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Adele Wins Her First Golden Globe Award For “Skyfall,” Continues To Be The Best

Adele Wins Golden Globe for "Skyfall"

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual celebration of movies and television is one of the more highly anticipated award shows if only for its at-times curious mixture of talent and free-flowing alcohol. (Glenn Close has had enough!) Last night’s Golden Globe Awards welcomed everyone from the Robyn-loving cast of Girls to Diddy, helping music have almost as large a presence as Ben Affleck’s facial hair did in Argo.

After receiving her first Academy Award nomination last week, Adele made a grand return to the spotlight by attending Hollywood big party on Sunday night. Because, really, it wouldn’t be an award show without her. In a night of confusing outfit choices and even more confounding speeches, the singer picked up her first trophy of the new year for her contribution to Skyfall.

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Justin Timberlake Makes 2013 Better With The Release Of “Suit and Tie” And Plans For A New Album

Justin Timberlake Releases "Suit and Tie"

After tricking us with a Twitter stunt last week, Justin Timberlake dropped his latest musical offering just before midnight on Monday, catching the lingering Golden Globes crowd on Twitter just in time to launch an onslaught of mixed reactions about his decision to make music his priority once again. Like Destiny’s Child‘s latest song “Nuclear”, Timberlake’s new song “Suit and Tie” didn’t instantly grab us and transport us to a world of magical Timbaland beats and inventive blends of pop, R&B and soul, but it is a welcomed return filled with slick grooves and familiar musings on style, sex and having a good time.

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Destiny’s Child Tells Us They Love Us With New Track, “Nuclear”

Destiny's Child Releases New Song "Nuclear"

So much for waiting for the Super Bowl. The first new Destiny’s Child single since 2005 has arrived, ready to remind the world of why they might be considered one of the greatest female groups of all-time or that Beyoncé gets far too many of the solos. “Nuclear” sneakily premiered on Mashable on Friday afternoon, making us cancel any after-work plans in exchange for launching full DC3 retrospective. (Hot Friday night, yes?) You can check out the song in full, below, but first, we’ve jotted down our initial reactions to this monumental offering.

0:01 “I love you,” Beyonce coos. No, Bey. We love YOU. And now we’re blushing. You don’t know how long we’ve been waiting for you to say that to us!

0:18 Bring the beat in. Pharrell (who produced and co-wrote, along with Michelle, James Fauntleroy and Lonny Bereal) seems to be channeling some early ’90s R&B here.

0:30 “They want to know how we keep our sh-t together.” BRB amending our “Beyonce has a potty mouth” assessment now. Destiny’s children no more!

0:43 Bey is mostly interested in “when the two become one, on a quantum level.” Who say physics isn’t sexy? We’re somewhat unconvinced by this interesting use of wordplay, but we commend Michelle for brushing up on science (don’t forget the magnets next time!) during DC3′s hiatus.

0:52 “It’s nuuuu-cleee-arrr/With youuuuuu hereee.” Three syllable words can be tricky, and is this really the most romantic or sexy of adjectives to include in a song about love? We just think of explosions (sorry!).

1:22 (Maybe it helps if you add some grunts?)

1:41 Kelly! We live for moments like this.

1:58 So, this beat is crazy good.

2:25 We are now toe-tapping and shimmying, should you need suggestions for appropriate choreography.

2:50 Finally, Michelle’s last-minute solo contribution has arrived!

3:18 Here’s where thing start to get ominous: “There’s nowhere left to run, why run, why would you run?”

3:38 And it doesn’t stop there: “Blow it all away,” ladies? Is DC3 finished? (Is this their swan song?) Do we need to worry about certain relationships? Is Blue Ivy going to have two bedrooms?! Nah, they’re probably just trying to set the mood. When you’re in love nothing else matters–or so we hear.

New music from Destiny’s Child is always welcome, and although this isn’t the empowering sound that makes us want to blow an entire paycheck on shoes just to prove our own self-worth as independent women, it’s a silky throwback that’s slowly but surely ingrained itself into our brains. But that doesn’t mean it’s the kind of track millions of drunk and rowdy football fans will want to get down to during halftime. That’s just our opinion, any way. How about you? Is this the triumphant return of Destiny’s Child you’ve been waiting patiently for? Let us know, while we go back to rehearsing “Jumpin’ Jumpin’” choreography in our cubicle.

Listen to the World Premiere of Destiny’s Child’s “Nuclear” [Mashable]
[Photo: Getty Images]

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Sadface: Britney Spears Confirms She’s Leaving The X Factor

Britney Spears Announces X Factor Departure

We had a pretty good feeling this day would come, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less. Britney Spears has announced her departure from The X Factor via an official statement released to ABC News:

I’ve made the very difficult decision not to return for another season. I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it’s time for me to get back in the studio.

She’s got a point. It doesn’t take much arguing to get listeners to agree that Spears’ take on Madonna’s British accent, as well as the return of “it’s Britney, bitch” are the best parts of “Scream & Shout,” her collaboration with will.i.am. The song is currently No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, which speaks to the demand for more of Britney’s solo material.

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If Destiny’s Child Is Going To Reunite At The Super Bowl They Should Probably Use Our Set List

Destiny's Child To Join Beyonce at Super Bowl

Yesterday’s news of a new album from Destiny’s Child was received by rapturous excitement across the Internet, particularly for those of us who thrive on musical nostalgia and gender equality among single-sex pop acts. With a release date of January 29, the timeline for Love Songs and a DC3 comeback compliments Beyoncé‘s upcoming appointment at the Superdome on February 3. Hmmm. Wishful thinking on our part, or a thoughtful media takeover that’s been carefully planned for months? After being burned by JT, we’ll always second-guess ourselves.

According to Us Weekly Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will be featured guests during Queen Bey’s big Super Bowl gig, obviously willing to sign themselves over to her lifelong archival project. While Beyoncé is still the main halftime performer, currently splashed across a very large billboard here in Times Square, her groupmates will reportedly join her onstage to perform a medley of hits as well as debut the group’s new song, “Nuclear.” Oh, and then Beyoncé will probably unveil a song off of her still untitled fifth album. No big deal.

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Like Clockwork, Taylor Swift Returns To The Studio After Harry Styles Split

Taylor Swift Back in the Studio After Harry Styles Breakup

People handle breakups differently, and for the wealthy creative types among us, wallowing in self-pity isn’t as attractive a healing method as throwing oneself back into his or her work. Why suffer all by your lonesome when you can pay people to tell you that you’re wonderful? After pop music’s version of Scary Island that reportedly killed the young love between Harry Styles and Taylor Swift over the holidays, the One Direction star was seen entering a London studio with his bandmates earlier this week. And after hanging behind only to lend herself to a new Internet meme, Taylor appears to be doing the same. “Back in the studio. Uh oh…” she tweeted on Thursday evening, days after returning from her holiday gone awry. In this unpredictable world, thank goodness we reliable Taylor to keep us feeling sane.

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The Wanted Reminds Us That Winning Awards Is Cool, Sings “Afternoon Delight” To Celebrate People’s Choice Award

The Wanted Win Breakout Act at the People's Choice Awards
Now that the confetti has been swept up from Times Square, awards season is in full swing with Hollywood starlets walking on red surfaces, talking roles of a lifetime and impressive facial hair. It’s a period when theorizing about Adele’s potential Oscar performance takes top priority in our minds and betting seems like a good idea for even the least athletically inclined. One of the year’s first events, the People’s Choice Awards, was held in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, celebrating the power given to devoted entertainment followers with a bevy of CBS stars and screaming fangirls.

But should you think the famous and fabulous grow tired of getting dolled up for yet another event, the guys in the Wanted remind us of just how cool it is to win stuff, as well as how humbling it is to be liked by a room full of screaming teenagers.

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Yes, Beyonce Understands Just How Fabulous And Powerful She Truly Is

Beyonce GQ February 2013

You’ve seen the latest jaw-dropping photos of Beyoncé—in fact, all your tongue-wagging and retweeting pushed GQ to unveil its February cover earlier than intended–and likely adjusted your workout routine accordingly. And you’re not alone! When it comes to Ms. Knowles, the word mayhem is an understatement. She invokes a feeling of empowerment with her music and growing business empire, and has fostered a fanatical, if not obsessive, passion among her biggest fans. We’re buying what she’s selling, with little need for a pitch.

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The Ladies Of Destiny’s Child Are Back With A New Album And A New Pharrell Collaboration

Destiny's Child Releasing Love Songs Compilation

Can you keep up? The odds are ever in our favor, as 2013 will not only be the year of new Justin Timberlake music , but also the year the fabulous and fierce members of Destiny’s Child return to the conversation–not that they ever truly left, as far as we’re concerned. According to Beyonce’s website, the trio have reunited to record their first original music in eight years on the forthcoming album Love Songs. The group’s sixth LP is a compilation (beggars can’t be choosers) of their most lovely romantic odes, featuring one new song. Not enough!

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Justin Timberlake Is Ready For New Music, But We Still Have To Wait

Justin Timberlake Announces New Music

After hovering over our browsers and playing “Senorita” on repeat, the clock struck 12:01 and there was no new music from Justin Timberlake to be heard. In his defense, Wednesday’s cryptic tweet didn’t specify exactly what we should be looking out for today, and it’s probably about time us nosy journalists learned not to get ahead of ourselves over the mere possibility of a story. But… it’s JT! Can you really blame us?

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