<p>Alabama Shakes on &quot;Saturday Night Live&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Alabama Shakes on "Saturday Night Live" 

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Alabama Shakes gets huge bounce on Billboard 200 after 'SNL' performance

Will it be enough to knock Mumford & Sons out of No. 1?

It’s a static Billboard 200 next week as no new albums debut in the Top 10. We’re at the tail end of the winter doldrums and things should pick up in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we see a few lingering effects of Grammy bumps and the huge one-two punch appearing on the Grammys and then on “Saturday Night Live” had for Alabama Shakes.

Grammy album of the year winner “Babel” from Mumford  & Sons stays at No. 1 with sales of 65,000.

Josh Groban’s former No. 1,  “All That Echoes” will be No. 2, while it's likely that  Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” will be No. 3.

The biggest mover of the week is “Boys & Girls” from Alabama Shakes, which could bounce to a new high at No. 4. Its previous summit in its 43 weeks on the Billboard 200 has been No. 8. Following lead singer BrittanyHoward’s participation in the Levon Helm tribute at the Grammys, the group’s album jumped 42-20 this week. Next week, after its triumphant appearance on “Saturday Night Live” it is in a dead heat with the “Now 45”  for No. 4. Both titles are slated to sell between  35,000 and 40,000, according to Hits Daily Double. 

The Lumineers’ self-titled album, which has just been certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies. will be at No. 6. It’s a possible tie for No. 7 right now with both  the 2013 Grammy Nominees album and Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” too close to call. Same goes for No. 9 and No. 10: Three albums are all slated to sell between 24,000 and 27,000 copies next week to claim the two spots:  Fun’s “Some Nights,” Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes of Freedom” and Taylor Swift’s “Red.”

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<p>John Fogerty</p>

John Fogerty

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John Fogerty previews new duets album with Foo Fighters, Jennifer Hudson and more

During intimate showcase, Fogerty reveals stories behind 'Wrote A Song For Everyone'

Declaring  that it “may be the best thing I’ve ever done,” John Fogerty hosted  an intimate playback of his forthcoming duets album, “Wrote A Song For Everyone,” Thursday  (Feb. 20) afternoon for about three dozen journalists and radio programmers.

The set, out May 28 (Fogerty’s 68th birthday), features the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performing Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo songs with Foo Fighters, Jennifer Hudson, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, My Morning Jacket, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock and Bob Seger among others.

Nestled among the classics are two new songs, “Mystic Highway” and “Train Of Fools.”

Seated on the state of the premiere Los Angeles singer/songwriter club Hotel Cafe, Fogerty went through each song with journalist David Wild, talking about either the song’s creation or the new recording.

The idea for the collaboration came from Fogerty’s wife of nearly 22 years, Julie. “She said why don’t we get a bunch of your friends you really like and sing a bunch of your songs, and I thought, ‘Christmas!’” He cringed at the thought of calling it the obvious, such as “Duets,” and, once again, Julie came to the rescue and suggested “Wrote A Song For Everyone,” the title of a  song from 1969’s CCR album,  “Green River.”

The album kicks off with a full-throttled version of  “Fortunate Son” with Foo Fighter Dave Grohl and Fogerty trading guitar solos.  Miranda Lambert, who performs “Travelin’ Band” in her show, joined him for “Wrote A Song For Everyone.” Fogerty heard Lambert’s voice on the radio before he knew who she was. “I didn’t know who she was... I just knew I loved that voice,” he says. Lambert responded “hell, yeah,” when asked. After recording their parts, Lambert told him she thought the song needed a “face-melting guitar solo.”  “I thought ‘I’ll do a solo like Tom Morello’  went through my mind for a nano-second. Then I thought, ‘No, we’ll get Tom Morello’.” And so they did.

 In addition to Lambert, the album emphasizes the deep country roots that have always run through CCR and his solo music by such pairings as Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson.  Among the top tracks is “Hot Rod Heart,” a guitar shoot-out with Paisley that leaves the listener breathless. “Brad is probably one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived,” Fogerty says.  “Brad is my idol as far as playing Telecaster.”

Zac Brown Band turns “Bad Moon Rising” into a jubilant, fiddle-fueled outing, and is one of only two tracks recorded without Fogerty in the studio at the same time as the guest the artist. The other Fogerty’s pairing with Kid Rock for a funked up “Born on the Bayou.”

One of the most striking tunes is “Long As I Can See The Light” with My Morning Jacket, where Fogerty  let the jam band do its thing. “I was the observant ringmaster,” he says. Jim James delivers an inspired vocal on the track that sounds like CCR crossed with The Band.

The most touching song on the album is “Someday Never Comes,” a tune Fogerty wrote about having to tell his young children about his divorce from his first wife, which is also informed by his memory of his father having the same talk with him when his parents divorced. Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith takes a tender approach to the vocals, with Fogerty as the older wiser voice. Then Taylor and his brother Griffin sing the last verse.

The best blend of both artists’ styles is on “Who’ll Stop  the Rain” with Bob Seger. Seger originally planned to follow the original, but when the two were in the studio, Fogerty overheard Seger playing the tune on acoustic guitar and singing softly and encouraged him to follow that path.  The song feels like a mash-up of “Rain,”  “Night Moves,” and Seger’s cover of Rodney Crowell’s “Shame on the Moon.”

The album closes with a complete reinvention of “Proud Mary” featuring Jennifer Hudson on vocals. She planned to replicate Tina Turner’s version, and she starts the tune that way, but then it kicks into a New Orleans-style, Zydeco-leaning re-imaging of the tune with horns and accordion. Also featured on the track, which was recording in New Orleans, are Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band.

Fogerty closed the event the way it started with "Fortunate Song," this time playing it solo, seated on a stool with his fuzzy guitar filling every corner of the small club.

With the right push, it’s easy to see the album taking on a life of its own, like Lionel Richie’s similarly-themed “Tuskegee.”  Country radio should gravitate toward the Zac Brown Band track and rock radio could grab “Fortunate Son.”

1. Fortunate Son (with Foo Fighters)
2. Almost Saturday Night (with Keith Urban)
3. Lodi (with Shane Fogerty and Tyler Fogerty)
4. Mystic Highway (John Fogerty solo)
5. Wrote a Song for Everyone (with Miranda Lambert feat. Tom Morello)
6. Bad Moon Rising (with Zac Brown Band)
7. Long As I Can See the Light (with My Morning Jacket)
8. Born on the Bayou (with Kid Rock)
9. Train of Fools (John Fogerty solo)
10. Someday Never Comes (with Dawes)
11. Who'll Stop the Rain (with Bob Seger)
12. Hot Rod Heart (with Brad Paisley)
13. Have You Ever Seen the Rain (with Alan Jackson)
14. Proud Mary (with Jennifer Hudson feat. Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band)


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A guide to the top 2013 Oscar musical performances

Other than Adele and Babs, who should you look out for on Sunday night?

After ignoring last year's two nominees for best original song, this Sunday’s 85th Annual Oscar ceremony looks like it will be overloaded with musical performances. In addition to Adele and Barbra Streisand, here's a guide to whom else you should look out for as of three days before the big show.

*Adele: The multiple Grammy winner will perform her Oscar-nominated tune “Skyfall” from the James Bond movie of the same name. The Academy Awards are planning a 50th anniversary salute to 007 so Adele’s performance  will be a  part of that and will also include  Shirley Bassey, best known for singing Bond themes “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever.”  How awesome would it be if Carly Simon, Paul McCartney, Sheena Easton and Duran Duran also showed up? 

*Norah Jones: She will sing nominated son, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,”  co-written by Oscar host Seth McFarlane.

*Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta-Jones will be among the artists participating in a tribute to recent movie musicals, “Dreamgirls,” “Chicago” and “Les Miserables.” Also confirmed for the tribute is the cast of  “Les Miserables,” including Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried, so expect Jackman to break into Oscar-nominated song “Suddenly” at some point.

*Barbra Streisand: Just as you don’t put Baby in a corner, you don’t put Streisand in a medley with other artists.  While producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are keeping mum on how Streisand, who is singing on the show for the first time in 36 years, will participate, the pair told The Hollywood Reporter, “Streisand is going to come on and do something really special and blow people away.”

*Kristen Chenoweth and Seth McFarlane: As my colleague Guy Tapley previously reported, instead of ending the show with the presentation of the  Oscar for  best picture,  the Academy Awards will close with  a musical number by  McFarlane and Chenoweth because, as producers Meron and  Zadan  told The Hollywood Reporter,   “We want to have an actual ending.” Sadly, the sound of their singing may be drowned out by the sounds of people clicking their televisions off, no matter how amusing or clever the final song may be.

*As of now, there’s still no word on how nominated songs,  “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”  or “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”  will be represented.


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Will the 2013 Oscars be the only time Adele performs 'Skyfall?'

Sources tell HitFix that's the case...for now

Rumor has it Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony may be the only time that Adele performs her Oscar-nominated James Bond theme live.

Sources tell Hitfix that her Feb. 24 performance of "Skyfall" will be a one-time thing and that she never plans to sing the song live again. It appears the show’s  producers are doing nothing to dissuade viewers from thinking otherwise.  Craig Zadan, who is producing with Neil Meron, told The Hollywood Reporter,“What’s really exciting for us is that Adele is singing ‘Skyfall’ for the first time, and maybe the only time, she will have performed it live. It’s a special one-off event.”

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<p>The Foo Fighters at the Grammys</p>

The Foo Fighters at the Grammys

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Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters head back to work on a new album

Band reunites after shortest break ever

Do you know what today is? Today is the day that Dave Grohl returns to Los Angeles to start work on a new Foo Fighters album.

As you may recall, last summer, Grohl struck fear in the heart of Foo fans when he said his band was going to take a long break. The good news is that time is clearly relative.

Wednesday  night at the Brit Awards,  Grohl told the ceremony’s host , James Corden, that he was headed back to Cali to work on the follow-up to 2011’s “Wasting Light,” according to NME.

"We have a plan, we know exactly what's coming next and I have the music for the next record and we're going to start working on it once we finish doing all this stuff,” Grohl says. “We have really awesome, big plans for the next album and I'm really excited about it."

In addition to stepping in as a guest host on “Chelsea Lately,” playing gigs surrounding his documentary, “Sound City;" directing Soundgarden videos, and appearing on the new Queens of the Stone Age album,  it sounds like Grohl is just as eager to get back to the Foos as the fans are.

As far as a release date, he couldn’t narrow down that time frame, only telling Corden, “eventually.”

Watch Taylor Hawkins and Pat Smear talk about the band's break at the Sundance premiere of "Sound City"  here.


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Watch: One Direction takes on Blondie's 'One Way Or Another' for a good cause

Watch: One Direction takes on Blondie's 'One Way Or Another' for a good cause

What happens when they go to 10 Downing Street?

Say what you will about One Direction, and you’ve probably said a lot if you have a teenage girl anywhere in your family, but the British group’s heart is definitely in the right place in this sweet video for the quintet’s remake of Blondie’s “One Way Or Another.”

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10 worst Oscar winners for best original song

10 worst Oscar winners for best original song

Do you really think 'You Light Up My Life' would win again?

There have been many years when the Oscar winner for best original song felt 100% right and then there have been all the other years. Finding the 10 most egregious mistakes wasn't difficult. Too many times the voters seemingly selected the movie rather than the song or the legacy of the esteemed songwriter over the particular tune. And then, of course, there are the years when the Oscar voters just seem to hate most of the songs altogether, such as last year, when only two songs made the cut. Here's a look back at some cringeworthy selections (OK, they aren't ALL cringeworthy) and who should have won.


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'Harlem Shake' zooms to the top of the Billboard Hot 100
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'Harlem Shake' zooms to the top of the Billboard Hot 100

A change in methodology upends the weekly chart

A change in chart methodology leads to viral sensation “Harlem Shake” by Baauer  catapulting to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Starting this week, YouTube streaming data will be included in the media tallied for the Billboard Hot 100, joining radio play, other social steaming media, and digital sales (imagine how long “Gangnam Style” would have been at No. 1 if YouTube had been added only a few months ago!).

“Harlem Shake” is the 21st song in the 55-year history of the chart to debut at No. 1, according to Billboard.

“Shake” knocks Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop,” which topped the chart for four weeks, down to No. 2.  Rihanna’s  “Stay, featuring Mikky Ekko,” charges to No. 3 from No. 57, propelled by the new methodology and her Grammy performance. “Stay” is Rihanna’s 24th top 10 hit. She surpasses both Whitney Houston and the Rolling Stones, who had 23 each.

Will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” falls 3-4, while Taylor Swift’s “I Knew Your Were Trouble” stays at No. 5.

The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” slides 4-6 and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven”  falls to earth, slipping 2-7. But it’s not all bad news for Mars, as his new single, “When I Was Your Man” inches 9-8.

Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z moves 8-9 and Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” makes it way toward the top as it flies 63-10.

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<p>Clive Davis and Kelly Clarkson</p>

Clive Davis and Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly Clarkson vs. Clive Davis: Where does it rate among label spats with artists?

He said/she said takes a new turn today

Clive Davis got off lucky.  His public spat with Kelly Clarkson has so far only involved words. 

Once, an artist was so pissed off at her A&R executive at a record company that she jumped up on his desk, squatted, and took a dump. This is a true story. She thought it was the ultimate act of rebellion, but all it did was get her dumped from the label.

To catch you up to speed, yesterday Davis, a legendary label executive, released his second book, “ The Soundtrack of My Life.”   In it, he told his version of what happened with Kelly Clarkson’s third album, “My December.” She was in a dark place when she wrote many of the songs for the album and Davis was concerned that it wouldn’t have the commercial appeal of the “American Idol” winner’s first glossy two albums.

Davis describes the ongoing battle over the album one way and Clarkson remembers it very, very differently, so she took to Whosay yesterday to post her version of events. She calls Davis's account "a violation." 

This morning, Davis decided to chime in again and in a long Twitter posting, replied:

“As anyone who has read ‘The Soundtrack of My Life’ knows, I think Kelly Clarkson is a tremendous vocal talent and performer. In the book, I provide an in-depth look at our years together during which we shared major multi-platinum success, as well as a few creative differences. I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together. Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all. The chapter as it is written was thoroughly verified by each and every one of them. I stand by the chapter as written in my book. At the same time I wish, and will always wish, Kelly's talent and her career to soar to ever new heights.”

So he’s not backing down and she won’t either. Let’s just say we won’t be seeing Clarkson perform at any of Davis’s pre-Grammy parties any time soon.

In the annals of recorded music, this he said/she said doesn’t even rate a 2 on the spat-o-meter.  Artists have taken swings at record executives: Diddy, then going as Puffy, struck label exec/artist manager Steve Stoute with a champagne bottle because he was mad over a scene kept in a Nas video (they settled out of court).

Maybe Clarkson will get another song out of it: the road is strewn with songs by artists railing against their record label, including Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label,”  Cracker’s “It Ain’t Gonna Suck Itself,” Against’s Me’s “Unprotected Sex with Multiple Partners” and, of course, Pink’s “Don’t Let Me Get Me.”

So does the public really want to see how the sausage is made? The vast majority  of fans don’t care that artists and label execs go toe-to-toe every day...they’re just quiet about it. It’s really part of the creative process and, while it’s nice to believe that an artist should always get to make the album he or she wants to, when a label is investing millions of dollars in that artist (most of which it will never recoup), it does get to have a say.

In this court of public opinion, Clarkson will likely win this one and I applaud her for speaking up  since she clearly felt wronged (she wasn’t quiet when the incident happened the first time, so why should she be now). For Davis, it’s all part of publicity machine and even he knows this is great for his book.

Who do you think is right?

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Watch: Passion Pit's new video for 'Carried Away' featuring Sophia Bush
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Watch: Passion Pit's new video for 'Carried Away' featuring Sophia Bush

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' cinematographer Ben Richardson lensed the clip

Boys love crazy girls. If you need further proof, just watch the dysfunctional relationship played out in Passion Pit’s new video, “Carried Away," a track from 2012's "Gossamer."

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