<p>Cover for &quot;Theraflu&quot;</p>

Cover for "Theraflu"

Listen: Kanye West and DJ Khaled serve bad medicine on new track 'Theraflu'

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Rapper declares his love for Kim.. Kardashian?

So is it any coincidence that the tabloids are full of photos of Kim Kardashian leaving Kanye West’s house this morning after an apparent sleep-over the day after West and DJ Khaled drop “Theraflu,” a hard-driving track in which West declares his love for Kardashian?  Of course it’s not.

The percolating track opens with one of two references, perhaps, to  Mase’s “Lookin’ At Me,” before dissolving into the namechecking: Anna Wintour, “Project Runway,”  Jay-Z, West’s label, G.O.O.D., Roc Nation, and Wiz Khalifa, who is now engaged to West’s old flame, Amber Rose.

Listen here. It's getting taken down quickly by Universal Music Group at most sites, ChartAttack's link still works, for now...

It’s a regular soap opera episode in “Theraflu,” full of NSFW language and about 15 mentions of the N word. But most of the interest will center on Kardashian as West raps: And the whole industry want to fuck your old chick/Only n**** I got respect for is Wiz/And I’ll admit, I had fell in love with Kim/Around the time she had fell in love with him.”  Is it possible the Kim is a reference to the mother of a few of his children? We doubt it... it’s better press for it to be Kardashian, who, apparently, has the ability to stay single for less than a nanosecond. The theme? You take on West and you will lose at every turn... and need some "Theraflu." 

It’s a big week for West fans, as it looks like we’ll get another track from West on Friday when he drops the track “Mercy,” supposedly the first single from his new album, “G.O.O.D. Friday.”  We got another track from DJ Khaled last week, when “Take It to the Head,” featuring Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne dropped.

No word on which artist’s album this song will appear, although West tweeted the cover art this morning and it looked like it was from the same artist who did the painting for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” West, who has been a hesitant and seldom tweeter since his January outburst, has not commented on the song. DJ Khaled has Tweeted constantly today, but primarily about “Take It to the Head.”
 

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<p>Eddie Vedder</p>

Eddie Vedder

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Eddie Vedder postpones solo tour due to nerve damage

Pearl Jam summer dates still on schedule

Eddie Vedder has postponed his 15-city solo tour due to temporary nerve damage in his right arm, according to the Pearl Jam website.

The tour by the Pearl Jam lead singer was slated to kick off only five days from now, on April 10, in Las Vegas. The dates have been rescheduled for November and December.

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<p>Glen Hansard</p>

Glen Hansard

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Glen Hansard sets date for first solo album, 'Rhythm and Repose'

Irish singer/songwriter contributed two songs to 'The Hunger Games' soundtrack

Academy Award winner Glen Hansard will release his first solo album, “Rhythm and Repose,” June 19.

The Irish singer/songwriter’s Anti-Records set will be his first full album of new material since 2009’s “Strict Joy,” with his band The Swell Season, but he’s hardly been silent the past three years. Hansard has two songs on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack, which debuted a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 two weeks ago: He performs “Take The Heartland,” while Maroon 5 featuring Rozzi Crane recorded his tune, “Come Away.”

Additionally, “Once, The Musical,” based on the film “Once,” opened on Broadway last month. Hansard and Marketa Irglova won the Oscar in 2007 for their song “Falling Slowly” from the movie’s soundtrack. They also starred in the film.

For “Rhythm,” Hansard worked with producer Thomas Bartlett (The National, Antony and the Johnsons) and musicians including slide guitarist David Mansfield, best known for his work with Bob Dylan, and members of Bruce Springsteen’s current horn section.

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Watch: Norah Jones does bad things in new video for "Happy Pills"

Watch: Norah Jones does bad things in new video for "Happy Pills"

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She has revenge in her pretty little head

Norah Jones isn’t kidding when she says she wants you out of her life in the video for “Happy Pills,” the first single off her May 1 album, “Little Broken Hearts” produced with Danger Mouse.

The Isaiah Seret-directed video starts in the past--the late ‘50s or early ‘60s— and goes forward and back in time as she lives out a revenge fantasy against her cheating beau. She has it out for both the boyfriend and his girlfriend in the Hitchcockian tale, although, the video is a little hard to follow at times as various scenarios play out and time moves ahead.  We're still not sure what she called the cops about.

However, the ending is crystal clear as a cold, blue lake  as an older Jones rides her horse through the woods back to the scene of the crime that she has kept secret for decades...or not.

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<p>Madonna, friends and crew from her upcoming tour celebrate MDNA hitting no. 1 on the U.S. album charts today.</p>

Madonna, friends and crew from her upcoming tour celebrate MDNA hitting no. 1 on the U.S. album charts today.

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20 fascinating things we learned about Madonna from her second Tweet chat

Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie check in

Last week, Madonna took to Twitter for the first time to answer fans’ questions. She must have liked it because Wednesday night she was back as a way to thank fans for propelling “MDNA”  to the top of the Billboard charts. The Twit-chat started a little late because she was at rehearsals for her tour, which starts May 29 in Tel Aviv. Turns out she’s just like the rest of us when it comes to resisting the temptations of Easter candy, but unlike the rest of us, she has lots and lots of celebrity friends who turned in for this session. And, though she’s probably teasing, she swears she loves hanging on Twitter with her fans. “I want to live in Twitterverse with you. Let’s be Girls Gone Wild’ together.”

We posted 15 things we learned about Madonna from her last rounds of tweets.
Now we present round two.

*Since Easter is Sunday, we’ll start with her favorite Easter candy: It’s Cadbury Creme Eggs. “Don’t get me started, they are so good,” she tweeted.

1. She is “gagging” to host “Saturday Night Live.” As you recall, she’s been the musical guess before and appeared in skits, including a very memorable episode of “Coffee Talk” with Barbra Streisand, but she got very exciting at the prospect: “FOR SURE,” she replied. “I’m gagging to do it. I’m obsessed with Kristen Wiig and @AndySamberg. I wasnt to do a skit with Kristen and [Madonna’s daughter] Lola.” She better hurry. Rumors are rife that this may be Wiig and Samberg’s last seasons.

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<p>Kris Allen</p>

Kris Allen

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Watch: Kris Allen's 'The Vision of Love' video inspires

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Even the smallest steps make a difference, according to the 'American Idol'

Doing the right thing can be scary, but in Kris Allen’s video for “The Vision of Love,” show that a few seconds of courage can make all the difference.

The song, the debut single from the “American Idol’ winner’s second album, “Thank You Camellia,”  out May 22, is about standing up for those less fortunate, even when fear takes over. That theme plays itself out in two scenario’s in the video. In the first, a high schooler is bullied  and one of the cool kids looks on doing nothing (both the kid being bullied and the onlooker have on hoodies with the hood up... probably shot too early to be a Trayvon Martin statement, but maybe not).  In the second case, a girl, with a black eye, who yearns to be told she’s beautiful (in cliched, typical fashion, the addition of eye glasses signify her “homeliness.” Please...), but feels too scared to join a group of girls talking.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

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Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' sets records on the Billboard Hot 100

Watch the latest video teaser for 'Boyfriend'

It’s a good week for Justin Bieber: His new single, “Boyfriend,” enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 2 based on sky-high digital sales and tremendously strong acceptance at Top 40 radio.

“Boyfriend” sold a staggering 521,000 copies this week, making it the fourth highest sales week for any digital song (debut or otherwise). The record still belongs to Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” which sold 636,000 copies in 2009.

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<p>Lionel Richie</p>

Lionel Richie

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Preview: Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry and more salute Lionel Richie on CBS Special

Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney party all night long

 Every year, the night after the Academy of Country Music Awards CBS takes advantage of having the talent still in town and tapes a themed special that will air a few weeks later.

This year, it was the turn of country’s new goodwill ambassador, Lionel Richie. As you know, last week the R&B/pop superstar released “Tuskegee.” Named after his hometown, the album is a collection of his greatest hits performed by Richie with current and veteran country acts.

The album, which was originally projected to sell less 50,000 copies in its opening week, according to sources, blew out the door and will move around 190,000 copies: enough to land at No. 1 on Wednesday’s Billboard Country Albums chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, right behind Madonna’s “MDNA.” It will be Richie’s highest debuting album in 24 years.

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<p>Katy Perry in &quot;Part of Me 3D&quot;</p>

Katy Perry in "Part of Me 3D"

Watch: Katy Perry reveals her upbringing in 'Part of Me 3D' trailer

When will the concert doc come to your town?

If you are a Katy Perry fan, there’s only one place you’re going to get your fireworking self to on the fourth of July weekend, and that’s to the theater to see “Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D.”

The trailer for the concert film appeared today and revealed that the movie will be much more than a straight-ahead performance flick.  In the clip below, she talks about growing up in a “100% Christian” environment. She started singing in church and there was never any other plan. “If you have a dream, you have to go on a journey to fulfill that dream,” she adds in giving the trailer an aspirational and inspirational feel.

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<p>Adele</p>

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Adele will drop a new single in 2012... is it for James Bond?

Or will it be in advance of a new album for next year?

There have been many various reports about when we217;ll get new music from Adele: first, it sounded like she was taking off five years, then she was getting right back into the studio and now, reports are that she will release a new song this year.

The Grammy winner told French radio station, NRJ, that she will likely release a new song at the end of 2012. “But then it depends on how fast I write other new songs,” she said (courtesy of Spinner).  The big question is if she is referring to an entirely new song or if she means the theme to the new James Bond movie, "Skyfall."  She has never officially confirmed that she is recording the movie theme, although there have been rumors that she and "21" producer Paul Epworth were collaborating on the 007 tune. Epworth is currently producing John Legend's new album.

A full new album is probably at least two years away, she revealed, and added that her dream collaborator is Beyonce

In the meantime, “21,” which is No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week, has moved up to the sixth all-time best-selling album in Adele’s native U.K. It surpasses Dire Strait’s “Brothers in Arms.”

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