<p>&nbsp;The cover of Scotty McCreery's &quot;Clear as Day&quot;</p>
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 The cover of Scotty McCreery's "Clear as Day"

Album Review: 'American Idol' Scotty McCreery's 'Clear As Day'

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Set is so wholesome it should come with apple pie

Season 10 “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is already showing signs of having a very healthy career at country radio. His first single, “I Love You This Big,” was a top 15 radio hit, and peppy, lightweight “The Trouble With Girls” is shaping up as a nice follow-up.

If you’re fans of those two songs, you’ll love his full debut, “Clear As Day,” out Oct. 4.

McCreery gathered tunes from many of Nashville’s finest songwriters here. While every tune is well crafted, like the first two singles, they are so generic in their embrace of a small town America and country “values” that the album could have come with a calendar from the ‘50s and a slice of apple pie. There’s even a mom who thanks God for “dirty dishes.” Calling June Cleaver.

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<p>Tony Bennett&nbsp;</p>
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Tony Bennett 

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Music Power Rankings: Tony Bennett, J. Cole, Justin Timberlake and Adele

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue

1) Tony Bennett: At 85, he lands the first No. 1 album of his career. Imagine what he’ll do to celebrate turning 100?

2) J. Cole: Rapper, whose mix tapes lead to his signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, is a lock to see his label debut, the appropriately titled “Cole World: the Sideline Story,” bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. That hardly sounds like the sideline to us.

3) Spotify:
The music streaming service’s usage soars 50% after it integrates with Facebook. Looks like Daniel Ek has found a new friend in Mark Zuckerberg.

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<p>&nbsp;The Cover of J. Cole's &quot;Cole World: The Sideline Story&quot;</p>
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 The Cover of J. Cole's "Cole World: The Sideline Story"

Newcomer J. Cole has beginner's luck on the Billboard 200

Five other acts are set to join Cole in the Top 10

Rapper J. Cole is poised to explode onto the Billboard 200 next week as one of six artists premiering in the top 10.

Cole’s major label debut, “Cole World: the Sideline Story,”  which follows his two mixtapes and an appearance on Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3,"   has a commanding lead of around 100,000 units over Blink-182’s “Neighborhoods,” and is on track to sell up to 250,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

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Watch: Britney Spears talks about her upcoming TV concert special

What does 'Jersey Shore's' Pauly D have to say about touring with Brit Brit

It takes a lot to put together a Britney Spears’ tour, y’all. You can get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes with this snippet from her forthcoming concert special, “Britney Spears Live: The Femme Fatale Tour,” which airs on Epix Nov. 12. 

Her show designers talk about using Spears’ acting skills as part of the backdrop to developing the little vignettes featured in each song.

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<p>T-Pain</p>

T-Pain

Watch: T-Pain takes the long way home in '5 O'Clock' video

Lily Allen is missing, but Wiz Khalifa shows up

Like Adele’s new video for “Someone Like You,” the new video for T-Pain,” “5 O’Clock” featuring Lily Allen and Wiz Khalifa shows the artist meandering through the streets of a beautiful European city. For Adele, the locale is Paris. For T-Pain, it’s Amsterday. That’s where any similarities end.

T-Pain’s tune, which is built around the dreamy, adult lullaby-like sample from Allen’s 2009 tune "Who'd Have Known,"  features the autotuned rapper strolled through the Amsterdam streets, including the famed Red Light District, which is proving to be a distraction, as his lady waits and waits.

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<p>Adele performs 'Someone Like You' at the VMAs</p>

Adele performs 'Someone Like You' at the VMAs

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Watch: Adele strolls down lonely street in video for 'Someone Like You'

Paris in early morning helps set the mood

Though Adele’s  “Someone Like You” has already hit the summit on Billboard’s Hot 100, the label released the video for the track today to try to satiate the endless thirst for all things Adele...and extend the life of the song, the second single from “21.”

The black and white video, directed by Jake Nava, consists of one extended shot of Adele walking along the Seine in Paris, lipsyncing (badly in parts) the song.  The camera stays tight on her face for much of the clip, breaking away only occasionally to show her from behind or to show the River.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Katy, Gaga, Rihanna: Why do pop artists dig deep on their albums for singles?

Lady Gaga picks fifth single from 'Born This Way,' Perry and Rihanna do six

Today, Lady Gaga announced that “Marry The Night” will be the fifth single from “Born This Way.” The club thumper was originally supposed to be the third single from the set, according to Entertainment Weekly, but got pushed aside for “Edge Of Glory.”

Rihanna and Katy Perry both went six deep on their current albums. Contrast that with Perry pushing four singles from “One of the Boys,” while Rihanna’s “Rated R” also had a quartet of singles (five if you count “promotional” single, “Wait Your Turn.” Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” had three singles. Lil Wayne has already released six singles (not all to the same formats) from “The Carter IV,” and that album only came out a month ago.

What’s going on? Some random, totally unscientific, thoughts:

*If an album has success with first single, such as Perry did with “California Gurls” from “Teenage Dreams,” and the next few singles fly up the charts as well, there’s little reason to stop the momentum. Perry’s sixth single had different reasoning behind it: she’s trying to set the record for a septet of No. 1 tracks from one album, but even without that agenda, we still think we may have seen this move.

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<p>Adam Levine of Maroon 5</p>

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

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Maroon 5 stays at top of Hot 100: What about Rihanna?

LMFAO surges ahead with 'Sexy'

Maroon 5's mega hit, “Moves Like Jagger” featuring Christina Aguilera, spends a fourth week at No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song shows no sign of weakening, as it gains strength in both radio play and sales, according to Billboard.com.

However, it may soon face challenges from two rapid movers: “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO’s follow up the song of the summer, former chart topper  “Party Rock Anthem,” surges 25-10, while Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris bullets onto the chart at No. 16. The track is the first single from her new album, coming Nov. 21. Ri Ri is not letting any air exist between tracks: “Cheers (I’ll Drink To That)” remains in the Top 10 at No. 7.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Listen: Justin Bieber covers Lil Wayne's 'How To Love'

It's the Bieb's birthday present to the rapper

Maybe Lil Wayne would have liked some nice candlesticks or a new car, but instead Justin Bieber decided to give Weezy a very special homemade present...sort of like when you’d make your mom an imprint of your own hand.

Early this morning, the day after  Lil Wayne’s 29th  birthday,  The Bieb tweeted his cover of the rapper’s Top 5 hit, “How To Love” with the message “Trying to sleep. Until then happy birthday.”

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<p>John Fogerty</p>

John Fogerty

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John Fogerty to play classic CCR albums live

What is the significance of the November concerts?

John Fogerty will play the Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Cosmo’s Factory” and “Green River”  in their entirely during a two-night run at New York’s Beacon Theater, Nov. 17-18.

Fogerty buffs will recognize the “hell freezes over” significance of this moment.

The two albums, first released in 1969 and 1970 respectively, included such now classic rock tunes as “Bad Moon Rising, “ “Green River,”  “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” and  “Up Around the Bend.” But as CCR fans know,  a young and naive Fogerty signed away his publishing to Fantasy Records head Saul Zaentz.

Then, in one of the strangest moments in rock history,  after Fogerty had moved on to Warner Bros., Zantz  sued Fogerty, accusing him of plagiarizing himself. For years, Fogerty was so devastated by the fight that he refused to play any Creedence songs.

Fogerty re-incorporated CCR material years ago, but this will mark the first time he’s playing these albums front-to-back. In an even sweeter twist, Concord, for whom Fogerty recorded for briefly six years ago, purchased Fantasy and, in a great faith move, offered to pay Fogerty artist royalties on his CCR material.

In addition to performing the albums, he will play a bonus set of hits. Opening both shows for the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will be Delta Spirit.

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