<p>Jimmy Fallon and Eddie Vedder</p>
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Jimmy Fallon and Eddie Vedder

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Listen: Pearl Jam's new song, 'Ole'

Group debuts tune on 'Jimmy Fallon'

Pearl Jam debuted a new song, “Ole,” on “Jimmy Fallon” Thursday night as part of its two-night stint on the late-night talk show. The band then immediately made the song available as a free download on its website.

The 2:33 little punk nugget is all about the attitude and not about the lyrics, which are rather inane.  Although that’s the point, as Vedder sings “I ain’t got words for what goes on/I ain’t got words for all that’s wrong.”  It’s more about Matt Cameron’s thrashing, Mike McCready’s screeching guitar and Vedder’s slightly unhinged vocal

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Check out Paramore's new song, 'Renegade'

Group debuts song live in New York

Paramore debuted a spanking new song, “Renegade,” last night at Fueled By Ramen’s 15th Anniversary party in New York.

The driving song is a straight-ahead rocker, but falls safely in Paramore’s sweet spot. As Hayley Williams’ sings, she’s a “renegade” and “always will” be.

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Adele scores her second No. 1 with 'Someone Like You' on the Hot 100

Who else seems a big MTV VMA bounce on the singles chart?

Adele scores her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as “Someone Like You” leaps 19-1.  The wrenching ballad benefits from the British chanteuse’s singer moving performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Aug. 28. It is one of several songs boosted by VMA appearances.

Adele’s last chart topper, “Rolling In The Deep,” stayed at No. 1 for seven weeks.

Last week’s No. 1, “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera drops to No. 2, while Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” stays at No. 3, former No. 1 (and Billboard’s declared “song of the summer”) LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” falls 4-2. Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” rises 6-5.

Lady Gaga’s “You And I” continues to rebound, rising 16-6, based on her VMA performance and the two videos for the song. The song is her 11th top 10, according to Billboard. The VMA bounce also benefits Cobra Starship, who played “You Make Me Feel...” on the pre-show. That title similarly soars  10 spots to No. 8.

Elsewhere, Bad Meets Evil’s “Lighters” featuring Bruno Mars declines 4-7,  and two former No. 1s, “Pitbulle’s “Give Me Everything” and Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”  fall to No. 9 and 10 respectively.

Notable moves below the Top 10, Beyonce’s  “Love On Top,” which she performed on the VMAs, leaps onto the Hot 100 at No. 20, and Young the Giant’s “My Body,” bows at No. 65 following the rock group’s appearance on the show.


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Nickelback returns with 'Here And Now,' first album in three years
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Nickelback returns with 'Here And Now,' first album in three years

Canadian rockers will release two singles on the same day

Nickelback will release its seventh studio album, “Here And Now” on Nov. 21.

Produced by the band, the set is the follow-up to 2008’s “Dark Horse,” which sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Nickelback recorded the album in Mountain View Studios in Vancouver. Frontman Chad Kroeger said in a statement, “We entered the studio this year with a vision, and it all came together. We’re extremely happy with the results.”

He doesn’t share what that vision is, but fans will get some glimpse on Sept. 26, when the rock group will take the unusual step of releasing two singles simultaneously: “When We Stand Together” will go to pop radio and “Bottoms Up” will ship to rock radio.  They will be available on iTunes the next day.

This year also also marks the 10th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough song “How You Remind Me,” from its debut Road Runner album “All The Right Reasons.”   Since then, the group has sold close to 50 million albums worldwide.

Nickelback will launch a world tour in early 2012.

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Kelly Clarkson reveals album cover art, moves up release date

Kelly Clarkson reveals album cover art, moves up release date

When will 'Stronger' now come out?


Set your calendars: Kelly Clarkson had moved up the release date of her fifth studio album, “Stronger,” one day to Oct. 24,  and with that news, we’re getting our first glimpse at the album cover. 

It’s a striking, provocative black and white shot, with a touch of gold. It’s a much subtler, classier look than the lollipop, fun cover of her last album, “My Life.”

As the first "American Idol" winner revealed last week in a live chat during the premiere of the album’s first single, “Mr. Know It All,” we’re not likely to get a track listing until very close to the release, which is now slated for a Monday instead of the usual Tuesday release cycle.

She also noted that she named the album “Stronger” because “the album is about empowerment and strength overall. I love being sassy, having overall attitude. Raining on boys’ parades.”

Clarkson worked with a variety of producers on the set and co-wrote about half of the songs.

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<p>Wilson Phillips</p>

Wilson Phillips

Wilson Phillips hold on to their own reality show

TV Guide Network set to chronicle the trio's attempted comeback

Wilson Phillips switch from “Bridesmaids” to being the bride as the trio will now star in their own reality show, “The Wilson Phillips Project,” starting later this year.

The TV Guide Network will chronicle the “Hold On”  singers as they attempt a comeback following their early ‘90s heyday (What? Wendy Wilson and her family appearing on “Supernanny” didn’t count?). It sounds like the show will also focus on their juggling  careers and mommyhood: between them they have nine children. Maybe they can provide us with a scoop on "Bridesmaids 2" following their appearance in the first film.

Carnie Wilson has been the most visible in recent years, including serving as host of GSN’s reconstituted “The Newlywed Game” and as a judge on ABC’s “Karaoke Battle USA.” Chynna Phillips is a contestant on this season’s “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC.

As someone who has interviewed them over the years, I am sure that Carnie will be the one bringing the laughs and the bulk of the drama, with Wendy and Chynna providing the voices of reason. As we say in the south, Carnie is wide open, and that can make for great TV.

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<p>Foo Fighters</p>

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews headline Bridge School Benefit

Neil Young's 25th annual fundraiser set for Oct. 22-23

Foo Fighters, Beck, and Arcade Fire are among the headliners for the 25th Annual Bridge School Benefit to be held Oct. 22-23 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif.

The annual non-profit concert started 25 years ago by Neil Young and wife,  Pegi, benefits The Bridge School educates children with physical and speech impairments.

Other artists on the bill include Young, his Farm Aid buddy Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Los Invisibles (featuring Carlos Santana), Mumford & Sons, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall and Jenny Lewis.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 16.


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<p>James Durbin</p>

James Durbin

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What 'American Idol' James Durbin's record deal means

Rocker will release debut in November

American Idol” contestant James Durbin has signed with Wind-Up Records. That brings to five the number of Season 10 finalists who have signed record deals, but the announcement is significant for another reason. Wind-Up is best known at the home of Evanescence.

Durbin’s pacting with Wind-Up means that Universal Music Group’s exclusive period for signing any of the final 11 is over and the remaining unsigned contestants are free agents.

If you’re keeping track, Universal Music Group, through its various labels, signed four “Idols”:  winner Scotty McCreery and runner up Lauren Alaina are on Mercury Nashville/Interscope, while both Pia Toscano and Haley Rinehart inked with Interscope.

The 22-year old rocker is working with producer Howard Benson on his debut, which will come out in November. Benson is no stranger to working with Idols, most notably Chris Daughtry’s band Daughtry.

Who else from Season 10 would you like to see get a record deal?

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Daughtry, Panic! At The Disco pen new songs for 'Batman: Arkham City' album

Twelve artists pen songs specifically for the Caped Crusader video game

Panic! At The Disco, Daughtry, Coheed and Cambria and Serj Tankian have all contributed new songs for the soundtrack to forthcoming video game “Batman: Arkham City.”

Each of the 12 artists wrote a tune specifically for the project. The album streets Oct. 4, two weeks prior to the video game. The collector’s edition of the video game comes with a download code for the album.

Of course, writing for the Caped Crusader carries its own challenges. Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez said in a statement, "I write in a very conceptual format with the stories that surround Coheed and Cambria, but Batman has a much larger, defined history and rules that go along with it. My goal was to find universal themes from Batman's existing history to help give the lyrics legs and dimension so that the song could live within that world."

None of the songs appears in the actual video game, so this is one of those albums that should carry the "inspired by" tags in the title, like the "Alice In Wonderland" album that came out a few years ago.

Maybe "Arkham City" can help hold fans over until next year's arrival of "The Dark Knight Rises." Plus, as Daughtry fans know, Chris and the boys are back in the studio hard at work on the band's next project, but that album won't come out until 2012.

Track listing for "Batman: Arkham City":

1. Panic! At The Disco - Mercenary
2. Coheed and Cambria - Deranged
3. The Duke Spirit - Creature
4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Shadow On The Run
5. Blaqk Audio  - Afterdark
6. The Raveonettes - Oh, Stranger
7. (Crosses) - The Years
8. The Damned Things - Trophy Widow
9. Daughtry - Drown In You
10. The Boxer Rebellion - Losing You
11. Serj Tankian - Total Paranoia
*Bonus Collector's Edition track
12. A Place to Bury Strangers - In The Shadow

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<p>Taylor Swift at last month's Teen Choice Awards</p>

Taylor Swift at last month's Teen Choice Awards

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Analysis: What we can learn from today's CMA Award nominations

Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley lead all artists

The Country Music Assn. announced the nominees for the 45th Annual CMA Awards today and there’s a lot to be gleaned from the nods.

*As opposed to years
when Garth Brooks was head and shoulders and torso above everyone else in country music, there’s a much healthier level playing field these days.  Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley each received five nominations, while Zac Brown Band and The Band Perry garnered four apiece.

*The sharing the wealth also points to how strong the touring market is for country artists. Kenny Chesney, who got neglected here despite releasing the fine “Hemingway’s Whiskey” during the July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011 eligibility period, and Taylor Swift can both fill stadiums, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean can fill arenas. And that’s not even dipping into the stalwarts like Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, and George Strait who sell out larges venues years after year or artists like Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, whose live audiences are growing every day.  Country probably has the deepest bench of any genre. 

*There remains a gaping hole when it comes to country duos, so much so that the vocal group and vocal duo of the year should be combined. Just as Brooks & Dunn dominated for a decade plus, and the Judds before them, Sugarland is the only true superstar duo in a field that also includes developing acts Steel Magnolia and Thompson Square, long-in-the-tooth pair Montgomery Gentry and the fantastic Civil Wars, who despite living in Nashville, have probably never gotten played on country radio other than as a novelty.

*The CMA needs to define “new artist” more narrowly
.  Luke Bryan, who is nominated here, first hit the charts four years ago. To whom is he new?  He’s had six Top 10 hits. If he’s new to you, you haven’t been paying attention. Eric Church’s first album came out on Capitol in 2006. Why not nominate Swift? Her first album came out the same year as Church’s.

*Blake Shelton’s continued ascension
shows that an artist can have an incredible second act. It was the perfect confluence of events: 10 years after releasing his first album, he earns his first entertainer of the year nod. It’s a build that began a little more than two years ago. He’s been rambling along, doing perfectly well, but the combination of stronger music and dating Miranda Lambert, as her star was also rising, led to the jump from steady mid-level artist to superstar.

*Unlike in the past
, when country shunned artists like Faith Hill who courted pop success, the format is confident enough to embrace artists who prove popular in other formats, primarily Taylor Swift.  Plus, Swift has handled her crossover beautifully without ever abandoning country for a minute.

*There are acts who the CMA voters largely ignored this year, all of whom released albums during the eligibility period: Toby Keith (why should this year be any different?), Darius Rucker, the aforementioned Chesney and Rascal Flatts, who received only one nod this year for Vocal Group. Why does it remain such a clique?

The 45th Annual CMA Awards will air Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host for the fourth time.

What did you think of the nominations?

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