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Lady Gaga announces release of surprise holiday EP: Hear a new track here

If you aren’t in the holiday spirit already, Lady Gaga is determined to get you there by this weekend.

First there was the barrage of ads for her A Very Gaga Thanksgiving special, airing tomorrow night; then, she launched her window bonanza at Barneys.

And now, making your traveling this weekend a little easier, she has also just announced on Twitter she is putting out a surprise mini-holiday release, A Very Gaga Holiday. I guess Lady Gaga: Total Holiday Domination was taken.

The four-track EP, all culled live from her Thanksgiving special and available now on iTunes, includes “White Christmas,” “Orange Colored Sky,” “You and I,” and “Edge of Glory.”

For a long time, many fans have been clamoring for some kind of EP or acoustic CD to really showcase her voice, as oppose to the fashion, flash, and onstage “decapitations.” After her well-received duet with Tony Bennett, this seems to be another step in that direction. The songs show how much her voice really is well-suited for the big-band and jazz-era stylings on these tunes — much like her slowed-down, showstopping performance of “Edge of Glory” on Howard Stern.

Listen to “White Christmas” — complete with an added verse, courtesy of Gaga — below: READ FULL STORY

December's 'VH1 Divas' adds Chaka, Eryka, Estelle, and -- yes -- some boys

Divas, make way! VH1 has added a bevy of other ladies — and, yes, some dudes, too — to the line-up for its annual special VH1 Divas, including Chaka Kahn (pictured here), Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius. The non-diva entities –i.e. those who have a Y chromosome — added include Boyz II Men and Travie McCoy.

The seven new acts join the previously announced divas, which include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott. The Roots will serve as the house band for the engagement.

VH1 Divas will celebrate soul this year, honoring so-called “soulful cities” — Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis, and Philadelphia — that inspired the participating divas and their art. The special airs Monday, Dec. 19, at 9 p.m. on VH1.

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Beyonce releases nostalgic video for 'I Was Here': Watch it here

She lived. She loved. At some point, she danced in neon overalls.

According to her new DVD, Live at Roseland: Elements of 4, which was shot during a New York show in August and finds Beyoncé telling her life story through her songs, Bey has done a whole lot of amazing things in her life. And you can see some of them in this clip for “I Was Here,” the wistful weepie from her album 4, written by Diane Warren.

Splicing together her home movies with footage from major performances and awards shows, the clip features (among other things) Baby Beyoncé doing the snake in her living room, performing in her finest TLC-inspired neon overalls, hugging Michael Jackson, performing with Prince and Tina Turner, and revealing her baby-oncé bump on MTV.

Of all the moments captured in the montage, the best are the everyday behind-the-scenes moments: the sometimes-awkward teenage hair, the goofy fooling around on a Slip ‘N Slide, the scene where she tries on her (apparently real-life) wedding dress. It’s not often that anyone gets to see the ultra-media-trained star when she’s unguarded, and even if this video’s a bit more professional-looking than most people’s home movies, it’s the closest thing I’ve seen so far to Bey just being Bey.

Check out the footage below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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'VH1 Divas': See Kelly Clarkson's promotional poster -- FIRST LOOK

A few weeks back, Kelly Clarkson, Florence Welch, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott were all announced as the headliners at this year’s VH1 Divas, which is set to celebrate soul music this year when it airs Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.

As we steamroll closer to that date, VH1 has shared with EW the first look at fave Kelly Clarkson’s poster promoting the big night. In it, Clarkson is, in a word, looking Stronger, mostly because the photo used is taken from the artwork from her latest album. Clarkson has been in bed with VH1 quite a bit lately, as she also recently did an Unplugged special for the network to raise awareness for Stronger.

Anticipate Ms. Clarkson’s return to the Divas stage by taking a gander at the poster here:

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?uestlove guests on posthumous Amy Winehouse album

Amy Winehouse had written all the songs that were to appear on her third album. She even picked out song titles. But music producer Salaam Remi said the soul singer, who died over the summer, was not rushing to release that new material, instead planning to drop a jazz album first with a “supergroup” including ?uestlove of the Roots. “She had written down everything she wanted to do,” Remi said Tuesday.

Only two of the tracks Winehouse wrote were recorded and appear on her compilation album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, out Dec. 5 in the United Kingdom, and a day later in America. READ FULL STORY

Patti LaBelle sued for throwing a water bottle at a child

R&B legend Patti LaBelle still has an incredible voice, but apparently she’s a bad neighbor. In a just-filed lawsuit, a Manhattan woman is accusing the diva of verbally accosting her, attempting to attack her, and throwing a water bottle at her 18-month-old child.

The incident is supposed to have occurred in the lobby of the New York building where the plaintiff lives and LaBelle was staying while performing in Fela!, the Broadway musical about the life and music of Fela Kuti. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga splits with longtime creative director Laurieann Gibson

It’s not looking pretty in Monster-land.

This past weekend, it was announced that Lady Gaga has ended her partnership with her longtime creative director, Laurieann Gibson.

The move is a shocking one for Lady Gaga, who is known for her loyalty to her friends in the Haus of Gaga. Indeed, Gibson has been with Gaga since the pre-Fame days, and is the choreographer behind all her big hits. Fans can rightly be concerned about this new direction, as Gibson should definitely be given credit for having a hand in essentially everything Gaga has done up until now in her videos.

Gaga, for all her vocal prowess, has said herself that she’s not a dancer, and Gibson has been able to work with that and still choreograph a distinctive style in “Just Dance” “Poker Face” “LoveGame” “Paparazzi” “Bad Romance” “Telephone” “Judas” “Alejandro” and “Born This Way.” (Yup, you read that correctly. It’s pretty much all the hits).

The reasons for the break up have not been officially commented on, but problems first became apparent to fans during the filming of the “Judas” (which Gibson also co-directed) video this past spring, where the religious imagery, particularly Lady Gaga as a sexified Mary Magdalene, made Gibson uncomfortable. “At one point, there was two completely different views and after the third glass of wine, I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t want lightning to strike me. I believe in the Gospel and I’m not going there,” Gibson said at the time. READ FULL STORY

Latin Grammys: Calle 13 cleans up, Demi Lovato gets revealing

Last night in Las Vegas, the Latino music community gathered together at the Mandalay Bay Events Center for the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards. Though the word “Grammys” is in there, the Latin Grammys tends to be a way looser show than its counterpart.

They’re a lot more diverse too: The big winners during last night’s show were Puerto Rican hip-hop collective Calle 13, who walked away with nine prizes (out of 10 total nominations) tied to their fourth album Entren Los Que Quieran. In fact, the only thing that kept them from scoring a clean sweep on their nominations was the fact that they were nominated twice in the same category.

The rest of the show, which aired on Univision and almost certainly clobbered that truly atrocious episode of The Office in the ratings, was a healthy mix of crossover performers and acts like Calle 13 who seem one big English-language single away from a massive break.

Shakira took home two awards (for Person of the Year and for Best Female Pop Album) and also performed a trio of tunes in the evening’s liveliest performances. Pitbull and Marc Anthony re-created their hit “Rain Over Me,” with Pit dropping some of the evening’s few English verses on stage.

However, the evening’s most eye-popping performance might have belonged to Demi Lovato. While the newly red-haired pop star did actually sing on stage, she did most of her head-turning on the red carpet, where she wore a pantsuit the completely redefined the idea of a plunging neckline. That’s an awful lot of cleavage, even for Las Vegas.

Check out the full list of nominees (with the winners in bold italics) after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Adele invites fans to see 'Royal Albert Hall' DVD for free, drops awesome trailer: Watch it here!

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Adele may be on vocal rest in the wake of her successful vocal cord surgery, but thanks to the magic of video technology, the people who keep buying 21 (seriously, who are the 108,000 of you who just caught up last week?) can still experience the soulstress in a live setting.

In two weeks, Adele will release Live from the Royal Albert Hall, a DVD compendium of her concert at one of Britain’s most historic venues. Recorded in September, it features little more than a voice and a modest-sized orchestra. As you can see from the trailer below, sing-alongs were prevalent, as were her freshly toned blond locks. READ FULL STORY

Madonna launches new 'Truth or Dare' lifestyle collection; we suggest five products she should consider

A couple of years ago, Madonna made her official foray into the fashion world with “Material Girl,” a contemporary line aimed at teenage girls.

Now, she’s ready to take on fashionistas her own age — and, well, slightly younger — with “Truth or Dare,” a new lifestyle collection aimed at women between the ages of 27-50.

“Over the past several years, I have been approached countless times to create my own brand,” Madonna said in a statement to Yahoo!. “The timing is right and I have found great partners in Iconix, who can help translate my vision to reality.”

Madonna is apparently planning to kick off “Truth or Dare” (which is also, famously, the title of a 1991 documentary about her Blond Ambition tour) with a fragrance next April, after which she’ll possibly add on accessories, handbags and underwear. Whether or not actual clothing makes the cut remains to be seen.

Now, since we don’t have much detail yet on what exactly the line will feature, we decided to come up with a few creative ideas of our own. Check out the list below to see the five products we think Madonna’s collection could include, and then share your own predictions in the comments. READ FULL STORY

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