<p>Phoenix</p>

Phoenix

Download Phoenix's live album for free

Band gives fans 8-track Sydney show via its website

Hear Phoenix for free and pretend you’re in Sydney.

The French band who snared the Grammy for best alternative music album for “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” is offering fans a free download of their recent Australian concert via its website, www.wearephoenix.com. And there’s no catch… we promise.

The tracklisting is:
 
“Lisztomania”
“Lasso”
“Fences”
“Girlfriend”
“Armistice”
“Love Like a Sunset”
“Rome”
“1901”
 

 

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<p>Sheryl Crow is one of Lilith Fair's performers</p>

Sheryl Crow is one of Lilith Fair's performers

Finally! Lilith 2010 opens sets opening date June 27

Selena Gomez joins the fun

After months of leaking out details in dibs and drabs, Lilith Fair has finally announced the opening date of the rejuvenated femme fest.  The tour launches June 27 at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium. Tickets go on sale April 3. Additionally, Selena Gomez and Jenni Rivera have been added to the line-up.

To heighten awareness for the festival, founder Sarah McLachlan and Emmylou Harris will perform McLachlan’s “Angel” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” tonight.
 
Below is a list of tour dates announced so far with on-sale dates.
 
Sun, Jun 27        Calgary, AB        McMahon Stadium (on-sale 4/3)
Mon, Jun 28        Edmonton, AB   Northlands Spectrum (on-sale 4/3)
Thur, Jul 1          Vancouver, BC   Pitt Meadows Airport (on-sale 4/3)
Fri, Jul 2            Portland, OR          The Amphitheatre at Clark County (on-s ale 3/27)
Sat, Jul 3           Seattle, WA            The Gorge Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/27)
Wed, Jul 7         San Diego, CA      Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (on-sale 4/3)
Sat, Jul 10         Los Angeles, CA   Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (on-sale 4/3)
Tue, Jul 13        Denver, CO          Comfort Dental Amphitheatre (on-sale 4/3)
Sat, Jul 17        Chicago, IL               First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/27)
Tues, July 20     Indianapolis, IN        Verizon Wireless Music Center (on-sale 3/27)
Sat, Jul 24        Toronto, ON             Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/27)
Tues, July 27     Cleveland, OH           Blossom Music Center (on-sale 4/3)
Sun, Aug 8       Atlanta, GA               Aaron’s Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/27)
Tues, Aug 10    W. Palm Beach, FL     Cruzan Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/27)

Full list of artists announced so far:
A Fine Frenzy, Anjulie, Ann Atomic, Anya Marina, Ash Koley, The Bangles, Beth Orton, Brandi Carlile, Butterfly Boucher, Cat Power, Ceci Bastida, Chairlift, Chantal Kreviazuk, Colbie Caillat, Corinne Bailey Rae, Court Yard Hounds, Donna Delory, Elizaveta, Emmylou Harris, Erin McCarley, Erykah Badu, Frazey Ford, The Go-Go’s, Gossip, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Heart, Ima, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson, Janelle Monae, Jenni Rivera, Jennifer Knapp, Jesca Hoop, Jill Hennessy, Jill Scott, Julia Othmer, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kate Nash Katzenjammer, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha, La Roux, Lights, Lissie, Loretta Lynn, Lucy Schwartz, Marina & The Diamonds, Martina McBride, Mary J. Blige, Meaghan Smith, Melissa McClelland, Metric, Miranda Lambert, Miranda Lee Richards, Missy Higgins, Nikki Jean, Nneka, Norah Jones, Priscilla Renea, The Rescues, Rosie Thomas, Sara Bareilles, Sarah McLachlan, Selena Gomez, Serena Ryder, Sheryl Crow, Sia, Sugarland, Susan Justice, Suzanne Vega, Tara MacLean, Tegan and Sara, Toby Lightman, Vedera, Vita Chambers, The Submarines,  The Weepies, Ximena Sarinana, Zee Avi

 

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Jay Z at the 2010 Brit Awards

Jay-Z at the 2010 Brit Awards.

Credit: AP Photo

Watch: 'NY-Z,' Danny Clinch's video about Jay-Z

What do we learn about Hova?

Danny Clinch’s documentary on Jay-Z, "NY-Z," gives a short look at the life of the rap superstar. You can watch the doc, all 15 minutes of it, below.

A collaboration between Absolut, Facebook and Madison Square Garden, the black-and-white film follows Jay-Z as he muses on “The Blueprint 3” and being an adult in hip-hop and his thoughts about being a native New Yorker through his Sept. 11 MSG benefit, Answer the Call, which raised funds for 9/11 widows of first responders.
 
Do you learn anything new about Hova? No, but for fans, it’s a nice look into the way he works. Plus we see how he collaborates with John Mayer.
 
If you want the shorter version, here’s a link to our previous story about the documentary that features the trailer.
 
 
 

 

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Lady GaGa performs at the American Music Awards.

Lady GaGa performs at the American Music Awards.

Credit: AP Photo

With 'Telephone' still ringing, Lady GaGa thinks ahead to next video and directors

Plus, some thoughts on the constant Madonna comparisons

What’s next for Lady GaGa? In addition to a U.S. summer tour that is selling out like gangbusters (she’s already adding multiple dates in cities), it looks like the next video will be for “Alejandro.”

“Alejandro” is a campy, but fairly mundane, tune from “The Fame Monster” that reminds us of Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” crossed with Abba’s “Fernando.”   While Lady GaGa is the last person we expect a straight-ahead narrative from when it comes to videos, the tune lends itself to plenty of drama and we know that GaGa can bring that.
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Shaquille O'Neal in the video for Owl City's "Fireflies"

Yep, that's Shaquille O'Neal in the new video for Owl City's "Fireflies."  Did they shoot this in Cleveland?

Watch: Owl City's new video for 'Vanilla Twilight'

Bring a coat, it's cold where you're going and yes, that's Shaq
Last night, I had the strangest dream. There was Shaquille O’Neal, standing in the snow,  quizzically looking upward to the heavens. Then I realized I was wide awake and I was just watching the new Owl City video for “Vanilla Twilight.”
 
Man, what a difference a few million downloads make. The video for “Fireflies” is a fairly down home affair featuring Owl City, a.k.a. Adam Young, alone in his bedroom with his keyboard and his toys that comes to life like some in some benign “Twilight Zone” episode.
 
Now, his label has invested in an outdoor shoot, lots of special effects and an NBA superstar. I really can’t for the life of me figure out what he’s doing there and based on O’Neal’s bemused expression, neither can he.
You either like Owl City’s overly precious, twee vibe or you don’t, but there is something endearing about his uncynical, sentimental look at love and life and nature. Really, who else over the age of 15 can convincingly deliver the line, “As many times as I blink I’ll think of you tonight.” I don’t even think Justin Bieber can get away with that one.
 
“Vanilla Twilight” is a great example of a video taking a straight-ahead song about missing someone you love and turning it into something much bigger.  Depending upon how you want to interpret it, via the video the song becomes a much bigger meditation on death and the signs that loved ones can send us after they shuffle off this mortal coil. In this case, the loved one is sending a big old hug via a gorgeous sunset that looks like of like the Northern Lights. Even the mangy dog in the video can tell what’s going on here, can’t you, Fido?
 
Watch it below, but we warn you, you may need to put on a winter coat. It’s pretty chilly where you’re headed. Or as Owl City sings: “This cold nostalgia chills me to the bone.”
 

 

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<p>Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong</p>

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong

Credit: AP Photo

Is Tom Hanks sending Green Day's 'American Idiot' to a movie theater near you?

Is the Broadway play not enough?

 

Is Green Day’s “American Idiot” coming to a big screen near you via the folks that brought us the world the film version of   “Mamma Mia?
 
Could be. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are talking to Green Day about turning their musical, which opens on Broadway April 20, into a movie, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily. The play already had a successful three-month run at the Berkeley (Calif.) Repertory Theater. The team behind “Spring Awakening” is behind “American Idiot”: director Michael Mayer and producer Tom Hulce (of “Animal House” and “Amadeus” fame).
 
The story focuses on the lives of three friends, one of whom joins the Army, another stays home and a third moves to the big city, and their lives are woven around the narrative of the songs from “American Idiot.”
 
DHD notes that there are several other play-to-screen adaptations in the works, including “Wicked” and “In the Heights,” both for Universal, while  New Line is making “Rock of Ages” into a movie.
 
As we previously reported, Green Day starts a tour in support of "21st Century Breakdown" in August.
 
 
 
 

 

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<p>Taylor Swift: Going cute, always</p>

Taylor Swift: Going cute, always

Credit: AP Photo

Watch: Taylor Swift brings the cute in her ACM video

She really, really wants your vote in For Your Consideration clip

Taylor Swift continues to out-cute anyone else in music today. Check out her For Your ACM Consideration video. Normally, something like this would only go to Academy of Country Music voters, but Swift is just so darn precious that her video goes up on Youtube for the population at large.

Swift is up for four statues at the April 18 awards.
 
The video isa clever way to mock the whole process and still get the point across: there is no one in country music who’s accomplished what Swift has. Plus, despite the fact that she’s now as much of a pop phenom as a country star, she resolutely and smartly plays up her country roots.
 
The whole execution is weak, although we admit we laughed at the Top Female Vocalist gag and around 5 minutes in over the Entertainer of the Year spoof.
 
The other folks in the video, whom I imagine are parts of her crew (there’s certainly not professional actors), need some serious styling tips, plus they are just another reminder, if you needed one, that anyone who wears sunglasses indoors, unless they are blind or having a raging case of pink eye, looks like a pretentious asshole. There is just no other way around it. Maybe they’re taking one for the team and it’s an effort to make Swift look even more adorable, but she doesn’t need any help.
 

 

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<p>Christina Aguilera: Satan?</p>

Christina Aguilera: Satan?

Christina Aguilera unveils 'Not Myself Tonight' single artwork

Pop star has the devil inside her

Meet Christina Aguilera, MILF. In anticipation of, “Not Myself Tonight,”  her first new single from “Bionic,” Aguilera has released the hotter-than-hot artwork for the single as a way to get the buzz going. And it’s working.

Dressed in a revealing black leather get-up with a devil’s tail and ears drawn on, Aguilera is clearly bringing sexy back. Let’s hope her baby boy doesn’t see her in this get-up or there are going to be some confusing baby issues.

We don’t know when the single drops, but there’s a countdown clock running down on christinaaguilera.com to noon tomorrow. Perhaps that when we can hear the new tune? Perhaps the release date for “Bionic” since it seems to be ever-shifting.

Remarkably, “Bionic” will be only her fourth studio album, and her first collection of new music since 2006’s “Back to Basics.”  We don’t know who made the final cut, but among the collaborators on “Bionic” are Sia, M.I.A., Santigold, Goldfrapp and Tricky Stewart. We’re thinking Chrissy’s going to be throwing down some mighty fierce beats.

 

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<p>Ke$ha</p>

Ke$ha

Watch: Ke$ha apologizes for her 15-year old self bashing Britney

In 'Styrofoam,' Ke$ha believes Britney's time is up. Tik Tok indeed

She’s only two hits into her 15-minute career and yet Ke$ha is already trying to turn back the clock.

Watch below as Ke$ha squirms through the interview for “So You Think You Can Dance Australia” about the leaked track “Styrofoam,” which disses another bleached-bottle blonde, Britney Spears. Ke$ha can’t really be held responsible, y’all, because she cut the song when she was, like, 15, and she didn’t write that line. Plus, as she so Ke$ha-like explains, “I didn’t have the balls to not sing it.” Of course, now she has mad respect for Brit Brit.
 
See the explanation and then below that is the song that started it all, “Styrofoam.”
 
Thanks to Idolator for bringing the clip to our attention.

 

 

 

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<p>Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day</p>

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day

Green Day joins list of major touring acts out this summer

Trio plans $20 tickets for lawn seats

Green Day hits the road this summer for the second leg of “21st Century Breakdown” tour.

The summer portion starts Aug. 3 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. Tickets for some shows go on sale March. 26.  Green Day is part of LiveNation’s new experiment for all-inclusive ticket pricing. Don’t kid yourself. All the usual service fees are there,  just the transparency’s gone—just like the TicketMaster name--, so you don’t feel insulted anymore when you pay an additional 33% for the privilege of waiting on line and printing out your own ticket. It’s a psychological fix.
 
The good news is that Green Day will also offer a limited number of lawn seats at $20 for each amphitheater.
 
Before the trio hits the road, the boys need to dust off their suits and get gussied up for their premiere on the Great White Way:  “American Idiot,” the musical based on their stellar 2004 album of the same name, opens on Broadway  April 20. The play is helmed by Michael Mayer, who also directed “Spring Awakening.”
 
August Dates:
3 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center On Sale 4/3
5 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center On Sale 4/17
9 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On Sale 3/27
11 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live On Sale 4/9
12 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater On Sale 4/2
14 Holmdel, NJ PNC On Sale 3/26
16 Boston, MA Comcast Center On Sale 3/27
18 Toronto, ONT Molson Canadian Amphitheatre On Sale 3/27
23 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater On Sale 3/26
26 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center On Sale 4/2
28 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheater On Sale 3/27
30 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion On Sale 4/3
31 Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater TBA

September
2 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre On Sale 4/2

 

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