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Today in Kelly Clarkson: Yes, she's ditching 'Idol' for the 'Voice'; no, Ron Paul didn't actually affect her sales

Sorry, Seacrest: Kelly Clarkson is making a Breakaway from American Idol.

The singer and first Idol winner will serve as a mentor on the next season of The Voice, the New York Post reports. The episode will air in the spring and feature the “Mr. Know It All” songstress giving tips to contestants under Voice coach Blake Shelton’s wings.

Could this mean that Idol is officially square now, eclipsed by newcomers like The Voice and The X Factor?

“The thing I love about The Voice is that they’re more mentors — they’re not judges,” Clarkson said of Idol‘s hotter, younger sister in an interview last September. “I would never really want to be a judge, just because I don’t want to break people’s hearts.”

Added Clarkson, “I so want to audition for The Voice and see if I can get the chairs to turn around!”

Elsewhere, Billboard reports that the Ron Paul bump that supposedly lifted Clarkson’s sales ended up being a bit of a hoax.

While her most recent album Stronger did in fact experience a rise in the charts, it actually dropped in sales — just not as steeply as other albums, likely due to a big promotional push from the Apple iTunes Store.

Read more on EW.com:
Kelly Clarkson sees sales pick up following Ron Paul endorsement
Kelly Clarkson gets into extended Twitter war over endorsement of Ron Paul
Kelly Clarkson isn’t the only celeb showing support for a presidential hopeful

Mark Wahlberg wants to make Justin Bieber a movie star

Mark Wahlberg would really prefer the world not remember him for inspiring sweet sensations at the dawn of his career. Remarkably, he has mostly accomplished that feat over the past decade and a half — carving out a major career for himself as an actor (though he’d probably rather be thought of as Mickey Ward than the guy who figures out that plants are killing people).

Apparently, Wahlberg sees a similar future for Justin Bieber. In a recent conversation with MTV about his upcoming movie Contraband (whose trailer looks like one of the fake ones that runs before Tropic Thunder), Wahlberg talked about casting Bieber in a dramatic role in a future film that has something to do with basketball. The artist formerly known as Marky Mark says that he sees something in the Canadian pop pinup that let him know he can handle a dramatic role.

“I’m pretty intuitive,” Wahlberg explained. “I see the guy and spent time with him, and you see what he does and how he does it, and then you actually have a conversation with him, and it’s there.”

Wahlberg may have a point. READ FULL STORY

Skrillex's Best New Artist nomination: One small step for dubstep, or one giant leap away from artistry?

When Skrillex, a 23 year-old dance-music producer from Los Angeles whose real name is Sonny Moore, nabbed the final Best New Artist slot at last night’s Grammy Nominations Concert, more than a few people balked:

Who is this Skill-rex person/band, and why has he/she/they taken away the nomination from my beloved (insert act here)?!

But other people were much more excited about his nomination (this is a real, if not strictly grammatical reaction from his official Facebook page):

Your  f–king amazing! I hope you win each and every one of those Grammy’s, you deserve it! F–k the haters that say otherwise, your dope as f–k!!!!!!

Truth is, if you aren’t still on the Party Rock circuit, you’ve likely never heard of Skrillex, the dubstep wunderkind whose trancey EPs blare at raves and festivals across the country and whose personal YouTube uploads have racked up over 190 million views. To the tech-savvy Gen-Zers, though, for whom thumping bass rumbles and beep-bop-boop remixes are commonplace, Skrillex is a god among DJs. (Somewhere, P!nk is totally confused by that line.)

Perhaps the Grammys were attempting to reach out to the youth demographic that every awards show so desperately desires by giving Skrillex a Best New Artist slot. Or perhaps they simply wanted to acknowledge the rise of dubstep/dance music by awarding him five nominations and giving deadmau5 three of his own. Or perhaps Grammy voters really just love Skrillex. (I mean, he clearly shares a lot of fans with last year’s Best New Artist winner, Esperanza Spalding, right?)

No matter what the reasoning, though, some people — you know, the kind who prefer guitars and pianos and lyrics (fogies!) –  just can’t consider Skrillex a legitimate music artist. They hear tracks like the one below and wonder, “Is this music or just noise?” (and also: “Get off my lawn!”): READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga chats about her bad romances. Maybe the problem is her oversharing in the press?

Oh, Lady Gaga. I love you, but do you ever have an inner monologue?

Wrapping up her year of flirting with overexposure, Lady Gaga has given an interview to Vanity Fair, and instead of talking Born This Way and bullying, she decided to get personal in a different way and discuss her relationships, or lack thereof, with men.

She told the magazine, “I have this effect on people where it starts out good. Then, when I’m in these relationships with people who are also creative, or creative in their own way, what happens is the attraction is initially there and it’s all unicorns and rainbows. And then they hate me.”

Interestingly, in her recent Thanksgiving special, Gaga shared that in her very public life, the one thing that is off-limits is her personal relationships (She’s reportedly dating Vampire Diaries actor Taylor Kinney). I guess that decision didn’t extend to trash-talking exs. READ FULL STORY

Who is the greatest guitarist of all time? Prepare to be unsurprised!

For decades, the question of who exactly is the greatest guitarist of all-time has occupied countless music fans — if not drummers, like myself, who are usually too exhausted from doing all the real work to debate such an inconsequential matter.

Regardless, Rolling Stone has just released a new list which ranks history’s top 100 fretmeisters and which was voted on by a veritable army of guitarists including Billy Corgan, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Ritchie Blackmore, Mick Mars, Robbie Robertson, Melissa Etheridge, and Kirk Hammett.

The list is packed with what can only be described as the usual, legendary, suspects. Jimi Hendrix tops the 100 and he is very much not the only featured musician currently jamming at the great gig in the sky.

Indeed, while such young-ish turks as Slash, Jack White, Derek Trucks, and Radiohead‘s Jonny Greeenwood are included, the entire top ten is made up of either the deceased or guitarists who, with the arguable exception of Jeff Beck, haven’t recorded anything of real note in a long time.

Take a look at the list yourself by clicking here and tell us what you think. Does the 100 merely reflect the electorate’s own often very “venerable” nature or is the golden age of the great, innovative, guitar hero now just a distant memory? And who is your pick for the best guitarist of all-time?

Read more:
The best bassline of all time? One (silly) poll gives Muse’s ‘Hysteria’ the top spot
Our take on this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees: Should the Beastie Boys, Guns ‘N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others get in?
Slash talks about his tour with Ozzy, the search for Velvet Revolver’s singer, and Axl’s latest accolade
Keith Richards: Music’s most influential character?

French actress Julie Delpy to direct a biopic on the life of the Clash's Joe Strummer

Actress Julie Delpy is set to direct a Joe Strummer biopic, according to Variety. The film is called The Right Profile and will focus on the Clash singer’s disappearance from the public spotlight in 1982.

While the French star of films like Before Sunrise and Broken Flowers might seem like an odd choice to helm a movie about Strummer, the actress has directed several films over the past few years, including 2009′s The Countess. Moreover, Strummer actually relocated to France while laying low in ’82, where he participated in the Paris marathon, among other things. Rather more tenuously, both Delpy and Strummer worked with director Jim Jarmusch, albeit on different projects.

Strummer, who died in 2002, was previously the subject of director Julien Temple’s 2007 documentary The Future Is Unwritten. The Right Profile is named after a track on the Clash’s classic London Calling album which itself concerned the actor Montgomery Clift. You can check out the song below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga releases two-minute preview of 'Marry The Night': watch here!

What a tease!

Lady Gaga has just released a two-minute preview for her new video, “Marry The Night” and it’s a doozy. Forgoing an elaborate costume, Gaga still manages to shock in a mousy brown bob and hospital gown, lying atop a gurney in a hospital fashioned similarly to the bath haus in the “Bad Romance” video.

The highly stylized clip has a lot of voiceover, with Gaga intoning, “And truthfully the lie of it all is much more honest, because I invented it,” and “It’s not that I’ve been dishonest, it’s just that I loathe reality.” This is a common theme of her concerts: getting lost in the fantasy; swept up in a dream. And on it’s own, that idea is not necessarily a bad thing.

But judging from the clip, it appears her reality is a suicide attempt; the video is dark, but also humorous — a side eye alongside emotional upheaval. It’s more than a little disturbing.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Did Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' giveaway inspire Billboard's new chart rules?

There was quite a bit of hemming and hawing back in May about the massive sales push that Lady Gaga’s Born This Way received when it was released.

The big controversy came when Amazon decided to use the album as a launching pad for its Cloud service and made the entirety of the record available for the low low price of 99 measly cents. Gaga ended up moving over one million units of Born This Way in its first week of release, though nearly half of those (around 440,000) came via the Amazon fire sale.

The e-tailer defended its choice by noting that it was a loss leader for their Cloud service, and that they actually paid full price to Gaga’s label for the album, but a lot of people viewed it as cheating.

Apparently, the folks at Billboard agree. Starting next week, the publication (which tracks album sales via Nielsen SoundScan) will overhaul their sales rules. There are a handful of new rules, but the juiciest one is the fact that albums priced below $3.49 will not be included in sales tallies.

Were those standards in place back when Born This Way hit the streets, Gaga’s total likely would not have broken that seven-figure threshold. READ FULL STORY

Ozzy Osbourne-led Black Sabbath returning in 2012 with first album in over three decades

As noted rock historian Triple H once said, in the world of heavy metal, there are legends, there are icons, and there are gods.

He was putting Motorhead in the latter category, which means that Black Sabbath must qualify as Titans. The most influential metal band ever to sing about the devil announced on Friday that the original lineup — Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Tony Iommi — will be getting back together for a new album and tour in 2012. They’ll play the 2012 Download Festival, with more details forthcoming.

This particular reunion has been a long time coming — it will be the first time that combination has recorded together since the release of 1978′s Never Say Die!, though they have been on stage together a bunch since Osbourne’s initial departure. But ever since a one-off show way back in December 1997, there have been a number of derailments that have kept Black Sabbath from being together full time.

Ward’s health problems kept him in the sidelines for a while, and efforts to record a new album in 2001 dissipated while both Osbourne and Iommi worked on solo projects. Then Ozzy became a television star with The Osbournes, which created a whole new weird secondary career for him. READ FULL STORY

Avril Lavigne and boyfriend Brody Jenner reportedly bloodied in late-night bar fight

What a difference a few hours can make.

On Saturday, Brody Jenner tweeted, “Having the best night with the love of my life @AvrilLavigne so happy right now!! .. #Movember CRUSH!!”

Unfortunately, the best took a turn for the worse when both Jenner and Lavigne were involved in a bloody bar fight later that evening in Los Angeles.

TMZ reports that the tussle occurred outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel around 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  While at first it seemed Jenner had just gotten into a bar brawl, reports now indicate that apparently Lavigne and another unidentified woman got physical, and Jenner was smashed in the head with a bottle while trying to break it up.

Lavigne’s verison of events is a little different. She tweeted yesterday, “I don’t fight. I don’t believe in it. To clear things up I got attacked by 5 people last night out of nowhere. Not cool. My face is f***ed,” and “As in black eye, bloody nose, hair ripped out, scratches, bruises and cuts. So not ok to be abusive to others. Violence is NEVER the answer.”

Jenner gave his own update Sunday, tweeting, “Interesting Saturday night… Just got of the hospital with a new scar on my face.. Charges/chargers!!!”

Oddly, according to sources, Jenner was the only one involved who spoke to police — the others (including Lavigne) had split by the time police arrived. Jenner apparently refused medical attention and went to the hospital on his own.

It’s not clear what the fight was about and so far no arrests have been made.

UPDATE: Jenner’s manager Eric Podwall released the following statement to EW: “Brody Jenner is recovering at home after being assaulted in an unprovoked attack this past Saturday night.  He appreciates all the calls of support and well wishes.  As this is an ongoing police investigation, there will be no further statements at this time.”

Read more: 
Avril Lavigne’s new ‘Wish You Were Here’ video: Watch it here, and have a good Canadian cry
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Avril Lavigne goes on swearing tirade at Tampa Bay Rays baseball game: Watch the video here

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