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Ke$ha condemns documentary, works with the Flaming Lips, still covered in glitter

Despite being one of the first people to bring back Andre 3000, spending the bulk of her summer on tour, and unleashing a crazy video that starred unicorns and the Dawson, Ke$ha had a relatively quiet 2011 (or at least in comparison to the year prior, when “Tik Tok” and “Your Love Is My Drug” dominated all charts all the time). Such will not be the case in 2012, as you will have more Ke$ha than you ever knew what to do with.

As noted in EW’s 2012 Forecast issue, Ke$ha is hard at work on a new album, which she promises will focus on more of a rock sound and offer up more “vulnerability” than her previous party-focused work. That should hit some time in the second half of the year, though you won’t have to wait that long to hear her. She has already contributed to the just-released charity tribute album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, where she turned in a surprisingly sturdy, stripped-down version of Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” As Melissa Maerz noted in her review of the album, “Ke$ha gets the song’s heartbreak right; you can actually hear her sobbing between verses. If there’s ever a reason to believe the girl’s capable of deeper feelings than ‘vaguely hungover,’ this is it.”

You know who else recognizes Ke$ha’s many layers? READ FULL STORY

The Music Mix recommends: Elle Varner

Elle-Varner

Beyoncé will probably be out of commission for a while craddling The Chosen One her first-born, so where’s an R&B-loving fan to get their ear candy in the meantime? Enter L.A.-bred soultress Elle Varner and her laid-back fusion of pop, hip-hop and soul.

Varner caught my attention this summer when her infectious “One Wanna Give It To You,” featuring J. Cole, landed on the Billboard R&B Charts. If it were possible for Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott to make a baby, they might have produced this songbird’s smoky tones and funky vibe.

The 22-year-old daughter of two music-industry parents literally has it in her bones — so its no wonder she signed a record deal soon after graduating from NYU.

Until her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect, comes later this year we’ll have to settle for her new mixtape Conversational Lush, out today, and of course playing this adorably retro video on repeat: READ FULL STORY

Celebrities mourn Etta James via Twitter, internet

The legendary Etta James succumbed to leukemia this morning, and people all over are remembering the singer’s 73 years of life in different ways.

Beyonce, who famously played the star in 2008’s Cadillac Records — and ran into some static with the older star later — took to her website with the following statement:

“This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless, and had guts. She will be missed.”

For many, Twitter provides a natural outlet to mourn and pay tribute. Celebrities as varied as Questlove, Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill, and Nancy Grace have already tweeted about James; we’ve included many of them below: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry releases another 'The One That Got Away' remix: Will this finally push the song to No. 1?

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Katy Perry will not rest until “The One That Got Away” becomes her sixth straight No. 1 single.

The pop star’s album Teenage Dream has already matched Michael Jackson’s Bad as the second album in history to produce five No. 1’s, and a few weeks ago, Perry came thisclose to topping the King of Pop with “The One That Got Away.”

A remixed-version of the song featuring B.O.B. boosted the pop lament from No. 5 to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in December, but Perry couldn’t muscle her way past LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” or Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” and last week, she dropped down to No. 6.

Now, Perry has released another remix — this time a stripped-down acoustic take — perhaps in hopes that it can boost sales and get the sometimes-pink-sometimes-blue-haired diva that sixth No. 1 (that got away). Give it a listen below: READ FULL STORY

Nicole Scherzinger performs new song 'Pretty' on 'The X Factor'; will she finally catch her break?

On the one hand, it must be sort of a drag being Nicole Scherzinger — her post-Pussycat Dolls career has been a series of false starts, stalled singles, and bumped release dates.

(Consider this: Can you hum the melodies to “Baby Love,” “Poison,” “Don’t Hold Your Breath,” “Right There,” or “Try With Me,” all of which have been released as radio songs and turned into videos in the lead-up to Scherzinger’s still AWOL debut in the United States?)

Then again, Scherzinger keeps getting opportunities to redeem herself — not a luxury every would-be pop star gets. Which brings us to Thursday night’s episode of The X Factor, and her performance of a new song, “Pretty.”

The Internet reaction has been pretty positive so far, so does this mean that the tide will finally turn for her as a solo star? Judge for yourself after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Lana Del Rey's moody, blood-soaked, tiger-filled 'Born To Die' video: What do you think?

Lana Del Rey, the bewitchingly pouty indie-ballad goddess whose debut single “Video Games” garnered her a crazy amount of internet ink this year, has just released a video for her second single, “Born To Die,” and true to polarizing form, it’s already got people worked up.

The video for the beautifully dour tune features an array of striking images: A shirtless Del Rey standing in front of an American flag with a tattooed man; a pale-skinned, red-lipped Del Rey, wearing a flower crown and sitting on a throne in a French cathedral between two tigers, and finally, harrowing image of Del Rey’s bloodied corpse in the arms of her man in front of a fire.

It’s all very shadowy and very moody. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga releases 14-minute-long video for 'Marry the Night': Watch here!

One of the beautiful things about most music videos is that you can watch them in just a few — or maybe four or five — minutes, max.

But leave it to Lady Gaga to unspool a mini-movie that’s half the length of a sitcom episode. Folks, Little Monsters, and everyone else: Gaga has released her epic, 14-minute-long music video for her latest single “Marry the Night.”

And, as ever, the clip is a trip to Total Crazyville, population: 1, Lady Gaga — filled with a surreal visit to the ER, ballerinas, Cheerio-hording, naked bathtub writhing, Fame-style dance sessions, and cars catching fire.

Settle in for 14 minutes and watch the “Marry the Night” video below, but note that if you want to, you know, get right to the song, you’ll need to skip to about the 8-minute mark:

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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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‘VH1 Divas': See Kelly Clarkson’s promotional poster — EXCLUSIVE
Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch, and Jennifer Hudson to headline this year’s ‘VH1 Divas’

'VH1 Divas': See Kelly Clarkson's promotional poster -- FIRST LOOK

A few weeks back, Kelly Clarkson, Florence Welch, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott were all announced as the headliners at this year’s VH1 Divas, which is set to celebrate soul music this year when it airs Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.

As we steamroll closer to that date, VH1 has shared with EW the first look at fave Kelly Clarkson’s poster promoting the big night. In it, Clarkson is, in a word, looking Stronger, mostly because the photo used is taken from the artwork from her latest album. Clarkson has been in bed with VH1 quite a bit lately, as she also recently did an Unplugged special for the network to raise awareness for Stronger.

Anticipate Ms. Clarkson’s return to the Divas stage by taking a gander at the poster here:

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Ingrid Michaelson's new single 'Ghost': Hear the premiere here -- EXCLUSIVE

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has cobbled together four albums’ worth of charming, hook-filled pop that revolves around her effervescent melodies and easy, sweet voice.

Her songs have made her a mainstay both on pop radio and on television — see appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, and So You Think You Can Dance, among many others. She made a crazy-cool video for her song “Parachute,” and most recently, scored a fresh victory with her swoony cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” which appears in the trailer to the critically-acclaimed film Like Crazy.

She’ll continue her movement forward on her upcoming fifth album Human Again, which drops on January 24, 2012. The new collection, by far Michaelson’s most upbeat, features the passionate single “Ghost.” You can listen to the exclusive premiere of that single after the jump (and click here to preorder): READ FULL STORY

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