Listen: Four new songs from Adam Lambert's 'Trespassing' emerge
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Listen: Four new songs from Adam Lambert's 'Trespassing' emerge

What's the new release date for the 'American Idol's' set?

Adam Lambert's "Trespassing" will now come out May 15. The "American Idol's" sophomore post-show set had originally been slated to come out this week, on March 20, but the album was pushed back.

Lambert calls "Trespassing" "an exciting journey through the past two years of my life.  It's been a transformative period and I really wanted to make music from what I've experienced.  All these songs honestly explore the ups and downs of my reality."

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Album Review: Madonna finds beauty in the beat on 'MDNA'
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Album Review: Madonna finds beauty in the beat on 'MDNA'

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Can the Material Girl still shock and surprise?

For all her success, there’s always seemed to be something remote about Madonna, as if she’s behind glass. So it comes as a bit of a shock at first that tucked within “MDNA’s” often sterile beats, she shows the most emotion that we’ve heard from her. Talk about confessions on a dancefloor...

Madonna’s 12th studio album, out March 26,  touches on two of her favorite go-tos: religion and dance, but she’s added scorned spouse to the mix.  “MDNA” is triptych into her psyche and there’s a lot going on in that platinum head of hers, most of it set to throbbing beats per minute.

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<p>John Legend</p>

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John Legend returns to studio for work on first album since 2010's 'Wake Up!'

New set will be out in September, says singer

John Legend is in London working on his new album, his first since 2010's 'Wake Up!," his collection with The Roots. His last solo album of new material was 2008's "Evolver." 

Wednesday the soulful singer tweeted that he was headed to London. “Working on the album. Should be done in the next couple of months and out in Sept.”

He wasted no time getting to work. Thursday afternoon, producer Paul Epworth, best known for his work with Adele, tweeted, “Back in the studio with Mr. @johnlegend making weird and tripped out psychedelic soul music.”

In response to a fan’s question about the album, Legend replied “the vocals on this album will be my best yet.”

While fans wait for new music from Legend, they can enjoy his song, “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” featuring Ludacris,  which is featured in the movie, “Think Like A Man.” The film opens April 20.

 

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Pitbull pens 'Back in Time' theme song for 'Men In Black 3'

Tune goes to radio on Monday

Pitbull will travel “Back In Time” for the theme song to “Men In Black 3.”

The adventure comedy, which features a reunited Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, takes Agent J (Smith) back in time to discover secrets that Jones’ Agent K never told him. Josh Brolin plays the young Agent K.

Pitbull wrote the tune, which goes to radio on Monday, March 26, with Marc Kinchen, Adrian Trejo and Urales Vargas. The song features a sample from Mickey & Sylvia’s 1950s hit “Love is Strange.”

“Wanting to keep the music fun, yet modern, we used the slogan of the movie and flipped it back into the song that in order to understand the future, you have to go back in time,” Pitbull said in a statement.

Director Barry Sonnenfeld was turned on to Pitbull by his 19-year old daughter, who is a fan of the Latin rapper.

“Men In Black 3” comes out in 3D on May 25.  Watch the trailer here.

 

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<p>One Direction (Liam Payne center)</p>

One Direction (Liam Payne center)

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Interview: One Direction's Liam Payne talks setting records and ardent fans

What's with the rumored Nickelodeon show? Plus: boy band sets U.S. tour dates

One Direction goes only one way: straight to the top. On Wednesday, the British boy band accomplished what no other act from the U.K. has. Not the Beatles, not Coldplay, not Pink Floyd, not the Spice Girls. This week, the quintet became the first group from the U.K. to debut their first album at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. “Up All Night” knocked Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” out of the top spot, selling 176,000 copies.

The group’s Liam Payne, whose voice is the first you hear on the band’s rising single “What Makes You Beautiful,”  says he can’t get his head around coming in at No. 1. “We never expected anything like this to happen. We thought we might have a record in the U.K., maybe, but never come out to America and have a No. 1 album. It [is] beyond all of our wildest dreams,” says Payne.

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<p>Fun. performs at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, R.I. earlier this month.</p>

Fun. performs at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, R.I. earlier this month.

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Does fun. enjoy their third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100?

Who scores the only new entry in the top 10?

“We Are Young” is aging well as the song by fun. featuring Janelle Monae spends its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

For much of the rest of the chart, the song remains the same: Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” stays at No. 2, while The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” hops up one space to No. 3, flipping places with Adele’s “Set Fire To the Rain,” which falls to No. 4. Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra stays at No. 5 but keeps its bullet.

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<p>Madonna and her &quot;girls&quot;&nbsp;go wild in the &quot;Girls Gone Wild&quot;&nbsp;video.</p>

Madonna and her "girls" go wild in the "Girls Gone Wild" video.

Watch: Madonna goes wild in 'Girl Gone Wild' video

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She has plenty of help from her boy toys

Madonna wants to be good, but she just can't make it happen. Temptation looms at every turn in the video for "Girl Gone Wild." 

The video, which debuted on E! Television Tuesday night,  is one of her most stylized, which is saying a lot given her video canon. Shot in black and white, like "Justify My Love" and "Vogue,"  and featuring Madonna in chains, like in "Express Yourself," it also shows her being fondled by a bevy of beautiful, pansexual, shirtless men. Who wants to even try to be good under such circumstances?

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<p>&quot;The Hunger Games&quot; soundtrack</p>

"The Hunger Games" soundtrack

Review: 'The Hunger Games' soundtrack leaves you sated

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Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Arcade lead a fine compilation

Though “The Hunger Games” takes place in the future, the movie’s soundtrack, out today, takes a decided look back.

Many, though not all, of the songs sound as if they could have come from Appalachia in the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s, with their reliance on acoustic instrumentation and slight celtic influence, none more so than the banjo/mandolin filled “Run Daddy Run” by Miranda Lambert featuring Pistol Annies  (since she is a member of the Pistol Annies, we’re not quite sure how they got pegged as a featured artist here) and Civil Wars’ tender, tremulous “Kingdom Come.”

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<p>Bruce Springsteen at SXSW</p>

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

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Concert Review: Bruce Springsteen brings the 'Wrecking Ball' to Greensboro

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How does the new material fit in with the classics?

Let me start off by saying I’ve never seen Bruce Springsteen give a bad show in the close to 40 times that I have seen him over a 30-year period. There are merely gradations from good to great to breathtaking to transcendent. I should also admit that I consider being inside an arena at a Springsteen show, surrounded by my Springsteen community, to be one of my happiest places on earth.

This would mean I’m hardly objective when it comes to reviewing a Springsteen show and I judge it on a different level than the casual fan. Even with that caveat, last night’s show at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum displayed a level of polish that was astonishing considering it was only the official second night of the “Wrecking Ball” tour (he played warm-up gigs at the Apollo Theater and SXSW). While never reaching transcendence (and, really, how realistic an expectation is that every time?), the show was far better than the second night should be, especially given the number of Springsteen newbies on stage.

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<p>Beyonce</p>

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Beyonce returns to the concert stage: Where can you see her?

The three shows will be her first since becoming a red hot mama

Is Atlantic City turning into the new Las Vegas in terms of offering still vital and relevant artists a platform to perform regularly?

As the rumors continue to swirl that Britney Spears could be the next act to set up her tent (“Circus” or otherwise) in Sin City, Beyonce will perform three shows in Atlantic City at the new Revel Resort.

Set for May 25-27,  at Ovation Hall, the concerts will be Bey’s first shows after giving birth to Blue Ivy Carter earlier this year.

We can only imagine what the payday is for a show like this. It’s obviously enough for Beyonce to take it seriously.  An big artist we know refers to such high-paying gigs as "bank runs."  The venue, which holds 5,050, was designed by Cirque du Soleil veterans Sceno Plus.

The tickets go on sale April 6. We went to ticketmaster.com to find out how much they will set you back, but there’s no price up yet.

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