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Selena Gomez & the Scene to release third studio album this summer

Selena Gomez & the Scene

Selena Gomez & the Scene

Just nine months after the release of their last disc, Selena Gomez & the Scene are back with their third studio album. Their new single, “Who Says,” will drop on March 10th. Selena is set to premiere the track exclusively on “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.”

The up-tempo “self-empowerment” anthem will hit iTunes and other digital download outlets on March 14th. She’ll hit “Ellen” and “Late Show with David Letterman” in March to perform the new single.

The video for the “Who Says” has already been shot with director Chris Applebaum, who’s also helmed videos for Rihanna, Mariah Carey, and Hilary Duff. The video will premiere on Disney Channel in March.

The as-yet-untitled album is scheduled to hit stores on June 28th.

Selena Gomez & the Scene’s upcoming third album is their first since last year’s “A Year Without Rain,” which earned her a #1 Billboard dance hit with the title track and her highest-charting single yet with “Round & Round.”

Gomez is also said to be working on a Spanish-language album, her first, which is also reportedly on track to be released later this year.

Britney Spears battles herself in video for “Hold It Against Me”

Britney Spears battles herself in video for “Hold It Against Me”

Britney Spears battles herself in video for “Hold It Against Me”

Alright, kids. For today’s course in Critical Thinking, we present Britney Spears’ new video for “Hold It Against Me,” which was just unleashed onto the world on Thursday night, and it’s ripe with self-reflective symbolism. In the epic 4-minute plus clip, we see worlds collide and one woman standing at its center: Britney, in all her long blonde, bare-bellied glory. After starting a typical writhing around with male backup dancers routine (just how we like it), things take a turn for the weird.

Britney is the futuristic queen of this world, much like she was in 2000’s “Oops!..I Did It Again,” except she’s more like the white queen of media (sorry, Perez) in this screen-based society.

On the screens (which, just so you know, were sponsored by SONY. You want to buy a SONY), Britney’s got her near-entire videography, including her early clips for “..Baby One More Time” and “Sometimes.”

So when Britney sings “If we could escape the crowd somehow,” it takes on a whole new meaning. The crowd of cameras? Screens with her own inescapable image?

We see Britney surrounded by microphones upon microphones, where we start to see there’s a darker side to Britney than just ripped-denim and hip-shaking. But we all knew that, right?

Britney rises to the top of her pop video world in her long white-flowing dress before we near a musical breakdown, and well, what seems like a personal one as well (you might have to pause to check out her nightmarish joker smile just before it goes down).

Britney’s tubed fingers shoot paint all-over her seemingly perfect white dress and her early, sweet-faced but “not that innocent” images. At the same time, Britney gets into an all-out, kung fu fight with who else? Herself. There, it’s a battle to the death (and in heels!).

Beyond all the double-meanings and self-combating, we’re left in the end with Britney the performer, who’s still in the middle of this camera-filled “Circus” so many years later. 13 years since she first hit the scene with that “..Baby One More Time” video, in fact.

Yet she’s still got us trying to explain why she’s got such a grasp on pop music and pop culture after all this time. But whatever the reason, we’re happy to enter Britney’s world again and again and we definitely can’t hold it against her for that.

Britney Spears hits the studio with will.i.am

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

After will.i.am joined the rest of the Black Eyed Peas for an explosive Super Bowl Half-Time Show, he got right back to work, hitting the studio with none other than Britney Spears. Spears is hard at work on her seventh studio album, “Femme Fatale,” and is still recording some last minute tracks for inclusion on the album. She teamed up with will.i.am, who’s not only produced hits for the Peas but for Usher, Fergie, Estelle, and Cheryl Cole.

“In the studio with @iamwill,” Brit tweeted. “You guys are gonna love this one.”

Will.i.am also tweeted his thoughts about hitting the studio with the pop princess for the first time. “She’s such a sweet heart. She’s a perfectionist,” he said.

Other than will.i.am, Brit’s been relatively quiet over just who she’s hit the studio with, but some of the hitmakers that could appear on her latest effort include Bloodshy & Avant (“Toxic”), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, and Billboard.

We’ll see how good of a team Britney and will.i.am make when “Femme Fatale” hits stores on March 29th. The album, executive produced by and featuring additional tracks from previous collaborators Max Martin and Dr. Luke, will of course feature the #1 single “Hold It Against Me.”

Anna Calvi announces ‘Blackout’ single

Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi

Following her sold out Hoxton Hall album launch show last week, we are pleased to announce Blackout as the first single from Anna Calvi’s eponymous debut.

Full of passionate, cinematic beauty, Blackout is extroverted and highly infectious. The single will be available on 7′ (RUG394) and via digital download (RUG394D) from 21st March 2011.

You can listen to Blackout here: http://soundcloud.com/dominorecordco/anna-calvi-blackout

With the release of her critically acclaimed debut, Anna Calvi has already established herself as one of the most important and unique artists to have emerged in recent times.

You can catch Anna Calvi’s breathtaking live performance (with her intimate backing band consisting of Mally Harpaz on harmonium and percussion, and Daniel Maiden-Wood on drums) on the following dates:

Friday 4th Feb: London, Barfly: HMV Next Big Things ‘ SOLD OUT
Weds 23rd Feb: Dublin, Workmans Club, Ireland ‘ SOLD OUT
Thu 24th Feb: Sheffield, Harley
Fri 25th Feb: Nottingham, Bodega
Sat 26th Feb: Birmingham, Hare And Hounds
Sun 27th Feb: Glasgow, Arches
Mon 28th Feb: Manchester, Deaf Institute ‘ SOLD OUT
Wed 2nd Mar: Brighton, Komedia Bar ‘ SOLD OUT
Fri 4th Mar: Bristol, Cooler
Tues 26th Apr: London, Bush Hall, *extra date added* ‘ SOLD OUT
Weds 27th Apr: London, Bush Hall ‘ SOLD OUT

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil faces jail time in Las Vegas prison

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil faces jail time in Las Vegas prison

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil faces jail time in Las Vegas prison

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has been sentenced to two weeks behind bars after being arrested for drunken driving last summer. The rocker pled guilty to DUI in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday as part of a plea deal with the Clark County District Attorney, according to our source. Neil, who owns a vineyard, a tequila company and a rock bar and grill called “Feelgoods,” in Las Vegas and West Palm Beach, Fla., will spend 15 days in jail followed by 15 days under house arrest. Last September, Neil was pulled over in his Lamborghini and found to have a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.  But this is not the first time the heavy metal star has been in legal troubles. In late 1984 he was involved in a crash that killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley and injured two others. Officials said Neil’s blood alcohol level measured 0.17 after the crash – 0.10 qualifies a driver as intoxicated. Neil was charged with drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter, and received a 30-day jail sentence for that accident. He also paid over $2 million in restitution and performed community service.

Christina Aguilera to perform National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl

Christina Aguilera to perform National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl

Christina Aguilera to perform National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl

After being in the pop music game for 13 years, Christina Aguilera is set to perform the National Anthem at the upcoming Super Bowl for the first time in Texas on Feb 6th. While the five-time Grammy-winner and “Burlesque” star will perform the anthem for the first time, she’s no stranger to the Super Bowl stage. She performed as part of the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2000, alongside Enrique Iglesias and Phil Collins. The Black Eyed Peas will perform the Super Bowl Halftime Show this year when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Aguilera follows country superstar Carrie Underwood who performed the National Anthem at the 2010 Super Bowl event last year. “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson performed it the year before. Other stars who’ve performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the annual event include Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles, Billy Joel, and Neil Diamond.

Taylor Momsen announces tour dates with her band Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen announces tour dates with her band Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen announces tour dates with her band Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen usually makes headlines for her on-stage antics than her music. But regardless of what reason you’d have to check her out live, she’s heading to your town soon. The “Gossip Girl” star is hitting the road with her band The Pretty Reckless in support of their first full-length album, “Light Me Up.” The album will be released digitally on February 8th. The Pretty Reckless will kick off their tour on February 11th at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. It’ll continue on through March 20th, when they wrap in Hartford, CT. Runner Runner will open for the band. 17-year-old Momsen garnered major attention last year when she flashed her breasts to a crowd while performing on-stage with her band on stage. She was also reportedly suspended from “Gossip Girl” for various reasons. Along with being rock band frontwoman and little Jenny Humphrey, Momsen is also the face of Madonna’s “Material Girl” line for Macy’s and John Galliano’s fragrance “parlez-moi d’amour” (Talk to me about love).
Pretty Reckless

2011 Tour Dates

•February 11 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
•February 12 San Diego, CA Soma Sidestage
•February 14 Scottsdale, AZ Martini Ranch
•February 17 Austin, TX Stubb’s
•February 18 Houston, TX HOB Bronze Peacock
•February 19 Dallas, TX House of Blues Cambridge
•February 20 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
•February 22 St. Louis, MO Firebird
•February 23 Indianapolis, IN Earth House
•February 24 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room
•February 25 Niagara Falls, NY Hard Rock Cafe
•February 26 Toronto, ON Tattoo Rock Parlour
•February 27 Montreal, QC La Tulipe
•March 2 New York, NY Santo’s Party House
•March 3 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
•March 4 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
•March 10 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
•March 11 Columbus, OH The Basement
•March 12 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
•March 13 Pittsburgh, PA Club AE
•March 16 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
•March 17 Vienna VA Jammin Java
•March 18 Asbury Park, NJ Wonder Bar
•March 20 Hartford, CT Webster Underground

Jennifer Lopez releases new single “On the Floor” with Pitbull

Jennifer Lopez releases new single "On the Floor" with Pitbull

Jennifer Lopez releases new single "On the Floor" with Pitbull

If you thought Jennifer Lopez was going to be fine with just sitting behind a desk on “American Idol,” you don’t know J.Lo. She just released a hot new track featuring Pitbull and is still planning on releasing her highly-anticipated new album. Lopez just released her brand new single, “On the Floor,” to radio, which Ryan Seacrest premiering the single first. The single, which samples the medley of “Lambada,” previously leaked online in an earlier demo version and quickly became a viral hit.  “Dance the night away / Live your life / And stay young on the floor,” Lopez sings on the thumping club track, the single for her first new album since 2007’s “Brave.” The track sees her collaborating with RedOne, who produced the hits “Just Dance” and “Bad Romance” for Lady Gaga, and re-teaming with Pitbull, whom she collaborated with on the promo single “Fresh Out the Oven.” Release date information for the single on iTunes and the upcoming album have yet to be announced, but our first glimpse of Lopez on Idol will happen on Wednesday when the new season of “American Idol” premieres on Fox.

UK Music Sales Dip Further In 2010 But Digital Albums Hit The Mainstream

Paolo Nutini's Sunny Side Up (No.6)

Paolo Nutini's Sunny Side Up (No.6)

UK Music Sales Dip Further In 2010 But Digital Albums Hit The Mainstream. A third successive record year for singles and the emergence of a mainstream market for digital albums failed to halt a further overall decline in UK music sales in a market that remains heavily distorted by still-increasing levels of illegal downloading, new Official Charts Company data released today by the BPI confirmed.

Combined sales of digital and physical albums overall fell by 7.0% to 119.9m in 2010, with growth in digital sales failing to offset the decline in physical CD sales. Despite the encouraging digital albums sales of 21.0m, growing 30.6% on last year’s sales of 16.1m, the market for CD albums declined 12.4% to 98.5m from 112.5m in 2009.

The singles market recorded an all-time sales high of 161.8m, 5.9% up on 2009′s tally of 152.7m, reflecting the unparalleled choice and value on offer from the UK’s burgeoning digital music retail environment. 5.2m tracks were downloaded in the final week of 2010 – the first time weekly sales have surpassed 5m. Sales of digital single tracks represented 98.0% of overall singles sales, with CD singles only accounting for 1.9m sales, down on last year’s total of 2.5m.

Geoff Taylor, BPI Chief Executive, said, “2010 showed that the digital singles highs seen in the previous two years were no fluke – music fans continue to embrace the convenience, value and choice offered by legal download stores. The market for digital albums also went mainstream in 2010 with nearly a fifth of sales now coming from online services.

“Yet however encouraging it is to see the digital market grow, this must be seen against the bigger picture. Despite unprecedented demand for music, and strong innovation offering consumers new ways to access music online, legal downloads are unable to offset the decline in CD sales because they are dwarfed by illegal competition.

“We will continue to do everything we can to promote the legal market, but meaningful action to tackle illegal downloading remains absolutely critical if we are to stabilise British music sales, let alone return to growth. Without it, investment in new digital services and in British musical talent will begin to dry up.”

Tony Wadsworth, BPI Chairman, added, “Consumer choice for recorded music has never been greater – both in depth of catalogue and the many ways to buy it. It is now crucial that action to stem illegal downloading, incentivising continued investment in this popular art form, is implemented decisively and urgently.”

It was a solid year for British artists in the 2010 album charts. Take That’s Progress was crowned overall year-end album chart champion, selling more than 1.8m copies during 2010. It was boosted in part by first week sales of almost 520,000, making it the fastest-selling album of this millennium.

Including Take That, The Official Charts Company end-of-year artist album Top 10 boasted five placings from new and established British talent, including Plan B’s The Defamation of Strickland Banks (No.5), Paolo Nutini’s Sunny Side Up (No.6), Florence & The Machine’s Lungs (No.8) and Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More (No.10).

While Pop and Urban titles dominated the bestsellers list, there were also big successes for Classical artist André Rieu – who had two albums in the year-end Top 30 – and Michael Bublé, whose Crazy Love (classified as MOR / Easy) was the second-biggest selling UK album overall.

Eminem featuring Rihanna’s Love The Way You Lie sold 854,000 copies to become the UK’s No.1 single of 2010, narrowly seeing off a late challenge from X-Factor winner Matt Cardle’s single When We Collide which ended 2010 as the second biggest-selling single. Tinie Tempah also featured in the year-end Top 10 with his breakout hit Pass Out.

UK record companies and retailers worked hard during 2010 to make CDs available to consumers in record numbers of outlets on the high street. The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) confirmed that over 6,600 stores stocked CDs in the run up to Christmas, compared to just over 4,600 at the beginning of 2010 – around 15% more than the 5,750 in 1999, music’s previous boom year.

Kylie Minogue Announces North American Tour Dates.

Kylie Minogue Announces North American Tour Dates.

Kylie Minogue Announces North American Tour Dates.

Kylie Minogue Announces North American Tour Dates.Following her ultra-successful first tour of the States in 2009, Kylie Minogue is heading back to the U.S. for her brand new “Les Folies” Tour, in support of last year’s “Aphrodite” album. Minogue’s “Les Folies” Tour kicks off February 19th, 2011, in Denmark and will move on to dates all over Europe, including dates in Finland, Germany, France, and England before moving on to Asia and then to the highly-anticipated North American leg. She’ll kick off at Montreal’s Bell Centre on April 28th and will hit cities like New York, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, and Houston before wrapping up in Las Vegas on May 22nd. She’ll perform some of her biggest hits on what’s expected to be one of the most technologically advanced stage spectacles ever, including her two U.S. #1 dance hits off “Aphrodite,” “All the Lovers” and “Get Outta My Way.” “The reaction to ‘Aphrodite’ has been absolutely incredible and has inspired me and my creative team to develop a new show that will take all of us on a euphoric journey of joy, excitement and glamour,” Minogue said about the tour. “I can’t wait to get on the road and see all my fans in 2011.”

Kylie Minogue  2011 North American Tour Dates
•Apr 28 Montreal at Bell Centre
•Apr 29 Boston, MA at Agganis Arena
•Apr 30 Washington, D.C. at GMU Patriot Center
•May 02 New York, NY at Hammerstein Ballroom
•May 03 New York, NY at Hammerstein Ballroom
•May 06 Atlanta, GA at Fox Theatre
•May 07 Fort Lauderdale, FL at BankAtlantic Center
•May 08 Orlando, FL at Hard Rock Live Orlando
•May 10 Houston, TX at Verizon Wireless Theatre
•May 18 Dallas, TX at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
•May 20 Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Bowl
•May 21 San Francisco, CA at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
•May 22 Las Vegas, NV at Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace

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