Florence Welch's voice is a true force of nature. Hearing it on a Florence and the Machine record is one thing, but being in the same room with her while she's belting out her hits almost makes you physically feel her vocals. And it's even more of a stark experience when she does it over acoustic instrumentation, like she did for a special Sessions taping at our New York studio. After her performance, which included tracks from her new album 'Ceremonials' as well as her 2009 debut 'Lungs,' we sat down with Welch to talk about recording at Abbey Road, the sophomore slump, her favorite cocktail and why she's nearly caused a few car accidents. "It's a funny thing [when you're drunk], you're not really thinking in a normal way, you know? You're not thinking literally, you're thinking laterally. Everything's coming in quite a strange way, and it was almost as if the song appeared from nowhere."
'American Idol' Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina has had quite a year! By 17, the self-proclaimed "Georgia peach" has become a household name with her run on one the biggest singing competition shows on TV, and toured across the country with her fellow 'Idols' all summer. Lauren made her Grand Ole Opry debut back in June and released her debut solo album 'Wildflower,' which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top County Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200. And all this before the girl has taken her driver's license exam! To round out her whirlwind year, Lauren hit AOL Music's studio to give an exclusive live Sessions performance of her new 'Wildflower' tracks. In between belting out tunes, the singing sensation posed for our cameras in an exclusive photo shoot and told us her newly accelerated life. When asked if her friends at home have changed around her since becoming famous, she said "My closest friends haven't changed at all, but people who didn't really like me, like me now [laughs]! That's the weirdest thing. People that I would never talk to, who clearly did not like me, act like we were best friends before. And I just don't like fake people! It just drives me crazy, but I don't say anything." And don't think you can tie die this 17-year-old lass. She's not looking for a man right now. "It's so weird, the guys that liked me before don't really talk around me anymore. They're so embarrassed and shy. And then the ones that weren't interested at all are like, "What's up?" I don't know, it's just, guys are dumb!"