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On the scene at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, day one: Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, and Jay-Z

When you think about it, there’s really only one way to kick off a pop music festival: with the gyrating, electro, pulsing sounds of the Black Eyed Peas, of course.

The foursome opened the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last night with laser lights, a cadre of jailbird-themed backup dancers (in a word: divine), and one of their signature songs, “Boom Boom Pow.”

It’s almost needless to say, but the party-rocking vibe the show’s producers were no doubt hoping for coalesced perfectly, as the crowd spiraled into dancing through songs like “Just Can’t Get Enough,” “Don’t Stop the Party,” “The Time (Dirty Bit),” and the perfect set-ender: “I Gotta Feeling.” (Personally, I was hoping for “Shut Up,” but no one ever seems to be into that song as much as me.)

Of much interest — at least to me — was Fergie’s delightful getup, which included glittery knee-high boots and onesie, and fascinating, gold fingernail/cap things that contributed to her overall drag queen look. She was Vegas to a T! (Then again, she always kind of is.)

The tone was set from the first act: This show was definitely all about the hits, and the 12,000 fans in the audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena seemed to get just what they wanted. From top to bottom, the show was quite the Vegas production with huge screens flanking the stage, more than one confetti blast (the first one came at the almost-still-daylight time of 8:01 p.m., no joke), and, yes, Ryan Seacrest as host.

He first appeared after the Black Eyed Peas left the stage to introduce the show: “This weekend,” he said, in a trademark way that’s both overly dramatic and overly bombastic, “all roads lead to Vegas.” Well, all roads carrying the biggest pop stars, at least. And it was during this interlude that he announced something that made the crowd go completely wild: Lady Gaga—already confirmed to be performing during the festival—would appear on Saturday night with Sting. In two words: Instant death!


Beyoncé and Alicia Keys' 'Put It In a Love Song' video: Watch a delightful preview here

An all-important piece of any great diva-on-diva collaboration is a killer-fabulous music video. Just think back to some of the best, more recent diva duos that churned out amazing clips—for instance, the mind-boggle that is Gaga and Beyoncé’s “Telephone” and that deliciousness put together a decade ago by Missy, Christina, Pink, and Lil’ Kim in “Lady Marmalade.”

There are, of course, many more. But one that we’ll likely be adding to that list? Beyoncé and Alicia’s video collab for their song “Put It In a Love Song.” We’ve already seen on-set photos from the video shoot and we’ve, of course, heard the actual song, but the fine folks over at Idolator discovered this fun behind-the-scenes preview thingy for the forthcoming video, which you can watch after the jump.

The duet is already a sultry blast, but could this sparkly, tribal, showgirls-filled video potentially send it into the stratosphere? Methinks, yes, hopefully. And: Beyoncé and Alicia look stunning, especially Alicia’s juicy-red lips. Watch the preview here and tell me what you think afterward:


Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz release 'Speechless,' dedicated to their new son

Speechelss-Alicia-KeysImage Credit: http://www.MonsterMondays.comContrary to the song’s title, Alicia Keys has plenty of words to describe the joy her first son, Egypt, has given her since he arrived last October. She does just that in “Speechless,” a new release in producer and husband Swizz Beatz’s weekly Monster Mondays web offerings. “There ain’t no medal prize [that] can compare to you,” she beams on the track. The production samples Kanye West’s “Devil in a New Dress” from his recent My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which samples from Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “Will You Still Love Me.”

As sweet as its lyrics are, the track is a bit bland. Alicia’s piano work over the sample does little to separate it from the original, nor does the added drum pattern. And rapstress Eve doesn’t do much to help either, delivering a ho-hum verse about generally falling in love. Keys made sure to tell her fans that this is not an official single or and doesn’t reflect the work direction of her forthcoming album. “‘Speechless’ is a little freestyle treat 4 the holidays,” she tweeted. “It’s not a new album, not a single. It’s something special 4 U!”

Have you heard the track yet? What do you think of it? Let us know.

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Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, and Usher will quit Twitter for AIDS charity

gaga-keys_320.jpg Image Credit: Neil Mockford/; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosLady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and Usher are among the celebrities who will sign off from social media platforms this Wednesday to benefit Alicia Keys’ AIDS charity, Keep a Child Alive, according to the AP. The charity will accept donations through text messages and the participants will sign back on when the charity raises $1m. “I have a feeling that Gaga is going to raise it all by herself,” said Keep a Child Alive president Leigh Blake. Contributions will support families affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa.

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New 'Glee' music: Hear the cast cover 'Empire State of Mind'

The Glee season two premiere is a week away but the first song off the episode has leaked: a New Directions’ cover of Jay-Z’s and Alicia Keys’ blockbuster hit “Empire State of Mind.” Artie (Kevin McHale), Finn (Cory Monteith), and Puck (Mark Salling) appear to be tackling much of the rapping while the rest of the glee club, particularly Mercedes (Amber Riley), handle Keys’ incredible chorus. Listen below…

What do you think Music Mix-ers? Is this a cover Jay-Z would approve? Or reject?

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Lady Gaga is nominated for a record-breaking 13 VMA awards, Eminem gets 8 nods

Lady-GagaImage Credit: Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty ImagesLady Gaga has been nominated for a record-breaking 13 MTV Video Music Awards—including Best Pop Video and Best Female Video—while Eminem received eight nods in the list of nominations, which was released at noon today. This means Gaga has the most nominations ever in a single VMA. She is also the first female artist to be nominated for two different clips in the Video of the Year category with both “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” getting nods. First-time VMA nominees included Ke$ha, Drake, Florence + The Machine, and young Mr Justin Bieber.

The VMAs will be broadcast on Sunday, September 12. You can find the list of nominees after the jump.

Obviously, the big news is the love the VMAs have shown Lady Gaga. What do you think of her 13 noms?


Alicia Keys falls for Chad Michael Murray in 'Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)' video: Watch it here

“If we do the unthinkable,” Alicia Keys wonders in the chorus of her latest single, “would it make us look crazy?” Her dramatic new video for “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” imagines that choice as one involving One Tree Hill hunk Chad Michael Murray. The clip jumps around freely from the 1950s to the present day and everything in between. In all of those eras, Keys’ character falls for Murray’s, only to face the scorn of relatives and neighbors. This, a press release from Keys’ label explains, was meant to “capture…the torment and turmoil of a forbidden love that crosses racial and family ties” and “question…whether or not true love really conquers all.”

So, does true love really conquer all? Would a relationship between Keys and Murray still be unthinkable to some people in 2010? What do you think of this video, anyway? Check out “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” after the jump and let us know.


Jonas Brothers, Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Lady Antebellum and more join 'Good Morning America' summer concert lineup

Good Morning America announced its summer concert lineup for 2010 today, and it looks like a good one: the Jonas Brothers, Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and plenty of other hot acts will take the stage in Central Park to wake you up on Fridays, starting May 21. Hip-hop fans can enjoy Diddy and Dirty Money; Mom should like those sets from Sheryl Crow and the Go-Gos (it’s their final TV performance!); country fans get ambassadors in Lady Antebellum and Sugarland. The only real omissions I see are a big ol’ rock n’ roll band — were Nickelback/Bon Jovi/Linkin Park busy? — and that riot-causing wunderkind, Mr. Justin BiEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEber. And best of all, if you live in NYC, you can be there in person, for free.

Full schedule below. What do you think, Mixers? If you were in charge, who would fill those two “TBA” spots? READ FULL STORY

'Sex and the City 2' soundtrack: Meet your divas

Alicia-Keys-Jennifer-HudsonImage Credit: Alicia Keys: Dave Hogan/Getty Images; Jennifer Hudson: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImageCarrie, Miranda, Samantha, Charlotte: say hello to Alicia, Leona, Jennifer and Liza.

As in Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, and Liza Minelli —all slated to appear on the soundtrack for May’s gyno-magical Sex & the City 2. Marc Malkin of E! Online reports that Keys will cover Blondie’s 1980 hit “Rapture,” as a mash-up with the original SATC theme song.

Hudson won’t be back to reprise her role in the first big-screen adaptation of the series; instead, she’ll duet with Lewis on an original ballad, “Love Is Your Color.” Minnelli, already slated for a wedding-scene cameo in the film, will make like a certain other squeakquel and take on Beyonce’s deathless “Single Ladies,” as well as the Cole Porter standard “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.”

The full soundtrack, due May 25, will also reportedly feature contributions from Dido and Cee Lo. So tell us what you think, readers—more potential here than the musical material lassoed for Sex 1.0? (Granted, the bar set by Fergie’s pop-poopsicle “Labels or Love” is not high.) Or—she couldn’t help but wonder—is something missing?

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Susan Boyle dominates the albums chart yet again; Mary J. Blige scores a solid debut

Just in case there was any shred of doubt remaining (there wasn’t), the Susan Boyle train is still confidently charging onward as we head into 2010. Her I Dreamed a Dream sold another 510,000 copies in its fifth week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, keeping it comfortably at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 yet again. That brings her up to just shy of three million sold since arriving in stores last month. Depending on how many CDs she ends up selling in the present final half-week of 2009, she has a shot at unseating Taylor Swift’s Fearless as the year’s best seller. Even if that doesn’t happen, she’s already earned another record that might be even more impressive: I Dreamed a Dream is now the first debut album ever to bow at No. 1 and stay there for five weeks in a row since Billboard started keeping score in the 1950s.

Boyle isn’t the only belter in town this week, though. Mary J. Blige secured the No. 2 position with 330,000 copies sold of her new Stronger With Each Tear — a solid number, though it’s quite a drop from the 629,000 and 727,000 that Blige’s previous two albums respectively bowed with. Alicia Keys, meanwhile, took No. 4 by moving 280,000 copies of The Element of Freedom in its second week.

Down at No. 9, Lil Wayne’s Young Money crew debuted with 142,000 units moved of their group album We Are Young Money. Those aren’t exactly Carter III numbers, shall we say, but they’re not too bad for a spin-off project like this.

And that was it for top 20 debuts this week. Any surprises in there? Who, if anyone, do you think will eventually topple Susan Boyle’s chart reign? Sound off in the comments.

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