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Jessica Simpson's high school 'Chorus Line' performance demands to be seen -- VIDEO

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Before the babies, before the tabloids, before the vilified blue jeans — even before Tony Romo and John “sexual napalm” Mayer and Nick Lachey and the multi-million dollar shoe empire, Jessica Simpson was just a regular high school gal in a red leotard performing “The Music and the Mirror” from A Chorus Line.

Now that footage of her theatrical moment has hit the net, it’s pretty much required viewing. Simpson tweeted the video yesterday, adding, “The ultimate #tbt” (That’s Throw Back Thursday for those of you who don’t hashtag your lives), and it’s a pretty potent reminder that, while Simpson was never a pop star of Britney or Christina proportions, she still had some serious pipes. And those dance moves weren’t too shabby, either!

Go ahead, make your day better and give it a watch: READ FULL STORY

Mika and Ariana Grande remix 'Wicked' song 'Popular'

“Popular” isn’t actually the most popular song from Broadway’s ten-years-running phenomenon Wicked (that honor belongs to “Defying Gravity”), but it’s certainly one of the most hummable ditties in the show.

And now British singer Mika, that lover of Grace Kelly and purveyor of rainbow lollipops, has teamed up with post-Nickelodeon pop star Ariana Grande to release a radio-ready remix of the song, which originally appeared on his third album The Origin of Love with a more eclectic arrangement (and a few more expletives) than the one embedded here.

Mika recently performed the track with original Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth in New York City, but Ariana Grande — unlike most TV starlets-turned-singers — actually has a pretty impressive set of pipes, too. Give the song a listen, and watch the Mad Hatter-esque clip below: READ FULL STORY

Watch Dee Snider's video for 'Mack the Knife' - EXCLUSIVE

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Dee Snider has worn plenty of hats (and wigs) over the course of his decades-long career. He fronted influential metal band Twisted Sister, hosted a number of radio shows, dabbled as a TV star, held Broadway stages, and even directed an underrated horror movie.

His latest project brings together a few of those disparate interests. Dee Does Broadway finds Snider using his unique voice to tackle some of Broadway’s most famous standards, like “Cabaret,” “Luck Be a Lady” (from Guys and Dolls), and “Razzle Dazzle” (from Chicago). There are also a handful of drop-ins from music theater legends like Patti LuPone and Bebe Neuwirth.

For a good idea of the sort of rock and theater hybrid Snider has built, check out the world premiere of the video for “Mack the Knife” (directed by his son Cody Blue Snider) below. READ FULL STORY

President Obama sings Al Green at the Apollo: Watch the video here

Who knew he had it in him?

During a fund-raiser at New York City’s legendary Apollo Theater on Thursday night, President Barack Obama broke into a verse of Al Green’s classic hit “Let’s Stay Together” as a nation (okay, probably just Democrats) collectively swooned and wondered why he’s been keeping this talent from us for so long. (Al Green songs are always cooler than bowling, Mr. President.)

While Obama assured Green, who was in attendance at the event, “I cannot sing like you, I just wanted to show my appreciation” it’s still pretty impressive.  Come on Matt Damon, admit it. All politics aside, you are so in love with this, too.

Watch the Commander-in-Chief croon “Let’s Stay Together” (his theme song for the 2012 campaign, perhaps?) here: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift joins 'Les Miserables': Will her star power motivate you to go to the movies?

Was yesterday a casting fairy tale for Taylor Swift? It was reported yesterday that the country-pop superstar is likely to play Éponine in the big-screen musical adaptation of Les Misérables.

So far, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter are all signed on, and Amanda Seyfried is in talks to play Cosette. More than any of the other casting choices, though, Swift’s inclusion changes the dynamic of Les Mis and begs the question: Will the fan base of a bankable artist like her have any impact on ticket sales? READ FULL STORY

The Beach Boys to reunite with Brian Wilson for 50th anniversary tour and album

The Beach Boys offically announced today that they are reuniting with founding member and chief songwriter Brian Wilson for a 50th-anniversary tour and album.

The 50-date international tour will kick off in April with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the reunited lineup has already recorded several songs for the new album, including a new version of their 1968 hit, “Do It Again.”

The album will be released next year by Capitol and is being produced by Brian Wilson. Capitol/EMI also plans to commemorate the Beach Boys’ half century-long career by releasing a new hits collection and career-spanning box set. READ FULL STORY

Trey Parker and Robert Lopez on 'Book of Mormon' Grammy nod

Paging Tracy Jordan — South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone just got one step closer to EGOTing.

When the Grammy nominations were announced last night, it was no surprise that Broadway darling The Book of Mormon, which swept the Tonys over the summer, picked up a nomination for Best Musical Theater Album (check out the full list of nominations). After the nominations were announced, EW chatted with Parker and Robert Lopez, who, along with Stone, are responsible for the killer book, music and lyrics, to find out more about their incredible, whirlwind year.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations, first of all. You guys must be so excited. I love this show, and I can’t stop humming the songs.
TREY PARKER: Yeah! That’s the cool part, we actually started writing the show as an album first. We sat down and came up with the songs first. Because we wanted the songs to dictate the show and not just have it be a show and break for a song once in a while. We wanted the show to be motivated by the songs. Really what we did is we got together and made a demo of an album, so the songs are really what we are most proud of, so that’s why this is cool. READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'New Girl,' 'Revenge,' 'Glee' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

Hear, hear, TV fans. The Jukebox is back with another selection of the week’s most on-point, giggle-inducing, and ironic songs on TV. This week’s show tunes signaled lots of beginnings and endings, from a New Girl wedding and a secondary character’s long-awaited step into the Glee forefront, to the abrupt end of NBC’s buzzy Playboy Club and some life-and-death considerations on Breaking Bad. See our picks below! READ FULL STORY

Elvis Presley died 34 years ago today. What's the best way to mark the anniversary of the King's passing?

Elvis Presley died 34 years ago today, an anniversary that was marked last night by a candlelight vigil at Graceland attended by thousands of fans.

But how will Presley-loving readers who couldn’t make it down to Memphis be honoring the King? What Presley songs or albums will you be playing? Which would be the best film to watch? Or the best book to read?

Personally, as a big fan of the later Vegas-era Elvis, I’ve been watching the fantastically exuberant–and fantastic white jumpsuit-featuring–version of “Suspicious Minds” you can see below.

Please do check it out and tell us your preferred way of marking the death of Elvis Aaron Presley: READ FULL STORY

Wilco announce release date for new CD, 'The Whole Love'

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Wilco will release their new CD, The Whole Love, on September 27. The album will feature a dozen new songs, including the recently released single “I Might,” which you can check out below, and the twelve-minute “One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend).”

The Whole Love is Wilco’s eighth studio album and the first to be released on the band’s dBpm Records label. Jeff Tweedy and crew have also announced a string of dates, which kicks off at the Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN., on September 13. Legendary singer-songwriter and silver fox Nick Lowe will be the support at all the shows.

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