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Why isn't Christina Aguilera selling more albums?

The release of her new album Lotus was supposed to be a glorious victory lap for Christina Aguilera. After the dual duds of 2010’s critical and commercial failures Bionic and Burlesque, the once-platinum-plated pop star set out to reinvent herself: She divorced her husband of five years, became a coach on the hit series The Voice, and recommitted herself to her music.

Only part of that plan seems to be working for her. While her visibility factor is way up thanks to the big ratings for The Voice, it’s still bad news at the cash register. Final numbers won’t be in until next week, but right now, album sales tracking service Hits Daily Double is currently projecting Lotus will sell somewhere between 75 and 80 thousand copies in its opening week.

Even if that prediction ends up being on the low side, it’ll still be hard to spin those numbers positively. Bionic was considered a commercial debacle but still moved six figures in its opening frame (selling 110,000 copies out of the gate). What’s worse is that Aguilera’s is projected to finish well behind next generation pop stars One Direction (who will sell well over 500,000 copies of Take Me Home, their second album released this year) and indie R&B darling The Weeknd (who is essentially selling a series of albums that were given away for free online a year ago). Any way you look at it, the results are rough.

But if The Voice is such a hit and the material on Lotus is crafted by the same people who send the likes of Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Pink to the top of the charts, what is stopping people from buying this new album?

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'Behind the Music': Toni Braxton talks about launching her solo career, smoking weed for 'You're Makin' Me High' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Next week, it will be Toni Braxton’s turn to get VH1’s Behind the Music treatment.

The multiplatinum R&B singer (and, more recently, reality-TV star) will take a long look back at her career in the upcoming episode, discussing everything from her brushes with bankruptcy, her son’s autism, and the moment she had a heart attack on stage. And in one scene that you can preview exclusively here, she explains how she made the decision to go solo and shed her gospel image.

“My sisters were devastated,” she says, referring to her decision to leave the Braxtons — the musical family act that included her siblings Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar. Only 23 at the time, Toni left her Baltimore-area hometown for Atlanta, where she’d go on to work with industry powerhouses L.A. Reid and Babyface.

Take a look at how her solo career came to be in the exclusive clip below:

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Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy talks kicking his drug habit on VH1's 'Behind the Music' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

VH1’s long-running docu-series Behind the Music is on a roll of juicy reveals: So far this season, Train gave us the story behind hit ‘Drops of Jupiter’; Ne-Yo detailed his relationship with the late Michael Jackson; Carrie Underwood took us inside her marriage to hockey star Mike Fisher; and last week, former ‘X Factor’ judge Nicole Scherzinger revealed her battle with bulimia.

Now, it’s Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy’s turn for the Behind the Music treatment. Among other things in the episode which airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. on VH1, the rapper reveals how he kicked his drug habit, as seen here in this exclusive preview clip below.

Catch the full episode this Sunday, but for now get a glimpse of what’s to come here:

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The Roots sing special doo-wop song for Alec Baldwin on 'Fallon': Watch it here

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon audience member Alex Baldwin!

Oh, oops — as he told Fallon, it’s “Alec, with a C.” And apparently this totally random member of Late Night‘s live studio audience also has a habit of appearing on some NBC show called 30 Rock?

To help Alec With a C promote the Tina Fey sitcom’s final season, Fallon’s house band the Roots played a custom-tailored doo-wop ditty while Baldwin and his host swayed along. As NBC warns, “This ain’t your grandaddy’s Beach Boys.”

Check it out in the video below:

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Axl Rose will have his first live interview in two decades on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Back in the summer of 1999, alternative rock bible Spin published a cover story called “What the World Needs Now Is Axl Rose” — even though he hadn’t produced but a single song in over five years (the awful “Oh My God,” which appeared on the soundtrack to the Schwarzenegger vs. Satan movie End of Days).

All these years and one seriously anticlimactic Chinese Democracy later, the elusive, unpredictable Axl still fascinates. He’s kept fans and the media at arm’s length by giving hardly any print interviews, let alone televised ones. But that all is going to change on October 24, when heappears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for his first live broadcast interview in more than two decades.

Rose will go on the show to chat with Kimmel primarily about his band’s upcoming 12-night Appetite for Democracy run at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Hopefully he’ll also discuss his addiction to tardiness, his mysterious hairline, and whether or not the tracks he supposedly recorded with Shaquille O’Neal at some point in the ’90s will ever see the light of day.

It’s telling that, upon hearing this news, one EW staffer immediately quipped, “What are the odds he actually shows up?” READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood on VH1's 'Behind the Music': Inside the country star's marriage to Mike Fisher -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Behind the Music? More like Behind the Marriage!

VH1’s long-running music series delves into the life and career of American Idol alum and country superstar Carrie Underwood in Sunday’s brand-new episode, but much of what they turn up digs into Underwood’s fairytale-like courtship with — and her July 2010 marriage to — hockey star Mike Fisher.

EW has two exclusive clips from Sunday night’s episode, one of which details how Underwood met Fisher and a second on how the lovebirds got engaged.

You can catch the full Behind the Music: Carrie Underwood episode Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9 p.m., but first enjoy these two exclusive clips here on EW.com:

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Train on VH1's 'Behind the Music': The story behind hit 'Drops of Jupiter' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Can you believe that VH1’s Behind the Music is turning 15?

The series launches its latest season this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 p.m. with an hour focused on pop-rock band Train, which delivered its biggest hit in 2009 with “Hey, Soul Sister.” But it’s actually another of their singles — 2001’s “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” — that truly launched them, climbing to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

That song is the subject of an online-only, Behind the Music companion series titled Behind the Song, which EW is exclusively debuting below.

The process of creation wasn’t easy, according to frontman Pat Monahan: “I just couldn’t figure out what to write, but then I woke up from a dream about a year after my mother passed away with the words ‘back in the atmosphere,'” he remembers. “It was just her way of saying what it was like — she was swimming through the planets and came to me with drops of Jupiter in her hair.”

The rest, as they say, is history. The full, four-minute Behind the Song episode is below, and parts of it are woven into Sunday’s season premiere episode of Behind the Music, which will also touch on Train’s multiplatinum success, struggles ith drug addiction, money woes, and two-year hiatus.

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Taylor Swift in tears, Axl gone AWOL, Britney breaking out in a rash: MTV's top exec tells EW the stories behind the wildest moments in VMA history

Last week’s MTV Video Music Awards may have suffered from disappointing ratings (this year’s viewership was only half of last year’s all-time high 12.45 million) and a dearth of big wow moments, but there’s no shortage of bonkers events to look back on in the show’s past.

In fact, we recently caught up with MTV Music Group President Van Toffler to discuss some of the wildest, wooliest, and most unforgettable water-cooler moments from the VMAs’ nearly three-decade run — and got some previously unpublished revelations on everyone from Britney Spears (did you know that she wasn’t actually Madonna’s first-kiss choice back in 2003? Or that her 2001 snake-charming had a seriously unfortunate side effect?) to Kanye’s infamous speechus interruptus. Read on (with video links in the headers, when available).

Kanye Storms the Stage and Interrupts Taylor Swift (2009)
Toffler: “There’s no way any of us could have predicted that — we didn’t orchestrate it. He came with a bottle of alcohol, so he was in a festive mood to begin with. But we all were in shock in the [production] truck when he walked up on stage and took the mic from Taylor. I remember turning to one of the producers and going, ‘Do we not have security?’ [But] we don’t put those big bulky guys on camera in front of the talent. Maybe this guy thought Kanye belonged on the stage.

I said to our line producer, ‘You need to go talk to Kanye and probably have him exit the building, and I will go deal with Taylor.’ And she was about to perform right after that break! She was a champ. I would be lying if I said she and her mom weren’t crying when I saw them, but she pulled it together. This was one of the most absurd VMA moments for me, having to talk to her and her mom, and they’re crying and upset, and this was her first time on the VMAs, and she had been used to working on country shows with polite artists. This was a little bit more chaotic than she was used to. And then I walked back behind the stage to find Beyoncé crying about the incident. Ultimately I talked to her and her dad and then went back to Taylor after her performance, and an hour later Beyoncé brought Taylor back out so she could have her moment.

It all played out okay in the end, but there was a lot of drama in between. Beyoncé had the wisdom to bring Taylor out on stage, and Taylor stayed to have her moment instead of leaving.”

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Anthony Bourdain has drinks, gets tattoo with Sleigh Bells in 'No Reservations' premiere: Watch it here

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Chef/author/general wild man Anthony Bourdain has been to some wild, far-flung locales on his No Reservations show. And in the Travel Channel show’s Sept. 3 third-season premiere, he drops in on one of the world’s most chaotic events: South by Southwest.

There, Bourdain finds Sleigh Bells playing their face-melting set at ACL’s Moody Theater and decides, “You know what, I’m gonna hang out with these kids today.” And hang he does! Bourdain tags along with duo Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller at their SXSW home base, a nice backyarded house away from the squalor of downtown.

The band’s friends join the party as well, and soon everyone’s enjoying a good crawfish boil, getting “drunk as s—” (Bourdain’s words) on avocado margaritas, and giving certain Reservation-ists permanent tattoos on their arm.

Watch all the high jinks go down in the video below:

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Nicki Minaj brings 'Starships' to 'Today' show: Watch it here

Call it a Pink Tuesday?

The hyperactive blond alien we earthlings refer to as Nicki Minaj landed her spaceship in the Today show’s Rockefeller Center studios for a live outdoor performance this morning. Decked in a red skintight number and golden tresses, she and her cadre of shirtless backup dancers bounced around on stage during their live rendition of “Starships.” 

The show was exactly as bonkers as you might expect, particularly when Minaj descended into the youthful crowd and elicited one of those scream frenzies that makes moms litigious.

Check out Minaj’s Today show appearance in the clip below:

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