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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!

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Tony Bennett becomes oldest person to chart on the Hot 100, buries other records in the process

Fresh off his epic 85th birthday celebration, which featured guest appearances by Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and Bill Clinton, recent Tony Bennett has taken a wrecking ball to a handful of chart records thanks to the release of Duets II and his historic single with Amy Winehouse (which was tragically the late Winehouse’s final recording).

“Body and Soul,” the duet with Winehouse, entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 87, making Bennett the oldest living person to ever appear on that chart. He replaced George Burns, who charted with “I Wish I Was 18 Again” back in 1980 at the sprightly age of 84.

Bennett’s appearance on the Hot 100 also created a number of other new precedents for performers and longevity. The nearly 44 years between his last chart appearance and this one is the longest gap for a solo artist in history. The previous record holder was Otis Redding, who saw 42 years elapse between appearances on the chart — he just showed up on the chart again as a guest on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” (though you can freely debate whether or not that should even count). Bennett also has the longest career-length chart span, having appeared on the very first Hot 100 way back in 1958.

He may not be done, as Billboard is projecting that Duets II could sell as many as 170,000 copies in its first week of release and may be strong enough to debut at the top of the albums chart. Bennett has never had a number-one album, though the first entry in the Duets series got as high as number three back in 2006. Not too shabby for an 85-year-old guy, eh?

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Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse’s ‘Body and Soul’ video: Watch it here

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse's 'Body and Soul' video: Watch it here

It’s easy to get swallowed up in the mystery of Amy Winehouse’s untimely July 23 death. But first things first, let’s remember that she was an amazing singer. Thankfully, Tony Bennett won’t let us forget.

This morning on what would have been Winehouse’s 28th birthday, the legendary singer released the full clip of his time at Abbey Road Studios in London with the late English siren while recording their duet “Body and  Soul.” The video shows a strong Winehouse coolly cooing alongside Bennett.

Even more precious than seeing her perform so well are the intimate moments revealed here. Seeing her alert, laughing, and hanging out behind the soundboard is how she should be remembered. Check out the clip after the jump.

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Amy Winehouse update: Dad says singer died after suffering seizure caused by alcohol detoxification

Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, claims that his soul-singing daughter died after suffering a seizure caused by alcohol detoxification, reports the Associated Press. Winehouse made the remarks during a taping of Anderson Cooper’s new talk show, Anderson, which will premiere on Monday, Sept. 12, in syndication.

Winehouse said that traces of the prescription drug Librium, which is used to fight anxiety and symptoms of alcoholism, were found in her body after her death on July 23. The singer’s family added that toxicology reports showed there was also alcohol in her bloodstream, although it is unclear how that contributed to her death. “Everything Amy did, she did to excess,” Winehouse told Cooper. “She drank to excess and did detox to excess.”  READ FULL STORY

Tony Bennett on Amy Winehouse: 'She was very nervous' recording 'Body & Soul' -- watch the video here

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It’s pretty poetic that Amy Winehouse’s final recording was a collaboration with Tony Bennett on the classic song “Body & Soul.” The tune will appear on Bennett’s upcoming Duets II album, which also features collaborations with Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Underwood, and a host of other huge current stars.

“Body & Soul,” the album’s first official single, will drop next Wednesday, September 14, and Bennett himself spoke to Entertainment Weekly for a feature that will be gracing your local newsstand on Friday, September 16.

In the conversation, Bennett talked extensively about recording with the late chanteuse, who he saw as a kindred spirit carrying on an endangered musical legacy.

“What I love about Amy Winehouse is that, of all the singers since the Beatles, you automatically check everyone out who’s a lot younger, but there’s been such a big walk away from jazz,” Bennett told EW‘s Melissa Maerz. “Some people think that anyone could sing jazz, but they can’t. It’s a gift of learning how to syncopate but it’s also a spirit that you’re either born with or you’re not. And Amy was born with that spirit.”

Based on the clip below of Bennett and Winehouse in the studio (a brief bit of which appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards a few weeks ago), the late singer seemed at ease working with one of her idols on one of her dad’s favorite songs. Watch the clip here, and learn more about their interaction after the jump: READ FULL STORY

MTV 2011 VMAs: What you didn't see on TV

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are in the books, and while the show as a whole felt a little scattered and unfocused, there were indeed some high points. Russell Brand, Tony Bennett, and Bruno Mars gave Amy Winehouse an excellent tribute, Beyoncé capped off a great performance with a nice little revelation about the future of her family, and Adele tore down the house with her stunning, jaw-dropping run through “Someone Like You.”

But there were a handful of amazing moments that happened between MTV’s rapid-fire camera cuts and commercial breaks. Luckily, I was inside the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live and can report the eight greatest things you probably missed during the show. READ FULL STORY

MTV 2011 VMAs: Russell Brand, Tony Bennett, Bruno Mars pay loving, clear-eyed tribute to Amy Winehouse -- VIDEO

Amid an often bizarre, occasionally boring MTV Video Music Awards, the show paused to pay tribute to late songstress Amy Winehouse. But unlike many tributes of years past, the remembrance was tinged with an honest accounting for Winehouse’s infamous battle with drugs and alcohol. “She was kind of like a daft, dopey person… with a peculiar, unknowable talent,” said comedian Russell Brand, who memorably penned a similarly frank tribute right after Winehouse died last month. “She just seemed like an ordinary girl with extraordinary hair,” Brand continued rather breathlessly, before recalling the first time he heard her sing: “That incredible, extraordinary voice coming from that crazy person, a person I knew would wander stinking of the booze, a loopy, loose-cannon person — I thought, ‘How can that be coming out of her?’ After that I gave her a lot more attention, because it became evident upon hearing that divine voice that she was a genius.”

After Brand pointedly noted “there is a solution” to the addictions from which Winehouse suffered, he noted all of the current artists who have been influenced by her, like Adele, Lady Gaga, and his own wife Katy Perry. Then he welcomed jazz legend Tony Bennett to the stage, who put Winehouse’s place in the pantheon of female vocalists like this: READ FULL STORY

Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' becomes best-selling of 21st century in the U.K.

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She may be gone, but Amy Winehouse’s music is thriving.

Britain’s Official Charts Company announced that the late singer’s Grammy-sweeping sophomore set, Back to Black, has just become the best-selling album of the 21st century in the U.K., beating out James Blunt’s 2004 album Back to Bedlam’s 3.25 million albums sold with her 3.26 million.

Dido’s 2001 effort No Angel rests at third with 3.07 million purchased.

Black is currently No. 3 on the UK top 100 albums chart. It’s been on the list for 167 weeks total.

Posthumous sales, of course, are nothing new; similar surges happened when Michael Jackson passed in 2009, and earlier with the likes of Aaliyah, Biggie, Jeff Buckley, and others.

Have you bought Winehouse’s Black or her debut, Frank, since her passing? Let us know.

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VMAs tribute to Amy Winehouse to feature Tony Bennett, more

As expected, the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards will feature a tribute to late British chanteuse Amy Winehouse.

The legendary Tony Bennett, whose duet with Winehouse on “Body and Soul“—the last recording made before her death—appears on his upcoming Duets II, will have the honor of introducing the tribute.

A statement from MTV reveals that the tribute will also debut film of their spring recording session together at Abbey Road Studios in London.

The single and video will be released for purchase by Columbia Records Sept. 14,  which would have been Amy’s 28th birthday. Proceeds will support the Amy Winehouse Foundation established by the late singer’s family.

“It was a thrill to record with Amy Winehouse and when you listen to the recording of ‘Body and Soul, it is a testament to her artistic genius and her brilliance as one of the most honest musicians I have ever known,” says Bennett in the statement.

Though MTV did not say what songs would be performed or who would be singing them, it’s safe to say that hits like “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good” will be a part of the set list. The VMAs will air live from Nokia Theater L.A. on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9pm.

Toxicology reports find no illegal substances in Amy Winehouse's system

Amy Winehouse had no illegal substances in her system at the time of her death on July 23. At least, according to her family. In a statement released to press, Winehouse’s family cited a toxicology report that found that only alcohol was present in her system. Whether or not that contributed to her death is not yet known. “The family would like to thank the police and coroner for their continuing thorough investigations and for keeping them informed throughout the process,” read the release.

There is still an active inquest into Winehouse’s death. The singer’s family expects to hear an outcome in October.

Read more:
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Adele pays tribute to Amy Winehouse: ‘I don’t think she ever realised just how brilliant she was’
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