’s outpouring of support for the devastation in Haiti doesn’t stop there. The star-studded, Simon Cowell-produced remake of the R.E.M. classic, “Everybody Hurts,” hit U.K. radio last week. The song is melancholy and inspiring, especially considering the contributions from such folks as diverse as Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Susan Boyle, Rod Stewart, and Jon Bon Jovi. But it’s the recently released video, which is filled with tragic images from the mess in Haiti, that will get your waterworks really going:

How many times during that six minutes did you whip out your cell phone and text $10 for Haitian relief? Yah, that’s what I thought. I can’t wait to see my cell phone bill this month.

But, Music Mixers, what are you thinking of this R.E.M. remake? Are does it move you to give? Buy? Do you think that this is better than the forthcoming “We Are the World” remake will be?

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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Simon Cowell plans all-star Haiti benefit single

Who says Simon Cowell’s an icy-veined grouch? The English impresario has announced plans to put together an all-star charity single to raise funds for the suffering people of Haiti. Details beyond that are scarce: According to a gossipy report in U.K. tabloid The Sun, Cowell protegées Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis have already signed on to the project, but those artists’ reps could not confirm this when contacted by the Music Mix. And it’s unclear what song they’d be singing.

So let the speculation begin: Which artists would you like to hear on a Cowell-orchestrated Haiti benefit single, and what would you have them sing? Suggest away in the comments, below.

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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'Avatar' theme song: Does Leona Lewis' track sound just a touch too much like 'My Heart Will Go On'?

I’m old enough to remember a time when James Cameron made Guns N’ Roses-assisted movies about killer cyborgs (see video at bottom). These days he seems to be all about love stories and big ballads. You may recall that, for Titanic, the auteur recruited Celine Dion to sing a little ditty called “My Heart Will Go On.” And now Brit songbird Leona Lewis has provided some similarly big-lunged balladeering for his forthcoming sci fi extravaganza Avatar in the form of “I See You,” which you can hear below.

Actually, to my ears, it sounds at times like Lewis is going to break into “My Heart Will Go On.” Give “I See You” a listen, and see if you agree.

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Movie theme songs: What are the best and worst of all time?

The BBC reports today that Leona Lewis has been tapped to sing the theme song to James Cameron’s upcoming I-see-blue-people sci-fi epic Avatar, with the help of James Horner and Simon Franglen, the team who blessed/bedeviled the world with Celine Dion’s deathless chest-pounder “My Heart Will Go On” for Cameron’s Titanic back in 1997.

While Lewis prepares to bust her wing span on whatever the outer-space equivalent is of a ship’s prow, we’re compelled to take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly in movie theme songs, including—cue coyote flute— soundtrack king Ennio Morricone’s actual theme song for the 1966 Clint Eastwood spaghetti-western classic The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

There’s great schlock (Whitney’s Bodyguard epic “I Will Always Love You”; Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds,” for the 1984 movie of the same name; Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’ Dirty Dancing duet, “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life”;), and schlock schlock (Aerosmith’s execrable Armageddon smash “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” Bryan Adams’ Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves mom-slayer “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”). READ FULL STORY

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