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Kelly Clarkson covers Madonna's 'Crazy for You' in concert: Watch here!

Everyone’s getting in on the latest frenzy around Madonna — even Kelly Clarkson.

The night before Clarkson performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl where Her Madgesty performed the halftime show, American Idol‘s original winner  got into the spirit of the weekend and performed a lovely, lilting, guitar-riffing cover of Madonna’s No. 1 hit from 1984, “Crazy for You.”

It was actually a fan request: Before each tour date, Clarkson has been soliciting her concertgoers for songs that she should cover. On this particular Saturday night stop in Bossier City, La., Clarkson did a cover of her own choice first — Florence and the Machine’s “Heavy in Your Arms” — before segueing into “Crazy for You.” (It’s all fitting, considering how Clarkson got into the business, right?)

Rather delightfully, she put her connection to the song into context for us. “This is like a couples-skate song!” Clarkson says in the middle of “Crazy for You.” At the end of her performance, she explained, “You know how when you hear a song and it brings you to a moment?” she says. “I was totally at the skating rink thinking of Michael Webb — whatever! So…anyway, I hated junior high and high school. I was that kid that never fit in. Wat wat!” Awwww.

Clarkson has recently covered such favorites as Heart’s “What About Love” and Coldplay’s “Fix You” in concert, but for now, enjoy her take on classic Madge:

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Miley Cyrus' Bob Dylan cover 'You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go' -- Watch the new video here

Anxious to hear Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, the massive, 76-track Tribute Album for a Good Cause from Amnesty International?

No worries — Miley Cyrus has got your back.

In conjunction with Amnesty International, the nose-ringed 19-year-old has released the official video for her country-fried cover of Dylan’s “You’re Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go.”

The song, off 1975′s Blood on the Tracks, loses some of its original spunk and humor (not to mention harmonica), but Cyrus does a decent job with her safe reading of the folk favorite.

Check out the video below to see for yourself:

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Matthew McConaughey returns to his 'Dazed and Confused' character in Butch Walker's new 'Synthesizers' video: Watch it here

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You know what we love about Dazed and Confused? Matthew McConaughey gets older, but David Wooderson stays the same age.

After a nearly twenty-year hiatus, McConaughey has reprised the stoner comedy’s lingering high school graduate in Butch Walker’s new video for “Synthesizers,” off his album The Spade.

The collaboration came out of mutual admiration, and probably a dash of nostalgia. “When it comes to classic characters, Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Wooderson’ took the cake…and the high school girls with him,” Walker says.

Added McConaughey, “If you love Dazed and you loved Wooderson, you’ll see this and you’ll probably get the tickle box pretty quick.”

So how’s the iconic burnout holding up these days? Find out in the video below:

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Astro becomes second 'X Factor' contestant to sign with L.A. Reid's Epic Records

Is The X Factor going all American Idol on us?

The 15-year-old rapper Astro, who was eliminated from the competition on Dec. 1, has just announced that he’s inking a deal with Epic Records — just like his fellow runner-up Chris Rene did yesterday.

Astro, whose full fake name is Astronomical Kid and full real name is Brian Bradley, was an early favorite among fans thrilled by the bespectacled emcee’s preternatural talents. But the Brooklyn-based teenager eventually lost the crowd due to rampant cockiness and a televised tantrum, during which he pouted, “I really don’t want to perform, I feel it’s unnecessary.”

After Astro’s run ended, many wondered whether he’d get picked up by one of his own idols, namely Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. But L.A. Reid — who mentored Astro on the show and also runs Epic — took the bait instead. Maybe the real way for X Factor contestants to win a record contract is to impress Reid?

How about you, reader — are you impressed by the one-two punch of Chris Rene and Astro getting major-label deals? Do you think Astro will live up to his hype? And are there any other contestants you’d like to see get signed? We know you’re out there, Rachel Crow Nation!

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Daniel Radcliffe swoops in to Lana Del Rey's 'SNL' defense

Call it Harry Potter and the Cold-Blooded Critics.

After hosting last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Daniel Radcliffe is publicly coming to the defense of the episode’s musical guest Lana Del Rey, whose performance has inspired the first Great Music Debate of 2012.

“It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly,” Radcliffe said to the British press of Del Rey, who sang “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” on that fateful night.

“I also think people are making it about things other than the performance,” the actor continued. “If you read what people are saying about her online, it’s all about her past and her family and stuff that’s nobody else’s business.”

Added Radcliffe, “I don’t think it warranted anywhere near that reaction.”

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Watch vintage footage of teenage Kanye rapping -- VIDEO

Teen Kanye RapsHe wasn’t born on the throne.

But according to a newly unearthed video of a 19-year-old Kanye West performing in his native Chicago, he was already on his way in 1996.

“I never been tookin’ out / I got emcees lookin’ out,” raps the nascent Louis Vuitton Don, sporting the kind of tucked-in polo ensemble that became the sartorial signature of his earlier days.

The NYC-flavored jam definitely fits the era, and West had seemingly yet to nail down a musical identity. Yet, as we recently learned in another vintage video, it would be eight years (if not sooner) before ‘Ye started infusing into his verses the Chicago-style consciousness that colored his 2004 debut The College Dropout.

But enough with the talking — watch the video for yourself below, and let us know what you think of Junior Yeezy:

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Demi Lovato talks drug use and Miley Cyrus in new interview

Demi Lovato is ringing in the New Year by opening up to Seventeen about her troubled past and her bright hopes for 2012.

The “Skyscraper” singer tells the magazine, “I’m not going to lie, I was self-medicating. I was doing things like drinking and using [drugs], like a lot of teens do to numb their pain.”

I’ll admit, I did a double-take reading over the quotes and realizing they were coming from a Disney-bred star in a teen mag, not words from a revealing Vanity Fair interview with an aging rocker.

Kudos to Lovato for being honest. It’s no secret she was in a rough place for a while: She checked into a treatment center last winter, after a tumultuous few months that played out in public, and in January 2011 acknowledged that she had completed treatment for “undisclosed emotional and physical issues.” She later revealed she was battling anorexia, bulimia, and bipolar disorder.

She’s had quite the comeback, however, releasing her third album Unbroken this past September, which landed her a Top 10 debut (“Skyscraper”), her first. She also recently sang the National Anthem at the World Series and (rightly) took on her former network over insensitive eating-disorder jokes. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' covers 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'; makes Christmas dreams come true: watch the video here

Love is clearly in the air at McKinley High. And in this just-released clip from next week’s Christmas episode of Glee, Lima, Ohio’s favorite teenagers will certainly be rocking around the Christmas tree.

Much like the “Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” tune from last season’s holiday episode, this “All I Want For Christmas Is You” cover features the whole crew of kids (They’re all together again!) getting into the holiday spirit—and searching for a little mistletoe, presumably, as all the couples are sharing flirty glances while they dance the school day away. Who hasn’t used tinsel as a boa while decorating the tree?

Fashion update: Rachel’s ensembles are typically pretty hit-or-miss, but I’m coveting both her red party dress and her updo in this clip. And Blaine’s blazer may be the best part of this whole thing.

So much happiness, all in one two-minute video! Check out the Christmas cheer below: READ FULL STORY

Speak now, Music Mixers: Taylor Swift says her fourth album will be 'very different' -- which direction should she go next?

She may not have released an album, but Billboard’s Woman of the Year still had a pretty awe-inspiring 2011. This past weekend, Swift gave a little tease about her new album, most likely due to drop sometime in late 2012.

“[My records] all seem to have a theme to them,” she explained, ” and this one is no different. It’s very different in what it’s about, but it’s no different in the fact that it has its own name.”

I wonder how how outside the box pop-country’s reigning queen is prepared to go after her chart-topping third release. Now that her Speak Now tour has wrapped, and she’s presumably working on album number four fulltime, let’s help her brainstorm. Where does she go from here? READ FULL STORY

George is the Beatle most horrified by Ke$ha

A rabble-rouser on Buzzfeed got thousands of people outraged today with this list of 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music. The one below struck me as the most visually disturbing. Why didn’t Photoshop melt down as a drunk and disorderly Muppets extra was placed next to The Beatles? Does the answer lie in the space between Ke$sha’s boobs? So many questions.

I’ve come up with a way to cope, though: Imagine that all of the Beatles are facially reacting to the horror show at their right. Ringo is being so polite and cautious about it, probably because he’s the closest to the danger. John is willfully oblivious, while Paul looks just slightly more dead inside than Ke$ha. George wins this stinkface competition by a long and winding mile. (I feel like he’d also take the most convincing Facebook self-portraits in iPhoto. I hate myself!)

See? It’s easy if you try. Feel better now? [Buzzfeed]

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