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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:

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Lana Del Rey makes up for past sins on 'Letterman'

Sorry, backlash fans: Lana Del Rey wins this round.

After a certain disastrous late-night television performance (you know the one), ol’ LDR bounced back last night with an improved showing on The Late Show With David Letterman.

Once again singing her breakout hit “Video Games,” the once-wooden starlet looked to have been better oiled and more prepared for a national stage.

Also helping was the fact that the Late Show camera crew mercifully took some of the heat off of Del Rey by periodically focusing on other people, ones equipped with musical instruments and chairs.

Another possible factor for the controversial songstress’ relatively smooth outing? A confidence boost stemming from knowing that her debut effort Born to Die is in the lead for the highly coveted non-Adele top spot on the Billboard 200.

We could keep making guesses, or you could just watch the video below and rate her performance yourself:

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All-American Rejects release new single 'Beekeeper's Daughter': Watch the dance-fantasia video (and Wayne Newton cameo) here

The All-American Rejects last scored a smash hit in 2008 with their break-up anthem “Gives You Hell,” which climbed to number 4 on the Hot 100, and, as of this week, has been downloaded more than 4 million times.

Unfortunately, the band’s next two singles, “The Wind Blows” and “I Wanna” couldn’t reach any higher than No. 113 and No. 92, respectively, and they disappeared for a couple of years.

Now, the spiky pop-rock Oklahomans are back with a new single, “Beekeeper’s Daughter,” and a colorful video to accompany it. Watch lead singer Tyson Ritter gallivant through choreographed dance scenes on a Hollywood lot (oddly reminiscent of Chris Brown’s “Yeah 3X” video  — without the martial arts) before headlining some sort of celebratory bumblebee parade: READ FULL STORY

M.I.A. gears up for Super Bowl with a new(ish) single, 'Bad Girls'

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M.I.A. had a pretty chill 2011, but her 2012 is already starting to look sufficiently bonkers.

Not only is the artist formerly known as Maya slated to be joining Madonna and Nicki Minaj at this Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, but she and her co-conspirators will also see their collaboration track “Gimme All Your Luvin” premiere on American Idol this Thursday. That single, MDNA‘s first, will be properly released Friday.

But first, M.I.A. has her own single to debut. “Bad Girls” hits the streets tomorrow, but the song — reworked from her late-2010 mixtape Vicki Leekxis streaming now. Plus, this Friday she’ll unveil the new single’s video, courtesy of the director behind her controversial “Born Free” video.

In other words: there’s going to be a lot of M.I.A. on your internets this week! Consider yourself warned.

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The Music Mix recommends: Elle Varner

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Beyoncé will probably be out of commission for a while craddling The Chosen One her first-born, so where’s an R&B-loving fan to get their ear candy in the meantime? Enter L.A.-bred soultress Elle Varner and her laid-back fusion of pop, hip-hop and soul.

Varner caught my attention this summer when her infectious “One Wanna Give It To You,” featuring J. Cole, landed on the Billboard R&B Charts. If it were possible for Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott to make a baby, they might have produced this songbird’s smoky tones and funky vibe.

The 22-year-old daughter of two music-industry parents literally has it in her bones — so its no wonder she signed a record deal soon after graduating from NYU.

Until her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect, comes later this year we’ll have to settle for her new mixtape Conversational Lush, out today, and of course playing this adorably retro video on repeat: READ FULL STORY

'Glee' covers 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'; makes Christmas dreams come true: watch the video here

Love is clearly in the air at McKinley High. And in this just-released clip from next week’s Christmas episode of Glee, Lima, Ohio’s favorite teenagers will certainly be rocking around the Christmas tree.

Much like the “Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” tune from last season’s holiday episode, this “All I Want For Christmas Is You” cover features the whole crew of kids (They’re all together again!) getting into the holiday spirit—and searching for a little mistletoe, presumably, as all the couples are sharing flirty glances while they dance the school day away. Who hasn’t used tinsel as a boa while decorating the tree?

Fashion update: Rachel’s ensembles are typically pretty hit-or-miss, but I’m coveting both her red party dress and her updo in this clip. And Blaine’s blazer may be the best part of this whole thing.

So much happiness, all in one two-minute video! Check out the Christmas cheer below: READ FULL STORY

Drake's 'Take Care': Read the EW review

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One of the most hotly-anticipated albums of the fall hits store shelves both real and virtual today. Drake’s Take Care is already the top-selling album on iTunes and promises to find its way to the head of the Billboard chart despite its high-profile leak last week.

The walk-up to Take Care has been a little unusual, as a handful of the tracks from the album have been unleashed for free online in the months prior to its release (though a handful of those tracks didn’t end up on the final version of the album). It primed listeners for what was to come, though the results were even more dramatic than even first expected.

Check out the EW review of Take Care, a version of which will be appearing in the issue of the magazine hitting newsstands this Friday.

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On his platinum-selling 2010 debut, Thank Me Later, Drake managed to blend his special brand of understated Canadian ­swagger with surprisingly vulnerable ­reflections on the opposite sex. It didn’t reinvent the wheels of steel, but it acted as both a statement of his vast potential and a titillating wake-up call for hip-hop.

Unfortunately, his second album, Take Care—the bulk of which made its way online over the past several months via individual leaks by Drake himself—spends most of its 17 tracks hitting the snooze button. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber's snow- and smooch-filled 'Mistletoe' video debuts: Watch it here!

The vocals for Justin Bieber’s much-hyped Christmas single “Mistletoe” hit the internets yesterday, and today comes the visuals! That’s right, the video for Bieber’s light and airy, Jack Johnson-esque holiday ditty have just debuted.

The concept for the clip is simple: It’s Christmastime, snow is falling lightly but steadily, and Bieber is romancing a girl who’s not Selena Gomez. The only problem is that yet another gal pal — an old flame maybe? All that’s clear is that this dude is popular — keeps interrupting their business of teenage dating, which mostly amounts to coffee-drinking and longing glances. But this much can be said about Girl No. 2 Who’s Not Selena Gomez: Girl No. 1 Who’s Not Selena Gomez is none too pleased.

However, Girl No. 1 eventually finds herself — where else? — under the mistletoe with the follicullarly gifted singer and… Well, we won’t ruin it for you — although the headline to this post might have — but you can probably guess what happens under such a twig.

Check out all the Christmassey goodness here: READ FULL STORY

Adele releases heartbreaking, beautiful 'Someone Like You' music video: Watch it here

Adele’s soaring, cut-yourself-already ballad “Someone Like You” may have recently dipped to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100, but maybe its just released music video — splendid in its simplicity — will help it reclaim the top spot from Maroon 5′s overplayed “Moves Like Jagger.”

The understated, black-and-white clip promoting the song — which you can catch below — is, in a word: quiet. Honestly, it’s just what you’d want to see for this break-up heart-wrencher. Adele spends the nearly five-minute-long video simply walking around Paris, which is somehow fittingly deserted, as she wails through the haunting lyrics.  READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, day two: Lady Gaga takes over the show

Leave it to Lady Gaga to co-opt a music festival featuring dozens of top-line pop stars and make it her own.

The Lady appeared on stage as the final performer last night at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and stayed on stage for well over an hour—much longer than any of the other acts. “They told me I was only allowed to play for 45 minutes,” she told the crowd. “But I think you’re all pretty drunk so you probably don’t know what time it is, do you?”

And it’s true: No one was complaining when she served up hit after hit, including “Judas,” “You and I,” “Just Dance,” and “Bad Romance,” which basically blew the roof off the arena.

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