<p>The-Dream</p>

The-Dream

Watch: The-Dream surrounds himself with lovely ladies in 'Roc' video

Plus, he preps for a club tour and talks Rihanna/Chris Brown remix

It’s a credit to the The-Dream’s sweetly smooth vocals that he can deliver lines like “Good loving, the grinding, the bumping, oh yeah, make that bed shake, that next day body ache.... I’m going to get behind it and I’m gonna make that thing shake,” as if he’s the reading Shakespearean sonnets.

There’s lots of little, not-so-subtle clues that this is about sex, if we haven’t gotten the hint that “roc” is a substitute for another one-syllable word— like white icing being spread on a girl’s face;  another lovely lady carries around a tray of cherry tomatoes and pops some in her mouth.

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Watch: Pretty Lights and LeAnn Rimes learn lessons on 'Re:Generation'

Watch: Pretty Lights and LeAnn Rimes learn lessons on 'Re:Generation'

DJ works with Ralph Stanley and lives to tell the tale

Pretty Lights, aka Derek Smith, has his hands full with country legend Dr. Ralph Stanley in “Re:Generation.” The documentary, which plays in theaters for one day only, Feb. 23, before finding its TV home, pairs current DJs, such as Mark Ronson, Skrillex and Smith with artists in different genres. They then create an entirely new recording from the ground up.

Smith comes the farthest in the film musically: when he first finds out that he will be working in the country genre, he can’t disguise his contempt for the music, even though he barely knows anything about it. By the end, he’s found much to admire.

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Watch: The Doors' John Densmore grills Skrillex on 'Re:Generation'

Watch: The Doors' John Densmore grills Skrillex on 'Re:Generation'

Plus, The Crystal Method's Ken Jordan shares his favorite new DJs

Call John Densmore a skeptic.  Newly-minted Grammy winner Skrillex  had his work cut out for him when he paired with the Doors, including drummer Densmore, to create a new song based on “Riders on the Storm” in “Re:Generation,” a new documentary that links well-known DJs, such as the Crystal Method, DJ Premier and Mark Ronson, with artists in other genres.

The film, which plays in theaters Feb. 23 before finding a TV and then DVD home, chronicles the musical journey that all the musicians travel when they step out of their comfort zones.

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All of Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

All of Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Adele, Whitney Houston and Nicki Minaj also see surges

Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” takes her where “The One That Got Away” could not: to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Not only does “Part of Me” hit No. 1, the song debuts in the top spot, making it the 20th song in the 53-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to start its chart life at the top. The last song to do so was Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”  almost exactly a year ago. Both songs received their coming out at the Grammy Awards.

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<p>The Beatles</p>

The Beatles

Got To Get The Beatles into your phone? Now you can

Ringtones from the Fab Four arrive today

Want “All You Need Is Love” as your ringtone when your sweetie calls? What about “Help” when your in-laws call or, of course, the very appropriate “Hello, Goodbye” for all calls?

As of today, you can. After holding out on iTunes for  seven years before finally going digital with most of their albums in late 2010, the Fab Four has now added ringtones to the mix.

The band’s 27 No. 1 hits in the U.S. and U.K. are now available as ringtones for your phone exclusively on iTunes.

Here are your choices.

The Beatles #1 ringtones

 "Love Me Do"
 "Yellow Submarine"
"From Me To You"
 "Eleanor Rigby"
 "She Loves You"
. "Penny Lane"
"I Want To Hold Your Hand"
 "All You Need Is Love"
 "Can't Buy Me Love"
"A Hard Day's Night"
 "Lady Madonna"
 "I Feel Fine"
. "Hey Jude"
"Eight Days a Week"
 "Get Back"
 "Ticket to Ride"
 "The Ballad of John and Yoko"
"Help!"
"Something"
 "Yesterday"
 "Come Together"
 "Day Tripper"
 "Let It Be"
 "We Can Work It Out"
 ""The Long and Winding Road"
 "Paperback Writer"
"Hello Goodbye"
 
 

Watch: Taylor Swift and Zac Efron bust the cuteness meter on 'Ellen'
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Watch: Taylor Swift and Zac Efron bust the cuteness meter on 'Ellen'

The pair revamp Foster The People's 'Pumped Up Kicks'

Are Taylor Swift and Zac Efron the new She & Him?  Check out this adorable clip of the two on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” as they play their own version of Foster The People’s  “Pumped Up Kicks.”

Efron and Swift both voiced characters in the animated feature, “The Lorax," so they’re out and about making the promotional rounds. They have a comfortable ease around each other and their voices sound really good together. The guitar lesson part is adorable.

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<p>Sergio Mendes</p>

Sergio Mendes

Interview: Sergio Mendes on his Oscar nomination for 'Rio'

How does he feel about not getting to perform on the Feb. 26 Academy Awards?

What do you give a man who’s celebrating his 50th anniversary of making music this year? How about an Oscar?

That would suit Sergio Mendes just fine.  The legendary Brazilian composer/performer is nominated for his first Oscar with “Real in Rio,” from the animated feature “Rio.” Mendes co-wrote the music with Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett (best known for co-writing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”) wrote the lyrics.

“Real in Rio” is up against “Man Or Muppet” from “The Muppets”  for original song. The two were the only tunes that passed the rigorous scrutiny of  the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’s music branch.

Read Gregory Ellwood's interview with Flight of The Conchords’ Bret McKenzie, who wrote “Man Or Muppet,” here.

Read Kris Tapley's prediction on who will take home the Oscar here.

Mendes was “immediately fascinated” by the story of the two macaws (voiced by Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg) who go through quite the adventure after being captured by bird smugglers.  Mendes wanted the song, which appears in the beginning and the end of the movie, to make people think about “Rio waking up in the morning. It’s a melody that starts very simply. You think about Rio, the greenery, the oceans, the mountains,” he says. “I wanted it to go through the movie and in the end of the movie, that music should really explode.”

The lilting rhythms and beats are a bright as the dancing birds themselves. Recorded in Los Angeles, the song features 20 drummers, who were recorded live in a drum circle.

Unbelievably, “Real in Rio” is the first tune Mendes has ever written for a film and he loved the collaborative effort. “Writing for a movie is such team work,” the 71-year old says. He credits John Powell, who scored the movie, as the “glue that held everything together.”

Mendes, who lives in Los Angeles, found out about his nomination from the movie’s director, Carlos Saldanha, who also directed the three “Ice Age” films). Saldanha called him at 6 a.m. “He said to me, ‘Get your tux ready because you’re nominated’,” Mendes recalls. “This is the biggest honor one can have.” 

While there are plenty of people excised about only two songs receiving nominations for original song, Mendes says he wasn’t aware of the stringent new criteria put in place a few years ago until after he got nominated.

And even though his temperament seems as easy going as his music, he will allow that “it would have been nice” to play the song on the Feb. 26 telecast.  Neither of the two nominated tunes will be performed. “Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen,” he says. “It would have been a great opportunity. It’s a song we’ve been performing in our shows. We get a tremendous reaction.” 

But even the exclusion can’t get him flustered. “Who am I to judge? Everyone has their own priority. I’m sure the people on the television part have their own concerns. Why make a big thing out of it? Let’s enjoy our lives.”

It’s a big month for Mendes: on Feb. 10, he performed “The Fool On The Hill” in front of the song’s co-author, Paul McCartney, at The Recording Academy’s annual MusiCares dinner. Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 took the song to No. 6 on the Billboard pop charts in 1968.

“I’d never played in front of him before,” Mendes says. “It was wonderful, a magical evening...I recorded that song in 1968 and we’re in 2012 and I’ve played that song everywhere in the world. It’s one song that I never took out of the repertoire.” That and, of course, Mendes’ signature song “Mas  Que Nada” (written by Jorge Ben), which also appears in “Rio” in a new version.

For Mendes, introducing the music of his native Brazil to people around the world, whether it’s in film or in concert, never gets old...even after 50 years. This year, he’ll play in Asia and Europe, as well as in Brazil.  “That’s where I was born, those are my roots. It’s something that I love,” he says. “It’s wonderful to hear people in different countries singing your songs.

Check out "Real In Rio" here.

Follow Melinda Newman on Twitter @HitFixMelinda

<p>B.o.B.</p>

B.o.B.

Listen: B.o.B.'s new track, 'So Good' featuring... no one

Atlanta rapper eschews the big names for his next single

B.o.B. has the cure for the winter doldrums with his new single “So Good.” On the mid-tempo swayer, he and his lady are getting away from it all.

Unlike some the rappers’ other singles, like “Airplanes” featuring Paramore’s Hayley Williams or “Magic” featuring Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, there’s no high-profile guest featured on the Ryan Tedder-produced track (although the OneRepublic frontman may have taken no credit and could be part of the backing vocals). Instead, there’s a background chorus, whose “La-la-las” give the song and even breezier appeal.

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<p>LMFAO</p>

LMFAO

Watch: LMFAO's 'Sorry For Party Rocking' video with a special guest

Zebras and cops are all down with Sky Blu and Redfoo

You know what? I don’t think LMFAO is remotely apologetic for party rocking. At least not by the likes of the new video for “Sorry For Party Rocking.”  I also am not so sure how much the Redfoo and Sky Blu’s electro-pop anthems lend themselves to complicated linear plot lines, so the duo wisely keeps the hijinks light.

The clip opens with an fake old couple reminiscent of The Ropers from “Three’s Company” or Al and Peg Bundy from “Married With Children,” in that the wife wants some action, but the husband is not in the mood.  He goes over to the party house to get them to turn the noise down, but, of course, no one, even the cops, are about to stop the music.

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Listen: Rihanna and Chris Brown on not one, but two, remixes
Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Listen: Rihanna and Chris Brown on not one, but two, remixes

The duo pairs up for 'Birthday Cake' and 'Turn Up The Music'

So what’s worse than Chris Brown and Rihanna reuniting for one remix? How about the fact that they reunited for two remixes.  Just in case we didn’t get the hint that she had forgiven him for bashing her about three years ago, Rihanna not only had Brown appear on the remix of “Birthday Cake,” from her album “Talk That Talk,” but she showed up on a remix of his song “Turn Up The Music” on Monday.

And wait, it gets even better! Monday was Rihanna's birthday!

On the salacious “Birthday Cake” Remix, which has been stretched by nearly two minutes from the short version that appears on the album,  Brown comes in around 1:15 with the phase “Girl I want to fuck you right now/I’ve been missing your body.” 

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