<p>Blake Shelton in &quot;Footloose&quot;</p>

Blake Shelton in "Footloose"

Watch: Blake Shelton cuts a little loose in video for 'Footloose'

Does he kick off his Sunday shoes?

Blake Shelton wants to cut loose, but in the video for his remake for “Footloose,” he leaves the fancy footwork to others. In a fairly truthful,  although slightly twanged up, remake of Kenny Loggins’ original, Shelton shows up at a drive-in, which, conveniently, is showing “Footloose.” That means he has the likes of Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald to show off their fancy-schmancy dance moves that looks just as great now as they did 27 years ago.

Shelton basically stands in the bed of a truck and sways a little; that’s about as loose as he gets, but if you’re a fan of Shelton’s, it’s enough.

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<p>Daughtry, &quot;Break the Spell&quot;</p>

Daughtry, "Break the Spell"

Daughtry reveals cover art and track listing for 'Break The Spell'

Chris Daughtry wrote all 12 tracks

Are you ready for some Daughtry? The band will be back Nov. 21 with its third album, as we’ve previously reported, but now we have the cover art and track listing for “Break The Spell.”

The Daughtry camp has already released the first two singles, “Renegade” and “Crawling Back to You,” (plus Daughtry fans got an extra cut, “Drown In You,” from the “Batman: Arkham City Soundtrack, which is not on the album).

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Listen: Justin Bieber debuts new single 'Mistletoe' live

Biebs brings Christmas to Rio in October

For some people, Christmas means snow, gathering with family and friends, and presents, for Justin Bieber, it means getting to snuggle with your sweetie under the mistletoe. 

Christmas may still be two-and-a-half months away, but Bieber went there last night in concert in Rio, when he debuted first single “Mistletoe,” the almost title track from “Under The Mistletoe,” out Nov. 1.  I can honestly say it’s the first holiday song I’ve ever heard with “shawty” in it.

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Adele, B.o.B. and Rihanna all score Billboard Hot 100 victories

Which two artists each have two songs in the Top 10?

Well hello, B.O.B. Welcome back. We haven’t heard much from the rapper this year as he’s been preparing his second album, but now he roars back with title track, “Strange Clouds” featuring Lil Wayne. The tune floats onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 7.

He’s not the only one celebrating this week: Adele sees her tune, “Someone Like You” bounce back to No 1, swapping places with Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” featuring Christina Aguilera, which drops to No. 2.

Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” stays at No. 3. Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts” featuring Adam Levine inches 5-4. The Maroon 5 frontman isn’t the only artist with two tracks in the top 10: LMFAO ties up No. 5 and No. 6 with “Party Rock Anthem,” followed by “Sexy And I Know It," according to Billboard

David Guetta scores his 3rd top 10, as “Without You” featuring Usher moves 11-8. Rihanna celebrates her 20th Hot 100 top 10 as “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris finds its way to No. 9, leaping seven places.  Cobra Starship’s “You Make Me Feel”  featuring Sabi squeezes out one more week in the top 10, as the tune falls 9-10.


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How Steve Jobs and Apple changed the music industry and the world
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How Steve Jobs and Apple changed the music industry and the world

My time with the wizard

When Steve Jobs officially stepped down several weeks ago, one pundit compared him to Thomas Edison. Another compared him to Albert Einstein.

I’m not sure about either comparison. Edison is probably more accurate. But if by doing so they wanted to imply that Jobs, who died today at 56, was a visionary who radically and permanently changed the world (not just culture), that is inarguably correct.

Since I mainly cover music here at Hitfix, I’m going to concentrate solely on how he and Apple changed the music business by creating iTunes and take you back to when Apple first birthed the download service.

In addition to being a master of design, ingenuity and business, Jobs was also a master of timing.  In 2001, Napster and Kazaa were killing the music industry and Jobs rode in, on what looked like a gorgeous white horse at the time, to save the day. He began wooing labels and promising that if they would come along with him, he would guarantee that together, they could monetize digital downloads.

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<p>Kelly Clarkson</p>

Kelly Clarkson

Listen: Kelly Clarkson's new track, 'What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)'

Singer turns philosophical on thumping tune

It turns out that “What Doesn’t Kill You” makes you want to dance...and stronger. At least in Kelly Clarkson’s case.

The first “American Idol” winner officially released the track today after it leaked onto the internet last week.

“What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” is an up-tempo, driving pop thumper with a  dance bent. We’re sure some awesome dance remixes are to come. Once again, in a familiar theme for Clarkson, a boy has done her wrong, but instead of crumbling, she has risen from the ashes of the relationship stronger. I am woman, hear me roar.

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<p>50 Cent</p>

50 Cent

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50 Cent drops new track, 'Shady Murder,' lands another movie role

Is that Eminem on the track with him?

Between his incessant tweets, his music and his movies, 50 Cent is one busy guy.

It was only two weeks ago that we wrote that he’d landed a role as a pimp in “The Frozen Ground,” a film about ‘80s mass murderer Robert Hansen and starring Nicholas Cage and John Cusack.

Now, 50, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has signed on to star in “The Pursuit,” an action thriller (duh) that will begin shooting in February in Louisiana.  Jackson’s production company,  Cheetah Vision Films, will producer with Emmett/Furla Films. Lions Gate will distribute.

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Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
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Aldean, Swift, Lady A, Paisley and Chesney named CMT's 'Artists of the Year'

Other acts will salute them during Dec. 13 special

It's only October, but CMT is already calling is:  the cable outlet has named Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift its  “Artists of the Year," and will fete the quintet on a special airing Dec. 13.

Three of the five, Aldean, Lady A, and Swift, return to the winner’s circle following last year’s inaugural event.  The 90-minute special salutes the top five country acts of the year based on sales, airplay, concert grosses and CMT.com activity.

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<p>'George Harrison:&nbsp;Living in the Material World'</p>

'George Harrison: Living in the Material World'

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Review: 'George Harrison: Living In the Material World'

Martin Scorsese has his way with the quiet Beatle

Martin Scorsese loves music. Furthermore, he understands its rhythms and potency like few directors do. That’s why I had such high hopes going into his 3 and a 1/2-hour documentary, “George Harrison: Living In the Material World.”  The film airs in two parts on HBO Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.

There are moments of exhilaration and illumination, and, of course, there is the glorious music.  However, the documentary isn’t consistently compelling and could use some tighter focus.

The first half is devoted to Harrison’s childhood and the Beatles’ formation. Even the most casual Beatles fan will feel the excitement of seeing footage of the band during its formative years in Hamburg, Germany, but the story devotes more time to the group as a whole than to Harrison (other than we learn he had a nasty temper that could show up very unexpectedly). Not that a documentary on Harrison has to have the spotlight pointed at him 100%, but Scorsese allows talking heads like Hamburg photographer Astrid Kirchherr and her boyfriend, musician Klaus Voormann (or at least he was until the  Beatles  original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe pulled her away), to go on a little too long about the general zeitgeist during the Beatles’ time in Germany.

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<p>Beyonce in &quot;Countdown&quot;</p>

Beyonce in "Countdown"

Watch: Beyonce teases us with tasty preview of 'Countdown' video

She salutes the '60s in this colorful clip

Beyonce pays homage to Audrey Hepburn and other icons in a new 30-second teaser for her “Countdown” video.

We won’t get to see the full clip until it premieres on Thursday, Oct. 6, but until then, you can stimulate you eyeballs with her fetching black turtleneck/cropped back pants style, straight out of Hepburn’s “ Funny Face,” as well as be bedazzled by the pop art of multiple Beyonces in bathing suits.  She looks beautiful throughout, whether she’s rocking Hepburn’s pixie cut or pushing the ‘60s mod look.

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