Listen: Prince covers Pearl Jam, releases video for 'Fixurlifeup'
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Listen: Prince covers Pearl Jam, releases video for 'Fixurlifeup'

The Purple One delivers goodies for the Memorial Day Weekend

We already know there’s nothing that Prince can’t play, but even so, his funky instrumental take on Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” still put a new part in our hair.

His cover, which features some a nice guitar shoot out between him and Donna Grantis, dropped on drfunkenberry.com earlier today and the website says the Purple One plans to unveil it at his show Saturday night at The Myth in Minneapolis.

But that’s not the only goodie from Prince today. We also get a video for "FixUrLifeUp," his new jam that he played at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night. The clip, a cross between a lyric video and a performance shoot, captures Prince and his all-girl band, 3rd Eye Girl, in all their glory.

 

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Watch: Mariah Carey's wardrobe malfunction on 'Good Morning America'
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Watch: Mariah Carey's wardrobe malfunction on 'Good Morning America'

Singer also performs 'Beautiful' with Miguel

Mariah Carey handled herself like a pro this morning, even if she threw Donatella Versace under the bus, when her gorgeous, sparkling gown “popped”  while she was on “Good Morning America.”

While Carey was  speaking with Lara Spencer  after  her performance of "Always Be My Baby" as part of GMA’s Summer Concert Series, Carey’s dress, which was definitely a little bright for the early hour, “popped,” or as far as we could tell, a strap broke and the zipper started to split,  threatening to free Carey’s “girls.”  "What should we call this? The Central Park Saga?," she joked. "I love you Donatella, but it popped darling." 

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<p>&quot;Michael Jackson ONE&quot;</p>

"Michael Jackson ONE"

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Inside 'Michael Jackson One,' the new Cirque du Soleil show

Go behind the scenes of the new magical Las Vegas extravaganza

Tonight, “Michael Jackson One,” Cirque du Soleil’s new show heralding the King of Pop, starts previews at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Will the show, which officially opens June 29, bring the same fervor and excitement as Cirque’s “Love,” which features the music of the Beatles?

Hitfix got a sneak peek at “MJ One” a few weeks ago when we saw four production numbers in the tale that follows four misfits: each one comes into possession of a certain article associated with Jackson: his sequined glove, his dancing shoes, his bowler hat and his sunglasses and the story follows their journey of discovery.

Through 22 different Jackson tunes, different scenes play out. For example, during “Bad,” the dancers and acrobats swing from scaffolding in a city landscape complete with a running subway.. For “Tabloid Junkie,” they find themselves pursued by “Matrix”-like futuristic paparazzi who come complete with cameras built into their shoulders. It’s a reinterpretation of Jackson’s songs via Cirque’s magical world.

“It’s expressing and experiencing things in a new way,,” says the show’s director and writer Jamie King, who toured with Jackson as a dancer on the “Dangerous” tour. “It’s taking Michael’s videos like ‘Thriller’ and ‘Beat It’ and being able to put a twist on them in the very fantastical way Cirque has. Imagine taking the ‘Thriller’ dance from the sky? What could that look like? There were all these opportunities.”

Indeed, Welby Altidor, the show’s director of creation (how’s that for a title?), says the Cirque troupe re-envisioned Jackson from a 360 perspective. “If Michael were an acrobat, how would he move? How would he fly?  How would he do some of the things that Cirque du Soleil is known for doing?” Take those elements and tie in inspiration from urban dance, hip-hop and many other dance forms and those ideas created the springboard for the show.

The idea was also for the spectacular to focus on Jackson’s theme of unity. “The message we heard in many, many of his songs [was] togetherness, oneness. It’s something we want to explore and celebrate in his show.”

“He had a very simple message at the end of the day,” King says of Jackson. “We are one.”

“One” is the second show  created by the estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil. Unlike “Immortal,” the tremendously popular touring show about Jackson, “Michael Jackson One” features his songs in their near entirety, as opposed to in mash-ups, as well as follows a narrative based on these four characters.

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Metallica

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Metallica preps songs for next album

Quartet hopes to put out new set 'in the next year'

Metallica has enough songs for its follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic,” but fans may have a bit of a wait before they get the next studio album from the metal gods.

“We’ve getting there,” bassist Robert Trujillo told Billboard, “and we’ll have something great, hopefully, in the next year.”

“We got out into the room and jammed and we’ve come up with enough material for a record, for sure,” confirmed lead singer James Hetfield. “We just haven’t had enough time to really focus on it and dial in and start whittling it into these masterpieces, hopefully.”

Standing between the band and the studio is its second Orion Music + More festival, which takes place June 8-9 at Detroit’s Belle Isle. The quartet also has its previously announced 3-D film, “Metallica Through the Never,”  in the works.  The band’s Lars Ulrich is at the Cannes Film Festival seeking international buyers; the movie bows in the States on Sept. 27.


 

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<p>Daft Punk</p>

Daft Punk

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

Daft Punk scores its first Top 10 hit

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us”  holds up at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on the Billboard Hot 100; the song registers its fifth week atop Billboard’s Hot E&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs chart.

Just as the rap duo hang on to the top spot, the first five slots on the Billboard Hot 100 stay the exact same as last week: Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess is No. 2, Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” is No. 3; Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” is No. 4 and Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko, is No. 5.

There’s more activity in the bottom of the top 10 with Daft Punk lands its first Top 10 hit close to 20 years after the duo began, according to Billboard.  “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams, moves 15-10. Shockingly, its 2001 hit “One More Time,” peaked at No. 61. Look for Daft Punk to land the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with “Random Access Memories.”

Daft Punk has the only new entry in the Top 10:  at No. 6 is Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” which drives up from No. 10; Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” falls 6-7, Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” is No. 8 and Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” featuring Charli XCX, is No. 9.

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<p>Will Smith</p>

Will Smith

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Will Smith and Kanye West hit the studio together

Will their collaboration yield Smith's first release in 8 years?

It’s been eight years since movie blockbuster king Will Smith released any new music, but if Kanye West has his way, Smith will be singing a new tune soon.

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 While promoting his new thriller, “After Earth,” Smith told HipHollywood.com that West has been encouraging him to return to his musical roots. “I’ve been messing around with Kanye. We were in the studio a couple of times,” Smith said.

That doesn’t mean fans can expect to get jiggy with any new Smith music any time soon. He’s coy about releasing any tunes. “I might get the bug. I’m not going to do it unless I get truly inspired,” he says, “but ‘Ye’s been pushing me a little bit.”

 

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<p>The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the 2013 edition.&nbsp;</p>

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the 2013 edition. 

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Coachella sets 2014 dates

Tickets go on sale on Friday

With Coachella 2013 barely in the rear-view mirror,  the Indio, Calif. festivals organizers have announced the dates for the 2014 event.

Once again spanning two weekends, with the same acts appearing both weekends, Coachella 2014 will take place April 11-13 and April 18-20.

Tickets go on sale Friday. General admission passes per weekend are $349 or you and yours can splurge and go for the Safari Tent, which is $6,500, but covers two people! It includes your tickets, an an air-conditioned tent with up to two queen beds, plus restrooms and showers. For more information, go here.

Who would you like to see play Coachella 2014?

 

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Listen: Beyonce's 'Grown Woman' in full

Listen: Beyonce's 'Grown Woman' in full

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She is woman, hear her roar

After previewing it on a Pepsi commercial several weeks ago, a full version of Beyonce’s “Grown Woman” has leaked (so listen to it fast) and it’s fierce.
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<p>Ray Manzarek</p>

Ray Manzarek

Listen: Five essential musical moments from The Doors' Ray Manzarek

Keyboardist died today of cancer

Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors has died. We have posted the AP obit, but it's giving Manzarek short shrift to not get to hear his contributions.  The keyboardist was instrumental in crafting the Doors’ sound (especially in his innovation of playing bass parts on the keyboards). After the Doors ended, he went on to produce some incredible work for other artists, including Echo & The Bunnymen and X.

While he is probably best known for his transcendent, instantly recognizable keyboard work on “Light My Fire,” he had several other wonderful moments.

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<p>Dave Grohl, John Fogerty and the Sound City&nbsp;Players perform on &quot;Jimmy Kimmel Live.&quot;</p>

Dave Grohl, John Fogerty and the Sound City Players perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

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Listen: Foo Fighters and John Fogerty on 'Fortunate Son'

Plus, watch Dave Grohl perform 'Bitch' with The Rolling Stones

When I wrote about hearing John Fogerty’s new album, “Wrote A Song For Everyone,” which pairs him with acts like Miranda Lambert, My Morning Jacket, Bob Seger and Keith Urban on some of his best-known songs, I raved about the raw energy of his remake of “Fortunate Son” with the Foo Fighters. Now you can hear for yourself.

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