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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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Album Review: Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' crashes through

Album Review: Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' crashes through

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Think Bruce Springsteen likes how things are going?  Here are a few lines from his new album, “Wrecking Ball,” out March 6.

*“I got a Smith & Wesson 38/I got a hellfire burning and I got me a date”
*“Gambling man rolls the dice/working man pays the price/It’s still fat and easy up on banker’s hill”
*“If I had me a gun, I’d find the bastards and shoot ‘em on sight”
*“Send the robber barons straight to hell”
*“The bottom’s dropping out/Where you once had faith, there’s only doubt”

He’s mad as hell about America, our America, his America, and his anger fills every crevice of “Wrecking Ball,” his 17th studio album. (Stream it live here or listen at the bottom of the page.)

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Big K.R.I.T.'s free new mixtape, '4evaNaDay' kicks off slew of activity

Big K.R.I.T.'s free new mixtape, '4evaNaDay' kicks off slew of activity

The rapper has SXSW dates as well as a tour with J. Cole

Big K.R.I.T. has released a new mixtape, “4evaNaDay,” in advance of a slew of activity coming for the rapper. Out today, tt includes the single “Boobie Miles,” which is actually names after a player from "Friday Night Lights." We swear. Or it's an amazing coincidence. You can download the 17-track mixtape for free here.

Big K.R.I.T. , who was part of HitFix's Hip-Hop's New Class gallery, will celebrate the release of the “4evaNaDay” on March 8 at New York’s Highline Ballroom, to be followed by his appearance at SXSW in Austin on March 15.

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<p>Raise your glass people, Pink's recording new music.</p>

Raise your glass people, Pink's recording new music.

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Pink dyes hair in prep to return to the studio for album No. 6

It's back to work for the new mom

Is Pink headed back into the studio? If her hair color is any indication, she’s suiting up-- or dying up-- in prep for making her sixth studio album.

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Music Power Rankings: Adele tops Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey

Plus, we say goodbye to a Monkee on a steed

1) Adele: She celebrates week No. 22 at the top of the Billboard 200. She’s got one more week in her for sure, before Springsteen comes in with the Wrecking Ball.

2) Whitney Houston: She becomes the first woman to ever land three albums in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 simultaneously, but achieves the feat by paying the ultimate price.

3) Justin Bieber: The Bieb turns 18!  “I’m in the middle without any plans/I’m a Boy and I’m a Man/I'm eighteen and I don't know what I want...”

4) Kid Cudi:
Universal Republic’s decision to only ship 55,000 copies of his duo's self-titled project, “WZRD,” leaves him  PSSD.

5) Mariah Carey:
Mimi returns to the stage for the first time since popping out Moroccan and Monroe in a 40-minute free concert for fans. She’s just another working mom.

6) Bret McKenzie: This Conchord takes flight over the birds in “Rio” as “Man or Muppet” snags the shiny naked gold man at the Academy Awards for best original song.

7) Don Henley: His reps sound off about Frank Ocean lifting “Hotel California” for “American Wedding.” Doesn’t Ocean realize that he can check out, but he can never leave? 

8) Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose:  Khalifa does what Kanye did not: He puts a ring on it.

9) Mike Dungan:
One of Nashville’s most loved and respected execs switches from Capitol to Universal, although when the EMI merger goes through he’ll be reunited with Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and all his friends. Score one for the good guys.

10) Davy Jones: I’ll always be a Daydream Believer and you’ll always be my white knight on a steed. 7A.

 

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