<p>Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber</p>

Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber

Are Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne making beautiful music together?

The rapper and the teen idol hang out in the studio

Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne... it was bound to happen. Bieber, the teen idol that all rappers love to work with, would appear to be collaborating with Weezy for the Bieb’s next studio album.

Believe,” Bieber’s next project following his No. 1 Christmas set “Under the Mistletoe,” also features production work from Timbaland and Sean Garrett, but Bieber, who is updating fans constantly via Twitter, seems especially excited about Lil Wayne.  Wednesday he tweeted “Good time in the studio last night. Back at it tonight... oh yeah...and big bro came through...and when I say big bro I mean @LilTunchi”  Lil Tunchi is Lil Wayne.

It's unclear from the Tweet whether Lil Wayne, who just released his video for “Mirror,” came by to chat, skateboard or actually work on the album.

Anyway, a little after midnight (this kid’s up way too late!), Bieber tweeted again that he was “in the studio writing for #17million strong!!!” It’s a reference to his fan base: Bieber has accumulated more than 17 million Twitter followers.

As Billboard reported, Lil Wayne is just the latest rapper to join the cast of Beliebers:  Bieber’s previously worked with Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Kanye West and Raekwon.

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<p>Carrie Underwood</p>

Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood sets release date for her fourth studio album

The set still doesn't have a name, but at least we know when we can buy it

It’s been more than two years since the release of Carrie Underwood’s last album, “Play On,” but the drought is almost over: The “American Idol” winner’s fourth studio set will come out May 1.

The album’s title has yet to be announced—Heaven forbid in this blogging age that any artist dare leak out more than one tidbit of info at a time—but we do know that the first single from the Mark Bright-produced set will be “Good Girl.”  “I’m so excited, I love this song, I think it’s going to blow you guys away!,” Underwood somewhat awkwardly announced via video on her website last week.

Since her 2005 debut, ‘‘Some Hearts,” Underwood has sold more than 13 million albums and won five Grammys.

You can catch Underwood next on Saturday when the Grant Ole Opry member appears with Steven Tyler on a special Super Bowl edition of CMT’s “Crossroads” taped live from Indianapolis.

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<p>The Boss</p>

The Boss

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band added to Grammy Awards

Who else gets added to the big show?

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are the latest act to join the parade of performers for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12. Are they nominated? No, they didn’t release an album during the eligibility period, but Bruce is The Boss, after all, and he and the E Street Band have a new album, “Wrecking Ball” coming out March 6.  The news comes on top of Springsteen's plans to play the Apollo Theater on March 8.

He joins Katy Perry, who was announced yesterday, and Adele, who was announced on Monday,  as well a such previously announced performers as  Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson; Glen Campbell with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton; Coldplay and Rihanna; Foo Fighters; Bruno Mars; Paul McCartney; Nicki Minaj; Katy Perry; and Taylor Swift.

Additionally, Jack Black, Fergie, ?uestlove and Ringo Starr have been added as presented. Previously announced presenters include Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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<p>David Lee Roth with Eddie Van Halen in the background during a New York City performance on Jan. 5.</p>

David Lee Roth with Eddie Van Halen in the background during a New York City performance on Jan. 5.

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Live Review: Van Halen turns it up during Los Angeles private show

Have they still got what it takes?

As Van Halen drew “She’s The Woman” —a tune on the quartet’s Feb. 7 album, “A Different Kind of Truth”—to a close during the group’s secret show Wednesday night on the Henson Studios lot in Los Angeles, Eddie Van Halen crossed behind David Lee Roth so the two ended up face to face when the song came to its cold stop.

Standing only a few feet apart, they looked at each other and both broke into wide, maniacal grins, so obviously delighted to be back on stage and in front of an adoring audience.

And so it went for much of the hour-long show. As rough and ragtag as some spots were, there was never a moment when it felt like the band, rounded out by Van Halen’s son Wolfgang on bass and his brother Alex Van Halen on drums, was phoning it in. For all the drama and demons that have chased the group during its fractured  40 years off stage, the state of the Van Halen union felt strong when they stood on stage together.

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Adele and Kelly Clarkson duke it out for the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100
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Adele and Kelly Clarkson duke it out for the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100

Which artist is 'Stronger?'

Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” is strong enough to hold off Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” for the top spot on the Billboard 100, although Clarkson’s song is gaining momentum.

This marks “Fire’s” second week at No. 1, as Adele’s “21,” which features “Fire,” spends its 18th non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

“Stronger” leaps 8-2 on the Hot 100, as well as climbs 3-1 on the Digital Songs chart. It is the "American Idol" winner's second No. 1 on the digital chart, following “My Life Would Suck Without You," according to Billboard.

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<p>Don Cornelius</p>
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Don Cornelius

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An Appreciation: Looking back on 'Soul Train' and Don Cornelius

A southern, surburban, white kid's reflections

As a suburban white kid in Raleigh, N.C., I grew up on “American Bandstand,” but when I wanted to feel cool, I’d watch “Soul Train.” Not only was the opening, which involved an animated train coming ‘round the tracks simultaneously iconic and goofy (we all imitated the “Soooooouuulllll Train” announcer, who tried to replicate a train whistle),  the dancing was amazing and the musical guests were often sublime.

So it was with great sadness that I woke up today to hear of "Soul Train" founder/host Don Cornelius’s passing, which early reports are indicating was a suicide.  It always seems especially poignant when someone who brought so much happiness to others’ lives can’t find the same in his own.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry joins list of performers for Grammys and MusiCares

Is Perry in talks to star in a 3D documentary?

Katy Perry has been added to the list of nominated performers who will appear on the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards. She joins previously announced performers Adele, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Glen Campbell with the Band Perry and Blake Shelton; Coldplay and Rihanna; Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.

Among the newly-announced presenters are Dierks Bentley, Drake, Miranda Lambert and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Additionally, the Recording Academy released the slew of artists who will honor Paul McCartney two nights prior to the Grammy Awards at the annual MusiCares  Person of the Year dinner. Comedian Eddie Izzard will host the evening, which will feature performances from Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, James Taylor, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, and Sir Paul himself. Also on the bill will be the cast of the Beatles’ “Love”/Cirque Du Soleil show, Duane Eddy, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss and Union Station and Sergio Mendes.

Given Krall’s involvement and that Tommy LiPuma is the evening’s musical director, chances are McCartney will be performing material from his Feb. 7 album of standards, “Kisses on the Bottom” (Krall and LiPuma co-produced the set).

McCartney will also perform on the Grammys on Feb. 12. Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich told Billboard that McCartney will perform “My Valentine,” one of the two originals on “Kisses.”

In other Katy Perry news, the singer is in discussions with Paramount and Imagine Entertainment to create a 3D film based on her career, similar to “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.


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Watch: Lil Wayne paints his pain in video for 'Mirror' with Bruno Mars

Watch: Lil Wayne paints his pain in video for 'Mirror' with Bruno Mars

There's plenty of symbolism here to decipher

Lil Wayne is exorcising some psychic pain in his new video for “Mirror.”

The song, from the deluxe version of “Tha Carter IV,” is the closest we generally get to a ballad from Lil Wayne, who even invokes Michael Jackson, when he says “No message could be any clearer, so I’m starting with the man in the .... “ then adds, “MJ taught me that.”

The Antoine Fuqua-directed video opens with a close up of Lil Wayne’s closed eyes, tattooed with “Fear” on his right eyelid and “God” on his left lid. That camera then caresses slowly down his painted torso. A shirtless Wayne begins created some unseen masterpiece as red paint, symbolizing red blood, spills in rivulets.

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<p>Nicki MInaj in &quot;Turn Me On&quot;</p>

Nicki MInaj in "Turn Me On"

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Watch: David Guetta builds the perfect beast with Nicki Minaj in 'Turn Me On' video

Minaj comes to life, but has monstrous thoughts

David Guetta and Nicki Minaj continue on their winning ways. After their success with “Where Them Girls At,” they’re at it again with “Turn Me On” from Guetta’s “Nothing But the Beat.”

The Sanji-direced video for the smash came out today and it’s a fun, somewhat literal interpretation with Guetta as a Dr. Frankenstein of sorts and Minaj as his finest creation brought to life, as she sings, “Make me come to life, come on and turn me on.”

In the depths of his 19th century labratory, Guetta is turning shiny steel into human-like figures, some of whom turn into real live girls and boys, although the nude ones have a Barbie and Ken doll kind of genitalia (still, this video probably is NSFW). Only one of them has pink hair! Guess who?

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Garbage sets release date for 'Not Your Kind of People'

Shirley Manson-fronted band adds tour dates

Garbage may have last released an album before the advent of Facebook and Twitter, but the band has certainly caught on to leaking out news about its new set bit by bit by bit via the world wide webs.

Last week came news of the launch of Garbage's own label and a Spring release date. Now, we get the release date and more tour dates.

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