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Skylar Grey talks penning 'I Need a Doctor,' her name change, and why her upcoming album may have a sound we've never heard before

Skylar-Grey_320.jpg Image Credit: Greg LaurenEven though we didn’t actually get a good look at Skylar Grey on the Grammys stage as she performed “I Need a Doctor” with Eminem and Dr. Dre, it was still a coming out party for the Wisconsin native who had 80 kids in her high school graduating class and turns 25 Wednesday.

Grey, who was also nominated for two Grammys for penning the Rihanna-sung chorus to Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” tells EW her team has since been bombarded with emails from people wanting to work together, but she declines to name names, because you never know which collaborations will actually happen. (For her Twitter followers who know Nikki Sixx reached out via tweet about writing a song together, she says he has spoken to her manager but nothing has been set up yet.)

Keeping her in the shadows during the Grammys performance—something new fan Shirley Manson questioned—was intentional, Grey says. “My whole roll-out as Skylar Grey has been this mysterious being,” says the artist formerly known as Holly Brook. (She released the 2006 album Like Blood Like Honey and the 2010 EP O’Dark Thirty under that moniker, her first and middle names.) “If you’ve seen the website, even the pictures are very shadowed because we’re slowly easing me out. I’m not a big fan of trying to be a sex symbol or any of that stuff because I really like the music to speak for itself. And so I wanted to make that clear from the very beginning.”  READ FULL STORY

Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne, The Black Keys and more confirmed to rock Bonnaroo's 2011 festival

Nashville, Tennessee is the country capital  as far as music’s concerned. But this June some of hip-hop’s elite, as well as talents from other genres, will bring their skills just south to a 700 acre farm in Manchester. The Bonnaroo festival, celebrating its tenth birthday, announced its lineup today. Though they didn’t reveal the entire slate, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, and Neil Young all are confirmed acts.


What was Grammy's biggest surprise?

eminemImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comLast night’s Grammy ceremony was full of surprising twists that enlivened the performances and had a major impact on the awards. Esperanza Spalding won for Best New Artist, upsetting box-office superstar Justin Bieber, Drake and Mumford and Sons. Arcade Fire lost to the Black Keys for Best Alternative Music Album, but then rebounded to edge Eminem for Album of the Year. Shady, who had been nominated for 10 awards, had to settle for only two trophies, for Rap Album and Rap Solo Performance. (Maybe that’s why he dropped that F-bomb during “Love the Way You Lie.”) And then there was Lady Gaga arriving in an egg, and then sporting a set of horns; Christina Aguilera nearly tumbled; and Cee-Lo’s outfit was a feathery rainbow connection. So many twists and shockers, but what would you say was the biggest? Vote below. READ FULL STORY

Bob Dylan to perform at Grammys with Mumford and Sons and Avett Brothers

dylan-mumford-sonsImage Credit: Gary Miller/FilmMagic.comBob Dylan will perform at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards, it was announced today. The legendary singer-songwriter is set to take part in a salute to acoustic music with Grammy nominee Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers.


Lady Gaga, Eminem set to perform at the Grammys

Grammy nominees Arcade Fire, Eminem, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, and Katy Perry will all perform at this year’s show, the ceremony’s producers announced today. It’s the first Grammy performance for Arcade Fire and Lambert.

The Grammys will be held Sunday, February 13.

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Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton, the Ramons among Grammy lifetime achievement honorees
Kid-music star Justin Roberts talks about his Grammy nomination and why children’s music is more serious than you think

Eminem attracted to 'Random Acts of Violence' but 'nothing is set in stone'

Nine years after starring in 8 Mile, Eminem is poised to get back in front of the camera. According to Fox, the rapper is attached to play an ex-con in the crime thriller Random Acts of Violence. His character is torn between falling back into a life of crime and cooperating with the feds. David Von Ancken (Californication) is writing and attached as the director. Update: Eminem’s camp confirmed his involvement, but emphasized caution with a statement: “Eminem’s producing team, including his manager Paul Rosenberg, have been developing this project for some time. Everyone involved hopes that it comes to fruition and the film goes into production, but as of right now nothing is set in stone and there is no firm start date.”

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Eminem’s ‘Recovery’: is 2010′s best-selling album: Good or bad news?
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Eminem's 'Recovery' was 2010's best-selling album: Good news or bad for the music industry?

EminemImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comEminem‘s Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010, according to year-end figures released by Nielsen SoundScan. Recovery sold 3.42 million copies in the U.S. between Jan. 4, 2010 and Jan. 2, 2011, easily beating runners-up like Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (3.09 million), Taylor Swift’s Speak Now (2.96 million), and Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 (2.32 million).

Those numbers are obviously music to the ears of the labels that released those albums. But the rest of Nielsen SoundScan’s year-end report contains some less pleasing news for the industry as a whole. Album sales were down 12.7 percent in 2010, with a grand total of 326.2 million albums sold compared to 2009′s 373.9 million. That figure includes all physical formats (CDs, LPs, even cassettes), as well as digital albums sold via services like iTunes. The tally looks a little better if you also include “track equivalent albums,” which count groups of 10 track downloads as one album; using that metric, overall album sales in 2010 were down only 9.5 percent. Finally, if you count all individual digital track sales as well, plus music videos and CD singles, the percentage decline in overall music sales goes down to 2.4 percent. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' No.1 on Billboard 200 albums chart

For its fifth non-conscutive week, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now is No. 1 on Billboard‘s 200 albums chart, selling 77,000 copies. Eminem’s Recovery jumps up five spots to No.2 with  63,000 albums sold, while Rihanna’s Loud comes in at No. 3, moving 62,000 units. Check out the entire top 10 below.

Jan. 5, 2011′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 77,000

No. 2 – Eminem, Recovery: 63,000

No. 3 – Rihanna, Loud: 62,000

No. 4 – Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: 61,000

No. 5 – Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: 59,000

No. 6 – Daft Punk, TRON: Legacy: 54,000

No. 7 – Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans: 45,000

No. 8 – Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More: 39,000

No. 9 – Katy Perry, Teenage Dream: 38,000

No. 10 – Keyshia Cole, Calling All Hearts:  37,000

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Dec. 29, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

'American Idol': Major music producers Alex da Kid, Tricky Stewart, Darkchild working with auditioning contestants in Las Vegas

American-Idol-producersImage Credit: Todd Duffey/PR Photos; Janet Mayer/PR Photos; John Shearer/; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comThe big changes on American Idol in its 10th season just keep on coming. This week, about 60 auditioning contestants (whittled down from 325 who made it to the Hollywood week round) have been rehearsing at the Las Vegas Mirage hotel to perform Beatles songs on the stage that Cirque du Soleil performs its Beatles-themed show LOVE. EW has learned that music executive and Idol‘s new in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine — whose mega-label Universal Music Group will release the Idol winner’s first album — has been in Las Vegas mentoring the potential contestants for those performances, and has assembled an impressive roster of major music producers to help: Alex da Kid (who produced Eminem’s megahit “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, and B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams), Christopher “Tricky” Stewart (Justin Bieber’s “Baby” featuring Ludacris, Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”, Rihanna’s “Umbrella”), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” featuring Beyoncé, the Pussycat Doll’s “When I Grow Up”), Polow da Don (several Keri Hilson tracks, including “Turnin’ Me On” featuring Lil Wayne), and Jim Jonsin (Nelly’s “Just a Dream”, T.I.’s “Whatever You Like”). The contestants will only perform for Idol judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler, and not a live audience.

An Idol insider explains to EW that this is part of the season-long effort to get audiences to know the kids better as people and artists, and to get them out of their comfort zones and more accustomed to what life as a major music star would be like — i.e. putting down the guitar, and getting used to the big stage.

“Been shootin’ for American Idol all day,” Alex da Kid tweeted yesterday. “There were some kool kids [sic].”

Eminem, Train top iTunes year-end sales charts

eminem-trainImage Credit: Karin CattEminem‘s Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010 at the iTunes Music Store, while Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister” was the biggest single, according to year-end charts released by Apple today. Other top-selling albums came from Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, and Lady Antebellum. Katy Perry, B.o.B, and Eminem were among the singles chart’s runners-up.

Click through to the jump for the full list of iTunes’ top 10 best-selling albums and singles. For much more, visit iTunes’ “Rewind 2010″ page. Then let us know what you think. Surprised by any of these results? READ FULL STORY

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