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'American Idol': Relive Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday's 'And I Am Telling You...' duet one frame-grab at a time

Anyone who watched the American Idol finale last night got the special treat of seeing original Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday and finalist Jessica Sanchez rip into the ubiquitous showstopper “And I Am Telling You…” like two rabid wildebeasts tearing apart a wounded antelope made of air and musical notes.

It was, in a word, reality TV ridiculata at its finest. Both powerhouse divas belted and growled and made some of the craziest singing faces television has ever seen. (Holliday is the one to watch, though Sanchez held her note-pummeling own).

Below check out the 15 Best Diva Stank Faces from the finale’s most over-the-top (in the best way, ladies!) moment: READ FULL STORY

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

Ryan Adams, Donald Glover, and Michael McDonald audition for the Super Bowl in '30 Rock' webisode: Watch it here

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Quick, what’s your favorite NBC theme song, and who do you want to see perform it?

Don’t spend too much time thinking of the answer, because only 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy has the power to actually make such pipe dreams happen.

In a new webisode of The Donaghy Files, the Alec Baldwin-voiced character gets the motley trio of Ryan Adams, Michael McDonald, and Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover a.k.a. Troy from Community) to cover the beloved theme songs from Saved by the BellKnight Rider, and Passions (just go with it).

But why? He’s making them audition for the Super Bowl halftime show, owing to a fire-related injury that caused Madonna to drop out. So, who will sing which song, and who will win their way to the Super Bowl?  Watch the video below to find out:

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Actor John C. Reilly sings! Hear his Jack White-produced single here -- EXCLUSIVE

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John C. Reilly, best known for his roles in movies ranging from Boogie Nights to Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, is not exactly a stranger to singing.

After all, the man did duet with Jack Black and Will Ferrell at the Academy Awards, earned his own Oscar nod for a bittersweet musical performance in Chicago, and of course, Walked Hard as the star of a fictional biopic on hard-livin’ country star Dewey Cox.

Now though, he’s going full-on legit with the release of two official singles via Third Man Records, the Nashville label headed by Jack White, who also produced both tracks.

The first, a cover of the Delmore Brothers “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar,” featuring Tom Brosseau, can be found streaming on Brosseau’s website, but you’ll only find his collaboration with Becky Stark (a.k.a. the songstress who fronts L.A. flashback-folk outfit Lavender Diamond, pictured with Reilly above) here.

Stream their version of Ray Price’s “I’ll Be There If You Ever Want,” below, and find this song and the pair’s take on the Dolly Parton/Porter Wagoner duet “I’m Making Plans,” simultaneously on iTunes and on vinyl (dude, what did you expect? It’s Jack “Señor Analog” White) on Nov. 29: READ FULL STORY

'Idol' alums Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams record 'Baby It's Cold Outside': Hear a preview here!

Season 10 of American Idol featured two of the jazziest contestants the show has ever hosted: Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams. The two growlers wowed audiences with their soulful performances, and their scat-tastic duet on “Moanin'” proved to be one of the highlights of the entire season.

Naturally, Haley and Casey didn’t want to let a good thing go, so they reunited to record the smooth Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which will be available for download on November 21.

You’ll have to wait until that day to hear the full track, but here on the Music Mix, we’ve got an exclusive 90-second preview of the seasonal anthem, which Abrams says “reminds you of the fireplace.” He lauds the track for being a “straight up a jazz standard” with “no four-on-the-floor bass drum.”

For the next 24 hours, give the sweetly sung song a listen below. After that, it’s gone! READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch, and Jennifer Hudson to headline this year's 'Vh1 Divas'

The annual VH1 Divas show has become something of a referendum on the biggest female singing stars in the music world. Last year featured ascendant stars like Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, and Nicki Minaj, and previous Divas include Beyoncé, Adele, Jordin Sparks, Miley Cyrus, and Whitney Houston.

This time around, the headliners are no exception: Kelly Clarkson, Florence Welch, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott are all scheduled to perform. It’s a return date for Clarkson, Blige, Hudson, and Scott, while Welch and Jessie J will be making their Divas debuts.

This year’s show will also feature the Roots (who will serve as the house band, presumably because of federal law that requires them to back up everybody) and will pay tribute to a number of influential musical cities, including Chicago, London, Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia. The show airs December 19.

So let’s go ahead and do some fantasy booking, shall we? Though most of the show will probably be devoted to the funk and soul tracks that came from those cities, there are a few things we’re hoping for while all those ladies are in the same room.

Since Jessie J loves a good cover, she should go toe-to-toe with Clarkson on a run through “Since U Been Gone.” Welch and Hudson should pay homage to Blige with a tribute, maybe “Real Love” or “Family Affair”? And is there any chance Scott can do a version of the Roots’ “You Got Me,” since she co-wrote that song?

What do you want to see this year’s Divas do? Sing your torch song in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:
Review: Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Review: Florence + The Machine, Ceremonials
AMAs announce more performers, including Justin Bieber and Kelly Clarkson. Who are you most excited for?

Justin Bieber's Christmas album will feature Mariah Carey and the greatest holiday song ever recorded

Like Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, and Jewel before him, Justin Bieber is putting out a Christmas album this holiday season. It’s called Under the Mistletoe, and while that title suggests that it should be a bunch of gingerbread-fueled Yuletide slow jams, it almost certainly won’t be that.

Still, it should be a little livelier than your usual rocking around the tree. The 15 tracks on Mistletoe are both originals and traditional tunes, and there are a bunch of drop-ins from big stars, including Usher, Boyz II Men, and Busta Rhymes (who we hope will battle rap Shawty Mane on a track called “Drummer Boy”).

But the biggest headline is the presence of Mariah Carey, who will perform a duet with Bieber on “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” The tune, which appeared on Carey’s own 1994 Christmas album Merry Christmas, is one of her biggest hits (it made Merry Christmas the third best-selling Christmas album of all time) and also happens to be the best holiday song ever written.

Need proof? Just listen to this thing. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lopez joins Enrique Iglesias for a little 'Mouth 2 Mouth': Listen here!

Enrique Iglesias has really been on a roll in the singles department.

Coming off the success of last year’s “I Like It,” Iglesias has spent the entirety of 2011 knocking shots out of the park, including the filthy-minded “Tonight,” the Usher-assisted “Dirty Dancer,” and the recently unveiled Pitbull-fueled “I Like How It Feels.”

Just for kicks, he’s pulled the curtain back on “Mouth 2 Mouth,” which is neither a guide to giving CPR to a heart attack victim nor a b-side from Prince’s unpronounceable symbol period. Rather, it’s an elastic, double-groovy duet with Jennifer Lopez (another singer who seems to turn everything she touches to gold this year, Fiat commercials notwithstanding).

The track will appear on Iglesias’ deluxe reissue of his 2010 album Euphoria, helpfully titled Euphoria Reloaded. Give it a spin after the jump.  READ FULL STORY

Tony Bennett and Queen Latifah duet on 'Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)' -- hear it here EXCLUSIVE

Sammy sang it. So did Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Harry Conick Jr., and bossa nova siren Astrud Gilberto. Though it was Tony Bennett himself who brought it highest on the charts nearly half a century ago, in 1964.

Now, on his upcoming Duets II—also featuring pairings with the likes of Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, Willie Nelson, and the late Amy Winehouse—the iconic crooner doubles down on the classic ballad “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me),” partnering with Queen Latifah.

The pair will give their version its live television debut on America’s Got Talent on Wednesday, Sept. 14, but you can hear it here first only on EW.com: READ FULL STORY

Jack White, Depeche Mode, Patti Smith to cover U2's 'Achtung Baby'

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Et tu, Achtung?

These days, you can’t throw a John Fluevog boot without hitting a ’90s tribute album.

Spin recently got indie-rockers including Surfer Blood and Jeff the Brotherhood to make a pretty good one with Newermind, a Nirvana tribute released on the 20th anniversary of Nevermind. Stereogum.com has done the same for Radiohead’s OK Computer, Bjork’s Post, and R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People.

And today, Bono confirmed that Jack White, Patti Smith, Depeche Mode, Damien Rice and others will cover songs from U2’s Achtung Baby for an album commissioned by the U.K. rock magazine Q.

White, who played with U2’s the Edge in the documentary It Might Get Loud, has chosen “Love Is Blindness.” Smith’s claiming “Until the End of the World.” Depeche Mode will cover “So Cruel.” And Rice will play “One,” a song he once performed in a busking duet with Bono.

The rest of the lineup hasn’t been announced, nor has the release date. But maybe U2 should add Coldplay to that list? We all know how much Bono loves Chris Martin.

Read more at EW.com:
Bono rushed to the hospital for heart trouble?

U2 break Rolling Stones’ record for highest-grossing tour of all time

U2, Justin Bieber donate songs to Japan relief CD

Bono’s back injury on tour

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