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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones to give rare interview on 'Letterman' -- EXCLUSIVE

Here comes another round of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors.

The revered rock band’s three surviving members — Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and current Rolling Stone cover boy Jimmy Page — have been confirmed for a rare TV interview on The Late Show With David Letterman next week, EW can exclusively announce.

The Led Zep vets have been spending a fair amount of time together lately as they promote this month’s Celebration Day, the DVD/CD version of the reunion-ish concert that they staged in London back in 2007. And as we reported last month, the trio’s recent encounters with the press have resulted in “politely terse” to “cheekily hostile” interactions, especially regarding the question of a band reunion. All of this should hopefully make their chat with Dave an interesting one.

And for those wondering, Paloma Faith is booked as Letterman’s musical guest that night. So unless an incredibly bizarre collaboration goes down, it’s unlikely that Led Zep will be rocking out Ed Sullivan Theater.

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Pulp to end their reunion

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Pulp, one of the foremost groups in the ’90s Britpop scene, are drawing their reunion to a close.

“We’ll just be cruising off into the sunset,” lead singer Jarvis Cocker told England’s Q Magazine (via NME.com) “Seems poetic. Not wishing to make a big deal, but we’ve played for a while and it’s been really good, but you can’t keep doing that forever.”

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Coldplay hints at hiatus

Is Chris Martin pulling a Dave Grohl?

During a recent Coldplay show in Australia, Martin dropped numerous hints that his band might be taking some kind of hiatus.

“This is the last big show for three years or so,” the singer told the crowd last Wednesday, Billboard reports. “I don’t want to stop.” That, coupled with an earlier comment assuring the audience “that we’re going to play for you the best f—ing show in our life,” have people wondering if there might be a short break in order for the “Fix You” band.

Of course, none of that means the band will be leaving us completely. For one, we know for sure that drummer Will Champion will enter our televisions next year via HBO’s Game of Thrones. Moreover, the hints dropped throughout the show indicate a hiatus from playing live — leaving open the possibility that the band could spend some of the next few years writing and recording their next album. And, probably, getting some sleep.

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Album sales: One Direction top Billboard 200 for second time this year

They may have had a trophy-free night at last weekend’s American Music Awards, but One Direction still have the votes of more than half a million album buyers (you know who you are).

For the second time this year, the British boy band has snagged the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to their sophomore effort Take Me Home. And taken to many homes they were: the group moved 540,000 units in the week, a vast improvement from the 176,000 their record-breaking debut Up All Night earned them back in March.

The new numbers give them the third largest debut week of the year, with only Taylor Swift’s Red (1.2 million) and Mumford & Sons’ Babel (600,000) surpassing them.

Of course, when someone goes up, someone’s gotta come down. Swift’s three weeks atop the chart came to an end, dipping to the second spot with 145,000 for its fourth week. (That puts Red‘s running total at 1.89 milli.)

Rounding out the top three this week is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack, which pulled off 93,000 in sales for the frame — a decent showing, but markedly less than their first installment’s soundtrack (which debuted at No. 1 with 165,000) or the New Moon edition (which moved 153,000 units).

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Rolling Stones expands anniversary tour, add Brooklyn date

Are the Rolling Stones going artisanal?

After watching tickets to their four-date 50th anniversary tour sell like hotcakes, the Stones have announced that they’ll be playing an additional fifth show for fans — in Brooklyn.

According the band’s site, Mick and the boys will be playing the borough’s new Barclays Center on Dec. 8, the Saturday before their two dates at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. (The first two concerts of the band’s victory lap will take place at London’s O2 Arena.) Presale tickets for the Brooklyn show begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST, while general tickets will be up for grabs starting the morning of Monday, Nov. 19.

And they’re not the only Brits invading Brooklyn that month: Coldplay recently announced that they, along with Jay-Z, will be playing Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve.

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One Direction announces 3-D movie on 'Today', shows off new tattoo on 'Ellen' -- VIDEO

One Direction’s new album Take Me Home hits U.S. streets today, and the boys in the band won’t let you forget it.

The British group hit up Today this morning, an event that attracted a record-breaking 15,000 shrieking fans to Rockefeller Plaza (and made Music Mix late to work). According to Al Roker, no other group in the history of the Today show has brought in so many fans — so bravo, Harry, Liam, Niall, Zayn, and Louis.

The boys also had a special announcement for Today hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie: they’re having a baby movie!

“We are going to do our first-ever movie, and it’s going to be in 3-D,” Niall announced.
It’s coming to cinemas near you on the 30th of August, 2013.”

Well, then! Get ready to go through 1D-mania all over again next year. But for now, take a glimpse at their Today performance in the video below:
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Hear a 'Silver Linings Playbook' exclusive track, 'Buffalo,' from Mercury Prize-winning rockers Alt-J -- EXCLUSIVE

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Things are looking good for Silver Linings Playbook – the David O. Russell-directed Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence drama already garnering serious critical raves in advance of its Nov. 21 release — and for Alt-J, the British indie rock outfit that recently took home England’s esteemed Mercury Prize for their debut, An Awesome Wave.

Winners like to come together, apparently: Alt-J has penned a song for Silver Linings, “Buffalo,” for the the official soundtrack, which also contains previously released tracks from Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Alabama Shakes, as well as a new score by Danny Elfman.

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Check out Coldplay's 'God Put a Smile Upon Your Face' from 'Live 2012' - EXCLUSIVE

Coldplay are known for turning it out at their live shows — Chris Martin’s signature dance style even has its own Urban Dictionary entry — and now fans can experience it all in widescreen, thanks to the upcoming concert doc Live 2012.

The movie, filmed over a handful of cities around the world during the band’s tour for 2011 album Mylo Xyloto, finds the group hitting the highlights of their vast catalog, including on smashes both old (“Clocks,” “Yellow,” “Fix You”) and new (most notably “Princess of China,” which features a guest appearance by Rihanna).

Coldplay’s Live 2012 premieres on cable network Epix on November 17, with the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray release following a few days later.

But you can get a first look at the film below with the exclusive unveiling of Coldplay knocking out a particularly rocked-up version of “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face,” from 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head:

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Indie pop group Alt-J take Britain's Mercury Prize

Indie pop quartet Alt-J has won Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize, beating more established acts to the 20,000 pound (roughly $32,000) prize at the Roundhouse in north London.

Formed of four Leeds University students who met in 2007, the band’s sharp but spare vocals, genre-bending sound and occasionally bizarre, nasal lyrics propelled them onto the charts well before its members found fame.

Critical reception to their debut album, “An Awesome Wave,” was extremely favorable and the band was heavily tipped to beat artists including rapper Plan B and singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, who were also among the prize’s 12 finalists.

Music journalists have praised the group’s idiosyncratic song-building skills (and few failed to dwell on their bizarre name — it’s the command needed to get a triangle shape on a Mac).

Jenny Stevens of NME praised their “bookish sensibility and penchant for a sexual metaphor,” while the Guardian’s Paul Lester said their music was “rich and quirky enough to match the imagistic literacy of the lyrics.”

The Mercury Prize was established in 1992 to honor the best album of the year by a British or Irish band and often favors the eclectic and obscure over better-known acts

Rolling Stones drop new single 'Doom and Gloom': Hear it here

The boys are back in town.

In anticipation of their upcoming greatest hits collection, the Rolling Stones took to BBC Radio to debut their first new song in seven years, “Doom and Gloom.”  The howling single is one of two new works that’ll show up on the band’s GRRR! compilation, due Nov. 13.

So what are Mick and co. up to these days? Reading the news: as you might have gleaned from the title, Jagger laments the world’s current state of affairs, from economic disparity to fracking — and it’s all backed by the band’s trademark Exiled swagger.

Give the song a listen below and let us know what you think about the Stones’ return:

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