Adam Lambert Gives Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way” Some Love In Cape Town

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Adam Lambert left fabulous glamor all over the stage in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday night. Dressed in all black–leather pants, tank top and vest–Lambert energetically performed song after song from Trespassing for the sold out show. He surprised fans with a cover of Lenny Kravitz‘s “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” His powerful voice sent the crowd into a screaming frenzy. Read more…

The Music Of Nashville Episode 6: Music City Cougars And SUV Moms

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Nashville Music Episode 6
I’m the kind of person that needs to make comparisons. It’s probably annoying to other people, but I need to just have a frame of reference for some things, so I’m going to say this, and then let you all agree or tear it apart: last night on Nashville, while watching Avery (Jonathan Jackson) perform the song, “Kiss” — at last, a solo on this show that is really, really great! — at the club where he was being scouted/seduced, I got a little bummed out that he wouldn’t be portraying Jeff Buckley in the upcoming biopic, Greetings From Tim Buckley. I don’t doubt Penn Badgley will do a decent job in the role (OR DO I?) but watching Jackson finally get some screen time of his own to showcase his voice was an unexpected pleasure, and if you combine the sweet desperation in his voice with the intensity behind his up-to-no-good eyes, I feel like I’d rather hear him sing Buckley’s songs and play that tortured soul than Badgely. But we don’t need him typecast as the tortured soul, Avery emanates enough of that to last a career to be honest, and he’s on my bad side now that he’s slept with that no-good Music City cougar, Marilyn Rhodes. (Music City Cougars! Coming this fall to CMT!)

(Off topic, the character bio for Avery reads “Avery’s a dead sexy East Nashville hipster with tons of talent—and the swagger to match.” Now that I’ve cut and pasted that, let’s never speak of it again.)
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Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys and More Team Up For 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert

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Always one to lend a hand to a good cause, Bruce Springsteen did his part to help Hurricane Sandy victims earlier this month when he performed during NBC’s Hurricane Sandy telethon; and because need remains, he and some of the biggest names in music are saddling up once again. When Springsteen reaches the Pearly Gates, the elevator’s going straight up.

On December 12th — or, 12.12.12 — The Boss and his E Street Band will join Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who for a night of live music at Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, an organization that provides money, material and know-how to local groups that are serving families and individuals in the tri-state area who have been left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The holidays are upon us, the weather is getting colder and there are still plenty of people in need — perhaps you would like to lend a hand and hear some good tunes (fingers crossed, Kanye re-up’s “Clique” re-up with Bruce and Billy Joel) while you’re at it? Visit 121212concert.org for more details and information.

12.12.12. The Concert For Sandy Relief [BruceSpringsteen]

The Las Vegas Strip Literally Closes Down As A Horse Stampede Announces Shania Twain’s Arrival To Caesars Palace

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Just today, the beautiful and talented and very missed Shania Twain made her arrival to Caesars Palace on the Vegas Strip, where she’ll be starting a residency at The Colosseum. And to add to the spectacle that is Vegas, she made said entrance ON HORSEBACK. That’s right, the normally very busy Vegas strip stripped down their traffic patterns (get it?) to allow Shania and a cavalcade of 40 horses to clomp their way toward Caesars Palace.

Says Yahoo!:

“Still The One” blasted on speakers as Twain stepped onto a temporary outdoor stage near fountains made famous by events including daredevil Evel Knievel’s motorcycle crash during a stunt on New Year’s Eve 1967.

Basically, if you’re in Vegas and you hear ANY Shania being blasted, you follow the sound of her perfect voice and you might just find her atop a galloping steed. Weirdly, this is something I’ve always known to be true in my heart.

The only thing missing here is Shania’s signature cowboy hat, but as the crossover country artist has already dominated the pop charts for so many years, perhaps she’s allowed to forgo it at this point. Her start at Caesars is a nice new beginning for the singer who after much of her success, ended up in a painful divorce that led her to write an upsetting memoir and star on a short-lived reality show on Oprah’s network OWN. Now, with the promise of back-to-back dates at The Colosseum and the support of the slew of hits that originally brought her to such great heights, Shania’s Still The One show is the perfect entertainment for groups of vacationing BFFs and (The World’s Best) bachelorette parties.

But let’s get back to the horses. Shania’s never looked better than when atop a steed who is, in turn, standing on top of a red carpet:

Has anyone ever looked better atop a horse? I don’t think so.

Is “People Like Us” Kelly Clarkson’s “Born This Way”?

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At last, the third of Kelly Clarkson‘s three new songs from her forthcoming Greatest Hits–Chapter One, out November 19th, has leaked. First came the gripping “Catch My Breath,” then “No Rush,” a slow burning duet with country OG Vince Gill; and today “People Like Us,” a throbbing outsiders anthem, makes three. Clarkson’s catalog is not short this sort of inspiro-pop songs — “Stronger,” “Breakaway,” and we thought “Catch My Breath” was pretty inspiring, for three — but “People Like Us” finds Clarkson cuing her inner Lady Gaga and belting “Born This Way” levels of encouragement.

Let’s listen:

Kelly Rowland Melts The “Ice” In New Video

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A switch of the hips is all it takes for Kelly Rowland to get things hot enough to melt ice. The new video for “Ice,” the first single off of Rowland’s Year of the Woman, which is due out next year, is a visual indeed. The warm-toned clip features the former Destiny’s Child girl grown and in but a sliver of an outfit (that may or may not have been leftover from the “Survivor” video), gyrating in pool of water and in an ice cooler. Her collaborator, Lil Wayne, shows up eventually, but only as a pair of blue bejeweled lips. And then of course there is an ice cube, but it’s not for long in the sweltering heat Rowland’s worked up.

 

Let’s have a look.

Ellen DeGeneres Talks To Rihanna’s Vagina

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Everyone except the 150 media people traveling with  Rihanna on her #777tour are brewing with jealousy today. If you’re one of  Rihanna’s 26 million Twitter followers, or read any entertainment site on the Internet, you’re aware of the promo Rihanna and her team put together for her 7th album, Unapologetic. VH1 has a front row seat to the 7 days, 7 cities, 7 shows extravaganza; and today Rihanna hopped on the plane to say hello to the press in a way that only Rihanna would. “Theres an emergency. Code 777. Everybody buckle up your seat belts! LETS GET DRUUUNK!” she said over the plane’s intercom. Read more…

Big Boi Previews Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors In Brooklyn

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Last night Big Boi previewed a handful of songs from Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors at a Def Jam hosted event Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, Def Jam hosted a preview for the album. The crowd milled as Big Boi’s Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty spun on loop, jumping to attention only once the evening’s host, DJ Cutmaster Swift, turned it over to Outkast classics — “ATLiens,” “Rosa Parks,” “B.O.B.” — to get the crowd hyped while we waited on the cause de celebre. Big Boi showed up just as “SpottieOttieDopalicious” wrapped, in a camo jacket and with a heavy looking medallion hung around his neck, and and ready to perform six or so of the 17 tracks that made the his album with him. All said and done, we left with the sense that Vicious Lies album will be every bit as funky and danceable as Sir Lucious, but that it also might harken back to his days as the rap happy half of Outkast. Read more…

The Game Has Umpteen Features On His Forthcoming Jesus Piece Album, Listen As He Rattles Them Off

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The Game‘s Jesus piece has a Jesus piece. Seriously, folks. Not everyone is happy with the cover art for his upcoming fifth studio album Jesus Piece, but his peers seem incredibly comfortable with the project judging by the gaggle of rappers, singers and comedians he has courted for guest appearances. Well, no one can accuse Game of fear of being out shined on his own album. When Game (entourage in tow) stopped by the VH1 offices, we thought it’d be fun to find out if he could rattle off all the features off the top of his head. Get comfortable because this may take a minute. Read more…