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Riley Keough takes out Justin Timberlake in 'TKO' video -- WATCH

Have you ever wanted to spend seven minutes watching Elvis Presley’s granddaughter alternately drag Justin Timberlake through a desert and make out with him in her kitchen?

Then today is your day, my friend! Timberlake’s new ‘TKO’ music video bypasses the easy boxing theme for a moody, predictably sexy treatment from “skateboarder turned visual effects artist turned director” Ryan Reichenfeld. The hitmaker shares his screen with just one other person: 24-year-old Riley Keough, of Magic Mike (and, you know, “being Elvis’s granddaughter”) fame.

She pouts, she smolders behind the wheel of a pickup truck, she angrily tosses a bowl of salad to the ground — but thankfully, she doesn’t literally kill Timberlake with her “coo coochie coochie coo,” despite Timbaland’s protestations to the contrary.

Watch the clip below, then tell me if you agree that Reichenfeld’s kitchen tableau seems to be inspired by this 2002 Harlequin Blaze novel. Uh, not that I’ve read that book or anything.

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Lil Wayne surpasses Elvis

Lil Wayne is not only making rap history, he’s making rock ‘n’ roll history: the rapper has surpassed Elvis Presley as the leading male with the most entries on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Lil Wayne now has 109 songs on that chart with Thursday’s debut of Game’s song “Celebration,” where he is a guest alongside Chris Brown, Tyga and Wiz Khalifa. Of his 109 charted songs, only 42 are led by Lil Wayne; 67 are songs where he is the featured act.

Thursday is the rapper’s 30th birthday.

Presley totaled 108 songs on the Hot 100 since it launched in 1958. Presley’s career kicked off before that and several of his songs — like “Heartbreak Hotel” — could not be included in his total number.

The Glee cast has the most Hot 100 entries with 204.

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Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison entering the hologram game

Who would’ve thought that Tupac Shakur would become one of 2012’s leading music industry figures?

Ever since Dr. Dre brought the dead rapper’s hologram to Coachella last April, the nation’s long-dormant love of holograms has come to the forefront. Not only did Dre toy with the idea of actually taking Faux Tupac on tour with him, but others got in on the virtual-resurrection action: TLC announced plans to project the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes on a Jumbotron during live shows, the Jackson Brothers have reportedly kicked around the idea of hitting the road with a Michael Jackson hologram, and an Elvis Presley hologram is already in the works.

And the beat goes on: It’s looking like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and even Marilyn Monroe might all “return” in hologram form soon. READ FULL STORY

Digital Domain to resurrect virtual Elvis, Tupac style

Expect random Elvis sightings to skyrocket in the near future. Digital Domain, the high-tech production company that created the Tupac Shakur hologram that “performed” at Coachella in April, has signed an exclusive agreement to develop “virtual” Elvis Presley likenesses that will appear in shows, TV, and movies. “Elvis is the most iconic, most recognized performer on the planet, and we are thrilled to have been chosen to bring new performances and original shows where fans can have their own, new experiences of Elvis,” said Digital Domain’s CEO John Textor.

Digital Doman’s deal is with CORE Media Group, which markets the Elvis brand (as well as those of Muhammad Ali, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance). “This is a new and exciting way to bring the magic and music of Elvis Presley to life. His lifelong fans will be thrilled all over again and new audiences will discover the electric experience of Elvis the performer,” said Elvis Presley Enterprises president and CEO, Jack Soden.

The companies have already started work on their virtual Elvi, plural, meaning that fans likely won’t have to choose between old or young, thin or thick Elvis.

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Jerry Leiber, co-writer of 'Stand By Me' and 'Hound Dog,' dies at 78

Legendary songwriter Jerry Leiber, who wrote a canon’s worth of popular music with partner Mike Stolle in the years following World War II, passed away of cardiopulmonary failure earlier today. He was 78 years old.

During his 61-year run with Stoller, Leiber concocted some of the definitive songs in early rock and roll, including hits for Elvis Presley (“Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock”) and a number of rhythm and blues stars (“Stand By Me,” “Young Blood,” “On Broadway”).

Born in Baltimore, Leiber made his way to Los Angeles and met Stoller when he was still in high school. The pair bonded over their love of early blues and R&B, and they began constructing songs together almost immediately.

Stoller crafted most of the music, with Leiber taking on the role of lyricist. They sold their first song in 1950, and by 1952 scored their first real hit with “Kansas City.” In 1953, the pair formed their own record label, but really took off in 1956 when Presley took “Hound Dog” (which Leiber and Stoller had originally penned for Big Mama Thornton) and turned it into a gigantic hit when he performed it on The Milton Berle Showthe notorious television appearance that made images of Presley’s hips as dangerous as a thermo-nuclear device. READ FULL STORY

Elvis Presley died 34 years ago today. What's the best way to mark the anniversary of the King's passing?

Elvis Presley died 34 years ago today, an anniversary that was marked last night by a candlelight vigil at Graceland attended by thousands of fans.

But how will Presley-loving readers who couldn’t make it down to Memphis be honoring the King? What Presley songs or albums will you be playing? Which would be the best film to watch? Or the best book to read?

Personally, as a big fan of the later Vegas-era Elvis, I’ve been watching the fantastically exuberant–and fantastic white jumpsuit-featuring–version of “Suspicious Minds” you can see below.

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'What A Wonderful World' songwriter George David Weiss dies at age 89

George-David-WeissImage Credit: songwritershalloffame.orgSongwriter George Davis Weiss, who penned such classic tunes as “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “What a Wonderful World,” died yesterday at his home in New Jersey, according to the New York Times.

“What a Wonderful World”—which the Manhattan-born Weiss co-wrote with producer Bob Thiele—was originally offered to Tony Bennett, who turned it down. It was then sent to Louis Armstrong who would make the track his signature song.

For “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” Weiss reworked an old song called “Mbube,” originally penned by South African musician Solomon Linda. “I did some research and found out that the chant was connected to the lion,” Weiss recalled in 1995. “So I began to think and I came up with the notion that the darn lion was sleeping tonight and nobody had to worry. And I incorporated the chant into the song and wrote some melodies and counter melodies.” The track was a hit for the Tokens in 1961 and would subsequently be recorded by Robert John, Brian Eno, and the Nylons, amongst others. It would also feature in both the film and stage versions of The Lion King. “The song leads a magical life,” Weiss said in 1995. “I don’t know what to think about it. I never thought of it as a song, but rather as a series of gimmicks thrown together. It just shows you—you can’t second guess the public.”

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Happy birthday Elvis: 75 reasons to love the King on his 75th!

Elvis Presley was born 75 years ago today. To mark the occasion, we’ve compiled a list of 75 reasons to be grateful for the King’s existence, which you’ll find after the jump.

But have we Taken Care of Business? Or should we be leaving the building in shame for what we’ve left off? Take a look and tell us what you think.

Thankyouverymuch!

Photo credit: Doc Pele/Retna Ltd.

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