<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.


 

 

<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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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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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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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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<p>&nbsp;Bruce Springsteen</p>

 Bruce Springsteen

It's Bruce Springsteen week on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

The Boss, Kenny Chesney and Elvis Costello herald 'Wrecking Ball's' arrival

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” will celebrate the release of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” with a week-long musical salute starting Feb. 27.

Springsteen and E Street Band will open the festivities with two performances on Feb. 27 and then return on March 2, “Late Night’s” third anniversary.

In between, other artists will pay tribute to The Boss. On Feb. 28, Springsteen fan Kenny Chesney will perform “I’m On Fire.”  On March 1, Springsteen’s buddy Elvis Costello will play “Brilliant Disguise” with The Roots.

Jimmy Fallon previously gave a week-long salute to  Pink Floyd in September that featured Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Nick Mason, as well as performances by The Shins, Foo Fighters, MGMT, Dierks Bentley and Pearl Jam.

Springsteen previously appeared on “Fallon” in 2010 when the two did a parody of Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.”

"Wrecking Ball" comes out March 6.

<p>&nbsp;Carrie Underwood</p>

 Carrie Underwood

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Listen: Carrie Underwood has a few words of warning on 'Good Girl'

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Former 'American Idol' champ belts it out on new single

The sassy Carrie Underwood is back. We last heard her lamenting faded love with Brad Paisley on their duet, “Remind Me,” but here she is taking no prisoners.

On “Good Girl,” the first single from her forthcoming untitled fourth studio album out May 1, hand claps and a rock guitar usher in Underwood’s warning to a girl that the man she thinks is a catch is a cad. It’s a fun, uptempo song that’s full of shimmies and shudders: “Better back away honey, you don’t know where he’s been,” she cautions. Heartbreak looms, even if the pretty young thing can’t see it.

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<p>Nicki Minaj</p>

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Listen: Nicki Minaj comes out guns blazing on new song, 'Roman Reloaded'

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Title tune references Grammys and features an X-rated Lil Wayne rap

Nicki Minaj may have announced that the title of her new album would be “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”  months ago, but it’s clear that the title track was just recorded.

Want to know just how fresh the tune is? The full-on rap song (forget about any of the pop/electro featured on the yummy “Starships”) references her Feb. 12 performance on the Grammys:  “You mad cause I’m at the Grammys with the Vatican” she says about about 50 seconds in.  The production is hard-core with a  militant beat throughout the mid-tempo track and a fuzzy hum in the background to heighten the anxiety.

She’s taking “reloaded” quite seriously as we hear the spinning of a gun barrel several times as threatens to “Columbine these hos.” That’s an unfortunate use of turning the tragic event into a verb, first off, and as a reference point.

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<p>Kylie Minogue</p>

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Kylie Minogue promises 'something different' on new album

As she continues her 25th anniversary celebration, she looks to 2013

As Kylie Minogue continues to enjoy celebrating her 25th anniversary year (yes, it’s been a quarter of a century since the Aussie icon released “Locomotion), she’s already looking ahead to her next album. And she promises it will be “something different.”

{13300278166710} Poised to come out in 2013, the next album will be her first since 2010’s “Aphrodite.”  She plans to work with a number of producers, Minogue told Metro at a K25 party at London’s Abbey Road Studios. “I have started on the new music already,” she said. On recording at the vaunted studio, she said, “I thought, ‘How much difference can a studio make?’ but it is a beautiful studio. The sound is just gorgeous—you know you are on hallowed ground.”

So far she’s keeping the producers’ names under wraps.

Up next for Minogue?  She heads to Sydney to continue the celebrations with a concert.