<p>The Civil Wars</p>

The Civil Wars

Review: The Civil Wars' new haunting single 'The One That Got Away'

Be careful what you wish for

The Civil Wars are no more as an ongoing concern, but the co-ed, Grammy-winning duo has left us a lovely parting gift in one last album, a self-titled sophomore set recorded before they split up last November over "irreconcilable differences of ambition.". The album comes out Aug. 6 via Sensibility Music/Columbia Records.

The first single, “The One That Got Away,” released today, is a haunting regretful, cautionary tale.

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

Listen: Kanye West bows two new songs at New York's Governors Ball festival

Impending fatherhood shows no sign of softening him

Kanye West continues to bow new songs from his June 18 release “Yeezus” in concert. Sunday night at New York’s Governors Ball festival, he debuted “On Site,” a fuzzy, electronic banger featuring  West ranting about “too many hos in this house of sin.”  It’s as profane as it is hypnotic.

West performed the second new track, “I Am A God,” right before playing “Jesus Walks” (nice segue, Ye.) An atmospheric, industrial tune about being “a man of God” with a serious God complex. The song has a primal, feral feel, in thanks partially to West’s screams and pants. It gives way to a choir before ending.

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 He also played “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead,” both of which he performed on “Saturday Night Live” last month.

West took time in the 21-song set list to rant about the release of “Yeezus,” his six studio album, and its low-key arrival. “With this album, we ain’t drop no single to radio. We ain’t got no NBA campaign, nothing like that. Shit, we ain’t even got no cover. We just make some real music...Honestly at this point, when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I want to be no more. Honestly, at this point, I could give a f**k about selling a million records as long as I put out an album for the summer that y’all can rock to for all fu**in’ summer.” (h/t Billboard).

Of course, it being West, there's still drama over the album. As we previously reported, the New York Post reported last week that West was still retooling the album. Today, the tabloid wrote that Rick Rubin has been brought in to help with additional tracks and that West's label is scrambling to clear the rights to the sample used on "On Site," which you can hear below.  Let us know if you recognize the sample.

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Tenancious D launches Festival Supreme featuring Zach Galifianakis and more

Tenancious D launches Festival Supreme featuring Zach Galifianakis and more

Who else is on the Santa Monica-based event?

Tenacious D will get into the festival business this fall with the launch of Festival Supreme, a one-day event that will take place Oct. 19 on the Santa Monica (Calif.) Pier.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

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Music Power Rankings: Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Johnny Cash make this week's list

NIne Inch Nails and Miley Cyrus show up too

1. Apple: As Sony Music becomes the last major record company to sign on, look for Apple to launch its iRadio streaming service within the next few weeks. Game changer? iBet.

2. Justin Bieber
He’s conquered earth, so now he looks for planets beyond as he plans to travel into space with Virgin Galactic. Non-Beliebers ask if he can stay there.

3. Johnny Cash: The man in black gets his own forever stamp, as if he needed that to achieve immortality

4. Nine Inch Nails: Trent Reznor-led band releases first single in five years, “Came Back Haunted”... ironically, perhaps, the band’s least haunting song ever.

5. Brian Wilson: Surf’s Up as the Beach Boy returns to Capitol Records for a new solo album.

6. Miley Cyrus: Her new single,  “We Can’t Stop,” starts off strong with sales of up to 200,000 copies in its first week.

7. Mariah Carey: Lambs unite! Carey’s 14th studio album will comes out July 23.

8. Robin Thicke: The soulful R&B singer lands his first top 10 hit with summer smash “Blurred Lines.” It’s amazing what a little nudity can do.

9. Taylor Swift: She spends the night together with the Rolling Stones as she joins the band in Chicago for a version of “As Tears Go By.”

10. Little Mix: The female foursome’s “DNA” bows at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, surpassing the Spice Girls for the best ever debut by a British female act.  #girlpower

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<p>Queens of the Stone Age</p>

Queens of the Stone Age

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Queens of the Stone Age set to rule next week's Billboard 200

What happens to Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories?'

Rock rules on next week’s Billboard 200 as Queens of the Stone Age, Sleeping with Sirens, and Megadeth all bow in the Top 10.

As expected Queens of the Stone Age’s “...Like Clockwork” will debut at NO. 1 with sales of up to 95,000. Rockers Sleeping With Sirens’s “Feel” will land at No. 2 with 70,000, while Megadeth charges in at No. 6 with sales of up to 32,000 for “Super Collider.” 

This week’s No. 1, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” will drop to No. 3, mustering another 65,000 in sales.

Darius Rucker’s  “True Believers” and  Blake Shelton’s “Based on A True Story” are tied for No. 4 with each slated to move up to 35,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. Shelton’s album sees an uptick after hosting last week’s tornado charity concert.

Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” and Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” find themselves in the same situation, with both poised to sell up to 28,000 for the No. 7 slot.

The soundtrack to “The Great Gatsby” continues its top 10 turn and will likely be at No. 9 if it can hold off a charge from George Strait’s “Love Is Everything,” which will be at No. 10.


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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift starts work on new album

What was it like playing with the Rolling Stones?

Though “Red” has yet to run its course, Taylor Swift is already thinking about her fifth studio album.

“It’s starting, the anxiety is starting, and when the anxiety starts, the writing happens right afterwards usually,” she said backstage Thursday night at CMA Music Fest in Nashville shortly before she took the stage at LP Field.

“I like to write for two years before I finish an album,” she continued. “Whatever I write the first year is going to get thrown away because I’m going to sound [like what I’ve done before.]”

As she rounds the second year of writing, “it ends up sounding like the next subject,” she says. “I feel like staying the same is the easy way to go, but it’s not where I want to go musically.” Though one would think a call to write with Swift would be one most songwriters would be happy to get, Swift added, “it’s harder to call up people you don’t know and write with them for the first time.”

Swift, who released a video for her duet with Ed Sheeran, “Everything Has Changed” Thursday, called the clip “one of my favorite videos that I’ve ever been a part of because the  kids were so good.”  The sweet clip features mini-me,  7-year old versions of Swift and Sheeran.

Not surprisingly, the singer was still on a high from her performance with the Rolling Stones Monday night in Chicago. “It was everything you think it would be but better,” she said. “They handwrite notes thanking you for being there. You get pictures with them.” As far as her and Mick Jagger’s onstage waltz, Swift said that came from their working through “As Tears Go By.” “The musical director and Mick and I were rehearsing the song with a piano and we started dancing a waltz with overly exaggerated ballet moves. We forgot the words and we incorporated a twirl into the performance in homage to our hilarious rehearsal.”


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Watch: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran's mini-mes in 'Everything Has Changed' video

Watch: Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran's mini-mes in 'Everything Has Changed' video

Make sure you stay for the end of ultra-adorable new clip

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have just possibly made the cutest video ever with “Everything Has Changed,” a song they co-wrote for her current album, “Red.”

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 The clip focuses on little Taylor and Ed, as they go through their first or second grade day. The brightly-red haired younger Sheeran is sipping from his thermos and reading the morning comics as the younger , ring-tailed Swift joins him on the school bus. Throughout the day, they are with their classmates, but are lost in their own little world: doing yoga when the rest of their chums are playing soccers or sitting quietly on the jungle gym while their pals rambunctiously run circles around them.

They are happy just being in each other’s company, even when doing separate activities.  It’s a little odd when he’s reading “The Notebook” to her, and when she’s giving him a tattoo, but the clip is a total joy to watch as their mini-mes have what seems like the perfect day.

We don’t want to ruin anything, but make sure you watch this one until the very end for a surprise we didn’t see coming.

Sheeran is opening for Swift on her current tour.

Can we get a collective “Awwwwwww.....”

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<p>Brian Wilson</p>

Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson returns to Capitol Records as a solo artist

Jeff Beck among the guests on new album

After a number of solo albums for other labels, Brian Wilson has returned to Capitol Records, the Beach Boys’ home during the band’s ‘60s hey day, as a solo artist.

Wilson is currently recorded his self-produced 11th solo album at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios. Wilson had thought about making another Beach Boys’ album following the group’s 50th anniversary reunion tour last year and their extremely well received studio album, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” (which also came out on Capitol). However, any such plans imploded after his former bandmate Mike Love decided not to extend the tour with fellow Beach Boy members Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks, and, instead, to go back to the non-Wilson version of the Beach Boys.  Last year was the first time Wilson had consistently toured with the Beach Boys in 20 years.

Both Jardine and Marks will be on Wilson’s new album, as well a number of guests, including Jeff Beck.  The studio band will also include Don Was, Jim Keltner, Vinnie Colaiuta and Tal Wilkenfeld, as well as members of the Wondermints, Wilson’s long-time touring band.

I interviewed Wilson last year about the the “Radio” album and tour and he expressed glee at the joy he found in playing with the reunited band. “My high point was when we did harmonies together,” he said of their studio time together. On the road, he talked about how he enjoyed being on stage with the band and how strong they still sounded.

In a statement, he said the record would lean towards rock and roll, fueled by the energy he got from last year’s album and tour.  “I was really moved by the fans’ excitement about The Beach Boys’ album and tour last year,” he said. “It charged me up and my head was full of music. I just couldn’t wait to get back into the studio to let it out.”

No word on a release date yet.

In the meantime, Wilson has a handful of dates coming up that will include Jardine and Marks.

July 20 – Atlantic City, NY                              The Grand @ The Golden Nugget
July 21 – Pittsburgh, PA                                 Stage AE—Outdoor Stage
July 23 – Interlochen, MI                                Kresge Auditorium
July 25 – Kettering, OH                                  Fraze Pavilion
July 26 – Highland Park, IL                            Ravinia Festival
July 27 – Apple Valley MINN                         Weesner Family Amphitheatre
Oct 20 – Los Angeles                                     Greek Theatre


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<p>Nine Inch Nails</p>

Nine Inch Nails

Listen: Nine Inch Nails' new single 'Came Back Haunted'

Band also sets album release date and fall arena tour

Nine Inch Nails officially returned Thursday when the band posted new single, “Came Back Haunted,” on SoundCloud at midnight.

“Haunted” is the first track from “Hesitation Marks,” the group’s debut album for Columbia, which will come out Sept. 3.

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<p>Macklemore and Ryan Lewis</p>

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis top Billboard Hot 100 for fifth week

Robin Thicke scores his first Top 10 hit

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us” featuring Ray Dalton continues its winning streak at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 as the song spends its fifth week in the pole position.

The song’s title could also apply to Robin Thicke, who lands his first Hot 100 Top 10 with “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell. The song soars 11-6 and is the only new entry into the Top 10, according to Billboard.

Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” reaches a new height, rising 3-2, as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell also ascends one spot to No. 3.

Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess, drops 2-4, while Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, stays at No. 5.

Following Thicke at No. 6 is Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It,” which falls 6-7; Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” which rises 9-8, Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX, down two to No. 9 and Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko at No. 10.

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