12 Days Of DIVAS: Jessica Simpson, Gladys Knight and Joss Stone Harness The Power Of Imagination

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One more night of sleep until VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul airs on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT! The show will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies.

For the past 12 days, we’ve been reliving DIVAS past in order to get into the DIVAS spirit, including hot numbers from Jill Scott, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer (twice!), Mariah Carey and more. So now that it’s the final day of our DIVAS countdown, it’s time for one last trip down memory lane, courtesy of Jessica Simpson, Gladys Knight and Joss Stone. Back in 2004, they performed the stone classic “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination”, and the three women are radiant, powerful and fierce as they sing the independent woman anthem. There’s a generous helping of soul and funk as the women harmonize to the sounds of a live band — these are three beautiful women you probably wouldn’t want to mess with!

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will premiere exclusively on VH1 on Monday, December 19, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

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Behind The Scenes At Rehearsals For VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul [PHOTOS]

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VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul is set to air this Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT, only on VH1. Yesterday was the first day of rehearsals at midtown Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and we here at VH1 Tuner were the only people on hand to not only catch some of the biggest names in music practicing their big numbers, but also spending some quality time bonding. Our ace photographer, Lauren Deiman, grabbed the following shots of stars like Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine fame), Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, current You Oughta Know artist Sharon Jones, Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle, Ledisi, and last but by no means least, Motown legend Martha Reeves.

We can’t wait for you to see the whole show, it’s gonna be AMAZING. But for now, here’s a sneak peek at the this year’s outstanding DIVAS show.

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12 Days Of DIVAS: Destiny’s Child Turn It “Upside Down”

by (@kat_george)

We’re creeping closer still to VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul airing on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and we’re starting to get the pre-day jitters! The show will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies.

For the past 11 days, we’ve been feeling the soul of DIVAS by revisiting performances from DIVAS past, including Jill Scott, Beyoncé, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston and more. Today, we’ve giving you another dose of destiny, with Destiny’s Child performing Diana Ross“Upside Down,” and yep, they’re still in those amazing matching-but-slightly-different gold lame outfits that defined the year 2000. It’s pretty exciting to see Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland take the lead and shine (both literally and figuratively) way back when they were still part of a four-piece, and great to see the girls taking it to the audience. The performance is full of funk and synchronized hip popping, and is making us not only nostalgic for the DIVAS of yesteryear, but excited for the DIVAS of the future.

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will premiere exclusively on VH1 on Monday, December 19, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

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Last Lap: Brian Wilson Is Back With The Beach Boys And They’re Going On Tour (Breathe, Don’t Wet Your Pants)

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Brian Wilson Is Back With The Beach Boys And They’re Going On Tour
Yep, you heard right. Brian Wilson is reuniting with The Beach Boys and they’re going to tour in 2012. We know it’s exciting, but try not to wet yourself. [Flavorwire]

Etta James Is Tragically Terminally Ill
The voice that launched a thousand ships (we just made that up then, but it makes sense), Etta James, is facing terminal leukemia and dementia at age 73. Our best wishes go out to Etta and her family. [Rolling Stone]

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Adele Is The Most Ever, Selling More Digital Copies Of “Rolling In The Deep” Than Any Song In History

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We officially declare 2011 the year of Adele (as if there was even any question in the first place!). Not only has she made the “top” and “best” lists of both critics and the industry, but she’s also been a favorite with audiences globally, dominating the charts and generally just being played and gushed over absolutely everywhere. As if all the Grammy nominations and accolades weren’t enough, Adele has also made the record of most digital sales in a calendar year for “Rolling In The Deep,” selling more than any song in digital history — 5,572,000 copies so far, to be exact! Of course, there’s still a few weeks left in the year, but nothing short of a freak occurrence could topple Adele, as second place holder, LMFAO‘s “Party Rock Anthem” is still way behind the singer-songwriter, having sold (only?) 4,878,000 copies.

Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” Sold More Digital Copies Than Any Song Ever [Idolator]

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4 Fantasy Artist Collaborations We Want To See Become Real In 2012

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2011 was the year of Watch The Throne, the universally hyped phenomenon that took on a life of its own. Yes, it was ‘just’ an album, but how could it have been any less than Biblical with Hov and the prodigal son joining forces for one of the biggest hip hop collaborations in history? The epic collab has got us thinking, as it seems like one really isn’t enough these days (unless you’re Beyoncé, of course) to keep public interest piqued for long, so the high-profile are increasingly joining forces with the high-profile, wingman-ing each other for the hits. After all, doesn’t everyone need a Goose? We’ve put together some of our favorite superstars for the mindboggling collaborations we’d like to see come to fruition in 2012 (hint, hint!).

Lana Del Rey and Nicki Minaj
We already know Nicki Minaj loves a good collaboration, and from what we’ve seen of Lana Del Rey so far, our suspicion tell us her “machine” have the buzz artist pegged for super stardom. Collaborating with LDR would give Nicki the kind of edge she got from “Monster” while for LDR the partnership would open her up to a whole new — not to mention powerful — army of fans/Barbz. We’re imagining this as super dark and sexy with a muddy bass line; lyrically, it would be largely Lana crooning about doing filthy things with her dirt bag lover and having her heart broken, while Nicki’s verse would be a no-holds barred, expletive laden, grimy scratching on Lana’s melancholy. It would probably only be a suitable formula for one song, but we’re anticipating it would be a cross-genre hit, captivating mainstream audiences and the more subversively inclined simultaneously.

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Shearer’s Spotlight: Jim’s Top 10 Albums Of 2011

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Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Your regularly scheduled Top 20 Video Countdown show is on a break until 2012, but be sure to tune into the Top 40 Videos of 2011 tomorrow evening when it airs on VH1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. This week Jim gives us his top 10 albums of 2011.

10.) Love & Rockets, Vol. 1: The Transformation, Murs
Sometimes Murs’ albums have the propensity of being too laid back, but on Love & Rockets he strikes a nice balance, weaving between more chilled out tracks like “Remember 2 Forget” and heavier callouts like “Let’s Go.” The highlight of the album though is its closing track “Animal Style,” the boldest hip-hop song I’ve heard about homosexuality (which sadly, is traditionally never discussed in hip-hop).

9.) The Road From Memphis, Booker T. Jones
Indeed, this is the same Booker T. from Booker T. & the MG’s, an outfit responsible for making one of the greatest instrumentals in modern music: “Green Onions.” Jones’ trademark Hammond organ licks backed by The Roots’ rhythm section and legendary funk/soul guitarist, Dennis Coffey, play out splendidly on the all-too-fun covers of Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything,” Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” and Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend.” And not to diss, but Lou Reed’s collaboration with Jones on “The Bronx” sounds better than anything he did with Metallica this year.

8.) Watch The Throne, Kanye West & Jay Z
At the beginning of 2011 word on the street was that Kanye West & Jay Z were going to release an album together, while Dr. Dre was set to put out the final recording of his stellar career. I was skeptical of both, but at year’s end I’m happy to say we did get a solid debut from hip-hop’s premiere super-group, although I’m still waiting for Dre’s Detox, which is quickly, or slowly, becoming hip-hop’s version of Chinese Democracy.

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12 Days Of DIVAS: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Perform “Crazy On You” With Ann And Nancy Wilson Of Heart

by (@kat_george)

So close! VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul is set to air on VH1 on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and our excitement is palpable. The show will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and other lovely ladies. For the past 10 days we’ve been getting in the DIVAS mood by revisiting performances from DIVAS past including Jill Scott, Beyoncé, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer (twice!), a duet between Joss Stone and Gladys Knight, Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey.

Today, for the 10th day of DIVAS, we’re going back one year and finding ourselves in the midst of rock’n’roll heaven. In a cacophony of live instruments and piercing voices, You Oughta Know artists Grace Potter & The Nocturnals perform “Crazy On You” with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. The performance is a high octane, rock-driven spectacle, with Potter and Wilson’s voices cutting through the stratosphere in the way that only legendary rock voices can. Not to mention the girl power overload (and doesn’t Grace look adorable in that flatter style party dress?).

VH1 DIVAS Celebrates Soul will premiere exclusively on VH1 on Monday, December 19, 2011, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

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Tuned In: Robin Thicke Performs A Pertinent “Love After War” On Leno

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Robin Thicke‘s “Love After War,” is pretty clearly about a relationship, although the title is rather pertinent following the end of the Iraq War yesterday. Last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Robin Thicke performed the sexy song — and we think if his voice was reincarnated as a physical thing it would be bedroom eyes. (Speaking of bedroom eyes, why are you hiding them with those sunglasses at night, Robin?) Either way, his performance of the title track off his new LP was vibrant, and Thicke laid on the signature charm that has all the ladies swooning, as we saw at his live show in New York last week.

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