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Ellen DeGeneres starts label, signs Greyson Chance

Greyson-ChanceImage Credit: Michael Rozman/AP ImagesEllen DeGeneres likes “Paparazzi” kid Greyson Chance so much that she’s started her own record label in order to sign him, People reports. “Greyson… inspired me to start a record label called eleveneleven,” DeGeneres told the mag. “He is my first artist, and we are making a record together.”

It’s no surprise that Ellen is a big music fan. She’s made that clear for years on her talk show, and of course she recently took a permanent seat behind the judges’ table on American Idol. She’s also been instrumental in Chance’s meteoric rise to fame, booking the 12-year-old singer on her show after seeing his “Paparazzi” clip on YouTube. The rest is history.

What do you think of this news? Who else do you think Ellen should sign to eleveneleven?

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Sixth-grade 'Paparazzi' kid's choir teacher sings his praises

Before Greyson Michael Chance’s cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” became a YouTube smash, the Oklahoma sixth-grader was already a star in Kelly Cheek’s classroom. “He’s an amazing student to have,” Cheek, who’s been Chance’s choir teacher at Edmond, Okla.’s Cheyenne Middle School since January, tells the Music Mix. “He’s always playing the piano in class. The kids are always wanting him to sing for them. He’s the reason why I wanted to teach, because of kids like him.”

Chance represented Cheyenne at an annual choir festival for Edmond’s five middle schools this April 12. Cheek says he was originally planning to cover 3OH!3’s “Still Around” before a last-minute switch to “Paparazzi.” “He decided about a week before…He brought that song in one day after school and sang it for me. I just said, ‘You have to do that one! It’s amazing!'”

Chance’s Gaga cover (watch it again after the jump) has made him into an overnight celeb. He’s already appeared on new fan Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. And naturally, he’s the talk of Cheyenne Middle School. “It’s been insane,” laughs Cheek. “Our phones have been ringing off the hook. The kids are so excited, we can hardly get them to do anything but talk about Greyson.”

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Frances Bean Cobain to make recording debut

If she really wanted to rebel against her famous parents, Frances Bean Cobain might have gone in for her accounting degree, or perhaps found work on FOX News. Instead, the 17-year-old daughter of late alt-rock icon Kurt and the recently estranged Courtney Love, is, not entirely unshockingly, following in their footsteps.

The London Guardian reports that Frances will sing on Evelyn Evelyn, a project fronted by Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer and her bandmate Jason Webley and also featuring vocals by Weird Al, twin rock duo Tegan and Sara, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, Andrew WK, comedian Margaret Cho and Palmer’s fiance, Coraline author Neil Gaiman. She apparently appears on a track called “My Space,” “an anthemic 80s power ballad” with “gang vocals” by the collected crew.

The album, due March 30, is centered around the story of “conjoined twins who … spent their lives trapped in the circus industry” and sounds, according to their MySpace page, something like the accompaniment to a Coney Island freak show circa 1862 meets Barnum & Bailey, with contemporary references to debit cards and “dickheads” sprinkled throughout.

Will it be her personal Nevermind or Live Through This? Unlikely, but fans of both can find out when Evelyn is released March 30.

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Aaron Carter: 'I am back now, here I am' -- a Music Mix interview

Beware, Aaron Carter haters—and there may be a few—the onetime tween pin-up, brother of Backstreet Nick, and recent Dancing with the Stars alum has launched a new stage in his career.

He’s really hoping you’re going to appreciate it.

“I’m back here to make a point when it comes to my abilities, my dancing,” Carter told EW.com on the red carpet at Sunday’s 52 annual Grammy Awards in L.A. ” If I am going to talk the talk, I will walk the walk. I’m going to do everything it takes. I’m here – take your best shot at me.”

Carter, 22, who has a single, “Dance with Me,” currently on iTunes with Flo Rida, is in prove-himself mode – or at least advertising it publicly, despite regaining prominence (sort of) last fall, finishing fifth on Dancing with the Stars with partner Karina Smirnoff. He has an independent record label, which he has signed himself to, he says.

“A lot of people didn’t expect that [Flo Rida single],” Carter says. “But he supports me and what I’ve done in my career. That means a lot to me. I have had ups and downs, trials and tribulations, but I’m back in my early 20s, to relive all that success over.”

“I am back now, here I am,” Carter repeated. “I am back at the Grammys, not just for no reason. I’m here because I’m living my dream. Major record labels want to sign me and put me down. They want to bring me here to get their competition here. I’m sick of that happening. I’m sick of sitting around, letting that [happen].”

He added, “This is it for me.”

Carter is reportedly on track to release a CD later this year, his fifth, though is vague on details when pressed. It would be his first record in eight years, after 2002’s Another Earthquake. His most successful was 2000’s Oh Aaron, which went triple platinum.

“I took some time off,” he says of the downtime. “I’m producing it, writing it, I mix it, I master it. I vocal-arrange it. I have my own studio down in Miami. I do it all. I want to be a real artist to consumers. I want to be the real thing for them. There are so many artists out there that don’t play the piano and actually write the lyrics and do it all creatively.”

And that one song, “Let Go,” that was rumored to be about ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff? Well, it is. “Of course, yeah,” Carter says. “I write about my feelings, things that happen in my life and experiences.”

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The 17th-century English playwright and poet William Congreve once famously said “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast.” Clearly, he anticipated Stevie Knicks approximately 300 years before the rest of us:

Stevie can’t be the only one who knows how to soothe a savage baby. When Raffi and “Row Row Row Your Boat” fail, what turns demonic, screaming little rage-nuggets into docile lambs? The Beatles? Sade? Sabbath? Give us your time- and toddler-tested picks in the comments section below.

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'Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!' in New York: The cool kids are down with Devendra Banhart

Childless Upper West Siders bewildered by the giant “Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! SOLD OUT” marquee in their posh Manhattan neighborhood quite likely grew even more confused this morning as swarms of toddlers dressed in furry green monster outfits and pink flower-bulb she-beast t-shirts descended upon the Beacon Theater for three consecutive sold-out performances. For those who still don’t know, Yo Gabba Gabba!, the brainchild of Scott Schultz (of the band Majestic) and Christian Jacobs (of The Aquabats), is a kids’ show on Nickelodeon, featuring a skinny DJ in an orange jumpsuit (DJ Lance Rock) and five monsters (well, four and a magic robot) he carries around his boombox. The music- and dance-heavy program teaches kids, in equal measure, about manners, trying new things, and 808 bass. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus not a 'Twilight' fan: 'I've never seen it, nor will I ever'

It’s like the Easter bunny just pooped on a unicorn. Miley Cyrus, tween America’s pole-prancing, party-in-the-U.S.A.-ing overlord, wants nothing to do with Twilight—arguably the only pop cultural benchmark more important to her target demographic than her own multi-media empire.

“I’ve never seen [Twilight], and nor will I ever,” she tells Ohio radio station Q92 in a filmed backstage interview. “I don’t believe in it—I don’t believe in it. I don’t like vampires, I don’t like any of the stuff, like the wolf that pops out of the screen when I’m watching my TV at night. I don’t like it, I don’t want anything to do with it. I don’t like the shirts, any of it.”

Watch the clip after the jump, beginning just before the one-minute mark:

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Britney Spears' 'Toxic' video covered shot-for-shot by a nine-year-old; mothers weep

Thank you, D-listed, for bringing this tragique magic into our lives: An elaborate shot-for-shot remake of Britney’s “Toxic” video by a nine-year-old Peruvian girl.

Because no child should graduate 4th grade without her Girl Scout patches in Champagne Service, See-Through Bodysuits, and Seducing Peach-Fuzzed Business-“men” on Black Leather Couches:

Can’t wait to see what she does with “3”! Now excuse me while I go Febreze my eyeballs.

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Elvis's teenage grandson gets $5 million record deal; has he earned it?

According to England’s Daily Mail, Benjamin, the 17-year-old son of Lisa Marie Presley and musician Danny Keough, is following mom and grandpops into the family business — and he’s already been signed to a $5 million, five-album deal with Universal.

The first album, due early next year, “will be nothing like Elvis, nothing like him at all,” according to the prodigal grandson himself. He would, of course, be approximately the 9 millionth musical offspring to follow in his parents’ path, though the three-generation spread does put him in a more rarified group (what up, Williams family). UPDATE as of 10/8: Peter LoFrumento, Executive Vice President of Universal Music Group, told PEOPLE Wednesday, “This story is totally untrue.”

Buckleys (Tim and Jeff), Cyruses (Billy Ray, Miley, Trace) and assorted Philips aside, what do you think of the latest crop of born-with-a-silver-guitar-pick-in-their mouths hopefuls? Whose talent do you think best stands on its own? And who deserves to get sent to the back of the nepotism bread line?

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Care Bears on Fire's 'Pleaser': A Music Mix Exclusive!

61xloPSOP6L._SL500_AA240_ Man, 5th grade was tough. Remember all those spelling tests? The brutal rounds of kickball? Starting a band that was profiled in Spin and New York magazine and and appearing in a Converse ad and playing SXSW and putting out an EP (now out of print) and then a full-length record?

Um, yeah. Me neither. But Brooklyn's pop-punk girl-core trio Care Bears on Fire did just that starting back in ye olde 2005, and now the (relatively) grown (they're now in their early teens) trio are releasing their second full-length album, Get Over It!, on S-Curve Records, featuring contributions from Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger.

Listen to the latest from Izzy, Sophie and Jena below, and tell us what you think — and also, what other underage bands out there you think deserve some all-ages exposure.

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