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We're Feeling Good About Lauryn Hill's Nina Simone Cover! Listen HERE!

| Filed under: Music MinuteUsherLauryn HillMary J. BligeCommon

Listen to Lauryn Hill flawlessly cover Nina Simone's 'Feeling Good'.

Nina Simone's classic song Feeling Good has been covered too many times to count.

Whether by hopeful reality competition contestants, or celebs who've already made names for themselves, many of these renditions have been great. But none of them have ever really been able to capture the same tone and feeling of the late great singer.

That is, until Lauryn Hill.

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The 40-year-old musician covered the iconic track as a part of an upcoming tribute album entitled Nina Revisited.

Her voice just glides effortlessly over the notes, but the emotion in her words is totally tangible! And when she lets loose with the riffs, you can really tell the feeling is genuine, rather than just an effort to sound pretty or precisely mimic Nina's notes.

Ch-ch-check out her FAB version (below)!

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Justin Bieber & Usher Are Still Battling A $10 Million Lawsuit Over Somebody To Love — A New Panel Of Judges Ruled This!

| Filed under: Music MinuteLegal MattersUsherRobin ThickeJustin Bieber

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History repeats itself… and by "history," we mean formulaic pop music!

It looks like Justin Bieber and Usher could need to give Robin Thicke's lawyers a call — because the duo might be in a Blurred Lines style legal battle!

On Thursday, Bieber and his mentor were reunited over a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit over their 2010 song Somebody to Love!

The lawsuit was filed in 2013 by artist Devin Copeland (who performs by the name De Rico) and songwriter Mareio Oberton, who claimed they wrote the track back in 2008. Allegedly, Usher heard Copeland's music and showed interest in working with him, but then lifted the song with Bieber afterwards, resulting in a new track.

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A district judge tossed out the case originally, ruling that:

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The Golden State Warriors Might've Won The NBA Championship, But National Anthem Singer Marlana VanHoose — Who's Blind And Has Cerebral Palsy — Was The Real Star!

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We're blown away!

And no, we're not talking about the performance the Golden State Warriors put on to win the NBA championship!

Last night, ahead of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, we got a different kind of special treat for the National Anthem.

No, it didn't come from the likes of a traditional superstar performer like Rascal Flatts or Usher, who opened at previous games, but instead the incredible performance (below) came from a girl by the name of Marlana VanHoose.

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Marlana is a different kind of star because the 19-year-old Kentucky native is not only blind but also has cerebral palsy. A few weeks after she was born, doctors did not expect her to live past one year.

Instead, Marlana stands as a shining example of fighting for survival and beating the odds! Not only that, but she's got a helluva voice too!

Ch-ch-check out her AH-Mazing performance as she sings the National Anthem (below)!

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CeeLo Will Be Back On The Voice… But It’s Not Exactly What You Think!

| Filed under: TV NewsGwen StefaniUsherCeeLo GreenThe VoiceReality TV

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Does that make him crazy? Probably.

We never thought we'd see the day when CeeLo Green would return to The Voice, but the singer will be back in action on April 27th.

However, the former judge won't be alone. Usher and Gwen Stefani will join him at their old stomping grounds for a one-time coaching reunion, where they will advise the remaining eight finalists.

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We're a little surprised that CeeLo will be back on NBC's hit competition show, since his controversial rape comments last year got him in some serious hot water.

Not to mention his resignation from the show seemed pretty final.

But who knows?

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

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Jay Z And His Posse Make Waves Celebrating The Launch Of Tidal!! Check Out The Details Of His New Music And Video Streaming Service!

| Filed under: MadonnaRihannaMusic MinuteBeyonceKanye WestUsherJack WhiteJay ZAlicia KeysTaylor SwiftNicki Minaj

Jay Z launches Tidal

Well, it's official!

Today, some of the biggest titans of the music industry have been gathered by Jay Z to celebrate the re-launch of Tidal — the streaming service that's supposed to change the way we listen to music!!

The 45-year-old rapper assembled quite the squad to commandeer the event: Beyoncé, Kanye West, Madonna, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj were all present.

But it didn't stop there! Alicia Keys, Usher, J. Cole, Jack White, Arcade Fire, and Daft Punk were some of the other artists present for the launch to sign a declaration.

Tidal will offer CD-quality audio and video but uses no free ad-supported service. The streaming service will offer monthly subscriptions — $19.95 for high quality streaming and $9.95 for standard quality.

The service has deals with all of the major record labels. And Mr. Carter has already coaxed artists to sign over their songs, even the anti-Spotify Taylor Swift!

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In an interview with Billboard, Jay explained that the goal of Tidal was to produce a streaming service that appropriately compensated the artist. The rapper had this to say on if the artists would be making more money on Tidal than on Spotify:

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Jay Z, Beyoncé, Madonna, & MORE Of Music's Biggest Stars Gather For A HUGE Announcement From TIDAL! See The Star-Studded Teaser HERE!

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Some of the biggest names in music are getting ready for a big announcement from TIDAL!

Get ready, music lovers! Something HUGE is coming our way!

For those of you who may not know, Jay Z is getting ready to launch his new music streaming service called TIDAL, and it looks like Hova is trying to build up the hype with a big announcement!

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But he's not alone! In fact, it looks like he and Beyoncé called up EVERYONE in the business!

Daft Punk! Calvin Harris! Kanye West! Jack White! Rihanna! Madonna! Usher! Arcade Fire! The list goes on!!!

So what exactly is this big announcement they're all waiting for? We guess we'll just have to wait and find out!

Ch-ch-check out the teaser (below)!

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That's A Big Seahorse!! Watch The HIGH-larious Music Video For Martin Garrix's Don't Look Down Featuring Usher!!

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Here comes the next spring break party anthem!

Martin Garrix is electronic dance's fastest rising artist, and he joins forces with Usher for his brand new single Don't Look Down!

The video takes place at The LeGarritsen Country Club, where a pool boy pines over model Natalia Bonifacci. To win the beauty over, the pool boy ditches his uniform and performs some jazzy pool dancing — he even summons a giant seahorse!

But is that enough to win the model's affections?

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The video premiered at the 2015 YouTube Music Awards. Though it's funny and full of saucy visuals, the theme of the song is about overcoming rejection and remembering to be who you are!

Ch-ch-check out the catchy song in the video (above)!

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