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Kelly Clarkson's jazzy, big-band version of 'Mr. Know It All' at the AMAs: What did you think?

At the American Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson came out swingin’.

Not only did the original American Idol, clad in a sparkly red mermaid gown, dismiss rumors about her record label conflicts, sexuality, and style by belting, “You don’t know a thing about me,” to “reporters,” but she flipped the switch on her pop/R&B-lite single “Mr. Know It All,” turning it into a brassy big-band production.

Surrounded by the 1930s equivalent of paparazzi (or maybe just the cast of Newsies), Clarkson bopped and swayed to the jazzy trombone blasts, and she nailed her big chorus riffs at the end of the number. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga releases two-minute preview of 'Marry The Night': watch here!

What a tease!

Lady Gaga has just released a two-minute preview for her new video, “Marry The Night” and it’s a doozy. Forgoing an elaborate costume, Gaga still manages to shock in a mousy brown bob and hospital gown, lying atop a gurney in a hospital fashioned similarly to the bath haus in the “Bad Romance” video.

The highly stylized clip has a lot of voiceover, with Gaga intoning, “And truthfully the lie of it all is much more honest, because I invented it,” and “It’s not that I’ve been dishonest, it’s just that I loathe reality.” This is a common theme of her concerts: getting lost in the fantasy; swept up in a dream. And on it’s own, that idea is not necessarily a bad thing.

But judging from the clip, it appears her reality is a suicide attempt; the video is dark, but also humorous — a side eye alongside emotional upheaval. It’s more than a little disturbing.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Rebecca Black releases new single 'Person of Interest': Hear it here

Paging Elle Woods: Someone else is comfortable using legal jargon in everyday life.

Rebecca Black, of “Friday” fame, has released her new single, “Person of Interest” (no relation to the CBS show of the same name). It sounds exactly like you’d expect the follow-up to “Friday” and “My Moment” would sound. The lyrics aren’t quite as inane as her first go-round, but unfortunately, it’s mostly just forgettable.

This ode to flirting on the dance floor (keep in mind she’s still only 14) could totally pass as a throwaway Selena Gomez or early Miley Cyrus track, so she’s got that going for her in the teen-pop realm.

Unfortunately, for those who love a good ironic song about car seat debates to fuel a Friday night party, the guilty pleasure vibes coming out of this tune are absent. All we’re left with is a “crime scene on the dance floor” — a topic widely covered with more success by Britney, Rihanna and co.

Take a listen to Ms. Black’s latest below. READ FULL STORY

Newlyweds Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed record duet: Listen here!

There’s nothing like young love.

In “Now That I’ve Found You” a song sung by season 10 American Idol contestant Paul McDonald and his brand-new wife, Twilight actress Nikki Reed, the duo offer up a sweet ode to romance.

With McDonald writing the melody and Reed penning the lyrics, the song isn’t stand-out memorable, but it sure is a nice treat and makes for some easy listening, making me think of picnics in the park and summer walks. The bluegrass-feeling tune (loving that harmonica!) stays in McDonald’s folk and country wheelhouse, with Reed providing some welcome back-up.

Take a listen below: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry's 'The One That Got Away' video: Old-age makeup, movie stars, and more -- watch it here!

Benjamin Button’s got nothing on Katy Perry.

Perry has just released the official video for “The One That Got Away,” her fond look back at lost love. My giant takeaway from this surprisingly downer clip? Katy Perry is seriously creepy looking as an old woman. She’s rocking the white hair, but her face, for all the effects, still looks young. I never thought I’d prefer her hair bubblegum pink. It’s disconcerting.

Watch the video below, complete with co-star Diego Luna: READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Hosts: Obviously, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are the only people eligible for this honor, but haven’t they become quite a dynamic duo? I can’t think of any pair I’d rather see overseeing an awards show. They’re funny and saucy without being mean, and they keep the show moving.

Between the Hank Williams Jr. parody and the Faith Hill/Tim McGraw anatomy check that opened the show, Underwood and Paisley had me literally tearing up with laughter. And just when you think they can’t endear you to themselves any more, they deliver a powerhouse vocal on “Remind Me.” Hey, Oscars, are you watching?

Best performance: Near the end of the show, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Vince Gill performed a touching medley of tunes in honor of country icon Glen Campbell, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The seasoned veteran, clearly moved by the kind gesture, watched proudly from his seat, even giving the trio a thumbs-up when Paisley began to sing “Galveston.” It was the night’s sweetest moment: READ FULL STORY

Now that Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty, what does it mean for Michael Jackson's legacy?

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard that Michael Jackson’s former private physician Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Over the course of the last few weeks, the court system has given us access to a number of realizations, many of which confirmed suspicions we already had about the King of Pop’s final days. And if nothing else, we learned that Murray is a physician of questionable ethics and skill. But how does this verdict, which finds Murray culpable for Jackson’s death, change the way we think about Jackson? Does it at all?

The portrait of Jackson painted in court was the one whispered about in the days following his passing back in June 2009. He was in constant physical discomfort, which is why he was seeking out the services of physicians like Murray who would give him drugs to help him sleep (most notably Propofol, the agent that ultimately killed Jackson) and to manage his pain (the jury never got to hear the testimony of Dr. Arnold Klein, who the defense claimed got Jackson addicted to Demerol in the final months of his life). It sounds like it was a life of non-stop physical suffering, without even taking into consideration his psychological and financial woes.

In fact, the trial acted as something of a counterpoint to the 2009 film Michael Jackson’s This Is It, which documented the singer’s quest to make a comeback via rehearsals for his planned London residency. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry teases ‘The One That Got Away’ video with actor Diego Luna: watch here

Don’t let love get away!

Katy Perry offered a sneak preview of her video for her new ode to old love, “The One That Got Away,” today, tweeting, “The early bird gets the teaser: #1thatgotaway

In the clip, a voiceover intones, “The past is like a handful of dust; it filters through your fingers, disappearing little by little…I wish for one day I could go back. In another life I would do things differently.”

Watch the road-not-taken teaser below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga Thanksgiving Special: Treat or turkey?

Guard your bird: Lady Gaga may be wearing it come Thanksgiving.

It was announced last night that ABC will air A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, a 90-minute prime-time special on November 24 featuring eight performances by Gaga as well as a sit-down with Katie Couric, all taking place at Gaga’s alma mater, New York’s Sacred Heart Catholic School.

If the promotional photo at left is any indication, Lady Gaga will be going full ice princess for this show. Perhaps they’ll be skating at Rockefeller Center as well?

Unlike the Thanksgiving specials Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have done in the past, Lady Gaga will be cooking up both current hits from Born This Way, as well as classic Christmas tunes, and she apparently “conceived and directed” the entire thing herself.

In an interesting holiday-spirit twist, Gaga will reportedly be performing in front of a small group of friends and family, not a Little Monster-style rave-up. It might be a nice treat to watch reaction shots of people who actually know her; I feel like there’s not a whole lot the public is still curious to know about her at this point, but if she does the interview with her family, it might show a different side to her, and may promote some goodwill.

Speaking of goodwill, with the theme of giving thanks, we can assume Gaga will also be talking up her just-launched charity passion project, the Born This Way Foundation, which she tweeted about earlier this week. “I’m proud to announce: My mommy + I have created “The Born This Way Foundation” A place for Bravery, Love, Acceptance.”

Readers: Tuning in for the glitz, or does football have your post-meal heart?

Read more: 
Lady Gaga performs ‘Marry the Night’ for first time: watch the video here
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Beyonce throws a ‘Party’: Watch her new video here!

If it’s another week, there must be another Beyoncé video.

The busiest pregnant lady on the planet (surprise — it’s a girl!) has moved on to the backyard-barbeque anthem “Party,” featuring surprise guest spots by J. Cole (replacing the recorded track’s Andre 3000), Beyoncé’s little sister Solange, and former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland. Alas, no signs of Michelle Williams.

Continuing her run for world domination, Queen Bey also co-directed the video, and while she plays it safe, she looks like she’s having a blast.

Unlike “Countdown,” there’s no visible baby bump in this vid, so I’m assuming it was shot mid-summer, which is when this really should have been put out. Releasing this track at the end of October seems like an odd choice, as the video involves a grillout and trailer-park pool party that would have sparkled mid-July.

As opposed to previous clips such as boy-band influenced “Love on Top” or her hypnotic, phenomenal “Countdown,” (both of which have come out in the past month, shortly after “1+1″) Beyoncé isn’t dancing this time around. Instead, she’s strutting her stuff with neon makeup and costumes straight out of the Day-Glo ’90s. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

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