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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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Nelly Furtado debuts 'Spirit Indestructible' -- Hear it here

Nelly Furtado’s stance on hoop earrings is obviously the bigger, the better, but does the same hold true for her latest pop hook?

The answer is, well, yes. Furtado premiered her upcoming album’s title track, “Spirit Indestructible,” and the song has a chorus as epic and uplifting as you’d expect with a new-age title like that. The accompanying lyric video also features footage of a disabled mountain climber scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, in case your day was lacking inspiration.

The rest of the song, however, is a Frankenstein of musical styles. The opening keyboard recalls the intro to Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night,” and the Timbaland-esque beat that kicks in later sounds like a rhythmic repeat of their 2006 hit “Promiscuous” — except it’s not Timbaland behind the boards, it’s actually producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Now throw in a vowel-chanting breakdown, a cinematic war cry of a bridge, and some guitar for the heck of it? Woah, Nelly. That’s a lot of song you’ve got there.

Furtado turned heads when she swapped her folksy pop sound for sexier jams with 2006’s Loose, but she has always been a hip-hop fan — she joined Missy Elliott for a remix of “Get Ur Freak On” more than a decade ago. Still, Furtado’s new material is her best shot at uniting any fans torn between two Nellys. The Spirit Indestructible‘s first single “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)” may have been about going to the club, but Furtado has said it was written from the perspective of her teenage self, who just wants to express herself (no sex, guys!) and rock backpacks and bell-bottoms (like these?) when she goes out.

Readers, what do you think of the new Nelly? Do you like the direction she’s going in, or do you wish she were still like a bird?

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2012 Billboard Music Awards: 20 essential takeaways from the show

Like most music awards shows, the Billboard Music Awards are so not about the statuettes that are doled out. The show — which aired live last night on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel, with hosts, Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — is typically more about everything but the awards: performances, tributes, collaborations, and other sundry craziness.

Hell, even the fashion — hello to Miley Cyrus’ barely-there suit jacket — is more important than the prizes! And that was no different this year. Just a handful of the 46 awards were actually given out during the show (LMFAO dominated), which was jolted to life with performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Linkin Park; tributes to Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, and Stevie Wonder; a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys; and a heartfelt speech by Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Here are 20 essential takeaways from the evening:


New songs from Nelly Furtado, the Walkmen, Hot Chip, and more make our weekly Spotify playlist

There are a lot of good names in our Spotify playlist this week. Some are short (like Stalley and Sia), others are medium sized (think Nelly Furtado and Rufus Wainwright), and one’s even three words long (we see you, Lisa Marie Presley!). The main thing, though, is that all those names all have new songs worthy of your attention.

In addition to those guys, the full playlist below will treat your earbuds to the latest tracks from the likes of the Walkmen, B.o.B., Soundgarden, Miniature Tigers, Hacienda, David Guetta, Hot Chip, and more. Give it a whirl, Earl!


K'Naan and Nelly Furtado's 'Is Anybody Out There' video looks lovely, tells a shoddy story: Watch it here!

Like Katy Perry’s “Firework” or Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” K’Naan’s new single “Is Anybody Out There” has a love-yourself, screw-the-haters message.

It made sense, then, that K’Naan, Furtado, and director Chris Robinson (Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life,” Jay-Z’s “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”) would tell an “It Gets Better”-style story in the video for the track, which just premiered today. Give it a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Juan Luis Guerra, Camila, Nelly Furtado win Latin Grammys

latin-grammy-swimmersImage Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Latin Grammys were held Thursday in Las Vegas, and Dominican merengue star Juan Luis Guerra and Mexican pop trio Camila were the big winners. See a list of major categories below. Guerra opened the show with a performance that included synchronized swimmers (pictured) and trumpet player Chris Botti. Camila also took advantage of the pool built-in to the stage to add some drama to an aeriel act. Watch those performances after the jump, along with Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias (who was joined by a marching band), and Nelly Furtado (who won Best Female Pop Vocal Album).  READ FULL STORY

Timbaland on Miley Cyrus: She's the next Justin Timberlake

timbaland_lMega-producer Timbaland will release Shock Value II, the anticipated sequel to his 2007 album, on Dec. 8th, and he’s assembled another impressive roster of guest-stars, including Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus. EW recently spoke with the producer, who had nothing but praise for the young Disney star and predicts she’ll grow into an adult superstar. “Man, she’s gonna be like Justin [Timberlake],” says Timbaland. “She comes from that same musical background, where she’s just got it. Her voice is just there. The best way to put it is she’s special. When I worked with her, I was very impressed. I was like, ‘Whoa.’”

While Timberlake and Timbaland do collaborate on Shock Value II, don’t expect a follow-up to FutureSex/LoveSounds anytime soon. Says Timbaland, “I can’t really speak on [Justin’s] behalf, but we’re not really in that frame of mind right now. I’ll be honest with you, that’s the album that I’m scared if I can top it.”

Check out the Shock Value II‘s first single, “Morning After Dark”, featuring Nelly Furtado and SoShy, below.

Do you think Miley is the next Justin, Music Mix-ers? What do you think of Timbaland’s new single? Will you buy Shock Value II?

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

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Nelly Furtado talks about her new album and reteaming with Timbaland

Nelly-Furtado_lCanadian pop pixie Nelly Furtado dropped by the Music Mix offices yesterday to tell us about her new album, Mi Plan, which hits stores September 15 and is the follow-up to 2006’s hugely successful, Timbaland-produced Loose. Was she looking muy bien? Yes she was. Does that exhaust my knowledge of Spanish? Shamefully, it does. But Furtado is rather more fluent in that particular tongue. Indeed, Mi Plan is a Spanish-language CD on which Furtado collaborates with a number of Latin musicians, including Colombian rocker Juanes and the Cuban singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, as well as the rather more Anglo-ish Josh Groban. “I feel like a new artist,” Furtado says of her new direction. “It’s so cool. Like: ‘Rewind! Rewind selecta!'”

After the jump, the singer reveals all about Mi Plan, her recent sessions with Timbaland, and how Groban came to be the CD’s “token gringo.”


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