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Adele Facing Baby Fine?
Fans have been clamoring to know more about Adele's baby boy, but it seems authorities in England are also in the dark about the little one.

The UK newspaper, The Sun, is reporting that Adele and her fiancι Simon Konecki are facing a $1,600 fine for not registering their son within the 42-day legal deadline.

Though Adele has not spoken out about the birth of her son, rumor has it she gave birth on October 19, which was 52 days ago. more on this story

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One Direction Have Run-in With New York Police
The members of One Direction had a run in with the New York Police Department last week.

Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan were being chauffeured through Manhattan in a black SUV when Tomlinson decided to pop up through the sunroof with a camera.

Filming himself lip syncing and replicating dance moves typically reserved for a bedroom mirror, he caught the eye of two members of the NYPD. This resulted in their driver being pulled over.

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Justin Bieber Costarring in Movie With Mark Wahlberg
Justin Bieber will be making his film debut, costarring in a new movie with Mark Wahlberg.

"The script's good and now we're trying to figure out his whole schedule," said Wahlberg, according to Bop and Tiger Beat.

The sites states that Bieber will be playing a basketball player mentored by Mark Wahlberg's character in the film.

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Avril Lavigne's Nickelback Cover Goes Online
(popmusiclife) Avril Lavigne got engaged to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger over the summer and Now, Avril is covering a Nickelback hit.

The pair hooked up earlier this year while writing songs for the follow-up to her 2011 album, "Goodbye Lullaby."

Lavigne's version of "How You Remind Me" was recorded for "One Piece Film: Z," a Japanese anime movie. Check it out here.

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Eminem To Headline Reading and Leeds
The organizers of the Reading and Leeds have tapped Eminem as the first announced headliner for next year's festivals.

They have also announced that the 2013 summer event will feature sets by Deftones, alt-J, and Sub Focus.

The festivals are some biggest music events each year in England and will take place on August 23-25. You can find more details about the festivals here.

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Taylor Swift Celebrating 23rd Birthday With 23rd Video
This Thursday, Taylor Swift turns 23. That's still a very young age, especially for an artist as seasoned as she is. So stop a minute and think about the fact that, in a career that has spanned a number of years you barely need two hands to count, Taylor has so far released a 22 videos.

Thursday's will be her 23rd, and it will premiere on MTV on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 4:40pm ET.

The song for this video is "I Knew You Were Trouble," from (of course) her new album Red. More details here.

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Bruno Mars Celebrates Unorthodox Jukebox Release On Today Show
(popmusiclife) Bruno Mars celebrated the release of his new album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," with a performance on the Today Show on Tuesday.

The appearance followed an all-night celebration with Bruno and his band in New York; host Matt Lauer reviewed some photos the singer had tweeted into the wee hours of Tuesday after pulling an all-nighter.

Bruno and crew rocked through the album's lead single, "Locked Out Of Heaven," before switching gears for a slower tune, "If I Knew." Watch his appearance here.

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Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith Among CMT Artists of the Year
During a televised special Sunday night, CMT revealed its annual list of who they deem to be Artists of the Year.

And for 2012, that list features Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Though the 90-minute show was pre-recorded earlier last week in Nashville (see photos from the red carpet), the names were kept under wraps until the broadcast. Rascal Flatts cohosted the show along with Nashville star Hayden Panettiere. more on this story

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Ne-Yo To Work With Beyonce On New Album
Ne-Yo tells MTV News that he will be working with Beyonce on her forthcoming studio album.

"I actually just spoke to her tonight about that before we got here," he told MTV News backstage at Jingle Ball in New York City.

"So definitely going to get in some stuff with her. Who knows? Maybe we'll get another 'Irreplaceable' out of the batch. You never know." Watch the interview here.

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Depeche Mode Plan Spring Album Release
Depeche Mode announced that they will be releasing their 13th studio album in March 2013 via Columbia Records.

"I am very happy with how the album turned out," comments DM's Martin Gore. "The music has a similar vibe to Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion and I think the songs on the album are among some of the very best we've done."

The band has announced that the new album will contain brand new tracks written by Gore and Dave Gahan. Gahan reveals, "The album has a very organic and direct feel to it. It's not a blues record, but it definitely has a soulful vibe. During the recording process we really tried to get the elements of performing and the live show into the album more." more on this story

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Four Tops Legend Pondering Farewell Tour
The 60th anniversary of the Four Tops is fast approaching, but one member's time on the road appears to be coming to a close.

Abdul "Duke" Fakir, one of the founding members of the legendary Motown quartet, is contemplating one final tour before he puts his career to rest.

"I know about that time I'll be right at the age of 80," Fakir tells Billboard regarding the farewell tour, which would occur in 2014. more on this story

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Murder By Death and Man Man Plan Coheadlining Tour
Murder By Death will be teaming up with Man Man for a coheadlining North American tour next year.

The tour will kick off on February 7, 2013 at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. and conclude on March 2 at Union Transfer in Man Man's native Philadelphia, PA.

The tour is set to hit parts of the East Coast, then proceed across the Gulf Coast, and head north through the Midwest and Upper East Coast. more on this story

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American Idol's Kris Allen Release Christmas EP
Kris Allen usually plays Christmas songs while on tour, so it was no surprise that American Idol winner would release his own holiday album.

The singer's Waiting For Christmas EP features his five favorite songs of the season including "O Holy Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

When Kris stopped by CBS Local recently, he confessed he wasn't sure how fans would feel about his take on the holiday classics. "Christmas music is my favorite of all time," he explained. "So we're really excited for people to hear it. I have no idea what the reaction will be because some of it's going to be really weird, but I think people are going to enjoy it." More including a stream of the interview.

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John Mayer Plans Concert to Benefit Firefighters
(Sub) John Mayer is organizing a benefit concert to help the firefighters who battled last summer's devastating Pine Creek Fire, which destroyed more than 8500 acres of forest and farmland in and around the town of Livingston, outside of Bozeman, MT.

The concert is being called "The Livingston Town Proper: A Concert to Benefit the Fighters of the Fire." Mayer will be joined onstage by Zac Brown and Clay Cook of Zac Brown Band.

Also performing will be David Ryan Harris, Sean Hurley and Aaron Sterling among other special guests. Zac Brown and Clay Cook, along with long time band mate David Ryan Harris, will step in to add vocals for the still-recovering Mayer. more on this story

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Skylar Grey Releasing New Video Featuring Eminem
Skylar Grey has released a new music video and digital single for "C'mon Let Me Ride," featuring Eminem.

"C'mon Let Me Ride," produced by Alex Da Kid and mixed by both Eminem and Alex, is Grey's first single from her debut album Don't Look Down, due Spring 2013 from KIDinaKORNER/Interscope.

Eminem was an executive producer of the album and he also appears in the music video for "C'mon Let Me Ride." Shot in Eminem's hometown of Detroit, the music video is set in a trailer park.

"I hope people enjoy watching this video as much as I enjoyed making it," said Grey. "For anyone who didn't already figure out how sarcastic the song is, the video certainly makes it clear. Em definitely brought his sense of humor to it and so did I. Take a close look at the scene where I'm wearing a very girly sexy polka-dot outfit because it's not likely to happen again." Watch it here.

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Pittsburgh Celebrates Wiz Khalifa Day
Yesterday, December 11th was declared Wiz Khalifa day in the City of Pittsburgh.

The proclamation was made Tuesday by Pittsburgh City Councilman William Peduto.

Born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, Wiz Khalifa is a graduate of Taylor Alderdice and an avid Pittsburgh promoter. His song "Black and Yellow" has become an anthem of Pittsburgh pride. Khalifa told reporters, "it's cool to be cool in other places, but when your hometown embraces you, it makes you feel really good." more on this story

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Sarah Blasko Plans Spring Tour and Album Release
Sarah Blasko announced plans to launch a European tour in April 2013 to coincide with the spring release of her new album, 'I Awake'.

The I Awake Tour will feature her band along with a string section and will kick off on April 9th with a two night stand in Istanbul and will conclude on April 23rd in Zurich.

The " I Awake" album was self-produced and recorded in Stockholm and in Sofia, with the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. more on this story

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Karmin, Rachel Zoe & Coach Release Sleigh Ride Video
Hot on the heels of their Thanksgiving Day Parade performance, Amy Heidemann & Nick Noonan of Karmin have teamed up with the iconic fashion brand Coach and stylist-to-the-stars Rachel Zoe to keep us feeling the holiday spirit with a brand new video for their version of the song "Sleigh Ride."

As we've come to expect from the daring duo, Amy even included a Santa-themed rap verse, although we're not exactly sure what it's all about:

"The winter ice so cold yeah it's clogging my snuff/I need the fireplace hot get the logs in the ov/Until I get my egg nog a-fog foggin' me up/Catch me candy cane crunchin' – come on!" Watch the video here.

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Tegan & Sara Fear Santa
Everyone has a phobia or two but some are more unique than others. In a backstage interview at LIVE 105′s Not So Silent Night 2012 in Oakland this weekend, Tegan & Sara revealed a secret Christmas phobia. The duo have "a natural distrust" of Santa Clause.

"We didn't really like Santa very much." Explained Tegan, "We always looked a little perplexed and a little suspicious on his knee."

The "distrust" goes back to their Calgary roots where the man who dressed as Santa in their town was also the "village drunk." more on this story

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Lena Fayre Releases New Single
Lena Fayre has released her new single "Belong to You," which comes from her forthcoming EP.

The 16-year-old singer says of the song, "From the beginning, I did not want to do bland pop songs that go in one ear and out the other. Initially, I leaned the other way."

"Some of my early songs were rock songs (inspired by bands like Paramore and Evanescence). Ultimately, I decided that I want to make music that is more mainstream and fun to enjoy with my friends. So, now I focus on creating pop music with my own stamp, which I call 'a touch of urban edge.'" Stream the new song here.

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Jingle Balls For 3OH!3 Star
When it comes to the holidays, everyone has a favorite Christmas song. For 3OH!3, it's not exactly what you'd expect.

Nat Motte and Sean Foreman sat down and talked holiday music with CBS Local and revealed a few holiday traditions we're still scratching our heads about.

"My favorite Christmas song is 'Jingle Balls,'" Nat confessed. "I just remember being the bad boy in elementary school class and when you're singing 'Jingle Bells' you just put the balls in there."

Sean was very confused. "I thought it was 'Jingle Balls.' No one told me any different," he remarked. Find out what Sean's favorite is.

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Singled Out: Melanie Lynx
Today Melanie Lynx tells us about her new single "I Spy" which was was produced by Chris Leon and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Kanye West, etc.) Here is the story:

My band mates always tease me and tell me I have an odd taste in men. But I can't help it- I like what I like! One Saturday night in April, we were out playing in a club and in the back of the room, sitting at the bar I see this guy. Blonde hair, handlebar mustache, dark eyes. On stage I turned to my bassist, Pablo, and said to him "Dude…do you see that guy at the end of the bar- he's so cute, I can't stop looking at him." When I noticed the guy at the bar was looking at me too- I really wanted him to come talk to me after the show. Right as he was about to leave, he did.

I felt like a middle-school girl. For the rest of the night, I was all smiles and the boys in the band were laughing at me, trying to figure out what it is I see in the guys I like.

When I went home that night- the idea for "I Spy" was born. Co-producer for the song, Jason Weiss, came up with the title and we brought the idea to my good friends and writing partners Ben Samama and Charlie Snyder. The final song was produced by Chris Leon and Jason Weiss in Chris' apartment in NYC.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about Melanie right here!

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