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Seth MacFarlaneFamily Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is releasing an album.

The cartoonist's debut, "Music Is Better Than Words," sees him sing a number of 40s and 50s big band tracks, including teaming up for duets with artists including Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles.

"It's rare in this day and age to have the opportunity to create an album that celebrates the classic, sophisticated sound of rich, lush swing orchestrations. It was an absolute joy to sing this music," Seth said.

In addition to show tunes, Seth - whose comedies also include American Dad! and The Cleveland Show - also recorded some newer material, including the song "She's Wonderful Too," originally written by film and television composer Joel McNeely, but with additional lyrics and melodies by Seth.

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Jack WhiteJack White finds it "boring" to write songs about himself.

The singer and guitarist released his first album under his own name earlier this year, and while he makes up different characters who his songs are about, he admits they are based on his own experiences.

"I always find it kind of boring to write about myself. But whatever happens to you, if you've gone through anything - sort of a literal train wreck in your life, for example - you have to have that inside of you in some way. Even if you choose not to write about being involved in a train wreck, it would come out of you no matter what choice you have. So whatever characters I was writing about during the record, I'm giving them these problems. But the problems are only things that I probably have seen or experienced sometime along the way. The funny thing is, I always think I'm writing about, you know, a couple of characters, but by the end I'm mixing the song and listening to it back and thinking, 'Oh, now I know exactly what this song is about. I'm the only one who's going to know.' It's very funny."

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Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac are reuniting to tour in 2013.

"The Chain" group - featuring Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks - are planning to get back together and play shows for the first time since 2009, Stevie confirmed today.

"Next year, so far. It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my [solo] thing. And Lindsey is out doing his [solo] thing now. Everybody's on board," she told CBS when asked if the band would tour again.

The move comes just months after drummer Mick said he never thought the band would tour again, due to the other members' solo careers: "I don't believe Fleetwood Mac will ever tour again, but I really hope we do. We have rehearsed it and prepared for it since 2010. I played drums on most of Stevie's album, the one she is still out there supporting and the one that is the reason that, for now, she refuses to do a Fleetwood Mac tour. It comes down to her."

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Jack White with Mick Jagger and Keith RichardsKeith Richards says that "the door is wide open," for Jack White to produce The Rolling Stones.

The legendary "Paint it Black" band's guitarist said they are meeting next month to discuss plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and he is keen for them to head to the studio.

"I'd love to get some tracks down and see what songs we've got. And that goes along with part of getting the band back together and getting things moving. So I'd love to cut some tracks, yeah," he told Rolling Stone.

When asked if blues renaissance man Jack - a friend of Keith who worked on some demo material with him in 2009 - would produce the new material, he replied, "That's always a possibility. The door is wide open."

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Amy Winehouse and Adele

Amy Winehouse felt "competitive" towards Adele.

The "Rehab" singer - who passed away from accidental alcohol poisoning last year - was ''freaked out'' by the worldwide acclaim "Someone Like You" hitmaker Adele received, according to their mutual friend Mark Ronson. "She was in a bad state, God knows why. I think that the Adele thing had Amy freaked out. She liked her, but Adele's success was making Amy feel upset, competitive, restless. Anyway, we lost touch briefly. And before she and I could really start the process of beginning a new album, it was too late," he said.

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Beth Ditto and Adele

Adele gives Beth Ditto "chills." The Gossip lead singer is a huge fan of the "Someone Like You" hitmaker, praising her talent and beauty.

"I love Adele so much and it's honestly not because we're both big. I love that she's a f***ing singer and that she just so happens to be beautiful. It gives me chills to think about it."

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Tom Jones Tom Jones wanted to work with Whitney Houston.

The "What's New P***y Cat" singer - who has worked with the likes of Elvis Presley and the Stereophonics in the past - thinks Amy Winehouse's death at 27 last July was particularly tragic as she hadn't left a substantial body of work, unlike the "I Will Always Love You" hitmaker, who passed away in February aged 48.

"Poor Amy Winehouse. At least someone like Whitney Houston left a legacy of great stuff but Amy, she was only just getting into gear. I would love to have worked with Whitney, but I never got to," he said.

Tom is disparaging about many modern day singers, believing they are too focused on "vocal acrobatics."

"Don't get me wrong, I think there are some great voices around. But record companies hear something and they want more of it. So now if you don't put a lot of runs in, a lot of vocal acrobatics, they think you're not being modern enough. Jackie Wilson did it years ago, but when he did it, it fitted to what it was. Nowadays, because they feel it is in fashion, they do it anyway."

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Nas and Amy WinehouseNas says "part" of him "didn't want to" record a posthumous song with Amy Winehouse.

The rapper had planned to write a song with Amy before her death from accidental alcohol poisoning last July, and was apprehensive about whether he should contribute to the posthumously track "Like Smoke."

"Part of me didn't want to do the song. Amy and I share a birthday, so she was my sister. And she was just so much fun to be around. She would say things about well-known people in the industry that she didn't like and it would just crack me up. We were all hoping she would pull through and come back," he said.

Nas - full name Nasir Jones - was introduced to Amy via producer Salaam Remi, and she had referenced him in her track "Me and Mr. Jones," which they had planned to record a sequel to together. The rapper has also told how making "Like Smoke," featured on the Lioness: Hidden Treasures album was a "bittersweet" experience.

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The Black KeysThe Black Keys think "Rock 'n' roll is dying" because of Nickelback. The blues rockers blame the fact a radio friendly commercial group like the "Rockstar" group have become so big, putting other bands off from trying to be authentic.

"Rock 'n' roll is dying because people became O.K. with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world. So they became O.K. with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be s**t - therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. F**k that! Rock 'n' roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don't like to see it f***ing ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous s**t. When people start lumping us into that kind of s**t, it's like, 'F**k you,' honestly," drummer Patrick Carney told Rolling Stone.

The duo - completed by singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach - have always tried to remain true to their roots since they formed in 2001, and previously admitted initially turning down large amounts of money to use their songs in TV adverts, as they didn't want to be seen as "selling out."

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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


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