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April 11 ya’ll. Mark your calendars now!!! This is no April Fools joke. Cookie effing Lyons is heading to Saturday Night Live. Words can’t even describe my excitement. Taraji P. Henson is going to slay it during her hosting debut.

Even though the long-running late night staple already aired an Empire spoof during Chris Hemsworth’s episode, I expect another sketch based on the FOX hip-hop drama to come. Fingers crossed, they poke fun at Cookie slammin down Boo Boo Kitty on the pool table.

NBC also revealed that Michael Keaton is also hosting. The Birdman actor will appear on the April 4 show, marking his third time presiding over Studio 8H. Find out which musical act is on board for each episode below.

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Admit it, “I Really Like You” has permeated your subconscious. Carly Rae Jepsen, along with Max Martin, have crafted up another inescapable catchy song. Damn them ;)

One music act who are also fond of the track are The Johnsons. If you’re in need of a brother trio now that the Jonas Brothers are on hiatus, Chantry, Clayton and Connor are here to satisfy your craving. The threesome give an adorable rendition of the cute track. Check out their cover below.

watch the cover after the jump

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To say Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest video is completely random would be a huge understatement. What was her team thinking? This is a total misstep.

When I heard about Tom Hanks’ involvement, I naturally assumed it would be a cameo. Never in a million years did I expect he’d be the star of the clip with Jepsen appearing minimally. Who in the hell did the two-time Oscar winner owe a huge favor to???

The Peter Glanz-directed clip follows Hanks from the moment he wakes up to nightfall. He’s shown washing his teeth, taking a cab and walking the streets of New York City. Jepsen later joins him for a dance routine with Justin Bieber popping up for a hot second.

Personally, the visual is a disappointment. Sometimes less is more. The catchy song would’ve been better served with a simple clip of Carly Rae pining over some hot shirtless guy. Tried and true formula always works. Check out the music video below.

watch video after the jump

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It’s official. Carly Rae Jepsen is back!!! After dismal chart performances for her singles after “Call Me Maybe,” many critics were placing the Canadian singer in the dreaded ‘one hit wonder’ category. Rightfully so.

If this doesn’t put the 29-year-old singer back on top of the charts, nothing will. “I Really Like You” is pure pop magic. It’s by far her best offering since her breakout single.

Co-written by hitmaker Max Martin, “I Really Like You” is the lead cut off Jepsen’s forthcoming album. The comeback single is being universally praised by several publications. Stereogum praises it as “absolute top-shelf bubble-froth” while Billboard calls it “a breathless 80’s banger.”

The video which features cameos from Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber should be dropping shortly. Give “I Really Like You” a listen below. I guarantee you’ll really, really, really like it.

listen to the track after the jump

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Carly Rae Jepsen will most likely never reach the heights of “Call Me Maybe.” Both “This Kiss” and “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” were solid followups but failed to do any damage on the Billboard charts or on radio. According to her PR team though, her forthcoming single is as good or even better than “Call Me Maybe.” Talk about high expectations.

Earlier this week, the 29-year-old Canadian singer was spotted filming the music video on the streets of Soho, New York City. Joining her were Justin Bieber (not surprising) and Oscar winner Tom Hanks (talk about random.) Who knew that Hanks and her were such good buddies? I’m thinking Tom owes someone in Jepsen’s camp a huge favor ;)

Based on the short snippet, “I Really Like You,” has potential. It definitely has a catchy hook. Give it a sample below, along with getting a glimpse of Tom Hanks showing off his dance moves.

watch video filming after the jump

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With “Royals,” Lorde became the youngest artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Tiffany. She’s accomplished another impressive feat. By spending a ninth week on top of the prestigious chart, the Kiwi singer joins an elite group of women. On a side note, the longest-running hit of 2013 is still Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” which spent 12 weeks on top. Find out Lorde’s achievement below.

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Carly Rae Jepsen Covers Little Mermaid Track

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Perhaps, this is why Carly Rae Jepsen became a redhead recently. Talk about method singing. Clearly it worked, because she sounds great covering “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid.

The 27-year-old Canadian singer recorded a version of the classic Disney tune for the Diamond Blu-ray and DVD release of the classic animated flick. Her signature cutesy vocals work perfectly for this. I can see Disney tapping her for future musicals. Check out her cover below.

listen to Carly’s cover after the jump

She’s been behind some of the biggest hits in recent memory. In only makes sense that Bonnie McKee forge a recording career of her own. The 29-year-old singer-songwriter debuted the music video for “American Girl” and enlisted a few of her famous friends to lip sync for their lives.

Naturally, Katy Perry appears in the clip prominently considering McKee co-penned four of her No. 1 hits- “Teenage Dream,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” “California Gurls,” and “Part of Me.” Also making a cameo are other artists she’s written for including Adam Lambert (“Chokehold”), Taio Cruz (“Dynamite”), Ke$ha (“C’Mon”) and Carly Rae Jepsen (“Turn Me Up”).

Too bad Britney Spears (“Hold It Against Me”), Kelly Clarkson (“Hello”), Christina Aguilera (“Let There Be Love”) and Rita Ora (“How We Do (Party)” didn’t show up in the video. Oh well, there isn’t a shortage of familiar names “singing” her lyrics. Joan Rivers and her Fashion Police crew, Kathy Griffin, Lance Bass, George Takei, Nicole Scherzinger, Jewel and her hubby Ty Murray, Macklemore and plenty other randoms make an appearance. Check out the clip below.

watch the music video after the jump

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