Kelly Clarkson Is “Stronger” Than Adele On This Week’s Charts

by (@kat_george)

Last week we wondered if Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” could topple Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” to take the number one spot on the Billboard 100, after the song snuck up to number two, just behind the dominating Adele. Well, our Kelly has done us proud in the chart battle of the divas, usurping the as yet undefeated Adele to steal first. “Stronger” is Kelly’s third number one hit after 2002′s “A Moment Like This” and 2009′s “My Life Would Suck Without You.” We’re huge Adele fans, but we’re also pretty stoked to see Kelly take the lead — it’s wonderful that the top spot is getting shared amongst such deserving ladies! And the icing on the cake? Both ladies will be performing at this weekend’s Grammy awards show — it will be Adele’s first live performance since recovering from vocal chord surgery, and for Kelly the show will follow her moving rendition of the national anthem at last weekend’s Super Bowl.

54th Annual Grammy Awards will air on Sunday February 12th at 8 PM ET on CBS.

Kelly Clarkson Drives ‘Stronger’ to Hot 100 Summit [Billboard]

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Beach Boys To Perform For The First Time In More Than 20 Years At The Grammys With Maroon 5 And Foster The People

by (@kat_george)

Grammy fever is surging ahead of Sunday’s awards ceremony. And if this latest announcement doesn’t get you giddy with excitement, then we’re afraid nothing can help you. The surviving members of The Beach Boys will perform for the first time in over 20 years at the Grammys — and will be joined by Maroon 5 and Foster The People! Knowing our excitement at merely playing witness to the iconic occasion, we can only imagine the pure happiness that the Foster boys and Maroon 5 must be feeling to be included in what will surely be a moment to remember.

The Beach Boys lineup will include Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Mark, and in addition to the Grammys, The Boys will be touring and recording a new album. Of the reunion, Brian Wilson said, “I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.” The Beach Boys will be joining a legendary cast of performers for what is set to be a spectacular Grammys stage, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Adele, a duet from Coldplay and Rihanna, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars and Jason Aldean.

Beach Boys Reunion Begins at Grammys, With Foster the People & Maroon 5 [Billboard]

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Do You Think Black Sabbath Can Reform Without Bill Ward? Fans Say No Way On Facebook!

by (@kat_george)

Last week we reported that Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was reluctant to sign a contract for the reformation of the band for a reunion tour and new album. Of the contract, Ward said, “I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the Black Sabbath album and tour, however, I am unable to continue unless a ‘signable’ contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band. Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another ‘unsignable’ contract was handed to me. If I sign as-is, I stand to lose my rights, dignity and respectability as a rock musician.”

Now it seems like Black Sabbath are preparing to go forward with the reunion — with or without Ward. Rumours are rife that the band has already lined up a replacement drummer, but fans are not going to take it lying down. A Facebook group has popped up, called “1,000,000 Black Sabbath fans say yes to Bill Ward,” and as of right now the group has 11,113 likes. The pages’ mission statement simply states, “We all feel that any Black Sabbath Reunion must include original drummer Bill Ward.” It also includes statements like, “Thin Lizzy sounded better the minute Brian Downing rejoined the band, UFO always sounds better with Andy Parker behind the kit, I can’t imagine Deep Purple without Ian Paice. No Bonzo = No Led Zeppelin. The Who ain’t The Who without Keith. Bill Ward is the drummer for Black Sabbath!!”

What do you think? Do you think Black Sabbath can go ahead without Bill Ward? Will you be joining the Facebook protest? Or do you think another drummer would suit the line up just fine? Let us know in the poll below!

Black Sabbath Fans Rally Behind Bill Ward As Group Reportedly Finds Replacement Drummer [Ultimate Classic Rock]
1,000,000 Black Sabbath fans say yes to Bill Ward [Facebook]

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The 6 Best Sets Of Devastated Raccoon Eyes In Music Video History

by (@kat_george)

Oh, heartbreak! We’ve all felt it’s cruel pincers nipping at our heart at one time or another, and we’ve all at some point cried the devastated tears of loss. And let’s be real — we’ve probably listened to one of our favorite pop stars sing about the whole sordid palaver while we’ve wallowed in our own despair. So that got us to thinking of the expressiveness of sadness in music videos, and the one motif that seems consistent across the songs of different artists — black mascara tears. Because musicians are not always the best actors, and because of the highly visual spectacle of pop music, dramatic smudged raccoon eyes in scenes where the stars are crying seems like a go to for the more melancholy songs. With that in mind, we’ve selected our favorite runny raccoon eyes — have we missed any? What are your faves?

1. Beyoncé – “Why Don’t You Love Me?”
Beyoncé wins best panda eyes on the strength of melodrama. Oh, and because she looks really hot in vintage style lingerie. Clearly tortured, Beyoncé’s panda eyes are paired with martinis, cigarettes, and just the right amount of crazy to make the whole thing unbearably sexy.

2. Katy Perry – “The One That Got Away”

There’s so much emotion in the scene where Katy Perry is crying in her future self’s wardrobe in “The One That Got Away” that we just want to give the girl a big hug. Katy gets points for realism — we’re pretty sure that even without the panda eyes we’d still feel the heartbreak.

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Tuned In: Posted Artist The Fray Performs A Pulsing “Heartbeat” On Letterman

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VH1′s Posted artist, The Fray, played their pulsing track “Heartbeat” on Letterman last night. With a pounding beat and emotionally resonant lyrics, The Fray bought their brand of soaring rock-pop to the stage for a stirring performance. Frontman Isaac Slade’s high notes were impeccable, and he even took a moment to get amongst the audience in a spine tingling display of camaraderie that fit with the themes of the song and powerful music.

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Last Lap: M.I.A. Will Have To Shell Out The Big Bucks To Cover Any FCC Fines That Might Arise From Her Bird

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M.I.A. Will Have To Shell Out The Big Bucks To Cover Any FCC Fines That Might Arise From Her Bird
M.I.A.‘s contract with NBC states that she’ll have to shell out to cover any fines that might be enforced by the FCC following her Super Bowl performance. While the world waits with baited breath to see if the most famous finger in the consumerist world will be reprimanded by the FCC, we’re guessing M.I.A is waiting just as anxiously to see what happens, especially since Janet Jackson‘s nip-slip cost CBS a cool $550,000. [Spin]

Alicia Keys And Bonnie Raitt Will Honor Etta James At The Grammys
Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt will duet in honor of Etta James at the Grammys, and they’ve got a lot to live up to after Christina Aguilera‘s stirring rendition of “At Last” at the late legend’s funeral. [Idolator]

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Evan Dando Parties In Phoenix, Posts Questionable Afterparty Photo To Twitter

by (@kat_george)

Evan Dando has always been one of the music world’s free spirits. From his days in the Lemonheads, to his short-lived affair with Courtney Love, there’s always been aspects of the rock rebel in his persona. Now his sense of candid charm is coming through on Twitter, after he posted this hilarious photo of some… er… questionable post-concert behavior in Phoenix. Have a look and see for yourself after the jump, but be warned, it’s NSFW. And NSFN, too (Not Safe For Noses).

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Prepare To Give Madonna Even More Luvin’ As She Announces A World Tour

by (@kat_george)

Madonna‘s riding the hype train and it doesn’t look like she’s disembarking any time soon. The Queen Of Pop, following her spectacular Super Bowl show (which was overshadowed by that middle finger), has announced that she’ll be taking to the road on tour to promote her forthcoming album, MDNA. The tour will kick of on May 29th in Tel Aviv and will continue until it wraps up States side in late November.

We’re guessing the tour will be just as much as a visual feast as the Super Bowl, and we fancy that Madge will play some of the classic hits too, but what we’re really curious about is the guests. Will she have any? Will she bring M.I.A. back for “Give Me All Your Luvin’” after The Bird Flip That Stopped The World Turning (it’s still unclear as to whether or not the incident was staged, or if Madonna is furious with Maya or not)? Or will Nicki be left to cover both rappers parts, after she behaved like such a good little girl for Mamma Madonna at the Super Bowl?

Madonna Announces North American Tour [Prefix]
2012 World Tour – Official Press Release [Madonna.com]

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Jay-Z Plays His Ode To Baby Blue Ivy, “Glory,” Live At Carnegie Hall For Charity

by (@kat_george)

The New York Times described Jay-Z‘s performance last night, “the highest-profile hip-hop show ever at Carnegie Hall.” Playing two shows in support of charity (the second one being tonight), Jay-Z is proving that he might not be as miserly as we first thought — the concerts are being put on in support of the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

From all accounts, last night’s show was an inspiring event, with guests Alicia Keys for “Empire State of Mind,” and Nas for “N.Y. State of Mind” and “If I Ruled The World” (for which Keys sang the Lauryn Hill part) joining Jay-Z on stage, before he finally took to a balcony to close the show amongst his enthusiastic fans. But according to reports, the shining moment of the night was when Jay-Z sang his ode to new baby daughter, Blue Ivy, “Glory.” After the emotional song, Hov told the audience, “I didn’t think I was gonna make it through that one. That one was tough.” We love the track, and we’re glad Jay-Z is keeping it in his repertoire. We’re also wondering if new mom Beyoncé was just as emotional as Jay — she was in attendance at the concert, which was her first post-birth public appearance, and she looked great!

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The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Says He “Feels Bad” For Artists Like Lana Del Rey

by (@kat_george)

The Black Keys have gone from dishing out downright insults (see their recent bashing of Nickelback in Rolling Stone) to offering some slightly backhanded compliments. Recently, the two Ohio natives were asked their opinion on Lana Del Rey‘s overnight success and her controversial Saturday Night Live performance, drummer Patrick Carney told MTV that “It’s different for everybody. It took us a really long time to get on Saturday Night Live, and it took her a shorter amount of time. But I honestly feel bad for a lot of bands that are starting out with the way things are… The trends kind of flip over so fast — something’s cool and not cool and it all happens within two to three months.” For those of you scoring at home, that’s a bit of sweet (“I honestly feel bad”) mixed with a taste of sour (essentially saying LDR’s career will be over in “two to three months”).

Frontman Dan Auerbach had a similar comment to make on the matter; “On some level, we’ve seen that Lana Del Rey thing since we first started, like, all of a sudden this new band would be headlining festivals, and we’re like, ‘Wait, how did they get that?’ We’ve been here for two, three, four, five years and we’re still working our way up. But then they’re gone. Just as quickly as they get up there, they disappear.” Obviously, The Black Keys are veterans in the game, and have had to work very hard for a long time to find mainstream fame (which only came very recently with the release of El Camino in 2011) and we wholeheartedly commend them for their resilience and determination.

But while we’ve come to expect controversial commentary from The Keys, we’re starting to really feel their bitterness over the success of acts they’ve deemed lesser than themselves, and it’s not a good look. Are they really the arbiters of what kind of fame is legitimate? Does it matter if Lana’s stock drops in a few months? Isn’t her moment in the spotlight just as important as theirs, regardless of how lengthy or brief it might be?

The Black Keys say they ‘feel bad’ for artists like Lana Del Rey [NME]

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