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Neil Young, Crazy Horse Ride Again on Old Susanna (listen!)

Neil Young has proved once again he can spin and old saw into a psychedelic rock song, with the release of “Oh Susannah.” Yes, that “Old Susannah” from 19th century composer Stephen Foster. But what a difference. Young teams with his band Crazy Horse and pumps out the cover for his new album Americana. He opens the tune with his classic scratchy picking and strumming on his 1953 Les Paul Custom guitar....

John Mayer Wants Fresh Start in Shadow Days Video (watch!)

John Mayer steps out of the shadows with the release of his new video “Shadow Days.” Hopefully, he’s put his throat problems and his days of being a jerk behind him with his new album. Mayer, 34, has been sidelined since last September with a granuloma in his throat which had to be operated on. He was forced to cancel several shows and step out of the limelight to recover....

The Wanted's Chase the Sun Video Riffs on 'Twilight' (Watch)

The Wanted, the UK boy band that hit U.S. shores last month, have followed up with a new music video for single “Chasing the Sun.” The boys go right for the pulse of pop culture, mixing their music with a play on “Twilight” vampires. They band made its U.S. debut in March on the Ellen DeGeneres show and Jay Leno’s Tonight show, and earned a shoutout from teen sensation Justin Bieber....
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Fiona Apple's New Single, Every Single Night, Debuts (listen!)

Fiona won’t be mistaken for Lady Gaga or any other cookie-cutter dance-driven artist dominating the charts. Her new single “Every Single Night,” from her new album is a melodic tip-toeing through her subconscious. Apple, 34, set the music world on its ear with her debut album Tidal in 1996. She was just 19. Her distinctive contralto voice, piano skills and biting, angst-filled lyrics set her apart. She still stands alone....

Rihanna Coachella Drug Use Stokes Bad Girl Image (look!)

Rihanna likes to flaunt her bad girl image. She posted photos that look like she’s getting ready to snort cocaine, or maybe roll a joint off some guy’s bald head at the Coachella Music Festival. How bad ass is that? Of course, no serious coke-head would be so cavalier with their stash, if not out of fear of getting busted, then out of fear of watching the expensive powder blow away in the wind....
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Katy Perry Goofs on Carly Rae Jepsen Song at Coachella (watch!)

Katy Perry and friends have been making the scene at the Coachella Music Festival and decided to record themselves goofing on Carly Rae Jepsen’s smash song “Call Me Maybe.” The video was posted on YouTube this morning and features Katy and friends dancing, singing and goofing off to the smash....

Paul McCartney Hires Big Guns for My Valentine Video (watch!)

Paul McCartney’s bluesy “My Valentine,” which he wrote and dedicated to his new wife, Nancy Schevell is out on video. Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman are the only characters. The ex-Beatle debuted the video in Los Angeles last night (Apr. 13). Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (“Dark Knight,” “Inception”), Susanne Preissler and Paul Martinez produced and edited the minimalist, black and white clip, which runs just over three minutes....

Esperanza Spalding Jazzes Up the Daily Show (watch!)

Esperanza Spalding turned Jon Stewart’s Daily Show into a jazz club for two songs last night and belted out two songs from her new album Radio Music Society. Stewart doesn’t often do music, but when he does, it’s usually awesome. Spalding, 27, is well-known in jazz circles, but only vaulted to national attention last year when she set teen sensation Justin Bieber back on his heels by beating him out for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards....

Taylor Momsen, Johnny Depp Jam With Marilyn Manson (watch!)

Taylor Momsen battled Marilyn Manson for the heaviest eye shadow on stage at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles yesterday (Apr. 11) in a joint performance for the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards show. Johnny Depp also jumped up on stage and performed the Eurythmic’s tune “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and “The Beautiful People.”...
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Lisa Marie Presley Gutsy, Blues-Edged Single Out (Listen!)

Lisa Marie Presley is ushering in her first album in seven years, with the release of a new single “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” produced by 12-time Grammy winner T Bone Burnett. Needless to say, the daughter of King of Rock Elvis Presley spared no expense producing the album, recorded at The Village in Los Angeles. She sings in a breathy voice that sounds a lot like Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. It’s been described as “gutsy and blues-edged.”...
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Katy Perry Finds Fame Disgusting; She Should Know

Katy Perry’s career was all whipped cream a cherries until her marriage to Russell Brand went sour and ended in divorced. It left her with a sour taste for fame, which she considers “disgusting.” Katy sounded off about her music her upcoming 3D film and her desire to pursue a film career in a new interview with Teen Vogue magazine....

Jack White’s Disturbing Video; Is it Kiddie Porn? (watch!)

Jack White fires a blunderbuss in his new video for “Sixteen Saltines,” and it’s loaded with disturbing images of children that border on kiddie porn at worst, and a manual for depraved juvenile delinquency at best. White is flying solo now, but the tune has the same jarring guitar and pounding beat of his White Stripes days. Maybe the route he’s taking with the video is the only way to get attention in these coarse times....

Rufus Wainwright Taps Helena Bonham Carter for New Video

Rufus Wainwright, muse to the terminally hip, enlisted Helena Bonham Carter as a sexually frustrated librarian for the video for “Out of the Game,” the first single off his upcoming album by the same name. Wainwright himself goes through at least three separate personas in the clip; a debonair 10 o’clock scholar in a natty fedora, a woman with a mop hairdo and a stoned dude in a Sonic Youth tee-shirt....

Katherine McPhee Featured on New Smash Sountrack Album

Katherine McPhee, Debra Messing and Megan Hilty have hit the ground running in the NBC hit “Smash,” and producers are wasting no time capitalizing on the show with the release of a new soundtrack album. The show debuted to stellar ratings in no small part to McPhee’s hot role as an aspiring actress trying to make it big in a Broadway musical. about Marilyn Monroe. The show is being executive produced by Steven Spielberg...

Demi Lovato Wants Boyfriend Back in New Video (watch!)

Demi Lovato somehow got her signals crossed with her boyfriend and now she wants to let him know she wants him back in her new video for song “Give Your Heart a Break.” The song is the second single off her album Unbroken, which was released last September. The album peaked at No. 4 on the pop charts...

Is it True? Rihanna Can't Quit Chris Brown?

Rihanna looks bored out of her mind in Tokyo. She posted some cool photos of herself, but she looked glum. Could she really still be obsessing about Chris Brown? The singer, 24, tweeted a picture from the room with a million-dollar view high above the surrounding city. She's in the Japanese capital for the premiere of her movie "Battleship." Rihanna co-stars with Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson and Taylor Kitsch....

Jennifer Lopez Longs to Love on 'Dance Again' (listen!)

Jennifer Lopez hooks up with Pitbull on her new single “Dance Again,” (not that way!). It’s an insipid little tune that has the singer looking for a hot booty call. The song has a smooth upbeat sound and a steady thumping dance beat that would be hard to miss on the club floor. Pitbull collaborated with Lopez on her 2011 song “On the Floor.” ...

Chris Brown Gets High in New 'How I Feel' Video (watch!)

Chris Brown gets reflective in a new video for his song “How I Feel” using the ultimate status symbol, a private jet, as the video’s backdrop. The song touches on all of the events in his life that have shaped him, including his 2009 beat down of then girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The visual approach to the song is less than apologetic....

Flaming Lips, Bon Iver Sing 'Ashes in Air' Off New Album (listen!)

The Flaming Lips have gone through the mill, but Wayne Coyne has always been its guiding star. Now he calls on a slew of friends for new album The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends. Lead single “Ashes in the Air” with Bon Iver is their first release. The new record is notable because it will be released on vinyl on Record Store Day (Apr. 21) and because more than a dozen artists collaborate on the double LP set....