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Usher Prevails In The Somber New “Numb” Video

Life has almost got Usher down in the new video for the next single off of Looking 4 MyselfSwedish House Mafia produced “Numb.” But only almost.

Directed by Chris Applebaum and Grace Harry, the duo behind the drenched “Dive” clip, Usher’s “Numb” video begins with pulsing footage of Usher on stage in Berlin, head hung low as an announcer explains that, “he tried because he loves Berlin and he really wanted to give you guys a show, but he just couldn’t do it. Thanks for understanding.” Usher’s show in Berlin last January really did get cut short, and you can hear that he’s still remorseful when he says here that, “I felt like a failure. Hopeless. Paralyzed. Lonely.” The botched show is not the end of his troubles, though, and there are images of him kneeling at someone’s hospital bed and taking care of a little kid.

But “Numb” is an anthem of overcoming, an insistence that you “shake it off, let it go, I don’t care anymore” because “you never know until you let go,” and so Usher doesn’t give in so easy. Rather, he gives the kid a hug, enjoys a dance at the strip club (why not?) and sings out all the rest in a recording booth. There is also a great sequence where he dances in a big glass cube, refusing to let those walls keep him from breaking it all down. Because this is an Usher video, and you know what Usher does? He dances. Read more…

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Kelly Clarkson Debuted “Catch My Breath” Last Night Live In Dublin

Only yesterday Ryan Seacrest premiered “Catch My Breath,” a new single slated for inclusion on the Kelly Clarkson‘s greatest hits collection Greatest Hits — Chapter 1, and already she has taken it to the stage. The American Idol winner gave the song it’s first live performance last night in Dublin with little to-do, and she certainly earned her “Greatest” status by hitting all the high points without taking even a beat to actually catch her breath. “Cheesy moment, but I think it is important for you to enjoy your life, so if you’re not happy, make it happen,” she joked afterwards.

Before she began, she shared that the song is about her musical director of more than a decade, Jason Halbert. “I felt no better person to try to write a song for this project was him, because he’s been with me through my ups and downs and it’s been one hell of a ten year ride,” she said. “This song kind of goes through every moment of that, and just where I am at as a person at thirty.”

Kelly Clarkson Performs “Catch My Breath” Live In Dublin: Watch [Idolator]

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Nelly Busted With Weed And Heroin In Same Texas Town Fiona Apple Got Arrested In

Is getting too hot in thurr? St. Lunatic Nelly was arrested and detained after police found nearly ten pounds of marijuana, 36 small bags of heroin and a loaded gun on his bus at a checkpoint in — yes, you guessed it: Sierra Blanca, Texas. Nelly joins the high company of those who have been similarly detained in the border town before him, Willie Nelson, Armie Hammer, Snoop Dogg and most recently Fiona Apple included. Read more…

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Tuned In: Ellie Goulding Shows Of Her Pipes On Jimmy Fallon

Last night, Ellie Goulding stopping in on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to celebrate the release of Halcyon, her highly anticipated follow-up to Lights. Goulding has been big in the UK for a few years now — and even with the Royals — but she only really started getting buzz over here this summer, when everyone at once decided to make “Lights” the glittering soundtrack to all late-night happenings. “Lights” shot up the charts as a result, and our ears were perked by the time “Anything Could Happen” dropped. We really love her coo of a voice, but were have always wondered what it would sound like when separated from the gauzy production its typically packaged with. Her appearance on Fallon last night quashed our concerns, though, as she easily proved that the voice is all hers and that she’s really good. Or, as Jimmy tells her: “That’s the way to do it.”

Dressed plainly in all black leather and with the sometimes vibrant pink in her hair toned-down to just a tint, she performed her uplifting new single “Anything Could Happen.” The bouncy Halcyon track gives her more leeway to show off her voice than the more insistent “Lights,” and live she really lets her voice flare and fill that space. And she looked and sounded every bit the veteran pop star she already is, even if this was technically her U.S. television debut. Maybe if we ask nicely, England will let us keep her?

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Delta Rae Stomp Out “Bottom Of The River” For You Oughta Know Live

Though you might think otherwise after watching this powerful performance, the members of October’s You Oughta Know artist Delta Rae were all smiles at their You Oughta Know Live. The family-and-friend folk-rock — or gospel, or show tunes, or whatever else might move them! — crew seem to genuinely enjoy each other’s company. But as you’ll see, when the count runs down and it’s time to play, the music takes a hold of them in a way that’s almost spiritual.

This stripped down rendition of “Bottom of the River,” from their outstanding debut album Carry The Fire, is the perfect example of the power these six can wield. Instruments left aside, the song builds around their vocal harmonies and is dragged forward by the clanking of chains in a trashcan. When they perform it, the group stomp the song out like an evil in need of exorcising. Delta Rae boasts four vocalists and six members total, and when they all get going they really get going. The end result is a performance so chilling that you’ll be left actually looking for a hand to hold.

Delta Rae also performed their inspiring “Morning Comes” and their heart-tugging “If I Loved You,” or check out their full You Oughta Know Live session here. And then check back for more Delta Rae treats throughout the month!

Related: Music Seen: Go Behind The Scenes Of Delta Rae’s You Oughta Know Live Session

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Rihanna Strips Down And Shows Off Her Side Effects On New Unapologetic Album Cover

Rihanna is preparing to set her seventh studio album to sail this November, and this morning she treated her #Navy to a sneak peek at the album’s cover and title. The album, out November 19th, will be called called Unapologetic and the cover goes ahead and bares all. Certainly we know that the Queen of No F***s Given is unapologetic, she’s never been one to say “sorry” for her habits or hobbies as bad as they may sometimes be. But she’s never been one to go into great detail about her personal life in her music either. Will this be the album that Rihanna spills all the “Diamonds” and tells all? Read more…

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Bite Into This Preview Of Adam Lambert’s Pretty Little Liars Appearance

Now that we are older and allowed to eat candy for dinner any time we want, we find that Halloween is often only so sweet as our favorite television show’s spooky holiday special. And this year, Pretty Little Liars has roped the full-sized Snickers equivalent of a guest star for theirs: Adam Lambert. How’s that for a treat?

Back in August, Adam teased the role by sharing a picture of himself all gussied up in a ruffle-chested blouse, his face blotted pale and fangs in full show. Now, we get one better as a preview the episode has made its way online. The quick clip shows Vampire Adam and Aria (played by Lucy Hale) getting chatty before Vambert runs off to perform and a spooky mime sweeps through the Halloween party. What brings Adam to town? What songs will he play? Is he actually a vampire, or does he just look really good dressed as one? Guess we’ll have  tune in on October 23rd to find out!

VAMPBERT! Adam Lambert’s Appearance on “Pretty Little Liars” Previewed [Popdust]
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Stevie Nicks Weighs In On American Idol Drama: Stands With Team Mariah Carey, But Is Sorry For Threatening Nicki Minaj

Everybody has got two-cents to share when it comes to last week’s fight between American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Host Ryan Seacrest and fellow judge Keith Urban both made attempts to mend the fissure, while The Voice judge Cee Lo relished the news as an opportunity to knock the rival program. And so while we await for word from Britney Spears and Team X Factor, we are delighted to hear report that retired Idol coach and true-and-through rock goddess Stevie Nicks has chimed in! And being a woman who knows a thing or two about drama, boy did she chime. Team Nicki, you might want to stand back for this. Read more…

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Three Moments From The BET Awards That Outshined The Parking Lot Drama

What a blessing, that the 2012 BET Awards were pre-tapped. Lived in Atlanta on September 29, first word from people who were there was that back-stage tangles between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy and Gunplay and 50 Cent‘s G-Unit had stolen the show, giving the media something juicy to chew on until the show aired last night. And so by the time we sat down to watch the show last night, the music shined totally untarnished by the beef, which seems well behind us. There were a whole bunch of winners (spoiler: Kanye West took home a whopping six trophies), and then at least three onstage moments that were way more fun than all that parking lot drama. Read more…


Kelly Clarkson’s “Catch My Breath” Is A Reminder To Stop And Smell The Roses

Kelly Clarkson "Catch My Breath"

After repeatedly blowing us away with her impeccable covers, Kelly Clarkson stopped for a moment to catch her breath. Ryan Seacrest premiered Clarkson’s new single “Catch My Breath” from her first greatest hits collection Greatest Hits–Chapter 1. The song is celebratory in that it acknowledges she’s going to live her life the way that makes her happy. Her voice flows from a leveled alto to a high near-scream for the chorus. “I will spend the rest of my life/Catching my breath/Letting it go/Turning my cheek for the sake of the show/Now that you know/This is my life/I won’t be told what’s supposed to be right.” The hook is slowed down only for her to deliver a perfect high-pitched “In everything!” Clarkson penned the song with one of her best friends who she says has seen her through everything. Read more…