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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?

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Coldplay working on first concept album, reteaming with Brian Eno

all-points-west-coldplayImage Credit: Roger Kisby/WireImage.comViva la concept! Coldplay will follow 2008′s Grammy-winning Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends with another album helmed by their own special friend, Roxy Music alum/ambient icon/MGMT inspo Brian Eno—this one, according to frontman Chris Martin, “from the point of view of two people who are a bit lost. Two like-minded outsiders who meet in a very difficult environment and therefore have a journey together.”

“It’s a concept album but it’s supposed to be very personal within a big framework,” Martin told BBC News. “Does that make sense?”

“Brian is the sower of seeds and ideas and experimenting, which is very liberating. Then Markus’s job is to come in after all that’s been done and try and sculpt it into some kind of releasable format,” says Martin. “They’re like a tag team.” (Markus being Vida collaborator Markus Dravs, who also co-produced the recent Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons records.)

Martin conceded that there had been some false starts: “We spent a year making a lot of noise. You know those things in a fairground where you have bran in a tub and in there are some hidden prizes? That’s sort of where we are at.”

Still, he says, as the songwriting process goes on, his bandmates are his best critics: “I’m so lucky that we have [this] group, in as much as there are a lot of people who don’t like us in the world, but there would be a lot more without this filtering system. Think of the rubbish that doesn’t get out, if you don’t like the stuff that does.”

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Kim Kardashian is making an album

kim-kardashianImage Credit: George Pimentel/Getty ImagesKim Kardashian is famous for a number of reasons, but singing is not particularly one of them. Until now! People reports that the socialite reality star has been busy in the recording studio with The-Dream. According to a top-secret source quoted in the story, “They’re working on some fun music.”

The-Dream is one of the greatest singer-songwriters in contemporary R&B. And hey, who doesn’t like fun music? So I’m withholding all snark for now, at least until we get to hear what Kim K sounds like on record.

But how about you? Do you have any interest in hearing a Kardashian/Dream collab? Sound off in the comments.

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