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Sam Smith, Christina Aguilera, The Roots, 1D, Ariana Grande, and More Sing 'We Are the Champions': VIDEO

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Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to last night's Super Bowl by inviting the Roots, Carrie Underwood, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Usher, Meghan Trainor, One Direction, and Christina Aguilera to join him for an a cappella rendition of the Queen classic "We Are the Champions".

Watch them belt it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Congratulations, Patriots!

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Pentatonix Men Mash-Up 'Blank Space,' 'Jealous,' and 'Break Free' In Broadway Style Cover: VIDEO

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Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying, who form 2/5 of the a capella group Pentatonix and also collaborate together under the name 'Superfruit,' are back with a new mash-up. This time the boys mash-up Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," Nick Jonas' "Jealous," and Ariana Grande's "Break Free" to tell a tale of discovering love, infidelity and ultimately freedom. The mash-up also features Broadway vet Shoshanna Bean (whom you may recall from Wicked).

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And in case you missed it, check out Superfruit's cover of Beyonce's last album in under 6 minutes HERE.

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DJ Earworm's United State Of Pop 2014: VIDEO

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DJ Earworm, known for mixing the year's greatest hits into one, yearly mega mash-up, is back again with a mega-mix of 2014's top songs from Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, Sam Smith, Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, John Legend, Lorde and relative newcomers Meghan Trainor, Bastille, Tove Lo and Magic! among others. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ariana Grande Ditched Catholicism for Her Gay Brother Frankie

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Pop princess Ariana Grande has a big "Problem" with the Catholic church's intolerance regarding gays, specifically when it comes to her out brother (and recent Big Brother cast member), Frankie Grande. In a recent interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Grande said that "when my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, ‘OK, that’s not cool'."

The Grande siblings have since traded in their rosaries for Kabbalah bracelets. They discovered their new spiritual practice (which famously includes other diva believers like Madonna and Britney) a few years back when checking out a Kabbalah center that had just opened near their home in Florida. Now the singer says it's the key to her success and sense of well-being. “Since then, my life has unfolded in a really beautiful way," she said. "I think that it has a lot to do with the tools I’ve learned through Kabbalah, I really do."

Grande has come to her older half-brother's defense before, notably when he was attacked by Internet trolls over his bad-boy role on Big Brother back in August. Frankie, a singer and showman in his own right, is set to make his Broadway debut next month as he joins the cast of the 80s jukebox musical Rock of Ages


Theatre News: Lohan's Debut, 'Wolf Hall', 'Zhivago', Estefan Musical Aim for 2015

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This month in theatre news, Lindsay Lohan debuts on the West End, and the KGB, Henry VIII and a deaf leading lady will all play Broadway in 2015.

> Lindsay Lohan opened at London’s Playhouse Theatre in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow, in a role originated by Madonna and most recently played by Elisabeth Moss on Broadway. The jury is split on whether ‘fetch’ happened—the Mean Girls actress reportedly forgot a line or two in the 90 minute drama, and drew mixed (though assuringly few terrible) reviews from critics.

Doctor-zhivago> A musical adaptation of the classic film, Doctor Zhivago will come to Broadway in 2015 directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys). Featuring music by Lucy Simon, lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers and book by Michael Weller, the show first premiered in 2006 at La Jolla Playhouse in Calif., followed by a significantly revised version in Australia last year. The production will take over the Broadway Theatre, where Cinderella is set to close Jan. 3.

> Producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Matthew Byam Shaw announced that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 will transfer to Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (where Rocky closed this summer) beginning performances March 20, 2015. Based on the best-selling novels by Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the plays tackle the drama of the court of Henry VIII (meaning heads will roll!). Both shows will run in repertory.

Luftig> Gloria Estefan told the New York Daily News that pop star Ariana Grande is her top pick to play the Grammy-winning icon in On Your Feet!, the new musical based on Estefan’s life and career slated to arrive on Broadway at the Marquee Theatre in October, 2015. Grande was previously seen on Broadway in the 2007 musical 13. Fingers remain crossed for Nick Jonas to play Emilio.

> Mark Medoff’s 1980 play Children of a Lesser God, about the romance between a deaf woman and a hearing man, will be revived on Broadway in the 2015-2016 season by Kinky Boots producer Hal Luftig (pictured right). Kenny Leon, who won a Tony for his direction of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington last season, will direct. No casting has been announced, but the team is committed to assembling a diverse cast and presenting a deaf actress in the leading role, according to the New York Times.

 


Postmodern Jukebox Gives Ariana Grande's 'Break Free' A Soulful Twist: VIDEO

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The group popular for doing funky twists on contemporary hits (like a 40s swing version of Madonna's "Like A Prayer", for instance) is back with a soulful take on Ariana Grande's "Break Free" that is full of 70s flare.

Watch and listen as the group performs their "Tower of Power" rendition, AFTER THE JUMP...

Of course, if you're looking for something closer to the original source material, the boys of Fire Island can surely help you out. 

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