<p>&nbsp;Madonna and M.I.A. get crazy up in the studio.</p>

 Madonna and M.I.A. get crazy up in the studio.

Watch: Four things we learned from Madonna’s ‘Gimme’ preview

Madonna, Martin Solveig and M.I.A. bring the silly to the studio

As Madonna continues to prepare for her return with new album “MDNA” in March, every little bit of information shared seems like it has been carefully screened to give us just the exact image of Madonna that she wants to share.

Here, in this 37-second teaser showing Madonna, M.I.A. and producer Martin Solveig in a New York studio recording first single “Gimme All Your Luvin,” we get several shades of Madonna, and we’re not just talking about it the video switching from black and white to color.

Four things we gleaned from watching the clip:

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<p>&nbsp;Chris Brown</p>

 Chris Brown

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Listen: Chris Brown is back with 'Turn Up The Music'

Does it remind you of a certain recent 'party hit?

Wow. Someone has been listening to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and “I’m Sexy And I Know It.”  And his name is Chris Brown.

“Turn Up The Music,” a song from Brown’s forthcoming album, “Fortune,” is a straight-up slab of electro-dance that is a kissing cousin to “Party Rock Anthem... especially the first several bars.

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<p>&nbsp;LMFAO</p>

 LMFAO

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LMFAO to join Madonna for Super Bowl, says will.i.am

Will the 'Party Rock' duo appear alongside Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.?

Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime extravaganza is only a little more than a week away, as more rumors sneak out about her 12 minutes to rule the world on Feb. 5.

The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am has now gotten into the act, telling a U.K. radio station that LMFAO, who are signed to his Interscope-distributed imprint and Cherrytree Records, will play with Madonna at the big show in Indianapolis.  As you’ll recall, the Black Eyed Peas provided the half-time entertainment last year.

"I'm going to the Super Bowl this year to see my group LMFAO perform with Madonna," he told Capitol FM.

This is on top of a report from Wednesday from the New York Daily News’ Gatecrasher column that Madonna was “bringing gay to the Super Bowl,” according to one of her back-up dancers.  We don’t even know what that means.

The Material Girl, herself, is keeping tightlipped. At the “W.E.” premiere on Monday, she simply said that she was “extremely nervous” and that in addition to singing “Gimme All Your Luvin” (reportedly with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., both of whom appear on the song), her performance would include some  “oldies but goodies.”

We’re trying to get more details and will fill you in if we get them. In the meantime, voracious Tweeter will.i.am has tweeted nothing further about his radio remarks, neither has LMFAO.
 

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<p>&nbsp;Lil Wayne</p>

 Lil Wayne

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Lil Wayne set to release 'I Am Not A Human Being 2'

Cash Money's Birdman spills on Nicki Minaj and other acts

Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” has been out for less than six months, but expect the rapper to drop another album within months.

“I Am Not A Human Being 2” will come out “real soon, according to Cash Money’s Birdman (aka Bryan Williams), who shared the news with Complex.

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<p>Jessie J arrives on the &quot;VH1 Divas&quot;&nbsp;red carpet in December.</p>

Jessie J arrives on the "VH1 Divas" red carpet in December.

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Adele sets fire to the Billboard Hot 100; Jessie J achieves a first

Kelly Clarkson soars back into the Top 10

Adele scores a nice double win this week as “Set Fire To The RainR21; captures the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 while her album, “21,” logs another week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

“Fire” is the third chart topper from “21,” and it pushes Rihanna’s “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris,  down to No. 2, ending its 10-week run at No. 1.

Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” hangs at No. 3 for another week, while David Guetta’s “Turn Me On” featuring Nicki Minaj soars 10-4. It’s the second biggest leap in the top 10, following Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” which leaps 21-8. The song is her second straight Top 10 hit from "Stronger," following "Mr. Know It All," which peaked at No. 10. Clarkson last achieved consecutive top 10s  with her 2004 album, "Breakaway," which spawned four back-to-back top 10s.

Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” inches up one spot to No. 5, , Bruno Mars “It Will Rain” falls two spots to No. 6 and LFMAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” slides two places as well to No. 7.

Rounding out the top 10: Jay Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as in Paris” falls two to No. 9, and Jessie J notches her first Top 10 hit, as “Domino” moves 15-10.

 

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Watch: Evanescence's new video for 'My Heart Is Broken'
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Watch: Evanescence's new video for 'My Heart Is Broken'

Despite being held captive, Amy Lee looks radiant

“My Heart Is Broken,” the new single from Evanescence's self-titled album was inspired by victims of human trafficking. However if that notion is to be gleaned from the video, its inclusion is very subtle.

In the new clip, lead singer Amy Lee is clad in an evening gown and she has incredible magic fingers  with balls that spew white light.  She can gaze into the white light and she can even use her finger tips to  swirl around in the darkness an leave cool trails in the dark, like the sparklers we used to light on the Fourth of July.

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Listen: Another new Van Halen track, 'Blood And Fire'
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Listen: Another new Van Halen track, 'Blood And Fire'

How does it compare with 'Tattoo?'

We’ve already gotten to hear “Tattoo,” the underwhelming first single from Van Halen’s new album, “A Different Kind of Truth,” out Feb. 7.

Now, Rolling Stone is previewing 90 seconds of a new Van Halen track, “Blood and Fire.” It’s much more melodic than “Tattoo.” We don’t know if it’s based on an older song as well —“Tattoo” has remnants of a 1977 track, “Down In Flames — but it sounds like something straight out the ‘80s.  Rolling Stone readers (and major hardcore VH fans) have commented that this is built around one of Eddie’s unreleased instrumentral tracks called “Ripley.” If so, we’re wondering if any of the songs were brand new compositions  

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Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers get funky in new video for 'Look Around'

Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers get funky in new video for 'Look Around'

How do they spend their down time?

Wonder what goes on behind closed doors for members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers?  They get their funk on in various and sundry ways. In the new video for “Look Around,” which premiered on Spinner today, we get an inside look at their leisure pursuits as each hangs out in his own room.

Anthony Kiedis hangs out with a lady friend, who comes in through the refrigerator, a kid and a dog.  Flea and a female friend dance then get down to even sillier pursuits as they strip down to their undies. Silly string is involved.  Chad Smith goes visit Kieidis and a little too jubilantly fixes a clogged toilet.

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<p>Do you own a copy of Adele's '21'?</p>

Do you own a copy of Adele's '21'?

Adele's '21' comes closer to setting the big record on the Billboard 200

What album stands in her way?

Adele’s “21” continues to blaze a trail on the Billboard 200. This week the British singer’s sophomore set spends its 17th week at No. 1 and moves another 95,000 copies.  That means only two albums have logged more time at the top during the Nielsen SoundScan era:  “The Bodyguard” soundtrack holds the record at 20 weeks, according to Billboard. Standing between "21" and that soundtrack is Garth Brooks' "Ropin' The Wind." 

So what are Adele’s chances to set the record? She has some heavy competition for next week’s top spot with Tim McGraw’s “Emotional Traffic” and the new 2012 Grammy nominations CD, but she could tie Brooks.

Back to this week’s chart,  “Kidz Bop 21” debuts at No. 2, marking the 14th album in the series to hit the top 10.  The other premiere in the top 10 is “Identity” from gospel act James Fortune & FIYA, which bows at No. 7.

The Black Keys’ “El Camino” and Drake’s “Take Care” hold at No. 3 and No. 4.  Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” climbs 7-5 and Young Jeezy’s “TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition” stays at No. 6.

Toby Keith’s “Clancy’s Tavern” zooms 22-8 based on a promotion with Target. Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto”  drops 8-9 and Nickelback’s “Here And Now” also slides one spot, 9-10.

Overall sales are down 4% over the same week last year. The good news is year-to-date album sales are up 3% over the same period in 2011.

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<p>'Captain America:&nbsp;The First Avenger'</p>

'Captain America: The First Avenger'

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What do the Oscar voters have against music?

Some thoughts on today's shocking best original song choices

Why do the Oscar voters hate songs so much?  Once again, the music branch has shown utter contempt for contemporary songwriters as they nominated only two tunes in the best original song category out of the 39 deemed eligible. What an insult.

A few years ago the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences changed the way it nominated songs, making it much harder for a tune to qualify.  The Academy now holds a session to screen movie clips featuring the eligible songs. The members of the music branch then assign the songs a score. Those scores are then averaged; to be eligible a song must receive an average score of 8.25 or more (if only one song achieves that criteria, the second highest score is also selected). If two or more songs achieve the 8.25 benchmark, they will be the nominees up to a total of five.

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