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Kelly Clarkson Isn’t Going To Be Dating Any More Musicians Anytime Soon, Thankyouverymuch

Kelly Clarkson‘s video for “Mr. Know It All” is currently sitting atop the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, and on this past weekend’s show, she sat down with our buddy Jim Shearer to not only discuss her new record, but also her current relationship status. Jim mentioned that the guys from Gym Class Heroes were crushing on Kelly, but she quickly shot the matchmaking suggestion down. “I try not to date musicians,” she told our fearless host. “It’s all I’ve dated. Every guy I’ve dated is a musician. Obviously, it’s not working.”

Well, from our vantage point, Single Kelly is sitting pretty. As we mentioned, “Mr. Know It All” is currently blowing up on our Top 20 Countdown AND on the Billboard charts. Additionally, her VH1 Unplugged performance is getting ever closer! VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson will premiere exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, and you’ll be able to catch the special on your television the next night, Friday, November 18, at 11 p.m.

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Adele Is On The Road To Recovery After Successful Vocal Cord Surgery

Breathe easy, folks. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that biggest selling artist of 2011, Adele, underwent successful vocal cord surgery in Boston yesterday. According to a jargon-laced statement from Massachusetts General Hospital, “Adele underwent vocal cord microsurgery by Dr. Steven Zeitels to stop recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage (bleeding) from a benign polyp. This condition is typically the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture … Dr. Zeitels expects Adele to make a full recovery from her laser microsurgery.” LASERS!

Two weeks ago, Adele canceled all of her planned 2011 concert dates to prepare for her encounter with Dr. Zeitels, who is something of an expert in this field. He successfully treated Aerosmith lead singer, American Idol judge and zeitgeisty 2011 Halloween costume-inspirer Steven Tyler back in 2006 after he was suffering from a similar ailment. We wish Adele a speedy recovery, and look forward to her getting back to bowling us over with her awesome vocal talent as soon as she’s up to it.

Adele prognosis after vocal cord surgery is good, her doctor says [Booster Shots/LAT]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Conrad Murray Found Guilty On Michael Jackson Manslaughter Charges

Conrad Murray, the doctor who was Michael Jackson‘s personal physician at the time of his untimely death in June of 2009, was found guilty on manslaughter charges in a California courtroom just moments ago.

The trial of Conrad Murray began back on September 27th with a bombshell; on the first day of the trial, prosecutors unveiled a shocking audio tape of a totally-out-of-it Michael Jackson slurring his words, a recording that was captured just six weeks before Jackson’s untimely passing. This previously unheard recording went a long way towards establishing Murray in the eyes of the jury (not to mention the public-at-large) as an incompetent doctor at best, a murderer at worst.

Over the next six weeks, scads of medical experts testified for either the prosecution and Murray’s defense team, who painted Michael Jackson as a Propofol addict who ran roughshod over Murray’s well-seasoned treatment methods. The trial concluded last Friday, and the jury spent over nine hours deliberating the case before reaching their verdict earlier today.

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Kelly Clarkson Gushes About Her Love For Adele And Mumford & Sons

VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson is set to make its online premiere exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 17. Her five-song performance, the final setlist of which is still under wraps, was totally phenomenal, and it was all we could do to keep ourselves composed when we sat down with her after the show for a few minutes.

One of the things we asked her about were her favorite VH1 Unplugged performances, and the two names that immediately came to Kelly Clarkson‘s mind were Mumford & Sons and Adele. Which one of these two artists does Kelly hope that “she’s never on the same awards show” with, and which one’s music does she describe as unusually sexy? There’s only one way to find out! (And that’s by clicking play on the video above, natch.)

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Nude Dude Upstages Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Adam Lambert And More At 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards

The 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards went down in Belfast, Ireland last night, featuring many of the same performers that took the stage at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards back in August (such as Bruno Mars, Queen‘s Brian May, Jessie J, and more). Fortunately, fans of tight monologues caught a break when Jo Calderone was denied his Visa by the Irish government, which resulted in an epic Lady Gaga performance of “Marry The Night”. Gaga’s performance took place on the moon (literally!), and saw her dressed as some sort of highly colorful piece of space fungus, and was highly reminiscent (in a good way) of her performance of “Edge Of Glory” on the American Idol finale back in May.

However, all of the artists and celebrities who presented and performed last night were upstaged by a naked Irishman who ran on stage while Hayden Panettiere was introducing a segment. Soy Bomb, he wasn’t; rather, the lothario leprechaun (actor David Monahan) appeared to be a plant by show producers to get people talking. How else do you explain that he was able to speak freely on the mic for two minutes without being tackled by (what we’re assuming to be) burly Irish security dudes? Either way, this fellow’s lucky charms were on display; we’ve got video of the NSFW moment for you after the jump. (You have been warned.)

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Five Things We Didn’t Know About Coldplay Until We Interviewed Them

Coldplay‘s Mylo Xyloto sold 447,000 copies in the United States last week, which puts it squarely atop this week’s Billboard album charts. The British foursome was able to top future VH1 Unplugged star Kelly Clarkson‘s release of Stronger, which moved an impressive 163,000 units. Coldplay’s sales figures look even more impressive when you consider that this is the strongest first week sales total for a rock act since U2 released No Line On The Horizon back in March of 2009.

VH1 News correspondent Kate Spencer was able to grab some quality face time with Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and drummer Will Champion in Los Angeles recently, a revealing interview in which these gents discuss a variety of topics ranging from how they chose the producers of Mylo Xyloto to why the Haters always keep them striving to achieve more.

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Chris Brown’s Halloween Costume (Unfortunately) Leaves Little To The Imagination

Chris Brown has become such a lightning rod for controversy that he can turn even the most innocuous of situations into something sinister. Take his Halloween costume, for example — while most people were out trick-or-treating last night, Chris Brown was taking TwitPics of his version of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s Green Man. Needless to say, anyone who sees his full, extremely NSFW Halloween costume, will no doubt have nightmares tonight.
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O Music Awards 2 Headliner Robyn Explains Why She Loves The Internet

The O Music Awards are set to go down on Monday night—yes, Halloween night!—beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 PT. We couldn’t possibly be any more psyched that the Swedish pop goddess Robyn agreed to headline the second incarnation of this new awards show, and for her, the decision to participate in this event was a no-brainer. “I reach almost all my fans through the Internet,” she explained to us earlier this week. “I mean, I’m not played on the radio. I reach them through the Internet, and when I play shows.”

Well, considering this particular show will be broadcast LIVE on the Internet, that’s a double win for Robyn and her fans! Don’t forget, you can (and should!) watch the O Music Awards 2 by going to omusicawards.com at 11:30 p.m. ET on Monday, October 31. But if you visit the site over the weekend, you’ll still have time to vote for your fave artists in categories like Fan Army FTW, Best Web-Born Artist and many, many more!

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Sneak Preview: Kelly Clarkson Gets Sassy On VH1 Unplugged

Kelly Clarkson VH1 Unplugged

“Did I just do that [song] Erin Brockovich style?”

It’s just seconds after Kelly Clarkson has wrapped the first track of her five song VH1 Unplugged set when she peers down at her chest, wondering if one of her breasts managed to sneak its way out of her red bandage dress during her performance, just like what happened to the titular heroine of the film that won Julia Roberts an Academy Award back in 2000. Well, spoiler alert, it didn’t, but this near wardrobe malfunction gave Kelly the inspiration for some of the most playful between-song banter that we’ve heard in quite some time during the show’s taping in New York City earlier this afternoon.

VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson will be debuting exclusively on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 17, which will be followed up the next night with the show’s on-air premiere. We don’t want to give too much about the show away at this juncture, as we’d rather you be able to experience it fresh through your own eyes and ears. That said, we will say this — Kelly looked positively radiant throughout her set, thanks in no small part to her smoky eyes, make-you-melt-in-your-boots eyelashes, sun-kissed hair and, of course, that stunning red bandage dress. As for her songs, well, let’s put it this way: Her setlist was comprised of some songs from her new record, Stronger, some old faves and a surprising cover. And her voice? Sure, it sounds positively fantastic on her studio recordings, but we will attest that it’s another thing entirely to be in the same room as her when she drops the hammer and belts out one of her patented power choruses. We’re talking CHILLS, palpable chills, when she kicks her voice into fifth gear.

Find out for yourself when VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson premieres on VH1.com exactly three weeks from today on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. ET.

[Photo: Pegah Rashti for @VH1]

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Concert Review: There’s No Need For Smartphones While Listening To The Warm, Rollicking Sounds Of Dawes


At the risk of sounding like a codger, the experience of going to see a concert live and in the flesh has diminished over the last few years, a time during which smart phones and digital cameras have become ubiquitous. Sure, audiences have always been easy to distract mid-concert—be that for beer, conversation, what-have-you—but over the last five years or so, the live concert experience has suffered because many members of the audience are too busy either taking crappy digital pictures or tweeting about the show instead of enjoying the vibes, mannnn.

I bring this up because at last night’s Dawes/Blitzen Trapper show at New York City’s Webster Hall, there were a surprising few number of people who experienced the show through a 4-inch handheld screen because they were, *gasp*, actually present in the moment! This kind of warm attentiveness is something that bands tend to react really positively to, and four gents of Dawes were no exception: Their rollicking, 90-minute(ish) set of “classic indie” songs went over like gangbusters with the demographically diverse audience last night, one that was a pleasant mix of hipsters in tight fitting plaid shirts, recently-graduated-yet-quickly-aging frat stars, bearded bros looking to kill time before next year’s Bonnaroo, and Lefsetz-reading Boomers.

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