<p>Stevie Nicks</p>

Stevie Nicks

Interview: Stevie Nicks talks 'In Your Dreams' and her greatest pleasure

Why she never played 'Secret Love' for Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks released her first solo album in 10 years on May 3. “In Your Dreams” is vintage Nicks:  her raspy vocals wrap around swirling tales of love, both secret and sacred.

Produced by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, some of the album’s songs grew out of poems that Nicks had written years ago that she finally set to music with her collaborators. For Nicks, “In Your Dreams” is as definitive a work as Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” or her acclaimed 1981 solo album debut, “Bella Donna.” “I’m more proud of this than anything, really,” she says.  Hitfix talked with Nicks about creating “In Your Dreams,” as well as lonely bus journeys and her love for Edgar Allan Poe.

You wrote first single, “Secret Love” in the ‘70s, but put it away and never played it for anyone. You’ve said now that you don’t even remember who it was about.

That song is a song that had I played it for Fleetwood Mac or for Lindsey [Buckingham], he really would have liked it because it’s a very simple kind of song. It’s very sophisticated in its simplicity.  Christine [McVie] would have loved it, so I never played it for them.

At that point, in ‘75, I didn’t have a house in Phoenix because I was just in Fleetwood Mac and I was a waitress up until 1975 so I would send stuff to my mom. I put that in in a box and put it in my mom’s garage and I never took it out. It went out bootlegged somehow because the world has heard it because when I sent [my sister] home to look for it and [we] found it on Youtube. I don’t know whether to be thrilled or horrified by that. It’s possible when I first wrote it I left it out on a table and it said “Secret Love” on it and somebody took it and recorded it from cassette to cassette and put it back. I have no idea otherwise how it could have gotten out because I put it away. It was always a song that I didn’t want anybody to know about because whatever it was about, it was a secret.

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

Katy Perry in "E.T."

Does Katy Perry fight off a Hot 100 surge from Britney Spears?

Where's Lady Gaga's 'Judas' now?

“E.T.” has found a home, a long-term residence in fact, atop Billboard's Hot 100 as Katy Perry’s tune lands at the top for a fifth non-consecutive week.

“E.T.”  featuring Kayne West, staves off a charge from Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” after both titles sell around 300,000 copies. The Hot 100 tabulates digital sales and radio play.

Coming in at No. 3 is Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends,” which zooms 11-3, based on a remix featuring Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha. In fact sales of the remix and the original version were up more than 100% over the previous week, according to Billboard. The sales are similar to the surge Rihanna’s “S&M” experienced after a remix of that song featuring Spears surfaced.

Rounding out the top five, The Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough” slips 3-4, while Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song” proves to be quite an achiever, climbing 6-5.

The aforementioned “S&M” slides 4-6, while Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” holds at No. 7.  The rearranging of the Top 10 continues as Ke$ha’s “Blow” rises one spot to No. 8, Jeremih’s “Down on Me” featuring 50 Cent, goes down 5-9. Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes falls 8-10.

Lady Gaga’s “Judas” continues to fall after debuting, and seemingly peaking,  at No. 10 two weeks ago. It fell to 12 last week and to 20 this week. However, the song will likely get a boost on next week’s chart following today’s debut of the “Judas” video.
 

<p>Eddie Vedder</p>

Eddie Vedder

Watch: Eddie Vedder softly strums for you in 'Longing to Belong' video

Take a lovely break and sing along

Stop what you’re doing and take a chill break by watching the lovely video for “Longing to Belong,” from Eddie Vedder’s “Ukulele Songs.” We guarantee you’ll feel more relaxed within three minutes.

Amid a backdrop of  silent waves cascading and sunny skies, Vedder strums his uke as he sings about hoping his loved one will come around. The “loved one,” seen only fleetingly, is, of course, of the super model variety (despite all his sensitivity, he is a rock star, after all). The gorgeous water footage looks very similar to some of the scenes used in the Pearl Jam clip for “Amongst the Waves.” Hey, we’re all for a little recycling. http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-beat-goes-on/posts/watch-get-wet-with-pearl-jam-on-video-for-amongst-the-waves

It’s a sweet, simple clip whose tone perfectly matches the low-key, simple, beguiling song.

“Ukulele Songs” comes out May 31.


 

<p>Sara Bareilles</p>

Sara Bareilles

Modest Mouse, Delta Spirit, Sara Bareilles featured on 'The Big C' soundtrack

New proceeds benefit Stand Up to Cancer

Epic Records will release the soundtrack to Showtime’s “The Big C” on June 7. The show stars Laura Linney as a patient with cancer, so it makes sense that Epic, Showtime, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces the series, will donate 100% of the net profits from the soundtrack sales to Stand Up To Cancer. The non-profit raises funds for cancer research.

The set features previously released tunes from Sara Bareilles, Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse, and Delta Spirit, among others.

Track listing:
 
1. I'll Take You There (The Staple Singers)
2. Sunshine Goodtime (Minnutes)
3. Katherine Kiss Me (Franz Ferdinand)
4. Let The Rain (Sara Bareilles)
5. People C'mon (Delta Spirit)
6. Little Motel (Modest Mouse)
7. The Last Day On Earth (Kate Miller-Heidke)
8. Game Called Life - THE BIG C Main Title (Leftover Cuties)
9. Don't Hold Me Back (Alex Cornish)
 
10. Everything's Okay (Lenka)
11. We Turn It Up (Oh Land)
12. Seven Days (Andrew Allen)
13. Say A Lot (Buddy)
14. The Big C Season One Suite (Marcelo Zarvos)
 

<p>Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys</p>

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys

Credit: Spencer Weiner/AP

Listen: The Black Keys cover Buddy Holly's 'Dearest' for tribute set

Paul McCartney, Cee Lo, Kid Rock and My Morning Jacket also pay homage

The Black Keys are among nearly 20 artists paying tribute to Buddy Holly on “Rave On Buddy Holly,”  out June 28 on Fantasy/Concord.

Many of the acts covering the Texas music pioneer’s tunes weren’t even born (obvious exceptions are Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Graham Nash and Nick Lowe) when he perished in a plane crash in 1959 following a performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Also included on the set are Kid Rock, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Cee Lo Green, She & Him, Modest Mouse, Karen Elson, Jenny O, Justin Townes Earle, Fiona Apple & Jon Brion and the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas.

“Dearest,” which many folks may have first heard on the soundtrack to “Juno,” is, as the title suggests, a love song about growing old with someone. Sadly, in Holly’s case, it wasn’t to be true, as he died less than a year after getting married.

The Black Keys put a bit of a shuffling back beat into the tune, while keeping the tempo basically the same for the first verse before snazzing it up with more percussion.

What do you think?

'Rave On Buddy Holly' track listing:
1. "Dearest" - The Black Keys (2:06)
2. "Every Day" - Fiona Apple & Jon Brion (2:19)
3. "It's So Easy" - Paul McCartney (4:35)
4. "Not Fade Away - Florence + The Machine" (4:02)
5. "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care" - Cee Lo Green (1:31)
6. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" - Karen Elson (2:25)
7. "Rave On" - Julian Casablancas (1:55)
8. "I'm Gonna Love You Too" - Jenny O. (2:11)
9. "Maybe Baby" - Justin Townes Earle (2:06)
10. "Oh Boy" - She & Him (2:18)
11. "Changing All Those Changes" - Nick Lowe (1:41)
12. "Words Of Love" - Patti Smith (3:20)
13. "True Love Ways" - My Morning Jacket (3:25)
14. "That'll Be The Day" - Modest Mouse (2:15)
15. "Well...All Right" - Kid Rock (2:09)
16. "Heartbeat" -The Detroit Cobras (2:20)
17. "Peggy Sue" - Lou Reed (3:19)
18. "Peggy Sue Got Married" - John Doe (3:57)   
19. "Raining In My Heart" - Graham Nash (3:30)

<p>Lady Antbellum</p>

Lady Antbellum

Credit: AP Photo

Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean announced as CMT Awards performers

Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland also on tap

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Jason Aldean is not only the top nominee at this year's CMT Music Awards, he'll also be performing.

Fellow nominees Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland are also among the first performers announced for the show.

This marks the 10th anniversary of the fan-voted awards show. It will air live on Wednesday, June 8, from Nashville. Until then, fans can pick their favorites on CMT.com through June 7.

Aldean has four nominations, including a nod for video of the year. Lady A, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland have three nominations each and are competing against Aldean for the top prize. Urban is up for two awards, including male video of the year and CMT performance of the year.

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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP

Listen: Lady Antebellum's new song, 'Just A Kiss'

Will they debut it on 'American Idol' Thursday night?

Call it the anti- “Lookin’ for a Good Time.” After extolling the virtues of one-night stands several singles ago, Lady Antebellum is now looking for something that lasts a little longer.

On “Just A Kiss,” the first single from the Grammy-winning trio’s forthcoming third album, innocence wins over passion as the couple decides to take it slow so we “don’t mess this thing up.” 

One of the most appealing aspects of Lady Antebellum is the way Hilary Scott and Charles Kelley can wrap their vocals around each other as well as trade off verses to give both the male and female perspective. They do it winningly here. Musically (although not lyrically), the song is the same mid-tempo as “Hello World.”  Quite frankly, we like their songs with a little more grit and tempo, like “Love Don’t Live Here” or “I Run To You,” but this is a good summer song for young lovers.

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<p>Stevie Nicks</p>

Stevie Nicks

Album Review: Stevie Nicks' 'In Your Dreams'

Is her first solo album in 10 years worth the wait?

Part of Stevie Nicks’ great charm as a songwriter is that she seldom apologizes for her actions in her songs. Whether from her days in Fleetwood Mac or throughout her solo career, she’s concentrated on providing the listener with an insider’s view of her romantic entanglements —and what incredibly entanglements they’ve been— unfiltered by any judgments. It’s a rare, vulnerable trait that has only endeared her further to her millions of fans.

She’s not about to change now on “In Your Dreams,” her first solo album in 10 years out today (May 3).

In the first two songs on the album—first single “Secret Love” and “For What It’s Worth”—she’s involved with taken men. She neither gloats about her bewitching appeal nor recriminates herself for her actions. These are her stories and her feelings. Let others sort out the messiness of such complications.

There’s a lovely country-rock tinge to “For What It’s Worth,”  the superior of the two tracks, which written with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell. “What you did was, well, you saved my life. I won’t forget it,” she sings, making the song about much more than an illicit affair.
 

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

Katy Perry in "E.T."

Katy Perry's 'E.T.' back to No. 1 on Hot 100; where's Lady Gaga's 'Judas'?

What happens with Rihanna and Lady Gaga

Katy Perry bounces back to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as “E.T.” featuring Kanye West rises 2-1 and displaces Rihanna’s “S&M.” It’s the tune’s fifth non-consecutive week at the top. “S&M” drops to No. 4.

The jump is likely due to Perry’s performance on “American Idol” last week , which propelled digital sales.

Adele, whose “21” hops back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, sees first single “Rolling in the Deep” rise 6-2. The Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough” stays at No. 3. Jeremih’s “Down On Me” falls 4-5.

Rounding out the top 10, Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Me” jumps 11-6. Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor”  and Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now,” flip positions as Lopez drops 7-8. Ke$ha’s “Blow” moves 12-9 and Cee Lo Green’s “F*** You” drops 10-5.

Lady Gaga’s “Judas” drops 10-12.

Interview: Rod Stewart on Stevie Nicks, Jeff Beck and 'feeling cheap'
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Interview: Rod Stewart on Stevie Nicks, Jeff Beck and 'feeling cheap'

Is he without a label deal?

Days after coming in off the road from his “Heart & Soul” tour with Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart was back in the studio, recording vocals for his forthcoming blues album with, as he calls him, “his former boss,” Jeff Beck.

The two are recording, “‘Rolling and Tumblin,’ ‘Shake Your Money Maker,’ all those old blues things,” Stewart told Hitfix Wednesday night at the ASCAP Pop Awards, where he was receiving the highest honor of the night, The Founders Award. The two are recording separately, just as they did when they worked together on Stewart’s “Infatuation” and Beck’s cover of “People Get Ready” years ago. But their history goes back more than 40 years to when Stewart was the vocalist on the Jeff Beck Group's seminal albums, “Beck-ola” and “Truth.”

The big question now is what label will the blues set come out on? Just as we were getting ready to interview Stewart, we overheard him tell The Hollywood Reporter's Shirley Halperin that he was out of contract with J Records, the home of his most recent, very successful “Great American Songbook” series. When we asked him about whom he'd record for next, he added, "Oh, I don't know. I don't worry about that. No, no, no." A J label rep said, “we don’t comment on contract negotiations.”

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