<p>Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery</p>

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery

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Mark your calendars: 'American Idol's' Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina set release dates

When will their Mercury album debuts hit the streets?

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, who seem to be a package deal, will put out their debut albums one week apart.

McCreery, “American Idol’s” season 10 winner, gets to go first.  “Clear As Day” will come out Oct. 4 on 19/Mercury Nashville. Alaina, “AI” season 10 runner-up will come one week later, Oct. 10, with “Wildflower.”

The teenage pair, who are on tour with “American Idol” now, have been sneaking into studios throughout the country to record.

“We’ve been working hard on this album not only in Nashville, but in studios across the country because I’ve been on the Idol tour,” 17-year-old McCreery said in a statement.  “We’re putting what I believe are the best songs we could find on it and I really hope everyone likes it. The whole experience has been amazing!  I love working with my album producer, Mark Bright, and have gotten to work with some of the best musicians in Nashville!”

McCreery, the youngest male to win “American Idol,” is already having some success with first single, “I Love You This Big,” which is in the top 20 of Billboard Country Songs.  He says the country album blends modern and traditional sounds. “It’s a good mixture. You can hear some of the influences that I grew up with, like Hank Williams, Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard, but it still has a contemporary twist and feel that keeps it up to date.”

Similarly, and not surprisingly, 16-year old Alaina feels her album has something for everyone too. It’s a mixture of all different songs, so I hope it will appeal to all different kinds of people. There are fast songs for people who like up-tempos that you can dance to, and there are also tearjerkers for people who like slower ballads.  I tried to get songs that are all a little different so that we could bring a fresh feel to each and every song.”

Bryon Gallimore, best known for his work with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Lee Ann Womack, produced “Wildflower.”

While we wait, enjoy McCreery's video for "I Love You This Big" and Alaina's music clip for "Like My Mother Does." 

<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Does Katy Perry make it to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100?

Or does LMFAO keep laughing at No. 1?

LMFAO isn’t making it easy for Katy Perry. The duo’s “Party Rock Anthem” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock stays at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for its sixth week.

Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” hangs out in the runner-up spot for the third week in a row. However, the song rises to No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart with 146.9 million impressions.

As you know, Perry is attempting to tie Michael Jackson’s record of landing five No. 1 songs from one album atop the Billboard Hot 100.  She’s already taken “Teenage Dream’s” title track, “California Gurls,” “E.T.” and “Firework” to the summit. Plus, she’s achieved the feat on Billboard’s Pop Songs, Digital Songs and Radio Songs charts where all five songs have risen to the top.

Perry’s new remix of “Last Friday Night” featuring Missy Elliott  may do the trick to take the track to No. 1, although downloads of the tune have been dropping for several weeks, according to Billboard.

Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” stays at No. 3, as does Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” at No. 4. Bad Meets Evil’s “Lighters” featuring Bruno Mars ignites 7-5, taking the spot formerly occupied by Lil Wayne’s “How To Love.”

Britney Spears’ “I Wanna Go,” which slides up two to No. 7,  while Spears’ former Mouseketeer, Christina Aguilera and Maroon 5 soar 25-8 with “Moves Like Jagger.” The tune had dipped for a bit, but performances on “America’s Got Talent” and “Today Show” sent it soaring upward again.

Adele’s former No. 1, “Rolling In the Deep” rolls 6-9, while Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight” falls 8-10.
 

Watch: 'American Idol' Pia Toscano's video for 'This Time'
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Watch: 'American Idol' Pia Toscano's video for 'This Time'

She's making her escape in a classic car

Pia Toscano has places to go and a past to escape in the video for “This Time,” so she hits the road in a Mustang convertible and a time machine since she’s able to transport herself instantly from a bucolic field to a beach to a city street in no time flat. And change outfits.

The mid-tempo ballad showcases the “American Idol” season 10 contestant’s strong vocals, but is such a non-starter that we’d almost suggest you watch the video with the mute button on and just imagine the sound of the waves crashing.

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<p>Mary J. Blige</p>

Mary J. Blige

Watch: Mary J. Blige's video for 'The Living Proof'

Will the new tune from 'The Help' be an Oscar contender?

Mary J. Blige’s “The Living Proof,” from “The Help” is stirring mid-tempo ballad about the journey taken by some of the characters in the movie. She sings  “Nothing ‘bout my life’s been easy, but nothing’s gonna keep me down, no/because I know a lot more today than I knew yesterday so I’m ready to carry on.”

While the words are most likely about the maids in the movie, they also mirror much of Blige’s often harrowing journey, so it’s no surprise that she delivers them with such heartfelt conviction in the video for “The Living Proof.” It came out today, which, no coincidence here, is the same day the movie hits theaters.

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<p>Scotty McCreery in &quot;I Love You This Big&quot;</p>

Scotty McCreery in "I Love You This Big"

Watch: 'American Idol's' Scotty McCreery loves you this big in new music video

You should see the one that got away

Scotty McCreery lets his friends do the heavy lifting in his video for “I Love You This Big”...literally.

His band plugs in monitors and gets the whole stage set up  going in the “American Idol” winner’s video for his first post-”Idol” single as he dreamily stares into space singing about how his heart starts pounding “when I look into your eyes.”

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<p>Blake Shelton</p>

Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton dances his way onto the 'Footloose' soundtrack

Zac Brown, Victoria Justice, Cee-Lo and Smashing Pumpkins also on set

Blake Shelton, whose “Red River Blue” debuted atop the Billboard 200 last month, will channel his inner Kenny Loggins for a remake of the title track to “Footloose.”

The soundtrack for the Paramount Pictures reboot of the 1984 film, which stars Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and newcomer Kenny Wormald, features four new versions of songs from the original. In addition to “Footloose,” teen queen Victoria Justice and country newcomer Hunter Hayes remake “Almost Paradise” (first recorded by Loverboy’s Mike Reno and Heart’s Ann Wilson), Jana Kramer puts her spin on “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” (Deniece Williams) and Ella Mae Bowen takes on “Holding Out For A Hero” (Bonnie Tyler).

Out Sept. 27, the soundtrack includes new music from Cee Lo Green, Zac Brown and Big & Rich, among others.  It has a lot to live up to: the original soundtrack topped the Billboard charts and contained three Top 10 hits.  The first single from the new iteration, “Fake I.D.” from Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson dropped to No. 51 on this week’s Billboard Country Songs chart.

The movie opens Oct. 14.

“FOOTLOOSE” Soundtrack track listing:

1. Footloose – Blake Shelton
2. Where The River Goes – Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band
3. Little Lovin’ – Lissie
4. Holding Out For A Hero – Ella Mae Bowen
5. Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Jana Kramer
6. So Sorry Mama – Whitney Duncan
7. Fake I.D. – Big & Rich feat. Gretchen Wilson
8. Almost Paradise – Victoria Justice & Hunter Hayes
9. Walkin’ Blues – Cee Lo Green feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
10. Window Paine – The Smashing Pumpkins
11. Suicide Eyes – A Thousand Horses
12. Dance The Night Away – David Banner

<p>Katy Perry</p>
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Katy Perry

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Listen: Katy Perry and Missy Elliott on fun remix of "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"

Will the new version push the song to No. 1?

Will Katy Perry's new  emix of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) featuring Missy Elliott be enough to push the song to the top of the Billboard Hot 100? 

Make no mistake, in addition to being a fun pairing of the two, the remix is a gambit to get enough radio play and singles sales on the new version to propel the song to  No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 so that Perry can tie Michael Jackson as the only artist to land five No. 1s from one album on the chart. So far,  "Teenage Dream" has provided us with four chart toppers: The title track, "California Gurls," "E.T." and "Firework."

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Listen: Evanescence's first new single in five years

Listen: Evanescence's first new single in five years

Self-titled third album out Oct. 25

Evanescence returns with its third studio album, and its first in five years, on Oct. 11 with a self-titled set.

“What Your Want,” the first single from the Nick Raskulinecz-produced went to radio this morning. “It’s about freedom,” the group’s Amy Lee told MTV about the first single.  Of the album, Lee said, “We are so excited to release this thing. We’ve been working on this music for a very long time and seeing it all finally come together is a really amazing feeling. The album is about us and also our fans-- we’ve combining the best of Ev with some new attitude and we’re just dying to share it.”

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The top 6 producers Adele should have helm her new country album
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The top 6 producers Adele should have helm her new country album

Who can take on that big voice and marry torch and twang?

Adele, whose “21” is about to spend its 12th non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, has professed her discovery — and subsequent love — of country music far and wide.

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<p>LMFAO</p>

LMFAO

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Does LMFAO keep Katy Perry out of the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100

Britney Spears hits a new milestone

We bet Katy Perry isn’t laughing at LMFAO as the duo logs its fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with “Party Rock Anthem” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock.

That means the pair keeps Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F),” which stays at No. 2, out of the summit for another week on the big chart. Perry is trying to tie Michael Jackson’s record of five No. 1s from one single album.  She’s already set the record on both the Mainstream Top 40 and Pop Songs charts, where she is the only artist to take a quintet of tunes from one project to the top.

If Perry has to wait another week to reach her Hot 100 dreams, Britney Spears can go ahead and celebrate this week: “I Wanna Go” climbs 11-9 this week, making it the third Top 10 tune from “Femme Fatale.” That marks the first time that one of Spears’ albums has spawned three Hot 100 top 10s, according to Billboard.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” ekes up one spot to No. 3, making the tune the highest-charting song by a solo female rapper since  Missy Elliott took “Work It” to No. 2 in 2002.
Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, slips 3-4, while Lil Wayne’s “How To Love” move 6-5.

Adele’s former No. 1, “Rolling in the Deep” goes 5-6, while Bad Meets Evil’s “Lighters” featuring Bruno Mars makes the biggest jump within the Top 10, skipping 10-7. Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight” tumbles 7-8,  and Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” slips 8-10.

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis”  barely misses the Top 10 as the track, which the pair recorded for “Watch The Throne,” soars 47-12. Even though Drake gave us a peek at “Headlines,” another tune from forthcoming album, “Take Care,” it’s “Marvin’s Room” that makes the news this week, as the Drake song soars 68-21.