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Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony & More Perform At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Watch

Better Together (At Thanksgiving)
Thanksgiving may bring family and friends together, but odd pairings dominated the floats shown at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Fifth Harmony sang their new single “Better Together” on one sponsored by Goldfish Crackers, while Fall Out Boy performed “Alone Together” nearby the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Meanwhile Ariana Grande riffed on Wham!‘s “Last Christmas” with her own song of the same name, one about heartbreak — “What you did last December, you left my heart a mess” — while next to a clapping Dora the Explorer.

Most of the parade’s featured pop acts, including the already-young Austin Mahone and Cher Lloyd, were made to appear even younger on floats. So in a twist, Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon and The Roots instead teamed up with the cast of Sesame Street to perform with classroom instruments in the show’s signature style — what may have been the parade’s best attempt at wholesome fun. Watch Fifth Harmony’s performance up top, then check out the rest after the jump. More »

‘The Voice’: Ellie Goulding Belts Out “Burn,” Cee Lo Loses His Last Team Member

Fire, Fire, Fi-yer!
Ah, the power of The Voice. In a poll released Tuesday, 31% of Americans revealed that they would like to share Thanksgiving dinner with Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. That famed bromance even put the coaches ahead of the first family, which is really saying something. No comment was to be made by Christina Aguilera — who, despite her glorious looks on Tuesday evening, didn’t make the Thanksgiving cut — or Cee Lo, who is far too cool for such a poll.

No matter: with all coaches but Adam Levine facing a possible elimination going into Tuesday’s results show, there was no time to focus on Thanksgiving. Instead, the focus was on the Top 8, fab performances by Ellie Goulding, Cee Lo and Big Gipp, and looming devastation for two contestants. Sounds festive! More »

The Beatles, Madonna, Eminem & More Contribute To ‘Songs For The Philippines’: See The Tracklist

Warner Music, Universal and Sony have teamed up for Songs for the Philippines, a 39-song compilation made in efforts to raise money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Songs by The Beatles, including a remastered version of “Across The Universe,” open and close the generations-spanning pop album.

Other classic hits featured on Songs include Madonna‘s “Like A Prayer,” Earth Wind & Fire‘s “Sign On”  and Bob Dylan‘s “Shelter From The Storm.” These appear alongside Eminem‘s latest and live rendition of “Stan,” a Johnson Somerset remix of Katy Perry‘s “Unconditionally” and Lady Gaga‘s “Country Road” version of “Born This Way,” a remix that was previously released to benefit gay advocacy group GLSEN.

Songs for the Philippines is on sale now at iTunes, with all proceeds going directly to the Philippine Red Cross. See the tracklist after the jump. More »

Demi Lovato Hits The Club In “Neon Lights” Video: Watch

Get Wet
Demi Lovato has been teasing her “Neon Lights” video all week, and now that the clip is finally here, it’s nice to see that it doesn’t disappoint — not one bit. (It’s probably my favorite Demi video to date, aside from the peerless, wrenching visual for “Skyscraper.”)

Featuring a blue-haired Demetria in various darkened scenes, but primarily dancing in the shadowy cloisters of a nightclub (and it’s nice to see there are no bottles to be found, with pop’s sobriety queen proving that you don’t have to drink to get super turnt up), there’s no real story but it doesn’t need one: It’s dark, mature and a little bit edgy. There’s actual choreography! There’s hair flipping! There’s Demi submerged seductively in a pool of water! It does the trick. More »

Kanye West Will Debut His “Bound 2″ Video (Starring Kim Kardashian, Maybe) On ‘Ellen’ (No, Really)

Kanye West makes for an unusual guest on talk shows, because of his loud candor but also the cognitive dissonance between how he appears on a couch and portrays himself in Yeezus. In the album he’s anti-pop if not anti-establishment, as he snarls through certain lines, imagines himself pillaging through the Hamptons and demands that you hurry up with his damn croissants.

As announced today, West will go one step further on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when he debuts his “Bound 2″ video on — wait for it — The Ellen DeGeneres Show. For reference, child YouTube stars (and Ellen regulars) Sophia Grace and Rosie appear the day before to perform “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Ellen‘s official site also hints that West’s “Bound 2″ video “may or may not” star his fiance Kim Kardashian. Either way, while the show’s yet to release a promo trailer for West’s spot, Saturday Night Live did provide an oddly timely hint of what to expect in a new skit called “Waking Up With Kimye.”

“What better way to start your morning than with my energy, my opinions and the sound of Kim’s voice?” “Kanye” says, before host and musical guest Lady Gaga (!) enters as an Apple employee. Check it out after the jump. More »

Whatcha Say: Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey & Christina Aguilera Got Our Readers Talking

Happy ARTPOP Week! Yes, this week was full o’ Miss Lady Gaga: From her crazy #ARTRAVE release party in New York, to the official release of ARTPOP (check out our review!), to her candid interview with Howard Stern, it was all about Mother Monster’s Reverse Warholian Expedition.

But that’s not all — there was tons happening in pop: Almighty diva Mariah Carey dropped her long-awaited “The Art Of Letting Go,” RiRi gave us something to get scared about with the creepy “What Now” video and we started looking back at the best albums of 2013. (Have you voted yet?) Plus, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Jay-Z‘s The Black Album and the 5 year B’Day of Beyonce‘s I Am…Sasha Fierce with a Stan & Deliver.

We also had a bunch of premieres ourselves, including Never Shout Never‘s Christmas collabo with Dia Frampton on “Meet Me Under The Mistletoe” and Sabi‘s cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Dreams” And of course, you guys had a ton of things to say about all the releases this week. Check it out! More »

Alanis Morissette Working On ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Musical

This is either brilliant or just more proof that all the creatives are out of new ideas. Alanis Morissette is bringing her sneering ’90s smash Jagged Little Pill to Broadway. The Canadian singer’s entire 1995 international debut will be adapted for a jukebox musical, also titled Jagged Little Pill, along with other songs from her catalog and new tracks penned by Morissette for the show.

“I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story,” she said, and we’re hoping that means more details about her doomed relationship with Dave Coulier. The show will get orchestration and arrangements from Tony winner Tom Kitt, who worked on Green Day‘s American Idiot stage show. It’s scheduled to debut as a workshop production in 2014, giving you plenty of time to think up more “Ironic” jokes. More »

Lady Gaga’s “Dope” Hits The Web Early: Listen

Lady Gaga has toyed with nudity — and revealed a wide range of influences, from Botticelli to Juvenile — in the months leading up to the release of new album ARTPOP. She finds yet another compelling way to strip herself down in the album’s final buzz single, “Dope.”

Like other album tracks, “Dope” is theatrical pop. Unlike those songs however, “Dope” draws all attention to Lady Gaga’s voice without traces of other genres (’80s R&B, glam rock, house, trap) interfering. To a piano and organ, she roars as she sings through her apologies — “I know I fucked up again, because I lost my only friend” — and reveals the sentiment behind the title. She isn’t pining for dope, she needs you more than dope, and she wants to make sure that listeners hear that loud and clear in this ARTPOP ballad.

Lady Gaga’s “Dope” will make its live debut at the YouTube Music Awards, tonight (November 3) at 6 p.m. EST, and premiere on YouTube tomorrow. For now, hear a stream of “Dope” after the jump. More »

Britney Spears’ “Perfume”: Preview The ‘Britney Jean’ Ballad

Britney Spears will debut her next single “Perfume” today (November 3) at 6 p.m. EST on Facebook. Meanwhile, a leaked snippet helps to show exactly why it’s significant to Spears.

“Perfume” is a song that wrestles with the possibility of an ex moving on to another woman. On paper, Spears’ chorus ends on a determined note. “And while I wait, I put on my perfume / yeah, I want it all over you / I gotta mark my territory,” she sings. In a snippet of the sparse Britney Jean ballad though, the “Work Bitch” pop star sounds vulnerable, if not wounded.

“‘Perfume’ is incredibly special to me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone,” Spears recently said to E!. “Everyone’s been through an insecure moment in a relationship that’s left them vulnerable and I think this song captures that.” While it skips and sounds garbled, the preview still helps to show why “Perfume” is as worthy of attention as Spears (and her team) has said.

Hear the “Perfume” snippet after the jump. More »

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian File Lawsuit Over Leaked Engagement Video

Stars — they really are just like us. How many times have you found yourself in this situation — am I right, ladies? Yes, down-to-earth, normal human people Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have filed a lawsuit against a gentleman by the name of Chad Hurley for leaking video footage of their marriage proposal.

It’s a bit nastier than just that, though: Hurley, who co-founded YouTube and is currently hard at work at a new video “remix” platform called MixBit, reportedly crashed West’s low-key engagement at San Francisco’s AT&T Park (which he rented out for the occasion, remember) and despite signing a confidentiality agreement, then uploaded the footage to MixBit (described in the papers as a “foundering” business, yikes) in an effort to promote the service and himself. More »