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    Hilary Duff is back on the music scene, y'all, and her latest music video is nothing like you'd expect from a former Disney Channel star. Actually, it's exactly what you'd expect from a current Disney star. Basically, Lizzie McGuire could've starred in this, and honestly, I was a little disappointed not to see Gordo anywhere.

    "Chasing the Sun" is pure cheese ball summertime fluffy fun, and after all the overt sexiness that is Miley Cyrus, it's kind of nice to see something cute and goofy for once.

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    When I think of musicians known for their raucous live shows that inevitably result in concertgoers getting super wasted, I have to say, Keith Urban does not come to mind. It's true that my standout personal experience with having overindulged waaaaayyyyy too much at a show happened at a Tool concert about 25 years ago, so it's possible I have a misperception that most of the people who consume an irresponsible amount of intoxicants before attending a live event are young and into songs with titles like "Hooker With a Penis," but anyway, my point is, how weird is it that 22 drunk-ass people were hospitalized and more than 50 were taken into police custody at a Keith Urban show on Saturday night?

    The crowd's trashed behavior is also kind of weird -- or maybe ironic? -- given the fact that Urban's a recovering alcoholic. I mean, what is it about a famously sober country singer that compelled these people to be like, LET'S GET SH-TFACED AND GROUP-SING "BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD"?

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    Say what you will about singer Lana Del Rey's unusually candid interview style, she definitely isn't sticking to a PR-approved script these days. Just weeks after she made headlines for announcing "I wish I was dead already" when talking to The Guardian (and subsequently triggering Frances Bean Cobain's ire for "romanticizing" the death of young musicians), Del Rey told Complex magazine there's an element of truth to her song "F---ed My Way Up to the Top."

    Not that she did sleep her way to the top, mind you. But it wasn't particularly for a lack of trying, as Del Rey admits she's hooked up with plenty of guys in the industry -- yet the dalliances never actually helped her be successful.

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    Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has been making headlines -- both for his musical talent, obviously, and for his recent remarks against war. Speculation has mounted that these comments were meant to be "anti-Israel." Why do you care? Well, for the first time ever, Eddie performed John Lennon's "Imagine" in response to the controversy, and it was pretty fantastic, regardless of what you think about his politics!

    At his July 18 solo show in Meco, Portugal, he did talk about war, but then he performed the song accompanied only by his guitar. "I think it is the most powerful song ever written, which is why I have never played it," Vedder said in his introduction, per Consequence of Sound. "It seems like maybe there is a reason to play it."

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    If there's one song you're sick of hearing in the past year, it's probably Pharrell Williams' bouncy tune, "Happy." Well, apparently "Weird Al" Yankovic is sick of it too. It's difficult to believe that Weird Al is still making a living parodying pop tunes ... but he is! Not only that, they seem more popular than ever. In fact, his new parody, "Tacky," sees cameos from Aisha Tyler, Kristen Schaal, Margaret Cho, and Jack Black.

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    Hey, remember when deceased rapper Tupac Shakur came strolling onto the stage at Coachella and yelled, '“What the f*** is up, Coachellaaaaaaa?" and people totally lost their minds because it looked exactly like Tupac only it was a hologram (except it wasn't really a hologram but it's easier for us all to say "hologram" than "projected 2-D image") and all of a sudden it seemed like digitally resurrected musicians were going to take over the world? Well, we've seen the technology used to bring other famous dead people back to life, but Keith Urban may have started a lucrative new trend with his "Keith Urban Experience" Australian mall tour.

    See, Keith Urban isn't actually appearing in the malls. It's his hologram. And if this is the future, I think it's weird as hell.

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    Every time a singer's voice is autotuned, a super-cute kitten dies. Okay, fine, might be a little dramatic, but haven't you ever wondered what was really underneath all those adjusted pitches? Wonder no more! But be forewarned: It's pretty frightening. Britney Spears' unedited version of "Alien" has been released, and I'm not sure if my ears will ever recover.

    It's just bad.

    All right, all right, Britney has never been known for her amazing vocal skills. She's an entertainer and dancer first and foremost and has never pretended that she could sing "O Mio Babbino Caro," but it must be so devastating for the struggling artists out there who have actual talent and can't make a dime off of it.

    You'll want to hear this for yourself, obviously.

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    Did you know that Garth Brooks stopped touring in 2001, right when his career was on fire, in order to focus on raising his three daughters? That's quite a surprising choice for a guy who was one of the most popular musicians in the world at the time. As he explained, he planned to be a full-time father until his youngest daughter turned 18.

    Clearly Brooks has some strong personal convictions, but it's equally surprising to hear that he just canceled his Dublin "Comeback Special Event." Brooks has his reasons for canceling the sold-out shows in Ireland's Croke Park Stadium, but if you ask me, it was an incredibly petty decision, and one that will bitterly disappoint at least 400,000 would-be concertgoers.

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    There are certain songs that just seem custom-made for covering. You know, like "Hallelujah," or "Over the Rainbow," or "Baby It's Cold Outside," or anything by the Beatles. But I can't say it ever would have occurred to me that someone could take Whitney Houston's 1985 hit "How Will I Know" and remake it into a version that's barely recognizable -- and I mean that in a good way.

    Sam Smith is a 22-year-old British singer who just released his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, on June 17th. I don't know much about this guy, but based on the angsty, unexpected, completely gorgeous twist he put on Houston's boppy song, he's officially got my attention.

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    I would be happy if I never had to hear Idina Menzel sing Frozen's "Let It Go" ever again. She sings it beautifully, but because I have 4-year-old twins in love with the movie I have heard that song way too much. But give me Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder singing it any day and I'd be excited.

    And that's exactly what has happened. During a concert at Milan's Stadio San Siro on Friday, Pearl Jam was in the middle of the song "Daughter" when they went into "Let It Go". Since Vedder has two daughters aged 5 and 10, I can't help but think it was just for them. Check it out!

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