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Lady Gaga before she was famous: See the shockingly normal photos

Credit: Malgorzata Saniewska

This may just be the most outrageous Lady Gaga look of them all: A stripped-down, gimmick-free Stefani Germanotta. CNN.com has previously unreleased pictures of the crusading pop star in her first photo shoot “Before she was Gaga.”

The photos of a then-19-year-old, which were reportedly taken at her parents apartment on the Upper East Side by Malgorzata Saniewska, a co-worker at the restaurant where she worked at the time, find the pre-Gaga Gaga doing her best Fabulous Baker Boys impression atop a piano in some shots and looking eerily like an early-day Amy Winehouse in others.
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Magic Johnson plans new life for 'Soul Train'

Before the death of Don Cornelius stirred pangs of Soul Train nostalgia in the American public, a group of black entrepreneurs already had begun working to revive Cornelius’ creation and carry it beyond the continued popularity of the show’s dances and television reruns. What, exactly, can be done with Soul Train, given that it lasted nearly four decades and is considered an American institution, even though there hasn’t been a new episode in six years? Will the soul of Soul Train carry on, or drift into history?

Soul Train Holdings LLC, the entity created by NBA legend and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson when he bought the Soul Train library and brand last year, has a lot of ideas. Among them are bringing a Soul Train variety show back to television, CEO Kenard Gibbs told The Associated Press. There have been discussions with writers about taking Soul Train to Broadway, Gibbs said, and also in the works are film opportunities, potential book deals and, in 2013, the first Soul Train cruise.
“The brand itself, we believe, has far, far other entertainment-based tentacles we can stretch,” Gibbs said. READ FULL STORY

Encore! President Obama sings again -- VIDEO

President Barack Obama has officially given the White House a much, much cooler soundtrack. (“Hail to the Chief” does get a little repetitive after a while.) Just one month after the Commander-in-Chief wowed us all with a few bars of Al Green’s classic “Let’s Stay Together” at New York City’s famed Apollo Theater, the POTUS serenaded the nation once again.

With a little nudging from performers like B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Buddy Guy (how could he even say no?) President Obama sang a few lines from Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago” last night during a White House blues concert in honor of Black History Month.
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Diddy talks about Whitney Houston: 'She was full of life...full of joy' -- VIDEO

In the days since the passing of Whitney Houston, her friends and colleagues have opened up and shared about their time with the pop superstar.

During his visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Diddy recalled his memories of Houston (who will be laid to rest on Saturday) and how he wound up as a guest at her 1992 wedding to Bobby Brown.

“When I was growing up in the music industry, before I had success, I somehow got on her wedding invitation,” Diddy told DeGeneres, “So I was at her wedding but I didn’t really know her — but it was one of the hottest things in town for the music industry.”
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Whitney Houston's funeral: Read about the ceremony's tributes here

Broken hearts gathered at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., for Whitney Houston’s funeral one week following the singer’s unexpected death Feb. 11. That includes family, friends, and some famous faces – Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder sang at the funeral while Kevin Costner and Clive Davis spoke about the star. Scroll down to replay the live blog of the event, hosted by EW.com’s Kate Ward and Essence Managing Editor Dawnie Walton.

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Dave Matthews Band announce 2012 summer tour

Daveheads, lend me your ears! (And your car, because I’m gonna need a ride.) The boys will, once again, rightfully be back in town.

After the Dave Matthews Band‘s unprecedented touring hiatus in 2011 (which resulted in a four-stop Caravan mini-tour, instead of the road-happy group’s typically packed summer schedule) the Grammy-winning jammers announced they will be embarking on a 39-stop tour across North America. DMB bassist Stefan Lessard tweeted to fans early Wednesday morning, “Start getting excited!”
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Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation to launch this month, with the support of Oprah

Lady Gaga is taking the next step in her ongoing efforts to put an end to youth bullying: On Feb. 29, the chart-topping singer, alongside her mother Cynthia Germanotta, is launching the Born This Way Foundation at The Berkman Center at Harvard.

Through education, research, and advocacy efforts, the nonprofit foundation — which is in partnership with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment, and The Berkman Center — is aimed at teaching anti-bullying and mentoring youths in building self-confidence. (The mission statement on the foundation’s website reads, “This way, towards bravery, where youth are empowered. This way, towards a acceptance where humanity is embraced. This way, towards love where individuality is encouraged.”)
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Grammys 2012: Adele's '21' tops iTunes charts and Amazon Best Sellers list

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“We could have had it all.” Well, at this point, Adele you sort of do have it all.

In addition to her Grammys sweep last night (the acclaimed songstress won in all six of her nominated categories, including Record of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep” and Album of the Year for her platinum smash 21), Adele is once again dominating the charts. As of Monday, the Grammy-winning 21 (which has spent fifty weeks on Billboard) topped the iTunes charts, just ahead of Whitney Houston‘s Greatest Hits album. The late singer’s catalog unsurprisingly saw a surge in sales over the weekend after the news of her passing. But Adele (whose previous Grammy-winning album 19 also found its way into the top 10) wasn’t the only one to get an iTunes boost. Coldplay, the Civil Wars, and Kelly Clarkson also saw a boost thanks to their Grammy appearances.
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Bobby Brown leaves New Edition tour to be with daughter

Bobby Brown left the New Edition tour Sunday night and arrived in Los Angeles to be with his 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who had been hospitalized following the death of her mother and Brown’s ex-wife, Whitney Houston, on Saturday night. People magazine reported that Brown had been scheduled to perform Sunday night in Nashville, but he instead arrived at LAX with a large entourage. A statement from his agent explained that his change of plan was driven by “His love for his daughter and his daughter being in the hospital. He wants to be with his daughter.”

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Grammys 2012: The full list of winners

Adele dominated the 54th annual Grammy Awards, sweeping all six categories in which she was nominated, including Album of the Year for 21 and Song and Record of the Year for her massive hit “Rolling in the Deep.” She also brought the audience to its feet with a powerful performance of that signature song, her first time singing before an audience since having vocal surgery late last year.

Sunday’s other big Grammy winners included the Foo Fighters, who cleaned up in the rock categories, grabbing awards for Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Long Form Music Video, and Best Rock Album. And Kanye West dominated the hip-hop categories, winning Best Rap Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “All of the Lights,” and Best Rap Album for his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He also picked up Best Rap Performance for “Otis,” a single off Watch the Throne, the Jay-Z-Kanye West collaboration album.

But the night wasn’t all about celebration. Coming the day after news of Whitney Houston’s death, this year’s Grammys were also a solemn affair, with host LL Cool J opening the night with a prayer in Houston’s honor and Jennifer Hudson closing the In Memoriam segment with 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.

The full list of winners below.

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