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Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp finally release song together — and it's a Carly Simon cover

When Marilyn Manson recently released his new single “No Reflection,” we wondered whether he was still scary — or even relevant.

Likewise, one could ask a similar question about Johnny Depp: Is he still cool?

We’re not sure, but we do know that Captain Jack is teaming up with the “Beautiful People” singer to release a duet cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” which fans(?) will be able to hear on Manson’s upcoming album Born Villain.

If the project sounds like some oddball, Jack White-meets-ICP-style pairing, think again — Depp and Manson are actually real-life buddies who attend movie premieres together and stuff.

They’ve even been known to go to each other’s houses to compare their funky hat collections. OK, fine, we can’t say for sure that that’s actually true… but we also can’t say for sure that it’s not true.

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Katy Perry covers 'N---s In Paris': Watch it here!

Katy Perry’s collaborations with rappers so far have been pretty fruitful — the Snoop Dogg-assisted “California Gurls” and the Kanye West-abled “E.T.” both ended up in the top position on the Billboard Hot 100. Earlier today, she proved that she might have learned a thing or two from her collaborators.

While visiting BBC Radio 1, Perry put a New York Yankees hat on top of her electric-blue hair and ripped into a cover of “N—-s in Paris,” from West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne. It was slowed down slightly and re-arranged so that it could be played by her band, and nixed most of the bad words.

The energy level is way lower than the original, though Perry seemed really focused on getting all the lyrics out (and it’s a lot of lyrics).”This is about to get embarrassing,” she said before ripping into the first verse. You can be the judge of that below. READ FULL STORY

Sleigh Bells does Beyonce's 'Irreplaceable' justice: Hear it here

Hey, remember that time we were all wondering what it would sound like if R&B diva Beyoncé collaborated with indie-thrash duo Sleigh Bells?

Sadly, we never found out, but the next best thing has turned up. Sleigh Bells — who’ve recently released their heavy new record Reign of Terror and performed on Saturday Night Live – visited BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe to play a couple of songs, including a cover of Beyoncé’s to-the-left classic “Irreplaceable.” And it’s really good!

Typically, the band’s singer and headbanger-in-chief Alexis Krauss uses her enchanting pipes to yell demonic phrases like “burn the orphanage” and “when the birds start bleeding.” But Krauss also has a teen-pop background thanks to her Rubyblue days, so it’s actually not that surprising that she can find her away around a Top 40 single so well.

Check out the track below and let us know if you agree:

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Whitney Houston covered by Chris Cornell, Robin Thicke, Aretha Franklin, and more: Watch the videos here

Over the weekend, Whitney Houston was laid to rest in a ceremony that featured testimonials from friends and family as well as performances from Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, and a host of other stars who either worked with Houston or were deeply influenced by her work.

The tributes didn’t end there, as a number of artists continued to tip their hats to Houston in concert and elsewhere. Shortly after his arrest in New York City for possession of marijuana, Robin Thicke dropped his cover of Houston’s 1995 hit “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).” As recorded by Houston, the track was a fully realized Babyface production, but Thicke breaks it down to little more than a piano lilt, a bit of an organ hum, and his breathy coo. It’s a lovely rendition of one of the best slow-rolling R&B jams of the ’90s.

On the surface, it would seem that Thicke’s tribute to Houston would make much more sense than Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s, but consider the grunge icon’s pedigree: Not only does he own a gigantic set of pipes himself, but he also cut an R&B album (granted, one that everybody seems to forget about).

During a fund-raiser for Barack Obama on Friday night, Cornell spun out an acoustic rendition of Houston’s signature hit “I Will Always Love You.” It wasn’t quite as moving as Jennifer Hudson’s take on the song at the Grammys, but it was still well-executed. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Fred Durst did it all for the karaoke: Watch him perform his own song 'Nookie' at a bar

Did you know that Limp Bizkit put out their big comeback album in 2011? It’s true! It was called Gold Cobra and had a single called “Shotgun” that EW wasn’t particularly fond of.

The band hadn’t released an album in six years, and it was supposed to be the triumphant return for a group who, for better or for worse, set the tone for mainstream rock at the turn of the century.

Gold Cobra didn’t return Limp Bizkit to the days of red hats and arson, and if you need an apt metaphor for its failure, you need look no further than frontman Fred Durst’s visit to Rock & Reilly’s in Los Angeles on Monday night, where he got on the microphone and did a beatbox-assisted karaoke version of “Nookie,” his band’s signature hit from 1999′s Significant Other. Take a look below. READ FULL STORY

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:

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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

Miley Cyrus' Bob Dylan cover 'You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go' -- Watch the new video here

Anxious to hear Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, the massive, 76-track Tribute Album for a Good Cause from Amnesty International?

No worries — Miley Cyrus has got your back.

In conjunction with Amnesty International, the nose-ringed 19-year-old has released the official video for her country-fried cover of Dylan’s “You’re Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go.”

The song, off 1975′s Blood on the Tracks, loses some of its original spunk and humor (not to mention harmonica), but Cyrus does a decent job with her safe reading of the folk favorite.

Check out the video below to see for yourself:

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D'Angelo covers Soundgarden, creates even more anticipation for long-awaited album

For anyone seduced by his 2000 masterpiece Voodoo, D’Angelo’s absence over the past dozen years has been deeply felt in the nether regions.

Voodoo has proved to be one of those albums that truly stands the test of time: Its take on neo-soul tropes encompassed Hendrixian guitar heroics, mid-period Prince psychedelia, and the kind of surreal hybrid R&B that has become de rigueur amongst some of the biggest rappers on Earth right now.

Luckily, the wait for a follow-up may finally be over. D’Angelo has a trio of live shows in Europe currently in his iCal, and according to people who have worked with him (including Roots mastermind ?uestlove and Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson), his third album is finally nearing completion.

And now, there’s new D’Angelo music online, featuring the singer covering Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” of all things. It’s a little rough (likely just a demo), but it proves not only that he still has his pipes, but that he’s also able to turn classic tunes on their heads. Get into the groove below: READ FULL STORY

Ke$ha covers Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right,' totally doesn't embarrass herself

In the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, the writers of the music section will be calling out a notoriously awful and ill-advised cover as one of the worst songs of the year (no spoilers here; you’ll have to read our Best & Worst of 2011 issue to find out what it is).

Covers can deadly, especially when the recording involves a pop star taking on a revered piece of rock history. But leave it up to eternal curveball Ke$ha to make us eat our words.

Amnesty International is celebrating its 50th birthday with a compilation called Chimes of Freedom, a four-disc affair that features a whopping 76 covers of Bob Dylan songs. The entirety of the compilation is currently streaming for free on the organization’s Facebook page, with the proper album hitting stores on January 24.

The lineup is all over the place, with a handful of the usual suspects (Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, Pete Seeger) and some more unusual choices (Adele, Jack’s Mannequin, Airborn Toxic Event, Bad Religion). But the real head-turners are the people from the pure pop universe, including Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5, Darren Criss, and Ke$ha.

The twist is that Ke$ha’s cover of Dylan’s venerable talking blues “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” is actually pretty good. She slows it way, way down and turns it into a slow-burning and devastating torch song, shifting the tone away from Dylan’s flippant indignation into incredible sadness. Give it a listen below. READ FULL STORY

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