<p>Mike Posner</p>

Mike Posner

Listen: Mike Posner's new single, 'Please Don't Go'

Same beat, but different tune from 'Cooler Than Me'

In his breakthrough hit “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner is chastising a girl from his alma mater, Duke, because she was so practiced at the art of making him feel like he—and every other male without a letter jacket—was not worthy of her.

In his new single, “Please Don’t Go,” which features the same skiffling beat, he’s changed his tune and is begging a girl to stay. Morning has come and he wants to keep the magical spell cast the night before unbroken.  It’s a sweet song, but at some point, radio is going to scream uncle.

Posner is the latest in a new slew of solo male pop artists—B.o.B., Taio Cruz, Drake (to a lesser extent),  Bruno Mars, Jason DeRulo and Jay Sean—who are all—more or less—filling the airwaves with mid-tempo, synthetic, beat-driven tunes about love. If you listen to them all in a row, you’ll come out of the room screaming for real drums and a soaring guitar riff that will make your ears bleed. Music goes in cycles and for a very long time, pop music was dominated by rap/urban leaning males—it still is, but most of these gentlemen, while still combining the two genres, slide more along the pop than the urban side of the spectrum.

Listen for yourself and tell us what you think.


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U2 pulls it out over Eminem to hit No. 1 on HitFix's Music Power Rankings list.

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Music Power Rankings: Who comes out on top - U2, Eminem or Lady GaGa?

They all have a great week, but they aren't the only ones

Even with a bad back, Bono still has more power than the rest of us. He and his Irish band mates in U2 land at the top of Forbes annual Top-Earning Musicians with net earnings of $130 million for July 1-June 31. The only new artist to make the Forbes list is Lady GaGa, but she makes our list this week for a totally different reason that has nothing to do with money or fame, but with humanity.

1. U2: The Irish rockers top Forbes list of top-earning musicians. I believe they’ve found what they’re looking for.

2. Eminem (No. 1): Not only does “Recovery” log its fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, for the first time in his career, Eminem lands back to back No. 1s. After “Not Afraid” went to No. 1 in May, “Love the Way You Lie” goes to No. 1 this week, bumping Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” out of the top spot after six weeks.

3. Rihanna (not ranked): The news is good for Eminem, but it’s great for Rihanna. “Love the Way You Lie” is her seventh No. 1 since she first debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 2005, giving her more No. 1s in that time frame than any other artist. Lady GaGa is plotting as we speak.

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<p>Good Charlotte</p>

Good Charlotte

Good Charlotte moves to Capitol Records for new album, 'Cardiology'

Will the move help revive the pop punksters' career?

After a decade on Daylight/Epic, Good Charlotte has signed with Capitol Records.  The group, best known for such hits as “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” and “The Anthem,” will release its fifth studio album, “Cardiology,” on Oct. 26.

Led by twins Joel and Benji Madden, Good Charlotte had a great moment in the sun during the early-mid-2000s, when punk-flavored rock by their fellow practitioners such as Blink-182 and Lit was still flourishing (We put Green Day in its own class).

The Maddens, who have always had side careers as DJs—and as suitors/baby daddies of celebutantes—haven’t put out a full album since 2007’s “Good Morning Revival,” which had more of a dance flavor and spawned the hit, "Dance Floor Anthem."

Word is they’re returning a little more to their roots on “Cardiology.” They first worked with producer Howard Benson on the set and then switched to Don Gilmore, who produced the band's first and fourth albums.  In the meantime, the band—which also includes guitarist Billy Martin, bassist Paul Thomas and new drummer Dean Butterworth—headlined the Bamboozle Roadshow this summer, as well as opened European dates for Pink. A full U.S. tour will happen next year in support of “Cardiology.”


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Do Eminem and Rihanna finally end Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' run at No. 1?

We have a new champ on the Billboard Hot 100

Not that there was any doubt that Eminem’s “Recovery” from his “Relapse” was any less than complete, but just in case, the rapper scores his second No. 1 from the set on the Billboard Hot 100 as “Love the Way You Lie” feat. Rihanna moves into the top spot. Following the ascension of “Not Afraid” in May, it marks the first time in Eminem’s career that he has landed consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100, according to Billboard. The song spends its fourth week at No. 1 on the digital songs chart.

There’s a little good news for Rihanna as well as “Love the Way You Lie” is her seventh No. 1 in five years, making her the artist with the most No. 1s on the chart since she first debuted in June 2005. (We have a feeling Lady GaGa’s  not going to be too happy about that).

Furthermore, Eminem knocks out Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” feat. Snoop Dogg. The undisputed song of the summer spent six weeks at No. 1. But don’t cry for Perry over losing the Hot 100 summit as the song goes to No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart.

The rest of the top 10 on the Hot 100 features no debuts, although Taio Cruz looks like he’s on his way to his second No. 1 as “Dynamite” skips from 6-4. Usher, whose former chart topper “OMG” drops 4-5,  lands the Hot Shot Debut on the chart as “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” feat. Pitbull comes in at No. 19.

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Hitfix Interview: Creed's Scott Stapp: 'I was killing myself'

Lead singer discusses upcoming tour, new baby, solo album and the band's troubled past

After a long hiatus, Creed reunited in 2009 for a world tour and a new album, the appropriately named “Full Circle.” Fans welcomed the return of the hit makers, who have sold 35 million albums, back with arms wide open (pun intended). The new album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and single, “Overcome,” was a hit at rock radio.

Now, Creed -- composed of vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall -- is embarking on its “20-10 Tour.” Acknowledging the troubled touring season and in an effort to give fans a great deal, Creed is selling the first 2,010 reserved seats at each show for $20 with no additional service charges. The remaining seats on the amphitheater tour are either $20 or $10, plus ticketing fees.

Before the July 28 kick off in Washington, D.C., the band will play a Hard Rock Café in Nashville in a benefit for flood relief. Additionally, Creed is giving away a motorcycle and guitar, both of which will be on display at each tour site.

HitFix talked with Stapp, who called from his Florida home. The singer was very candid about his troubled past and gave us some exclusive details about his new solo album. He was also fairly glowing about the birth of his brand new baby boy, Daniel Issam (D.I.), who was born July 4.

Congratulations on your new son. Your three children range from two weeks old to 11 years old. How do you balance fatherhood with being away?

Well, I’ll tell you what, they’re going to have to understand if daddy doesn’t work, they’re going to eat me out of house and home. It may be harder for me, but knowing I’ve got a family to feed and put through school makes it real easy to go, “All right guys, Daddy’s going on tour,” because I know the goal: Just outside of loving music and being an artist and doing what I do, it is my job and I have to support my family. Although it’s tough, it’s what I gotta do.

The new tour starts July 28.  What happens right before you go on tour? Are you up all night packing like most of us before we go out of town?

I have to check everything and make sure my daughter hasn’t crawled into my road case.  My son Jagger is 11 now; he’s coming out with me. He’s going to be Daddy’s tech on this tour. It’s time for some father-son time as well, so I’m still going to be a daddy even on the road and it’s a good time we can spend together. As soon as D.I. gets the clearance that he can be exposed to the world, my family’s going to come out although that probably won’t be for a little while. I’m sure my wife will want to come out and leave the kids at home with her mom for a few days so we can have some quality time and enjoy each other. It’s good to have my family out and I love to have them all the time. It’s awesome. Thank god my son’s old enough now to help daddy remember everything to pack.

Does Jagger understand that “With Arms Wide Open” is about him and your joyous reaction to the news that you were becoming a father?

He does understand and I tell you we’ve had some really great moments watching “American Idol” or something like that and one of the contestants will sing something like “With Arms Wide Open” and you see him sitting there and his whole face turns red and he just smiles and I think he really does love and accept he’s “Arms Wide Open” boy. He has a lot of pride in that. It’s great for him. I hope my daughter will get the feeling when her song comes out, “Milan’s Song.” I have a song that I’ll be putting out when the time is right for my wife, called “Crazy in Love” and I just finished up with Desmond Child.

Is the song with Desmond Child for a new Creed album?

Right now, it’s going to be for a solo album, but we’ve got a lot of Creed stuff on the table. We’ll make another Creed album next year, an acoustic album. I’ll be doing some touring, kind of presenting the Creed songs in a different way after this Creed tour, and playing stuff from my first solo album, “The Great Divide.” The other guys will be doing some things with their band, Alter Bridge, and then we’ll get back together and do another Creed album and keep everything going.

How did the idea for the “20-10” tour come about with the discounted tickets?

[Co-manager] Paul Geary called with the concept and we were like, “Yeah, man!” [We got] Live Nation and Ticketmaster and all the people involved to cut their fees too to really make this affordable for the fans. It’s all about connecting and making where families and fans can come out and have a good time and not have to skip a month’s rent.

You’re clearly making less on the road as well at those prices. Are you scaling back production?

This is going to be a full-scale rock show…We make cuts like everybody else. It also has to do with a little self-belief in your band and in your art that you’re going to have staying power and be around and it’s not a money grab. And we care about the fans, man.  We’re not on another planet because of the success we’ve had. We’ve got families, kids, and bills and live on budgets and have all the same issues and stresses and pressures that blue collar America has. It’s another way of us saying, “Hey, we’re in there with you.

You’re playing a benefit at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe on July 26 for Hands on Nashville, a non-profit spearheading flood relief efforts. What’s your connection to Nashville?

It’s where we wrote the “Full Circle” album. We spent a month there doing writing and we’ve all got friends there and other artists we know. Our record company has an office there. I’ve got a voice coach there,
Creed reunited in 2009. What do you value this time around that you didn’t see so clearly the first time?
I think I did see it clearly until I made some decisions and the stress started wearing on all of us and we all made some decisions that started rubbing ourselves the wrong way. And then I made some poor decisions and became someone that I wasn’t because of drugs and alcohol. I’ve always appreciated these guys as artists and musicians and human beings and  you know, I think, being older and as time passes that that respect deepens and you don’t you know what you got ‘til it’s gone, but I never wanted it to be gone.

The one thing I can gain from that for me is during 2002, when I lost respect and just wasn’t myself and I don’t even know who I was, I obviously wasn’t respecting myself or appreciating the fans, my friends or anyone else. I was killing myself and hurting people around me. I didn’t want to do that, but it happened, and I made those decisions to do that. And now being able to just soak everything in and appreciate the guy to my left and my right and behind me and be in a place where I’m not such a rookie and naïve enough to put that stuff in my body that caused that again. I appreciate it all and respect it all and would never want to do anything to lose it.

What is your favorite moment of the night when you’re on stage?

I think it’s right at the end of the show when we all come together, arms around each other, and look at the fans and we’ve got smiles on our faces and we’re like, “Hey, guys. We’re Creed and Thank You.” We’re all there as a unit, as a band with our arms around each other and that’s a special moment for me.

Creed on tour:

MON    26-Jul    Nashville, TN    Hard Rock *
WED    28-Jul    Washington, D.C.    Jiffy Lube Live # ^
FRI    30-Jul    Mt. Pleasant, MI    Soaring Eagle Casino * ^
SAT    31-Jul    Darien, NY    Darien Lake Performing Arts Center ^
MON    2-Aug    Uncasville, CT    Mohegan Sun Arena # ^
TUE    3-Aug    Mansfield, MA    Comcast Center + ^
THU    5-Aug    Orillia, ON    Casino Rama Entertainment Casino*
FRI    6-Aug    Cleveland, OH    Blossom Music Center + ^
SAT    7-Aug    Ft. Macoy, WI    Constitution Park * ^
MON    9-Aug    Sioux City, IA    Tyson Events Center / Gateway Arena # ^
TUES    10-Aug    Sturgis, SD    Rock N the Rally * # ^
FRI    13-Aug    Cincinnati, OH    Riverbend Music Center # ^
SAT    14-Aug    Indianapolis, IN    Verizon Wireless Music Center # ^
SUN    15-Aug    Chicago, IL    First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre # ^
TUE    17-Aug    Camden, NJ    Susquehanna Bank Center ^
WED    18-Aug    Scranton, PA    Toyota Pavilion # ^
FRI    20-Aug    Gilford, NH    Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion * # ^
SAT    21-Aug    Holmdel, NJ     PNC Bank Arts Center ^
TUE    24-Aug    Wantagh, NY    Nikon at Jones Beach Theater # ^
WED    25-Aug    Saratoga, NY    Saratoga Performing Arts Center # ^
FRI    27-Aug    Raleigh, NC    Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek  # ^
SAT    28-Aug    Virginia Beach, VA    Virginia Beach Amphitheater + ^
SUN    29-Aug    Atlanta, GA    Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood # ^
TUE    31-Aug    West Palm Beach, FL    Cruzan Amphitheatre # ^
WED    1-Sep    Tampa, FL    Ford Amphitheatre # ^
FRI    3-Sep    Dallas, TX    Superpages.com Center # ^
SAT    4-Sep    Houston, TX    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion + ^

*These select shows do not include specially priced tickets.

# with special guest Skillet
^ with special guest Theft
+ with special guest Red

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift's new album, 'Speak Now,' out worldwide Oct. 25

Set preceded by Aug. 16 single 'Mine'

Taylor Swift’s new album, "Speak Now,“ will come out Monday, Oct. 25. Old boyfriends watch out: “Track by track, each song is a different confession to a different person,” Swift revealed in an online chat with her fans. (The chat is still going on, but we wanted to get this out to you right away. By the way, her favorite coffee is Starbucks latte.)

Her third album will be preceded by first single, “Mine,” out Aug. 16. “It’s a song about my tendency to run from love,” she says, adding that she remains a true believer in love even though every one of her relationships “has ended in goodbye…The song is about finding someone who can make you believe in love.”

Swift co-produced the album with frequent collaborator Nathan Chapman, recording “60% of the album in his basement.” Unlike her previous two sets, Swift wrote all 14 songs on “Speak Now” by herself.

The album will be followed by a tour. The release date is Monday instead of the usual Tuesday so that it comes out the same day around the world.

The album is her first since the multi-platinum “Fearless”: “I write everything that I live so you have to give yourself a little bit of time so you can live a lot of things,” Swift says.

For more info, go to www.speaknow13.com.

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<p>Bruno Mars</p>

Bruno Mars

Listen: Bruno Mars' first single, 'Just the Way You Are'

Can he make it on his own after appearing on hits with B.o.B and Travie McCoy?

Can Bruno Mars make it on his own? Is he the next Nicki Minaj? The producer-turned-artist has  lent his voice (and production talents) to two 2010 smashes: B.o.B.’s No. 1 breakthrough, “Nothin’ on You” and Travie  McCoy’s “Billionaire.”

“Just the Way You Are” is a mid-tempo love letter that has more in common with “Nothin’ On You” than “Billionaire.” The straight-up pop tune is bolstered by an insistent, but never intrusive beat. It’s light, pleasant and not particularly memorable--like Mars' voice--but feels like a hit none the less with the ability to win you over with its sheer sweetness.

Lyrically, it follows a road well trod even by songs with the exact same title, such as Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are,” which came out before Mars—and most his fans—were born. It’s a message every girl loves to hear: that—to quote “Bridget Jones’ Diary”—that she is fine just as she is.

Mars remains part of the Smeezingtons (how great a name is that?), a production/songwriting crew that includes Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine behind such songs as Flo Rida’s “Right Round” and K’naan’s FIFA anthem, “Waving’ Flag.”

“Just the Way You Are” is the debut single from Mars full-album debut, out later this year on Elektra. He already dropped an EP, “It’s Better If You Don’t Understand” earlier this year.

Additionally, Mars will tour with Maroon 5 and One Republic this fall.


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Beyonce and Jay-Z are the power couple of Forbes' top 10 list.

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Six lessons from Forbes Top-Earning Musicians Top 10 list

U2, Lady GaGa and Britney have a lot in common

What year is it? Forbes released its list of top-earning musicians today and U2 claimed the No. 1 spot. What happened? The Rolling Stones have an off year?

Well, yes, as a matter of fact. U2’s pole position comes primarily from its touring prowess (the chart runs from July 31, 2009-June 30, 2010, so the cancellation of the North American leg this summer will show up—or won’t-- in next year’s numbers).

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<p>Taio Cruz</p>

Taio Cruz

Watch: Taio Cruz drops it like it's hot in 'Dynamite' video

And he's invited his 100 hottest female friends to join in

In this tough economy, it’s really important for a woman to have marketable skills. That’s why we felt such sisterly pride in our fellow females as we watched the video for Taio Cruz’s summer anthem “Dynamite,” his follow up to the No. 1 smash, "Break Your Heart."

Dressed in cut-offs and low-cut shirts and in unitards, they are working in a garage, clearly earning an honest day’s pay, before Cruz rides in and rescues them from such drudgery. You can tell they’re professionals because they remember to wear hard hats.

Soon enough, they’re throwing their hands up in the air getting ready to light up a club like it’s dynamite. However, we’re not sure that Cruz knows these ladies are packing and are taking his suggestion about explosives quite literally.

But party they do—if by pouting and posing—you mean partying. Maybe they look like such sourpusses at times because there a seemingly endless number of ladies, but Cruz is the only dude in sight. Hey, it’s his party, his rules.

Therefore  the girls frolic in a bubble bath and drink champagne, and get all nice and clean before the dynamite detonates in a very controlled fireball that only adds excitement to the party. As darkness falls and a sea of girls gyrate to “Dynamite,” a hailstorm of fireworks goes off. Cruz is so cool,  he never even removes his shades. It’s good to be king.

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<p>Chris Daughtry</p>

Chris Daughtry

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Watch: Daughtry emotes wistfullly in video for 'September'

Third single from 'Leave This Town' looks back at a time gone by

It’s only July, but Daughtry already has fall on the brain. The video for “September,” the band’s current single, is primarily a performance clip, but it also takes a bittersweet look back.

As the band, looking appropriately wistful,  plays in a seemingly empty theater, pictures and home movies of them as kids and young adults pop up on a screen behind them. We see lead singer Chris Daughtry and former "American Idol" contestant with hair!

The mid-tempo ballad, co-written by Chris Daughtry and bandmate Josh Steely, is about chasing those glorious summer days, but knowing that to really pursue your dreams, you have to leave the small town that give birth to those ideas. The group’s 2009 album, “Leave This Town” takes its name from this song, the collection's third single.


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