<p>Macklemore &amp; Ryan Lewis</p>

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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

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

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.

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<p>Eazy-E</p>

Eazy-E

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

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.

 

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<p>Aaliyah</p>

Aaliyah

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

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

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

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<p>'Demi'</p>

'Demi'

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Review: Demi Lovato's new album 'Demi'

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

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.

 

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<p>A moment from Lady Antebellum's 'Goodbye Town'</p>

A moment from Lady Antebellum's 'Goodbye Town'

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

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Charles Kelley tries to mend his broken heart

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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<p>Dierks Bentley</p>

Dierks Bentley

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Dierks Bentley looks inward for his next album, 'Riser'

Singer records some of seventh set on the road

Riser,” Dierks Bentley’s seventh album, out this fall, will focus on a number of personal topics, including his father’s death last spring.

“Riser” takes its title from a song called “I’m A Riser,” about recommitment. “Life in general has a way of knocking you down,” Bentley said in a statement. “It’s different reasons for different folks – could be personal reasons, could be family reasons, your job, drugs, alcohol. That song really applies to anybody that’s lived. There have always been those moments when we have to get back up and get on our feet.  They are defining moments…breakthrough moments.”

The album, produced by “Tip It On Back” co-writer Ross Copperman, was recorded in a variety of locales, including Bentley’s tour bus and Copperman’s house.  “It was important to get out of the studio and sing in different places, and to do it with other people in the room,” Bentley said. “That way, you have an audience and you get a sense of what’s working, what’s not working, when it’s feeling good, not feeling good. It brings a little more emotion and energy out of your voice.”

Bentley’s last album, “Home,” debuted at No. 1 on the country chart. He is on tour with Miranda Lambert through October.  He is opening a bar, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, in his native Arizona on July 4.
 




 

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<p>Yeah Yeah Yeahs</p>

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs and My Bloody Valentine headline FYF Fest 2013

Deerhunter and Beach House also on bill for Los Angeles event

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine, TV on the Radio, and MGMT are among the acts that will headline the 10th FYF Fest, held Aug. 24-25 at Los Angeles State Historic Park. It will be MBV’s first U.S. show since 2009.

Other artists on the bill include Deerhunter, Beach House, Solange, Yo La Tengo, Devendra Banhart, The Breeders, Death Grips, Roky Erickson, Foxygen, Holy Ghost! and The Melvins.

Weekend passes, which go on sale on Thursday, start at $99. Day passes are $65.

The full lineup for FYF Fest 2013 is:

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Antwon
Baroness
Beach House
BICEP
Charles Bradley
Chelsea Wolfe
Classixx
Dan Deacon
Death Grips
Deerhunter
Delorean
Devendra Banhart
Eleanor Friedberger
Fear of Men
FLAG (Keith, Chuck, Dez, Billy & Stephen playing the songs of Black Flag)
Flume
Foxygen
Guards
Holy Ghost!
Horse Meat Disco
How to Dress Well
Jonathan Richman
Joyce Manor
Kurt Vile & the Violators
Les Savy Fav
Mac Demarco
METZ
MGMT
Mikal Cronin
My Bloody Valentine
Nosaj Thing
Omar Souleyman
Pional
Poolside
Roky Erickson
Shlohmo
Solange
Strfcker
The Breeders (Performing Last Splash)
The Melvins
The Orwells
The Underachievers
Thee Oh Sees
Title Fight
Toro y Moi
Touche Amore
TV on the Radio
Ty Segall
Washed Out
Waxahatchee
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yo La Tengo

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<p>Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham</p>

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham

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Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham: 'Stevie Nicks and I have played these characters for so long'

What is holding up a new album and the latest on Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac is having tremendous success on its current sold-out tour. The band is playing its classic hits with verve and enthusiasm, plus, since the recent release of 4-song EP,  "Extended Play,"  the quartet has new material to sink its teeth into.  Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham spoke to HitFix about the current state of Fleetwood Mac, the delight he takes in his still dynamic connection to Stevie Nicks, the latest on a full album from the band, and if Christine McVie will join her former band mates when they play London in the fall.

Hitfix: I saw the band two weekends ago at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and it seemed like you were on fire. The band was playing in daylight without any of the bells and whistles of an indoor arena show and no one missed them at all. 

Buckingham: There’s a lesson there. We’ve all come to feel that we need to rely on the constructions of quite elaborate set design and the backdrop that changes from song to song and, really, this band, because we are a band of musicians and a great singer, we could go up there and with a couple of spotlights prevail probably just as well. It should be about the music first and, of course, with us, it is.

“Extended Play,” a four-song EP with your first new music in 10 years, came out on April 30 and landed in iTunes top 10.  How gratifying was it that people were so eager to hear new music?

 I haven’t paid too much attention to how things are going with it because, really, Mick [Fleetwood] and John [McVie]  and I got together last year and we cut a bunch of tracks and then Stevie came to the table later. Even early on,  Mick and John and I felt that the songs that we were doing were some of the best stuff we’d done in quite a while.

I am also happy with what it represents with the subject matter. The dialogues to Stevie that are, miraculously, still going on back and forth between Stevie and myself after all these years, I find that to be quite touching and somewhat surprising— something that neither one of us would have predicted years and years ago that we’d still somehow be driving each other’s motivation from a distance, and so I’m very happy with the way the EP turned out and it’s great to be doing some new things on stage.

You wrote one of the new songs, “Sad Angel,” for Stevie. What was her reaction when she first heard it?

I was not there, but I believe she latched onto it immediately. [When] that song was written, I was trying to reach out to her a little bit... she had a very good experience making her solo album [2011’s “In Your Dreams”] and it took her awhile to kind of sort of ease into the mentality of being in Fleetwood Mac again this time... That was a song to help lure her in a little bit, not that there was an agenda to do that, but it just seemed appropriate to what was going on at the time... “Hello Sad Angel, have you come to fight the war” and “Here we are, we fall to earth together/the crowd calling out for more.” It’s really sort of sweet that all of this is still taking place.

With piano ballad “It Takes Time,” you’re pleading for patience to someone who wants to heal you. What's that about? 

I guess the reflection is that I’m actually looking at some of the actions that I’ve taken over the years and maybe judging them more objectively and maybe getting to a point in one’s life where you can look back and say, “Hmmm, maybe I could have done that differently”  and acknowledging that much of the motivation that has driven certain creative actions and certain decisions has come from that dialogue that  seems to have unfolded in slow motion over a period of many years. We are still somehow on a road of evolvement.

Is that one about Stevie?

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<p>Chris Hadfield</p>

Chris Hadfield

Watch: Astronaut Chris Hadfield's cover of 'Space Oddity' and David Bowie's response

What's the new version's close connection to the original?

Astronaut Chris Hadfield has become something of a cult hero in the five months that he’s served as the Commander of the International Space Station on Expedition 35.

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<p>Mariah Carey</p>

Mariah Carey

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Music Power Rankings: Macklemore, Mariah, Madonna and more

Britney Spears and Adam Levine also make the list

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The pair pull off a “heist” on the Billboard Hot 100 as they become the first duo in the chart’s history to land their first two singles at No. 1.

2. Mariah Carey: After a few less than “triumphant” starts, it looks like she has a hit on her hands with “#Beautiful” featuring Miguel. Do lambs like hashtags?

3. Paul McCartney: A telegram requesting his presence to play bass with Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Tony Williams has surfaced. The recording never happened because of Hendrix’s death, but that’s way cooler than Sir Paul playing with the remaining members of Nirvana.

4. Randy Jackson: He becomes a free agent: first Mariah Carey dismisses him as her manager, making the next few weeks on “American Idol” potentially even more awkward, and the last original judge declares he is quitting the show after this season. What up, Dawg ?

5. Madonna: She’ll receive an award at the Billboard Music Awards for last year’s MDNA tour, last year’s top grossing tour.

6. Cher’s mom: Yes, Cher’s mom. Georgia Holt debuts on Billboard’s country chart at No. 43 with her first album, “Honky Tonk Woman.” She’s giving Tony Bennett some competition for the oldest hipster on the charts!

7. Adam Levine: Not only did “The Voice” revive his and Maroon 5’s career, he now has a development deal with NBC.  The band's name may be burgundy, but the only color he’s seeing is green.

8. Britney Spears: She confirms her long-rumored Las Vegas run to, of all places, Shape magazine. Expect full details about the Planet Hollywood stint to be unveiled by month’s end in Gun and Garden magazine.

9. Carrie Underwood: She replaces Faith Hill as the voice for the Sunday Night Football theme. Doesn’t that count as cheating on her NHL-playing husband?

10. Tim Lambesis: In this week’s weirdest story, member of Christian rock band As I Lay Dying pleads not guilty to charges that he tried to have his wife murdered. We’re pretty sure that’s breaking one of the 10 commandments.

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