<p>Jay Z</p>
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Jay Z

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Jay-Z set to headline Carnegie Hall's first hip-hop series

The two shows will benefit education in New York

Jay Z will be headline two shows at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Feb. 6-7.  The two concerts are benefits for the United Way and Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation (Carter is Jay Z’s real name).

“It’s every artists dream to play a venue as legendary as Carnegie Hall,” said Jay Z in a statement. “The fact that I can use the arts and my talent to benefit the education of the next generation of artist, entrepreneurs and great thinkers makes for a legendary night. I’m proud to be a part of the continuing work of United Way of New York City and expanding the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.”

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Watch: Willow Smith and Nicki Minaj ignite on 'Fireball'
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Watch: Willow Smith and Nicki Minaj ignite on 'Fireball'

The pair take to the streets in Hype Williams-directed clip

It’s safe to say that lack of confidence will not ever be an issue with little Willow Smith, the spawn of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.  Really, what other 11-year old has the cojones to start her video in the same style as the legendary opening credits from “Star Wars?”

The Hype Williams-directed “Fireball” featuring, of course, Nicki Minaj, debuted on B.E.T.’s “”106th and Park” on Wednesday.  Smith continues on in her Rihanna mini-me mode in her spoken/sung delivery, although this song, to keep it in “Star Wars” parlance, is from a galaxy far far away from “Whip My Hair” and a far better one at that. (Musically, however, the song features the same military beat as "Run The World (Girls)" from Beyonce).

[More after the jump...]

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<p>LMFAO</p>

LMFAO

Rihanna makes it 6 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, LMFAO isn't laughing

Kayne West and Jay-Z score their first top 10 from 'Watch the Throne'

It’s a very familiar picture by now. For the sixth week in a row, Rihanna’s “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris tops the Billboard Hot 100 and leaves LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” in the runner-up slot for the fifth week.

That means “Sexy” has been a bridesmaid for the longest time frame since Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” got stuck at No. 2 for seven weeks in 2009-2010, according to Billboard.

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<p>Afghan Whigs</p>

Afghan Whigs

Afghan Whigs reform for ATP's 'I'll Be Your Mirror,' Guided By Voices out

Band will headline London and Asbury Park events

The Afghan Whigs will play their first show in 13 years when the Greg Dulli-led band reunites for All Tomorrow’s Parties “I’ll Be Your Mirror” festival  at London’s Alexandra Palace  on May 27.

The revered Cincinnati band  are taking the slot that had been held by Guided By Voices, who cancelled because they broke up and have cancelled all 2012 (and we presume beyond that) bookings.

Other performers during the May 25-27 festival, curated by Mogwai and ATP, include Slayer, Sleep, Mudhoney, Yuck, the Melvins, and a reunited Codeine.  Newly added are The Archers of Loaf and Chavez, who reformed last year.

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<p>The Beastie Boys no longer have to fight for their right to be in the Rock n'Roll Hall of Fame.</p>

The Beastie Boys no longer have to fight for their right to be in the Rock n'Roll Hall of Fame.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame picks Guns N' Roses, RHCP, Beastie Boys

Better luck next year: Heart, Joan Jett, Donna Summer and the Cure

Welcome to the Rock Hall, baby: the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will will induct Guns N’ Roses as one of its six honorees for the class of 2012.

Joining them will be the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, ‘60s folksinger Donovan, singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, and the Small Faces.

An artist is eligible 25 years after his or her first album or single  comes out.

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<p>'Lioness'</p>

'Lioness'

Album Review: Amy Winehouse's 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures'

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Is it a fitting finale to her sad story?

In what has become a depressing rite of passage, we can almost always count on a posthumous album or two (or 200, if you’re Tupac) within months of an artist’s death.

This time, sadly, it’s Amy Winehouse’s turn. Winehouse died July 23 of alcohol poisoning. Out today, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,” compiles 12 previously unreleased songs, alternative versions and a few cover tunes recorded over the past nine years, including her last recording session with Tony Bennett on “Body & Soul.” So the question is which of these tunes are treasures and which should have remained hidden?

The album opens with Winehouse’s 2002 reggae-tinged version of Ruby & The Romantics‘ 1963 hit “Our Day Will Comes,” and with good reason. It’s the track where Winehouse sounds most coherent. It’s a lively, jaunty remake that showcases Winehouse’s love and connection to the singers from the ‘50s and ‘60s and her uncanny intuitiveness when it comes to capturing the sassiness and longing so prevalent in the female pioneers.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Watch: Christmas roundup with Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, MMJ and more

Plus your daily dose of Bah! Humbug! from Diamond Rugs and Sunny Sweeney

Admit it. You wanted a Santa Claus who knows how to pop and lock for Christmas, didn’t you? Well, look no further, because everyone’s favorite holiday elf, Justin Bieber, has just delivered one to your internet stocking. In his new video for “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” the toys, Santa’s helpers, and Kris Kringle himself are all breaking into head spins.

The only one who looks like he isn’t having a good time is Mr. Under the Mistletoe himself. In his 8,000th holiday video this week, Bieber seems very concerned and intense about Santa Claus’s arrival or maybe the steampunk glove he’s wearing is just a little too tight.

The live action video, embedded below, is the second from Bieber for “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”; the first was an animated clip to accompany “Arthur Christmas.” Arthur makes a few very unobtrusive drop in for this video, but otherwise, knows to stay the hell out of the kitchen. Given that this arrangement follows the Jacksons’ version, there is a very sweet little homage to the group. See if you can figure it out.

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<p>Ke$ha</p>

Ke$ha

Listen: Ke$ha only wants to dance with you on new single

Do you want to hear her sing?

Ke$ha is back and she wants to prove that she’s more than the girl who will vomit in your closet from drinking too much Jack and leave you to clean it up...as if that weren't enough.

On “Only Wanna Dance With You,” which has leaked all over the internet today, K-Dollar Sign-Ha sings the first portion of the bouncy, ‘80s sounding track for a good two minutes until she reverts to form and goes into a spoken bridge about “kicking it all night/hard-core making it until it gets light.” Listen to it here  (courtesy of Perez Hilton).

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<p>Madonna</p>

Madonna

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5 Steps to a perfect Madonna Superbowl Halftime show

Plus, listen to her new song, 'Masterpiece'

As had been long rumored, Madonna is indeed performing at Super Bowl XLVI's half-time show Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. Both the NFL and superstar confirmed the Material Girl’s appearance Sunday night.

What do we know? We know that she is collaborating with a team from Cirque du Soleil, so we can expect some wildly inventive and weird acrobatics to keep everyone entertained. She’s also partnering with Moment Factory, a company that produces multimedia events in strange spaces, whether it be outdoors or between buildings.

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<p>Skrillex</p>
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Skrillex

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Music Power Rankings: Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Skrillex and Pauly D make the list

We've got Tim and Tricky too

1) Michael Buble: Its only a few days into December, but he’s already looking like the winner of the Holiday sales derby. “Christmas” tops the Billboard 200 by the slimmest margin over Nickelback and it looks like it is there to stay until after Santa returns to the North Pole. Susan Boyle has just scratched him off her Christmas present list.

2) Skrillex: People are still saying “Who?” But at least now it’s following by “Who is that dude who got five Grammy nominations?” #thatsmrskrillextoyou

3) Bon Iver: Justin Vernon-led outfit surprisingly grabs song, record and best new artist nominations from the Grammys. I still have no idea what “Holocene” means.

4) Kanye West: He tops all Grammy nominees with seven nods, though we still believe he was robbed when it comes to no album of the year nomination and we’re pretty sure he does too.

5) Britney Spears: She turned 30 Dec. 2. Given that there were some plenty dark days there over the last few years where reaching that milestone was in no way guaranteed, we tip our hat to the pop princess.

6) Nicki Minaj: As if she weren’t plastic enough, the “Super Bass” artist gets her own Barbie Doll from Mattel. Of course, she refers to her fans as her Barbz and/or Barbies, but have the fine folks at Mattel actually listened her lyrics? They’re enough to make Ken blush. Then again, it’s all for charity, so no complaints here.

7) Tim McGraw: A judge rules in the country superstar’s effort to finally free himself from his contract with Curb Records. Curb’s response? They immediately issue a new single from McGraw....How soon before we see an eighth compilation of McGraw’s music from the label?

8) Tricky Stewart: Rumor has it that Epic Records is getting ready to name the uber-producer head of A&R. Will that take him off the market for any non-Epic act like Dr. Luke’s deal with Sony.

9) Elvis Costello: We don’t actually agree with his recommending that fans “steal” his forthcoming boxed set, but we love the fact that he’s steering them toward buying the new Louis Armstrong box set. Satchmo’s heirs say thanks.

10) Pauly D: The “Jersey Shore” dude signs a deal with 50 Cent’s G-Note and has toured with Britney Spears.  There may be a luckier SOB on the face of the earth, but I don’t know who it is...


 

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