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  • Destiny's Child on the cover of

    Destiny's Child Reunion Will Touch Down at Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime Show

    "I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand," Beyoncé is quoted as saying in a new GQ profile. Anyone who doubts the singer's power should consider the latest evidence. She's singing the national anthem at President Obama's inauguration. She's directing, producing, and starring in her own HBO documentary. She's performing at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show. And as we learned yesterday, she's reuniting with her old group Destiny's Child for a new song called "Nuclear" on an upcoming compilation titled Love Songs.  By the power of Beyoncé  — or rather, multiple Us Weekly sources — the Destiny's Child reunion will now also extend to the Super Bowl. About halfway through the 4 singer's performances, these sources said, her former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will join her for a quick hits medley.

  • Kate Nash

    Kate Nash Previews March LP 'Girl Talk' With Spiky Indie-Dance Gem '3AM'

    Kate Nash is coming into her powers at just the right time. The keenly observant singer and songwriter's piano-based 2007 debut album, Made of Bricks, topped the charts in her native U.K. when she was only 20. She could've kept aiming for the pop mainstream and burned out or faded away, but instead she reacted against that success with 2010's riot-grrl-inspired My Best Friend Is You. If she didn't quite convince as a feral punk-rock revolutionary, her inescapable down-to-earthness ultimately helped make that record all the more beguiling."I don't have time to die," Nash declared fatly on last fall's bumptious Death Proof EP title track, and she has wasted none previewing her upcoming Girl Talk album with another Britpop-informed gem.

  • Katy Perry dressed as a voting ballot

    Katy Perry, fun., and Usher Add to Obama Inauguration's Huge Pop Presence

    At least one closely watched ceremony this year other than the Grammy Awards will have a whole lot of pop music. While yesterday's Academy Awards nominations once again passed over several songs arguably more reflective of the pop zeitgeist, President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration continues to bring out the heavy hitters. Organizers earlier this week tapped Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor to sing patriotic songs at Obama's January 21 signing ceremony. Now comes the fun part: the inaugural galas.Make that the "fun." part. The Grammy-nominated pop-rockers join Katy Perry, Usher, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, John Legend, Marc Anthony, and the cast of Glee among performers scheduled for Obama's inaugural balls January 21 and a children's show on January 19, according to the AP. The bill also includes pioneering greats Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.

  • Britney Spears

    Leave Quitney Alone: Britney Spears' 'X Factor' Exit Raises Hope for New Music

    Last fall, Britney Spears' Blackout turned five years old. Coming an eternity-like four years after previous studio album In the Zone, the record received essentially no TV promotion beyond a catastrophic MTV Video Music Awards performance, and it became the one-time teen-pop queen's first album not to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart. It was also a strangely liberated and thrilling record, predicting pop's dubstep turn and reintroducing Swedish pop savant Robyn, luridly sexual and inventively hip-hop-inspired. On Blackout's anniversary, Spears teased the possibility of a follow-up: "Blackout 2.0?"She now has time to make that album a reality, if she wants. According to the BBC, Spears will not return as a judge on the next season of Simon Cowell's The X Factor. The Hollywood Reporter cites sources saying she wasn't going to be asked back, anyway.

  • Ke$ha

    Ke$ha Quits Waitressing for Psychedelic-Furry Van Odyssey in Wild 'C'mon' Video

    The number on Kesha Rose Sebert's waitressing time card is 420. The restaurant where she works is called Awful House. The furry-filled, avocado-colored '70s hippie van Ke$ha drives off in a little ways into her new "C'mon" video has one of those Super Mario Bros. 3 raccoon tails (and corresponding ears).When "C'mon" first surfaced last November, still fresh off expectations raised by Three Stacks guest spots, disarming Dylan interpretations, and club-escaping reference points (Iggy's The Idiot!), we kvetched a bit about how it mostly just watered down Ke$ha's old shtick. Yeah, yeah, "warm Budweiser" is no "bottle of Jack." And that song title? C'mon! But like most tracks on the pop hellraiser's Warrior, "C'mon" only sounds better once it burrows its way into your synapses.

  • Charli XCX Will Blow You Away in Gold Panda-Sampling 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' Video

    Charli XCX Will Blow You Away in Gold Panda-Sampling 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' Video

    Sample-tweaking cloud-rave beatmakers have a sense of humor, too.

  • Mac Demarco's

    Mac DeMarco Dresses Up as Mozart, Smokes, and Gets Slimed in 'Dreamin' Video

    Mac DeMarco's second album for the Captured Tracks label, last year's unhelpfully titled 2, was just the type of head-scratching yet slyly rewarding record that tends to take time to reveal itself, but it's well worth the effort. DeMarco's trickster persona is on full display in the video for "Dreamin," one of many tangled, mellow rock songs on the album that could carry that name. As he sings about (literally) a dream girl, with the sweetest of Everly Brothers-descended melodies, it's unclear how seriously to take him. The video, in which he dresses up in a Mozart wig, smokes his beloved Viceroys, and gets slimed Nickelodeon-style, offers one suggestion, but the music's no joke.

  • Trent Reznor How to Destroy Angels

    How to Destroy Angels 'Welcome Oblivion,' and New LP, With Tape-Mangling Video

    When one circle closes, another begins. Which we think means Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels project must be some kind of Möbius strip. In any event, the former Nine Inch Nails frontman's group with wife Mariqueen Maandig, film score collaborator Atticus Ross, and longtime NIN graphic designer Rob Sheridan has unveiled a cryptic, vaguely sinister video for "The Loop Closes," a circuits-bleeding rock koan from How to Detroy Angels' recent An Omen EP.At the same time, they've announced How to Destroy Angels will release their debut full-length, Welcome Oblivion, on March 5. No other details are available, but you can check out the video, which scrambles footage of Reznor, Maandig, and who knows what else, above. You should probably watch it on loop.

  • A$AP Rocky, Florence Welch

    A$AP Rocky Raps About Florence Welch's 'Left Titty' on Booming 'I Come Apart'

    A$AP Rocky and Florence Welch. Those aren't two names you'd instantly associate with each other on paper, but the New York rapper and the British vocal powerhouse from gospel-powered rock band Florence + the Machine have both been going out of their way to shake up your preconceptions about them lately. For A$AP, whose major-label debut Long.Live.A$AP arrives at last on January 15, that might mean teaming up with Skrillex or, on the album's phenomenal near-title track, forsaking ratchetness (somewhat) to celebrate life.Welch, meanwhile, you might've seen dueling with Mick Jagger onstage with the Rolling Stones or taking a turn as disco diva on a Calvin Harris track.

  • Azealia Banks and Angel Haze

    Azealia Banks Rewarded With Sales Boost After Homophobic Twitter Rant

    "Are Racial, Sexual, and Anti-Gay Slurs Ever Okay?" blared a headline yesterday on the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog. For Azealia Banks, who was unrepentant after a leading gay advocacy group criticized her use of an anti-gay slur during a tiresome Twitter feud, a little controversy was definitely okay for sales.The dance-conscious New York rapper's 1991 EP has returned to Billboard's Heatseekers chart at No. 31, following an 18 percent jump in sales (almost 1,000 copies) for the week ended January 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Banks' career-launching single "212" also gained: The Lazy Jay-featuring track was downloaded 3,000 times, up 3 percent.

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