Watch Paloma Faith talk about singing with Shirley Bassey

Dame Shirley Bassey has premiered an in-depth video exclusively on Digital Spy.

The clip features Paloma Faith and Stuart Barr talking about working with Bassey on her forthcoming album Hello Like Before.

The new album celebrates Bassey’s favourite songs of the 20th century and sees her put her own stamp on Sting’s ‘Englishman in New York’ and Frank Sinatra’s ‘It Was a Very Good Year’.

Faith has dueted with Bassey for a rendition of ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’.

“When I was 17 I was too young to do this song, and when I was 21, and 35… I’ve waited all these years to do it,” Bassey said of the Sinatra classic.

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Iggy Azalea teams up with MØ on “Beg For It” — listen

As previously reported, Iggy Azalea‘s next release will be Reclassified, a deluxe reissue of her debut album, The New Classic, packaged with five brand new songs. Of those tracks, we’ve already heard the boisterous “Iggy SZN”, and today the Aussie rapper teams up with Danish pop singer MØ on one of the album’s three duets, “Beg For It”.

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Chris Brown Shows Up in Court for Progress Hearing

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With the release of the long-delayed ‘X’ behind him, Chris Brown is looking forward to his upcoming tour with Trey Songz. The singer is going to be busy, but that doesn’t mean his legal dilemmas are behind him.

Brown is still tasked with doing community service for assaulting Rihanna in 2009. The ‘New Flame’ crooner went to a court hearing on Thursday (Oct. 23) for a progress report. His community labor was upped to four days a week in order for him to complete his time by January 2015, according to TMZ. This might make it rough for Brown to rehearse for the tour.

The good news for the 25-year-old is that his therapist put in a good word for him in front of the judge, saying he’s been following his “medication management” and making progress. However, the judge did note that Brown caught a speeding ticket, which violates probation.

Dates for the tour starring Brown and Songz have not been revealed yet.

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Taylor Swift 1989 album review: “Lighter, catchier and more calculated”

Released on Monday, Oct 27 2014

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Billed variously as a reinvention, a rebirth and a career-redefining break from her country roots, Taylor Swift‘s 1989 is a risky prospect in a year where album sales are already at a record low.

While reports of the album’s pop focus were not exaggerated – there’s barely a guitar to be heard among its 13 tracks – die-hard Swifties will be relieved to find that there are clear links back to her earthy ballads of old, with several tracks functioning almost as sequels to earlier songs. Swift has dubbed 1989 less boy-centric than her previous work, but there’s no doubt that romance is still the primary focus.

What’s changed is her tone – in place of idealism and earnest heartache there is bite, and sass, and a savagely clear-eyed view of relationships that borders on fatalism. In ‘Out of the Woods’, the track that became a fan favourite upon its pre-release earlier this month, Swift sings: “We moved the furniture so we could dance / Baby, like we stood a chance”, and this same sense of dread pervades every lyric about love.

One of Swift’s earliest hits was the Romeo and Juliet-inflected ‘Love Story’, which described a fraught young romance that survives despite everything stacked against it. Here there’s the similarly sweeping ‘Wildest Dreams’, an echoing epic-scale ballad with a drumbeat like a heartbeat, in which the same type of star-crossed affair is doomed from the outset and Swift asks only that the handsome-as-hell guy remember her after it ends.

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Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer to play American Music Awards

Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will perform at the American Music Awards.

The two nominees will take to the stage along with Mary J Blige at the November ceremony, dick clark productions has announced.

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Premiere: Watch Kiesza’s lyric video for new single ‘No Enemiesz’

Kiesza has premiered her new lyric video exclusively on Digital Spy.

‘No Enemiesz’ is the latest cut from the singer’s forthcoming album Sound of a Woman.

Sound of a Woman will be released in the UK on December 1.

The record was produced by Kiesza herself as well as long-term collaborator Rami Samir Afuni, and was recorded in Manhattan.

‘No Enemiesz’ follows on from top ten hits ‘Hideaway’ and ‘Giant in My Heart’.

The new single is out on November 24.

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Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick shares new Les Sins song “Talk About” — listen

Although Chaz Bundick has mostly been associated with his Toro Y Moi project, 2014 looks to be the year of his dance music alter ego, Les Sins. On November 4th, Bundick will release Michael, his debut album under the new moniker via Carpark Records imprint Company Records. In anticipation, he’s revealed a throbbing house jam called “Talk About”. Amidst the colorful beats, there are bits of what sounds like random interview outtakes and a looped sample of a rapper recounting a shooting incident.

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