Review: Bruce Springsteen's new single, 'We Take Care Of Our Own'
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Review: Bruce Springsteen's new single, 'We Take Care Of Our Own'

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For his whole career, Bruce Springsteen has wrestled with the notion of what it means to be an American. Many of his songs deal with a sense of place, whether it be his home state of New Jersey or, in a larger context, the United States.

On “We Take Care Of Our Own,” the first single from his March 6 release, "Wrecking Ball," Springsteen's questions have become only more urgent as he sees America turning from a country that used to stand for “wherever the flag is flown/we take care of our own” to one where “I’ve been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone/the road to good intention has gone dry as a bone.”

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Rihanna's 'We Found Love' loves the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100
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Rihanna's 'We Found Love' loves the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100

Which two acts zoom 15 places into the Top 10?

Rihanna’s “Love” story with the Hot 100 continues as “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris spends its 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The tune, which got the “Glee” treatment Tuesday night, is the singer’s longest lasting chart topper and, according to Billboard, it is the first song to spend 10 weeks at No. 1 since Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” in 2006-2007.

Rihanna fends off a strong challenge from Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” which leaps 4-2, pushing last week’s No. 2, LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” down to No. 5.

Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” jumps 5-3 and Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain” rounds out the top 5, falling 4-3.

Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” stays at No. 6, though we’ll see if the new acoustic version of the song can propel it back up the chart next week. Similarly, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as in Paris” stays at No. 7.

Rap also dominates at No. 8 and No. 9: Tyga’s “Rack City” skyrockets 23-8 to mark his first Top 10 hit, while Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa’s “Young, Wild & Free” featuring Bruno Mars moves back into the Top 10, rising 11-9.

Like Tyga, David Guetta’s “Turn Me On” featuring Nicki Minaj leaps 15 spots from 25-10, giving Guetta his fourth Top 10.

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Has 'American Idol' done more harm than good?
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Has 'American Idol' done more harm than good?

As Season 11 kicks off, we reflect on the sea change the show brought

As Season 11  of “American Idol” launches tonight, it’s clear  “AI” has forever changed the landscape of how we discover new artists. The biggest question is has it done more harm than good?

When “American Idol” bowed in 2002, it was touted by its detractors (and even some of its proponents) as nothing more than a glorified karaoke contest, a complaint that still is valid today, even though performers can now original songs.

Plus, the big brass ring for the winner was a major label contract: now, anyone who makes it to the final 10 or final 13 (depending upon the year) will be scouted by the majors.

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<p>Adele</p>

Adele

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Adele makes it sweet 16 on the Billboard 200 with '21'

Both David Crowder Band and Snow Patrol debut high

Adele’s “21” turns Sweet 16 as the title spends its 16th non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Her tally gives the unsinkable album that longest weeks at No. 1 since the “Titanic” soundtrack which ruled for that long a period in 1997-1998.  In the SoundScan era, which began in 1991, only five albums have spent 16 weeks or more at No. 1 and the album to beat remains the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard,” which logged 20 weeks at the top. So in order to set the record, “21” needs to spend, somewhat poetically, 21 weeks at No. 1.

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<p>LL Cool J</p>

LL Cool J

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LL Cool J named host of the 54th annual Grammy Awards

'NCIs Los Angeles' star is first host in seven years

LL Cool J will host the 54th annual Grammy Awards, marking the first time the music awards show has featured a host in seven years.

The move makes sense for several reasons:  LL Cool J has hosted The Grammy Nominations Concert Live since its inception three years ago; he’s a two-time Grammy winner himself, and then, of course, The Grammys air  on CBS and LL Cool J stars in “NCIS Los Angeles,” which runs on CBS. Plus, he’s a fun and genial host with a broad appeal.

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<p>MIke Posner</p>

MIke Posner

Bamboozle Festival adds 60 new acts, including Mike Posner and Kreayshawn

New crop Join headliners Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and Skrillex

The Bamboozle 2012 added 60 new performers to the May 18-19 line-up. Among the new additions are Jimmy Eat World, PJ Pauly D, Andrew Dice Clay, All American Rejects, ASAP Rocky and the reunited The Promise Ring.

They join a list for the 3-day North Beach Asbury Park, N.J.-festival that includes headliners Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Blink-182 and Incubus. This marks the first time the 10-year Live Nation-produced Bamboozle has been held in Asbury Park since 2005.

Also new to the bill are Mike Posner, Kreayshawn, Treos, Patent Pending, We Came As Romans, Motion City Soundtrack, NeverShoutNEver, Bayside, and Bouncing Souls.

Bamboozle also revealed the schedule:  Skrillex, Incubus and Mac Miller will headline May 18; Foo Fighters and Blink-182, May 19; Bon Jovi, May 20. There is still a special guest to be announced who will also headline on May 20.
 

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Listen: Katy Perry's sad, acoustic version of 'The One That Got Away'
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Listen: Katy Perry's sad, acoustic version of 'The One That Got Away'

Plus, Perry gets her own version of 'The Sims'

In Katy Perry’s continued bid to propel “The One That Got Away” to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, she has released another version of the song.

The new version, produced by Jon Brion, is an acoustic, stripped down version that focuses on the sadness of the lost love. Brion’s nimble, light touch keeps the song from getting too dragged down in the sorrow.  The track is for sale on iTunes for 99 cents.

That means fans can buy the original version, the remix featuring B.o.B., and now this edition (there are also some pretty nifty dance remixes of the song out there). Purchase of any of the three counts toward her chart position, which is a combination of sales and radio play. The song is No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, after peaking, so far, at No. 3.

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<p>Bon Iver's Justin Vernon</p>

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon

Listen: Bon Iver and The Chieftains on 'Down in the Willow Garden'

Has a murder ballad ever sounded so lovely?

Bon Iver and the Chieftains make death sound beautiful on their remake of the traditional murder ballad “Down In the Willow Garden.”

The song, which appears on the Chieftains’ 50th anniversary album, “Voice of Ages,” spins a tale of a man about to be hanged for poisoning, stabbing and then dumping his lover’s body in the river. It’s been recorded by everyone from Charlie Monroe to the Everly Brothers to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and now it’s the Grammy-nominated  Bon Iver’s turn. His take is haunting and mournful, as a murder ballad should be. It is also unexpectedly lovely, expecially because of the Chieftains’ instrumentation. It's streaming at Pitchfork.

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<p>Keith Urban</p>

Keith Urban

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Lady Antebellum and Band Perry join Keith Urban for All for the Hall

Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town and Thompson Square also on April benefit bill

While Taylor Swift is off sticking it to her ex-boyfriends, Keith Urban will be joined by Lady Antebellum, Pistol Annies, The Band Perry and many more for the annual All For The Hall concert, April 10.

The concert, which takes place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Other artists on the bill include Vince Gill, Alabama, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Thompson Square and the Oak Ridge Boys.

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<p>Jeff Tweedy</p>

Jeff Tweedy

Wilco takes a year off from Solid Sound Festival, vows 2013 return

Band cites launch of new label and touring for hiatus

Wilco will return with its Solid Sound Festival in 2013 after taking this year off.

The group announced the hiatus on its website, but added that the band will play a summer concert to benefit MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass.

Solid Sound Festival 3 will take place June 21-23, 2013 at MASS MoCa.

Wilco introduced the Solid Sound Festival in 2010, with the first event featuring the band as well as such acts as Mavis Staples, The Autumn Defense , The Nels Cline Singers and Kristen Schaal.

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