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Album Sales: Pink scores her first No. 1, Kanye rides in second -- but Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Kiss' is a miss

A dozen years into her multiplatinum career, Pink has scored her first ever(!) number one album this week with her new disc The Truth About Love, which topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 280,000.

Driven by the success of her Top 5 single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” — and it’s lippy VMA performanceTruth became Pink’s sixth straight Top 10 debut. Still, until today, her previous chart high came with the 2008 set Funhouse, which debuted at No. 2.

Pink is that rare breed of pop star — the kind that can sell both singles and albums. Not so for everyone on this week’s list though: READ FULL STORY

What's on 'Cougar Town' star Busy Phillips' iPod? Beach House, Sufjan, The Band, and more

Fun fact: The lady who plays Cougar Town’s delightful wackjob Laurie Keller—that would be Freaks & Geeks and Dawson’s Creek alum Busy Phillips—goes big at the Coachella Music Festival every year. (In fact, she’s probably rolling up there right about now.)

So considering that fact, and the fact that Cougar is returning from hiatus this coming Tuesday, April 18 in a special, we-need-viewers timeslot after Dancing with the Stars, we thought it more than high time to see what trips her fine-tuned musical trigger. (Surprise: She’s got a taste for indie rock!) Here’s what’s on Philipps’ iPod:

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Grizzly Bear gives a new song to Washington's Lottery ad: Watch and hear it exclusively here!

Washington State residents have a new enticement to buy a Lotto ticket, especially if they’re indie rock fans: Starting today, Washington’s Lottery will air an ad featuring a brand-new tune from Grizzly Bear. We here at the Music Mix love the Grizzly Bear almost as much as Jay-Z does, so we’re pleased to premiere the spot right here after the jump.

It’s a cool, trippy clip, no surprise given the level of talent involved. Ad agency Cole & Weber United hired auteur Patrick Daughters, who previously helmed Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” video, to direct. Michael Rooney, the man behind (500) Days of Summer‘s beloved Hall & Oates dance sequence, handled the choreography. And of course there’s that perfectly lovely new Grizzly Bear tune. “It was a sunny day/I was on my way,” Ed Droste sings over folky instrumentation as we see a young woman’s life instantly transformed by a lottery ticket. “Dreaming of something more/My thoughts began to soar…” Keyboards joyously join the arrangement, and one starts to think that this song could have fit comfortably on Yellow House or Veckatimest. If only it didn’t end after 60 seconds!

Between this and the Volkswagen “Two Weeks” spot that debuted during the Super Bowl, Grizzly Bear seem like the go-to band for advertisers seeking a hip soundtrack. Watch the new Washington’s Lottery ad after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Coachella 2010 Friday: Jay-Z fills the desert with fireworks and diamonds, plus a surprise from Beyonce, LCD Soundsystem, Grizzly Bear, and more

Jay-z-Beyonce-CoachellaImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com In the end it was just a rumor. The whispers going around Indio, Calif.’s Empire Polo Club Friday held that Dr. Dre would debut the first single from his extremely delayed Detox during Jay-Z’s headlining set on the opening night of Coachella 2010. This sounded plausible enough: We know that this single exists, features Jay-Z, and is called “Under Pressure.” Even so, Dre didn’t show. In retrospect, perhaps we should have known the story was too good to be true.

But who’s complaining? Not me. What Jay-Z did give us was an absolutely stellar evening with an entertainer like no other. Nor did his performance lack surprises. There were fireworks. There was an unannounced cameo from Beyoncé. There were shout-outs to indie bands who had played earlier like “Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, and Yeasayers.” (Yes, Jay-Z randomly pluralized Yeasayer, but let’s not hold that against him.) And of course there was an entire day full of said indie bands before Jay took the stage. Read all about it after the jump.

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No Doubt, the Strokes, Vampire Weekend handmake goodies for online Haiti-benefit auction

no-doubt-strokesImage Credit: Mark SquiresA host of actors and musicians—including Drew Barrymore, Daft Punk, Mark Ronson, Natalie Portman, No Doubt, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grizzly Bear, the Strokes, Cat Power and Aziz Ansari—have signed on to contribute DIY artwork, clothing, signed instruments and more to Craft for a Cause, an online auction to benefit Haiti.

The internet-only event, which began at 8am this morning and continues through March 27, is spearheaded by Binki Shapiro, of sunny Strokes side project Little Joy. Top items on the bid site as of now include a hand-drawn t-shirt designed by Norah Jones, a Fender Squire II Stratocaster electric guitar signed and painted by Conor Oberst, and a hot-pink baby piano autographed by the members of Maroon 5.

Higher-ticket stuff, such as an original song by Mark Ronson, including all studio and production fees (minimum bid $1,000) and a pair of “1000% Kubrick Robots” signed and decorated by Daft Punk ($1,900), are made for bigger bank accounts, though many bits come in at kinder budgets ($30 starting price for Kings of Leon cover-art silk screens or a signed Amy Poehler caricature).

Find out more on CfaC’s official tumbler, and go ahead and get yourself a Jenny Lewis tote-bag poem or a Neil Gaiman fun pack for a good cause and a nice tax write-off.

Super Bowl goes indie rock: Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear soundtrack ads

My friends and I just about stood up and cheered when Volkswagen’s big Super Bowl ad aired last night. Not just because we’re fans of Tracy Morgan and Stevie Wonder, who make cameo appearances in the spot, or because we enjoy the immortal sport of punch buggy — but because the ad was accompanied by the bright piano chords and sweetly rising harmonies of Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks,” one of the best singles of last year. Great tune + funny ad = win.

Speaking of Wins, indie rock got some more shine last night from all those NFL promos using Arcade Fire’s 2004 breakout song “Wake Up.” (In a generous gesture, Arcade Fire donated all of the no-doubt hefty licensing fees to Haiti relief.) Who knew the Canadian band’s emotional music would go so naturally with the all-American macho display of the Super Bowl?

Watch the Grizzly Bear/Volkswagen ad again below, then let us know: What was your favorite music moment in last night’s Super Bowl ads?

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

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New Grizzly Bear video, 'Ready, Able': Viva la claymation!

Psych-pop fabulists (and Music Mix habitués) Grizzly Bear already released one excellent video this year, the (literally) mind-blowing Patrick Daughters production “Two Weeks.”

Their latest, “Ready, Able,” is a phenomenally time-consuming trip in the tradition of the White Stripes Lego-rama “Fell in Love with a Girl”; a hobbit-y, Claymationed forest fantasia that, for pure man-hours alone, deserves to be watched. But also, because it is just very cool:

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Michael McDonald joins Grizzly Bear in Doobie Brotherhood on new single

Two Grizzly Bear posts in one day? Oh, but Music Mixers, this is, inDoobie-tibly worth it. When not busy entertaining hip-hop’s royal couple, the Brooklyn indie animals are collaborating with another kind of royalty: Michael McDonald.

The B-side of the single “While You Wait for the Others” from May’s Veckatimest, features vocals on the same track as interpreted by the one and only blue-eyed beard-soul legend. For 99 cents, all this can be yours today on iTunes; or on vinyl if you can “bear” the wait (see what we did there? HILARITY!). In the meantime, watch the band performing the song, McDonald-less, on England’s Later with Jools Holland in May, below:

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Jay-Z, Beyonce attend Grizzly Bear concert

Grizzly Bear‘s great year got even cooler last night, when Jay-Z and Beyonce showed up at the indie rockers’ free outdoor concert at New York City’s East River State Park. While I was too busy enjoying the show to notice music’s royal couple standing a few yards away at the time (or to read about it on Twitter), an enterprising attendee captured the moment with a fuzzy camera-phone snap that promptly made the rounds of every music blog ever.

Who turned Jay and B on to the Griz? Could have been Kanye West, or Beyonce’s sister Solange (who was reportedly also on the scene yesterday). Or maybe they were just there to rep Brooklyn. Regardless, as a huge fan of Grizzly Bear, Jay-Z, and Beyonce, I could not be more excited about this convergence. Can the Internet will a Jay-Z song featuring Ed Droste on the hook into existence — or, ooh, a Beyonce-Daniel Rossen duet — or a mixtape track where Jay spits over “Two Weeks”? Hey, stranger things have happened. 

Oh, and the show? Fantastic, per usual. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Grizzly Bear rock so loud and hard. Openers Beach House were entrancing, too, playing lots of new material that boded well for their next album. Were any of you at the Williamsburg waterfront show last night? What do you make of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s cameo in the crowd?

UPDATE: Brooklyn Vegan has more pics, plus a short video clip of Jay-Z swaying to “Ready, Able.” Be still my heart!

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Buju Banton’s U.S. tour canceled by promoters
Steely Dan live in L.A.

Photo credit: Jay-Z & Beyonce: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Wilco hits a grand slam at Brooklyn's Keyspan Park with help from Yo La Tengo and special guests

My right eardrum has yet to recover from the double-header I took in at Brooklyn’s Keyspan Park last night. Man, does that faint yet persistent ringing sound nice! The evening began with a spirited set from Yo La Tengo, whose guitarist Ira Kaplan filled the minor-league stadium with epic swells of feedback and even tossed out a few underhand pitches for fun. After putting out albums for close to 25 years, YLT still jam with the reckless energy of teens in a basement — and I mean that as a compliment. Their noisy display was just the thing to get the crowd primed for Wilco, who opened their headlining set with “Wilco (the song),” naturally, and didn’t look back for the next two and a half hours (full set list after the jump).

Frontman Jeff Tweedy (pictured at another recent gig) was in rare form, cracking dry jokes, whipping his microphone around like a lasso, and generally having a grand old time through the main set and two encores. It had been way too long since I’d seen Wilco in concert; much though I’ve always respected their live chops, I don’t remember them being quite so fun before. Or so loud: Guitar wizards Nels Cline and Pat Sansone, who joined the band in 2004, got plenty of chances to show off their smashing, squealing, screaming fretwork, as did Tweedy himself. And as reinvigorated as the band seemed during new cuts like “Bull Black Nova” (amazing!) and “One Wing,” they rocked perhaps even harder on reworked versions of older songs like “Can’t Stand It,” “I’m Always In Love,” and “A Shot in the Arm.” (For the record: It may not necessarily be Wilco’s best album, but 1999′s Summerteeth will always be my sentimental favorite.)

We got some nice extra-inning action during the encores, when Wilco brought out a parade of guests. First came Feist, who sang her part on the new album‘s “You and I,” then the always-excellent Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear, who joined her on backup vocals for a few tunes — you can imagine how thrilled I was to see that — and finally all three members of Yo La Tengo, who returned to the stage for a truly massive “Spiders (Kidsmoke).” It was sweet icing on an already tasty cake, or tangy mustard on a well-grilled stadium frank. As I filed out of the ballpark, I promised myself not to let another five or six years go by before I see Wilco again. Have any of you seen them on this tour — or were you there at Keyspan Park last night?

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