<p>A$AP Rocky</p>

A$AP Rocky

Will A$AP Rocky live long and prosper atop the Billboard 200 album chart?

New set is one of two slated to enter the Top 10

A$AP Rocky’s “Long.Live.A$AP” will handily top the Billboard 200 album chart next week with projected sales of up to 150,000.

The hip-hop artist’s latest set, which features Kendrick Lamar, Santigold, Drake, 2 Chainz and more, will easily surpass the only other debut in the Top 10, the 865th volume of Kidz Bop Kids, which will come in at No. 2 with up to 70,000 copies. (OK, we admit, it’s only “Kidz Bop 23”).

The rest of the Top 10 is filled with familiar faces: The soundtrack to “Les Miserables” will be at No. 3 with 45,000 units sold, according to Hits Daily Double. Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox,” the soundtrack to “Pitch Perfect,” and Taylor Swift’s “Red” are all too close to call for the Nos. 4, 5, and 6 slots, with each targeted to sell between 35,000 and 40,000.

The Lumineers’ self-titled set will come in at No. 7, followed by fellow folk rockers Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” at No. 8, Phillip Phillips’ “The World From The Side Of the Moon” at No. 9 and One Direction’s “Take Me Home” at No. 10.  This week’s No. 1 title, Chris Tomlin’s “Burning Lights”  likely falls to No. 11.


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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

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Listen: Bruno Mars' 'Locked Out Of Heaven' remix by M Machine

Would you like a little dubstep with that?

Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” has taken up residency at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and now he’s going for club domination.

Check out this dubstep remix of the tune by M Machine. The trio’s version is on “Jukebox,” an album featuring remixes of tunes from Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox.” The remix set comes out Tuesday (21), according to Rolling Stone.  Listen to it here.

How do you like it? It adds a nice dimension to the song, but being a pop baby myself, i still prefer the original. This version takes out some of the giddiness out and eliminates Mars’ infectious “Woah, woah, woahs,” but it has a great peppy section around 2:40. Plus, it has "beep beeps." Still, I give the advantage to Mars.

M Machine’s new EP, “Metropolis Pt. Two,” drops Feb. 19 on Skrillex’s label, OWSLA.


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Watch: DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Future go looking for fun in 'Bottles' video

Watch: DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Future go looking for fun in 'Bottles' video

The women are hot and the liquor is cold in predictable, boring video

Let’s see if I have this right: a woman is  basically an object that you order just like a drink. in the new video for  DJ Khaled’s  “Bitches & Bottles (Let’s Get It Started)”  featuring T.I., Lil Wayne, and Future, they are ordering “bitches and bottles” and if they — the girls, not the bottles— aren’t pretty they’ll send them back (yeah, because these dudes are so hot).

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<p>Tom Morello</p>

Tom Morello

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Tom Morello to replace Steven Van Zandt on Australian Bruce Springsteen tour

Rage Against the Machine guitarist will be honorary E Street Band member

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello will take Steve Van Zandt’s place in the E Street Band for Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming Australian tour.

Van Zandt will be busy filming his Netflix series “Lilyhammer.” Appropriately enough, he will rejoin the band on April 29, when the band plays Oslo, Norway.

As fans know, Morello is an honorary member of the E Street Band already. Since 2007, he has routinely joined the group on stage during Southern California appearances for a spirited version “The Ghost Of Tom Joad,” as well as other tunes.

The Australian tour begins March 14 in Brisbane and concludes March 31 in Macedon.

Before then, Morello will pay tribute, along with such artists as Tim McGraw, Natalie Maines, Alabama Shakes, and Mumford & Sons, to the Boss when he is honored at MusiCares, Feb. 8.

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<p>Carrie Underwood</p>

Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood added to Grammy Award performers

She joins Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys for the Feb. 10 show

Carrie Underwood joins the growing list of performers set to appear at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Underwood revealed the news to “Entertainment Tonight.” She joined previously announced performers (and nominees) fun., Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift.  Underwood is up for best country solo performance, while her hit, "Blown Away," is up for best country song for songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins.

Though the Grammys haven’t officially announced it, it looks like LL Cool J will return as host. He was front and center during the Grammy panel at TCA.

The Grammys will air Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. A one-hour documentary about the making of last year's show, which took place the day after Whitney Houston's death, will air on Feb. 9.


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<p>Paul Dano</p>

Paul Dano

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Paul Dano set to play Brian Wilson in Beach Boy's life story

Atticus Ross in discussions to score the film

Paul Dano will play the young Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy,” a movie about the pivotal moments in the Beach Boy’s career.

Academy Award-nominated producer Bill Pohlad will direct the story. He shies away from calling it a biopic. Instead, a statement about the film says it will “take an unconventional look at seminal moments in Wilson’s life, his artistic genius, his profound struggles, and the love that kept him alive.”

Wilson posted the announcement on his Facebook page with the declaration, “I am thrilled.”  “I still can’t believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on th big screen and to have Bill Pohlad as the captain of the Sloop John B is amazing. It just makes me feel so humble. I can’t wait to see it with a full tub of buttered popcorn.”

No casting other than Dano has been announced. Another actor will portray the older Wilson.

Atticus Ross, who won an Academy Award for scoring "The Social Network" with Trent Reznor, is in talks with Pohlad to score the film. Interestingly, the release says the movie will include “the music of Brian Wilson.” What’s unclear is if Mike Love and Wilson’s other co-writers have signed off on their music being used in the film.

River Road Entertainment and John Wells Productions are producing the film.

"Love & Mercy" takes its title from a song on Wilson's self-titled 1988 debut solo album.

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<p>Ed Sheeran</p>

Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran prepping new album while on Taylor Swift's tour

Will the pair sing "Everything Has Changed" together?

Ed Sheeran is still riding high on his hit, “The A-Team,” with “Lego House” in the wings, but he already has his next album in mind.

The British singer/songwriter, who will hit the road with Taylor Swift this spring, tells Billboard that he has already written 26 songs for the next record. “I’ve got another nine months on the road to keep writing as well so the record’s definitely on his way.” He predicts a February 2014 release date. He expects to record on the road as well.

Sheeran, who co-wrote “Everything Has Changed” with Swift for her current album, “Red,” will be the opening act for Swift for her outing, which begins March 13 in Omaha, Neb.

He says the song, which they wrote on a trampoline, “was pretty much 100% her idea in the first place. I did what I could to help, but she definitely knows what she’s doing.” They'll have plenty of time to write together while on tour, so maybe a Sheeran/Swift compostion will show up on his new album.

As for his follow-up to “+,” Sheeran says to expect a slighter maturer sound. “Most of the first record was written when I was 17, 18, at the time, and I’m 21 now. So I’ve definitely evolved in the way I write songs and the way I perform. The whole mindspace. So it’s going to be a little more developed.”


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<p>Blake Shelton</p>

Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney have new albums this spring

They join Tim McGraw for a male country star motherlode

It’s turning into a banner year for releases from male country superstars.

Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton will join Tim McGraw with new albums out over the next few months.

Chesney’s new set is still untitled, but will be released on April 30.  He’ll begin touring behind it, or actually, in front of it, on March 16 in Tampa on the “No Shoes Nation” tour.

Blake Shelton will take some time off from “The Voice”  this summer for the "Ten Times Crazier" tour, but first, he’ll have a new album as well. The album is still untitled and the release date has only been narrowed down to “this spring,” according to his label. However, the first single, “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” is already climbing the country charts and is his fastest rising single so far.

McGraw's album, "Two Lanes of Freedom," comes out Feb. 19.

Shelton’s tour will start after the next season of “The Voice” concludes. It will kick off July 19 in Virginia Beach, Va. at the Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach amphitheater (that rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it).

Below are tour dates for Shelton. Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer will open.  For Chesney’s tour dates, go here, and for McGraw’s tour, which was announced earlier this week, go here.


7/19     Virginia Beach, VA             Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

7/20     Bristow, VA                           Jiffy Lube Live

7/21     Wantagh, NY                       Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

7/26     St. Louis, MO                       Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

7/27     Noblesville, IN                     Klipsch Music Center

7/28     Cincinnati, OH                     Riverbend Music Center

8/1       Cuyahoga Falls, OH           Blossom Music Center

8/2       Burgettstown, PA                First Niagara Pavilion

8/3       Tinley Park, IL                      First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

8/9       Raleigh, NC                         Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion

8/10     Camden, NJ                         Susquehanna Bank Center

8/11     Bethel, NY                            Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

8/29     Atlanta, GA                           Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

8/30     Tampa, FL                            1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre

8/31     West Palm Beach, FL         Cruzan Amphitheatre

9/5       Holmdel, NJ                          PNC Bank Arts Center

9/6       Hartford, CT                          Comcast Theatre

9/7       Mansfield, MA                      Comcast Center

9/12     St. Paul, MN                         Xcel Energy Center

9/13     Milwaukee, WI                     Bradley Center

9/14     Auburn Hills, MI                  The Palace of Auburn Hills

9/19     Charleston, WV                   Charleston Civic Center

9/20     Columbus, OH                     Nationwide Arena

9/21     Lexington, KY                      Rupp Arena

9/26     Charlottesville, VA              John Paul Jones Arena

9/27     Knoxville, TN                       Thompson-Boling Arena

9/28     Nashville, TN                       Bridgestone Arena

10/3     Kansas City, MO                 Sprint Center

10/4     Tulsa, OK                              BOK Arena

10/5     Wichita, KS                          INTRUST Bank Arena          


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<p>The 'American Idol' crew</p>

The 'American Idol' crew

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What to expect from the three new 'American Idol' judges tonight

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban each bring different skills and styles

The new season of “American Idol” premieres tonight on Fox and with it, the debut of three new judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.

The trio join Randy Jackson, the only judge who has been with the show since its 2002 launch. Here’s what we expect from each of the judges. Though their roles will morph as the season plays out, we have a pretty good idea how each will position him- or herself.

*Mariah Carey:
Look for Mimi to put aside the diva-tude and step into the role of earth mother. No, she’s not going to go all hippie on us, but look for the mom of Moroccan and Monroe to show how kind and compassionate she can be as she treats all of the contestants with a little gentle tough love.  As the panel’s biggest superstar and biggest voice, expect her to offer the most valid critiques of the contestants’ voices, especially for the singers who exhibit anywhere near her tremendous range. But pity the misguided contestant who thinks he/she can impress Ms. Carey by trying to take on one of her songs and hit her calling-all-dogs high notes.

*Nicki Minaj: Minaj has the finest line to walk: she’s doing this for the money and the exposure, but she can’t abandon whatever perceived edge she still has (not that some profane mixtape won’t cure that). Expect her to celebrate the oddballs, the misfits that the other judges may not initially embrace. She’s also the judge most likely to take in the whole package, as opposed to just the vocal performance, since she is such a visual artist.

*Keith Urban:
  Urban has the most to gain here. A superstar in the country world, he’s best known to the rest of the world as Nicole Kidman’s husband. If he plays this right, he could have the same kind of mainstream breakthrough as Blake Shelton from “The Voice.”  Urban will be unfailingly kind, but he will be firm and direct in his critiques. He’ll look for overall musicality, given his excellent guitar chops and songwriting ability, and a feel for someone’s authenticity. He’s talked about wanting to show the contestants how to strip down to their core, so look for him to stress to contestants to pack up any bells and whistles and concentrate on the basics. Urban was a judge last year on the Australian version of ‘The Voice,” so also look for him to try to mentor the contestants just as much as he judges them.

Who do you think will be the best judge?

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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars tops Billboard Hot 100 again and Justin Timberlake debuts

Where does 'Suit & Tie' enter the chart?

Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” locks the competition out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the sixth consecutive week. But next week it will face serious threats for No. 1 from not only Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, but Justin Timberlake, as well.

The track, from “Unorthodox Jukebox,” holds off a charge from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop,” which jumps 5- 2 on the Hot 100. Sales and airplay propel the title to No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it knocks Rihanna’s “Diamonds” out of No. 1 after 14 weeks.  “Thrift Shop” is also No. 1 on Digital Songs, making it the first independently-distributed tune to top that chart since Artists for Haiti’s “We Are The World 25: For Haiti” in March 2010, according to Billboard.

The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” rises 4-3, trading places with Taylor Swift’s “I Knew Your Were Trouble.” Rihanna’s “Diamonds” falls 2-5.
Will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” rises 8-6. Swedish House Mafia earns its first Top 10 with “Don’t You Worry Child” featuring John Martin surging 11-7. Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj slides 7-8, Phillip Phillips’ “Home” slips 6-9 and Flo Rida’s “I Cry” holds at No. 10.

So how does Justin Timberlake’s new single, “Suit & Tie” fare? The track debuts at No. 84 based solely on two days of airplay. The tally does not include the 350,000 downloads the track is expected to sell in its first week of release. That’s because Nielsen Soundscan tracks sales from Monday-Sunday, so this week’s sales tracking was completed by the time the track went on sale at midnight Sunday. Conversely, radio information runs Wednesday-Tuesday, so this week’s chart includes the first two days’ worth of radio play.  Billboard is predicting that “Suit & Tie” could leap into the Top 5 next week.

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