<p>&nbsp;Willie Nelson</p>

 Willie Nelson

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Listen: Willie Nelson covers Pearl Jam's 'Just Breathe'

How does it compare to his version of Coldplay's 'The Scientist?'

Willie Nelson can seldom do wrong in our book. Today, he released his cover of Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe,” which is featured on his May 15 album, “Heroes” (listen here, via Rolling Stone).  We already heard his interpretation of Coldplay’s “The Scientist” on a Chipotle commercial during the Super Bowl.

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<p>&nbsp;Nicki Minaj</p>

 Nicki Minaj

Watch: Nicki Minaj sleepwalks through 'Starships' performance on 'Today'

She debuts new song, 'Right By Your Side'

It is very clear that Nicki Minaj is not a morning person. Just watch this tremendously lethargic lip-synching performance of her top 10 hit “Starships” on this morning’s “Today” show. She is totally phoning it in. Quite honestly, it’s almost as bad as Britney Spears’ horrible MTV Video Music Awards performance from a few years ago and the outfit is nearly as unflattering.

“Is that too much for early in the morning, you guys?,” she asks as she moves around with the clunky moves of a really rusty aerobics instructor.  The answer is a resounding yes, for Minaj, if no one else.

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<p>Jennifer Lopez gets metallic in the new video for &quot;Dance Again.&quot;&nbsp; Is it another &quot;On the Floor&quot;?</p>

Jennifer Lopez gets metallic in the new video for "Dance Again."  Is it another "On the Floor"?


Watch: Jennifer Lopez writhes her way through video for 'Dance Again'

She and Casper Smart show off some private moves

When Jennifer Lopez and current boyfriend Casper Smart’s inevitable break up comes, he’ll have a lovely souvenir in the form of the video for “Dance Again” featuring Pitbull.

The video for pop dance tune. which premiered Thursday night on “American Idol”  has got a lot of moving parts, literally, so let’s examine a few.

The video opens with Pitbull in a white tux (with a few separate shots of Lopez). His date would appear to Voli, the Vodka brand for which is he is constantly shilling. He and Jennifer Lopez never appear together (although there’s a fake J-Lo dancing around him at one point). He never does much interesting in his appearances, though he looks dapper — Lopez gets all the action, literally.

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

Cover for "Theraflu"


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

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"

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

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>

Justin Bieber

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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