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Remembering Levon Helm: A playlist

Levon Helm passed away Thursday, but his music lives on. The drummer and singer for the legendary band that needed no further moniker — The Band — brought a Southern twang and roots style to rock music that has influenced so many, from other major recording acts to legions of kids playing the drums in their parents’ basements.

In honor of the late master, we’ve put together an admittedly far-from-complete playlist of some of our Levon Helm favorites (and a few that he just lent his spirit to). Songs like “The Weight” and “Up on Cripple Creek” are classic The Band tunes, but we’ve also included some deep dives, like “Ain’t No More Cane” from The Basement Tapes with Bob Dylan and a few later tracks from Helm’s solo work, like “A Train Robbery” off his 2007 Dirt Farmer album. Check out the list below and suggest songs to add in the comments!
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Every Kelly Clarkson cover from her 'Stronger' tour, compiled for your viewing pleasure

This weekend, Kelly Clarkson will wrap up her Stronger tour after three months on the road, and we have to admit, we’re pretty sad about it.

The end of her tour means the end of the fan-requested covers, which have become YouTube highlights — and EW office favorites — over the past few months.

Throughout the duration of the tour, Clarkson has let fans submit song suggestions online, from Cee Lo Green to Britney Spears to Bonnie Raitt to Radiohead, for her to perform onstage.

Thus, because we love you so much (and because we need a playlist to get us through this slow Monday), Music Mix decided to put together a playlist of every single cover that Ms. Clarkson has performed during her tour. We’ll start with the two covers she delivered every show, and then move into the nightly specials. Enjoy! (And let us know your favorite in the comments below.)

“I Know You Won’t” by Carrie Underwood

“Heavy in Your Arms” Florence and the Machine

January 13 (MGM Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT)
“F**k You” by Cee Lo Green

January 17 (Times Union Center, Albany, NY)
“Fix You” by Coldplay

January 21, (Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY)
“My Man” by Barbra Streisand

What's on your workout playlist? For Michele Obama, it's a whole lot of Beyonce

It’s not exactly clear why the listening habits of political figures are so fascinating. But they are fascinating, aren’t they?

Thanks to inquiring minds, we now know that Barack Obama is into Lil Wayne and Bill Clinton has a weakness for Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.”

The latest iPod revelation comes from First Lady Michelle Obama, who while promoting her “Let’s Move” campaign (which encourages young people to exercise and eat right), noted that when it comes to her own workouts, Beyoncé is tops.

“I always love Beyoncé, so anything that’s fast-paced that she’s doing is a good one for me,” the First Lady noted in response to a Twitter question during a video Q&A. “I have very eclectic taste, so my playlist on my iPod runs from fast-paced to a little more mellow.”

Of course, Bey’s “Move Your Body” is one of the big anthems for “Let’s Move,” and in the past has inspired both the First Lady’s Dougie and a Beyoncé-assisted flash mob. And if it’s a faster pace she’s looking for, it’s likely that Mrs. Obama’s favorite 4 tracks include “Countdown” and “Party.”

As somebody who is occasionally maniacal about working out, I can tell you that a gym-related playlist is pretty serious business. Some people prefer the adrenaline spike of hard rap or metal, while I’ve talked to others who prefer something they can get lost in (I knew one guy who swore that Air’s Moon Safari was the best workout album he had ever heard).

My personal playlist includes a lot of ’90s R&B, like Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” and Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison.” However, when I get into really serious running, I end up listening to a lot of Guns N’ Roses and Eminem. In fact, looking at my workout playlists on my iPod, I see that the two most-played songs are both Slim Shady tunes: the Pink-assisted “Won’t Back Down” and the Ja Rule dis “Go to Sleep.”

So on this Friday, we here at the Music Mix wonder: What songs help you blast your glutes and push you through the end of that 5K? Leave your favorite workout tracks in the comments below.

Read more:
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Bill Clinton’s favorite music — check out his presidential playlist
Seth Meyers cracks up the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

YouTube delights: Five singer-songwriters you should get to know

Before Justin Bieber was the Justin Bieber, he was just kidrauhl, a boy singing to his computer from home. Before Greyson Chance was Ellen’s personal popstar, he was just greyson97. Indeed, more aspiring young musicians are turning to YouTube these days in order to find audiences for their music. After all, why should you play cheesy covers at your high school’s unattended open mic night when you could play cheesy covers to an online audience that will actually listen? Millions of people use YouTube every day, and many users (including yours truly) have found the website to be a treasure trove of great independent musicians. Though some of these singers possess gargantuan online fanbases, they often don’t get the media recognition that smaller, studio-supported artists might receive. Let’s change that!  After the jump, check out five singer-songwriters who have made their mark on the web in the last year. READ FULL STORY

Actor Alessandro Nivola: His Music Mix playlist

Alessandro-NivolaImage Credit: Walter McBride/RetnaAlessandro Nivola, the chameleon-like actor known for toggling nimbly between art-house hits (Junebug, Coco Before Chanel) and the popcorn multiplex (Face/Off, Jurassic Park III), has developed a bit of a mini-specialty: Movies about music, and the people that make it.

In 2002’s Laurel Canyon, he was the free-spirited frontman who seduced Frances McDormand and Kate Beckinsale with his British accent and rampant shirtlessness. In Janie Jones, due later this year, he plays the washed-up rocker dad of a young girl played by Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Little Miss Sunshine). For both, Nivola recorded multiple songs, using his own vocals.

And in Who Do You Love, which opens in limited release today, he portrays Leonard Chess, the man whose namesake record label first fostered Chuck Berry, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and countless others. (The story was also told in 2008’s Cadillac Records, starring Beyonce and Adrien Brody).

With that in mind, Nivola picked a Chess-centric playlist for EW, featuring everyone from Howlin’ Wolf to the Rolling Stones, after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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