<p>The album art or David Guetta's 'Nothing But The Beat.'</p>

The album art or David Guetta's 'Nothing But The Beat.'

Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson and Usher guest on David Guetta's new album

See who else is on the star-studded 'Nothing But the Beat'

It’s probably easier to answer who is not on David Guetta’s new album than who is.

The list of guests on the French DJ’s “Nothing But the Beat,” out Aug. 29, includes Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Taio Cruz and Usher.  Plus, Akon, Dev, Flo Rida, Jessie J, Sia, Timbaland, and Will.I.Am also stop by.  Of course, Minaj and Flo Rida are on current hit single, “Where Them Girls At.”

Guetta's latest Single, “Little Bad Girl," features Cruz and Ludacris.

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<p>LMFAO</p>

LMFAO

LMFAO spends another week at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Demi Lovato's 'Skyscraper' debuts sky high

LMFAO makes it three weeks in a row as “Party Rock Anthem” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock stays at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

There’s also good news for Demi Lovato, whose inspirational tune “Skyscraper” soars to No. 10 in its opening week. The tune, Lovato’s first since receiving treatment for an eating disorder,  is her first Top 10 debut, according to Billboard. It is very likely to surpass her other top 10 entry, “This Is Me,” with Joe Jonas, which peaked at No. 9 three years ago.

Inbetween the two, there’s minimal movement in the rest of the top 10. Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, stays at No. 2; Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) continues its slow march upward, creeping 4-3, as it switches places with Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep.”  Nicki Minaj stars at No. 5 with “Super Bass.” Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” trades spots with Lil Wayne’s “How To Love,” as the latter moves 7-6. OneRepublic’s “Good Life” and Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight” hold their ground at No. 8 and No. 9 respectively.
 

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<p>'Captain America'</p>

'Captain America'

Credit: Paramount

Interview: Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken talks 'Captain America'

What kept him from scoring the movie?

There’s a moment in “Captain America” when the government decides that instead of sending the newly-hatched super hero Steve Rogers into combat, the best use of his powers would be to help build morale for the WW2 effort. In an upbeat montage, we see a cartoonishly-clad Rogers flanked by a chorus line and  traveling across the country as they dance and sing to a gloriously uncynical, patriotic march, “Star Spangled Man.”

The scene and song are pure cinema magic (or “brilliant,” as my colleague Drew McWeeny writes here in his review) and Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken tells Hitfix that it was as much fun to write as it is for us to watch. “To me, the [moment] screamed out for Irving Berlin, in the sense of ‘This Is The Army, Mr. Jones’ or ‘God Bless America.’ It should be patriotic and it should be fun. The goal was to come up with orchestration that felt authentic to the ‘40s, USO [experience].”

While “Captain America” wasn’t one of his heroes—Menken grew up reading Classic Comics of literary works like “Ivanhoe"— Berlin is his “greatest songwriting hero,” so to write something in the style of the master pleased him no end. “Plus, one of my dreams is to do an RKO/MGM-type live action musical. That’s the aspect that really tickled me.”

Menken wrote the tune, which also appears over the end credits (some nice news we broke to him—he hadn’t seen the finished movie yet when we talked on July 19) with lyricist David Zippel. Because the scene was shot to the music, the pair wrote the tune before filming started, similar to an animated picture. Menken, of course, is the master of animation music, having won eight Oscars for his work on modern Disney classics like “The Little Mermaid” (best score), “Under The Sea” (best song) and “Beauty & The the Beast (best score and song).

In fact, Menken has the most Oscars of anyone living. The only folks with more are Walt Disney, who has 22, and fellow composer Alfred Newman, both of whom have died. He’s tied with the late legendary costume designer Edith Head.

Menken laughs that the “Captain America” situation “had the potential to be a disaster”: director Joe Johnston hadn’t worked with putting song performances in movies before, Menken and Zippel weren’t on site, Menken’s song needed to mesh with Alan Silvestri’s score. But it all worked perfectly “from our side and their side,” he says. “The result was a bit of a triumph. I think we were all very fortunate.”

Silvestri’s score hits all the right notes, although Menken says he wishes he’d gotten the shot to score the film as well. “Captain America” marks only the third time he’s dropped one song into a movie he didn’t score. The other two were “The Measure of a Man” for “Rocky V” and “My Christmas Tree” for “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Menken’s schedule was so packed that the filmmakers were concerned about his time commitments: While he would need to be composing, “Sister Act,” which he wrote the music for,  was opening on Broadway;  a new production of “Aladdin” was opening in Seattle and he was working on the stage musical for “Newsies,” which goes into rehearsal next month.

“I threw my hat in the ring and said I’d kill myself to do this and they thought, unfortunately, given my schedule, that’s probably what it would have taken,” Menken says, adding that his lack of action film scores may have hurt him. “They [had] more security with Alan. Let’s face it, if you could get Alan, you do. He’s one of my favorite scorers.”

True enough, but there’s something topsy-turvy about a world where an eight-time Oscar winner has to prove himself in a different genre. “I can always hope I get one in the future. I’m known for a certain kind of thing,” he says, although he notes that many of his scores for the animated pictures include writing for action scenes. “People are very comfortable with you doing that kind of thing. I love the kind of thing I do. An action adventure film score would be a wonderful thing to do more of.”

While all eight Oscars are special, he says that two wins stand out: winning best score for “The Little Mermaid” because it was his first Oscar, and, bittersweetly, winning best song for “Aladdin’s”  “A Whole New World.” “That was a major shock,” he says. “First of all, [his longtime lyricist partner] Howard [Ashman] had passed away and I was very, very afraid that I wouldn’t be able to duplicate the success that I’d had with him. With ‘A Whole New World,’ I was able to step out and do it on my own [with] Tim Rice. It was a big transition in my life. Also, it was a No. 1 single, Grammy song of the year. It was a crazy juggernaut. It just became a huge, huge thing.”

With 19 total nominations, he’s lost more Oscars than he’s won. When pushed, he admits that some losses were tougher to take than others.  The loss for the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” score in 1997 and this year’s loss in best original song for “I See the Light” from “Tangled” were “disappointing.” He laughs at the question, fully admitting he’s gathered more than his share: “I’ve won so many, it would be graceless to complain about losing.” And very un-Captain America.

"Captain America" opens July 22.

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<p>Kanye West and Jay-Z</p>

Kanye West and Jay-Z

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Listen: Kanye West and Jay-Z debut a new song from 'Watch The Throne'

'Otis' pays homage to Otis Redding

Less than two weeks before “Watch The Throne's" release, Jay-Z and Kanye West let loose with a new song from the collaboration.

“Otis,” which Flexmaster Flex bowed on his blog Wednesday night, opens with a sample of Otis Redding’s classic “Try A Little Tenderness” (and gives way to a pretty cool remix of Redding’s tune that serves as a tasty bed under the whole track) before the two rappers go back and forth on anything but tender rhymes. Jay-Z brags about his new watches and West riffs on the word “custom... customs... customers.”  They drop a lot more product names and...we’re done.

[More after the jump...]

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Watch: Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon in 'History of Rap 2'
Credit: NBC

Watch: Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon in 'History of Rap 2'

The pair go old and new school in the second rendition

Justin Timberlake has made it very clear that we’re not getting any new music for awhile, so, oddly, late night on NBC has become the best place to hear him, whether it's  in sketches on "Saturday Night Live" or  on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

Last night, he and  Fallon continued their “History of Rap” with Part 2, when Timberlake stopped by Fallon's show to promise “Friends with Benefits.”  The original “History of Rap” aired last September and included tunes from Kanye West, Eminem, Beastie Boys and Sugar Hill Gang.

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<p>Blake Shelton</p>

Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton's 'Red River Blue' flows to No. 1 on Billboard 200

Who are the other five debuts in the top 10?

Blake Shelton is having a good year:  He married longtime girlfriend Miranda Lambert, his fame rose substantially through his mentoring role on “The Voice,” and now he’s landed his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Red River Blue” flows to the top spot with sales of 116,000 copies. Four of Shelton’s previous albums have landed in the top 10, but never higher than No. 3.

Incubus’ new set, “If Not Now, When?” earns second place with 80,000. It is the rock band’s fifth top five album, according to Billboard.

There are four other premieres in the Top 10: Country hotshot Chris Young’s “Neon” comes in at No. 4, Colbie Caillat’s  “All of You” at No. 6, Theory of A Deadman’s “The Truth Is...” at No. 8, and Sublime with Rome’s “Yours Truly”  at No. 9.

Last week’s No. 1, Beyonce’s “4” drops to No. 5,  Adele’s “21” moves 2-3. Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party”  slips 4-7, while Selena Gomez & the Scene’s “When The Sun Goes Down” tumbles 3-10.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Katy Perry all on 'Now That's What I Call Music! 39'

Multi-artist hits set album includes Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Blake Shelton and more

The hits just keep on coming... literally. “Now That’s What I Call Music 39” will street on Aug. 9. 

The latest edition of the multi-artist compilations includes such Billboard chart toppers as LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” as well as such top 10 hits as  Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” and Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends.”

The set also contains two No. 1s from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart: Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee” and Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem.”

And there’s more! Although details are scant, there are special plans for the “Now!” series as it turns 40, with standard and deluxe CD and digital editions of the collections. Since its stateside launch in 1998, the originally U.K. series has sold more than 80 million copies in the U.S.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 39 tracklisting


1. Katy Perry                                                                 Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
2. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock         Party Rock Anthem
3. Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer                 Give Me Everything
4. Lady Gaga                                                                The Edge Of Glory
5. Britney Spears                                                           Till The World Ends
6. Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull                                  On The Floor
7. Lupe Fiasco                                                              The Show Goes On
8. Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner                              Written in the Stars
9. The Black Eyed Peas                                                 Just Can’t Get Enough
10. Bruno Mars                                                              The Lazy Song
11. Selena Gomez                                                         Who Says
12. Jessie J featuring B.o.B                                           Price Tag
13. Hot Chelle Rae                                                         Tonight Tonight
14. OneRepublic                                                            Good Life
15. Jason Aldean                                                          Dirt Road Anthem
16. Blake Shelton                                                          Honey Bee
BONUS TRACKS: “NOW What’s Next” New Music Preview
17. Maria K.                                                                  Starbucks Smile
18. Jessica Sutta                                                           Show Me
19. Chiddy Bang                                                           Mind Your Manners
20. DEV featuring The Cataracs                                     Bass Down Low


 

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<p>Rebecca Black, ohhhhh</p>

Rebecca Black, ohhhhh

Watch: Rebecca Black follows up 'Friday' with 'My Moment'

Does new video prove she's a true talent?

Rebecca Black should have stopped while she was ahead, but human nature being what it is, we knew that wasn't going to happen. “My Moment,” her follow up to on-line phenomenon “Friday” is meant to address her nay-sayers and, we presume, to prove that she is a formidable talent.  Sadly, it succeeds on neither count, but, on the fame meter, where all that matters is keeping your name in the news for another day, Black is a big winner.

To recap, earlier this year, a simple little song about waiting for the pleasures of Friday, hit YouTube. It was performed, though not written, by a then-13-year old named Rebecca Black. The song quickly became a viral sensation as some dubbed it the “worst song” ever recorded. A few months later, the YouTube clip had surpassed 100 million hits. Suits involving Ark Music Factory, whom Black’s parents paid $2000 to help develop their daughter’s talent,  and Black started to fly and the “Friday” clip got pulled over some legal issues.

In the meantime, Black, with tremendous poise and likability, appeared on a number of TV shows and upped her Q rating. Despite criticisms flung her way about her dubious talent, she exhibited grace beyond her years.  Katy Perry incorporated Black in her video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”

Oh, we know it would be next to impossible to walk away on top like that, especially with a potentially huge fan base, and, of course, Black couldn’t.  Especially because, all you haters, she has something to say to you. You can hate her all you want, but the now 14-year old has worked so hard—all her life, really— for her moment and you can’t take that away from her. She has real talent and she’s going to prove it to you in the “My Moment” video via her autotuned voice, her  band, whom the Partridge Family put to shame, and her awesome dance moves, which make Britney Spears’ recent robotic, stiff motions look like Bob Fosse.

She’s been media schooled within an inch of her life in the video. We can only imagine the instruction:  “Rebecca! Make sure you remember to look upward when you sing the line ‘My head up in the clouds’!” or “A sideways glance is always a good move during a close up to look coy but not overtly sexy!” and “Smile, smile, smile, especially when you’re delivering the ‘F You’ lines to your haters.”  Does this song actually include the line, “I can’t talk to you right now, I’m getting my paper?”  I’m hoping I’m mishearing that one.

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Lady Antebellum reveals track listing, details for 'Own The Night'

Lady Antebellum reveals track listing, details for 'Own The Night'

Set's first single, 'Just A Kiss' continues to rise up the chart

Lady Antebellum has revealed new details about its third studio album, “Own the Night,” coming Sept. 13.

The trio —Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and the newly-engaged Hillary Scott —wrote 10 of the album’s 12 songs, including first single, “Just A Kiss.”  The group also co-produced the set with longtime producer Paul Worley. The set follows the quintuple Grammy-winner, “Need You Now.”

“We’re definitely more in tune with each other musically and personally than ever,” Haywood said in a statement. “I think we share a real feeling of accomplishment, both as a band and as friends.”


Below is the track listing for “Own The Night.”

1. We Owned The Night
2. Just A Kiss
3. Dancin’ Away With My Heart
4. Friday Night
5. When You Were Mine
6. Cold As Stone
7. Singing Me Home
8. Wanted You More
9. As You Turn Away
10. The Love I’ve Found In You
11. Somewhere Love Remains
12. The Heart Of The World
 

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Watch: Paramore's spooky new video for 'Monster'

Watch: Paramore's spooky new video for 'Monster'

Who—or what— has the band on the run?

Add another beautifully-shot video to Paramore’s video canon. The clip for “Monster,” which MTV2 premiered today,  opens with the band members floating face up (thankfully) in shallow water like displaced water lilies.
 
Luckily they dry off before they plug in their instruments and start to play the mid-tempo, tortured tune (which is also featured in the new “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” flick. The band is  in a broken down, abandoned hospital, surrounded by dead flowers and exploding light fixtures, and yet, there’s time to play, while they try to figure out what the freak is going on. There's an unseen monster among them and this Scooby gang can't figure out the mystery.

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