Listen: Adam Lambert's new single 'Better Than I Know Myself'
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Listen: Adam Lambert's new single 'Better Than I Know Myself'

When is the full song coming?

So it's only a snippet but long-suffering Adam Lambert fans finally got a tease of what's coming next from their favorite "American Idol" contestant.

There have been a lot of fits and starts to get us to this point, many of which have been chronicled by Lambert for his little Glamberts in exhaustive detail via Twitter.

But today, we got a 30-second (okay, 27-second) tidbit of "Better Than I Know Myself," the first single from Lambert's second album. The full single will be available on Dec. 20-- Happy Holidays From Adam-- and the full album, "Trespassing," is expected in 2012.

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<p>Rihanna performs at a concert in Budapest, Hungary earlier this month.</p>

Rihanna performs at a concert in Budapest, Hungary earlier this month.

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Does Rihanna hold off a surging Katy Perry on this week's Billboard Hot 100?

Who does she beat if she can stay at No. 1 one more week?

Rihanna's "We Found Love" finds its way to a seventh week atop Billboard's Hot 100, but can the singer fend off a surge by Katy Perry

Perry's "The One That Got Away" soars 9-4 on this week's chart, in part due to a 69-cent sale price on the single, as well as a small gain in radio play.

But back to Rihanna. If "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris can last at least one more week at No. 1, it will hold the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in 2011, besting Adele's "Rolling In the Deep," with which it is currently tied. Additionally, should "We Found Love" make it another week at the top, it will become Rihanna's longest chart-topping single: Both "Umbrella" and Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," which featured Rihanna were also No. 1 for seven weeks.

As we chart watchers know by now, "We Found Love's" hold on No. 1 means that LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" stays locked out of the top spot once again and spends its sixth week at No. 2, according to Billboard.  Similarly, Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain" hangs out at No. 3 for another week, while Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" stays at No. 5.

Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Ni**as In Paris" skips two places to No. 6, Adele's "Someone Like You" falls one spot to No. 6, Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" featuring Christina Aguilera drops the farthest in the Top 10, sliding from No. 4-8, while David Guetta's "Without You" featuring Usher moves No. 7-9.

Closing out the Top 10 is T-Pain's "5 O'Clock" featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Alen, which inches up one spot. That's good enough to give Allen her first TOp 10 hit, Khalifa his fourth and T-Pain his 15th as both a lead and featured artist.

<p>Madonna arrives at a special screening of her film &quot;W.E.&quot;&nbsp;in New York City earlier this month.</p>

Madonna arrives at a special screening of her film "W.E." in New York City earlier this month.

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UPDATED: The Top 5 Interscope artists Madonna should duet with

New album out in March, single in late January

Are Madonna and her new label home Interscope a good fit?  Can she and Lady Gaga exist on the same roster?  As rumored for several weeks, the Material Girl  has signed with  Jimmy Iovine’s label followed the end of her 25-year career on Warner Bros. (first through Seymour Stein’s Sire Records).

Today, both the New York Post and Billboard  report confirmation of the deal from unnamed sources. The Post says it is a 3-album deal, the first of which will be her 2012 album. Additionally, Madonna has her already existing multi-facted pact with Live Nation that includes touring and merchandise. The deal with Interscope will be a licensing deal through her Live Nation pact.

We'll get to the five duet partners in a second, but first our thoughts on the deal.

So does this make sense? Yes and no.  Madonna is so iconic, in some ways we’re surprised that she felt the need to sign another major label deal. Surely, she could self release her albums.

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Of course she could, but if you look at the legions of artists, veteran and still blooming, who release their own albums, most of them are not relying on radio play. As legendary as Ms. Ciccone is, to really sell albums (and downloads) and, most importantly, to prove her relevancy as a contemporary artist, she has to have her new songs on radio. That’s why we’re seeing her record with the likes of Nicki Minaj. And to achieve major success on pop radio, you still need to be on a major label.

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Album Review: Anthony Hamilton's ' So In Love' captivates
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Album Review: Anthony Hamilton's ' So In Love' captivates

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Keri Hilson and Babyface drop by on neo-soul singer's latest

As we head into the holiday season, some new albums inevitably get lost among the mistletoe and tinsel. That’s why we wanted to call attention to a little gem: Anthony Hamilton’s “Back To Love.”

The R&B singer’s latest studio album came out yesterday (Dec. 13), but we just got around to listening to it today and it is a smooth, sexy blast of fresh air. The former D’Angelo back-up singer, has been one of the finest purveyors of the neo-soul sound over the course of his last several albums, but on “Back To Love,” he stretches his wings to successfully blend a more contemporary feel to the material without ever sacrificing the emotion.

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The Shins set release date for 'Port of Morrow,' sort of

The Shins set release date for 'Port of Morrow,' sort of

When can you expect their Columbia debut?

The Shins’ fourth album, “Port of Morrow,” will come out in March via head Shin James Mercer’s  Aural Apothecary label and Columbia. A specific date will be announced shortly.

Recording in Los Angeles and Portland, the Greg Kurstin-produced album is the first with the relatively new Shins line-up of bassist Yuuki Matthews, guitarist Jessica Dobson, keyboardist Richard Swift and drummer Joe Plummer. Mercer parted ways with founding members keyboardist Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval in 2009. 

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<p>Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers</p>

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers set 2012 tour stops, including Jazz Fest

Band will play Europe for the first time in 20 years

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ 2012 tour will include stops at New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as England’s Isle of Wight Festival.

The outing starts April 19 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo., before moving south to Jazz Fest on April 28. Check out more Jazz Fest headliners here.

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<p>Mumford &amp; Sons</p>

Mumford & Sons

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Mumford & Sons talk second album

You won't believe whom they compare themselves to

Describing it as “kind of Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake,” the members of Mumford & Sons says their second album will build on the musical tone set on 2010’s “Sigh No More.”

 "[It's] certainly more mature, I’d say," bassist Ted Dwane told Rolling Stone.  says. "The second record is just a reflection of our mindsets, where we’re all at. It’s doom folk.

The multiple Grammy nominees, including for record and song of the year, just finished their last show of the year on Sunday at KROQ’s Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles.

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<p>Garbage</p>

Garbage

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Garbage sets first dates of 2012 world tour, finishes first album in since 2005

When will the Shirley Manson-led band land in the U.S.?

Garbage’s reunion is definitely a reality. The Shirley Manson-led band has announced the first two dates of their 2012 world tour. The quartet, whose last release was 2005’s “Bleed Like Me,” will start their global jaunt in Russia in St. Petersburg on May 11, followed by Moscow on May. 12.

In a note on their Facebook page, the band members wrote in a post entitled “Buckle up and away we go: All aboard”:

"We are beyond thrilled to revisit Russia where we have played to incredible and memorable crowds over the years, where we have seen so many wonderous things and met so many lovely fans.
These are the first dates to be confirmed on our world tour of 2012 but we rush to assure Garbage fans all over the world that there are many more dates yet to be announced. Stay tuned. We will announce them here as soon as they are confirmed.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support. It is the outpouring of such incredible enthusiasm that propelled us to make this new record and to get back out on the road to play for you all again.”

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<p>Neon Hitch with Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy at Jingle Ball</p>

Neon Hitch with Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy at Jingle Ball

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Watch: Gym Class Heroes and Neon Hitch in 'Ass Back Home'

Can Travis be trusted on the road?

If you’re keeping the home fires burning while your loved one is touring in a rock band, that can be a recipe for disaster. That’s the situation Neon Hitch finds herself, as she plays Travie McCoy’s honey in Gym Class Heroes new video for “Ass Back Home.”

She doesn’t know where he’s going or when he’s coming back home, and she certainly doesn’t know what he’s doing on those nights without her.

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will.i.am in 'T.H.E.'


Watch: Will.I.Am uses every means of transportation possible in 'T.H.E'

Except, perhaps, a yellow submarine

After delivering  a splintered, technology- challenged debut of “T.H.E.” (The Hardest Ever) during the American Music Awards last month,  Will.I.Am decided to go the easy route on the video for the solo song. Not....

The sleek video features the Black Eyed Pea taking trains, planes and automobiles (where’s the ghost of John Candy when you need it?) to get to some celestial destination because he’s gotta, you know, go hard.  There’s a lot of product placements and a car, Hummer, bullet train, plane and space ship —all in white, to match Will.I.Am’s white outfit and his HTC phone.

The Peas are known for their futuristic, hi-tech videos and this solo effort is another in a series of forward-looking clips. It’s got a little “Mission Impossible” and “Speed Racer” thrown in for good measure as Will accomplishes all feats of derring-do.

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