<p>Ozzy Osbourne in August 2011</p>

Ozzy Osbourne in August 2011

Credit: AP Photo

Black Sabbath reuniting for world tour, new album and why that's too bad

Original quartet lineup -- including Ozzy and Iommi -- trying the reunion again

Metal pioneers Black Sabbath are reuniting with the original lineup and hitting the road, more than 40 years after the band's inception.

Guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bass player Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward are plotting a world tour as well as a new album, as they announced at a press conference today. The band will headline England's Download Festival in June 2012 and then head out.

Rick Rubin has been tapped to produce a new effort, the same role he had when the band made their first go at reuniting back at the end of the '90s and into the new millennium. If the album's completed, it will be Rubin's first for the band.

Black Sabbath hasn't released an album of all-new material with that lineup since 1978's "Never Say Die!"; Osbourne was fired that following year, and replaced by Ronnie James Dio. Thus, the inaugural quartet left eight studio albums in their wake.

Sabbath made their last concerted, formal reunion starting in 1997/1998, an earnest but ultimately doomed attempt at becoming a full band again. Bill Ward had a heart attack while they were on tour. Iommi pursued putting out his first solo album while Ozzy worked on a couple of his own, setting the band back on what was thought to be a temporary hiatus. The MTV's "The Osbournes" was permanently conscripted into Ozzy's life and that was that, in 2002. To show for it: 1998's decent and mostly live album "Reunion," which included two new studio tracks, with one that thankfully showed some spark ("Psycho Man").

Black Sabbath, without contest, is among one of the most influential rock bands of all time, trailblazers for metal, helping in defining an era of post-Beatles British music and yielding a template of heavy music frontmen. I am a great admirer of the band; and I won't be the first or last fan to say, that this reunion just seems sad.

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<p>The Black Keys</p>

The Black Keys

Credit: Katie Hasty

Listen: New Black Keys B-Side 'Run Right Back' goes back in time

Check out another track from El Camino

The Black Keys' Black Friday single "Lonely Boy" b/w "Run Right Back" will be out at the end of the month, and now you can hear both sides of that effort, in advance of the Dec. 6 full-length "El Camino."

"Run Right Back" seems to be a bit of a generic, classic-rock inspired thumper, Dan Auerbach's bluesy howl moving around the curves of some unknown girl. I'm not as wild about it as I am about "Lonely Boy," but I tend to like the duo a bit more raw than they are here, despite the wild-haired guitar lick.

And with the production from Danger Mouse, "El Camino" might be a lot of that mix, oscillating between gutter-sexy blues and more straight-forward rock tracks, a combo that helped the Black Keys earn 2010 Grammy wins for "Brothers."

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

Listen: Drake taps The Weeknd, Rihanna samples The xx, The Roots conjure Sufjan

Your week in urban set tapping into indie

It's no novelty for mainstream pop and urban artists to tap into the indie set. The week just seems to particularly heavy on it.

Drake's album "Take Care" has already leaked, but for those who crave the singer/MC bit by bit, there's new "Crew Love" and "The Ride" on which Drizzy takes advantage of melodies (and non-) from mysterious co-Canadian and singer The Weeknd. The former pushes the high end with the atmosphere and samples and takes it sweet time to get to Drake's initial verse. On the latter, Drake is confident there's not a sufficient amount of "feel" from fans and haters, as Weeknd's voice lilts and flits around loops in the background. It grooves less like a grandstand and more like a bedroom jam. It confuses me.

Meanwhile, it has become clear that Rihanna has worked in a sample from British rock sleepies The xx on her track "Drunk on Love" for her forthcoming album "Talk That Talk." That set is being previewed in seconds-long snippets, and the song in question (using "Intro") can be heard below.

Additionally, Sufjan Stevens may be inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, but it seems Illadelph's The Roots are inspired by Sufjan Stevens. His "Greetings from Michigan" track "Redford (For Yia Yia & Pappou)" served as inspiration for The Roots' new album "undun" protagonist Redford Stephens. They included a track of Stevens playing the song, as a section of a "four-part movement."

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<p>R. Kelly's &quot;Soula Coaster&quot;</p>

R. Kelly's "Soula Coaster"

Listen: R. Kelly releases incredible new song, unbelievable autobiography title

Songwriter/singer/conceptual artist is also heading up the 'Sparkle' soundtrack

R. Kelly has written an autobiography and I can't wait to read it, particularly in lieu of today's new track "Shut Up," which continues the dialogue: is Robert Kelly for real or is this all an elaborate conceptual scheme destined to trigger society's unrealized surrealist destiny?

Read: Is this man really singing about his tonsil surgery?

The answer is: he is. All of the above, perhaps. He was, remember, the genius behind "Trapped in the Closet."

"Shut Up" was posted to Kelly's Twitter, a declaration to nay-sayers who nay-said R. would never bounce back after a a good old-fashioned abcess-drain this summer. Whether these detractors are imaginary, very real, or something in between (perhaps hired men, paid to detract), the 44-year-old R&B legend felt strongly enough to toss in some f-bombs and to thank God for having his back in the battle.

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<p>Codeine</p>

Codeine

Codeine reuniting for tour, All Tomorrow's Parties, album reissues

ATP to feature Slayer performing 'Reign in Blood,' Mogwai, Guided By Voices

I'm still a little hot and bothered by the news of All Tomorrow's Parties London initial lineup for 2012: Slayer performing "Reign in Blood" in its entirety, the frequently afflicted Mogwai, Sleep (!!), the Melvins, newly reunited Guided By Voices and Yuck. (Fine, fine, and Mudhoney too. Whatever.)

But included in that May 25-27 weekend will be a reunion of slow-core pioneers Codeine. That crew has put themselves back together for what might be a whole tour, in fact, with plans to released their three excellent Sub Pop records. "Frigid Stars" (1990), 1992's "Barely Real" EP and 1994's "The White Birch" are getting double-album makeovers, similar to those that enhanced Jesus and Mary Chain's six album reduxes. They're due in Spring 2012.

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<p>Cee Lo</p>

Cee Lo

Listen: Cee Lo combines with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo for 'Anyway'

Previously unreleased single to be included in 'Lady Killer' re-release

It's about that time: Cee Lo Green is re-releasing his album "Lady Killer" and has combined with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo for a little extra material.

"Anyway" is the new single from the "F*ck You" singer, and the track was penned by Cuomo, Immaculate Noise featured artist Wallpaper and songwriter Ross Golan.

And it grabs hold of what everybody already knew: girls love guys with money! And, boy, do b**ches love shoes! 'miright?

Sigh.

It's a catchy track, regardless, and seems to directly counter the short-sight chick that broke Cee Lo, erm I mean Bruno Mars', heart in "F*ck You" and it's friendly G-rated cousin "Forget You." It looks to be a good contender for one of his performance tracks as he takes the stage float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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<p>Taking Back Sunday's Eddie Reyes</p>

Taking Back Sunday's Eddie Reyes

Watch: Taking Back Sunday's 'You Got Me' has an interpretive dance

Eddie Reyes goes to happy place

Where does Taking Back Sunday's founder and guitarist Eddie Reyes go when he wants to disappear? I mean, where do you go? Don't act like you haven't had this dream.

Check out Reyes giving out his best interpretive dance to "You Got Me" to a opulent theater with nobody in the seats.

This is also what happens when your band is short on ideas for your next music video.

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<p>Tom Waits in &quot;Satisfied&quot;</p>

Tom Waits in "Satisfied"

Watch: Tom Waits is 'Satisfied' in new Jesse Dylan-directed video

Shot by Bob's son, featuring the guitar handiwork of Keith Richards

If Lou Reed is the drunk uncle that ruins your Thanksgiving, then Tom Waits is the uncle to whom you offer another glass -- in the off chance he may pull one of these in your backyard.

The songsmith turned to director Jesse Dylan, media exec and son of Bob, to helm this off-the-cuff black-and-white clip. It features a sweating Waits pointing his "gun" and scratching an itchy belly as he stomps around the dirt in front of a tree and a fence. That's it. Really.

The song is culled from "Bad As Me," the Anti- artist's latest and first top 10 set, and features steady hands from those like Marc Ribot on guitar, Les Claypool on bass, son Casey Waits on drums and a little stank from Keith Richards. In part, that's why Waits tips his hat to the Rolling Stones: they claim they can't get no satisfaction, but as he sings, "I will have satisfaction / I will be satisfied."

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<p>Naomi Campbell in &quot;Girl Panic&quot;</p>

Naomi Campbell in "Girl Panic"

Watch: Duran Duran merge with super models for 'Girl Panic'

Just hilarious

If you need a few moment of wank material, here's nine-and-a-half minutes for free, though not commercial-free.

Duran Duran unleashed their extremely expensive Jonas Åkerlund-directed music video for new single "Girl Panic" and, boy, are there girls. Lots of them. And they're all models, kissing each other, pretending to be hung-over, air-humping, drinking champagne RIGHT FROM THE BOTTLE (!!!), brushing their bed-head from their faces and walking around the hallways perhaps in search of some diet soda or a cigarette.

The figureheads of the video are Duran Duran, played by super models Naomi Campbell as lead singer Simon Le Bon, Cindy Crawford as bassist John Taylor, Eva Herzigova as keyboardist Nick Rhodes ("as the only blonde in the band" [!!]), Helena Christensen as drummer Roger Taylor and Simon's wife Yasmin Le Bon as "the anonymous guitarist" (ouch). They dryly talk about their stardom, address former allegations like addiction, and explain why the band is "still at it" after 30 years, in bondage unis. This "encomassing humour" is funny because super models are trying be rock stars. Isn't that hilarious?

Duran Duran meta-note that they were among the first bands to use models in the videos, because nobody would have ever thought of that. And if the models-as-rock-stars metaphor is to extended, then it appears the guys and their crew spend all their downtime just making out with each other.

But to be fair, some of the shots are head-rushingly beautiful, and the fashion is sometimes on fire. I'm still not so wild about the song, which sounds outdated, and I'm so damn sweaty and exhausted by the end, I don't have it in me to give it another go, to play a fun game of "name that designer."

Duran Duran fans who live to support this single, however, will love this.

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<p>Jason Segal and Amy Adams with The Muppets</p>

Jason Segal and Amy Adams with The Muppets

Listen: Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Feist sing a 'Happy Song' for 'The Muppets'

Mmm, smells like Flight of the Conchords... plus Joanna Newsom

Need a pick-me-up after the new "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" soundtrack? How about a "Happy Song" with the Muppets?

"The Muppets" 2011 movie principals Jason Segal and Amy Adams help to lead "Life's a Happy Song." The title may make you urp, as may some of the lyrical content, but it may be more digestible considering who wrote it. Bret McKenzie, one half of "New Zealand's second most popular guitar-based, digi-bongo, a cappella, rap-funk-comedy folk duo" Flight of the Conchords, is serving as music supervisor on the film. Blame him for this interestingly gummy original track for the film, due in theaters on Nov. 23. Keep your ears open: Feist and Mickey Rooney also pull a cameo on the track.

There's also Joanna Newsom's nice little take on the famous puppets' theme song.

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