<p>The Foo Fighters at the Grammys</p>

The Foo Fighters at the Grammys

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Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters head back to work on a new album

Band reunites after shortest break ever

Do you know what today is? Today is the day that Dave Grohl returns to Los Angeles to start work on a new Foo Fighters album.

As you may recall, last summer, Grohl struck fear in the heart of Foo fans when he said his band was going to take a long break. The good news is that time is clearly relative.

Wednesday  night at the Brit Awards,  Grohl told the ceremony’s host , James Corden, that he was headed back to Cali to work on the follow-up to 2011’s “Wasting Light,” according to NME.

"We have a plan, we know exactly what's coming next and I have the music for the next record and we're going to start working on it once we finish doing all this stuff,” Grohl says. “We have really awesome, big plans for the next album and I'm really excited about it."

In addition to stepping in as a guest host on “Chelsea Lately,” playing gigs surrounding his documentary, “Sound City;" directing Soundgarden videos, and appearing on the new Queens of the Stone Age album,  it sounds like Grohl is just as eager to get back to the Foos as the fans are.

As far as a release date, he couldn’t narrow down that time frame, only telling Corden, “eventually.”

Watch Taylor Hawkins and Pat Smear talk about the band's break at the Sundance premiere of "Sound City"  here.


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Watch: One Direction takes on Blondie's 'One Way Or Another' for a good cause

Watch: One Direction takes on Blondie's 'One Way Or Another' for a good cause

What happens when they go to 10 Downing Street?

Say what you will about One Direction, and you’ve probably said a lot if you have a teenage girl anywhere in your family, but the British group’s heart is definitely in the right place in this sweet video for the quintet’s remake of Blondie’s “One Way Or Another.”

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10 worst Oscar winners for best original song

10 worst Oscar winners for best original song

Do you really think 'You Light Up My Life' would win again?

There have been many years when the Oscar winner for best original song felt 100% right and then there have been all the other years. Finding the 10 most egregious mistakes wasn't difficult. Too many times the voters seemingly selected the movie rather than the song or the legacy of the esteemed songwriter over the particular tune. And then, of course, there are the years when the Oscar voters just seem to hate most of the songs altogether, such as last year, when only two songs made the cut. Here's a look back at some cringeworthy selections (OK, they aren't ALL cringeworthy) and who should have won.


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'Harlem Shake' zooms to the top of the Billboard Hot 100
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'Harlem Shake' zooms to the top of the Billboard Hot 100

A change in methodology upends the weekly chart

A change in chart methodology leads to viral sensation “Harlem Shake” by Baauer  catapulting to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Starting this week, YouTube streaming data will be included in the media tallied for the Billboard Hot 100, joining radio play, other social steaming media, and digital sales (imagine how long “Gangnam Style” would have been at No. 1 if YouTube had been added only a few months ago!).

“Harlem Shake” is the 21st song in the 55-year history of the chart to debut at No. 1, according to Billboard.

“Shake” knocks Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop,” which topped the chart for four weeks, down to No. 2.  Rihanna’s  “Stay, featuring Mikky Ekko,” charges to No. 3 from No. 57, propelled by the new methodology and her Grammy performance. “Stay” is Rihanna’s 24th top 10 hit. She surpasses both Whitney Houston and the Rolling Stones, who had 23 each.

Will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” falls 3-4, while Taylor Swift’s “I Knew Your Were Trouble” stays at No. 5.

The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” slides 4-6 and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven”  falls to earth, slipping 2-7. But it’s not all bad news for Mars, as his new single, “When I Was Your Man” inches 9-8.

Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z moves 8-9 and Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” makes it way toward the top as it flies 63-10.

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<p>Clive Davis and Kelly Clarkson</p>

Clive Davis and Kelly Clarkson

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Kelly Clarkson vs. Clive Davis: Where does it rate among label spats with artists?

He said/she said takes a new turn today

Clive Davis got off lucky.  His public spat with Kelly Clarkson has so far only involved words. 

Once, an artist was so pissed off at her A&R executive at a record company that she jumped up on his desk, squatted, and took a dump. This is a true story. She thought it was the ultimate act of rebellion, but all it did was get her dumped from the label.

To catch you up to speed, yesterday Davis, a legendary label executive, released his second book, “ The Soundtrack of My Life.”   In it, he told his version of what happened with Kelly Clarkson’s third album, “My December.” She was in a dark place when she wrote many of the songs for the album and Davis was concerned that it wouldn’t have the commercial appeal of the “American Idol” winner’s first glossy two albums.

Davis describes the ongoing battle over the album one way and Clarkson remembers it very, very differently, so she took to Whosay yesterday to post her version of events. She calls Davis's account "a violation." 

This morning, Davis decided to chime in again and in a long Twitter posting, replied:

“As anyone who has read ‘The Soundtrack of My Life’ knows, I think Kelly Clarkson is a tremendous vocal talent and performer. In the book, I provide an in-depth look at our years together during which we shared major multi-platinum success, as well as a few creative differences. I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together. Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all. The chapter as it is written was thoroughly verified by each and every one of them. I stand by the chapter as written in my book. At the same time I wish, and will always wish, Kelly's talent and her career to soar to ever new heights.”

So he’s not backing down and she won’t either. Let’s just say we won’t be seeing Clarkson perform at any of Davis’s pre-Grammy parties any time soon.

In the annals of recorded music, this he said/she said doesn’t even rate a 2 on the spat-o-meter.  Artists have taken swings at record executives: Diddy, then going as Puffy, struck label exec/artist manager Steve Stoute with a champagne bottle because he was mad over a scene kept in a Nas video (they settled out of court).

Maybe Clarkson will get another song out of it: the road is strewn with songs by artists railing against their record label, including Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label,”  Cracker’s “It Ain’t Gonna Suck Itself,” Against’s Me’s “Unprotected Sex with Multiple Partners” and, of course, Pink’s “Don’t Let Me Get Me.”

So does the public really want to see how the sausage is made? The vast majority  of fans don’t care that artists and label execs go toe-to-toe every day...they’re just quiet about it. It’s really part of the creative process and, while it’s nice to believe that an artist should always get to make the album he or she wants to, when a label is investing millions of dollars in that artist (most of which it will never recoup), it does get to have a say.

In this court of public opinion, Clarkson will likely win this one and I applaud her for speaking up  since she clearly felt wronged (she wasn’t quiet when the incident happened the first time, so why should she be now). For Davis, it’s all part of publicity machine and even he knows this is great for his book.

Who do you think is right?

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Watch: Passion Pit's new video for 'Carried Away' featuring Sophia Bush
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Watch: Passion Pit's new video for 'Carried Away' featuring Sophia Bush

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' cinematographer Ben Richardson lensed the clip

Boys love crazy girls. If you need further proof, just watch the dysfunctional relationship played out in Passion Pit’s new video, “Carried Away," a track from 2012's "Gossamer."

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<p>Chris Brown</p>

Chris Brown

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Chris Brown turns to Timbaland and Diplo for sixth studio set

Like Rihanna, he's on the album-a-year plan

Chris Brown has recruited Timbaland, Danja and Diplo to work on his sixth studio album, which will come out later this year.

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<p>Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z perform at the Grammys.</p>

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z perform at the Grammys.

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Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z headline London's Wireless Festival

When will the U.S. stadium dates be announced?

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will headline this summer’s ninth annual Wireless Festival held at London’s Olympic Park , July 12-13.

Timberlake will headline on July 12 and Jay-Z on July 13, though we have sneaking suspicion there will be some crossover at each other’s gigs.  Also on the July 12 are Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend, Miguel and Frank Ocean. Appearing on July 13 are Emile Sande, Rita Ora, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Fresh, Calvin and Harris, and Miguel, who, so far, is the only artist pulling double duty.

Tickets for on sale Feb. 22. For more information, go here.

Timberlake and Jay-Z are also planning some stateside action. As we reported last week, the pair are putting together a U.S. stadium tour that will likely be around a dozen dates.  Timberlake’s new album, “The 20/20 Experience,” comes out March 19 .


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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

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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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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