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At this point of her hectic 25 promotional tour, I’m sure Adele is a little tired of singing “Hello.” Who could blame her?

To make things interesting, the 27-year-old Brit performed the power ballad accompanied by school instruments on The Tonight Show. Bongos, a kazoo, xylophone, orange shaker and a wood block were just a few of the instruments used.

If you’re a regular viewer of the late night show, you know it’s not the first time Jimmy Fallon and The Roots have done this. Idina Menzel, One Direction, Meghan Trainor, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Carly Rae Jepsen and even the Kermits have participated in this fun activity. Check out Adele’s amazing performance below.

watch adorable performance after the jump


Once again, Jimmy Fallon has proven NBC execs right with their decision to bestow The Tonight Show chair upon him. The 40-year-old late night host consistently entertains with his charming skits and antics.

In honor of The Tonight Show returning to Los Angeles since Jay Leno left, Fallon parodies one of the most beloved and memorable theme songs of the 90s- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. With the aid of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro, Jimmy films a bang-on recreation. Definitely watch it out below, especially if you’re a fan of Ribeiro doing his signature Carlton dance.

watch after the jump

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.

Backstage before last night’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy, Mariah Carey, and The Roots grabbed some instruments you’d find in an elementary school classroom and stopped by the Late Night “Music Room” to sing Mariah’s holiday classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” It’s such a cute video with all the kids joining in as well! Definitely something that will get you into the holiday spirit and Mariah’s song is up there as one of my favorite Christmas songs.

You may recall that Christina Aguilera was also recently on the show and performed “Your Body” with Fallon and The Roots, with everyone only using office supplies as instruments. More recently though, Fallon has been getting into the holiday spirit and last week performed a hilarious holiday mashup with Rashida Jones – definitely worth watching if you haven’t. Watch last night’s performance below and it’s bound to brighten your day.

Watch & listen after the jump…

Last night, Christina Aguilera was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon where she performed “Your Body” alongside Jimmy Fallon and The Roots with everyone using office supplies as instruments. I actually really enjoyed this acoustic rendition of her hit single.

Today, Aguilera released the full track of one of her new songs called “Blank Page” and I think you’re gonna love it. Very different from her first single, “Blank Page” is a power ballad, sort of along the same lines as one of her biggest hits, “Beautiful“. In the track, Aguilera sings, “Oh, for the things you said / If I could’ve knew / That I hurt you / I would do anything / For us to make it through / Got me a smile and save me tonight / I am a blank page waiting /For you to bring me to life.”

Listen to the beautiful new song and also check out her performance last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon below.

Listen to the new track & watch her perform after the jump…

VH1’s 2011 Divas Concert Reveals This Year’s Divas

In: Donovan, Music

Last year, VH1’s popular concert series saluted the troops. This year, the beloved franchise is paying tribute to the cities where soul music was born. Can I get a hallelujah? The cities slated to be honored are Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Philadelphia and London. London, WTF? I guess with the resurgence of soul thanks to Adele, it sorta makes sense.

With soul music taking front and center, this year’s Divas lineup is packed with ladies who have some serious pipes. Sorry Miley Cyrus, your services aren’t needed this year. I still can’t get over the “Party In The USA” singer was deemed a Diva two years ago. So not fetch. Yes, Grechen Weiners I’m still trying to make it happen.

“This year’s ‘Divas’ offers a modern twist on soul music, all while tipping its hat to the legacy of key cities that created this musical heritage.” – Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development, VH1 and VH1 Classic

Taking place at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, some of today’s most powerful singers will be taking on timeless classics. As in previous years, this edition of “VH1 Divas” will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation and its programs to restore music education in public schools. “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” premieres Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1.

see this year’s six DIVAs after the jump

I love when celebrities makes bets with each other. The result is always amazing stuff like this. When Stephen Colbert challenge Late Night host Jimmy Fallon to raise $26,000 for charity, I don’t think Stephen realized the power that Jimmy had to pull in funds. In losing the bet and being a great sport, Stephen took to the stage at Jimmy’s show to sing a rendition of Rebecca Black’s song, Friday.

The musical number involved some pretty awesome special guests. For the rap, Jimmy’s house band The Roots kicked it mocking the car scene by driving in with just a car door. For the famous bridge, Jimmy Fallon made his own cameo and then out of nowhere, forgotten American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.

To finish off the number with a bang, the New York Knicks’ Dance Team jumped on the stage with an explosive dance routine. This was absolutely hilarious and so much better than the original. I think they should record a full version and sell it on iTunes to raise more money. What do you think?

Check out the hilarious video here.

On Monday, the stars and the pros had a big challenge on their hands. Not only did they have to learn one routine, but they also had to learn a second routine knowing only their style but not knowing their music. After their first performance, each couple picked their song out of a mirror ball and had 20 minutes to configure their routine backstage, before hitting the floor and performing for the judges. The instant dance brought out the best in some of the stars like Jennifer and Kyle but brought out the worst in Maks who didn’t agree with Carrie Ann’s criticism that they should have started the dance right when the music started. A top the leader board is Brandy and Maks and Jennifer and Derek while at the bottom is Bristol and Mark once again. Has Bristol finally put the nail in her coffin or will the ballroom be shocked once again?

Here are the stars that are safe and in jeopardy:

Kyle and Lacey: SAFE
Jennifer and Derek: SAFE
Kurt and Anna: IN JEOPARDY
Bristol and Mark: SAFE
Brandy and Maks: IN JEOPARDY

Watch Performances & see who goes home after the jump…

Hallelujah, the Welsh goddess is back and she comes bearing gifts. Duffy’s 2008 debut album “Rockferry” was a massive hit around the world, lead by the enormous single “Mercy”. That album went to sell over 6.5 million units worldwide. I was one of those 6.5 mil who bought that album and I LOVED it. Nowadays, It’s very rare for me to listen to an entire album in its entirety. The recording industry is all about a singles market these days and most albums are packed with filler rubbish (smell me, I’m so British). “Syrup and Honey” and “Warwick Avenue” were two of my favorites.

In anticipation of the release of her sophomore album, “Endlessly“, on November 29, the official lead cut was just released. “Well Well Well” is the perfect track to signal her return to her fans. It’s in the same vein as “Mercy” with its catchy radio appeal, but with an edge. The track features a rhythm section by The Roots and gives the soulful track a bit of funk.

listen to Duffy’s awesome new track after the jump

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