<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Listen: Justin Bieber's heart breaks over Selena Gomez in new song 'Nothing Like Us'

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Piano track leads 'Believe Acoustic' album

Justin Bieber spills pieces of his broken heart in his new song, “Nothing Like Us.”

The piano ballad, featured on “Believe Acoustic,”  is an anguished tale of his break-up with Selena Gomez.

The spare track, which Billboard.com premiered today, features a subdued Bieber plaintively telling Gomez,  “I wish I could give you what you deserve because nothing can ever, ever replace you... you know there’s no one I can relate to/you know we won’t find a love that’s so true.”

He later sings, “I gave you everything/everything I had to give/Girl, why would you push me away?” It’s a raw, simple song delivered at points in a near whisper by Bieber as he goes through the five stages of grief over their parting.

While Bieber seems to blame the break-up on Gomez, asking her “was it worth it,” he finally comes to the acceptance stage, resigned to the fact that they are truly over: “That is the past now/we didn’t last now.”

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Bieber told Billboard he wrote the song while staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. “They have a piano in the room. I sat down and it was something that came out and I recorded it on my iPhone. Then I went to the studio and I really recorded it and sang it better.”

He added “I want people to hear what’s coming from my heart, and this is definitely the most that I’ve been sharing what I’m actually feeling.”

While the song doesn’t have the bite of Justin Timberlake's  “Cry Me A River,” which Gomez performed at a Unicef benefit on Jan. 19, it does have the authentic ring of a young man dealing with heartache. “Believe Acoustic” comes out Jan. 29 and featues acoustic versions of songs from “Believe,” as well as a few new tracks in addition to “Nothing Like Us.”

Bieber, who has more than 33 million followers on Twitter,  will host and perform on “Saturday Night Live” on Feb. 9.

What do you think of “Nothing Like Us?”

 

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<p>Norah Jones</p>

Norah Jones

Norah Jones to perform Oscar-nominated song during 85th Academy Awards

Grammy winner will sing 'Everybody Needs A Best Friend'

Add Norah Jones to the list of pop singers performing at Feb. 24’s Academy Awards.

Jones will sing “Everybody Needs A Best Friend,” the theme song to “Ted,” the comedy directed by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane. The tune, written by MacFarlane and Walter Murphy, is nominated for best original song, alongside “Before My Time” (“Chasing Ice”), “Pi’s Lullaby” (“Life of Pi”), “Suddenly” (“Les Miserables”)  and “Skyfall” (“Skyfall”)

Adele, who co-wrote and performs “Skyfall” has already been announced as a performer.

Jones recently released “Little Broken Hearts Remix EP,”  a digital EP of seven songs from “Little Broken Hearts” re-envisioned by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, Jose Padilla, and Peter, Bjorn & John.  Jones also put out “Covers,” a 10-song compilation of songs made famous by artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Wilco, reinterpreted by Jones over the first decade of her career. The set is available exclusively at Target.

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Chris Brown and Frank Ocean fight at Los Angeles recording studio

Chris Brown and Frank Ocean fight at Los Angeles recording studio

Both sides dispute who threw the first punch

Chris Brown and Frank Ocean got into a brawl at a Los Angeles recording studio on Sunday night.

TMZ first reported the fight around 9 p.m., saying that both artists were at Westlake Studios. When Brown went to leave, a source told TMZ that Ocean and his entourage blocked Brown from leaving. “We’re told Chris went to shake Frank’s hand...and that’s when one of Frank’s people attacked Chris,” TMZ reported. “Sources connected with Chris say one of Chris’s friends jumped in front and hit Frank’s friend." Brown sources also told TMZ that Ocean then "came at" Brown and the two started fighting.

Police arrived at the scene, but Brown had already departed. According to TMZ, no arrests have been made and no one has pressed charges.

Shortly after the altercation, Ocean tweeted, “got jumped by chris and a couple guys. lol. I only wish everest was there,” then adding, “cut my finger now I can’t play w two hands at the grammys.” Everest, according to Ocean's tumblr, is his dog.

Brown has not tweeted since Jan. 25.

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Daft Punk signs with Columbia Records for spring album

Daft Punk signs with Columbia Records for spring album

New set will be first studio release since 2007s 'Human After All'

Chic’s Nile Rodgers hinted a few weeks ago that he was working with Daft Punk, but now it’s looks for certain that new music is coming this spring from the French electronic music duo.

The twosome, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bengalter, have signed to Columbia Records, departing from their previous home, Virgin.   The pair’s fourth collection will be its first studio release since 2007’s “Human After All,” according to NME.

Daft Punk, who were hotly rumored to be headlining Coachella, until the pair said they were definitely not touring in 2013, most recently worked on the soundtrack for “Tron: Legacy” in 2010.

In addition to Rodgers, Daft Punk is also reported to be working with Chilly Gonzales and Animal Collective’s Panda Bear on the new album.
 

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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

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Music Power Rankings: Beyonce tops Justins Bieber and Timberlake

Madonna and Adele make this week's list too

1. Beyonce: She gets more attention than President Obama for allegedly lip-syncing  “The Star-Spangled Banner” at his second Inauguration. The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens are already plotting ways to get the attention back for the Super Bowl.

2. Justin Timberlake: The original Justin dresses up in a “Suit & Tie” and the world welcomes him back. The first single from his new album “The 20/20 Experience.” sets a record at pop radio and soars 84-4 on the Billboard Hot 100. He’s bringing sexy back. Can he bring the record industry back too?

3. Coachella: The line-up for the 2013 festival includes such veteran acts as  a reunited Stone Roses, Blur and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. That Coachella! And here’s to all the darling hipsters who think the Indio, Calif. festival is so cutting edge.

4. Justin Bieber: The Prince of Pop, as his label is trying to label him, is truly the King of Twitter. This week he surpassed Lady Gaga as the most-followed person on Twitter with more than 33.33 million followers. Think about what that says about us...

5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis:  The rapping duo takes “Thrift Shop” to No. 1 for their first Billboard Hot 100 hit. We have a hunch they won’t have to bargain hunting anymore.

6. Adele: The British superstar confirms that she will perform her James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” at the Academy Awards. If her acceptance speech is half as amusing as speech at the Golden Globes, just let her talk, forget about her singing.

7. The Flaming Lips:
We know it’s a sign of the times, but it feels like they went a little overboard by writing “Sun Blows Up Today” specifically for a Hyundai ad that will air during the Super Bowl. Now if it were for the Kia Hamsters, that would be a totally different thing.
 

8.Madonna: With final 2012 figures finally in, Madge’s  “MDNA” tour tallies a staggering gross of $305,158,363. The outing registers at No. 10 on Billboard’s list of all time top tours. Who needs record sales when you have ticket sales like that?

9. A$AP Rocky: He scores his first No. 1 album with “Long.Live.A$AP.” He’s talented, for sure, but is it okay that his biz partner’s nickname, A$AP Yams, makes us giggle every time?

10. WNSH: New York City finally gets a country radio station again for the first time since 1996. NYC was already the No. 1 market for country album sales in the U.S. Imagine what will happen now?

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<p>The Lumineers</p>

The Lumineers

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Gary Allan and the Lumineers dominate next week's Billboard 200

Light release week makes for few debuts

The Lumineers will see a nice bump in their sales following the  “Ho Hey” group’s Jan. 19 appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” but it won’t be enough for them to knock Gary Allan out of the top spot.

The longtime country singer scores his first No. 1 Billboard 200 album next week with “Set You Free.” The title is set to sell up to 100,000, handily giving it the lead over The Lumineers’ self-titled set, which will sell up to 60,000.

The soundtrack to “Pitch Perfect” continues to soar following the comedy’s release on DVD. It will be at No. 3 with up to 45,000 copies sold, according to Hits Daily Double.

In addition to Allan, the only new entry in the Top 10 will likely be the ?“2013 Grammy Nominees” album at No. 5 with sales of up to 40,000. However, that title, this week’s No. 1, A$AP Rocky’s “Long.Live.A$AP”; the “Grammy Nominees,” Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” and Kidz Bop 23” are all in a tight race for the No. 4 spot with each targeted to sell between 35,000-40,000, so it’s too close to call the No. 4-7 spots.

Taylor Swift’s “Red” and the “Les Miserables” soundtrack are also locked in a tie for No. 8 with both aiming for between 30,000-35,000 copies. Coming in at No. 10 will likely be Mumford & Sons’ “Babel.”

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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

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Is this really Beyonce and Destiny Child's Super Bowl halftime show set list?

What songs do you want to see her perform on Feb. 3?

In a little over a week, Beyonce will make another very public appearance when she headlines the half-time show at Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3. Us Weekly is reporting that she’ll open her set with “Crazy In Love”  and then halfway through will be joined by her Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for a medley including “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Survivor” and new track, “Nuclear.”

Hmmm. She’ll likely have time to throw in a few other numbers and while the Destiny’s Child songs sound plausible, we’re rather hear “Say My Name” and “Bootylicious.”

As far as other Beyonce songs, there is absolutely no way she is leaving the New Orleans Superdome without playing “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).”  I may have no clue whether the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers are going to win (actually, I’m calling for the 49ers to win 27-24), but she will play that.  I also expect “Irreplaceable” to show up, although she could have a lot of fun with “Countdown” or “Run The World (Girls).”

If she decides to get all meaningful on us, she may slow things down with “I Was Here,” but I doubt it.

Next week, I’ll post my dream half-time show.

And as for the whole lip-syncing brouhaha over her performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" at Monday's Inaugural, does anyone really care if she sings live at the Super Bowl? Given that she will likely be dancing instead of standing still, I wouldn't be at all surprised if she lip syncs and I don't care.

What do you want to hear her perform?

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Watch: Justin Timberlake channels Sinatra and MJ and reveals '20/20' release date

Watch: Justin Timberlake channels Sinatra and MJ and reveals '20/20' release date

'Suit & Tie' lyric video dresses up the hit song featuring Jay-Z

Even Justin Timberlake’s lyric videos are fancier than other artists’.  The music clip for "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay-Z, which premiered this morning, could serve as a full-on video for the song instead of as the usual place-holder that most lyrics videos are.

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<p>Macklemore and Ryan Lewis</p>

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's 'Thrift Shop' tops the Billboard Hot 100

How high does Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' jump?

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis bargain hunt their way to No. 1 as “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz tops the Billboard Hot 100.

But that’s not the only big story on the chart this week: Justin Timberlake’s first new single in six years, “Suit & Tie,” somersaults 84-4. It’s his 12th Hot 100 Top 10 as a solo or featured artist and his first since her appeared on Ciara’a “Love Sex Magic” in 2009, according to Billboard.

“Thrift Shop,” which ends Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” six-week run at No. 1,”  attains its pole position through strong digital sales (it solds 431,000 downloads last week compared with “Suit & Tie’s” 315,000), as well as heavy streaming.  In fact, the song set a streaming record, garnering 1.68 million streams last week, topping the previous record-holder Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”  Airplay is still building for “Thrift,” which rises to No. 14 on Billboard’s Radio Songs chart.

Mars’ “Locked” slips to No. 3, while The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” holds at No. 3. Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” falls 4-5, despite gaining airplay. The song is No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart this week.

Will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” remains at No. 6, while Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” featuring John Martin stays at No. 7.

Rihanna’s “Diamonds”  slips 5-8, Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj slides 8-9 and Phillip Phillips’ “Home” dips 9-10.

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<p>Justin Timberlake</p>

Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake returns to stage for Super Bowl concert

Private show is his first in five years

Justin Timberlake will return to the stage for his first concert in five years when he performs at DIRECTV’s Super Saturday night in New Orleans on Feb. 2, the evening before the Super Bowl.

The private party, co-hosed by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children, a cause with which Timberlake has long donated his time and money.

The performance follows the release of Timberlake’s new single, “Suit & Tie” from his forthcoming album, “The 20/20 Experience.”

While the concert isn’t open to the public, maybe Cuban’s AXS TV is recording for potential future broadcast.

Can a full tour be on the horizon? Maybe he'll join Beyonce for the big half-time show? 
 

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