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Dr. Dre debuts 'I Need a Doctor' video, pays tribute to Eazy-E: See it here!

Another footnote to the Ruthless Records era has just been written. Dr. Dre debuted his new video for “I Need a Doctor,” the second single off his third—and, supposedly, final—album, Detox. And it does feel like a career-capper. Check it out: READ FULL STORY

Arcade Fire's manager bites back at music exec's open letter to Grammys: 'They just made the best album'

Arcade FireArcade Fire manager Scott Rodger has (arcade) fired back at allegations that his Canadian indie rockers knew about their “Album of the Year” Grammy win ahead of time.

Rodger insists there was “no big plot” in spite of what industry player Steve Stoute implied in a full-page ad in the New York Times, which Rodger calls “a nice piece of self-publicity.”

Rodger was referring to Stoute’s vitriolic letter in Sunday’s Times which marveled at the “sheer coincidence” that Arcade Fire were ready to play out the awards show immediately after nabbing their Grammy.

As for whether the least-known band on the Grammy broadcast was in cahoots with insider masterminds and network TV execs, Rodger had this to say:

“Arcade Fire had the final slot on the Grammys as the ratings are low at the end of the broadcast. It really is that simple. We were one of the least-known acts on the bill for a network audience. Don’t you think I wanted a better slot for the band?”

Rodger also said their second performance was not guaranteed, as the producers would have cut it if the awards show had run overtime. In fact, the last half of “Ready to Start” was still drowned-out by sponsorship messages and completely cut from international broadcasts.

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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.

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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.

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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

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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

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