<p>David Bowie</p>

David Bowie

Listen to David Bowie's new album, 'The Next Day' in its entirety

First album in 10 years is streaming on iTunes

David Bowie’s “The Next Day” doesn’t come out until March 12, but people can stream the album starting today exclusively on iTunes Store until release day.

Bowie ended a 10-year hiatus in January, surprising fans by dropping a video to a new song, “Where Are We Now,” out of the blue, on his 66th birthday on Jan. 8.  The tune was followed this week by a second song and video for the much edgier “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).”

Bowie’s long-time collaborator Tony Visconti produced the album.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars launches new tune 'Up In The Air' in space

Thirty Seconds To Mars launches new tune 'Up In The Air' in space

New single will travel on SpaceX cargo mission

Thirty Seconds To Mars is launching its new single, “Up In The Air,” literally.

On Friday (March 1), the Jared Leto-led band will be in Florida to watch the launch of SpaceX’s cargo mission to the International Space Station. The capsule will carry 1,200 pounds of cargo and a copy of the group’s new tune. 

On March 18, the band will travel to Houston to NASA’s Mission Control, to conduct a Q&A with Tom Marshburn, an astronaut on the flight, which will be broadcast live on the band’s website.  The song will premiere later that day and be for sale on March 19.

“Up In The Air” is the single from the band’s fourth studio album, which will come out later this year. It is the follow-up to 2009's  “This Is War.”  “Artifact,” a documentary about the making of “This Is War,” will screen at SXSW on March 13. The film won the People’s Choice documentary award at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean sign on for Tim McGraw salute

Superstar salute will tape April 7, air this summer

Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Ne-Yo are among the first artists to sign on to salute Tim McGraw during “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night.”

The show will tape April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the night after the April 7 Academy Of Country Music Awards. It will air later this summer.

Taping a television special the night after the Academy of Country Music Awards has become standard practice for the past four years: previous honorees include Lionel Richie, Brooks & Dunn, and George Strait.
 

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<p>Tom Petty</p>

Tom Petty

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers visit venues big and small this summer

Schedule includes multiple dates at New York's Beacon Theater

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have already secured a headlining gig at this June’s Bonnaroo. Now we’re finding out what the band is doing for the rest of its summer vacation.

The sextet’s six-week tour will include, in addition to B-roo, appearances at The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala.;  the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del.; and Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

The band’s mixing it up this summer: in addition to the festival gigs, and a handful of arena shows, the Heartbreakers will play five nights at New York’s Beacon Theater,  May 20-26, and six nights at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theater, spanning June 3-11.

The Heartbreakers are in the midst of recording their first album since 2010’s “Mojo.” The new set will come out next year in Reprise Records.

The tour schedule is below. For more information, go to www.tompetty.com


May 16:  Ford Center, Evansville, Ind.
May 17-19: Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, Ala.
May 20, 21,23,25, 26: Beacon Theater, New York
June 3,4,6,8, 9, 11: Fonda Theater, Los Angeles
June 15: Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
June 13-16: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, Tenn.
June 18: Budweiser Gardens, London, Ont.
June 20: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Penn.

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<p>Baauer&nbsp;</p>

Baauer 

'Harlem Shake' makes it two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100

Who scores the lone new entry in the top 10?

Harlem Shake” tops the Billboard Hot 100 for the second week in a row, thanks to the chart’s change in methodology.

The viral sensation by Baauer bowed at No. 1 last week after Billboard added YouTube video streaming data to the mix: chart positions are determined by airplay, digital sales, and streaming.  Streaming has led the charge for “Shake,” but look for radio play to increase as Warner Bros.’s makes a deal with indie label Mad Decent to push the song to radio.

Former No. 1, “Thrift Shop,” from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis stays at No. 2. And if the new methodology seems to make radio play less relevant, don’t tell that to Bruno Mars, whose “When I Was Your Man” rockets 8-3, based larger on airplay. The song is also selling well and becomes his 11th tune to surpass 1 million downloads in less than three  years.  Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” slides 7-9.

Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” rises 5-4, trading places with will.i. am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout.”

For the bottom half of the Top 10, Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” continues its climb to the top as it rises  10-6. Rihanna’s “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko falls 3-7, but that’s simply because it had a huge Grammy bounce last week. Its story at airplay is just beginning, so as spins increase, look for it to rise again.

Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z may not have Kanye West’s vote, but the public continues to approve, as it inches 9-8.

Lil Wayne’s “Love Me,” featuring Drake and Future, is the only newcomer in the Top 10, just making the cut at No. 10. It is the rappers 18th Hot 100 Top 10.



 

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<p>Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake</p>

Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake and Marcus Mumford duet for new Coen Brothers movie

Pair wrote track for 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Justin Timberlake is keeping it in the family. He appears in a small role as Carey Mulligan’s husband in the new Coen Brothers’ movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and now he and Mulligan’s real-life husband, Marcus Mumford, have recorded a song for the film’s soundtrack.

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<p>&nbsp;Adele performs at the Oscars.</p>

 Adele performs at the Oscars.

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Adele, Shirley Bassey, and Barbra Streisand see post-Oscar sales bumps

'Les Miz,' 'Chicago' and 'Dreamgirls' also see boosts

Adele is taking more than an Oscar home from Feb. 24’s Academy Awards ceremony.  The winner for best original song for “Skyfall” will also see a big sales increase on Billboard’s digital download chart.

Billboard predicts that the James Bond theme could soar 45% in sales over last week, when it sold 36,000 copies.

Adele isn’t the only Bond girl to see a nice bounce:  Shirley Bassey, who deservedly earned a standing ovation from the audience for her performance of “Goldfinger,” will also see a huge increase in sales, with as much as a 275% increase in downloads for a tally up to 2000 copies.

Though never a singer of a Bond theme song (how did that happen?), Barbra Streisand’s theme from another classic movie, “The Way We Were,” will also see a rise, perhaps as high as 175%, following her performance of the tune during the In Memoriam segment of the evening. She sang in honor of the song’s co-writer and her close friend, Marvin Hamlisch, who died on Aug. 6.

Also seeing increases are the soundtracks from “Les Miserables,” “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls,” all of whom had featured songs performed during the show.

While some of the increases will be immediately apparent on the charts released tomorrow (Feb. 26), given that the charts close on Sunday night, some of the titles could see even bigger bumps the following week.

 

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Watch: David Bowie's odd new video for 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'

Watch: David Bowie's odd new video for 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'

Tilda Swinton plays a disturbed Mrs. Bowie

I don’t what’s stranger in David Bowie’s brand new video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)": the concept of David Bowie and his wife, played by Tilda Swinton, being taken over by some blend of aliens tabloid stars and their former selves or the images of Bowie as some regular old husband trotting down to the grocery store with his wife.

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

Watch: Kanye West takes on Justin Timberlake and the Grammys during show rant

He's got a lot to get off his chest

Because he seemingly can’t help himself, Kanye West opened mouth and inserted foot again on Feb. 23 for the 13,578th time.

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

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons reveal plans for third album

But first, there's plenty of life left in 'Babel'

Mumford & Son’s Grammy Award for album of the year for “Babel” hasn’t even had time to gather dust, and yet the British quintet is already thinking about its third album and it sounds like it’s time for a little something different.

"I do feel like we're ready to make the departure,"  keyboardist Ben Lovett told Rolling Stone.  "There's definitely cohesion between the two albums [2010's 'Sigh No More' and 'Babel']. Now that we've done that, we're not desperate to walk away from that sound, but we're willing to explore what else we could do. These two albums are like brothers. Do something that's a cousin."

“There’s other sounds we want to make,” chimes in Marcus Mumford. And we can only assume he’s joking when he adds one of those sounds is “Like, hip-hop. We really want to rap.”

The band is fleshing out new ideas on its winter tour, with a practice room set up at every venue, but the new album could be a few years away, says banjo player Winston Marshall.  That seems likely given that “Babel” is only on its second single (and first single, “I Will Wait,” is still gaining traction on the Hot 100).

Next up for Mumford is a brief European tour and then this summer they’ll hold their second annual Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers, the multi-artist festivals they started in small towns last year. After starting in Lewes, U.K., the shows will move to North American: Simcoe, Canada on Aug. 23-24, Troy, Ohio on Aug. 30-31,  Guthrie, Okla. on Sept. 6-7 and St. Augustine, Fla., on Sept. 13-14.
 

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