Marc Hogan

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    Lady Gaga Is Totally Feeling the Holiday Spirit

    It's a Thanksgiving miracle. Lady Gaga is ringing in the holiday season in particularly grand fashion, from the world of luxury retail to network TV to products that people too poor for couture can also buy. Ah, what a truly magical season to be an iconic brand! The pop star has just opened Gaga's Workshop, a colorful, high-concept display taking up an entire floor of luxury retailer Barneys New York. Admirably, 25 percent of sales from this exhibition will go toward her anti-bullying charity, the Born This Way Foundation. Then again, this also means people who can afford the high-end prices will able to stop worrying about those dirty Occupy Wall Street hippies and once again go to sleep feeling good about themselves — so in other words, Gaga saved Christmas. As for the 99 percent, we can enjoy our holiday dose of the Mother Monster, too.

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    New Nicki Minaj Album 'Roman Reloaded' Due February 14

    Nicki Minaj is welcoming her nasty Roman Zolanski alter ego for another record, and the official release date is just around the corner. In a tweet on Tuesday, the Harajuku Barbie herself said, "Pink Friday : ROMAN RELOADED will be released on Valentines Day, 2012. Heeeee's baaaacccckkkkk." That might appear to suggest an expanded deluxe edition rather than a proper sophomore LP, but the February 14, 2012 target lines up neatly with Cash Money boss Birdman's just-revealed plans for a follow-up album "in the first quarter" of next year. Besides, the original Pink Friday already has a deluxe edition: That's where fans could first hear radio smash "Super Bass" (watch the video again below).

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    Of Montreal Drop Orchestral-Pop Epic 'Wintered Debts'

    On last year's False Priest, Of Montreal collaborated with major-label R&B acts Janelle Monáe and Solange Knowles. Once little more than Kevin Barnes' lo-fi solo project, the Athens, Georgia band has glammed out to become one of the most extravagant live acts in not only indie rock, but all of pop music. And yet the group can still throw a seven-minute, all-over-the-place orchestral-pop number called "Wintered Debts" up on its website, with no explanation (via Stereogum). It's an impressive one, jumping from unplugged confessional to atonal weirdness and then back to sunny '60s-style psych-pop, all while still taking aim at fake idols. O.M. fan site the Booty Patrol suspects the track will appear on the band's upcoming 11th (!) album, Paralytic Stalks, set for early 2012 on Polyvinyl, though there's no official word just yet.

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    SPIN's Record Store Day 'Back to Black Friday' Shopping Guide

    Every April, the nation's independently owned music shops celebrate Record Store Day by offering up loads of exclusive and limited releases. This year, music fans will get a second holiday on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving, as Record Store Day holds its second annual "Back to Black Friday." True to its name, the event will see the release of super-limited, mostly vinyl-only exclusives — a fine counterpart to the music industry's huge slate of big-name albums dropping in time for the start of holiday shopping season, like Rihanna's Talk That Talk and Yelawolf's Radioactive. A who's who of music royalty is participating, including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as the Beastie Boys, the Black Keys, and Wilco. Check out the full list of special releases here, and check here to find a participating store near you.

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    T.I. Fizzles on Uptempo New Single 'Pyro'

    History would suggest T.I. has a genuine smash awaiting on his upcoming eighth album, Trouble Man, but if so, he hasn't released it yet. The last time the Atlanta rapper emerged from the clink, he came back with 2008's Paper Trail, which spawned such massive hits as the Weird Al-parodied "Whatever You Like," all-star posse cut "Swagga Like Us," and a pair of hugely successful collaborations, "Live Your Life" with Rihanna and "Dead and Gone" with Justin Timberlake — plus personal favorite "No Matter What," a triumphant, organ-streaked self-examination. But last year's No Mercy was painfully unfocused.

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    M83 Visit Saxy 'Midnight City' on 'Fallon'

    Network television got a heady rush of electronic pop on Monday night, as M83 performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (after the Roots welcomed Michele Bachmann to the sounds of Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch," that is). Anthony Gonzalez and his band gave wee-hours watchers a tour of "Midnight City," a highlight from the French keyboard-sorcerer's latest, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. (Those unfamiliar might've recognized the song's bird-like synth call from a recent Victoria Secret TV commercial). At the song's climactic moment, a bombastic saxophone solo continued the instrument's long, smooth return — from last year's Deerhunter record ("Next year everyone's gonna have a saxophone on their record because saxophones are just cool," Bradford Cox said at the time) to Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" to Foster the People's bizarre Kenny G cosign.

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    Watch Beyonce's Full 'Live at Roseland' Special Now

    Beyoncé's two-disc live DVD won't hit shelves until November 29, but the whole thing is now streaming live over at Vevo. Shot in August during the pop star's four-night stand at New York's Roseland Ballroom, Live at Roseland: Elements of 4 includes plenty of performances of songs from B's latest album, 4, plus Destiny's Child tunes, and older solo hits such as "Irreplaceable," and it even kicks off with a Michael Jackson cover. Prior to a screening of the DVD in New York on Sunday night, the mother-to-be acknowledged being worried her pregnancy was obvious during the Roseland gigs. "The whole time I definitely was thinking, 'Everyone knows, everyone can see,' " Billboard quotes her as saying. The big reveal didn't come until a performance of "Love on Top" during the MTV Video Music Awards later in August. That kid is going to have one heck of a baby book.

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    'Portlandia' Coming to a City Near You

    If Garrison Keillor can take Lake Wobegon on tour, then surely the stars of IFC TV comedy Portlandia can bring their affectionate rendering of Portland, Oregon, on the road with them, too. And indeed, they are: Saturday Night Live funnyman Fred Armisen and Wild Flag guitarist-vocalist Carrie Brownstein (formerly of the beloved band Sleater-Kinney) kick off a six-city Portlandia tour at the end of the December. According to the IFC website, the tour will combine live music with anecdotes about the show — and clips from its upcoming second season, which features Eddie Vedder and St. Vincent. The dream of the '90s will come alive in the following cities: Portlandia tour:Dec. 27 - Portland, OR @ Hollywood TheaterDec. 28 - Seattle, WA @ ShowboxDec. 30 - San Francisco, CA @ MezzanineJan. 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ EchoplexJan. 18 - Chicago, IL @ The HideoutJan.

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    Muse Hit the Studio for Planned Fall 2012 Album

    Expect hugeness. Arena-scale English rockers Muse have hit the studio to start work on their sixth album, and the follow-up to 2009's The Resistance could arrive by next fall. The band's manager, Anthony Addis, told Billboard.biz the group hopes to record the entire LP in London and release it by October 12. Addis said he hasn't heard any of the new songs yet, but Oh No They Didn't points to a couple of fun tweets from Muse lead singer Matt Bellamy. In the first, he says: "About to start some recording tomorrow.

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    Bruce Springsteen Prepping E Street Band Tour, Album for 2012

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are looking forward to a big 2012. A new studio album and world tour are on the way next year, according to the band's official website. This means the E Street Band will be carrying on without saxophonist and founding member Clarence Clemons, who died in June after suffering a stroke. The band likewise continued after the death of longtime organist/accordion player Danny Federici in 2008. Music for the as-yet-untitled album is nearly complete, and a release date is almost determined, according to the website, which adds that "we are all incredibly excited about everything that we're planning for 2012. That's all the info we have for right now, but we'll get back to you — real soon." Springsteen and the E Street Band will be touring Europe from mid-May through the end of July; U.K. dates have just been announced.

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