<p>Christina Aguilera</p>

Christina Aguilera

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Watch: Christina Aguilera starts her career rehab

'The Voice' coach pays a visit to Ellen

The official rehabilitation of Christina Aguilera’s career begins tonight on “The Voice.” As you know, she is one of the four celebrity music "coaches" who will mentor contestants to fame.  The vocal competition premieres tonight on NBC at 9 p.m. ET. She's joined by Cee Loo Green, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

The unofficial rehab started with this appearance on “Ellen DeGeneres,” where Aguilera gamely and graciously talks about the Super Bowl “Star Spangled Banner” flub, other than that part about “I knew the press would go in for the kill.” Although I have to admit, I agree with her.  Yes, it was a big gaffe, but she’s human and I give her credit for singing live.

It would also appear that someone, whether it was a media coach or her manager, sat down with Aguilera and told her to let her warmth come out--- look at what miracles have happened for Jennifer Lopez now that we see her softer side on “American Idol.” I’ve interviewed Aguilera and while she’s always been professional and cordial, I’ve never seen her this warm and relaxed.

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<p>Chris Martin of Coldplay will head to Lollapalooza this year.</p>

Chris Martin of Coldplay will head to Lollapalooza this year.

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Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Muse headline Lollapalooza 2011

Where are the ladies?

In one of only a handful of dates announced this year, Eminem will headline  Lollapalooza 2011. Also taking the main stage at Chicago’s Grant Park for the Aug. 5-7 festival are Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Muse.

Among the secondary headliners are My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle and Cee Lo Green.  We guess no women were available as headliners? 

Nearly 100 acts will appear over the three days, including The Cars, Bright Eyes, Arctic Monkeys, Big Audio Dynamite, Flogging Molly, Damian Marley and Nas, Sleigh Bells, Lykke Li, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Fitz & The Tantrums and Deftones.

Another 30 or so acts will be part of Perry’s, the electronic and dance music stage named after Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell.

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<p>Steve Earle</p>

Steve Earle

Airborne Toxic Event and Steve Earle lead April 26 new album releases

Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson join Bootsy Collins

There’s plenty of nice stuff out Tuesday, April 26, but, quite honestly, it feels a little like a warm-up for next week’s Super Tuesday. On May 3, we’ll get new albums from Beastie Boys, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Nicks, and Fleet Foxes, among others. The big names this week include The Airborne Toxic Event, who may crack the top 10 on the Billboard 200, as well as new sets from Steve Earle and Of Montreal.

The Airborne Toxic Event, “All At Once” (Island): Alternative music darlings best known for breakthrough single “Sometime Around Midnight” pairs with producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Band of Horses) for second Island set.

Augustana, “Augustana” (Epic): Rootsy rockers return with third album produced by Jacquire King, best known for his work with Kings of Leon and Norah Jones.

Bootsy Collins, “The Funk Capitol of the World” (Mascot): And where might that capitol be? That’s easy, it’s anywhere Bootsy it. He takes it with him wherever he goes. Along for the ride this time are fellow Parlimentar-ians George Clinton and Bernie Warrell, as well as Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Ice Cube, Bela Fleck and, no kidding, Samuel L. Jackson.

Steve Earle, “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive” (New West): None of us are getting out alive, Steve, but few of us have a great an ability to sum up the world around us as you do. Trenchant singer/songwriter pairs with producer T Bone Burnett for his latest collection.

Emmylou Harris, “Hard Bargain” (Nonesuch): National treasure Harris returns with her first album in three years, visiting such terrain as love (including her relationship with Gram Parsons), a well as socio-political on “The Ballad of Emmett Till,” about a black teenager who was killed in 1955 for speaking to a white woman.

Of Montreal, “Thecontrollersphere” (Polyvinyl):  Five-song EP produced by Of Montreal’s frontman Kevin Barnes.

Poly Styrene, "Generation Indigo" (Future Noise Music): Cult hero Poly Styrene, best known as front woman for British punk band X-Ray Spex, sets forth with a new solo album

Todd Rundgren, “Todd Rungren’s Johnson” (MPCA): Okay, we really are writing about this one mainly because the title makes us laugh every time like Beavis and Butthead. But seriously folks, the album is a cover of tunes made famous by bluesman Robert Johnson.


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<p>Lady Gaga is &quot;Born this Way&quot;&nbsp;for her HBO Special</p>

Lady Gaga is "Born this Way" for her HBO Special

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Watch: Lady Gaga says 'I feel like people are trying to destroy me'

New footage from her May 7 HBO special and other Lady Gaga news

Four weeks from today Lady Gaga will unleash her new album, “Born This Way,” upon a very suspecting world (really, is there anyone who doesn’t know yet that this album is coming May 23)?

But in the meantime, we continue to get our regular dose of Lady Gaga as her perpetual promotion machine continues to loudly hum away. No word on if she’ll actually take off Friday and let the Royal Wedding grab the headlines or if she’ll figure out some way to snare the spotlight from Kate and William by crashing the wedding in some spectacularly inappropriate fashion.

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<p>My Morning Jacket</p>

My Morning Jacket

Listen: My Morning Jacket take a left turn with new track, 'Holdin' On to Black Metal'

Band sets May 31 release date for 'Circuital'

My Morning Jacket has released a new cut from its forthcoming album “Circuital” and it’s as different from the quietly building 7-minute title track as can be. And we also now have a release date for MMJ’s latest: May 31.

“Holdin On to Black Metal” features Jim James singing in his upper register, bolstered by funky horns and female backing singers. It’s very ‘70s and very retro and unlike anything we've heard from them before. And it sounds very ironic to us, as if the whole tune is delivered with a wink, especially the slow-mo “black metal” voice over. Listen to it here.

As we previously posted, “Circuital” is the Louisville band’s first album since 2008’s “Evil Urges.”

MMJ, who along with Drive By Truckers are among the best American rock bands performing live these days,  has also released a slew of new concert dates, including a hometown show on May 31. Go to the group’s Facebook page to get the full listing.

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Adele looks to bounce back to No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200

Who else has a tremendous resurgence?

Adele’s “21” will likely bounce back to the top spot next week as it is poised to sell up to 125,000 copies. Not only does the British singer’s second set bob back to No. 1 for the sixth week, it could increase in sales by more than 25% over this week. The boost is concurrent with Easter sales and the  first single “Rolling in the Deep’s” rise at pop radio.

Also taking a nice leap is the Disney’s soundtrack to “Lemonade Mouth,” a musical drama that aired on the Disney Channel on April 15. Is this the next “High School Musical?”  The set debuted this week at No. 18, but could leap as high as No. 4 on the Billboard 200, according to Hits Daily Double.

Otherwise, it’s a pretty static in the Top 10 with only one debut: The Glee Cast’s “Glee Presents The Warblers,” which will enter the chart at No. 2. This week’s No. 1, Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light,” slips to No. 3. Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” may move up one to 5,  Alison Krauss & Union Station’s “Paper Airplane” falls to No. 6, and Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” moves up three to 7.

It’s a horse race for the remaining three spots as sets from Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa are all too close to call with two days left of sales before the chart week closes.

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<p>Some percentage of the 'Glee' cast</p>

Some percentage of the 'Glee' cast

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Listen: 'Glee' takes on Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way'

Plus, country quartet Little Big Town throws down on their version

Do you really think we’d send you off into this weekend without one more  little treat from Lady Gaga?  Today, she put up “Glee’s” version of “Born This Way,” which will air on a special 90-minute episode of the Fox show on April 26. Come on, put your paws up like a good Easter Bunny.

It’s a fairly straight-forward version of the tune, which is getting lots of love when it comes to cover versions.  In addition to Weird Al’s parody, “I Perform This Way,” country quartet  Little Big Town, remade the song this week as part of its “Scattered, Smothered and Covered” series.  Once you get past the rough a capella opening, it gives way to a cool bluegrass-tinged cover that kicks the ass of the “country” version that Lady Gaga released a few weeks back.  Plus, we dig that they just seemingly burst into song backstage hallway somewhere.


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Rihanna and Beyonce duke it out for the top spot on Music Power Rankings

Why is Apple back in the news?

She seems to be everywhere: showing up in the unlikeliest of places like dueting with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles at this month’s Academy of Country Music Awards or partnering with fellow diva Britney Spears for a remix. One place she’s showing up with startling frequency is at the top of the charts and this week is no exception as she takes “S&M” to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and breaks two records.

1) Rihanna (not ranked last week):
  She heads off a strong charge from Lady Gaga’s “Judas” to top the Billboard Hot 100 and, in doing so, sets a record for shortest time span between her first and 10th No. 1 by a solo artist. Plus, the 23-year old is the youngest artist to score 10 No. 1s, although she better watch out for Justin Bieber.

2) Apple (not ranked):
Not only does the company generate $24 billion in quarterly revenue, a staggering 83% increase over the same quarter last year, it looks like iTunes’ cloud-based music locker is close to launch, with All Things D reporting that Apple has closed licensing deals with two of the big four label groups.  As you’ll recall, Amazon decided it didn’t need no sticking licenses for its cloud-based service, incurring the wrath of labels everywhere. http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20110421/one-difference-between-apples-music-locker-and-amazons-label-deals/

3) Beyonce (not ranked):
After a short break, Bey is back and fierce as Sasha always proclaimed to be. What first single “Girls (Run The World)” lacks in a hummable melody it more than makes up for in attitude and sass.

4) Ticketmaster (not ranked): The ticketing giant has inked a deal with MarketShare that will likely lead to dynamic pricing for the concert business, meaning you may finally be able to set your own price for a ticket as prices will better reflect market demands instead of artist greed. Now, if we could just do something about those service fees....

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<p>This picture of Paul Simon is from last year. But Paul Simon is pretty much Paul Simon, right?</p>

This picture of Paul Simon is from last year. But Paul Simon is pretty much Paul Simon, right?

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Concert Review: Paul Simon brings the world's rhythms to Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre

Music from new album dominates sterling set

Less than a week into his tour to support new album “So Beautiful or So What,” Paul Simon hit the stage with a band so confident in its musical abilities that from the first notes of show opener “Crazy Love, Vol. ll,” they were fully in command and in the groove, literally.

The April 21 Pantages Theatre show, Simon’s third in three days in Los Angeles, drew largely from the stellar new set, which debuted at No. 4 this week on the Billboard 200. There’s an open-hearted vulnerability in much of the album as Simon explores big-ticket questions about love and God, but much of it is surrounded in such jubilant, uplifting melodies that it’s easy to overlook the gravitas of the situation.

For example, on “Love is Eternal Sacred Light,” he begins by singing about the big bang theory and then seamlessly moves lyrically into a bang of a different sort: a terrorist explosion in a marketplace, but it all plays out to a jaunty world-music beat. On the new album’s most vulnerable piece, “Love and Hard Times” — exquisitely rendered live—Simon sings about God and Jesus paying earth a “courtesy call” before the song morphs into a seemingly totally different tune about finding love in time. Only a lyricist as skilled as Simon could tie the two together with their theme of salvation, whether heavenly or earthly.

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<p>Dave Matthews</p>

Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews Band slates New York, Washington summer Caravan stops

The Roots, Josh Ritter, Robert Randolph and more come along

The third and fourth dates of Dave Matthew Band Caravan's multi-artist festivals will take place at New York City’s Governors Island, Aug. 26-28, and at the Gorge (Wash.) Amphitheater Sept. 2-4.

Guests for the New York City event include The Roots, Gogol Bordello, Josh Ritter, Robert Randolph, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dispatch, and Vieux Farka Toure.

The Gorge dates will include many of the same acts as well as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Belle Brigade and more.

Dave Matthews Band will play a full set every night.

Two previous Caravan stops in Atlantic City and Chicago have already been announced.

General admission tickets for the three-day festivals are $195. Single day passes are not available.

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