Kelly Clarkson reveals details for  'Wrapped in Red' holiday set
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Kelly Clarkson reveals details for 'Wrapped in Red' holiday set

She sprinkles new tunes amid the familiar

It’s a big fall for Kelly Clarkson. Not only is she getting married, but on Oct. 29, she’ll deliver a little bundle in the form of “Wrapped in Red,” a holiday album.

Clarkson announced the Christmas set way back in April, telling CMT Radio Live host Cody Allan, “I’ve been dying to make a Christmas record for more than a decade and I’m finally making one,” she says, but details had been scant until now.

“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.” A full track listing is forthcoming.

“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.

In the meantime, Clarkson’s one-off country single, “Tie It Up,” continues to garner country airplay and will remain a stand-alone single, for now. It will not be included on “Wrapped In Red” as a bonus track, according to her label, RCA.

The first "American Idol" winner is on tour with Maroon 5 through Oct. 6.

Are you as excited as Clarkson for her holiday album? 


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<p>Lady Gaga in &quot;Applause&quot;</p>

Lady Gaga in "Applause"

New 'Applause' video: Watch me pull a Lady Gaga out of my hat

She'll do anything to earn your applause

Lady Gaga continues her one-woman performance art with the very theatrical video for “Applause,” which she premiered on “Good Morning America” today.

Shot primarily in black and white by Dutch photographers Inez & Vinoodh, “Applause” shows there is nothing Lady Gaga won’t do to get your attention, whether it’s catching a knife between her teeth, turning into a swan, popping out of a magician’s hat, dancing maniacally, or writhing around in a clam shell bikini. Because, damn it, she wants your “Applause,” but she is willing to work for it. 

There are art/film references aplenty from pop artist Jeff Koons, whom she mentions in the lyrics, to Fellini to even Janet Jackson’s Rolling Stone cover with someone else shielding her breasts.

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<p>Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams reuniting as Destiny's Child during Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, LA on Feb. 3, 2013.</p>

Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams reuniting as Destiny's Child during Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, LA on Feb. 3, 2013.

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What If Destiny's Child hadn't broken up?

Where would Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams be now?

This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?

In the early and mid- 2000s, the Destiny’s Child line-up of Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams ruled the pop charts with the trio’s bootylicious pop/R&B mix, selling more than 60 million albums worldwide before disbanding in 2005.

What if Destiny’s Child hadn’t broken up?

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Music Power Rankings: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Luke Bryan rule this week

Morrissey and Charlie Brown also make the list

1. Katy Perry: She comes “roaring” back with hot first new single from “Prism,” as the single wins the battle between Perry and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and is on track to sell close to 500,000 copies in its first week.

2. Luke Bryan:
Country superstar’s new album, “Crash My Party,” released Tuesday, will crash onto the Billboard 200 with sales of more than 500,000 copies in its first week. And he’s done it by staying country as country can be.

3. George Strait: Billboard names him the recipient of its Legends of Live award as the cowboy rides away on his last tour, taking the record for the most No. 1 tunes by any artist in any genre with him. It’s good to be king.

4.Lady Gaga: Katy Perry may win the first week single sales battle (“Roar’s” 450,000 to “Applause’s” 225,000), but Momma Monster managed to snare her share of this week’s headlines, including condemning the leak of her uplifting, sweet duet with Cher, “The Greatest.” C’mon LG, let Cher include it on her album!

5. This Charming Charlie: Smiths fans are dying over the great new Tumblr that combines Peanuts cartoons with Morrissey lyrics. Charlie Brown and the whole gang get into the act in one of the greatest combos since peanut butter and chocolate.

6.Pete Townshend:
The Who frontman diffuses an assault from One Direction fans by saying he likes the band and he doesn’t mind at all if “Best Song Ever” rips off “Baba O’Riley. (a comparison we noted ourselves)   Can a duet be far behind?

7. Eminem: Slim Shady drops his first new music in two years with “Survival,” a biting, propulsive track from “Call Of Duty: Ghosts.” Shady’s back and he’s taking names.

8. Robin Thicke:
In a rather strange lawsuit, the “Blurred Lines” singer/co-writer has filed a suit asking a judge to rule that the song does not steal from Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” and Parliament’s “Sexy Ways,” before either party (or estate) has filed a suit claiming the song is rip-off.  Talk about a preemptive strike...

9. Michelle Obama:
Is a gold record next for the First Lady? She makes a cameo appearance in “Everybody,” a hip-hop song about eating healthily and taking care of our bodies. We just want to know if she does the Dougie in the video.

10. Kelly Clarkson: T
he singer is banned from taking a ring once worn by Jane Austen out of England, but she sweetly agrees to sell it back to the Jane Austen museum if it can raise enough money to pay her what she paid for the ring. As the engaged star prepares to walk down the aisle, we think she already has a ring on it so she can spare Austen's bling.

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<p>Luke Bryan</p>

Luke Bryan

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Luke Bryan 'Crashes' onto next week's Billboard 200

Can he beat Jay Z's first-week numbers?

Luke Bryan will have a monster of a week next week as “Crash My Party” crashes onto the Billboard 200 with sales of up to 525,000.

If he gains enough steam before the chart closes Sunday night and hits 529,000, he’ll roll right past Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” to have the second highest debut of the year  (second only to Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.”  Read our review of Bryan’s “Crash My Party."

Not only will “Crash” lead the chart next week, but the excitement around Bryan’s new release lifts the tide for his last full-length set, “Tailgates and Taglines,” which will zoom back onto the chart at around No. 14, according to Hits Daily Double.

The only other debut in the Top 10 comes from “Love & Hip Hop” reality show star K. Michelle, whose “Rebellious Soul” pops in at No. 2 with sales of up to 70,000.

The remainder of the Top 10 are repeaters: “Now That’s What I Call Music 47” is at No. 3, while Robin Thicke’s former No. 1, “Blurred Lines,” is No. 4. This week’s No. 1 set, “The Civil Wars” by the defunct duo, drops to No. 5.

Jay Z’s aforementioned “Magna Carta Holy Grail” will likely be at No. 6, while Disney’s soundtrack to the wildly popular TV movie, “Teen Beach,” is at No. 7.

Rounding out the Top 10, Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s To The Good Times”  is at No. 8, Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” at No. 9 and Five Finger Death Punch’s “Wrong Side Of Heaven, Vol. 1” at No. 10.


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<p>Marco Beltrami</p>

Marco Beltrami

Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami on navigating his way through 'World War Z' and Brad Pitt

How did Tommy Lee Jones contribute to the 'WWZ' score?

POZNAN, POLAND—Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami recently found himself in a rather unenviable position, caught between “World War Z’s” producer/star Brad Pitt, director Marc Forster and Paramount Studios as the different factions clashed over the direction and tone of the zombie action pic.

He kept his head down and tried to serve all his masters, including writing two score for the same picture. Luckily, things normally go a little smoother for the Yale School of Music graduate, who broke into the business by scoring a number of horror movies, including “Scream,” “Scream 2,” Halloween H20,” “Resident Evil,” but has expanded to all genres. He has scored TV series, including “The Practice,” as well as “3:10 to Yuma,” “The Hurt Locker,” “A Good Day To Die Hard,” “Trouble With the Curve,” “The Wolverine,” and the upcoming remake  of “Carrie” and Tommy Lee Jones’ new film, “The Homesman.”

After teaching a master class at the Transatlantyk Festival here, Beltrami sat down with Hitfix to discuss navigating the “WWZ” waters and his upcoming projects.

You got hired for “Scream” in 1996, even though, by your own admission, you are not a horror movie fan. When you look at your resume there are a lot of horror movies on there. Have you become a fan?


But you continue to work in the genre, including scoring the forthcoming remake of “Carrie.”

See, a lot of the movies that I’ve done, I don’t consider them to be real horror movies. They’re not in the ‘Saw’ or torture-porn movie [style]. The “Scream” movies are over the top and there’s a lightness to them. “Carrie,” to me, is a weird coming of age story for a girl. But it’s like maybe it’s more of a drama about her that has turns bad, but I don’t see it as that horrific.

Did you reference any of the score from the 1976 movie when you did yours?

I like Pino Donaggio’s score  a lot and it’s very thematic, but there wasn’t really a way I could put it in.

You scored this summer’s thriller “World War Z.” How did you keep from getting caught in the crosshairs after the director Marc Forster, Brad Pitt, and Paramount all clashed? Did you just keep your head down?

A lot of it was coaching from my agent. I just make everybody feel like they’re getting what they need, even though there’s a lot of different parties involved. It took a lot of extra work, but it felt like it was an important gig and it was worth doing what needed to be done to keep it. It would have been easier to throw up my hands, and say, ‘You know what? I’ve had enough’.”

Did you think about walking away?

Every day. I thought one of two things was going to happen: either I would get fired or [I’d say] “This is it. I couldn’t take it anymore, I’m going to walk away.” I felt like an alcoholic, I had to take it one day at a time (laughs). One note at a time.

You also had to create two scores? Right? A quieter score Brad Pitt wanted and a more dramatic one Paramount wanted.

Not quieter. Not necessarily quieter, but less epic. More of an intensity of hearing almost the rosin on the bow on the strings as opposed to when you have a big orchestra and it becomes more diffuse.

Paramount wanted the more dramatic score so you were  working at two different studios on two separate scores?

Right. So [we] ended with a combo of the two, and everybody was a happy. It could have been a combo and everybody hated everything, but it worked out.

For “World War Z,”  what kind of research did you do?

The first time I saw the movie, there was an opening scene in Philadelphia and then it cut to an Emergency Broadcast Signal. That struck me as the crux of the movie right there. And I thought there’s a way to musicalize it. [Beltrami’s assistant] Buck [Sanders] went out and got tuning forks and we experimented with how do you create that in the purest way.

The score also includes your playing havalina skulls. That was Tommy Lee Jones’ idea, right?

We were at dinner and he was working on “Lincoln” or something He was like, ‘What are you working on?” So I was telling him about it and that we were looking at ways of trying to get the sound of teeth gnashing because it’s such an important part of the movie: the mystery of zombies. He said, “Have you checked out the havalina?” and I said, “The what?” He lives in Texas and he’s very knowledgeable about everything. So that was great.

So did the sound of some of their teeth clacking some make it in?

Yeah, it’s there, but way in the background for the most part.

You worked with Tommy Lee Jones on the “Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” score and you’re working on his new directorial project now too. What can you say about that?

It’s called “The Homesman.” It’s a western period piece [with Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep and Jones]. They came to homestead the land in Oklahoma and so forth. It turns out it wasn’t uncommon for women to go crazy from not seeing people for days at a time or death and illness of the kids. Famine. Just the wind.

People talk about how intense Tommy Lee Jones is to work with? What’s your working relationship like with him?

He likes what I come up with. I think I sort of understand him when he’s talking. I very much enjoy working with him, He thinks totally outside of the box.

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<p>Justin Timberlake</p>

Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake reveals 'The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2' track listing

Follow-up to year's biggest seller comes out Sept. 20

Fans have already heard “Take Back The Night,” the first single from Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience- 2 of 2.” Now, they can at least imagine what the other 10 tracks sound like after Timberlake released the track listing last night.

The album, the follow-up to this year’s best-selling title, “The 20/20 Experience,” comes out Sept. 20 and fans can already pre-order it on Amazon and iTunes.

Timberlake, who has been on a stadium tour with Jay-Z this summer, will kick off his own headlining tour Oct. 31 in Montreal. But first, Timberlake will appear at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25. He is up for six awards.

“The 20/20 Experience- 2 of 2” track listing:

1.Gimme What I Don't Want Know (I Want)
2. True Blood
3. Cabaret
4. TKO
5. Take Back The Night
6. Murder
7. Drink You Away
8. You Got It On
9. Amnesia
10. Only When I Walk Away
11. Not A Bad Thing

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Listen: Eminem drops new song 'Survival' in 'Call Of Duty: Ghosts' trailer

He promises 'more surprises in store'

Eminem dropped a new track today via a trailer for Activision’s “Call Of Duty: Ghosts”  video game, which comes out in November.

“Survival” is an in-your-face track that opens with ringing, throbbing guitars. Lyrically, Eminem details his rise in music and his devotion to his craft in stark life-or-death terms: “If I don’t do this music shit/I lose my shit,” in his usual intense, matter of fact way, as his rhymes about "coming into battle" with him compete with the automatic weapons. He warns any newcomers that taking him on will be a lost cause. A chorus, sung by the New Royales’ Liz Rodrigues, reinforces the “Survival” theme, as she sings, “This is survival of the fittest...this is winner take it all.”  (h/t to MTV on he Rodrigues info).

[More after the jump...]


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<p>'Pitch Perfect'</p>

'Pitch Perfect'

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'Pitch Perfect' holiday album coming soon

A Capella set will include 'Silent Night' and other classics

As Anna Kendricks’ “Cups” from “Pitch Perfect” remains lodged in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, fans of the 2012 hit movie now have something else to look forward to: a holiday album from the Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers.

"Pitch Perfect's"  Hana Mae Lee revealed the news to MTV at the Teen Choice Awards, adding that she believes the album will be a cappella, appropriately enough.

“There are Christmas classics,” she said of the project. “I’ll be singing ‘Silent Night.’ I’m pretty sure it’s going to be all a capella...It’s all us, so it’s going to be sweet though because it’s going to sound like there’s other things, but it’s all us.”

Universal confirmed the release of the set to MTV, but had no details on a release date. Christmas albums usually drop in October, so expect it then. A sequel to the movie is expected in 2015.

Check out Lee's interview and very weird head gear below:

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' tops Billboard Hot 100 for 10th week

Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' tops Billboard Hot 100 for 10th week

Will Lady Gaga or Katy Perry topple him next week?

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” continues on its seemingly unstoppable path as it logs a 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Last week, the song set the record for the largest listening audience (219.8 million) in Billboard’s Radio Songs’ 22-year history, topping Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together.”  This week, it builds on that record, reaching 227.5 million listeners.

“Blurred Lines,”  featuring Pharrell and T.I., is the first song to lead the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks since “We Found Love” from Rihanna (featuring Calvin Harris) did so in November 2011.

The rest of the Top 10 remains exactly the same as last week... though the Top 10 will get a big shake up next week when both Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” no doubt zoom into the Top 10 (if not the top spot). Perry’s “Roar” bows at No. 85 based on only four days of airplay, according to Billboard.

In addition to those two pop titans, Lana Del Rey could land her first Top 10 hit next week as “Summertime Sadness” rises 23-16 this week. Drake is also headed back into the Top 10, as “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan) bows at No. 21.

Back to this week, here’s how the Top 10 looks: After “Blurred Lines”: Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” remains at No. 2 for the third week, Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” is at No. 3, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell, is at No. 4, and Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, is at No. 5.

Rounding out the Top 10: Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” at No. 6, Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” at No. 7, Zedd’s “Clarity,” featuring Foxes, at No. 8, Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” at No. 9, and Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” at No. 10.

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