Quick Hits: Jessie J & Ariana Grande, Jay Z and Young Jeezy, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Madonna, G.R.L
July 1, 2014

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj have collaborated on a new anthem called "Bang Bang," which will be out July 29 via Republic Records. The track features production from Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, and Ilya and it will serve as the first single from Jessie J's forthcoming album, due out this fall. It will also be included on the deluxe edition of Grande's sophomore album, My Everything, which drops on August 25.

Jay Z and Young Jeezy have teamed up for a new track called "Seen It All" from the Atlanta rapper's upcoming album of the same name. Seen It All will be released on September 2 and follows up Jeezy's 2011 effort, TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition. However, the new track was actually recorded during the sessions for Jay Z's last album, Magna Carta… Holy Grail.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen is apparently releasing a short film via his website. Fans who visit www.brucespringsteen.net will see a poster for the movie as well as a brief message that reads: "Coming July 9th… Hunter of Invisible Game. A short film by Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen. Premiering at 12:00 pm ET on July 9 at brucespringsteen.net." No further details have been revealed. Zimny has directed, produced and edited a number of live Springsteen concert videos in the past.

Beyoncé has claimed the top spot on Forbes' new "Celebrity 100" list, which ranks the most successful celebrities from "movies, TV, music, sports, books and modeling based on money and fame." Miami Heat forward LeBron James landed in the second spot, with hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre rounding out the top three. Bey's husband Jay Z follows behind at #6, and other musicians on the list include Rihanna (#8), Katy Perry (#9), Bon Jovi and Bruno Mars (tied for #13) and Miley Cyrus (#17).

Madonna has pledged to help out her home city of Detroit by contributing funds to three organizations. One is the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, which offers after-school boxing and educational mentoring to 65 kids. Madonna is providing the funding to build a new facility. Secondly is the Detroit Achievement Academy, which aims to supply new equipment, art and music supplies to classrooms in Michigan's poorest ZIP code. The singer's third organization, the Empowerment Plan, employs homeless women to sew coats and sleeping bags for homeless in Detroit and around the country. "I was deeply inspired by the efforts of so many people who I met who have dedicated themselves to helping the kids and adults in Detroit elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty," Madonna said in a statement. "I have seen the results their commitment and hard work have already accomplished. From meeting the kids at Downtown Youth Boxing Gym who have a 100 percent high school graduation rate, to seeing how eager the students at the Detroit Achievement Academy are to learn about the arts, to understanding the value of giving homeless women the opportunity to become self-sufficient through the Empowerment Plan, it was obvious to me that I had to get involved and be part of the solution to help Detroit recover. A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit and I'm humbled to be able to give back to my community."

Girl group G.R.L has premiered the video for their brand new single, "Ugly Heart," across VEVO. The single is available now at all digital retailers and is produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut, much of the same team who is working in the studio on G.R.L.'s debut album for Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Records, and RCA Records. Check out the video below.

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