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Does Psy finally knock Maroon 5 out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100?

Rihanna scores her 23rd top 10 with 'Diamonds'

It’s the same old song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week as Maroon 5’s “One More Night” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” hold at No. 1 and 2, respectively, for the fifth straight week.

It’s sweet justice for Maroon 5, who were locked out of the No. 1 spot earlier this year when Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” held “Payphone” at in the No. 2 spot for five weeks.

Fun.’s “Some Nights”rises one spot to No. 3, while Taylor Swift’s former No. 1,  “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” also slides up one to No. 4. Ke$ha’s Die Young”  gallops to No. 5 in its fourth week of release, up from  No. 8

Rounding out the bottom half of the top 10 are Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean and Alex Clare’s “Too Close,” which hold at No. 6 and No. 7. Rihanna’s “Diamonds” rises 11-8, making it the singer’s 23rd Top 10 hit.

Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” leaps 12-9 and Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” slides 9-10.

Swift’s “State Of Grace,” the final track released from “Red” prior to the album’s Monday release, bows at No. 13, while Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” is locked out of the top 10, but at No. 15, it won’t be locked out for long.

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<p>Taylor Swift's &quot;Begin Again&quot;</p>

Taylor Swift's "Begin Again"

Watch: Taylor Swift finds amour in Paris in new 'Begin Again' video

Singer learns to love again

The City of Lights lives up to its reputation as the most romantic city in the world in Taylor Swift’s lovely, low-key video for “Begin Again.”

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift's 'Red' on target to sell more than 1 million in opening week

She will be first female to score two albums with million-selling weeks

Taylor Swift’s “Red” is on target to sell at least 1 million in its first week of release.  She reached the half-way mark yesterday, on “Red’s” first day of release, according to Billboard.

Aiding in getting her to the 500,000 tally was a record opening day at Target, which is exclusively selling a deluxe edition of “Red” with three extra songs. The mass merchant sold more than 160,000 copies. 

In addition to moving physical CDs, Swift is also leading sales on iTunes Music Store, where Billboard cites Swift sold 250,000 album downloads  on Monday.  In addition to having the top-selling album on the music site,  Swift has 10 songs in the top 20 of iTunes Top Songs tally.

Should “Red” surpass the million mark, it will be Swift’s second consecutive title, following 2010’s “Speak Now,” to do so and will make Swift the only woman to achieve the feat since the debut of SoundScan in 1991.

The last album to sell more than one million copies in its opening week was Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” However, that included an Amazon MP3 99-cent sale.

Swift's label, Big Machine, has also taken some moves that give "Red" the best possible chance to surpass the million mark: The album is not available on any streaming services, including Spotify or Rdio. Plus, iTunes is the only digital retailer selling the album, which means neither Amazon nor Best Buy could sell downloads as loss leaders (following Lady Gaga's move, Billboard will not count albums sold for less than $3.49 in their first few weeks of release).

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Watch: Enrique Iglesias finds what he's looking for in  'Finally Found You' video

Watch: Enrique Iglesias finds what he's looking for in 'Finally Found You' video

Hide and Seek leads to a different kind of game

The tale of a lifelong love plays out in Enrique Iglesias’s video for “Finally Found You.”

The story starts as a young Enrique plays hide and seek with his young female friend... so he can “finally find” her. Get it? Of course, you do.

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Watch: Nicki Minaj's new video for 'Come On A Cone'
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Watch: Nicki Minaj's new video for 'Come On A Cone'

New clip sets up Nov. 19's 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" re-release

Reasons to be grateful today: When Nicki Minaj raps  the phrase “Come On a Cone,” the title to her new song, she really does mean a cone, as in an ice cream cone because her jewelry (i.e. ice) is so cold “it should come on a cone”.  Given how profane the lyrics are in the end, it could have gone in a completely different direction...

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<p>Dave Matthews Band</p>

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket and Train sign on for John Denver tribute set

Edward Sharpe, Brandi Carlile, and Lucinda Williams get into the spirit

Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Train and Brandi Carlile are among the artists paying tribute to John Denver on “John Denver: The Music Is You.”

The album, out in February on Matthews’ ATO Records,  also features Sharon Van Etten, Kathleen Edwards, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, all interpreting songs made famous by Denver, who died 15 years ago and remains best known for such hits as “Tale Me Home, Country Roads,” “Annie’s Song,”  and “Rocking Mountain High,” which, according to the developing set list, no one has claimed yet. We suggest  Zac Brown Band.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to environmental initiatives in Denver’s name.

Track Listing for John Denver: The Music Is You

“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
“Leaving, on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
(Song selection TBA) by Lucinda Williams
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile
“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar
“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
“Prisoners” by J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
“Annie's Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
“Eagle and the Hawk” by Blind Pilot
 “I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter

“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
“Leaving, on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
(Song selection TBA) by Lucinda Williams
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile
“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar
“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
“Prisoners” by J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
“Annie's Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
“Eagle and the Hawk” by Blind Pilot
 “I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter


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<p>Maroon 5</p>

Maroon 5

Maroon 5 sets 2013 North American tour

Group debuts new single on 'The Voice' on Nov. 8

The hardest working man in show business, Adam Levine, and his band mates in Maroon 5 will head out on a 2013 North American tour in February.  The band, whose single, “One More Night,” has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, will be joined by Neon Trees and Owl City on the 31-date outing.

The Live Nation-produced arena tour opens at Columbus, Ohio’s Schottenstein Center on Feb. 13 and concludes April 6 outside Chicago at the Rosemont, Ill.-Allstate Arena. Tickets go on sale today for fan club members and to the general public on Oct. 27.

Levine will juggle his touring duties with his responsibilities as a coach on “The Voice,” which is already taping blind auditions for this Spring’s Season 4. He is also expanding into acting with roles on TV's "American Horror Story" and the upcoming film, "Can A Song Save Your Life." 

Maroon 5 will debut “Daylight,” the third single from current album, “Overexposed,” on “The Voice” on Nov. 8.

Maroon 5 Tour Dates

February 13                          Columbus, OH                     Schottenstein Center
February 14                          Detroit, MI                          The Palace of Auburn Hills
February 16                          New York, NY                      Madison Square Garden
February 17                          Manchester, NH                 Verizon Wireless Arena
February 19                          Toronto, ON                         Air Canada Centre
February 20                          Montreal, QC                     Bell Centre
February 22                          Uncasville, CT                      Mohegan Sun Arena
February 23                          East Rutherford, NJ           IZOD Center
February 25                          Grand Rapids, MI               Van Andel Arena
February 27                          Kansas City, MO                 Sprint Center
March 01                              Moline, IL                            iWireless Center
March 03                              Omaha, NE                           CenturyLink Center
March 04                              St. Paul, MN                         Xcel Energy Center
March 07                              Calgary, AB                         Scotiabank Saddledome
March 09                              Vancouver, BC                    Rogers Arena
March 11                              Seattle, WA                          Key Arena
March 13                             San Jose, CA                         HP Pavilion at San Jose
March 15                              Los Angeles, CA                  STAPLES Center
March 16                              Las Vegas, NV                    Mandalay Bay Events Center
March 19                              Houston, TX                         Toyota Center
 March 21                             Dallas, TX                             American Airlines Center
March 22                              Tulsa, OK                             BOK Center
March 24                              Nashville, TN                      Bridgestone Arena
March 26                              Birmingham, AL                  BJCC Arena
March 27                              Atlanta, GA                          Philips Arena
March 29                              Ft. Lauderdale, FL               BB&T Center
March 30                              Orlando, FL                         Amway Center
April 01                                  Jacksonville, FL                    Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 03                                  Washington DC                   Verizon Center
April 04                                  Philadelphia, PA                  Wells Fargo Center
April 06                                  Rosemont, IL                       Allstate Arena

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Album Review: Taylor Swift's 'Red' shows her musical colors
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Album Review: Taylor Swift's 'Red' shows her musical colors

Does her ambitious reach exceed her grasp on this year's biggest release?

Taylor Swift’s second collection was named “Fearless,” but that title seems more apt for her latest album, “Red. Out tomorrow (Oct. 22), the set is the biggest release of 2012 and is expected to sell more than 1 million copies in its first week.

After moving millions of albums, selling out arenas around the world, introducing oodles of younger fans to country music, and creating her own cottage industry based on songs about her good-for-nothing ex-boyfriends, Swift has crafted an album that portrays an artist in transition musically, if not thematically. The 22-year old is not just sliding further toward the pop end of the country-pop spectrum she has navigated since her 2006 self-titled debut, but also strongly gravitating toward rock.  She seamlessly and fearlessly veers between these various musical styles.

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Beyonce, Adele and Justin Bieber top this week's Music Power Rankings

Some vets make the list as well

1. Beyonce: Bey snags the Super Bowl halftime show. Not on the possible guest list: M.I.A. or her middle finger.

2. Microsoft Music Service: Once more with feeling. Microsoft will launch its own internet music service next week starting with XBox and then spreading to Window 8. Let’s hope it works out better for them than Zune.

3. Justin Bieber:
His video for “Beauty and a Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj, got 10.6 million views in its first 24 hours on Vevo, setting a new record. Congratulations are due, but as he’ll eventually learn that careers are measured in years, not days... (or, see below, decades)

4. The Rolling Stones:
They make it official and announce four dates in November  to celebrate the 50th: The two London dates sell out in seven minutes. Hey, it’s only rock and roll but we stil like it.

5. Adele:
She’s making other folks rich. Rumor has it her U.K. indie label’s profits soared to $67 million in 2011, primarily on the back of “21.”

6. Taylor Swift:
As the Oct. 22 release of “Red” approaches, the only question is how much more than 1 million  will it sell in its first week?

7. Bruce Springsteen:
  Like Superman, The Boss swoops into to Ohio and Iowa to rally for Obama.  Working On a Dream 2.0.

8. Lady Gaga:
She puts Die Antwoord in their place after they nastily kill her off in a video. Apparently their ire comes from her asking them to open for her. What an insult! They too edgy and hip to open for her, but they’ll sure use her to get publicity. #growup #youstilldonthaveahit

9. Barbra Streisand: It’s a good time to be Babs: She’s on a sold-out tour and with “Release Me,” debuting at No. 7, she is the only act to land more than one album on the Billboard 200 in every decade since the ‘60s. Her closest competition? The Rolling Stones (see No. 4)

10. Jason Aldean:
The country superstar joins the elite ranks of artists who can play stadiums. His stadium tour includes a July date at Fenway Park, making him the first country artist to ever play the Red Sox' home field.


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<p>Jason Aldean</p>

Jason Aldean

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Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' pulls into No. 1 on the Billboard 200

Where will Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' fall?

Country superstar Jason Aldean will have a big bow next week with his fifth studio album, “Night Train.” The set will top the Billboard 200 with sales of up to 420,000, making it the second-highest debut of the year behind Mumford & Sons’ 600,000 copies for “Babel.” That album, which has spent three weeks at No. 1, drops to No. 2.

“Night Train” will be one of four debut next week: Brandy’s comeback album, “Two Eleven” will likely bow at No. 3 with sales of up to 70,000 (read my interview with Brandy here). Scotty McCreery’s holiday album, “Christmas With Scotty McCreery” is headed for a No .4 start, while Jamey Johnson’s “Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran” comes in at No. 5, according to Hits Daily Double. 

Filling out the rest of the Top 10 are Pink’s “The Truth About Love” is No. 5, moving up to 35,000 copies. Miguel’s “Kaleidoscope Dream”  and Little Big Town’s “Tornado” are in a dead heat for No. 7, which both projected to sell between 21,000 and 24,000.

Adele’s “21” continues its run near the top of the charts, selling up to 22,000, which is enough to land at No. 9. Kiss’s “Monster,” which bowed this week at No. 3, will drop to No. 10.


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