<p>Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale'</p>

Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale'

Billboard 200 chart preview: Can Britney Spears knock Chris Brown out of No. 1?

Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” will handily come in at the top of the Billboard 200 next week with sales of up to 290,000. That’s a nice number, to be sure, but it a far cry from the 505,000 copies that her 2008 album, “Circus,” sold in its opening frame.

She bumps label mate, Chris Brown, out of the top spot as “F.A.M.E.” will tumble to No. 4. Rapper Wiz Kalifa’s “Rolling Papers” moves up to 195,000, making it a lock for No. 2 as it is poised to sell more than 100,000 copies over No. 3, Adele’s “21.”

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

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Music Power Rankings: Britney Spears, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry all make the grade

So do bad boys Eminem and Chris Brown

There was an April Fool’s email making the rounds today that Rebecca Black, the youtube sensation for her song “Friday,” had signed a record deal. The sad fact is that while the email was a prank, it’s probably only a matter of time before she’s signing on the dotted line. In the meantime, we’ll deal with a real pop princess: Britney Spears made a number of very controlled, primarily pre-taped appearances this week to tout her new album, “Femme Fatale” (an MTV special airs Sunday) and it worked.She land her sixth No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200. But more than the appearances, the strong reviews of the album are undoubtedly propelling sales, including Hitfix’s glowing review.

1) Britney Spears (not ranked):  She has a winning album and she announces a summer tour. That’s the plus side. On the downside, she’s being sued for $10 million over a fragrance deal and we can definitely count out any duets with Enrique Iglesias.

2) Grey’s Anatomy (not ranked): Before the series’ musical episode even debuted Thursday night, the accompanying digital album was at No. 14 on iTunes. It quickly soared to No. 3 on Friday. (Also winning: cast member Sara Ramirez, who smartly released an iTunes-only EP this week which was at No. 6). We smell a trend. We can’t wait for the “Law & Order SVU” musical episode.

3) Live Nation (not ranked): The world’s largest concert promoter has allegedly put in a big for Warner Music Group. We’re not really sure how this one would pass SEC approval, Live Nation would have concert promotion, venues, artist management, ticketing and a record company--as well as the other ancillary businesses under one roof--talk about 360.

4) Amazon Cloud Player (not ranked): Okay, so the major labels don’t love Amazon’s storage system and dispute Amazon’s claim that it doesn’t need a license since customers are simply managing their own music, but it’s a pretty exciting development and clearly the sign of what is to come. 

5) Katy Perry (No. 4):
Perry becomes the first female artist since Mariah Carey 20 years ago to land four No. 1 singles from an album. Maybe she really is an extraterrestrial.

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Listen: NKOTBSB's new single, 'Don't Turn Out the Lights'

New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys: whole greater than sum of its parts?

Oh NKOTBSB, how you tease me so. All nine of you, with a combined age of probably 792 or something like that, have not only come together for a co-headlining summer tour, but now you’ve released a combo single, “Don’t Turn Out the Lights.”  Hear it here.   (But listen to it fast-- the music police are taking the song down very quickly. Vulture's link is already down.)

Other than the creepy voice that every now and then ominously says “NKOTBSB” over the straight-ahead dance pop tune, we’re digging it, but we wish it were so much more. Was it so wrong that we wanted something as infectious as “The Right Stuff” and as deliciously melodic as “I Want It That Way?”

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<p>Bruce Springsteen</p>

Bruce Springsteen

Listen: Bruce Springsteen duets with wife for charity album

Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Dixie Chicks also on salute to moms

We don’t know when we’re getting any new Bruce Springsteen music, but in the meantime we get to hear him duet with wife Patti Scialfa on a really sweet song for “Every Mother Counts.” The charity compilation, put together by “model-activist” (really, not our words)  Christy Turlington Burns,  raises funds for child and maternal health in developing countries.

Scialfa wrote “Children’s Song” when their three children were young and it’s a lovely, folky tune about not growing up too fast. Springsteen comes in a little before the two-minute mark for his own verse and then the parents finish out the song as a duet. Awwwwww.  Listen to it here.

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Watch: Cake's great new animated video for 'Long Time'

It's all about a man and his monkey

What is a man without his monkey? A lost soul, if not worse, according to the Cake’s new animated clip for “Long Time,” the second single from “Showroom of Compassion,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

French production company Callicore created the clip. We don’t think they’ve worked with Gorillaz, but the animation reminded us vaguely of Stylo & Co.  The song and clip are a little long, but we have to admit we got caught up in the suspense of the story.

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<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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