<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

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Music Power Rankings: Adam Lambert holds off Britney Spears and Lady Gaga

'American Idol's' Phillip Phillips and Justin Timberlake make this week's tally

1. Adam Lambert: The “American Idol” scores his first No. 1 album, and also becomes the first openly gay male to achieve the feat. Who thought it would be easier to land at No. 1 than to get married legally in most states?

2. Britney Spears: She briefly walks off the set during the first taping. That’s what $15 million gets you, Simon Cowell, and it’s exactly what you wanted. He’s already gotten more than $15 million worth of free publicity due to Britney before the show even airs. Nicely played, sir.

3. Phillip Phillips:
A new “American Idol” is crowned. The good news is his first single, “Home” goes straight to No. 1 on iTunes. The bad news is his coronation is in front of “Idol’s” lowest-rated finale ever.

4. Lady Gaga:
Momma Monster will not back down. After protests lead officials in Jakarta to cancel her show, her manager says she will not alter her show to appease religious groups. Maybe she should rename the tour “Born Again This Way.”

5. Lionel Richie:
His little album that could, “Tuskegee,” continue to defy the odds and sell and sell its way right into the No. 2 spot for the top sellers of 2012. The No. 1 seller so far, of course, is Adele’s “21.”

6. Eminem:
Slim Shady is headed back into the studio to start work on his eighth studio album, we think. He tells New York’s Hot 97: “I’m kinda getting into my next record a little bit.”  We bet it drops by the end of the year.

7. Justin Timberlake:
We may never get a new studio album, but he signs on to score his first movie, “The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea.” Doesn't is just cry out for a “SexyBack” remix?

8. Robin Gibb:
Another amazing music voice is silenced. In 2012 alone: Whitney, Donna, Adam, Robin, Levon, Davy... can we make it stop, please?

9. Donna Summer: Speaking of sad deaths, as usual, following her passing, the disco queen sees a huge spike in sales: up 3,277%.

10. Bobby Womack:
The soul legend is declared cancer free. In a month where cancer seems to be winning by claiming Adam Yauch, Donna Summer and Robin Gibb, it’s nice to see at least one victory in the right column. Plus, his first album in 13 years comes out June 12. More good news.


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<p>John Mayer in concert in April 2011.</p>

John Mayer in concert in April 2011.

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John Mayer finds his voice at No. 1 on the next Billboard 200

Where happens with 'American Idol's' Adam Lambert and Kris Allen?

Though John Mayer’s performance wings have been clipped due to his current vocal issues, they won’t stop him from soaring into the top spot on the Billboard 200 next week by a wide margin.

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<p>Linkin Park</p>

Linkin Park


Watch: Linkin Park takes 'Burn It Down' literally in new music video

Performance clip is nicely charged

That is one combustible rehearsal space Linkin Park has got going for itself.

In the video for “Burn It Down,” which premiered on MTV, there are particle clouds, fire bursts and more. The boys have got their own sci-fi weather eco-system going on right there.

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<p>Chris Brown and friends</p>

Chris Brown and friends


Watch: Chris Brown shows off his abs in new video for 'Sweet Love'

His love powers include levitation

Remember how when you were little, you used to make a tent by stringing a sheet over two chairs so that you and your friends could play?  Chris Brown is doing the adult version of that in his new video for  “Sweet Love.”

He and his lady play under the sheets and he promises “tonight is the night that I change your life.” Indeed, his lovemaking prowess is apparently so remarkable that he has the power to make women levitate, literally, and even to bring pleasure to ghosts in the back of a limo.

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<p>&nbsp;Kylie Minogue</p>

 Kylie Minogue


Watch: Kylie Minogue struts her stuff through London in new video for 'Timebomb'

Will she wear that outfit to play for the Queen?

On “Timebomb,” Kylie Minogue sings “Time...time is moving so fast.” Maybe for the rest of us, but not for her. Minogue who spends much of the video in short jean shorts and a cropped motorcycle jacket (and sometimes less) looks amazing. Time has been very, very kind to the Aussie sensation.  In the Christian Larson-directed clip, she strolls through London streets on what looks like a rather chilly day compared to what everyone else is wearing, but she’s Super Kylie: she’s immune to feeling things like temperature.

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<p>&nbsp;Kelly Clarkson</p>

 Kelly Clarkson


Watch: Kelly Clarkson's new video for 'Dark Side'

What happens when we show our true selves?

We all have those parts of ourselves that we’re too scared to reveal to those we love. In the video for her new single, “Dark Side,” Kelly Clarkson asks if her partner could still love her once he sees that side of her?

Whether it’s the various situations depicted in the clip— body image issues, alcoholism and other addictions, war injuries— or our own different demons, Clarkson’s performance in the clip perfectly captures the vulnerability that comes with showing people our whole selves.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

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Watch: Bruce Springsteen's new clip for 'Rocky Ground'

Stark depiction matches song's message

Bruce Springsteen has had a strange relationship with videos. As someone who came into prominence before the MTV era, he’s always seemed to be a bit uneasy in clips and a little embarrassed to be there at all. Plus, as he is very well aware, no video is going to capture the magic that is the Boss as much as a live performance.

For  “Rocky Ground,” the second single from “Wrecking Ball,” he stays with the black and white motif he used for the album’s first single/clip, “We Take Care of Our Own”: black and white, stark images unified to tell a story rather than any kind of linear narrative.

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<p>Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith on last night's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith on last night's "American Idol"

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Interview: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on new 'Music From Another Dimension'

Listen to new single, 'Legendary Child'

Aerosmith has a pretty good track record with songs in Bruce Willis movies. Remember a little hit called “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing” from 1998’s “Armageddon?” The song gave the band its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

They are reuniting with Willis for “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” which will feature Aerosmith’s “Legendary Chid,” both within the movie and as the end title. They band debuted the crunchy rocker (embedded below) on Wednesday night’s  “American Idol” finale with little fanfare and no announcement about its tie in with the movie. Undoubtedly, this was because the same day the group was officially set to announce the news, Paramount said it was  pushing the movie’s opening from June 29 to  March 29, 2013 in order to convert the film to 3D.

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The song remains the same on Billboard Hot 100 as Gotye lands sixth week at No. 1

The song remains the same on Billboard Hot 100 as Gotye lands sixth week at No. 1

Static chart sees little to no movement from last week

Somebody That I Used To Know” continues its residency at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the Gotye tune, featuring Kimbra, logs its sixth week in the top spot.

The tune holds off a charge from Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”  which rises two spots to No. 2, leapfrogging over Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” featuring Wiz Khalifa (2-3) and Fun.’s “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae (3-4).

It’s a week of small moves on the chart. There are no new entries in the Top 10 and no title moves more than two spots one way or the other. Rounding out the top 5, Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”  rises 6-5.

The bottom half of the top 10 proves even more static. Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia flip flops with “Starships” to lands at No 6, then the song remains the same for the next four slots as last week: One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”  is No. 7, The Want’s “Glad You Came” is No. 8, Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” is No. 9 and Train’s “Drive By” is No. 10.?

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Beck releases two tunes via Jack White's Third Man Records on May 28

When is that new album coming?

Beck will release “I Just Started Hating Some People Today” backed with “Blue Randy” on May 28 via Jack White’s Third Man Records Blue Series.

The long-absent singer recorded the tracks last year in Nashville while working on his new album. The pair of songs “spontaneously came together...on Beck’s final day in Nashville,” according to a press release. Still no word on a release date for the new album.

The tunes, available on iTunes and thirdmanrecords.com digitally, will also be available on vinyl, including a limited run of 100 Tri-Color 7-inches exclusively sold at Randy Records in Salt Lake City on June 2. Another 50 will randomly be inserted in mail orders for the single placed through Third Man.  

In addition to producing the two songs, White plays drums on the tunes as well.

While it’s been four years since Beck’s last full album, 2008’s “Modern Guilt,” he’s been teasing fans with one-off dates and scattered song. He recently contributed a cover of the song “Corrina, Corrina” to a compilation for maternal-health advocacy organization  Every Mother Counts, as well as contributed a song, “Looking for a Sign,” to the movie, “Jeff, Who Lives At Home.”

Beck will play the Aug. 10-12 Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this summer, along with fellow headliners Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Metallica, Jack White, Foo Fighters, and Stevie Wonder.

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