<p>Cee Lo Green</p>

Cee Lo Green

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Listen: Cee Lo Green's cover of '(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care'

Just try to sit still during the next 1:30

Here’s a day brightener for you: Cee Lo Geen's cover of  “(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care.”

The tune, penned by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller,  was first recorded by Elvis Presley in “Jail House Rock.” But later, Buddy Holly covered the song, which makes it fair game for “Rave on Buddy Holly,” the collection of tunes made famous (sort of ) or written by Holly that’s out on June 28. We’ve already posted contributions from The Black Keys and Paul McCartney.

What we like is that the versions we’ve heard so far really do re-interpret the Holly tune with each artist giving the songs their own spin.

Other artists include Florence + the Machine, Kid Rock and Fiona Apple.

“The Voice” judge gives “You’re So Square” a positively island vibe with what we think are steel drums.  Between the finger snaps, the guitar, bongos and Cee Lo’s lighthearted delivery, just try to stay seated. Everyone conga!

Listen here.

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Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' keeps Pitbull on a short leash...again

How's Lady Gaga doing? Where does Coldplay's latest start?

“Rolling in the Deep”  rolls its way to its fifth week atop  the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The biggest hit of Adele’s young career rises in airplay as it continues to gain traction at various formats.

After conquering most pop-leaning charts, it is now, believe it or not, climbing Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, according to Billboard.

The rest of the Top 10 remains fairly static as titles shift a little or hold steady.  Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer remains at No. 2 (it’s No. 1 in the U.K.) as does Katy Perry’s “E.T.” featuring Kanye West at No. 3.

Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song” ambitiously moves 6-4, bumping Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” featuring Pitbull down one spot to No. 5.

LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock rises 9-6, recapturing its highest mark on the Hot 100 so far.  Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory”  gains one spot to No. 7.

Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough” falls 5-8, Britney Spears’ “Till The World Ends” lives another day, but slides 7-9, while Lupe Fiasco’s “The Show Goes On” eases into the Top 10, moving 12-10.

The chart’s highest debut is Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” which blasts on the Hot 100 at No. 29. Lil Wayne’s “How To Love” also gets a lot of love, as it  zooms 69-12 on the big chart.

In other noteworthy chart news. “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery’s first chart entry, “I Love You This Big” tumbles 11-35, while runner-up Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does” plummets 20-60. The good news is that while the falls are due to major dips in single sales, both tracks are gaining at radio.


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U2 delays release of new album, will go back into studio in 2012

Is it something else we can blame on 'Spider-Man'

Bad news U2 fans: it looks like we’re still a good year away from a new album from the Irish lads, possibly 18 months.

Blame “Spider-Man” and the never-ending 360 Tour. Both have sucked time away from the recording process that started in 2009 after the release of “No Line on the Horizon.”

After months of working with RedOne, best known for his work with Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, and Danger Mouse, the band finally realized that its hopes of finishing the set in time for a 2011 release were nil, as there was no time when they could get back into the studio. “We just realized that we couldn’t,” bassist Adam Clayton tells Rolling Stone. “To be honest, everyone was a bit gutted. But it was the only sensible decision.”

He adds that the Danger Mouse songs will likely surface on the new album, but the RedOne tracks will not. “We have to focus on what we do best, and the work we did with Danger Mouse came closest to that,” Clayton said. “In the end, the thing we did with RedOne doesn’t feel like the right fit.”  The hope is to now have the album ready by the end of 2012.

By the way, by the time the 360 Tour wraps up 20 dates or so from now (dates postponed from last summer following Bono’s back surgery), it will grossed more than $700 million, making it the highest-earning tour of all time.  And if you’d like to feel older,  2011 marks U2’s 35th anniversary. Gulp.

In related Spidey news, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will have its real opening June 14, we promise. After more delays than we can count, the musical, for which U2’s The Edge and Bono, wrote the tunes, is finally ready to go. For anyone who’s counting, the show has had 177 preview performances, making its preview season much longer than most Broadway shows ever run after opening.

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<p>Jason Aldean performs with Ludacris during the 2011 CMT&nbsp;Music Awards.</p>

Jason Aldean performs with Ludacris during the 2011 CMT Music Awards.

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Five things we learned from watching the CMT Awards

What can you say about a show with flag-waving and panty-flashing?

Here’s the thing about country music award shows, whether it’s the CMAs, the ACMs, or CMT Music Awards, you know going in that there’s never going to be the awesome highs or the awful lows that rock-oriented awards show, like MTV’s Video Music Awards have simply because the audience won’t tolerate such egregious hijinks.

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<p>Gwen Stefani</p>

Gwen Stefani

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Gwen Stefani says no more solo albums

But where is our first No Doubt record in a decade?

We’ve been waiting, waiting and waiting for the first No Doubt album in nearly a decade and every now and then a band member drops a little hint that it will eventually arrive.

Gwen Stefani tells Entertainment Weekly in a story coming out Friday, June 10, that her professional focus is solely on making No Doubt music---that is when she’s now being a L’Oreal pitchwoman or working on her L.A.M.B. fashion line.

Her solo career, which spawned two albums since the last No Doubt 2001 album, “Rock Steady,”   is over and was, if spectacularly lucrative and fruitful, “a moment in time,” she says. “It went on a little longer than we all thought it would, because it was inspired and you have to go with wherever you’re at in that time in your life … [But] everything works out how it should,” she says.

As we reported in January, the band was back in the studio, but that forthcoming babies for Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont would slow the process.

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Target lands deluxe edition of Beyonce's '4,' according to reports

June 28 release would carry numerous additional tracks

Consumers who want an extra dose of Beyonce’s “4” will need to head to Target, which will reportedly carry an exclusive deluxe version of the June 28 release with extra tracks.

It’s undetermined yet how many additional tracks the mass merchant’s edition will contain, according to Billboard, which adds that the European version of “4” is also rumored to have six more cuts, including three remixes of “Run the World (Girls).” Target has not confirmed the exclusive.

Billboard also reports that Sony Music Entertainment, Beyonce’s label, will ship approximately 1 million copies of the CD. That amount is half the tally that Universal sent out for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which remains No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week in its second week. 

In other Beyonce news, a fourth song from "4" briefly surfaced today before being yanked. The tune, "Party," features Andre 3000 and samples Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh's "La Di Da Di." 

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<p>Carrie Underwood</p>

Carrie Underwood

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Watch: Carrie Underwood busts on Brad Paisley, talks new album

Forthcoming set will be 'eclectic, progressive'

Carrie Underwood has begun work on her next album, a follow-up to 2009’s “Play On.”

“It's shaping up, at its earliest form, to be very eclectic," she says. "I always look for vocally challenging songs. It'll be me, but hopefully more progressive."

The most commercially successful “American Idol” so far was the subject of a Q&A Monday afternoon at Billboard’s Country Music Summit. In addition to talking about her album, she talked about “American Idol’s” Scott McCreery and Lauren Alaina.  She also busts on her buddy Brad Paisley, with whom she recorded a duet for his new album. “He’s my guy, he’s my match,” she says of her Country Music Assn. Awards co-host Paisley.

Underwood plans to write more songs for this set than she has in the past. She adds she carries a notebook around with her 24/7 so she can jot done whenever inspiration hits. “I have songs that are very different in our little back pocket right now... there are songs that are more spiritual,  I have songs that are a little bit darker...a few more folkie-type songs that.. are so beautiful with the guitar... It’s exciting to put them all together and see what you’ve got.”

While they wait for new solo Underwood, fans can hear Underwood duetting on both Brad Paisley and Randy Travis’s new albums.

Find out more in the below video.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Watch: Justin Bieber and Chris Brown survive Armageddon in 'Next 2 U' clip

Is it a disaster film in the making or just disasterous?

What kind of fresh hell is this?  Gather ‘round kids, this is what happens when people have too much power, money and ego and no one will tell them their idea is bad.

A nearly  8-minute rough cut of the Chris Brown/Justin Bieber video for “Next 2 U” has escaped whatever editing bay in which it was sequestered and surfaced on Bossip.

The duet is a wafer-thin, sweet Bruno Mars-like ditty about about sticking by someone through good and bad— and wanting them to have your baby. We always took the light about “One day when the sky is falling, I’ll be standing right there next to you” to be more a pledge of loyalty, not a literal one. As the video shows, we were wrong.

The sky actually falls in the Colin Tilley-directed video that is a cross between “Battle: Los Angeles” and “Armageddon.” But first, we need a little exposition. there’s an important plot here, people. For three minutes, before a note of the song is played, we have Brown and some lovely lady dirty dancing and doing the Running Man in a New York loft and Bieber and some pretty girl sharing some G-rated groping before, in true “Romeo and Juliet” fashion, her father comes and yanks the star-crossed lovers apart.

Then random explosions start happening,  all hell breaks loose so Bieber and Brown break into song. We like the random shots, like a teddy bear and the replica of Rodin’s “The Thinker.”  Deep. Everything is destroyed, except for the movie theater marquee with Chris Brown, “F.A.M.E.” on it (the song is from that album). And they say miracles don’t happen.

Chaos ensues, fire erupts, buildings crumble, people look terrified and these two fine fellows keep singing and dancing through the apocalypse.  There’s a lot of time shifting, but as far as we can tell, one couple has a happy ending, one does not. But you’ll have to watch for yourself to find out.

What do you think of "Next 2 U?" Do you smell Oscar? 


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Watch: Rihanna covers Prince in Baltimore's 'Loud' tour opening
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Watch: Rihanna covers Prince in Baltimore's 'Loud' tour opening

Read what critics are saying about the show

Rihanna opened her “Loud” tour June 4 at Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena to rave reviews.  The local paper, The Baltimore Sun, went so far as to call it “one of the best pop concerts so far this year”  and many reviewers praised the high-energy, hit-laden show.

Ri-Ri also threw in a few well-placed covers, including Prince’s “Darling Nikki.” She might as well take it since he doesn’t perform it any more due to religious reasons. We embedded it down below for your pleasure. Plus, she gave a lap dance to a female fan.

Here’s what some outlets said about the show, which features Cee-Lo as the opener.

The Baltimore Sun: It was also one of the best pop concerts so far this year, a visually interesting, well-designed show that moved through sections with none of the clunkiness that bogged down Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour, where costume changes and unwieldy set-pieces took up too much time.
Except for a the ballads that almost marred the fourth act, Rihanna's Loud was a seamless stream of upbeat dance music, and she did it without sacrificing impressive stagecraft or pizzazz.

Bark + Bite: Rihanna has grown immensely as a performer. No, she's not a dancer like Beyonce or a crazy pianist like Lady Gaga, but Rihanna is a certified entertainer. She played and interacted with the crowd and most importantly, she sang live and she sang live well.

Rolling Stone: Beyond just the volume of the show -- which was considerable -- the [“Loud”] theme prevailed through the set, built around a giant speaker cabinet; the costumes (mostly neon and shiny); and the entire production itself: a gloriously over-the-top spectacle perfectly befitting the singer, who seems to produce chart-toppers by the dozen.

The tour continues tonight in Toronto.


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<p>Lauren Alaina</p>

Lauren Alaina

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'American Idol' runner up Lauren Alaina heads into Nashville studio this week

Plus, the Mercury Nashville act gets set for her first Grand Ole Opry debut

American Idol” runner up Lauren Alaina will begin recording her debut album this week in Nashville for Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope. 

Though we have no further info, we can confirm that winner Scotty McCreery’s first post-”Idol” album will also be on Mercury Nashville.

Both singers released their coronation singles via Mercury Nashville, but the label hadn’t confirmed that  it would release their full albums.

Alaina’s single,  “Like My Mother Does,”  debuted at No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, which is the highest debut for a second place finalist in six years. It debuted at No. 49 on the Hot Country Songs chart and jumps to No. 43 this week. The compilation of her songs performed on "AI" bowed on the Country Albums chart at No. 9

It’s a big week for Alaina in that she also makes her debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday in Nashville.

Given that McCreery is also signed to Mercury Nashville and we’re getting pumped on Alaina, we would surmise that her album may come out first.  No word on when that release will be.

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