You don’t have to wait until Sunday’s Grammys to find out if Adele sounds just as heavenly post-vocal cord surgery. During her 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper, which airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on CBS, she sang “Rolling in the Deep” for him a cappella. Watch a clip below. What’s better: That Adele had to sing it a cappella because her nails were too long to play the piano, or that Anderson admits he jogs to “Rolling in the Deep” every day? READ FULL STORY
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Hey girl, there’s a brand new interactive music video for the catchy New Girl theme song “Hey Girl” and it’s, as expected, awfully quirky and cute. The gang’s all here (with the exception of Julia, who is probably off somewhere hating desserts) for the user-controlled video, in which visitors get to choose what adventures Jess and Co. will go on in their apartment. READ FULL STORY
The debate continues this morning over Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance: Was it, as EW’s Ken Tucker says, joyous, unironic, and openhearted, or, as The Vampire Diaries‘ star Paul Wesley succinctly put it on Twitter, “one of the most unintentionally amusing things” you’ve seen in a long while? Either way, it’s a performance you’ll remember (and not just for M.I.A.’s middle finger). Let’s find out where Madonna ranks among the halftime headliners in recent memory: READ FULL STORY
'Saturday Night Live' recap: Channing Tatum stripped and Bon Iver hit a high note. Plus, the return of Lana Del Rey (sort of.)
If there was one thing to take away from Channing Tatum’s debut hosting effort on Saturday Night Live it’s that he definitely isn’t ashamed of his stripper past. In fact, in addition to addressing his exotic history in the opening monologue, Tatum (who had the full support of pal Joseph Gordon-Levitt) appeared in no less than four other sketches in which they had him shirtless, thrusting, or both. While it’s a little tough to complain about the sight of the hunky actor showing off his best assets (the folks behind Magic Mike were no doubt encouraged by the hoots and hollers from the Studio 8H crowd in response to the star’s moves) it would have been far more satisfying had he flexed more comedy muscles.
Before Tatum hit the stage, SNL kicked off with a different kind of political cold open. Fast forwarding to the year 2014, Newt Gingrich (Bobby Moynahan, who had a very busy night) is president of the moon with Herman Cain (Kenan Thompson) on board as an admiral. It was certainly stronger than most of the cold opens this season (the line “May divorce be with you” certainly helped) but it didn’t provide any major laughs. Which, unfortunately, set the tone for the rest of the night.
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There’s currently a war of words going on between the popular talent competition shows American Idol and The Voice. But, as is so often the case with most disagreements, both parties could actually have more to learn from each other then they’d think.
While The Voice‘s Adam Levine may have disagreed with American Idol‘s Randy Jackson’s diss of his show, regarding first-season winner Javier Colon (“[He] was an artist who had a deal at Capitol Records for several years, a failed contract… That show was almost ‘second chance people,’” Jackson had said), there are certain things Levine and his Voice cohorts Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton can learn from the more polished Idol as their second season kicks off this Sunday on NBC after the Super Bowl. Of course, there’s plenty Idol can learn from fresh-faced newcomer The Voice, too. Whether or not the shows will call a truce is still up in the air, but in the meantime, here’s what these shows can take away from each other:
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Yo, I’ll tell you what Queen Elizabeth II wants, what she really, really wants: A Spice Girls reunion! Four years after their squeal-inducing 2007-2008 “Return of the Spice Girls” tour, rumors have started swirling that Scary, Ginger, Baby, Sporty, and Posh will take the stage together once again. Scary Spice herself, a.k.a. Melanie Brown, addressed the buzz on Australian morning program Sunrise, saying she would definitely be on board when 5 become 1, then she noted coyly, “We do have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee coming up!” Check out the video (Spice Girls-specific soundbites start around 3:50) below. READ FULL STORY
Last week I interviewed the iconic folk singer-songwriter Paul Simon at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was promoting the new documentary Under African Skies. It commemorates the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking and controversial album Graceland – groundbreaking because it fused American and South African folk pop; controversial because Simon broke the international cultural embargo against the South African apartheid regime to record the album. At Sundance, Simon talked about how he still bristles when politicians attempt to co-opt mainstream music for their own gain without giving any consideration or deference to the musicians who created that music. (You can watch our interview at EW’s Sundance hub.) His point is a compelling one: Politicians are happy to vilify pop music, until they need that music to make themselves seem hip and culturally relevant.
Which brings me to to the news this week that one of the co-writers of “Eye of the Tiger” is suing Newt Gingrich for using the song as part of his presidential campaign. READ FULL STORY
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