<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

Does Springsteen's 'Ball' wreck Adele's '21' on the Billboard 200?

Why do Lady Antebellum, Coldplay and Lil Wayne fly back into the top 10?

Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” blasts Adele’s “21” out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 in an action-filled week.

“Wrecking Ball” sold 196,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, topping “21” by a slim 4,000 units.  For now, that ends “21’s” 23 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1, but the title has been known to bounce back up into the top spot (although there’s a fairly heavy slate of big-name albums coming up and she has nothing on her horizon that would pump the set, so this may really be it).

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Listen: Jack White licks his fingers on 'Sixteen Saltines'
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Listen: Jack White licks his fingers on 'Sixteen Saltines'

Second song arrives from 'Blunderbuss'

If the first two songs we’re hearing are any indication, Jack White’s solo album, “Blunderbuss,” will be all over the place.

Today, White began streaming “Sixteen Saltines” on his website. He debuted the song on “Saturday Night Live” a few weeks ago, but that was a bit of a loud mess. The recorded version is also very loud, but hardly a mess. It’s a batch of glam, rock, blues, and Jack White’s special sauce. And it goes hard.

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Listen: Madonna's found a keeper in sweet 'Superstar'
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Listen: Madonna's found a keeper in sweet 'Superstar'

New track from 'MDNA' surfaces full of light

Madonna’s found a keeper:  he’s like Caesar, stepping onto the throne and like Lincoln because he fights for what’s right.

After releasing snippets or lyrics of songs that clearly call out some of the men in her life, like "I Don't Give A,"  Madonna is a total ray of light when it comes to describing her man in this one-minute clip of “Superstar.” She’s so smitten, she’ll give the guy the password to her phone. If that’s not love, we don’t know what is.

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Bonnaroo 2012 adds Santigold, fun., and several other acts

Artists join Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others

Santigold, fun., Temper Trap, Danzig and Puscifer have been added to the 2012 Bonnaroo line-up.

The acts join such previously announced acts as Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers,  The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Foster the People and The Beach Boys.

Danzig will be joined by other acts, including Sam Hain, to perform the music of The Misfits.

Bonnaroo runs June 7-10 in Manchester, TN.

 

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Watch: Sexy and sweet Carrie Underwood versions in 'Good Girl' video

Watch: Sexy and sweet Carrie Underwood versions in 'Good Girl' video

Either way, they both wear impossibly high heels

Hey Girl, Carrie Underwood has some advice for you in her “Good Girl” video. The clip is really an extended fashion show for Underwood who plays both the titular “Good Girl” and the steamy bad girl doling out words of wisdom. In other words, if you like your Underwood on the sultry, sexy side, she’s got you covered. If you like your Underwood covered up, even sporting glasses, like the naughty librarian, she can deliver on that for you too.

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<p>Lady Gaga with Oprah</p>

Lady Gaga with Oprah

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Watch: Lady Gaga and Oprah tease Sunday night's two-hour special

What can we possibly learn that we don't already know?

If Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable outlet doesn’t survive, it won’t be because its namesake isn’t doing her share.

After being largely hands off the first none-too-successful year of the channel’s life, Winfrey is doing everything she can to hoist the sales. Last night, she had the first interview with Whitney Houston’s family, following the superstar’s Feb. 11 death.

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Watch: John Legend and Ludacris promise a lot in clip for 'Tonight (Best You Ever Had)'
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Watch: John Legend and Ludacris promise a lot in clip for 'Tonight (Best You Ever Had)'

Track from 'Think Like A Man' offers one hot night

Being engaged to a model apparently does wonders for your confidence. John Legend vows he’ll be the best you’ve ever had in his new song from “Think Like A Man.”

Opening with what sounds like a sample of Moby’s “Porcelain,”  “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” is one of Legend’s sexiest numbers. He vows he’s going to “kiss that” because he knows you’ve “missed that.”

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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

Listen: Adam Lambert remixes 'Better Than I Know Myself'

Is it 'Better' than the original?

While fans wait patiently for “Trespassing,”  Adam Lambert’s second post- “Idol” set, they can get down to this electroclash version of first single “Better Than I Know Myself.”

The remix by Grammy-nominated producer/remixerDave Aude is one of several on an EP of “Better” remixes released today via Lambert’s website, AdamOfficial.com. It’s loud and in your face and has some very cool speaker tricks going on. The track is an Idolator exclusive that you can listen to here. We'll embed as soon as an embed code is available.

The original, which is a mid-tempo ballad, failed to ignite at Top 40 radio, peaking at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 24 on Adult Pop Songs (which may be one reason the album’s release was delayed-- to retool some songs).

As Glambert fans already know, two songs from his performance at a fashion show earlier this month showed up on line last week.

What do you think of the remix of “Better Than I Know Myself?”

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<p>Will Ferrell in &quot;Casa de Mi Padre&quot;</p>

Will Ferrell in "Casa de Mi Padre"

Watch: Will Farrell sings in Spanish in music video for 'Casa de mi Padre'

He and his fellow rancheros know how to keep the coyotes away

Will Farrell, don’t give up your day job. In this Funny or Die clip, Farrell--as his character in “Casa de mi Padre”-- laments that he knows nothing whether it is how birds fly, flowers grow or why men hate each other as he sings "Yo No Se." 

As he sits around the campfire with his fellow rancheros and, conveniently enough, a trumpet, he realizes that the only thing he knows for certain is love.

We know that he’s a better comedian than singer (although his chops aren’t bad....). And his Spanish is pretty good. And that, as one of its founders, he can get a clip on Funny or Die anytime he wants to.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>
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Katy Perry

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Music Power Rankings: fun. has a good time this week with Katy Perry and Garth Brooks

Taylor Swift and The Boss make the list

1) fun.:  We are Young, We are the first rock band to take our first charting single to No. 1 since Nickelback in 2001. And people don't hate us nearly as much.

2) Taylor Swift: She tops the likes of U2, Kenny Chesney, and Lady Gaga to be named Billboard’s Top 40 Money Makers 2012 list.  The magazine estimates she took home (not grossed) more than $35 million in 2011 from touring and assorted royalties. Money can’t buy her love, but it sure can buy everything else.

3) Vevo: It’s a good week for the video streaming site as it reunites with MTV following a 2010 dispute and it gets a spiffy new redesign in preparation, supposedly, for its upcoming deal with Facebook.  Viva la Vevo

4) Bruce Springsteen: The Boss is back with the timely, excellent “Wrecking Ball,” which may swing Adele’s “21” right out of the No. 1 spot. Plus, his appearance on Jimmy Fallon shows both his funny side on “Sexy and I Know It” and shows that he makes a 40-year old gem like “E Street Shuffle” sparkle and shine.

5) Monkees: As we’ve seen all too much recently, death means a boost to album sales. Following Davy Jones’ death, all the Daydream Believers boost the group’s album sales 1, 265% over the previous week.

6) Metallica: The metal band picks “Predators” director Nimrod Antal for its 3D concert/narrative film. We bet it will be some kind of monster.

7) Katy Perry:
She’s one step ahead of Metallica. Her 3D film, “Part of Me,” will come out this summer. Hey, 3D worked for “Glee,” didn’t it... Oh yeah... 

8) Fiona Apple: Her album titles alone have more words than the average pop song. #nooneneedsa23wordtitle

9) Garth Brooks: The superstar gets the highest honor a country artist can receive: induction into the 2012 Country Music Hall of Fame (alongside Connie Smith and studio musician Pig Robbins)   He has friends in high places.

10) The Allman Bros.: They are part of an $8 million settlement made by Sony Music over digital royalties. Just as sales even off and stop plummeting, labels are going to have to reach into their deep pockets to make up for potentially shortchanging artists for years.


 

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