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Rihanna has proven to be one of the most versatile artists at the moment, working with Drake and giving him his 3rd consecutive multi-platinum hit with Work, which topped the charts for well over two MONTHS.

Drake isn’t the only person Rihanna is contributing hits to.

Back for a chance of a repeated success is none other than the highest paid DJ in the world, Calvin Harris.

Rihanna and Calvin Harris both scored their biggest hit in their respective careers ever when We Found Love hit #1 and went an astounding 9X Platinum in the US, changing Calvin’s life forever and adding another #1 to Rih’s books.

Back at it again, Calvin Harris has released what it seems like the lead single off his album, This Is What You Came For.

The single cover was released by girlfriend Taylor Swift with a bomber jacket and it premiered a couple of weeks later, the same day another Rihanna x Drake song was released (Too Good off Drake’s Views album).

The song sounds nothing like WFL so don’t worry about another Problem / Focus fiasco, and it’s definitely club ready without any of those huge beat drops that have seemed to died off somewhere in 2013.

Listen to This Is What You Came For below before it hits #1 worldwide!

Photo Credit: Calvin Harris, Billboard

Ariana Grande has done it again.

The starlet, who has recently stunned us with her impressive laugh-out-loud Saturday Night Live performance, has graced Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show and oh boy, the results are incredible. (We know which career path Ariana'll take if she ever decides to retire from singing.)

Fallon's signature installment is the Lip Sync Battle, but what's even better is the Lip Sync Conversation. And Ariana Grande just brings the entire skit up to another notch, all thanks to her comedic bone.

The skit is flawless, set in Ariana's dressing room, with the pair nonchalantly throwing out songs like Queen Bey's Sandcastles, 4 Non Blondes' What's Up and Bebe Rexha and G-Eazy's Me Myself and I. 

It's already been less than three days but the sketch already garnered 1.8m hits! 

Check it out below:

 

Photo credit: The Voice

Charli XCX has recently launched her new label, Vroom Vroom Recordings, an experimental pop label that will combine Charli’s love for bubblegum pop with mystery and darkness.

Appropriately, the first album released off her label is none other than the Vroom Vroom EP, a dark, twisted, pop record produced with the help of up-and-coming musician SOPHIE.

The title track features XCX alternating between silhouettes and latex. Watch it without sound and it looks like an abstract video at the art gallery. Sonically, it sounds like nothing Charli has ever done before and if this is the future for her music, I’m all here for it.

The unique Japanese electronic sound of the 12-minute EP simply proved to us that the Charli-SOPHIE combo is potent, deadly and definitely about to take the US by storm when the time comes.

On top of all that, Charlotte was also recently tasked to introduce The Powerpuff Girls to a whole new generation of kids, which have finally returned to Cartoon Network after more than a decade off air.

Talk about having a great start to 2016 for the young pop star.

Check out the sleek new video for Vroom Vroom below!

Photo Credit: NME, Rolling Stone, Vroom Vroom Recordings. Tumblr

It probably comes as no surprise that Love Yourself, the Top 40 earworm by Canadian megastar Justin Bieber has been covered extensively by other musicians.

Aside from being fodder for the usual suspects on YouTube, it has already received a sobering treatment by The Feeling collaborator Halsey and a soulful 90s throwback by Craig David.

So what could The Maine, a relatively nondescript band from Arizona, possibly bring to the already cluttered table?

Well, they’ve got mad love for the Biebs for starters.   

Unbeknownst to the Mainstream however, this is not the quintet’s first rodeo. Making contributions to Fearless Records’ Punk Goes series, the band first gained notoriety in 2008 for a crisp cover of Akon’s I Wanna Love You and more recently, teamed up with Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara for a remake of the Cyndi Lauper classic, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

In other words, The Maine’s quite proficient at putting a new spin on anything, so much so that they have a (second) covers EP containing the aforementioned Bieber jam.

The result? A moody take on an otherwise dismissive song. With the whole band in attendance, Love Me is a breath of airy disappointment; a sigh, if you will, that highlights dejection rather than derision. Led by John O’Callaghan’s raspy meandering and an ambient Jared Monaco in the background (I’m Sorry keeps coming to mind), this cover will definitely tickle your fancy if you’re a sucker for sad songs.

Perhaps to further drive home Bieber’s message for self-love, O’Callaghan is seen diligently reading Nietzsche. Because what could be more uplifting than learning more about the history of the tragic form am I right?

To beliebe or not to beliebe is not the question here because no one can deny the quality of Sir Justin's tune. We haven't fully converted to the church of Bieber just yet, but we decided to try our hand at covering this religious hymn.”

Photo credit: Cole Kiburz

I’ve got to be honest. I’m instantly endeared by anything that has to do about the mystical creature that is Grimes.

The 28-year-old all-round artist paid BBC Radio 1 a little treat as she performed Flesh Without Blood, REALiti, and an eerie cover of Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria.

Together with her fellow artist and dear friend, HANA, Grimes talked about pushing through live shows despite a cold, which she referred to as  mild health issue.

The two further discussed and giggled about their “fan shortage” in the UK and being a “girl gang of fun.”

I don’t know about you, but listening to these two ladies become deeply immersed in a passionate conversation about their art is truly inspiring. (On a side note, you can follow their combined Instagram account here.)

 

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Photo credit: BBC Radio 1