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Aretha Franklin + Clive Davis On The Adele Cover That Set The World On Fire

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Last week Aretha Franklin reminded us that she’s still the Queen of Soul by dropping an incendiary rendition of Adele‘s torch song, “Rolling In The Deep.” Within hours the song had invaded social media, racking up more than a million views on YouTube and stoking the buzz for her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. Some accused the 72-year-old vocalist of relying on auto-tune and other studio tricks, but Ms. Franklin soon silenced the haters with a flawless performance on The Late Show With David Letterman.

The rapturous reception is a testament to the staying power of a performer whose career has endured for seven decades. At a listening party and panel discussion held at New York City’s elegant 92Y venue, VH1 sat down with the music monarch and her long-time collaborator, Sony Music Chief Creative Officer and industry icon Clive Davis, to discuss the new project, and how to make music that lasts.

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Fank You, Adele! Celebrate The YOK Vet’s 26th Birthday With This Adorable Throwback Interview

Six years ago, VH1 tapped a talented young English woman to become a You Oughta Know artist. Back then she was known as Adele Adkins, but todays she’s known all over the world as simply Adele: the gazillion-selling voice of passion, vulerability, emotional honesty, and soul. We met her when back when she had just dropped her debut, 19, watched with pride during the hysteria of her latest, 21, and today celebrate her 26th birthday!

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This Live From The Artists Den Performance Will Make You Want To Hug Adele For Hours

We  fell for Adele when she was chasing pavement back in 2008, and it seems like this British beauty is still running. She can crank out hit single after hit single, and she barely breaks a sweat. How DO you do it, woman?!  Aside from her catchy tunes, which have enough grit and passion to fill the seats in any (and every) music venue, this You Oughta Know alum gives performances that will knock your socks off – and this one is no exception. She’s wowed us many times before, included her heart-melting appearance on Unplugged, but that friends merely skims the surface.

While Adele’s heart-wrenching lyrics might put you into a lovesick tizzy and pull on your heavy heart, her smile, radiance and sensational riffs will bring you right back to where you need to be. Palladia is airing her full Live From The Artists Den concert Wednesday March 5 at 9/8C. We’ve got a sneak of the U.K. sensation rocking her hit “Rolling In The Deep” at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club in Santa Monica, CA. But before you press play, here’s a look back at the times Adele made us completely sob – and herself. Ya know, if you’re in the mood for wallowing in some glorious misery.

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Exclusive Sneak: Matt Nathanson Tackles Fellow You Oughta Know Alum Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”

If you were to poll the attendees of this week’s You Oughta Know In Concert and ask them who the evening’s MVP was, you’d most likely see the name Matt Nathanson on a majority of the ballots.

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For Crying Out Loud! 15 Singers Who’ve Worked Their Waterworks On Stage

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Wait a minute – singers are just like us?! You bet your right tear duct they are. From break-ups to make-ups, celebrities go through the same emotional roller coasters we do, and that includes bursting into tears every now and then. Chris Brown did it at the 2010 BET Awards, Katy Perry did it when she performed at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards and Adele, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez have also bawled their eyes out in public. Check out the total list of 15 stars caught crying their hearts out.

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