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Rihanna tweets about new album, promises fall release, closes up shop on 'Loud'

Do you realize that Rihanna is only 23 years old, and has been teasing that her sixth album is going to hit store shelves before the calendar flips to 2012?

To bring up a totally reasonable analogue, John Lennon had only released his first album at 23. At this rate, she’s just about due for a Britney Spears-esque career retrospective at next year’s VMAs and will be passing Neil Young’s album output before a reasonable mid-life crisis can even set in.

In any event, RiRi has been letting her over seven million followers on Twitter that she has been in the studio working on the follow-up to 2010’s Loud, a fact originally reported on in Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Music Preview.

She promises that the new tracks, which fill her with excitement, will be out this fall, which essentially puts Loud to bed and will create a seamless transition from that album’s most recent single (the just-released “Cheers (Drink to That)”) and whatever new jam she’ll be dropping from the new one.

With that in mind, let’s unpack Loud, an album that left the post-Chris Brown survivalist instincts of Rated R in the dust in favor of a more traditional pop collection. There were seven official singles from Loud, which is pretty jaw-dropping considering there are only 11 total tracks on the whole thing. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber to celebrate Christmas in song with Taylor Swift, new original holiday tunes

What does Justin Bieber want for Christmas? Perhaps a new paint job for his Ferrari.

In any event, we know exactly what he is getting us this holiday season. The 17-year-old singer will be dropping a Christmas album this year, and not only will he be bringing you tidings of musical yuletide cheer, but he’s also going to do it with a crop of entirely original tunes.

“This Christmas album is amazing. Might be the best album yet,” Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun wrote on Twitter in a conversation with his client. “All originals … soon 2 b classics. every1 i play it 4 is blown away. #excited.”

According to other Bieber tweets (Bweets?), he has recently been in the studio with Sean Kingston (who previously worked with Bieber on “Eenie Meenie”), producer J.R. Rotem (knob twiddler on Jason DeRülo’s “In My Head”), producer Kuk Harrell (the man behind Bieber’s “Never Say Never” single), and Taylor Swift.

It’s unclear which collaborations are going on the Christmas album, though the idea of Bieber doing a Christmas duet with Swift (who, we’ll remind you, grew up on a Christmas tree farm) is the sort of thing that would excite record executives the same way cheese made Monterey Jack go cuckoo-bananas.

Anyway, Bieber’s Christmas album is one of a handful of high-profile holiday delights hitting store shelves this season. READ FULL STORY

Will Smith making a new album? A producer says yes

Though he began his career as an international superstar in the hip-hop world, Will Smith hasn’t released any new music since 2005’s Lost and Found (and considering it’s difficult to remember exactly what was on that album, it feels like it has been even longer).

Admittedly, he’s been pretty busy starring in gigantic blockbusters and shepherding the careers of his offspring, but it appears as though the Fresh Prince might be making a return to the microphone. READ FULL STORY

Katniss sings! Jennifer Lawrence lends her vocals to the 'Hunger Games' soundtrack

You only have a few months left before The Hunger Games takes over the pop-culture landscape completely. (Yes, the post-apocalyptic adventures of Katniss Everdeen have captivated readers in book form for a few years already, but the coming film franchise promises to make Jabberjays a permanent part of common parlance.)

Famed producer T Bone Burnett confirmed to MTV News that he and star Jennifer Lawrence have recorded “Rue’s Lullaby,” a tune that Katniss sings to a fellow Hunger Games contestant after the latter is mortally wounded in battle. “It was beautiful,” he told MTV. “She did great. She’s singing great. Killer actor too.”

The composer, who is co-creating the music for The Hunger Games with fellow Grammy winner Danny Elfman, did not reveal when the world would get to hear Lawrence croon “Rue’s Lullaby,” only nothing that it would be released “soon.” READ FULL STORY

Cee Lo Green announces new Goodie Mob album, because he is not at all busy

Cee Lo Green is slowly morphing into the hip-hop James Franco.

Not only is the “F— You” singer still promoting his excellent 2010 solo album The Lady Killer (he’ll be performing the single “Bright Lights Bigger City” at WWE’s SummerSlam show on August 14), but he has also expressed interest in doing another project with Danger Mouse as Gnarls Barkley and is apparently going to be setting up a residency in Las Vegas. Oh, and he is also one of the key players on The Voice (also known as The Only Reason To Watch NBC Anymore).

So even though he had to bow out of his opening slot on the Rihanna tour due to his over-extended schedule, Green is still pushing ahead with yet another project. (And no, he will not be appearing on General Hospital.) Luckily, this one is a home run—the Atlanta native tweeted yesterday that not only would the new Goodie Mob album drop this fall, but that it would be called We Sell Drugs Too.

Along with Outkast, Goodie Mob (consisting of Cee Lo, T-Mo, Big Gipp and Khujo) helped launch the Dirty South revolution in ’90s hip-hop, introducing elements of back-porch grit and gospel-tinged soul into an often stagnant rap universe overcrowded with Diddy productions. READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey's pregnancy album due soon

Mariah Carey just delivered perhaps the biggest release of her life—her two children with husband Nick Cannon (whose names, Moroccan and Monroe, might not be as ridiculous as once thought).

But that won’t be her only big life event in 2011: Cannon revealed today that Carey was working on an album during the pregnancy and plans on dropping it this year.

“She’s been working away, and we have a studio in the crib, and the pregnancy has totally inspired her on so many different levels,” Cannon told the New York Daily News. “You’re definitely gonna see some new phenomenal music from Mariah.” Does that mean we can expect a lot of lyrics about having to pee a lot?


Metallica to work with Rick Rubin again: Five things they should keep in mind if they do


It has been three years since Metallica released Death Magnetic, the combo’s ninth studio album and a bit of a callback to their earlier incarnation as a shred first, ask questions later juggernaut. Much of the credit for that album probably belongs to Rick Rubin, who produced Death Magnetic after four straight albums with Bob Rock behind the decks.

In news that will thrill some, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo confirmed to a radio station that the band was headed back into the studio with Rubin for another album. They’ll have to wait until they’re finished with Big 4 business, which means they’ll have time to consider what they’re doing.

Because no matter what you thought of Death Magnetic (and I’ll put it out there right now that I was not a fan at all, though plenty of people thought it was great), there were some definite problems embedded within. So here are five things the band and Rubin should keep in mind while working on a new project.


Dave Grohl Q&A: The Foo Fighters frontman talks about the new Foos album, saying no to 'Glee,' and playing 'Smells LIke Teen Spirit' for the first time in 18 years

On Tuesday, the Foo Fighters released their seventh CD, Wasting Light, and recently debuted a new documentary, Back and Forth, tracking the band’s tumultuous 17-year-long history.

And let’s not forget that this August will mark 20 years since the release of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the song that signaled a seismic shift in modern music—and made megastars of Grohl’s previous band, Nirvana.

All of which seems to have left Grohl, 42, feeling a tad, well, old. “It’s weird when there’s a kid on the bill who comes up and says, ‘Your band was my first concert,'” he muses. “You just think, ‘Oh no. I’m that guy, now? What am I, f—ing Gandalf?’”

In truth, few people would confuse the Foos overlord for the Lord of the Rings wizard. Apart from anything else, Gandalf doesn’t drop the F-bomb nearly as much as Grohl who, after the jump, foul-mouthedly talks about Wasting Light, Back and Forth, and what it was like to play “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time in 18 years.


David Lee Roth: Is he back in the studio with Van Halen?

Van-HalenImage Credit: Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty ImagesDavid Lee Roth is apparently back in the studio with Van Halen. There have been rumors for some months that the singer was set to reunite with his old band and those rumors have seemingly been confirmed by producer John Shanks, who has previously overseen albums by Bon Jovi and Miley Cyrus, amongst others. First Shanks tweeted the message “here we go kids…..vh” and then he posted a photograph of Eddie Van Halen’s amplifier accompanied by the message, “Wtf!”

Last August, Billboard reported that a release by music publishers Warner Chappell—who represent Eddie and Alex Van Halen—had stated that a Van Halen CD featuring Roth would be released in 2011.

Roth fronted Van Halen during their successful 2007-8 tour but hasn’t actually recorded an album with the band since 1984’s 1984, which was certified platinum eight times.

Needless to day, that was a looooong time ago. Are you excited to hear what Dave and Eddie sound like in 2011?

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Lady Antebellum hits studio to record third album: Charles Kelley on trying to follow up 'Need You Now' -- EXCLUSIVE

Lady-AntebellumLady Antebellum had the second-best-selling album of 2010, thanks largely to the massive crossover title track, “Need You Now.” The country trio (Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood), who have six nominations at next month’s Grammys, headed back into the studio this week to begin recording their third album. “We were touring between the recording process the last two times we’ve done it. We actually just went ahead and decided we’re gonna take two, two and a half months straight in the studio to create this thing and not have all this distraction. Hopefully that will be a good thing,” Kelley told EW earlier this month when he interrupted a skiing trip to chat with us for our 2011 Preview issue, on stands Friday. “I always laugh and say that I thought we worked good in the chaos, and that was why it worked. We’ll see if having too much time, what that does to us. Hopefully it’s gonna make the process more enjoyable and not so stressful.”

Kelley says the group is more prepared to record this time than they’ve ever been. READ FULL STORY

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