<p>Alright, alright, alright: &nbsp;Matthew McCounaghey as Wooderson in 'Dazed and Confused'</p>

Alright, alright, alright:  Matthew McCounaghey as Wooderson in 'Dazed and Confused'

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Watch: Matthew McConaughey gets dazed and confused in Butch Walker's 'Synthesizers'

Actor reprises classic Wooderson character

Fans of “Dazed & Confused”  are about to get as close as they can to a sequel to the iconic 1993 movie.

In the fun new video for “Synthesizers” by Butch Walker and the Black Widows, Walker mega-fan Matthew McConaughey reprises infamous stoner Wooderson.

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Mac Miller

Watch: Cobra Starship and Mac Miller raise their 'Middle Finger' in new video

Tune from 'Night Shades' gets official release

Two weeks ago, we posted about Cobra Starship/Mac Miller’s “Middle Finger” getting an official release.

The song, which appears on Cobra Starship’s “Night Shades” album, had taken on a little life of its own. Now, we have the official video.

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<p>Spice Girls in 2008</p>

Spice Girls in 2008

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Are the Spice Girls reuniting for the London Olympics?

What's the latest on their new musical?

The London Olympics will not get a Pink Floyd reunion, but could they get The Spice Girls if it’s what they want, really, really want?

The fivesome are rumored to be weighing a reunion for this summer’s Olympics, according to RadarOnline. The hold out  is Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham, who has a new baby and is loving life in Los Angeles with hubby David Beckham, who just signed a new two-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team.  They last toured four years ago.

Radar also reports that the group is moving ahead with its musical, Viva Forever, written by “Ab Fab’s” Jennifer Saunders.

Though there was also a rampant speculation that Pink Floyd would perform at the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games, David Gilmour has denied the story.

The 2012 summer Olympics run July 27-Aug. 12.

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<p>Carrie Underwood at the 2012 CMAs.</p>

Carrie Underwood at the 2012 CMAs.

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'American Idols' Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler come together for 'Crossroads'

A special edition airs the night before the Super Bowl

American Idol” comes to the Super Bowl this year as Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood and current judge Steven Tyler will team for a special Super Bowl edition of CMT’s “Crossroads.”

The concert will be part of the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam that takes place  on Feb. 4, the eve of the big game,  in Indianapolis.

While we can’t quite see Tyler singing “Jesus Take the Wheel,” the twosome will trade stories and songs in the performance, which will premiere at 11 p.m. Feb. 4 on CMT.  The show will be taped live earlier that day.

Underwood and Tyler performed together at last year’s Academy of Country Music Awards on a mash-up of “Undo It” and “Walk This Way.” Aerosmith also has a history with the Super Bowl, having played the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXV.

Past  “Crossroads” pairings include Taylor Swift and Def Leppard, John Mayer and Keith Urban, and Sting and Vince Gill.


 

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John Mayer plots his return with 'organic' 'Born And Raised'
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John Mayer plots his return with 'organic' 'Born And Raised'

Unveils limited edition at NAMM

Is the world ready for the return of John Mayer? Even a kinder, gentler on?

Mayer, who proved himself less than a gentleman when he made certain comments about past bedfellows Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson to Playboy in 2010, is on the road to redemption. He showed up at the National Assn. of Music Merchants (NAMM) on Wednesday to flog a very limited edition custom Martin guitar and to talk about his new album.

Born and Raised” has been delayed as Mayer has recovered from vocal issues, but he told the NAMM audience that the new set was “organic cowboy guitar sounds,” many of them created on his new Martin guitar (dubbed the 00-45SC John Mayer Edition), of which only 25 will be manufactured.

Mayer pondered, “What would it sound like if I wrote an album of cowboy songs on this guitar under the stars,” reports Rolling Stone. Though fans may not notice a huge difference between albums, he continued that he starts with a clean slate each time. “Every new record I start, a new aesthetic comes in. I can’t help it.”

No word yet on when he’ll be ready to go with the new album, his first since 2009’s “Battle Studies,” he told the audience that his vocals are still healing.  He first announced that he was putting his recording and touring plans on hold in September. At that time, he said the album is largely completed, other than finishing his vocals on a number of tracks.

 

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<p>&nbsp;Santigold and friend</p>

 Santigold and friend

Watch: Santigold's new video, 'Big Mouth' takes a dig at Lady Gaga

What does she have against Momma Monster?

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: Santigold is totally over you.  In her trippy new video for “Big Mouth,” she has no use for you and your irritating ways so shut your trap.

The clip is a fun combo of childlike animation and live action as Santigold’s throwing attitude all over the place, backed up by her two-women crew S1Wettes.

Santigold also decides to take a swipe at Lady Gaga, who is represented as an animated blond mermaid. “Gaga-ga all slightly off/not me I take the loss,” she sings. We’re not really sure what that means, but it’s probably not good, especially since Gaga gets eaten by an underwater tiger.

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<p>&nbsp;Coldplay's Chris Martin and Rihanna</p>

 Coldplay's Chris Martin and Rihanna

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Rihanna and Coldplay to duet at the Grammys

Paul McCartney also added to the big show

Rihanna and Coldplay have been added to the list of performers for the 54th annual Grammy Awards.  Rihanna broke the news via Twitter last night, tweeting, “My friends @Coldplay and I will be sharing the stage for a performance at this year’s annual Grammy Awards! #Bonkers.”   Coldplay then retweeted the message without additional commentary.

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The pairing will most likely perform “Princess of China,” the songs they sing together on Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto,” but wouldn’t it be awesome if they did “We Found Love,” as well? The song spends its 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Both Rihanna and Coldplay are up for multiple Grammys.

Paul McCartney, who will be honored two nights before at the annual MusiCares dinner, will also perform at the Grammy Awards, which air Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Although nothing has been officially announced, among the artists expected to pay tribute to Sir Paul at the MusiCares dinner are James Taylor, Foo Fighters, Neil Young, Coldplay and Norah Jones, according to Hits Daily Double.

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Review: Bruce Springsteen's new single, 'We Take Care Of Our Own'
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Review: Bruce Springsteen's new single, 'We Take Care Of Our Own'

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For his whole career, Bruce Springsteen has wrestled with the notion of what it means to be an American. Many of his songs deal with a sense of place, whether it be his home state of New Jersey or, in a larger context, the United States.

On “We Take Care Of Our Own,” the first single from his March 6 release, "Wrecking Ball," Springsteen's questions have become only more urgent as he sees America turning from a country that used to stand for “wherever the flag is flown/we take care of our own” to one where “I’ve been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone/the road to good intention has gone dry as a bone.”

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Rihanna's 'We Found Love' loves the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100
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Rihanna's 'We Found Love' loves the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100

Which two acts zoom 15 places into the Top 10?

Rihanna’s “Love” story with the Hot 100 continues as “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris spends its 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The tune, which got the “Glee” treatment Tuesday night, is the singer’s longest lasting chart topper and, according to Billboard, it is the first song to spend 10 weeks at No. 1 since Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” in 2006-2007.

Rihanna fends off a strong challenge from Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” which leaps 4-2, pushing last week’s No. 2, LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” down to No. 5.

Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” jumps 5-3 and Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain” rounds out the top 5, falling 4-3.

Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” stays at No. 6, though we’ll see if the new acoustic version of the song can propel it back up the chart next week. Similarly, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as in Paris” stays at No. 7.

Rap also dominates at No. 8 and No. 9: Tyga’s “Rack City” skyrockets 23-8 to mark his first Top 10 hit, while Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa’s “Young, Wild & Free” featuring Bruno Mars moves back into the Top 10, rising 11-9.

Like Tyga, David Guetta’s “Turn Me On” featuring Nicki Minaj leaps 15 spots from 25-10, giving Guetta his fourth Top 10.

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Has 'American Idol' done more harm than good?
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Has 'American Idol' done more harm than good?

As Season 11 kicks off, we reflect on the sea change the show brought

As Season 11  of “American Idol” launches tonight, it’s clear  “AI” has forever changed the landscape of how we discover new artists. The biggest question is has it done more harm than good?

When “American Idol” bowed in 2002, it was touted by its detractors (and even some of its proponents) as nothing more than a glorified karaoke contest, a complaint that still is valid today, even though performers can now original songs.

Plus, the big brass ring for the winner was a major label contract: now, anyone who makes it to the final 10 or final 13 (depending upon the year) will be scouted by the majors.

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