Tuned In: Emeli Sandé Shines With “Wonder” On Today Show

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You Oughta Know artist Emeli Sandé won Olympic glory before the games even began with her stunning Olympic opening ceremony performance, but stateside viewers missed it, because the NBC broadcast cut the segment for reasons that still aren’t entirely clear. This morning, the network made up for it by inviting the opening ceremony star to the Today Show‘s Olympic Village set-up for a quick chat and to sing a brand new song. “The sun’s shining, we are in the amazing Olympic Village, and we are full of wonder,” she said before jumping into the triumphant “Wonder.” Her voice buoyed by soul and her hair swooped high with hope, she claimed her spotlight, singing confidently, “I am full of light, yes I am full of wonder.” And truly she is. This was the perfect song to lead-off this last weekend of the games, because even we, who are not competing, were left feeling inspired.

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Music Video Premiere: Delta Rae, “Morning Comes”

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Delta Rae‘s new music video for “Morning Comes,” the second single off the band’s new(ish) Carry The Fire LP, begins in a fairly non-descript manner: a solitary man, wearing a ratty white button-down, appears in the frame and adjusts his skinny black tie. He’s got a pained look on his face, and it’s not quite clear what he’s getting dressed up for (Another sad day at the office? A funeral of a loved one?). However, the video kicks into gear just as the chorus does, and all of a sudden, what we thought was a sparsely decorated room in the middle of nowhere turns out to be set on a beach.

At this point, the video transforms into a combination of ABC’s Wipeout, “Bittersweet Symphony” and an OK Go production. The man, who we learn is Delta Rae singer Eric Holljes, strides purposefully toward the camera while being made to suffer a number of indignities at the hands of his bandmates: He gets sand thrown in his face, gets pummeled by a pair of puget sticks, pushed into a shallow sand grave and buried with bouncy balls, and sprayed with fire extinguishers (to name just a few of his obstacles). Importantly, he does so with a huge grin on his face (and no cuts by the camera).

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Last Lap: Jay-Z And Beyonce Raked In $40 Million Last Year, Are Named The Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple

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BILLS, BILLS, BILLS NO MORE: JAY-Z AND BEYONCE HAVE TAKEN THE THRONE
Forbes has anointed Jay and Bey the Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple this year, having earned a cool $40 million between them in music sales alone. [Idolator]

THE OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE “THE GREATEST AFTER-PARTY IN THE WORLD”
Medals have been awarded and heroes have been made, but the end is nearing and now the rumors start spinning: the music director for the the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony says Sunday’s event will include 20 British artists performing 30 pieces of music, “like spinning plates and they’re all on fire.” Among in those 20 acts? Almost definitely Muse, Kate Bush if we’re lucky, and probably not Ed Sheeran but definitely not Pink Floyd. And please, please, puh-lease someone make sure the Spice Girls are there. [NME]

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Keeping Up With Drake’s Drama Over Executive Producer Creds For Aaliyah’s Posthumous Album

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A Timeline of Drake and Aaliyah Drama

Unintentionally, Drake has started quite the sh*tstorm over his executive producer aspirations of Aaliyah‘s posthumous album. Drake’s obsession, we mean admiration, of Aaliyah as an artist runs deep, so deep he inked her face on his back last year. Before the drama surrounding the veracity of the upcoming album he’s EP’ing, he’d big up his favorite artist in interviews. The name dropping was not only an ode to the fallen angel, but a precursor to all of the back and forth about whether or not Drake will have anything to do with Aaliyah’s new music, and if he really has the family’s blessing. If you’re having a hard time keeping up with it all, here’s a timeline of what we know so far. Read more…

Jordin Sparks Praises Whitney Houston For Being Down-To-Earth And Cool Despite Her ‘Supernova Superstar’ Status

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In an ideal world we’d celebrate Whiney Houston‘s legacy every day. On her 49th birthday today we’re obviously grooving to the 11 videos of her No. 1 hits. As we dance as much as we can in our chairs to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” we also think about how loved Whitney was by her fans and everyone that knew her. We chatted with Jordin Sparks about working with Whitney on Sparkle. She reveled in Whitney’s ability to light up a room any room she walked in. The two formed a bond on the set of 1976 remake of Sparkle, which debuts August 17th, and led to the duet “Celebrate.” Read more…

Artists As Executives: Young Jeezy Joins The Atlantic Records Staff

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Over the last few weeks, Executive Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records Mike Caren has been making noise about a new Director position open in his department. While news of the Urban/Rhythmic-focused gig spread through re-tweets and industry word-of-mouth, it appears a different role in Atlantic’s A&R department was also up for grabs: Senior Vice President.

Late last night, Atlanta DJ Greg Street of V103 announced over the air that Jeezy was joining forces with Atlantic Records; not added to their artist roster, the Snow Man would instead be considered an addition to their staff, lending his expertise to Mike Caren’s A&R group by landing the role of Senior VP.

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“Lights” Hits #2 On The Billboard And Now “Anything Could Happen” For Ellie Goulding

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Though hanging tough in the top ten of our own Song of the Summer competition, Ellie Goulding‘s “Lights” has finally broached the top of the Billboard 100 charts. Sure, the effervescent “Lights” has been out for almost two years now, and is so popular in England that she got to serenade Kate and Will at their royal wedding and gets to date Skrillex. But after two years of rise, and held off from the tippy-top only by the indelible “Call Me Maybe,” it seems only reasonable that we go ahead and call “Lights” what it is: a hit.

But Goulding is moving on. Her sophomore album Halcyon is due out in October, and today she debuted and perfectly named lead single, “Anything Could Happen.” A bit more thumping but still swaddled in shimmery synth, “Anything Could Happen” shows off Goulding’s optimism and also a new, soulful edge to her voice that we haven’t heard in her other stuff. It’s a little different, but in a good way. And really, with “Lights” making the final push to the top and with Halcyon on the horizon, all eyes are on Goulding. Anything could happen.

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Who Rocked “Ghetto Baby” Better: Lana Del Rey Or Cheryl Cole?

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Lana Del Rey and Cheryl Cole "Ghetto Baby"

“Come on over ghetto baby, drop it like it’s hot girl,” Cheryl Cole and Lana Del Rey sing. Lana Del Rey is the latest victim to have her music leaked on the mean streets of the Internet. The expanded “Paradise” edition of Born to Die is due in November, but four new LDR songs recently leaked, including her version of “Ghetto Baby.” Originally penned by LDR, she gifted British singer Cheryl Cole with the song for Cole’s A Million Lights album. Although we’re not quite sure what a ghetto baby actually is, Cheryl’s version has a drum pattern that invokes a slight head nod. If we had to choose the potential dance worthy track, it’d be Cheryl’s. Read more…

P!nk’s Is Putting Everyone To Work On Her New Album: Eminem And Fun. Join The Mix

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Anticipation for P!nk’s The Truth About Love keeps growing and growing. We’ve already adopted the album’s first single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” as our break-up anthem and gone giddy over the news that expectant mother Lily Allen and P!nk’s cute daughter Willow will be featured on the album. And today, the word gets better still because Eminem and Nate Ruess of fun. have joined the mix, as well! Babies, rockers and rappers — is there no one P!nk can’t work with? Lily Allen, Eminem and fun. — is there no one P!nk is not not working with. Read more…

We Will Always Love You: Celebrating Whitney Houston’s 49th Birthday With No. 1 Hits’ Videos

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Whitney Houston's 49th Birthday

Whitney Houston would have celebrated her 49th birthday today. Six months after her sudden death and we’re still coping with the loss of a tremendous once-in-a-lifetime vocal talent. On her born day we’re going to celebrate the life she lived through her music. Her flawless voice carried her hit singles to the top of Billboard charts, breaking records once held by only The Beatles and The Bee Gees. Through Whitney’s incomparable gift she touched millions. Whether it was the uptempo feel good “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” or the love ballad “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney’s beautiful spirit shined through and made us feel as bright of a star as she was.  Enjoy the videos to her 11 No. 1 hits. Happy Birthday, Whitney!

Song: “Saving All My Love For You”
Released: August 24, 1985
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

Song: “How Will I Know”
Released: December 28, 1985
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “Greatest Love Of All”
Released: April 5, 1986
Peak Position: #1 for 3 weeks

Song: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
Released: May 16, 1987
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”
Released: August 8, 1987
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “So Emotional”
Released: November 12, 1987
Peak Position: #1 for 3 weeks

Song: “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”
Released: November 14, 1992
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “I’m Your Baby Tonight”
Released: October 27, 1990
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

Song: “All The Man That I Need”
Released: January 5, 1991
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

Song: “I Will Always Love You”
Released: November 14, 1992
Peak Position: #1 for 14 weeks

Song: “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”
Released: November 25, 1995
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

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