<p>Katy Perry at the VMAs</p>

Katy Perry at the VMAs

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Music Power Rankings: Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, and Fred Stobaugh?

Robin Thicke and Carrie Underwood also make the list

1. Katy Perry: She roars into the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, finally toppling Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” after 12 weeks. She is queen of the jungle and queen of the chart.

2. Harry Connick Jr.: After causing a stir by speaking the truth when he mentored on “American Idol,” the crooner joins Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez as a judge for the upcoming season. Will he be the new Simon Cowell?

3. Adam Levine: The Maroon 5 lead singer launches his clothing line for K-Mart. Maybe they can rename the Blue Light Special the Maroon Light Special....

4. Fred Stobaugh: At 96, he becomes the oldest artist to appear on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Oh Sweet Lorraine,” breaking the former record set by the young whippersnapper, Tony Bennett.

5. Michael Jackson:  The singer’s estate launches an Instagram account asking fans to upload videos to celebrate the anniversary of his birthday. What’s next? Bubbles’ own Pinterest account?

6. Janis Joplin: Speaking of dead celebrities, more than 40 years after her death, the Joplin estate is rolling out Made For Pearl,  a line of clothes, jewelry and other accessories. Don’t get down on me, but doesn’t that idea feel about 30 years too late?

7. Irving Azoff: The incomparable music manager announces a $300 million deal with Madison Square Garden that will include music management, music publishing, live event branding and a talent-scouting TV show. It’s Azoff’s world, the rest of us just live in it.

8. Alabama: The legendary country group bows at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with “Alabama & Friends,” marking its best ranking ever on the all-format album chart. Imagine if the album had included a duet with Fred Stobaugh?

9. Robin Thicke: “Blurred Lines’” reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 may have ended, but he snags the song of the summer title from Billboard. As if there were even any doubt?

10. Carrie Underwood: She bows her version of Sunday Night Football’s theme, “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” this weekend because nothing says football like an “American Idol” winner married to a hockey player.




 

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<p>Ariana Grande</p>

Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande set to top next week's Billboard 200 if she holds off Tamar Braxton

Where do Nine Inch Nails come in?

There will be a bunch of new faces on the Billboard 200 next week as up to five acts debut in the Top 10.

Pop singer Ariana Grande’s “Yours Truly” is in the lead for the top spot going into the weekend, but only by a slim margin over Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War.”

Hits Daily Double projects that “Truly” will sell up to 115,000 for No. 1, while “Love” will post numbers around 110,000, for No. 2, but it’s still too close to call.

Debuting at No. 3 will be Nine Inch Nail’s “Hesitation Marks” with sales of up to 95,000.

The other bows in the Top 10 are likely to be John Legend’s “Love In The Future” at No. 6 (55,000-60,000) and Jaheim’s “Appreciation Day” at No. 7 (45,000-50,000).

Filling in the rest of the top 10 will be Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” at No. 4 (70,000-75,000), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” at No. 5 (65,000-70,000), this week’s No. 1 title, Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” at No. 8 (40,000-45,000), Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” at No. 9 (35,000-40,000) and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” at No. 10 (35,000-40,000).

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Listen: Coldplay's 'Atlas' from 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
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Listen: Coldplay's 'Atlas' from 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

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Classic Coldplay meets Katniss Everdeen

Atlas,”  Coldplay’s new song for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” finally surfaced today after a two-week delay. 

While instantly recognizably Coldplay, with Chris Martin’s  delicate piano playing at the forefront, it’s also much less bombastic than some typical Coldplay fare. Instead, it’s quietly dramatic, as Martin vows “I’ll carry your world” with a growing intensity. There’s something lovely and haunting about it, though it doesn’t immediately grab hold like “Safe & Sound” from Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars from the first “Hunger Games” installment did.

Coldplay  wrote the track, the band’s first new song in nearly two years, specifically for the movie. Coldplay recorded the song, produced by the band, Daniel Green and Rik Sampson, in its London studio, Beehive between April and July.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opens Nov. 22 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.
 

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<p>The gentleman of One Direction as seen at the VMAs</p>

The gentleman of One Direction as seen at the VMAs

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One Direction's new album, 'Midnight Memories,' comes out Nov. 25

Set includes 'Best Song Ever'

One Direction’s new album, “Midnight Memories,” will be released Nov. 25. The  British boy band spilled the news this morning with a 6-second video that shows band member Harry Styles rearranging pieces of paper with letters on them to spell out “Midnight,” and then you can kind of guess the rest... or another forthcoming video will do that for you, undoubtedly.

“Midnight Memories” follows “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home." Fans can pre-order the album starting Monday, Sept. 9. First single from the album was “Best Song Ever,” which set a Vevo record for the most views in a 24-hour period: 12.3 million.

The news comes while One Direction’s Morgan Spurlock-directed concert film, “One Direction: This Is Us,” continues to do well in theaters. The 3D movie opened in second place in the U.S., grossing $18.4 million in its opening weekend last week.

Next year already looks to be a big year for One Direction, as the five lads will kick off their Where We Are stadium tour in South America. The worldwide tour already includes eight sold out nights in the U.K. and Ireland.

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<p>Artwork for Kanye's Yeezus tour.</p>

Artwork for Kanye's Yeezus tour.

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Kanye West kicks off first solo tour in five years on Oct. 19

Kendrick Lamar will open The Yeezus Tour

Kanye West will kick off his first solo tour in five years Oct. 19 at Seattle’s Key Arena.

The Yeezus Tour, presented by AEG Live, will hit 23 cities before closing Dec. 7 in Houston at the Toyota Center. Kendrick Lamar will be the opening act.

The Yeezus Tour, in support of West’s current album, “Yeezus,” marks West’s first return to the road since the Watch The Throne tour with Jay Z in 2011. His last solo tour was 2008’s “Glow In the Dark” tour.

West released "Yeezus" on June 18, 2013. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 327,000.

Date   City  Venue    
October

19 Seattle, WA  KeyArena
20  Vancouver, B.C.  Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
22  San Jose, CA  SAP Center
23  Oakland, CA  Oracle Arena
25  Las Vegas, NV  MGM Grand Garden Arena
26  Los Angeles, CA  Staples Center
 
November

1  Salt Lake City, UT  EnergySolutions Arena
3  Denver, CO  Pepsi Center
5  Minneapolis, MN  Target Center
7  Chicago, IL  United Center
10  Detroit, MI  Palace of Auburn Hills
12  Toronto, Ont. Air Canada Centre
14  Montreal, Que. Bell Centre
16  Philadelphia, PA  Wells Fargo Center
17  Boston, MA  TD Garden
19  Brooklyn, NY  Barclays Center
21  Washington, DC  Verizon Center
23  New York, NY  Madison Square Garden
29  Miami, FL  AmericanAirlines Arena
30  Tampa, FL  Tampa Bay Times Forum
 
December

1  Atlanta, GA  Philips Arena
6 Dallas, TX  American Airlines Center
7  Houston, TX  Toyota Center

 


 

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Kelly Clarkson reveals track listing for holiday set, 'Wrapped In Red'
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Kelly Clarkson reveals track listing for holiday set, 'Wrapped In Red'

Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire and Ronnie Dunn guest on Christmas album

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Kelly Clarkson. The “American Idol” winner’s first holiday-themed set, the previously announced “Wrapped In Red,” will come out Oct. 29 and today she announced the track listing.

Wrapped In Red” will include two new holiday-themed tracks, “Underneath the Tree” and “Wrapped In Red,” as well as Clarkson’s covers of such standards as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “Run Run Rudolph,” and “Please Come Home For Christmas.”

Plus, it turns out that photo that she posted awhile ago of a studio console with tracks marked for her, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood is a recording of “Silent Night.” Ronnie Dunn, formerly of Brooks & Dunn, also appears on a remake of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”  It would also appear she is dedicating a song, "Winter's Song,"  to her fiance, Brandon Blackstock.
 
“Underneath The Tree,” written by Clarkson and Greg Kurstin, who also produced the track, will be the first single. The cover for "Wrapped In Red" features an elegant profile shot of Clarkson, wrapped, appropriately enough, in red.

"Wrapped In Red" track listing


Underneath The Tree
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Run Run Rudolph
Please Come Home For Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)
Every Christmas
Blue Christmas
Baby, It's Cold Outside featuring Ronnie Dunn
Winter Dreams (Brandon's Song)
White Christmas
My Favorite Things
4 Carats
Just For Now
Silent Night featuring Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood
 

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Katy Perry is queen of the jungle in new video for 'Roar': Watch

Katy Perry is queen of the jungle in new video for 'Roar': Watch

She creates a colorful, peaceable kingdom

Katy Perry is definitely queen of the jungle in the new video for “Roar.”

The adorable clip follows Perry after a “Lost”-like plane crash leaves her and one other survivor, a self-obsessed bozo who quickly becomes a tiger’s dinner.

She makes friends with elephants, a monkey and even crocodiles as they all create a peaceable kingdom as she discovers her inner power and smarts (hey, creating a spear from your high heel is pretty clever, KP!)

Even though she seems to be alone in the jungle, without so much as a two coconuts to form a radio, she keeps coming up with one adorable outfit after the next.

She swings from vines, climbs waterfalls, and even tames tigers.

It’s a cute, very colorful, playful romp.

“Roar,” which dethroned Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines” from the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, is the first single from “Prism,” Perry’s third studio album, out Oct. 22.

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<p>&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">Avril Lavigne</span></p>

 Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne's new album slated for Nov. 5 release

Set features Marilyn Manson and hubby Nickelback's Chad Kroeger

Avril Lavigne’s eponymously-titled fifth album will come out Nov. 5.

The album marks her shift to Epic Records and reunites her with L.A. Reid, with whom she had her breakthrough success at Arista more than a decade ago.

“Avril Lavigne” features 13 tracks, including the first two singles, “Here’s To Never Growing Up” and current track, “Rock N Roll,” as well as “Bad Girl,” which features Marilyn Manson, and “Let Me Go,” a collaboration with Lavigne’s new husband, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.

Lavigne and Kroeger co-produced the album with Martin Johnson and David Hodges.

"Avril Lavigne" Tracklisting:
 
“Rock N Roll”
“Here's To Never Growing Up”
“17”?
“Bitchin' Summer”?
“Let Me Go” – feat. Chad Kroeger?
“Give You What You Like”?“Bad Girl” – feat. Marilyn Manson?
“Hello Kitty”?
“You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet”?
“Sippin' On Sunshine”?
“Hello Heartache”
“Falling Fast”
“Hush Hush”
 

 

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<p>&nbsp;Drake - 'Nothing Was the Same'</p>

 Drake - 'Nothing Was the Same'

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Check out Drake's track listing for 'Nothing Was the Same' with Jay Z and 2 Chainz

Rapper's third album drops Sept. 24

Drake released the track listing for his Sept. 24 album, “Nothing Was the Same” this morning, confirming that “Pound Cake,” his collaboration with Jay Z, will close out the set.

This most recent pairing follows Jay Z’s appearance on “Light Up” from Drake’s debut album, “Thank Me Later,” and Drake’s feature on “The Blueprint 3,” Jay Z’s 2009 album.

The other guests on the album include Detail on the track “305 To My City” and OVO duo Majid Jordan on “Hold On, We’re Going Home," which Drake dropped last week.  Big Sean and 2 Chainz appear on “All Me,” one of two bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition.

Wu-Tang Clan does not appear on a track called “Wu-Tang Forever,” according to Complex, which also notes that Jhene Aiko, whom Drake had previously tweeted would be on the album, appears not to be on the track “From Time,” as originally expected.

First single, “Started From The Bottom,” reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Tracklist:
1. Tuscan Leather
2. Furthest Thing
3. Started From The Bottom
4. Wu-Tang Forever
5. Own It
6. Worst Behavior
7. From Time
8. Hold On, We're Going Home (f/ Majid Jordan)
9. Connect
10. The Language
11. 305 To My City (f/ Detail)
12. Too Much?13. Pound Cake (f/ Jay Z) / Paris Morton Music 2
 

Deluxe Edition:
14. Come Thru
15. All Me (f/ Big Sean & 2 Chainz)

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<p>A moment from Emeli Sande's new video</p>

A moment from Emeli Sande's new video

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Watch: Emeli Sande's new video for 'My Kind of Love'

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Love can stop speeding word bullets for two- and four-legged creatures

The maxim “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” certainly doesn’t apply to Emeli Sande’s new video, “My Kind Of Love.”

In the Sanji Senaka-directed clip, hateful words fly out of people’s mouths like bullets, inflicting real damage when they land. Whether it’s a lover’s quarrel, a spat between frenemies or a sweet little love story about a girl and her horse, the words have to power to do both serious emotional and physical damage.

The vignettes are interspersed with footage of Sande singing the mid-tempo emotional ballad in an abandoned warehouse. It’s a fascinating concept for a clip, but the execution seems a bit off and is blunted when, in one of the top 10 cliches in music videos, it starts raining indoors on Sande, soaking her as she sings.

My Kind of Love (Red One and Alex P Remix)” goes top 40 radio next week and is Sande’s followup to her multi-format hit, “Next To Me.”  The song appears on the deluxe version of Sande’s debut album,  “Our Version of Events,” which comes out Oct. 8  via Target and iTunes. The deluxe edition also includes her collaboration with Labrinth, “Beneath Your Beautiful.”

While the Scottish singer’s star continues to climb in the U.S., she has already ascended to superstar status in the U.K.: “Our Version Of Events” was the top-selling album in England for 2012 and is leading 2013 so far.

Sande kicks off a two-week North American headlining tour on Oct. 10. Dates  are below the video. She will appear on “Katie” Sept. 13 and “Austin City Limits” on Nov. 9.

EMELI SANDÉ - U.S. TOUR DATES
 
10/10               New York, NY            iHeartRadio British Invasion w/Jake Bugg
10/11               Miami Beach, FL        Fillmore Miami Beach @ Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/12               Tampa, Florida           The Ritz
10/14               Birmingham, AL         Iron City Birmingham
10/15               Memphis, TN             Minglewood Hall
10/17               Charlotte, NC             The Fillmore Charlotte
10/18               Raleigh, NC                 Lincoln Theater
10/19               Baltimore, MD           Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
10/21               Columbus, OH            Newport Music Hall
10/22               Cincinnati, OH            Bogart's
10/23               Nashville, TN             Ryman Auditorium
10/25               Indianapolis, IN          Egyptian Room - Old National Centre
10/26               Chicago, IL                  Vic Theater
 

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