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VH1 DIVAS: Demi Lovato’s Anthemic “Give Your Heart A Break” Gets The Crowd Jumping (VIDEO)

Because, baby, Demi Lovato is definitely not like the rest. Tonight, the X Factor judge took to the stage to show off her her own set of pipes with a show stopping performance of “Give Your Heart A Break,” her current single. As far as we’re concerned, this song has been criminally overlooked because, really, shouldn’t everyone have a heart wrenching anthem so genuine and assured — and that’s to say nothing of how danceable it is — ever ready on hand?

Demi hit the VH1 DIVAS red carpet earlier wearing a Top Shop studded leather jacket and a pair of skyscraping YSL heels, with her diva-tude primed and ready to rock. And when she hit the stage a few minutes ago, sing she did, filling LA’s Shrine Auditorium all the rafters and beyond. And because tonight’s supposed to be a dance party, they pumped up the skittering drumline and a little extra-umph. Lovatics, eat your heart out!
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The Killers Set Winona Ryder On Fire In New, Tim Burton-Directed “Here With Me Now” Video

This new video for “Here With Me,” a heart-tugging ballad off The Killers recent Battle Born, really is something. With it we get the band performing an epic show in an empty concert hall somewhere, and then we also get a second and more uncanny subplot that stars Winona Ryder as a wax mannequin and the object of a beady-eyed kid’s (played by Craig Roberts) affection. Said kid sneaks her Winona out of her museum for a long walk on the beach, a trip to the movies and a home cooked meal, only to find in the end that he too is made of wax. All of this may seem odd, until you consider the video’s director: Tim Burton. How, um, illuminating?

 

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Jon Bon Jovi Talks About The “Joyous” Feeling He Felt Playing 12-12-12 On Big Morning Buzz Live

This morning the great Jon Bon Jovi stopped by VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live to perform his Golden Globe nominated song “Not Running Anymore” (below), to catch us up on his forthcoming album and it’s high-tech cover, and to share his experience being a part of night’s historical 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief.

Bon Jovi acknowledged that the show may have been a tad lengthy at six-hours — “You had to bring a lunch pail and a change of clothes” — but assured that is proud of the funds that were raised for the Robin Hood Foundation and the “joyous” feeling of unity the night seemed to raise in people. “You know, they may say bad things about us behind or back or sometimes in front of our back, but in our time of need they have an affinity with us,” he said.

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What Should Adam Lambert Wear To Host VH1 Divas 2012? Let’s Help Him Chose!

Don’t know about you, but we have had our VH1 DIVAS 2012 outfits ready for months now (we’ll be comfy on the couch in our most glam sweats, if you must know) and we are now onto wondering what sort of diva-tastic looks the show’s stars will be rocking on Sunday and worrying that the evening’s host Adam Lambert might not be dancing and lyric-memorizing to be ready on time! When we spoke with him last week Lambert confessed that he hadn’t yet found time to nail down a look for the night. “My wardrobe is still being conceptualized,” he told us, assuring that “We have lots of ideas we’re throwing back and forth.”

Well, Adam, we have a lots of ideas, too! We’ve pulled some of Lambert most memorable looks from as of late, and thought that there might be a few Glamberts out there with suggestions, as well.

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Happy Holidaze! Paloma Faith Wants To Be Your “Santa Baby”

Happy Holidaze! In lieu of the traditional advent calender stocked with stale chocolates or tiny toys, VH1, MTV and CMT are gearing up and counting down the days to Christmas with 12 Holidaze worth of cheer. Each day until the 25th, we will unveil a new holiday-themed performance from some of your favorite artists. First up: Paloma Faith, singing the Christmas classic “Santa Baby”!

Anybody can get twelve drummers drumming, but few can fill us with a reto-sheened cheer quite like Faith can. The rising British songstress and The Voice UK coach has a voice that has earned her comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Adele, and a look that’s a little Joan from Mad Men and all the rest entirely her own (we’ve mentioned it already, but you should really take a look at that carcass necklace!), and this Christmas classic from 1953 is just perfect for her. It’s a teensy bit jazzy and just brimming with the warm and crackly cheer that’s sure to lure Santa down the chimney right quick.

We are particularly excited to share Paloma’s carol because on Sunday she’ll be in LA with us for VH1 DIVAS 2012, where she’ll join the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Keri Hilson, Metric, Pitbull, Demi Lovato and more in celebrating the diva-tastic legacies of Whitney Houston and Donna Summers. Tune-in Sunday, December 16, at 8PM for a red carpet live stream and 9PM/8C for the show. For additional VH1 Divas 2012 info, visit divas.vh1.com.

Related: Rising British Soul-Pop Star Paloma Faith Just Added To VH1 Divas 2012 Performers

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Adele’s 21 Is The Top-Selling Album On iTunes For The Second Year In A Row

Perhaps we should consider a new strategy. Adele‘s 21 hit shelves on January of 2011 and nearly two years later people are still clamoring over it. This year — both a full year out from its release and a year during which Adele kept a low profile — the sophomore effort earned Diamond status, and was also the top-selling album on iTunes for the second year in a row.

So Adele sold so, just so many albums in 2011 and there were still people left to buy so, just so many albums again in 2012. Will this happen again in 2013? She has already defied the physics of the music industry (namely the part where music doesn’t sell any more), so maybe! Presumably there are at least few of you out there who have worn through your first copy and are due for a second, and before you hit “purchase” we would like to propose an alternative: what everyone just stops buying 21 for a minute? Not because it’s not worth the $9.99 for download, but because if we stop buying 21 Adele might actually feel pressure to put out something new to buoy the music industry and anchor our iPods for the next two years. Deal?

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Tuned In: Bruno Mars Celebrates “Locked Out Of Heaven” With Epic The X Factor Showing

Earlier this week Bruno Mars‘ slick “Locked Out of Heaven” bumped Rihanna‘s “Diamonds” from the top spot to take #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and last night he took it out for a celebratory spin on The X Factor, a show that seems to have played host to many of our favorite live performances as of late. Artists seem to have embraced competition show’s stage as a place to put on flashy show (see: Taylor Swift‘s Joni Mitchell biopic audition) and a place to sing exceptionally well (see: Rihanna’s rave, Ke$ha’s glitter storm). Mars, an artist who is as good at performing hits as he is at writing them, proved no exception, blowing “Locked” to epic proportions and executing it perfectly on last night’s results show.

Mars brought with him his dancing backing band and a vivid red and green and yellow light show, as well his calling card fedora and his A-game. Mars is the sort of artist who sticks to the script, but last night he indulged some of the song’s more gripping moments. See for example the “you bring me to my knees / you make me testify” bit, which had him really flexing. Probably he earned himself another week at the top of the charts!

Bruno Mars Performs On ‘The X Factor’ [Rap-Up]

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Usher Brings His Smooth Moves And Lots Of Smoke To Ellen For “Numb” Performance

If his recent performances can be counted as evidence, Usher won’t leave home without a juiced-up fog machine in tow and promise of a laser show waiting for him at whichever stage he’s headed to. And even though most artists tone things down for their day time television performances (Christina Aguilera, for example), Ursh is not one to compromise when it comes to his pyrotechnics. And so today he showed up for Ellen with his calling-card smoke and lasers, a team of dancers and his impressive stamina for another highly athletic performance of “Numb.” His vocals were a bit shaky, but hey! His dance moves were really on point.

Afterwards he hung around and challenged Ellen to a little dance-off. They picked moves off his Dance Central 3 video game and he was almost convincing when he told Ellen that she was beating him. Check out the pretty cute video below the jump.

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Taylor Swift Gets Into All Sorts Of — Yes! — Trouble In The Video For “I Knew You Were Trouble”

This new video for Taylor Swift‘s dubbed-out new single, “I Knew You Were Trouble,” is a curious thing. Gone are her pretty ballet flats and handsome fellas, the woodland creatures and Parisian skyline; and that cutesy Dirty Dancing routine she did with Harry Styles this is certainly not. Rather, we get Taylor with messy, pink ombre hair and a love interest who looks an awful lot like Pete Doherty, a crusty looking motel room and several ratty t-shirt changes, a long opening monologue ala Lana Del Rey‘s “Ride” video and lots of other moments that will have you thinking Taylor may not be such a goody two-shoes after all.

The mini-epic begins with Taylor alone and in the desert, just woken up in the detritus of some festival — if we had to guess which we would say Coachella, because she’s in the desert and too clothed to have just attended Burning Man –and all alone. An ominous score plays, and to the thumping of a heartbeat she delivers this dozy of a speech about her “kaleidoscope of memories” and “how can the devil be pulling you towards someone who looks so much like an angel” and the meaning of life, just in general:

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Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars And Adele Get Golden Globe Nods For Best Song

Nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globes were announced this morning, and this year’s nominees for Best Original Song include two former You Oughta Know artists — The Civil Wars and Adele — as well as Taylor Swift, who will likely to be loaded down with awards after the year she’s had. All of the nominees are as follows:

“For You,” by Keith Urban  for Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore,” by Jon Bon Jovi for Stand Up Guys
“Safe and Sound,” by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars for The Hunger Games
“Skyfall,” by Adele for Skyfall
“Suddenly,” by Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables

We’ve already expressed our love for Swift and the War’s stormy and unexpected collaboration “Safe and Sound,” as well as for Adele’s towering “Skyfall,” and we just listened to Keith Urban’s Act of Valor contribution for the first time and can assure that it is also quite the scorcher. This is, by our best judgments, a pretty solid list. But what about all those other songs we heard in movies this year? Fiona Apple‘s “Dull Tool” from  This Is 40, The Black Keys‘ “Baddest Man Alive” from The Man With the Iron Fists, Rick Ross‘ “100 Black Coffins” from Django Unchained and Katy Perry‘s “Wide Awake” from her biopic Part of Me all got the Golden Globe snub. Each has made the Oscar’s Best Original Song longlist, however, so there’s still reason to believe we may get at least one big and bawse-y Rick Ross podium grunt before this awards season’s out. RUH!

Golden Girls: Taylor Swift, Adele Nominated for Best Song Golden Globe [Spin]