<p>Lady Gaga with Oprah</p>

Lady Gaga with Oprah

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Watch: Lady Gaga and Oprah tease Sunday night's two-hour special

What can we possibly learn that we don't already know?

If Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable outlet doesn’t survive, it won’t be because its namesake isn’t doing her share.

After being largely hands off the first none-too-successful year of the channel’s life, Winfrey is doing everything she can to hoist the sales. Last night, she had the first interview with Whitney Houston’s family, following the superstar’s Feb. 11 death.

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Watch: John Legend and Ludacris promise a lot in clip for 'Tonight (Best You Ever Had)'
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Watch: John Legend and Ludacris promise a lot in clip for 'Tonight (Best You Ever Had)'

Track from 'Think Like A Man' offers one hot night

Being engaged to a model apparently does wonders for your confidence. John Legend vows he’ll be the best you’ve ever had in his new song from “Think Like A Man.”

Opening with what sounds like a sample of Moby’s “Porcelain,”  “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” is one of Legend’s sexiest numbers. He vows he’s going to “kiss that” because he knows you’ve “missed that.”

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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

Listen: Adam Lambert remixes 'Better Than I Know Myself'

Is it 'Better' than the original?

While fans wait patiently for “Trespassing,”  Adam Lambert’s second post- “Idol” set, they can get down to this electroclash version of first single “Better Than I Know Myself.”

The remix by Grammy-nominated producer/remixerDave Aude is one of several on an EP of “Better” remixes released today via Lambert’s website, AdamOfficial.com. It’s loud and in your face and has some very cool speaker tricks going on. The track is an Idolator exclusive that you can listen to here. We'll embed as soon as an embed code is available.

The original, which is a mid-tempo ballad, failed to ignite at Top 40 radio, peaking at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 24 on Adult Pop Songs (which may be one reason the album’s release was delayed-- to retool some songs).

As Glambert fans already know, two songs from his performance at a fashion show earlier this month showed up on line last week.

What do you think of the remix of “Better Than I Know Myself?”

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<p>Will Ferrell in &quot;Casa de Mi Padre&quot;</p>

Will Ferrell in "Casa de Mi Padre"

Watch: Will Farrell sings in Spanish in music video for 'Casa de mi Padre'

He and his fellow rancheros know how to keep the coyotes away

Will Farrell, don’t give up your day job. In this Funny or Die clip, Farrell--as his character in “Casa de mi Padre”-- laments that he knows nothing whether it is how birds fly, flowers grow or why men hate each other as he sings "Yo No Se." 

As he sits around the campfire with his fellow rancheros and, conveniently enough, a trumpet, he realizes that the only thing he knows for certain is love.

We know that he’s a better comedian than singer (although his chops aren’t bad....). And his Spanish is pretty good. And that, as one of its founders, he can get a clip on Funny or Die anytime he wants to.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>
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Katy Perry

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Music Power Rankings: fun. has a good time this week with Katy Perry and Garth Brooks

Taylor Swift and The Boss make the list

1) fun.:  We are Young, We are the first rock band to take our first charting single to No. 1 since Nickelback in 2001. And people don't hate us nearly as much.

2) Taylor Swift: She tops the likes of U2, Kenny Chesney, and Lady Gaga to be named Billboard’s Top 40 Money Makers 2012 list.  The magazine estimates she took home (not grossed) more than $35 million in 2011 from touring and assorted royalties. Money can’t buy her love, but it sure can buy everything else.

3) Vevo: It’s a good week for the video streaming site as it reunites with MTV following a 2010 dispute and it gets a spiffy new redesign in preparation, supposedly, for its upcoming deal with Facebook.  Viva la Vevo

4) Bruce Springsteen: The Boss is back with the timely, excellent “Wrecking Ball,” which may swing Adele’s “21” right out of the No. 1 spot. Plus, his appearance on Jimmy Fallon shows both his funny side on “Sexy and I Know It” and shows that he makes a 40-year old gem like “E Street Shuffle” sparkle and shine.

5) Monkees: As we’ve seen all too much recently, death means a boost to album sales. Following Davy Jones’ death, all the Daydream Believers boost the group’s album sales 1, 265% over the previous week.

6) Metallica: The metal band picks “Predators” director Nimrod Antal for its 3D concert/narrative film. We bet it will be some kind of monster.

7) Katy Perry:
She’s one step ahead of Metallica. Her 3D film, “Part of Me,” will come out this summer. Hey, 3D worked for “Glee,” didn’t it... Oh yeah... 

8) Fiona Apple: Her album titles alone have more words than the average pop song. #nooneneedsa23wordtitle

9) Garth Brooks: The superstar gets the highest honor a country artist can receive: induction into the 2012 Country Music Hall of Fame (alongside Connie Smith and studio musician Pig Robbins)   He has friends in high places.

10) The Allman Bros.: They are part of an $8 million settlement made by Sony Music over digital royalties. Just as sales even off and stop plummeting, labels are going to have to reach into their deep pockets to make up for potentially shortchanging artists for years.


 

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<p>Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt</p>
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Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt

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Will Bruce Springsteen 'Wreck' Adele's time at No.1 on the Billboard 200?

'Wrecking Ball' and '21' are too close to call going into the weekend

Will Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” have the momentum to knock Adele’s  “21” out of the top spot on the Billboard 200?  With a few days left until the charts close on Sunday night, it’s too early to tell marking the first time in several weeks that “21” has had a true challenger.

They both are on track to sell between 210,000 and 220,000, according to Hits Daily Double. That mean “Wrecking Ball” should come in almost exactly with the same numbers as Springsteen’s last studio set,  2009’s “Working On a Dream,” which debuted at No. 1 and sold 224,000 copies.

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Watch: Usher gets down in the 'Climax' video... or does he?

Watch: Usher gets down in the 'Climax' video... or does he?

The sexy clip is a bit of a mind trip

In Usher’s new song, “Climax” the song takes on the less sexual meaning in that he’s singing about a relationship coming to the end of its time. In the video, there’s definitely room for  double meaning of the song.

In the moody video, Usher spends a lot of time behind the wheel, looking confused and hurt (either that or he can’t find his car keys). It’s also totally unclear how much of the activity is really happening and how much is going on totally within his own head.

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Listen: Christina Aguilera belts 'Casa De Mi Padre' from Will Ferrell's new movie
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Listen: Christina Aguilera belts 'Casa De Mi Padre' from Will Ferrell's new movie

'The Voice' mentor shows off her fine voice

Christina Aguilera’s redemption continues: First she signs up as a judge on “The Voice,” which turns into a runaway hit that is beating “American Idol” at every turn (take that Jenny From the Block). Then she and her “Voice” mate Adam Levine duet on Maroon 5’s No. 1 smash, “Moves Like Jagger,” and now, she’s unleashed the below batch of awesomeness.

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Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert
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Listen: Adam Lambert performs two new songs, "Cuckoo" and "Chokehold"

When is "Trespassing" coming out now?

Adam Lambert has delayed the release of his second post- “American Idol” set, “Trespassing,” from its original March 20 release date to later this spring, but we’ve got two tracks potentially from the album below.

Lambert performed at a radio event and showed off two songs, “Cuckoo,” and “Chokehold,” according to The Insider. We aren’t sure where these were filmed, although on Lambert recently tweeted about performing before some radio fans in Denver.

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Garbage selects first single from 'Not Your Kind of People'

Garbage selects first single from 'Not Your Kind of People'

What do Garbage and Garth Brooks have in common?

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“Blood for Poppies” will be the first single from Garbage’s “Not Your Kind Of People,” our May 15.

We'll have to wait until March 18 to hear the song, but the video has already been shot in Los Angeles by director/photographer Matt Irwin. We wonder if it sounds like “I Hate Love,” another album track that the band circulated last month.

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