<p>John Mayer</p>

John Mayer

Watch: John Mayer's video for 'Heartbreak Warfare'

Do Jessica or Jennifer make cameo appearances?

So here’s your chance to know what it feels like to be John Mayer. No, not the John Mayer who can’t keep his mouth shut when it comes to talking about masturbation or sleeping with Jessica Simpson or breaking up with Jennifer Aniston. We mean the John Mayer who plays before sold-out audiences each night.

It should come as really no surprise after all the brick bats thrown his way lately for his lug-headed comments to Playboy  that Mayer decided to play it safe-- really artfully, tastefully safe-- with his new black and white video for “Heartbreak Warfare,” the latest single from “Battle Studies.”

The video for the song, about the war between men and women in affairs of the heart, takes us on the stage with Mayer. As the album version of the song plays, we’re treated to live footage (Why didn’t they just record a live version? That would be more compelling and he can certainly pull that off.)  We get the live crowd noise in the beginning, but that’s a live as this one gets. Heck, the audience cheering could be from a Scorpions concert for all we know.

The idea is clearly to remind us that before he became known for dating other celebrities and reaching a million followers on Twitter and saying things that turned into tabloid fodder for weeks, Mayer used to be known as a musician and a fine one at that.  Call it Damage Control 101 or call it ignoring the elephant in the room, but the video will appeal to the folks who still want the focus squarely on Mayer’s music. For those interested in Simpson in the bedroom, this video can’t help you. You're on your own for that one.
 

 

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<p>Drake</p>

Drake

Watch: Drake deals with meteoric rise to fame in 'Over' music video

It's lonely at the top

It’s hard to be Drake… everyone wants you and, even worse, everyone wants something from you.

As hectic as life is for Drake, he took the time out to shoot a video for “Over,” the song where he’s chronicling how crazy his life has been lately, but not too crazy to still give a special shout out to a lady that’s “too fine to go home alone.”  Even though he shot a video, it would appear that life is moving too quickly for him to really put much time and effort into a clip. The video for “Over” primarily consists of him sitting in a bedroom with images projected over him or he is standing there looking very pained over his fame. Pulling the hood of your sweatshirt tighter around your head = pain.

There are also some flames, but we’d be lying if we pretended to know what they were all about. There are a few shots of women, but the video is  mainly a blur and he's alone, despite singing that he has no idea who all these people are. We may not get the fire reference, but you don't have to hit us over the head for us to get that life is a blur right now for Drake, hence the blurry images, and, despite being surrounded by strangers, he feels alone.  Ahh... so that's what it feels like to be really famous---blurry and lonely. Thanks for letting us know, Drake.

 

 

 

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

Rihanna added to Lilith 2010 line-up

Tour offers $99 four-packs for lawn seating

Rihanna will take a break from her tour to play Lilith 2010’s July 12 show in Salt Lake City. It is RiRi’s only Lilith date.

In other Lilith news, many venue along the 36-city route are offering $99 Ladies Night 4-Packs, meaning you and three of your friends (we don’t think they check to make sure you’re actually a lady) can nab four law seats for $99.

Each date will feature 11 acts.  The only artist slated to play every show on the route is Sarah McLachlan. Individual city line-up is on lillithfair.com so you can check out if your favorite artists are on your tour stop

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Sun, Jun 27                  Calgary, AB                 McMahon Stadium
Mon, Jun 28                 Edmonton, AB             Northlands Spectrum
Thur, Jul 1                    Vancouver, BC            Pitt Meadows Airport
Fri, Jul 2                       Portland, OR               Sleep Country Amphitheater
Sat, Jul 3                      Seattle, WA               The Gorge Amphitheatre
Mon, Jul 5                    San Francisco, CA       Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Wed, Jul 7                    San Diego, CA           Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Thur, Jul 8                    Phoenix, AZ               Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Fri, Jul 9                       Las Vegas, NV            Mandalay Bay Events Center
Sat, Jul 10                    Los Angeles, CA         Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Mon, Jul 12                  Salt Lake City, UT       USANA Amphitheatre
Tue, Jul 13                   Denver, CO                Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Thur, Jul 15                  Kansas City, MO         Capitol Federal Park @ Sandstone
Fri, Jul 16                     St. Louis, MO             Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis
Sat, Jul 17                    Chicago, IL                First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun, Jul 18               Minneapolis, MN         Canterbury Park
Tues, July 20                Indianapolis, IN          Verizon Wireless Music Center
Wed, Jul 21                  Detroit, MI                 DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri, Jul 23                 Montreal, QC              Parc Jean-Drapeau
Sat, Jul 24                    Toronto, ON              Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Tues, July 27                Cleveland, OH             Blossom Music Center
Wed, Jul 28                  Philadelphia, PA           Susquehanna Bank Center
Fri, Jul 30                     Boston, MA                 Comcast Center
Sat, Jul 31                    New York, NY             PNC Bank Arts Center
Sun, Aug 1                   Hartford, CT               Comcast Theatre
Tues, Aug 3                  Washington, DC          Venue TBA
Wed, Aug 4                 Raleigh, NC                 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Fri, Aug 6                     Charlotte, NC              Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
Sat, Aug 7                    Nashville, TN               Bridgestone Arena
Sun, Aug 8                   Atlanta, GA                Aaron’s Amphitheatre
Tues, Aug 10                W. Palm Beach, FL      Cruzan Amphitheatre
Wed, Aug 11               Tampa, FL                   Ford Amphitheatre
Thur, Aug 12                Birmingham, AL           Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham
Sat, Aug 14                  Austin, TX                  Venue TBA
Sun, Aug 15                 Houston, TX                Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Mon, Aug 16                Dallas, TX                    Superpages.com Center
 

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<p>Slash</p>

Slash

Who will be No. 1 on the album chart next week? Usher, Slash or Justin Bieber?

Can Slash bring rock back to the top of the charts?

Look for Usher and his protégé, Justin Bieber, to switch positions on the album chart next week as Bieber’s “My World 2.0” scampers back to the top of the Billboard 200 and Usher’s “Raymond v. Raymond” drops to No. 2 after its stunning kickoff sales week of close to 350,000. Both fall off considerable, but still sell respectably. To put it in perspective, the combined total sales prediction of all albums in next week’s Top 10 is less than what Usher and Bieber sold together last week.

 Slash’s self-titled set, which features Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Kid Rock and the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, will be next week’s highest debut, coming in at No. 3 with sales of around 60,000, according to Hits Daily Double. The only other top 10 debut will be Madonna’s CD/DVD for “The Sticky & Sweet Tour,” which will take a bow around No. 7.
 
With a few days left to count, at this point, the rest of the Top 10 looks like it will round out with “Now 33” hanging strong at No. 4, Lady Antebellum, this year’s top seller so far, at No. 5, Monica at No. 6, Lady GaGa at No. 8, Bieber’s “My World” at No. 9 and Erykah Badu at No. 10. We’ll see if Bieber’s “Saturday Night Live” performance April 11 gives him a boost, but probably not until the following week—unless he is so inspiring that fans rush to buy his set before SoundScan closes out the sales week on Sunday.
 
Outside of the Top 10, Rihanna's upcoming  tour mate Ke$ha moves back up to No. 12, while Jakob Dylan’s second solo set debuts at No. 15.

 

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber and Drake plan to work together, says Bieber

Set your DVRs if it's past your bedtime: Bieber on 'SNL' this weekend

We can hear the girls screaming now. Justin Bieber, who appears on “Saturday Night Live” on April 11, and Drake have plans to work together, says the moppet pop star, whose “My World 2.0” debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 two last week.

 
“He’s a great artist and we’ve already talked about it; we haven’t done it yet, but it’s definitely in the works,” Bieber tells Complex.  (The rest of the interview is pretty mundane, expect you can feel Bieber’s publicist jerk when the interviewer asked him about Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber ).
 
As you know, Drake also appeared in Bieber’s “Baby” video to show his love for his fellow Canadian. “We met through mutual people and became homies. He wanted to show love, so he came out to the music video,” explains Bieber.
 
Maybe the two can work on a photo shoot together since Bieber is clearly none too pleased with his cover shot on this week’s People magazine. As he tweeted earlier, “I look crazy as heck on the cover but if u can’t laugh at yourself u ain’t havin’ fun.”
Idolator reported a Bieber tweet that he seems to have taken down: “Dear @peoplemag Covershoot…next time I laugh real crazy warn me u r still taking pics… still appreciate u but let’s get on the same page.” Of course, JB's fans have furiously taken to Twitter to defend their poster boy.  We fully expect them to announce a People boycott next.

 

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Pitbull

Pitbull is bringing his ladies to a city near you.

Pitbull brings his 'Carnaval' to a venue near you

Rapper previews material from two new albums

He knows you want him. Latin rapper Pitbull will embark on his biggest U.S. tour yet when his “Mr. Worldwide’s Carnaval” outing starts May 25.

 
Pitbull will be playing his hits, including last year’s smash,  “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),”  as well as previewing tunes from his June Spanish album, “Armando,” and his next English-language set, coming this fall.
The AEG-presented tour starts at Denver’s 1st Bank Center and concludes June 27 at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, according to Billboard.biz.
 
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<p>The Dream</p>

The Dream

Watch: The-Dream's video for 'Love King'

Women magically appear out of his back side

 

The-Dream’s dulcet tones are smooth and enticing enough to pull women out of the woodwork—or from behind his back. This is the lesson we learn in the video for “Love King,” The-Dream has to do nothing more than start to sing in front of a red screen and with each note a new lovely emerges. There are the ones he met in the bank, the ones he met on a plane and the ones he met in college (yay for the smarties, he declares). Some of them, based on the way they are dressed, he clearly met in da club.
 
There are no sets, no changes of locale, just The-Dream standing there singing while the women appear.  Any budget was clearly spent on hair and make up and post-production because there is nothing going on here. Every now and then four scantily clad women shake their booties.
 
The women never acknowledge each or, for that matter, pay that much attention to the man who conjured them up. But there’s something quite cool about the endless parade, if for nothing else, they are all very attractive, but not all size 0s. Plus, we love that he talks about how hot it is to be smart. We’re not quite sure we’d go so far as to show this to boost women’s self esteem—it’s not Dove commercial—but given how misogynist some videos are, this one is a delight in its own sexy (non-sexist)  way—even though there’s really not much to it.
 
The-Dream's label wants you to go to his site to see the video, so we can't embed it yet. Click here to be transported to Dream-land.
 
 

 

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<p>Big Boi</p>

Big Boi

Listen: Big Boi's new single, 'Shutterbugg'

Best from the Outkast rapper yet

Here’s just one thing that is so great about Big Boi: he can take a whole mess of genres and influences and combine them in one song that sounds like a cohesive tune instead of just a jumbled mess.

So it is with “Shutterbugg,” the latest track unveiled from his forthcoming solo album, “Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.” No idea when it’s coming out—although the rumor is May 4-- but the path has been cleared since Big Boi resolved his legal issues with former label Jive. The new set will come out on Jive Records. Who knows if we’ll ever see another Outkast album, but supposedly Big Boi’s Outkast partner Andre 3000 picked “Shutterbugg” as the new single.

Just listen and the insinuating, bouncing synth line and see if it doesn’t remind you of the Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love.” Then the “You’re in my system” chant sounds like something straight out of a classic Barkays’ tune. Don’t even get us started on sweet interlude from Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life.” Plus, Big Boi’s elocution and delivery are impressive. It’s by far the best tune we’ve heard from “Left Foot:” it far surpasses “Shine Blockas.”  Scott Storch, who seems to lose his way for a bit there, produced and has clearly regained his touch.

Still, despite our praise, we wish it had a more recognizable hook. There’s no sing-along chorus like Outlast’s “The Way You Make me Feel.” On the other hand, we give it points for being the only song that name checks Gomer Pyle, the Ghetto Boys and Wu-Tang. Plus, major kudos to Big Boi for instinctually knowing that a little autotuning goes a very long way.

What do you think?

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Rihanna at the 2010 Kid's Choice Awards

Much to her fan's delight, Rihanna is finally hitting the road again.

Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Rihanna starts 'Last Girl on Earth' U.S. tour July 2

She's joined by two other girls, Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj

Rihanna will kick off her biggest tour yet when she hits the road in the U.S. on July 2 at the White River Amphitheater in Seattle, Washington. Joining Rihanna on the "Last Girl on Earth"  outing will be Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj.

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<p>&nbsp;Neil Young</p>

 Neil Young

Credit: Jason DeCrow/AP

Neil Young takes Twisted Road to first solo tour in several years

Theater outing starts May 18 in Albany, N.Y.

 

Rocker Neil Young, who finally won his first Grammy this year (for best art direction, no less) kicks off his first solo concert in several years May 18 at the Palace Theater in Albany, N.Y.
 
The three-week  Twisted Road tour will take Young to many historic theaters, including Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and D.C.’s  Constitution Hall.
 
Tickets go on sale March 27. Even if he’s not coming to you live, Young may be coming to a theater near you this week as “Neil Young Truck Show,” the second in director Jonathan Demme’s trilogy of Young films, screens in theaters across the country this week.
 
Dates are below:
 
Tue
May 18
Palace Theatre
Albany, NY
Wed
May 19
Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Buffalo, NY
Fri
May 21
Hanover Theatre
Worcester, MA
Sun
May 23
Oakdale Theatre
Wallingford, CT
Mon
May 24
Constitution Hall
Washington, DC
Wed
May 26
Palace Theatre
Louisville, KY
Thu
May 27
Knoxville Civic Auditorium
Knoxville, TN
Sat
May 29
Fox Theatre
Atlanta, GA
Sun
May 30
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Spartanburg, SC
Tue
June 1
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN
Wed
June 2
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN
Fri
June 4
Jones Hall
Houston, TX
Sat
June 5
Bass Performance Hall
Austin, TX
Mon
June 7
Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas, TX

 

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