<p>Adele</p>

Adele

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Will Adele or Justin Bieber top next week's Billboard 200?

Who continues to see a Grammy surge?

Look for Adele’s  second album, “21,” not only to open at No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200, but it will sell up to 300,000, the biggest tally so far in 2011.  Not only will it be on top, it is the only debut in the top 15.

Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never- The Remixes,” this week’s chart champ, still stays strong with sales of up to 120,000, according to Hits Daily Double. His “My World 2.0” will give him two titles in the top 5, as it looks strong for No. 5 with sales of 50,000 unites.

The rest of the top 10 includes “Now 37,” which keeps moving units at No. 3, although Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” may snag the No. 3 spot, continuing its post-Grammy surge. Both titles are hovering around 65,000.

Current sets from Bruno Mars and Rihanna will lodge at No. 6 and 7, while Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday,”  Eminem’s “Recovery” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” will round out the top 10.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Music Power Rankings: Justin Bieber, Adele and Eminem duke it out for No. 1

He may lose at 'American Idol,' but Chris Medina wins with us

The clock may (or may not) be clicking on Justin Bieber’s 15 minutes of fame, but he is making the absolute most of it. “Never Say Never” has already grossed more than $50 million at the box office with way more to come this week with the extended Director’s Cut, which started its one-week engagement Feb. 25. He also has the No. 1 album in the land. And he’s not even old enough to vote.

1. Justin Bieber (No. 6 last week): He tops the Billboard 200 with “Never Say Never: The Remixes, “ the first remix album top top the charts since Jennifer Lopez’s “J to tha L-O!: The Remixes” in 2002. Okay, who thought that album title was a good idea?

2. Adele (not ranked): Her second album, “21,” not only will be No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200, it will sell up to 300,000, far and away the biggest opening frame of the week.  She’s been promoting the record everywhere--as someone on only their second set should-- and the best news is it’s an album well worth touting.

3. Eminem (not ranked):
He becomes the latest artist, following Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, to join the Billionaires Club as his YouTube page views surpass 1 billion. He is also the most “liked” living person on Facebook with 28,883,000 likes. And yet still no Grammy Award for album of the year. What’s wrong with this picture?

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<p>Lea Michele of 'Glee'</p>

Lea Michele of 'Glee'

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Listen: 'Glee's' two original songs, 'Loser Like Me' and 'Get It Right'

How do you like them?

We’ll get the true test of “Glee’s” popularity when the kids in New Directions debut two original songs in the March 15  episode.  But you don’t have to wait that long to hear the songs. We’ve got them for you now (and they are available on “Glee: The Music, Volume 5” available March 8.

Ryan Seacrest debuted the two tunes, “Loser Like Me” and “Get It Right," on his KIIS radio show this morning.

Lyrically, “Loser Like Me” is one of those great empowerment songs about being a loser now, but turning in to a winner now who never, ever looks back.  For any kid who’s ever been bullied or adult who remembers being bullied, it’s a bulls-eye.  It’s a fast-paced Max Martin production that features the whole crew. We like it, but it could have used a little more of an edge. Lea Michele, whose voice kicks off “Loser Like Me” has a classic voice, but it has no grit or edge to it.  Just as “Glee” covers everyone, we’d love to see someone like Pink cover “Loser Like Me.”

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<p>Ke$ha</p>

Ke$ha

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Watch: Ke$ha and James Van Der Beek sacrifice unicorns in 'Blow' video

Van Der Beek brings the laughs, Ke$ha the guns

We didn’t know she had it in her. Ke$ha’s video for “Blow” is so delightfully subversive and weird that we thought she’d gotten lost in a MGMT music clip, but it’s totally her own creation. And you’ll never look at unicorns, rainbows or James Van Der Beek the same again.

The song, from “Cannibal,” is completely mundane but the video is a fun, cosmic spoof of shoot-em-ups and thank goodness there’s a warning that “no mythological creatures were harmed in the making of the video,” otherwise we may be worried about our little uni-horned friends.

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

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Kanye West's 'All of the Lights' now comes with a warning label

Find out why

We were joking when we wrote in our review of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights”  video that the frenetic, unrelenting strobe lights could cause an epileptic seizure, but apparently they can.

The video, which also features Rihanna and Kid Cudi, now carries a warning that reads “This video has been identified by Epilepsy Action to potentially trigger seizures or people with photosensitive epilepsy.”

Initially, the clip was removed from YouTube after the U.K. charity group Epilepsy Action expressed its concern, according to E! However, we were able to find it on YouTube again by late Thursday (Feb. 24), albeit with the new warning.

Since the video’s Feb. 19 debut, it has been viewed more than 5 million times.
 

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<p>A whole new Jennifer Hudson in &quot;Where You At.&quot;</p>

A whole new Jennifer Hudson in "Where You At."

Watch: Feel the chill in Jennifer Hudson's new video for 'Where You At'

It's not just her heart that's grown cold

There’s a cold chill blowing through Jennifer Hudson’s new video for “Where You At,” but it’s not just from the abandonment she experiences in the song, it’s because they really were filming in the “freezing cold,” as she sings, in Chicago.

The video was shot during the Windy City’s most recent blizzard. All the snow is for real. It’s a miracle n Hudson can even lip sync, it’s so cold.

Luckily for her,  the video moves indoors to an empty theater, among other settings, where it’s warm enough for  Hudson to wear some slinky clothes to show off her awesome new body, courtesy of Weight Watchers.

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<p>Eminem raps to a healing Dr. Dre as Skylar Grey hovers in the new video for &quot;I&nbsp;Need A&nbsp;Doctor.&quot;</p>

Eminem raps to a healing Dr. Dre as Skylar Grey hovers in the new video for "I Need A Doctor."

Watch: Dr. Dre's new video featuring Eminem for 'I Need a Doctor'

Go back in time with the good doctor

Take a trip down memory lane with Dr. Dre in the stunning clip for “I Need a Doctor.”

The video, directed by Allen Hughes (“Menace II Society,” “Book of Eli”), is an 7:30 minute mini-movie that opens with flashbacks of Dre’s life starting on Feb. 18, 2001 (his 36th birthday). Dre is reflecting back—through excellent archival footage—on his career with N.W.A., the early days of Eminem’s nascent professional life and times with Tupac,  as well as his personal life. He seems trouble, so it’s not clear if the dreadful accident that follows when he drives his Porsche over a cliff is truly an accident.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' gains strength at Billboard Hot 100

Who else sees big Grammy Award bumps?

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” keeps getting stronger as it gets older.  The tune remains at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard Hot 100, gathering strength both in digital sales and radio play.

The title track to LG’s May 23 album sold 509,000 downloads last week, up 14% from its first week, according to Billboard. It also grew in radio play to 84 million audience impressions.

“Born This Way” wasn’t the only tune performed at the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards to show a nice bump:  Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” jumps 7-2 on the Hot 100, surging 178% in digital sales and 22% in airplay.

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<p>Jennifer Lopez</p>

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez to debut new video for 'On the Floor' on 'American Idol' on March 3

What's the latest on a new album from J-Lo?

Being a judge on “American Idol” has side benefits, one of the main one’s being a great platform to unveil a new video. Jennifer Lopez, if she decides to carry on after her small--and very compassionate-- breakdown last night,  will world premiere the music video for her new single, “On the Floor “ feat. Pitbull on “American Idol” on March 3. It will also premiere online at Vevo.

The  RedOne-produced song is from Lopez’s new album, “Love?,” her first album for Island Def Jam, after her split from Sony. In fact, the IDJ press release about the video’s debut mentions nothing about an album at all.

We just heard back from a label rep that there is no album release date yet.

Part of the appeal for Lopez in signing on as a judge for “AI” was to reinvigorate her music career which has been stagnant for the last several years. The single seems to be off to a strong start, but it is way too soon to tell if it has legs.
 

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<p>Aretha Franklin</p>

Aretha Franklin

Aretha to Fantasia: Grow up

Queen of Soul responds to Fantasia's boycott of the Grammys

Aretha Franklin has issued a response to Fantasia after Fantasia announced that she had boycotted the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards, despite being up for two statues, because she was not invited to sing in Franklin’s tribute that opened the show.

“I was sorry to hear that Fantasia was upset because she did not get the opportunity to participate in my Grammy Tribute this year,” Franklin said in a statement to USA Today. “I recall that in the past, Fantasia participated in both my MusicCares Person of the Year Tribute and my United Negro College Fund Tribute. Fantasia is still young in the business and although we all love and appreciate her she must understand that in this business of show business she will not always get to participate in everything she would like participate in. I'm sure it was not an intentional omission. I will see Fantasia over the summer here in Detroit."

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