<p>&quot;Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>

"Vampire Diaries"

'Vampire Diaries' soundtrack features new Gorillaz and Smashing Pumpkins

First single from Oct. 12 set is Sky Ferriera's 'Obsession'

The Vampire Diaries” will be the latest TV show to try to take a bite out of your wallet with the release of a soundtrack featuring exclusive tracks from Smashing Pumpkins and Gorillaz. "True Blood" put out its second soundtrack earlier this year.

The Oct. 12 EMI release includes 16 tracks, all of which were either heard in season one of the popular CW series or in the upcoming Season Two, which starts, coincidentally enough, tonight. The first single is Sky Ferreira’s “Obsession.” She is working on her full-length debut with such producers as Linda Perry and Dallas Austin.

Track Listing - The Original Television Soundtrack: The Vampire Diaries

1. Stefan's Theme - Mike Suby

2. Running Up That Hill - Placebo

3. Currency of Love - Silversun Pickups 

4. Hammock - Howls

5. Sleep Alone (909s in the DarkTimes Mix) - Bat for Lashes 

6. Bloodstream (Vampire Diaries Remix) - Stateless

7. We Radiate - Goldfrapp

8. Obsession - Sky Ferreira 

9. Head Over Heels - Digital Daggers 

10. Down - Jason Walker 

11. Beauty of the Dark - Mads Langer 

12. Cut - Plumb 

13. All You Wanted - Sounds Under Radio featuring Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy 

14. The Fellowship - Smashing Pumpkins 

15. On Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix) - Gorillaz 

16. 1864 - Mike Suby

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Katy Perry overtakes Eminem on the Billboard Hot 100

'Teenage Dream' ends 'Love the Way You Lie's' reign at No. 1

Can a Katy Perry/Eminem duet be far behind? 

One week after she claimed the top of the Billboard 200, Katy Perry dethrones Eminem this week as “Teenage Dream” knocks “Love the Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.  “Love,” which spent seven weeks at No. 1, falls to No. 2.

“Teenage Dream,” the title track from Perry’s sophomore album, is the second single from the set to climb to the pole position on the singles chart, following “California Gurls,” which drops 7-10.  “Dreams” is also No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart, despite dropping 15% in sales, according to Billboard.

The last female to have back-to-back No. 1s on the Hot 100 was Lady GaGa, who performed the feat with “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” in 2009. The last male was Eminem, who preceded his “Love” No. 1 with “Not Afraid.”

Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” remains at No. 3, while Bruno Mars’ sweet “Just the Way You Are” climbs 6-4. Enrique Iglesias’s “I Like It” featuring Pitbull slides 4-5.

Also worth noting: Nelly’s “Just a Dream” jumps 13-9, making the song his first entry in the top 10 in four years since 2006’s “Grillz.”  Cee-Lo’s “Forget You,” the radio-friendly version of “Fuck You,” leaps 96-33.

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<p>Willow Smith</p>

Willow Smith

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Listen: Will Smith's daughter Willow inks with Jay-Z, releases 'Whip My Hair'

Is it good enough for you? Will and Jada's daughter gets record deal

Should Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith ever go through a career slump, they are grooming the next generation to support them.  Following son Jaden’s breakthrough in the “Karate Kid” remake, comes word that daughter Willow has signed a record deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Records. Oh, did we mention that Willow is 9?

First single, “Whip My Hair,” about, yes, taking on haters and whipping your hair back and forth, has caused an internet sensation. Smith sounds like a pint-sized Rihanna--startlingly so--full of attitude and brio more than pure singing talent. The verses are much better than the endless repeating of “I whip my hair back and forth,” which is whiplash-inducing. No word on if she’s working on an album or if she wrote the song. 

Oh, by the way, the press release also calls Willow “a trendsetter.” From the picture released with the announcement and her red carpet appearances, I guess that’s what you call a kid who dresses like she’s 9 going on 25 these days. I smell a fashion line forthcoming. The whole thing makes me slighty queasy, but I’m sure Willow’s parents felt her talent simply couldn’t be denied.

Stay tuned. We expect by the end of the week Suri Cruise will announce a five-picture deal at Sony.

Listen below and tell us what you think about the song and about a 9-year old having a record deal.


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<p>Sheryl Crow</p>

Sheryl Crow

Win tickets to see Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat at the Greek Theater

Get two seats to this Friday's show in L.A.

Ready to soak up the sun? Okay, how about some serious moonlight?

We’re offering one lucky winner a pair of tickets to see Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 10. That’s this Friday night, people. Both will be doing songs from their newest albums, including Crow’s splendid “100 Miles from Memphis.”

To win,  follow Hitfix  and me  on Twitter. Then email me at melinda@hitfix.com.

The first person to do the following correctly in the email, gets the tix.

1) Correctly answer who is Caillat’s father and what seminal album he produced from the ‘70s.

2) Include your full name, address, email address, date of birth and phone number.

3) Provide your Twitter name so we can make sure you’re following us.

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<p>Allison Iraheta</p>

Allison Iraheta

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Jive Records drops 'American Idol' singer Allison Iraheta

'American Idol' finalist parts ways with label after one album

Allison Iraheta has left Jive Records, a spokesman for 19 Management confirms to Hitfix.

The magenta-haired singer, who finished fourth on “American Idol” in season 8, released one album through Jive, the criminally-underrated “Just Like You,” last December. The teenage Iraheta is a cross between Pink and Kelly Clarkson as she showed on tracks like “Friday I’ll Be Over U” and the superior “Don’t Waste the Pretty.” The singles never caught on a radio and now she’s, as they say, undoubtedly looking for “new opportunities.”

Her management company isn’t saying much other than to confirm the departure, which “American Idol” followers starting blogging about over the weekend after her name disappeared from Jive’s roster. She is currently on tour opening for fellow “Idol” Adam Lambert.

Here’s an idea:  What about pairing Iraheta with Orianthi The two worked on a version of “Don’t Waste the Pretty” and we think they make a pretty good duo. They could be a next generation Heart (yeah, we know that aren’t sisters), but we could use some good new female rock-oriented popsters and this could be a case where 1 +1 = 3.

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Usher heads out on 'OMG' tour

Arena dates start in November in Seattle

OMG! Usher is finally going on tour. His 25-date “OMG” arena tour kicks off Nov. 10 in Seattle at Key Arena.

The singer will perform hits that span his career, but he’s been tremendously prolific lately between his platinum album “Raymond v. Raymond” and the follow-up, “Versus,”  scattering such songs as “OMG,” “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,”  and “Lil Freak” far and wide.

Tickets for the AEG Live-promoted tour go on sale Sept. 17. Contrary to popular rumors, Chris Brown is not opening.

Can’t wait until Nov. 10? Catch Usher on the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12.

For a complete list of tour dates, click here.

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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

Watch: Bruno Mars' new video for 'Just the Way You Are'

Where's Billy Joel? Oh....

“Hey Mommy, what is that contraption that Bruno Mars is making figures out of in his video for ‘Just the Way You Are?’”

“Honey, that’s called a cassette and he’s using the tape inside it to create different images.  About 25 years ago, that’s how people made music portable. Cars had cassette players. Then the CD made them extinct. What? I didn’t hear you? What’s a CD?”

Not only is Mars’ video a sweet paean to love, but it’s a musical history lesson.  We know for promotional value ---and so we can pick him out of a line-up---the record company needed to show the actual Mars canoodling with the object of his affection, but we wish the whole video had been comprised of cassette tape images. The piano is really awesome, as is the portrait of his girl with the hair made out of cassette tape. That could catch on as a way to recycle any remaining cassette tapes: make wigs out of them.

Oh, I’m getting horribly sidetracked. That could be because there’s really nothing going on here other than the cute cassette tape origami. We applaud the message in a pop world rife with images that make girls feel like they aren’t good enough, but we wish the song had a little more oomph to it. Plus, Mars and the girl have zero chemistry. She seems to be amazing the just the way she is because she can rock a pair of Daisy Dukes and an off-shoulder t-shirt and put her hand in front of her mouth and look coy. Aim a little higher, Bruno.

Now he would have really impressed us if he’d used an 8-track cartridge, but you’d have to be old enough to remember another little song called “Just the Way You Are” to know about those relics.


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Eminem ruled the summer album chart.

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Summer Music's Hits and Misses: Eminem, Katy, GaGa and Christina

Who makes both lists?

With Labor Day having come and gone, we know two things for sure:  it’s time to put away our white shoes and we’re ready to look at the summer’s hits and misses in music. Sure, there were much worse things going on than sinking album and ticket sales, like the BP spill and Mel Gibson’s rants, but there was plenty going on to make us smile and sigh this summer.

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Watch: Ne-Yo takes it to the streets for 'One in a Million' video

Check out the fancy footwork

Now that’s what we’re talking about.  For all the strutting that Usher and Chris Brown have been doing in videos lately, we’ve missed having some flat out dancing (so far Janelle Monae’s clip for “Tightrope” has the best dance moves of the year).

Leave it to Ne-Yo to bring the dancy back (go ahead and groan, we are) in his new video for “One in a Million.”  The song is only so-so, but the dancing is smooooooth.

We don’t know why he’s pissed off his lady, but she’s mad and no amount of trickery (and we really mean trickery--he seems to have magical powers when it comes to making roses float, transporting himself and, oh yeah, stopping traffic) is making it right.

So he puts on a show. He and some of his male buddies put on a male revue in the middle of the street, which the ex is digging until--bad call, buddy-- some of Ne-Yo’s skanky-looking dancers join the party and start rubbing against him. Uh, what part of “that is not part of a how you say you’re sorry” do you not understand, dude?

His lady friend storms off, but he teleports himself to her side where she screams, “What the hell is wrong with you?” and we fade to “To Be Continued.” Quite frankly, if she really does have to explain to him where he screwed up that last time, he’s not as bright as we think.


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Listen: Rihanna's back with 'Only Girl' and she's brought her dancing shoes

New album, 'Loud,' out Nov. 19

Welcome back, Rihanna! We’ve missed you. Sure, we know youve been at the top of the chart for the past several weeks with Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” and that it’s been only a year since the release of “Rated R,” but that album seems a little like a major detour and now you're back on the super highway.

Today,  Rihanna released “Only Girl (In the World),” the first single to her new album, “Loud,” which comes out Nov. 19.  The song is the perfect blend between the edginess of the songs from “Rated R” and her earlier, frothy tunes.

In the upbeat dance tune (which went to radio and clubs simultaneously), Ri-Ri asks her man to make her feel like she’s the only girl in the world, but there’s no doubt by the edge in her voice that she’s not sticking around if he’s not up to the task.  You go, girl. (On a side note, doesn’t the song sound a little like Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” in terms of tempo?)

On “Rated R,”  Rihanna seemed to be doing two things: working out her demons from her horrible experience with convicted felon Chris Brown and trying to show us that she’s a grown up with its over-sexualized, hardcore messages.  “Rude Boy” was a radio success, but the album was too insular, too off-putting for fans who loved her mainly for songs like “S.O.S.,” “Umbrella,”  or “Don’t Stop the Music” (although not such a leap from tunes like “Disturbia.”

Whether it’s her desire to swing the pendulum back a little or her record company’s, it looks like we’ve go the fun Rihanna back. “Loud,”  whose producers include Stargate, will arrive Nov. 16 and is, according to the label,  is “a return to the uptempo dance grooves of her earlier records.”

Rihanna’s label is spending all day taking down copies of “Only Girl” cropping up on the youtube as if they’re playing whack-o-mole. Here’s a link to hear the song on KISS-FM, which premiered it this morning. If we can find an embed, we’ll add that later. (On KISS’s home page, the Rihanna single will come up as one of the top stories).

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