Shortly after Whitney Houston’s passing, Robin Thicke covered one of Whit’s greatest hits. The “Duets” mentor choose “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” and gave it a different vibe with his signature sultry bedroom voice. As much as I love Houston, I have to say I like Thicke’s interpretation more. “Exhale” isn’t one of my favorite tracks from the late singer’s discography, but Robin made me appreciate the song more.

Not content with just covering the song, the 35-year-old singer also filmed a tribute for Houston. The newly-released music video perfectly captures the mood of Robin’s version. It’s beautifully shot and almost haunting. Thicke is shown throwing an impromptu concert for passersby and crooning while walking through the streets of Los Angeles in the black and white clip. Check it out below.

watch the music video after the jump

Well, last night we got to listen to the songs of the 80s and the whole thing was about as exciting as reading this sentence is… I know I’ve been called a catty bitch more than a couple times and told to shut up if I have nothing good to say but screw it, I’m still here ha. Point is, I’m staying around with the hopes that SOMEthing good gets proposed by the aging and out-of-touch producers at “American Idol” as they continue to attempt theme nights of aged singer song books and decades of limited relevance and then within those awful limitations choosing a litany of songs we’ve never heard of. This show has had such amazing moments over the last decade and I know it’s capable of great things so I’ll stay, keeping them honest and calling them on their laziness! Last night’s ridiculousness included crap by DeBarge (who?), lesser pics of Simply Red and 80s disco (seriously?) from Irene Cara… slow clap for those choices Idol. And as much as you have us watching the contestants “choose” their own songs, we just know that if they’re opting for bull like this that the list to go off of must be even more obscure. Okay, rant done, let’s get to what we’re here for!

Tonight is some personal pimping (yet again… wasn’t it about her TV show just a couple weeks ago and then her marriage the year before… Hey J Lo: how did those turn out?), by Ms. Lopez herself as she premieres “Dance Again” tonight. She looks great, but I’m wary to believe this one’s gonna be the one that puts her back on top, but we’ll see! On top of that we get previous Idol “failure” Kellie Pickler who proved you don’t need Idol’s number one slot to make it in the music world once the show ends and The Wanted performing tonight. Some decent bands tonight and a nice combo of pop, country and let’s go alt pop rock to make the evening appeal to a variety of peeps. But who cares about all that when there’s the elimination on the line! I’m hoping with all my might that it’s finally DeAndre Brackensick’s turn to step off though I’m worried for Hollie Cavanagh and as always Elise Testone. I think Hollie might earn the second chance from the judges if it gets that far but I doubt the other two would even be seriously considered for it. Let’s see what’s happened!

Click through to see my review of the night and see who gets sent home

So, Idol, where did we last leave things? Well, Heejun-the-“Hilarious” was finally sent home- only 5 or weeks so late, but hey it’s done now. This week we get buried in another Idol theme week of blah as we recite the songs of the 80s. Arguably there’s plenty of gems from that decade but we all know that Nigel Lythgoe and the rest of the producer ghouls will be finding the cheapest and most random they can to bore us for a good 90% of what we’ll watch tonight, and taking a peak at a leaked song list it seems like my pessimistic prediction is dead on. The songs you’ll see are known but truly nothing relevant in today’s world of “One Direction Bieber Lovato” madness so I struggle to understand how this show attempts to stay relevant with songs that less than half the audience likes let alone recognizes. Oh well, let’s play the hand we’re dealt and see what we’ve got tonight.

As we move from last week’s Stevie Nicks to today’s Gwen Stefani as contestant mentor I appreciate the attempt to at least bring in truly successful performers who have been through the stages of early stardom and come out the other end as famed successes so at least they’re hitting that on the head. We’re going to be getting our usual round of solos tonight but with the add of some duets to- let’s be honest- drag out what could be a half hour show into its full 2-hour commercial bonanza. I’ve got my fingers crossed Phil Phil’s shirt busts open tonight, that DeAndre Brackensick forgets the words and yet still gets voted to stay in perfect mockery of what this show has become and that Jessica Sanchez continues to slay the competition along side my dark horse fave Elise Testone. So, without further adieu…

Click through to see the performances and read my review of the night!

Are you tired of watching singing competition shows on TV? You have to admit, the market has become a little saturated. Currently, we have FOX’s Idol and X Factor. NBC keeps it real with The Voice and now ABC is ready to try one of their own.

The concept? It’s all in the title: Duets. The show takes a note from the best part of the Idol finale – where amateur singers get to sing a song with their own celebrity idol. In the very vague press release from ABC, the show will center around four celebrity singers who will serve as judges and mentors. The judges will wittel the pack down to two singers each and then weekly, the pros will sing a duet with their picks. Yes you heard that correctly, the pros will sing live each week.

What’s the prize? The winner will walk away with a recording contract from Hollywood Records which is owned by ABC’s parent company, Disney. But the question on everyone’s mind is, “who will be the four pros?” Well I can you tell there is a major hint in the main image above. Check out the pros below.

Find out who the pros will be on “Duets” after the jump.

Technically it’s Taio Cruz’s song featuring Kylie Minogue, but it’s the Aussie who steals the show. How can you not tear your eyes off her as she seduces Taio and the camera. I can’t believe the woman is 42-years-old. Like wine, she just gets better with age.

Cruz and Minogue teamed up on his new international single, “Higher” from his “Rokstarr” album. The British singer’s decision to add Kylie to the original mix was sheer brilliance. Not only does the track work better as a duet, but it’ll also secure radio spins in countries where Kylie is loved and adored. Not to mention all the gay clubs and blogs across the world.

The concept of the video is something we’ve all seen before. It begins with a nighttime car chase straight out of “The Fast and The Furious“. Boy sees girl. Boy chases girl. Girl and her entourage of lingerie-clad hoochies tease boy. Girl rolls around on top of a car. Boy begins to fall for girl. Girl then girl leaves him.

It may be simple, but Kylie is so gorgeous it’s worth watching. Song isn’t bad as well. It’s no “Dynamite” but a good follow up single to Taio’s massive hit.

watch the video after the jump

Ciara & Usher “Turn It Up” On New Duet

In: Donovan, Music

I LOVE Usher. I like Ciara. Together, not so much. A duet of the two singers leaked online last week which may or may not be on Ciara’s much-delayed album. “Turn It Up” is uptempo dance track written by Ester Dean and produced by T-Minus. Ester Dean has been the force behind some of today’s biggest hits including Rihanna’s “Rude Boy”, Katy Perry’s “Peacock”, Pussycat Doll’s “Jai Ho” to name just a few.

If “Turn It Up” is a taste of what’s to come from Ciara’s “Basic Instinct” CD, I can see why it’s been pushed back numerous times. Seriously, that thing has had more release dates than Lindsay has rehab stints. The tentative date is now December 14, 2010. Let’s see if this one actually sticks.

Maybe I’m being a little hard on Ciara and Usher’s duet, but I was expecting much more, considering what these two R&B singers have done in the past. With a good remix, it might have a shot in the clubs, but as it stands now, it doesn’t have the goods to blow up on the charts. Don’t take my word for it, check it out after the jump.

listen to “Turn It Up” after the jump

Lady Gaga & Beyonce: Telephone/Videophone

In: Music, Tommy D

There are some moments in the history of the music when two juggernauts some together to create one of the greatest pieces of music. Run DMC & Aerosmith,  Michael & Janet, Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton. Eminem & Dido. It has been a few years now since the last major duet happened, and all I can say is…good things come to those who wait. In pop music today we have two juggernauts; Beyonce who is just unstoppable, and our newest girl Lady Gaga who has been a breath of fresh air on the scene today.  

When news first hit that Gaga was going to be in Beyonce’s video for “Video Phone” I pretty much got a gay heart attack. Lady Gaga is throwing down her own verse for the remix of the song as well. Just when you thought that that was all we were getting, we got word that Beyonce is making a cameo in Lady Gaga’s songs Telephone. How cute, they even had the same sort of idea for songs. That is where the similarities pretty much end.

Beyonce’s track is very Sasha Fierce. Kind weird, in the same style as DIVA but much sexier. The original is good, the remix with Gaga is great. She ads a really hot verse, and her groans and moans I think are exactly what the song needed.

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