<p>Jennifer Lopez gets an assist from Pitbull on her latest single.</p>

Jennifer Lopez gets an assist from Pitbull on her latest single.

Listen: J-Lo's new song, 'On the Floor,' featuring Pitbull

Smart girl drops it days before her 'American Idol' premiere

Just in time for the Jan.19 season premiere of “American Idol” with new judge Jennifer Lopez, J-Lo drops a new single, "On the Floor,"  to let us know she is back on the music block.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Will the Billboard 200 chart sink to another new low next week?

Cake bakes its way to No. 1

Hold on folks, it just got even worse. After Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” set a record this week for the lowest sales tally ever for an album in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, it looks like that record will fall next week.

The good news for Cake is that its first album of new material in years, “Showroom of Compassion,” will likely come in at No. 1. The bad news is that the title may do so by selling less than 40,000 copies. Right now, according to Hits Daily Double, it is on track to sell between 37,000-42,000. Debuting at No. 2 will be “Thank You Happy Birthday” from Cage the Elephant. Swift falls to No. 3. Bruno Mars will be No. 4 and Nicki Minaj at No. 5. The “Country Strong” soundtrack continues to do well, despite the movie flopping at the box office, as it rises five spots.

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<p>Britney's back with a vengeance. </p>

Britney's back with a vengeance.

Music Power Rankings: Britney Spears hits big with her new "body" of work

Who else gets off to a good start in 2011?

Welcome to the first Music Power Rankings of 2011. The music business comes to a halt over the holidays and it takes a number of weeks for it to ramp back up. Hence, we took a few liberties with this week’s rankings towards the bottom; however, Britney Spears comes by her No. 1 ranking totally honestly.

Excitement around her new single, “Hold It Against Me” had reached fever pitch by the time the song, the first from her upcoming March album, rolled out Monday morning. By the end of the day, it was No. 1 on iTunes and and will likely debut at No. on the Billboard Hot 100 next week.  When we think about where the abyss she was in both musically and, more importantly, personally, only a few years ago, it’s a marvelous and triumphant resurrection.

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<p>Gwen Stefani performing on the &quot;Today&quot;&nbsp;show...in the previous decade.</p>

Gwen Stefani performing on the "Today" show...in the previous decade.

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Gwen Stefani signs on as L'Oreal spokeswoman, No Doubt back in the studio

Band started the 2011 dedicated to finishing a new album

Gwen Stefani is the new face of L’Oreal Paris cosmetics. She follows in the footsteps of Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

The first commercial featuring the No Doubt frontwoman pushing the brand will debut during The Golden Globe Awards on  Sunday (Jan. 16).

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<p>&quot;Spider-Man:&nbsp;Turn off the Dark's&quot;&nbsp;official opening has been delayed once more.</p>

"Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark's" official opening has been delayed once more.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark delays opening for the fifth time

U2's producer Steve Lillywhite helps the production get on track

For the fifth time,  the opening of the Broadway musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has been delayed.

In December,  the show announced the opening would move from Jan. 11 to Feb. 7. Now, producers said “Spider-Man” will officially open now March 15. The delay is “to allow for more time to fine-tune aspects of the show, including the new ending,” according to a statement attributed to lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Who tops the Billboard 100 this week? Katy or Bruno?

Can Britney come in at No. 1 next week?

Bruno Mars and Katy Perry continue their game of explosive musical chairs as  “Grenade” blasts back up to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, replacing Perry’s “Firework.” This marks the third time the two have switched places.

(However, it looks like there will be a new girl in town next week as Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” is likely to debut at No. 1, according to Billboard. )

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

Watch: Taylor Swift's first nude scene in her 'Back To December' video

Wear your winter coat, it's cold where you're going

You can practically feel the cold coming off the screen in Taylor Swift’s new video for “Back to December,” her ballad allegedly about her relationship with Taylor Lautner. It’s the latest single from her album, “Speak Now,” which is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 again this week.

Because she’s a superstar, Swift, rocking the straight bangs, gets to stay warm in the video as she mopes around her house in nothing but a tank top and sweater (even when it starts to snow inside), bemoaning whatever insensitive thing she did to break this poor boy’s heart, while the object of her disaffection mopes too, but he’s walking through the snow, freezing. He doesn’t look like Lautner so much as Tom Welling, the guy from “Smallville.”

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<p>Lady Gaga at the Grammys?&nbsp;We'd be surprised if she wasn't.</p>

Lady Gaga at the Grammys? We'd be surprised if she wasn't.

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Is Lady Gaga set to play the Grammys? Yes, according to her choreographer

Will she sing 'Born This Way?'

Yesterday, we addressed the rumor that Britney Spears may be appearing at the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards and weighed the chances that multiple-nominee Lady Gaga would debut her new song, “Born This Way,” which comes out the same day as the Grammys, on the show.

The Recording Academy declined to play along, telling us that no act is confirmed until the Academy announces it.

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<p>Blake Shelton</p>

Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton pegged to co-host ACMS with Reba McEntire

The Oscars, the CMAs and ACMs all feel two is better than one

Coed twosomes are all the rage when it comes to hosting award shows. James Franco and Anne Hathaway are hosting this year’s Oscars, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have very playfully and successfully hosted the Country Music Assn. Awards for the the past three years and now Reba McEntire will be joined by Blake Shelton as her co-host for the Academy of Country Music Awards. It's like Noah's Ark: all hosts must now come in pairs.

McEntire has hosted the award show solo for the last several years. McEntire and Shelton are managed by McEntire’s husband, Narvel Blackstock.

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<p>Eminem</p>

Eminem

Eminem signs two new acts to his Shady Records

Rapper reunites with old friends for Slaughterhouse, adds Yelawolf

Eminem is letting no grass grow under his feet. Not only is he the leading nominee for the forthcoming Grammy Awards and his 2010 set, “Recovery,” was the top-selling album of the year in the U.S., he’s charging back up his business side.

Shady Records, the label he started in 1999 with manager Paul Rosenberg, has signed two new acts, rap group Slaughterhouse and rapper Yelawolf. The label has been relatively quiet lately. Its strongest successes, in addition to Eminem, of course, have been D12 and 50 Cent (in partnership with Dr. Dre's Aftermath).

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Slaughterhouse has some familiar names: members Joe Budden and  Royce da 5’9” both had moderately successful solo careers, and are joined by Crooked I and Joell Ortiz. “Recovery” fans will recall that Slaughterhouse appeared on “Session One,” a bonus track on that set. The group also released an album on E1 in 2009. Eminem and Royce da 5’9” go way back as the duo Bad Meets Evil. Royce appeared on Eminem’s first album.  Slaughterhouse’s Shady Records debut is expected later this year.

Yelawolf appeared on “You Ain’t No DJ,”  a track on Big Boi’s “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty” set and has released a series of mix tapes. The Alabama native is working on his full-length set now.

As we previously reported, Eminem is also ramping up his acting and producing activity. He’s been linked to  star in two new films, “Southpaw” and “Random Acts of Violence, both of which will be co-produced by his partners in Shady Films, Rosenberg and Stuart Parr.
 

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