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'American Idol' finalist Pia Toscano claims her spotlight with debut single 'This Time'

It’s only been a week since we learned that Pia Toscano—the American Idol contestant whose ninth-place finish caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the judges and fans—had in fact scored a long-rumored record deal with Interscope.

But thanks to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and the ever-impatient Internet, we can already listen to the debut single from season 10’s cause célèbre. Check it out here:


Countess Luann of NYC 'Housewives' releases new single: Hear it and weep

Sometimes one brash atrocity follows closely on the heels of another.

But Countess LuAnn of the NYC Real Housewives was kind enough to wait more than a year before unleashing her second single, “Chic, C’est La Vie,” on the world.

This comatose club thumper is an ode to the “money power and romance” that fill LuAnn de Lesseps’ waking hours. “Life is but a dream/When every day you’re living is featured on TV,” she asserts, but this music video itself indicates that perhaps her musical moments are best left undocumented by camera, tape recorder, or human ear. Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry and Robyn take a sweet-toothed teenage dream tour to New Jersey

Katy Perry brought her sugarcoated psychedelic dreamland to New Jersey last night, using her California Dreams tour to tell the story of a young lady who follows her feline companion Kitty Purry into a circuitous Candy Land-esque setting filled with hallucination-inducing brownies, a slutty slot machine (ha?) and a cavalcade of Top 10 hits.

Say what you will about Katy Perry—sure, she has a weak singing voice and her songs are mostly devoid of substance—but as a courier of frothy delights and eye-catching effulgence, she’s become one of today’s most-satisfying pop stars.

Her stage show—which boasted airborne mimes, floating cotton candy clouds and a gingerbread man kick-line—was a visual feast that brought to mind a tweenage version of Cirque du Soleil. And make no mistake: this stage show was a dream constructed for, and occupied almost exclusively by, teens. I doubt more than ten percent of the crowd was over twenty, and most of those adults were chaperoning fist-pumping teens in blue wigs and candy-button dresses. READ FULL STORY

Metallica and Lou Reed reveal secret collaboration on full-length album

You read that right: Modern metal’s founding fathers Metallica (left) have recorded an album with alt-rock godfather Lou Reed (not pictured due to shyness).

Although it seems like a curious combination at first—Stephanie Says Kill ‘Em All? Master of Taking a Walk on the Wild Side? Romeo Had Juliette After Entering Sandman?—Reed was the first major rocker to release an album of uncompromising (and almost unlistenable) noise rock with 1975’s Metal Machine Music. So maybe this combination was inevitable. Plus, the Velvet Underground had an album called Loaded: Was it a spiritual precursor to Metallica’s ’90s albums Load and ReLoad? (Answer: no.)

According to a statement on Metallica’s website, Lou and the boys have been “kicking around the idea of making a record together” since they shared the stage for the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a couple years ago. Here’s the full statement: READ FULL STORY

Christina Aguilera's almost-nude magazine cover: Should a human body look like that?

There’s nothing particularly shocking about a magazine cover girl who isn’t exactly a covered girl.

But the photo of Christina Aguilera on the new issue of W Magazine has to be one of the oddest images in her visually eclectic career.

Could this be another example of Photoshop run wild? Truthfully, I kind of hope so: no healthy human body is meant to look like that. Actually, I’m not sure any human body does actually look like this: her elongated, stick-thin body looks more like Modigliani than flesh and blood.

Or perhaps the same people who once famously stretched out Paula Abdul in her “The Promise of a New Day” video have struck again after laying dormant so many years. (For an explanation of that, refer to In Living Color‘s wonderfully illustrative parody.)

Then again, maybe this rubbery, emaciated form is truly what Christina looks like these days (she must really count her carbs—and taking her human growth hormones). Clearly, the crazy amount of money she’s making from The Voice—she reportedly earns as much as the other three judges combined—is not going toward groceries. READ FULL STORY

Paramore releases 'Monster' for 'Transformers' movie: Is the now-trio dissing their departed bandmates?

Although “Monster” is the first official single from Paramore following the acrimonious departure of founding members Josh and Zac Farro, you wouldn’t be able to tell the band is two members short just from listening.

The remaining trio stays the marketably melancholy course on this song for the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack.

“Monster” is exactly the kind of dark, tightly-constructed emo you would expect from Paramore. Sure, it’s a tad sludgier than their usual fare, but the crisp, angular guitar work keeps the track from sounding too close to ’90s alt-rock.

The most interesting thing about this single, however, are the lyrics: My (conspiracy) theory is this song is about airing rock stars’ dirty laundry, and not Robots in Disguise. Listen to it here: READ FULL STORY

Santana from 'Glee' scores album deal: Is Naya Rivera a promising solo singer? Take our poll!

Another Glee cast member is flying free with an upcoming solo album… and surprisingly, that person is STILL not Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, or Amber Riley.

Instead Naya Rivera—who plays the sharp-tongued, conniving cheerleader Santana Lopez—has scored a deal with Columbia Records.

I guess the old saying is true: nice guys finish last. Or in this case, actors who portray nice guys on musical high school melodramas finish last.

Following hot on the heels of Mark Salling (who plays bad boy Puck) and Matthew Morrison entering the solo music realm, Rivera will commence recording her debut once the current Glee tour wraps. READ FULL STORY

Britney Spears' latest interview: Is that all there is?

In her Harper’s BAZAAR cover story, pop princess Britney Spears reveals that after more than a decade in the spotlight, she’s started to take control of her life.

“I’m more straightforward and I speak up more than I did before,” Spears said after being asked how motherhood has affected her career.

Saucy! It sounds like Britney’s taking charge. So what else does she have to say now that she’s come into her own as an independent, freethinking adult?

“I’m like everybody else,” Spears offered. Fierce! Defiant! A true iconoclast. She’s certainly leading by example for those young girls who look up to her: take a stand by blending into the crowd!

To be fair, the full quote is, “I’m pretty normal, you know? Like I said, the type of day I love is just like everybody else’s. I’m like everybody else.” And that was in response to the question, “What don’t people know about you?”

I can’t say the knowledge that Britney is “pretty normal” comes as much of a revelation. After all, the only controversial moment in her career (as far as things interviewers still bring up) was that kiss with Madonna eight years ago… and I think we all know which diva was the mastermind behind that publicity stunt.

As for Britney’s future, we did learn some scintillating scoop about her upcoming tour: “The tour rehearsals have been going really well. I think it will be my best show yet.”

Best. Show. Yet!

Readers, are you disappointed in Britney’s press rounds for Femme Fatale? Or do you think it’s best just to let the (pretty great) music speak for itself?

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Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Rufus and Martha Wainwright pay musical tribute to the late Kate McGarrigle

On Friday night, New York’s Town Hall was filled with family, friends, and followers of the late singer/songwriter Kate McGarrigle, who passed away last year at age 63 after battling sarcoma.

Performing songs from her rich catalog for the second night of this sarcoma fundraising tribute, the stage was filled with an eclectic array of musicians including Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Antony Hegarty, her sister/collaborator Anna McGarrigle as well as her children, Rufus and Martha Wainwright (from her marriage to Loudon Wainwright, who was not present but nevertheless “richly implicated in the evening” as banjo player Chaim Tannenbaum so brilliantly phrased it).

Kate, who released two seminal albums in the ’70s with her sister Anna, was a pioneer of cerebral folk music that was at once heartfelt and ironic: it was traditional music coming from connected urbanites (born in Montreal, living in New York) who wryly fetishized the perceived simplicities of rural life. READ FULL STORY

'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne': New documentary presents the life, art, and addiction of the metal madman

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, a documentary about the life and times of the Prince of Darkness, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this Sunday.

What could have been a glossy, fawning tribute to the most visible face in heavy metal music history—especially considering it was co-produced by his son, Jack—actually turned out to be a remarkably evenhanded look at Ozzy’s monumental musical influence as well as his less exemplary life as an addict and often-absent father.

The rock doc starts with Osbourne’s poor childhood in the cramped quarters of inner-city Birmingham, England, and goes up to his long-sought sobriety following the end of the water-cooler fodder reality series The Osbournes.

In Ozzy’s own words, “nothing really happened” in his life until he first heard the Beatles. “It was like someone had turned the world on to me,” said the Ozzman regarding his first exposure to “She Loves You.” “I knew I was going to be a rock star the rest of my life.” (Speaking of Beatles, Sir Paul is one of the numerous interviewees paying tribute to Ozzy’s impact). READ FULL STORY

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