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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:


Randy Travis apologizes for public intoxication arrest

Country singer Randy Travis has apologized after being arrested on a charge of public intoxication outside a North Texas church.

Denton County sheriff’s spokesman Tom Reedy says police in the town of Sanger arrested Travis early Monday after spotting a vehicle parked in front of a church and finding an open bottle of wine and Travis smelling of alcohol.

Reedy says Travis, whose hits include “Forever and Ever, Amen,” was brought to the Denton County jail about 1:30 a.m. and released six hours later.

The singer, who lives in the small town of Tioga near Sanger, apologized in a statement to The Associated Press “for what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl.”

Travis, who launches a concert tour Friday, says he’s “committed to being responsible and accountable.”

Dream cover duets that will happen only in your head (even though you're right, and they'd be AWESOME)

Over the years, entertaining myself on my evening commute has taken strange turns, like choreographing a synchronized swimming routine to Britney Spears’ “Toxic” or envisioning a figure skating long program set to Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” for Paul Wylie. But occasionally, I get a good idea: Last night, while listening to the duet “Surrender to Me” by Ann Wilson and Robin Zander off of the Tequila Sunrise soundtrack, I decided Jennifer Nettles and Keith Urban should do this song, if only so I can hear Urban perform the guitar solo that kicks in around 2:45 in the music video below. Nettles can capture that ’80s urgency, while Urban can keep it grounded but still sexy. Another reason I’m not insane: Richard Marx cowrote “Surrender to Me,” and he’s collaborated with Urban on three singles, two of which went to No. 1 (“Long Hot Summer” and “Better Life”).

What dream duets have you conjured up in your mind and remain convinced would be amazing? Pitch it below — including the song title — and perhaps you’ll at least get some validation from fellow readers. READ FULL STORY

Chris Young earns his fifth straight No. 1 song: Is he country music's new superstar?


When Chris Young won the reality competition Nashville Star in 2006, his career didn’t exactly take off.

Unlike American Idol‘s country success story Scotty McCreery, this deep-voiced crooner moved rather slowly out of the gate. His late-2006 debut single “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” only reached number 42 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, and its followup, “You’re Gonna Love Me,” petered out in 48th place.

Everything changed in 2009, though, when Young’s “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” struck a chord with country listeners and climbed the chart for eight solid months, finally reaching No. 1 on October 24, 2009. Since then, the 26 year-old has been on an impressive winning streak. READ FULL STORY

New Grammys promo finally reveals something Taylor Swift isn't good at

Unless something in her life eventually goes horribly awry, it is unlikely that Taylor Swift will ever release a rap album.

Still, should the day ever come when she parlays her tag-team with T-Pain, her collaboration with T.I., and her acoustic take on “Lose Yourself” into a full-fledged hip-hop diva career, she should probably leave the beatboxing up to the professionals.

In a just-released promo for the Grammy Awards (which air next Sunday, Feb. 12), host LL Cool J and performer-nominee Swift are hanging out around a huge novelty award — you know, like they always do.

LL busts into some old-school beatboxing, but when Swift jumps in to add some mouth scratches and throat samples, things get goofy pretty fast (which, to her credit, she clearly realizes). Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

Dierks Bentley's 'Tip It On Back': Hear the new song from his CD 'Home' here! -- EXCLUSIVE


Dierks Bentley has never met a drink he didn’t like, and on his new song “Tip It On Back,” which you can stream exclusively here at the Music Mix, he wants you to join him.

The track, which comes from his upcoming CD Home (out Feb. 7), trades in the raucous humor found in Home‘s chart-topping drinking ode “Am I the Only One,” and functions more as an evening pick-me-up after a long, tough week.

(According to EW’s Mandi Bierly, Dierks makes a perfect seasonal anti-depressant all by himself, but a few adult beverages don’t hurt either.) “Tip it on back, make it feel good,” he encourages his fellow imbibing bar hounds.

Give the work-reprieve a listen below, and then crack open a beer and kick back. (It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Maybe Australia?) READ FULL STORY

Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift lead this year's Academy of Country Music Awards nominees

It’s probably too early in the day for tequila, but Kenny Chesney has some celebrating to do.

The nominees for the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced this morning, and the “You and Tequila” singer safely leads the pack with an impressive total of nine nominations, including the major categories of Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album, Single, and Song of the Year.

Not far behind is Jason Aldean and his respectable six nods, while Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Toby Keith also nabbed multiple slots on this year’s ballot.

While Chesney is no stranger to these shindigs (the twangy beach bum has won Entertainer of the Year four times before), the singer’s been mostly dormant in recent years. But thanks to his huge crossover hit (which got an assist from the equally durable Grace Potter), the 43-year-old artist is enjoying a late-career surge.

The show will be hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McIntyre, and CBS will air it live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on April 1.

Check out the full list of nominees below:


Garth Brooks awarded $1 million in Oklahoma hospital case

An Oklahoma hospital that failed to build a women’s health center in honor of Garth Brooks’ late mother must pay the country singer $1 million, a jury has ruled.

Jurors on Tuesday evening ruled that the hospital must return Brooks’ $500,000 donation plus pay him $500,000 in punitive damages. The decision came in Brooks’ breach-of-contract lawsuit against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon. Brooks said he thought he’d reached a deal in 2005 with the hospital’s president, James Moore, but sued after learning the hospital wanted to use the money for other construction projects. READ FULL STORY

Occupy Wall Street is getting an album featuring Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, Devo, and more


What do Willie Nelson, Devo, and Third Eye Blind have in common?

Other than being giants of their respective musical eras (yeah, we said it; just try not to sing along to this), they all support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

They and many other artists will be contributing music to the benefit compilation Occupy This Album: A Compilation of Music by, for and Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the 99%. Proceeds from the wordily titled record will go “directly towards the needs of sustaining this growing movement,” The Wrap reports.


Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler to team up for 'CMT Crossroads': Sure, we'll walk that way!

Never underestimate the power of an unexpected country collaboration.

When Jimmy Buffet met Alan Jackson, he re-energized his career as the mayor of Margaritaville. When Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow sang a song together, somehow they both became viable country acts. When Blake Shelton performed a duet with Miranda Lambert, he found his future wife.

And when Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler teamed up last year at the Academy of Country Music Awards to howl out “Undo It” and “Walk This Way,” they got themselves a CMT special!

The country music station has just announced that Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler are getting their own episode of CMT Crossroads, a show that throws together performers from different genres and has them sing each other’s songs. Suffice it to say, we’re excited about this one.

As proven at the ACM Awards last April, Underwood’s clear, belty tone meshes surprisingly well with the Aerosmith frontman’s howly-growly screams. Check out their original collaboration below: READ FULL STORY

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