<p>&quot;Glee's&quot; Warblers</p>
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"Glee's" Warblers


Watch: 'Glee' cast warbles through Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way'

Go print a t-shirt with your favorite 'flaw'

We may be the only ones who haven’t recorded our own version of “Born this Way” yet, so while we get cracking on that, check out “Glee’s” take on the soon-to-be Lady Gaga classic from last night’s 90-minute very special “Glee.”

The singing is fine, but the premise is a little weird and we still can’t figure out who Chris Colfer (i.e. Kurt) is channeling is his zombie-like opening.  All the kids strip off jackets to reveal t-shirts emblazoned with a “flaw,” following an episode whose message was to accept yourself just as you are. We will say that Finn’s “Can’t Dance” t-shirt made us laugh, but Kurt’s “Likes Boys” was a surprising flaw choice -- unless it was to make the point that was why he got bullied so much originally.

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<p>Adam Lambert at the 2010 ASCAP&nbsp;Pop Music Awards Show red carpet.</p>

Adam Lambert at the 2010 ASCAP Pop Music Awards Show red carpet.

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Interview: Adam Lambert talks new album, 'Idol' and his favorite song

We catch up with him at the ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles

Hitfix caught up with Adam Lambert on the red carpet at the ASCAP Pop Awards on Wednesday night as the “American Idol” runner-up was at the Los Angeles event to present his producer Max Martin with the songwriter of the year award.

Dapperly dressed and expertly coiffed, Lambert was friendly but coy when asked about his next album, which he says he’s been working on for about two months. He was more forthcoming about his pick to win “American Idol” this season and whose music he’s really feeling right now.

On how the new album is coming: I feel really creative right now. I feel good. I feel like everything’s going to come together and it’s going to be a great project.

On the sound: I don’t really know yet and I kind of don’t want to jinx it or give anything away. I think the most important thing for me to keep in mind as a songwriter and as a vocalist now is that my fans want to here my voice, first and foremost. And I think kind of our general rule in songwriting is that it has to come from the heart; it has to be real.

On producers: I have a bunch of producers lined up. It’s kind of a... we’re doing it that way. I’m working with a handful of different people, creating as much music as possible, and then when it comes to pick tracks for the album, we’ll narrow it down. Unfortunately, we’ll have to narrow it down.

On some of the specific people you’re working with: I’m not going to say. i’m keeping my eggs in my basket. There’s been a couple of producers who may have mentioned it on Twitter here and there, which is great, but I kind of want to keep it a surprise for everybody, it’s going to be really great.

On his favorite “American Idol” this season: Haley [Reinhart] is definitely my favorite Idol right now. I love the sound of her voice. The texture of it, musically her choices are incredible. I don’t even think people are realizing the things that she’s doing vocally and I think it’s because she’s so effortless about it. She isn’t trying too hard. She’s just there. She’s just embodying it. She’s so comfortable and to me that’s what a real star is.

On hitting 1 million Tweeter followers: That’s crazy, that’s so crazy. It’s weird to know that I can just pick up my cell phone and on a whim, write something and a million people are going to read it. It’s kind of dangerous.

On his favorite song right now: That Adele, “Someone like You” song, it cuts me right to the core. It’s so vulnerable and that’s the type of stuff that’s really inspiring right now. You know I love modern, electronic pop rock production, but at the heart of it I think the song needs to hit you in the heart.

On if he’d change anything on his first album:
No, no. I think the first album is amazing. I’m really proud of it. That was my first time out. We did it really fast. It had a ton of momentum behind it and I got to explore my glam rock, you know, my glam rock self, my T-Rex/Bowie/Gary Glitter/Boy George self and this album is going to be an evolution.

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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

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Beyonce sued for $100 million for breach of contract

Who wants the superstar to pay up?

Girls may run the world, according to Beyonce, but software developer Gate Five is suing the superstar for $100 million for allegedly running away from a dance video game.

In a summons dated April 26 (although it does not have an official court stamp, signifying it has been filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York), Gate Five alleges that last June, Beyonce breached her contract by  “abruptly abandoning the lucrative joint venture she and Gate Five were pursuing to commercialize a video game called ‘Starpower: Beyonce.’”  Gate Five accuses Beyonce of demanding greater compensation, and then pulling out of the project after her demands were not met.  In doing so, Gate Five alleges it lost the $6.7 million it had already invested in the project as well as “more than $100 million in profits it would have earned had Ms. Carter honored the Agreement.”  Throughout the summons, originally run on nymag.com,  Gate Five refers to Beyonce by her married name.

In addition to monetary relief, Gate Five also wants an injunction against Beyonce linking with any other game manufacturer for a similar project.

Beyonce’s rep did not respond to a request for comment.
 

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<p>Adele</p>

Adele

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Do 'Glee's' Warblers hold off Adele at the top of the Billboard 200?

Easter promotions help albums hop up several rungs

Fake television groups rule this week on the Billboard 200 this week. “Glee Presents the Warblers,R21;  a soundtrack album featuring primarily the vocal talents of “Glee” stars Chris Colfer and Darren Criss,  debuts at No. 2 this  week with sales of 86,000.  All previous “Glee” related sets have debuted in the top 10.

The Disney Channel’s soundtrack to made-for-TV movie “Lemonade Mouth” soars 18-4 in its second week on the chart thanks to repeated airings of the musical drama and a Target promotion, according to Billboard.

But the prime spoils belong to Adele, who pops back up to No. 1 with “21” again from No. 2. Thanks to Easter sales and continued pop airplay for first single, “Rolling in the Deep,” she sees a healthy sales increase as well, moving 153,000 units, up 65% from last week.  Last week’s top seller, Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light” drops to No. 3

Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” hangs in there rising one spot to No. 6, propelled by sales pricing for the title at iTunes and Target. Target’s sales also helped notch increased sales for Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never,” which jumps 22-10, as well as Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E.,” which stays at No. 9, but sees a sales increase.  A Best Buy promotion helps Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” slide 10-7.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Alison Krauss & Union Station’s “Paper Airplane,” which falls 3-6 and Paul Simon’s “So Beautiful or So What,” which moves 4-8.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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How did Justin Bieber and Adele land CMT Music Awards nominations?

Jason Aldean garners four nods, Lady A and Taylor Swift land three

The CMT Music Awards celebrate the best in country music videos, so you may find yourself asking how Justin Bieber, Adele and Train find themselves in the list of nominations released today.

It’s called cross promotion, baby. Bieber is up for Collaborative video of the year for his duet with Rascal Flatts, “That Should Be Me,” while Adele and Train are up for the self-congratulatory CMT Performance of the Year video, which is a musical performance taken from a CMT television series or special. Plus, Carrie Underwood isn't the only "American Idol" champ up for an award: Kelly Clarkson also snared a nod.

Country artist Jason Aldean nabbed four nominations for the 2011 CMT Music Awards, which are basically the country equivalent of MTV’s Video Music Awards, without the sophomoric antics. Following Aldean with three nominations each are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band.

Blake Shelton, one of the coaches on hot new NBC vocal competition “The Voice,” landed two nominations, as did Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow and Sugarland.

The CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on June 7. Online voting for the fan-voted awards begins today, which means that Bieber is a shoo-in.

 The final nominees in each of the 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS categories include:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean– “My Kinda Party”
Kenny Chesney– “The Boys Of Fall”
Lady Antebellum– “Hello World”
Miranda Lambert– “The House That Built Me”
Rascal Flatts– “Why Wait”
Sugarland– “Stuck Like Glue”
Taylor Swift– “Mine”
The Band Perry– “If I Die Young”
Carrie Underwood– “Undo It”
Zac Brown Band– “Colder Weather”
 

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean– “My Kinda Party”
Kenny Chesney– “The Boys Of Fall”
Toby Keith– “Bullets In The Gun”
Blake Shelton– “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”
Keith Urban– “Without You”
 

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Sara Evans– “A Little Bit Stronger”
Miranda Lambert– “The House That Built Me”
Reba – “Turn On The Radio”
Taylor Swift– “Mine”
Carrie Underwood– “Undo It”
 

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR


Lady Antebellum– “Hello World”
Little Big Town– “Little White Church”
Rascal Flatts– “Why Wait”
The Band Perry– “If I Die Young”
Zac Brown Band– “Colder Weather”
 

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR


Steel Magnolia– “Last Night Again”
Sugarland– “Stuck Like Glue”
The Civil Wars– “Barton Hollow”
The JaneDear Girls– “Wildflower”
Thompson Square– “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”
 

USAWEEKEND BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Lee Brice– “Love Like Crazy”
Aaron Lewis – “Country Boy”
Jerrod Niemann– “Lover, Lover”
The Band Perry– “If I Die Young”
Thompson Square– “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”
 

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR


Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson– “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
Justin Bieberfeat. Rascal Flatts – “That Should Be Me”
Kid Rock feat. Sheryl Crow– “Collide”
Aaron Lewis feat. George Jones and Charlie Daniels– “Country Boy”
Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow– “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
 

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR


Martina McBride and Train– “A Broken Wing” from CMT CROSSROADS: TRAIN AND MARTINA MCBRIDE
Reba– “If I Were A Boy” from UNPLUGGED: REBA
Darius Rucker and Adele– “Need You Now” from 2010 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Keith Urban and John Mayer– “Sweet Thing” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOHN MAYER AND KEITH URBAN
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett– “Margaritaville” from CMT CROSSROADS: JIMMY BUFFETT AND ZAC BROWN BAND
 

BEST WEB VIDEO OF THE YEAR


Jason Aldean–“My Kinda Party” (Live From The CMT Webcast)
Luke Bryan–“It’s A Shore Thing”
Lady Antebellum–“Stars Tonight”
Blake Shelton–“Kiss My Country Ass”
Taylor Swift–“Mine” (Live from the Speak Now Album Release Party)
 

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR


Deaton Flanigen(award eligible videos include: Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow’s “Collide” and the JaneDear Girl’s “Wildflower”)
Trey Fanjoy(award eligible videos include: Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” and Blake Shelton’s “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”)
Chris Hicky(award eligible videos include: Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” and Keith Urban’s “Without You”)
David McClister(award eligible videos include: The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” and LeAnn Rimes’ “Swingin’”)
Roman White(award eligible videos include: Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World” and Kellie Pickler’s “Makin’ Me Fall In Love Again”)
 

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<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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