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David CookAmerican Idol has picked David Cook for its 10th season: the singer’s cover of the hit “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is this year’s good-bye song. The iconic tune was notably featured in The Breakfast Club. Now, it will send disappointed American Idol 10 contestants away from the competition.

Cook was American Idol’s seventh season winner, and he’ll perform twice on the show this season. His version of the song will be available on iTunes on March 8.

Read More | Entertainment Weekly

Gallery: David Cook: Don’t Forget, He Was an American Idol


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George Michael-Will singer George Michael have a new career as a reality show judge? The former Wham singer was reportedly offered a deal by Simon Cowell to appear on the U.S. version of The X Factor.

-Aretha Franklin returned home earlier this week after undergoing surgery in Detroit. According to her cousin, the Queen of Soul -- who is rumored to have pancreatic cancer -- is hoping to be back "on stage, late spring or early summer."

-Train's "Soul Sister" was iTunes' best-selling single of the year. Katy Perry's "California Gurls" ended 2010 in second place while Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" placed third on the list.

-Funk legend George Clinton has accused the Black Eyed Peas of illegal sampling. He is suing the group for using "(Not Just) Knee Deep" in remixed versions of their song "Shut Up."

Gallery: Mix Tape: George Michael and The X Factor, George Clinton vs. Black Eyed Peas


Beatles White Album

Imagine people across the universe being able to purchase music from on iTunes. That could happen very soon if a report from the Wall Street Journal is correct.

According to the newspaper, a deal might have finally been struck between Apple Inc., parties representing the Fab Four and record label EMI.

Although the band members – creators of Apple Corps Ltd. – and the computer company have long disputed over the “Apple” name, “people familiar with the situation” claim an agreement has been reached over the Beatles’ catalogue.

These same people also warn that Apple Inc. “could change plans at the last minute.”

It’s believed the new deal will be formally announced at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday.

Read More | Wall Street Journal

Gallery: Report: Beatles Library Finally Coming to iTunes


Hadouken!

Hadouken, a special move belonging to Capcom’s influential game Street Fighter, can now also be associated to a band just as influential.

Hadouken! has been making waves with their grime, techno, new rave music in the UK and around the world. But putting this band in a genre is just criminal. Hadouken! will hit you in the face and finish you off with an uppercut with their high energy beats that will move the body of even the stiffest of men – even dead ones.

If you have not yet heard of Hadouken!, you soon will. EA (Electronic Arts) /Artwerk has picked up this band to enrich our EA gaming experiences with sounds that can only be called one thing – awesome. 

If I haven’t interested you yet into checking this band out, you are just crazy.  I highly recommended giving this band a spin. For the Masses, Hadouken!’s album, can be found on iTunes, and can be downloaded here. YOU GO NOW!

Now that you’ve downloaded the album and loved it, it’s time to get up close and personal. I had the opportunity to chat with guitarist Dan Rice about the band, videogames, and all things music.

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Gallery: Interview: Hadouken!


Seth MacFarlane-Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is working on a new project: an album comprised of show tunes. MacFarlane, who’ll be backed by a big band and live orchestra, will sing tunes from the ‘40s and ‘50s.

-House‘s Hugh Laurie will also be tapping into his musical side. The British actor is set to record an album influenced by the blues sound from New Orleans.

-Congratulations to Take That’s Robbie Williams. The 36-year-old singer married actress Ayda Field over the weekend in Beverly Hills.

-Yoko Ono says we shouldn’t hold our breaths waiting for The Beatles’ catalogue to hit the iTunes store anytime soon. (Maybe she’s waiting for Verizon to start offering the iPhone?)

-A Jay-Z memoir will drop on November 16. Decoded was completed a few years ago, before the rapper’s official marriage to Beyonce.

Gallery: Mix Tape: Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Laurie to Record Separate Albums


iTunes top purchases

Apple just sold their ten billionth iTunes track, and to go along with the festivities, they’ve released a list of the 20 best-selling tracks of all time that have been purchased from the iTunes Store. We’ve got the list for you below, which we find fairly interesting. I mean, I Gotta Feeling is both fairly new in the grand scheme of things, and also pretty sucky, and yet it’s the most downloaded track in iTunes history. Also, Flo Rida gets two spots on the top 20, which ties him with Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, and Katy Perry for most appearances on the list.

  1. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
  2. Poker Face - Lady Gaga
  3. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  4. I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
  5. Viva la Vida - Coldplay
  6. Just Dance - Lady Gaga
  7. Low - Flo Rida
  8. Love Story - Taylor Swift
  9. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
  10. Tik Tok - Ke$ha
  11. Disturbia - Rihanna
  12. SO What - Pink
  13. I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry
  14. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) - Beyonce
  15. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
  16. Stronger - Kanye West
  17. Live Your Life - T.I.
  18. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T’s
  19. Right Round - Flo Rida
  20. Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus

Read More | iTunes

Gallery: Apple lists top 20 all-time best-selling iTunes tracks


Michael Jackson on Thriller album

It should come as no surprise that less than 24 hours after Michael Jackson’s death, his library is dominating the iTunes sales chart. You can check out the entire Michael Jackson music library if you want to get in on the action.

What is surprising? Although he currently has 39 entries in the Top 100, his highest chart position is #2. What’s at #1? ‘I Gotta Feeling’ from the Black Eyed Peas. (Perez Hilton’s rivals are also still sitting at #3 with ‘Boom Boom Pow.’)

So which songs are fans are downloading the most? The King of Pop’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ currently sits at #2 while ‘Thriller’ stands at #4 and ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ at #5. ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ and ‘Smooth Criminal’ are the only other tunes ranked in The Top 10.

Update: Looks like 8 of the Top 10 iTunes albums are also Michael Jackson’s work.

Read More | iTunes Michael Jackson Catalog

Gallery: Michael Jackson Taking Over iTunes Chart


ColdplayLeona Lewis

Earlier this year at the 2008 Oscars, American actors walked away empty-handed. Now American musicians are being pushed aside by the British Invasion.

According to the Associated Press, this year’s best sellers were performers from across the pond. Topping the album charts was Coldplay’s Viva la Vida. Although the company does not reveal actual sales numbers, a majority of the band’s digital sales (500,000 since June) were apparently purchased through iTunes. (More than 2 million copies of Viva have been sold overall.) The other artists in the Top 5 include Jack Johnson (Sleep Through the Static), the Juno soundtrack, Lil Wayne (Tha Carter III) and Sara Bareilles (Little Voice).

Click to continue reading Coldplay, Leona Lewis Top iTunes’ 2008 Sales

Read More | Associated Press

Gallery: Coldplay, Leona Lewis Top iTunes’ 2008 Sales


Cadillac Records SoundtrackThis weeks releases are highlighted by three spotlight albums, the first of which is Circus, which is supposed to be ’ comeback album (same thing they said about last year’s Blackout.) We’ve also got Akon back with his new one, Freedom, which features the track Right Now (Na Na Na) that you’ve been hearing all over the radio over the past couple of weeks. Last, the soundtrack to the latest Beyonce flick, Cadillac Records, is in stores as well. After listening, we think this one is worth checking out, as it has a really good vibe. Here are the links to check out any of the aforementioned albums:

iTunes: Britney Spears Circus, Akon Freedom, Cadillac Records
Amazon: Britney Spears Circus (MP3), Akon Freedom (MP3), Cadillac Records Soundtrack (MP3)

Gallery: Out Today: Britney’s Circus, Akon’s Freedom, Cadillac Records soundtrack


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