<p>A.R. Rahman</p>

A.R. Rahman

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Oscar winner A.R. Rahman on the challenges of scoring 'People Like Us'

'Slumdog Millionaire' composer found himself walking a fine line

Though he’s scored more than 100 movies spanning a multitude of genres, Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman found himself charting new territory when it came to writing the music for Dreamworks’ “People Like Us,”  a drama about a man who discovers he has a sister he never knew about.

“The movie takes me away from what I’ve been doing for 20 years,” says  Rahman, who, though already wildly popular in his native India for decades, finally broke through in the U.S. following the tremendous success of 2008 “Slumdog Millionaire” and the film’s end title song, “Jai Ho,” which was accompanied by a Bollywood dance number.

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<p>Alicia Keys</p>

Alicia Keys

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Listen: Alicia Keys unveils radically different sound on 'New Day'

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Has Alicia Keys been listening to Beyonce? The Grammy winner unleashed a new track today and the militant drum pattern definitely recalls Bey’s “Run the World (Girls).”

“New Day” is an upbeat, celebratory song is dominated by the drum beat, as Key delivers one of her most dramatic, lively vocal. Singing in a island-like patois, Keys heralds the coming of a “New Day,”  declaring “Take a look in my eyes, can’t you see I’m ready/If you want to touch the sky, hands in the air one time.”

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Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute in 'Brendan's Death Song' video

Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute in 'Brendan's Death Song' video

Band honors their fallen friend with a New Orleans send-off

It’s hard to say goodbye, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers make the most of it in the video for “Brendan’s Death Song,” directed by Marc Klasfeld.

The song, from the band's current album, "I'm With You," is exactly what the title describes: a goodbye to the band’s friend Brendan Mullen. He ran the Masque, a Hollywood club that gave the band one of its first gigs.

The video, shot in New Orleans, takes on the feel of a very somber second line, complete with carnival masks, a funeral procession, lovely outfits and emotional, beautiful vocal from lead singer Anthony Kiedis, who, of course, despite his mourning, still manages to end up shirtless (as does Flea). The clip premiered on RollingStone.com today. Watch it here. We'll embed it when RS's exclusive is up on Friday.

It’s a very fitting tribute to an important contributor to the band’s storied past.

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<p>Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in 'Sparkle'</p>

Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in 'Sparkle'

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Watch: Whitney Houston in the new video for 'Celebrate' with Jordin Sparks

The music clip pays tribute to the late singer

Whitney Houston makes one of her last video appearances in the clip for “Celebrate” from “Sparkle.”

The music video primarily focuses on Houston’s co-star Jordin Sparks and her buddies dancing around and frolicking both in additional footage and in scenes from the movie. There are only a few shots of Houston, many of them spliced into the video, and only one of her dancing.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen selected as MusiCares Person of the Year

The Recording Academy will honor the Boss on Feb. 8

Bruce Springsteen will be honored at 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year on Feb. 8, 2013.

The event, presented by the Recording Academy, will feature artists saluting The Boss. Part honorees include Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, James Taylor and Paul Simon.

Honorees are chosen in recognition of their creative accomplishments  and charitable work.

“Bruce Springsteen is a truly gifted and Renaissance artist of the time, a national treasure and an exemplary humanitarian,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation. “His career is a testament to the power of creative excellence, and his contributions as a philanthropist speak to the tenacity of the human spirit.”

Proceeds from the evening go to MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s offshoot that provides financial, medical and personal assistance.

MusiCares Person of the Year will be held in Los Angeles two days before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

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<p>Muse</p>

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Listen: Muse out-bombasts Queen on Olympic theme, 'Survival'

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Muse goes for the gold on “Survival,” its theme for the 2012 Olympics, but falls far short.

The British group’s bombast makes Queen seem tame in comparison. There’s soaring strings, loud guitars, a short-lived jaunty piano melody, chanting, rhythmic changes, lead singer Matt Bellamy’s gritty, steely, high-pitched urgency and lots of other shenanigans going on all in search of a song.

“Survival” is a jawdropping exercise so overreaching in its attempt to create something grand and motivational that it’s almost hard to take it seriously. 

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<p>Carly Rae Jespen</p>

Carly Rae Jespen

Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' rules on the Billboard Hot 100

Ellie Goulding makes it into the Top 10 after six months

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” stays atop the Billboard 100 for a third week, as some other artists make moves into the Top 10.

The new artist influx into the Top 10 continues as Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”  moves 12-6. The song took 27 weeks to achieve the feat, setting a record for the longest rise by a female who was not crossing over from another format.

The other new entry into the Top 10 belongs to veteran Usher, whose “Scream” creeps up one spot to No. 10, to mark his 18th Top 10.

On the rest of the chart, Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa climbs 3-2 switching places with Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”

Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” holds at No. 4, though may receive a boost from her movie, “Part of Me,” opening this week. Rihanna’s “Where Have Your Been” climbs 8-5.

The bottom half sees fun.’s “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae drop 5-7,  Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” fall 7-8 and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” slides 6-9.

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<p>Mumford and Sons</p>

Mumford and Sons

Mumford & Sons set up August U.S. tour in advance of new album

Dates include their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover dates

Mumford & Sons will take to the road this August for a 15-date tour. The outing includes the British group’s four multi-artist Gentlemen of the Road Stopover festivals they are curating in a quartet of small towns.

M&S will undoubtedly preview a number of tunes from the group’s second album, due this fall. They took a break from completing the follow-up to "Sigh No More" to record "Learn Me Right" with Birdy for the Pixar film "Brave."

The group began debuting songs that could be on the new album earlier this year at some radio stations, as well as playing three new tunes at SXSW, "Lovers Eyes," "Lover of the Light," and "Ghosts The We Knew." 

Mumford & Sons  US tour dates


August 1 - Hoboken, NJ @ Pier A (No Fee Ticket)
August 4 - Portland, ME @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
August 6 - Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center
August 7 - Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts
August 9 - Portsmouth, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion
August 11 - Bristol, VA @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
August 13 - Louisville, KY @ Louisville Waterfront Park
August 14 - Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion
August 18 - Dixon, IL @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
August 20 - Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theatre
August 21 - Laramie, WY @ Gryphon Theatre
August 22 - Magna, UT @ The Saltair
August 25 - Monterey, CA @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
August 28 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 1 - Snowmass Village, CO @ Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival

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<p>Dave Matthews Band</p>

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band sets release date for new album 'Away From The World'

Group reunites with producer Steve Lillywhite for seventh studio album

On Sept. 11, Dave Matthews Band will release “Away From the World,”  its first studio album since 2009’s “Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King.” 

Steve Lillywhite, who produced DMB’s first three albums, helmed the group’s seventh studio set. Fans who pre-order “World” will receive an additional five bonus tracks recorded live on the band’s summer tour.

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<p>From Lana Del Rey's &quot;National Anthem&quot;</p>

From Lana Del Rey's "National Anthem"

Watch: Lana Del Rey and ASAP Rocky in 'National Anthem' video teaser

They reinvent Jackie O and JFK

History repeats itself over and over and over again in the teaser for Lana Del Rey’s upcoming “National Anthem” video.

If you have the patience to watch the thousand repeats of Lana Del Rey, standing at a microphone sweeping back her hair and smiling and
 A$AP Rocky taking a drag in the cigarette, presumably in the audience, a bit of a the plots unspools. Del Rey appear as Jackie Onassis (looking like a cross between Jackie O and Elvis-era Priscilla Presley) with A$AP Rocky as her John F. Kennedy.  Cut in is footage of American flags, the couple dancing, and a motorcade similar to the one on that fateful day in November 1963.

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