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Jay Z will headline the Global Citizen Festival in September

On September 27, a lineup including Jay-Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., Tiësto, and The Roots will perform at the third annual Global Citizen Festival, held on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park.

Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival is a outdoor concert whose main goal is to raise awareness and inspire action to combat extreme poverty worldwide. The Global Poverty Project, the organization behind the festival, hopes to use the event as a tool “promote activism through something people love—live musical entertainment—and in turn, give our world leaders a clear and compelling mandate to commit to ending extreme poverty by 2030.” Every year, the event is held around the same time as the United Nations General Assembly. This year, the festival will be televised by NBC and MSNBC.

Tickets to the Global Citizen Festival are earned, not bought. To earn tickets, fans visit the Global Citizen website, sign up, and complete several tasks aimed at spreading awareness. Each task earns a certain number of points, and once a fan earns eight points, he or she can enter to win tickets to the event. There will be five draws this summer, and would-be concertgoers can enter up to six times. A total of 48,000 free tickets will be given out this year.

“After last year’s success, Jay Z put up his hand and said, ‘I want to headline Year 3,’” Hugh Evans, chief executive of the Global Poverty Project, said to the New York Times. “ We sat down with people from his Shawn Carter Foundation and found that there are so many alliances between what they’re trying to do and what we’re trying to do.

Last year’s lineup included John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, and Stevie Wonder, who closed the festival with an hour-long set that included a cover John Lennon’s “Imagine” (see below). Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, also made a special appearance and addressed the crowd during Wonder’s set.

No Doubt working on another album, postponing 'tour plans'

Can one postpone something that was never scheduled in the first place? It may sound like a philosophical prompt, but it’s actually No Doubt’s latest announcement.

In a message on their official Facebook page, the Gwen Stefani-fronted band announced that they’ll be heading back into the studio this year for the follow-up to 2012’s Push and Shove, the comeback album that ended their 11-year silence.

“We have decided to follow our muse for the time being and focus on this new music that we don’t want to stop,” the post read. “So, we will be postponing our tour plans briefly while we endeavor to create something special and inspired.”

As a few observers have pointed out, No Doubt did not have any publicly announced live dates prior to the statement, and, all told, only played a handful of shows to promote Push and Shove, an album that was met with lukewarm critical and commercial reception.

So, it seems a regroup might be a good thing for the band. Read on to see the full message from No Doubt’s Facebook page:

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Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale duet on 'Glycerine'

Grab your hankies, Gen Xers, ‘cus it’s about to get real nostalgic.

Friday night at KROQ’s 23rd Annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert in Universal City, Ca., Bush singer Gavin Rossdale surprised the audience by bringing out his wife, Gwen Stefani, for a duet on Bush’s 1996 hit “Glycerine.”

The two ’90s icons have been married since 2002, but they first met in 1995 — at the very same KROQ Christmas show. Bush and Stefani’s band, No Doubt, went on tour together after the event, and the rest is…oh, you get it.

Watch the video after the jump:

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No Doubt pull 'Looking Hot' video, apologize for offending Native Americans

Did you catch the video for No Doubt’s new single “Looking Hot,” which premiered online on Friday? If you didn’t, it’s gotten harder to find. Shortly after the premiere, the band pulled the clip because of negative reactions to their use of Native American imagery.

In the video, Gwen Stefani dresses up in a fashion-Pocahontas head-dress and is saved from a pair of cowboys (band members Tom Dumont and Adrian Young) by bassist Tony Kanal (who also dresses up in stereotypical teepee-living garb). Though it seemed no more culturally insensitive than Stefani’s melange of Asian imagery during her solo period or No Doubt’s well-documented appropriation of Jamaican ska and reggae culture, it was deemed beyond the pale by YouTube commenters who bombarded the clip with negative comments.

On Saturday, the band issued a long apology on their website. READ FULL STORY

Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, No Doubt come together for EB charity auction

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Want to help out a good cause and score some cool rock and roll swag? Then you should check out the auction currently being held to raise funds for Heal EB, an organization that raises funds and awareness for the rare skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa, a painful, often debilitating and even life-threatening disease that causes severe blistering with only the most minor contact.

Jill Vedder, wife of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, is on the board of Heal EB, and she helped bring together a pretty cool collection items available for bid (most of which expire later today). Included in the collection are a ukulele signed by Vedder, an official Foo Fighters motorcycle jacket, an autographed No Doubt poster, and a collection of Heart memorabilia.

The full list of auction items is here. There was also a live auction last week, and Vedder showed up as a special guest to play some songs and meet some kids afflicted with EB. (Vedder has been everywhere lately, having played Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit concert last weekend, dropped in on Kings of Leon for a jam earlier in the month, and also found time to raise $1.7 million for the Obama campaign along the way.

If you’re a sports fan, there’s also a healthy collection of those items up for grabs too, including jerseys signed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, and baseballs signed by the likes of Bob Gibson, Andre Dawson, Roberto Alomar, Gaylord Perry, Lou Brock, and A.J. Burnett. And for the foot fetishists in the building, Gisele Bundchen also signed a pair of heels she wore at the Met Ball.

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Album Sales: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' has the biggest debut of the year

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Mumford & Sons are officially the biggest band on the planet.

The London lads scored the best debut sales week of 2012 with their sophomore album Babel, which moved 600,000 copies in its first week and easily topped the Billboard 200. Their last album, Sigh No More, which quietly sold 2.5 million copies over the course of two and a half years (and consequently jumped to No. 10 this week!) peaked at No. 2 during the week of the Grammys in 2011, when Mumford took the stage with Bob Dylan and the Avett Brothers.

Babel‘s amazing sales far outshine the next-best debut of the year, Justin Bieber’s Believe, which sold 374,000 copies in its first week. And the album marked the best debut since Drake’s Take Care moved 630,000 units in November. Still, Babel will have to settle for second place in terms of overall sales weeks in 2012 — Adele’s 21 sold 730,000 copies in the frame following the Grammys, her album’s 52nd(!) week.

Of the 600,000 copies that Babel sold, a whopping 420,000 (72 percent) of them were digital albums. That’s the second-biggest digital sales week ever behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which sold 662,000 digital copies thanks, in part, to its controversial 99-cent deal on Amazon. READ FULL STORY

No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont on the band's new album 'Push and Shove': A Fall Music Q&A

On September 25, something we haven’t seen in more than a decade will finally arrive: a brand new No Doubt studio album.

Push and Shove is the long-gestating result of a reunion begun back in 2008 but regularly undone by family obligations, touring schedules, and good old-fashioned writer’s block. Entertainment Weekly caught up with guitarist Tom Dumont to talk about the process of getting back together, the core sound of Push and Shove, and the strangeness of being a rock band full of parents.

EW: This album has been in development for almost four years…
Tom Dumont: We came back together in 2008. Gwen finished her second solo album and tour cycle in 2007, so we said 2008 was the year for a new No Doubt album. We started to write, but then Gwen became pregnant with her second baby. So we thought, “We can write and record an album while Gwen’s pregnant—we’re in the studio, we don’t need to go on the road.” But we were up against a bit of writer’s block. And Gwen had just come off all her solo stuff and was pregnant, so she was just exhausted. And I think she would tell you the same thing.

So she had Zuma [her second son, born in August 2008] and then we decided to try to go out on tour to reconnect with each other on stage and with our audience. So that was the 2009 summer tour, which ended up being fantastic. We had a lot of fun, and we realized we had a huge audience there waiting for us. That gave us a lot of confidence. At the end of that year we started the process up again. We’re all parents now, and the challenge is balancing the time between trying to be good parents and doing a good job and making a great album. That stretched the process longer than it might have been. It’s rock and roll all grown up. READ FULL STORY

On the Charts: Taylor Swift's big sales, Flo Rida's 'Whistle' blows up, The Lumineers say 'Hey'

Taylor Swift’s new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” may just sell the most downloads ever! ever! ever! in its first week.

Released on Monday night, the song is reportedly heading to first-week downloads in the 600,000 range, which would make the breakup anthem the fastest selling song ever by a female artist. (Lady Gaga currently holds that record with “Born This Way,” which was downloaded 448,000 times in its first frame.)

There’s one song Taylor probably will probably not outsell, though: “Right Round” by Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha, which sold 636,000 songs in a single week in 2009. Still, if she climbs past Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” which moved 521,000 editions in its first week, she’ll have the second-best sales week in digital history. Not too shabby.

We’ll see how high “Never,” which hit No. 72 on this week’s Hot 100, soars next week, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

No Doubt drop new single 'Settle Down': Watch the video here

It’s been almost a decade since No Doubt released a single, and even longer since they gave us an album. That all ends now!

The Gwen Stefani-led Orange County band is releasing their comeback album Push and Shove on Sept. 25, and today they debuted their LP’s first single, “Settle Down.” And it’s good!

Check out the reggae-infused, summer-loving No Doubt track below and let us know if you like what you hear:

[Update: There’s a video now!]

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No Doubt announce comeback, new single; what should we expect?

In a post on their official website Monday, No Doubt revealed that their long-awaited sixth studio album will be titled Push and Shove, and that its first single, “Settle Down,” will arrive in July. The news follows last week’s announcement of the band’s upcoming set of live performances in support of the album: at the Teen Choice Awards, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series, all in July.

The question, then, isn’t whether No Doubt still has it. On their last tour in 2009 — meant to inspire the band after an unsuccessful attempt at recording — the group rocketed through its catalog of older and newer hits while Stefani showed that having two kids hasn’t harmed her onstage energy (or her impeccable abs). The real question is: Which No Doubt will fans get to hear this summer? READ FULL STORY

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