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And the Grammy goes to... Who will get an Album of the Year nod?

Eligibility period ends next week

Sure, we all know Adele’s “21” is a shoo-in for a Grammy nomination for album of the year, but after the British thrush’s second effort, who will likely land a nod among the top five slots?

We know the Grammy Awards aren’t until Feb. 12, 2012, but next Friday, Sept. 30, marks the last release day of eligibility for an album to be considered. Any album put out between Oct. 1, 2010 and Sept. 30, 2011 falls within the qualifying period.

That means that a number of sets still to come in 2011 will have to wait until the 2013 ceremony for their chance to snare the golden gramophone, including new titles from Coldplay, Kelly Clarkson, Drake, Tom Waits, Miranda Lambert and Lou Reed/Metallica.

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Watch: Wavves crash in violent clip for 'Bug'

What? Didn't they just declare their love for Dave Grohl?

You know what’s a buzz kill at a party? A dude who crashes your  perfectly civilized game night who is wanted by the police.

Then, when the pills that you’ve been popping all night kick in, a drag queen (or at least we think it’s a guy) dressed as a mermaid toting a machine gun pops up through the coffee table, and takes out the cops with said gun and splatters their blood all over a perfectly fine poster of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. What? It seems like it was only last month the band was declaring its love for for Grohl in “I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl.”

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<p>Jason Aldean in &quot;Tattoos on This Town&quot;</p>

Jason Aldean in "Tattoos on This Town"

Watch: Jason Aldean's video for 'Tattoos on This Town' leaves its mark

Country superstar amps up the story in new clip

Jason Aldean had the country hit of the summer with the massively popular country rap “Dirt Road Anthem.” Will he rule the fall with “Tattoos on This Town.” The song, which is already No. 23 on the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, will undoubtedly get a boost from the video released today.

Aldean is one of country’s resident hunks, so he needs to be in the video, which intersperses footage of he and his band playing in an abandoned warehouse with a story that takes a deeply tragic turn that, to my mind, is a bit too heavy handed for the song. Having said that, congrats to the songwriters, Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley and Michael Dulaney, who came up with an image we haven’t gotten before in country songs—or any song—about leaving your permanent mark on your home city by comparing it to a tattoo.

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<p>Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera from &quot;Moves Like Jagger&quot;</p>

Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera from "Moves Like Jagger"

Do Maroon 5, Xtina and 'Jagger' dance to 3 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100?

Who sets the record for oldest living artist to zoom -- OK, walk -- onto the charts ?

“Moves Like Jagger” stays perfectly still this week as the Maroon 5 tune featuring Christina Aguilera remains at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the third week in a row.

“Jagger” isn’t the only static song: the top four on the chart remain the same as last week: Adele’s “Someone Like You” is No. 2, Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” is No. 3 and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” is No. 4.

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Lady Gaga, bringing a little weirdness to 'Good Morning America' in May
Lady Gaga, bringing a little weirdness to 'Good Morning America' in May
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Watch: Lady Gaga flop around in 'Yuyi,' third clip for 'You and I'

Her mermaid character is going places...with a little help

This time when Lady Gaga  sings “This time I’m not leaving without you,” in the latest video for “You and I,” she really means it. Because she can’t!

In the third Haus of U clip for “You and I,” Gaga appears as Yuyi, the mermaid who first surfaced in the official clip for the song.  Therefore, motility on land is somewhat limited to flopping around, as she does in and under a director’s chair here, or being carried around. As you recall, Lady Gaga has been releasing additional short black and white clips, filmed in Nebraska, to boost the song. While beautifully shot, they’re low-concept affairs. The first of the five, “Nymph,” featured Lady Gaga in lingerie dancing to the song. In last week’s installment, “Bride,” she was working a “Bride of Frankenstein” theme.

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<p>Axl Rose</p>

Axl Rose

Guns N' Roses touring the U.S. for the first time in five years

Thirty-date arena tour starts in Orlando in October

Guns N’ Roses will play its first full U.S. tour in five years starting Oct. 28 in Orlando. A few dates had been announced here and there, but today we got confirmation of the cities (and some venues) on the arena tour.

The line-up is Axl Rose, guitarist DJ Ashba, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, bassist Tommy Stinson, guitarist Richard Fortus, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, keyboardist Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer.

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<p>Gavin DeGraw</p>

Gavin DeGraw

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Interview: Gavin DeGraw talks Taylor Swift, Jakob Dylan and 'Sweeter'

What is the singer's biggest regret?

Gavin DeGraw seems a little young to have life regrets, but at 34, he already has a big one: not getting to duet with Solomon Burke.

He met the soul legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer a few years earlier, and had subsequently asked him to sing on a track. “He was like, ‘Baby, baby, c’mon. I would love that Gavin. That would be wonderful’,” DeGraw recalls, imitating Burke’s deep drawl.

Months passed without the pair going to the studio. Then  DeGraw gets a call in the middle of the night from Burke. “I was just dog tired from the studio. I forgot to call him the next day when I got out of the studio,” DeGraw says. Before he could return the call, Burke died in Amsterdam.

“One of my biggest regrets is not having had a chance to record with him or put him on an album because he’s one of the most important singers from that era,” DeGraw says, as recalls “freaking out” when he met Burke and L.C.Cooke, Sam Cooke’s brother.  “That’s my silver and gold right there, being in the company of my idols.”

Although DeGraw never got to record with Burke, his influence can be heard on “Sweeter,” which comes out today, Sept. 20.

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Listen: Daughtry's new song, 'Drown In You,' from 'Batman:Arkham City'

What other 'American Idol' alum does he remind you of?

Daughtry unveiled a new song, the dramatic “Drown In You” today. The track is part of “Batman: Arkham City—The Album,” a soundtrack to the new Batman video game that also features music from Panic! At the Disco,” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Duke Spirit.

The tune is way more anguished than we usually hear from the “American Idol” vet and his bandmates. It’s Chris Daughtry singing to what sounds like an Evanescence track crossed with Adam Lambert. There’s lots of heavy guitars, thrashing guitars, and a screaming axe solo, as angst pours through every note. The narrative of the story is pretty self explanatory from the title: Daughtry is in way too deep with someone else and needs for them to put the brakes on. It’s all or nothing in this epic battle for survival.

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<p>Eddie Vedder in &quot;Pearl Jam 20&quot;</p>

Eddie Vedder in "Pearl Jam 20"

Review: Does Cameron Crowe's rock documentary 'Pearl Jam Twenty' shine?

Is there an 'Evenflow' to the film?

At one point more than half way through “Pearl Jam Twenty,” Cameron Crowe’s very affectionate look at the Seattle band’s first two decades,  founding member Stone Gossard muses, “No one can put a finger on what keeps us coming back together.”

That’s the beautiful, mystical alchemy of a great band, isn’t it? There is something elusive and indefinable that holds the members together that transcends petty arguments, creative differences or band wives,  and that keeps them, as my late Billboard editor Timothy White used to say, locked in a dance they can’t get out of. It’s a hit— a fix— that they can not get through any other chemical or combination.

Pearl Jam was born on the back of a tragedy and, in some ways, that loss haunts  and drives them to this day. In a very simple explanation, Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament were in Mother Love Bone with glittering star/lead singer Andrew Wood. After his death from a drug overdose in 1990, the pair found themselves in need of a new lead singer and ultimately connected with Eddie Vedder, who moved from San Diego to Seattle to join the band.  Six days later (!!!), they, along with guitarist Mike McCready and original drummer Dave Krusen (the first of five drummers) were on stage playing “Alive.” The footage from that first concert shows something coalescing, some magical inchoate idea/structure evolving before our eyes.   Superstardom followed.  The fact that Pearl Jam existed only because someone died is a hell of an albatross.

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

Watch: Britney Spears talks about new video for next single, 'Criminal'

Shot in London, the clip includes a special cameo

Britney Spears is lensing her video for next single, “Criminal,” in London. That’s the big news from the Reuters interview embedded below, which was taped Friday as part of a promotional tour.

“I’ve never shot on location out of the country of America for a video so that should be really interesting,” Spears tells the reporter, veering dangerously close to sounding like Miss Teenage South Carolina, although we have no doubt that Britney can locate the United States on a map.

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