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Sam Smith concert special, "The Thrill of It All Live," debuts on Apple Music

Ruven AfanadorReady to be thrilled by Sam Smith in concert? Apple Music has released an intimate concert special called The Thrill of It All Live, featuring Sam’s recent London gig celebrating the release of his sophomore album.

The concert features Sam performing his new hits, like “Too Good at Goodbyes,” with the backing of a choir. He also performs some of his old favorites and puts a new spin on his 2013 song with Disclosure, “Latch.”

Last month, Apple Music aired a short film chronicling the making of Sam’s album, titled On the Record: Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All. It featured behind-the-scenes footage, along with interviews from Sam.

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The Beautiful & Damned & Fashionable: G-Eazy teams with H&M for new clothing collection

Courtesy H&MG-Eazy's always been fashion forward, but now he'll get a chance to share his style with fans.  His new collection for H&M, called The G-Eazy X H&M collection, arrives March 1 online and in stores worldwide.

The rapper says he was "honored" that H&M wanted to work with him, noting, "I loved what they did with The Weeknd...I just think they represent a very tasteful approach to fashion at an affordable mass-level, and I really respect it.”

He adds that the collection is "such a cool opportunity" and "a way to take my taste and style and inspirations and turn that into clothes that are accessible on such an enormous scale.”

But the "No Limits" rapper admits that it took him a while to develop his own style.

"When I was a kid, I dressed up as Batman almost every single day," he recalls. "When I was growing up as a teenager, the clothes were a lot baggier then, and I cringe when I see some of the pictures, but those were the times. I was always in tune with whatever inspired me at that time.” 

He says today, his three fashion necessities are "a great leather jacket," "black skinny jeans" and "a good pair of boots."

The rapper's clothing line will feature tailored streetwear in checks and vivid color.

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Justin Timberlake welcomes Will Smith to Instagram, Will responds with Nipplegate joke

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTVIt's hard to believe that Will Smith hasn't been on Instagram before this week, but after just 24 hours, he already has 1.8 million followers.  One of the stars who welcomed him to the social media platform is his old friend Justin Timberlake.

On Thursday, JT posted a photo of himself and Will having a conversation in the audience of some awards show or another.  He captioned it, "Welcome to Instagram @willsmith. This is called a #TBT. Which means Throwback Thursday. Which is a photo you post on Thursdays that you like, that was taken in the past."

"I like this photo because it’s a photo of you and me," JT continued. "And we look like we are having a serious conversation about something very important. And that makes me feel important."

Will responded by posting a video in which he thanked Justin for the "brief education," but noted, "Man, I know what Throwback Thursday is!  I ain't been in a hole, y'know!"

Then Will started busting Justin's chops. 

"Oh, and I heard you're doing the Super Bowl. So I wanted to help you out," he said. "Like, just, the things to avoid, at the Super Bowl is like....just, like, avoid that."  He then showed a close up of his nipple, in reference to Justin's infamous performance with Janet Jackson in 2004.

He then laughed maniacally and said, "I'm stupid. You da man. I love you!"

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Joe Jonas says we can expect new DNCE music "in the next six months"

ABC/Rick RowellAfter a whirlwind year that included getting engaged to Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and touring with Bruno Mars, Joe Jonas says he’s ready to release new music with DNCE next year.

His eventful 2017 has left him more inspired than ever.

“It seems like any day off that I have in the last six or seven months, I’ve been in the studio,” he tells People. “I’ve been really inspired currently and we’ve been developing a growth of sound for us.”

He adds, “I would say for sure in the next six months you’ll hear something new from us.”

In the meantime he’ll be enjoying the holidays with his new fiancée.

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"Susie ain't your friend": Michael Jackson's "Blood on the Dance Floor" gets new short film treatment

Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesMichael Jackson's iconic short film for his hit song "Blood on the Dance Floor" has been revamped for 2017. 

A new short film called Blood on the Dance Floor 2017 combines footage from the late legend's original visual, which was released in 1997, with new footage featuring the cast of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque Du Soleil

Each year, the famed entertainment company presents a one-time-only performance set to Michael's "Blood on the Dance Floor" track, in tribute to the King of Pop's birthday.  

"Blood on the Dance Floor" comes from Jackson's 1997 remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix

You can watch the new "Blood on the Dance Floor" short film now on Vevo

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Blood On The Dance Floor 2017 (Official Video) by Michael Jackson on VEVO.

 


"The Voice" season 13 finale to feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Sia & more

Frederick Brown/NBCThe Voice season 13 finale is shaping up to be a star-studded event.

Kelly Clarkson, who will join the show as a coach next season, will deliver a debut TV performance of her song “Medicine” on Tuesday’s two-hour live finale. Demi Lovato, Charlie Puth and Sia will also be taking the stage.

Demi will be performing “Tell Me You Love Me,” Charlie Puth will be singing “How Long” and Sia will be performing her song “Snowman” off her first holiday album, Everyday Is Christmas.

Sia, Bebe Rexha, Bastille, Jessie J and more will also be participating in musical collaborations with the top 8 finalists.

Alicia Keys, who will be returning to The Voice as coach next season, will make an appearance to introduce last season’s winner, Chris Blue, who will perform his new single, “Blue Blood Blues.”

The episode airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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This "River" is dark: Hear Ed Sheeran's duet with his idol Eminem

Greg WilliamsEminem's new album Revival is out now, and it features "River," the rapper's collaboration with Ed Sheeran.  Ed has called the collabo the highlight of his career, as Eminem has been one of his idols for years.

Ed sings the hook on the song, which goes, "I've been a liar, been a thief/Been a lover, been a cheat/All my sins need holy water/Feel it washing over me/Oh, little one, I don't wanna admit to something/If all it's gonna cause is pain/Truth in my lies right now are falling like the rain/So let the river run."

The lyrics on the track are quite dark and unexpected.  Eminem tells the story of a woman who, upset that her boyfriend cheated on her, tries to get back at him by cheating with the rapper.  When the boyfriend finds out, he dumps her, and at the same time, Eminem loses interest in the girl.  Unfortunately, she's now carrying his baby, but he makes her terminate the pregnancy.

Em raps, "Detergent and bleach is burning the wound/'Cause now with her in the womb/We can't bring her in this world, shoulda knew/To use protection 'fore I bit into your forbidden fruit."

Ed recently told Billboard that he recorded his part of "River" at his friend Russell Crowe's house in Australia, after Eminem's manager asked for ideas in March of 2016.  He didn't hear anything else about it until May of 2017, when he was told that the song was completed.

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