<p>Jessica Sanchez has a record deal.</p>

Jessica Sanchez has a record deal.

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'American Idol's' Jessica Sanchez follows Phillip Phillips to Interscope

When will the runner-up's album come out?

“American Idol” Season 11 runner up Jessica Sanchez has signed with Interscope Records. Her album is due in October.

Interscope, which has the first right of refusal on signing the “American Idol” finalists, will take the 16-year old in a more “urban flavor,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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<p>Justin Bieber can fly. That's why he's No.1.&nbsp;</p>

Justin Bieber can fly. That's why he's No.1. 

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Justin Bieber reigns over this week's Music Power Rankings

Adele, Bruce Springsteen and The Flaming Lips share the spotlight

1. Justin Bieber: The 18-year old’s “Believe” bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the largest weekly sales for a new album so far in 2012. While that’s great news for him, if 373,000 is the most the industry can muster for an artist who is keyed in to social media 24/7, cue “Taps.”

2. Adele: British singer/songwriter and singlehanded album sales savior announces her first pregnancy.  Music industry cries like a baby at the thought of her disappearing for awhile.

3. Eminem: A judge rules that FBT Productions, the producers behind many of his hits, may proceed with their lawsuit against Universal Music Group, which the judge accuses of trying to “bamboozle” the court by not revealing key revenues. The landmark case will determine if downloads count as licenses or sales. The determination could mean that Universal- and other labels-- will owe artists millions in back royalties. It’s not sexy, but it is a huge case.

4. Bruce Springsteen: He’s named MusiCare’s Person of the Year, following in the footsteps of Neil Young, Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney. We can’t wait to hear Carly Rae Jepsen’s version of “Candy’s Room” at the tribute dinner.

5. Flaming Lips: The set the Guinness World Record for most live shows in 24 hours in different cities. Wayne Coyne & Co. played eight shows across Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. The band’s comment on the feat: “Zzzzzzzz.”

6. M83: French electronic act gets the call to score “Oblivion,” the new sci-fi Tom Cruise movie helmed by “Tron: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski. Insert favorite Cruise/Holmes joke you’ve heard this weekend here, but it must include the movie title.

7. Chris Brown/Drake:
Yeah, we know it’s not going to happen, but isn’t there part of you that would have loved for the two fighting artists to have taken celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman up on his $1 million offer to go at it in the ring.  And, by the way, never say never. We’re sure “The Partridge Family’s” Danny Bonaduce and “The Brady Bunch’s” Barry Williams never thought that’s where their careers were headed in the ‘70s.

8. Swedish House Mafia:
The groundbreaking superstar DJing trio announced this the current tour will be its last. As their said in their statement: “We came, we raved, we loved.”

9. Rolling Stones: Shephard Fairey designs the legendary band’s 50th anniversary.  Only advice from Mick: Don’t touch the tongue.

10. Sony: While the EMI/Universal recorded music merger gets reviewed under a microscope, the Federal Trade Commission approves Sony’s $.2.2 billion purchase of EMI’s music publishing assets. The combined company vaults to the world’s largest publisher.

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<p>Adam Levine of Maroon 5</p>

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

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Linkin Park and Maroon 5 duke it out for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week

What happens with Justin Bieber's 'Believe?'

Though it’s close, it looks like Linkin Park’s “Living Things” will beat Maroon 5’s “Overexposed” to debut at the Billboard 200 summit next week.

With a few days left until Sunday’s chart close, “Living Things” is on target to sell between 230,000 and 250,000, while “Overexposed” will sell up to 220,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

Two other newcomers are poised to bow in the Top 10: “MMG Presents Vol. 2,” the rap compilation from Maybach Music Group, at No. 4 with sales of around 90,000, and an ailing R. Kelly’s “Write Me Back” at No. 6, with sales of 68,000.

This week’s No. 1, Justin Bieber’s “Believe” drops by nearly two thirds in sales, but still surpasses the 100,000 mark, moving up to 140,000 copies for No. 3. Rounding out the top 5, Kenny Chesney’s “Welcome To the Fishbowl” should sell around 70,000.

In the bottom half of the Top 10, in addition to Kelly, Adele’s “21”  hangs out at No. 7  (this week marked her first time out of the Top 5 since the album came out 71 weeks ago). One Direction’s “Up All Night” will be at No. 8, Usher’s former No. 1, “Looking 4 Myself” at No. 9 and the “Rock of Ages” soundtrack at No. 10.

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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

Watch: Lady Antebellum lights things on fire in 'Wanted You More' video

There's nothing but pain and heartache where we're going

Though the three members of Lady Antebellum are now happily married, they easily dial into those feelings of unrequited love on “Wanted You More.”

The song’s dramatic video is filled with dark shadows, a grey palette, nude headless bodies, tree stumps, and a magical butterfly, but mainly faces full of longing and angst. We’re still not sure about the burning piano. It’s a little bit of the apocalypse in an otherwise moody, but non-climactic clip that seems a little out of place with the color scheme if nothing else.

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<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'

What do you think of her new sound?

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

Soaring tune will be played during medal ceremonies in London

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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