Fun., Mumford & Sons Among First Performers Set For Grammys

The Black Keys and fun. will make their debut on the Grammy stage next month.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that the multiple Grammy nominees will perform at the awards, airing live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.

Nominees Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift and Rihanna will also hit the stage.

Kid Cudi Blasts Label Again: Where's My Radio Spins?

Kid Cudi is not a happy man. The 28-year-old G.O.O.D. Music rapper took to Twitter on Tuesday to express some deep frustrations with his label over lack of radio airplay. Citing his videos' millions of views on VEVO, he questioned the lack of spins for the related songs, comparing the stats of “Just What I Am” and “King Wizard” to similarly-viewed videos such as Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything.”

Adele, fun., Frank Ocean, Ed Sheeran Included on Grammy Nominees Album

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Capitol Records and The Recording Academy's Grammy Recordings will release the 2013 Grammy Nominees album on Jan. 22. The album features 22 critically acclaimed smash hits from a myriad of chart-topping artists from various genres. The set include tracks by Gotye, The Black Keys, fun., Frank Ocean, Ed Sheeran, The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes and Florence and the Machine, among others.

Digital Albums Hit Record in 2012; Physical CDs Drop Double Digits

2012 was a really good year for some in the music industry. Adele's 21 reigned as the top-selling album for a second consecutive year with 4.4 million units sold. In digital songs, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra, sold nearly 7 million copies, with 108 songs all at least selling 1 million units. A record 1.34 billion tracks were sold last year, up 5 percent compared to the then-record total moved in 2011 (1.27 billion).

Azealia Banks Fires Up The Internet With Dis Tracks, Gay Slurs

This week started as a great one for Azealia Banks. But four days into the new calendar, she's not doing herself any favors. With a critically acclaimed 1991 EP and astounding amount of early buzz last year, the 21-year-old artist has had all the momentum on her side. She also wasted little time coming into 2013, quickly releasing a brand new track on Jan. 1. But three days later, baby girl is caught up in a firestorm.

Vampire Weekend Releasing New Album This Spring

Vampire Weekend fans, your new year just got a little bit brighter. The New York City indie outfit has confirmed plans to release their follow-up to 2010′s Contra as early as this spring. Their eagerly anticipated third album will be produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Major Lazer) and the band’s own Rostam Batmanglij, and according to frontman Ezra Koenig, it is "darker" and "organic."

Dwight Schrute Spin-Off Pilot to Air As 'Office' Episode

Although the planned Office spin-off has been killed (probably for the best), we've now learned that the pilot for Dwight Schrute-centered The Farm (starring Rainn Wilson, of course) will air this spring as an episode of The Office. Showrunner Greg Daniels, who returned to steer the show's final season and bring back some of the original creative juices, confirmed to TVLine this week that with a few changes the pilot will air as part of the parent show.

Mumford & Sons Suggest They May Use Synthesizers On Next Album

Could Mumford & Sons trade in their banjos for synthesizers on their next album? It's definitely a possibility.

"We're not going to be the band that stands for folk music or for organic music," frontman Marcus Mumford told the U.K.'s Sunday Times. "We've always done what feels good, rather than what we've thought long and hard about, and we'll do whatever feels soulful next, whether that's with an electric guitar or a synthesizer."

'How I Met Your Mother' Saved in 11th Hour Deal For New Season

It looks like How I Met Your Mother won't be revealing any special ladies this season after all. Contracts with creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and the entire cast were all up at the end of the current (eighth) season, and as the CBS comedy reaches its latter years, Thomas and Bays had requested of the network that a decision be made by Christmas regarding the show's future. If this season were to be the final one, they would need to know by month's end in order for writers to begin building to the grand unveil of the "Mother."

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