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  1. Ariana Grande readies new song, "Imagine."

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    Ariana's best-performing song ever, "Thank U, Next," is still topping the Hot 100, but the singer already has another new tune for us. It's titled "Imagine," presumably off the forthcoming Sweetener followup. It's worth mentioning Billboard says Sweetener is the number one album of the year. I love Ari, but I have to laugh.

    Related: Ariana Grande Wanted To Include ‘Crossroads’ In Her “Thank U, Next” Music Video

    Anyway, "Imagine" officially debuts at midnight EST on Thursday.

    “A lot of this album mourns failed yet important, beautiful relationships in my life (as well as celebrates growth / exploring new independence),” Grande explained on Instagram. “But for those of you asking about imagine: i would say if ‘thank u, next’ = acceptance… ‘imagine’ = denial. hope that makes sense.”

    Related: ‘AG5’ Songwriter Says Ariana Grande Is At The Peak Of Her Powers

    Check back Thursday for the new tune. In the mean time, sample a preview below:

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  2. Miley Cyrus is still finding her place in music, but the Internet never forgets.

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    The pop star is currently making the rounds to promote the new Mark Ronson-assisted single, "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart." During several radio interviews, Miley opened up about her past and present state in music, including how her forthcoming album will sound.

    Miley confirms she's teaming up again with Mike Will Made-It, the executive producer of 2013’s Bangerz. “We’ve got songs with Mike Will that lean more hip-hop and songs with Andrew Wyatt that lean more pop/alternative,” Miley said. “I just have kind of everything.”

    Rolling Stone published a story criticizing Miley for pivoting her stance on hip-hop. So did Nylon (their headline read: "Please Don’t Let Miley Cyrus Make Another “Hip-Hop” Album").

    Related: Bangerz Romance: Miley Cyrus Touches On Lady Gaga Collaboration Rumors

    In 2017, the media lambasted Miley for her take on the genre. “I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [‘Humble’]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.’ I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my dick, suck on my c--k.’ I can’t listen to that anymore,” she said at the time. “That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my c--k’ — I am so not that.”

    My personal take on that is that she was turned off from music with sexually explicit lyrics that some might perceive as degrading towards women, not that she grew sick of hip-hop. Not everyone agrees with me.

    Miley tried defending herself at the time. In a now-deleted Instagram post, she said: “I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop as I’ve collaborated with some of the very best,” she wrote. “At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap! As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics!”

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    Things take a turn for the worse.

    In a new interview, Miley says the last album, Younger Now, didn't turn out to be quite her vibe. Understandably, that shocking truth left a bad taste in peoples' mouths. Would she sing a different tune had the album performed better commercially? Younger Now debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and sold 45,000 units in its first week. Compared to the hip-hop tinged album Bangerz, which debuted at No. 1 with 270,000, it was quite lackluster. So let's jump back into hip-hop?

    Hey, at least she's consistent. Miley has a history of smack talking her previous works. She once said swinging from a wrecking ball in the "Wrecking Ball" music video was the most embarrassing thing she's ever done, she also said half the time she doesn't even like pop music (including her own songs). That's obviously problematic seeing as she wants to release a new album that includes pop songs (read more about that here).

    Related: Strut That Stuff! Miley Cyrus Talks About Possible Britney Collabo

    I think Miley's outlook on music frequently changes, so when you're a world famous celebrity and your quotes live on the Internet indefinitely, you're held accountable. Should we punish her for flip-flopping year to year? Nah. I'm not convinced the backlash is warranted. Then again... when has the Internet ever played nice.


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  3. Avril Lavigne has a broken heart in the song/video for "Tell Me It's Over."

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    Avril Lavigne's album cover drama was digital whiplash. The singer revealed the artwork for her forthcoming record, Head Above Water, but the Internet torched it (including ya boy) so she deleted the entire thing off Instagram. It still exists on her other social platforms, so it's not clear where we stand – whether she's changing it or not – but let's take our focus off that editor's nightmare for a second and indulge in the singer's latest song and video for single No. 2, "Tell Me It's Over."

    Let's address the headline. Perhaps I instantly fell in love with "Tell Me It's Over" because of "Head Above Water." The melancholy mantra detailed Avril's resurgence after dealing with persistent health issues in recent years. "Tell Me It's Over" could very well be a chapter from Avril's personal life, but it's disguised with a soaring chorus backed by a sugary sweet guitar melody and throwback beat. I wish this was the first official release.

    "Tell Me It's Over" is also quite a sad song if you dissect it, but the production and Avril's powerhouse vocals pull the wool right over you. It's co-written with Ryan Cabrera. 

    There's a new video for the track as well. In it, Avril and her significant other wrap their arms around one another in front of a Christmas tree, but those precious, sacred moments are rare. The video focuses on their dissolution and the singer's aching heart.

    "Tell Me It's Over" is a gem. Check it out below:

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  4. Lady Gaga is a contender for Best Actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards; A Star Is Born nominated in four categories.

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    I'm not convinced Lady Gaga's Malibu mansion has the shelf space for all of her upcoming trophies. Mother Monster is nominated for two Golden Globes in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama categories as well as Best Original Song for “Shallow.” Elsewhere, the Recording Academy announced she's up for an astounding five awards at the Grammys, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year, as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media. Her album title track, “Joanne,” received a nod in the Best Pop Solo Performance category.

    Adding to the list is the coveted SAGs. Variety reports Gaga is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She faces Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”) Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”). A Star Is Born received a total of four nominations.

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Lady Gaga

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Bradley Cooper

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Sam Elliott

    Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

    In the interviews I've seen of Gaga lately, most times that she's congratulated on her success she immediately pivots credit to Bradley Cooper. Hopefully Gaga takes a moment to understand how appreciated and celebrated her talent on its own is as well!

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    Britney Spears made a welcome return to Instagram.


    Y'all, Britney's been real silent on the Gram recently. Queen didn't acknowledge Thanksgiving or her 37th birthday earlier this month. All we got was a quote from Pablo Picasso and a tilted photo of a Los Angeles sunset, but she's making up for lost time with several new posts. 


    Poof, seemingly out of nowhere, Britney shared a new advertisement for her unisex fragrance, Prerogative. It appears she grew tired of the hair flipping dominatrix getup soundtracked to a bedroom banger, because Brit posted a clip in complete contrast. Instead, she unearthed footage reminiscent to her Intimate Collection days and posed in a bed of satin (like a slumber party). I don't quite understand why the bottle is propped up on pages of calligraphy, but I must say I'm impressed with Brit's handwriting. I paused the clip and zoomed in hoping to spot some B10 lyrics, but the words are a bunch of romantic mumbo jumbo. I'M LONELYYYY. The video is captioned, "Be free. Be fierce. Be you."


    The timing is curious (no pun intended). Fans just discovered Britney has plans to release another new fragrance in the new year. It's titled Rainbow Fantasy. Read more about it here.


    Hours later, it's Britney bitch-slapped us with a second video. It's a total 180. In the cute clip, our fav is singing "White Christmas," only her vocals are pitched to the high heavens and she's disguised as a Reign-deer. At one point during the performance, SnapChat spies a second face in Britney's neck (shook), but that doesn't phase Queen B. She's used to mid-show bobbles and decides to continue on anyway. It's also worth mentioning she changes the lyrics from "Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow," to "Where the treetops glisten and children listen to me," I'm assuming Sean Preston and Jayden James are grounded af right now.


    I don't know why we haven't seen much of Britney's Instagram presence in recent weeks, but I'm so grateful she returned with a sample of sexy and another of sweet. Cause if I have to see one more behind-the-scenes photo of Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" music video, I'm going to scream.


    While I've got you... if you're just as fascinated by Britney's Instagram as I am, check out the Britneys Gram podcast. It's worth your undivided attention.


    Welcome back, Brit.






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    Be free. Be fierce. Be you. #MyPrerogative


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    Dreaming of a white Christmas 🌲🎄🌲


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    What a beautiful sunrise 🌅 @samasghari


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  6. Iggy Azalea previews new song, "In My Defense."

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    It's been a whirlwind year for our Australian rap queen. She cancelled the Survive The Summer Tour, skull-dragged by Wendy Williams on national television, had a drink thrown on her by the Cash Me Outside girl and signed a $2.7 million deal with Empire. It appears she's leaving the drama behind and focusing on that new lucrative deal.

    Iggy casually hopped on social media to share one of her new tunes. It's titled "In My Defense" and features an icy trap beat and playful lyrics in the form of an adult nursery rhyme.

    Iggy soundtracked the new tune with her and her gal pals twerking, obviously.

    I'm impressed with the new tune! I think Iggy's lyrics could go harder, but based off this appetizer I'm hungry for more. Iggy also mentions this will be the only preview we get, so ration appropriately.

    Give it a spin below:

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    The ONLY snippet I’m posting #InMyDefense #SallyWalker 🤷‍♀️😝 @jwhitedidit @thatsthe_tiger @ahsiajanae

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  7. Mariah Carey's Christmas classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," sets a new record.

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    I'm not the biggest fan of chart accolades, sales figures and all that jazz, but when it comes to Mariah Carey's Christmas hit, my rules go out the chimney.

    The song is nearly 25 years old, yet as each year slips by it continues to peak higher and higher on the Hot 100.

    In 2017, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" set a new personal best at No. 9, but 2018 was a big year for Mariah and Lambs rewarded her holiday hit with a higher charting position. Folks, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" just hit No. 7!

    What is the big deal with "All I Want For Christmas Is You?" Aside from it being a motherf---ing BOP, it's a staple in streaming culture. Unless how we consume music changes in the next several years, which I don't see happening quite yet, expect the song to continue to rise. Let's get Mimi her 19th Hot 100 No. 1, yea? Plus, the tune is easily accessible all-year round, and the Lambily are proud supporters. Just look at how successful the Glitter campaign was!

    Give the good sis a stream below:

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  8. Katy Perry gets immortalized in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.

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    I'm not much of a video gamer, but this feels like a power play.

    Katy Perry recorded a song for the new Final Fantasy mobile game and, for a short time, is included as a character. The track is called "Immortal Flame." 

    Related: Sleigh! Katy Perry Releases New Holiday Song “Cozy Little Christmas”: Listen

    What does it sound like? If Witness cut "Into Me You See" had a love child with "Rise," it'd be "Immortal Flame." It features a stomping beat and warm, soaring vocals from our computerized queen. On it, Katy sings about an infinite, undying love.

    “Dreams hardly ever do come true / I guess I’m lucky ’cause I found myself waking up next to you,” she sings on the power ballad. “Oh, and with this raging heart of mine, I’ll love you til the end of time / Cause I want to live a thousand lives, and be your immortal flame.”

    The song does its job, but I'm ready for Katy to experiment with her sound.

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  9. Avril Lavigne's Head Above Water album cover no longer appears on the singer's Instagram account.

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    I don't feel good about this. Avril Lavigne revealed her new album cover for Head Above Water, and much of the Internet, including myself, lambasted it (smh I called it a tragedy in the headline). Not because she was sans clothes, but the photo was an editing nightmare. I stand by that criticism, but not without remorse.

    It appears the backlash caught up with Avril, because over the weekend the singer removed it from her Instagram.

    When she initially debuted it, Avril posted the cover as a collage. You know, when someone posts nine individual photos to their timeline (and your feed) to make one big picture. Sidenote: everyone, please... stop doing that. All nine photos were deleted and the cover is nowhere to be found on her Instagram. It's worth mentioning the cover is still available on Avril's Twitter and Facebook, just not Instagram.

    It begs the question: is Avril switching up the cover photo? The record is rumored to drop in February, so there is certainly time.

    My unsolicited advice? Change it. There's probably hundreds of other photos to choose from that don't look like four edits pieced together. Every time I see the photo I can't help but stare at her foot. What. What is going on there? Fire that intern immediately. 

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  10. Hilary Duff confirms talks about a Lizzie McGuire reboot.

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    If you're reading BreatheHeavy right now, chances are Lizzie McGuire played an important role in your adolescence. No, we didn't ever wonder what life was about from our parents, or celebrate Britney Spears with our siblings, or develop a sense of style from our friends. We turned to Lizzie McGuire for that. LIZZIE MCGUIRE ESSENTIALLY RAISED US ALL. And if we're lucky, pre-teens in the digital age might get that same invaluable experience.

    According to Hilary Duff, there has been conversation regarding a reinstatement of the Disney classic.

    “There’s been some conversations,” Duff tells Entertainment Tonight. “It’s definitely not a go. I don’t want to get everyone wild talking about it.”

    Little late sis.

    The reboot could go one of two ways: either Disney finds another 12-year-old girl to play Lizzie 2.0, or it documents Lizzie as a 30-year-old. Can you imagine an episode where Lizzie does the walk of shame back to her West Hollywood apartment? Or has an argument with a co-worker who secretly has a crush on her at the marketing firm? Ugh soo many options, soo many ideas.

    “I’m racking my brain,” Hilary said of what a 30-year-old Lizzie would be like. “I don’t think she’s a mom yet, but she might be getting there soon.”

    She added: “I mean I love her so much. I think she was so important to girls at an important time in their life.

    I'm not usually a fan of reboots, but this is something I could get behind. Or at the very least, a spin-off where Gordo, ex-computer science professional, and Miranda, occasional yoga instructor and candle merchant, ran off together to the Cayman Islands. Soo good.

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  11. Happy New Music Friday (December 7–9)!

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    We're nearing the end of 2018, which means the blogosphere is reflecting on all the tunes that hit the net throughout the year, but the influx of songs continues. We put together a list of some new songs/videos worth your undivided attention.

    Natalie Portman – "Wrapped Up"

    Yup. Actress Natalie Portman released a new Sia-penned ballad titled "Wrapped Up." It's an original soundtrack song to support Portman's new film, Vox Lux, in which she plays a pop star named Celeste. “Hey, turn the light on / Cause I’ve got no one to show me the way,” Portman sings in the opening. “Please, I will follow / Because you’re my last hope, I’ll do anything you say.” The track doesn't mention whether Sia's vocals are featured or not, but my ears definitely hear her. It's a pretty inspiring ballad, but I have a feeling A Star Is Born will eclipse this.

    Zayn – "Good Years"

    Zayn's new album, Icarus Falls, drops December 14. The latest release is "Good Years," a song about regret. Fans are under the impression it's about Zayn's time in One Direction. “Too much drugs and alcohol / What the hell were we fighting for?” he sings over a somber piano melody. “Cuz now the whole damn world will know / That we’re too numb and just too dumb to change the story / Neither one, one of us wants to say we’re sorry.” Tensions flared amongst 1D fans when Louis Tomlinson Tweeted: “Proper confused. What a hypocrite!” He didn't mention Zayn, but we can read between the lines. I think. Now I'm confused, too.

    Eminem featuring Jessie Reyez – "Good Guy" (Music Video)

    Em released a video for his latest Kamikaze cut. "Good Guy," featuring Jessie Reyez, is the bright and sunny visual you'd expect from Eminem during the holiday season. Just kidding, it's ominous and dark with a killer ending. Literally.


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    Michelle Willams – "Fearless" (Song)

    Michelle Williams just split up with ex-fiancé Chad Johnson. In her personal life, the Destiny's Child is likely feeling pain and sorrow, but her new tune is anything but. "Fearless" is a soaring power ballad about free falling into love. “I know you’re scared of heights / But take the jump anyway and you won’t regret it” she croons over a thumping beat. "Because there’s a passion moving at the speed of light.” Stay strong and fearless:

    Astrid S – "Closer" (Song)

    I hope you're not sick of ballads. Norwegian pop star Astrid S just released one of her own. On "Closer," Astrid sings about being the other woman. Too relatable. “I think we both know that you should tell her / Kiss of my perfume is still on your sweater,” she croons over an icy piano melody and plunky strings. “This is the last time, it’s for the better.” Keep Astrid on your radar:

    Happy New Music Friday:

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  12. Ari B and chill to the rising pop singer's new song and video for "Under The Mistletoe."

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    Ari B just dropped a guilty pop pleasure. Let's not get it twisted, the music scene has blessed us with some pretty incredible music this year, but I miss the good ol' days. The days when a song didn't feature an electro-tinged breakdown or DJ Khaled yelling ANUTHA ONE. Fortunately Ari B's new tune, "Under The Mistletoe," has none of that. It's a sugary sweet song complete with a R&B-flavored beat and holiday bells crafted by producer Miklos Malek. On it, Ari sings about wanting a special smooch for Christmas.

    Related: Ari B Channels Main Pop Girl In Her New Music Video For “Just Get Me”: BreatheHeavy Premiere

    Not only does the song emulate a late '90s pop song, but the video is cookie cutter cute. Ari executes some slick stylized choreography with her squad before eventually making her way to a log cabin where a bunch of boys are waiting to drink egg nog and partake in a dance party.

    "The song is definitely supposed to get you in the spirit of the holiday," Ari tells BreatheHeavy.com. "If you have that special someone in your life, you'll love this song! All around great vibes and a fun, dance track for any Christmas Party."

    And if you're a lonely heart this holiday season, carry around a mistletoe and get you some.

    Check out the world premiere below:

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