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Justin Timberlake

Although it’s already been 2 1/2 years since FutureSex/LoveSounds initially dropped, don’t expect to release a new album anytime soon.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the singer-songwriter/producer-actor/fashion designer said he’s not feeling the urge at this moment to lock himself up in a recording studio.

“Right now, I like the idea that things can just kind of pop up and if they feel right I can do them,” Timberlake explained. “Committing to my own sort of project, that’s like, ‘Okay, let me block out two years of my life and do it.’ I was heavily fulfilled with the last one and I always have this thing with myself that if I can’t sleep because I need to do it, then I’m gonna do it. But if I’m not losing sleep over it then…”

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During yesterday’s kickoff concert in in Edmonton, Alberta, (a.k.a. Sasha Fierce) paid tribute to her host country by honoring two famous Canadian artists.

While closing “If I Were a Boy,” Sasha Fierce segued into the gritty version of ’s “You Oughta Know.” (In the video above, you can see how she skillfully avoided saying the “F” word.)

Later in the show, the newlywed donned a wedding gown and sang Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.” (You can view that clip after the jump.)

Here’s hoping she rocks out to Heart’s “Barracuda” when she crosses the border and stops in Seattle.

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Rihanna and Chris Brown

UPDATE: Contrary to previous reports, the label says “Chris Brown and Rihanna did not record a duet after the incident.”

An unnamed source says that singers Chris Brown and , who have recently gained a ton of public attention for their personal problems, are currently recording a duet together.

is facing felony charges for allegedly assaulting Rihanna, 21, in a domestic dispute. The singer has since released a statement to his fans. “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired,” Brown stated. “I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones, and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.”

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Lily Allen

A number of acts will be hitting the road this year. Here’s hoping one of them comes your way:

  • Lily Allen: The “Smile” singer will be hitting up this side of the pond starting in April.
  • The B-52’s: The group began a series of stops last week. The party continues through May.
  • Coldplay: The band will be spending part of their summer vacation in the US. Portland will be their first stop in July.
  • Flight of the Conchords: The New Zealand duo will kick off a North American tour this April.
  • Jennifer Hudson: The Dreamgirl and Robin Thicke will be touring together starting this spring.
  • Kings of Leon: The Grammy award winners will begin a set of North American stops on April 19.

Gallery: Tour Notes: Lily Allen, Coldplay, Kings of Leon and More

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant

Lil’ Wayne may have had the most nominations going in, but he wasn’t the biggest winner coming out.

Next to Rihanna and Chris Brown, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the biggest newsmakers of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. The collaboration between the Led Zeppelin lead singer and the bluegrass artist earned the duo five awards last night including Album of the Year for Raising Sand and Record of the Year. Prior to yesterday, Plant, 60, had only racked up one Grammy in his career. (Krauss, on the other hand, is now up to 26.)

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Rihanna and Chris BrownUPDATE #2: Sources for the LA Times claim Rihanna was the woman in the car.

UPDATE: Chris turned himself into police and was booked for making criminal threats. He has since posted $50,000 bail.

One of music’s hottest couples will be MIA from the Grammy ceremony tonight.

Nominees and Chris Brown have both issued last-minute cancellations due to an LAPD investigation. The incident stems from an alleged assault that occurred early Sunday morning.

According to the police department, Brown and a woman were arguing inside a vehicle around 12:30 AM today. The two eventually exited the vehicle when Chris reportedly became physical with the passenger. By the time officers arrived, the singer had already left the scene. That was when the injured victim named the Brown as the suspect.

Although it’s unclear what Rihanna’s role is in this matter (the victim’s name was not released), her appearance at the 51st annual event was canceled late this evening. (She and Brown were both scheduled to perform.) When contacted, her rep offered this statement to the media: “Rihanna is well. Thank you for concern and support.”

R&B legend Al Green has reportedly been asked to help fill the telecast’s hole.

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Gallery: Rihanna, Chris Brown Cancel Grammy Performances Due to Police Investigation

Carrie UnderwoodOnce again, former contestants will be represented in the annual Grammy broadcast.

Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson are the latest nominees scheduled to perform at next month’s ceremony. Underwood, who already has three statues under her belt, is currently up for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Meanwhile, Hudson, who will also be singing at the upcoming Super Bowl, is hoping to place a Grammy right next to her Oscar.

Other acts confirmed for the telecast include Kenny Chesney, and the Jonas Brothers. Coldplay - up for seven awards - will also perform as will Lil Wayne. The rapper leads this year’s field with a total of eight nominations.

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will air February 8th on CBS.

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Gallery: Idols Underwood and Hudson Among Grammy Performers

Jennifer HudsonAfter nearly three months in seclusion, is preparing to tackle one of the biggest challenges for a singer out there. In just a few weeks, the Oscar winner will be singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

The February 1st event - her first public outing since the horrific family murders - will be just one of several appearances for Hudson next month. The 27-year-old is also scheduled to perform Neil Diamond tunes at February 6th’s MusiCares Person of the Year event in Los Angeles.

Although it’s unknown whether she’ll be attending the 51st annual Grammy Awards on February 8th, the Secret Lives of Bees star is up for four awards including R&B Album of the Year and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.


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Gallery: Jennifer Hudson to Perform at Super Bowl


This Sunday’s kickoff to Inauguration Week will look like a night at the . The January 18 ceremony - titled “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” - boasts a lineup that most people would have to pay big bucks for. But for this one time, it will be free to everyone.

The event is just one of many being held next week for ‘s January 20 inauguration. The incoming president will be honored at a number of ceremonies over several days.

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PrinceIf singing “1999” seems a bit too nostalgic for 2009, you will soon have a larger Prince catalogue to choose from.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the 50-year-old singer announced that was preparing to release three new albums over the current year. MPLSOUND, which has been described as “electro-flavored,” features Q-Tip on one of the tracks. “Guitar-driven” Lotus Flower includes “Dreamer,” a cover of “Crimson & Clover.” Then there’s Elixir, a collaboration with his latest protege, Bria Valente.

Since he has no plans to work through a record label, Prince said is currently in talks with a major retailer to distribute the discs. Fans would also be able to purchase the music in digital form through the artist’s web site.

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Gallery: A Triple Dose of Prince in 2009