<p>Kelly Clarkson</p>

Kelly Clarkson

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Listen: Kelly Clarkson shows her 'Dark Side' in another leaked track

Will you still love her tomorrow?

Kelly Clarkson’s fifth studio album isn’t out for awhile, but as another song leaks, it sure sounds like a winner.

“Dark Side,” a mid-tempo thumper (girl likes her mid-tempo songs, doesn’t she?) opens with a few wispy, Katy Perry-like “oh,ohs” and a jewelry box-sounding tinker before she gets to the point: can her partner love her “even with her dark side.” 

She sounds sweet and vulnerable before the chorus bursts into an explosion that matches the cacophony going on in her own head.
 â€¨Clarkson’s voice sounds great here. There are times when she’s really belting--and she’s a strong belter-- that the pitch doesn’t match the power. Here, both are perfect.

Between “Dark Side” and “Let Me Down,”  which leaked two weeks ago, sounds like Clarkson’s love life has been less than satisfactory lately. But that’s okay. We’ve had enough of silly little love songs.

Clarkson has been downright lowkey about the leaks, taking them in stride. As she posted on her website on Monday, "Well .....I get back in the states from a vacation and somehow like 50 of my songs are leaked on the Internet?! No point in getting angry because there's nothing I can do so I hope y'all like the music. I can't wait for everybody to hear my actual finished 5th album! On a side note, Tahiti is one of the greatest places I've ever been. It's so beautiful! I had an amazing vacation and and got to hang with some awesome people! There's nothing better than dancing, laughing, having a couple drinks, then more dancing, games, and then more laughing :)"

Clarkson will play at the IHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas, which takes place Sept. 23-24.

Listen to “Dark Side” via Idolator.

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<p>Lenny Kravitz </p>

Lenny Kravitz

Watch: Lenny Kravitz as you've never seen him in new video for 'Stand'

He lets his freak flag fly in '70s game show spoof

We’ve already declared our love for Lenny Kravitz’s new single, the crunchy, infectious pop delight, “Stand.” And now he’s made a Foo Fighters-worthy video to go along with it. And that is high praise indeed.

The song has a ‘70s vibe to it, so it makes perfect sense that the Paul Hunter-directed clip sets the Wayback Machine to a spoof of “Let’s Make A Deal”--the original with Monty Hall, not the current lame version with Wayne Brady.

Kravitz plays obnoxious host Bart Billingsworth as well as bad, hair-flipping Prince clone, Desmond Richie.  As deal after deal goes south for the contestants, drummer Bubba Washington, also played by Kravitz, pulls back the curtain (literally) on the corruption.

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Listen: Blink-182's first single in six years, 'Up All Night'

Is there trouble in Blinkville?

Our boys are growing up. A dozen years ago, a  Blink-182 song called “Up At Night” would have undoubtedly been about sneaking out and staying awake until dawn’s early light by partying and carrying on.

The trio’s first single in six years will have you asking, “what’s their age again?,” because Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker are definitely living in the adult world on “Up All Night.”

Instead of regaling in frat-boy hijinks of yore, which, quite frankly, just seem pathetic after 25, what’s keeping our boys up all night are the pains and struggles of every day life. “All these demons, they keep me up all night,” the band sings in the crunchy, new tune, which debuted this morning on Los Angeles’ rock outlet KROQ.

The song is instantly identifiable as Blink, though it has a kind of cool, heavy Rush vibe that wasn’t always so apparent in their earlier hits. The cascading, dense, ominous intro lets us know that we’re not in for another party anthem. Leave that to LMFAO.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga gives Cher a song for Oscar winner's new album

Cher tweets about uplifting 'The Greatest Thing'

Maybe they can share outrageous outfits next. Cher has recorded a song written by Lady Gaga and RedOne for her next album, her first set in 10 years.

The Oscar winner tweeted the good news Wednesday night: “Just walked in from studio! I finished 1st track on new cd &.... ‘Gaga’ ‘You Are The Greatest Thing to Me.’”

The interpretation of this tweet, according to Idolator, is that Gaga and RedOne gave the song, “The Greatest Thing,” to Cher. For now, it won’t be a duet, although Cher remains hopeful. “Who knows?,” Cher further tweeted. “I did hold her meat purse. Ha ha! One can wish!”

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<p>George Harrison</p>

George Harrison

Martin Scorsese-helmed George Harrison doc sets HBO premiere

Film includes interviews with fellow Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

Martin Scorsese’s documentary on George Harrison, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World,” will premiere on HBO over two parts on Oct. 5-6.

The film, which Harrison’s widow, Olivia and Nigel Sinclair co-produced, includes interviews with fellow BeatlesPaul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector, Eric Clapton, producer George Martin, Eric Idle, Tom Petty and others.

The documentary will be preceded by a book of the same title in September from Abrams Books. Harrison’s widow compiled the collection of photographs, letters and diary entries spanning her husband’s life and career.

Scorsese is no stranger to music documentaries: he previously co-produced “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan,” and “Shine a Little Light,” a Rolling Stones concert film.


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The good times continue for LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem' on the Billboard Hot 100

Meet the new chart, almost the same as the old chart

Move along, there’s nothing to see here.  This week’s Billboard Hot 100 looks remarkably similar to last week’s chart as the top six songs all stay in place and there’s only minimal movement in the bottom half.

That means LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock holds at No. 1 for the second week. Former No. 1s  Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” and  Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”  stay at No. 2 and 3.

Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF),” which is her bid to have five No. 1s from “Teenage Dream” hangs out at No. 4, while Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” remains at No. 5 and  Lady Gaga’s “The Edge Of Glory”  is No. 6.

Lil Wayne’s “How To Love” edges up 8-7, One Republic’s “Good Life” budges 9-8, and Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight” inches 10-9. These moves are all possible because last week’s No. 9, Perry’s “E.T.” featuring Kanye West falls 7-10.

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<p>Paul McCartney</p>

Paul McCartney

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Beatles 'reunion' a no-go, according to Julian Lennon

McCartney still rumored to play 2012 London Olympics

Published reports have been circulating for the past few days about a potential Beatles’ “reunion” concert for London’s 2012 Olympics that would feature surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as John Lennon’s son Julian, and George Harrison’s son, Dhani.

Now Julian Lennon is saying, don’t even think about it.  “There will never be a Beatles reunion because two of the members of the band have since passed,” Lennon posted on his Facebook page. “And no one could, or should, try to replace them...End of...x.”  We agree. It’s ludicrous to call the above configuration any semblance of the Beatles. And it’s not a Beatles reunion just because the sons of Lennon and Harrison may stand in for their dads.

It seems the rumor got started after McCartney indicated that he may appear at the London games, according to U.K. tabloid, The Sun. Then tongues started wagging about bringing in Starr. The two have played occasionally together since the Beatles bust-up 40 years ago.

The Sun is staying firm that McCartney will play the opening or closing ceremonies. Whether solo or with Starr is unclear.

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<p>&nbsp;Demi Lovato</p>
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 Demi Lovato

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Watch: Demi Lovato's deeply personal video for 'Skyscraper'

Tune soars to No. 1 on iTunes its first day

Disney star Demi Lovato has definitely had some tough times lately, but if we’re to believe the lyrics in her new single, the Toby Gad-produced “Skyscraper,” she is coming through the other side made stronger by her travails.

The ballad, which hit No. 1 on iTunes today, features a straight-ahead video, much of it a close-up of Lovato’s face as she very heavily emotes through the often anguished lyrics while walking through the sand.  No one else appears in the Mark Pellington-directed clip as the focus is clearly on showing the pain she’s gone through and from which she is rising, not like the proverbial phoenix, but like a skyscraper. The video keeps the intensely personal tone of the song, but also addresses her cutting symbolically by showing broken glass, as well as a heart that remains in tact. Pellington, who’s best known for his tremendous direction on Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy,” U2’s “One” and The Fray’s “How To Save A Life,” brings a sense of intimacy to the clip despite the often wide-open spaces.

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Chickenfoot's new album 'III' promises to go to 11

Sammy Hagar-led group reunites for first set in two years

Chickenfoot, the rock outfit composed of Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and gunslinger Joe Satriani, will release its second album Sept. 27.

The eOne Music release is called “Chickenfoot IIII,” because, according to Hagar, the band is so awesome, it just advanced right past number 2. Is that like getting to skip a grade when you’re in elementary school? 

It also begs the question of can you have sophomore slump if you pretend it’s not your second album?

Anyway, in what may be one of the most awesome quotes we’ve ever reprinted, Hagar said in a statement: “We're calling the album Chickenfoot III because it's so good, the songs are so tight, it's like we jumped right past having to make a second record.”  Seriously, the dude should be in politics.

The press release further promises “colossal, stadium-shaking riffs.” But wait, there’s more: Apparently the band tackles the world’s economic issues in “Three And A Half Letters” and morality in “Up Next.”  We just want some of Hagar’s tequila.

The group’s first set, which came out in 2009, has been certified gold in the U.S.

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<p>Mark Hoppus of Blink-182</p>

Mark Hoppus of Blink-182

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Blink-182 will be 'Up All Night' with first new single in six years

Trio will premiere new tune Friday on KROQ

It’s been eight years since we’ve gotten to enjoy new hi-jinks from  perpetual adolescents Blink-182. That all ends on Friday, when the trio bows its new single, “Up All Night.

The group took to its Facebook page this morning to review that the song will premiere at 7:30 AM PDT (10:30 EDT) on Los Angeles rock station KROQ. If you want to listen along on the web, the address is www.kroq.radio.com or on www.blink182.com

The trio, which reunited in 2009 after a four-year hiatus, plans to release an album later this summer or early fall on Geffen Records. As we reported earlier, Blink’s Mark Hoppus posted on his Tumblr account a few weeks ago that “the finish line is approaching. We’ve chosen an album title, started working on artwork, moving into mixing, and getting ready for tour rehearsals.”

In a conference call with reporters in June, Hoppus told reporters to expect “a diverse palate,” according to Billboard. “We have these songs that are total throwbacks, exactly what people know Blink is. Then we have some...that are madly different and experimental.”

The band starts the Honda Civic tour with My Chemical Romance Aug. 5 in Holmdel, N.J.

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