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Whitney Houston covered by Chris Cornell, Robin Thicke, Aretha Franklin, and more: Watch the videos here

Over the weekend, Whitney Houston was laid to rest in a ceremony that featured testimonials from friends and family as well as performances from Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, and a host of other stars who either worked with Houston or were deeply influenced by her work.

The tributes didn’t end there, as a number of artists continued to tip their hats to Houston in concert and elsewhere. Shortly after his arrest in New York City for possession of marijuana, Robin Thicke dropped his cover of Houston’s 1995 hit “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).” As recorded by Houston, the track was a fully realized Babyface production, but Thicke breaks it down to little more than a piano lilt, a bit of an organ hum, and his breathy coo. It’s a lovely rendition of one of the best slow-rolling R&B jams of the ’90s.

On the surface, it would seem that Thicke’s tribute to Houston would make much more sense than Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s, but consider the grunge icon’s pedigree: Not only does he own a gigantic set of pipes himself, but he also cut an R&B album (granted, one that everybody seems to forget about).

During a fund-raiser for Barack Obama on Friday night, Cornell spun out an acoustic rendition of Houston’s signature hit “I Will Always Love You.” It wasn’t quite as moving as Jennifer Hudson’s take on the song at the Grammys, but it was still well-executed. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Karmin get ready for 'SNL,' preview their new album

Less than a year ago, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan posted a video of the two of them performing Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now.”

That video set the Internet ablaze — the “Look At Me” has racked up over 56 million views — and the cult of Karmin began to build. The rest of the narrative goes like this: More videos (both covers and original tunes), a handful of high-profile performances (including an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show), a record contract, and a booking on this weekend’s edition of Saturday Night Live. For many, this will be the first time they’ll hear the group’s original songs.

“We’ve been working with some of the top producers of the world,” Heidemann told EW, of their upcoming debut Hello, due April. “We recorded close to 50 songs, so we’re trying to get that list down to album size.”

One of those songs, the second single “Brokenhearted,” was co-written by Claude Kelly, the hitmaker who has contributed to such tunes as Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Jessie J’s “Price Tag,” and Adam Lambert’s “Better Than I Know Myself.” READ FULL STORY

Rebecca Black's 'Friday' video turns one today. If only there was some sort of helpful reminder of what today is!

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If there hasn’t been a Friday over the last year in which, at some point, you didn’t sing “Gettin’ down on Friday” or “We, we, we so excited” to yourself, then celebrating today’s musical milestone should feel bittersweet.

To be fair, Rebecca Black‘s “Friday” didn’t actually take over our lives — and thus forever alter our knowledge of how the week works (“Yesterday it is Thursday, today it is Friday”) and major decisions like where to sit in our friends’ cars — until March 2011. ButĀ the video was actually released one year ago today, Feb. 10, 2011, courtesy of ARK Music Factory. That’s right, it took the Internet almost an entire month to stumble upon this gem.

Here’s some fun, fun, fun, fun facts about Rebecca Black’s “Friday” over the past year:
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Kina Grannis + 288,000 jelly beans = Awesome: Watch her video for 'In Your Arms' here

You wanna see something sweet?

Then check out YouTube star Kina Grannis‘ colorful and technically marvelous music video for her song “In Your Arms,” which features the raven-haired chanteuse and about 288,000 (yes, over a quarter million) Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Grannis spent 22 months working on the stop-motion video, which features 2,460 individual frames, each of which took anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to arrange.

The hard work was worth it, though — check out the video below (and be sure to watch in HD): READ FULL STORY

The Black Keys premiere new single 'Lonely Boy,' release hypnotic dancing video: See it here!

The Black Keys, Ohio’s greatest rock export since Greg Dulli, have a new album coming out in December. It’s called El Camino (or “The Road,” for those of you who don’t habla Espanol) features production by Danger Mouse, just like its Grammy-winning predecessor Brothers.

The lead-up to the release of El Camino has proven that Black Keys members Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney completely understand the Internet.

They created a trailer for the album that spoofed local car dealership ads and acted as a nod to Jack Rebney and starred Mr. Show veteran Bob Odenkirk. They set up a really cool backdoor website. And for the premiere of the new single “Lonely Boy,” which just hit the blogosphere today, they attached a low-fi video of a guy dancing very enthusiastically to the Keys’ fuzzy stomp.

Like the rest of the Black Keys oeuvre, the new single is fantastically scuzzy but also casually melodic and deceptively complex. Give it a spin below, and prepare to be hypnotized by some truly remarkable dance moves. READ FULL STORY

YouTube stars Karmin release first major-label single 'Crash Your Party': Listen here

A few months ago, Karmin was just a guy and a girl (real-life couple Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan) sitting in their Boston living room, covering pop songs.

Then, the duo released a cover of “Look At Me Now” that went viral, and the musicians became an outright web sensation.

It wasn’t long before Karmin’s other covers began garnering millions of views, and the band was invited to do things like perform on talk shows, duet with The Roots, have their music featured on NBA commercials, and ultimately, sign with Epic Records.

Now, Karmin has released “Crash your Party,” its first official single with Epic (from an untitled album due out in 2012), and unlike a lot of Youtube-turned-pop acts, they sound like they could actually fit in on mainstream radio. This track has swag!

Amy flaunts a bit of her trademark sassy rap style and R&B-tinged runs over a sunny groove that feels similar to Jessie J’s “Price Tag” and had me bopping right along. But then, I am a confessed fan of these two!

Check out the “hip pop” jam below, and let us know what you think: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift duets with Usher, T.I. during all-star sweep through Atlanta: Watch here

It’s Monday, which means it’s time once again to play Who Showed Up At Taylor Swift’s Tour Stop Over The Weekend?

Swift’s indefatigable Speak Now tour made its way to Atlanta over the weekend, and showcased visits from not one but two local superstars.

On Saturday night, Swift welcomed Usher to the Speak Now stage, and the two of them ran through his massive 2004 single “Yeah.”

Sadly, Swift did not take on the Lil Jon part (or the Ludacris verse), opting instead to sing along with Mr. Raymond in the chorus. Naturally, the ATL fans in attendance went ape, including Usher’s two sons, who ran up on stage at the conclusion of the duet.

On Sunday, Swift brought out another member of Atlanta’s musical royalty: T.I. The rapper (who had only been tasting free air for a few days thanks to his release from prison) tag-teamed with Swift on “Live Your Life,” with Taylor filling in for Rihanna.

Sunday’s performance was quite a bit more theatrical, as Swift started out by crooning the song’s chorus (even adding Rihanna’s island lilt on the word “haters”), then calling for T.I., who began rapping from backstage only to make his way down the dramatic, sparkly staircase that serves as the centerpiece of Swift’s Speak Now set.

Follow the jump for shaky cell phone video of each performance: READ FULL STORY

Coldplay pay tribute to R.E.M. with cover of 'Everybody Hurts': Watch it here

With their deft ability to keep one foot in the underground and the other riding the mainstream wave, R.E.M. have served as a source of inspiration for hundreds of bands who believed they could start out small and gradually become stadium-fillers.

Though they’ve done it in a conflated period of time, Coldplay certainly followed that script, and R.E.M.’s breakup has clearly had a serious impact on frontman Chris Martin. During a concert on Saturday in Atlanta, only about 70 miles west of R.E.M’s hometown of Athens, Martin tipped his hat to his heroes with a cover of “Everybody Hurts.”

“One of our favorite bands of all time, for some crazy reason, have finished,” Martin announced from the stage, introducing his cover. “And it’s sad. Please don’t judge this cover version on its musical merits. See it for the gesture rather than its actual sound. This is just to show how much they meant to us.”

Check out his acoustic run through “Everybody Hurts” — which inspired quite the singalong in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park — after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Queen drummer's own tribute act might have found its singer: Watch him here!

When Queen frontman and general force of nature Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991, that looked like the end of the band (the tracks on 1995′s Made In Heaven feature vocals Mercury recorded prior to his death).

Still, that hasn’t stopped the members of Queen from trying to keep the magic alive. There was the ill-advised 2008 album with Paul Rodgers, as well as a number of theater projects that incorporate the band’s most iconic songs.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has decided to go a different route. Even though he’s an actual member of Queen, he has decided to put together his own tribute act, which he is calling Queen Extravaganza, and he is looking for a few good men (or women) to fill in the various necessary roles.

Of course, the most difficult jumpsuit to fill is Mercury’s, but there is already one guy who is apparently up to the task. The Internet has been buzzing about Marc Martel, frontman for Canadian Christian rockers downhere.

His take on “Somebody to Love” was uploaded to Queen Extravaganza’s YouTube page and immediately caught fire. Is he the heir apparent to Mercury’s glittery throne? Decide for yourself after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West shows early charisma, stand-up skills on 'Def Poetry Jam' in 2004: Watch it here!

Back in 2004, Kanye West had already made an indelible mark on the hip-hop world by producing the best tracks on Jay-Z’s watershed 2001 album The Blueprint.

He had also scored production credits on a number of major hits, including Talib Kweli’s “Get By” and Fabolous’ “My Life.” But he had not yet scored ample time on the microphone (at least in public), and was still trying to put some buzz behind his debut album The College Dropout.

So what did ‘Ye do? He paid a visit to Def Poetry Jam, the Mos Def-hosted show that aired for several years on HBO, and spit out a poem called “Self-Conscious.” In the clip below, you can hear Mos (or whatever he’s calling himself now) declare Kanye “the future of hip-hop,” and if you listen to the lyrics, you can hear the genesisĀ “All Falls Down,” which became a bona fide hit for West nearly a year later. READ FULL STORY

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