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Listen to Willow Smith's 'Sugar and Spice,' then bawl your eyes out

“I sat in front of the TV screen / Sad he’s always screaming at me / They wanna puncture me and then wonder why I bleed.”

Lines from a morbid high school student’s poetry blog? Nope, just 12-year-old Willow Smith’s latest song, “Sugar and Spice,” which is, alas, not the ode to the Powerpuff Girls I thought it would be. (Does Willow even know who the Powerpuff Girls are?). Rather it’s a heartbreaking ballad about trying to be two things you’re not (for a boy, obviously). It’s actually a beautiful song that might have made me tear up a bit. Take a listen: READ FULL STORY

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John exceed your wildest expectations with Christmas music video

Might-Like-It

What happened to Danny and Sandy after they flew Greased Lightning off into the sky? Evidently, they landed, grew middle-aged together, bought a plane — wait, what? They already had a flying car — and separated before the holidays just so that they could make a music video about coming back together. The clip also features a family reunion that has nothing to do with Danny or Sandy because, sure, why not.

What the hell am I talking about? I’m talking about this newly-released music video for the only original tune on Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta’s fantastically cheesy Christmas album. (EW’s Nakisha Williams calls it “Grease goes to Shady Pines.”)

The song, “I Think You Might Like It,” is supposed to be the “sequel” to “You’re The One That I Want.” In the sense that it’s an up-tempo duet between Travolta and Newton-John, it succeeds. In every other way… well, maybe you should just watch for yourself:

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Haley Reinhart dropped by Interscope: What all reality competitions can learn from this tragedy*

Sad news, American Idol junkies!

Standout Idol alum Haley Reinhart, who finished in third place during season 10 of the veteran reality competition series, has quietly parted ways with Interscope, the label that signed her following her eilimination. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The singer, 22, who growled out memorable renditions of “I Who Have Nothing” and “House of the Rising Sun” (the latter performance is not available on YouTube, but a live version is embedded below) during her Idol run, released a debut album, Listen Up!, in May, but the record never became a mainstream force on the charts. After moving 20,000 copies in week one, sales topped out around 60,000 total.

Reinhart certainly isn’t the first Idol contestant to lose a major label deal — Season 8 winner Kris Allen was dropped by RCA earlier this year — but news of her split with Interscope feels particularly sad given her formidable (and sadly mis-marketed) talent. READ FULL STORY

No Use For a Name singer Tony Sly dead at 41

Tony Sly, singer and chief songwriter for veteran California pop punk band No Use For a Name, has passed away at age 41. His cause of death has yet to be released.

In a statement posted to the band’s label’s website, Fat Wreck Chords founder and NoFX frontman Fat Mike said, “One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.”

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Update: Radiohead drum technician identified as stage collapse victim

A drum technician for Radiohead has been identified as the victim of Saturday’s stage collapse at Downsview Field in Toronto. The band posted a tribute to the victim, Scott Johnson, on their official web site Sunday.

Drummer Philip Selway wrote:

We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.

Three others were injured in the collapse. The concert was canceled and the band said that ticket holders would be refunded.

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Radiohead stage collapse kills one, injures three before Toronto show

Beastie Boys album sales surge in wake of Adam Yauch's death as fans and famous friends pay tribute

Since the sad news broke last Friday, people have spent their weekends (and Mondays) mourning Adam “MCA” Yauch in their own ways.

Unsurprisingly, most people are remembering the fallen Beastie Boy by going back to the group’s music: Licensed to Ill, the Beasties’ breakthrough 1986 debut, shot up to No. 3 on the iTunes albums chart. Of course, it wasn’t the only piece of the band’s catalog to rise on the chart, but it did place the highest. While the album contains some of the band’s best-known work, including “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),” “Girls,” “Brass Monkey,” and “Paul Revere” (whew!), it’s also the only Beasties studio album not available on Spotify, which may partly explain its ascendance.

Needless to say, the rest of the Beastie catalog also saw a spike: 1989′s Paul’s Boutique rose to No. 13; 1994′s Ill Communication went to No. 27; 1992′s Check Your Head placed at No. 38; and their most recent, last year’s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, took No. 42.

And the outpouring of love from fans (famous and not) continued over the weekend: On Friday, Coldplay covered “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” during their performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Watch the video below:

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