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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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<p>Weird Al</p>
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Weird Al

Listen: 'Weird Al' Yankovic's take on Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way'

Does he bring the funny?

Don’t you just  love a happy ending? After going public yesterday with the fact that Lady Gaga wouldn’t approve, “I Perform This Way,”  his parody of “Born This Way,” Weird Al later updated his blog with the news that Momma Monster had indeed signed off on his releasing the tune. According to "Weird Al" Yankovic, her management had turned it down without running it by her Lordship. When she got wind of it, she turned that frown into a smile. Now who knows if that’s true, but Lady Gaga gets to look like the hero and like she has a great sense of humor about herself.

It’s been awhile since Weird Al has been in the news. In the ‘80s, his parodies were frequently part of MTV’s video rotation and we’re sure the video for “I Perform This Way” is what will really drive the media saturation. In the meantime, listen to the spook below. We admit, the line about  wrapping "my small intestines around my neck" made us laugh out loud. Unlike many of his parodies that take a theme and turn it on its head into something totally different, like “Like a Surgeon,” his parody of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,”  Weird Al’s “I Perform This Way” is a direct poke at Lady Gaga herself and it’s pretty spot on.

A Supreme Court ruling years ago allows parody as a fair use, so Weird Al was fine to release the song anyway legally.  But he has always gotten permission from the artists, which, in some way, gives his parodies a little extra clout since they're artist-approved.

Listen for yourself below. Or go buy it. All proceeds go to the Human Rights Campaign, a move that undoubtedly helped persuade Gaga. We can't wait for the country version.

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Listen: Official new Beyonce track 'Girls (Run the World)'

Listen: Official new Beyonce track 'Girls (Run the World)'

She's taking over again

Two days after the song originally leaked and we all had to pull down our posts of that leak, we’re getting the full version of  Beyonce’s “Girls (Run the World)” legitimately this time and it’s clear she’s taking no prisoners.

For all its sassiness,  her mega-hit “SingleLadies  (Put a Ring On It),” was basically an old-fashioned look at marriage being the ultimate goal.  That Bey is gone, replaced by a fierce, trash-talking female, who isn’t looking for man’s proposal to validate her self-worth.  Even when she coos “Boy... I hope you still like me,” you know she’s going to throw that boy to the side as soon as she’s done with him.

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<p>Jennifer Nettles</p>

Jennifer Nettles

Watch: Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles gets her sexy on in new video 'Tonight'

See her love affair with a wind machine

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles is really eager for the night to get here. In the band’s new video for “Tonight,” Nettles runs through three scenarios as she sings, waiting for her lover to arrive.  No matter how great he may be, we’re not so sure her lover will be able to compete with the ever-present fan blowing her hair in each scene.

We’re a huge fan of Nettles’ voice, but, quite frankly, she just seems awkward here, especially in the second vignette where she’s self-consciously dancing/shimmying alone on a stage in a hideous outfit.  In the third scene--in an all-white bedroom-- she crawls and rolls around on the bed waiting for her man giving her best sultry stare right into the camera. You can almost hear some sleazy cameraman saying to her, “Make love to the camera, baby.” 

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Does Rihanna's 'S&M' beat Lady Gaga's 'Judas' to the Billboard Hot 100?

Who else has a big week on the singles chart?

Bondage wins over religion as Rihanna’s “S&M” holds off Lady Gaga’s “Judas” to top the Billboard Hot 100.

Not only that, Rihanna sets a pair of records while doing so. She holds the shortest time span between her first and 10th No. 1 for any solo artist in the chart’s 52-year history, according to Billboard.  “SOS” hit No. 1 in May 13, 2006,  while “S&M” will hit the history books as the No. 1 single for the week ending April 30 (Billboard is always dated a week ahead).

Rihanna’s win is only by a few months, as she tops the previous shortest span held by Mariah Carey. The songbird started her No. 1 climb with “Vision of Love” on Aug. 4, 1990 and landed her 10th No. 1 on Dec. 2, 1995 with “One Sweet Day.”

Two groups still logged their top 10s in a shorter time period and it will be impossible to beat them because of the way the charts work now: Unbelieveably, the Beatles scored 10 No. 1’s over a 20-month period, while the Supremes did the same over 32 months.

“S&M’s” triumph over “Judas” is propelled by the remix of the song featuring Britney Spears. The original and “Rih-mix” accounted for 293,000 downloads last week.   “Judas” comes in at No. 10 with only three days of availability after it snuck out on Friday.

Former No. 1  “E.T.”, by Katy Perry featuring  Kanye West, slips to No. 2. The Black Eyed Peas’ "Just Can't Get Enough" remains at No. 3; Jeremih’s  "Down on Me" featuring 50 Cent keeps coming up as it climbs 6-4, while  Cee Lo Green's "F**k You (Forget You)" drops one to No. 5.

Rounding out the Top 10, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" soars 10-6, Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now," featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes holds at No. 7, Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor" featuring Pitbull ups one to No. 8, trading places with  Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends.”

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Linkin Park re-ups for a third 'Transformers' film with new song

Linkin Park re-ups for a third 'Transformers' film with new song

Rock group heads to the 'Dark of the Moon' with Michael Bay

Megan Fox may not be a continuing part of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” series, but Linkin Park keeps hanging in there with the franchise.

The group will supply the end-title song for Paramount’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” marking the third go-round for the rock band and the “Transformers” series.

They aren’t writing a song specifically for the movie, however. Instead, current single “Iridescent,” from current album, “A Thousand Suns,” will be revamped for the movie.

Previously, “What I’ve Done” appeared in the first “Transformers” film, while “New Divide” was in 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”  Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn will direct the video for “Iridescent.”

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