<p>Casey Abrams walks the red carpet at last year's &quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Casey Abrams walks the red carpet at last year's "American Idol" finale.

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UPDATED: 'American Idol's' Casey Abrams and Stefano Langone sign record deals

Who did they sign with and when can we expect new music?

Casey Abrams has signed with Concord Music Group. The “American Idol” season 10 finalist will release his debut album this summer.

Abrams’ linking with Concord Music Group marks the second signing of a contestant from last season to a non-Universal Music Group-owned label. UMG has the first right of refusal on the finalists. So far, UMG has snatched up at least five of the season’s finalists: Pia Toscano and Haley Reinhart  are both on Interscope, while Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina are on Mercury Nashville.

Both McCreery and Alaina have released their albums. We’re still waiting for sets from the others.  James Durbin released his post-”Idol” album, “Memories of a Beautiful Disaster,” via Wind-Up Records in November.  Paul McDonald self-released a single with wife Nikki Reed.

The press release announcing Abrams’ deal highlights his love of such artists as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Oscar Peterson, so we have a feeling that the debut may focus more on Abrams’ jazzy, traditional side.

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UPDATED: Fellow season 10 finalist Stefano Langone has signed with Hollywood Records

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<p>Paul McCartney's &quot;Kisses on the Bottom&quot;</p>

Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom"

Paul McCartney reveals album title and track listing: 'Kisses on the Bottom'

The Beatle gets a little cheeky

Paul McCartney is really getting cheeky with the title of his new album,  “Kisses on the Bottom.”

Before you get all skeeved out (What? Too late?), the title comes from a line in Fats Wallers’ 1935 hit, “I’m Gonna Sit Write Down and Write Myself A Letter,” in which he describes that he’s going to close the letter with “a lot of kisses on the bottom.”  Yeah, it’s still a little gross.

Anyway, as we’ve previously reported, the McCartney album, out Feb. 7, includes standards that McCartney grew up listening to as well as two new originals, “My Valentine” and “Only Our Hearts.”

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<p>The Shins' James Mercer</p>

The Shins' James Mercer


Listen: The Shins' new single, 'Simple Song' from album 'Port of Morrow'

Band sets first tour dates for 2012

The Shins’ myriad influences bleed all over their new single, “Simple Song,” the first from new album “Port of Morrow.”

Head Shin James Mercer realigned the band over the last few years and this iteration provides some muscle and a little more heft. Hence, after opening with a very melodic Brian Wilson-esque feel, the tune grabs onto a Who-like guitar and drum rift before adding a sparkly glockenspiel later on. There’s a lot going on musically, but it never gets messy. It’s charming and it’s also about four songs in one.

The song, which streams for free today before going on sale on iTunes tomorrow, is about his girlfriend Mercer revealed when he first unveiled it at a small Shins concert last month.  “I know that things can really get rough when you go it alone, don’t go thinking you gotta be tough and play like a stone,” he sings over a cascading piano.

[More after the jump...]

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Coachella line-up coming this week. Will Radiohead and Black Keys be on the bill?
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Coachella line-up coming this week. Will Radiohead and Black Keys be on the bill?

The festival drops major hints about who's playing

Look for Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to announce its 2012 line up very soon. The festival changed its Twitter feed photo to a screen stating “Next Week” on Friday. Plus, over the last several days, the festival has been teasing potential acts via linking to their videos.

So far, we’ve gotten and ever since then has been posting videos of potential bands who could play the fest. So far, we’ve gotten videos from Jimmy Cliff, Azealia Banks, Araab Muzik, Breakbot and, just a few minutes ago, Housse de Racket.

They’ve been followed by #Coachella2012. That’s a pretty big hint.

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<p>&nbsp;Norah Jones and her Little Willies bandmates</p>

 Norah Jones and her Little Willies bandmates

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Album Review: The Little Willies featuring Norah Jones soar on sophomore set

Torch and twang combine with great musicianship on 'For The Good Times'

It has taken the Little Willies six years to follow up its self-titled debut with “For The Good Times,” but the quintet, fronted by Norah Jones, has only improved with age.

The band name is, of course, a slightly naughty moniker, but the official explanation is that it comes from the members’ unabashed adoration for all things Willie Nelson, and his compadres...And let’s face it, the Little Merles wouldn’t have provided the same giggle value.

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<p>Adele's &quot;21&quot;</p>
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Adele's "21"

Will Adele make it 15 weeks atop the Billboard 200?

Rihanna, Nickelback and Drake stay in the top 10

Adele’s success continues as “21” is poised to spend its 15th week at No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200.

With projected sales of up to 130,000 copies, “21” is far ahead of Drake’s “Take Care,” which will likely stay at No. 2 with 50,000 units.  Most of the titles from this week’s Billboard 200 Top 10 stay firmly entrenched in the upper tier although there’s some shifting of positions. Young Jeezy’s “TM 103: Hustler Ambition” likely falls one spot to No. 4, as Black Keys’ “El Camino” rises four spots to No. 3 with sales of 45,000.

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<p>Lauren Alaina</p>
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Lauren Alaina

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Watch: 'American Idol's' Lauren Alaina shows off her 'Georgia Peaches'

She struts her stuff in new video

“American Idol” Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina struts her way through the new video for her second single, “Georgia Peaches.” The bona-fide peach —she’s from Rossville, Ga.—is also eager to show off her taut tummy in a midriff-bearing shirt.

Flanked by her BFFs, she heads into a diner to celebrate her southern sassiness. Not much happens other than a bus boy, dressed in a white outfit and hat out of the ‘50s, takes over the aisle between the booths to burst into a semi-break dance.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Kelly Clarkson during &quot;VH1 Divas&quot;</p>

Kelly Clarkson during "VH1 Divas"

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Kelly Clarkson, Ne-Yo and Miranda Lambert join 'The Voice' as 'advisors'

Plus, the final work on the Clarkson/Ron Paul sales bump

“The Voice” coaches will get a little help from their musical friends on season two as the talent search series.

Kelly Clarkson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jewel, Miranda Lambert (also known   as Mrs. Blake Shelton), Lionel Richie,  Alanis Morisette, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke will join Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine as “advisors.”

Similarly to “American Idol,” which brings in big names to mentor acts (who then usually have to sing songs from that act’s catalog), the musicians will lend their considerable knowledge to contestants during the “battle rounds” of competition.

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<p>Jack White</p>

Jack White

Jack White and Tom Jones join forces for new single

New Third Man Records set features a cover of a Howlin' Wolf song

There are some artists who seem to just get hipper as they get older and Jack White seems to connect with each one of them.

First it was Loretta Lynn and then Wanda Jackson. Now, White has linked with Tom Jones, whom we were just raving about in our list of top concerts of 2011.

White recently told Mojo (via twentyfourbit) that the latest 45  from his label, Third Man Records, will be Jones performing “Jezebel”and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Evil (Is Going On).”  White told the British magazine, “He impressed the shit out of everybody.”  The single comes out March 5.

The recording would seem to be part of Third Man Records’ Blue Series, which may also include re-issues (in conjunction with Document Records) of some of the blues masters who influenced White, including Blind Willie McTell and Charley Patton.

Next up for White: he'll appear on The History Channel's "American Pickers" on Monday, Jan. 9., as the show visits Third Man Records in Nashville. Apparently, there's a little bargaining going on as White tries to barter the phone booth used in a Dead Weather video for, as a press release states, "one of the most memorable treasures ever to appear on the show."

In other Jones news, he will be one of the four coaches when the U.K. launches its own version of "The Voice" this Spring. The knighted Welshman will join Jessie J, The Script frontman Danny O'Donoghue and Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am.

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<p>Dave Grohl</p>

Dave Grohl

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl joins the Ratt Pack

Grohl teams with Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini for new track

There’s no telling whom Dave Grohl will team up with next. The Foo Fighters leader is now headed into the studio with Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini.

Ratt lead singer Pearcy tweeted today: “Warren and I are doing a song for a project with @foofightersDave. We’ll let him tell you about when he’s ready kidz. Not for a RATT record.” Don't bother looking for an update from Grohl's Twitter page: the last tweet is from 2009.

The Foos are still mining tracks from their excellent Grammy-nominated 2011 album “Wasting Light,” which made my list of top 10 albums of 2011.  Pearcy’s latest solo album, “Sucker Punch,” will come out later this year. Ratt’s last album, “Infestation,” was released in 2010, but Pearcy also tweeted today that he is set to demo songs for a new Ratt record next week


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