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Phillip Phillips among Fox's 'New Year's Eve Live!' performers

Phillip Phillips fans planning to stay home for New Year’s Eve now have a reason to choose Fox — the American Idol winner will play Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live!, along with Lifehouse. A host and additional performers will be announced for the 90-minute special, broadcasting live from Las Vegas starting at 11 p.m. ET on Dec. 31. And never fear, Fox cameras will also show the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square.

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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones to give rare interview on 'Letterman' -- EXCLUSIVE

Here comes another round of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors.

The revered rock band’s three surviving members — Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and current Rolling Stone cover boy Jimmy Page — have been confirmed for a rare TV interview on The Late Show With David Letterman next week, EW can exclusively announce.

The Led Zep vets have been spending a fair amount of time together lately as they promote this month’s Celebration Day, the DVD/CD version of the reunion-ish concert that they staged in London back in 2007. And as we reported last month, the trio’s recent encounters with the press have resulted in “politely terse” to “cheekily hostile” interactions, especially regarding the question of a band reunion. All of this should hopefully make their chat with Dave an interesting one.

And for those wondering, Paloma Faith is booked as Letterman’s musical guest that night. So unless an incredibly bizarre collaboration goes down, it’s unlikely that Led Zep will be rocking out Ed Sullivan Theater.

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R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet' premiere: On the scene

Last night, R. Kelly introduced the new chapters of Trapped in the Closet wearing bright red leather gloves. Why? Because he can.

But that’s part of Kels’ draw as an artist: Most of the time, it’s impossible to tell his motivations for anything. Kelly is the rare artist who seems to exist completely outside of the realm of irony, thus making his motivations almost entirely mysterious. When it comes to one of his albums or the never ending fountain of joy and weirdness that is Trapped in the Closet, it’s best to just let it wash over you.

Such was the case Monday night at New York’s Landmark Sunshine Cinemas, where Kelly pulled back the curtain on the newest chapters of Trapped in the Closet (which air this Friday, November 23, at 9 PM on IFC). In front of a theater full of people eager to cast their eyeballs on a fresh batch of insanity, Kelly introduced the program by once again calling it “an alien,” as though the ideas visit him from another plane of existence. “I’m glad to be one of the astronauts to take this trip to a place unknown,” he told the rapt crowd.

After thanking everyone for coming out and apologizing for the five year gap between episodes of Trapped in the Closet (“I had to save up my money! A dollar a day!” he joked), he unveiled the new chapters. READ FULL STORY

'Revenge' star Gabriel Mann: What's On My iPod

The first season finale of ABC’s hit primetime soap Revenge featured an excellent use of Florence + the Machine’s “Seven Devils,” and that good taste extends to more than just the show’s music supervisor, Season Kent.

Gabriel Mann — a.k.a. the show’s tousle-haired billionaire/amateur trouble-shooter Nolan Ross — and other members of the cast can often be spotted at concerts all around Los Angeles, or trading mixes with each other between takes.

In fact, Mann is one of the most enthusiastic, music-blog-knowledgeable stars ever to talk to EW for our regular On My iPod feature. Check out his impressive list below.

Alt-J, “Slow Dre”
It’s just a killer. I think it’s the best thing I’ve heard out there recently. That one is getting burned to death on my playlist.”

Bear in Heaven, “Sinful Nature”
This album is probably top five for me in 2012, maybe even top three. I like the whole record, but particularly the song ‘Sinful Nature,’ which has a very twisted video. It has a Pretty Woman concept behind it, except everyone is melting. Like, Julia Roberts is melting! It’s great.”

Youngblood Hawke, “We Come Running”
In terms of something a little more poppy, I’m definitely bobbing my head to this one. It mashes up a whole bunch of different kind of sounds: There’s a poppy emo thing with a kind of low-fi bloggy thing. I don’t know, that particular song really feels like a stroke of genius. And it’s just a good name! You don’t even need to listen to the song, just drop the band’s name and you’re good.”

The XX, Coexist
I find that it is definitely a bookend to their first album, but the simplicity and beauty of the songwriting is incredibly effective. Whatever they have discovered in the way that they like to make music—it’s just the sexiest record ever.” READ FULL STORY

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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