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Listen To Glee’s Guilty Pleasures

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Everyone has them. I have plenty. In fact, when I used to work for a teen online magazine, I used to place mine in a playlist titled “work research.” That way if my friends saw Hilary Duff, Ashlee Simpson or Jesse McCartney on there, I could easily pass them off as work-related material. It always worked ;)

On Thursday, Glee shares theirs in the aptly-titled “Guilty Pleasures” episode. Some might say, isn’t every show riddled with them. Fair enough, but this one is jam-packed with guilty pleasures. What songs and artists does Ryan Murphy think people should be ashamed for liking? Based on the picture above, you can tell one of them is the Spice Girls. Clearly, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) is Scary Spice, Marley (Melissa Benoist) is Posh Spice, Brittany (Heather Morris) is Sporty Spice, Unique (Alex Newell) is Baby Spice and Kitty (Becca Tobin) is Ginger Spice. Obviously, they’re going to take on “Wannabe.”

Other artists covered include Wham!, Bobby Brown, Phil Collins, Barry Manilow and ABBA. All are definitely worthy to be called guilty pleasures. The only odd man out seems to be Radiohead’s “Creep” covered by Brody (Dean Geyer) and Rachel (Lea Michele). I guess Murphy couldn’t find another track for Rachel to confront Brody about being a male hooker. Listen to this duet along with all the guilty pleasure covers below.

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Best Glee news in a while. Idina Menzel is returning to the FOX musical to reprise her role as Shelby Corcoran. The 41-year-old actress made her first appearance midway through the show’s first season and has appeared in more than ten episodes since. Lea Michele, Menzel’s onscreen daughter, broke the news via Twitter, “I spy @idinamenzel at #Glee today! So excited to have my mama back!”

Hopefully when Menzel returns in mid-April, a duet featuring Michele is part of her appearance. Their performances on “I Dreamed A Dream” and “Poker Face” are among two of my favorite duets on the show. Speaking of duet performances, last night’s “Feud” episode featured a couple of good ones. Brody (Dean Geyer) smoldered covering Marina & The Diamond’s “How To Be A Heartbreak.” Also fun to watch was Finn (Cory Monteith) and Mr. Schu’s (Matthew Morrison) boy band showdown covering ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. My favorite though was Ryder (Blake Jenner) and Unique (Alex Newell) doing a Madonna/Elton John mashup. Check out all the performances below.

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Watch Santana Cover Paula Abdul’s Cold Hearted

In: Donovan, Music

Yesterday, I shared the audio for all the performances on Glee‘s Thursday episode. Most of the covers from “Feud” are mashups featuring infamous celebrity battles such as N’Sync/Backstreet Boys, Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey and Elton John/Madonna. In between all those rivalries, there are a couple of solo performances, like this one.

Santana (Naya Rivera) who’s wise to Brody’s (Dean Geyer) shady dealings decides covering Paula Abdul’s classic 1989 “Cold Hearted” is the best way to warn him she’s onto him. As expected, my girl Santana slays the vocals and the choreography. If you’ve watched Abdul’s Bob Fosse-inspired music video back in the day, Glee’s homage captures its spirit perfectly. The only thing missing is Naya performing the rap interlude. Such a shame cuz that’s my favorite part of Paula’s version.

Check out Santana’s cover below, along with Paula’s original clip. I’ve also added a cover by The Vampire DiariesKat Graham. The actress puts her own special spin on the track and changes up the lyrics. If you still can’t get enough, I’ve embedded a scene from All That Jazz which inspired Abdul originally. Enjoy all the jazz hands.

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After last week’s lackluster episode (IMHO), I’m hoping Glee rebounds with “Feud.” I have a strong feeling it might. Especially after listening to all six tracks from Thursday’s show. The mashups featuring infamous celebrity feuds are pretty awesome. Finn (Cory Monteith) and Mr. Schu (Matthew Morrison) channel their feelings surrounding Emma-gate on stage with an ‘N Sync (“Bye Bye Bye”) and Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way”) mashup. Bravo to Ryan Murphy. Having these two characters perform boy band songs is absolutely perfect.

The second mashup involving a highly-publicized feud involves tracks by Elton John and Madonna. His “The Bitch Is Back” is mixed with her “Dress You Up.” The last celeb battle is a recent one and absolute perfect synergy given that Glee airs after American Idol. I never thought a mashup between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj would be possible, but the show managed to pull it off. To be fair, the Carey song is actually a cover of Brenda K. Starr’s classic 80s ballad “I Still Believe” (love, love, love this track).

If mashups aren’t your thing, the episode also has covers of current hits by Tegan & Sara (“Closer”) and Marina and the Diamonds (“How to Be a Heartbreaker”). The latter is performed by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Brody (Dean Geyer). I assume it’s about Brody being a male gigolo. I wonder how much he charges ;) Speaking of that sticky situation, Santana slays it on Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted Snake” while doling out some sage advice to Rachel. Listen to all the tracks below.

listen to all the songs after the jump

Jane Lynch Does Nicki Minaj

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Since a new episode of Glee airs tonight, I thought I’d share this fun clip. Jane Lynch recently stopped by Conan to share a run-in with Nicki Minaj at Elton John’s Oscar party. She informed the American Idol judge that Ryan Murphy had Sue Sylvester perform “Super Bass” on an upcoming episode.

Conan O’Brien asked if she still knew the rap. The 52-year-old actress quickly busted out a verse from the track and slayed it. Afterward, Lynch joked that her rapping skills could come in handy to intimidate people. “They don’t expect it from the six foot white lady,” she said. Check out Jane’s dope rapping skills below.

In other Glee-related news, Jessica Sanchez revealed to, that she’s heading to film her long-reported appearance soon. The American Idol Season 11 runner-up said the following:

“As far as ‘Glee,’ I have no script yet. I’ll be taping very, very soon. I got a call from them, like, a couple days ago, very, very excited. I’ve been practicing my acting. It’s like a whole new element for me. I’ve never acted before, so I mean, it’s just like dancing; it’s unexpected. So we’ll see how I do.” – Jessica Sanchez

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After being bumped by American Idol the past couple of weeks, Glee returns with a brand new episode this Thursday. Not just any ordinary one, but one that features a huge milestone. The episode titled “Girls (and Boys) On Film” features the 500th musical number. Can you believe Lea Michele and company have covered that many songs in just four seasons? Insane. Find out below which lucky track gets the honor of becoming number 500.

Last time we left the gang, Rachel (Lea Michele) took a pregnancy test, Emma (Jayma Mays) left Will (Matthew Morrison) at the altar, Quinn (Dianna Agron) took a dip in the lady pond with Santana (Naya Rivera) and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) apologized to Blaine (Darren Criss) for being a stalker hag ;) Obviously the upcoming episode is all about Will trying to woo Emma back. What better way to win her over by taking inspiration from some of the most romantic moments in cinema.

Songs featured in this episode come from Ghost, Moulin Rouge, Top Gun, Footloose, Say Anything, Royal Wedding and Animal House. Say what??? Yup, “Shout” which was featured in the John Belushi classic gets the New Directions treatment and earns the distinction as the 500th musical number. I wonder if this was planned or just happened to be. Listen to it below, along with all eight songs from Thursday night’s show.

listen to all the songs after the jump

What’s Your Favorite Ryan Murphy Show?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Earlier this week the Paley Center for Media bestowed its inaugural PaleyFest Icon Award to Ryan Murphy. Paley Center CEO Pat Mitchell called Murphy a “ground-breaker” and “change-maker” for his career achievements. I couldn’t agree more. Murphy has created some of my favorite shows over the years, including his debut effort Popular on the now defunct The WB. He certainly has a knack for producing watercooler television programs.

The evening kicked off with an introduction by one of Murphy’s idols- prolific writer and producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times). Following that, a Q&A took place where Ryan discussed his early career and spoilers for his current show. On hand to honor the 47-year-old were actors from all his television shows. It was nice to see cast reunions for Nip/Tuck and Popular. Even though, Ryan has dabbled in film (Eat Pray Love) I thought I’d limit my poll to only his television credits. For me, I love all of them but curious to know what readers feel his best work is. Sound off below.

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Watch Clips From Glee’s Valentine Episode

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A Valentine’s Day-themed episode actually airing on February 14! Timing doesn’t get any better than that. Expect Ryan Murphy and company to inundate you with plenty of over-the-top romantic gestures. It’s only been four seasons in the making, but Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) finally tie the knot. There isn’t a grander gesture than saying “I do.” Appropriately enough, that’s the title of this week’s Glee episode.

Love isn’t just reserved for the adults, but it also trickles down to the young cast as well. With everyone coming back to Lima for the big event, does this mean Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) rekindle their romance? I hope not. I’m not ready to say goodbye to gratuitous shots of Brody (Dean Geyer) just yet.

Speaking of cuties, my new favorite, Jake (Jacob Artist) decides to serenade his valentine based on his buddy Ryder’s (Blake Jenner) advice. Jake duets with Marley (Melissa Benoist) on Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “You’re All I Need to Get By.” Love that track. Method Man and Lauryn Hill’s cover of it during the 90s is one of my all-time favorite hip-hop collaborations. Check out Jake & Marley’s duet below, along with a couple of clips from Glee’s Valentine’s Day episode.

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