Watch: David Guetta's Sci-Fi video for 'Who's That Chick' featuring Rihanna

Watch: David Guetta's Sci-Fi video for 'Who's That Chick' featuring Rihanna

It's a Rainbow Brite world

Take that Katy Perry. Consider yourself served. After seemingly reserving the entire rainbow of colors for her vibrant videos such as “California Gurls,” former BFF Rihanna is striking out with a candy-coated video of her own for “Who’s That Chick.”

Hang on, we know totally that officially it’s a David Guetta tune featuring Rihanna, but if you break down the footage in the video, Rihanna has about 1000 times the screen time than the European DJ. Even when he is seen in his space-age prison and he’s watching Rihanna’s technicolor antics on his TV inside his spaceship, he’s all grey and barren.  I don’t know whether I feel sorry for the guy because he’s hands-down the most boring part of any video that he’s in for his songs or if I think he’s the luckiest SOB in the world because he gets richer and richer and gets to work with all these fun artists and yet gets to keep his privacy, since he’s not recognized by 99% of folks.

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<p>Nicki Minaj as her own fairy godmother in her 'Moment 4 Life' video.</p>

Nicki Minaj as her own fairy godmother in her 'Moment 4 Life' video.

Watch: Nicki Minaj buys into the fairy tale in new video for 'Moment 4 Life'

Drake shows up as her boyfriend/prince

Once upon a time, there was a female rapper named Nicki Minaj. She appeared on everyone’s records before finally releasing her own album, “Pink Friday,” in November.

But success isn’t enough. A girl’s mind turns to romance no matter her chart position. In the video for her new single “Moment 4 Life,”  Nicki (oddly playing King Nicki, according to the opening of the fairy tale) gets a visit  from her fairy godmother, who looks a lot like Nicki, but with a British accent and blonde wing (and may we say she does a better accent than Madonna).

After they make a few jokes, including a funny one about sending Slim Shady to boarding school,  Nicki attends her own ball, in a variety of wigs and dresses...and lots and lots of chocolate.

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<p>Lady Gaga performs at Madison Square Garden in Jan, 2010.</p>

Lady Gaga performs at Madison Square Garden in Jan, 2010.

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Lady Gaga releases the lyrics to first single, 'Born This Way'

Read below what she has to say in the new song

We don’t get to hear “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga’s new single from the forthcoming album of the same name, until Feb. 13, but she’s done the next best thing for her little monsters: she’s tweeted the lyrics.

As we could guess from what she’s said and from the title, the song’s lyrics are all about acceptance and believing that you are fine however you are because that is how God made you.

The tune, written by Lady Gaga and produced by Lady Gaga, Fernando Gariba, and DJ White Shadow, will undoubtedly raise the ire of the religious right (as if that were her core audience to begin with) with such lyrics as “A different lover is not a sin/Believe Capitol H-I-M.”  She also breaks the fourth wall by talking about “I love this record” in the middle of the record.  We do live the line about “Don’t be a drag/just be a queen.”

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Wilco starts own label, working on post-Nonesuch set

Wilco starts own label, working on post-Nonesuch set

Band launches dBpm Records through Anti- Records

As Hitfix first reported last July, Wilco had left Nonesuch Records and was hinting that the beloved Americana band might strike out on its own. 

It turns out  the Jeff Tweedy-led band have done just that. Wilco has started dBpm Records, which will be distributed and marketed through Anti- Records, which is a part of Epitaph Records.

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Listen: Jennifer Hudson's new single 'Where You At'

Listen: Jennifer Hudson's new single 'Where You At'

Former 'American Idol' gets help from R Kelly on first song from 'I Remember Me'

Jennifer Hudson may be skinny now, but that doesn’t mean all her troubles are over— just listen to her new single, “Where You At,” from her second album “I Remember Me.”  Sounds like she lost an additional 160 pounds of excess weight since she’s just been ditched by her man.

Or as she more poetically puts it: “I went to sleep in the cloud and woke up in the dirt/ Said you’d be my hero/but as it turns out you were a no show.”

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<p>Manson girls and the Doobie Brothers</p>

Manson girls and the Doobie Brothers

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Music on Main Street with the Manson Girls, the Doobie Bros. and Low Anthem

Things from from weird to wonderful at Sundance

PARK CITY — Our Monday started off on a weird note, even for the “anything-can-happen-at-Sundance” vibe.
There is a new movie coming called “Manson Girls.”  Directed by Susanna Lo, the drama is about several of the women who followed murderer Charles Manson. Included in the cast is Monica Keena, who plays Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Laura Harring (Alice Rainer), Heather Matarazzo (Sadie Atkins), Jennifer Landon (Mary Brunner), Tania Ramonde (Leslie Van Houten) and Taryn Manning (we don’t whom she plays).

It turns out that two members of the Doobie Bros., John McFee and Guy Allison, wrote the theme to the movie, so someone thought it was a good idea to bring them all together in Park City and webcast the gals and the two Bros. playing some classic rock together.  The media event kicked off with McFee and Allison playing some cues they’ve written for the movie, which were appropriately dark and ominous. Then things got weird. Matarazzo came out to join them for the Beatles’  “Sexy Sadie.” It sounds like a smart move given Matarazzo is playing Sadie. However, Matarazzo looked panic-stricken. She greeted us with “Hi fuckers, you ready?,” then grabbed the mic stand with both hands and held on with a death grip, staring upward the whole time and sang as if she would rather be having root canal without novocaine. In her defense, the room was the size of a postage stamp and the closeness to the audiences would have daunted the most experienced of singers. She sounded decent, but she sang so softly that the band totally overpowered her. We all breathed a collective sigh of relief when it was over, not because she can’t sing, but because she seemed so damn uncomfortable.

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<p>Iron &amp; Wine's Sam Beam</p>

Iron & Wine's Sam Beam

Jan. 25 release slate brings new Iron and Wine, Talib Kweli and Wanda jackson

Amos Lee and Cold War Kids also bring new sets

As January draws to a close, bringing with it some of the slowest sales weeks we’ve seen since the 1991 dawn of the Nielsen SoundScan era, we end the month with a slate of tasty critical releases. However, none are likely to stoke the chart fires.  Jan. 25 brings new sets from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson (with a little help from Jack White), Corrine Bailey Rae, Talib Kweli,  Iron and Wine and Gang of Four’s first set in 14 years.

Corinne Bailey Rae, “The Love EP” (Capitol): British songstress is all about amore on this five-song covers set that includes her takes on Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover,”  Wings’ “My Love” and first single, “Is This Love,”  the Bob Marley song, not the Whitesnake one.

Carolina Chocolate Drops, “Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii” (Nonesuch): North Carolina string band combined with the New York City gypsy outfit Luminescent Orchestrii for this 4-song EP.

Cold War Kids, “Mine Is Yours” (Downtown): Third set from Long Beach, Calif.-based band moves it further into the mainstream  and away from its quirky beginnings as they work with Jacquire King, best known for producing Kings of Leon and Modest Mouse.

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<p>Eminem</p>

Eminem

Now That's What I Call Music 37 includes Eminem, Katy Perry, Kesha and more

Companion album offers 'new classics' from Susan Boyle, Michael Buble and Colbie Caillat

On Feb. 8, we get not only the 1,285th edition of “Now That’s What I Call Music!” (actually, it’s No. 37),  but a new companion title, “Now That’s What I Call the Modern Songbook,” which features adult contemporary hits and titles that weren’t solid radio hits, but the labels hope you’ll want anyway.

This quarter’s “Now That’s What I Call Music” includes major hits from Eminem, Bruno Mars, Pink and more. The developing artists on the collection are Greyson Chance, whom you will recall, is signed to Lady Gaga’s label.

The “Modern Songbook,” includes such “newclassics,” as the label describes them (we think that’s really reaching, plus it’s an oxymoron), as Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” and Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly,” which is neither new, nor a classic. Okay, we’ll admit we woke on the wrong side of the bed today and just provide the track listing for the two albums below.

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Watch: Avril Lavigne's video for 'What the Hell'

Watch: Avril Lavigne's video for 'What the Hell'

She's a girl gone mild in the product-filled video

In Avril Lavigne’s new endorsement fest, uh, we mean video, for “What The Hell,” she’s a girl gone mild. She wants to be a bad girl, but, quite honestly, she just doesn’t seem to have it in her, despite declaring that all she wants to do “is mess around.” But we will say, she seems to have mad basketball skillz.

We know discussing plot points and suspension of disbelief in videos is really pointless, but the thrust of the song is she’s cheated on her boyfriend. We never get any hint of that here, since she wakes up with him and ends up back in bed with him at the end. Instead we get a romp that begins when she pushes him out of her apartment right after spraying on one of her two perfume lines. Maybe he’s upset that she steals a NY taxi for a joyride and then joins a pick-up basketball game before running to a boutique that, coincidentally, happens to sell her Abbey Dawn line of clothing. What are the chances of that?

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<p>Carole King</p>

Carole King

Music on Main: Lou Reed and Carole King concerts liven up Sundance

The two Rock & Roll of Hall of Famers appear two event documentaries

PARK CITY—Lou Reed and Carole King are both 68. They both have been inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Both have movies at Sundance: King and touring partner James Taylor are the pivots for “Troubadours,” while Reed is here with “Red Shirley,” a documentary about his aunt. And both played here on Jan. 23.

But that would be where the similarities end. Reed played at one of Sundance’s hottest tickets, the annual Celebration of Music in Film, while King performed at a party at Cicero’s (dubbed The House of Hype during Sundance) to celebrate “Troubadours.”

Reed opened with “Ecstasy,” the title track to his 2000 concept album. Accompanying himself on electric guitar and with a sideman in piano and synthesizer, he delivered a wonderfully nuanced version of the song. Of course, part of the irony of the droning tune is how mournful it sounds, in direct contrast to its title.

He then delved back almost 30 year for 1982’s “The Blue Mask.” As with so many of Reed’s songs, the harrowing lyrics are startlingly cinematic, with the lyrics creating fully-developed scenes.

Reed lightened it up a bit with The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Sticking With You,” as well as “Small Town,” from Reed and John Cale’s “Songs for Drella.”  His delved back into “Ecstasy” for “Rock Minuet,” a gritty look at a troubled son that includes the hard-to-forget lines “In the back of the warehouse were a couple of guys/they had tied someone up and sewn up their eyes/ and he got so excited, he came on his thighs.”

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