<p>Bruno Mars performing during half-time of the 2014 Super Bowl.</p>

Bruno Mars performing during half-time of the 2014 Super Bowl.

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Review: Bruno Mars delivers a fun, soulful halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII

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Were the Red Hot Chili Peppers necessary?

Bruno Mars delivered an energetic half-time performance tonight at Super Bowl XLVIII that recalled the glory days of Motown, while still sounding fresh and new.

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Hear U2's new song, 'Invisible' in full

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You don't have to wait for the Super Bowl commercial

U2’s new song, “Invisible,” which will debut in a 60-second commercial during the Super Bowl showed up on iTunes an hour before the big kick-off.

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Jennifer Lopez proves you can go home again in new video for 'Same Girl'

Jennifer Lopez proves you can go home again in new video for 'Same Girl'

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Jenny from the block delights the Bronx

She could probably buy the Bronx by now, or at least distribute enough cologne and clothes from her perfume and dress lines to make it really smell and look good, but Jennifer Lopez is determined to make us believe that she is the “Same Girl” as she always was.

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One Direction finds cougars with sweet rides in 'Midnight Memories' video

One Direction finds cougars with sweet rides in 'Midnight Memories' video

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The lads' latest clip is all kinds of fun

I’m convinced that one reason for One Direction’s continued success is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They are, of course, not the Beatles— though they inspire the same type of crazed devotion from they young fans — but they have tapped into the fun spirit that the early Beatles adopted for “A Hard Day’s Night.”

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<p>Miley Cyrus talking to Jay Leno</p>

Miley Cyrus talking to Jay Leno

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Miley Cyrus' advice to Justin Bieber on 'The Tonight Show': 'Stay Home'

From one pop star to another

Miley Cyrus had some advice for Justin Bieber on how to stay out of trouble when she appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday night.  Justin, are you listening? 

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Shakira and Rihanna pile on the sexy in 'Can't Remember to Forget' video
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Shakira and Rihanna pile on the sexy in 'Can't Remember to Forget' video

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As if you were expecting anything else...

I doubt that either Shakira or Rihanna ever has a moment where she wishes “Could I just let my voice do the heavy lifting here and not have to flash and wiggle body parts to get attention,” because if they did, they wouldn’t have made the video for “Can't Remember to Forget.”

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<p>Paul Williams</p>

Paul Williams

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Interview: Paul Williams thanks Daft Punk for 'calling us geezers'

Calls the Grammy-winning duo 'courageous'

Ever since Daft Punk nabbed the Grammy for Album of the Year on Sunday, Paul Williams has been in the news, mainly from people wondering who is the 73-year old songwriter who spoke about sobriety and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” performance when he served as the mouthpiece during Daft Punk’s acceptance speech.

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<p>Miguel</p>

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Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Miguel on remake of Elton's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

What does Sir Elton think of the new versions?

All the young acts love Elton: Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Emile Sande and Miguel are among the artists who will appear on a covers version of Elton John’s seminal “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

The album, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, will be reissued on March 25 on CD, vinyl, limited-edition yellow vinyl and in a box set featuring lots of goodies, including “Live at Hammersmith 1973” on CD, and a 100-page hardback book with new interviews with John and co-writer Bernie Taupin.

The deluxe and box set versions will include the Covers disc.  Peter Asher produced the new versions and matched the artists, which also include Fall Out Boy, Hunter Hayes, and Fall Out Boy, with the songs. Surprisingly missing is John’s good pal, Lady Gaga.

I talked to John about the set a few months ago and he’s thrilled with the results. “The country versions by Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Zac Brown are just so beautiful,” he said. The Band Perry perform a bluegrass version of “Grey Seal” that wowed John, “and Hunter Hayes probably has one of the best voices in the world, so it’s been great to have those younger people on there.”

Around the time of the “Yellow Brick Road” release, John will be coming to 500 theaters in the U.S. via the release of “The Million Dollar Piano,” a theatrical showing of his Las Vegas show. It will play two night theatrically: March 18 and March 26.

Below is the line-up for the covers version of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”: 

1. Ed Sheeran - Candle In The Wind
2. Miguel featuring Wale - Bennie And The Jets
3. Hunter Hayes - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
4. The Band Perry - Grey Seal
5. John Grant - Sweet Painted Lady
6. Emeli Sandé - All The Girls Love Alice
7. Imelda May - Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock And Roll)
8. Fall Out Boy - Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting 
9. Zac Brown Band - Harmony

 

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Justin Bieber playfully flirts over snacks in 'Confident' video, featuring Chance the Rapper
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Justin Bieber playfully flirts over snacks in 'Confident' video, featuring Chance the Rapper

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Are 'Confident' and 'scantily clad' the same thing?

Bless Justin Bieber and the peach fuzz on his upper lip. In his new video for “Confident,”  featuring Chance the Rapper, he dances in those ridiculous baggy jeans that sag to his knees, and wears a necklace that, instead of looking like cool bling, looks like he stole it from his grandma’s jewelry box when she wasn’t looking. And her sweater too.

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<p>Kendrick Lamar</p>

Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar responds to Macklemore about Grammy defeat

'The universe comes back around,' says the rapper

Kendrick Lamar has responded to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Macklemore about the duo’s “The Heist” nabbing the Grammy for Best Rap Album over Lamar’s heavily favored “”Good Kid, M.A.A.D City." His basic message:  No sweat.

As you may recall, after snagging four Grammys, including Best New Artist, on Sunday night, Macklemore instagrammed a text that he’d sent to Lamar, telling Lamar that he had been robbed, and that “Good Kid” should have won best rap album over “The Heist.” 

In subsequent days, Macklemore has been applauded for calling it as he saw it, while others have been less charitable, saying he should give back the award if he doesn’t feel he and Ryan Lewis (who’s been silent on the whole thing) deserve it or he shouldn’t have spoken up at all since the duo won the award fair and square.

XXL asked Lamar about the matter in New York Tuesday and Lamar had nothing but good things to say about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s victory in three out of the four rap categories:  “It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man,” Lamar said. “He went out there and hustled and grinder. Everything happens for a reason the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.”

Lamar’s comments also seem open to interpretation. Is he saying the Macklemore worked hard and, therefore, he was worthy of the award or is he implying the Macklemore simply lobbied harder  to win and this was the result?

 

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