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On the Scene at the Howard Stern Birthday Bash

The Hammerstein Ballroom was originally constructed as an opera house and, in the eyes of founder Oscar Hammerstein, was meant to return a stuffy art form back to the people. On Friday night, a reversal occurred when Howard Stern, the definitive American radio personality for two generations, found his populist form elevated by a staggering stream of boldfaced names who paid tribute to him on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Hosted and broadcast live via SiriusXM, Stern’s home for the last eight years, the Howard Stern Birthday Bash filled the Ballroom with famous faces and crowded its stage with comedians, musicians, and fellow broadcasters to celebrate Stern’s life and career, which has evolved from the juvenile rabble-rousing of his early terrestrial life to the statelier (but still brutally honest) conversations of the satellite era. Sure, the Wack Pack was in the building, but so was Robert Downey, Jr., Larry King, Barbara Walters, Harvey Weinstein, and Hilary Swank — and that was mostly at one table.  READ FULL STORY

Jewel and Kelly Clarkson duet on 'Foolish Games' -- VIDEO

If Feb. 5 is too far away (and it is! it’s six days away!) for the Jewel fans out there, have no fear: a cut of your mistress of songs singing with Kelly Clarkson is making its way around the Internet.

The pair teamed up to tackle “Foolish Games,” off Jewel’s soul-saving Pieces of You. The new version — available on her upcoming greatest hits album — is heavier than the original, with less cresting woe. Also: less strings and less of Jewel reaching for the attic end of her upper register. Generally less of everything, except Kelly Clarkson, which has the upside-down effect of making the track even better, and definitely a dash more empowered.

Take a listen below and then chime in: Does this make the wait for Jewel’s Greatest Hits any easier? And who will Kelly duet with next?

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Jewel sings in disguise for an awesome undercover karaoke clip

The people over at Funny or Die are at it again, this time with Grammy-nominated artist Jewel. The concept? Send Jewel to a local karaoke bar disguised as a mere mortal and have her sing some of her own songs. They fitted her with a wig, prosthetic nose, and, naturally, a bigger butt.  Pretending to be a frumpy businesswoman named Karen, Jewel takes the stage and proceeds to totally dumbfounds the audience with her singing abilities. They have no idea she’s the real Jewel. (I wouldn’t have known either. Let’s all applaud the power of a little makeup.)

After wowing the crowd, Jewel changes out of her disguise and comes back to sing as the real Jewel, and some people still don’t realize that she was actually Karen from the earlier performance. Watch the video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Glee beats Twilight to No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart

glee-vs-twilightImage Credit: Michael Yarish/Fox; Kimberley FrenchYet again, Glee sits at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart. This time around it’s for Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals. It debuts at No. 1 with 152,000  copies sold. This is the show’s third No. 1 album, following The Power of Madonna and The Music: Volume 3 – Showstoppers, which lands at No. 7 and sold 40,000 copies this week. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack comes in at No. 2 with 144,000 units sold.

Christina Aguilera‘s fourth album, Bionic, debuts with particularly underwhelming sales at No. 3. It moved 110,000 copies. Last week’s chart-topper, Jack Johnson’s To the Sea, falls back to No. 4 with 89,000 albums sold. Plies’ Goon Affiliated backs in at No. 5 with 56,000 sets bought. Selling 49,000 albums this week, Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 drops four spots to No. 6. Lady Antebellum‘s Need You Now also falls four to No. 8, selling 39,000 copies. Dierks Bentley’s Up On The Ridge debuts at No. 9 with 38,000., while Jewel’s Sweet and Wild creeps into the top 10 at No. 10 with 31,000 albums sold.

Drake’s Thank Me Later hits the chart next week. Think he can overpower Twilight and Glee? Let us know.

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Jewel tells EW about her 'Valentine's Day' soundtrack contribution—and her upcoming album

The Valentine’s Day soundtrack—which, like the movie, features a star-studded line-up (Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson, Amy Winehouse, and Leighton Meester all appear on it) hit stores today. And at last night’s premiere for the movie, Jewel talked to EW about her new country single, “Stay Here Forever,” which she contributed to the mix.I heard the soundtrack folks were looking for one more song, and I submitted this one and they fell in love with it and made it the lead single,” Jewel says. “That’s pretty cool. I wrote it for my husband, Ty, and used how I feel for him as inspiration. It’s about being in love and how going on a great adventure is fun, but sometimes staying home with the one you love is even better.”

Jewel is also working on her next album—which she said will likely be out in June. “I am not quite finished with it but I am scheduled to put it out in June no matter what,” she says. “I have been cutting tracks in Nashville and finishing them at my ranch in Texas.”

So what’s the vibe of her upcoming disc? “It’s a little country,” Jewel says. “The Nashville and Texas vibes have found their way into the music for sure. There will be a lot of love songs on it, because I have always been influenced by what is happening in my life and right now I am in a very happy place.”

You can sample Jewel’s happy place by listening to “Stay Here Forever,” the track from the Valentine’s Day soundtrack, here:

I sort of dig it, in that fun country-pop crossover way. Do you love it? Hate it? Tell me in the comments below! (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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