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'Vampire Diaries' star Kat Graham covers Paula Abdul's 'Cold Hearted': Where's the cheesy-delish rap breakdown?

Kat-GrahamImage Credit: Andrew Eccles/The CWIn a case of two great tastes that taste slightly less than great together, The Vampire Diaries‘ bewitching Kat(erina) Graham (who plays Bonnie, the enchanted BFF of heroine Elena) has recorded a cover of Paula Abdul’s genius 1989 pop-trash classic “Cold Hearted” that is streaming today at RadarOnline.com. Don’t get me wrong: I strongly approve of a second helping of “Cold Hearted” getting served up to today’s youth. After all, the original composition and its hot-ass, racy-for-the-times video are older than any Seinfeld rerun currently stored on your DVR. Or to put it another way, Graham herself wasn’t even born back when Paula laid the squeak down for the original “Cold Hearted” vocals. That said, the slowed-down tempo and completely overhauled verses of Graham’s rendition do nothing to improve on the original composition. Ever worse, Graham performs a rap-ectomy here, completely nixing The Lady Abdul’s furiously spat wordplay (which so famously/ridiculously ended with “Take a take another ‘nother look into his eyes and you will only see a rep-tile”) and instead chooses to coo “He’s nasty, like a fake tan. Heart-break-er don’t give a damn.” I understand that times change, and cheese isn’t the commodity it used to be, but you wouldn’t throw a pair of skinny jeans on the Botticelli’s Venus just to make her more demographically alluring, would you? (Oh yeah, I went there.)

What do you think of Graham’s “Cold Hearted”? Share your feelings in the comments. And because I’m already halfway to cray-cray, I’m going to use the fact that Graham’s Vampire Diaries grandmother was played by none other than Jasmine Guy as an excuse to embed the latter diva’s 1990 track “Another Like My Lover” after the jump. Now quit trying to act like I haven’t piqued your currrrriousitaaay, and jump! READ FULL STORY

Roger Waters gives his blessing to 'Another Brick in the Wall' rewrite

roger-waters-blurred-visionImage Credit: Waters: Matt Kent/WireImage.comPink Floyd bassist Roger Waters has given his blessing to a rewritten version of  “Another Brick in the Wall,” which Canadian band Blurred Vision released earlier this year, according to the AP.

The Toronto-based act is fronted by two Iranian-born brothers whose family fled the country after the 1979 revolution. The new version of the song features the line, “Hey, Ayatollah, leave those kids alone!”

In a statement, Waters said that he believes Blurred Vision were playing a vital part in “the resistance to a regime that is both repressive and brutal.” Waters himself is touring the Pink Floyd album The Wall—which contains the original version of “Brick”—this fall.

You can check out Blurred Vision’s version of the song after the jump. The band are donating half of the proceeds from the track to the human rights organization Amnesty International.

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Jimi Hendrix: More deluxe reissues coming in October

hendrixImage Credit: Baron Wolman/Retna Ltd.Legacy Recordings will release another clutch of deluxe Jimi Hendrix reissues on October 19. The titles are Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions, Jimi Hendrix: Blues, Live At Woodstock, and the EP Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year, which features the guitar legend’s medley of “Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night,” and “Auld Lang Syne.”

Both Jimi Hendrix: Blues and Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions will boast documentaries, while the latter also features an unreleased version of “Burning of the Midnight Lamp.” Earlier this year, Legacy released Valleys of Neptune—a collection of previously unavailable Hendrix tracks, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200—and deluxe editions of Are You Experienced, Electric Ladyland, First Rays of the New Rising Sun, and Axis: Bold As Love.

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Lady Gaga's naked 'Vanity Fair' cover: Does she expose too much?

Another day, another naked Lady Gaga magazine cover. The pop star is once again sans clothing, this time on the latest issue of Vanity Fair, following skin-baring shoots with Rolling Stone, Out, and Q…and those are just the ones we can remember!

So is the shock value diminished by all of the previous nude covers? Or is Gaga still able to be provocative? I’m not sure. But I do think it’s a good shot of her and has a fun, bohemian quality to it that she hasn’t shown before.

If the photo doesn’t shock or surprise, then at least Gaga is still able to grab attention through her words. Discussing drug use to Vanity Fair, Gaga says, “I do not want my fans to ever emulate that or be that way. I don’t want my fans to think they have to be that way to be great. It’s in the past. It was a low point, and it led to disaster.”

But my favorite quote is in regards to sex and it is pure loony, lovable Gaga: “I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they’re going to take my creativity from me through my vagina.” Genius.

What do you think about Gaga’s Vanity Fair cover, Music Mix-ers? Too much nudity? Or is she still shocking you?

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Carlos Santana goes to 'Guitar Heaven' with help from Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry, Nas, and more: Full tracklist revealed

Carlos-SantanaImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotoSince 1999’s megasmash Supernatural, Carlos Santana has mostly stuck with that album’s eclectic, guest-heavy format for his subsequent releases. Now he’s taking the collaborative spirit one step further. On Sept. 21’s Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, the famed guitarist enlisted at least one famous friend to perform on each of 13 covers.

The full line-up for Guitar Heaven was finalized via press release today. You can check it out after the jump. As you’ll see, Santana brought back his “Smooth” pal Rob Thomas for Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” Grungy growlers dominate the rest of the track list, including Chris Cornell on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Scott Weiland on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” Gavin Rossdale on T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong,” Chris Daughtry on Def Leppard’s “Photograph,” and Scott Stapp on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.” Then there’s Santana’s take on AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” which will feature rapping from Queensbridge’s own Nas.

Some of those pairings could work quite well. I’d definitely like to hear what Nas can do over those crunchy power chords. Gavin Rossdale going glam sounds intriguing. Anyone who’s heard a Stone Temple Pilots album knows Scott Weiland can do a solid Mick Jagger impression. And Joe Cocker gnashing his way through Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” should be well worth hearing. As for the turgid Scott Stapp attempting Creedence’s protest anthem? Yeah, that one’s an instant skip for me.

But what do you think? Take a look at the full track list for Carlos Santana’s Guitar Heaven after the jump and let us know which of these covers you’d like to hear.

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Wilco's Jeff Tweedy covers Beyonce's 'Single Ladies': Watch here

wilco-single-ladiesImage Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images; Rui M. Leal/PR PhotosJeff Tweedy is a prolific cover artist, both with Wilco and on his own. Usually he channels sturdy classics by the likes of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, or Big Star. At a solo gig in Chicago this March, however, the art-rock hero took on no less a contemporary pop monument than Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” at an audience member’s request. Somehow the video footage of this remarkable occurrence remained largely unseen until last night, when TwentyFourBit posted a grainy YouTube clip that you can watch after the jump.

As you’ll see, Tweedy sings only a few bars, followed by a dramatic recitation of the hit’s lyrics. He also twirls his hand the way all good “Single Ladies” tribute artists must. Pitchfork thinks this is “better than Liza Minnelli’s version” from Sex and the City 2. I wouldn’t go that far, but it is pretty funny. Watch Tweedy’s cover after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Vince Neil talks about his first solo CD in fifteen years

vince-neilImage Credit: Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images“These are songs that have great memories for me,” says Vince Neil of the tracks he covers on his new CD out today, Tattoos & Tequila. “This is a window into my life.”

The Mötley Crüe frontman’s life is increasingly that of an entrepeneur—one whose business interests actually include a brace of tattoo parlors in Vegas, where he lives. Neil’s latest corporate venture? A  luxury air charter service called Vince Neil Aviation. The rocker seems genuinely disappointed when your reporter suggests some people might balk at the idea of flying on a rock star-owned plane. “My planes are pretty bad a–,” says the singer. “They have hot rod flames on them and a leopard-skin interior. But they’re regulated by the FAA. This isn’t like, ‘Hey bro, let’s go party!'”

After the jump, Neil pilots us back to the past to ruminate upon some of his Tattoos & Tequila cover choices.

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We Are the Fallen covers U2

we-are-the-fallenTwo years after her controversial American Idol run, Carly Smithson is still looking for her big break. She recently joined with several former members of Evanescence to form We Are the Fallen, a pop-metal band that sounds like…well, like Evanescence with Carly Smithson subbed in for Amy Lee. Personally, I wasn’t hugely wowed by We Are the Fallen’s debut, which hit the charts last month at a middling No. 33. All that said, they’ve just recorded a U2 cover for Billboard.com — and it’s actually kind of good!

The metalheads broke with type to take on “With or Without You” in an acoustic format. Smart move: Without all that gnashing guitar sludge on top, Smithson’s vocals get to shine. “With or Without You” is well suited to any singer with Smithson’s dramatic instincts. I didn’t really expect to for the reasons mentioned above, but I’m digging this.

Check out We Are the Fallen’s “With or Without You” cover over at Billboard and let us know how you like it.

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Andre 3000 covers the Beatles for a Nike/NBA ad: Watch it here!

Andre 3000 is back! While his OutKast partner, Big Boi, has been out in public gearing up for a July 6 solo debut, Dre 3K has been off in a psychedelic underground lair somewhere secretly jamming out to the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. At least, that’s how I’m imagining the genesis of the new Nike ad that has been airing on TV during the NBA finals.

The spot features Andre 3000’s brand-new cover of the Beatles’ “All Together Now” underneath a Kobe Bryant highlight reel. The nursery rhyme lyrics of “All Together Now” aren’t exactly Lennon and McCartney’s finest work, but it’s a catchy little tune, and Andre has fun with it. It’s great to hear some new music from Three Stacks, who’s been quiet of late.

Check out the ad after the jump (clip via Vulture). Have you seen this on TV? What do you think of Andre’s Beatles cover?

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The Swell Season covers a disco classic: Stream it exclusively here!

swell-seasonThe Swell Season’s Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová love covers. At various concerts, I’ve seen the Once duo pay tribute to spiritual troubadours like Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen and breathe new life into old Irish folk tunes. Disco, though? That’s not a genre I’d ever thought to associate with the Swell Season, but it’s next on their list. Hansard and Irglová reinterpreted Candi Staton’s 1976 hit “Young Hearts Run Free” for “Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: The Revival Recordings,” a new covers series sponsored by the jeans giant. You can download their version if you register at the Levi’s Pioneer Sessions site — or you can stream it exclusively right now at the Music Mix.

Check out the Swell Season’s spin on “Young Hearts Run Free” after the jump. As you’ll hear, they’ve replaced the original’s leisure-suit horns and illuminated-dance-floor beat with their own soulful folk-rock sound. Turns out “Young Hearts Run Free” was a pretty great Swell Season song in disguise all along! Do you like it? (And how does it compare to Hansard’s cover of “Cry Me a River,” anyway?)

After the jump, you’ll also find a list of the other Levi’s Pioneer Sessions artist/cover pairings that have been announced so far. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Dirty Projectors tackle Bob Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine.” How about you?

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