Ellen DeGeneres, Nascent Teenpop Mogul, Scores Again

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Ellen DeGeneres, music mogul? Get used to it. The onetime American Idol judge started a label, eleveneleven (an Interscope imprint), a year ago, to sign Youtube sensation Greyson Chance, just two weeks after he was discovered and appeared on her show. Now Chance is wrapping up a co-headlining tour with Australian teenpop star Cody Simpson, after releasing single “Waiting Outside the Lines” backed with studio versions of the Lady Gaga and Augustana covers that originally got Ellen’s attention.

Apparently, Chance’s success was no fluke. “Carry Me On,” the debut single from her second signee, 17-year-old Brit Tom Andrews (pictured above), hit #185 on the iTunes pop charts. Savannah Robinson, eleveneleven’s most recent signee, appeared on Ellen twice, the second time to duet with Jennifer Hudson. If YouTube teens are indeed the future of the music industry (Bieber, Chance, et al…), then Ellen DeGeneres has got the future on lock.

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Beyonc?’s Post-Apocalyptic “Run the World (Girls)” Video Is A Visual Smorgasbord Of Multiculturalism

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Who run the world?

Girls!

Beyonc?’s video for “Run the World (Girls)” premiered last night on American Idol, and it’s a fantastic melange of cultural influences, surpassing those of the the song. As the teaser suggested, the video depicts Beyonc? and her girl-gang facing off against a gang of men clad in riot gear. The aesthetics are Australian post-apocalyptic (or, at least, Road Warrior via “California Love”), but transplanted to Africa and sprinkled with “Arabian” (that is, Middle Eastern through Western eyes) elements?maybe not quite the Dance of the Seven Veils, exactly, but certainly Cleopatra.

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What’s The Significance of Jay-Z’s New Haircut?

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At left: Jay-Z attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala on May 2. At right: Jay-Z performing at the Adult Swim upfronts on May 18.

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Just because they’re married doesn’t mean that Jay-Z and Beyonc? use the same methods of promoting their music!

As a guest mentor on last night’s American Idol, Beyonc? debuted her new video for “Run The World (Girls)” live from Los Angeles (more on that to follow).?Shortly after the show, her album cover conveniently leaked via New York’s Hot 97 News correspondent and blogger extraordinaire, Miss Info. But on the other side of the country, hubby Jay-Z discretely revealed some album information of his own…

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Matthew Morrison Aims To Avoid Becoming The Mr. Belding Of William McKinley High

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We’re not even two weeks into the run of Big Morning Buzz Live and already we’ve talked to some amazing people: The Mortal Instruments star Lily Collins, Parks & Recreation’s Nick Offerman, and now, everyone’s favorite Glee club leader, Matthew Morrison! After he spoke to our own Carrie Keagan on-air, we managed to steal a few minutes of his time, during which we peppered him with questions about what’s going to happen when William McKinley High students like Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) start graduating (“The only thing I hope is that I don’t end up being like Mr. Belding on Saved By The Bell“) and his eponymous new album (“The best part of the experience for me was working with Sting, Gwyneth [Paltrow] and Elton [John]‘). Gleeks, these two interviews are for you!

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Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream Is Unstoppable

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The indefatigable Katy Perry has been a fixture in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 since “California Gurls” was released over a year ago, and if “E.T.” can remain in the top ten for three more weeks (which, despite slipping this week from #2 to #3, is likely) her record-breaking reign will continue into the summer: June 6 will see the release of the fifth single off Teenage Dream, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” for which a video has been shot and artwork (the brace-face double-portrait above) has been released. Read more…

Sneak Peek: Cee Lo Looks Forward to the Weekend on Storytellers

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Storytellers: Cee Lo Green airs this Friday night at 11 p.m. ET/PT, but we’ve got the perfect sneak peek: Cee Lo‘s rocking performance of his “working-class hero” party single, “Bright Lights, Bigger City,” from 2010′s The Lady Killer. (Don’t worry, the story is in there?he tells it after the performance.) Rolling Stone is also excited for the Friday premiere. Read more…

Strong Debuts Are No Match For Adele’s Sales

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The Lonely Island‘s Turtleneck and Chain came closest, at #3, but none of this past week’s album releases posed a real challenge to the continued chart dominance of Adele. Her 21 is #1 for the eighth of its twelve weeks on the chart, thanks in part to the continued success of “Rolling in the Deep,” which itself finally hit #1 on the Hot 100 last week after 17 weeks climbing the chart. Not even Lady Gaga‘s “Edge of Glory” (in at #2) could topple it this week. In its second chart week, Now 38 also outsold Turtleneck and Chain. Christina Perri‘s and Tyler, the Creator‘s debut LPs round out the top five.

Aside from the one-two punch of Adele and Lady Gaga, the top of the singles chart is mostly full of songs that have peaked but remain popular (excepting Pitbull‘s “Give Me Everything” and the Black Eyed Peas‘ “Just Can’t Get Enough”). And the two women are likely to continue to battle for the top of the chart, especially once Born This Way is released. So the bump in digital sales that has temporarily boosted the industry is largely due to the success of female artists, as Chris Molanphy explained last week for the Village Voice‘s Sound of the City blog.

From Savvy To Annoying: The Complete Guide To The 11-Month Marketing Campaign For Lady Gaga’s Born This Way

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Welcome to the future: “Electric Chapel,” another new song from Lady Gaga‘s impending Born This Way is available?but only if you play the Gaga-themed FarmVille spinoff, GagaVille (or “find” it from someone who has). Meanwhile, if you play the word “CHAPEL” in a game of Words with Friends, you will be entered to win a Lady Gaga sweepstakes. It’s all part of a bizarre promotion that teams Gaga, Clear Channel, and Facebook- and smartphone-game developers Zynga:

Players who execute Gaga-themed quests in GagaVille will unlock the iHeartRadio player, enabling them to stream songs from ?Born This Way? exclusively in FarmVille, which they will hear before anyone else.

How did we get to this point? Born This Way will be released in five days, but it feels like we’ve been waiting FOREVER for it, thanks mainly to the relentless Gaga hype machine. Of course, some of the marketing of this project has been straightforward, or typical, or even accidental. But some of it has been completely bizarre! Here’s our look back at the ups and downs of the Born This Way promotional cycle —which kicked off way back on June 21, 2010— and our levels of annoyance with her promotional tactics, measured by our new creation, the Gaga-Mometer™.

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Death Cab for Cutie Bring “You Are a Tourist” to Fallon

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Our friends over at Stereogum alerted us to the fact that Death Cab for Cutie appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday to promote the May 31st release of their seventh studio album, Codes and Keys. Their taped television performance of single “You Are a Tourist” probably felt like the easiest thing in the world after the live, one-take taping of the ambitious music video. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Walla is particularly assured in this performance?perhaps because over the fourteen years Death Cab for Cutie have been a band, he?s learned to become not just a player, but a performer, or perhaps just because his vocals were louder than usual in the mix. Either way, it was a treat.

For their online-only performance (streamable below) the band reached deep into their back catalog for “Title Track” from 2000′s We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes. Don’t forget to check out our preview of the band’s appearance on Storytellers, and tune in to VH1 for the entire performance on Friday, May 27 at 11pm ET/PT.

You Oughta Know Live: Lissie Takes on Lady Gaga

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When we told you that You Oughta Know artist Lissie had come to VH1 to play a You Oughta Know Live set, we hinted that she included one of her reworked covers, like maybe Metallica‘s “Nothing Else Matters” or Kid Cudi‘s “Pursuit of Happiness,” into her set. However, it wasn’t either of those songs that she actually performed. Rather, it was her subdued yet emotional take on Lady Gaga‘s “Bad Romance” that made the cut. Backed by lead guitarist Eric Sullivan and bassist Lewis Keller (with a three-piece drumset he played with foot pedals), Lissie powered through a four-song set, led by her single “When I’m Alone.” Watch “Bad Romance” above, and check out the whole set exclusively on VH1.com.