<p>The cover of Mac Miller's &quot;Blue Slide Park&quot;</p>
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The cover of Mac Miller's "Blue Slide Park"

Mac Miller pushes Justin Bieber out of the top spot on next week's Billboard 200

Indie rapper will handily trump the other newcomers, including 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn.'

Mac Miller is getting ready to take over the world, or at least the Billboard 200, next week as the rapper’s “Blue Slide Park,” on indie Rostrum, looks like a lock for No. 1 with projected sales of 180,000 copies.

Haven’t heard of him? His video for  “Donald Trump” has already garnered more than 34 million views on YouTube and he was the subject of a Billboard cover story a few weeks back.

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<p>Coldplay, one of the acts impacted by the EMI sale</p>
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Coldplay, one of the acts impacted by the EMI sale

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What EMI's sale means to artists, songwriters and you

The home of Katy Perry, Coldplay and Lady Antebellum comes off the block

Remember when there were six major record companies? I do. And it wasn’t that long ago. As of today (pending approvals), we’re down to three.

Embattled EMI Group, which has been waiting for a suitor, any suitor, to pluck it out of Citigroup’s hands following the Terra Firma fiasco, is being divvied up into two pieces:  Vivendi’s Universal Music Group will buy the recording division for $1.9 billion, while Sony/ATV has purchasing the publishing assets for $2.2 billion.

Warner Music Group, which, itself, was sold earlier this year to Access Industries, and which had danced around EMI for years, took itself out of the running for EMI’s recorded music arm the last week. EMI CEO Roger Faxon tried very hard to have the whole company sold as one piece and to remain a stand-alone business, as its recent sales have allowed. Not this time.

So what happens next? First off, these things never run smoothly so expect some hitches. While at Billboard, I witnessed both Universal’s then-parent Seagram’s purchase of Polygram in 1998 (for $10.4 billion, by the way) and the Sony/BMG merger, which started in 2004, and culminated in Sony buying out BMG in 2008. They are bloody messes even in the best of times. 

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<p>(Old) Katy Perry in &quot;The One That Got Away&quot;</p>
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(Old) Katy Perry in "The One That Got Away"


Watch: 5 Things we learned from Katy Perry's 'One That Got Away' video

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Do she and Diego Luna burn too brightly to last?

Katy Perry's video for "The One That Got Away" debuted today and it's a dramatic testament to a love that ends, but never, ever dies. Perry, love interest Diego Luna, and director Floria Sigismondi throw in cliches aplenty here.At least she's not pregnant when the break-up occurs...maybe in a sequel.  Here was our take away.

1) Perry will look like “Titanic”-era Gloria Stewart when she ages. The video opens with Perry made up as an elderly woman, a very well-heeled one at that, with a halo of white hair and blazing blue eyes. The similarity to Stewart is striking as she reflects back on her lover who “got away.”

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Listen: Rihanna gets sexy and sweet on 'You da One'
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Listen: Rihanna gets sexy and sweet on 'You da One'

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Is the Dr. Luke-produced track headed to No. 1? Duh....

I like the sweet Rihanna. And we get her in abundance on new single, “You da One.”  With “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris still bouncing at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Rihanna switches from the pulsating electro-pop of that opening salvo from  “Talk That Talk,” to dub-sweetened pop.

The mid-tempo swayer is anchored by an insistent beat and a cascading chorus with an adorable stutter step. Rihanna has it bad for a boy who supports her and doesn’t let her run away from love. And before she knows it, she’s hooked and she’s dreaming about him "all da-a-a-ay.”

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<p>&nbsp;Lauren Alaina</p>

 Lauren Alaina

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Lauren Alaina set for National Anthem for Lions/Packers Thanksgiving game

Did fans succeed in tossing Nickelback out?

Nickelback may not pass muster with Detroit fans, but they seem to have no trouble with “American Idol”  season 10 runner up Lauren Alaina.

The country singer, whose album “Wildflower” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, will warble the National Anthem at the Detroit Lions/Green Bay Packers game on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24.

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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Rihanna stays at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 with 'We Found Love'

Will LMFAO take over the top spot next week?

Rihanna finds the top of the Billboard 100 for the second consecutive week as “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris remains at No. 1 on the singles chart.

The big question is will “Love” have the juice to hold the top spot for another week and fend off LMFAO’s”Sexy and I Know It,” which rises 3-2, swapping places with Adele’s “Someone Like You.” "Love," Rihanna's 11th No. 1, is the first single from "Talk That Talk," out Nov. 21. The singer will reveal "You da One,"  the second single from the set on Nov. 11 on her Facebook page.

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<p>Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were one of the highlights of this year's CMA Awards.</p>

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were one of the highlights of this year's CMA Awards.

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The best and worst, worst, worst of the 2011 CMA Awards

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We review the highlights and the many lowlights

Is it still 2011? The 45th annual CMA Awards just wrapped and as they showed shots from the opening musical numbers over the closing credits, they seemed so long ago that I’d forgotten they’d taken place.

Before I unleash here, let’s get it straight that I love country music. I grew up in the south, went to college in Nashville and started my career there, so these criticisms aren’t coming from some left coaster who has an elite disdain and instant dismissiveness for the genre so prevalent in people  in Los Angeles and New York. Plus, I have greatly enjoyed the CMA Awards in years past.

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Watch: Bruno Mars' new video for 'It Will Rain'
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Watch: Bruno Mars' new video for 'It Will Rain'

Do 'Twilight's' Bella and Edward make an appearance?

We know Bruno Mars is smooth and all, but we do not remotely see him as the kind of guy who would screen one of the “Twilight” movies while making seksi time with his lady, but film placements make us all do crazy things as we see in the video for “It Will Rain,” which premiered on MTV today.

Mars is the big pop name on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” soundtrack (read our review here). “It Will Rain” has the dated feel of a song from the ‘80s, perhaps because of the drum track. It sounds more appropriate for “Against All Odds,” although we’re pretty sure Phil Collins is not about to let his song be stripped out of that monster. (The song also has a few chord changes that remind of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” but maybe that’s just me).

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Bob Seger talks Tom Waits, Tom Cruise, Leonard Cohen, and Civil Wars

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on his new greatest hits set and tour

Bob Seger laughs often and for good reason. At 66, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s legacy is secure and so any career move now is a victory lap. Seger, who still tours sporadically, is on the  second leg of his tremendously successfully 2011 arena outing. On Nov. 21, Capitol will release Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s “Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets,” a 2-CD collection of his greatest tunes, as well as a few new tracks, including a cover of Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train.” Additionally, Seger is working on a new studio album, his first since 2006’s “Face the Promise.”

Seger's music has been around my whole life, and while I enjoyed many of his hits in real time, it wasn't until the last five or so years that I really started to appreciate his music and the solidness of it, and how well it has worn. Seger was always about straight-up rock and roll, so listening back to his songs through the years, there's no awkward new-wave or disco stage. OK, there is "Shakedown," but for the most part, it's an enduring, quality slab of rock that's build on big Midwestern shoulders. It's gritty and comforting at the same time.

Hitfix talked to Seger during a conference call with a handful of reporters on Tuesday. He was friendly and chatty during the hour-long call, answering anything we wanted to ask. Below are the highlights (or should we call them “Silver Bullet" points) from the interview.

His new studio album: Earlier this year, he told Rolling Stone that he was working on a new album that would probably consist of six new tunes and six older songs, but the good news is that he’s feeling in a writing mood. “I’m going to start writing [again] when this tour is over. The first of the year, until the end of March. I think it’s going to be all new songs. I have other plans for the old songs.” A potential tune on the forthcoming album is a new song, “Hannah,” which features Sheryl Crow and his long-time buddy Kid Rock.  He discussed two other new songs: “Ride Out,”  which “covers so many subjects... pinched into a small area. Line to line it goes to a different subject. It’s pretty bizarre and I really like it” and “Wonderland,” which is about the multiverse. “It’s my way of getting a little science in there... I’m a big science fan.”

What he enjoys most about touring now:
His greatest satisfaction comes from being surrounded by his longtime friends. “I really enjoy being with the people I play with. That’s a big part of it. I love my crew, the band, we just move through the country like an army”...It’s a celebration every time we go out there. There aren’t any bad nights any more.” As you may have noticed, he tends to only tour in the fall and winter. Incredulous as it may seem, that is dictated by the schedule of  his drummer, Don Brewer.  “I can only get my drummer in the winter, he plays with Grand Funk all summer.” 

His favorite song to play live:
“‘Hollywood Nights.’ I think Don Brewer would agree with me. It’s just a train. He plays it great and we really look forward to that every night.”

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<p>Madonna</p>

Madonna

Listen: Is this really Madonna's new single, 'Give Me All Your Love?'

Updated: Her manager weighs in

A  supposed demo of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Love” showed up on the internet today. But the question remains whether it is a true version of the song or some red herring.
 
Madonna’s long-time rep is playing a little coy. When we asked her to comment or confirm this was indeed Madonna and the first single from her 2012 album, she answered “It sounds great. Can’t wait to hear the real version.” While that may sound like a denial, it may be or it may not be. It could simply be her way of letting us know that there’s even a better, final version coming down the pike. Madonna's appearing at an event in New York on Nov. 12, and Billboard reports that she may be at a New York fashion show tonight as well, so the time is perfect to spring this track on us.

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