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Amanda Seyfried sings 'L'il Red Riding Hood' -- EXCLUSIVE

Amanda-SeyfriedImage Credit: RD/Orchon/Retna Ltd/CorbisCan’t wait to see the atmospheric horror-fairy-tale Red Hiding Hood this weekend? Then whet your fangs on actress Amanda Seyfried’s eerie acoustic cover (available here for purchase) of Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs’ “L’il Red Riding Hood,” exclusively here at EW’s Music Mix: READ FULL STORY

Grateful Dead's Bob Weir performing at Sundance for upcoming film 'The Music Never Stopped' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Bob-WeirImage Credit: Fred Hayes/Getty ImagesDeadheads at this year’s Sundance Film Festival got a treat when Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir showed up with a mic and an acoustic guitar to performing a collection of Grateful favorites, including “The Music Never Stopped,” to support director Jim Kohlberg’s upcoming film of the same name, slated for release March 18 and starring J.K. Simmons (The Spiderman movies, Juno) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker). Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Ke$ha's 'Animal (Switch Remix)' -- EXCLUSIVE

kesha-animalImage Credit: Ethan PinesWith two albums under her sequined thrift-shop belt, Ke$ha is releasing her first remix album next month, the less-than-succinctly titled I am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance: The Remix Album. It hits shelves (and more importantly, the digital highway) on March 22.

But why wait? You can listen to Switch’s remix of Ke$ha’s “Animal” exclusively here at EW: READ FULL STORY

Jack Johnson's new video 'From the Clouds': Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE

jack-johnsonImage Credit: Emmett MalloySurf-folk hero Jack Johnson’s new video defies gravity. Literally. In fact, Johnson finally becomes so mellow that he floats through the air.

Okay, not really; he never touches ground in the clip, but that’s due to a few dozen leaps from a 40-foot diving board and a special slow-motion HD camera.

Still the video for “From the Clouds,” the third single from his fifth studio album, To the Sea, making its debut here exclusively on EW.com, was initially up in the air itself. “This video feels like it’s so late after the album came out, I even forgot it was happening at first,” the singer-songwriter tells EW in his low-key drawl. (To the Sea dropped in June of last year.) “Then my manager, Emmett Malloy, called me up and said that it was doing pretty well on radio, so we decided it would be worth doing it.” And here is the result: READ FULL STORY

Hear 'Irregular Heart,' the catchy new track from Schuyler Fisk -- EXCLUSIVE

schuyler-fiskThere may still be snow on the ground, but count on indie singer/songwriter Schuyler Fisk to spread some sunshine. EW has the exclusive debut of “Irregular Heart,” the newest track off the songstress’ sophomore album, Blue Ribbon Winner (due March 1, pre-order here), and guess what? We like. READ FULL STORY

Adele sings 'Natural Woman' beautifully on 'VH1 Unplugged' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If British chanteuse Adele had been included in Sunday’s Grammys-opening tribute to Aretha Franklin (and honestly, why wasn’t she?), it’s worth considering: What ‘Retha song should/would/could she have contributed?

Well, any and all of course — there’s little this lady can’t do. But based on her explosive, emotive rendition of “Natural Woman” in this exclusive clip from an upcoming episode of VH1′s Unplugged, we here at EW would vote resoundingly for Carole King’s woman-empowered classic that Aretha popularized in 1967. As you might imagine, the rebooted Unplugged atmosphere is just perfect for Adele’s fiery singer-songwriter sensibility. Plus, it showcases the fact that this gal can sing. She don’t need no backup. No synthesizers. And no dancers. It’s all about her.

VH1 Unplugged: Adele premieres online Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Unplugged.VH1.com and will air on VH1 Friday, March 4, at 11 p.m. The online premiere on March 3 will be accompanied by a live viewing party where fans can watch and chat with one another. Watch the beautiful clip of Adele singing “Natural Woman” here:

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Big Time Rush: Behind the scenes of the boy band's 'Boyfriend' video collaboration with Snoop Dogg -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Snoop-Dog-Big-Time-RushOn Saturday evening, amid a night of new episodes of Victorious and True Jackson VP, Big Time Rush — the fledgling boy-band created by Nickelodeon via the teen-bopping series of the same name — debuted their latest music video for their pop ditty “Boyfriend,” a collaboration with Snoop Dogg. (See EW’s First Look at the Snoop’s guest spot on the series back in November.) And you know what? The song is actually kinda totally infectious and fun — so much so that I can’t get it out of my head for days and days afterward. What I’m saying is: I’m a fan of Big Time Rush. Yes, yes, in the scheme of boy bands of all time, it remains to be seen if Big Time Rush will be remembered like the greats New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC. (The real meter of success is: Will I be karaoking “Boyfriend” in 10 years like I karaoked “I Want It That Way” last Saturday night?) But, truly, you never know what Big Time Rush could become, right? Super stardom is possible. Heck, they’re working with Snoop, which is always a good sign.

So with that, I’m happy to bring you a little behind-the-scenes video from the “Boyfriend” music video shoot. In it, the cuties — that’d be Kendall, 20; James, 20; Carlos, 21; and Logan, 21—tell us how and why they made the music video, what it was like working with Snoop, and lots more. And beyond that — in true, teen-zine fandom craziness! — you’ll find some candid answers from the guys on a number of hot-hot-hot topics, ranging from their vices while recording and dream collaborators to what kind of music they listened to while growing up and what boy bands they love. Enjoy!

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Jackie Evancho: Watch 'America's Got Talent' star's 'Silent Night' music video (EW exclusive First Look!)

Jackie-Evancho-Talent-videoNothing says the holidays like a tiny opera-singing prodigy! EW has the exclusive first look at 10-year-old America’s Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho’s music video for “Silent Night,” the latest release from her holiday album, O Holy Night, which surprised the music world by selling 239,000 copies during its first week in release and debuting at No. 2 (behind Susan Boyle’s already-released Christmas disc The Gift) back in November. The video is white-backdrop simple and features Evancho playing with (apparently fake) snow around a Christmas tree with her older brother, Jacob. “Making the video was really fun,” Evancho tells EW. “There was a lot of snow—it got in our mouths! But it was still a lot of fun, especially because Jacob was there to enjoy it with me. Usually my siblings don’t get to come along while I’m working.”

Evancho wanted to do the music video for “Silent Night” because it’s one of her favorite tunes on the album. “Actually both the English songs on the album—this and ‘O Holy Night’—are my favorite,” the pint-sized singer clarifies. “‘O Holy Night’ is a very beautiful song, and it’s my favorite Christmas song to sing. I sing it a lot around the house, and I just like that song a lot.”

Considering she made a whole album about it, Christmas—and everything that goes with it—is very important to the classical crossover singer. “We do whatever normal kid does,” Evancho says of her family’s holiday traditions. “We try to sneak a peek of Santa, we go to our Grandma’s house, have Christmas dinner, and then go to bed and wait for Santa to come.” So, what’s Evancho hoping Santa brings her this year? You might be surprised. “I want these vampire fangs,” she reveals. “I’m really into vampires. You put them in your mouth. They’re small at first, but there’s a lever, and when you push the lever with your tongue, they grow bigger.”

The full video for “Silent Night” is after the jump:

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Cake exclusive: Stream a track from their comeback album now!

cakeImage Credit: Robert McKnightIt’s been a good while since we last heard from Cake. So it’s fitting that Showroom of Compassion, the California alt-rockers’ first full-length since 2004, will feature a song called “Long Time.” The album won’t be out til Jan. 11, 2011, but we just so happen to have an exclusive stream of “Long Time” right here on the Music Mix.

Click through to the jump to hear “Long Time” now. It’s vintage Cake, with festive brass, chipper synths, and itchy guitars accompanying lead singer John McCrea’s deadpan vocals.

Snappy little tune, no? If you like it, consider pre-ordering Showroom of Compassion from Cake’s official site. Then let us know whether you’re looking forward to fresh Cake in January. READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj tells EW about three key 'Pink Friday' collaborations with Kanye, Rihanna, and Eminem

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Rapper Nicki Minaj’s much-anticipated big-label debut, Pink Friday, hit retailers yesterday, at the beginning of one of the biggest shopping—and music release heavy—weeks of the year. (EW just reviewed the disc here on The Music Mix.) It turns out Thanksgiving week’s consumer culture was part of the inspiration behind the effort’s title. “We named it Pink Friday because it comes out the week of Black Friday,” she tells EW. “It’s girly girl meets crazy, psychotic lunatic meets mix tapes. I think all of those things are represented on Pink Friday.” Besides the nod to Black Friday, the album is also brimming with rap’s biggest and brightest stars. Here, Minaj takes us behind three of her favorite tracks on Pink Friday, a trio of collaborations with Kanye West, Rihanna, and Eminem.

“Blazin” with Kanye West: “‘Blazin” is one of those where you want to let your hair down, feel a little lifted, and just ride out into the night. It’s a more subdued track, and I love the beat. The beat takes me somewhere. I remember playing it for Kanye in the studio, and Kanye started free-styling to the beat right then and there, off the top of his head. I knew his voice was going to sound insane on that particular track, and it brought out a little street edge in me as well. It gave me a platform for things that I needed to say. It’s one of those records that puts you in a peaceful state of tranquility. But it’s hood at the same time.”

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