Inside Music with Melinda Newman

Britney Spears' new video for 'Criminal' is coming when?

In the meantime, watch the lyric video

<p>&nbsp;Britney Spears</p>

 Britney Spears

Britney Spears is such a tease. She just tweeted, “Just saw the final cut of the ‘Criminal’ video we shot in London. It’s so hot. Can’t wait for you guys to see it next week.”  No word yet on which day next week we'll get the clip.

So she got to see the video and all we got was this lousy t-shirt lyric video (actually, it's pretty good as far as these things go). As you know, the shooting of the clip has caused a bit of an  uproar with Spears and her boyfriend, Jason Trawick, running around town with prop guns and what not in Hackney, a part of London that was hard hit by the rioting this summer.

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Listen: Major Lazer drops new slamming track, 'Original Don'

Will Beyonce sample this one too?

<p>&nbsp;Major Lazer</p>

 Major Lazer

Oh my god, this track is busier than Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby ice cream. Major Lazer’s “Original Don” featuring The Party, the possible lead single from the duo’s forthcoming album isn’t out on an EP until  Nov. 1, but they dropped the track on their Facebook page today.

Major Lazer (individually known as Diplo and Switch) have crammed everything but the kitchen sink in this tune including screaming “Run the track” at us every now and then.

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UPDATED Watch: Justin Bieber previews 'Mistletoe' video. Where's Selena?

When will the full holiday video drop?

<p>&nbsp;Justin Bieber</p>

 Justin Bieber

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UPDATE (11:23 PM): MTV has announced that Justin will sit down for a 30-minute interview with the network directly following the "Mistletoe" video premiere. Fans can submit text or video questions via Twitter using the hashtag #AskBieber.


Where's Selena Gomez? Justin Bieber snuggles with another brown-haired cutie in this sneak peak at the video for "Mistletoe," the lead single from the Bieb's holiday album, "Under the Mistletoe," which drops Nov. 1.

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Can Adele make it 3 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100?

Who scores her first Top 40 hits?



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In an era when it is almost impossible for ballads to gain traction at Top 40 radio, Adele’s “Someone Like You” has landed its third week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 10.

The song gains in both radio plays and digital downloads, as it surges past the 2 million mark in digital sales.
The top three on the Billboard 100 remain the same as they were last week:  “Someone Like You” followed by Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” featuring Christina Aguilera and Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” The latter two both gain in airplay. In a stat we’re sure Foster the People would gladly trade for some upward movement, “Kicks” has now spent seven weeks at No. 3, a feat matched or surpassed by only three other songs that didn’t reach No. 1, according to Billboard.

Exclusive Interview: Scotty McCreery talks hitting No. 1, his 'no' list and prom

What his parents do if he gets bigheaded

<p>Scotty McCreery performs on the &quot;Today&quot; show earlier this month</p>

Scotty McCreery performs on the "Today" show earlier this month

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Scotty McCreery has only been 18 for three days, but so far so good.

The day before his birthday, he celebrated with 15,000 fans in Raleigh, N.C. (one town over from his hometown of Garner) and received a gold plaque for his first single, “I Love You This Big,” selling more than 500,000 copies.

Then on Tuesday, he played country’s most sacred spot, Nashville’s Grand Old Opry, alongside Trace Atkins and LeAnn Rimes.

Later that night, the “American Idol”  got confirmation that his debut album, “Clear As Day,” was a lock to enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1, making him the youngest male artist of any genre to achieve that feat with his first studio set.

So how did he celebrate? By continuing on with interviews and promoting “Clear As Day.” Hitfix talked to the unfailingly polite McCreery Wednesday morning (he even called early) about coming in at No. 1, how he spends his rare time off, what he won’t sing about, and the prom.

I grew up in Raleigh, so he and I couldn’t help but engage in a little chat about top N.C. past time —golf —as well as what it means to be a Carolina gal and girl.

You got the best 18th birthday present ever. How did you find out that “Clear As Day” went to No. 1?

I got an email last night from my manager. She said this is where we’re at, so congratulations. We were going wild. We’ve been working towards it. It was really cool to see all the hard work paying off

You topped Adele on the chart. That must feel good.

The thing that’s really cool about Adele is she’s been going strong for weeks on end. It’s amazing to see what she’s doing but it’s just wild to see ”Clear As Day” take off like it’s doing. We’re excited about it.

With “Clear as Day,” you found your voice very quickly. The song selection is material that seems to speak to you. How many songs did you plow through to come up with the final choices?

Oh, we went through a bunch, and the label, they’d gone through a lot before they even got to me. We had a big meeting in Nashville with the songwriters and the publishers and told them what we wanted to have on the album and what kind of topics we were looking for, so after that, the songs were really coming down the pipeline, a bunch at a time. It was fun getting the songs and I think we picked the right ones.

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Paul Simon plans 25th anniversary tour behind 'Graceland'

Box set commemorating landmark set due as well

<p>Paul Simon</p>

Paul Simon

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Paul Simon is planning a 25th anniversary tour behind “Graceland,” the landmark Grammy-winning album. The tour will likely take place in May in conjunction with a “Graceland” box set, according to Billboard.

The tour will include some of the original musicians who played with him on the original 1987 outing, including South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. A number of musicians who played with Simon then are still with him on his excellent tour to support his latest album,  “So Beautiful Or So What” (read our review here).

The box set will also include a documentary highlighting Simon’s return to South Africa in July for a performance that featured trumpeter Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. "The documentary," Simon told Billboard, "took me back to the artistic aspects and the political aspects of making Graceland and the controversy that surrounded it and how it was resolved, plus what remains of it and what we learn from it."

Scotty McCreery 'Clearly' enters Billboard 200 at No. 1 and sets records

Who else bows in the top 10?

<p>&nbsp;Scotty McCreery</p>

 Scotty McCreery

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Scotty McCreery is sitting on top of the world — or at least on top of a number of records.  “American Idol’s” Season 10 winner charged onto the Billboard 200 this week at No. 1 selling 197,000 copies of “Clear as Day.”  (We interviewed McCreery this morning and will post that interview later today).

As if that were not enough of a triumph, he entered the record books as well: McCreery is the first country act to bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his debut album, and McCreery is the youngest male artist of any genre to start at the top spot with his debut release, according to Billboard.

Taylor Swift named Billboard's Woman of the Year

She follows last year's honoree, Fergie

<p>Taylor Swift arrives at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Honors show in Nashville</p>

Taylor Swift arrives at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Honors show in Nashville

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Billboard has named Taylor Swift its Woman of the Year. The 21-year old becomes the youngest recipient of the award, which will be presented at Billboard 2011 Women in Music event Dec. 2 in New York.

The award, which has honored Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Fergie, and Reba McEntire in the past, salutes a female artist who has experienced not only a stellar sales year but has continued to have creative breakthroughs.

Swift has spent much of 2011 on the road, supporting her third album, “Speak Now.” That set debuted on top of the Billboard 200 with sales of more than 1 million copies in its opening frame. Her last album, “Fearless,” captured album of the year at the 2010 Grammys. She is nominated for six Country Music Assn. Awards, including entertainer of the year. The CMAs will be held in November.

Swift’s “Speak Now” tour lasts until Nov. 22. Also upcoming for Swift are DVD releases of her “Fearless” and “Speak Now” tours.

Interview: Martina McBride talks Pat Monahan, George Strait and her kids

Her beautiful new album 'Eleven,' out today, is full of firsts for the country superstar

<p>Martina McBride</p>

Martina McBride

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Martina McBride has been music for 20 years, but “Eleven,” out today, marks a whole new start for the Grammy-nominated singer.

“Eleven,” her 11th studio album, is her first for a new label, her first under her new management team, and more significantly, the first album where she has co-written the bulk of the songs, and recorded outside of Nashville.

“I just tried to make my environment such that I didn’t have any other responsibilities for the time I was tracking,” she says. “Just to make the music the focus. It was a luxury I’d never experienced before, not even before I had kids.”

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Want to hang with Phish on New Year's Eve? Here's how

Band returns to Madison Square Garden for four-show residency



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It’s becoming a regular gig for Phish: the jam band will return to New York’s Madison Square Garden for four shows around New Year’s Eve.

Already have plans for Dec. 31, the band will be at the legendary venue Dec. 28-31. Prior to this stint, Phish has played 19 shows at MSG, including last year’s New Year’s Eve.

Fans can request tickets through Oct. 24 on Phish’s website. Ticket prices will include a free MP3 of the evening’s show from the soundboard.


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