<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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<p>Ke$ha</p>

Ke$ha

Ke$ha sets March 22 for release of dance remix album

'I Am The Dance Commander' includes new track, 'F**k Him He's a DJ'

If you thought Ke$ha’s party anthems were ready-made for the dance floor already, wait until March 22 when she releases “I Am The Dance Commander + I Command You To Dance: The Remix Album.” DJs Switch, DJ Skeet Skeet, Fred Falke, Dave Aude and more have their way with such tunes as “Tik Tok” and We R Who We R.” Andre 3000 appears on the remix of “Sleazy.” There is also a tasteful new track, “F**k Him He’s a D.J.”

Below is the track listing for "Commander":

01 Blow (Cirkut Remix)
02 The Sleazy Remix (feat. Andre 3000)
03 TiK Tok Untold Remix
04 F**k Him He’s A DJ
05 Animal Switch Remix
06 Your Love Is My Drug Dave Audé Club Remix
07 We R Who We R Fred Falke Club Remix
08 Take It Off Billboard Remix
09 TiK Tok Chuck Buckett’s Veruca Salt Remix
10 Blah Blah Blah (feat. 3OH!3) DJ Skeet Skeet Radio Remix


 

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<p>Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards.</p>

Lady Gaga at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

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Mark your calendars: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' music video debuts Feb. 28

Lady Gaga co-directed the video

Mark your calendars, Little Monsters. Lady Gaga announced early Wednesday  morning (Feb. 23) that the music video for first single “Born This Way” will debut online on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. EST. It was not specified which site will premiere the clip, but we'd put money on Lady Gaga's website and Vevo.

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<p>Billie Joe Armstrong of &quot;Green Day&quot;</p>

Billie Joe Armstrong of "Green Day"

Credit: AP Photo/Ronald Reyes

Watch: Green Day's new live video clip for 'Cigarettes and Valentines'

Audio clip is on March 22's 'Awesome as F***" CD/DVD

Green Day’s “Awesome as Fuck” comes out March 22. The live album comes with a bonus DVD from the band’s 2009-2010 world tour and with each new video release, we get more excited.

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<p>Phish's Trey Anastasio</p>

Phish's Trey Anastasio

Phish sets up summer tour before taking the rest of the year off

Catch them while you can in 2011

Is it just me or does it seem like Phish has toured constantly since they reunited in 2009?  Not that I’m complaining, mind you. It doesn’t feel right now to have Trey and the boys out during the summer jam season.

Here are the newly announced dates for the 2011 Phish tour. It’s only 13 cities, so we’re sure there are many more to come. But, according to the band, they will take off the rest of the year, so grab tickets while you can. Phish fans know the drill. You can request tix through Phish’s website before they go on sale to the general public on March 11.

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<p>The Low Anthem</p>

The Low Anthem

Album Review: The Low Anthem's 'Smart Flesh'

Death has never sounded so lovely on folk/Americana's quartet's latest

The Low Anthem had death on its collective mind. Its fine new album, “Smart Flesh,” out today (Feb. 22) opens with a visitation from lonely ghost and closes 10 songs later with a seven-minute meditation about slipping off this earth.

In between, there are many other references to loss, including a  nod to 9/11 (“I was in the air when the towers came down in a bar on the 84th floor” in the musically rowdy “Boeing 737”) and a man laments not taking out a loved one’s remains following his/her cremation on “I’ll Take Out Your Ashes,” cloaked in the sense of guilt that can linger long after someone has passed.

The latter is not a topic you hear about in a song every day and that’s half of The Low Anthem’s charm. The Rhode Island quartet,  who originally came together at Brown University, are all multi-instrumentalists, switching off on more than 30 instruments on “Smart Flesh,” most of them acoustic. Anything can be called into a service, from a saw to a transistor radio playing in the background to add ambience. All four members harmonize, but Ben Knox Miller carries the lead vocals with his haunting, spare, lovely voice. He can sound as country as the day is long on “Apothecary Love”  or otherworldly on “Love and Altar.” As with 2008’s “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin,” The Low Anthem make no concessions to pop radio or current trends. They are delightfully unburdened by trying to fit into anyone’s preconceived notion of how they should sound. To that end, they recorded the album primarily in an abandoned pasta sauce factory in Rhode Island, with additional recording conducted in a small, garage-like facility to counterbalance the hollow hugeness of the empty factory.

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<p>Adele returns with &quot;21.&quot;</p>

Adele returns with "21."

Album Review: Adele's '21' soars above '19'

How's working with Rick Rubin turn out for her?

Fans of Adele knew from her debut album, “19,” that the two-time Grammy winner has pipes that belie her young years. On “21,” out Feb. 22, she digs deeper as her lyrics start to match the emotional heft of her  full-throated, wondrous voice.

“21” mines the depths of one relationship from its start to finish. Too often, the path is laden with land mines that are impossible to see until you’re smack dab on top of them and you’re trapped, unable to move in any direction. Like Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s five stages of grief, Adele seems able to run through all the stages of a torrid love affair from exhilaration to devastation.

The album opens with regret and recriminations on first single “Rollin’ in The Deep,”  Adele’s  voice swooping and swelling with emotion, till she builds to a fevered wail on “We could have had it all.”

On the finger-poppin’ “Rumor Has It,”  the big kick drum and girl group-backing vocals anchor her spunky delivery as she takes to task her boyfriend stepping out with someone “half his age.”  It’s one of two songs  OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, who’s also crafted songs for Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce, co-wrote with Adele. Tedder also co-produced “Rumor,” while he left the production work for their other co-write, the piano/string ballad “Turning Tables” to Jim Abbiss. Her feistiness has deserted her and she’s left only with the shutting down, after making herself vulnerable.

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<p>Adele</p>

Adele

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Adele leads Feb. 22 slate of album releases

Jeff Beck, Bayside and the Low Anthem also return with new sets

We’re half-way through the first quarter of 2011 and we finally have a release that’s guaranteed to surpass the 100,000 mark and could be the first blockbuster of the year, Adele's "21," out Feb. 22. The album has already released in much of the rest of the world and debuted at No. 1 in more than a dozen countries. Expect the same here.

Adele, “21” (XL/Columbia):
British thrush and previous Grammy winner for best new artist returns with her second album, produced by Rick Rubin and prefaced by the galloping “Rollin’ In the Deep.”

Bayside, “Killing Time” (Wind-Up):
Gil Norton (The Pixies, Foo Fighters) helped this New York rock band’s first set for Wind-Up following its departure from longtime home, Victory Records.

Jeff Beck, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul” (Atco/Rhino):
Guitar icon pays tribute to his mentor, Les Paul, with this rollicking salute to not only Paul’s music, but other early rock and rockabilly standards. Guests include Brian Setzer.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Billboard 200 chart preview: Does Bieber have what it takes to come in at No. 1?

Gramm gains for Mumford & Sons, Eminem, Lady Antebellum and more

Grammy performers  and winners will see a continued big bounce on the Billboard 200 next week.  Though the charts close at midnight on Sunday, this week’s chart showed immediate upticks for Mumford & Sons, Justin Bieber and Eminem, among others.

Though he went home with no Grammys, Bieber see even more of a surge this week: the one-two punch of “Never Say Never’s” strong showing in theaters as well as his Grammy performance will likely mean at No. 1 debut for the soundtrack to  “Never Say Never,” according to Hits Daily Double.The title, which may sell up to 140,000, is one of three sets that will surpass 100,000 units, marking the first time this year that a trio of titles in the top 10 have sold into six figures.  Additionally, “My World 2.0,” which got a boost from the awards and the movie, will drop in chart position, but will increase in sales over last week.  “Never Say Never” is the only new title that will debut in the top 15; last week’s No. 1 , “Now 37,” remains strong at No. 2 with very little drop-off in sales.

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