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TV Jukebox: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'A Gifted Man,' 'CSI: Miami' feature our favorites songs on TV

The holidays are upon us, music fans, and with them have come midseason finales. In TV terms, that can mean winter wonderlands and old-timey sweetness… or death, despair, and, apparently, pageant princesses. Traditional carols have figured into the last two weeks of “show tunes,” as have pop confections, indie trifles, and love songs — an appropriately eclectic mix to wind down the year. We’ll see you back on the Music Mix in 2012. Until then, check out our final TV Jukebox picks of the year. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS follow!) READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Ringer,' 'Hell on Wheels' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

TV Jukebox is back, music fans! What better way to emerge from last week’s tryptophan coma and kick off December than with a roster of rousing numbers? This week’s stand-out “show tunes” got our blood pumping during a shoot-‘em-up sequence from Sons of Anarchy, a Ringer revelation, and a delightfully kooky Rocky IV reference on New Girl — and that’s just the start. See our picks below! (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS follow!) READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Grimm,' 'Parenthood' feature our favorite songs on TV this week

As we kept our ears perked up for this week’s best show tunes, we saw a trend: Family. In fact, we had a TV Jukebox first, with songs from both British folksters Richard and Linda Thompson and also their son Teddy.

As the Thompsons would know as well as anyone, family can take you on a crazy ride. This week’s music expressed that poetically and, at times, hilariously. From letdowns to glorious build-ups, harboring dark secrets and sweet memories, and encompassing Irish oddballs and naked roommates (see: New Girl), family takes all kinds. See this week’s picks below:  READ FULL STORY

Irish pop act Westlife announce 'amicable' split

Many Irish eyes won’t be smiling today with the news that Westlife have split up. In a statement on their official website, the long-running pop act announced  their intention to go their separate ways following a farewell tour next year. The Irish quartet described the split as “entirely amicable.”

The boy band — who were signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco label until leaving the company earlier this year — never broke big here. But in Ireland and Great Britain they enjoyed a string of enormous hits including 1999’s “Swear It Again,” the first of the Westlife’s 14 U.K. chart-toppers.

In all, the group have have sold 44 million records around the world.

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Simon Cowell's five songs you shouldn't sing on 'X-Factor"

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When X Factor premieres on Wednesday, there are five songs that the show’s contestants would be very unwise to bring their first auditions, Simon Cowell told reporters on Tuesday.

The main offenders?

R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”
Etta James’ “At Last” (“I’m allergic to that song,” he says.)
The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” (“Everybody seems to think ‘Unchained Melody’ is my favorite song of all time. It is not.”)
Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” (“I cannot listen to that anymore.”)
John Legend’s “Ordinary People” (“They always try to sing it like [Legend’s] version. It’s never good.”)

We agree with Cowell, especially about “Unchained Melody,” a song that was originally written for an obscure prison movie and was revived, of course, for cinematic pottery sex.

And there are so many others to add! Take “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” especially the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version that no one except actual Hawaiians and strict adherents of the “barefoot lifestyle” should ever attempt. And then there’s the Pussycat Dolls’ “Don’t Cha” (No, we don’t.)

And please, don’t ruin Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” (after hearing Collins talk about that song in this incredibly moving This American Life episode, we don’t want anyone to touch it) or Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” (so many key changes, so little Whitney-worthy talent!), or any of the other picks in our gallery American Idol: 20 Songs We’d Ban From the Show Forever.

So, what would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments.

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'X-Factor' judge L.A. Reid reportedly to take lead at Sony's Epic Records

L.A. Reid — former chairman of the Island Def Jam record label and judge on Fox’s upcoming singing-competition series The X-Factor — has landed a new gig as the head of Sony Music’s Epic Label Group, which is set to be restructured to include Jive Records, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sony has yet to respond to requests from EW seeking confirmation.

When he begins in the post after the 4th of July holiday, it will reunite the famed 55-year-old executive with two major artists — Usher and Pink — who he helped discover.

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