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Jennifer Hudson brings back the '90s in 'Walk It Out' music video

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The ’90s stage a comeback in Jennifer Hudson’s new music for “Walk It Out,” her Timbaland and J-Roc produced single.

Directed by Director X, the man behind Iggy Azalea’s Clueless-themed “Fancy” music video, “Walk It Out” opens with J-Hud waking up and going for a sassy stroll down the streets of Chicago. Thankfully, Timbaland — who is also featured on the track — keeps his appearances to a minimum, allowing the American Idol alum to truly shine.  READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston getting primetime special, greatest hits package, photo book

When Whitney Houston died suddenly in February, near-immediate tributes sprung up everywhere from that weekend’s Grammy telecast and EW’s own print cover.

But some tributes, of course, can’t be wrought so quickly, and this coming November will bring a number of longer-gestating odes to the fallen superstar. On November 16, CBS will broadcast We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston, an hour-long primetime special that genuflects to Houston’s music with the aid of stars like Jennifer Hudson and Usher (with more to be announced). The special will tape at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater on October 11, and tickets are on sale now.

That week in November will also sees the release of I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, a new collection of her biggest hits — including “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” and “My Love Is Your Love,” and 15 others. Also included: a new version of “I Look to You” featuring R. Kelly. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Make It Or Break It,' 'The Killing,' 'Person of Interest,' and more music-on-tv moments

Mother’s Day may be next weekend, but there’s no shortage of mama drama in the latest Jukebox. Mom’s got through (and even started) some trouble on shows including Make It Or Break It, Private Practice, Missing, and The Game.

Which isn’t to say the dads didn’t get in on the action, too, creating waves on The Killing, Revenge, and The Client List. The last few weeks also saw a steamy encounter (The Good Wife), a heartfelt tribute (Glee), and an ambush (Person of Interest), plus more music-on-TV moments from The L.A. ComplexGirls, and Mad Men.

Check out our picks below and make sure to click through to the final page to listen to a track-for-track Spotify playlist of this week’s “show tunes.” (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)

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Jury selection begins for trial of man accused of murdering Jennifer Hudson's family

A judge questions would-be jurors as jury selection begins in earnest Monday at the Chicago trial of the man accused of murdering singer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew. Selecting 12 jurors and six alternates able to set aside sympathy for the Hollywood star and assess guilt only according to evidence presented in court against William Balfour could pose a major challenge.

It’s expected to take two or three days to make final selections from among 150 prospective jurors. In a last step, each side can use pre-emptive strikes, usually around 10, to dismiss people from the jury pool without having to offer any reason. Judge Charles Burns will aim to weed out anyone who might be swayed by the 30-year-old Hudson’s celebrity, though he’s unlikely to automatically exclude Hudson fans if they can convince him their biases won’t affect their deliberations. Attorneys won’t necessarily share the judge’s goal, seeking, instead, to keep jurors likely to favor their arguments. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Hudson performs 'I Will Always Love You' in stirring Whitney Houston tribute at the Grammys

When the news broke that pop legend Whitney Houston had passed away on Saturday, the producers of the Grammy Awards were suddenly put in an almost untenable position. They absolutely had to pay tribute to the late icon, but there was nowhere near enough time to put together the sort of salute that Houston’s legacy demands.

Ultimately, they came up with a simple and elegant solution, sending out Jennifer Hudson to take the stage (video below) for a run through “I Will Always Love You,” the Dolly Parton song that Houston made into a worldwide smash on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. Clearly moved by the enormity of her charge, Hudson nevertheless used her amazing instrument to bob and weave with impressive execution, turning in a performance that Houston herself would have been proud of.

Following an In Memoriam montage that saw tips of the hat to late icons like Amy Winehouse, Clarence Clemons, and Phoebe Snow, Hudson appeared bathed in light to start “I Will Always Love You” a cappella. Later joined by nothing more than a piano, Hudson’s huge voice was up to the enormous task of taking on one of the biggest songs in the entire balladeer songbook.

Though she skipped the huge note at the end of the song that became a calling card for Houston, she did ad lib “Whitney, we love you” as she closed out her performance. READ FULL STORY

VH1 Divas tonight: Five reasons you should watch

EW was on the scene at last night’s taping of VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul (airing tonight at 9 p.m. ET). In addition to talking to the Divas — including repeat performers Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Kelly Clarkson, plus Jessie J and Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch — we narrowed down exactly why the 13-year-old institution is still worth checking out. Below, five reasons to tune into tonight’s special. READ FULL STORY

Singles Swap: EW's picks for new music you'll love

Welcome to the first online edition of Singles Swap, which has only appeared in the print edition of Entertainment Weekly until now. Read on below as we recommend songs similar to the ones you already love.

Mumford & Sons: “Little Lion Man”
The Brit-folk anthem so beloved, it even gets a pass for dropping multiple F-bombs. 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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Jennifer Hudson teams with David Guetta on new single 'Night of Your Life': Listen here

Now this is the kind of collaboration that Jennifer Hudson should be doing!

Today, inescapable French DJ a and collaborator with vocalists everywhere David Guetta—yes, him of “Gettin’ Over You,” “Memories,” and current summer party jam “Where Them Girls At”—released a thumping club anthem, “Night of Your Life,” which features vocal stylings from the former American Idol contestant turned Oscar-winning actress and singer. In a word, it’s amazing.

“Night of Your Life” is a wailing, throbbing song that will undoubtedly fill dance clubs, gay clubs, and gay dance clubs everywhere before too long. I’ve been saying it for a long time: Jennifer Hudson needs to be a club queen.

In its own particular way, “Night” is totally finger-wagging delicious in that Deborah Cox “Absolutely Not” type of way. Lots of repetition, with a rise and fall thatdrives toward the chorus’ final, extreme blowout: “Love me, baby treat me right / Make it eternity and not only one night,” Hudson yells, “If you love me til the end of time / Then I will promise you the night of your life.”

Give the song a whirl here:

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Usher headlining 'Essence' Music Festival tonight -- PHOTOS

R&B superstar Usher is headlining tonight’s concerts at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans at the Lousiana Superdome. At left, you can see a shot from his sound check for tonight’s performance.

The Friday main stage show are also featuring performances by Charlie Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, and Boyz II Men. Kanye West will headline tomorrow’s main stage show; he’ll be preceded by Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, and El DeBarge. The festival will wrap up on Sunday with performances from Mary J. Blige, New Edition, Trey Songz, and Kem.

Check out another shot from Usher’s sound check below:  READ FULL STORY

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