Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl
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Read Dave Grohl's fun 'clarification' of his Grammy acceptance speech

We can all fit under this big musical tent, says Dave

The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl’s acceptance speech at the 54th annual Grammys, which boiled down to “keep it real,” has been repeated and shared millions of times since then and praised for words from a true rock and roll believer.  But it has also been pounced on by folks who felt he was dissing basically everyone else who makes music, especially those who use a computer to do it.

So today, Grohl, who as readers know, is not just one of my favorite musicians, but he is, as you might imagine, a great interview, felt the need to clarify—and amplify upon—his speech. And he threw in cultural references to a Clint Eastwood movie and a Van Halen song to boot. It's very amusing and a fun read, but it makes us sad that what was truly a wonderful moment of self expression at the Grammys turned  him into a lightning rod for criticism.

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Rihanna and Chris Brown from 2008

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Report: Chris Brown appearing on Rihanna's 'Birthday Cake' remix

Rapper has allegedly recorded two verses for the 'Talk That Talk' track

Chris Brown will reportedly be the guest artist on a remix of Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake,” a very short, sexually provocative song on “Talk That Talk.”

There had been speculation that he might show up on the track after Kosine from the production unit Da Interz told MTV that the cameo on the song is “gonna shock the world.” Today, Miss Info of New York radio station Hot97 added that Brown will also be in the video. He has reportedly recorded both a singing verse and a rap verse for the elongated version of the salacious tune. We have reached out to Rihanna’s representative to try to confirm.

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 Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston and Madonna surge on Billboard's Hot 100

Kelly Clarkson makes it two in a row at the top with 'Stronger'

As crass as it sounds, death has a way of igniting sales for an artist. As we’ve all too recently seen with Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, her Feb. 11 passing is doing the same for Whitney Houston.

Houston's albums surged back up the Billboard 200. Not surprisingly,  her biggest hit, “I Will Always Love You” also zooms back onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 7. The song spent 14 weeks at No. 1 in 1992.  Two other Houston hits, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “Greatest Love of All” came back onto the big chart as well at No. 35 and No. 41 respectively, according to Billboard.

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<p>Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu and Ziggy Modeliste</p>

Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu and Ziggy Modeliste

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Mark Ronson and Erykah Badu talk 'Gumbo' and creation for 'Re:Generation'

The music documentary shows music built from the ground up

“Searching for a satellite signal.” That’s how Erykah Badu describes her writing process as she was penning lyrics for “Gumbo,” the tune written by Mark Ronson, Meters’ drummer extraordinaire Ziggy Modeliste and others  for “Re:Generation.”  

The film, which opens Feb. 16 in a limited run, takes five top DJ/producers—Ronson, DJ Premier, newly-minted Grammy winner  Skrillex, Pretty Lights  and The Crystal Method— and pairs them with artists from another genre to create something new. In the case of Ronson, he paired with jazz artists to come up with a new track. Skrillex partnered with The Doors. The tracks were created within days and really threw the musicians into the fire quickly.

In each case, the idea was to break down barriers. For Ronson, traveling to New Orleans to create the jazz track, was a great experience, especially getting to create with Modeliste. “Zigaboo laid the blueprint for all of us. The beats that he played are pretty much the DNA and back bone of hip hop.”   Endearlingly,  in the clip below, both Modeliste and Badu admit that they had the jitters on stretching themselves this way and making sure that they were able to please Ronson.

 

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Listen: Usher wants you back on 'Climax'

Sweet, soul tune is first track from forthcoming album

Usher’s new slow-burning single, “Climax,” may be one of the sweetest songs he’s ever sung. He’s on his knees, but not in the way the song title would indicate. Instead he and his lady have come undone... “Didn’t want to give in, so we both gave up,” he sings, and now it’s too late.

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Dave Matthews band 2012 tour promo

Dave Matthews Band sets first summer tour in two years

New Steve Lillywhite-produced album also coming in 2012

After taking most of last summer off,  Dave Matthews Band will return for its first full North American summer tour in two years. Plus, the group will have a new Steve Lillywhite-produced album out in 2012 as well.

The 2012 tour starts May 18 at Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, Texas and end Sept. 9 at Mountain View, Calif.’s Shoreline Amphitheater. Among the opening acts  on various dates are Brandi Carlile, The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Fitz and the Tantrums.

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Chris Brown tells the world to kiss off, he's got a Grammy now

Rapper has a special Valentine's Day message for his haters

Chris Brown is, apparently, feeling a little sensitive. 

After a number of people—journalists, bloggers, fellow celebrities—expressed dismay that Brown, who assaulted Rihanna on the eve of the Grammys three years ago,  performed not once, but twice, at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday,  he couldn’t hold back and he had a little outburst (sound familiar)?

Today, as a Valentine’s Day bon mot, he tweeted, “Hate All U Want Becuz I Got A Grammy Now! That’s the ultimate F*** OFF!."  As you can imagine, that tweet quickly disappeared, although Mashable has the screen shot of it. Then came a kinder, gentler Brown: “I’m back so watch my back as I walk away from all this negativity #teambreezy grammy.” At least he didn't throw a chair like he did while on "Good Morning America" a few years ago.

Brown not only performed twice— he danced to “Turn Up the Music/Beautiful People,” and then sang “I Can Only Imagine,” his duet with David Guetta—He then went on to win the Grammy for best R&B album for “F.A.M.E.,” and gave a short, gracious acceptance speech.

Read the Academy's explanation to bringing Brown back to the Grammys.

If Brown is feeling sorry for himself, we’re sure he can find comfort in the arms of plenty of girls, who, apparently, don’t mind if their man comes with a history of violence.

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Watch: Train takes classic cars in sweet video for 'Drive By'

Watch: Train takes classic cars in sweet video for 'Drive By'

It's hard to do a 'Drive By' in a locomotive

Train’s Patrick Monahan likes his lady, his wine and his classic car and not necessarily in this order.

In the video for the jaunty “Drive By,” he’s done his woman wrong and has to figure out a way to get back into her good graces. He’s got a lot going for him (besides being a rock star): he’s got a 1967 Pontiac Firebird and lots of friends who also can caravan with him in their classic cars  (remember, the song is called “Drive By”) from San Francisco to Sonoma.

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<p>Nicki MInaj at the 2012 Grammys</p>

Nicki MInaj at the 2012 Grammys

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Listen: Nicki Minaj's 'Starships' is headed straight into the stratosphere

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She leaves the Grammy debacle far behind

Oh Nicki, all is forgiven. After we had to scrub our eyeballs following your truly  bizarre (and not in a good way) performance of “Roman Holiday” on Sunday night’s Grammys, you’ve now given us the perfect anecdote: a club-ready smash that is also destined for the top of the pop charts. It's good enough to even get the Catholic Church off your back after the other night... well maybe not.

“Starships” is an instantly catchy tune that combines rapping, singing, pop, electro-clash and only enough auto-tuning to still sound like it was recorded by a human. It’s put together as if constructed in Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, but, by God, it works. It’s as if LMFAO, Taio Cruz, and Minaj had a baby and this is what popped out.

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Watch: Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars in 'Safe and Sound' clip from 'The Hunger Games'

Watch: Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars in 'Safe and Sound' clip from 'The Hunger Games'

Plus, hear the Decemberists' song and check out the track listing

It’s a cold, cold world out there, but Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars will be there to protect us. In the video for “Safe & Sound,” from “The Hunger Games,” the threesome vow that “no one can hurt you now,” but it looks like our odds aren’t good.

The video, which has a bleak, winter chill feel to it, even though Swift is dressed in a billowy white summery dress, opens with The Civil Wars’ Joy Mitchell and John Paul White  in a cabin with a roaring fire. So they’re fine, but what about Swift, who seems destined to roam the plains with no shelter? Even the trees are barren. She seems slightly bothered, but mainly she’s looking beatific as she walks the land as if she’s the last person left on earth. She does see a deer, but the deer comes to an untoward end.

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