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On the Scene: Nicki Minaj and the Roots play Times Square and geek out hard

Last night, Nicki Minaj painted Times Square pink.

Accompanied by the Roots, hip-hop’s most fluorescent femme fatale gave a concert at Manhattan’s Best Buy Theatre to launch Casio’s new Tryx camera.  It was a fun, unpretentious 11-song set, culled mostly from tracks off her debut album, Pink Friday.

The Roots kicked off the affair, blasting their comically schizophrenic, funkadelic sounds. After nearly 20 years, the Roots still remain one of the most immersive live acts to witness in person. The sheer number of bodies on stage can be overwhelming—I mean, where do you look? (Okay, to be fair, you’re probably looking at the Muppet antics of the ever mesmerizing ?uestlove on drums.) READ FULL STORY

'Give Peace a Chance'? 'Fight the Power'? 'American Idiot'? What's the best protest song of all-time?

If there’s one thing rock stars like more than driving expensive cars into swimming pools while on angel dust, it’s writing tunes about how gosh darned unfair society can be. The history of the latter tendency is exhaustively tracked in British music writer Dorian Lynskey’s new tome, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holliday to Green Day, which is out this week.

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New Sade song, 'I'm Still in Love With You': Hear it here

The first of two new songs from Sade’s upcoming Greatest Hits collection has arrived, and it is—as one would expect from the smoky, ever-elegant chanteuse—a cover of a 1974 lighters-up power ballad from a hard-riffing arena-rock gods Thin Lizzy.

Are we joking? We are not! Stream her eminently smooth take on the band’s “I’m Still in Love With You” below: READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Hudson says new album covers her 'four different lives'

Jennifer-Hudson-OscarsImage Credit: Rick Rowell/ABCSinging and acting talent Jennifer Hudson has plenty on her plate. And judging by her newly slimmed figure, hardly any of it is topped with food.

In addition to promoting her upcoming album, Hudson attended the 83rd Academy Awards last night. The 2007 Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress in Dreamgirls was on hand as a presenter last night, and on the pre-show red carpet, the American Idol alum told EW a bit about the meaning behind her forthcoming I Remember Me, out March 22.

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Smokey Robinson, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, 'Glee' cast members to perform at White House Motown tribute for Black History Month

As reported often, President Obama loves of a variety of music. This being Black History Month, though, the White House will host a musical tribute to Motown Records on Feb. 24, USA Today reports.  Motown icon and lead singer of the Miracles, Smokey Robinson will headline the event, scheduled to air nationally March 1 on PBS.

Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Natasha Bedingfield, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Seal, Gloriana and Jordin Sparks are also scheduled to perform, as are Glee‘s Amber Riley and Mark Salling. Will you be tuning in? Let us know.

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Mick Jagger to take the stage at the Grammys

mick-jaggerImage Credit: George Pimentel/FilmMagic.comMick Jagger will perform in-person at the Feb. 14 Grammy Awards for the first time in his historic career. The AP reports that the Rolling Stones frontman will join Raphael Saadiq in a musical tribute to the late Solomon Burke, the legendary soul singer who occasionally opened for the Stones. Jagger and his famous rock band technically performed for the 1986 Grammys, when they played via satellite from London.

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Also performing at the Grammys: Cee-Lo Green, Gwyneth Paltrow … and the ‘Jim Henson Comapny puppets’

What is the greatest guitar riff of all-time?

Keith-Richards-1964Image Credit: Peter Francis/Retna Ltd.Spinner has posted an agreeably catholic-minded list of the 50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in Rock ‘n’ Roll. True, most of the usual suspects are present, from “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos to that scourge of guitar store employees, Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.” However, the list also finds space for a slew of great but less obviously riff-tastic tracks, including The Smiths’ “This Charming Man,” The Meters’ “Look-ka Py Py,” and Chic’s “Le Freak.”

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Etta James revealed to have leukemia and dementia

etta-jamesImage Credit: Times-Picayune/LandovA court battle over the finances and care of soul icon Etta James has revealed that the 72-year-old singer is suffering from leukemia and dementia, according to Southern California’s Press Enterprise.

The information came to light during a civil case between her husband of 41 years, Artis Mills, who is seeking financial control of her accounts, and her son Donto James, who wants that responsibility assigned to a third party.

According to her doctor, James has dementia and organic brain syndrome, and is currently being treated for leukemia. She is no longer able to sign her name or feed and dress herself, but does recognize her husband and children.

Beyonce Knowles portrayed James in the 2008 film Cadillac Records, and sang her 1961 classic “At Last” at President Obama’s inauguration the following year (an event which famously displeased James at the time).

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Aretha Franklin on mystery illness: 'The problem has been resolved'

Though she didn’t address whether or not she recently underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer (as some reports claim), Aretha Franklin talked to JET about her health troubles. “I am not going to even deal with that,” the singer said when asked about whether or not she has pancreatic cancer. “I don’t have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors….[But] the problem has been resolved.” The 68-year-old Franklin had surgery on Dec. 2.

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Aretha Franklin resting at home following surgery
Aretha Franklin released from hospital

Amy Winehouse set to debut new music in Brazil

Amy-WinehouseImage Credit: Samir Hussein/Getty ImagesOutside of spot appearances here and there, Amy Winehouse has been missing in action since wowing us with her soulful vocals on 2006’s Back to Black. But NME reports that she finally may be making a real comeback. Starting this Saturday at the Summer Soul Festival at Il Divino Florianopolis in Brazil, Winehouse will begin a four-date stint where she’ll perform some new cuts. Her backing singer Zalon spilled the beans on Twitter, writing “Band rehearsing for Brazil tour! Get Ready! New songs.” And pictures of her rehearsing have been posted on a fan site.

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