<p>Chris Martin of Coldplay</p>

Chris Martin of Coldplay

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Coldplay set to headline New Year's Eve gig with Jay-Z

British band adds two other year-end dates in the U.S.

Coldplay will close out 2012 in the U.S., spending New Year’s Eve co-headlining a show with Jay-Z at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center.

The group, who will release “Live 2012,” a concert film/live album on Nov. 19, will headline Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Dec. 29 and then play Barclay’s Center solo on Dec. 30 before their date with Jay-Z the next night.

The New Year’s Eve extends the nice little bromance between Coldplay and Jay-Z: the two acts shared a bill in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve 2010. More recently, Jay-Z joined Coldplay at the 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony in London.

Tickets for the Connecticut show go on sale Nov. 16, while the Brooklyn shows go on sale Nov. 17. 

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Music Power Rankings: Taylor Swift, Madonna and Carly Rae Jepson top the list

Why is Jermaine Jackson on there?

1. Taylor Swift: “Red” has sold 1.5 million in two weeks, quickly catapulting the title to the top-selling album released in 2012. Swift takes on a whole new meaning.

2. The Civil Wars: After four years together and only one full-length album, the co-ed pair abruptly pull out of their European tour and announce a hiatus.  Where’s Abraham Lincoln when you need him?

3. Madonna:
This week she celebrates the 30th anniversary of her debut on the Billboard charts....she might just make it afterall.
 
4. Kendrick Lamar:
His album debuts at No. 2. As if that’s not enough, you know you’re hot when Lady Gaga leaks the version of “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” that didn’t make said album.

5. Christina Aguilera:
She recreates “Your Body” with only a phone, pencils and other office supplies. on “Jimmy Fallon.” Staples’s stock goes up 10%.

6. Grease:
  the ‘70s musical gets new love from both “Glee,” which kicks off a two-week story arc this week and, Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta). Will it be enough to catapult the soundtrack back onto the Billboard 200?

7. Diane Warren: The songwriting master options her 2,000-tune catalog for use for a Broadway musical.  Can we call it “Because You Loved Me, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing?”

8. Carly Rae Jepsen:
You know you’ve arrived when a Ukranian singer accuses you for stealing “Call Me Maybe.” Sue me maybe?

9. Miley Cyrus:
She’s working with Pharrell Williams on her new album, which sounds like it will combine country and hip-hop. That really is Dirty South.

10. Jermaine Jackson:
No, it’s not really a power move, but it’s so bizarre that we wanted to bring it to your attention: This week, Jackson petitioned a court to change his name to Jermaine Jacksun for “artistic reasons.” Does his son, the fantastically named Jermajesty, approve?

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<p>Taylor Swift performing this week in London</p>

Taylor Swift performing this week in London

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Taylor Swift's 'Red' and Ne-Yo's 'R.E.D.' battle it out on next week's Billboard 200

Aerosmith and Third Day also crack the Top 10

Taylor Swift will make it three weeks at No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 with sales of up to 225,000 for "Red."

That means it will outsell the No. 2 title, “Now That’s What I Call Music 44,” by more than 2-to-1, with that compilation set to top out at 100,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

“Now 44” is joined by three other debuts: “Music From Another Dimension” from Aerosmith, the band’s first album of new material in more than a decade, comes in at No. 3 with sales of 70,000. Ne-Yo’s’s “R.E.D.” sneaks into the top 5 at 60,000 (making two different albums titled "Red" in the top 5). Third Day’s “Miracle” cracks the top 10 with 30,000 units sold.

Filling in the rest of Top 10, Rod Stewart’s holiday album, “Merry Christmas Baby,”  is No. 4, while Jason Aldean’s former No. 1, “Night Train,” is No. 6. Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” falls two spots to No. 7, while Meek Mill’s “Dreams And Nightmares” and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” are in a dead heat for No. 8 with both projected to sell between 35,000 and 40,000.



 

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Watch: Rihanna shines in new video for 'Diamonds'
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Watch: Rihanna shines in new video for 'Diamonds'

And look! Horsies!

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but according to Rihanna’s video for her No. 1 R&B hit of the same name, so are running horses, tattoos, and slo-mo photography.

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<p>&quot;Dos!&quot;</p>

"Dos!"

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Album Review: Green Day's 'Dos!' blasts through the midnight hour

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The time is right for dancing in the streets

Green Day’s “Dos!,” the second in the band’s trilogy, opens with Billie Joe Armstrong gently backed by an acoustic guitar as he sweetly asks if he’ll “see you tonight.”

Then the gloves come off. The next 35 minutes are a manic midnight ramble through a bacchanalian night out as Armstrong and band mates Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt ain’t looking for nothing but a good time.  If “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown” were about broad social themes,  “Uno!” and “Dos!” have no such sweeping ambition....unless getting laid counts.  (The album is streaming in full here now).

And of course it does, as “F*** Time” concedes. The tune’s music is so playful you could twist to it, but Armstrong has other moves in mind.

“Dos!” gallops through the evening, with stops to visit a girl hooked on meth (the driving “Ashley,” which sounds like a holdover from “21st Century Breakdrown),” a yearning for some rest before a second wind kinks in (the propulsive “Lazy Bones”) and raw, rave up “Make Out Party,” on which Armstrong declares “you’ve got yourself a pretty little blouse/I think I want to rub it the wrong way.” (check out Dirnt’s great bass solo toward the end).

Green Day stays tried and true to its rock conventions for the most part, with each song drawing from a different subgenre: for example, first single “Stray Heart”  doesn’t stray that far from the genial head shaking rockabilly of the Stray Cats  crossed with Katrina & The Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine.” Throughout, the characters are full of the usual discontent displayed in Green Day’s catalog: they’re none too bright nor ambitious with way too much time on their hands.  In addition to meth-head Amy, the “Wild One” is “strung out on erasers” after giving up “living on Jesus.”

The biggest exception is “Nightlife” featuring Lady Cobra. It’s a sinewy, snaky, serpentine of a song anchored by Lady Cobra’s sultry  spoken word verses. If you’re into Green Day only for the rock, it may be too much of a stretch, but it fits into the theme of the evening as the bewitching hour has come and gone.  Next track, “Wow! That’s Loud” features a Who-like wavy psychedelic breakdown in the middle before resuming its straight-ahead four-on-the-floor beat.

The album comes full circle, as it closes with Armstrong, backed again only by an acoustic guitar, on “Amy” (he’s clearly dumped “Ashley”). He pleas with her to stick around, even though she’s “too young for the golden age because the record bin has been replaced.” As the sun comes up, no one wants to be alone.

If "Uno," the more uplifting of the two albums, was about getting ready to go out, "Dos!" is about sticking it out through the long night, through the dark alleys and twists and turns. It's scrappier and messier. “Dos!,” out Nov. 13, follows “Uno,” which came out Sept. 21. The trilogy finale, “Tre,” comes out Dec. 11.

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<p>Fiona Apple</p>

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple, Avett Bros., Norah Jones and more on 'This is 40' soundtrack

And, of course, Graham Parker

The previously announced Fiona Apple will be joined by Ryan Adams, Norah Jones, the Avett Brothers, and, of course,  Graham Parker, on the soundtrack for Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40.”

While tracks from some of the artists, including Paul Simon, the Avetts, and Loudon Wainwright, have been released before, the cuts from Jones, Apple, Parker (who plays heavily into the plot), Lindsey Buckingham, Wilco, and Adams are all original.  Jon Brion composed the score and produced several of the new cuts, including Apple’s “Dull Tool.” The soundtrack comes out Dec. 11.

Read Drew McWeeny's review of "This is 40" here.

The track listing for "Music From The Motion Picture This Is 40" is as follows:
 
1.   I'm Your Angel – Yoko Ono  
2.   Always Judging – Norah Jones 
3.   What Do You Like? – Graham Parker with Punch Brothers
4.   Sick Of You – Lindsey Buckingham 
5.   Rewrite – Paul Simon  
6.   Shining Through The Dark (Live) – Ryan Adams  
7.   Lunch Box Odd Sox – Paul McCartney
8.   Brother & Sister – Lindsey Buckingham Featuring Norah Jones  
9.   Theme 1 (Debbie & Oliver) – Jon Brion   
10. Watch The Moon Come Down – Graham Parker & The Rumour 
11. Days That We Die – Loudon Wainwright 
12. She Acts Like You – Lindsey Buckingham 
13. Dull Tool – Fiona Apple
14. Lucky Now (Live) – Ryan Adams 
15. I Got You – Wilco
16. Live & Die – The Avett Brothers 

Bonus track (digital only):
17. Protection (Live) – Graham Parker & The Rumour




 

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<p>Maroon 5</p>

Maroon 5

Maroon 5's 'One More Night' spends its eighth week atop the Billboard Hot 100

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' horses around at No. 2 again

Maroon 5’s “One More Night” makes it eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, once again locking Psy’s “Gangnam Style” out of the top spot.

The group is on a roll as “One More Night” now spends twice as many weeks at No. 1 as Maroon 5’s 2011’s hit, “Moves Like Jagger” featuring Christina Aguilera, which was No. 1 for four weeks.

As far as Psy’s “Style,” it falls in radio listenership, digital sales, and streaming (although it remains No. 1 on both the sales and streaming charts), so the likelihood of it bouncing up to the top of the Billboard 200 are looking rather slim.

There’s only slight movement in the rest of the Top 10: Fun.’s “Some Nights” holds at No. 3, while Rihanna’s “Diamonds” sparkles its way to No. 4 from No. 5. Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is at No. 5 and Ke$ha’s “Die Young” falls two spots to No. 6.

Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” stays at No. 7, Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean falls from No. 6 to No. 8, while Alex Clare’s “Too Close” and Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself”) each slide down one spot to No. 9 and 10, respectively.

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<p>Mariah Carey</p>

Mariah Carey

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Listen: Mariah Carey's new track, 'Bring It On Home'

Written for Obama, it works as an uplifting ballad for any occasion

Mariah Carey may have written her newly-released tune, “Bring It On Home” for President Obama’s re-election effort, but it’s a soulful ballad that members of any political party can get behind.

The piano-based tune starts with Carey singing “We’re just every day people trying to make it through the pain.” While it’s a little tough to buy Carey as “every day people,” the rest of the slow jam easily translates into an uplifting, inspirational tune about overcoming adversity in any circumstance.

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Backed by a gospel choir (of course), Carey sounds strong, but keeps the call-all-dogs high notes at bay here (until the end) in service of the song’s simple message. The tune, recorded live at a campaign event earlier this year, showed up on Carey’s producer Jermaine Dupri’s website this morning.

No word on it if will appear on her forthcoming album, which still has no announced release date or title. The first single, “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” didn’t fare well at pop radio, but did notch the “American Idol” judge her 16th No. 1 dance hit. 

What do you think of “Bring It On Home?” Does it work outside of its original context?

 

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<p>The Civil Wars</p>

The Civil Wars

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The Civil Wars cancel tour citing 'internal discord'

Grammy-winning pair abruptly ends European outing

We guess it wasn’t so civil after all.  After one celebrated full-length album and two Grammy Awards, The Civil Wars have announced the cancellation of their current tour because of “irreconcilable differences.”

In a statement posted on Facebook, Joy Williams and Paul White wrote: “We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret. However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.”

Additionally, they offer to refund anyone’s non-refundable charges incurred with the cancellation, including service charges and travel reservations. The pair were in the middle of a European tour with dates in Australia and New Zealand to come in 2013.

The last line about new music is a nice idea to hang one’s hopes on, although it’s hard to imagine that they could overcome whatever “internal discord and irreconcilable differences” they have that are intense enough to make them quit in the middle of a tour. But bands have certainly reunited after far more acrimonious situations.

White and Williams met in Nashville in 2008 and began writing together. They released an EP, produced by Charlie Peacock, that featured title track “Poison & Wine.” The song was featured on “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2009. 

The Civil Wars released their first and only full-length set, “Barton Hollow,” in February 2011. The plaudits came fast and furiously as the duo was nominated for CMT Awards, Americana Music Awards, CMA Awards and for two Grammys for best folk album and best country dup/group performance. The group won both Grammys.

The Civil Wars were also featured on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack on the tune “Safe & Sound” with Taylor Swift.  The soundtrack’s producer T Bone Burnett more recently used one of their songs, “If I Didn’t Know Better” to close the first episode.

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<p>Madonna</p>

Madonna

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Hail, Hail Madonna: Our all-time top 10 Madonna tracks

We celebrate Madge on the 30th anniversary of her first Billboard chart appearance

It’s election day, but today is special for another reason. As Madonna fans/obsessives know, today marks the 30th anniversary of the Material Girl’s first appearance on a Billboard chart

Billboard chart editor, No. 1 Madonna fan and all-around good egg Keith Caulfield put together a great primer on Madge’s chart history starting with her Nov. 6, 1982 debut on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs chart at No. 40 with “Everybody.”

Since then, she amassed some amazing stats, including 156 No. 1s culled from her appearances on all of Billboard’s charts. Madonna has logged 56 Hot 100 hits, 38 of which have gone Top 10.

For fun, I compiled my own Top 10 list of Madonna songs culled from her 38 Top 10 hits. See if you agree and post your top 10 in the comments section below.

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10. “Hung Up” (2005) The perfect blend of Madonna and Abba (the song samples “Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight).” Two of the biggest artists in the pop pantheon coming together for this twirling dance hit. What could be better?

9. “Cherish” (1989): A return to the light-hearted dance pop of Madonna’s very early years.  It’s a skip-down-the-street kind of song. This is what pure joy sounds like.

8. “Material Girl”
(1985)  Madonna poked fun at her image perfectly with this peppy ode to all things materialistic. The video turned a catchy song into an iconic one. Plus, her delivery is delightful.

7. “Ray Of Light”
(1998) Simply groundbreaking at the time as it helped usher electronic music into the mainstream. If you weren’t into the dance scene, you’d never heard anything like this before coming out of your speakers. It’s also worn very well.

6. “Open Your Heart”
(1986) Again, not a great vocal performance from Madonna, but she strikes a convincing vulnerability as she pleads for a little consideration.  Yes, it sounds dated, but in the best possible way in that you remember where you were when you first heard it.

5. “Don’t Tell Me” (2000): A great change of pace for Madonna, this country-tinged track, written by Joe Henry, combines a classic country feel with a dance production by Mirwais. Throw in the lack of effects on Madonna’s voice and the occasional silence pauses and it shouldn’t work, but it does. Brilliantly.

4. “Secret” (1994): She’s not really comfortable in that low range, but there’s a wonderful aura around this mysterious, hypnotic long song. This one’s all about the slinky, sultry production more than Madonna’s vocal performance.

3. “Express Yourself” (1989)” One of the greatest female empowerment pop anthems, despite the fact that she’s chained up in the video. But as she explained at the time, she’s the one doing the restraining, so it’s still empowering.

2. “Like a Prayer”
(1989): Everything about this single is perfect: Madonna’s delivery, the production, the shifts in tempos and instrumentation throughout.  One of the best records ever made. The choir: perfection.

1. “Borderline” (1984): It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Madonna still had a sweet innocence that  was soon left in the dust, but here it’s present and delightful. Besides, who hasn’t had a love who deliciously makes them feel like they’re going to lose their mind?

 

Which songs make your top 10?

 

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