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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has been a bona fide hit for more than a year now.  From award shows to fights with certain President Elect’s, Hamilton is almost always in the news.

Today, The Hamilton Mixtape dropped. An album featuring 23 tracks from the show that have been reworked by some of today’s hottest artists.  The star-studded album features contributions from Andra Day, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, John Legend, Sia, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Chance the Rapper, and Ashanti, along with a pair of original demos by Miranda himself.

Stream the full album below via Spotify.

The Hamilton Mixtape Tracklist:
01. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
02. My Shot (Rise Up Remix) – The Roots feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess
03. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
04. Wait For It – Usher
05. An Open Letter (Interlude) – Watsky feat. Shockwave
06. Satisfied – Sia feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah
07. Dear Theodosia – Regina Spektor feat. Ben Folds
08. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
09. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless – Ashanti feat. Ja Rule
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washingtons By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story – The Roots feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance the Rapper & Francis and The Lights

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Sia and Kanye West Team Up for New Song ‘Reaper’ off her Upcoming Album ‘This is Acting’

Sia has just debuted another new track off her upcoming album ‘This Is Acting’. “Reaper” was co-written and produced by Kanye West and originally intended for Rihanna’s eighth album, Anti.

This Is Acting will be released on January 29th.

Tracklist:
01. Bird Set Free
02. Alive
03. One Million Bullets
04. Move Your Body
05. Unstoppable
06. Cheap Thrills
07. Reaper
08. House On Fire
09. Footprints
10. Sweet Design
11. Broken Glass
12. Space Between

Here Are The 2015 MTV Video Music Award Nominees

Video of the Year

    

Beyoncé — “7/11”
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Mark Ronson — “Uptown Funk” (ft. Bruno Mars)
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”

Best Male Video

    

Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Big Sean — “I Don’t Fuck With You”
Nick Jonas — “Chains”
The Weeknd — “Earned It”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”

Best Female Video

   

Beyoncé — “7/11”
Taylor Swift — “Blank Space”
Sia — “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding — “Love Me Like You Do”
Nicki Minaj — “Anaconda”

Best Rock Video

    

Hozier — “Take Me to Church”
Fall Out Boy — “Centuries”
Florence and the Machine — “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon — “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys — “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

Best Hip-Hop Video

    

Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj — “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa — “See You Again” (ft. Charlie Puth)
Big Sean — “I Don’t Fuck With You”

Best Pop Video

    

Beyonce — “7/11”
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson — “Uptown Funk” (ft. Bruno Mars)
Taylor Swift — “Blank Space”
Maroon 5 — “Sugar”

Best Collaboration

    

Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar — “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth — “See You Again”
Ariana Grande and The Weeknd — “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj — “Bang Bang”

Best Video With a Social Message

    

Jennifer Hudson — “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat — “Try”
Big Sean — “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna — “American Oxygen”
Wale — “The White Shoes”

Artist to Watch

       

Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy — “Riptide”
George Ezra — “Budapest”
James Bay — “Hold Back the River”
FKA Twigs — “Pendulum”

Best Choreography

    

Beyoncé — “7/11”
OK GO — “I Won’t Let You Down”
Chet Faker — “Gold”
Ed Sheeran — “Don’t”
Flying Lotus — “Never Catch Me” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Art Direction

     

The Chemical Brothers — “Go”
Jack White — “Would You Fight For My Love”
Skrillex & Diplo — “Where Are Ü Now” (ft. Justin Bieber)
Snoop Dogg — “So Many Pros”
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Direction

    

Childish Gambino — “Sober”
Hozier — “Take Me to Church”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
Mark Ronson — “Uptown Funk” (ft. Bruno Mars)
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Editing

      

A$AP Rocky — “L$D”
Beyonce — “7/11”
Ed Sheeran — “Don’t”
Skrillex & Diplo — “Where Are Ü Now” (ft. Justin Bieber)
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Cinematography

    

Alt-J — “Left Hand Free”
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
FKA Twigs — “Two Weeks”
Flying Lotus — “Never Catch Me” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Visual Effects

    

Childish Gambino — “Telegraph Ave”
FKA Twigs — “Two Weeks”
Skrillex & Diplo — “Where Are Ü Now” (ft. Justin Bieber)
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Tyler, The Creator — “Fucking Young/Death Camp”

Giorgio Moroder Gives Us “Déjà Vu” in New Video Featuring Sia

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Giorgio Moroder’s forthcoming LP, out June 12. The video for the title track “Deja Vu” is out today.

In the video, the protagonist isn’t courting just one lady-in-waiting, but a horde of Sia lookalikes who eventually drive him crazy. Sia herself never appears on screen, but Moroder makes a few cameos, a janitor, a DJ and a talkative, knowing cabbie. Check out the video below.

Third Times a Charm: Sia Debuts “Big Girls Cry” Music Video Starring Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's

After the successes of Chandelier and Elastic Heart, Sia once again featured her mini-me Maddie Ziegler in the “Big Girls Cry” video. This time around, the whole video is a close-up on Ziegler, as she does a frenetic kind of face-dancing that will definitely creep you out. Sia directed the video with Daniel Askill, and you can watch it below.

The 10 Steps Sia Took To Becoming a Pop Star

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Sia, 2014
Retiring, writing hits for others and reviving the music video: these are the ways Sia went from outsider to pop icon.

It’s been a big week for Sia — one that was impossible to imagine just a few short years ago. Days after Sia performed at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, where her smash hit “Chandelier” was nominated for the two top song prizes, the Australian singer-songwriter’s voice appeared on “Wolves” a new song by Kanye West (also featuring Vic Mensa) that will serve as the opening track to his hotly anticipated seventh studio album. Oh, and two of Sia’s songs, “Chandelier” and current single “Elastic Heart,” are currently in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 chart.

All in a typical week for the fascinating 39-year-old, who effectively ended her singing career following the release of her 2010 album We Are Born and morphed into a legitimate pop star over the next half-decade. No one expected this, least of all Sia, who released her first album in 1997 and spent years trying to carve out a niche in the U.S. pop landscape. Now is as good a time as any to declare that Sia has unquestionably arrived, and did so following the unlikeliest of paths.

So how did Sia pull it off? Here are the 10 steps that Sia took to reach the critical and commercial acclaim she currently enjoys:

Step 1: Retire. After a string of moderately successful full-length releases that resulted in more burnout than big hits, Sia Furler decided to end her solo career and focus on writing for other artists. In her 2012 Billboard cover story, Sia professes that this decision was a genius move, especially for someone suffering from an addiction to Vicodin and Oxycodone: she got to spend time on self-improvement, relax and work in his Los Angeles home, bring in new income from writing projects and generally re-charge her creative batteries. She also happily signed a contract with RCA Records that made sure she didn’t have to tour or do press to promote any future projects: “It shows the power of saying ‘no,'” she said.

Step 2: Guest on two Top 10 hits.

On both David Guetta‘s “Titanium” and Flo Rida‘s “Wild Ones,” Sia recorded vocal demos that eventually were chosen for the final singles; both songs also blasted up the Hot 100 chart, to No. 7 and No. 5, respectively, when they became pop hits in 2011. The unwitting collaborations with Guetta and Flo Rida resulted in lots of “Who’s singing that?” inquiries from unfamiliar Top 40 listeners, and not-so-quietly re-introduced Sia’s name to diehard genre fans.

Step 3: Co-write for superstars. As if appearing on two Top 10 hits as a featured artist in 2011 wasn’t enough, Sia’s career accrued more positive momentum when the veteran songwriter started taking on more co-penning projects with top-line talent. Some of these tracks, including singles by Britney Spears, Celine Dionand Christina Aguilera, never caught on at U.S. radio, but two of them did:Rihanna‘s “Diamonds” and Ne-Yo‘s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself).” Both songs were smashes co-produced by StarGate that returned Sia’s name to the upper reaches of the Hot 100 chart.

Step 4: Refuse (most) interviews. As Sia’s fame as a songwriter and a supporting artist grew, interest in the Australian artist also flourished — but Sia refused to place herself back in the spotlight, and explained why in an anti-fame manifesto in Billboard in 2012. Sia very rarely discussed her career on the record (and still does) and declined to be photographed in support of her music (she appeared on the cover of Billboard with a paper bag over her head), but her selective anonymity only generated more interest in her career, to the point where another solo outing made sense for the reclusive artist.

Step 5: Appear on some big-name soundtracks.

After contributing the song “Kill and Run” to Baz Luhrmann’s star-studded soundtrack to 2013’s The Great Gatsby, Sia linked up with Diplo, Greg Kurstin and the Weeknd later that year for “Elastic Heart,” from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Although the song fizzled when it was originally released as a single in late 2013, “Elastic Heart” served as Sia’s first song with top artist billing since her 2010 album We Are Born, and a splashy preview of her solo return in 2014. The single was also revived as a solo single in early 2015, and peaked at No. 17 on the Hot 100 upon the release of its official music video.

Step 6: Save one of your hugest choruses for yourself. No pop song released in 2014 had as epic of a hook as “Chandelier,” the lead single from Sia’s solo comeback album, 1000 Forms of Fear. Yet “Chandelier” was more than just its soaring chorus: Sia delivered its powerful verses in a slurred daze, and the production of Greg Kurstin and Jesse Shatkin proves increasingly dramatic, effortlessly expressing the highs and lows of the singer’s alcohol-fueld trip. Not only was “Chandelier” a towering pop single — Billboard.com named the song thebest single of 2014 — but it beguiled Top 40 radio as well, becoming Sia’s first Top 10 hit as a solo artist.

Step 7: Release an imaginative music video with a tween star.

Who says that the music video, as an art form, is dead? Sia’s “Chandelier” clip, which featured Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler whisking herself around an abandoned apartment floor in a nude leotard and blonde bob (the latter mirroring Sia’s own hair), became instantly iconic upon its release, and conjured up countless Internet memes, an MTV VMA nomination for Video of the Year and a new level of stardom for 12-year-old Ziegler. Current YouTube view count: 533 million. That’s better than most Katy Perry videos!

Step 8: Team with an expert pop producer. Sia and producer Greg Kurstin worked together on five songs from We Are Born, but 1000 Forms of Fear, her sixth studio album released last July, sounded so cohesive because all of the album’s 12 tracks were co-produced by Kurstin, the alt-pop whiz behind hits fromP!nk, Kelly Clarkson and Ellie Goulding. Kurstin’s lush, cozy approach to pop music proved to be a perfect match for Sia’s songwriting, and 1000 Forms of Fearbecame her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart last July after receiving rave reviews.

Step 9: Create must-see performances with your back turned.

The best way to perform live on television when you don’t want anyone to see your face: keep the focus on elaborate set pieces and wrangle some guest stars to perform the choreography. Ziegler has been a trooper joining Sia on Ellen andSaturday Night Live, but the singer-songwriter has also gotten Lena Dunham and Jimmy Kimmel to don the blonde bob, turning what could have been an awkward live setup into can’t-miss performances. Speaking of which…

Step 10: Own the Grammys without winning any awards. Sure, it would have been nice if “Chandelier” had cashed in on one of its four Grammy nominations, including for record of the year and song of the year. But once again, Sia used her singular performance approach to command the awards ceremony, powering through “Chandelier” with the help of Ziegler and a wigged Kristen Wiig. The performance was hailed as one of the highlights of the show, and days later, Sia was popping up on Kanye West’s new song, “Wolves.” It’s all in a week’s work for one of pop’s most enigmatic, in-demand heroes.

Sia Performs “Chandelier” with Kristen Wiig and Maddie Ziegler

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Sia performed “Chandelier” at the Grammys alongside Maddie Ziegler and actress Kristen Wiig.

“Chandelier” didn’t take home any Grammys tonight. Sia was introduced by Shia LaBeouf then she sang the entire song with her face to the wall in a corner of the set. Wiig, wearing the same iconic platinum wig as the Australian star, danced around the set with Ziegler instead.

Graphing the Grammys: How 2015’s Record of the Year Nominees Stack Up

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BY  | February 4, 2015

Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Sia and Meghan Trainor by the numbers

This year, the five Grammy nominees for Record of the Year — the most prestigious award of the evening — are all monster singles — hundreds of millions of YouTube plays, Platinum certifications and at least three Hot 100 chart-toppers.

To compare the similarities and differences between the five nominated songs, we plotted them by nine sets of data: social media dominance, lyrical content, speed, duration, accomplishments and more — and finally, we just threw our hands up and said who we’d like to see win.

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