Listen: Mariah Carey's new track 'Almost Home' misses by a mile
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Listen: Mariah Carey's new track 'Almost Home' misses by a mile

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Mid-tempo ballad from 'Oz the Great and Powerful' could use some heart

Hear Mariah Carey like you’re never heard her...and that’s not a good thing.

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

Why we don't believe the Rihanna headlining Glastonbury rumors

The Rolling Stones seem a much more likely bet

Is Rihanna headed to Glastonbury or is the rumor as off target as the Rolling Stones/Coachella whispers?  As the news is spreading like on the interwebs, we’re crying foul on the suggestion.

The U.K.’s Daily Star reports that the singer will headline this year’s British festival, which takes place June 26-30 and returns after last year’s edition was canceled because of the London Olympics.

One big red flag that the Daily Star could be wrong? (in addition to the fact that it’s a tabloid better known for its hot “babe” pix rather than breaking news) is that the newspaper suggests Rihanna will headline Sunday night on the Pyramid stage. A quick look at the “Diamonds” tour schedule shows her only open night during the festival is Friday June 28. She is playing at Cologne’s Lanxess Arena on Jan. 26 and 27 and Zurich’s  Hallenstadion on June 29-30.

That’s pretty conclusive proof, however, the final nail in the rumor’s coffin is that less than two weeks before the festival starts, she is playing throughout the U.K., including two nights at London’s Twickenham Stadium, two nights in Manchester and one night in Birmingham. No promoter in the world would book her for a festival that close to her own headlining dates.

We have a request in for a comment from Rihanna's rep, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out this one doesn't have legs.

As far as the Rolling Stones rumor, that one seems to hold more promise. Guitarist Ronnie Wood told the much more respectable U.K. newspaper The Independent last week that he plans to "twist the arms" of his fellow bandmates to get them to play the festival. He plans to bring it up at the band's next meeting in March. That's a little late to leave Glastonbury twisting in the wind if Jagger and co. can't come to terms, however.
 

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<p>Jason Aldean</p>

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan headline new Faster Horses Festival

3-day country event set for July launch in Michigan

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan will headline the inaugural Faster Horses Festival, set for July 19-21 in Brooklyn, Mich.

Among those also  appearing at the new festival will be Chris Young, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett, Kix Brooks, David Nail, Jerrod Neimann Jon Pardi, Greg Bates and Ashley Monroe.

Live Nation will produce the festival, which is a part of the national tour promoters desire to expand further into country markets.  AEG/Golden Voice has the best known and largest country festival with Stagecoach, which takes place ... in Indio, Calif. However, last year, Live Nation launched Watershed Festival at the Gorge, in George Washington, and feels that the genre is an area of growth in an otherwise crowded festival space.

Three-day passes start at $170 and go on sale next Monday. For more information, go to fasterhorsesfestival.com.

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<p>Adele</p>

Adele

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Music Power Rankings: Mumford & Sons, Adele and Justin Timberlake top the list

Why does Ted Nugent make the tally?

1. Mumford & Sons: The British quartet accomplishes something the likes of  Bruce Springsteen, the Beach Boys and R.E.M. have never done by winning the Grammy for album of the year. In doing so, “Babel” towers over all over albums next week on the Billboard 200.

2. Adele: She doesn’t even have to put out new music to win a Grammy... or any award. We just want her to promise she’ll attend and give a hilariously candid acceptance speech.

3. Justin Timberlake:
After a six year absence, he and Jay-Z will tour stadiums this summer. That’s a lot of sexy.

4. The 55th annual Grammy Awards:
The show couldn’t top last year’s numbers, but still managed to score the second highest ratings in 20 years. Better yet: no one had to die for it to happen.

5. Harlem Shake: "Gangnam Style" meet the "Harlem Shake."  The king is dead, long live the king.

6. Eric Church: The Academy of Country Music Awards voters show their religion: Eric Church tops all artists with seven nominations.

7. Beyonce: With help from such high-powered friends as Oprah, her “Life Is But A Dream” HBO documentary, directed by her, gets a rousing premiere.

8. Lady Gaga
: One of touring’s most powerful new acts of the last decade has to cancel 21 dates in order to have hip surgery. Maybe she should change her name to Lady Dowager  (seriously, speedy recovery, LG).

9. Justin Bieber:
His fans unleash their wrath on Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney after he says the Biebs doesn’t deserve a Grammy. Some of them even spelled "drop dead” correctly.

10. Ted Nugent: He attended the State of the Union address and doesn’t turn to stone in the presence of a man he’s called “evil.” What a pity.

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<p>Mumford &amp; Sons</p>

Mumford & Sons

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Mumford & Sons ride Grammy victory back to No. 1 on Billboard 200

Who else gets a nice Grammy bounce?

Talk about a Grammy bump... Mumford & Son’s “Babel,” which was crowned album of the year during Feb. 10’s Grammy Awards, soars back to the top of the charts next week with estimated sales of 150,000-160,000 copies.

The effects were felt by the band immediately following the Grammy broadcast as the album rose from 7-4 on the Billboard 200 this week and then back to No. 1 next week.

A number of other Grammy participants also see increases. The “2013 Grammy Nominees” CD threatens to hit the 100,000 mark as it likely rises to No. 2, according to Hits Daily Double.

Bruno Mars, who performed “Locked Out Of Heaven,” sees his album, “Unorthodox Jukebox” climb back to No. 3, while Taylor Swift, who opened the show, sees “Red” sell up to 75,000, and move up to No. 4 after falling out of the Top 10 this week.

This week’s No. 1 album, Josh Groban’s “All That Echoes,” probably falls to No. 5, although it and “Now 45” are both on target to sell between 60,000-70,000, so it could be No. 6.

Andrea Bocelli’s “Passione” looks good for No. 7, although fun.’s “Some Nights” may snag that spot, leaving “Passione” to fall to No. 8. Pink’s “The Truth About Love” looks good for No. 9, while the Lumineers, who also performed on the show, will see its self-titled album hold steady at No. 10.
 

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The Band Perry reveals sophomore album title, 'Pioneer,' and cover art

The Band Perry reveals sophomore album title, 'Pioneer,' and cover art

Find out why the trio switched producers from Rick Rubin to Dann Huff

The Band Perry just celebrated “Better Dig Two,” the first single from its sophomore album going to to the top of Billboard’s Country Songs chart.

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Pink's 'The Truth About Love' tour opens in Phoenix to a few glitches

Pink's 'The Truth About Love' tour opens in Phoenix to a few glitches

Singer has ups and downs during U.S. Airways concert's first night

Pink’s “The Truth About Love” got off to a high-flying start at Phoenix's US Airways Arena last night, but not without a few hitches.

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<p>Macklemore &amp; Ryan Lewis</p>

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' tops Billboard Hot 100 for fourth week

Static chart sees little movement in the top half

It’s a mighty static week on the Billboard Hot 100 with the top six titles remaining in place, but that doesn’t mean there’s not some action bubbling under.

To recap: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz holds at No. 1 for the fourth week.
The next five places also stay the same: former No. 1 “Locked Out Of Heaven,” from Bruno Mars is No. 2, Will.I.Am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” is No. 3, the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” is No. 4, Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” is No. 5 and Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” featuring John Martin is No. 6.

Maroon 5’s “Daylight” shines through galloping 14-7, following the band’s performance of the song (with Alicia Keys) on the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards to mark the group’s seventh No. 10 hit.

Similarly Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z also sees a nice post-Grammy bounce, rising 13-8. The song debuted at No. 84, then soared to No. 4, then dropped to No. 13 for the past two weeks.

Although he didn’t perform the song on the Grammys, Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” leaps 22-9, giving Mars two songs in the top 10. Think radio doesn’t love him? He’s the first male artist to have top songs in the top 10 as a lead act since, well, himself, when he did so with “Grenade” and “Just The Way You Are” in December 2010, according to Billboard.

The Grammy-absent Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj fall 7-10 with “Beauty and a Beat.”

Though the Grammy bounce has already registered for a number of songs, next week is when the chart will reflect the full impact of the Grammy Awards.

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<p>The Civil Wars</p>

The Civil Wars

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Listen: New Civil Wars song, 'Long Time Gone'

Tune is part of 14-song documentary soundtrack with T Bone Burnett

The Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett have collaborated on a new film, following their Grammy-winning “Hunger Games” collaboration, “Safe & Sound” (with Taylor Swift), which snagged the award for best song written for visual media at Sunday night’s awards.

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<p>Tom Petty</p>

Tom Petty

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Kings of Leon, The Shins, Tom Petty to headline Hangout Music Fest

Ellie Goulding and the Roots also on Gulf Shores bill

Kings of Leon, The Shins, Tom Petty, Passion Pit, Public Enemy and Kendrick Lamar are among the top acts playing The fourth Hangout Music Fest.

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