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Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey, The Roots, a bunch of awesome little kids sing 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' -- VIDEO

Give those Pandora and Spotify holiday playlists a break and turn to Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey, and The Roots for your morning cup of (non-alcoholic! or not) cheer.

With classroom musical instruments and holiday sweaters in tow, a glamorously gown-clad Carey (you didn’t think she’d seriously wear a sweater, did you?) joined the gang for a playful rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” yesterday on Late Night.

Sure, the performance doesn’t hold a candle to this summer’s “Call Me Maybe” singalong, but the adorable children singing background and Carey’s breathy high notes make the video irresistible. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking a chug of eggnog anytime Carey sings that song on national television. Mariah early Christmas, everyone!

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Stevie Nicks talks to EW about 2013 Fleetwood Mac tour, reconnecting with Lindsey Buckingham, and why she's addicted to 'Call Me Maybe'

Some chains are unbreakable, even after nearly four decades: Fleetwood Mac announced today that they will embark on a 34-date tour in 2013,  beginning April 4 in Columbus, Ohio, and wrapping June 12 in Detroit; tickets go on sale Dec. 14.

EW spoke to the legendary, always loquacious Stevie Nicks about heading back out on the road with bandmates Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie — and what she’s been up to since we last talked to her.

EW: You spent most of 2011 promoting and touring behind your most recent solo album, In Your Dreams. How different is that experience from touring with Fleetwood Mac?

Stevie Nicks: My solo career is more like an intimate gathering, an intimate beautiful party at your home, and Fleetwood Mac is like a big, huge Christmas ball at a big huge ballroom somewhere. Fleetwood Mac is just way bigger and way grander. And I think that’s one of the reasons why it’s always been so good for me to be able to go back and forth. Because what I do is very, very different than what Fleetwood Mac does and vice versa. So when I come out of one and go into the other, it’s very new for me. READ FULL STORY

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

Ke$ha busts out stripped down version of 'Die Young': Hear it here

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The big secret about Ke$ha is that, despite her potty mouth and all glitter everything, she’s actually an accomplished musician. Remember her Bob Dylan cover that was way, way better than it had any right to be?

So it shouldn’t be surprising that the just-released “deconstructed” version of Ke$ha’s current top 10 single “Die Young” is actually kind of lovely and sweet. Buoyed by little more than some organ hums and her surprising vulnerability, Ke$ha drives home the fact that “Die Young” is driven not by gimmicks but by melody. Give it a listen below.

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'Experiencing Nirvana': Check out never-before-seen photos of Kurt Cobain on Nirvana's first tour of Europe - EXCLUSIVE

Most of the narratives associated with legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain are steeped in tragedy: He was painfully self-conscious about selling out, suffered from a debilitating undiagnosed stomach ailment, struggled with drugs, and ultimately took his own life, leaving an infant daughter behind.

But all those tales came after Nirvana became the biggest band in the world following the overwhelming success of 1991’s Nevermind. There are plenty of stories to be told about the band prior to its ascendence, when they were just another loud bunch of punk kids from Seattle making noise because it was fun.

One of those narratives arises in Experiencing Nirvana, a new ebook (available Tuesday, November 13) featuring photos and recollections by Bruce Pavitt, who co-founded Sub Pop Records, Nirvana’s original label. The book centers around a series of pictures taken by Pavitt over the course of an eight-day run across Europe in the fall of 1989.

Nirvana was on the road with fellow Sub Poppers Tad, both of whom were on a collision course with Mudhoney as part of the label-curated Lamefest UK at London’s Astoria Theatre. The show ended up being a definitive moment for Nirvana; they managed to capture the attention of the taste-making British music press, an accomplishment that built buzz exponentially and started a domino effect that eventually led to the hugeness of Nevermind.

Pavitt’s photos, taken on the fly with a pocket-sized Olympus, reveal a would-be superstar still in development. READ FULL STORY

Backstreet Boys release new Christmas song: Listen here (and get filled with joy)

Christmas has come early for your inner 13-year-old!

In anticipation of the holidays, the Backstreet Boys have released a new Christmas song, and, if you’re anything like yours truly, the tune will fill you with the cheer that you and Nordstroms normally reserve until after Thanksgiving. But once you listen to the infectiously sweet track, titled “It’s Christmas Time Again,” we think you’ll have no complaints about a little premature Christmasfication.

Penned in part by BSBers Nick Carter and Howie Dorough, the tune — which is the band’s first new release since becoming whole again — follows every rule of Backstreet pop song-making. There’s a catchy tune, a little boy band hook (la-ta, la-ta, da-da, ta), a five-part harmony (as it should be), and lyrics in which they never call us fat.

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TLC won't stop chasing waterfalls, plans first new album in 10 years

Break out your baggy pants and bra tops — TLC is making a comeback album.

At least, T and C are. Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins announced this weekend in Liverpool that they’re hard at work on a series of projects — including their first new album in 10 years, a tour, and a VH1 biopic that will dramatize the events already told in Behind the Music‘s best-ever episode. While this news is exciting, it’s also bittersweet for fans who know the girl group can never truly be what it once was — TLC’s third member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, died in a car crash in Honduras 10 years ago.

Still, the remaining members seem confident about their new album. “We’re going to still sound like TLC, evolving to whatever level we need to be at this time,” T-Boz told Rolling Stone. READ FULL STORY

Watch Swedish metal band Graveyard's 'Endless Night' video - EXCLUSIVE

Sure, most of the great Scandinavian metal bands hail from Norway, but don’t count out that country’s neighbor. Sweden is no slouch when it comes to the devil’s music — especially Graveyard, whose new album Lights Out lands on these shores on November 6 (you can pre-order the CD here and the digital version here).

Taking cues from the swampier, bluesier side of Black Sabbath, Graveyard have released two previous albums of impeccably scuzzy rock full of caustic spasms and thick fuzz. They continue that tradition on Lights Out, which turns up the throbbing low end and gives frontman Joakim Nilsson extra space to croon and bellow.

“Endless Night” is as good an entry point as any for this quartet of bearded tundra-dwellers, so check out the exclusive premiere of the freewheeling, head-tripping video below: READ FULL STORY

R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet' returns Nov. 23 -- Watch 'Chapter 23' here!

It has been a few years since R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet left us hanging on a “To Be Continued” fade out. What would become of Sylvester and Twan? What was this “package” that everybody kept talking about? Does Pimp Lucius have more secrets? And what of Big Man?

These questions may get answers (which will probably lead to even crazier questions) when the next batch of Trapped in the Closet episodes return on Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. on IFC.

There are 10 chapters in the coming batch, though Kelly told Entertainment Weekly that there may be many, many more where those came from. Since Kelly sees this as his own self-produced soap opera, and because soap operas run for decades, it’s possible that Trapped in the Closet will run and run.

You can check out a sneak peak of “Chapter 23″ below.

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