<p>Whitney Houston and Rihanna</p>

Whitney Houston and Rihanna

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Hitfix confirms Whitney Houston biopic is a no go

Rep says no film is in the works—with or without Rihanna

Hiftix has independently confirmed that any rumors of a Whitney Houston biopic, featuring Rihanna or anyone else, are totally false.

The internet lit up over the last several hours after the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported that it could happen, with Jennifer Hudson, Vivica Fox and Jordin Sparks also in the running. Sparks co-stars with Houston in the singer's last film, "Sparkle," out this summer.

However,  it looks like the report was false. Clive Davis’s representative confirmed to us that it "100% false."  Davis, signed and mentored Houston at Arista Records. As someone who has covered Davis for nearly two decades, including through many of the Whitney years, the suggestion. And it was.

Even though this report isn't true, we know it’s only a matter of time before someone does start to work on a Houston biopic. As the fascination with her following her death has shown, it’s too interesting and tragic a story for it not to happen, but we hope she gets to rest in peace just a little bit longer.

In other Houston news, Target has pulled a greeting card, in stores long before her death, that poked fun of her love for bad boys.
 

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<p>My Morning Jacket</p>

My Morning Jacket

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My Morning Jacket, Wilco headline Forecastle Festival

Louisville fest also includes Sleigh Bells, Neko Case and more

The Forecastle Festival curators My Morning Jacket will headline the Louisville event, along with Wilco and Bassnectar.

Other acts for the July 13-15 Waterfront Park fest include Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk, Neko Case, Andrew Bird, The Head and the Heart and Galactic. With more acts to be added, the final line-up will total 70 bands on five stages.

My Morning Jacket’s involvement is a way to give back to the band’s hometown. The band collaborates with the festival’s organizers on the event, which focuses on music, art and environmental activism.

Tickets for Forecastle, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary are $49.50 for single day passes. Three-day weekend and VIP passes are also available.

 

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Listen: Norah Jones wants you out of her head and heart on 'Happy Pills'

Listen: Norah Jones wants you out of her head and heart on 'Happy Pills'

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First single from Danger Mouse-produced 'Little Broken Hearts' bounces along

Norah Jones wants you to just leave her alone. On her new tune, “Happy Pills,” she’s anything but when her ex comes around.

The mid-tempo tune has a bounce to it, even though lyrically it’s a fairly sad state of affairs.

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<p>John Mayer in April 2011</p>

John Mayer in April 2011

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Listen: Is John Mayer singing about Taylor Swift on new single, 'Shadow Days?'

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Or is it Jennifer Aniston or Jessica Simpson?

“Well I ain’t no troublemaker and I never meant her harm, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t make it hard to carry on.”

Hmmm. That line comes about a minute in to John Mayer’s new single, “Shadow Days.” Is he talking about Taylor Swift, who supposedly wrote the excoriating “Dear John” from “Speak Now” about him after he broke her heart? He could be talking about Jessica Simpson or Jennifer Aniston. Really, there’s not a shortage of potentials here.

(Listen to the track here)

Regardless, the track, the first single from Mayer’s forthcoming fifth album, “Born and Raised,”  out May 22, is full of contrition. It’s an apology to the world at large, almost, as he sings, “I’m a good man with a good heart, had a tough time, got a rough start, but I finally learned to let it go.” Mayer starts a tour on April 9.

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<p>John Mayer</p>

John Mayer

John Mayer sets new tour dates, release of first single 'Shadow Days'

New album 'Born And Raised' out later this Spring/early Summer

Fully recovered from vocal surgery John Mayer will hit the road for his first tour in two years on April 9.

The 18-city tour precedes the release of Mayer’s fifth album, “Born and Raised,” which will come out shortly thereafter. Mayer teased the first single from the album, “Shadow Days,” last week and it sounds like he’s taken a fairly stripped down turn under the guidance of producer Don Was.

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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

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Lady Antebellum are readying a new album, while 'Own The Night' lives on

The Grammy-winning trio is already writing and collecting songs

Even though Lady Antebellum’s “Own The Night” still has a lot of life left in it, but the trio is already looking ahead to the next album.

"We probably have at least a dozen songs already, whether they're outside songs or ones we've written," the group's Hillary Scott tells Billboard.com. "Songwriting is such therapy and such a release for us, and it's a way for us to kind of not get caught up in the madness of our schedules. We really do write a lot. Whether we're at home or on the road, we'll find time to write."

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She adds that even though the group is writing, there’s still much more to be mined from the Grammy-winning  “Own The Night.” The third single, “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” is at radio and there could be three more singles. Plus, Scott says that the band felt that they “kind of rushed” “Own The Night.”  “So we’re going to just settle in and write and write and write. We may try to go in [to the studio] at some point this year just to try some things, but honestly, it’s hard to tell.”

The trio, which also included Charles Kelley and David Haywood, is in the middle of its first arena headlining tour. The U.S. leg ends  June 30, then the band heads to Europe.


 

 

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<p>Madonna</p>

Madonna

Listen: Madonna's new single, 'Girl Gone Wild'

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Does it make you want to go crazy?

Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild” should be called “Girl Gone Mild.”

The song from Madge’s forthcoming “MDNA” is a straight-ahead electro-pop club track that is generic and bland. There’s nothing about it that signifies the presence of one of the biggest artists on the planet. It’s like Britney Spears-lite.

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<p>Nicki Minaj</p>
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Nicki Minaj

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Watch: Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Pitbull take over the NBA All-Star Game

Minaj debuts 'Starships,' Brown joins Pitbull for 'International Love'

Nicki Minaj left the Vatican out of her NBA All-Star Game in Orlando Sunday night.

She performed new single “Starships” in a fun, high energy performance that included scantily-clad men and was interrupted by the introduction of some of the players before Minaj returned to perform “Super Bass.”  “Starships” is already off to an incredible start at radio, debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 9.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>
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Taylor Swift

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Music Power Rankings: Adele, Whitney Houston and Taylor Swift makes us go 'Awwwww'

Rihanna and Chris Brown also make the list

1) Adele: She keeps breaking records on an hourly basis as “21” celebrates its first year on the chart with its biggest-selling week yet as she sweeps the Brits. Note to M.I.A.: When Adele gives the finger people think it’s charming. Learn from that.

2) Whitney Houston:
The adage that death is a good career move, sadly, rings true once again. Two weeks after her death, her sales rise 144%.

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<p>Adele</p>
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Adele

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Adele and Whitney Houston continue to surge on Billboard 200

Tyga looks promising, although recall clouds figures

If projections are right, Adele will sell 1 million copies of “21” in two weeks.

As we previously reported, Adele sold 730,000 copies this week, following her Grammy sweep in “21’s” one-year anniversary on the Billboard 200.  Now it looks like she’ll sell up to another 300,000 copies by the time the chart closes on Sunday.

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