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‘Mine’ has vibrant energy
B    illboard singles reviews as present-
     ed by Reuters from New York
   Artist: Taylor Swift
                                                                                               which most anyone can relate.
                                                                                                  Artist: Brandon Boyd
                                                                                                  Album: The Wild Trapeze (Epic
   Single: Mine (Big Machine                                                                   Records)
Records)                                                                                          Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd is
   If the rest of Taylor Swift’s highly                                                        known for his alluring vocal additions
anticipated new album is as strong as its                                                      that shepherd the rock band. On his
finely crafted lead single, then it’s a                                                        debut solo set, “The Wild Trapeze,” his
sure bet that her career juggernaut will                                                       voice continues to lead the music. Most
continue. “Mine” possesses a vibrant                                                           of these 10 tracks could easily fit into
energy that perfectly complements her                                                          Incubus’ catalog, but Boyd demon-
impassioned vocals. As the artist                                                              strates his musical mastery beyond
matures personally and professionally,                                                         singing by also playing some of the
the song demonstrates that she’s suc-                                                          acoustic instruments on the set. The
cessfully making the transition from a                                                         scratchy, distorted guitar on “Here
teen ingenue writing about high school                                                         Comes Everyone” is a nice contrast to
crushes to a young woman exploring                                                             Boyd’s smooth vocal delivery, and the
the complexities of adult relationships.                                                       single “Runaway Train” employs intri-
Swift is a master at creating memorable                                                        cate harmonies. On every track, Boyd’s
lines, and one of the standouts here is,                                                       poetic lyrics are woven through the
“You made a rebel of a careless man’s                                                          instrumental distortion by his confident,
careful daughter.” By no means is                                                              wide-ranging vocals. The slimmed-
“Mine” so heavy that she’ll lose any of                                                        down acoustic number “Courage and
her legion of young fans, yet there’s                                                          Control” showcases the singer’s ability
lyrical substance wrapped in the buoy-                                                         to deliver a graceful ballad, and “All
ant melody that shows Swift has the                                                            Ears Avow!” turns the tables with a
goods to go the distance and continue to                                                       beat-heavy clapping style that presents
broaden her audience.                                                                          Boyd’s voice in full wail. “The Wild
   Artist: Linkin Park                                                                         Trapeze” expresses Boyd’s ingenuity
   Single: The Catalyst (Machine                British songwriter MIA performs in             outside Incubus, but it’s sure to keep
Shop Recordings/Warner Bros.                    Goteborg, on Aug 13, during the Way            fans buzzing for the band’s in-the-
                                                    Out West music festival. (AFP)             works studio album.
Records)                                                                                                                                       In this image provided by Fox Broadcasting, America’s favorite dancer Lauren Froderman is lifted on the ‘So You Think You Can
   For the lead single to upcoming                                                                Artist: Sky Sailing                                                                           Dance’ finale, Aug 12. (AP)
                                                track “Falling in Love Tonight,” she              Album: An Airplane Carried Me
fourth album “A Thousand Suns,”                 touches on love at first sight, and she
Linkin Park offers a nearly six-minute          loses desire for a man on “The Thrill Is
                                                                                               To Bed (Universal Republic)                             ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ fans pick Froderman
anthem of aggression with two distinct          Gone” (featuring Cee-Lo). But while               Adam Young, the mastermind behind
parts. “The Catalyst” lets the band dip         Fantasia delivers a soulful, laid-back         synth-pop act Owl City’s 2009 break-            Lauren Froderman had all the right                up Kent Boyd of Wapakoneta, Ohio,                  was best known for her ability to pick up
its toe into electronica in its first half,     album with tinges of gospel, her distinct      through, “Ocean Eyes,” returns in               moves on “So You Think You Can                    and 19-year-old third-place finisher               other styles, effortlessly taking on hip-
with rave-ready blips surrounding               voice is most enjoyable when she’s             stripped-down acoustic form on new              Dance.”                                           Robert Roldan of Thousand Oaks,                    hop, ballroom and Bollywood routines
Chester Bennington’s dystopian cries.           singing heartfelt ballads, as on first sin-    musical project Sky Sailing. Instead of           Viewer votes awarded the 18-year-               Calif., on the Fox dancing contest’s live          throughout the seventh season. She also
At the three-minute mark, however, the                                                         the lighthearted references to fireflies        old recent high school graduate from              finale recently.                                   deftly tackled a wardrobe malfunction - a
                                                gle “Bittersweet” and the motivational                                                         Phoenix the title of “America’s Favorite             “I have been working my whole life for          dangly broken dress strap - while per-
track morphs into a slow, emotional             track “I’m Here (from the musical “The         and manta rays heard on “Ocean Eyes,”
dirge, with Bennington singing, “Lift                                                          Sky Sailing’s debut, “An Airplane               Dancer” and the $250,000 grand prize.             something like this,” Froderman said.              forming a Broadway number during the
                                                Color Purple”).                                                                                Froderman bested 18-year-old runner-                 The bubbly contemporary jazz dancer             third week of competition. (AP)
me up, let me go,” over a beat tailor-                                                         Carried Me to Bed,” reveals Young’s
made for a stadium’s worth of slow                 Artist: Rick Ross                           more vulnerable side. The song “Brielle”
                                                   Album: Reflon Don (Maybach                  touches on lost love, and the appropri-
claps. “The Catalyst” recalls Muse’s
epic vocal chants as well as Green
                                                Music/Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam)                    ately titled “I Live Alone” deals with                                                                              Credit-score ads spokes-band
Day’s political commentary, but Linkin             Despite living in a gangster’s para-        loneliness. Many of these melancholy
Park creates an original, if a bit awk-         dise — “I think I’m Big Meech/Larry            tunes are dominated by slow-strumming
ward, transition from twisty techno to
fist-pumping rock. The band’s interest-
ing fusion of ideas — and the fact that
“Catalyst” is its first No. 1 debut on
                                                Hoover,” he raps on the track “B.M.F.
                                                (Blowin’ Money Fast),” referencing
                                                incarcerated gang leaders — Rick Ross
                                                has always been a respected lyricist. His
                                                                                               acoustic guitar, but the pace picks up on
                                                                                               the catchy standout track “Tennis
                                                                                               Elbow.” And on the folk-flavored cut
                                                                                               “Steady as She Goes,” Young tackles the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ‘Secrets’ win search
Billboard’s Rock Songs chart — proves           fourth studio album, “Teflon Don,” fur-        exhilaration of chasing a dream. Straying                                                         NEW YORK, Aug 14, (RTRS): With more                   The search was conducted with live com-
that Linkin Park still has a few tricks up      ther establishes the Miami rapper as one       from the electronic-laced whimsical                                                               than 70,000 spots aired on network and             petitions in New York, Los Angeles and
its sleeve.                                     of the genre’s most creative forces.           themes of Owl City, Young takes a more                                                            cable      channels       in      2009,    the     Chicago, followed by an open-entry period
                                                Over a Lex Luger-produced beat on              simple, honest approach to songwriting                                                   band — and its                online, where bands could submit their ver-
   Artist: Usher Featuring Pitbull              “MC Hammer,” Ross reawakens the
   Single: DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love                                                           with Sky Sailing, resulting in a more                                                             catchy songs about bad jobs, relationships         sion of a prewritten jingle. The Victorious
                                                memory of the once-successful artist           grounded effort.                                                                                  and credit, sung from roller coasters and          Secrets won the online portion of the con-
(LaFace/Jive Label Group)                       while boasting about the good life.
   After just three weeks, Usher has                                                              Artist: Hellyeah                                                                               Renaissance fairs — is arguably the jingle         test, becoming one of four finalists
                                                “Aston Martin Music” (featuring                   Album: Stampede (Epic Records)                                                                 king of America.                                   announced during Major League Baseball’s
landed another top 10 and potential No.         Drake, one of the many well-chosen                                                                                                                  But not for long. The scruffy blond and         All Star Game in July, after which the pub-
1 hit with “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love.”         guests on the set) is a sensuous number           If you’ve ever wondered what sort of
                                                                                               code of conduct the cowboy communi-                                                               his nameless crew — cast by an ad agency           lic could vote.
The R&B star’s recent chart-topper,             reminiscent of the R&B flavor of his                                                                                                             specifically          to        sing       the        The Detroit group was founded in March
“OMG,” reminded everyone that he’s              2009 set, “Deeper Than Rap.” Then              ty lives by, the first track on this heavy-
                                                                                               metal supergroup’s sophomore disc lays                                                   jingles — are pass-           by five longtime collaborators in order to
no stranger to tempo, and here he looks         there’s the striking “Tears of Joy” —                                                                                                            ing the torch to a real band. On Aug. 9,           enter a local rock contest, which they won.
to Max Martin and his frequent collab-          “Looking in the mirror but I don’t see         it out quite clearly: “What’s mine is                                                             Detroit quintet the Victorious Secrets won         “We submitted (to on
orator Shellback for some extra heat on         much/Still running the streets so I don’t      mine/What’s yours is mine,” Hellyeah                                                              a nationwide search to be the spokes-band          a whim to see if we could keep this hitting
the dance floor. Pitbull drops his usual        sleep much,” Ross raps unhurriedly,            frontman Chad Gray growls. “It’s just a                                                           for, a new brand from          streak alive,” guitarist Mike Mulliniks says.
party antics, lending an energizing             encouraging listeners to mull his every        cowboy’s way.” Featuring members of             In this Oct 24, 2006 file photo, rapper Foxy      credit-monitoring company Experian, par-           “We credit Detroit for the win, because it
verse and “Dale!” ad-libs. Though the           word. “Teflon Don” is one of this sum-         Mudvayne, Pantera, Nothingface and              Brown, whose birth name is Inga                   ent company of The           showed up and voted and put us over the
lyrics are repetitive, they’re an accurate      mer’s blockbusters.                            Damageplan, Dallas-based Hellyeah               Marchand, enters Manhattan criminal               group’s first ad will air Sept 12 during the       top.”
reflection of the song’s effect on the lis-                                                    doesn’t pussyfoot around on the hard-           court, in New York. Rapper Foxy Brown             MTV Video Music Awards.                               While many bands might be wary about
                                                   Artist: Asleep At The Wheel And             charging “Stampede,” which also                 has been indicted on charges of violating
tener: “Hands up, and suddenly we all           Leon Rausch                                                                                                                                         The original campaign, conceived by the         being labeled “that
got our hands up/No control of my                                                              informs the cowboy-curious that a love-         an order of protection stemming from a            Martin Agency in Richmond, Va., was built          band,” bassist Bryon Rossi says they aren’t
                                                   Album: It’s A Good Day (Bismeaux            ’em-and-leave-’em approach is one that          2007 confrontation with her neighbor. (AP)
body.” Usher’s high register fits seam-         Records)                                                                                                                                         upon spreading a message “about personal           concerned. “(Experian) has been so sup-
lessly with dance beats, and “DJ Got Us                                                        potential lovers should expect. (You                                                              financial literacy, tied to pop music and pop      portive of us as a band and maintaining our
Fallin’ in Love” should keep clubgoers             Whether you’re a die-hard or casual         have to appreciate the warning.) Even                                                             culture,” says Chris Moloney, senior vice          identity, reminding us that we got to this
moving for months to come.                      fan of Asleep at the Wheel, one thing is       the album’s ballad, “Better Man,” offers                                                          president/chief marketing officer for the US       point for being who we are,” he says. Rossi
                                                certain: Everything this act has ever          strong medicine, with Gray detailing                                                              consumer direct-business unit of Experian.         adds that the Victorious Secrets were
   Artist: Sugarland                            released is simply spectacular. And the
   Single: Stuck Like Glue (Mercury                                                            the various departments in which his                                                              It succeeded, Moloney says, because it took        halfway through recording a full-length
                                                veteran Western swing band’s latest            father disappointed him and his family.                                                           on a life of its own in the social media space     album when they won, and they plan to fin-
Nashville)                                      album, “It’s a Good Day,” is no different.     By the end of “Stampede,” all that                                                                — the band had thousands of fans on                ish it during the 18 months they’re contract-
   Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of        The set casts its spotlight on longtime        alpha-male attitude can begin to tire out
Sugarland are poised for a whopping pop                                                                                                                                                          Facebook, and tributes and parodies prolif-        ed with Experian.
                                                Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys lead            a listener with less fortitude than any-                                                          erated on YouTube.                                    “We wanted a real band who were very
crossover with “Stuck Like Glue,” which         singer Leon Rausch, an icon of the             one in Hellyeah. But there’s no doubt-                                                               But after three years, “there were peo-         talented musicians, but who could take a
has already achieved the chart milestone        genre. The 82-year-old’s voice remains         ing these guys’ burly bona fides.                                                                 ple who were tired of the band,” Moloney           tongue-in-cheek approach to the commer-
of highest Billboard Hot 100 debut (No.         supple and sure-footed as he works out                                                                                                           says. As the company was preparing to              cials in a way that could tell a story and be
20) for a country duo or group. Co-writ-        with the troupe on such jazz and swing                            Also:                              Juvenile                  Lohan             launch a new brand focused on offering             embraced by a wide population,” Moloney
ten with Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin       standards as “Cotton Patch Blues,”             NEW YORK: Just as the members of                                                                  credit scores rather than full reports, he         says. He adds that the Victorious Secrets’
and songwriter Shy Carter (Rob Thomas’          “Osage Stomp” and “Basin Street                indie-pop band Ra Ra Riot were getting                                                            says, it realized a high-profile search for a      contest submission “was very jazz-meets-
“Someday”), the song features Bush’s            Blues.” The diamond here is Willie             ready to hit the big time in 2007,                       Variety                                  new act could engage everyone — “those             pop, which they captured well ... when I
brother, Brandon, on accordion and cre-         Nelson’s collaboration on “Truck               tragedy struck, with the drowning death                                                           who loved the band, and those who want-            hear them I kind of hear Ben Folds, and that
ates a Southern comfort vibe with mass          Driver’s Blues,” considered country            of the group’s drummer, John Pike.                                                                ed a new one.”                                     style has universal appeal.”
appeal. It also taps into the rising trend of   music’s first anthem for truckers (written        But the band rebounded, releasing
reggae-pop — from Jason Mraz’s “I’m                                                            “The Rhumb Line’’ on Barsuk Records             NEW YORK: Rapper Foxy Brown has been
                                                by Ted Daffan and recorded by Cliff                                                            indicted on charges of violating an order of
Yours” to Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” and        Bruner in 1939). The band’s familiar           in 2008 and touring extensively. Now                                                              child support to resisting an officer at a         on the head with a champagne bottle. (AP)
                                                                                                                                               protection stemming from a 2007 confronta-        Florida mall in 1999. Most of the charges
Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” — that             swing/boogie “Get Your Kicks (On               the members face another challenge —            tion with her neighbor in New York City.                                                                           ❑       ❑     ❑
offers a refreshing alternative to the                                                                                                                                                           have been dismissed. In 2003, he was sen-
                                                Route 66)” takes on new life with              releasing a follow-up and sustaining               Prosecutors say Brown violated the order in    tenced to community service for hitting a man      NEW YORK: Lindsay Lohan’s mom says
dance-pop hits dominating the airwaves.         Rausch and Asleep at the Wheel vocalist        their career.                                   July by screaming at neighbor Arlene                                                                 the actress will be moving away from
The song’s catchy lyrics should keep            Elizabeth McQueen. As they say on the             The list of indie bands felled by the        Raymond before bending over, baring her                                                              California and back to New York after she
“pulling you right back in,” and you’ll         rural route, there ain’t a dud in the bunch.   fabled sophomore slump is long and              buttocks at Raymond and showing her under-                                                           gets out of drug rehabilitation.
probably tap along to its beat, too.                                                           ever-growing. But Ra Ra Riot, whose             wear while shouting an obscenity.                                                                       Dina Lohan, during an often tense inter-
                                                   Artist: Best Coast                                                                             The 31-year-old Brown was issued the
           ❑          ❑          ❑                                                             album “The Orchard’’ is out Aug 24,                                                                                                                  view with NBC television on Friday, said her
                                                   Album: Crazy For You (Mexican                                                               order of protection after pleading guilty in                                                         daughter was doing “wonderfully” after 14
                                                Summer)                                        again on Barsuk, seems well positioned          2008 to menacing Raymond with her cell
   Billboard CD reviews as presented                                                           to beat the odds.                                                                                                                                    days in jail and lashed out at California
by Reuters from New York                           “I want you.” “I miss you.” “I wanna                                                        phone.                                                                                               Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel, who put
                                                be with you all the time.” “Wish he was           “Instead of being just super hyped and          The two had been in a dispute over Brown                                                          the actress there.
   Artist: Fantasia                                                                            buzzed about, the band has developed a          blasting her car stereo outside their Brooklyn
   Album: Back To Me (J Records)                my boyfriend.” The ideas on Best                                                                                                                                                                       “She’s great,” Lohan said. “She’s been
                                                Coast’s debut album, “Crazy for You,”          dedicated fan base,’’ manager Josh Roth         building.                                                                                            through a lot. The judge played hardball.
   Fantasia has had her share of public                                                        says. “They love touring and they love             The indictment announced Friday charges                                                           Lindsay was in with alleged murderers and
ups and downs in the past few years.            don’t get much more complicated than                                                           Brown, whose real name is Inga
                                                these. Unpoetic simplicity, carried on         playing live, and I think they are in a great                                                                                                        she’s become friends with a lot of them.
The season-three “American Idol” win-                                                          position to just keep growing.’’                Marchand, with criminal contempt in the                                                              Lindsay rolled with the punches and she’s
ner has at times been forced to support         salty sea air, accounts for much of the                                                        second degree. She could face up to one
                                                                                                  Which isn’t to say the band isn’t con-                                                                                                            doing wonderfully.”
her family (as depicted on VH1’s                band’s immediate appeal. The set               cerned about its future. “I have a recur-       year in jail.                                                                                           Lindsay Lohan served 14 days of a 90-day
“Fantasia for Real”), admitted to going         sounds like it was recorded by an early-       ring nightmare that one day I’ll wake up
                                                                                                                                                  A lawyer for Brown did not immediately                                                            jail sentence for violating her probation in a
                                                ’60s girl group in a riot grrrl’s bedroom                                                      respond to a request for comment. (AP)                                                               2007 drug case. She was sent to a UCLA drug
broke on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”                                                              and never be able to write another
                                                — songs of summer crushes and                                                                                 ❑        ❑      ❑                                                                     rehab facility for a court-mandated three-
and was hospitalized this past week for                                                        song,’’ frontman Wes Miles says. “But I
a “medical overdose,” after reports con-        gloomy breakups, and harmonized                try to steer clear of having too many           CHALMETTE, Louisiana: New Orleans                                                                    month treatment, and her mother said she’d be
cerning her affair with a married man.          “ooh’s” and “ah’s” over the Ronettes’          quantifiable expectations, because              rapper Juvenile has pleaded guilty to a misde-                                                       out soon.
                                                rhythm and grungy minor chords.                                                                meanor marijuana possession charge in                                                                   Revel removed herself from Lohan’s case
But she hasn’t let these situations slow                                                       spending all your time being worried                                                                                                                 earlier this week after a prosecutor complained
her down on new album “Back to Me.”             Bethany Cosentino’s weed-soaked                about others’ expectations just makes           Louisiana.
                                                croon aches with teen preoccupation                                                               The St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s office                                                           she improperly contacted experts or partici-
Over a midtempo production on the                                                              things worse.’’                                 says the 34-year-old, whose real name is                                                             pants in the case.
song “I’m Doin’ Me,” Fantasia reclaims          and short attention span, repeating lines         To roll out the new album, the band          Terius Gray, entered the plea recently. The                                                             NBC interviewer Matt Lauer prodded
her independence after walking away             like “When I’m with you, I have fun”           will release a 40-minute film made dur-                                                                                                              Lohan, noting that there were some observers
                                                                                                                                               rapper and an aquaintance were arrested
from an unstable relationship, while in         and “I hate sleeping alone” until anoth-       ing the writing and recording sessions.         Feb. 25.                                                                                             who thought the 24-year-old actress had this
“Who’s Been Lovin’ You” the singer              er tanned boy catches her eye. The             “It’s half art piece and half documen-             He received a suspended sentence of three      Rich Luzzi, lead singer of Rev Theory,             coming to her because of bad behavior.
boasts atop a piano-based beat about            musical and rhythmic uniformity                tary with interviews with the band,’’           months in jail and must serve six months          belts out a tune, Aug 13, at the Rock and             “I think that’s all propaganda and what peo-
her ability to love a former boyfriend          among these 13 tracks might lose ears          Barsuk co-founder Josh Rosenfeld                probation and pay a $250 fine and court           Rev Festival in Sturgis, SD, during the            ple are reading,” she told him. “As you know,
better than his new girl. With the              beyond the album’s brisk 29 minutes,           says. The film will be included with the        costs.                                            70th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The          you’re in the business of entertainment, so I
                                                but it reflects a summer ambivalence to                                                           Juvenile, best known for the song “Back        night’s show, which was headlined by               think a lot of it is pre-orchestrated and you’re
accompaniment of synthesizers on the                                                           deluxe version of the album.                    That Thing Up,” has been arrested at least four                                                      reading things that are not based on fact.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Guns N’ Roses, capped a five-day rock
                                                                                                                                               times on charges ranging from failure to pay         fest at the Monkey Rock venue. (AP)             (AP)

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