Watch: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah make a 'Joyful Noise' about working together

Watch: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah make a 'Joyful Noise' about working together

Parton reveals that she liked her co-star 'more than I thought I would'

Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are forces of nature who come together in “Joyful Noise.” In the family-friendly film, which opens Jan. 13, the two feud over control of a small church choir that is hell-bound on winning the regional gospel competition.

Both bring to the movie their own iconic, bigger-than-life personalities, which contributes to the fun, especially  as they throw barbs and biscuits at each other in one memorable scene.

In person, they’re just as dynamic. For the junket,  Parton, dressed in a tight leather outfit that showed off her unbelievably tiny waist, and Queen Latifah bantered back and forth as if they were still on set, confessing what had surprised each one about the other.

They also discussed the mechanics of their on-screen food fight and the only fight they ever had.

Check out the interview above....

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<p>Kelly Clarkson</p>

Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly Clarkson to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl; Miranda and Blake join in

Maybe she and Madonna can duet during half time

Kelly Clarkson will open for Madonna at the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. To be more specific, the first “American Idol” will sing the National Anthem at the NFL championship game in Indianapolis, according to a rumor reported by the Associated Press.

And Clarkson seems to be in no hurry to deny it, even though her camp has not officially confirmed it: she retweeted a link to the AP story.

Here’s hoping she does a better job than Christina Aguilera, who bungled the lyrics and, in our mind, unfairly caught all kinds of hell. At least we knew she wasn’t lipsyncing.

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<p>Rihanna can't stop laughing about her domination of the Hot 100. </p>

Rihanna can't stop laughing about her domination of the Hot 100.

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Rihanna finds her way back to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Is Katy Perry's teenage dream of six No. 1s still alive?

Rihanna’s “We Found Love” finds its way back to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as it pushes LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” out of the top spot.

“Sexy” slips back to No. 2, flanked by Rihanna and Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain,” which rises to No. 3. Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” zooms 8-4, making it her third top 5 hit from “21,” which remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week.  Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” stays at No. 5.

Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” falls 3-6, asking the question if the song is prophetically titled: Will it be the song that keeps her from achieving an unprecedented sixth Hot100 No. 1 from “Teenage Dream?” The song increases in radio airplay, but falls in digital sales, according to Billboard. https://www.billboard.com/#/news/rihanna-renews-love-affair-atop-hot-100-1005842352.story

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<p>Mary J. Blige in &quot;Mr. Wrong&quot;</p>

Mary J. Blige in "Mr. Wrong"

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Watch: Drake shows up for Mary J. Blige's revamped 'Mr. Wrong' video

Do you like the new version better?

Drake has returned to where he rightfully belongs: the video for Mary J. Blige’s “Mr. Wrong.” 

The first video released for the tune featured Blige, some background dancers and a largely unused stripper’s pole, lamenting the joys and sorrows of loving a man who makes it hurt so good in all the wrong ways. However, Drake was nowhere to be found.

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<p>Jason Mraz</p>

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz sets release date for fourth studio album

First single, 'I Won't Give Up,' soars to the top of Billboard's Digital Songs chart

 Jason Mraz will release his fourth studio album on May 8.

There’s a pent-up demand for Mraz’s music, apparently:  first single the sweet “I Won’t Give Up,” debuted on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart at No. 1, selling 229,000 copies in week one, after Mraz released a lyric video of the song on his website on Jan. 3.

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<p>Madonna</p>

Madonna

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Watch: Madonna plays coy for the cameras about Lady Gaga, announces album title

Catch Madonna on 'Nightline' and 'Graham Norton' and the Super Bowl and ....

Who does Madonna think she is? MGMT?  No, she’s “M.D.N.A.”  Or at least that’s the title of her 12th studio album out in late March. Actually, it's kind of cute, when you think it's also short for not just her name, but  Madonna DNA.

She announced the title to the world  during a taping of the BBC’s “Graham Norton Show.”  That episode will air on BBC One in the U.K. on Friday (and eventually on BBC America here), but before that, you can watch Madonna on “Nightline” on Thursday night.

In the downright embarrassing promo for the “Nightline” interview,  correspondent Christina McFadden acts as if she and her BFF are reuniting because “Madonna has never had any problem expressing herself to me.”

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Interview: Norah Jones talks The Little Willies and her solo next album
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Interview: Norah Jones talks The Little Willies and her solo next album

She and her buddies tackle classic country tunes on 'For The Good Times'

She may be best known for tunes like “Don’t Know Why,” but below that soft, jazzy exterior, Norah Jones is a cowgirl.

Okay, that may be a bit of a stretch, but the New York-born, Texas-raised Jones grew up listening to country music and it’s the genre she returns to when she needs a little dose of home. 

“It reminds me of my childhood and my grandparents and growing up in Texas and spending Christmases in Oklahoma and listening to Dolly Parton on my grandma’s record player,” Jones says. “It just feels good, I guess.”

Given her love of traditional country, it’s no surprise that Jones reunited with her buddies in The Little Willies for a second serving of country tunes. On “For The Good Times,” out today, The Little Willies twang through such tunes as Loretta Lynn’s “Fist City” or “Remember Me,” made famous by Willie Nelson and written by Scott Wiseman.

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Watch: 5 things we learned from Van Halen's new video 'Tattoo'

Watch: 5 things we learned from Van Halen's new video 'Tattoo'

Do Eddie Van Halen and Diamond Dave still have it?

Van Halen is officially back. We now have an album release date of Feb 7 for "A Different Kind Of Truth,"  a confirmed tour and our first video for new single, “Tattoo.”  Shot in an empty club (until the end at least),  the clip for “Tattoo” succeeds if the point is to show that David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen (and Eddie's son, Wolfgang, on bass)  are still all upright, but if the purpose was to get this fan excited to buy tickets, mission not accomplished.

A few other thoughts:

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<p>Miranda Lambert poses backstage after winning Female Vocalist of the Year at November's CMA&nbsp;Awards in Nashville, TN.</p>

Miranda Lambert poses backstage after winning Female Vocalist of the Year at November's CMA Awards in Nashville, TN.

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Miranda Lambert headed to 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'

Country star will play an assaulted actress

Miranda Lambert grew up the daughter of private eyes, so it’s no wonder that the girl likes a good who-done-it.

The country superstar will appear on an upcoming episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as an actress who is assaulted by a reality show producer (a you’ll recall, Lambert got her start on talent reality show, “Nashville Star”). The producer will be played by Michael McKean from “This is Spinal Tap.”

NBC has not announced the air date for the episode. TVguide.com broke the news of  Lambert's appearance. Harry Connick Jr., who has signed on for a four-episode arc as the love interest for Mariska Hargitay’s character, Detective Olivia Benson, will also be in the episode, which sounds very special indeed.

Lambert is quite happy about the development. Over the weekend, she tweeted, “Y’all, I’m so freaking excited to be on my favorite show ever!!!”


 

<p>Thom Yorke performs with Radiohead in a surprise appearance at the UK's Glastonbury Park Festival last June.</p>

Thom Yorke performs with Radiohead in a surprise appearance at the UK's Glastonbury Park Festival last June.

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Radiohead, The Black Keys and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg headline Coachella 2012

Bon Iver, the Shins, Pulp, Florence + the Machine also on April bill

The Black Keys, Radiohead and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg will headline the 2012 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

As we previously noted, Coachella, held at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., will run two consecutive weekends this year, April 13-15 and April 20-22, with the exact same lineups both weekends.

In addition to The Black Keys, other big names on April 13/20 are Swedish House Mafia, a reconstituted Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Mazzy Star, M83, Cat Power and Frank Ocean.

On April 14/21, the top acts in addition to Radiohead are Bon Iver, the Shins, David Guetta, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Fiest and St. Vincent

Dr. Dre & Snoop, who are headlining April 15/22, are joined by At the Drive in, Justice, Florence + The Machine, Avicii, Beirut, Girl Talk, Weeknd and the Hives.

As has been Coachella’s way the last few years, one night is headlined by a rapper, last year it was Jay-Z; in  2010 it was Kanye West. The other two nights tend to feature major alternative acts, with some big dance acts and a reunion or two throw in.This year, in addition to Pulp, we have Refused, At The Drive-In, and Mazzy Star in rare outings. Plus, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum makes a rare west coast appearance. Additionally, a number of up-and-coming rap artists,many of them highlighted in our Hip-Hop's New Class photo gallery, including Azealia Banks, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky will make their first Coachella appearances.

So what do you think of this year's line-up?  It seems little tame and predictable to us. However, if you're an Anglophile, once again, you'll find plenty of reasons to rejoice, namely, of course, Radiohead, but also Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Madness, Buzzcocks, Squeeze, the Horrors, and more.

Tickets go on sale on Friday. They are available only for the entire weekend at $285. There are no single-day passes.

Check out the poster below for the full lineup.

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The official poster announcing the Coachella 2012 lineup