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EXCLUSIVE: John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. jam at R&R Hall of Fame

They let their fingers do the talking

EXCLUSIVE: John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. jam at R&R Hall of Fame
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The 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, which airs May 18 on HBO, includes some blazing performance. One of the hottest is John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr.’s smoking take on Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign.”

Mayer inducted the late King and then came back to join Clark on a soulful, funky rendition on the classic. Mayer keeps his mouth shut in this exclusive clip provided to Hitfix and wisely lets his guitar talk. Not that he and Clark can’t stop smiling at each other as they did deep on the track.

The R&R Hall of Fame ceremony was taped April 18 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
 In addition to King, the other inductees are Heart, Rush, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.   A 24-hour marathon will start immediately on HBO Signature.

Yesterday, we exclusively debuted part of Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins’ hilarious induction speech for Rush. You can see that here.

Listen: Britney Spears' new song 'Ooh La La' from 'The Smurfs 2'

How do you auto-tune a smurf?

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“Take my hand, we can go all night” “It feels so good I don’t want to stop.” “Fingers in my hair and I’m letting go tonight.”

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 Ummm....yes, these are lyrics for a song in a kids’ movie, Britney Spears’ “Ooh La La” for “The Smurfs 2,” to be exact...and we’re sure that your 6-year old won’t even think to ask you what any of those mean. Seriously.

Otherwise, it’s a sweet, slight, little love song about loving someone for their true blue self. For some reason that’s inexplicable, the song is really three songs in one:

The first segment is pure pop with a bit of electonica thrown in, a little Avril Lavigne-ish.

The second segment features Spears speak-singing, Ke$ha style, over an electro-clash beat that kids will either love or be scared by: “”Mommy, why does it sound like Britney is mad at us?”

The third, the acoustic-guitar-driven part is fluffy, retro pop that sounds like Madonna from her early-‘80s period. Nice and innocent and feather-light, in a good way.

Then rinse and repeat and wait for another wacky breakdown toward the end of the five-minute tune.

In other words, quite frankly, anyone could have done this song. There’s nothing particularly “Britney” about it, other than the fact that her vocals are autotuned within an inch of their life and are emotionally flat.

We wish the song, co-written by Katy Perry tunesmith Bonnie McKee, had just focused on the poppy third act, which is far and away the catchiest part. Speaking of Perry, she returns in her role as Smurfette in the film, which opens July 31.

Was Mariah Carey lipsyncing last night on 'American Idol?' You decide

The Twitterverse says yes, her rep says no

Was Mariah Carey lipsyncing last night on 'American Idol?' You decide

Was she or wasn’t she? Mariah Carey has found herself in a bit of a Beyonce-like scandal following her medley of her hits on Thursday night’s “American Idol” finale.

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Exclusive: Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins induct Rush into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Watch the Foo Fighters' hilarious speech now before it airs on HBO

Exclusive: Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins induct Rush into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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This is how you do an induction speech... Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins inducted Rush into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last month and their speech, which was the highlight of the evening, was hilarious, profane, and genuine all at the same time.

After lots and lots of lobbying by the power trio's fans, Rush finally made it into the Rock Hall and no one was more surprised (or delighted) by Grohl and Hawkins, who recall their first exposure to the group as young boys. They basically geek out and let their fan boy selves run wild.

In this clip exclusive to Hitfix, watch Grohl and Hawkins totally bust on Rush, while they manage to praise them as well.

The R&R Hall of Fame ceremony was taped April 18 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

The 2013  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame airs May 18 on HBO. In addition to Rush, the other inductees are Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.   A 24-hour marathon will start immediately on HBO Signature.

Kanye West, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz on 'The Bling Ring' soundtrack

Phoenix is also on soundtrack for Sofia Coppola-directed film

Kanye West, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz on 'The Bling Ring' soundtrack
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The soundtrack for “The Bling Ring,” Sofia Coppola’s film about Los Angeles privileged teens who rob celebrities’ homes, features tracks from Sleigh Bells, Azealia Banks, M.I.A, Kanye West, and, of course, Phoenix (Coppola’s married to Phoenix lead singer Thomas Mars.

In Contention’s Guy Lodge saw the movie at Cannes and called it a “brisk, funny, unexpectedly substantial study of a tabloid diversion.” Read his full review here.

Daniel Lopatin, from Oneohtrix Point Never, scored the film. His composition, "Bling Ring Suite," written with the film's music supervisor, Brian Reitzell, appears on the soundtrack as well.

Def Jam will release the soundtrack June 11, while the movie opens in theaters June 14.

The Bling Ring Original Soundtrack Tracklist:?

01. Sleigh Bells – ” Crown On The Ground”?
02. Rick Ross [ft. Lil Wayne] – “9 Piece”?
03. Rye Rye [ft. M.I.A.] – “Sunshine”
04. Azealia Banks - ”212″
05. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Ouroboros”
06. 2 Chainz – “Money Machine”
07. M.I.A. - ”Bad Girls”
08. Kanye West - ”All of the Lights”
09. Ester Dean [ft. Chris Brown] – “Drop It Low”?
10. Reema Major - ”Gucci Bag”?
11. Can – “Halleluwah”?
12. Kanye West - ”Power”?
13. Klaus Schulze - ”Freeze”?
14. deadmau5 - ”FML”?
15. Brian Reitzell and Daniel Lopatin - ”Bling Ring Suite”?
16. Phoenix - ”Bankrupt!”?
17. Frank Ocean [ft. Earl Sweatshirt] - ”Super Rich Kids”



 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Can't Hold Us' holds at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Where does Mariah Carey's '#Beautiful' #debut?

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ second single, “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, spends its second week atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Pink’s former No. 1, “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess, holds at No. 2., Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” rises 5-3, while Bruno Mars’ former No. 1, “When I Was Your Man,” also move up, 5-4.  “Man” flips places with Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko, which slips 4-5, according to Billboard.

Rounding out the bottom half, Selena Gomez scores her first Top 10 as “Come & Get It” soars 14-6. It marks her 11th song on the Hot 100.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ former chart topper, “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, falls 6-7,  Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” stays at No. 8, Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX, slides 7-9, while Florida Georgia Line’s former country hit, “Cruise,” dips 9-10.

The top debut on the Hot 100 belongs to Mariah Carey’s “#Beautiful,” featuring Miguel, which starts its chart run at No. 24.

Rock The Bells adds 'virtual performances' from Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard

Rappers will appear with Bone Thugs N Harmony and Wu-Tang Clan

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Taking a trick from last year’s Coachella festival, Rock the Bells 2013 will incorporate holograms of Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard for this year’s traveling festival.

Eazy-E’s image will join Bone Thugs N Harmony, while Ol’ Dirty Bastard will rejoin Wu-Tang Clan. Eazy-E died in 1995; ODB passed in 2004. Rock The Bells is billing their appearances as “original virtual performances.”

The 4-date 10th anniversary edition of Rock The Bell kicks off Sept. 7-8 at San Bernadino, Calif.’s San Manuel Amphitheater, then moving to Mountain View, Calif.’s Shoreline Amphitheater, Sept. 14-15; Washington, D.C.’s RFK Festival Grounds, Sept. 28-29; and Rutherford, N.J’s Meadowlands Racetrack, Oct.4-5.

Other artists (all live as of this writing) on the bill, include Common, Big Krit, Dilated Peoples, Earl Sweatshirt, Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator, Talib Kweli and Danny Brown.

 

Chris Brown's new single features Aaliyah: Listen to a snippet

'They Don't Know' featured on next album, 'X'

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Aaliyah

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The next single from Chris Brown’s forthcoming “X” album will feature previously unreleased vocals from the late Aaliyah.

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Review: Demi Lovato's new album 'Demi'

'X Factor' judge's material doesn't always match her strong pipes

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'Demi'

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Demi Lovato has grown up in the public eye from the time she appeared on “Barney & Friends” through her Disney Channel series “Sonny With A Chance” to her current stint as an “X Factor” judge, with many of the challenges she faced as she transitioned from a Disney star to an adult on display. 

She’s candidly and bravely funneled some of her experiences, including her struggles that ultimately led to her spending time in a treatment center and being diagnosed as bi-polar,  into her material, such as on 2011’s  “Skyscraper.” Her largely female teen audience has embraced her for her ability to sing about complicated issues in an uncomplicated fashion in a manner that rings true and full of self discovery and hope, yet seldom sugary.

So there’s reason to believe that when she calls an album, “Demi,” as she has her fourth collection, out May 14, that she will be revealing some thing about herself in a way that we may not have previously experienced. Sadly, for much of “Demi,” that is not the case.

The problem with “Demi” is that too much of the music here is so generic that it could be any teen queen—or king, the peppy “Something That We’re Not” is melodically cut from the same cloth as any number of One Direction songs—delivering these tunes.

Almost every song can be matched to previous pop hit: “Made In The USA” sounds like Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone,” with a very heavy kick drum (surprisingly, the song was not written by Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote “Gone,” but he does show up as a co-writer on the “Firework”-like “Neon Lights”) “Really Don’t Care,” featuring Cher Lloyd, who adds a Ke$ha-like rap in the middle, sounds like Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” Similarly, the dance-tinged “Never Been Hurt” could be a cousin to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

Lovato has a strong voice many levels above the typical teen star and she’s striving to appear grown up, as first single “Heart Attack” showed. She shines when the lyrics resonate with a depth that seems to match an emotional level we know she possesses.

When the often overly-produced album strips away enough bells and whistles to focus on her vocals, such as on“Shouldn’t Come Back,” a spare, emotional ballad that may be about her estranged father and how tired she is of being so sad and mad, the results are strikingly poignant. She delivers the song with a depth of feeling that is missing on much of the rest of the tunes. She does not have to open a vein and bleed on every track, but “Shouldn’t Come Back” only highlights what she is capable of achieving...and she is capable of achieving a lot.

Similarly, though “Warrior” sounds like a Christina Aguilera track circa 2006, Lovato sells the tale of a survivor so convincingly that she makes the song her own.

For those who are looking for a largely uptempo album that fits squarely into much of the pop landscape on radio today, “Demi” will be a pleasing fit. For fans who gravitate toward songs like “Shouldn’t Come Back” and “Warrior,” “Demi” will serve as a sign of the depth that Lovato can reach and will hopefully strive for as she continues to find her own voice.

 

Watch: Lady Antebellum says goodbye to love in new video for 'Goodbye Town'

Charles Kelley tries to mend his broken heart

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A moment from Lady Antebellum's 'Goodbye Town'

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Lady Antebellum, whose new album, “Golden,” is a lock to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, unveiled a video for the album’s second single, “Goodbye Town,” today.

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