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TV Jukebox -- Super Bowl commercials edition: Rolling Stones, Psy, Hans Zimmer and more

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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

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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

Marine Band releases statement about Beyonce's inaugural 'Star-Spangled Banner'

Did Beyoncé lip-sync the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration yesterday? While Queen Bey herself has remained mum about the matter, several news outlets say “yes” — and though this statement from the United States Marine Band doesn’t reveal whether Beyoncé’s vocals were sung live, it does confirm that the band itself played along to a pre-recorded track.

The reason? Since Beyoncé didn’t have an opportunity to rehearse with the group before Inauguration Day, “it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event.” Here’s the full statement, which emphasizes that presidential inauguration music is always pre-recorded, just in case:

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) requested that the Marine Band accompany Beyonce Knowles-Carter in the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2013 Inaugural Ceremony. However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event. Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances. Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.

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TV Jukebox: 'Downton Abbey,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Castle,' and more music-on-TV moments

Welcome to 2013, Jukeboxers! As shows premiere and kick back up, we’ve got a new set of tunes for a new year, including brash entries, sob-inducing exits, and two actual jukeboxes. 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 full Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

Adele scores Oscar nod, books Golden Globes appearance

A lot of stars say they’ll commit themselves to their children only to use them as career-extending props and fodder for insane stories about secret rooms in basketball arenas. But Adele has really put her money where her mouth is: Since the birth of her first child, she has kept a remarkably low-profile, especially for somebody who was the biggest-selling artist in America for two years running.

But she’ll be dusting off her work shoes on Sunday when she attends this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, where she’ll cross her fingers in hopes that “Skyfall” wins the hardware. And she’ll have at least one more red carpet to walk in the coming months, as “Skyfall” was also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category this morning. (Adele is also nominated for a Grammy, though it’s unclear whether she’ll be attending that particular show.)
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Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons added to Grammy lineup

Considering there are a total of 81 categories at the Grammy Awards and only a small fraction of those actually get handed out during the telecast, the main events of any given Grammy show are the performances. What other reason did anybody have to tune into last year’s show other than to watch Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston and Nicki Minaj’s British-accented exorcism?

This year’s batch of performers is starting to build, and it begins with some massive acts. Rihanna, Taylor Swift, fun., Mumford & Sons, and the Black Keys have all been confirmed to perform live at the 55th Grammy Awards, which will take place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Mumford, fun., and the Black Keys are among the most nominated artists at this year’s show (Mumford and fun. each have six, while the Black Keys have five plus one more Producer of the Year nod for Dan Auerbach). Rihanna and Taylor will walk into the building with three nominations each, though Swift likely would have collected more had her latest album Red come out in time for consideration (pencil her in for at least a half-dozen noms in 2014).

Now that we know some of the people who will definitely be performing, the speculation can begin about what those artists will perform and who they might invite along. READ FULL STORY

Fred Armisen and ?uestlove have a drum-off on 'Fallon' - VIDEO

Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen famously costars with indie-rock luminary Carrie Brownstein (ex member of riot girl icons Sleater-Kinney and current guitiarist in Wild Flag) on Portlandia, which returns to IFC this Friday, but he famously has his own indie-rock bona fides, which he showed off last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Armisen has actually demonstrated off his drumming skills in the past, and on Fallon, he went toe-to-toe hitting skins with the show’s bandleader Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.

Armisen held his own against the imposing Root —check it out for yourself below.  READ FULL STORY

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