<p>Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda</p>

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda

Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance set 2011 U.S. tour dates

Are they rocking an arena near you?

Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance will both be hitting the road in 2011 and both bands are offering incentives to fans who purchase tickets early.

Linkin Park, whose album, “A Thousand Suns” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, will start its 2011 trek Jan. 20 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. Also on the bill on various dates are The Prodigy,  Pendulum and Does It Offend You, Yeah.  Fans will be also be able to download a live recording of the show they attend by texting a code from their mobile phones that will change with every concert. For more information, go to www.linkinpark.com.

Fans will have to wait a little longer for MCR’s tour, which starts April 1 at Portland, Ore.’s Roseland Theater.  Registered fans on the band’s website who buy tickets via a presale will receive a free digital copy of the band’s new album, “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” which streets on Nov. 22. More details are available at www.mychemicalromance.com/tour.

Dates for Linkin Park’s 2011 tour:

Jan 20 Sunrise, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center
Jan 22 Tampa, FL @ St Pete Times Forum
Jan 23 Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
Jan 25 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
Jan 26 Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jan 28 Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Jan 29 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Jan 31 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Feb 1 Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Feb 4 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Feb 7 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Feb 8 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Feb 10 Washington DC @ Verizon Center
Feb 11 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
with The Prodigy:
Feb 15 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Feb 17 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Feb 19 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand – Garden Arena
Feb 20 San Diego @ Viejas Arena
Feb 23 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Feb 25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Energy Solutions Arena
Feb 26 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center


Dates for My Chemical Romance’s The World Contamination Tour:

APRIL
1st                                Portland, OR                        Roseland Theatre
2nd                               Vancouver, BC                     Center for Performing Arts
3rd                                Seattle, WA                                     Showbox Sodo
5th                                Edmonton, AB                     Edmonton Event Centre
6th                                Calgary, AB                           MacEwan Hall
8th                                Salt Lake City                    In the Venue
9th                                Denver, CO                           Fillmore
10th                             Des Moines, IA                  Val Air Ballroom
12th                             Minneapolis, MN                  First Avenue
13th                             Milwaukee, WI                       Eagles Ballroom
15th                             Chicago, IL                           Aragon  *
17th                             Cleveland, OH                      House Of Blues
20th                            Montreal, QC                         Metropolis
22nd                            New York, NY                     Terminal 5

MAY
5th                                Boston, MA                          House Of Blues
6th                               Philadelphia, PA                  Tower Theater  *
7th                                Sayreville, NJ                         Starland Ballroom
10th                             Washington, DC                   9:30 Club
11th                             Atlanta, GA                            The Tabernacle
17th                             West Palm Bch, FL                         Revolution
18th                            Orlando, FL                           House Of Blues
20th                             Houston, TX                                     House Of Blues **
21st                             Dallas, TX                               House Of Blues **
24th                            Phoenix, AZ                          Marquee

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<p>Michael Jackson's &quot;Hold My Hand&quot;</p>

Michael Jackson's "Hold My Hand"

Listen: Michael Jackson's new track with Akon, 'Hold My Hand'

Is it worthy of the King of Pop?

Has it really to come to this? Michael Jackson, one of the most popular singers of all times, needs an intro like Jason Derulo?

“Hold My Hand,” his collaboration with Akon, opens with an “Akon, MJ” shout-out that instantly dates it and, somehow, cheapens it. However, that’s nothing like the cold-splash-of-water opening line with Jackson singing, in a bit of tragic foreshadowing, “This life don’t last forever.” Who knew that two years later, he would be dead?

That’s the bad news, the good news is the song, the new posthumous Jackson collaboration with Akon, is a sweet tribute to friendship and solidarity when the darkness comes. Its “united we stand, divided we fall” ethos works well. There’s also a bit of a romance theme, if you want to go there, about letting Akon be “your one and only” until the morning comes, but mainly, it’s a salute to being there for each other.

The chorus is redolent of Hootie & the Blowfish’s “Hold My Hand,” embellished with strings and swirls. The song ends with some trademark Jackson hoots and hollers, but, quite frankly, they could have been lifted from any MJ song (like “Man in the Mirror”) over the last 30 years. Jackson and Akon originally began working on the track in 2007. An unfinished version leaked after Jackson's death. The final version opens strong with Jackson, but he resorts to a featured role as the song goes on. It follows another new track, "Breaking News," which radio began playing two weeks ago.

The song, from the Dec. 14 album, “Michael,” is a nice effort, but more in the “Oh, isn’t that sweet” way rather than in any kind of groundbreaking, “we have to have it” way.

Listen for yourself here.

What do you think? Is "Hold My Hand" worthy of the King of Pop?



 

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<p>Pink</p>

Pink

Lee DeWyze, Pink, Rihanna, Kid Rock lead heavy Nov. 16 new music release slate

Country superstars Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban also represent

As Black Friday approaches, expect a landslide of releases. This week alone, we have new sets from “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze,  Josh Groban, Kid Rock, Rihanna and Nelly, as well as holiday sets from the “Glee” cast and Annie Lennox. Plus, Bruce Springsteen’s “The Promise” celebrates his masterpiece, “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” 32 years after its initial release.

Lee DeWyze, “Live It Up” (19 Recordings): Season 9 “American Idol” winner explores different aspects of relationships on his post-”Idol” major label debut.

Jackie Evancho
, “O Holy Night” (Syco/Columbia) “America’s Got Talent” runner up showcases her preternaturally-evolved pipes on this CD/DVD combo featuring classical crossover tunes she performed on the show as well as a few holiday favorites.

Josh Groban
, “Illuminations” (143/Reprise): Classical crossover pop sensation links with unlikely bedfellow Rick Rubin for his fifth album. Rubin pushed him to stretch his boundaries, but not break them in this mainly self-penned effort.

Kid Rock,
“Born Free” (Atlantic/Top Dog): Rick Rubin chips in again here as  Kid Rock follows up his 3.2 million-selling “Rock N Roll Jesus” with this Nashville-inflected effort that includes collaborations with Martina McBride, T.I. and others.

Annie Lennox
, “A Christmas Cornucopia” (Decca): Silver-throated British singer interprets a number of holiday standards, as well as weighs in with her original composition, “Universal Child.”

Nelly, “5.0”
(Derrty/Universal Motown): After a bit of a career slip, Nelly returned with first  single,  “Just a Dream,” his highest-charting hit in five years. Guests on “5.0” include Chris Brown, Plies, T.I., Akon, Kelly Roland and Keri Hilson.

Pink,
“Greatest Hits...So Far!!!” (LaFace): Singer’s best-of collection includes such hits as “Get the Party Started, “ “Just Like a Pill,” and “Trouble,” as well as two new tunes, among them, new hit “Raise Your Glass.”

Rascal Flatts,
“Nothing Like This” (Big Machine): Country superstar trio takes flight on new label, Big Machine, but the song remains the same--more pop-influenced country with often catchy, upbeat melodies. 

Rihanna, “Loud” (SRP/Def Jam): Ri-Ri has already scored two top 5 tunes, “What’s My Name” and “Only Girl in the World,”  from her new upbeat set that seems to be a return to form after the dark “Rated R.”

Bruce Springsteen,
“The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story” (Columbia): The 3 CD/3 DVD collection examines every facet of Springsteen’s classic 1978 dark opus, including 21 never-before-released outtakes from the album, two live DVDs and a documentary about the making of the album.

Keith Urban,
“Get Closer” (Capitol Nashville): Country star from the land down under’s seventh studio album features artwork voted on by his fans, all of whom will surely want the deluxe version available through Target.

Various Artists,
“Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album” (Columbia): The kids from New Directions take on the holidays in what is sure to be a blockbuster.  The song selection rangers from the traditional, such as “Angels We Have Heard on High” to more recent classics, like “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

Credit: Dan Steinberg/AP

Listen: Justin Bieber's new single, 'Pray' from 'My Worlds Acoustic'

Track wishes for a better world

Justin Bieber shows his sensitive side on “Pray,” the only new song on his forthcoming “My Worlds Acoustic” album.

The song is a prayer for the world as he tosses and turns during a sleepless night while he contemplates the horrors that he sees on TV:  “children are crying, soldiers are dying, some people don’t have a home.” He wants to know how “I can make a change.”

It’s an uplifting anthem that’s totally age appropriate and may encourage Beliebers to question how they can give back. We can also see church youth groups across the globe waving their hands back and forth in the air as they sing along. 

We’re a little curious about the line “I pray for the life not started,” could be construed as  some kind of pro-life statement. It doesn’t seem like he’d take on such a lightning rod issue, but maybe he feels strongly about the topic already.   Plus, some non-religious parents may object to their children being told to pray.

It’s easy to be cynical about Justin Bieber, but as someone who remembers clearly her crushes when she was 10 or so on teen idols, I’m totally Team Bieber.  Sure, there are kids at that age who are already into acts like My Chemical Romance, but for lots of girls, Bieber is their gateway to more sophisticated music and he’s making music just for them. When the message is as positive as this one, what can be wrong with that?

"My Worlds Acoustic," out Nov. 26, includes nine acoustic versions of songs from "My World" and "My World 2.0" as well as "Pray."  It is available through WalMart and Bieber's website.

 

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift duke it out for No. 1 on the Billboard 200

Will Boyle end Swift's reign at No. 1 with 'The Gift?'

It’s a far cry from her opening salvo of 701,000 last year with “I Dreamed a Dream,” but Susan Boyle will come in at No. 1 next week on the BIllboard 200 with her holiday set, “The Gift.”

The collection is poised to sell up to 275,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. There’s a slight chance that Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” will retain the top spot for the third week in a row if she receives a surge from her CMA Awards performance of “Back to December.” Swift’s  slated to sell up to 250,000, which will move “Speak Now” past the 1.6 million mark in three weeks.

New releases dot the Top 10 as Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon ll: The Legend of Mr. Rager” could also top the 200,000 mark.

After that, sales drop off drastically as as much as 100,000 copies separate Kid Cudi’s No. 3 entry from “Now 36’s” No. 4 bow with sales of around 85,000 units. Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party”  will likely drop 2 to 5, while Bon Jovi’s “Greatest Hits” launches at No. 6 (after coming in at No. 1 across Europe) and Reba McEntire’s latest, “All the Woman I Am,” starts at No. 7.  

The viral success of Cee Lo’s “F*** You” (and the clean radio version, “Forget You”) aren’t enough to lift the artist’s “The Lady Killer” into the Top 10. Right now, it looks like the album will have to settle for No. 11.

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<p>Rihanna performing at the MTV European Music Awards</p>

Rihanna performing at the MTV European Music Awards

Credit: Joel Ryan/AP

Taylor, Rihanna and Miranda rule on Music Power Rankings

Who else joins the ladies this week?

In only two weeks, Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” has become the fifth biggest selling album of 2010. The singer’s third album has surpassed the 1.4 million mark. The only question is if it can catch Eminem’s “Recovery” for the top seller of the year. 

But she’s not the only female artist with reason to celebrate this week. Both Miranda Lambert and Rihanna reach new career heights.

1) Taylor Swift (two weeks ago, No. 1): She spends another week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and becomes the youngest artist to even win the country songwriter of the year award from BMI.  Other young’uns who won the award? Bill Anderson when he was  23 and Johnny Cash when he was 24 in 1956. She’s in good company.

2) Miranda Lambert (not ranked):There’s a new country queen and her name’s Miranda.  Lambert snares three awards at this week’s CMA Awards, including the coveted album of the year. Also not too shabby: her fiance, Blake Shelton, takes home two. We want to celebrate with them.

3) Rihanna (not ranked): After throwing fans a curveball with “Rated R,”  Rihanna seems back on track as she scores her 8th No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 as “What’s My Name” jumps 59 spaces to No. 1, while “Only Girl (in the World)” lands at No. 4.

4) “Glee” (not ranked): 
Gleeks rejoice:  The show’s rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” is set to sell as many as 175,000 copies this week, making it the second best sales week for a “Glee” single since the hit show’s first single, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” in May 2009.

5) Michael Jackson (No. 3): Almost a year and a half after his death, his estate announces plans of an album of new material, simply titled “Michael.” Projected first week sales of the Dec. 14 album are 400,000 copies. King of Pop indeed.

6) Roger Faxon (not ranked):  Following owner Terra Firma’s loss in its lawsuit against Citigroup, EMI titan tries to quell concerns among the rank and file by insisting that the company is in no danger of bankruptcy or of selling off individual divisions.

7) Garth Brooks (No. 5): The country superstar sells out nine shows in Nashville, raising $3.5 million for flood relief.

8) Queen (not ranked): Twenty years after lead singer Freddie Mercury’s death, Queen signs a new album deal with Universal Music Group. Plus, with Sasha Baron Cohen set to play Mercury in a biopic. As Queen continues to rock us.

9) Thirty Seconds to Mars (not ranked):
In topsy-turvy world, the Jared Leto-led band beats Linkin Park, Kings of Leon and Muse for best rock band at MTV Europe Music Awards.

10) Kanye West (not ranked):
Taylor Swift can rest easy, Kanye has a new target:  The “Today” Show. After a confrontational interview with Matt Lauer, West cancels a performance on the morning show...although the rapper tweets the performance was never a go.

Music Power Rankings appear every Friday.

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<p>Keri Hilson</p>

Keri Hilson

Watch: Keri Hilson's 'Pretty Girl Rock' video

Don't hate her because she's beautiful

Sometimes a good video can make a mediocre song much more interesting. Such is the case with Keri Hilson’s clip for “Pretty Girl Rock.” In the video, Hilson walks us through a  very brief and selective history of influential female music makers in history, while the “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” refrain, made popular in an ‘80s commercial for Pantene, repeats endlessly.

She pays homage to Josephine Baker in the beginning, although she rocks some moves that Baker would never have done in public. “Back that think up, Josie!” We don’t think so.

She then moves into the ‘40s with a salute to the girl groups who kept our WW ll troops excited about something to come home to  She then advances to the Supremes and  a solo Miss Diana Ross, from her disco era.  Although the song’s “all the ladies” line is a clear homage to Beyonce, it’s Janet Jackson and the ladies from TLC who get the most love in the salutes to “Rhythm Nation” and “Creep.”

It’s a fun video. The song, however, remains absolutely paper thin and not even remotely girl-empowering. As my colleague Katie Hasty hilariously wrote when the single -- written by Ne-Yo -- came out, it’s full of mixed messages, so it’s best not to think too hard about it and just "rock, rock, rock." Especially if you're pretty. And you know you are.

Hilson’s new album, “No Boys Allowed,” comes out Nov. 30.




 

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<p>&quot;Michael&quot;</p>

"Michael"

Credit: Sony/Epic

Michael Jackson's 'Michael' tracklist includes Akon, 50 Cent, Lenny Kravitz cameos

When can you hear first single, Akon-produced 'Hold My Hand?'

“Hold My Hand,” the first “official” single from Michael Jackson’s album, “Michael,”  will be released on Monday, Nov. 15, via Jacko’s website, www.michaeljackson.com.

The tune, a duet with Akon, follows “Breaking News,” which some members of the Jackson family have disavowed, questioning whether the vocals are his (despite the his website posting the song after it leaked elsewhere.)

Jackson and Akon recorded “Hold My Hand” in 2007, but didn’t complete it. Akon, according to MJ’s website, went back into the studio recently to finish the track. “The world was not ready to hear ‘Hold My Hand’ when it leaked a couple of years ago,” Akon said in a statement. “But the time has definitely come; now in its final state, it has become an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song.”

The song precedes the Dec. 14 release of  “Michael,” which features 10 tracks the performer worked on before his June 2009 death with such collaborators as 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz.

Here is the tracklist for “Michael”:

1. Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)
2. Hollywood Tonight
3. Keep Your Head Up
4. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
5. Monster (Featuring 50 Cent)
6. Best Of Joy
7. Breaking News
8. (I Can’t Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
9. Behind The Mask
10. Much Too Soon

The album artwork features images of Jackson through the ages from his “Beat It” era on, even throwing a shout out to “USA for Africa.” The largest image, however, is Jackson in an Elizabethan jacket with a crown hovering over his head. King of Pop, indeed.

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<p>Adele</p>

Adele

Credit: AP

Grammy winner Adele reveals details about new album, '21'

'21' drops on 22 of February

Last week we gave a preview of Adele’s new album, now we can give you more details.  220;21” will come out Feb. 22. The name reflects that age the now 22-year old Adele was when she wrote the bulk of the album. Fans of the two-time Grammy winner will recall that her Sony debut was titled “19.” We’re sensing a theme.

Adele recorded the new set in Malibu and London, working with producers and songwriters Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder Dan Wilson and Fraser T. Smith.

As we reported here, first single, “Rolling in the Deep,” was influenced by Adele’s new-found love for Wanda Jackson. The video, directed by Sam Brown, will debut in December.

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<p>Shirley Manson in the iconic video for &quot;Stupid Girl.&quot;</p>

Shirley Manson in the iconic video for "Stupid Girl."

We're not trash talking: Garbage reunites

Band is recording first album in five years

Garbage has reunited and is recording its first album since 2005’s “Bleed Like Me.”

Lead singer Shirley Manson confirmed the news to during a talk at the University of the West of Scotland, reports Heartland Scotland. That makes sense since Manson is a wee lass. “I’m working on a record right now with the band. We’ve recorded quite a lot, but it’s difficult to quantify.” She also added that they band would like to tour, but “we’re just winging it right now.”  The quartet also includes producer Butch Vig.

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