Inside Music with Melinda Newman
Paul McCartney, Cee Lo, Kid Rock and My Morning Jacket also pay homage
Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys
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The Black Keys are among nearly 20 artists paying tribute to Buddy Holly on “Rave On Buddy Holly,” out June 28 on Fantasy/Concord.
Many of the acts covering the Texas music pioneer’s tunes weren’t even born (obvious exceptions are Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Graham Nash and Nick Lowe) when he perished in a plane crash in 1959 following a performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Also included on the set are Kid Rock, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Cee Lo Green, She & Him, Modest Mouse, Karen Elson, Jenny O, Justin Townes Earle, Fiona Apple & Jon Brion and the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas.
“Dearest,” which many folks may have first heard on the soundtrack to “Juno,” is, as the title suggests, a love song about growing old with someone. Sadly, in Holly’s case, it wasn’t to be true, as he died less than a year after getting married.
The Black Keys put a bit of a shuffling back beat into the tune, while keeping the tempo basically the same for the first verse before snazzing it up with more percussion.
What do you think?
'Rave On Buddy Holly' track listing:
1. "Dearest" - The Black Keys (2:06)
2. "Every Day" - Fiona Apple & Jon Brion (2:19)
3. "It's So Easy" - Paul McCartney (4:35)
4. "Not Fade Away - Florence + The Machine" (4:02)
5. "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care" - Cee Lo Green (1:31)
6. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" - Karen Elson (2:25)
7. "Rave On" - Julian Casablancas (1:55)
8. "I'm Gonna Love You Too" - Jenny O. (2:11)
9. "Maybe Baby" - Justin Townes Earle (2:06)
10. "Oh Boy" - She & Him (2:18)
11. "Changing All Those Changes" - Nick Lowe (1:41)
12. "Words Of Love" - Patti Smith (3:20)
13. "True Love Ways" - My Morning Jacket (3:25)
14. "That'll Be The Day" - Modest Mouse (2:15)
15. "Well...All Right" - Kid Rock (2:09)
16. "Heartbeat" -The Detroit Cobras (2:20)
17. "Peggy Sue" - Lou Reed (3:19)
18. "Peggy Sue Got Married" - John Doe (3:57)
19. "Raining In My Heart" - Graham Nash (3:30)
Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland also on tap
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Jason Aldean is not only the top nominee at this year's CMT Music Awards, he'll also be performing.
Fellow nominees Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland are also among the first performers announced for the show.
This marks the 10th anniversary of the fan-voted awards show. It will air live on Wednesday, June 8, from Nashville. Until then, fans can pick their favorites on CMT.com through June 7.
Aldean has four nominations, including a nod for video of the year. Lady A, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland have three nominations each and are competing against Aldean for the top prize. Urban is up for two awards, including male video of the year and CMT performance of the year.
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Will they debut it on 'American Idol' Thursday night?
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Call it the anti- “Lookin’ for a Good Time.” After extolling the virtues of one-night stands several singles ago, Lady Antebellum is now looking for something that lasts a little longer.
On “Just A Kiss,” the first single from the Grammy-winning trio’s forthcoming third album, innocence wins over passion as the couple decides to take it slow so we “don’t mess this thing up.”
One of the most appealing aspects of Lady Antebellum is the way Hilary Scott and Charles Kelley can wrap their vocals around each other as well as trade off verses to give both the male and female perspective. They do it winningly here. Musically (although not lyrically), the song is the same mid-tempo as “Hello World.” Quite frankly, we like their songs with a little more grit and tempo, like “Love Don’t Live Here” or “I Run To You,” but this is a good summer song for young lovers.
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Is her first solo album in 10 years worth the wait?
Part of Stevie Nicks’ great charm as a songwriter is that she seldom apologizes for her actions in her songs. Whether from her days in Fleetwood Mac or throughout her solo career, she’s concentrated on providing the listener with an insider’s view of her romantic entanglements —and what incredibly entanglements they’ve been— unfiltered by any judgments. It’s a rare, vulnerable trait that has only endeared her further to her millions of fans.
She’s not about to change now on “In Your Dreams,” her first solo album in 10 years out today (May 3).
In the first two songs on the album—first single “Secret Love” and “For What It’s Worth”—she’s involved with taken men. She neither gloats about her bewitching appeal nor recriminates herself for her actions. These are her stories and her feelings. Let others sort out the messiness of such complications.
There’s a lovely country-rock tinge to “For What It’s Worth,” the superior of the two tracks, which written with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell. “What you did was, well, you saved my life. I won’t forget it,” she sings, making the song about much more than an illicit affair.
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What happens with Rihanna and Lady Gaga
Katy Perry bounces back to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as “E.T.” featuring Kanye West rises 2-1 and displaces Rihanna’s “S&M.” It’s the tune’s fifth non-consecutive week at the top. “S&M” drops to No. 4.
The jump is likely due to Perry’s performance on “American Idol” last week , which propelled digital sales.
Adele, whose “21” hops back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, sees first single “Rolling in the Deep” rise 6-2. The Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough” stays at No. 3. Jeremih’s “Down On Me” falls 4-5.
Rounding out the top 10, Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Me” jumps 11-6. Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” and Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now,” flip positions as Lopez drops 7-8. Ke$ha’s “Blow” moves 12-9 and Cee Lo Green’s “F*** You” drops 10-5.
Lady Gaga’s “Judas” drops 10-12.
Is he without a label deal?
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Days after coming in off the road from his “Heart & Soul” tour with Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart was back in the studio, recording vocals for his forthcoming blues album with, as he calls him, “his former boss,” Jeff Beck.
The two are recording, “‘Rolling and Tumblin,’ ‘Shake Your Money Maker,’ all those old blues things,” Stewart told Hitfix Wednesday night at the ASCAP Pop Awards, where he was receiving the highest honor of the night, The Founders Award. The two are recording separately, just as they did when they worked together on Stewart’s “Infatuation” and Beck’s cover of “People Get Ready” years ago. But their history goes back more than 40 years to when Stewart was the vocalist on the Jeff Beck Group's seminal albums, “Beck-ola” and “Truth.”
The big question now is what label will the blues set come out on? Just as we were getting ready to interview Stewart, we overheard him tell The Hollywood Reporter's Shirley Halperin that he was out of contract with J Records, the home of his most recent, very successful “Great American Songbook” series. When we asked him about whom he'd record for next, he added, "Oh, I don't know. I don't worry about that. No, no, no." A J label rep said, “we don’t comment on contract negotiations.”
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Go print a t-shirt with your favorite 'flaw'
We may be the only ones who haven’t recorded our own version of “Born this Way” yet, so while we get cracking on that, check out “Glee’s” take on the soon-to-be Lady Gaga classic from last night’s 90-minute very special “Glee.”
The singing is fine, but the premise is a little weird and we still can’t figure out who Chris Colfer (i.e. Kurt) is channeling is his zombie-like opening. All the kids strip off jackets to reveal t-shirts emblazoned with a “flaw,” following an episode whose message was to accept yourself just as you are. We will say that Finn’s “Can’t Dance” t-shirt made us laugh, but Kurt’s “Likes Boys” was a surprising flaw choice -- unless it was to make the point that was why he got bullied so much originally.
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We catch up with him at the ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles
Adam Lambert at the 2010 ASCAP Pop Music Awards Show red carpet.
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Hitfix caught up with Adam Lambert on the red carpet at the ASCAP Pop Awards on Wednesday night as the “American Idol” runner-up was at the Los Angeles event to present his producer Max Martin with the songwriter of the year award.
Dapperly dressed and expertly coiffed, Lambert was friendly but coy when asked about his next album, which he says he’s been working on for about two months. He was more forthcoming about his pick to win “American Idol” this season and whose music he’s really feeling right now.
On how the new album is coming: I feel really creative right now. I feel good. I feel like everything’s going to come together and it’s going to be a great project.
On the sound: I don’t really know yet and I kind of don’t want to jinx it or give anything away. I think the most important thing for me to keep in mind as a songwriter and as a vocalist now is that my fans want to here my voice, first and foremost. And I think kind of our general rule in songwriting is that it has to come from the heart; it has to be real.
On producers: I have a bunch of producers lined up. It’s kind of a... we’re doing it that way. I’m working with a handful of different people, creating as much music as possible, and then when it comes to pick tracks for the album, we’ll narrow it down. Unfortunately, we’ll have to narrow it down.
On some of the specific people you’re working with: I’m not going to say. i’m keeping my eggs in my basket. There’s been a couple of producers who may have mentioned it on Twitter here and there, which is great, but I kind of want to keep it a surprise for everybody, it’s going to be really great.
On his favorite “American Idol” this season: Haley [Reinhart] is definitely my favorite Idol right now. I love the sound of her voice. The texture of it, musically her choices are incredible. I don’t even think people are realizing the things that she’s doing vocally and I think it’s because she’s so effortless about it. She isn’t trying too hard. She’s just there. She’s just embodying it. She’s so comfortable and to me that’s what a real star is.
On hitting 1 million Tweeter followers: That’s crazy, that’s so crazy. It’s weird to know that I can just pick up my cell phone and on a whim, write something and a million people are going to read it. It’s kind of dangerous.
On his favorite song right now: That Adele, “Someone like You” song, it cuts me right to the core. It’s so vulnerable and that’s the type of stuff that’s really inspiring right now. You know I love modern, electronic pop rock production, but at the heart of it I think the song needs to hit you in the heart.
On if he’d change anything on his first album: No, no. I think the first album is amazing. I’m really proud of it. That was my first time out. We did it really fast. It had a ton of momentum behind it and I got to explore my glam rock, you know, my glam rock self, my T-Rex/Bowie/Gary Glitter/Boy George self and this album is going to be an evolution.
Who wants the superstar to pay up?
Girls may run the world, according to Beyonce, but software developer Gate Five is suing the superstar for $100 million for allegedly running away from a dance video game.
In a summons dated April 26 (although it does not have an official court stamp, signifying it has been filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York), Gate Five alleges that last June, Beyonce breached her contract by “abruptly abandoning the lucrative joint venture she and Gate Five were pursuing to commercialize a video game called ‘Starpower: Beyonce.’” Gate Five accuses Beyonce of demanding greater compensation, and then pulling out of the project after her demands were not met. In doing so, Gate Five alleges it lost the $6.7 million it had already invested in the project as well as “more than $100 million in profits it would have earned had Ms. Carter honored the Agreement.” Throughout the summons, originally run on nymag.com, Gate Five refers to Beyonce by her married name.
In addition to monetary relief, Gate Five also wants an injunction against Beyonce linking with any other game manufacturer for a similar project.
Beyonce’s rep did not respond to a request for comment.
Easter promotions help albums hop up several rungs
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Fake television groups rule this week on the Billboard 200 this week. “Glee Presents the Warblers,” a soundtrack album featuring primarily the vocal talents of “Glee” stars Chris Colfer and Darren Criss, debuts at No. 2 this week with sales of 86,000. All previous “Glee” related sets have debuted in the top 10.
The Disney Channel’s soundtrack to made-for-TV movie “Lemonade Mouth” soars 18-4 in its second week on the chart thanks to repeated airings of the musical drama and a Target promotion, according to Billboard.
But the prime spoils belong to Adele, who pops back up to No. 1 with “21” again from No. 2. Thanks to Easter sales and continued pop airplay for first single, “Rolling in the Deep,” she sees a healthy sales increase as well, moving 153,000 units, up 65% from last week. Last week’s top seller, Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light” drops to No. 3
Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” hangs in there rising one spot to No. 6, propelled by sales pricing for the title at iTunes and Target. Target’s sales also helped notch increased sales for Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never,” which jumps 22-10, as well as Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E.,” which stays at No. 9, but sees a sales increase. A Best Buy promotion helps Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” slide 10-7.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Alison Krauss & Union Station’s “Paper Airplane,” which falls 3-6 and Paul Simon’s “So Beautiful or So What,” which moves 4-8.