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Jimmy Fallon and Chris Christie duet on 'Thunder Road' -- VIDEO

Springsteen worship is a given for New Jersey residents; kids there practically memorize Born to Run before they can walk. Fittingly, the state’s governor may be the biggest Bruce fan of all. As Chris Christie told Jimmy Fallon last night, he’s seen Springsteen live 130 times over the past 37 years. And when Christie watches his idol, he doesn’t just listen quietly with his hands folded in his lap — he pumps his fist and screams along with every song, just as the Boss and nature intended. Christie’s love evidently has no political bounds — the Republican must not mind that Springsteen is a vocal Obama supporter.

Fallon, of course, is also a huge Springsteen fan — and he wasn’t about to let the governor get away without engaging in a little karaoke. Thus, this:

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Jimmy Fallon works out with LMFAO for 'The Spin Class Song'

Jimmy Fallon is sexy and he knows it.

The Late Night with Jimmy Fallon host broke out a fro-tastic wig, sparkly tights, and some exercise bikes Wednesday to join LMFAO for “The Spin Class Song.”

Right now, we can’t tell which is more embarrassing: the fact that we’re now considering going as LMFAO’s Redfoo for Halloween, or the fact that it took us a while to even realize “The Spin Class Song” is not a real LMFAO song? It certainly has all the makings of an LMFAO track, with dance beats, hand claps, and trance-y synthesizers up the wazoo. Plus, a guy in a robot costume and a golden thong (at the same time!) shows up to do his best party rock shuffle. If that doesn’t scream potential Top 40 hit, I don’t know what does.

Fallon may have peppered his rap couplets with current pop culture references — One Direction and Fifty Shades of Grey get name-checked here — but Fallon’s LMFAO appreciation dates back to early March, when he and Bruce Springsteen covered “Sexy and I Know It” on his show. Watch the spectacle below: READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Behind-the-scenes at 'DWTS,' new 'Dark Tower' out, and the Boss plays Jazz Fest

Today is Earth Day, so you may be out planting a tree or cleaning up a park this afternoon, or just admiring the flowers. But after you get back in from your gardening or recycling, there’s plenty of pop-culture and entertainment activities in store for the week ahead, from a Dancing With the Stars special to a Queen-themed Idol; the President hitting up late night to a fun rom-com opening in theaters to start your weekend.

Have a great week!

SUNDAY
FOX’s 25th Anniversary Special  FOX, 8 p.m.

There’s still time to catch some green programming today — well, blue, if you count Marge’s hair — on the FOX’s 25th Anniversary Special. The show traces a quarter-century of programming on the network and features interviews with some favorite FOX casts, including That ’70s Show, Married with Children, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Ally McBealREAD FULL STORY

Whose albums send you in search of a record store?

I’m old. I’m older than I used to be, but when it comes to music, I’m not a complete dinosaur. I probably listen to more music today than at any time in my life except college, and I purchase just about all of it on iTunes. In fact, I haven’t purchased a real CD in nearly two years, which isn’t exactly unusual any more, what with more than 50 percent of the music business’ sales now coming digitally. (I just assume the other 49.7 percent of sales from CDs comes from Josh Groban fans and sweet old grandmothers at Christmas time.)

But tomorrow, I’m going to get in a way-back machine and visit a “music store,” an establishment that actually sells music you can hold in your hand. (There used to be lots of them, believe it or not.) Tomorrow, Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball comes out and I feel compelled to have a tangible copy that I can hear and hold. CDs don’t have the nostalgic feel that perhaps vinyl did to those who grew up in that era, but there remains something special — to me, anyway — about being able to cradle an album, peruse the liner notes to see who plays sax, and proudly display the case among its brothers, from Greeting from Asbury Park to Working on a Dream. Back in college, Tuesday mornings — and sometimes Monday nights — were all about getting the new Smashing Pumpkins or R.E.M. before the guy down the hall. Those days are long gone, for me and the industry, but when the right album comes out from the right artist, I still feel that urge to have a version of it that I can treasure.

I assume Springsteen still sells his fair share of actual CDs (thanks, hip grandmoms), but what artist sends you back to the music store (or one of the online warehouses)? What singer or group demands a real musical artifact?

Read more:
‘Wrecking Ball’: a review
Bruce Springsteen rocks Jimmy Fallon
‘We take Care of Own’ video

Bruce Springsteen takes a 'Wrecking Ball' to Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon kicked off Bruce Springsteen week last night, and the Boss and his E Street Band performed two songs from their latest album, Wrecking Ball. Fallon fanatics may have been disappointed that the host didn’t join Springsteen on stage for some updated version of “Whip My Hair,” but the week is early, my friends.

Tonight on Late Night, Kenny Chesney will cover “I’m on Fire,” and on Thursday, Elvis Costello will cue up “Brilliant Disguise.” [UPDATE: As initially reported by Billboard, John Legend will perform Wednesday night, singing “Dancing in the Dark.] The band then returns to visit Fallon on Friday for a special all-Bruce show.

Last night, the band introduced two songs from the new album, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Take Care of Own.” Take a look.  READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) cover 'Whip My Hair'

Jimmy Fallon devoted last night’s Late Night to Bruce Springsteen, and the Boss joined Fallon (who impersonated Neil Young) in a cover of Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” Watch it below. We’ve also embedded the entire episode, basically because no one is cooler than Bruce. The two talk about Fallon’s “Born to Run” Emmy opening, Springsteen confers with a diehard fan in the audience to double-check that he’s right when he says that one particular concert of his had never been bootlegged, and he explains the stories behind a recent video of him singing in a Jersey bar and a photograph of him sitting on a bench with an engaged couple. And that’s just in the first interview segment. Springsteen also performs “Because the Night” and “Save My Love” with Steven Van Zandt and the Roots. Good times.

Springsteen also confirms that his ear can distinguish between “Boooo” and “Bruuuce.” I’ll admit the first time I saw him in concert, I couldn’t. You? READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: Which concerts have made you cry?

bruce-springsteenImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comLast night was not the first time a live performance from a musician has brought me to tears, but it was certainly the most unanticipated.

I went to the 4th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, at the Beacon Theatre in New York anticipating a certain amount of emotional response. (Most event organizers are well versed in the art of heartstring tugging.) But I managed to keep myself in check through the personal stories of triumph and the inspiring videos about veterans’ courageous recovery. I was there for work, after all, which meant I had to wear my (p-p-p-)poker face. Well, I tried.

Enter The Boss for a three-song set. READ FULL STORY

Details emerge about the upcoming Bruce Springsteen doc

Bruce-Springsteen-StreetImage Credit: Lynn Goldsmith/CorbisBruce Springsteen fans are already awaiting the deluxe reissue his 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town this fall, but even better news may be the documentary about the making of the album that will premiere on HBO in October. Called The Promise, it will screen at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Rolling Stone reported some details about the doc after speaking to Thom Powers, the Toronto fest’s documentary programmer. Powers told the magazine, “The strength of this movie is that it just concentrates on the making of just one album. There’s not even much concert footage.”

What it does have, it seems, is plenty of rare vintage studio footage, original studio recordings, and extensive new interviews with, among others, the Boss himself, Patti Smith (who co-wrote “Because the Night”), and members of the E Street Band, including the late organist Danny Federici. After reading the news, I scrolled through Life.com’s gallery of vintage Springsteen shots and was reminded again just how much I love looking at pictures from ’70s-era E Street Band. A whole movie about that time sounds like just the ticket for me. Are you tuning in? And do you agree — as many do — that Darkness is Springsteen at his best?

Lady Gaga, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Sting sing 'Don't Stop Believin'

We have an unofficial moratorium on “Don’t Stop Believin’” covers here at PopWatch (oh, who are we kidding, no we don’t), but I’m now prepared to break it for this shaky, out-of-focus, but still strangely awesome video from last night’s star-studded fund-raising concert at Carnegie Hall. (Check it out after the jump.) READ FULL STORY

'Hope For Haiti Now': The telethon's 10 best performances

Tonight’s George Clooney-organized, multi-network Hope For Haiti Now telethon was a subdued, classy affair, thankfully free of any awkward “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” moments. In all, the two-hour telecast included 19 musical performances, most of which were terrific. I could name two female artists who were a bit out of their league, but since they were singing for charity, I won’t. Instead, I’ll run down what were, in my humble opinion, the 10 best numbers of the night. (You can download them all, by the way, on iTunes.)

10. Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris I confess I’d never heard of Matt Morris before. But after his and Timberlake’s sensitive, almost half-tempo duet performance of Leonard Cohen’s oft-covered “Hallelujah,” I’m a convert. READ FULL STORY

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