Garbage selects first single from 'Not Your Kind of People'

Garbage selects first single from 'Not Your Kind of People'

What do Garbage and Garth Brooks have in common?

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“Blood for Poppies” will be the first single from Garbage’s “Not Your Kind Of People,” our May 15.

We'll have to wait until March 18 to hear the song, but the video has already been shot in Los Angeles by director/photographer Matt Irwin. We wonder if it sounds like “I Hate Love,” another album track that the band circulated last month.

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The Monkees' sales soar following Davy Jones' death

Plus, Michael Nesmith remembers Jones and the Monkees' ride

As we’ve seen all too recently with Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, an artist’s death — and the attendant publicity — spurs sales.

The Monkees are the latest act to see such a jump. Following Davy Jones’ Feb. 29 death, the group returned to the Billboard 200 for the first time in nine years, according to Billboard. “The Best of the Monkees’  popped back onto the album chart yesterday at No. 20.  The Best of the Monkees” was last on the charts in June 2003.  The title’s sales of 17,000 were up 7,808% over the week before. (We can’t do the math, but that means it must have sold something like 400 copies last week).

“Flashback With the Monkees” came on the chart at No. 125.

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Katy Perry brings all of her to 3D movie project, 'Part of Me'

Singer confirms concert pic's summer release

Ready to see Katy Perry’s strawberries in 3D? The singer’s 3D concert movie, “Part of Me,” will hit theaters this summer.

As we first reported in February, Perry was in discussions with Paramount and Imagine Entertainment to create the flick.  Those conversations clearly worked out, as Perry confirmed the release yesterday via, what else, Twitter: “FINALLY, my MOVIE is coming out with Paramount this summer! It's called "KATY PERRY: PART OF ME."

She’s the latest artist to appear on the big screen following “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,”  “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds,”  and “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.”

It’s a smart play to keep Perry, who appeared on Fox’s “Raising Hope” earlier this week,  foremost in fans’ minds as she takes some time off the road.  Up next for Perry is March 26’s release of “Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection.” The set features all of “Teenage Dream,” including some new material. Among the new songs are “Part Of Me,” the 3D movie’s title track, which Perry took straight to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 following the song’s premiere on the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards.

She tells MTV that she sees “Confection” as a gift to her longtime fans and also a way to bring in new fans.

One, I'm doing it mostly for the hard-core fans because they always love all the extras," Perry told MTV News in Los Angeles. "The second reason I wanted to do it is because it's my one last push, to push that person that is on the precipice of becoming a fan. They're thinking to themselves, 'I bought four or five singles, maybe I should actually complete my album and now I should really complete my album because I'm gonna get 19 songs for a really great price.' I think it's like a bargain and I'm doing it for my fans."

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What does fun.'s No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 really mean?

How is the landscape at Top 40 changing?

As fun.’s “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae ascends to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, we also got news that Toby Keith’s former country smash, novelty song “Red Solo Cup,” is going for ads at Top 40 radio as well.

Those are just two examples of the changing landscape at Top 40 radio, which is, slowly but surely, expanding its parameters once again.

For the last several years, Top 40 has been dominated almost exclusively with hip-hop and rhythmic leaning tunes.  To be sure there have been a few exceptions, such as Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,” Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” and, of course, Adele’s three chart toppers, but by and large, even a Katy Perry or Britney Spears track would get bolstered by a remix with a rapper or with some heavy rhythmic component. For awhile there, it seems like Lil Wayne was on every song because his presence definitely gave the song a better shot at rising up the chart.

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fun.'s 'We Are Young' soars to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

When was the last time a rock band's first chart single went to No. 1?

Fun.’s “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae soars to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, making it the first rock band in a decade to score a No. 1 with its debut charting song.

As chart followers know, rock has been scarce in the top 10 at all for any rock-leaning act in the last several years as Top 40 has been rhythmic leaning for more than five years (and it’s a blurry line between if fun. is pop or rock, but we digress).  The last rock band to take its debut chart single to the top was Nickelback in 2001 with “How You Remind Me.”  It is also the first No. 1 by a rock band on the Billboard Hot 100 since Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” in June 2008, according to Billboard.

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Watch: Florence + The Machine go goth in new video for 'Never Let Me Go'

Watch: Florence + The Machine go goth in new video for 'Never Let Me Go'

What do an ice rink and heaven have in common?

There’s a lot going on in Florence + the Machine’s new video for “Never Let Me Go.”  First of all, Florence Welch has traded in her famous red locks for black hair and a total goth look.

There’s also a tarry substance, similar to blood, running down her face. But she finds solace on, where else, an ice rink with her boyfriend.

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Scotty McCreery records exit song for 'American Idol'

'Please Remember Me' will seranade contestants off

American Idol”  Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery will serenade the losers off of this season.

McCreery, who has not known the feeling of getting played off, will record a version of the Tim McGraw hit, “Please Remember Me” (written by Rodney Crowell).

The song will make its debut on this Thursday’s edition of “American Idol.”

There’s, of course, a precedent for past “Idol’s” doing the exit songs: Chris Daughtry’s “It’s Not Over”  was used for season six. Last season, season 7 winner David Cook recorded a version of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me).”

McCreery will perform the song live on "American Idol" later this season.

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Listen: 'American Idol's' Kris Allen has a 'Vision of Love'
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Listen: 'American Idol's' Kris Allen has a 'Vision of Love'

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His first new material in more than two years has a universal message

It’s been more than a hot minute since we’ve heard from “American Idol” season eight winner Kris Allen, but he’s back with an uplifting, let’s-all-join-together track, “The Vision of Love.”

Not to be confused with Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love,” Allen is focused on universal love and harmony on his tune. It’s the message of no one wins unless everyone wins.

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Listen: Madonna's 'I'm Addicted' leaks from 'MDNA'

We think we're hooked

We’re three weeks away from the release of Madonna’s “MDNA,” so it’s no surprise that bits and pieces are leaking out. Today, we get a little more than a minute of “I’m Addicted,” and of the three songs we’ve heard, it’s far and away our favorite.

It’s ‘70s pop meets electroclash meets Madonna’s “Hung Up.”  The song showed up on Perez Hilton’s website today and he’ll be leaking songs up until the March 26 release date.

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Look: Carrie Underwood pulls an Angelina Jolie on her new album cover

Look: Carrie Underwood pulls an Angelina Jolie on her new album cover

She's very well dressed for the apocalypse on 'Blown Away'

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We know full well that Carrie Underwood had to have shot the cover of her album, “Blown Away,” well before Angelina Jolie inserted her right leg into our lives at the Academy Awards, but now it’s impossible to look at the cover image, which was released today, and not think about Jolie.

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