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Tony Bennett's 'Duets II' tops Billboard 200 albums chart, beating out Lady Antebellum and Demi Lovato

Eighty-five-year-old Tony Bennett certainly isn’t letting his age get the best of him. After breaking a few records last week by becoming oldest living person to ever appear on the Billboard hot 100 singles chart with his stellar Amy Winehouse duet “Body and Soul,” he’s scored another success for the books the Albums chart today.

Bennett’s newly released Duets II, which featurs collabs with the likes of Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Aretha Franklin and Carrie Underwood, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums charts selling 179,000 copies in its first week.

The achievement makes the 14-time Grammy Award winner the oldest living artist ever to make it to the top spot. Prior to Bennett, Bob Dylan held the crown; his Together Through Life debuted at No. 1 in 2009 when he was a relatively sprightly 67.

Elsewhere on the chart, Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night comes in at No. 2, moving 125,000 units. While Adele’s 21 continues to power on at No. 3 with 117,000 sets purchased.

Check out the top to albums on the chart after the jump.

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Justin Bieber wishes Lil Wayne a happy 29th and covers his 'How to Love': Listen to his sweet acoustic version here

He may be holed up in the studio working on his holiday album, but Justin Bieber still snuck in some time to cover one of the summer’s biggest hits: Lil Wayne’s “How to Love.”

This morning, Justin wished the rapper a belated happy birthday (Wayne turned 29 on Sept. 27) via Twitter, linking to a YouTube clip of his go at “Love.” Unlike Demi Lovato’s recent take on it, the Biebs’ acoustic-guitar version of Weezy’s Auto-Tuned ballad about a heartbroken girl also features his own new rap verses.

“I just need you by my side/ Baby, we could be alright/ I just want to hold you right when we go into the night,” he rhymes. Sweet, right? With lines like that, there’s no wondering why the young charmer takes his famous lady friend out for romantic nights on the town.

Check out his version of Wayne’s smash after the jump.

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Rihanna's sexy 'We Found Love' outfit too hot for Irish farmer, who trucked the star off his land: Was her bikini too much?

Bajan singer Rihanna is undoubtedly one of the sexiest pop stars out right now. And for good reason: Between her racy videos and magazine spreads, she leaves plenty of tongues wagging.

But she recently revealed a little too much for one modest farmer when she used his land to shoot her new video for “We Found Love” in Ireland—so much so that he shut down the entire production to give her a stern talking-to.

Farm owner Alan Graham, 61, drove his tractor into the shooting area after seeing Rihanna in a red bikini under a plaid shirt and jeans and respectfully demanded they leave.

“I thought it was inappropriate. I requested them to stop and they did,” he later explained to the BBC. “I had my conversation with Rihanna and I hope she understands where I’m coming from. We shook hands.”

This news comes just after fellow pop vixen Britney Spears stirred up some controversy for her pistol-packing scene in her upcoming “Criminal” video shot in London. Our stars just can’t catch a break overseas, huh?

Fortunately for Rihanna, the saintly farmer wishes nothing but the best for her — well, except that maybe she visits a church soon.

“I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends,” he said. “Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God.”

What do guys think? Was Rihanna’s outfit a little too crazy? Did Graham overreact? Does Rihanna need to find Him? Let us know.

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B.o.B returns with Lil Wayne-featuring cut about weed smoke : Listen to his new single 'Strange Clouds' here

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard a newbie from Atlanta rhymer B.o.B.  — the man behind two of 2010’s bigger hits: the Bruno Mars-assisted “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes.”

Now he’s gearing up for the release of his sophomore album, and today he dropped its lead single, “Strange Clouds.” If the title didn’t tip you off, the song’s about getting high and features an unlikely guest, Lil Wayne.

At another time in Weezy’s life, a verse about his love for herbal essence would make sense. Two years ago, he was one of the most lifted rappers out there. But now that he’s on probation due to his fairly recent release from prison, he’s banned from drinking alcohol and using drugs — marijuana included.

Granted, this is art, and he’s free to say whatever he wants. But it’s difficult for me to believe Wayne when he says he’s “smokin’ on that strong/ That Arnold Schwarzenegger.” He’s certainly not talking about a cigar.

B.o.B, who doesn’t have the eyes of the law on him, kicks the song off with some fun lines. “I’mma hit her with that pipe/ Call that Nancy Kerrigan,” he starts. “Stay on the greenest greens/ Call us vegetarians.” Listen to it after the jump.

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Kelly Clarkson's new 'Mr. Know It All' video: Watch it here

After providing a teaser of her new video last week, Kelly Clarkson released the full clip for “Mr. Know It All” over the weekend.

In it, the pop star sings in a room with wallpaper made of newspaper clippings, most of which feature ugly headlines about her. Next she sits down and watches a video of herself dancing on top of a bar. Then she does what no celeb should do if they want to maintain their sanity: she reads the comments section of a blog post about her.

After realizing she doesn’t need to be with a guy that’s constantly ordering her around and judging her, she has a decision to make. Will Kelly stay or go? Check out the video after the jump and see if she finds her sunshine after all.

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Duck Sauce's 'Barbra Streisand' reimagined for actor Luis Guzman: Watch cameos from Mark Wahlberg, Justin Bieber and more here

HBO’s How to Make It in America, now entering its second season, wrangled Duck Sauce’s Armand Van Helden and A-Trak to remake their viral smash “Barbra Streisand” in honor of beloved character actor Luis Guzmán.

In the video, Guzmán, who plays wiseguy Rene Calderon on the show, pulls up on some breakdancers busting moves to the duo’s original. “Check this out,” he tells them before lowering his tinted windows and revealing the cut’s creators.

Like “Barbra,” this clip features a wealth of celebrity cameos: Watch Justin Bieber, Mark Wahlberg, Pharrell Williams, Gina Gershon, Q-Tip, Terry Richardson, co-stars Lake Bell and Kid Cudi, and others have a blast in New York after the jump:

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Kelly Clarkson performs 'Mr. Know It All' on Ellen, teases new video: Watch both here

Kelly Clarkson is currently in full promo mode, out pushing her forthcoming album Stronger. Yesterday she hit The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Kelly revealed that Emmy-winning actor Kyle Chandler is her celebrity crush and expressed her disappointment that he’s taken. “I found out he’s married,” joked Clarkson. “So I can’t stalk him now.”

More importantly, she hit the stage to bang out Stronger lead single “Mr. Know It All.” In a sexy dress (hello, cleavage!) Clarkson and her band ran through the cut about a guy who seriously needs a clue. Check out the performance and a preview from the song’s video after the jump.

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Timbaland, Pitbull, and David Guetta enjoy sun and exotic ladies in 'Pass at Me' video": Watch it here

Jack Frost is starting to blow his chill on most of us as we get deeper into fall. But in the video for his new single “Pass At Me,” Timbaland, along with Pitbull, jets to a place where the sun still beams, ladies dance in bikinis, and outdoor swimming is still an option.

The two live it up on boats and beaches before hitting up a David Guetta concert. (No coincidence, since he produced the cut).  Check out the video after the jump

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'New Girl' star Zooey Deschanel sings of sunshine and lollipops on her new Fox show's theme song: Hear it here

In case you didn’t know, when actress Zooey Deschanel isn’t making the masses chuckle with her dry humor, she moonlights as the sweet voice of indie-folk duo She & Him.

That said, who better to call on when the good folks at Fox needed a theme song for New Girl – the sitcom debuting tonight at 9pm EST that she stars in — than Deschanel herself?

Zooey wrote the sugary cut. “Don’t let the sunshine fall from the sky/ Just find the sunshine in your own eyes,’ she sings “Hey Girl.”

Check out the song after the jump.

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John Mayer announces medical condition, cancels two shows and delays upcoming album

Singer and guitarist John Mayer has two big gigs in the near future, but due to inflammation around his vocal chords known as a granuloma, he won’t be able to make either.

Mayer, 33, took to his Tumblr page today to say that he is “bummed to have to bow out of both the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas and an appearance with Tony Bennett in Los Angeles.”

The upcoming performances won’t be the only things slowed down by his ailment. Mayer’s forthcoming album, Born and Raised, “is complete as far as music recording, song selection, and in some cases mixing,” he says. However, there’s still more singing to do that will have to wait until he’s healthy—meaning it won’t be released in 2011 as he planned.

Though he doesn’t know when exactly he’ll be 100% again, John’s comfortable with the care he’s receiving. “I’m not sure how long or short a period of time it will be,” he writes.  “I’ve got the best doctors in the country looking after me and I will be singing and touring again as soon as I get the all clear.”

Read his full letter after the jump:

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