<p>Dave Stewart</p>

Dave Stewart

Interview: Dave Stewart talks Stevie Nicks' new album 'In Your Dreams'

Learn about her obsession with poets

Stevie Nicks will release, “In Your Dreams,”  her first solo album in 10 years on May 3. Nicks recorded “In Your Dreams” in her Los Angeles home with co-producers Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.

Stewart, best known as half of Eurythmics, says recording with Nicks was an absolute joy. “We co-wrote right or nine songs together,” he tells Hitfix, seven of which ultimately ended up on the album. “After the second or third song, she said I’ve never sat together and written with someone in my life. It’s an amazing album.”

Nicks, who inspired a generation of singers, is the last artist who will be chasing trends, Stewart says. “It’s not like trying to answer or compete with any pop market.”

Stewart says he learned much about Nicks and her craft.  “I learned how incredibly focused she is and how unbelievably committed she is to her art form and includes the words, research, her obsession with poets like Edgar Allan Poe and all the details.”

Nicks is prepping for a North American tour with co-headliner Rod Stewart. The Heart & Soul Tour kicks off March 20 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.


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<p>Britney has something she wants to tell you...</p>

Britney has something she wants to tell you...

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Britney Spears releases track listing for 'Femme Fatale'

See what's on the entire16-track deluxe edition

It’s March 1, which means we’re officially into the month that Britney Spears‘ “Femme Fatale” drops on March 29. Today, courtesy of Idolator, we get the track listing for not only regular edition, but the 16-track deluxe edition.

Snippets of several of the songs are leaking almost daily, as we've reported here, including 

"I Wanna Go," "Inside Out," We also got the hi-tech video for "Hold It Against Me." 

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<p>Zac Brown Band</p>

Zac Brown Band

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Hitfix Interview: Zac Brown Band talks new Patagonia Music Collective also featuring Pearl Jam, Maroon5 and more

Buy exclusive tracks and help the environment

Today (March 1), Patagonia, the environmentally-friendly, outdoor clothing company, launches  the Patagonia Music Collective, a new online music store with exclusive tracks from such artists as Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, Bonnie Raittand Jon Cleary, Drive By Truckers, Brandi Carlile, Ben Sollee, The Bad Plus and Zac Brown Band. The tracks sell for 99 cents, with the net proceeds going to a non-profit environmental group of the acts choosing.

We talked to Zac Brown Band about their choice to get involved in the project and their chosen organization, Urban Farming, The group donated a live version of their song, “Cold Hearted,” the studio version of which is on its current album, “You Get What You Give.”  Many acts traveled the same path, offering live or acoustic versions of already available songs, while others selected previously unreleased tunes.

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Sick Puppies, Staind's Aaron Lewis and Beady Eye lead March 1 releases

Lykke Li and Lucinda Williams also deliver new goods

Following the excitement surround the arrival of the Adele album last week, things slow down slightly this week, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of March 1 delights to savor, including the solo debut from Floetry’s Marsha Ambrosius; Beady Eye, fronted by Oasis’s Liam Gallagher, and veteran singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams.

Marsha Ambrosius, “Late Nights & Early Mornings” (J): One-half of neo-soul duo Floetry releases her first solo album, but she doesn’t got it totally alone: collaborators include Alicia Keys and Just Blaze. Admit it, you want to hear “Hope She Cheats on You (With A Basketball Player”).

Beady Eye, “Different Gear, Still Speeding” (Dangerbird):
Think Oasis without Noel Gallagher and produced by Steve Lillywhite.

Dropkick Murphys, “Going Out in Style” (Born & Bred Records): Just in time for St. Patty’s Day, the Dropkick Murphy’s drop their  seventh album, full of their usual blend of spunky, Irish-flavored rock and roll. Plus, they welcome a very special guest: Bruce Springsteen on a remake of the classic “Peg O’ My Heart.” Apparently, all you have to do is ask.

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<p>Willow Smith</p>

Willow Smith

Listen: Willow Smith's new single, '21st Century Girl'

Does she sound more like Rihanna or Ke$ha?

Willow Smith wants us to know that she’s  “on a mission with no restrictions.”  At 10 years old, she’s already on her second single, following “Whip My Hair.”

The good news is as repetitive and mindless as “21st Century Girl” may be, it is light years ahead of “Whip My Hair.”

When she’s not imitating Rihanna, she’s channeling Ke$ha with the quick refrain about “rocking the beat.”  Smith’s no Jackie Evancho, but she seems to be able to stay on key. I’m tired of beating my drum about letting a kid be a kid because I don’t have a vote on what goes on in the Will Smith/Jada Pinkett household and it’s clear the fame train has already left the station on both Willow and her older bro, Jaden. Let’s just hope some of the royalties are going into a fund for future therapy sessions, if needed.

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<p>Lady Gaga in &quot;Born This Way&quot;</p>

Lady Gaga in "Born This Way"

Watch: Lady Gaga's video for 'Born This Way' and her homage to Madonna

See how all the Little Monsters got created

That’s an image that’s going to linger: Lady Gaga pulling a machine gun from her crotch. It’s all part of the video (the first one) for “Born This Way,” which the artist debuted today. Since we know it will take a couple of decades for us to decipher all of this one, we decided to give you bullet points on our immediate thoughts and keep it simple since your mind is going to be cluttered with the primordial ooze.

*Why didn’t Lady Gaga cut the opening and closing shots of a unicorn? We would have edited those out given Ke$ha’s better use of the mythical creature in her “Blow” video and the shots have nothing to do with the real theme. She co-directed the video. She could have done anything she wanted with that final edit.

*Mother Monster really is the queen of the world. Here, she rules the Multiverse, giving birth to good, but she’s not the only one with gooey things coming out of her lady bits, so is everyone else on the planet. Yuck.

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<p>Emily Browning of 'Sucker Punch'</p>

Emily Browning of 'Sucker Punch'

Bjork, Queen, Beatles tunes get reinvented on 'Sucker Punch' soundtrack

Emily Browning and Carla Gugino act and sing in the action fantasy

Classic rock tunes such as Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”, the Pixies’ “Where is my Mind” and Roxy Music’s “Love is the Drug” get turned on their ear on the soundtrack for “Sucker Punch.”

The Zack Snyder-directed film is about a young girl, Baby Doll, played by Emily Browning, who is thrown into a mental asylum by her evil stepmother. Her fellow inmates, played by Abbie Cornish, Jenna Malone and Vanessa Hudgens, take on enemies, real and imagined, in an effort to break free.

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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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