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'Rumour Has It' to be Adele's next single

How does one celebrate a week marked by a successful return from surgery, huge handfuls of awards, and a stunning new Vogue cover? If you’re Adele, you announce a new single.

The upbeat, girl-groupish”Rumour Has It” will be the next song from 21 to join the radio rotation, Ryan Tedder (who produced and co-wrote the track) told Billboard on the Grammy red carpet. The single will head to stations in mid-March, following previous chart-toppers “Set Fire to the Rain,” “Someone Like You,” and “Rolling in the Deep.”

Given her ongoing domination, it’s almost hard to believe that the British songstress has so far dropped only three singles from 21, which saw its Stateside release nearly a year ago.   Compared with the likes of Beyoncé and Rihanna, who seem to unleash new singles weekly, Adele’s strategy seems downright restrained.

Give “Rumour Has It” a spin below:

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Grammys 2012: An on-the-scene report from inside the Staples Center

Partially designed as a live concert for 28,000 fans, the Grammy Awards are truly made for their much larger TV audience.

So when it comes to the annual kudos-fest, what you see on your screen at home is largely what you get inside the show at the Staples Center in downtown L.A., too. There isn’t much fanfare during the commercial breaks or off-screen activities happening, and — since the Staples Center is so huge — it’s overwhelming to zero in on what little delights could be happening around the arena.

But, I was there last night, and since I was, I thought I’d share with you the few little tidbits that you might not have seen on your own televisions, like which classic Grammy performances they played for the Staples audience during the commercial breaks, and how the crowd reacted to various performances and moments. Here’s the tick-tock of the night from inside:

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Katy Perry's first single from 'The Complete Confection' to be 'Part of Me': Listen to a snippet here!

Yesterday came the news that Katy Perry would be rereleasing her latest album as a special edition titled Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, complete with three new singles.

Now Perry has announced that the first new song will be “Part of Me,” which will hit radio and retailers on Feb. 21.

The lovelorn ditty — a snippet from which you can find below — fits right into the cohesive, radio-ready pop sounds that were Dream‘s 12 original tracks, five of which — it’s been said but it’s worth restating, honestly –  hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. (She was the first female artist to ever have five No. 1s from the same album, and the second artist ever, after Michael Jackson.)

“Part of Me” — with a chorus that tells a lover that “this is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me” — seems like it could have fit easily on the album’s original release — it sonically falls somewhere between her most recent single “The One That Got Away” (which stalled at No. 3 on the Hot 100) and the album’s second single, “Teenage Dream.” Teenage Dream is proving to have really, really long legs –lead single “California Gurls” was released in May of 2010(!) — and “Part of Me” could make it run that much further.

In addition to the three new songs, the rerelease of Dream will include all 12 original tracks, as well as versions of “E.T.” featuring Kanye West and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” featuring Missy Elliott, an acoustic version of “The One That Got Away,” and a seven-minute megamix of the album’s six originally released singles. The Complete Confection hits March 27.

For now, though, enjoy a 30-second taste of “Part of Me” here: READ FULL STORY

Madonna breaks silence on M.I.A.'s middle finger: 'It's such a teenager, irrelevant thing to do'

Since we’re fast approaching the one-week anniversary of Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show, it might be good to take some time to reflect on the events that transpired on that fateful evening — namely M.I.A.’s finger flash.

Madonna herself kicked things off this morning during her radio chat with Ryan Seacrest, her first interview since the big game.

While most people with Internet connections have already chipped in their two cents on Fingergate, Madge had stayed silent on M.I.A.’s “sneaky move” (Seacrest’s words), instead focusing on the promotional cycle for her upcoming album MDNA (out March 26).

“I was really surprised,” she admitted on On Air With Ryan Seacrest. “I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it.”

“I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity,” continued Madonna, who ended her performance with a lit-up message touting world peace. “It seemed negative.”

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Katy Perry releasing special edition 'Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection' with three new songs

Although most pop stars now release an album every 12 months, pop’s reigning queen, Katy Perry, has been riding high on the success of Teenage Dream for almost two straight years, and she’s not putting it away anytime soon.

EMI announced today that Perry will release a special edition of her sophomore disc, which spawned five No. 1 singles,  called Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection on March 27.

The rerelease will include three new songs, as well as radio mixes of “E.T” featuring Kanye West and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” featuring Missy Elliott, the acoustic version of “The One That Got Away,” and a seven-minute Tommy Sunshine mega-mix of six already-released Dream singles.

In a press release, Perry states, “This is the complete story of Teenage Dream… I’m moving forward and had a few things left to get off my chest.” Of course, I’m assuming she’s not talking about her cupcake bra, so perhaps Perry has some confessional laments about the end of her romance to Russel Brand in store. Or maybe just some more Dr. Luke party anthems. We’ll have to wait and see.

Now, before you start accusing the pop diva of simply trying to take over Michael Jackson’s record of the most No. 1 singles released from one album (which many people did when she released multiple versions of “The One That Got Away”), read this caveat from Billboard: READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' hits No. 1 following her Super Bowl anthem, ubiquitous Camry ad

Following a well-received national anthem at the most-watched Super Bowl in television history, Kelly Clarkson’s career is “Stronger” than ever.

The title track of her latest album climbed atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 today, forcing Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” into second place, and became the original American Idol’s third number one single. (She formerly reached the Hot 100 summit in 2002 with “A Moment Like This” and in 2009 with “My Life Would Suck Without You.”)

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Kelly Clarkson covers Madonna's 'Crazy for You' in concert: Watch here!

Everyone’s getting in on the latest frenzy around Madonna — even Kelly Clarkson.

The night before Clarkson performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl where Her Madgesty performed the halftime show, American Idol‘s original winner  got into the spirit of the weekend and performed a lovely, lilting, guitar-riffing cover of Madonna’s No. 1 hit from 1984, “Crazy for You.”

It was actually a fan request: Before each tour date, Clarkson has been soliciting her concertgoers for songs that she should cover. On this particular Saturday night stop in Bossier City, La., Clarkson did a cover of her own choice first — Florence and the Machine’s “Heavy in Your Arms” — before segueing into “Crazy for You.” (It’s all fitting, considering how Clarkson got into the business, right?)

Rather delightfully, she put her connection to the song into context for us. “This is like a couples-skate song!” Clarkson says in the middle of “Crazy for You.” At the end of her performance, she explained, “You know how when you hear a song and it brings you to a moment?” she says. “I was totally at the skating rink thinking of Michael Webb — whatever! So…anyway, I hated junior high and high school. I was that kid that never fit in. Wat wat!” Awwww.

Clarkson has recently covered such favorites as Heart’s “What About Love” and Coldplay’s “Fix You” in concert, but for now, enjoy her take on classic Madge:

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Who's afraid of M.I.A.'s middle finger? Thoughts on a Super Bowl 'scandal'

Hey, remember Nicki Minaj’s performance with Madonna at the Super Bowl last night? It was pretty good — great, even.

Of course, no one wants to talk about that, thanks to M.I.A. So congrats, Maya! And since she wants us to, let’s talk about it.

M.I.A.’s decision to flip the bird during her short time in the Super Bowl spotlight was a lot of things. It was juvenile, and maybe even bratty. It was a lazy bit of shock imagery from the woman who gave the Grammys a very pregnant, very awesome, middle-finger-free performance back in 2009. And it was, according to some sources, “a case of adrenaline.”

It was also the game’s biggest fumble: The singer was riding a steady stream of positive buzz from both her performance in the “Gimme All Your Luvin’” video and her own “Bad Girls” video, which was released the same day and is, at least to this viewer, a better, more inventive clip.

M.I.A. has already proven to us that she can put on an engrossing show without resorting to cheap tricks.

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Lana Del Rey makes up for past sins on 'Letterman'

Sorry, backlash fans: Lana Del Rey wins this round.

After a certain disastrous late-night television performance (you know the one), ol’ LDR bounced back last night with an improved showing on The Late Show With David Letterman.

Once again singing her breakout hit “Video Games,” the once-wooden starlet looked to have been better oiled and more prepared for a national stage.

Also helping was the fact that the Late Show camera crew mercifully took some of the heat off of Del Rey by periodically focusing on other people, ones equipped with musical instruments and chairs.

Another possible factor for the controversial songstress’ relatively smooth outing? A confidence boost stemming from knowing that her debut effort Born to Die is in the lead for the highly coveted non-Adele top spot on the Billboard 200.

We could keep making guesses, or you could just watch the video below and rate her performance yourself:

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Madonna debuts 'Give Me All Your Luvin',' featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.: Watch it here

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Unbate your breath, Madge fans: it’s here.

After sprinkling around a string of promotional hints and teasers, Madonna is now allowing us to witness her sports-crazed video for “Give Me All Your Luvin’” in all its glory.

Surrounded by cartoonish, Dick Tracy-esque imagery and an (unbranded) football team, Madge runs around in various costumes while Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. — dressed as cheerleaders — goad her on.

The trio, as the video suggests, are psyched about their Super Bowl halftime duties this Sunday. Not even an anonymous gangster with a tommy gun can stop them now!

And as a bonus, one of the three outré personalities in the video attempts to nurse a plastic baby doll through her leopard-print brassiere. Which lady is it? Watch the video below to find out:

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