<p>Katy Perry from &quot;E.T.&quot;</p>

Katy Perry from "E.T."

Watch: Katy Perry spaces out in video for 'E.T.' with Kanye West

Does she get probed?

Katy Perry’s new video is out there. Literally. The sci-fi clip for “E.T.,” which premiered on MTV.com this morning features the pop princess in a variety of cosmic costumes floating through space, hovering above a post-apocalyptic planet, in search of her soul mate. This "California Gurl" is about as far from home as she can get.

It opens as the camera pans across a barren, bleak wasteland with one lone, hurt robot, whose love light is still on. Imagine  Wall-Eye. Then we flash to Kanye West rocketing through space in some self-contained zero gravity container that doesn’t allow its inhabitant to wear shirts. Next we have Perry, who’s traveling through the cosmos. She’s not in any kind of containment vessel because she clearly spent all of her budget on her whacked-costumes, Princess Leia hair and wild make-up.  How does she change up there in space?  She lands on the decimated planet, conveniently, right beside the robot who has clearly summoned her to him with his last ounce of strength.

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<p>Katy Perry's latest photo from &quot;E.T.&quot;</p>

Katy Perry's latest photo from "E.T."

Katy Perry beats Lady Gaga on Hot 100: What milestone does she reach?

Perry becomes the first woman to accomplish this feat in 20 years

Move over Lady Gaga, Katy Perry wants the penthouse back.  After six weeks at No. 1,  LG’s “Born This Way” finally gives way for another tune to take up residence at the top on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Succeeding “Born This Way” is Perry’s “E.T.” featuring Kanye West. The single version moves 2-1, while “Born This Way” falls to No. 4

With  “E.T.’s” ascension to the top spot, “Teenage Dream” becomes the first album since Usher’s 2004 set “Confessions” to include four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100, according to Billboard.  It is the first, get this, for a solo female to do so since Mariah Carey’s self-titled 1990 album.

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<p>Jennifer Lopez</p>

Jennifer Lopez

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Listen: Jennifer Lopez, Lil Wayne on 'I'm Into You'; Lady Gaga in the mix

Lady Gaga works on two tracks for Lopez' 'Love?' album

Lady Gaga is jumping on the Jennifer Lopez juggernaut. The two already share a producer in RedOne, so it seems only natural that the one degree of separation should go away.

Mama Monster co-produced “Invading My Mind” and co-wrote “Hypnotico,” both of which will appear on “Love?,” Lopez’s new album. Other producers on the May 3 release include Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Danja, D-Mile and Radio.

As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, the “American Idol” judge is having a great year. It’s way too early to tell if she’s going to have a major comeback like Mariah Carey in 2005, when she rose like a phoenix with “The Emancipation of Mimi,” but it’s looking good (to be fair, Lopez had also not had such a spectacular fall. There’s no “Glitter”in her past, although “Monster-in-Law” would qualify for that stinker designation for some, or a buy-out of her career). Interestingly, the man behind J-Lo’s resurgence, Island Def Jam chairman,  L.A. Reid, was also behind Carey’s. Even more interestingly, Reid left Island Def Jam two weeks ago to become a judge on “The X Factor” (and presumably for a exec gig at Sony Music), so we’ll see how all this plays out under the watch of his replacement, Barry Weiss.

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

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Britney Spears sets 'Femme Fatale' tour: Enrique Iglesias quits tour

Is Spears coming to your city?

Britney Spears will kick off a world tour June 17, starting at Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion. The first leg ends  Aug. 13 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

Spears’ rumored tour was confirmed this morning at “Good Morning America,” which featured taped pieces of Spears performing in San Francisco Sunday night. Spears’ new album, “Femme Fatale,” drops today. Read our review here.

Even before the first ticket for the Live Nation-produced out is sold, however, there seems to be some controversy. Touring partner Enrique Iglesias has already dropped out. Billboard reports that Iglesias, who is undergoing a bit of a career resurgence himself, was to have his own complete production, an unusual move for a support act. More as the story develops.

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Paramore joins Vans Warped Tour

Will we have new music before they hit the road?

Paramore has joined the line up for the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. The group, fronted by Hayley Williams, will play seven dates on the 45-date outing.

Previously announced mainstage acts include 3Oh3!, A Day to Remember, Against Me! and Gym Class Heroes.  The bulk of the roster was announced March 25, although many of the names leaked out before the official launch party at the new House of Vans in Brooklyn, N.Y.

More than 100 acts will hits the stage before the tour, which begins June 24 at Dallas’s Gexa Energy Pavillion, comes to a close at the Hillsboro, Ore.‘ Washington Country Fairgrounds.  Among the artists taking a Warped stage this summer include Yelawolf, Unwritten Law, The Ready Set, Simple Plan, Middle Class Rut, Less Than Jake, Foxy Shazam and Jack’s Mannequin.

The big question is if we'll have new music before Paramore hits the stage. The group, which is now a trio, following the departures of guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro, are back in the studio with producer Rob Cavallo.


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Say what? Rihanna set to perform at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards

She joins Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles for 'California King Bed'

As we established last week, Cher is not going country, but it would appear that Rihanna is. She will perform her ballad “California King Bed” with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles during the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday (April 3).

Rihanna and Nettles will appear at the first ACM Fan Jam, a live concert taking place during the ACM Awards at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay. The ACM Awards will be happening down the street at the MGM Grand.  The pair’s performance will be remotely broadcast during the awards show to the country masses.

Sugarland headlines the Fan Jam, which will also include appearances by Eric Church, the Band Perry, Randy Houser, Little Big Town and many more. Looks like there’s going to be a lot of shuttling going back and forth between the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay.

While we’re not so sure that Rihanna has many country fans, the song lends itself to a country audience; after all, it treads the same themes covered in the ‘70s by Barbara Mandrell’s country classic, “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed.” Also, Nettles and her Sugarland partner Kristian Bush are well known for launching into pop songs in concert, whether it by Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” or Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire.”


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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

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Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa spring forth with March 29 releases

Pearl Jam reissues also highlight busy album slate

Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” will likely suck all the air out of the room for the plethora of other March 29 releases, but there’s a little something here for everyone. For headbangers, we’ve got new sets from Sum 41 and Cavalera Conspiracy. Nerdrockers can chew on a new Mountain Goats album and stoners can vege out to a new Snoop Dogg. Plus, Pearl Jam has something old and new for fans as part of the Seattle band’s ongoing 20th anniversary party. And just a reminder--if you'd prefer Radiohead's "The King of Limbs" as a physical CD, this is your week.

Cavalera Conspiracy, “Blunt Force Trauma” (Roadrunner): The Cavalera brothers, Max and Iggor, reunite for their second Cavalera Conspiracy album, the follow-up to 2008’s “Inflikted.” How loud do you think it can go? Think Sepultura and then go to 11.

Beth Ditto, “Beth Ditto EP” (Deconstruction): Gossip lead singer goes on a busman’s holiday for her first official side project to collaborate with Simian Mobile Disco. SMD fans know she already collaborated with the duo on “Cruel Intentions” from its 2009 “Temporary Pleasures” album.

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<p>Chris Brown</p>

Chris Brown

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Will Chris Brown's bad behavior be rewarded on next week's Billboard 200?

Who are the six debuts in the top 10?

Chris Brown’s bad behavior hasn’t seemed to hurt his album sales:  “F.A.M.E.” is slated to come in at No. 1 this week by a wide margin.  The set will sell around 280,000, according to Hits Daily Double, more than 100,000 over Jennifer Hudson’s “I Remember Me,” which should hit around 170,000 copies.

Brown and "American Idol" formal contestant Hudson are two of six new titles in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The Strokes’ “Angles” looks good for close to 95,000 units for No. 3. Last week’s No. 1, Adele’s “21,” slides to No. 4 and is in a tight race for that spot with Kirk Franklin’s “Hello Fear.” Hits Daily Double predicts they will each sell between 85,000-90,000.

Logging around 55,000 copies and landing at No. 6 should be Panic!At the Disco’s new set, “Vices & Virtues.” Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” continues its post-Grammy surge at No. 7, while Bobby V’s “Fly on the Wall” will like land at No. 8. Rounding at the top 10 will be Pink’s great hits collection at No. 9 and Lupe Fiasco’s “LASERS,” which topped the chart two weeks ago.

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Listen: Will Lady Gaga's 'country road' remix of 'Born This Way' get airplay?

Listen: Will Lady Gaga's 'country road' remix of 'Born This Way' get airplay?

We ask the country experts what they think and give a little history

Are country music fans ready to put their paws up and chant “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen?”  Don’t count on it.

We’d come to expect the unexpected from her, but Lady Gaga surprised the hell out of us when she released  “The Country Road Version” of “Born This Way” late last night.

The country version, co-produced by Mama Monster herself, opens with the same spoken part about “H-I-M,” but then the synthesizers and thumping beat are replaced with a guitar, some wailing harmonica, a slowed-down tempo and a revised bridge. We like it. Just as “Poker Face” worked brilliantly  when Lady Gaga transformed it into a piano ballad, “Born This Way” makes a snappy little country tune.

Out is “Don't be a drag, just be a queen/Whether you're broke or evergreen/You're black, white, beige, chola descent/You're lebanese, you're orient/Whether life's disabilities/Left you outcast, bullied, or teased/Rejoice and love yourself today/'Cause baby you were born this way.” In is “If I want to make it country, baby, it’s okay/cause I was born, born, born, this way. From London, Paris, Japan back to U.S.A. I was born on the road, I was born to be brave.”

The song then goes picks up with the line about “no matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, trangendered...”

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<p>Eddie Vedder</p>

Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder sets solo tour dates in support of 'Ukulele Songs'

Pearl Jam frontman take Glen Hansard on the road with him

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder will hit the road for a month-long tour starting June 15 in support of “Ukulele Songs.” his solo album out May 31. Hear the first single, "Longing to Belong," here

Joining Vedder will be The Swell Season’s Glen Hansard, who also appears on the album. Tickets for the general public go on sale April 1. The pre-sale for Pearl Jam’s Ten Club starts March 29.

On May 31, Vedder will also release “Water on the Road,” a live DVD from Vedder’s 2008 solo tour.

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