Inside Music with Melinda Newman

Are Flaming Lips, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon headed to Bonnaroo?

Rumors about prior to Feb. 9 line-up unveiling

<p>The Flaming Lips</p>
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The Flaming Lips


Bonnaroo or Boomeroo? Paul Simon and Paul McCartney are among the headliners rumored to be appearing at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which takes place June 10-13 in Manchester, Tenn.

Given that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers headlined in 2006, the Police in 2007 and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in 2009, the festival is definitely paying homage to veteran rockers (although with more than 100 acts, they manage to hit all demographics). There are several reasons for the older acts: Boomers have the money to buy the tickets and, most importantly, most of these vets are among the best performers out there and they still know how to deliver a great show (although most Bonnaroo vets still consider My Morning Jacket the ultimate Bonnaroo band).

In addition to the two Pauls, who are unconfirmed, the Flaming Lips will also play the festival, playing Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” at midnight as June 10 turns to June 11, according to Spinner. The Lips' Wayne Coyne spilled the beans to Spinner, noting that the band's previous performance of  the classic album on New Year’s Eve was never meant to be an exclusive. The Simon/McCartney rumors come courtesy of Live Daily.

All will be revealed for sure on Feb. 9 when Bonnaroo’s producers, Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment, roll out the 2010 lineup throughout the day on bonnaroo.com. Additionally, tickets will go on sale at noon EST Feb. 9, marking the first time tickets go on sale simultaneously with the announcement.

 

 

Watch: Carrie Underwood's new video for 'Temporary Home'

Bring the Kleenex

<p>Carrie Underwood</p>

Carrie Underwood

Credit: AP Photo

You gotta give Carrie Underwood credit: she can go from being a total hottie dressed as a modern-day saloon girl in “Cowboy Casanova” to an angel of sorts in her heartstring-tugging video for her new tune, “Temporary Home.”

If you’ve spent more than five minutes in your entire life listening to country music, you can figure out what the phrase “temporary home” really means here as the first two verses deal with a foster child and a single mother living in a halfway house and it has nothing to do with a permanent four walls and windows. This is the kind of subtle-as-a-slegehammer storytelling that only country music does--sometimes well, sometimes horrible, but just try to imagine Lady GaGa telling a linear tale like this. “T-T-T-Temporary Home…...”

If you still haven’t got a clue, Underwood spells it out for you in the third verse when she visits her dying grandfather. If you aren’t at least tearing up by them, despite the fact that the whole video is hokey and schmaltzy as can be and you’ve seen truer sentiments on Hallmark cards, check your pulse to make sure you actually have a heart that’s still beating. And for God's sake, go call your parents or grandparents.

 

Just how badly do music sales suck wind in 2010? We'll tell you

New report shows total revenue dropped by more than $8 billion. That's a B

Eminem and Lil'Wayne at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Rewind 10 years and Eminem and Lil'Wayne would be much richer men than they are now.

Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

It’s not like we needed to see the actual numbers to know that the music industry is in the dumps, but they are shocking nonetheless.

In 1999, total revenue from U.S. music sales and licensing was $14.6 billion, according to Forrester Research. In 2009: $6.3 billion. (Yes, that's a staggering drop of over 50%).

A CNN Money piece also breaks down that album sales have dipped an average of 8% each year from the previous year.

We all know the reasons, but it’s daunting when they are listed all together. Of course, one of the biggest reasons for the decline, according to the article is piracy, followed by the recession, and the digital music business, which many predicted would save the music industry. In case anyone is counting, it was four years between the birth of Napster and the bow of iTunes.

“The digital music business has been a war of attrition that nobody seems to be winning,” David Goldberg, former head of Yahoo Music, told CNN Money. “The CD is still disappearing and nothing is replacing it in entirety as a revenue generator. Indeed, last year’s figures show that digital growth slowed to 2.1% after showing double digit gains for years.

While licensing continues to be a bright spot for the music industry (even if licensing fees have come down for all but the biggest tracks), it’s not enough to stop the decline. The Forrester data predicts that revenues will keep declining through 2014, down to about $5.5 billion.

Listen: Helping Haiti all-star remake of 'Everybody Hurts'

Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Susan Boyle and more chip in on Simon Cowell-led project

<p>Miley Cyrus contributes her vocals to &quot;Everybody Hurts&quot;</p>

Miley Cyrus contributes her vocals to "Everybody Hurts"

Credit: AP Photo

While the focus the last few days has been on the 25th anniversary recording of “We Are the World” yesterday, today the Simon Cowell-orchestrated remake of  R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”  snuck out  to the internet and radio. Under the name Helping Haiti, the  tune will be available for download on Feb. 7 and CD purchase on Feb. 8. All proceeds go to earthquake relief efforts. Listen here.

Interestingly, while the tune features “Britian’s Got Talent” contestant Susan Boyle and “The X Factor” winner Leona Lewis, there are no “American Idol” contestants on here—is Cowell already trying to distance himself from the show? (Jennifer Hudson, a past “AI” runner up is on “We Are the World.”)

Instead, we have a smaller, but no less bright constellation of stars than on “World,” including Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, James Blunt, James Morrison, Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus (who’s on both versions), Rod Stewart and several more.

The version stays very close to the understated original musically and only swells into a tiny bit of overstatement at the end. Quite frankly, we could have done with more of the choir at the end. As much as I feared that Cowell would take one of R.E.M.’s most poignant, meaningful tunes and turn it into a melodramatic weeper, that hasn’t happened.

The link is to an audio-only version, so part of the fun is trying to figure out who is singing what. Blunt, Bon Jovi, Stewart Boyle are instantly recognizable, but not so much some of the others. What’s your opinion?

Review: Lil Wayne's 'Rebirth': How could he go so wrong?

Rapper steps into rock quagmire

<p>Lil Wayne's &quot;Rebirth&quot;</p>

Lil Wayne's "Rebirth"

Lil Wayne’s oft-delayed “rock” album, “Rebirth,” finally comes out Feb. 2, one week before the rapper starts a year-long jail term. It’s streaming for free on myspace.

After listening to “Rebirth,” I could make the obvious joke that he’s lucky he’s not being sent away for aural crimes. The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot counts “Rebirth” among the “worst career misstep(s) by a major artist in recent memory.”

I’m not willing to go that far, but I will say that there is not a shred of the innovation and fun that make Lil Wayne stand out on display here. If this is a rock record—and it seems to be called that because of the occasional guitar appearance—someone forgot to remind Lil Wayne that rock is built on rifts, not beats-- not that the beats here are especially compelling.

Instead, it seems like Lil Wayne took some ideas or artists he admires and tried to imitate them through his own cough-syrup-drenched, auto-tuned filter. “Get a Life” seems to derive its spiky base from Elvis Costello, but on his worst day, Costello is always better than this. “The Price is Wrong” crosses the Ramones with Metallica and U2, but Lil Wayne seems to have no idea what to do with his stitched-together creation. On “Drop the World” featuring Eminem, Lil Wayne rips off Linkin Park, although I don’t remember Chester Bennington ever singing “Bitch, I’m going pick the world up and I’m gonna drop it on your fucking head.”

As on “Drop the World,” the lyrics throughout “Rebirth” are boring, epithet-fueled rants that bear no relation to the music. Really, how often do we need to hear “Fuck you?” Apparently, a lot. Rock is about anger and rebellion, not just endless, mindless spewing.

It’s not all bad: “Knock Out” featuring Nicki Minaj (who’s also on Mariah Carey’s forthcoming “Absolute Angel”) has a certain insouciant, peppy charm, and “On Fire” samples “Fame” (or something amazingly similar) in such a wacky way that it’s endearing, plus the weird notion that he really seems to be setting someone on fire figuratively, not literally. What?

Coming after 2008’s “The Carter 3,” which topped many critics best-of year-end list, “Rebirth” seems like that much more of a failure than it really is. Every artist is entitled to a mistake or two and it would be a shame if the likely flop of “Rebirth” causes Lil Wayne to stop experimenting.

Lil Wayne's 'Rebirth' and Nick Jonas' solo set lead Feb. 2 new album releases

Christina Aguilera's Target exclusive also hits stores

<p>Lil Wayne at the Grammy Awards last night (Jan. 31)</p>

Lil Wayne at the Grammy Awards last night (Jan. 31)

Credit: AP Photo

The release slate for Groundhog’s Day is, quite frankly, nothing for the Puxatawny Phil to come above ground for. Sure, we have a solo release from a Jonas Bros. and Lil Wayne’s long-awaited—and severely disappointing—rock record. But it’s slim pickings out there. We predict six more weeks of winter.

Christina Aguilera, “Keeps Getting Better: A Decade of Hits” (RCA) Originally offered as an exclusive through Target, Aguilera’s greatest hits is now available at all retailers. It will help stem the tide now that her first album of new material in four years has been pushed back from March to April.

Nick Jonas & the Administration, “Who I Am” (Hollywood): The youngest of the JoBros. trio releases his solo record and announces his intention to run for higher office in one fell swoop (we’re not kidding. He’s not even old enough to vote, yet in several interviews has mentioned he wouldn’t mind a life of public service). Surrounded by members of Prince’s NPG, Jonas’s sound here is crunchier and funkier than his music with Joe and Kevin.

Lil Wayne, “Rebirth” (Cash Money/Universal): Well, we certainly waited long enough for it. Lil Wayne’s oft-delayed rock-oriented album comes out and it turns out that there is something he can’t do: kick out the jams. Read our review here.

Nneka, “Concrete Jungle” (Epic): Nigerian hip hop singer/songwriter with something to say about the state of the world releases her first full-length U.S. album after building audiences throughout Europe.

Rob Zombie, “Hellbilly Deluxe 2” (Loud & Proud/Roadrunner): A dozen years after “Hellbilly Deluxe,” Zombie issues its follow up, a blend of psychobilly, metal and rock. More than two years in the making, it’s Zombie’s first for Roadrunner after years on Geffen.

Live Blogging the Grammys: Who takes home the big prize? Lady GaGa, Beyonce or Taylor?

Watch along with us

<p>Lady GaGa poses with two new Grammy Awards</p>

Lady GaGa poses with two new Grammy Awards

Credit: AP Photo

11:30: The awards show ends right on time. Nice. You'd think it was a Dick Clark Production... anyway,  lots of highs (the performances in the first hour) and lows (Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks as well as the Michael Jackson tribute). There were no major gaffes or embarassments for the most part. But man, is rock out of vogue right now. This was a very straight up pop awards show for the most part with Beyonce as the big winner with six trophies. In the past, the Grammys have paid lip service to jazz and classical, but not tonight. It's all about ratings, baby. I'm just thankful Snooki didn't present an award.  Grade: B

11:28: Album of the year award: OMG, what is Lady GaGa wearing? She looks like the Empire State building.  The winner is Taylor Swift for "Fearless." Gulp. I think I'll go back to my original prediction now that she wins. This time she really does look surprised. I'm sure she is after losing record and song of the year. If you still consider Swift to be country, it's the first country win in the big category since The Dixie Chicks won in 2007. ( I went to Wikipedia to confirm and someone has hacked into the album of the year page and put in Lady GaGa's "The Fame" as the winner for every year... clearly an LG fan is pissed!)

11:14: Quentin Tarantino, in sunglasses looking like an idiot, introduces Drake, Eminem and Lil Wayne (with Travis Barker on drums). What's with Tarantino's accent?  Is this Lil Wayne's last appearance before he's off to the pokey?  The sound keeps going out on my feed. Can't tell if they're bleeping half of Lil Wayne's rap or if there are audio problems. Three minutes into his own performance, Drake shows up.  Autotune lives. "Pants on the Ground" was clearly written with Lil Wayne in mind. He's about to totally drop trou. Energetic but disjointed performance.

11:05: Tribute to Les Paul by Jeff Beck playing "How High the Moon."  See, that's what they should have done for Michael Jackson. Something tasteful. I'm still watching the east coast feed on the computer, while the TV is on the west coast feed since the show has just started here. Its a little schizophrenic... I'm definitely experienced deja vu.

10:59: Maxwell, who's already won a few Grammys tonight, takes us into the third hour with "Pretty Wings." The song may be pretty, but it's not half as pretty as Maxwell.  He just brought on Roberta Flack. Anyone under 30 just went "Who?" Her voice sounds great, but is it me or does her face no longer move?  They're singing "Where is the Love." The love is probably the same place her facial expressions have been shipped off to: Botoxville.

10:49: Female pop vocal performance goes to Beyonce for "Halo," presented by Lea Michelle and Ricky Martin, who obviously got the memo to wear leather. Beyonce gives a very short acceptance speech.  Pink just tweeted how much fun she's having tonight and how happy she was to get her standing ovation. What a good sport.

10:44: Adam Sandler clearly didn't show up for rehearsal. I believe he just said "this band goes by one man."  Missing some words there, bud.  And he mispronounced LeRoi Moore's name. Anyway, DMB is doing the sweet "You & Me."  More and more people keep coming on stage. A string section, then a horn section and now a choir. Somehow, all I can really hear is Dave's voice. Now it's all kicked in. Very cool. Not sure about Dave's spastic dance, but at least he seems to be having fun. I'm hoping it's a dance and not a seizure of some sort. Oh, he's singing again, so he must be okay.

10:39: Did NARAS head Neil Portnow really just get played on to "Bolero?" The Grammys are in to honoring their own. They've presented awards to both their director, Walter Miller, and co-executive producer, Ken Erlich. I think Pierre Cossette, who passed away last year, deserved a little more than that small mention.  Portnow bangs the usual drum for arts education in the schools and for artists/musicians to get paid for downloads.

10:27: Wyclef introduces that tribute to Haiti. Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli performing "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with an orchestra.  Bocelli is, appropriately, singing in Italian and I'm welling up.i'm not a Bocelli fan, but I can't listen to this song without crying.  Simply one of the most beautiful melodies ever written and he's doing a gorgeous job, but I know Mary J. Blige is going to really bring it home. She's taking us to church. Not crazy about David Foster's arangement, but Blige's voice is astonishing. I know she's a superstar, but I don't understand why she isn't even bigger than she is.She's the heir to Aretha Franklin, as far as I'm concerned.

10:20: Mos Def and Placido Domingo awkwardly chitchatting before announcing that Rihanna, Jay-Z and Kanye West just won best Rap collaboration for "Run This Town." What? Kayne actually wins a Grammy and isn't there to accept an award that he actually won? Rihanna and Jay-Z brought the world's cutest kid up on stage with them, although I have no idea who he is, other than his name is Jules. Even at six, he has more sense than West. When Rihanna asks if he wants to say anything, he says, "No thanks."  That kid has a future. Thank God The Lonely Island didn't win, although I know lots of folks were rooting for them.

10:12: Confession time: I have a soft spot for  Bon Jovi, but "We Weren't Born to Follow" is one of their weakest songs ever.  Good God Jennifer Nettles looks hot! She just came out to sing "Who Says You Can't Go Home," which won Bon Jovi its first ever Grammy a few years ago.  Love the harmonies on this song. Richie and Jon are now forming a Jennifer sandwich. Take it easy, girl. Told you the fan choice would be "Livin' on a Prayer."  Or the national anthem, as Jon humbly introduces it in concert. Yes, I have seen Bon Jovi in concert...more than once.

10:03: They just trotted out Jackson's two oldest childern,  Prince Michael and Paris. Shameless. I want to turn the show off. Prince Michael is having a tough time reading the telepromter, but he shouldn't even be up there. Oddly, Prince Michael has the same speech pattern as his dad. Paris just said that her daddy was supposed to perform at the Grammys this year. Really? Can the exploitation over Jackson's death now officially end and can we let him rest in peace. Wow. The show goes straight into a commercial for "This is It." What a surprise. I'm disgusted.

 9:56: Time for the Michael Jackson tribute. But first Lionel Richie is going to remind us that he co-wrote "We are the World" with Jackson. Thanks, LJ. You can go back to dancing on the ceiling now.  I didn't get my 3D glasses from Target, so this looks pretty trippy.  Celine Dion and Usher are singing together now. Every now and then Michael chirps in, but it's mainly a mess. Carrie Underwood is now bouncing up and down, as if that's going to make this more bearable. This is just terrible. OK, shot of Beyonce wearing her 3D glasses and she seems to be the only one in her section doing so. A $1000 Target gift certificate is on its way to her.  Cut to Rihanna, whose surrounded by folks wearing 3D glasses, as is she, but she looks really, really bored.  Jennifer Hudson sounds great, but between Stevie Nicks and this big old commercial for "This is It," I'm really sad now. Michael deserved way better than this. This is not a "very special Grammy moment" and no one can convince me it is, despite the standing O. Celine does look fabulous though.

9:50: I can't pretend that Taylor Swift can remotely sing on key anymore. She's singing "Today was a Fairy Tale," from her forthcoming movie, "Valentine's Day" and every other note is off key. Jesus.  She's now brought on Stevie Nicks to sing "Rihannon."  It's interesting that she seems to love artists whose heyday was long before she was born-- like Nicks or Def Leppard. Oh my God, Nicks is now playing tambourine and  singing back up on a countrified version of  "You Belong With Me." Oh Stevie.... And I even like this song. This is just making me really, really sad, but I'm going to bet/hope that Stevie has a niece or goddaughter that loves Swift and that's why she's doing this. That only makes me feel a teeny bit better.

9:39: Leon Russell performing with Zac Brown Band. Man, he's having a major resurgence.  He performed with Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case and T Bone Burnett at Friday night's MusiCare's dinner honoring Neil Young (who won his first Grammy earlier tonight). Plus, he and Elton are wrapping up an album produced by T Bone.  There's also a movement to have him inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He should be in for writing "Superstar," if nothing else. And for not having any idea of what the words are to "Chicken Fried."

9:35: Alice Cooper and Katy Perry presenting best rock album. Katy: look at Alice closely, that's how you're going to look in 35 years if you're not careful. Katy's dressed really sedately. Is Russell clamping down on her personal style?  Green Day just won, beating U2, among others. Billie Joe is the only one of the three bandmembers that actually talks. It's like watching Larry, Darryl and Darryl from "Newhart."  It's really sad that the lifetime achievement winners and trustees just get thrown in as part of an introduction to a performance by someone else or an award. That just doesn't seem right. Show a little respect. Can you imagine how awesome it would have been if we'd heard Leonard Cohen perform?

9:27: Jamie Foxx is doing "Blame It." He's joined by T Pain, Slash, and the cast of Glee. Just kidding about the last part.  Man, that was over the top in a jarring, kind of disconcerting way. Maybe that explains why Justin Bieber completely flubbed his lines when he came up next to announce that folks could still vote for their favorite Bon Jovi song (he brought up Beyonce instead and then apologized to Jay Z, whom I'm sure is worried about that moppet taking his women). He is either still really tiny or Ke$ha is really tall.  And by the way, according to someone who was at rehearsals yesterday,  Bon Jovi was rehearsing "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Who Says You Can't Go Home.' They may have rehearsed the others possible choices as well, but I'd look for a mashup of those two. One of my FB friends just asked if it's past Justin's bed time! LOL. His parents must have given him permission to stay up late.

 

9:21: Record of the year: "Use Somebody" from Kings of Leon.  First rock winner in the general categories tonight. One of the Followill brothers admits they're a little drunk.  The producer went to say something and the mike was already turned off. Sweet... However that means there's only major category left for the next 1:40 minutes: album of the year.  Looks like Taylor won her awards in the pre-telecast. I would say that losing both song and record of the year doesn't bode well for her winning album of the year.

9:13: Why is best comedy album being presented on air? Shouldn't that slot have gone to an alternative catgory or some other real music category? Although, to be fair, Steven Colbert's Christmas album, which has a fair amount of music on it--including Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne- won.   He just thanked Jesus Christ-- take a drink if you're following the Hitfix Grammy drinking game.

9:11: I love me some Lady Antebellum, but that performance was a big slow. Was it meant to be so dark that I felt like I was watching them all in silhouette?  Still, they sounded great.

 9:07: The Jonas Bros. are introducing Lady Angebellum. What's up with the Poindexter glasses, Joe?

8:58: Miley Cyrus just announced that Black Eyed Peas were about to do "I Gotta Feeling," but it's "Imma Be."  Will.I.Am is wearing a mask. Between their costumes and robots on stage, the soldiers surrounding Beyonce and Lady GaGa's Fame Factory, the show has felt very futuristic. No "You're so 2000 and late" here tonight. Now they're doing a fun "I Gotta Feeling." I guess it would have been too cliched to open the show with that song, despite the obvious, "tonight's gonna be a good night" line. We're an hour in and there hasn't been a cringe-worthy moment yet, but there's still two hours to go. There's still hope.

8:50: Best new artist:  As I predicted, the winner is Zac Brown Band. After Lady GaGa was declared ineligible, they were the frontrunners. Well, they certainly didn't dress up for the occasion. They look like they could be part of the crew. Back to work moving that lighting rig, boys.

8:44: A sedate Pink, dressed like a designer monk in all white,  is performing "Glitter in the Air." I keep thinking that robe is coming off at some point. Yup.  Good God, she's basically wearing a few well placed, assymetrical  pieces of masking tape. Now she's doing her Cirque du Soliel impression from her tour, swinging from some rope. Jeez, now she's been dipping in water. Baptism by Grammy. I have no idea if she's singing live, but if she is, she sounds awesome.  She gets a well-deserved standing O.  The performances tonight so far are great. Who's going to be the first to bomb? 

8:33:  Beyonce is singing "If I Were a Boy" surrounded by costumed rejects from "Tranformers" or maybe that's her security detail. Beyonce just went into Alanis Morrisette's "You Oughtta Know." Awesome! Even if she is skipping the really dirty words. The Grammys are three for three on performances so far.

8:29: Taylor Swift feigns shock as she wins the Grammy for best country album. Really? You were such the frontrunner that you probably already have a place picked out on your mantel for it. As usual, she gives a humbling, sweet acceptance speech.

8:19: Green Day is performing "21 Guns" with the cast of "American Idiot," which opens on Broadway later this year. It's very cool, but  I'd rather see a performance of just the band playing the song, but I'm old school like that. I expect there to be a number scrolling across the bottom of the screen for me to call to order tickets. Don't laugh. I bet within a few years smart managers will be demanding that in return for their artists' performance. I feel like I'm watching a revival of "Rent" or, of course, "Glee."

8:15: Song of the year: I predicted Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me," but the Grammy goes to "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It.") What was I just saying about wanting to change all my predictions to Beyonce? Interestingly, Beyonce is not on stage to accept her own award because she's getting ready for her performance. I'm calling it now because I wasn't smart enough to call it in my predictions: Beyonce gets record of the year and album of the year too and will be the night's big winner.

8:13:  Stephen Colbert  in a lame monologue that involves his mortified teenage daughter just reminded us that the music  industry was "saved by a 48-year old lady in sensible shoes." True that.

8: 00:  Brilliant: GaGa singing "Poker Face" to the tune of "Bohemian Rhapsody."  She's got on a relatively tame green outfit, but it's a rather dark industrial set about the Fame Factory that satarizes fame. After being tossed in the reject pile, she's back, smudged with ash, as is Elton John, who's know duetting with her on "Speechless" and "Your Song" on face-to-face grand pianos.  I run hot and cold on GaGa, but I am running very hot on her right now, if nothing else for the starstruck, loving looks she's giving John. They're perfect soulmates in a beautiful misfit way.

7:55 p.m.: Five minutes before the Grammys start. Looks like Beyonce is off to an early start with four wins. As you know, 99 awards have already been presented.  B has four, the Black Eyed Peas have three, Taylor Swift and Lady GaGa have two each. I'm seriously rethinking my album of the year choice: I now think it's going to be "I Am... Sasha Fierce" over "Fearless."  Hmmm. Anyway, I'm going to sit back and enjoy the opening number with Lady GaGa and Elton John

What does Joan Jett think of Kristen Stewart's performance in 'The Runaways?'

Plus, Jett names names on bands that treated the Runaways badly

Joan Jett at the world premiere of 'Runaways' at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Joan Jett at the world premiere of "Runaways" at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Joan Jett has nothing but high praise for Kristen Stewart’s depiction of the rocker in “The Runaways.”

“[Kristen] makes me very proud, because she’s a very real person, she’s really authentic, she’s dedicated,” Jett told Hitfix during a roundtable for the movie at the Sundance Film Festival. “She took it really seriously. It wasn’t a gig for her: ‘I’m doing this movie, I‘ve got something else down the road.’ She cut off her hair. She immersed herself, not only in the music, but in the story.”

Jett went so far as to give Stewart a tape of Jett talking when she was 14 so Stewart could nail her mid-Atlantic accent. Ultimately, the two women, who are now fast friends, realized they had plenty of similarities. “Just in real life, we’re a lot alike,” Jett said. “If you were to see the two of us sitting around, just the way we move in space is pretty much a lot alike, we shake our legs, put our hands…it was very similar.”

Lady Antebellum looks to top next week's sales chart with more than 400,000

Michael Jackson soars back up the chart; Corrine Bailey Rae returns

<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum has been a somewhat poorly kept secret by the country community so far. But with “Need You Now,” the country co-ed trio is poised to burst wide open. Its second set, out Jan. 26, looks like it will top the 400,000 sales mark, making it a shoo-in to top the Billboard 200 next week.

Those strong sales will also make it the best debut by a January release in five years, according to Hits Daily Double, since The Game’s “The Documentary” bowed with close to 590,000. The title track from “Need You Now,” already spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard country singles chart, more than any other song in 2009. But now, the plan is to take the act to pop radio, following in Taylor Swift’s footsteps. In the meantime, Lady A’s 2008 self-titled debut continues to sell steadily and will likely return into the top 10 next week with sales of around 40,000 copies.

Current charttopper, “Hope for Haiti Now,” slips to No. 2, but has only a modest drop in sales from around 171,000 to roughing 150,000 copies. All proceeds go to relief efforts following January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Following the Jan. 26 DVD/Blu-Ray release of “This is It,” the film that follows Michael Jackson’s rehearsals prior to his death, the soundtrack companion soars back up the charts and will likely land at No. 3.

Three other debuts dot the top 10: Barry Manilow’s covers album of love songs and Corrine Bailey Rae’s “The Sea,” her first album since her husband’s accidental overdoes, are neck and neck to come in at No. 7 with around 50,000 copies sold. Rounding out the top 10 will be the latest from Irish female faves Celtic Woman.

Next week we’ll see the effects of the Grammy Awards, which usually reward the top performers with a sales bump.
 

The Bird and the Bee put Hall & Oates on their list

Co-ed duo records cover album saluting Philly duo

<p>Bird and the Bee</p>

Bird and the Bee

Credit: Autumn DeWilde

The bird and the bee, the duo comprised of Inara George and Grammy-nominated producer Greg Kurstin, will release “Guiltless Pleasures Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates” on March 23.

As you know, Hall & Oates are undergoing a bit of a resurgence, whether it’s being nominated for a Grammy for best pop vocal by a duo or group this year or having “Your Kiss is on My List” as the centerpiece musical number in “(500) Days of Summer” or the ongoing campaign to have the Philly soul pair inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

No firm plans on if there will be more in the series, according to a band rep. Like most things, it probably depends upon how well Vol. 1 sells.

1. Heard It On The Radio
2. I Can’t Go For That
3. Rich Girl
4. Sara Smile
5. Kiss On My List
6. Maneater
7. She’s Gone
8. Private Eyes
9. One on One

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