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As I wrap up another season full of moving, sassy, romantic, and knee-slappingly funny music moments at TV Jukebox, I’ve been excited to single out some amazing tunes by new-to-me acts: Brooklyn’s sultry-spooky duo Ms Mr, soulful piano balladeer Sara Jackson-Holman, L.A. poppers Milo Greene, and singer-songwriter Adam Agin, to name a few. That said, I realized after taking stock of the nearly 300 songs I name-checked this past season that there were a few surprising omissions.
Perhaps these songs were too big or (more likely) expensive for their own good. Then again, that didn’t stop »
- Lanford Beard
It wasn't just teary-eyed viewers who were left speechless after Kellie Pickler's flawless, dramatic freestyle performance with Derek Hough on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars finals. The country starlet herself was also at a loss for words. "I just feel like I let all of my walls down and I just got out there and just did my little dance," Pickler, 26, told People backstage after her performance. "I just let myself go. There was a freedom, in a sense, that I felt. I really don't even know how to put it into words. Regardless of what happens tomorrow, »
- Dahvi Shira
Carole King is about to be feted with one of the music world's most prestigious honors. The 71-year-old singer-songwriter will receive the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in a ceremony at the White House, the first time a female artist has nabbed the accolade. President Barack Obama will bestow the award in the East Room on May 22 and along with First Lady Michelle Obama host a concert that will feature performances by King as well as Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, James Taylor, Trisha Yearwood and Emeli Sandé. King shot to fame in 1971 with her album Tapestry, which ruled the charts for nearly four months, won her four Grammy Awards, and held the record for »
“Either way, we’re gonna celebrate tonight.”
With six simple words, Kree Harrison summed up what most American Idol fans have been feeling for the last fortnight. I mean, seriously, once we got down to what Loleatta Holloway once referred to as “the reeeeeallll nitty gritty” of the competition — by which I mean a righteous Top 3 of Candice Glover, Kree and third-place finisher Angie Miller — how could you really be too upset about where the chips ended up falling?
Oh sure, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe stacked the Top 20 deck with powerhouse ladies and guys with questionable voter appeal in his »
- Michael Slezak
Some of the biggest names in entertainment will collide at the 2013 Bet Awards! Did your favorites make the cut?
Chris Brown is practically a staple of the Bet Awards at this point, so it was only fitting to have the singer on-hand May 14 for the announcement of the 2013 Bet Award nominees. The Chris Tucker-hosted ceremony takes place June 30 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, and now, we know exactly who we’ll see there!
Bet Awards Nominees — Full List:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
2 Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie
French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – Pop That »
- Andy Swift
"Jay watched it, and he was fantastic. He and Swizz were talking. I'm like, 'What are they talking about?' And at the end, [Jay-z] said, 'This story is not about how Jay Gatsby made his money; it's is he a good person or not?'"
He continued: "He totally nailed that the book was aspirational. That the book was really about, if you've got a cause, you can move towards a green light. That you don't reach it isn't the point; that you aspire is."
Baz Luhrmann's eagerly-anticipated The Great Gatsby opens in North American cinemas this coming Friday (May 10th) ahead of a UK release next week, and to get you in the mood we've got the full soundtrack embedded below for your listening pleasure (if you're in the States, that is) courtesy of Rdio.
The Great Gatsby is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) —and soon enough, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.
Also featuring in the film are Carey Mulligan (Shame), Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Isla Fisher (Bachelorette) and Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), while the soundtrack includes the likes of Beyonce, André 3000, Lana Del Ray and Florence + The Machine. Check out the full track listing, »
- Flickering Myth
Spoiler ahead! After a results show featuring performances by Emeli Sandé and Jason Derulo — plus Derek Hough dancing on the freakin’ ceiling! — the seventh couple of season 16 has been booted from the ballroom. Week 8′s eliminated dancers are….
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff were “not necessarily in the bottom two” with Sean and Peta. Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough were also “in jeopardy.” So pretty much that means nothing. We only know who’s out.
Did the right couple go?
Stay tuned for my recap later on. Here it is!
In the meantime, EW.com »
- Annie Barrett
Tonight, Ryan solemnly tells us, the stakes are incredibly high, as the lowest vote-getter won’t get the Hometown Hero Visit. Our fourth-place finisher will of course be going home, but she’ll be shunned and vilified by their communities, as tradition dictates. And honestly, it could go any of four different ways tonight; each finalist has her own unique brand, each one gives a clear impression of what kind of artist she wants to be — it’s a toss-up. A toss-up that is branded and product-placed up to its eyeballs. The show opens with the gals doing their own version of Emeli Sandé’s own version of what Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” would sound like if it came out in the twenties, because The Great Gatsby is coming out in a week and we’re just going to have to cope with this nonsense for a little while. »
- Dave Holmes
Finally, the Great Gatsby soundtrack is available to stream in full! There's Beyoncé's "Back to Black" cover (without those pesky tags), Jack White's emotional cover of U2's "Love Is Blindness," and Jay-z name-checking none other than Albert Einstein in the album's opening "100$ Bill." The track listing is below to warm you up, and then NPR's got the stream. 1) "100$ Bill" - Jay-Z2) "Back to Black" - Beyoncé x André 30003) "Bang Bang" - will.i.am4) "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" - Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock5) "Young and Beautiful" - Lana Del Rey6) "Love Is the Drug" - Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra7) "Over the Love" - Florence + The Machine8) "Where the Wind Blows" - Coco O. of Quadron9) "Crazy in Love" - Emeli Sandé and the Bryan Ferry Orchestra10) "Together" – The xx11) "Hearts a Mess" - Gotye12) "Love Is »
- Lindsey Weber
From the Jazz-Age fashions to the Prohibition-Era cocktails to the one-of-a-kind cars, viewers will be able to relive the Roaring '20s vicariously through the film adaptation of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby, scheduled to hit theaters on May 10. True, the Baz Luhrmann-directed film also boasts an all-star cast - Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, for starters - but here are a few other reasons why the 3D film already ranks as a must-see. • The Costumes From elaborately embellished gowns, to long, flapper dresses, the colorful ensembles worn in the film - designed by Catherine Martin, »
- Dahvi Shira
Originally released in 2003 as a single off of Beyonce's debut solo album, "Dangerously in Love," "Crazy in Love" was covered by the 26-year-old Sandé. The song begins with the orchestra playing the chorus that Bey sang in the original track, leading into Sandé's rendition of Beyonce's lyrics -- take a listen above.
Born Adele Emeli Sandé Gouraguine, the singer is a major force in the UK, nabbing the Brit Awards for Best Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year earlier this year. She has recently made moves towards the U.S. charts, hitting cities across the country this summer as a part of a U.S. tour.
"I'm really excited about taking music »
- The Huffington Post
The jazz version of the 2003 pop classic is taken from the soundtrack for the upcoming Great Gatsby. The cover also features the Bryan Ferry Orchestra.
Watch a trailer for The Great Gatsby below: »
Sia has premiered a new track online.
The singer-songwriter has recorded 'Kill and Run' for the upcoming Great Gatsby soundtrack, which was curated by Jay-z.
Watch Digital Spy's exclusive The Great Gatsby featurette below: »
MTV has given the go-ahead for season three of Snooki & Jwoww, as well as picked up of new series like Guy Court, Generation Cryo, Nurse Nation, and The Hook Up.
Here's the press release with more details:
MTV Greenlights Pilot For TV Adaptation Of "Scream" Film Franchise At 2013 Upfront
MTV2 Announces New Series Greenlight "Guy Court," Premiere Date for Re-Imagined "Nick Cannon Presents Wild N Out" and Season Two Pick Up of "Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family"
New York, NY (April 25, 2013) - MTV announced today a pilot greenlight based on the hugely successful horror film franchise "Scream" with Dimension Films for »
The xx have made their contribution to the Great Gatsby soundtrack available online.
'Together' was made available for streaming via YouTube on Wednesday (April 24), ahead of the release of both soundtrack and film next month.
Jay-z has curated the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby, which also features artists including Beyonce, Andre 3000, Jack White, will.i.am, Lana Del Rey, Emeli Sandé, Nero, Florence + the Machine and Fergie.
Baz Luhrmann's big-screen take on F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, and the ensemble cast also features Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Amitabh Bachchan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki.
The Great Gatsby opens in Us cinemas from May 10, and debuts on May 16 in the UK. The soundtrack is released on May 6 in the UK and May 7 in the Us.
The movie will also open this year's Cannes Film Festival on May 15, screening out of competition. »
The singer insisted that the talent competition isn't the ideal way to enter the music industry, as it limits people's opportunities to write their own material and be creative.
"I find it quite depressing. I find it sad that four people are judging these people and really knocking their confidence," Sandé is quoted by the Daily Star as saying.
"I don't think I would have considered appearing on The X Factor. I would have been able to sing but I don't like the fact that nobody creates on the show. Writing needs to be encouraged."
She added: "Finding an entry into the business isn't easy so I understand why people do it. You can tell when people want to be musicians or want to be famous.
"The kids who need music in their lives should just focus on their craft. »
Lana Del Rey's 'Young and Beautiful' has debuted in full.
"It was an honour to work with Baz Luhrmann on his amazing adaptation of one of the most extraordinary books ever written," the award-winning singer said.
An alternate version of 'Young and Beautiful' - dubbed the 'Dh Orchestral Version' - has also been made available.
As more and more track snippets are (purposefully!) leaked, it's becoming more and more apparent that the soundtrack to this summer's The Great Gatsby might be better than the film itself. The latest reveal is 12 of the 21 total tracks, leaving off Jay-z's "100$ Bill" and Beyoncé and André 3000's version of "Back to Black." Many of these songs have been hinted at throughout the film's various trailers, while Fergie's "A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody" is already out in full. Most promising? Lana Del Rey's very Lana Del Rey–ish "Young and Beautiful," the xx's haunting "Together," and an intriguing cover of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" by Emeli Sandé and the Bryan Ferry Orchestra. A cover of Beyoncé on an album where Beyoncé also does a cover of Amy Winehouse? Oh no you didn't, Jay.If you want to skip to the specific tracks: 1) "Bang Bang," will. »
- Lindsey Weber
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