<p>Mumford &amp; Sons' &quot;Babel&quot;</p>

Mumford & Sons' "Babel"

Can Mumford & Sons fight off seven newcomers on the Billboard 200?

Kiss, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, MGK and Barbra Streisand all debut

It’s another busy week on the Billboard 200 as seven titles are poised to bow in the Top 10 next week.

None of the septet of debuts will prove strong enough to knock Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” out of the pinnacle. The title is projected to sell up to 110,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double,  for its third week at the top.

After “Babel” comes four new titles, including two from legendary veterans: Rapper and DJ combo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s debut album, “The Heist,” will bow at No. 2, besting rockers KISS, whose new set “Monster” will come in at No. 3 with sales of up to 70,000. Bad Boy rapper MGK (aka Machine Gun Kelly) comes in at No. 5 with “Lace Up.”  Barbra Streisand lands at No. 5 with “Release Me,” a collection of 11 previously unreleased tunes.

Pink’s former No. 1, “The Truth About Love” is at No. 6, but then we return to more debuts. Coheed & Cambria’s  “Afterman: Ascension” comes in at No. 6. Duking it out for No. 7 are  four albums, including two more debuts: newcomers  All Time Low’s “Don’t Panic” and British singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” are in dead heats with returning albums “Kaleidoscope Dream” from Miguel and “The 2nd Law” from Muse. Each title is on target to sell between 30,000 and 35,000 copies.

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Interview: Scotty McCreery talks Christmas, Elvis and college

Interview: Scotty McCreery talks Christmas, Elvis and college

The 'American Idol' champ reveals details about his next album

When Scotty McCreery entered a Nashville studio to record his first holiday set, “Christmas With Scotty McCreery,” any dreams of a white Christmas were solely in his head.

“We recorded it in a heat wave,” says McCreery, who tweeted a photo of himself this summer in the studio with a furry Santa Claus hat perched on his head. “It was 105 in Nashville. I was singing the songs in shorts and flip-flops.” But he and his crew tried to create a festive mood. “We had a Christmas tree in the studio, Christmas lights on the mike stand. My tour manager brought in Christmas cookies and cupcakes.”

For the Oct. 16 release, which includes traditional holiday standards as well as two originals, the 2011 “American Idol” champ “knew we had to get creative” on these oft-recorded songs. “The main thing we talked about together with the band was we wanted to be different, not just to be different, but to be creative and different in a good way. Put a stamp on these songs.”

The biggest surprise to his casual fans may be the way he channels Elvis Presley on his version of “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.” He brings a Presley-like swagger to “Jingle Bells,” but he reserves his full lip-quivering, hip-shaking imitation for “Santa Claus,” even throwing in a bit of Presley’s classic cover of “C.C. Rider” in for good measure.

“I was an Elvis freak. That’s all I listened to growing up,” he says. I wasn’t listening to the Backstreet Boys,” he says. “It just got ingrained in me to where it would come out in my songs.”

The track wasn’t originally intended for the album.  “We did that in one take. The drummer [plays] in a huge Elvis production that tours across the country,” McCreery recalls. “He broke into ‘C.C. Rider.’ It wasn’t planned at all. We thought we’d cut it and not put it on the album. We were high-fiving and laughing and we decided to put it on the album.”

When told that the sultry take may make his fans see a new, sexy side of him, the 19-year old reverts back to his shy self and just replied. “Dadgum.”

McCreery has been singing another of the album’s tracks, “O Holy Night,” since he was in elementary school. “I was singing it much higher then,” he laughs. “It really was difficult. As a kid, I didn’t know anything about the technical side. It was for the children’s choir.”

He included the song as a nod to his grandmother and to his first public performance of the song when he was in 4th or 5th grade. “My grandma is tough to impress. I’d sing at a competition and she’d tell me ‘ That wasn’t so good.’ When I got done, my grandma said, ‘That was beautiful.’ My mom was videotaping, so she was concentrating on that. Coming from my grandma, that meant a lot. We were thinking about her when we recorded it and the memories that we had that night.”

The album’s two originals struck the right chord with McCreery the first time he heard them. One of them seemed destined to end up in his hands.

“The week before ‘Christmas In Heaven’ got sent to me,  I was writing a song called ‘Christmas In Heaven’ about my grandfather. He passed away a few years ago. It had some of the same lyrical ideas. It wasn’t a week later that my choir director was at a conference and told some folks who she is and that she knew me. They said, ‘I have the perfect song.’ It gave me chills. It was a God thing. No question is was going on the album.”

The second original tune, “Christmas Is Coming Around Again” deals with a couple with children going through a divorce, who reunite after the Christmas spirit hits them. “That’s about the message,” McCreery says. “There might be a family out there hurting and maybe this can help them.”

McCreery is already collecting tunes for his next studio album, which he hopes to release in Spring 2013. He’s writing for the album with two top Nashville songwriters, Ashley Gorley and Kelley Lovelace. “My songwriting craft isn’t perfect yet,” he says. “Hopefully it can get there.”

In the meantime, he is half-way done with his first semester at North Carolina State University in Raleigh,  just down the road from his hometown of Garner.  He takes classes a few days a week and then is out on the road opening for Brad Paisley on the weekends.

College has been a blast so far, he says. “I’ve loving every second of it. As far as people freaking out”  when they see him, he notes, “it hasn’t been that way at all. Maybe they’d want a handshake or a ‘hey.’ I wore my cap pulled down the first couple of days, but after a few days, I didn’t even worry about the hat and sunglasses any more.”

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<p>Justin Bieber in &quot;Beauty and the Beat&quot;</p>

Justin Bieber in "Beauty and the Beat"

Watch: Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj in new 'Beauty & the Beat' video

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Is he a fan of 'Waterworld?'

Ever wonder how we’ll be partying in 3012? According to Justin Bieber, it will be primarily underwater  (maybe it’s all a subtle illusion to global warming the polar ice caps melting. Or maybe it's his homage to Kevin Costner's "Waterworld?"...nah).

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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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<p>Rolling Stones</p>

Rolling Stones

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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Are you excited for the new Rihanna album?

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<p>Adele</p>

Adele

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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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