<p>Jennifer Lopez</p>

Jennifer Lopez

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Listen: Jennifer Lopez leaked track, 'Invading My Mind'

If you liked 'On the Floor,' you'll love this

Check out, “Invading My Mind,” a new track from Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming Island Def Jam album, “Love?” 

It’s a fast-paced, Euro-tinged, robotic dance thumper. We know we’re in the minority here, but we aren’t that much of a fan of “On the Floor,” which is really a Pitbull song with some J-Lo thrown in.

“Invading My Mind,” produced by Lady Gaga’s producer RedOne is all Lopez and makes us want to twirl and twirl and twirl. Like most of Kylie Minogue's tunes, it's straight-ahead dance, but it has enough pop elements that you can sing along to it and hum it. Imagine that in 2011. (we also hesitate to admit it reminds us a little bit of Ace of Base's "Beautiful Life).

We have absolutely no idea what has invaded Lopez's mind, but we want more of it. Does she actually say “breaking my eyes?”

We included the "American Idol" judge on our list of probably comebacks. Looks like we'll get our wish.

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<p>Lil Wayne</p>

Lil Wayne

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Lil Wayne sets release date for 'Tha Carter IV'

When can we expect to hear the full set?

Lil Wayne has set a release date for his long-awaited “Tha Carter IV.” The follow up to 2008's Grammy-winning “Tha Carter lll,” will come out May 16, the rapper told MTV News.

MTV interviewed Lil Wayne backstage at the kick-off of his I Am Still Music tour in Rhode Island last night (March 16). Lil Wayne revealed that the album was done, and his manager Cortez Bryant verified the May 16 release.
First single, “6 Foot 7 Foot” featuring Cory Gunz reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Joining him at Rhode Island show were Nicki Minaj, Lil Twist and Rick Ross, according to Billboard.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga tops the Billboard Hot 100 for fifth week; who's gaining on her?

Katy Perry and Britney Spears see huge leaps

Lady Gaga makes it five weeks in a row as “Born This Way”  spends another week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You” spends another week at No. 2, destined to live in LG’s wake, while Katy Perry’s “E.T.” featuring Kanye West soars 8-3, largely based on digital sales.  The track is the fourth from Perry’s “Teenage Dream” to land at No. 1 on the Hot Digital Sales chart, making “Teenage Dream” the only album to land a quartet of tunes at the top. “E.T.” sells 216,000 copies this week to achieve the feat, according to Billboard.

Rihanna’s “S&M” falls one place 3-4, while Jennifer Lopez’s comeback single, “On the Floor” featuring Pitbull stays put at No. 5.

In the rest of the top 10, Pink’s “F**kin’ Perfect” slips 4-6, Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” moves 6-7 and  Enrique Iglesias’s “Tonight  (I’m Lovin’ You)” featuring Ludacris and DJ Frank E sees a slight uptick from 9-8.

Britney Spears sees a nice leap as “Till the World Ends,” the second single from March 29’s “Femme Fatale” jumps 20-9. The album’s first single, “Hold It Against Me,” debuted at No. 1.

Closing out the top 10, Ke$ha, who co-wrote Spears’ “Till the World Ends,”  hangs on at No. 10, as “Blow” drops three places from No. 7.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift returns to the big screen, LeAnn Rimes to the small one

Swift joins the cast of Universal's animated pic, 'The Lorax.'

Taylor Swift is getting more animated than usual. She has joined the cast of Universal’s “The Lorax.”

The 3-D animated feature is based on the popular Dr. Seuss book.  Swift will give voice to Audrey, girlfriend to Ted, who goes to find the Lorax. Zac Efron will play Ted, according to Entertainment Weekly. He better treat Swift right or he’ll be a song on her next album.  “The Lorax is set for a March 2012 release.

Swift previously appeared in Garry Marshall’s “Valentine’s Day.”

Another country star is also taking to the screen. LeAnn Rimes will appear in “Reel Love,”  one of two new television movies made for CMT.  Rimes’ character returns to her small town after living in the big city for a family emergency, stays and finds love. Just a reminder: in her last made-for-TV movie,  Lifetime’s 2009 “Northern Lives,” she and her co-star Eddie Cibrian, fell in love and are now engaged. “Reel Love” debuts in September.

Rising country artist and Broadway actress Laura Bell Bundy will appear in “To the Mat,” another CMT original movie. The film, which also stars Ricky Schroder, features the two trying to save Schroder’s family’s wrestling school. It will premiere in August.



 

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<p>Fergie</p>

Fergie

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Watch: Black Eyed Peas new video 'Just Can't Get Enough'

Travel to Tokyo with the group

Travel to Japan with the Black Eyed Peas in their new video for “Just Can’t Get Enough.” If there was ever a band whose sterile, electronic, futuristic sound seemed like  perfect match for Tokyo’s forward-thinking sensibility, it’s the Peas.

The clip follows each member of the band as they travel through the bright, overwhelming metropolis that is Toyko, through that city’s equivalent of Times Square, the high-speed rail, into a club, etc.

It’s a different tune from the Peas’ usual uptempo number in that it’s as close to a love song as the Peas get, as opposed to a party thumper. Plus, each member gets an extended spotlight, as opposed to just Fergie (who looks stunning here) and will.i.am.

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<p>L.A. Reid</p>

L.A. Reid

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Is L.A. Reid a good choice for Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor?'

UPDATE: Read Island Def Jam head's resignation letter

So after months of hints and rumors, it looks like Island Def Jam chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid  will leave his post to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s  talent reality show, “The X Factor,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cowell had been pursuing Reid for months, but there were complications: Cowell is connected to Sony Music through his Syco label, which will have the first right to release albums from “X Factor” winners. Island Def Jam is part of Universal Music Group, which now handles the “American Idol” music releases after taking them over from Sony Music following Cowell’s departure from the judge’s chair. So you can see why UMG wasn’t about to agree to Reid serving as a judge for what amounts to a rival show, even though his contract is up in December.  “X Factor” debuts on Fox in September.

Now that hurdle has been cleared. It also answers a few other questions that have nothing to do with “X Factor,” which we’ll return to in a minute.

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<p>Lupe Fiasco's 'Lasers'</p>

Lupe Fiasco's 'Lasers'

Who pushes Adele out of No. 1 on the Billboard 200?

Avril Lavigne, 'Glee' and R.E.M. return to the top 10

Lupe Fiasco scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week as “LASERS” tops the chart with opening week sales of 204,000.

The rapper is one of four acts with debuts in the Top 10. “Glee’s” fifth volume, and the first to include original tunes, bows at No. 3 with sales of 90,000. Avril Lavigne’s first set in four years, “Goodbye Lullaby,” enters at No. 4. Her last set, 2007’s “The Best Damn Thing,” debuted at No. 1 with an opening tally of 286,000. “Goodbye” sells 87,000 in its first week.

Similarly reflective of the radical drop in album sales, R.E.M.’s fantastically reviewed “Collapse Into Now” comes in at No. 5 with sales of 57,000. That is more than a 50% drop from 2008’s “Accelerate,” which started at No. 2 with 115,000, according to Billboard.

The last debut in the Top 10 belongs to country singer Sara Evans, whose “Stronger” starts at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Country Albums chart with sales of 55,000.

For the rest of the Top 10, Adele’s “21” drops out of the top spot to No. 2 with still strong sales of 133,000 copies.  Mumford & Sons’ “Sigh No More” falls 3-7 after a nice, prolonged post-Grammy sales bounce; Marsha Ambrosius’s “Late Night & Early Mornings” slips 2-8, Justin Bieber’s “ Never Say Never” slides 4-9 and the “Now 37” multi-artist compilation rounds out the list, moving 5-10.

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

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Listen: Four new Britney tracks from 'Femme Fatale'

Hear snippets from the deluxe edition of the March 29 release

The countdown to the March 29 release of Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” is on. For the last several weeks, little snippets or full songs have come out.

Today, portions of three of the four tracks exclusive to the deluxe edition have surfaced. Check them out, courtesy of britneysboards.org.

First up is  "Up 'N Down." We don't get much from the 26 seconds of the Max Martin co-production, other than a bouncy dance feel.
 

 Next up are Rodney Jerkins' two contributions. The first on, "He About To Lose Me," opens with an acoustic guitar and features Spears singing full on instead of talk-singing. The second, "Don't Keep Me Waiting," sounds like it could be a full-on rocker.


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<p>Keith Urban</p>

Keith Urban

Watch: Keith Urban reflects on his life in new 'Without You' music video

See him shirtless and frolicking at the beach

The trappings of fame mean nothing to Keith Urban without his family and lots of arty, black and white images. Check out the video to his ballad, “Without You” and you’ll see what we mean.

The clip, directed by Chris Hicky and shot on a soundstage in Hollywood, shows Urban sitting in a bedroom playing his guitar, as scenes of his life gauzily play out behind him. There’s Urban getting out of bed, shirtless (nice tattoo, man!) and  dancing with wife. There’s adorable footage of a baby, though we don’t know if it is his daughter with Nicole Kidman,  Sunday Rose. We’re not sure how the Eiffel Tower got in there, but we guess that comes under the “traveling, singing, it don’t mean nothing without you,” part of the lyric.

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<p>Eddie Vedder</p>

Eddie Vedder

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Listen: First track from Eddie Vedder's forthcoming solo album

Pearl Jam frontman gets all happy with the ukulele

We don’t know when a new Pearl Jam album is coming, but it looks like we’re getting some fresh Eddie Vedder as early as June. Antiquiet  (via MusicBoxBlog) reports that the new solo album will be ukulele based and if the first single is any indication, that is true.

 “Longing To Belong” is an unabashed love song about hoping he falls into his love’s arms...although he’s not sure she’s in love with him too.  It’s a relatively low-key affair, but it’s so warm and intimate, it sounds like Vedder is right there beside you. Vedder is on ukelele and there is some accompanying cello, but that’s about it. You can hear a a stream here.

Vedder previously branched out on his own for the “Into The Wild” soundtrack and “Longing to Belong” has that same lonesome, yearning spirit as the music  for the Sean Penn-directed movie.

Pearl Jam fans: just a reminder that as part of the band’s 20th anniversary celebration, the “Vs. and “Vitology” reissues arrive next Tuesday, March 29, with vinyl editions out April 12, in time for Record Store Day, April 16.



 

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