<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.

 

 

 

<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

 

Justin Bieber returns with his second album, "My World 2.0"

As the tweens scream, Justin Bieber returns with his second album, "My World 2.0"

Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and Goldfrapp lead Tuesday's release slate

Lots of new albums from co-ed duos, Plus, hear if Kristen Stewart can sing

 

 It’s Justin Bieber’s world and we just live in it. If you don’t believe me, just check out his album title: “My World 2.0.” He’s only 16, but the pop sensation has the world by string. His EP, “My World,” remains in the top 10 as fans await this full album, which is sure to debut at No. 1 next week.
 
In other release news for March 23, it would also appear that all the co-ed duos got a memo to release new sets this week: Goldfrapp, the Bird and the Bee and She & Him are all represented with fresh collections.
 
Justin Bieber, “My World 2.0” (Island): Top teen tot shows he has the goods on his first full album. “My World 2.0” includes 10 new tracks, including top 5 hit, “Baby” featuring Ludacris and the ridiculously catchy “Eenie Meenie” featuring Sean Kingston. Even though he can barely drive, he already scored four top 40 hits off “My World,” the precursor to this new set. Read our review here.
The Bird and the Bee, “Interpreting the Masters: Volume I: A Tribute to Daryl Hall & John Oates” (Blue Note): Jazzy, synthpop duo of Greg Kurstin and Inara George pay homage to the most successful pop pairing ever with this sweet cover album. Among the tracks tackled are “Sara Smile,” “Maneater,” and “Rich Girl.” In some cases, the twosome reinvents, in other cases, they lovingly imitate. Little inside info: They switched the title to “Inventing the Masters” from “Guiltless Pleasures.”
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<p>&nbsp;Justin Bieber</p>

 Justin Bieber

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Review: Justin Bieber hits all the right notes on 'My World 2.0'

Well-crafted pop not just for the tween set

 

I’m not exactly in Justin Bieber’s target demo, but he just himself got a new fan.
 
“My World 2.0” is chock full of shimmery pop songs that rely on great production and Bieber’s pleasant, slightly nasally, uncomplicated voice. Its sweet spot is girls who are at that tender age where they’re switching allegiances from their love of horses to their timid, giggly like of boys. Smartly, Bieber and his coterie of producers and songwriters make no sudden moves that could scare them off.  Bieber is the perfect gateway drug, musically speaking, to adult acts as his starter kit, last year’s “My World,” showed.  Every girl remembers her first love like this—whether it was as far back as Donny Osmond or David Cassidy or Justin Timberlake or, more recently, the Jonas Brothers. And we say thank god for them. Girls have the rest of their lives to listen to songs about adult problems
 
The result is an album full of songs, none of which are particularly original, but all are supremely crafted. The lyrics are straight-ahead, boy-meets-girl stuff that no parent could possibly object to. In every case, Bieber is either pining for the girl (the gloriously upbeat “Baby” featuring Ludacris and “That Should Be Me”) or is adoring her (“Never Let You Go” with its sample lyric: “It’s like an angel came by and took me to heaven”). In other words, the girl is always the one calling the shots here, not Bieber, especially on “Eenie Meenie,” the ridiculously catchy mid-tempo thumping duet with Sean Kingston about a girl playing the field. As he does with Ludacris on “Baby,” Bieber is completely able to hold his own with the much-more experienced Kingston.
 
A few of the songs are downright gems, such as the thumpy, sleek disco sheen of “Somebody to Love.” (We predict lots of dance remixes) and the mid-tempo piano ballad “U Smile,” that musically recalls Elton John’s “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues.” “Runaway Love,” while not as strong as the previous two, sounds straight out of Janet Jackson’s “Someone to be My Lover” era.
 
The ballads are the weak link here. “Overboard,” a ballad that’s going to feed into every little girl’s “I’ll rescue you” complex (never too early to start cultivating that, ladies), is one of the few tunes that is so generic that it almost disappears into its own blandness. Plus, the label uses it to introduce 14-year old signing Jessica Jarrell, so it smells a little off to begin with. The propulsive “Up,” never gains altitude. However, third ballad and album closer, “That Should Be Me” is infinitely better than the previous two and is straight out of the All-4-One/Boyz II Men slow jam ballad school.
 
Of course, much of the credit for the album’s success goes to the talented phalanx surrounding Bieber like a cocoon, including The-Dream, Tricky Stewart and Bryan-Michael Cox, who lovingly craft every note and beat to provide maximum support for Bieber’s still–developing vocal style. Plus, they never pander to the younger audience.
 
Both Justin Timberlake and Usher vied for Bieber’s talents for their own labels (Usher was the ultimate winner) and it’s easy to see how they saw their younger selves in Bieber’s image. It’s way too soon to tell if Bieber will rise to their levels of stardom and be able to navigate through the extremely choppy waters from tween phenom to mainstream star, but so far, so good.
 

 

Sam Worthington reveals his musical preferences

Sam Worthington reveals his musical preferences, can you guess who he likes?

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What's on Sam Worthington's iPod? Probably not the 'Avatar' score

'Clash of the Titans'' star rocks it to Lemmy

What music becomes a movie hero most?

If you’re Sam Worthington, it’s all about the rock. Worthington may like acting, but he loves music. We interviewed the “Avatar” and “Clash of the Titans” star on Saturday. After the cameras stopped rolling, we spent a few minutes talking music.
 
Worthington was sporting a t-shirt for Baroness, a Georgia metal band. Worthington said he wore t-shirts emblazoned with his fave bands every chance he gets during TV interviews since it can serve as a little free promotion for acts he loves, he said.
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<p>The Dead Weather</p>

The Dead Weather

Credit: David Swanson

Listen: The Dead Weather's 'Die by the Drop' from 'Sea of Cowards'

Video is directed by 'The Runaways' helmer Floria Sigismondi

 

The Dead Weather has set May 11 as the release date for “Sea of Cowards,” the Jack White-led band’s follow up to “Horehound.”
 
First single will likely be the fierce “Die By the Drop,” which features White and Alison Mosshart trading off vocals. Here a brief snippet of it here, as well as the B-side.
 
The set was previously slated for March, but moved to May 7 internationally and May 11 stateside, according to entertainment.ie.
 
Floria Sigismondi, director of “The Runaways,” directed the video for the tune, which goes to radio next week, according to video static. Sigismondi previously directed the White Stripes’ clip for “Blue Orchid.”
 
The band, whose forthcoming tour will include stops at Coachella and Bonnaroo, only has that "Sea of Cowards" is "coming soon," according to its website.

 

<p>&nbsp;Alex Chilton</p>

 Alex Chilton

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R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, John Doe and others slated for Saturday's SXSW Big Star tribute

Current Big Star members will serve as 'house band' for SXSW show

 

What was meant to be one of the highlights of SXSW:--Big Star’s show Saturday night—will now turn into a tribute to Big Star’s lead singer, Alex Chilton, who died of a heart attack on March 17.
 
Among the artists who are expected to join the Big Star founding member, Jody Stephens, and current members Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, are R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, M.Ward, John Doe and the dB’s Chris Stamey.
 
Stephens told Billboard that Big Star will act as the “house band” for the evening. The band may be joined by Andy Hummel, Big Star’s original bassist and only remaining founding member other than Stephens. Chris Bell died in 1978.
 
Since his death three days ago, SXSW has turned into a make-shift memorial to Chilton with acts ranging from Stone Temple Pilots, the Bodeans and Radney Foster all paying tribute to Chilton and the influence his music had on their careers.
 

 

<p>&nbsp;Lady Antebellum</p>

 Lady Antebellum

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Will Lady A ride back to No. 1 and who are these other people on next week's album chart?

Look for some unfamiliar names in next week's Top 10

 

 Look for Lady Antebellum to hop back up to No. 1 next week in a relatively slow chart week. “Need You Now” had pinballed between No. 1 and No. 3 ever since its release eight weeks ago and is about to surpass 1.4 million copies in sales.  With projected sales of 95,000, this will mark the first time the title claiming the top spot has dipped below six figures.
 
The No. 2 slot on the Billboard 200 goes to a man of God: Gospel singer Marvin Sapp’s latest on Verity, “Here I Am,” is poised to sell around 75,000 copies, but on a slow sales week, that’s enough to land at in the second slot, according to Hits Daily Double.
 
This week’s chart topper, Ludacris’s “The Battle of the Sexes,” will likely fall to No. 3, while “The Edge,” a collection of previously released rock tracks (Think “Now That's What I Call Music"  for headbangers), will slip in at No. 4 with virtually no fan fare and may creep into the No. 3 spot.
 
Otherwise, the rest of the Top 10 will likely be retreads and now-familiar warhorses such as Sade’s “Soldier of Love,” Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” and Lady GaGa’s “The Fame.”
 
The White Stripes’ live CD/DVD, “Under Great White Northern Lights,” is slated to miss the Top 10 by very little, although it could nudge Gary Allan out of the no. 10 slot.
 
The following week we’ll see how big Justin Bieber really is when his first full album, “My World 2.0” hits the street.

 

<p>Sarah McLachlan</p>

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan's first new album in seven years slated for June 15

Pre-order 'The Laws of Illusion' and get the chance to buy Lilith tickets before all of your friends

 Sarah McLachlan’s first album of new material in seven years will come out on June 15. And it looks like she has a little tour called Lilith 2010 coming around to help promote it.

In fact, when fans pre-order McLachlan’s album, “The Laws of Illusion,” from her website (www.sarahmclachlan.com), they are also offered the option to buy two tickets to Lilith Fair before they are available elsewhere.
 
Bundling tickets with pre-orders of a new CD isn’t new: Prince offered gave away his CD to fans who bought tickets to his shows several years ago and Bon Jovi has done a similar tie in as well.
 
McLachlan recorded “The Laws of Illusion” in Montreal and Vancouver with her longtime collaborator Pierre Marchand.

 

<p>Dave Grohl</p>

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl fights his 'Pots' addiction

See the Them Crooked Vultures drummer go caffeine crazy

Our love for Dave Grohl pretty much knows no bounds, but it’s just taken an exponential leap with “Fresh Pots!,” the hilarious Youtube video posted by Them Crooked Vultures as a cautionary tale to the dangers of caffeine addiction. Leave the heroin to other folks.

in the two-minute clip, we see Grohl, who is seriously the nicest guy in rock, get a little wacked out his drug of choice, coffee.

The epilogue swears that Grohl, who is now working on a new Foo Fighters album,  actually landed in the hospital a few weeks after this video was filmed for caffeine-related symptoms, but we have a feeling that may just be part a tall tale. If so, we sure hope a withdrawal video is forthcoming.

this is one addict we don’t think will need a stint with Dr. Drew.