<p>Katy Perry on 'How I Met Your Mother'</p>

Katy Perry on 'How I Met Your Mother'

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Watch: Katy Perry on 'How I Met Your Mother'

We're not saying she's dumb, but....

Katy Perry will be in her more natural setting—the 2011 Grammy Awards— on Feb. 13, but before that, she’ll show up  on  “How I Met Your Mother” on Feb. 7. "How I Met Your Mother" is on CBS and the Grammys are on CBS. Hmmmm.

She plays the cousin of Zoey, played by Jennifer Morrison, and is so naive that she thinks, well, see for yourself in the clip below. Let’s just say we could sell her the London Bridge. Everyone calls her Honey, as in "Oh, honey..." They probably also say "Bless her heart," about her a lot.

 

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Watch: Rihanna plays kitten with a whip in video for 'S & M'

Watch: Rihanna plays kitten with a whip in video for 'S & M'

Is she pushing the envelope or just pushing stereotypes?

“Mommy, what’s a ball gag?” If Rihanna has any underage fans left after “Rated R” scared most of them away, expect to have to answer that question after watching her new video for “S&M,” the latest single from "Loud."

Once you have a song with that as the title, you can’t really be surprised if there’s bondage, ball gags and rubber suits involved, can you? It may have been fun if Rihanna had gone and made the sweetest, purest video ever for a song about “sex in the air, I love the smell of it. Sticks and stones may break my bones/but chains and whips, they excite me," but instead she went for the obvious.

The broader, "high-brow" concept here is that her real S&M relationship is with the press. We see her behind plastic during a press conference, as headlines, presumably some of them real, about her “daddy issues” or her voice “crackling and popping” scroll by.  The reporters are “gagged,” and she even gets Perez Hilton, whose 15 minutes of fame are soooo over, to parade around on all fours on a leash and pretend to pee on a fire hydrant. She's never involved with a man in the film, just the press, including a kiss on the taped lips of a female journalist. Way to puss out, Rihanna.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

2011 Grammy Predictions: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

Does the statue go to Lady Gaga, Beyonce or Katy Perry? Where's Rihanna?

As we continue our countdown to the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards, we’re predicting a category a day. Today we pit Lady Gaga against Katy Perry and Beyonce in the best female pop vocal performance category.

Best female pop vocal performance:

“King of Anything,” Sara Bareilles
“Halo” (Live), Beyonce
“Chasing Pirates,” Norah Jones
“Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
“Teenage Dream”  Katy Perry


What? No Ke$ha? We kid. Although nothing would have surprised us in this year where pop is absolutely king (and queen) at the Grammys. Seriously, we are a little taken aback that Rihanna didn’t earn a spot at the table. We know the Grammys love Norah Jones on principal alone, but Rihanna’s  “Rude Boy” or “Only Girl (In the World)” should have gotten either Jones’ place for “Chasing Pirates” or Beyonce’s slot for a live version of “Halo” (C’mon! The recorded version won this award last year).  That is if we look at it solely as a popularity song contest.

If we really do look at it as a vocal contest, it becomes a different ball game (and Bareilles or Jones should win), but we don’t think the Grammy voters will see it that way, so we’re not either. We’re still baffled over “Bad Romance’s” exclusion in song and record of the year, so we’re giving Lady Gaga the award here because she both deserves it and out of sympathy.

Winner: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga

Tell us which artist you think should win.

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<p>The cover of Ricky Martin's new album 'Musica + Alma + Sexo'</p>

The cover of Ricky Martin's new album 'Musica + Alma + Sexo'

George Michael, Ricky Martin and Rod Stewart lead Feb. 1 new album releases

Bob Marley's last live set also hits streets 30 years after his death

If we thought this week, in which the “Grammy Nominations CD” is likely to be the top seller on the Billboard 200 with less than 40,000 copies sold, looked bleak, just wait until next week. The Feb. 1 release slate has some tasty elements, but the only mainstream titles are George Michael’s reissue of “Faith,” Rod Stewart’s “The Best of...The Great American Songbook,” and Ricky Martin’s English/Spanish hybrid, “Musica + Almo + Sexo.” They should handily conquer the top 3 spots next week, but we predict that none of the other new releases for this week debut anywhere near the Top 10.

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<p>Kings of Leon</p>

Kings of Leon

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Kings of Leon plan mini-tour around Coachella

Group will come around sundown to three new cities before hitting Indio

Kings of Leon have added three U.S. tour dates around the group’s April 15  headlining slot at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 15. Tickets go on sale Feb. 12. We smell Valentine’s Day gift.

Additionally, the KOL’s Australia and South Africa dates, which were postponed due to drummer Nathan Followill’s arm surgery, have been rebooked for October/November.

The group’s already announced European tour starts May 28 in Slane, Ireland.

New dates for Kings of Leon:

4/8 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
4/9 Memphis, TN FED Ex Forum
4/12 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center



 

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<p>Arcade Fire</p>

Arcade Fire

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2011 Grammy Predictions: Best Alternative Music Album

Five strong contenders vie for the only alternative music Grammy presented

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards take place Feb. 13 live from Staples Center in Los Angeles. Little gramophones are given out in an overwhelming 109 categories. Each day between now and the awards ceremony, we’ll take a category or two and pick the act we believe will taken home the statue.  First up:  Best Alternative Music Album.

Best Alternative Music Album

“The Suburbs,” Arcade Fire
“Infinite Arms,” Band of Horses
“Brothers,” The Black Keys
“Broken Bells,” Broken Bells
“Contra,” Vampire Weekend


This is one of the strongest slates in this year’s awards with each album a stand-out—and there were, arguably, a number of albums waiting in the wings that could have also earned a spot among the top 5:  Best Coast’s “Crazy For You”, Beach House’s “Teen Dream,” Joanna Newsom’s  “Have One on Me,” etc. Plus, the Grammy powers-that-be parse things up further by taking someone like Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs and put them in the contemporary folk album category instead of alternative. Even we aren't sure where something like Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More" should fit in. So there’s a lot of hair splitting. Having said that, despite the fact that “Broken Bells,” was my No. 1 album of the year across the board, this is most likely a race between “Brothers,” “Contra” and “The Suburbs,” all of which were strong, if occasionally spotty, efforts.  “The Suburbs” is also up for Best Album, which, in Grammyland, presumes some level of superiority over the other contenders. Hey Grammys: why no best alternative music song category?

WILL WIN: “The Suburbs,” Arcade Fire
 

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<p>Eminem</p>

Eminem

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Eminem, Cee Lo, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga all slated to come in at No. 1

'2011 Grammy Nominees' compilation set to top Billboard 200

After The Decemberists debuted at No. 1 this week with a comparatively healthy  94,000 for “The King is Dead,” album sales plummet like the winter thermometer again as it looks like the “2011 Grammy Nominees” compilation will bow at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a record low of around 40,000.

There’s a chance that Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” will finally reach the summit, as her set and the Grammy collection are too close to call right now.   “Pink Friday’s” first-week sales of 375,000 in November were only enough to bow at No. 2. Now it could climb to No. 1 on sales of 10% of that tally. 

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<p>Trace Adkins</p>

Trace Adkins

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New three-day Show-Me Festival festival stars Tim McGraw and Trace Adkins

Missouri country fest comes two months after Stagecoach

Make room for another festival. Two months after premier country festival Stagecoach in Indio, Calif., will come a new three-day fest headlined by Tim McGraw and Trace Adkins.

The Show-Me Music & Arts Festival will take place June 17-19 on an 800-acre site in Springfield, Mo., according to Billboard. Other artists confirmed to play include Joe Nichols, One Republic, Gloriana, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and David Nail.

Producer Conway Entertainment Group expects the festival to feature 25 acts on the main stage, as well as a midway, a Kids Zone, and arts and crafts booths.

Headliners for Stagecoach, which takes play April 30-May 1, include Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood.

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

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Music Power Rankings: Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and 'Glee' all make the cut

How soon before the big four record companies are the big three?

Sure 2011 is off to a slow start album sales wise, but there's a beehive of activity happening and the promise of things really starting to heat up starting in late February the release of Adele's "22." Then March through May look unstoppable as a number of heavy hitters return. But in the meantime, as the industry licks its wounds over two weeks of unbelievably low album sales, the chatter is focused on how soon either Warner Music Group and EMI will be sold, possibly to each other. There's a lot of rearranging of deck chairs on the Titanic as Universal Music Group head Doug Morris prepares to move over to Sony Music (the only question is when) and Sony execs move over to UMG.

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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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