<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

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Lady Antebellum reveals track listing for new album, 'Golden'

Fourth set inspired by time on the road

Lady Antebellum’s fourth album, “Golden,” was inspired by the trio’s life on the road.
Out May 7, the Grammy-winning group’s latest set developed out of experimentation between Lady A and its band as they traveled across the world. “We were just kind of in that live show mindset for this album,” said the band’s Dave Haywood, in a statement. “We had that perspective of being on a tour and having seen what translates in an arena. We have a better idea what kind of songs are so relateable where it shakes everybody like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve totally been there’.”

The band’s Charles Kelley adds that the trio wanted to reinvent themselves a little, as jangly first single “Downtown shows, but not too much. “I get annoyed when people reinvent themselves too much because there’s a reason people fell n love with you in the first place, but I think it’s important not to regurgitate the same stuff over and over again.” 

The band co-produced the set with Paul Worley, who has worked with them on their previous efforts. HitFix heard the title track, the wistful, beautiful “Golden,” when the band taped an episode of CMT’s “Crossroads” with Stevie Nicks.

GOLDEN Track List:

1. Get To Me
2. Goodbye Town
3. Nothin' Like The First Time
4. Downtown
5. Better Off Now (That You're Gone)
6. It Ain't Pretty
7. Can't Stand The Rain
8. Golden
9. Long Teenage Goodbye
10. All For Love
11. Better Man
12. Generation Away


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Album Review: Dido's 'Girl Who Got Away'

Album Review: Dido's 'Girl Who Got Away'

British singer displays her many moods on new set

As much as Dido’s three previous studio albums have been about her dreamy, ethereal voice, her projects have also been about marrying her vocals to myriad beats.

On “Girl Who Got Away,” out Tuesday (26), she uses the same basic palette but widens the parameters with largely winning results.

The album opens with “No Freedom,” an acoustic guitar-based, reggae tinged song, but it’s not long before all manner of beats and electronic music are blending in with the strong melodies.

For her first album in nearly five years, she paired with writers/producers Brian Eno, Jeff Bhasker, Rick Nowels, Greg Kurstin and her most frequent collaborator, her brother Rollo Armstrong. Under a less sure hand, so many cooks might threaten to create a disjointed effort, but, here, it merely serves to provide the many different flavors of Dido.

On the title track, she’s the girl who got away from her career temporarily— she disappeared to have a baby—but who also gets away with having a happy life: “the lover who really loved, the dancer who danced to the last song...”  That happiness spills over again on the lovely spare “Sitting on The Roof Of The World” as Dido looks back on her musical journey with gratitude that she slipped through the door of success while there was still an opening, and yet she’s still able to return home.

One of the highlights is the mantra-like “Let Us Move On” featuring Kendrick Lamar. Unlike so many songs with a rap breakdown that seemingly has no connection to the tune of origin, Lamar’s portion fits in with the overall calm chill of the song and there’s a potency in the juxtaposition of his gruffness with her understated elegance.

For all the joy many of the track profess, “Girl” has many moods, some of them dark. Dido’s beatific voice lets her deliver harsh lyrics with such lilting precision that you don’t even feel the knife go in,  such as on “End Of Night,” when she sings, “I feel nothing when you cry/ I hear nothing/ see no need to reply, I can smile then and turn away.”

Similarly “Blackbird” seems like upbeat tune that opens with a sunny, engaging tape-manipulated stutter step,  but the words tell a different story: “Why do I bring you love, when all you give me back is pain?...There’s a blackbird in my chest all aflutter, and all caged in... wanting to break free with the wolves in my head,” Dido sings.

With Dido’s languid vocals, nothing ever feels rushed or particularly urgent, yet there’s nothing complacent about any of the work here. The airiness of her voice provides the perfect complement to the beats. While it’s easy to let her voice just glide over you like an incoming fog, those who dive deeper will find plenty lurking under the surface on “Girl.”


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<p>Justin Timberlake</p>

Justin Timberlake

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Music Power Rankings: Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Beyonce make the list

Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney do too

1. Justin Timberlake: There are 800,000 reasons why he’s No. 1 this week. That’s how big “The 20/20 Experience” is going to be.

2. Rolling Stones: They link with AEG for an estimated $80 million guarantee for 18 North American shows.  If that doesn’t buy them satisfaction, nothing will.

3. Paul McCartney:
At 70, he’s preparing to hit the long and winding road again with his “Out There!” tour, going to cities he’s never played before.

4. Beyonce: She’s even got Rush Limbaugh stirred up over her latest tune, “Bow Down,” even if he clearly has no clue what the song’s about.

5. Rihanna:
Her “Rihanna  777” “documentary” about her seven concerts in seven days in seven countries will air on Fox May 6. Maybe the special will accomplish something she never could: start on time. 

6. Lil Wayne: After suffering seizures and  giving his fans quite the health scare last week, Weezy is out of the hospital and seems to be faring well and was last seen cruising the aisles of Rite Aid buying cough syrup.

7. Lollapalooza: The Chicago Tribute leaks that Mumford & Sons and Phoenix will be among the headliners at this year’s fest.

8. David Bowie: He has to settle for No. 2 in the U.S., but takes “The Next Day” his first album in 10 years, to No. 1 in 12 countries without a single interview or television appearance. Make of that what you will...

9. SFX: Robert Sillerman’s company continues to snap up EDM-focused companies, this time purchasing 75% of Dutch company  ID&T.  First up will be the U.S. version of the Tomorrowland Festival. “And now is the time on “Sprockets” where we dance.”

10. Michelle Shocked:  There are millions of people who had never heard of the folk singer until this week when she made anti-gay remarks from a San Francisco stage and millions more who wish now they never had. 


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My Chemical Romance disbands after 12 years

My Chemical Romance disbands after 12 years

'The Black Parade' band calls it quits via its website

After a dozen years together, My Chemical Romance has disbanded. The New Jersey-based group released a collective statement on its website on Friday night. The statement in full is below.

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<p>Justin Timberlake's &quot;The 20/20 Experience&quot;</p>

Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience"

Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' dominates next week's Billboard 200

New album will sell more than the next 9 other titles combined

Have you heard of the 800 lb. gorilla? Next week, Justin Timberlake will be the 800,000 lb. gorilla as it looks like “The 20/20 Experience” will sell up to 800,000 copies, making it the fifth biggest debut of the decade.

Sales projections for “20/20” keep increasing. At the beginning of the week, it appeared that his first album in seven years would sell at least 500,000; then the number soared to 750,000 and with two days left until the chart close, it’s at 800,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

At that rate, the title will handily sell more than the rest of the nine titles in Billboard 200 top 10 combined. In fact, no one else looks to even top 50,000 copies.

In addition to Timberlake, the other debuts will be Kacey Musgraves’ excellent “Same Trailer, Different Park” (read our interview with the up-and-comer here) at No. 4, with sales of around 40,000, and an expanded edition of the soundtrack to “Les Miserables” at No. 7.

Otherwise, it looks like Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” will be at No. 2, Luke Bryan’s “Spring Break...Here To Party” at No. 3 and this week’s No. 1, Bon Jovi’s “What About Now” at No. 5.

Pink’s “The Truth About Love” climbs several notches to No. 6 on the strength of her well-received concert tour and her new single with fun.s’ Nate Ruess, “///. Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” is at No. 8,  Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” at No. 9, and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” at No. 10, according to Hits Daily Double.

David Bowie’s “The Next Day” which bowed at No. 2 this week, likely drops to No. 11 with sales of 21,000-24,000.

In case you’re wondering, the top two biggest debuts of the decade so far belong to Taylor Swift, followed by Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne.


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Watch: Dido talks new album, motherhood, and Kendrick Lamar

Watch: Dido talks new album, motherhood, and Kendrick Lamar

Is she the 'Girl Who Got Away?'

Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, better known as Dido, returns with a new album on March 26, her first since 2008’s “Safe Trip Home.”

The British singer/songwriter, whose feathery, lilting vocals have highlighted such hits as “White Flag” and “Thank You” (widely known for its use in Eminem's "Stan") recorded much of “Girl Who Got Away” while pregnant with her son, Stanley, who was born in 2011.

Like most new moms, she’s seeing the world differently these days. “Having a child just changes everything in the most amazing way and there’s just a freshness to life and I see everything through his eyes and it just sort of blows away anything,” she says. “Suddenly the whole world is technicolor again and it feels like starting again in the best way.”

Because she recorded the album leisurely, she says she didn’t feel the sort of pressure she’s had on past albums. “I made this album sort of over a period of time and each track was made in its own time,” she says. “It wasn’t like we were in a studio having to sort of do a bunch of stuff. It was a track here, a track there, and I came to LA and I worked with a few people and it just meant that the album naturally built up. By the time we came to putting it all together at the end of last year, I know it was already there, the pressure was off.”

One of the people on the new album is Kendrick Lamar, with whom she recorded the gorgeous “Let Us Move On.” “I wrote the track with Jeff Bhasker and that was just a really, fun day. I’d always wanted to work with him,” she says. “[The song] needed a rap on it, you could just feel on it, it needed an extra story. I loved what I’d heard of Kendrick’s  voice, so I sent it to him and he sent back this amazing rap and it was just to hear his voice, it was like, ‘Oh, this is great, I love this!’” She and the Lamar still have yet to meet.

In addition to Bhasker and Lamar, she work with a number of other top producers and songwriters, including Greg Kurstin, Rick Nowels, her brother Rollo Armstrong, and Brian Eno.

In the embedded video, the Londoner also talks about why she finds Southern California so inspirational and how her Oscar nomination for “If I Rise” affected her.


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Watch: Jason Aldean goes back to '1994' in new video with Lady Antebellum and more
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Watch: Jason Aldean goes back to '1994' in new video with Lady Antebellum and more

Where's the man of the hour, Joe Diffie?

Jason Aldean takes us back in time with the video for “1994” with help from some of 2013’s biggest country stars.

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<p>Avril Lavigne</p>

Avril Lavigne

Listen: Avril Lavigne's new song, 'Here's To Never Growing Up'

Singer releases 14 seconds of new track for crowd-sourced video

Wonder what Avril Lavigne’s been up to? The “Sk8ter Boi” girl is making new music. She teased fans with a 14-second snippet on Wednesday night of her new song, “Here’s To Never Growing Up.”

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Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' keeps a shaky hold atop the Billboard Hot 100
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Baauer's 'Harlem Shake' keeps a shaky hold atop the Billboard Hot 100

Pink lands her 14th top 10 with 'Just Give Me A Reason'

“Harlem Shake” shakily holds on to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, despite another week of declining YouTube streaming.

Baauer’s viral sensation also sees digital downloads slide, but sees on-demand audio streaming rise, according to Billboard.

“Shake’s” success keeps former No. 1, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s  “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz at No. 2 again, while Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” stays at No. 3.

Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay Z climbs 5-4, flipping places with Rihanna’s “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko.

Also swapping spots are Drake’s “Started From The Bottom,” which rises 7-6, trading with Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which moves 6-7.

Rounding out the top 10, will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” holds at No. 8, Pink lands her 14th top 10 as “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess from fun.,  soars 18-9, and Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” featuring Drake slips 9-10.

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<p>Michelle Shocked performs at the Madison, WI&nbsp;state Capitol in 2011.</p>

Michelle Shocked performs at the Madison, WI state Capitol in 2011.

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Michelle Shocked responds to her alleged anti-gay comments

Hear the tape from Sunday's concert

Michelle Shocked has responded with two open letters regarding reports of her anti-gay comments she made from the stage at San Francisco club Yoshi’s on Sunday night. In the wake of her comments (the audio is below), she apologizes for what fans “think they’ve heard.”

She says she’s speaking for others below, but when she starts to talk about her faith and Jesus, she says. “I was in a prayer meeting yesterday. You’ve got to appreciate how scared, how scared, folks on that side of the equation are. I mean, from their vantage point, and I really shouldn’t say their, because it’s mine too, we nearly are at the end of time. From our vantage point, we’re going to be, I think maybe Chinese Water Torture is going to be the method, once Prop 8 gets instated and once preachers are held at gunpoint and forced to marry the homosexuals, I’m pretty sure that that will be the signal for God to come on back. You said you wanted reality...”    She later says “I am so committed to loving each and every soul in this room tonight that I could not come here and ignore you. I could not come here and pretend that I was above the conversation.” (And just to clarify, Prop 8 has been passed in California and it does not allow gays to marry, so she actually means once Prop 8 is repealed).

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