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Kelly Clarkson pulls off national-anthem hat trick with slated Super Bowl appearance

Last year, she sang it at the NBA Finals. The year before that, she sang it at the World Series.

And this year, Kelly Clarkson will get to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

While it hasn’t been officially announced yet — and her publicist told EW that she is unable to confirm it yet — it’s been reported that the inaugural American Idol winner will be on “Star-Spangled Banner” duty at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5th. The broadcast will also feature Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A. during the halftime show.

This will make Clarkson only the third Idol winner (after Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood) to belt the Francis Scott Key tune on Super Sunday, despite the fact that her widely praised vocal talents have always made her a natural candidate for the job.

Then again, Super Bowl organizers might be going the Idol route as a way of playing it safe this year, given Christina Aguilera’s much-criticized blunder last year.

What about you guys? Are you happy with the selection, or are there artists out there who you think deserve it more — or would simply be more interesting — than Clarkson?

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Jack White acquires a $12,500 elephant head, drives hard bargains on 'American Pickers': See the clip

Wonder what Jack White’s been up to lately?

As viewers of the History Channel’s American Pickers know, the ex-White Striper, vinyl revitalizer, and  Insane Clown Posse collaborator has been busy bartering for stuffed elephant heads.

The show recently went down to White’s Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville to unload the exotic animal segment, buy some of Jack’s vintage wares, and meet Tempest, the world’s oldest burlesque dancer.

“I really do love animals,” White — whose fourth White Stripes album, as many fans know, bears (ha!) the title Elephant – tells the cameras. “And I love the majesty of taxidermy.”

But does he love its majesty enough to fork over the $12,500 sticker price for a stuffed pachyderm, or will he be able to wheel and deal his way to a lower price? READ FULL STORY

Kanye's ex Amber Rose waxes poetic about paparazzi, ropes in boyfriend Wiz Khalifa on new single 'Fame': Hear it here!

There are plenty of people who are famous for reasons nobody can really decipher.

The Kardashians have carved out their whole existence based on this principle, though they surely have to tip their sweatshop-wrangled hats to the Paris Hiltons and Heidi Montags who came before them.

What do all of those parties have in common? They all eventually took a shot at pop stardom, with results ranging from terrible to vile to the worst single of 2011.

So it was probably inevitable that Amber Rose, the Kardashian of hip-hop, would go the same route. If you know Rose at all, you probably recognize her either from a low-level modeling gig, those ads for marshmallow-flavored vodka, or as a rapper’s red-carpet plus-one (she’s currently linked to Wiz Khalifa, and was on the arm of Kanye West the night he began his now-legendary beef with Taylor Swift).

Now you can know her as a woman who coos about the overwhelming nature of her particular brand of fame in a way that sounds simultaneously oblivious, smug, and whiny. But judge for yourself below. READ FULL STORY

Tim Tebow finally gets an '80s Brat Pack anthem re-recorded in his honor: Listen to 'Tim Tebow's Fire' here

We don’t talk much about sports around here, but the crazy subculture that has sprung up around Denver Brocos quarterback Tim Tebow sort of transcends football, doesn’t it?

Whether you’re following the NFL playoffs or not (and if you aren’t, then you missed a truly riveting piece of entertainment on Sunday evening when the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a nail-biting overtime game), you are expected to have an opinion about the second-year University of Florida alumnus.

Since “Tebowing” has become an Internet phenomenon, it’s only right that Tim Tebow should receive his own triumphant anthem. John Parr has delivered on that promise with “Tim Tebow’s Fire,” a re-write of “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion),” the theme song from the 1985 Brat-Pack-Comes-of-Age film St. Elmo’s Fire.

The arrangement is largely the same as Parr’s original — which topped the Billboard Hot 100 nearly 27(!) years ago —  but switches up some of the lyrics for the sake of the titular hero.

It climaxes in the chorus, “I can see a new horizon/ Blazing on the Mile High/ I’ll be where the eagles flying higher and higher/ Gonna be your man in motion/ All I need’s my Broncos team/ Take me where my future’s lying/ Tim Tebows Fire!”

Crank up your speakers, loosen up enough to overthrow your receivers, and give “Tim Tebow’s Fire” a spin below. READ FULL STORY

Spotify to begin limiting free streaming, calls off endless honeymoon

About six months ago, the Internet music community collectively Tebowed in awe before the greatness of Spotify. It seemed too good to be true: Here was a service with an incredibly deep well of music that streamed at very high qualities, all for free.

And if you ponied up a mere 10 bucks a month, you could take everything with you via the Spotify app. With all these things laid before us, why would anybody listen to music any other way again?

But like all great revolutions in digital music, the inevitable fallout had to come sooner or later. Everybody conveniently forgot that the “unlimited” free streaming would narrow to a limited amount after six months, and that deadline is fast approaching for first adopters.

If the Euro model is any indicator, free users will be limited to around 10 hours a month, with individual songs capped at five spins in that same time period. So now free users will not only have to put up with the ads, but also will run out of digital mileage in the time it takes to spin Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend ten times (which you couldn’t do, because it will send you away once you hit that fifth time through “Nothing Lasts” — irony!). READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown's media strategy for 2012: no talking

Good Morning America‘s studio windows can rest easy this year.

According to his manager Tina Davis, Chris Brown won’t be allowed to do any interviews for the rest of 2012, a measure intended to protect the gaffe-prone singer from himself.

The strategy had actually been set “a while back,” Davis said. She continues:

“We’re not trying to be rude, selfish or disrespectful to anyone in any way. If people are going to judge anything, judge him for his talent. He signed up to sing and entertain. Not to talk about his personal life.”

But worry not, Breezy fans: Brown’s always vibrant Twitter account is still alive and well — for now. And as Kanye taught us yesterday, that may be more than enough.

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Black Keys dismiss Nickelback as 'watered-down, post-grunge crap'

So, Nickelback or a pickle? It’s an age-old question, but Patrick Carney of the Black Keys thinks he’s got the answer.

It’s the pickle.

“Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world,” the “Lonely Boy” drummer told Rolling Stone. “So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be s—.”

But Carney wants you to know that he is not one of those people:

You should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. F— that! Rock & roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it f—ing ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous s—. When people start lumping us into that kind of s—, it’s like, ‘F— you,’ honestly.

Tell us how you really feel, Patrick!

Yet despite this rock-on-rock violence, the Black Keys and Nickelback do have something in common: the two bands’ most recent albums – El Camino and Here and Now, respectively – both debuted at No. 2 behind Michael Buble’s incessant chart-topper, Christmas. Maybe the two parties should come together over their common enemy?

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Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have a holiday question for you: Watch the video here

(500) Days of Summer fans will be happy to see that Tom and Summer appear to have worked things out—just in time for the new year.

Indie’s reigning prom king and queen—Deschanel’s even wearing a crown!—put their respective musical skills on display in this sing-along cover of the Nancy Wilson original “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” complete with (of course) a ukelele.

This is hardly the first time the actors have tried their hand at other artistic endeavors. In addition to recently getting a Golden Globe nod for her starring role as Jess on New Girl, Deschanel sings with She & Him and is a cofounder of the creative community/site HelloGiggles.

Gordon-Levitt too is a recent Golden Globe nominee for 50/50, and founded the collaborative production company HitRECord. He’s also no stranger to a well-placed musical number. READ FULL STORY

Mitt Romney using Kid Rock's 'Born Free' as his official campaign song. UPDATE: Kid Rock responds

At a recent Dan Quayle endorsement rally for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Arizona, the Mormon Republican politico walked onto the stage as Kid Rock’s “Born Free” played.

According to the Washington Post, the Springsteen-esque liberty call has been named Romney’s official campaign song, because, you know, no other candidate fits the lyrics “wild like an untamed stallion” quite like Romney does.

In all reality, the choice makes sense. The repeated “I was born free!” refrain puts the Kid Rock song into the same hopeful realm as Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come” and K.T. Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See” (which played at Obama rallies) — plus, it preemptively answers any critics who might claim that Romney wasn’t born in America. He was born FREE, haters!

UPDATE: Kid Rock responded to the matter on his official website blog:

“He and anyone else who wants to use my song do not need my permission. I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country. Without faith, we got nothing. I make music to have it be heard. Merry Christmas folks! Rock on.

-Kid Rock

PS: Any candidate who makes “So Hott” their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote.

Read more:
Bill Clinton’s favorite music — check out his presidential playlist
President Barack Obama listens to the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, and… Lil Wayne
Kid Rock’s album ‘Born Free’ goes platinum after 44 weeks: What albums took longer?

Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' video has arrived -- VIDEO

Get ready for the cheeriest Macy’s commercial you’re going to see this season.

Justin Bieber has released the video for “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” his duet with Mariah Carey off his Christmas album Under the Mistletoe. And I’ll leave you all to debate the relative vocal merits of his take versus Carey’s iconic original– don’t forget the awesome Love Actually version! — but I can’t get past the clip.

Here are my five takeaways after watching it (Spoiler alert: I want to go to Macy’s):

1. Mariah Carey’s sexy santa outfit: Seriously, that woman hasn’t aged a day since 1994.

2. The intro begins with quick shots between Mimi’s thighs and Bieber’s eyes, making me all kinds of uncomfortable.

3. At the moment (1:15) when Santa hands out tickets to meet Justin, I hope you all notice the tickets say ‘Midnight at MACY’S.’ They might as well have annotated all of the Bieber paraphernalia you can buy at MACY’S! MACY’S: Making your holiday dreams come true!

4.I’m a sucker for a puppy. Sorry Justin, that dog with a bow in the sleigh is the cutest thing about this. I want him for Christmas, please.

5. The product placement. Oh, the product placement! This thing makes a Kardashian wedding look homegrown. In addition to the Macy’s tickets, we’ve got multiple Nitendo3DSs, shoes, and jewelry.  My favorite moment may be when they stop showing individual products and just let Bieber flat-out boogie in the middle of a full display.

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

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