Listen: Britney Spears' new single, 'Perfume'
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Listen: Britney Spears' new single, 'Perfume'

Ballad from 'Britney Jean' shows her vulnerable side

Britney Spears wants to “mark her territory” with her scent in “Perfume,” the new single from “Britney Jean,” and it couldn’t be more different from first single, “Work Bitch.” Spears premiered the song on Facebook Sunday evening and, guess what? She's actually singing.

This is Spears as we haven’t heard her—or at least not for a long while: singing a straight-ahead ballad with no talking and no heavy beat behind her as on past semi-ballads like “Unusual You” or even all the way back to “Sometimes.”

Though still slickly produced, on “Perfume” the focus is on her vocal and the emotional weight of the lyrics as Spears hopes that the next woman to touch her man can smell her perfume on him. She admits she’s insecure and “I want to believe it’s just you and me/sometimes it feels like it’s three in here, baby,” and not in a good way as she extolled in 2009’s “3.” It’s the kind of ballad it’s easy to imagine Gwen Stefani taking on.

Spears’ singing is as strong as it has ever been here (let the guessing begin on how much it was doctored in the studio) and this is the best song she’s done in years. Plus, given how successful Spears’ several lines of cologne are, we can only imagine the tie ins planned between song and the scents.  Let the cross-branding begin!

"'Perfume' is incredibly special to me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone," Spears told E! "Everyone's been through an insecure moment in a relationship that's left them vulnerable and I think this song captures that."

What do you think of "Perfume?"



Official artwork for Britney Spears' Perfume

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Watch: One Direction's new video for 'Story of My Life'
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Watch: One Direction's new video for 'Story of My Life'

Time travel with the boy band to their past

One Direction takes the title of its latest song, “Story of My Life” literally in its new Ben Winston-directed video.

For the clip of the emotional break-up ballad, the quintet took a different approach. Surrounded by photos of thousands of photos, the lads take actual photos from their lives and bring them to life and into the current day.

For example, Harry Styles takes a photo of him of his mom from when he was a toddler and advances it the present. The other people in the photos age along with the boy band member but don’t interact with them at all, until the end.  Liam Payne’s photo is him in formal wear with his family; Zayn Malik and his sister have their moment in his choice, while Niall Horan shares a musical moment  with his brother.

Perhaps, the most touching vignette is when Louis Tomlinson advances a photo of him as a little boy posing on a sofa with his parents and grandparents (or grandparents and great-grandparents) and in the modern photo, the eldest couple are no longer there because they’ve died.

It’s a change of pace for the band and one that their fans will go over frame by frame, for good reason.

The track is the second single from One Direction's new album, "Midnight Memories," out Nov. 25.

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<p>Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne and Win Butler</p>

Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne and Win Butler

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Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' will shine brightly on Billboard 200

Tis the season for Christmas albums to bow on the chart

Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” will kick Katy Perry’s “Prism” out of the top spot, as the Canadian group’s newest sells up to 140,000. “Prism” falls to second place with sales of around 95,000.

Coming in at No. 3 will be Clarkson’s “Wrapped In Red” with sales of up to 70,000, followed by The Robertsons’ “Duck The Halls” at No. 4, moving 55,000 units.

Two more country debuts follow: Toby Keith’s “Drinks After Work” looks good for No. 5 (40,000), while Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” will bow at No. 6 (35,000).

Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” is in a dead heat with Linkin Park’s latest “Recharged,” for the No. 7 spot, with sales of up to 35,000, while Miley Cyrus’s “Bangerz” and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” are duking it out for the No. 9 spot, with each targeted to sell up to 32,000, according to Hits Daily Double.

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<p>David Bowie</p>

David Bowie

Guess how much David Bowie's creepy new video for "Love Is Lost" cost?

He has all that stuff just lying around?

It’s hard to tell which is more astonishing: that David Bowie made the video for  “Love is Lost” for less than your average dinner for two at McDonalds or that he has all of these creepy things lying around. Actually, it's definitely the former.

The clip, which premiered at Monday night’s Mercury Prize ceremony in London, works perfectly as a spooky Halloween treat. It features close-ups of Bowie’s face run through various filters, as well as the legend wearing a Bowie mask with blood on it, and other eerie images. It’s all accompanied by hand claps (which fits in with the fact that it’s the “Hello Steve Reich Mix” by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy.) There are also shots of Bowie obsessively washing his hands, which he does with a menacing intensity.

Let’s face it, Bowie doesn’t have to do much to be mesmerizing, but this one seems to have a particularly can’t-look-away factor, especially as he laments over and over “What have you done?” looking tortured.  The final shot of the empty bathroom with the faucet still running is especially chilling. It’s truly a case of your mind coming up with much more terrifying thoughts than if the video had shown specifics.
Bowie, along with his assistant and a buddy, made the video last weekend in his Manhattan office, according to a release. They grabbed some puppets from his archive (wouldn’t you love to go through that?) and shot away.  The cost was $12.99 for a thumbdrive.

The James Murphy remix of “Love Is Lost” is one of several new studio tracks featured on “The Next Day Extra,” which comes out Nov. 5 and is a companion to Bowie’s sure-to-be Grammy contender, “The Next Day.” 

In addition to the the “Hello Steve Reich Mix,” “The Next Day Extra” includes the original 14-song album, a 10-track companion with five new songs and two remixes and a DVD featuring four videos from “The Next Day.”

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<p>Dave Grohl, earlier this year</p>

Dave Grohl, earlier this year

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Exclusive: Dave Grohl producing Zac Brown Band, according to sources

Foo Fighter will appear with ZBB on CMA Awards next week

Dave Grohl is producing new music for  Zac Brown Band multiple sources have confirmed to Hitfix.

That’s a dream come true for Brown.  Earlier this year, Brown told The Country Vibe that “I want to work with Dave Grohl. Dave Grohl is one of our musical heroes as a band and he said that he would be interested in doing that too.”

It turns out the Foo Fighters frontman was true to his word and will be working with the country act on its follow up to 2012’s “Uncaged,” which won best country album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

While the country/folk band and the former Nirvana drummer may seem like a strange musical match, they actually should work very well together. Fans who have seen ZBB live know their strength as players and they bring a rock edge to many of their tracks, while Grohl has worked with artists of all stripes from Norah Jones to Paul McCartney, so he’s shown there’s pretty much nothing he can’t do.

It will be a while before we get the new album, but not long before we see the two acts together: as previously announced, Grohl will perform with ZBB on Nov. 6’s Country Music Assn. Awards on ABC.  No word on if we will hear a new song that evening—and a CMA rep could not tell us what they were performing— but maybe we'll get more news about their studio collaboration then.

Both acts declined to comment.

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Lorde, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus rule over the Billboard Hot 100

Two newcomers crash into the top 10

Women continue to rule on the Billboard Hot 100 again this week as Lorde’s “Royals” spends its fifth week at No. 1, Katy Perry’s “Roar” logs another week at No. 3 and Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” holds at No. 3. 

This marks the seventh straight week that the women have held the top 3 positions (in different permutations), according to Billboard. 

Things remain static in the rest of the Top 5, as Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” remains at No. 4 and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan) hangs at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, while topping Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & R&B Songs for a fifth week.

The lower half of the top 10 gets some new blood as OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars”  soars 15-8, perhaps bolstered by frontman Ryan Tedder’s appearance on “The Voice” as a guest mentor.  And just in time for Halloween, Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” makes its move into the Top 10, gaining three spots to No. 9.

Rounding out the top 10 are Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” (featuring Justin Timberlake) at No. 6 and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” at No. 7: both titles rise two spots from last week’s positions, but have yet to surpass their peaks at No. 4.  In other Gaga news, her duet with R. Kelly, “Do What U Want” bows at No. 13.

Closing out the top 10 is Ylvis’s “The Fox,” which falls No. 6 to No. 10.


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<p>Ariana Grande in 'Right There'</p>

Ariana Grande in 'Right There'

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Ariana Grande is Juliet in 'Right There' clip to Patrick Schwarzenegger's Romeo: Watch

Big Sean plays the priest in lavish video

Taylor Swift dated Conor Kennedy in real-life, now Ariana Grande has her go at America’s equivalent of the royal family as she romances Kennedy’s cousin, Patrick Schwarzenegger, in the elaborate video for “Right There.”

The son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver isn’t required to do much more than look dreamily handsome in the clip, which he more than accomplishes.

Grande, whose album “Yours Truly”  debuted at No. 1 earlier this year, plays Juliet, while Schwarzenegger is Romeo at a masquerade ball. Big Sean, who appears on the track, plays the Priest.

With fans fluttering, masks in place, and gorgeous ball gowns to show off, Grande enters the party only to realize, to her delight, that her beau has crashed the ball. They even have a balcony scene just like in the Shakespeare play, although this video ends much happier than the Bard’s original tale.  Plus, I distinctly don’t remember everyone jumping into the pool with synchronized swimmers in Shakespeare’s version.

It’s a romantic, lavish video perfect for the song and perfect for the NIckelodeon star’s young fan base.

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<p>The members of Five Finger Death Punch</p>

The members of Five Finger Death Punch

Premiere of Five Finger Death Punch's 'Wrecking Ball' webisode: Exclusive

Why was recording the track from 'The Wrong Side of Heaven- Vol 2' so tough?

On Nov. 19, metal monsters Five Finger Death Punch will release the second installment of  “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell.”

As you’ll recall, “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell- Volume 1,” came out in July and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell - Volume 2” continues where “Vol. 1” left off. The band decided to release two sets this year after writing so much strong material for the first album that they knew they wanted their fans to hear all of it instead of having to leave some tunes unreleased because of space.

HitFix is pleased to premiere “Wrecking Ball.” No, it has nothing to do with the Miley Cyrus or Bruce Springsteen songs of the same name... just in case you didn’t know.

In this exclusive webisode about the song, vocalist Ivan Moody explains “I have a tendency to lose it every now and then. I’ve never been shy about it either so that song pretty much encompassed the other Ivan. Meet the monster.”

Drummer Jeremy Spencer adds it was one of the last songs recorded for Vol. 2, and as guitarist Jason Hook notes the band had to complete the song on tour. “that’s a freaking nightmare,” he says. Watch the clip and find out the surprising place he recorded his guitar solo.

You can pre-order 5FDP’s “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell-Volume 2” here.

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<p>Jonas Brothers in 2007</p>

Jonas Brothers in 2007

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The Jonas Brothers call it quits: 10 Sibling Bands that lasted longer

The Kinks, Oasis and Kings of Leon make the JoBros look tame

The Jonas Brothers may be the latest sibling act to implode, but they certainly aren't the first. Throughout rock's history, brother acts have been feuding and fighting, while they make beautiful music together.

Of course, not all brothers are bound to end up estranged, destined to sit at opposite ends of the table come holidays staring at each other in stony silence. For every Ray & Dave Davies of the Kinks, there's a loving counterpart, like the three Hanson brothers, Isaac, Taylor and Zac, who are going on 20 years without a public spat.

Here's a look at some brother acts, their biggest sibling rivalries and who still has some brotherly love.

Read about how and why the Jonas Brothers announced their split today here.

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<p>Pearl Jam</p>

Pearl Jam

Win a Pearl Jam 'Lightning Bolt' prize pack! Enter our giveaway contest

Receive the #1 ltd edition album on vinyl, t-shirt, stickers, and much more

Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album, the excellent “Lightning Bolt” is atop the Billboard 200 right now, but if you weren’t one of the people who bought it upon release last Tuesday, here’s your chance to win it for free on vinyl.

But wait, that’s not all!  In addition to the album, you will win a prize pack full of other Pearl Jam goodies:

Prize pack Includes:
- Limited edition vinyl copy of 'Lightning Bolt'
- Limited edition Pearl Jam Blue Wrigley Stadium T-shirt (Size L)
- Lightning Bolt poster (Not featured in image)
- Lightning Bolt window decal (Not featured in image)
- Lighting Bolt sticker, Forestry Sticker, Handshake Sticker, and Wolf Sticker
- Don Pendleton 'Lighting Bolt' songs postcard set

Here’s how you enter:
*Retweet the below tweet about the contest AND follow me @HitfixMelinda



*Retweet the giveaway tweet and follow @Hitfix



RULES:  You must be a U.S. resident to win and your Twitter account cannot be set on private. Contest ends Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. PT


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