<p>Carly Rae Jepsen</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen

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Carly Rae Jepsen goes for week six atop the Bilboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe'

Pink and Katy Perry have wonderful weeks as well

It’s a good week for women on the Billboard Hot 100 as Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” stays at No. 1, while both Katy Perry and Pink make great strides  as well.

Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” the first single from forthcoming album “The Truth About Love,” blows into the top 10 this week, catapulting 58-9. “Kiss” makes an even dozen Top 10 hits for Pink, leaving her only behind Rihanna and Beyonce for the most top 10s by any female since 2000.  Perry’s “Wide Awake,” climbs 4-3 on the Billboard 100 and topples “Call Me” from the No. 1 spot on  Billboard’s Digital Songs chart.

Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa stays at No. 2 while Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”  slips 3-4. Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” remains at No. 5.

In addition to Pink’s flight into the top 10, Flo Rida’s “Whistle” gains five places to stop at No. 7. “Whistle” is his third top 10 from current album, “Wild Ones,” following “Good Feeling” and the title track, according to Billboard.

Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” stays No. 6, David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia falls one to No. 9 and Usher’s “Scream” stays at No. 10.
 

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<p>Whitney Houston</p>

Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston exhibit set for the Grammy Museum in August

Just in time for 'Sparkle's' opening

"Whitney!", an exhibit at Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum that celebrates  Whitney Houston, will open Aug. 15., two days before the superstar’s last movie, “Sparkle,” bows nationwide.

"Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston" received full cooperation from the Houston family and will concentrate on the six-time Grammy winner’s life on and off stage. Houston died Feb. 11.

The exhibit will include stage costumes worn by Houston, including the white, beaded gown she wore when awards the 1992 Grammy for album of the year; album and career scrapbooks from the early days of her career; concert posters and tour booklets, rare photographs of Houston, and her personal Bible.

There will also be interviews with a number of musicians and artists who worked with or were influenced by Houston.

“Sparkle” opens Aug. 17.

The Whitney! exhibit will be on display at the Grammy Museum until February 2013.



 

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<p>Roger Waters</p>

Roger Waters

Roger Waters and Michael Jackson's 'Immortal' top mid-year tour tally

Where do Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift come in?

Veteran acts still rule the touring roost:  Midway through 2012, Roger Waters’ “The Wall Live” is the top-grossing concert outing.

Based on reporting to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012 announced by Billboard today, “The Wall Live”  has grossed $131.4 million from 1.2 million tickets sold to easily top the second place entry: “Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour by Cirque du Soleil,” which grossed $68.4 million.

Other vets in the top 10 include Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Van Halen. The only acts in the top 10 who released their first albums in the new millennium are Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Kanye West, whose “Watch The Throne” tour with Jay-Z comes in at No. 4.  While older acts may not have the impact at radio that they once did and that their younger counterparts do, they can still command top dollar and a large audience based on their strong catalog of hits.

The Top 10 touring acts of 2012

1. Roger Waters, $131.4 million
2. Michael Jackson’s “Immortal,” $68.4 million
3. Bruce Springsteen, $52.4 million
4. Jay-Z/Kanye West, $46 million
5. Lady Gaga, $44 million
6. Van Halen, $38.6 million
7. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, $33 million
8. Taylor Swift, $26.3 million
9. Pearl Jam, $25.4 million
10.  Andre Rieu, $25.3 million

 

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<p>Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend</p>

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

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The Who reunites to perform 'Quadrophenia' in first N.A. tour in four years

Are they coming to a city near you?

Declaring that they're "anxious to work together again before they drop dead," the remaining members of the The Who,  Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, will return to the U.S. for their first tour in four years. Given that fellow members Keith Moon and John Entwistle are no longer with us, it's a legitimate wish.

The outing, which starts in Nov. 1 in Sunrise, Fla., will feature the band performing their 1973 album “Quadrophenia,”  “plus a few classics,” as the group announced today. Among the hits from the rock opera are “The Real Me,” “5:15,” and “Love Reign O’er Me.”  Tickets for the 37 dates go on sale to the general public on July 27.

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Watch: No Doubt's new video for 'Settle Down'

Watch: No Doubt's new video for 'Settle Down'

Was it worth the wait?

It’s been a decade since a new No Doubt album and fans got their first real look and listen at what to expect from “Push and Shove” today with the release of the first single and video “Settle Down.”

Directed by Sophie Mueller, who has helmed a number of No Doubt clips previously, was behind the lens for the music video, which features the four members as truck drivers heading to a reunion. That follows the lyrical them of Gwen Stefani carrying on a conversation over a CB radio.

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<p>Pink's &quot;The Truth About Love&quot;</p>

Pink's "The Truth About Love"

Look: Pink reveals the cover art for 'The Truth About Love' album

And she reveals a lot of leg too

For as forward as Pink’s music can be, she’s often liked a little retro look when it comes to artwork associated with her projects. For the video for “Raise Your Glass” she evoked WW2 cultural icon Rosie the Riveter.

This time, she’s a little more revealing. In the cover art for “The Truth About Love,” a trim Pink adopts a panties straight out of “Mad Men” with garters clipped to thigh highs. She’s also sporting a cropped jacket and blood red, silletto-heeled pumps.  No sign that she ever carried a kid for nine months. The font is straight out of a ‘50s horror movie. Sure, the tats and black fingernail polish bring the look screaming in to the 2010s, but there’s still something delightfully retro about it.

“Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” the first single from  “The Truth About Love,” is off to a rousing start at radio and was the No. 1 most added song at Pop and Hot Adult Contemporary radio last week, according to her label.
 

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<p>Big Sean in &quot;My Homies Still&quot;</p>

Big Sean in "My Homies Still"

Watch: Lil Wayne and Big Sean take over the neighborhood in 'My Homies Still' video

Elephants, pandas and dogs, oh my!

Lil Wayne and Big Sean have moved into a neighborhood straight out of topsy-turvy world for Weezy’s video for “My Homies Still”: A pink elephant, literally, roams the streets, disembodied mannequins take over otherwise well-groomed lawns, and men’s heads get transplanted onto dog’s bodies and vice versa. Did we mention the dancing panda and boa-clad skeletons?

As images of smoking skull heads and folks making out with mannequins weave in and out with Lil Wayne skateboarding and he and Big Sean dancing on the ceiling, the clip is one of Lil Wayne’s trippiest. And that’s before we’ve even gotten to the banquet where Big Sean and Lil Wayne are on the menu.

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<p>Madonna</p>

Madonna

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Watch: The full video for Madonna's 'Turn Up The Radio'

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There's always room in her car for one more

Madonna’s “Turn Up The Radio” video opens with great promise: a shot of her legs in back high heels walking down a hall, but as anyone who saw the teaser released Friday, she’s not headed for “Justify My Love” type hi-jinks. Not this time. Instead, Madge is ready for some PG-rated fresh air.

She leaves her hotel an climbs into a Cadillac convertible, aggrieved by the paparazzi who are in her face. As her driver pulls away, a despondent Madonna is cheered by the site of some street performers displaying contortionist moves even the limber Material Girl could only dream of.  She grabs one and he joins her soon-to-grow posse of young, gorgeous men who are soon crowding her car, much to the driver’s dismay.

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<p>Jason Aldean</p>

Jason Aldean

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Listen: Jason Aldean's new single, 'Take A Little Ride'

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Does the country superstar change his sound for the next album?

“My Kinda Party” established Jason Aldean as the next big country superstar. Released in November 2010, the double-platinum set included five hit country tunes and was one of the top-selling albums in all genres in 2011.  More significantly, “Party” also moved Aldean from opening act to arena headliner.

So there’s been a lot of speculation about how Aldean will change his sound, if at all, on his next album. We got a hint today with the release of “Take A Little Ride,” the first single from his upcoming fifth studio album.

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<p>Mumford &amp; Sons</p>

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons set release date for new album, 'Babel'

Tracklisting seems appropriately haunting

Mumford & Sons’ second album, “Babel,” will come out Sept. 25.  The British folk rock group broke through in 2009 with the wildly successful “Sigh No More,” which spawned such hits as “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave.”

The group began previewing tracks from the new album earlier this year at some radio station events, as well as playing three new tunes at SXSW: “Lovers Eyes,” “Lover of the Light” and “Ghosts That We Knew.”

M&S will precede the album’s release with a short U.S. tour  that will include their own curated multi-artist festivals, dubbed Gentlemen of he Road stopovers.

The transition from touring to recording was a little difficult at first, says the band in a statement. “At first, we peeled ourselves of the road quite reluctantly. WE love playing live, obviously, but it had also become an important part of our creative process. We had been writing and rehearsing in soundchecks and sort of ‘roadtesting’ new songs on our very gracious audiences. But then we fell in love with recording again.”

The group worked with producer Markus Dravs, who also helmed “Sigh No More.”

The track list for "Babel" reveals titles that seem appropriately haunting for the group's melodic, yet sometime melancholy, music: in addition to "Ghosts That We Knew," there are such intriguing titles as "Hopeless Wanderer" and "Whispers In The Dark"  and "Broken Crown." 

"Babel" Tracklisting:

1.       Babel
2.       Whispers In The Dark
3.       I Will Wait
4.       Holland Road
5.       Ghosts That We Knew
6.       Lover Of The Light
7.       Lovers' Eyes
8.       Reminder
9.       Hopeless Wanderer
10.   Broken Crown
11.   Below My Feet
12.   Not With Haste

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