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Greyson Chance is on 'Fire': Watch his new cover here

Greyson-ChanceTeen sensation Greyson Chance is busy recording his debut album for a planned fall release on Ellen DeGeneres’ eleveneleven label, but in the meantime he’s keeping his fans happy with another of the piano covers that made him famous.

Chance, 13, just uploaded his version of Augustana‘s “Fire” to his YouTube channel. It’s nothing flashy — just Chance sitting at the piano in his L.A. apartment, playing and singing his heart out. Click through to the jump to check it out.

How do you like Greyson Chance’s take on “Fire”? Who’s looking forward to his album? Let us know in the comments! READ FULL STORY

Ellen DeGeneres signs British singer to her eleveneleven label

Ellen-Degeneres-Tom-AndrewsImage Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner BrosEllen DeGeneres announced today she has signed another artist to her music label, 16-year-old British singer Tom Andrews. The newest member of the eleveneleven roster revealed on Ellen that he started singing three years ago when his mother entered him into a talent contest. Andrews then treated DeGeneres’ audience to a version of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”

Andrews is the second eleveneleven artist. In May, DeGeneres signed Greyson Chance, who became a YouTube phenomenon with his version of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.”

You can watch Andrews’ encounter with Ellen, and performance of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” after the break.

What do you think of Ellen’s new signing?


Mavis Staples: The legendary singer on her new, Jeff Tweedy-produced CD—and the day Bob Dylan asked for her hand in marriage

Mavis-StaplesThere aren’t many singers who end an interview by asking if their interrogator wants a hug. Actually, in this writer’s experience, there is just one: Mavis Staples.

Yes, Staples, 71, may be more, literally, open-armed than most music legends, but she is 100% deserving of that title nonetheless. The vocalist’s family band, the Staple Singers, first hit the charts way back in 1956 with the gospel track “Uncloudy Day.” In the ’60s the group—which was led by Mavis’ father Pops—hung out with Bob Dylan, and covered Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” In the  ’70s the band scored a string of soul-pop hits, including “Respect Yourself,” “I’ll Take You There,” and “Let’s Do It Again”.

The latter track was produced by Curtis Mayfield, who temporarily nudged the Staples Singers away from their usual “message”-based lyrical terrain into more lusty territory. “We got into the studio and Curtis said, ‘Now, Pops, this is your part,'” recalls Staples. “And Curtis sang, ‘Now, I like you, lady…’ Pops said, ‘Curtis, I’m not going to say that. I’m a church man!’ And Curtis said, ‘Oh, Pops, come on, man. The Lord won’t mind!’”

The Staple Singers’ soul-funk grooves, and Mavis Staples’ deep, soulful, vocals, attracted a raft of famous fans. They performed with The Band on the latter’s concert movie The Last Waltz and Prince produced two solo albums for Staples—1989’s Time Waits for No One and 1993’s The Voice.

Pops Staples died in 2000, but his daughter continues to perform—and to attract famous name collaborators. Ry Cooder produced her 2007 set “We’ll Never Turn Back,” while Wilco head honcho, and Staples’ fellow Chicagoan, Jeff Tweedy oversaw her latest collection “You Are Not Alone.” On the CD, which is released today, Staples tackles songs by John Fogerty, Randy Newman, Pops Staples, and two numbers penned by Tweedy, including the title track. She also sings the traditional number “Wonderful Savior”—a song the Wilco frontman made her record in a freezing stairwell. Hey, that’s no way to treat a living legend! “No!” agrees Staples, with a laugh. “I told him, ‘Tweedy, it’s cold out there, this is Chicago!’ We had the coldest winter in I don’t know how many years. It had to be like ten below. And you know this stairwell is even colder. I said, ‘I’m not going out there!’ He said, ‘Someone get Mavis a coat and a hat and a scarf and some gloves! And, Mavis, go out there with the rest of the guys and sing the song!’ So I did. And the song sounded so good, I suggested doing it again, but we had gotten it that first time.”

Of course she had. She’s Mavis Staples!

After the jump, Staples talks about how she came to work with “Tweedy” in the first place—and how she almost became Mrs Robert Zimmerman.


'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 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.


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.


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.


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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