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Alternative Rock Crown Slips; Lorde More Pop, Less Filling (watch!)

Lorde, who broke all the rules with her debut studio album, Pure Heroine, appears to be falling back in line with her latest set, Melodrama. Her two new songs, “Green Light” and “Liability,” veer into pop commercialism. Lorde broke out with her debut single “Royals,” a powerful ballad that made a strong statement about social inequality and the pursuit of crass commercialism. But the Queen of Alternative Rock may be having her Bob Dylan moment...

Ed Sheeran Sings Two Songs Off New Album ‘÷’ (Divide) on SNL (See!)

Ed Sheeran, the English singer and songwriter who has brought folk-rock back into the mainstream, sang his new song, “Castle on the Hill,” for the first time on television last night on “Saturday Nigh Live.” The tune is off his new album “÷” Divide. Also from the album, Sheeran performed “Shape of You,” a tune recently released in tandem with “Castle” as a digital download....

Bruce Springsteen Brings Glory Days Back to Saturday Night Live (watch!)

Bruce Springsteen returned to Saturday Night Live (SNL) and recalled the show’s glory days with two songs off his new compilation album The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. Bruce first played on the show in 1992 and made his third appearance this weekend. Last night, he performed the lead track off his new album “The Ties That Bind” and “Meet Me In The City.” ...

Alabama Shakes Rattles and Rolls SNL With ‘Gimme All Your Love’ (see!)

Alabama Shakes played “Gimme All Your Love” for the first time on television on “Saturday Night Live” featuring the spectacular guitar work and vocals of lead singer Brittany Howard. She belted out the bluesy, R&B tune in what has become her signature style. The band, which formed in Athens, Ala., in 2009, consists of guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, keyboardist Ben Tanner and drummer Steve Johnson. They released their debut album, Boys & Girls, in 2012....

Chris Martin Dances With Abandon With Coldplay on SNL (watch)

Chris Martin, recently “uncoupled” from wife of 10 years Gwyneth Paltrow made his first public performance since their split, dancing with abandon to “A Sky Full Of Stars” on Saturday Night Live. Martin, frontman for UK supergroup Coldplay, has accepted much of the blame for the break of his marriage and the couple is trying to move on with some New Age assistance. Paltrow and Martin announced the split in March...

Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Rocks Today’s Rockefeller Ctr (watch!)

Miley Cyrus showed up at NBC’s Today Show ready to sing and belted out her latest song “Wrecking Ball,” and threw in an old favorite, “Party in the USA,” which helped launch her singing career. Her latest album Bangerz hits streets tomorrow (Oct. 8), and sales are expected to skyrocket. Miley, in a sense, is completing her promotional arc for the record that began with her off-the-charts performance on the MTV Video Music Awards. ...

Bruno Mars Stands Out as Master of His Own Unique Sound (video)

Of all the albums and artists that surfaced last year around this time on “Best of” lists, only one has made good on their promise. And, that is unquestionably Bruno Mars. His debut album doo-wops & hooligans was an amalgam of everything right and wrong with music today. Mars aka, Peter Gene Hernándezis, is simply a whirling dervish of creativity; he wrote, sang, produced or co-produced everything on his first album....

Frank Ocean Builds Pyramids in New Video for Song (watch!)

Frank Ocean continues his sold run on “Saturday Night Live” with a new video for his song “Pyramids.” Ocean’s rising career follows years when he worked as a songwriter for such artists as Brandy, Justin Bieber and John Legend. Ocean, 24, had his coming out party, so to speak, on SNL last weekend. He performed two songs, “Thinking About You” and a shortened version of “Pyramids.” His debut studio album, Channel Orange, was released in July as a digital download exclusively on iTunes and was released as a CD the following week. Three songs off the album have charted as singles, the two he performed on SNL and “Sweet Life.”...

Lindsay Lohan, Jack White to Tackle Saturday Night Live

Lindsay Lohan is taking another stop in her comeback effort, She's landed a return spot as host on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." She also will have a powerful music guest, Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes. The move will give her a chance to regain control of her image. Since her DUI arrest in 2007 and the string of legal problems that followed, she's been a creature of the tabloids....