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'Pretty Little Liars' star Lucy Hale busy recording country album

It’s not uncommon for stars of the small screen to dip their toes into the music industry: Miley Cyrus started on Disney’s Hannah Montana before she become a full-fledged recording artist; Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester dropped a handful of singles back in 2009 and 2010; and Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum just released her second album. Now you can add Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale to the mix, as the actress has been in Nashville for the past few weeks recording a country album while on hiatus before shooting her ABC Family show’s fourth season. (Season 3 is currently airing, and season 4 will launch in June.)

How does Hale describe the album? “It’s country,” she explains plainly, of what she’s recording. “We definitely have more mainstream songs, but then we have songs that are straight-up country.”

Hale is hoping that she surprises people with what she puts out. “I think it’s gonna shock a lot of people actually, so it’s really exciting.” READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Glee,' 'Smash,' 'Saturday Night Live'

From a stunning Super Bowl XLVII halftime show to a Glee homage, it was Beyoncé’s world this week, and we were just living in it. But Sasha Fierce had some strong supporting acts, too — not all of whom popped out of the floor!

So, if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you. Check out our picks and the Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon talks about his show's biggest moments by this year's Grammy nominees

A look at the nominations for this Sunday’s Grammy Awards points to an interesting trend: Apparently, the road to Grammy-nominated glory runs through the Rockefeller Center studio that houses Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Many of this weekend’s potential winners have had their biggest moments on the show, from Frank Ocean’s TV debut to the “music room” remix of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

What’s more, there could be Grammy gold coming to the show itself: Fallon’s Blow Your Pants Off (which consists largely of musical bits from the show) is nominated for Best Comedy Album, and house band the Roots’ Undun is up for Best Rap Album. EW caught up with Fallon a few weeks back to go over some of his show’s biggest highlights from this year’s crop of Grammy nominees.

Frank Ocean
“We booked the Odd Future guys a while back, before they got signed. So we stayed in touch with them, and Frank Ocean is from that crew, and we heard he had a record coming out, so we booked him to perform—he was making his TV debut on our show. Two days before is when he tweeted out that letter about his sexuality. That’s so crazy to do in the world of R&B and hip-hop, it’s just a thing that’s not really done. No one does that. So it made all these headlines, and the tag to all the headlines was, ‘And he’s performing on Jimmy Fallon.’ READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean's rising tide: How the genre-bending hip-hop artist swam to the top of the Grammys

When the Grammy nominations were announced on Dec. 5, it read like a roll call of 2012 radio all-stars: fun., Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson, Jay-Z. There was one outlier, though: Frank Ocean.

An artist without a single Hot 100 hit or a sold-out stadium tour or a basketball arena to call his own, Ocean is up for six awards, including Album of the Year for his transcendent debut, Channel Orange. It topped dozens of year-end critics’ lists (including this magazine’s) and was only recently certified gold, let alone platinum. So how did this 25-year-old soul man end up at the center of music’s biggest night?

Part of it has to do with the shifting nature of the Grammys themselves. READ FULL STORY

Cover up! No breasts, no buttocks, CBS says in wardrobe advisory email to Grammys contacts

Now that CBS has made it through Super Bowl XLVII without another boobgate, the network has turned its attention to the wardrobe matters of its next big broadcast: Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

CBS Standards and Practices sent an email to the Grammys staff late Tuesday night with a detailed “wardrobe advisory” for Sunday’s event. Deadline first obtained the email, which EW has confirmed did indeed go out to Grammys contacts last night.

Read CBS’ plea for a demure show below:
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TV Jukebox -- Super Bowl commercials edition: Rolling Stones, Psy, Hans Zimmer and more

PSY-PISTACHIOS-JUKEBOX

When it comes to all the forms of entertainment in the Super Bowl telecast, music completes the package. No, we’re not talking about Beyonce’s halftime show. We’re talking about the tunes in all those commercials.

The music in this year’s Big Game ads was a mix of recent hits and decades-old classics. Appropriate for one of America’s biggest partying days, the song choices were mostly upbeat and celebratory, but there were a few more emotional tracks as well.

Here EW presents to you a special edition of TV Jukebox with those Super Bowl commercials in the spotlight. Check out our picks and Spotify playlist below. READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Girls,' 'The Americans,' 'The Following'

There were lots of throwback tunes “In the Air” this week, Jukeboxers, from ’80s pounding drums to ’90s FM radio gems. But we also found some contemporary instaclassics and new takes on old favorites. So, if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you. Check out our picks and the Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

Beyonce sings the national anthem live at Super Bowl press conference -- VIDEO

Are you a Beyliever now?

Over a week after the world learned that Beyoncé had lip-synched “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Obama’s second inauguration, the diva finally admitted publicly this afternoon that she did, in fact, use a backing track during her performance. “I am a perfectionist,” she said, “and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show, and a very very important emotional show for me…And due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make my country proud.”

The confession, however, came only after Beyoncé delivered a live, a cappella rendition of the national anthem to a convention center filled with reporters — proving that she can perform the song without any help from a pre-recorded track or even other musicians. Here’s video of her unaccompanied performance:

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Justin Timberlake added to Grammy performance lineup

Since Justin Timberlake is on his suit and tie s—, it’s only appropriate that he be invited to a proper formal event.

Timberlake is the latest boldface name added to the performance docket at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which take place on Sunday, February 10.

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TV Jukebox: 'The Carrie Diaries,' 'NCIS,' 'American Idol,' and more music-on-TV moments

It’s a double-barreled TV Jukebox, featuring songs from series debuts and season finales from the last two weeks. From The Carrie Diaries to American Horror Story: Asylum and, yes, even Catfish: The TV Show, we’ve got ‘em all. So, if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you. Check out our picks and the Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

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