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!! OMG, new Jennifer Hudson album: ‘I Remember Me’ !!

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Jennifer Hudson releases her sophomore album I Remember Me today!
Coinciding with the album release, Jennifer appeared on “Good Morning America” yesterday morning to perform “Where You At,” the first single off the album, as well as “Believe.”
Watch those performances after the jump!

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!! R.I.P. disco icon Loleatta Holloway !!

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Dance music fans are waking up today to the sad news that soul and disco singer Loleatta Holloway died on Monday following a short illness. NME.com reports that her manager Ron Richardson confirmed the news last night. She was 64 years old.
In the 1970s, Holloway’s uplifting voice ascended the dance charts thanks to hits like “Dreaming”, “Hit and Run” and “Love Sensation” (above). A decade later her voice was all over the radio again when Euro group Black Box sampled “Love Sensation” for their smash hit “Ride On Time”, though they failed to credit Holloway. She later sued the band and won. Children of the ’80s and early ’90s should also remember Holloway’s vocals from Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s inescapable 1991 hit “Good Vibrations” — her first and only number one on the Billboard Hot 100. More recently, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys sampled her song “We’re Getting Stronger” for Whitney Houston’s “Million Dollar Bill”.
Head over to Twitter for tributes from fans, DJs and performers like Boy George and Giles Peterson.

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!! OMG, today in Rebecca Black news !!


Rebecca Black performed Friday on ABC News acoustically, which somehow makes the song sound more serious…which of course it isn’t.
Ryan James Yezak (creator of California Gays) delivered his Gays of the Week Monday video blog as Rebecca Black. He doesn’t look remotely like her, and it’s terrifying.

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!! OMG, she covered Depeche Mode’s “Strangelove”: Bat For Lashes !!

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Somehow news of Bat For Lashes covering Depeche Mode’s “Strangelove” managed completely bypass my social network. Thank god for old fashioned mediums like satellite radio and word-of-mouth otherwise I would not have known that The Befeathered One Natasha Khan had recorded a version of the new wave hit for a Gucci Guilty ad campaign. Worse, I might not have even known that the fragrance Gucci Guilty even existed! (So much for luxury brands attempting to attract customers online.)
Anyway, as far as cover versions go this sounds almost identical to the original but with a live arrangement and signature BFL harpsichord. So it feels a bit meh but still worth copping if you’re a fan, especially as Gucci is giving it away for free and with no-strings attached (i.e. no email sign-up required) via YouTube . You’ve nothing to lose but 4.53 MB of space on your hard drive.

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!! OMG, I want it now: Björk’s app album !!

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Are apps the new albums? We’ll find out this summer when Björk brings her multimedia extravaganza Biophilia to the stage for a six-night residency at the Manchester International Festival.
At the shows, the singer will perform songs from her forthcoming seventh studio LP — also called Biophilia — which she partially recorded on an Apple iPad and plans to release as a series of apps. According to Dazed Digital, the show will “explore ideas like how sound works, the infinite expanse of the universe, from planetary systems to atomic structures” and encompass installations, the Internet and of course, apps. Björk has also created a series of bespoke instruments especially for the project, including a digitally-controlled pipe organ; a 30 foot pendulum that harnesses the earth’s gravitational pull to create musical patterns(!), a gamelan-celeste hybrid and a one-off pin barrel harp.
Sounds fun, educational and difficult to bootleg. Will the app-o-sphere ever be the same?
Following the Manchester International Festival residency, the show will tour to other cities. Check out Björk’s summer dates and a Biophilia track that was included in the Solar System iPad app after the jump.

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