The Shins set release date for 'Port of Morrow,' sort of

The Shins set release date for 'Port of Morrow,' sort of

When can you expect their Columbia debut?

The Shins’ fourth album, “Port of Morrow,” will come out in March via head Shin James Mercer’s  Aural Apothecary label and Columbia. A specific date will be announced shortly.

Recording in Los Angeles and Portland, the Greg Kurstin-produced album is the first with the relatively new Shins line-up of bassist Yuuki Matthews, guitarist Jessica Dobson, keyboardist Richard Swift and drummer Joe Plummer. Mercer parted ways with founding members keyboardist Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval in 2009. 

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<p>Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers</p>

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers set 2012 tour stops, including Jazz Fest

Band will play Europe for the first time in 20 years

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ 2012 tour will include stops at New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as England’s Isle of Wight Festival.

The outing starts April 19 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo., before moving south to Jazz Fest on April 28. Check out more Jazz Fest headliners here.

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<p>Mumford &amp; Sons</p>

Mumford & Sons

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Mumford & Sons talk second album

You won't believe whom they compare themselves to

Describing it as “kind of Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake,” the members of Mumford & Sons says their second album will build on the musical tone set on 2010’s “Sigh No More.”

 "[It's] certainly more mature, I’d say," bassist Ted Dwane told Rolling Stone.  says. "The second record is just a reflection of our mindsets, where we’re all at. It’s doom folk.

The multiple Grammy nominees, including for record and song of the year, just finished their last show of the year on Sunday at KROQ’s Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles.

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<p>Garbage</p>

Garbage

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Garbage sets first dates of 2012 world tour, finishes first album in since 2005

When will the Shirley Manson-led band land in the U.S.?

Garbage’s reunion is definitely a reality. The Shirley Manson-led band has announced the first two dates of their 2012 world tour. The quartet, whose last release was 2005’s “Bleed Like Me,” will start their global jaunt in Russia in St. Petersburg on May 11, followed by Moscow on May. 12.

In a note on their Facebook page, the band members wrote in a post entitled “Buckle up and away we go: All aboard”:

"We are beyond thrilled to revisit Russia where we have played to incredible and memorable crowds over the years, where we have seen so many wonderous things and met so many lovely fans.
These are the first dates to be confirmed on our world tour of 2012 but we rush to assure Garbage fans all over the world that there are many more dates yet to be announced. Stay tuned. We will announce them here as soon as they are confirmed.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support. It is the outpouring of such incredible enthusiasm that propelled us to make this new record and to get back out on the road to play for you all again.”

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<p>Neon Hitch with Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy at Jingle Ball</p>

Neon Hitch with Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy at Jingle Ball

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Watch: Gym Class Heroes and Neon Hitch in 'Ass Back Home'

Can Travis be trusted on the road?

If you’re keeping the home fires burning while your loved one is touring in a rock band, that can be a recipe for disaster. That’s the situation Neon Hitch finds herself, as she plays Travie McCoy’s honey in Gym Class Heroes new video for “Ass Back Home.”

She doesn’t know where he’s going or when he’s coming back home, and she certainly doesn’t know what he’s doing on those nights without her.

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will.i.am in 'T.H.E.'


Watch: Will.I.Am uses every means of transportation possible in 'T.H.E'

Except, perhaps, a yellow submarine

After delivering  a splintered, technology- challenged debut of “T.H.E.” (The Hardest Ever) during the American Music Awards last month,  Will.I.Am decided to go the easy route on the video for the solo song. Not....

The sleek video features the Black Eyed Pea taking trains, planes and automobiles (where’s the ghost of John Candy when you need it?) to get to some celestial destination because he’s gotta, you know, go hard.  There’s a lot of product placements and a car, Hummer, bullet train, plane and space ship —all in white, to match Will.I.Am’s white outfit and his HTC phone.

The Peas are known for their futuristic, hi-tech videos and this solo effort is another in a series of forward-looking clips. It’s got a little “Mission Impossible” and “Speed Racer” thrown in for good measure as Will accomplishes all feats of derring-do.

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<p>&nbsp;Ke$ha</p>
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 Ke$ha

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Listen: Ke$ha takes on Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright'

It's for a good cause, but does that make it OK?

Ke$ha raised eyebrows when it was revealed her cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” would be included on the massive 76-song compilation, “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan,”  coming out Jan. 24.

She is joined by such artists as Adele, My Morning Jacket, and Miley Cyrus on the set, which benefits Amnesty International.

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<p>Adele&nbsp;</p>
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Adele 

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Adele talks next album, Amy Winehouse and being on the 'Z-List'

What makes the he top-selling artist of the year miserable?

Don’t hold out for “23” from Adele.  Billboard’s 2011 artist of the year is not only recovering from throat surgery, the musician, whose first two albums were called “19” and “21,” says she has not even started writing for her third album.

The 23-year-old tells Billboard that, furthermore, she has no idea when she’ll start. “I'm really looking forward to some time to do nothing,” Adele says, in the email-conducted interview. “I imagine I'll be 25 or 26 by the time my next record comes out, as I haven't even thought about my third record yet. I'm just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just ‘be’ for a bit. I'll disappear and come back with a record when it's good enough. There will be no new music until it's good enough and until I'm ready."

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<p>Adele</p>
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Adele

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Music Power Rankings: Adele and Michael Buble top Madonna and Jay-Z

The Black Keys make the list for the first time

1) Adele: Billboard names her its 2011 artist of the year. With the widespread success she’s had, we wouldn’t be surprised if she showed up on the cover of “Guns & Ammo.”

2) Black Keys: As the duo continues to build, look for “El Camino” to debut at No. 2 on next week’s Billboard 200 with sales of close 200,000. That’s up from 73,000 for the opening frame for 2010’s “Brothers.” Withholding music from Spotify is the new black.

3) Michael Buble
: The Canadian crooner is the holiday season’s It Boy, as his “Christmas” collection looks to be this year’s preferred stocking stuffer.

4) Madonna: Her rumored Super Bowl half-time appearance gets confirmed. Time for us all to get into the groove.

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<p>Michael Buble's Christmas album again</p>
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Michael Buble's Christmas album again

It's snowing Michael Buble's 'Christmas' on the Billboard 200 next week

How does Amy Winehouse's posthumous set sell?


Think Michael Buble had a good week this week when “Christmas” moved 292,000 units to outsell Adele’s “21” by a two-to-one margin and retain his No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200? Then just wait until next week when “Christmas” possibly surpasses the 500,000 mark.

Every now and then a Christmas title takes over the charts and dominates through the holidays (even if it doesn’t camp out at No. 1): it’s happened with Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream,” Josh Groban’s “Noel” and now it’s Buble’s moment. This week’s new release from the Black Keys was the only possible challenger at the top and the album didn’t come close (more about that later). We predict that “Christmas” is a lock to stay at No. 1 until 2012.  So why does it surge to such high numbers next week? The increase is, in large part, due to his primetime special on Dec. 6 on NBC.

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