Kanye West performs at the Jay-Z/Eminem concert earlier this month in New York

Kanye West makes a guest appearance during a Jay-Z concert at Yankee Stadium, Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, in New York.

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Kayne West is mad as hell over leak, suspends Good Fridays

No free music from West for at least one week as he punishes all of us

Kayne West is pissed... and we know that can lead to trouble.

After "Lost in the World," West’s collaboration with Bon Iver leaked onto the internet earlier this week, West took to Twitter to announce that he was taking a hiatus from his Good Friday practice of releasing a new song each week--at least for this week.

Over a several hour period on Wednesday, he tweeted (we’re running all these together): “Due to blogs leaking unfinished songs from my actual album I’ve decided to pass [on] Good Fridays this week...It’s messed up that one hacker can mess everything up for everyone...I love to take a year to finish my songs and deliver them to you in there [sic] more completed form...It would have seemed like since I give free music every week even the lowest form of human being would respect that enough not to leak unfinished songs from my real album.”

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Also, despite the word that West’s new album would drop Nov. 22, on Tuesday, as we reported Wednesday, West isn't so sure about that.  “I’m still contemplating my album date," he tweeted. "I’m finished with it, but when should I drop?” He also admitted he couldn’t decide on an album title. May we suggest “Leaker?”

West appears on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.

Does Kanye have a right to be mad?  Share your thoughts below.

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<p>Sara Bareilles</p>

Sara Bareilles

Live Review: Sara Bareilles wows the hometown crowd

She is Queen of Anything

Sara Bareilles has every reason to be on top of the world: her second major label album, “Kaleidoscope Heart,” delivered her a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200. First single, “King of Anything” is No. 4 and climbing on the Adult Pop Songs chart and she’s selling out venues as a headliner.

As she took the stage at the beautiful Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night, she was a ball of energy from the start. The singer/songwriter eschewed the stool in front of the piano, preferring to stand as she pounded the ivories, giving the show an instant shot of energy via such songs as the boundless, buoyant “Uncharted.” Her confidence shone through as she featured her breakthrough hit, “Love Song” early on in the show and offered “King of Anything” about two-thirds in, instead of saving them for the encore.

She’s also finding her footing as a guitarist, having written a few songs on the new album on guitar, including the engaging “Basket Case,” which she amusingly introduced as another instance of her bringing a bit of unnecessary “drama” into a relationship.

Bareilles’ often self-deprecating stage patter was as engaging as her playing. Somewhat surprisingly, she curses like a sailor, but in a hilariously profane way. She often responded to comments from the audience, but primarily, her giddiness at finding herself on stage in her adopted hometown in front of a sold-out crowd was apparent. She frequently expressed her appreciation. In one of the toughest touring seasons of the past decade and when there’s more competition for people’s entertainment dollars than ever, it was refreshing to see an artist sincerely express not only their gratitude, but their joy at finding themselves in such a fortunate spot.

Unfortunately, Bareilles suffered from a bad sound mix, with all the instruments, especially the drums, threatening to overwhelm her potent vocals.

That’s why the numbers that stood out were when Barielles dismissed the band and let the best instrument on stage--her voice--remain front and center.

Highlights included a largely a capella version of Radiohead’s “Nice Dream,” where her band stood doo wop style around mikes and vocalized as her crystalline vocals soared through the notes, as well as when she was joined by a capella group Sonos for a glorious version of “Gravity.”

The highlight, however, was her sly, feminist “Fairytale.” Accompanied only by herself on piano, her voice swooped around and over the lyrics, making, quite frankly, the band seem superfluous. 


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<p>Kings of Leon</p>

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon set U.S. fall tour dates

You can count them on one hand

Fans of Kings of Leon better get their passports out if they want to see their favorite band before the end of the year or like the east coast.

KoL’s new album, “Come Around Sundown,” arrives Oct. 19, but the group has only three U.S. shows on its schedule between the set’s release and the end of the year. The first single from the album, “Radioactive,” is already No. 4 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart in its second week. See the video here.

The band, who played an extensive amphitheater tour around the U.S. this summer, is spending most of the fall focusing on Europe. A complete schedule is on www.kingsofleon.com.

The group’s U.S. date are below:

Nov. 14           Boston, MA           TD Garden
Nov. 16           New York, NY         Madison Square Garden
Nov. 18           East Rutherford, NJ  Izod Center


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<p>Michael Buble in &quot;Hollywood&quot;</p>

Michael Buble in "Hollywood"

Watch: Michael Buble channels Justin Bieber in new video

Crooner also takes on James Dean and Clint Eastwood

Is it Justin Bieber or is it Michael Buble?  The crooner, who is coming off a massive hit with “Haven’t Met You Yet,” is making a further bid for mainstream play with the video for the peppy “Hollywood.”

Why else would he pretend to be Justin Bieber? The video is a fun look at the ephemeral, and always fleeting fame. In addition to Bieber he plays a non-descript ‘80s rocker, James Dean and Clint Eastwood (although we think he looks more like Justin Timberlake than Eastwood).

The song is catchy as can be and is a sure-fire No. 1 on the /// chart. The question is will Top 40 play it? 

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

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Kayne West sets release date for new album

He's going head to head with Nicki Minaj

Even though Kanye West is dropping new tracks every Friday, for those who want the tunes all in one place and want to pay for them, West’s new album will come out on Monday, Nov. 22. (This means that every album scheduled for the normal Tuesday drop date of Nov. 23 will also shift to Monday).

West’s fifth set and his follow up to 2008’s “808s & Heartbreak,” is still untitled, according to rap-up.com.

The week of Nov 22 is already crazy with releases as it is the last week of release before the Holiday shopping season kicks off. Although fewer folks are still buying physical CDs, no artist wants to not be able to take advantage of Black Friday, traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Also out that week are Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday,” My Chemical Romance’s “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,”  and Ne-Yo’s “Libra Scale.”

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<p>Jon Bon Jovi</p>

Jon Bon Jovi

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2011 nominees are in: What was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thinking?

We dissect the 2011 nominees including Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond and Bon Jovi

So let the debate begin: who will be a shoo-in and who won’t make the cut? Furthermore, who shouldn’t even be on the list?

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of nominees for induction in 2011 is Alice Cooper, the Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Chic, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Dr. John, the J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Tom Waits, and Chuck Willis. The inductees will be announced in December, with the ceremony held in March.

There are several hold outs from previous  years : LL Cool Jay, Beastie Boys, Nyro, Summer, Love and Chic.

The following should begin preparing their induction speeches: Tom Waits, Dr. John and the Beastie Boys.
Waits has never had anything that resembles a hit, but is so influential and so beloved and so darn cool (and let’s not forget talented) that he’s the closest thing to a sure bet this year.  Dr. John’s only major hit was 1973’s “Right Place, Wrong Time,” but his influence and legacy can’t be denied. Plus, he represents New Orleans this year. The Beastie Boys, along with Run-DMC, who were inducted in 2009,  are the most pivotal linchpin between hip-hop and rock and are, in many ways, the most innovative of this year’s nominees.

Donna Summer and Chic represent a bit of a conundrum for the Rock Hall. Even though both are worthy, rock snobs, many of whom are on the nominating or voting committee, spent the better part of the late-‘70s denouncing disco. Therefore, it’s a bit of a hard sell to now admit they were wrong and that this music not only had value, but deserves inclusion in the Hall.  If I had to choose one, I’d say that Chic makes it this year, not Summer.

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<p>Kenny Chesney's &quot;Hemingway's Whiskey&quot;</p>

Kenny Chesney's "Hemingway's Whiskey"

Review: Kenny Chesney's 'Hemingway's Whiskey'

How does the latest from the country superstar go down?

By now, Kenny Chesney fans pretty much know what to expect from him. With each new album comes songs with a nostalgic look back, party tunes sure to rile up the live audience, a tale or two about love gone awry, and a salute to the beach in one form or another.

The tunes on “Hemingway’s Whiskey,” out Sept. 28, all tick off the check list, but along with the usual fare, Chesney hits some career high notes, primarily with the exquisite  “You and Tequila,” featuring Grace Potter of the Nocturnals. The gorgeous, wistful duet written by Deana Carter and Matraca Berg, deals with wrestling your demons. “You and Tequila make me crazy/run like poison in my blood/One more night could kill me/One is one too many/One more is never enough,” they sing, gently and sadly, resigned to their fate. It flows from the same open vein, although not as heartbreakingly, as  the incomparable “Whiskey Lullaby” from Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss (written by Bill Anderson and Jon Randall).

Speaking of whiskey, the title track, Guy Clark’s salute to drinking and the great American author, misses Clark’s lived-in, gruff vocal heft, but Chesney’s sheer affection for the song helps him pull it off.

First single, “The Boys of Fall” (Chesney’s 31st Top 5 country single) takes Chesney back to the nostalgia of his high school football days. It’s also the title to Chesney’s documentary about high school football that’s airing on ESPN.  Think  “Friday Night Lights” set to music. Chesney does nostalgia well (as evidenced on “I Go Back” or “Young”) and also sets the way back machine with “Where I Grew Up,” which chronicles important passages in our lives that mark time more effectively than birthdays ever can.

Chesney joins with one of his musical heroes, George Jones, on “Small Y’all,” a Bobby Braddock tune the Possum cut years ago (and Randy Travis before him) that uses the same name-rhyming device as Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”  It’s a novelty song, but it’s a blast to hear the two duet and to hear Chesney cut something so traditionally country.

There’s some filler here: “Coastal,” about the Redneck Riviera,  and “Reality,” which sounds like watered-down Brad Paisley, is clearly meant for a live audience rather than the album-listening one.

Chesney long ago mastered the art of sounding strong, yet effortless when he sings and he has it down to an art here. The song material seems a little more grown-up and contemplative than he’s tackled in the past, yet he’s still offering listeners of all ages a respite from the day’s troubles.  Crack open a beer-- or perhaps, in this case, pour yourself a whiskey or shot of tequila-- and crank it up.

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<p>Carrie Underwood</p>

Carrie Underwood

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Watch: Carrie Underwood and her mom share memories in touching 'Mama's Song'

See real photos of Underwood growing up -- no, she never had an awkward stage

Art imitates real life in Carrie Underwood’s new video for “Mama’s Song.” The clip for the  tune, about a daughter getting married, features Underwood’s real-life mother going through photos of her baby growing up---up to the singer’s recent wedding.

Though the only appear together in one scene, Underwood reassures mama she’ll never lose her. “As you watch me walk down to my future/I hope tears of joy are in your eyes.”

It’s an incredibly sweet song and, undoubtedly, one that no parent will be able to watch without getting a tear in his or her eye, although part of us railed against the ‘50s sentiment that a woman goes straight from being a daughter to a wife and that is the main achievement to be celebrated.

Underwood’s husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, appears in a cameo--mainly his chin and shoulder. All we can say is there’s going to be hell to pay if he doesn’t treat her right after this loving tribute to him. That would be a fascinating video to see.

Again, as we’ve commented before, in a relatively short period of time, the former "American Idol" champ (and her managers) have managed to perfectly present her as a sex pot, such as in her last single, “Undo It,”  and then alternate that with the good girl. Both sides of her are totally believeable.

Oh, and we’re sure the site of your daughter getting on a private plane, is probably enough to ease any parent’s worries. That’s a shot that may have been best to leave out if Underwood’s trying to make sure that her fans can relate to her.


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<p>Lil' Wayne</p>

Lil' Wayne

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Lil Wayne, Eric Clapton, Kenny Chesney, and Jimmy Eat World lead Sept. 28 releases

Weezy's digital-only release streets on his birthday

A number of veteran acts, such as Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, OMD and The Doobie Bros. returns with their first albums in years, but the top releases of the week belong to country superstar Kenny Chesney and a still-incarcerated Lil Wayne.

Kenny Chesney,
“Hemingway’s Whiskey” (BNA): Country superstar’s latest takes its name from a Guy Clark song and contains his usual blend of feel-good and heartbreak songs.

Eric Clapton, “Clapton” (Reprise): It may be the guitar god’s 19th solo album, but he’s seldom alone. He’s joined by Steve Winwood, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Allen Toussaint, Derek Trucks and others on this blues-flavored outing. Our favorite title? “My Very Good Friend The Milkman.”

Phil Collins
, “Going Back” (Atlantic): Collins’ love affair with classic R&B continues with this set of Motown and soul covers, his first new studio album in eight years.  Tracks including “Going to a Go-Go,” “Love is Here” and “Papa was a Rolling Stone.”

The Doobie Bros.
, “World Gone Crazy” (HOR Entertainment):  Venerable rock outlet releases first studio album in 10 years. Guests include Willie Nelson and one-time Doobie, Michael McDonald.

The 88, “The 88” (88/Rocket Science): After serving as The Kinks’ Ray Davies back up band and sharing bills with the Flaming Kips and Rilo Kiley, Los Angeles pop-rock band returns with a energetic new set of catchy tunes.

Ben Folds & Nick Hornby
, “Lonely Avenue” (Nonesuch): Folds provides the music and the vocals, novelist Hornby provides the lyrics. Legendary arranger Paul Buckmaster provides the string arrangements. Hornby, best known for penning “High Fidelity,” would send Folds the lyrics who would set them to music.  It’s as accessibly, melodic and clever as you’d think it would be.

Jimmy Eat World, “Invented” (DGC/Interscope): Popmeisters’ sixth studio album reunites them with producer Mark Trombino. who helmed their first three sets. http://www.hitfix.com/events/jimmy-eat-world-invented

Lil Wayne, “I am Not a Human Being” (Young Money/Cash Money): On Monday,  his 28th birthday,  Lil Wayne releases this download only set. Guests include Nicki Minaj (of course), Drake, Jay Sean, Tyga and Lil Twist. CD version comes out Oct. 12. Lil Wayne comes out of prison in November.

Gucci Mane,
“The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted” (1017/Bricksquad/Asylum/Warner): Rapper’s latest, produced by Swizz Beatz, kicked off with first single, “Gucci Time,” which peaked at No. 18 on Billboard’s Rap Songs chart.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
. “History of Modern” (Bright Antenna):  It’s been 21 years since Andy McClusky and Paul Humphries quit making records together, but it sounds like no time has passed on this new set that recalls the band’s electro pop of yore.

Mark Ronson and the Business Intl,
“Record Collection” (RCA): Producer, best known for his work with Amy Winehouse, releases his third album as an artist, this time backed by a rotating core of seven musicians. We also hear him sing for the first time instead of leaving the vocal chores to others.

Seal, “Seal VI—Commitment” (Reprise): Smooth baritone releases a new album of self-written material produced by David Foster, who helmed Seal’s 2008 cover album, “Soul.”

Soundgarden,” Telephantism” (A&M/UMe) Deluxe CD and DVD version (single disc comes out next Tuesday) of greatest hits set includes all the hits, some rarities and live versions spanning the Seattle rock band’s career.  http://www.hitfix.com/events/telephantasm-a

Neil Young,
“Le Noise” (Reprise): Eight tracks of stripped-down Young produced by Daniel Lanois features both acoustic and electric tunes, handled solo by Young. The songs are meditations on life and death.

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<p>Billie Joe Armstrong</p>

Billie Joe Armstrong

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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong heads to Broadway

Hmmm? What play could he possibly appear in?

Green Day frontman/leader Billie Joe Armstrong is headed to Broadway. He’ll take over the role of drug dealer, St. Jimmy, Sept. 28-Oct. 3 in “American Idiot,” the play based on the band’s music.

Armstrong is filling in for the current St. Jimmy, Tony Vincent, who is on a leave of absence. Armstrong’s stint is a short one, in part, because Green Day resumes its South American tour in Venezuela on Oct. 8.

Armstrong should have no problem remembering his lines since he wrote the music and co-wrote the book (although the show has very, very few spoken words). “American Idiot” opened on April 20, 2010 to primarily positive reviews.

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