<p>Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were one of the highlights of this year's CMA Awards.</p>

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were one of the highlights of this year's CMA Awards.

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The best and worst, worst, worst of the 2011 CMA Awards

We review the highlights and the many lowlights

Is it still 2011? The 45th annual CMA Awards just wrapped and as they showed shots from the opening musical numbers over the closing credits, they seemed so long ago that I’d forgotten they’d taken place.

Before I unleash here, let’s get it straight that I love country music. I grew up in the south, went to college in Nashville and started my career there, so these criticisms aren’t coming from some left coaster who has an elite disdain and instant dismissiveness for the genre so prevalent in people  in Los Angeles and New York. Plus, I have greatly enjoyed the CMA Awards in years past.

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Watch: Bruno Mars' new video for 'It Will Rain'
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Watch: Bruno Mars' new video for 'It Will Rain'

Do 'Twilight's' Bella and Edward make an appearance?

We know Bruno Mars is smooth and all, but we do not remotely see him as the kind of guy who would screen one of the “Twilight” movies while making seksi time with his lady, but film placements make us all do crazy things as we see in the video for “It Will Rain,” which premiered on MTV today.

Mars is the big pop name on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” soundtrack (read our review here). “It Will Rain” has the dated feel of a song from the ‘80s, perhaps because of the drum track. It sounds more appropriate for “Against All Odds,” although we’re pretty sure Phil Collins is not about to let his song be stripped out of that monster. (The song also has a few chord changes that remind of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” but maybe that’s just me).

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<p>Bob Seger</p>

Bob Seger

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Bob Seger talks Tom Waits, Tom Cruise, Leonard Cohen, and Civil Wars

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on his new greatest hits set and tour

Bob Seger laughs often and for good reason. At 66, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s legacy is secure and so any career move now is a victory lap. Seger, who still tours sporadically, is on the  second leg of his tremendously successfully 2011 arena outing. On Nov. 21, Capitol will release Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s “Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets,” a 2-CD collection of his greatest tunes, as well as a few new tracks, including a cover of Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train.” Additionally, Seger is working on a new studio album, his first since 2006’s “Face the Promise.”

Seger's music has been around my whole life, and while I enjoyed many of his hits in real time, it wasn't until the last five or so years that I really started to appreciate his music and the solidness of it, and how well it has worn. Seger was always about straight-up rock and roll, so listening back to his songs through the years, there's no awkward new-wave or disco stage. OK, there is "Shakedown," but for the most part, it's an enduring, quality slab of rock that's build on big Midwestern shoulders. It's gritty and comforting at the same time.

Hitfix talked to Seger during a conference call with a handful of reporters on Tuesday. He was friendly and chatty during the hour-long call, answering anything we wanted to ask. Below are the highlights (or should we call them “Silver Bullet" points) from the interview.

His new studio album: Earlier this year, he told Rolling Stone that he was working on a new album that would probably consist of six new tunes and six older songs, but the good news is that he’s feeling in a writing mood. “I’m going to start writing [again] when this tour is over. The first of the year, until the end of March. I think it’s going to be all new songs. I have other plans for the old songs.” A potential tune on the forthcoming album is a new song, “Hannah,” which features Sheryl Crow and his long-time buddy Kid Rock.  He discussed two other new songs: “Ride Out,”  which “covers so many subjects... pinched into a small area. Line to line it goes to a different subject. It’s pretty bizarre and I really like it” and “Wonderland,” which is about the multiverse. “It’s my way of getting a little science in there... I’m a big science fan.”

What he enjoys most about touring now:
His greatest satisfaction comes from being surrounded by his longtime friends. “I really enjoy being with the people I play with. That’s a big part of it. I love my crew, the band, we just move through the country like an army”...It’s a celebration every time we go out there. There aren’t any bad nights any more.” As you may have noticed, he tends to only tour in the fall and winter. Incredulous as it may seem, that is dictated by the schedule of  his drummer, Don Brewer.  “I can only get my drummer in the winter, he plays with Grand Funk all summer.” 

His favorite song to play live:
“‘Hollywood Nights.’ I think Don Brewer would agree with me. It’s just a train. He plays it great and we really look forward to that every night.”

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Listen: Is this really Madonna's new single, 'Give Me All Your Love?'

Updated: Her manager weighs in

A  supposed demo of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Love” showed up on the internet today. But the question remains whether it is a true version of the song or some red herring.
Madonna’s long-time rep is playing a little coy. When we asked her to comment or confirm this was indeed Madonna and the first single from her 2012 album, she answered “It sounds great. Can’t wait to hear the real version.” While that may sound like a denial, it may be or it may not be. It could simply be her way of letting us know that there’s even a better, final version coming down the pike. Madonna's appearing at an event in New York on Nov. 12, and Billboard reports that she may be at a New York fashion show tonight as well, so the time is perfect to spring this track on us.

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<p>from &quot;The One That Got Away&quot;</p>

from "The One That Got Away"

Katy Perry sets debut for 'The One That Got Away' video

When and where can you see the full video?

Katy Perry’s march toward her record-setting sixth No. 1 single from “Teenage Dream” continues this week with the release of the music video for “The One That Got Away.”

Perry will debut the clip on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Friday, Nov. 11. The video, which stars Diego Luna, will then immediately go up on Vevo. That same day, a seven-minute, extended version of the video will play during advance screenings of Michelle Williams’ new movie, “My Week with Marilyn.”

The singer has a lot riding on the song, which is No. 34 this week on the Billboard Hot 100. If the ballad can reach the Billboard Hot 100 summit, she will become the first artist in the 53-year history of the chart to land six songs from a single album there. Right now, she is tied with Michael Jackson at five.

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<p>Justin Bieber, animated</p>

Justin Bieber, animated

Watch: Justin Bieber's new video for 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'

Everything old is new again, right Rudolph?

Justin Bieber’s fans may be way too young to get the references, but his new animated video for “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” is a delightful homage to Rankin/Bass’s Christmas television classic, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  In fact, some of the scenes in the stop-motion animation are almost shot-for-shot replicas, as are some of the adorable characters. There are even some misfit toys.

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<p>Adam Lambert performs at the MTV European Music Awards Sunday night in Belfast, Northern Ireland.</p>

Adam Lambert performs at the MTV European Music Awards Sunday night in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Adam Lambert delays new single release again: When will it come out now?

Does the delay have anything to do with a new lawsuit?

Oh Adam, you tease us so.  Adam Lambert has pushed back the release of his new single...again.

The season eight “American Idol” runner up, who performed Sunday night at MTV’s EMAs with Queen, sent a string of messages to his 1.2 million Twitter followers very early Tuesday.

We’ve run them all together since we’re not constrained by 140 characters at a time.

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Listen: Pink gets all warm and fuzzy for 'Happy Feet Two' track

Could the pop singer be in it for a Golden Globe?

Pink conjures up her inner Judd with “Bridge of Light,”  a power ballad from “Happy Feet Two.” The theme song is all about how “only love can build a bridge of light” that has the same kind of inspirational, “you’re not alone” feel of the Judds’ hit “Love Can Build A Bridge” or basically any Celine Dion song.

We don’t know where the song fits into the movie, but it’s worth remembering that Prince snagged a Golden Globe in 2007 for his tune, “Song of the Heart,” for the original “Happy Feet.” Plus, Pink covered Rufus’s “Tell Me Something Good” for that first movie.  

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<p>Paramore's Hayley Williams</p>

Paramore's Hayley Williams

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Listen: Will you warm up to new Paramore song 'Hello Cold World?'

The second of three Paramore Singles Club tunes drops

Is Hayley Williams having a quarterlife crisis a little early? On new single “Hello Cold World” she humorously sings, “22 is like the worst idea that I have ever had/it’s too much pain/too much freedom.”  Luckily for the Paramore singer, she’s only got a few more weeks before she turns 23.

The existential angst seems to be only temporary on the track, which is the second of three offerings coming from Paramore Singles Club. Otherwise, the extremely energetic track,—like Blink-182 energetic—embraces making the best of what’s ahead, even when it looks awfully dark on the horizon.

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Who's Madonna working with now on her new album?

Madge will select new dancer at Nov. 12 NYC event

Does Joe Francis know about this?  Madonna has recorded a song called  “Girls Gone Wild” for her 2012 album, according to Madonnarama.com, the one-stop shop for all things Madge. Madonna worked on the track with Benny Benassi, the hitmaking Italian DJ who helmed and appeared on Chris Brown’s “Beautiful People” earlier this year.

Benassi worked with Madonna before in 2009 when he remixed her single “Celebration,” but they first collaborated together, according to Madonnarama, in 2003, when he remixed “American Life,” although that version has never been released.

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