Watch: Justin Timberlake raps his heart out in FreeSol's 'Role Model' video

Watch: Justin Timberlake raps his heart out in FreeSol's 'Role Model' video

It's the closest we're getting to new music from Mr. Sexyback

Given that we’re clearly not getting any new music from Justin Timberlake any time soon, as he’s made abundantly clear, JT fans should drink in his rap here on “Role Model,” the latest video from FreeSol, the rock/hip-hop unit from Memphis signed to Timberlake’s Interscope-distributed Tennman Entertainment.

Timberlake owns the song, especially since the gritty black and white video opens on him and his rap lasts through the whole first segment, plus he appears throughout. The tune is presumably about him as well, since, quite frankly, no one except their mamas and their superfans know who the guys in FreeSol are. We’re talking specifically about  lyrics like this: “I’m going in my own direction/if you don’t like it, you can cut your TV off...I’m not a role model...You follow me on my twitter/but that don’t mean that you know me.”

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<p>Leonard Cohen in 2010</p>

Leonard Cohen in 2010

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Leonard Cohen plans first new release in 8 years for 2012

'Old Ideas' will contain 10 new songs

Leonard Cohen will release his first new album in eight years next year. The acclaimed singer/songwriter delivered the good news today in Spain, where he was collecting a prize for authors who do not write in Spanish.

The set, titled “Old Ideas,” contained 10 new songs, or, at least, previously unpublished tunes. “I’ve played it for a few people and they seem to like it,” he told Reuters.

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T.I.
T.I.
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Listen: T.I.'s new track, 'Hear Ye, Hear Ye'

The rapper and Pharrell lay down the law

T.I.’s new track, “Hear Ye, Hear Ye,” opens lightly enough with “There’s a rainbow everywhere depending upon where you stand,” and ends on a similarly upbeat, if deeply cynical, note with “If  wishes had wings, they’d all make it to heaven and we’d all be kings.”

It’s in between that the southern rapper, with great assistance from Pharrell Williams,  fills us in on what he’s been going through with his return to prison and the 2006 murder of his close friend, Philant Johnson, whose loss he still feels deeply. “It’s like a piece of me is missing because it never came home.”

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Watch: Coldplay's new video for 'Paradise' features dancing elephants

Watch: Coldplay's new video for 'Paradise' features dancing elephants

Can 'Paradise' be found in front of thousands of fans?

We’re all just looking for members of our own tribe, even if we’re a fake elephant. That’s the takeaway from the sweet, whimsical video for Coldplay’s “Paradise.” That, and, apparently, lead singer Chris Martin is a hell of a unicycle rider.

The clip opens as our furry pachyderm is breaking out of the zoo. In addition to being able to walk upright, this elephant can navigate the London Tube system and airplane. There are some wonderfully wacky little scene, like the elephant’s trunk stretching out through the Tube train doors for some peanuts or his little trunk outside of the trunk he’s traveling in on a plane to South Africa.

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Justin Bieber performs in Lima, Peru on Monday
Justin Bieber performs in Lima, Peru on Monday
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Watch: Justin Bieber kisses someone other than Selena in new 'Mistletoe' video

They don't look like it's 90 degrees outside

Justin Bieber’s a little clueless in his video for “Mistletoe,” the holiday anthem which debuted  on MTV early tonight.

In the Jason Mraz-lite tune, Bieber meets up with his girl, a Selena Gomez look-alike, sipping hot chocolate as the snow lightly falls. A wicked blonde-haired girl interrupts their tete-a-tete, but Bieber doesn’t even realize that his lady is bumming out because he’s forgotten that she’s there.

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Look: Lady Gaga's explosive single cover for 'Marry the Night'

Look: Lady Gaga's explosive single cover for 'Marry the Night'

Momma Monster promises a revealing video

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Lady Gaga is ready to set the night afire on the cover art of her forthcoming single, “Marry the Night,” the fifth single from “Born This Way,” and she’s promising quite the music video to accompany the song.

Momma Monster tweeted the cover, which features her on top of a car in leather within firehose distance of a burning car. (Maybe the album should have been titled "Burn This Way."). In her tweet with the photo, she wrote, "New York is not just a tan you'll never lose."

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<p>Britney Spears in &quot;Criminal&quot;</p>

Britney Spears in "Criminal"

Watch: Britney Spears gets steamed up in NSFW 'Criminal' video

Want to see her and her boyfriend go at it? Here's your chance

You know who should be upset about Britney Spears’ steamy new  “Criminal” video? Not anyone who may hate the sight of crappy, abusive boyfriends or blatant product endorsements or  the thought of their little kids watching their idol naked in the shower. No, who should really be upset are the British police. Talk about the gang who can’t shoot straight.  More about that later.

In the clip, which was shot in London last month, Spears lives out the ultimate bad boy fantasy. After being knocked around by her seemingly upscale boyfriend, she gets rescued by a passer by, who just happens to be her real-life boyfriend,  Jason Trawick. He’s a criminal with lots of guns and some really big tattoos, but hey, he’s good in bed (which they discover after knowing each other for two minutes) and he brings her coffee the next morning. What's not to love?  (Let's not even get into the fact that her boyfriend abusing her isn't enough to make her leave, it's her catching him flirting with another woman.... ).

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Adele

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UPDATED: Adele, Sting, Ke$ha (!!!) contribute to Bob Dylan tribute album

Set benefits Amnesty international

Adele, Sting, Dave Matthews Band and, wait for it, Ke$ha will all cover tunes by Bob Dylan on “Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.”

The set, out Nov. 22, according to Rolling Stone,  also features Patti Smith and My Morning Jacket.  Some of the artists’ contributions we’re already familiar with, such as Adele’s beautiful cover of “To Make You Feel My Love.” 

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<p>Kelly Clarkson performs at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last month</p>

Kelly Clarkson performs at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last month

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Listen: Kelly Clarkson unleashes another new tune, ' You Love Me'

Someone's cruel to be kind in all the wrong measures

Kelly Clarkson is taking no prisoners on her new album, “Stronger.”  Today, a new song, “You Love Me,” hit the internet. This time, someone has broken her heart with his two-faced ways. Hard to tell if it’s a romantic disappointment ora relationship of some other kind, but, regardless, it’s gone horribly awry.

Despite the upbeat, 80’s new wave bouncy underpinnings (with a little touch of John Waite’s “Missing You” thrown in), all is not well in K-Town.  Someone is pulling the old “I’m not good enough for you” scam on Clarkson, which the first "American Idol" is not not falling for, not for a minute. As my mama always used to say," if someone tells you they aren’t good enough for you, they're right."

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Album Review: Daughtry, Mastodon, Nickelback salute ZZ Top
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Album Review: Daughtry, Mastodon, Nickelback salute ZZ Top

Whose cover has legs?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the debut release from that little ol’ band from Texas, ZZ Top.  To commemorate the occasion, a number of bands— some clearly influenced by the trio, others not— have come together for “ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends,” which is out tomorrow (Oct. 18).

As is almost uniformly the case with these endeavors, the results are mixed. The one rule is that if you’re going to If you’re going to salute ZZ Top, you better bring your A Game when it comes to guitar playing. For the most part, that’s where the album excels...in some cases to the exclusion of everything else.

For example, Jamey Johnson’s “La Grange,” which is the perfect marriage on paper, is one of the more anemic cuts vocally, after starting strong It should be all laid-back growl and swamp boogie-messiness, and instead it’s all a little too polite. There’s a word I never thought I’d use in connection with Johnson. There is, however, a great guitar riff that segues into a meaty organ solo in the middle that goes into some wicked harmonica work, so what it lacks in Johnson’s vocal delivery, it makes up for (and how)  in the musicianship on the track.  I wish it were an instrumental, and I say that as a Johnson fan. Of course, it should sound great: Johnson brought in a ringer:  ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons is on the guitar shootout that also includes Wayd Battle and “Cowboy” Eddie Long on slide. Absolute killer.

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