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‘American Idol’: Tyler, J.Lo Out, Mariah Carey In?


Less than 24 hours after legendary rocker Steven Tyler announced his exit from American Idol, Jennifer Lopez has revealed she will not return for the 12th season of Fox’s hit reality show.

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Chart News| Adam Lambert’s ‘Trespassing’ Debuts at No.1


Adam Lambert scores his first No. 1 album as Trespassing, his sophomore set, debuts atop Billboard’s Top 200 with 77,000 copies sold. Trespassing’s arrival ends fellow Idol alum Carrie Underwood’s two-week reign of the list, as Blown Away falls 1-3 with 54,000. Read the rest of this entry

Adam Lambert – “Better Than I Know Myself” (Official Music Video)


Adam Lambert battles himself in the music video for “Better Than I Know Myself,” the lead single from his upcoming sophomore album Trespassing, due March 20.  The visual captures the emotion of the rock-pop-infused track, which was co-written by Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly. I never paid much attention to Adam Lambert in the past, and I regret it. Bass heavy tracks like “Better Than I Know Myself” suit his voice perfectly.

Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige Tapped For New Season Of VH1’s ‘Behind The Music’


VH1’s Behind The Music  returns  next month with Missy Elliott, Ice Cube, Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin on tap for the new season.

The documentary series returns June 29 at 10 p.m. with an episode dedicated to Missy Elliott. The emcee, who has been out of the spotlight in recent years, addresses rumors about her weight and opens up about being sexually molested as a young child.

“Missy was great and very candid,” said Brad Abramson, series executive producer. “She talked for the first time about her [near fatal bout with] Graves disease, which she’s been battling for the last few years, and spoke in detail about the sexual abuse she experienced as a child.”

The series originally debuted in August 1997 and has profiled more than 200 musicians and events.

Eminem Expected To Lead 2011 Grammy Nominations


Nominations for the 2011 Grammy Awards won’t be announced until December 1, but with the  eligibility deadline closed, early favorites are already emerging.

According to a survey of record executives and industry observers conducted by Billboard, the 53rd annual Grammy Awards will  be  the “strongest and most competitive collection of record and song of the year nominees in recent memory.” This year’s awards will mirror the shift in the industry with the focus being less on albums and more on singles, which have become a commodity in recent years with the rise of digital single sales.

Music experts project Eminem will lead artists in nominations. Receiving nods in general categories such as ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year‘ as well as receiving nominations in the Hip-Hop fields.

Check out who industry insiders believe will clinch nominations in this year’s general fields including ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best New Artist‘ after the jump.

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Kelly Rowland’s New Album Pushed Back…Again!


Kelly Rowland is the latest artists to suffer the dreaded album pushed back. The as-yet-untitled album originally was scheduled to hit stores in September then was pushed to  October and now will see the light of day on November 2nd.

Rowland’s new disc features collaborations with Ne-Yo, David Guetta and Bangladesh. In an interview with  The Daily Telegraph she spoke about a new girl power anthem she recorded called “I’m That Chick.” She also hopes to write with “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert.

I don’t know about you but I’m somewhat over this project already. With three singles currently on iTunes, you’d think Universal Motown (her record label) would have planned things out. Do they honestly expected “Grown Woman” and “Rose Colored Glasses” to last until November? Though both songs are good and have hit potential, with no music videos or live performances, they’ve become more like background music instead of something to add to a playlist. Kelly, get it together.

Chart News: Boyle Smashes Your Favorites (Mine too)


The official numbers for the Billboard charts have been released as they are every Thursday and they tell a very interesting story.

Boyle's debut marks the best opening week for a female artist's debut album since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Boyle beats out Ashanti for the title, as her self-titled debut began with 503,000 in 2002 according to Billboard.com.

Susan Boyle’s  “I Dreamed a Dream” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling  701,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Boyle’s “Dream” posts the best sales week for an album in the U.S. this year and the best opening week for a female artist’s debut album in the SoundScan era.

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