Kendrick Lamar's ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ Hits Gold

Late Friday it was revealed that Kendrick Lamar's debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city has now been certified Gold. Top Dawg Entertainment CEO, Anthony Tiffith, confirmed on Twitter that the set has already passed 500,000 units sold in about five weeks. And that number will only climb even more with his Drake-assisted track "Poetic Justice" expected to be the next single off the LP. Radio and TV are likely to favor the track as well.

Atlas Genius Sets February Release For Debut Album

Atlas Genius has announced that their debut album When It Was Now will be released on Feb. 19 via Warner Bros. The Australian band has been touring the U.S. non-stop for the past four months with groups like Silversun Pickups, Wolf Gang and Animal Kingdom and will wrap up their 2012 run with a sold-out headlining show at Los Angeles' Troubadour on Dec. 11. While in L.A., the band will also make their U.S. television debut, performing the hit song "Trojans" on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Dec. 12.

Big Sean: I Recorded For 'Cruel Winter'

More good news for those fans hanging on for a followup to G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer: Big Sean, whose Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration "Clique" became one of the biggest tracks off the September set, is the latest to confirm that a Winter project is indeed in the works—and he's on it.

Adele's '21' Goes Diamond, Crosses 10 Million Mark in U.S.

It was only a matter of time, and that time has come. The same week that Adele's highly-acclaimed album 21 has fallen out of the U.K.'s top 40 for the first time in 95 (!!) consecutive weeks, the album has reached another critical benchmark in the U.S. As of Tuesday, the set has surpassed 10 million units sold in about 21 months, therefore beating Pearl Jam's 21-year-old debut album Ten to reach the critical mark. Both albums are approaching diamond status as well, but Adele's much newer LP just got there first.

Early Morning Rebel to Appear on 'Parenthood'

L.A.'s on-the-rise rock outfit Early Morning Rebel has confirmed their appearance on Tuesday night's episode of Parenthood. The NBC comedic drama, known for its eclectic indie-leaning musical soundtrack, will feature the west coast band in a scene involving Luncheonette recording studio co-owner Crosby Braverman (Dax Shepard), as evidenced by the picture (left). The band will perform their recent single "Burn Us Down."

Chevy Chase Out of 'Community'

Chevy Chase has left NBC's Community, effective immediately. Although most of the new season has already been shot, the 69-year-old actor will not appear in any of the final episodes of season four, finally bringing his tumultuous relationship with the show to a screeching halt, according to Deadline.

The Lumineers 'Ho Hey' Jumps Into Top 10

While Rihanna celebrates her 12th No. 1 with "Diamonds" this week, there is more good news elsewhere on the charts. The top spot may not be in the Barbadian singer's possession for very long, with plenty of movement in the top 10. Of course, Maroon 5's former nine-week No. 1 "One More Night" slips one spot, but Ke$ha's "Die Young" climbs quickly right behind the other two—easily a contender for the summit very soon. Meanwhile PSY's former No. 2 "Gangnam Style" continues its downward slide (with no help from Sunday's AMAs performance); the Korean Internet hit moves 5-7.

A$AP Rocky's Toronto Show Canceled Due to Bomb Threat

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The third time was not the charm for many Toronto fans waiting Monday night to see A$AP Rocky at the Sound Academy. The rapper, who previously canceled his Oct. 2 show because he had trouble getting across the U.S./Canada border, was forced to disappoint fans once again—this time by no fault of his own. As we previously reported, the venue was put under lockdown early Monday evening due to a [false alarm] bomb threat that came in by phone.

Fiona Apple Cancels Tour Dates To Take Care of Ailing Dog

Fiona Apple has announced in the form of a handwritten letter shared on Facebook that she will be unable to make some of her upcoming shows. Explaining that her aging dog Janet is near death, the singer asks for blessings in a very lengthy and heartfelt writing: "She's my best friend and my mother and my daughter, and my benefactor, and she's the one who taught me what love is..."

Eric Clapton Announces Crossroads Festival Lineup

While most folks are starting to think about the holidays, Eric Clapton is planning ahead. His Crossroads Guitar Festival is set to take place April 12 and 13 in New York City's Madison Square Garden, and the event will bring together musicians from across various genres.

American Music Awards Have Worst Year Ever

While there was much celebrating for Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj—the only winners of multiple American Music Awards on Sunday night, the show itself touted a rather vanilla roster of performances and dismal ratings. In fact, the 2012 event was the lowest-rated AMAs broadcast ever with an all-time low of 9.47 million viewers, according to Deadline. It was the first time the pop-driven ceremony didn't crack the 10 million mark, only snagging a 3.4 share in the valued 18-49 age category—also a record low. Last year's broadcast captured 12 million pairs of eyeballs.

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