It’s Time To “Celebrate” In Jordin Sparks And Whitney Houston Video

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Whitney Houston may be missing from the “Celebrate” video, the last song she ever recorded, but her presence is felt. Jordin Sparks and Houston collaborated on “Celebrate” for their upcoming remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. Since Houston couldn’t appear in the video as originally planned, Sparks and her Sparkle co-stars turn “Celebrate” into a tribute to the one and only Whitney Houston. One can easily catch themselves snapping to the catchy upbeat tune. The dancing and laughing shown in video makes one want to have a celebration of their own. Whitney may not be present physically, but scenes from Sparkle show her just the way we’d like to remember her–happy! Read more…

Tuned In: Justin Bieber Surprises Fans with Post-Leno Singalong

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Last night on late night, Justin Bieber graced The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with an especially “swaggy” performance of Believe‘s first single, “Boyfriend.” Deep in album promo-mode, Bieber is getting good at this. Joined by both backup singers and dancers, Bieber seemed extra confident and you can hear the audience screaming throughout the entire thing.

The real show, though, came post-show, when the heart-throb stopped to greet the sea of fans waiting outside the studio. He waved and smiled from inside his van, and then — much to their delight — he treated them to an impromptu acoustic performance of “Boyfriend.”  Bieber’s love for the Beliebers was mutual, as everyone (save the man with the guitar) sang each and every word. Aww!
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Last Lap: The O Music Awards Begin TONIGHT!

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THE FLAMING LIPS KICK OFF THEIR RECORD BREAKING OUT
Tonight is the night! Tune in at 7 p.m. ET to OMusicAwards.com to watch as The Flaming Lips live as attempt to make history. [OMA]

KANYE WEST BOUGHT JAY-Z A VERY NICE FATHER’S DAY GIFT
Just the thing every new dad needs: a $34,000 gold skull. I think it’s a paperweight? [RapFix]

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R.Kelly Cancels Book Launch Due To Health Emergency

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R.Kelly Cancels Book Launch Event Because of health emergency

Its been a while since we’ve heard so much buzz surrounding R. Kelly’s career. Due to a “health emergency” Kelly canceled his book launch event scheduled for Wednesday night in NYC. His autobiography Soulacoaster debuts around the same time as his 11th studio album Write Me Back. Along with canceling the book launch event the Jimmy Fallon appearance and NBC’s Today Show performance were cancelled as well. According to TMZ, the Pied Piper’s reps said, “Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords.” No indication was given as to how long Kelly would be out of commission for his illness, but we’re sure he, more than anyone, wants to get back to work. His new album has been received fairly well by music critics calling it one of his better efforts in a long time. Professionally his illness couldn’t have come at a worse time, but there’s never a time better than the present to take care of one’s health. Read more…

Muse’s “Survival” Named The Theme Song For The 2012 Summer Olympics

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And the winner of the Official Song of the 2012 London Olympics is … British prog-rock trio Muse! Their new song, “Survivor,” will be played during sports sessions, as athletes enter stadiums, and before medal ceremonies. So, basically, all the time. They won’t get a medal for this big score, but they can rest assured that you, Olympic viewers, will have their song stuck on loop in your head between the opening ceremony on July 27th and the closing ceremony on August 12th.

According to Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, the song was written with the games in mind and is intended to “express a sense of conviction and determination to win.” It was scheduled to make its official radio debut tonight on BBC Radio tonight, but Warner Bros released the song on their official Soundcloud page today. Muse is also set to release their next album, The 2nd Law, in September. You can check out the dramatic preview for that album here.

Elsewhere, a list of songs Danny Boyle plans to use in the opening ceremony has leaked and it includes everything from Adele to Tinie Tempah to the Sex Pistols‘ anti-monarchist song “God Save the Queen.” A bit of punk, a bit of prog — let the games begin!

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Will Maroon 5′s Overexposed Debut At #1? Adam Levine And James Valentine Weigh Their Chances Vs. Bieber And Linkin Park

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Earlier today, Billboard revealed that teen icon Justin Bieber sold 374,000 copies of his new album, Believe, which makes it this year’s fastest selling album and the best debut since Drake moved 631,000 copies of Take Care back in November. When you consider the size of the Belieber Nation, though, this number feels a little light, which opens the doorway for a new act to debut at #1 next week.

The top contenders for next week’s crown are Maroon 5 and Linkin Park, both groups that have well-established fanbases and current hit on the charts (“Payphone” and “Burn It Down”, respectively). Industry bible HITS Daily Double has Linkin Park pegged to edge out Maroon 5 after one-day sales, but there’s still a long way to go in this race. When we caught up with Adam Levine and James Valentine on Monday, we asked them if reaching that milestone was one of their goals. (Watch their response in the video above.)

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Lady Gaga Sings About Death In Her Australia Debut Of “Princess Die”

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Like the popular saying, “One monkey don’t stop no show,” one country’s ban of her concert doesn’t stop Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball tour. On the Australian stop of her world tour she debuted “Princess Die,” which she tells screaming fans may or may not be on her next album. Before launching the melancholy tune she wrote, she gives a caveat that it’s “a little bit sad and it’s no way reflective of the music on the rest of the album, but it’s about some of the most deep and personal thoughts I’ve ever had.” Read more…

Lana Del Rey And A$AP Rocky Are The New Age Love Story In “National Anthem”

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She’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and briefly Marilyn Monroe. Lana Del Rey opens the Born to Die “National Anthem” video singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.” And who is Mr. President? A$AP Rocky smokes a cigar while toting a gold grill. In a bit of revisionist history LDR and Rocky are modern day Jackie O and JFK with two adorable kids. As Jackie Kennedy LDR reinvents the First Lady as one born in the generation of bling. Hence, “money is the anthem of success.” Read more…

B.o.B And Taylor Swift Do It For The Underdogs In Their New Video For “Both Of Us”

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If you were to take a quick glance at the Billboard Hot 100, you would have no idea that our country is still digging its way out from the biggest pile of economic rubble since the Great Depression. Now, that’s not to say that pop music needs to be anything other than escapist in nature, or that people should be turning to the radio when they feel the need to wallow in depression; after all, that’s what cable news is for! Rather, it’s more to note that most pop-leaning artists (and the labels that support them) have largely turned a blind eye to the recent woes of our country, certainly more so than, say, country-leaning artists have.

Enter B.o.B and Taylor Swift, who collaborated on the song “Both Of Us,” which is the third single of Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.’s latest LP, Strange Clouds. On an album chock full of supsterstar cameos —shout-out to Morgan Freeman!— this particular pairing on this particular pairing is nothing less than inspired. The song revolves around regular day folk undergoing hardships, like not having enough food in the fridge, or having to make the difficult choice between having their cars repossessed or paying their rent on time, and B.o.B’s hard scrabble rhymes are perfectly accentuated by Taylor’s uplifting lilt on the hook. It’s not exactly what most would describe as a “summer jam,” but truth be told, the way it stands in such contrast to today’s fluffier material is exactly what makes it stand out.

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“My Whole Life, I Don’t Know What This Song Means”: The Musical Legacy Of Nora Ephron

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Nora Ephron Music
After I heard that Nora Ephron, the author, director and screenwriter behind When Harry Met Sally (arguably the best movie ever), had died, I went into that brief mourning period that we all go through now that it’s 2012 and we mourn via blog memorials and Facebook statuses. I found clips from Sleepless in Seattle I hadn’t watched in years, and I listened to “Coming Around Again,” the song that provided the soundtrack to Heartburn, the film Ephron wrote in response to her divorce from Carl Bernstein.

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