<p>Kristen Bell in &quot;Madder Red&quot;</p>

Kristen Bell in "Madder Red"

Watch: Kristen Bell and her curious companion in Yeasayer's 'Madder Red' clip

Watch for some WTF moments

It’s not as if Yeasayer hasn’t brought the weird before, but the Brooklyn-based experimental rock group left us scratching our head, in a delightful way, in the new video for “Madder Red.”

The clip for the moody track from “Odd Blood” stars Kristen Bell and, well, some one-eyed, one-armed singing mutant that’s a cross between a raw, plucked turkey, a fish and E.T. And it’s a sick one at that. We’re not really sure of the ambiguous relationship between Bell and her buddy—but we think she’s just really close to her pet—so close that she keeps a loving picture of the two together in her car. Let's just say this is something she never faced on "Veronica Mars."

Anyway, as she’s off at an audition, the creature, who was already feeling sick (or so we gather from a nosebleed he had earlier in the day), starts to ooze green goo. Bell rushes home from her audition, she and her mom take said creature to the vet, who does not seem startled at all by whatever sort of being this is, but it’s too late. We’ll leave the final scene for you to discover on your own, but let’s just say it’s very Dali-esque, and, quite frankly, is just another big “WTF” moment in a video full of them. 

Andreas Nilsson directed the clip for “Madder Red.” He’s best known for his work with Fever Ray, Moby and MGMT, with whom Yeasayer has toured.

See the video below the tour dates. What do you think this creature is?

Fall Yeasayer dates:

09/25/10 Columbia, MD – Virgin FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavillion 
09/28/10 Millvale, PA - Mr Smalls Theatre   w/ Washed Out
09/29/10 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall   w/ Washed Out
09/30/10 Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Nightclub   w/ Washed Out
10/01/10 Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom   w/ Washed Out
10/02/10 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade   w/ Washed Out
10/03/10 Savannah, GA - Trustee Theatre   w/ Washed Out
10/04/10 St Petersburg, FL - State Theatre   w/ Washed Out
10/05/10 Miami, FL - Fillmore   w/ Washed Out
10/07/10 Orlando, FL - Club Firestone   w/ Washed Out
10/08/10 Tallahassee, FL - Union Green   w/ Washed Out
10/09/10 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues   w/ Washed Out
10/10/10 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits


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<p>Will Lady Antebellum score a Grammy?</p>

Will Lady Antebellum score a Grammy?

Grammy Award nominations to be announced during Dec. 1 primetime special

Who do you think should get a nod for album of the year?

For the third consecutive year, the Grammy nominations will be announced via a primetime CBS special. On Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. ET,  CBS will air “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live—Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night” as nominations in several key categories, including album, record, song and best new artist of the years, will be announced. There will also be appearances by past winners and potential nominees. Previous performers have included John Mayer, Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift.

The Grammys’ governing body, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, started the primetime special in 2008 as a way to build excitement for the Grammy ceremony, which follows a few months later. Ratings for the nominations show haven’t been through the roof, but have been enough for CBS and NARAS to continue the effort. Additionally, artists are happy to get one more chance in front of the record-buying public (all five of them) during the holiday season. Word on who is performing will come shortly. It also must have worked as this year's Grammy Awards had the best ratings in years.

The 53rd annual Grammy Award will air live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Feb. 13, 2011.

In the meantime, it's not too early to start thinking about whom you believe should be nominated for album of the year: I'd stay early favorites include Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," and Eminem's "Recovery." Who would you like to see nominated? 

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<p>Dennis Wilson</p>

Dennis Wilson

Surf's Up on biopic on Beach Boy Dennis Wilson

Production slated to start soon for 2011 release

As his brother Brian Wilson celebrates the release of his new album, “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin,” this week, comes word that Dennis Wilson will be the subject of a biopic, supposedly out next year to coincide with the group's 50th anniversary.

The Beach Boys drummer was the most charismatic of the three brothers (Brian, Dennis and Carl) and definitely has the most interesting back story (especially given his involvement with the Manson Family, who lived in his house for a short time). Plus, there’s always been a weird shroud of mystery around his drowning in 1983 at the age of 39. He also managed to marry five times in his short life, including twice to Karen Lamm, the ex-wife of Chicago’s Robert Lamm. Let’s just say there’s a lot of grist for the mill.

Filmmaking partners Randall Miller and Jody Savin (“Bottle Shock,” “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School”) are behind the movie, according to WENN.

No casting details have been announced, but the lead will definitely have to know how to surf.  Savin is writing the screen play and will produce in conjunction with Wilson’s family.

As always, these movies are always notoriously tricky when it comes to securing music rights, family approval, etc. (Bob Marley biopic, anyone?), but WENN reports that Miller and Savin already have rights to Wilson’s solo material (what little there is) and Beach Boys music.



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<p>Kid Rock</p>

Kid Rock

Kid Rock lets new album 'Born Free' gestate a little longer

He moves new set but still debuts six new tracks in Detroit this weekend

Kid Rock’s “Born Free” album will have to wait a little longer to come to life:  the artist announced at his sold-out Aug. 14 show in his Detroit home town that the set had been shifted from Sept. 7 to Nov. 16. No reason for the delay was given.

However, the move didn’t stop him from giving the fans a taste of the new music during his three shows at the DTE Energy Music Theater over the weekend. Most popular was the Bob Seger-styled title track, according to Billboard. (Seger also joined him at Sunday night’s show for “Turn the Page.”) The patriotic anthem celebrates, Rock told the audience, “how lucky each and every one of us are…to be born in a country that’s free.” Given that Rock’s audience comes just as much from country fans as rock fans (a transition that started with “Picture” and was fully realized with “All Summer Long”), that’s a sentiment that should go over well.

Speaking of country, Rock also played the up-tempo “Feels Good to Me,” which features Trace Adkins on the album. (Adkins has his own new album out this week). “Born Free” also includes a tune with Martina McBride and T.I.

Rock also previewed “Slow My Roll,” which Billboard described as a “Rolling Stones-flavored rocker,” as well as a “somber” “Rock On,” about a relationship’s end; rave-up “God Bless Saturday,” and topical ballad, “Times like These,” a song he first previewed at shows last summer.

The new material seemed to herald a perhaps more reflective Kid Rock, wrote a reviewer for the Detroit Free Press. One who is staring down 40. “You could call this the start of a new era,” Rock told the audience before “Times like These.”



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<p>Nicki Minaj </p>

Nicki Minaj

Watch: Jay Sean and Nicki Minaj party like its 1999 in '2012'

Just because the world is ending is no reason to wear a frown

Jay Sean and Nicki Minaj are going to party like it’s 1999 in his video for “2012.” Sure, if apocalypse theorists are to be believed, we’re all due for a hell of a big bang in two years, but, hey, there’s no reason not to have a good time while we’re at it.

This is one of those lightweight songs that’s both instantly catchy and also immediately forgettable and isaided greatly by Sean’s pleasing, yet non-descript vocals. There’s no plot to the video whatsoever, except it’s the last 24 hours on earth. There’s no sense whining about it. Let’s throw down because, guess what, we don’t have to clean up. See there’s a bright spot to the world ending.

Minaj, looking fierce as always, sparkles in her nonsensical, free-style rap in the middle, name dropping Weezy and Cash Money. Is she trying to top Weezy’s personal best when it comes to appearing on every possible single on the chart?  It’s not like she’s the only female rapper around. Oh, wait a minute, yes she is. Her debut, "Pink Friday," drops Nov. 23.

At the end, Sean, just like any other dude, uses the fact that it may be his last night on earth to get a little action. Can you blame him?

The single has stalled at radio, but we’ll see if the party-lite video kick starts it up a notch before BAM!

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Steve Harris of Iron Maiden

Bass guitarist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden.

Credit: AP Photo/MTI, Balazs Mohai

Ray LaMontagne, John Mellencamp, Brian Wilson lead Aug. 17 release slate

Iron Maiden and Trace Adkins also ride into town with new sets

The dog days of summer may be coming to an end, but the release slate is heating up with past gold and platinum performers such as Trace Adkins, David Gray, Andrea Bocelli, Iron Maiden, Brian Wilson and John Mellencamp turn loose new sets on Tuesday, Aug. 17. Watch the heat index rise even higher next week when Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” arrives.

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Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

The album art for "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin."

Review: Two American classics meet on 'Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin'

Does the much-anticipated album really create 'best of the year' rhapsody?

Some albums arrive with such anticipation and weight that they crumble under their own expectations. There is no way that the whole of “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin,” out Tuesday, can be greater than the sum of its parts. The fact that some of it succeeds as well as it does given the breathy headiness surrounding the project (the Grammy word is already being tossed about), is an accomplishment of its own, but is it enough?

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Can Arcade Fire keep Eminem out of the top spot for another week?

How does Mike Posner's debut fare?

Eminem’s “Recovery” shows its buoyancy as it floats back to the top of the Billboard 200 next week. As you know, Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” narrowly (by 4,000 units) pushed “Recovery” from the top spot to No. 2 this week, but “Recovery” is set to outsell “The Surburbs” by a 3:1 margin this week, according to Hits Daily Double.

Four titles may debut in the top 10 next week: “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam,” which features the Jonas Bros., will likely come in at No. 3, while Zakk Wylde’s project, Black Label Society, will see its latest bow at No. 4.

A huge hit in “Cooler than Me” can’t lift newcomer Mike Posner’s first major label set, “31 Minutes to Takeoff, above the No. 5 slot. (He’s just the latest in a long line of artists who generate big radio hits and strong digital downloads, but can’t sell albums). Blake Shelton’s 6-song EP comes in around No. 7 with sales of around 35,000.

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<p>Christina Aguilera in &quot;Burlesque&quot;</p>

Christina Aguilera in "Burlesque"

Watch: Something gets a hold of Christina Aguilera in new 'Burlesque' video

In case you forgot, the girl can sing

C’mon, admit it. You often spontaneously burst into song in the middle of your workday, don’t you? If so, then you have more in common with Christina Aguilera than sporting a leather collar and drinking out of a doggy water bowl, as she does in the “Not Myself Tonight” video.

Today, we get a no-frills video from “Burlesque” of Xtina singing “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” in the middle of an empty juke joint (we’re guessing that’s why she grabs a microphone instead of a hair brush to sing into).

It’s not going to make you want to see “Burlesque,” but it is going to remind you that Aguilera has got pipes to spare and that her talents are squandered on her current album. “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” is a cover of an Etta James’ song and James is Aguilera’s hero so you do the math on how smoking Aguilera sounds here.

Don’t bother with the non-existent video production values since the clip doesn’t make sense outside of the movie’s context, just enjoy Aguilera’s stunning vocals.


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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Another week, another record for Taylor Swift on the Billboard Hot 100

What happens to Eminem's 'Love the Way You Lie' this week?

Taylor Swift doesn’t make the top spot hers with new single “Mine,” but she still manages to tie a record. “Mine,” comes in at No. 3, making her the second female artist in the Hot 100’s history to debut more than one single in the chart’s top 5 in the calendar year.

On the Feb. 6 chart, Swift’s “Today was a Fairytale” (from the film “Valentine’s Day”) entered the chart at No. 2.  Swift is tied with Mariah Carey, whose “Fantasy” and “One Sweet Day”  (with Boyz II Men) both bowed at No. 1 in 1995, according to Billboard. We predict Swift will break the record before the year is out as her new album,“Speak Now” comes out Oct. 25 and we’re to get a second single from that project before year’s end.

Who keeps Swift out of the top spot? None other than Eminem, whose ‘Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna logs its fourth weeks at No. 1. For those keeping count, “Lie” was Em’s second top five debut in the Hot 100 in 2010, following former No. 1 “Not Afraid,” making him the only male artist to have a pair of top two debuts within any time frame, not just the calendar year, according to Billboard.

While Swift’s label, Big Machine, serviced “Mine” to country radio first, the song quickly spread to Top 40 making the singer just as surely a pop phenom as a country one these days.  Nielsen BDS research tells us that 60% of “Mine’s” play comes from country stations, while the remaining 40% is from top 40 and adult stations.

Will “Mine” hit No. 1 next week? It will have to beat out Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” which is still going gangbusters. The song rises 3-2 this week, which moves Katy Perry 4-2 with “California Gurls.”  “Teenage Dream” also drops 7-9: radio play for the song continues to build; the drop comes from a decrease in digital sales.

In other Hot 100 news, Linkin Park’s “The Catalyst” enters the chart at No. 35 with strong airplay at rock radio and with 60,000 downloads (in contrast, “Mine” racked up 297,000 downloads in two-and-half days of sales).



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