Watch: Usher gets trapped in new video for 'Numb'
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Watch: Usher gets trapped in new video for 'Numb'

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Clip features footage from disappointing Berlin concert

Usher’s new video for "Numb" opens with a real footage scene, he’s on stage in Berlin at the O2 Arena in January with sweat pouring down his face. He walked off the stage after two songs, leaving the audience tremendously disappointed.

From there, we hear Usher in voiceover where he talks about feeling like a failure as he stands on stage, seemingly paralyzed with fright and doubt and unable to perform.

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‘Tis the season: 2012 Christmas albums: Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and more

‘Tis the season: 2012 Christmas albums: Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and more

15 stocking stuffers, including sets from Scotty McCreery, Rod Stewart, John Travolta, and Colbie Caillat

'Tis the season for a new slate of holiday treats. This year's bounty of Christmas releases will delight country fans with such heavyweights as Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and Scotty McCreery gathering about the yuletide log. Cee Lo celebrates the season in his own inimitable way, while Rod Stewart, Sufjan Stevens and even John Travolta and Olivia Newton John chime in. Grab some mistletoe and egg nog and see if your favorites are releasing Christmas albums this year. 

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Listen: Rolling Stones release 'Doom and Gloom'

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Check out the band's first new track in more than seven years

The Rolling Stones may have been gathering moss the last few years as they lay dormant, but they’re back with one of their strongest tunes in decades.

“Gloom and Doom,” which premiered on BBC Radio 2 this morning, features classic, snarling  guitar licks from Keith Richards and an inspired, upfront vocal from Mick Jagger. They're still showing the young kids how it's done.

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Rihanna reveals album title and cover art for 'Unapologetic'

Rihanna reveals album title and cover art for 'Unapologetic'

When can you buy her seventh studio album?

Rihanna will release her seventh studio album, “Unapologetic,” on Nov. 19.

As fans know, Rihanna has become as reliable as a Swiss watch: this will mark the fourth year in a row that she has dropped a new album in mid-November. How’s this for consistency?  “Rated R” came out Nov. 20, 2009, “Loud,” Nov. 12, 2010, and “Talk That Talk” on Nov. 18, 2011.

She must be doing something right:  “Diamonds,” the first single from “Unapologetic,”  tops this week’s R&B chart. 

The album cover shows a naked Rihanna (flashing that brand new tattoo across her chest) with words such as "faith," "Love" and "victory" written in white over her face and torso. 

Will this be the album that finally gives Rihanna her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart? Her previous best is No. 2 with 2007’s “Girl Gone Bad.” 


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Adele, One Direction and Taylor Swift all zoom onto the Billboard Hot 100

How high up does 'Skyfall' make it in its first week?

One Direction, Taylor Swift and Adele all zoom into the Billboard Hot 100 this week with new songs.

Before we get more into that, Maroon 5 does the nearly impossible by holding Psy’s “Gangnam Style” at bay one more week as “One More Night” chalks up its  fourth week at No. 1. “Style” boasts more streaming and sales than “Night,” but “Night’s” airplay kept it in the top spot. The Billboard Hot 100 tabulates airplay, streaming and digital downloads to determine a song’s position.

On to the newbies: One Direction’s “Live Like We’re Young” zooms onto the chart at No. 3, propelling largely by its 341,000 downloads. Swift’s “Red,” the third song previewed  from her upcoming album of the same name, comes in at No. 6.  (The previous two “Red” tunes, official first single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “Begin Again,” peaked at No. 1 and No. 7, respectively).

Adele’s James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” launches at No. 8, the singer’s highest debut yet, according to Billboard.

Filling in the rest of the Top 10: fun.’s “Some Nights” falls 3-4, Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean slips one spot to  No. 7, Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” drops 5-9 and Alex Clare’s “Too Close” slides 9-10.

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Listen: Kelly Clarkson's new song, 'Catch My Breath'

Listen: Kelly Clarkson's new song, 'Catch My Breath'

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It's her life and she'll live it how she wants, thank you very much

Kelly Clarkson has had it with your telling you how to live her life.  On “Catch My Breath,” she declares she will forge her own path and you can’t keep her from wanting and doing it all.

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<p>Rage Against the Machine</p>

Rage Against the Machine

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Rage Against The Machine plans 20th anniversary reissue

Deluxe box set includes original demos and footage from first concert

Previously unreleased early concert footage and demos will be among the highlights of “XX,”  a box set commemorating the 20th anniversary of Rage Against the Machine’s debut.

Out Nov. 27 in various incarnations, including the standard remastered debut album with three bonus tracks, or the debut CD with a DVD or a box set with the above and several extras including original demos and the band’s free Finsbury Park 2010 concert, according to the band’s website.

The reissued debut includes new liner notes penned by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, according to Rolling Stone.  Other highlights include early footage, including from the band’s first show at  at Cal State Northridge in 1991.

No concert dates have been announced in conjunction with the anniversary.
 

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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

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Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band headline 2013 Stagecoach

California country fest also includes Hank Williams Jr and Jerry Lee Lewis

Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Toby Keith will headline Stagecoach 2013, which takes place, April 26-28. A helpful countdown clock on the official Stagecoach site reminds us that is only 198 days away.

Also among the nearly 50 acts on the Goldenvoice-produced, three-day fest at Indio, Calif.’s Empire Polo Grounds are Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Darius Rucker, Jeff Bridges (yes, that one), Roger McGuinn, Thompson Square, Lonestar, Jerry Lee Lewis and Hank Williams Jr.

Eleven days from now, tickets will go on sale. General admission for all three days is $239, including fees, taxes and shipping. There are also tickets for reserved seating by the stage that sell for up to $1099 (complete with a commemorative laminate).

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Listen: Taylor Swift goes dubstep on new song, 'I Knew You Were Trouble'

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Chaos reigns as she's left 'lying on the cold, hard ground'

Taylor Swift has dropped four songs from her new album, “Red.” Today we get “ I Knew You Were Trouble,” which combines the stutter step of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and the pop/dubstep of Alex Clare’s "Too Close."

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Album Review: Ellie Goulding's 'Halcyon' brightens up far beyond 'Lights'
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Album Review: Ellie Goulding's 'Halcyon' brightens up far beyond 'Lights'

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British singer mines love and loss on U.S. debut

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s favorite  wedding singer, Ellie Goulding, finally sees her sophomore album, “Halcyon,” come out this Tuesday, nearly a year after “Lights” first illuminated the Billboard Hot 100.

The bouncy “Lights,” which was on her first album and is a bonus cut here, only hints at the depth the British 25-year old possesses. With a often trembly voice that recalls everyone from Florence Welch to Lykke Li, Kate Bush and James Blunt (seriously, listen to the first verse of the title track), Goulding inhabits an ethereal world where her feathery vocals float above often electronic musical bed.

What lifts Goulding above the raft of female singers out there currently is how she and producer Jim Eliot often use her voice as additional  instrumentation, such as on the stompy “Only You.” Her vocalization provides the melody, as she sings around it.  On “Joy,” a song about knowing happiness has to come from within and not “in your arms,” her voice, backing vocals and strings create a complete wall of sound.

Much of the material deals with love and its disappearance, whether it be the end of a romantic relationship, or, more poignantly, her father deserting the family when Goulding was five (she hasn’t seen him since). On the trembly “I Know You Care,” she forgives him in way that it’s hard to imagine he deserves. As a songwriter, she has the storytelling down already, but she needs to learn how to craft a catchier chorus. This album is more about atmospherics and emotion than hooks.

Though her voice can seem frail at times, she uses her quiver to great effect on “Dead In the Water,” a largely a cappella stunner of a song about a woman whose husband was swept out to sea while they were walking on the beach, and on the airy "Atlantis" (though the subsequent drop into a heavy chorus feels out of place).

“It’s OK to be afraid, but it will never be the same,” she sings on “Explosions,” as a angelic vocals surround her. That same otherworldly feel permeates almost every song on “Halcyon.” Violins collide with synthesizers and tribal drums and hand claps crash into many of the songs, but it’s Goulding’s confessional, vulnerable vocals that you’ll remember long after you’ve finished listening to “Halcyon.”





 

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