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TV Jukebox: 'Once Upon A Time,' 'The Good Wife' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

While most of you were listening to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” exclusively during this week’s World Series, we were keeping our ears perked for the best of the rest. With Halloween around the corner, it’s only right that it was a spooky time for “show tunes” indeed.  But how did the music fit in with the vampires, ghosts, killers, sociopaths wicked witches… and their hunters? Find out below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS follow!) READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Florence Welch, and Jennifer Hudson to headline this year's 'Vh1 Divas'

The annual VH1 Divas show has become something of a referendum on the biggest female singing stars in the music world. Last year featured ascendant stars like Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, and Nicki Minaj, and previous Divas include Beyoncé, Adele, Jordin Sparks, Miley Cyrus, and Whitney Houston.

This time around, the headliners are no exception: Kelly Clarkson, Florence Welch, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, and Jill Scott are all scheduled to perform. It’s a return date for Clarkson, Blige, Hudson, and Scott, while Welch and Jessie J will be making their Divas debuts.

This year’s show will also feature the Roots (who will serve as the house band, presumably because of federal law that requires them to back up everybody) and will pay tribute to a number of influential musical cities, including Chicago, London, Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia. The show airs December 19.

So let’s go ahead and do some fantasy booking, shall we? Though most of the show will probably be devoted to the funk and soul tracks that came from those cities, there are a few things we’re hoping for while all those ladies are in the same room.

Since Jessie J loves a good cover, she should go toe-to-toe with Clarkson on a run through “Since U Been Gone.” Welch and Hudson should pay homage to Blige with a tribute, maybe “Real Love” or “Family Affair”? And is there any chance Scott can do a version of the Roots’ “You Got Me,” since she co-wrote that song?

What do you want to see this year’s Divas do? Sing your torch song in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:
Review: Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Review: Florence + The Machine, Ceremonials
AMAs announce more performers, including Justin Bieber and Kelly Clarkson. Who are you most excited for?

TV Jukebox: 'Revenge,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'American Horror Story' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

Music rang through the Upper and Lower East Sides this week, hung over the Hamptons, and emerged from a mass grave on sunny Los Angeles’s darkest block. As fall settles in, show tunes seem to be taking a turn for the moody, but don’t worry, we’ve made sure to include some upbeat numbers in there and one very unexpected Betty White shout-out. See our picks below! (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS follow!) READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory': Kunal Nayyar shares what's on his iPod!

Raj might be having trouble with love this season on The Big Bang Theory, but with a playlist like this, his portrayer Kunal Nayyer certainly has enough to cure whatetever heartache ails him.

EW recently spoke with actor to get a rundown of five songs/artists that are in heavy rotation right now. Take a look:

Mumford and Sons: “I love epic folk rock. I love Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the movie Once, and I feel like Mumford takes it to another level. When I hear it, I feel the music in my bones. I get chills when I hear it.”

Radiohead, “True Love Waits”: “I came from India in ’99 and I didn’t have access to a lot of good music. Well, I did, but it was Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, New Kids on the Block — generic pop music, which I still love to this day, though. I didn’t really get Radiohead at first, but when I really began listening to them, I became obsessed….Every single breakup I’ve had in my life, I’ve listened to that song. [Laughs] I’m an actor; we’re masochistic. It feels good to hurt.”  READ FULL STORY

Scotty McCreery sings the national anthem at the World Series, Zooey Deschanel to bat clean-up

Last night at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals bested the Texas Rangers 3-2 in the opening game of the 2011 World Series. The biggest baseball event of the year kicked off with the usual pomp and circumstance, featuring a cameo appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama and a national anthem performance by American Idol winner and Billboard chart-topper Scotty McCreery.

Luckily, McCreery’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was sharper than his unfortunately-tinted World Series jacket, and he also managed to overcome a bit of a technical snafu at the beginning (the first step to a great performance is to turn on the microphone).

It’s still a little bit jarring hearing that voice come out of McCreery’s face, but he managed to sidestep the usual pitfalls the come associated with the song. He’s had plenty of practice, as he performed it before a North Carolina State football game just a few weeks ago.

For those of you not interested in baseball (which is a shame, because this is the most evenly-matched Series in recent memory) but definitely concerned with music and patriotism, Fox announced the rest of the planned anthem singers for the three sure-thing games remaining.

It’s an especially country-tinged lineup: Trace Adkins will take the microphone before tonight’s game, with Ronnie Dunn holding it down before Saturday night’s game in Arlington, Texas. The most intriguing performance will come Sunday night in Texas, where New Girl star and She & Him member Zooey Deschanel will take on “The Star-Spangled Banner” before game four.

Check out Scotty’s performance below, and let us know who you’d like Major League Baseball to book to sing the national anthem should the World Series extend beyond four games. Anybody else hoping that St. Louis’ own Nelly gets the chance to bellow about the rockets’ red glare? READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z plays an animated version of himself in 'Secret Millionaires Club': Watch a preview here!

Jay-Z and Kanye West are about to embark on their big Watch the Throne tour, but the next place you can see Jay-Z (well, outside of random parks in Brooklyn) is on Secret Millionaires Club, a new animated series making its debut on The Hub this Sunday, October 23.

Guided by the entrepreneurial wisdom of Warren Buffett, SMC aims to teach kids lessons from the business world, and Jigga lends his voice to encourage the club’s young members.

It’s a little surreal hearing Hova’s unmistakable voice coming out of a cartoon character, even one that looks exactly like him, but it’s a pretty excellent animated visage regardless.

Check out a preview of the episode below, featuring Iceberg Slim’s be-suited voice acting. READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson next in line for 'VH1 Unplugged' treatment -- EXCLUSIVE

Kelly Clarkson is going Unplugged.

EW has learned exclusively that the first American Idol winner is set to record an episode of VH1′s Unplugged series, where artists perform some of their hits acoustically. The appearance is part of her promotional tour surrounding her fifth studio album, Stronger, which will be released Oct. 24. Several songs from Stronger are already in circulation, including lead single “Mr. Know It All,” as well “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” and “You Love Me.”

Clarkson’s foray into the Unplugged spotlight — which will feature both songs from her forthcoming collection, as well as past favorites — will air on VH1 Nov. 18 at 11 p.m., and will launch on VH1.com the day before, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. Thirty Seconds to Mars, Mumford & Sons, Adele, and Lykke Li have all done Unplugged this year.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

Read more:
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘You Love Me’ leaks: Listen here!
Kelly Clarkson debuts new song ‘What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)’: Listen here!
Kelly Clarkson’s new ‘Mr. Know It All’ video: Watch it here
Kelly Clarkson on the soundtrack of her life: An exclusive EW interview

'American Idol' roundup: Four new music videos from non-winners: What do you think?

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It’s always fun to follow the careers of American Idol contestants who don’t win the show.

Most of them fade into relative obscurity once the American Idols LIVE! tour wraps, but some score record deals and go on to have fruitful careers in the music biz.

Season 9 contestant Casey James came in third place on the show, but he was quickly signed to Sony Music Nashville, and with his just-released music video for extra smooth country single “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night,” he’s making his best effort to stay relevant post-Idol. (The single currently sits at number 43 on the country chart.)

Check out James’ video below, along with new-ish new music videos from Siobhan Magnus, Josh Gracin, and Brooke White’s duo Jack and White. Which ones sound/look best to you? READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'Fringe,' 'Jersey Shore' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

Many shows came and went this week, and the music featured in them proved a rich testament to just how good the fall season is shaping up to be for those new shows that have earned their place and the returning shows that continue to impress. From the silly (Jersey Shore, Community) to the serious (Sons of Anarchy, The Vampire Diaries), and even reality shows (Dancing With the Stars, The X Factor), our favorite shows offered a treasure trove of musical gems. See our picks after the jump! 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

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