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1. Adam Yauch: RIP MCA.
2. Amanda Palmer: The former Dresden Doll raises more than $400,000 on Kickstarter for her next album. That’s kick ass.
3. Jack White: One is not the loneliest number: White scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as a solo artist: a feat he never reached as half of the White Stripes.
4. Michael Jackson: Pepsi deal will result in his image in on more than 1 billion Pepsi cans in the, perhaps oddly, titled “Live for Now” campaign.
5. Skylar Laine: Another favorite leaves “American Idol” earlier than expected. She’ll be back on a record label near you soon.
6. Dave Grohl: Add director to the Foo Fighter’s resume: He’s behind a new documentary on Sound City, the Los Angeles’ studio where, among others, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was recorded.
7. The Grammys: A New York judge dismissed a suit filed by a Latin jazz musician who alleged that the cutting out 31 categories hurt artists’ earning power.
8. Carly Rae Jepsen: Justin Bieber’s buddy scores her first top 5 hit with “Call Me Maybe.” As the tattoo on the hot dude in the video (viewed 47 million times) states, “The sky’s the limit.”
9. Justin Bieber: Sure, his video for “Boyfriend” finally debuted, but it’s his “Most Viral Video Ever” for Ryan Seacrest that deserves the attention: Puppies plus sneezing babies = total win.
10. Casper Smart: Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend lands the job of choreographing her new tour. Nice perk of dating the boss.
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Like any right-thinking nerd with no childcare or other scheduling conflicts, I made sure to see "The Avengers" during the opening weekend. Our movie team has covered the film pretty exhaustively, but as both a longtime Avengers fan (who uses this poster as part of his son's bedtime ritual) and a longtime Joss Whedon fan, I couldn't resist jumping into the fray. I have a spoiler-filled review (as with many of my TV reviews, designed to be read only after you've seen the film) coming up just as soon as I show you my vintage trading cards...
Carrie Underwood will handily score her third No. 1 album next week as “Blown Away” by the former “American Idol” champ could sell up to 300,000 copies in its debut frame.
“Blown Away” is one of six potential new entries in next week’s Billboard 200 as the chart sees some major shifts and many races too close to call between now and when the chart closes Sunday night. Norah Jones’ excellent “Broken Little Hearts” and “Now That’s What I Call Music 42” are in a dead heat for the No. 2 slot with each slated to move between 95,000 and 105,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double.
Adele’s “21” remains in the top 5 for its 1000th or so week, most likely at No. 4, while “B.o.B’s” “Strange Clouds” and Lionel Richie’s former No. 1, “Tuskegee” are also too close to call for fifth place.
This week’s top title, Jack White’s “Blunderbuss,” will fall to No. 7. One Direction’s “Up All Night” and “The Music Of Smash” are duking it out for the No. 8 spot, while Marilyn Manson’s “Born Villain” will crash in at No. 10.
I've been out all afternoon, so the sudden news of Adam Yauch -- better known as MCA of The Beastie Boys -- succumbing to cancer has been all Twitter remembrances and mobile news briefs for me. And all sadness. HitFix's Katie Hasty has plenty to say about it here, Melinda Newman here. Really and truly, I feel like a piece of me went with him. And I think anyone who has grown up with that music knows what it has meant.
But as many movie sites have dutifully pointed out, Yauch's creative reach was significant in the film world as well. And his tenure as a driving force behind indie distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has ushered brave pick-ups and challenging cinematic material to the fore for the last four years or so.
Awards success greeted a few of those titles. Most significant was a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Woody Harrelson as well as a Best Original Screenplay nomination for Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman for "The Messenger" in 2009, which itself flirted with the first-ever expanded Best Picture line-up during that season.
Gone are the ballerinas of "Runaway." Kanye West has recruited a different dancer crew for "Lost in the World."
After 18 months on the market, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has finally yielded another music video. "Lost" -- which features vocals from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and a sample from the late, great Gil Scott-Heron -- is shot in all black and white, with nary a shot of Ye's full face. We do get an eyeful, however, of tortured and slick mirrors and skylines, with a well-placed dancer depicting the heaven and hell in which the rapper wallows.
This Ruth Hogben-directed clip plays out more like a fashion video, though the only style for the ladies here is an XL beefy tee. That makes sense, though. It's a gorgeous way to sell the song.
West has been in headlines lately for the relaunch of his G.O.O.D. music initiatives, including a new song "Mercy" with his cohorts and a controversial remix of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like."