<p>Michael Jackson's last tribute will most likely be the pseudo concert documentary &quot;This Is It.&quot;</p>

Michael Jackson's last tribute will most likely be the pseudo concert documentary "This Is It."

Michael Jackson tribute concert canceled for good

Does this surprise anbody?

 

It just seemed doomed from the start. A tribute to Michael Jackson that was shifted from Vienna earlier this year to London next year has now been cancelled for good.
 
The concert, slated to take place 2010, was scrapped after the event’s organizer declared bankruptcy, according to Reuters.
 
The salute was troubled early on. As you may recall, the London event, which was to take place this past fall, turned ugly quickly as acts like Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown distanced themselves from the concert as soon as it was announced. The show was then pushed back allegedly to give organizers time to book more talent.
Said organizer, World Awards Media GmbH closed on Nov. 30.
 
 

 

<p>Owl City</p>

Owl City

Owl City flies to new headlining tour in March

Watch: Ke$ha and Co. crash sweet singer's 'Fireflies' in concert

 
Owl City, whose twee electro-pop hit “Fireflies” is one of the hottest songs of the year, will continue spreading his gooey sweetness into 2010 with a spring tour that starts March 30 in Boise, Idaho.
 
But first, OC, who is really just Adam Young, will play Europe and Australia (the latter with Cobra Starship) and heading a tour in January.
 
Between now and then, "Fireflies" will undoubtedly continue to sell like crazy. The single has surpassed the 2 million sales mark.

And Young will be looking over his shoulder for Ke$ha. As Owl City peformed "Fireflies" Monday night in Houston, Ke$ha -- who was also on the bill -- jumped on stage with two bandmates, dressed as fireflies and flitted around the stage, according to Idolator. We have it all captured below for your viewing pleasure.

Here are Owl City's tour dates:

March   30th         Knitting Factory                                                Boise, ID
                31st         Knitting Factory                                                Spokane, WA
April      1st           Paramount Theater                                        Seattle, WA
                3rd           Roseland Theater                                            Portland, OR
                5th           Fillmore                                                               San Francisco, CA
                6th           Fillmore                                                               San Francisco, CA
                7th           Fox Theater                                                        Pomona, CA
                8th           Soma                                                                     San Diego, CA
                9th           Club Nokia                                                          Los Angeles, CA
                10th         Marquee                                                             Phoenix, AZ
                12th         Salt Air                                                                 Salt Lake City, UT
                13th         Ogden                                                                  Denver, CO
                15th         Stubbs                                                                  Austin, TX
                17th         Nokia Theater                                                   Dallas, TX
                19th         War Memorial                                                   Nashville, TN
                20th         Tabernacle                                                         Atlanta, GA
                22nd        DAR Hall                                                              Washington, D.C.
                23rd         House of Blues                                                 Boston, MA
                24th         Terminal 5                                                          New York, NY
                25th         Electric Factory                                                 Philadelphia, PA
                28th         House of Blues                                                 Cleveland, OH
                29th         Royal Oak                                                            Detroit, MI
                30th         Riviera Theatre                                                 Chicago, IL
May       1st           State Theater                                                    Minneapolis, MN
                2nd          Eagle Ballroom                                            Milwaukee, WI     

 

<p>Susan Boyle</p>

Susan Boyle

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Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift battle it out as 2009's top seller

How is Alicia Keys album selling this week?


 
You wouldn’t think that Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift have much common, but the two are duking it out as the top seller of 2009. Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream” is the CD that just keeps on selling. It will handily top next week’s chart with predicted sales of up to 650,000. For those who are counting, that means U.S. sales of more than 2 million in only four weeks.  Racking up those numbers puts “Dream” second only to Swift’s “Fearless” as top seller of the year.
 
Traditionally, the week between Christmas and New Year’s is huge for album sales as people cash in those gift cards. Hits Daily Double projects that both titles will surpass the 3 million mark by the end of the year. 
 
Returning to next week’s chart, Andrea Bocelli comfortably continues in the No. 2 spot as “My Christmas” is slated to sell around 400,000 copies. The Italian singer will likely top Alicia Keys’ “The Element of Freedom,” which will sell up to 390,000 copies, which would normally be enough to come  in at No. 1 free and clear.
 
The rest of the chart reflects artists whose sales are increasing as shoppers flock to the stores. Swift will sell around 270,000 making one of her best sales weeks of the year—more than a year after the release of “Fearless.” Fellow Nashville thrush Carrie Underwood continues to sell well, as do Michael Buble and Lady GaGa. Look for Michael Jackson’s “This is It” to return to the top 10 as a prime stocking stuffer.

 

<p>Rihanna in &quot;Hard&quot;</p>

Rihanna in "Hard"

Watch: Rihanna’s video for 'Hard'

Watch her work a pair of Mickey Mouse ears and little else

 

Just in time for the holidays, Rihanna has made a special little video for the troops. Who know she was so patriotic? She’s not even American, for gosh’s sake.

 
Hard,” which features Jeezy, has a military theme, but is basically an excuse to look at Rihanna’s spectacular breasts in their various stages of display. Apparently, they’re so potent, that she has to put black tape over where her nipples would be, even she’s wearing a flesh-colored top. Also, taking a tip from Lady GaGa, she’s rarely in pants, just her underwear. We’re not really sure that any of her outfits are standard military issue, although we love the low-cut dress with the spikes. That's convenient for hand-to-hand combat.
 
The clip plays like an extended fashion shoot for W or Vogue where the model is in some completely nonsensical setting wearing totally inappropriate clothes, but the whole thing looks wildly Fabulous and very, very expensive.  
 
We’re still a little baffled by the Mickey Mouse ears that she sports at the end. Is that her statement on the ridiculousness of war? We’re also curious if Disney signed off on a licensing agreement given that Rihanna’s image is hardly Disney-sanitized. 
 
You can watch the video on www.rihannanow.com, once you ge past the notice that says this is an MTV premiere presented by AT&T (even though it’s on her website) and then are told to “Share this moment on Facebook and Twitter” and then cut off the scrolling constant tweets at the bottom of the screen. Sometimes, too much marketing is just too much.
 
But overall, nice going Rihanna. The troops salute you… and given the way you’re dressed, we mean that in more ways than one.

 

<p>Black Eyed Peas</p>

Black Eyed Peas

Boom Boom Wow! Black Eyed Peas end the year on top

Who else scores in Billboard's list of 2009's top singles?

 

If there was any doubt that the Black Eyed Peas and Lady GaGa ruled the radio waves this year, Billboard’s year end singles chart confirms their dominance. The Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” is the year’s most popular song according to Billboard’s Hot 100 2009 rankings. The Peas also take the No. 4 rung with “I Gotta Feeling.” Who comes in at No. 2 and 3? Miss GaGa with “Poker Face” and “Just Dance.”
The chart combines airplay and single sales.
 
Taylor Swift almost manages to also snare a pair of tune in the top 10, but she has to settle for “Love Story” at No. 5 and “You Belong with Me” at No. 11.
 
Also placing tracks in the top 10 are Flo Rida (“Right Round”), Jason Mraz (I’m Yours”), Beyonce “Singles Ladies [Put a Ring on It]”); Kanye West (“Heartless”) and All-American Rejects (“Gives You Hell.”
 
For a complete listing, go to Billboard.com.

 

 

 

<p>Kid Cudi</p>

Kid Cudi

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Kid Cudi leaves Lady GaGa's 'Monster Ball' tour

Did allegedly punching a fan in Vancouver play a part?

 
Did he jump or was he pushed? Regardless, Kid Cudi has left his supporting spot on the Lady GaGa’s “Monster Ball”  tour. In a statement, the rapper’s representatives said he had departed to work on his new album and acting commitments, according to Billboard. He will start his own headlining tour later this month. 

However, the truth may have more to do with the fact that he punched a fan in Vancouver on Dec. 12. It’s captured all here on YouTube.
 
Tour opener Jason DeRulo will move up to Cudi’s support slot, according to Rap-Up.com.

 

 

<p>Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam</p>

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam

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Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket, Dead Weather to headline New Orleans Jazz Fest

Hundreds of acts converge on the Big Easy for 41st annual event
 
Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket, the Dead Weather are among the acts that will headline the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, taking place in the Crescent City April 23-25 and April 30-May 2. A major headliner will still be announced for the first weekend.
 
The fest will features hundreds of acts spread out over a number of stages and tents, including Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Darius Rucker, Dr. John, the Black Crowes, Van Morrison, Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) and Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes.
 
Additionally, there are hundreds of food and crafts booths on the grounds of the Fairground Racetrack.
Tickets are $45/ day or $120 for the first weekend and $160 for the second weekend.
<p>Iggy Pop of The Stooges: I got in!</p>

Iggy Pop of The Stooges: I got in!

Analysis: Did the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame get it right this year?

Do the Stooges, ABBA, Genesis belong in the Rock Hall?

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame better prepare for assault from the Kiss Army. There’s no fan scorned like a Kiss fan. The glam hard rockers lost out on their bid to get into the Rock Hall when the class of 2010 was
announced today. In are Abba, Genesis, the Hollies, the Stooges and Jimmy Cliff.
 
Out, along with Kiss, are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer, LL Cool Jay, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro and the Chantels. All were on the final nomination ballot and can continue to be nominated on future ballots.
 
Of the 12 contenders, we would have picked Abba, The Stooges, Jimmy Cliff, Donna Summer and Laura Nyro. We certainly understand Genesis’s inclusion and we’re all for their induction, just not this year. The Rock Hall is big on picking acts that symbolize an entire movement and for many people, Genesis represents progressive, art rock (at least in the early days, when Peter Gabriel fronted the band). Just like with Van Halen, there are two distinct Genesis incarnations and we’re pretty sure the Rock Hall voted in the “Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” Genesis rather than the “Abacab” Genesis (though we happen to love both). 
 
Similarly, Donna Summer is disco music to most mainstream folks. She is the face of that movement. Laura Nyro probably didn’t get in because most folks really think her contributions as a songwriter far overshadow her contributions as a performer and that’s a fair assessment.  
 
As far as LL Cool J and Red Hot Chili Peppers, even though they’re eligible because their first recordings came out 25 years ago, it still feels awfully early to be enshrining them.
 
For Kiss, it's actually better that they stay out for as long as possible: it gives Gene Simmons something to rail against and talk about how Kiss was never accepted and appreciated for the true talents they are. It's a shame there's not a Marketing Hall of Fame because if there were, I'd make Kiss the first inductees.
 
To be sure, there are some grumblings that Abba is not a rock act. That’s true, but the simple fact is the founders of the Rock Hall, rightly or wrongly, have taken it upon themselves to count virtually all music but classical as Rock. Abba is, other than the Beatles or the Bee Gees, probably the biggest pop band ever created in the world. “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen” may see lightweight, but just try to write something that catchy. They’re bonafide geniuses and we’re all for their inclusion.
 
Don’t get us started on acts who have never even made it onto the final nominations ballot like Hall & Oates and Electric Light Orchestra. We’ll save that rant for another time.

 

<p>Leona Lewis at least gets some blue lighting in &quot;I See You&quot; from &quot;Avatar&quot;</p>

Leona Lewis at least gets some blue lighting in "I See You" from "Avatar"

Watch: Leona Lewis' theme from 'Avatar,' 'I See You'

Does Lewis turn blue?


Videos for songs featured in movies are a tricky thing. How do you highlight the artist performing the song and still plug the movie, since that’s the entire purpose of the clip?

As these types of clips usually are, the video for “I See You”  from "Avatar," which debuted on Myspace Music today, is a complete hybrid of Leona Lewis’ performance-- that has nothing to do with the movie-- interspersed with footage. (As hokey as it was, at least the video for “2012’s” “Time for Miracles” pretended to insert Adam Lambert into the action. To the video's credit, the movie footage looks phenomenal and does a pretty good job of conveying the love story aspect of  the film, which is all it really needs to accomplish since this is a love song.
 
Lewis doesn’t have a lot to do other than stand there, lip sync (which she’s very good at) and look emotional without ever moving her feet---it’s as if she’s glued to the floor by James Cameron himself.  A hurricane could have blown threw and those feet weren’t about to stray. There are a few attempts to throw in some atmospheric shots of Pandora and a few winged creatures go by as Lewis warbles, but that’s about it.

We’re a little bummed that the video creators didn’t turn her into an Avatar-- seems like a wasted opportunity to us—even if the Avatars do remind of us Smurfs. Do they have to be the exact same blue as Papa Smurf?

"I See You" was nominated for a Golden Globes Best Original Song award just this morning.


“I See You” (Theme from Avatar) by Leona Lewis in HD

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<p>Karen O and the Kids' cover for &quot;All is Love&quot; from &quot;Where the Wild Things Are&quot;</p>

Karen O and the Kids' cover for "All is Love" from "Where the Wild Things Are"

Analysis: What's wrong and right about the Golden Globes music nominations

Did 'Princess and the Frog' and Karen O get their due?


The Golden Globes got it half right: the nominations, announced today, hit a homerun when it comes to best original score. The choices are predictable, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy.

Michael Giacchino’s “Up” is touching and should win for the opening segment about the now-widowed Carl and his courtship and his life with his wife. Marvin Hamlisch’s score for “The Informant!” is whimsical and humorous and perfectly reflects the wackiness and delusions going on Matt Damon’s head. Similarly, Karen O and Carter Burwell’s “Where the Wild Things Are” music fits beautifully with the magical, disturbing and thought-provoking movie’s theme. James Horner’s “Avatar” score befits a sweeping James Cameron blockbuster. I confess that I haven’t heard Abel Korzeniowski’s score for “A Single Man,” so I can’t comment on that.

With Best Original Song, they went for the safe, established nominees other than Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett for “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart.” Just the names U2 and Paul McCartney are enough to garner nominations, regardless of the quality of the song and where it fits in. Also, it’s a much bigger ratings grabber to have U2 and a Beatle up on stage rather than someone like Karen O, who should have gotten nominated for “All is Love” from “Where the Wild Things Are.”

Other notable omissions are a number of songs from Disney’s latest animated feature, “The Princess and the Frog,” including Randy Newman’s “Down in New Orleans,” and “I Can See in Color,” written by Mary J. Blige and Raphael Saadiq and performed by Blige for “Precious.”   

Neither Miley Cyrus' “The Climb” from “Hannah Montana” or the  Adam Lambert-performed “Time for Miracles” from “2012” were eligible because they were not written specifically for the films in which they were featured.