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Vevo launches broadcast-style music and video channel

Say hello to Vevo TV!

Vevo took the stage at SXSW this week to announce a new multi-platform programming initiative that attempts to streamline and highlight the buzziest music and entertainment happenings.

“VEVO TV is your channel for live concert events, artist interviews and video premieres from the biggest artists in the world. You will also find exclusive and original music shows we produce that you won’t be able to find anywhere else,” the company said in a blog post announcing the initiative. “…Just like a TV programming guide, our schedule will illustrate what is on right now and what is coming up later in the day, so you won’t miss a thing.”

The “channel” model will also reportedly allow the company to more effectively monetize its content behind the scenes. The Vevo TV ad model presents advertisers a chance to sponsor programming blocks across all platforms rather than individual videos.

Vevo TV is currently available on the web, Apple iOS, Android, Windows, Xbox and Roku.

'Glee': Sue confronts Blaine about his Cheerios duties -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It looks like Sue has a pretty rigorous contract in place to keep her Cheerios in check.

In an exclusive clip from this week’s episode “Feud,” Sue reads Blaine the contract he allegedly “signed” that basically binds him to the Cheerios forever (and there’s something in there about performing at the RNC).

She also calls him a “young Burt Reynolds,” which, you know, seems pretty spot on.

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' chatter: Five things we learned backstage after the top 10 reveal

American Idol revealed its top 10 last night, but after the lights dimmed on the live show, the new crop of contestants and the judges had a chance to speak to the press about the big night and preview the competition to come.

So what did we learn? Here are some highlights:

1. Keith Urban thinks Lazaro could upset the Year of the Girl
Since the early audition rounds, producers and judges have said the girls have a strong chance of breaking the male-winner streak. But while Keith Urban notes the strength of the female lot, he’s not counting out the boys, especially Lazaro Arbos. “There are some really good girls singers, but when you see a guy like Burnell [Taylor] or even more so Lazaro and the way he connects with an audience — he comes out and sings and they go crazy. They love him and the votes have really reflected that,” Urban told reporters.

So could Arbos be the one to upset what’s been referred to by some as the Year of the Girls? “He certainly could be,” says Urban. “But I love that there’s a few in here who could do that if they get the right song and the stars line up. The timing is everything. I hate that [that's the case] for them. It’s like — you might be the best football team ever, but if you don’t have the game on Super Bowl day that you need, you don’t win. But you could [have] won the day before if you’d played the day before. This show is like that.”

Meanwhile, Arbos admits that his “Bridge Over Troubled Water” performance may have not been his best showing: “Yeah, I was a hot mess with my song tonight. I didn’t get a chance to rehearse it. Therefore, I walked on stage and found out I have to sing, I was like, ‘Oh My God! Uh-Oh.’ So from now on, I just want to get comfortable with performing.”

2. That reveal was awkward for the contestants, too.
EW recapper Annie Barrett wasn’t a fan of the awkwardly formatted top 10 reveal show, saying it lacked suspense and tension for the home audience. But backstage, the biggest problem was an overload of emotions. “I think that was the ugliest walk I’ve ever made because I was in the middle of crying and laughing and just thinking of what’s going on back home right now,” Amber Holcomb joked. “But it was great.” Spanish-speaking singer Devin Velez also admitted to being a little overwhelmed after the big moment. “I got a little woozy, and Ryan had to shake me, ‘Devin, Devin, you have to go on stage.’ And the moment the doors open on stage, I just walked out, and I had to put my face in my hands. I just couldn’t look. It was unbelievable that all those people were clapping for me because they voted for me,” he said. “It was just confirmation of, ‘Devin, you’re here to sing. You were born to sing. We need you to do this.’ So it was like, ‘Alright. I have to do it now.’”

3. A change will do you good
Speaking of Velez, who has made it a point to show off his Spanish skills during his performances thus far, he’s going to skip the Spanish twist next week in an effort to keep his offerings fresh. “I’m not going to make it predictable; I want to catch them by surprise. If you make it predictable, you will get voted off. But I definitely think there will be more coming, just not right now. We’re going to take a break,” he said. “I might [eventually] do a whole Spanish song, too, but I don’t know yet. It’s all up in the air right now.”

4. Even contestants fear the Nicki
Minaj’s side eyes aren’t the only scary thing about this season of American Idol. As contestants prepare to head into the more intense rounds of competition, Minaj’s razor-sharp tongue and bluntness have some of them sweating. “She’s always so honest — but it’s so necessary,” Burnell Taylor told us, after confessing Minaj was the judge whose critiques he’s most fearing. “I can always count on her when it comes to honesty.” Country singer Janelle Arthur echoed the statement, saying despite being Minaj’s beloved “Marshmallow,” she doesn’t consider herself safe. “Even though I know Nicki loves me, I always know that she’s looking for that certain thing that makes her love me. So when she doesn’t see it, I know she’s going to bring it up and she’s going to say, ‘What happened? I didn’t see what I wanted to see,’” said Arthur. “She’s also so unpredictable. I never know what she’s going to do. So, yeah, I’m probably most apprehensive about her.”

5. Just Say No… to Carrie
While we’re talking about Arthur, it’s worth bringing up that this blond country singer is well aware of the comparisons being drawn to that other blonde country singer from Idol, and while flattering, she said she has no plans to cover a Carrie Underwood song. “I’m trying to stay as far away from the Carrie Underwood songs as I can because Carrie is incredible,” she said. “I don’t want to be compared to Carrie — but of course I’m going to be because I’m blonde and country. But our styles are so different, and that’s the good thing about it. Hopefully Nashville has room for another blonde.” One blonde singer’s music she definitely wants a chance to tackle, however? “I hope to perform a Dolly Parton song at some point,” she said.

EW’s Idol recap:
‘American Idol’: Here’s your Top 10

Shakira's claws come out on 'The Voice': First look at the new coach -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The Voice may have lost one spicy Latina judge in Christina Aguilera, but newcomer Shakira seems poised to infuse season 4 with a kinder-hearted, just-feisty-enough zest. In the exclusive video below, the 36-year-old Colombian superstar gamely takes on old-timers Blake Shelton and Adam Levine (after three seasons, she promises a contestant, “They’re almost deaf!”), slyly mocks the super-casual posture of fellow new judge Usher (pictured), and even rushes the stage during blind auditions to hug a singer she wants on her team. The competition is on! And don’t worry — she isn’t above segueing into Spanish to get her point across. (Silly Blake Shelton assumes she’s referring to a very spicy dip.)

Season 4 of The Voice premieres March 25 on NBC. Watch Shakira in action below: READ FULL STORY

'90210' scoop: Latest guest performer is... -- EXCLUSIVE

You guys, the ’90s lives!

EW has learned that 90210 has enlisted rock band the Goo Goo Dolls to perform on an upcoming episode, set to air May 6. Per the storyline, the band appears after Naomi calls upon them to perform at a relief concert.

After producing that song that played at school dances from 1998 until roughly 2008, Goo Goo Dolls released several more albums, including two Greatest Hits albums. Their latest effort, Magnetic, comes out May 7.

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'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's show, 'I Ain't a Judas'

You know how sometimes you lose track of a friend? And they start shacking up with a deranged post-apocalyptic dictator who tortures a couple of your other pals, and wants you dead, and dumps a van full of human flesh-hungry zombies on your doorstep? And then your friend comes round to visit and things get a little, well, aw-kward? Then you will have been unsurprised by the most recent episode of AMC’s undead show the Walking Dead.

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Justin Timberlake books a week with Jimmy Fallon

Timber-fans rejoice! NBC announced that Justin Timberlake has booked a whole week of appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Beginning March 11, the actor-producer-singer-honorary comedian will perform each night of the week. On Monday and Friday, he’ll sit down with Fallon — presumably to talk about the March 19 release of The 20/20 Experience, which just might redefine which Instagram filter we use to watch music.

Can we assume The Roots will be the backing band? Can we assume that ?uestlove will do a dreamy-smooth spin on JT’s new dreamy-smooth songs? Can we assume that there will be at least one sketch that involves Justin as the newest footman in Downton Sixbey?

We can’t assume, but we can dream.

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'Nashville': The stars come out for Deacon's surprise party -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Nashville is back Feb. 27 with a new episode, and we’re not the only ones celebrating. Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) decides to throw Deacon (Charles Esten) a surprise birthday party, which, judging from the promo, does not go well. But on the upside, real stars show up to fete everyone’s favorite guitarist (sorry, Gunnar and Liam), including The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Kate York, and Kip Moore. Check out more exclusive photos below. READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake to host 'SNL' for the fifth time in March

Saturday Night Live is bringing sexy back… again. NBC’s sketch series announced today that perennial favorite Justin Timberlake will return to the show as both host and musical guest on March 9. His third solo album, the hotly anticipated 20/20 Experience, will drop ten days later, on March 19.

The week before Timberlake’s homecoming, actor and comedian Kevin Hart will make his hosting debut. Hart currently stars in and produces the Must List-approved Real Husbands of Hollywood on BET; he also hosted MTV’s Video Music Awards last year. SNL‘s March 2 show will feature “Thrift Shop” rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as musical guests.

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'American Idol' Hollywood Round: What to expect

Gone are the halcyon days of American Idol auditions, in which the judges would put 50-plus people (of whom we viewers would get to meet at least… 10?) through to the next round. Tonight, the two-week “Hollywood Round” — guys this week, girls next — begins on Fox. “The minute we hit Hollywood, we go, ‘God, we’ve got 300 kids here,” executive producer Ken Warwick told EW in the midst of shooting Hollywood Round footage. “So the whole mental thing changes to ‘Who can we cut, and why?”

Below, Idol honchos Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe on what to expect. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': New featurette offers boobs, clown costumes, and one tender Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj moment -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Granted, Mariah probably only looks so giddy here because a sassy male contestant has just told Nicki, “Shut yo mouth.” (Hidden gem: Randy Jackson’s hand, conjuring up this television magic.) Below, we’ve got an exclusive featurette to get you ready for American Idol‘s season 12 premiere this Wednesday and Thursday on Fox. It’s the first clip I’ve seen that shows more than just a split second of a hopeful’s crazy-good vibrato — as well as much more of the intra-judge dynamic.

We’ve also got Mariah Carey’s boobs competing with Mariah Carey’s hair for Most Volumnious in her single shot. You can’t blame her; it’s hard out there when the other diva at the table is an even bigger wig collector than you. Check it out: READ FULL STORY

Beyonce shows vulnerability and Sasha Fierce-ness in new doc trailer -- VIDEO

Make no mistake: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is powerful. More powerful than her mind can even digest and understand. But even so, the superstar singer sometimes feels insecure. “I’m a human being,” she reveals in this new trailer for her upcoming HBO documentary. “I cry. I get scared. I get nervous.” Say it ain’t so, Bey!

Thankfully, the trailer also proves that doc will be more than a two-hour therapy session. It looks like there’ll be plenty of behind-the-scenes footage in the film, as well as a subplot about Beyoncé struggling to keep her pregnancy under wraps while on tour. The artist’s plans for world domination may also be revealed — as Bey says at one point, “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”

Viva la Beyoncé, and check out the new trailer here:

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Justin Bieber to host 'Saturday Night Live'

It’s Saturday Night Bieber!

Justin Bieber will host and be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live Feb. 9, EW has confirmed. This will be the first time Bieber hosts; he was the musical guest in 2010 when Tina Fey hosted, and has appeared on a few other episodes as well, most notably in a Church Lady sketch with host Dana Carvey.

Bieber is presumably hosting to promote his upcoming Believe: Acoustic release, out Jan. 29. He will follow Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers on Jan. 19, and Adam Levine on Jan. 26, with musical guest Kendrick Lamar.

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