<p>&nbsp;Mariah Carey</p>

 Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey's 'Triumphant' single drops today; hear a snippet now

When can you hear the song in full?

Set your clocks: The full version of Mariah Carey’s new single, “Triumphant (“Get ‘Em),” will arrive, trumpets blaring, no doubt, at 3:45 EDT on her website, www.mariahcarey.com. In the meantime, hear a snippet below.

Her first single in two years, features Rick Ross and Meek Mill, and will be the first release from her 14th studio album, which will come out...well, the label doesn’t really know. According to a press release, more news about the album “will be announced in the months ahead.”

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Carey wrote “Triumphant,”  “when I was going through a difficult time and it helped me get through it,” she tweeted, asking that her fans pay special attention “2 the lyrics #win.” Other writers on the song include Jermaine Dupri, Brian Michael Cox, William Roberts, and Robert Williams, according to showbiz411.  From the snippet below, all we know is it talks about going to the mountaintop.

A number of dance remixes are forthcoming.

The news of the new single comes a week after “the earth-shaking announcement,” (yes, her label actually describes it as such) that that Grammy winner is joining “American Idol” as a judge for the 2013 season.

 

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<p>Zac Brown</p>

Zac Brown

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Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Festivals include Avett Bros., Grace Potter and more

Group-curated fest expands to two cities

The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Gregg Allman and The Lumineers are among the artists who will join Zac Brown Band for ZBB’s  two Southern Ground Music & Food Festivals this fall.

After bowing last year in Charleston, the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival will expand to Nashville this year. ZBB headlines each night at the events.

The line-up for the Sept. 21-22 Nashville fest, which will be held at Riverfront Park, is Amos Lee, David Gray, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Lumineers and Los Lonely Boys, among others.

Top names for the Charleston fest, which will be held Oct. 20-21 at Blackbaud Stadium, include The Avett Bros., Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, The Charlie Daniels Band and The Wailers.

In addition to ZBB, both festivals will feature Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jerry Douglas, and Southern Ground artists Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan and Blackberry Smoke. Southern Ground is ZBB’s label.

As the name connotes, the emphasis is also on the food, with chefs from around the globe working with Southern Ground executive chef Rusty Hamlin. Among the ticketing options are Front Porch Stage Boxes, which allows patrons to sit on stage, enjoying a four-course gourmet meal, just feet away from the performers. Prices start at $325/seat.

Non-VIP tickets are priced for as little as $89 for a two-day early bird ticket.  For more information, go to www.southerngroundfestival.com

In an interview I did earlier with Brown for the Los Angeles Times, he told me the guiding principal behind planning the line-up and festivities: “What would I want to have if I was at a festival?’,” Brown said. “I’d want to have amazing food and drink and see an eclectic group of artists play. Too much of any one kind of music for six hours in a row is going to wear people out.” Brown added that ultimately, he'd like to expand the festivals to 10 cities.

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<p>Carly&nbsp;Rae Jepsen performs at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen performs at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

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Does Carly Rae Jepsen make it 8 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100? Maybe

Katy Perry and Flo Rida have good weeks too

It’s an 8th week at the summit for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” as the song ties Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this year.

We’ll see next week if she can break the tie and hit nine weeks or if Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” which rises 3-2 this week, will surge ahead to No. 1. Billboard notes that every time a Perry song has reached No. 2 before, it has gone on to hit No. 1. “Wide Awake” switches places with Maroon 5’s “Payphone, which drops to No. 3.

Flo Rida’s “Whistle” blows its way from No. 6 to No. 4, pushing Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” down one spot to No. 5.

Once again, there are no new entries in the Top 10: Gotye’s “Somebody” falls from No. 5-6, while the rest of the chart looks the same as it did last week: Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” is No. 7, David Guetta’s “Titanium”  featuring Sia is No. 8, Usher’s “Scream” is No. 9 and Pink’s "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” holds at No. 10.

Jepsen’s duet with Owl City, “Good Time,” will likely jump into the Top 10 next week: this week is powers its way from No. 23 to No. 13.

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Watch: Don't get on Norah Jones' bad side in 'Miriam' video
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Watch: Don't get on Norah Jones' bad side in 'Miriam' video

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She may seem cool and collected, but she's not

As fans of Norah Jones’ “Little Broken Hearts” album already know, the song “Miriam,” is the most chilling she has ever recorded. The sweet melody and seemingly benign, casual delivery belie the lyrics about a murder.

The crime of passion, by a jealous lover, is deliberately laid out, though we never know for sure the method. However, the video solves that mystery. In a clip that is as simple and plain and spine-tingling as the song, the camera focuses on Jones, calm and dressed pretty as can be, sitting in a row boat singing the song. She’s left the evidence where it won’t be found for a long time. We'll embed when we can, but for now, you can watch the Spin exclusive here.

The Phil Andelman-directed clip is the perfect visual marriage to the song. The camera moves slowly and snake-like, producing a video that provides the same cold-blooded, dead-eyed feel that song produces. There have been some other great rowboat murders, the one in the brilliant "A Place In the Sun" comes to mind, but none executed with such sang-froid.

As we previously wrote, "Little Broken Hearts" is on our short list for potential Grammy contenders for  album of the year.


 

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<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

Green Day set to re-release entire studio catalog in new box set

Best Buy exclusive covers 19 years and eight albums

So three new albums from Green Day aren’t quite enough for you? Before the staggered releases of “Uno,” “Dos,” and “Tre” start Sept. 25,  Green Day will re-release its entire studio catalog with “The Studio Albums 1990-2009,” a box set available exclusively through Best Buy on Sept. 4.

The collection is housed in a clamshell box with each album in an individual paper sleeve with the original artwork. The set does not include any previously unreleased material. The price was not released.

Covering the group’s indie beginning on  Lookout! through their most recent studio album on Reprise/Warner Bros., the set includes “1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours” (1990), “Kerplunk” (1992), “Dookie” (1994), “Insomniac” (1995), “Nimrod” (1997), “Warning” (2000), “American Idiot” (2004) and “21st Century Breakdown” (2009).

 

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Watch: Carrie Underwood's hair is perfect in 'Blown Away' video
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Watch: Carrie Underwood's hair is perfect in 'Blown Away' video

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Will she follow the yellow brick road?

There’s a storm brewing and it’s making a bee-line right for Carrie Underwood’s house in the video for “Blown Away,” the dramatic title cut from her current album.

In the atmospheric clip, the pressure between Underwood and her alcoholic daddy builds as the barometric pressure outside drops. There’s a twister coming and pops is too snockered to get himself down into the storm cellar, where there’s a nice mattress and Underwood is just fine until it all blows over.  Also, note that her hair blows beautifully in the wind, never obscuring her beauty or getting caught on her lip gloss, like what happens to mere mortals.

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This is one hangover that her father won’t be able to sleep off as the storm blows away all the of the bad memories and past that have seeped into those Oklahoma walls.

When Underwood emerges, she’s greeted by nothing less than a rainbow and a yellow brick road as she, hopefully, goes on to find her pot of gold....and if not that, her Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow.

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<p>&nbsp;Perry Farrell</p>

 Perry Farrell

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Interview: Perry Farrell takes you behind the scenes at Lollapalooza

What does it take to put on the Aug. 3-5 festival?

Perry Farrell is nothing if not ambitious. The Jane’s Addiction frontman’s mission for Lollapalooza, which he co-created in 1991, is nothing less than “trying to get the greatest musicians on the earth into Chicago” for the three-day music festival, which kicks off this Friday, Aug. 3 at Grant Park.

This year’s lineup is certainly a colorful attempt at that feat with headliners including Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White.

They are joined by nearly 130 other acts who span the musical spectrum. Farrell started the event as a traveling festival 21 years ago. After two brief hiatuses, it returned as a stationary festival in Chicago in 2005 and has grown into one of the premier summer music events.  Over the years, as the headliners have fallen into place, he says, “my ambition is a little different these days...What I’m trying to do is break the greatest young artists in the world. I cast that net pretty far out there.”

As Lollapalooza has  expanded to after-parties throughout Chicago, that has given Farrell greater leeway “to let people in who may have promise that aren’t great [yet] to people who have really developed their craft.”

He and his partners, booking agency William Morris Endeavor and concert presenter C3, have weekly conference calls to discuss potential performers. “I get to open up [WME’s]  portfolio and look them over, but we are absolutely not limited to them,” Farrell says, adding that the debates over whom to book for Lollapalooza “can get very heated at times and it can really spin your brain.”

As a musician, the rise in the number of multi-act festivals has been great for artists who can “can get paid good money to get in front of a good audience 10-20 times bigger than you’d normally play to,” Farrell says, but when he puts on his festival organizer hat, it’s a different story. “The other festivals are looking to outbid you, so it drives up the cost of the artist, so you have to be really careful because now you’re talking about a dozen or more groups that are operating on inflated fees,” he says. “It’s becoming a lot like pro sports.”

Finding the right talent is just one part of the equation to pulling off a successful event. Farrell worries as much about what happens off stage as on: “You want to make the accommodations for the patrons great and have their experience be great,” he says. In fact, he sees attending a festival las a vital part of growing up for kids now, a rite of passage just like getting their driver’s license. And he wants Lollapalooza to be the festival that every kid remembers as his or her first.

For the full Lollapalooza line up, go here.

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The Avett Brothers release 'The Carpenter' track listing and artwork

The Avett Brothers release 'The Carpenter' track listing and artwork

What have they got to say about Paul Newman?

The Avett Brothers’ new album, “The Carpenter,” has song titles sure to intrigue fans. The North Carolina group released the track listing for the Sept. 11, Rick Rubin-produced album, as well as the cover artwork. 

With songs like “Paul Newman Vs. the Demons”  and “Down With The Shine, “ it sounds like they have some more interesting stories to tell. The band has already revealed a few songs from their sixth studio album, including first single, "Live And Die," embedded below.

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Watch: Nicki Minaj shakes her tailfeather in 'Pound The Alarm' video

Watch: Nicki Minaj shakes her tailfeather in 'Pound The Alarm' video

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She's proves you can go home again in new music clip

Nicki Minaj is certainly doing her part for tourism for her native Trinidad and Tobago.  In her video for “Pound the Alarm,” it’s carnival 24 hours a day  in Port of Spain as Minaj and a bevy of beauties in feathered headdress and bejeweled bikinis  fill the streets.

When the scenery isn’t of the local lovelies and their various body parts, it’s on Trinidad’s natural beauty, including the miles of beaches.

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<p>John Mayer</p>

John Mayer

Watch: John Mayer heads west in 'Queen of California' video...or does he?

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Singer/songwriter has his walking shoes on

John Mayer goes through his own westward expansion on the video for “Queen of California.” The  low-key video matches the laidback feel of the song, as Mayer strolls casually through various landscapes —New York City’s hustle and bustle, a movie set, the snow-crested Rockies—as he wends his way to a final beautiful scene (that still looks decidedly east coast, given the trees) and reunites with his band.

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