Inside Music with Melinda Newman

Watch: Demurely dressed Lady Gaga performs 'You and I' for Carson Daly

She throws in a little 'Edge of Glory' as well

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga. Can’t. Stop. Working. Watch the below clip as she plays in the offices at Carson Daly’s Amp Radio Show for a radio broadcast.  The employees get to hang out in clearly the most intimate concert she’s given in a few years.

She starts with a little bit of “The Edge of Glory” before going into a stripped-down version of “You And I” with just her and a piano. That’s the way we first heard it when she debuted it last summer.

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Watch: OK Go contort into funny shapes for 'All Is Not Lost' video

Innovative group wears revealing green outfits with Pilobolus dance company

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I’m convinced that in the years to come, college courses will be taught on OK Go’s innovation. It’s not just their videos —although those are the most obvious example— but the group’s use of technology, interaction with their fans, and their ability to reinvent themselves are non-paralleled. Now that they are on their own following their split with EMI last year, the only constraints are time and money and they seem to have found ways to work around both.

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Listen: Lady Gaga talks Amy Winehouse and her new video for 'You and I'

Singer sounds remarkably sweet and relaxed during radio interview

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Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga stopped by Omaha radio station, KQCH 94.1, yesterday after shooting the video for new single “You & I,” and had very sweet things to say about Amy Winehouse.

“I never got to meet here,” Lady Gaga says. “I think sometimes we were in the same place. Gosh, I’m real devastated about it... I really remember being in New York. I was with Lady Starlight. She and I were in Duane Reade shopping for eyelashes and glue and I just remember I saw her on the cover of Rolling Stone. It was [her] first cover. I always felt like an outsider.. [Lady Starlight] looked over at me and said, ‘If she can do it, you can do it.’ I always felt like Amy opened a door for girls like me, who didn’t fit that exact, real pop, real wholesome...she was really special and she’ll be greatly missed.” The comments about Winehouse come in around the 7-minute mark.

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U2 and Pearl Jam docs will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

Watch 'PJ20' trailer; U2's 'From The Sky Down' opens the fest on Sept. 8



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Both U2 and Pearl Jam will have a strong presence at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall.
Davis Guggenheim’s “From The Sky Down,” which revisits the creation of U2’s 1991 seminal album, “Achtung Baby,” will open the festival on Sept. 8, according to the New York Times. The film will include both archival footage and fresh interviews as it examines the album’s legacy.

Cameron Crowe’s two-hour documentary spanning Pearl Jam’s career, “Pearl Jam Twenty,” will premiere at TIFF two days later on Sept. 10. The Oscar-winning director and journalist has followed the band since its inception; he draws upon more than 1,200 hours of old footage from before the band’s formation, as well as new interviews, to weave together Pearl Jam’s journey from obscurity to superstardom.

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Watch: Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley rekindle love in 'Remind Me' video

Can the desert heat up their romance?

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Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are buddies. They have a fun, playful banter as co-hosts of the Country Music Assn. Awards, which they’ll co-host together again this fall.

What they do not have, despite being in the desert in the video for their new duet, “Remind Me,” is anything approximating heat. Maybe that’s the point since the song is about a couple whose once red-hot passion has cooled and they feel miles apart (hence the literal interpretation that has them walking, walking, walking, walking toward each other across a great expanse).

But miracles happen every day so maybe there’s hope for these crazy kids. There are two in the video as a matter of fact: Paisley’s electric guitar, which is the sole possession he brought with him to the desert (and, wisely, his hat for sun protection), magically amplifies itself. Equally wondrous, Underwood is able to walk in stilettos in the desert (and she’s got the one-foot-crossed-in-front-of-the-other model’s walk down pat, even if no real human walks that way).

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Jackson family plans Michael Jackson tribute in Wales, Oct. 8

Will it meet a similar fate as the 2009 proposed tribute in Vienna?

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Michael Jackson

Are they trying this again? Members of the Jackson family (as in Michael Jackson) held a press conference Monday in Beverly Hills to announce a tribute concert for their fallen brother and son.

The event, dubbed “Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert,” will take place Oct 8 at the 75,000-seat Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. An organization called Global Live Events will produce the event, according to Billboard.

No artists have been announced but tickets go on sale on Aug. 4. Jackson’s siblings, Marlon, Jackie, Tito and LaToya, as well as his mother, Katherine, made the announcement.

Is any of this ringing a bell? In 2009, shortly after Jackson’s June 25 death, a group called World Media Awards announced that a giant tribute to Jackson would be held in Vienna. It then got switched to London and then it was cancelled for good after acts like Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown distanced themselves from the end. We don’t need a crystal ball to suggest this event may suffer a similar fate.

UPDATE: Following yesterday's press conference, Jackson's brothers Jermaine and Randy released statements saying they did not support the event because it occurs while Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, will be on trial. Additionally, the executors of Jackson's estate (which is not his family) said they have not authorized the use of The King of Pop's name for the tribute show. 

Amy Winehouse's album sales soar following her July 23 death

Adele, M.I.A. and Russell Brand post loving tributes

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Amy Winehouse

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It’s a crass, but true, axiom: death is a good career move.

“Back To Black,” Amy Winehouse’s Grammy-winning, second-album, will likely return to the Billboard 200 top 20 this week, based on sales following her July 23 death.

Her sophomore set moved up to 25,000 copies, largely between her death and the close of this week’s chart at midnight Sunday, according to Billboard.  Last week, the album sold slightly more than 1,000 copies. Sales of the album similarly spiked in the U.K., with the album reentering the chart at No. 59. The British chart closed at midnight on Saturday.

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'American Idol' Haley Reinhart signs to Interscope

Season 10 third place finisher follows Pia Toscano to label

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Haley Reinhart

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Haley Reinhart has signed with Interscope.

The 20-year old belter is the fourth “American Idol” contestant from Season 10 to ink a label deal, according to various reports. Her season mate, Pia Toscano, is also on Interscope and released her first single, “This Time,” earlier this month.

As “AI” watchers know, “American Idol” mentor Jimmy Iovine, who joined the show this year, is chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M.

For those keeping count, winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina both signed with Mercury Nashville. McCreery’s first single, “I Love You This Big,” peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Alaina’s first single, “Like My Mother Does,” maxed out at No. 43 on the same chart.

Mercury Nashville and Interscope are divisions of Universal Music Group. Starting with this season, UMG took over from Sony Music as “American Idol’s” label partner. UMG has first right of refusal on the finalists.


Kayne West, Jay-Z officially form The Throne; announce tour, tracklist

Listen to new track 'Otis' from 'Watch the Throne'

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Kanye West and Jay-Z

Two weeks before their joint album, “Watch The Throne,” comes out, hip-hop titans Kanye West and Jay-Z make their collaboration official: the two have formed a new group called The Throne.

The two will also tour together behind the project, starting in Sept. 22 in Detroit for a 24-date outing. Below are the tour dates and the album's track listing.

There’s a tremendous amount of hype in the press release but the album is called a “once-in-a-lifetime” collaboration, so we’re taking that to mean that The Throne will not necessarily be an ongoing recording entity—unless, of course, the album sells millions — given that both West and Jay-Z are plenty busy outside of this venture.

Starting today, fans can pre-order the album online via iTunes. It will drop digitally on Aug. 8, but won’t be available at physical retail until Aug. 12. Consumers who pre-order the deluxe version of the album today through iTunes, will instantly get the current track, “Otis.”

Hear “Otis” here.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale on Aug. 8, and fans who purchase their tickets online through TicketMaster and will receive a digital copy of the album. The tour will feature The Throne, as well as each artist performing his classic hits.

Bits and pieces of “Watch the Throne” have leaked out, including an early track, “H.A.M.,” which is on the deluxe version of the album. The pair only recorded together in person, leading to recording sessions in London, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Paris and New York. Outside producers include The RZA, the Neptunes and Mike Dean.



9/22/11            Detroit, MI                  Palace of Auburn Hills

9/24/11            Toronto, ON                           Air Canada Centre

9/25/11            Montreal, QC              Bell Centre

9/27/11            East Rutherford, NJ    Izod Center

9/28/11            East Rutherford, NJ    Izod Center

9/29/11            Washington DC          Verizon Center

10/4/11             Philadelphia, PA        Wells Fargo Center

10/6/11            Chicago, IL                 United Center

10/7/11            Chicago, IL                 United Center

10/8/11            Minneapolis, MN        Target Center

10/10/11          Denver, CO                 Pepsi Center

10/13/11          Tacoma, WA               Tacoma Dome

10/14/11          Vancouver, BC           Rogers Arena

10/16/11          San Jose, CA               HP Pavilion

10/17/11          Sacramento, CA          Power Balance Pavilion

10/19/11          Los Angeles, CA        Staples Center

10/20/11           Los Angeles, CA       Staples Center

10/21/11          Las Vegas, NV           MGM Grand Garden Arena

10/25/11          Dallas, TX                   American Airlines Center

10/26/11          Houston, TX                           Toyota Center

10/29/11          Atlanta, GA                            Philips Arena

10/30/11          Greensboro, NC          Greensboro Coliseum

11/1/11            Baltimore, MD             1st Mariner Arena

11/3/11            Boston, MA                            TD Garden  


1. No Church In the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean)

2. Lift Off  (feat. Beyoncé)

3. N---as In Paris     

4. Otis (feat. Otis Redding)

5. Gotta Have it

6. New Day

7. That’s My Bitch

8. Welcome to the Jungle

9. Who’s Gon Stop Me

10. Murder to Excellence

11. Made In America (feat. Frank Ocean) 

12. Why I Love You (feat. Mr. Hudson)


13. Illest M----------r Alive ****

14. H.A.M ****

15. Primetime ****

16. The Joy (feat. Curtis Mayfield) ****


Does Adele's '21' pop back up to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week?

Who ranks higher? 3 Doors Down or 311?

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The unsinkable Adele floats back to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart next week as "21"  is poised to pop back to No. 1.

The title is No. 3 this week. It has not slipped out of the top 5 since its February release and is this year's top seller at well over 2 million units in the U.S. It will sell around 75,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double.

The Top 10 will likely see four debuts: the latest edition of "Kidz Bop Kids" should handily snare second place with sales of up to 65,000, while 3 Doors Down's  "Time of My Life"  is in a tight race with Beyonce's "4" for the No. 3 spot.  Similarly, new sets from 311 ("Universal Pulse") and DJ Khaled  ("We The Best Forever" ) are in a dead heat for fifth place.

Otherwise, this week's No. 1, Blake Shelton's "Red River Blue" will likely drop to No. 7, Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party" is No. 8, Selena Gomez & The Scene's "When The Sun Goes Down" is at No. 9 and Bad Meets Evil's "Hell: The Sequel" is at No. 10.




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