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by (@kat_george)

Amy Winehouse’s Posthumous Album Is Set To Be A Brilliant, Emotional Affair

With the release date of Amy Winehouse’s first posthumous album, Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures creeping up, emotions are raw. The release, due but 4 months after the singer’s untimely death, is revealing itself to be part of a very important healing process for Amy’s friends and family.

A far cry from a cash-grab, the album is reportedly an incredibly emotional, not to mention immpecably produced, project; not just for those surriving her, but for Amy herself, as friend and collaborator Salaam Remi recounts to Rolling Stone how the troubled performer broke down during their recording sessions. “Playing guitar and singing into a small hand-held mic, Winehouse unleashed a devastating version of “A Song for You,” Leon Russell’s pained ballad about an entertainer’s regrets. As she sang, Winehouse began to cry. “It’s as if she was literally singing about herself,” Remi recalls. “She was really putting herself into it.””

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by (@kat_george)

Kelly Clarkson Unplugged: On Forgetting Lyrics And Ominous Dreams

We’re gearing up for the airing of VH1 Unplugged: Kelly Clarkson, 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 (11 p.m. on 11/18 on VH1). For now, we’re swooning over snippets of Kelly dressed like a vixen in red and just being her goofy self in front of the camera. We’ve already seen her gushing about her contemporaries, refusing to date musicians and covering Carrie Underwood, and now we’ve got her chatting about forgetting lyrics and her ominous pre-concert dreams.

The ever adorable, completely relatable Kelly reveals that she’s often left stumped by the lyrics to her own songs, and is renowned for forgetting them when on stage. With a cheeky grin on her face the singer admits, “I’m not going to lie. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new song or an old song, I will screw up the lyrics.” Kelly’s forgetfulness is endearing, and as she points out, at least she’s not lip synching: “That means I’m singing live, so that says something.” In the second sneak peek clip (below), Kelly talks about ominous dreams she has before shows of falling down on stage. She tells how following a dream of falling, she almost fell on stage at UK’s X Factor because she “was trying to be all sexy in heels.” Awwwww, Kelly, we really love your honesty!

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by (@kat_george)

Ellen Interviews Dancer From The Black Keys’ Viral “Lonely Boy” Video, More Awesome Dancing Ensues

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Since we first saw The Black Keysvideo for “Lonely Boy”, the first release from their forthcoming album El Camino, we’ve been dancing around our bedrooms in the wee-hours of the morning, trying to get our moves as flawless as the video’s star, Derrick Tuggle. And now, our second favorite dancer in the world, Ellen Degeneres, has interviewed Tuggle on her show, and yes, the two danced together and we basically lost our minds with excitement. It was awesome.

Tuggle was visibly uncomfortable during the interview, which made him even more endearing; it turns out that he’s just a regular guy with some mean moves who stumbled upon his moment in the spotlight completely unexpectedly. His earnestness about his dreams, his family, and his dancing just made us love him even more. And even though Tuggle looked like he was trying desperately not to fall off his seat while chatting to Ellen, he was completely at home on the dance floor, where he reprised the moves that made him a viral sensation for The Black Keys.

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by (@kat_george)

Tuned In: The Kooks Rock Out On Leno

Last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Kooks performed the title track from their new album “Junk Of The Heart.” The band looked sharp in tailored suits, bringing an upbeat dose of Brit-Pop to the stage. Now let’s talk about the awesome guitar frontman Luke Pritchard was playing — the guy’s got style! “Junk Of The Heart” is a bit of a retro redux, sweet and happy with earnest sentiment, not to mention some very good looks…

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by (@fdot415)

Video Premiere: Adele, “Set Fire To The Rain (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)”

Like proud parents, we’re watching You Oughta Know alumna and VH1 Unplugged darling Adele attempt to maintain her chart-topping hot streak with the third single off her multiplatinum 21, “Set Fire To The Rain.” Rumor had it that “Rumor Has It” was going to be the third single, but “Fire” ended up winning out. Already a fan favorite, the mid-tempo power ballad has the potential to complete her hat trick of singles atop the Billboard Hot 100 this year.

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by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Blondie’s Debbie Harry Butchers A Nude Version Of Herself And Pulls Out Its Red Velvet Cake Heart

Blondie’s Debbie Harry Butchers Herself On Stage
Well not herself, but a nude replica of herself. Blondie‘s Debbie Harry took a knife to a nude model of herself on stage at a recent show. The veteran rock star then stuck her hand in the replica’s chest and pulled out a heart, not of glass, but of red velvet chocolate cake. [NME]

Super-Wealthy Rock Stars Are Allegedly Receiving Government Kickbacks
With all the turmoil around New York’s Occupy Wall Street protests today, a report from the office of Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn stating that stars like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Quincy Jones and Ted Turner have received federal subsidies strikes us as sort of a no-brainer, but interesting nonetheless. [The Daily Caller]

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by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Frank Ocean Is All Better And Playing New Songs In London

Frank Ocean Resumes His First Solo Tour And Plays New Songs
After being struck down by illness and cancelling the New York leg of his first solo tour, solo sensation Frank Ocean resumed the tour in London and played two new songs for his adoring fans. [Stereogum]

Dr. Dre Says He’s Taking A Break From Music
Those of you who are hopeful that Detox will be released during your lifetime might want to avert your eyes. In an interview with Fader at the opening of the Beats By Dre store in SoHo, New York, Dr.Dre revealed that he would be taking a break from music to spend more time with his family. [Fader]

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by (@kat_george)

Has She Lost Her Head? Gaga Parts Ways With Creative Director Laurieann Gibson (And Performs Without Her Head)

Billboard.biz has confirmed that Lady Gaga will no longer be working with her long time collaborator, creative director Laurieann Gibson. Gaga has been working with Gibson since she was signed to Interscope in 2007, and the creative director has been central in building the unique, sometimes controversial Gaga-aesthetic that has become so iconic in pop culture. With reports abounding that the two decided to split creatively after a “bitter fight,” we’re wondering how the divide will affect Gaga’s brand; although we do expect that Mother Monster won’t even skip a beat, being that her persona essentially has a life of its own.

The animosity between Lady Gaga and Gibson apparently stems from several comments made to the media by Gibson crediting Madonna as Gaga’s style inspiration. With Gaga working so hard to throw off these comparisons, Gibson’s comments created much tension, which was reportedly compounded by creative clashes over the “Judas” video, in which Gibson became upset with the Mother Monster over the use of religious iconography. Additionally, “The Edge Of Glory” also became the subject of creative clashes featuring Gibon’s conservative visions, hence the low-fi, seemingly very un-Gaga production. Now that we have this information, we’re hoping that the break-up will be beneficial for Gaga, and that the superstar performer will get back on her A game when it comes to music videos. We love Gaga and we prefer it when the pop-star is turning heads, so a return to her directional, experimental beginnings would be just grand — in short, we want our Gaga nice and weird!

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by (@unclegrambo)

SNL Sagely Notes That Adele’s “Someone Like You” Turns Everyone Into A Blubbering Mess

As big as Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” was, her follow-up single, “Someone Like You,” is in a position to become the most memorable song from 21. Whereas “Rolling In The Deep” was defiant in its tone, “Someone Like You”—which, we should mention, is currently the #1 song on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown—instead allows Adele (and, by natural extension, the listeners) to wallow a bit in the feelings of anguish, hurt and regret that come on the heels of a difficult breakup. Well, the writers of Saturday Night Live recognized the seismic emotional impact that the song has had on people of all ages, shapes and sizes (even Coldplay!), and devoted a whole sketch to it on this weekend’s show.

Warning: The sketch might make you laugh, it might make you cry, and it very well make you do both at the same time. It’s one of the most memorable sketches of the season to this point, not just because it’s built around a song that everyone knows and adores, but because it recognizes a fundamental truth in today’s culture—no matter who you are, “Someone Like You” packs one hell of an emotional wallop!—and spins it for comedic gold. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to go into the supply closet and have ourselves a good cry.

SNL Recap: Emma Stone and the Rules of Recurring Sketches [Splitsider]

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by (@kat_george)

Courtney Love Exercises Her Dirty Mouth And Disses Dave Grohl On Stage In Brazil

It wouldn’t be Monday morning without waking up to some deliciously NSFW antics from rock’s original angst princess, Hole frontwoman Courtney Love. This weekend at Brazil’s SWU Festival, Courtney mouthed off on stage after being provoked by an audience member holding up an image of her late husband and Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. The emaciated Courtney, mere millimeters away from slipping a nip, burst into an angry tirade, aggressively swearing and giving the finger to the fan who had so offended her in what we can only imagine was an attempt at honoring Cobain.

Spitting into the microphone, Courtney scathed, “You know, I don’t need to see a picture of Kurt, a–hole. And I’m going to have you f–king removed if you keep throwing that up. I’m not Kurt, I have to live with his f–king shit and his ghost and his kid every day. Throwing that up is stupid and rude and I’m going to beat the f–k out of you if you do it again.” Somehow, her rant turned to Dave Grohl and the politics of his relationship with Cobain when they were both in Nirvana. Seething, but with a half smirk on her face, Courtney declared, “Go see the f–king Foo Fighters and do that shit,” before flipping the audience a solid bird and storming off stage.

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