Watch: Bruce Springsteen sings 'The Weight' as homage to The Band's Levon Helm

Watch: Bruce Springsteen sings 'The Weight' as homage to The Band's Levon Helm

Do you like it better than the Black Keys/John Fogerty version?

Since Levon Helm’s death April 19, various artists have been paying tribute to the Band’s drummer, whom many consider the greatest singing drummer in rock. As rocker Dave Edmunds once said: “Drummers shouldn’t sing unless they’re Levon Helm.”

At the second weekend of Coachella, John Fogerty joined The Black Keys for a bluesy, spirited version of “The Weight” on April 20.

Last night at Newark's Prudential Center, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band also performed a lovely version of “The Weight.” As Springsteen concert attendees know, he’ll often take requests from fans’ signs and this apparently was one such request. However, given the quality of the version, and the horn arrangements and backing vocals, it is incredible to think that they had never played the song before and were working it up on the spot. Plus, kudos to whomever handles Springsteen’s teleprompter because that roadie got the lyrics cued up pretty darn quick.

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<p>Gotye</p>

Gotye

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Goyte's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' stays No. 1 on Hot 100

Carly Rae Jepsen scores her first Top 5 hit

Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra logs its third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as it gains in radio play and sells more than 400,000 digital downloads for the week ending April 29.

In doing so, the tune becomes the first to tally three weeks of digital sales surpassing 400,000, according to Billboard.

“We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae stays at No. 2, while Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa holds at No. 3.

Teen-oriented acts round out the top 5: The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” climbs up one spot to No. 4, while Carly Rae Jepsen scores her first top 5 hit with “Call Me Maybe.” Both acts are affiliated with Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, who seems to have the golden touch right now...as Bieber’s “Boyfriend” also stays in the Top 10, although it slips down three spots to No. 7.

Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” featuring Sia stays at No. 6, Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” rises one to No. 8; One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful trades places with Minaj to fall to No. 9. Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” stays at No. 10.

<p>Alanis Morissette</p>

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette sets release date for new album, 'Havoc And Bright Lights'

When will her first album in four years come out?

Alanis Morissette will release her first album in four years, “Havoc And Bright Lights” on Aug. 28. First single, “Guardian,” goes to radio on May 11 and will be on sale at iTunes on May 15.

It’s been a while since Morissette’s radio heyday and she’s married and had a baby since her last set, 2008’s “Flavors of Entanglement,” so it will be interesting to hear what’s on her mind. That album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.

Morissette worked with Guy Sigsworth on the set, who has also produced such artists as Madonna and Britney Spears.

"This record, as always, is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care about, and what strikes me at 4 in the morning in my most introspective moments," Morissette said in a statement. "It is my emotional, psychological, social and philosophical commentary through song.I can't wait to share it with this fun and funny planet, and to tour, and can't wait to have the lively, engaging and challenging conversations that these songs may invite.”"

The album will come out on Collective Sounds, a label helmed by her management company that is distributed by SONY RED. It is her first album since she parted with Maverick/Warner Bros.

Morissette’s 1995 debut, “Jagged Little Pill,” remains one of the top selling debuts in the SoundScan era.

“HAVOC” TRACK LISTING:
1) Guardian?
2) Woman Down
3) 'Til You
4) Celebrity?
5) Empathy?
6) Lens?
7) Spiral?
8) Numb?
9) Havoc?
10) Win and Win?
11) Receive?
12) Edge of Evolution

Hitfix goes into the studio with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda for 'Living Things'

Hitfix goes into the studio with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda for 'Living Things'

Come with us for a spin around the new album

While making its new album, “Living Things,” Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda says, “it almost felt like a drug trip.”

Shinoda played six new songs from the set, out June 26,  for Hitfix and a handful of other bloggers in a North Hollywood studio a few days ago. He further prefaced the listening session by adding, “We realized we’d run away from the things we started with.” But instead of returning to the sound of its first album, 2000’s “Hybrid Theory,”  Linkin Park, along with producer Rick Rubin (who co-produced with Shinoda), sought to bring out the best of the band’s rock and rap  mix  and pour in new sounds to create something else.

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<p>Norah Jones' &quot;Little Broken Hearts&quot;</p>

Norah Jones' "Little Broken Hearts"

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Album Review: Norah Jones' 'Little Broken Hearts'

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Grammy-winning singer collaborates with Danger Mouse to stunning effect

Norah Jones’ new album, “Little Broken Hearts,” out today, is a gorgeous sonic and lyrical exploration of a crumbling relationship that takes Jones’ already impressive talents to a new plateau.

It’s a stunningly dark album that covers betrayal, debilitating hurt, shame, the desire for revenge, and, ultimately, the ability to walk away, bowed but not broken. The album opens with the dreamy, string-laden “Good Morning,” in which she, over a sleepy, lullaby-like melody, gently sings that she’s “folding her hand,” as she realizes she's holding losing cards. From the opening notes, even though only Jones’ name is on the album, it is clear that her collaboration with co-producer/co-writer Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) is a total partnership.

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John Legend and Mary J. Blige join vocal competition summer shows
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John Legend and Mary J. Blige join vocal competition summer shows

Lionel Richie drops out of 'Duets'

In with John Legend, out with Lionel Richie. Richie, who has experienced a staggering career comeback with “Tuskegee,” has dropped out of vocal competition “Duets.”

Citing “scheduling issues,” Richie will not appear on the show, which also features Kelly Clarkson, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke as they search for singers across the country with whom to sing. The winner  will receive a recording contract from Hollywood Records, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show debuts on ABC this summer.

In other musical competition news, Mary J. Blige has linked with “American Idol” executive producer  Nigel Lythgoe for “Opening Act" on E!  The judges, which also include producer Antonina Armato, will scan the Internet to find unsigned acts and then reward them the chance to open for a big name after running them through a performance boot camp.

Among the acts who have signed on to allow the winner to open one of their shows are Nicki Minaj, Brad Paisley, Jason Mraz, Rod Stewart, LMFAO, Jason Aldean and Gym Class Heroes.

My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine tees up new album and EP in 2012

First new material since 1991

British band My Bloody Valentine, who built up a cult following in the U.S. before largely disappearing, will release a new album and EP, the group’s Kevin Shields told Mojo (via NME). It would make the group’s first new material since 1991’s “Loveless.”

The new album entails finishing a third album that the group never released after the set got caught in a web of both band and label politics. Shields told Mojo that as he listened to the tracks, “I decided it would be insane not to finish it.”

The new/old album will be followed by an EP of new material, all recorded this year.

The band is also remastering its first two albums, “Isn’t Anything” and “Loveless” for re-release, as well as “EPs 1988-1991,” comprised from previously unreleased material recorded at that time. All come out May 7 in the U.K.  

<p>Gaslight Anthem</p>

Gaslight Anthem

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Listen: The Gaslight Anthem's new tune '45' from new album 'Handwritten'

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Does the band's shift to a major label change its sound?

New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem return on July 24 with “Handwritten,” their first album since 2010’s fine “American Slang.”

The set, the group’s fourth album—but first for Mercury Records— was produced by Brendan O’Brien, who has also helmed records for the band’s hero, Bruce Springsteen, as well as Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots.

The band will be previewing new material from the album starting with a show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall on May 16 and Lost Angeles’s Roxy on May 18, with a number of festival dates, including Bamboozle, Metallica's Orion Festival, and Lollapalooza, to follow.

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<p>Carrie Underwood, &quot;Blown Away&quot;</p>

Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"

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Album Review: Will Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' blow you away?

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'American Idol's fourth studio set blows hot and cold

When “American Idol” is finally said and done in the year 2143, history will show that Carrie Underwood was the finest vocalist the talent show produced.

She has a purity and power in her voice that none of the other contestants can match. In a world where we’ve grown grateful for singers who can stay on key, Underwood’s talent would stand out in any era.  She’s able to belt without her voice losing any of its strength or fire and on her fourth album, “Blown Away,” out May 1, her confidence as a vocalist and her ability to harness her talent shines throughout, even if the quality of the songs does not.

A bonafide superstar in the country world, Underwood is getting the creme of the crop when it comes to material. Plus she’s coming up with her own ideas: she co-wrote eight of the 14 songs on here, as well as tapping into such top-tier Nashville tunesmiths (and past Underwood contributors) Hillary Lindsey, Josh Kear, Luke Laird and Chris Tompkins, and pop meisters like OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Mutt Lange. The result, however, is a mixed bag with the songs running the gamut from ranking among her her best to wondering who the hell let some of them on the album.

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<p>Beyonce</p>
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Tupac Shakur leads Music Power Rankings for the second week

Beyonce, Maroon5 and Carrie Underwood also make the list

1) Tupac Shakur:  His virtual appearance at Coachella leads to a very real boost in sales as his “Greatest Hits” reenters the Billboard 200 for the first time in 12 years. The title landed at No. 129, with a 571% sales gain over last week.  His track “Hail Mary” saw a 1,530% increase to 13,000 downloads.

2) Beyonce: People names her the World’s Most Beautiful Woman. Blue Ivy coos, “I already knew that.”

3) Record Store Day: The fifth annual event, held April 21, helped indie record stores’ sales soar 26% last week. Guess what? Indie stores are open year round.

4) Ryan Seacrest
:  He will be with us forever and always--or at least through 2014:  He signed a $15 million deal to keep him hosting “American Idol” for two more years.

5) Carrie Underwood: The former “American Idol” champ leads all artists with five nominations for the 2012 CMT Music Awards. Her legs receive 10 nods.

6) Michael Rapino:
The Live Nation head made $11.9 million last year. He can afford to pay the service charge on concert tickets, but what about the rest of us...

7) The Beach Boys:
They kick off their 50th anniversary tour in landlocked Tucson. What? Kokomo was booked?

8) Maroon5: The exposure from “The Voice” continues to pay off for lead singer/coach Adam Levine as the group scores its biggest first week debut ever on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Payphone.” They wanted to call home to share the news, but couldn’t find a working payphone.

9) Death Grips:
They brought in the tastemakers with 2010’s “Exmilitary.”  Now the Sacramento-based industrial hip hop outfit (for lack of a better description) gets ready to grab the rest of the world by the throat with its new Epic Records debut, “The Money Store.”

10) Coachella: The alternative music festival in the desert successfully expands to two weekends with a pair of sellouts and raves all around. As  Mae West said, “too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”