The Flaming Lips' musical 'Yoshimi' sets late fall premiere

Join the robots at La Jolla Playhouse

The Flaming Lips’ new musical, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” based on the 2002 album of the same name, is coming to theaters. The musical will bow this fall at the prestigious La Jolla (Calif.)  Playhouse.

Des McAnuff, who has directed such plays as “Jersey Boys” and the current Broadway revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” will helm the production, according to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper notes that screen writer Aaron Sorkin, who was previously connected with the project, which has been in the works for five years, is no longer associated with it.

Like Green Day’s “American Idiot,” “Yoshimi,” which chronicles the adventures of a female Japanese artist who ventures into the world of robots, includes the songs from the titular album, but also includes tunes from other Flaming Lips albums.

Look for a November or December premiere.
 

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<p>The official artwork for Wiz&nbsp;Khalifa's &quot;Taylor Allderdice&quot;&nbsp;mixtape.</p>

The official artwork for Wiz Khalifa's "Taylor Allderdice" mixtape.

Wiz Khalifa brings down the internet with new mixtape

Have you downloaded 'Taylor Allderdice' yet?

Wiz Khalifa’s latest mixtape, “Taylor Allderdice,” has proved so popular that it crashed its website.

The mixtape, available on datpiff, dropped Tuesday night and features vocals from his new fiance Amber Rose and from Rick Ross on a track called “Never Been Part 2.” The song is a sequel to “Never Been” from the “Kush & Orange Juice” mixtape.

Khalifa, who has a top 10 hit, "Young, Wild & Free," with Snoop Dogg on the Billboard Hot 100 right now, followed the action on Twitter, tweeting, “Yea Taylors, We Crashed That Shit!!!”

For those not in the know, Taylor Allderdice is the name of Khalifa’s high school in Pittsburgh.

Datpiff.com seems to be running fine now, but if you have trouble, you can also download the mixtape. at taylorallderdicemixtape.com

Were you able to download the mixtape before the site crashed? What did you think?

Follow Melinda Newman on Twitter @HitFixMelinda
 

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fun.

fun.'s 'We Are Young' hangs around at No. 1 on retooled Billboard Hot 100

What happens with Adele, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson?

“We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae ages a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the chart makes some major modifications.

Starting with this edition, the Billboard Hot 100 will incorporate a number of streaming services into its calculations, including Slacker, Spotify, MOG and Rdio.  The chart will continue to also rely on radio airplay, single sales and Yahoo! radio streams and Yahoo! on-demand video plays. Sales weigh the most, followed by radio and then streaming.

Similarly to “Young,” the titles in the 2-4 spots remain the same, despite the changes in methodology: Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” is at No. 2; Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” at No. 3 and The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” at No. 4.

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<p>The Rolling Stones</p>

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones gather moss until 2013: postpone 50th anniverary tour

Is Keith Richards' health an issue?

The Rolling Stones turn 50 this year, but unlike the Beach Boys, who are undergoing a huge tour to commemorate their golden anniversary this year, the Stones have pushed off the celebration until 2013.

However, a piece in Rolling Stone casts some doubts on Keith Richards’ health that will sadden any Stones’ fan.  Through interviews with Mick Jagger and Richards indicate they hope to tour in 2013, as well return to the studio and release a documentary, but sources say that following his head injury while on vacation in Fiji in 2006 (the one where he fell out of the tree, remember that one?) have affected his playing abilities.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

Does Springsteen's 'Ball' wreck Adele's '21' on the Billboard 200?

Why do Lady Antebellum, Coldplay and Lil Wayne fly back into the top 10?

Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” blasts Adele’s “21” out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 in an action-filled week.

“Wrecking Ball” sold 196,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, topping “21” by a slim 4,000 units.  For now, that ends “21’s” 23 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1, but the title has been known to bounce back up into the top spot (although there’s a fairly heavy slate of big-name albums coming up and she has nothing on her horizon that would pump the set, so this may really be it).

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Listen: Jack White licks his fingers on 'Sixteen Saltines'
Credit: Columbia Records

Listen: Jack White licks his fingers on 'Sixteen Saltines'

Second song arrives from 'Blunderbuss'

If the first two songs we’re hearing are any indication, Jack White’s solo album, “Blunderbuss,” will be all over the place.

Today, White began streaming “Sixteen Saltines” on his website. He debuted the song on “Saturday Night Live” a few weeks ago, but that was a bit of a loud mess. The recorded version is also very loud, but hardly a mess. It’s a batch of glam, rock, blues, and Jack White’s special sauce. And it goes hard.

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Listen: Madonna's found a keeper in sweet 'Superstar'
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Listen: Madonna's found a keeper in sweet 'Superstar'

New track from 'MDNA' surfaces full of light

Madonna’s found a keeper:  he’s like Caesar, stepping onto the throne and like Lincoln because he fights for what’s right.

After releasing snippets or lyrics of songs that clearly call out some of the men in her life, like "I Don't Give A,"  Madonna is a total ray of light when it comes to describing her man in this one-minute clip of “Superstar.” She’s so smitten, she’ll give the guy the password to her phone. If that’s not love, we don’t know what is.

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fun.

Bonnaroo 2012 adds Santigold, fun., and several other acts

Artists join Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others

Santigold, fun., Temper Trap, Danzig and Puscifer have been added to the 2012 Bonnaroo line-up.

The acts join such previously announced acts as Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers,  The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Foster the People and The Beach Boys.

Danzig will be joined by other acts, including Sam Hain, to perform the music of The Misfits.

Bonnaroo runs June 7-10 in Manchester, TN.

 

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Watch: Sexy and sweet Carrie Underwood versions in 'Good Girl' video

Watch: Sexy and sweet Carrie Underwood versions in 'Good Girl' video

Either way, they both wear impossibly high heels

Hey Girl, Carrie Underwood has some advice for you in her “Good Girl” video. The clip is really an extended fashion show for Underwood who plays both the titular “Good Girl” and the steamy bad girl doling out words of wisdom. In other words, if you like your Underwood on the sultry, sexy side, she’s got you covered. If you like your Underwood covered up, even sporting glasses, like the naughty librarian, she can deliver on that for you too.

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<p>Lady Gaga with Oprah</p>

Lady Gaga with Oprah

Credit: OWN

Watch: Lady Gaga and Oprah tease Sunday night's two-hour special

What can we possibly learn that we don't already know?

If Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable outlet doesn’t survive, it won’t be because its namesake isn’t doing her share.

After being largely hands off the first none-too-successful year of the channel’s life, Winfrey is doing everything she can to hoist the sales. Last night, she had the first interview with Whitney Houston’s family, following the superstar’s Feb. 11 death.

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