Bon Iver Releases New Music Video for "Towers"

Bon Iver has released the new music video for "Towers," in addition to adding new tour dates including The Red Rocks with Feist.

Nabil Elderkin, the filmmaker responsible for Bon Iver's epic "Holocene" video, directed the third video for Bon Iver.

Of the new video, Elderkin said: "When Justin sent me a breakdown of what certain parts/lines of the song meant to him I did my best to decode it and curate into something simple, and hopefully the viewer can take from it their own feeling of what the towers represent. It was shot up in Washington state, mostly on Indian-preserved land, and our actor's name was Mystic. He seemed to be very tuned into the land, and when he said he was also willing to fall into the freezing cold ocean up there (seems a bit sharky too), I knew he was my guy."

Watch the video here.

Keane Announces New Album Set to Release in May


British alt-rockers Keane have announced that its fourth album, Strangeland, will be released on May 8 in the U.S. on Cherrytree/Interscope, and one day earlier in the U.K. The follow-up to 2008's Perfect Symmetry will be supported by a spring tour, with dates still pending.

Billboard reports that the label is considering releasing the soaring "Silenced By The Night" as the first single in the U.S., while another song, "Disconnected," will be serviced to the band's U.K. fans. "We're going to shoot videos for both," says Cherrytree Records Chairman Martin Kierszenbaum, adding that the double-single strategy can work for "artists with a global fan base" like Keane.

Watch their video here.

Ingrid Michaelson Releases New Album, Hits No. 1 on iTunes

Only about 12 hours ago, Ingrid Michaelson released her latest album, Human Again, to the public. And in that short span of time, it has already topped Adele's 21 as well as the new album (also released today) from Tim McGraw. The No. 1 slot has changed consistently throughout the day as Michaelson and Adele battle other albums which also released this week. Kari Jobe's Where I Find You and Lamb of God's Resolution are also in the top five. (It's an interesting mix for today's Top Charts!)

Congratulations to Ingrid Michaelson on the early success of this latest LP! She discusses Human Again and more in the issue of Variance.

The Civil Wars' 'Barton Hollow' Flies to No. 10 on Charts

As earlier reported, Adele's 21 spends a 21st nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 730,000 (up 207%) in the week after the Feb. 12 Grammy Awards.

Whitney Houston's Whitney: the Greatest Hits climbs from No. 6 to No. 2 in the first full week after the singer's death on Feb. 11. The album sold 175,000 for a 174% gain. It's the best sales week (and highest charting position) for the set, which was first released in 2000. (Houston has a total of seven albums on the chart this week.)

Grammy Awards performer Bruno Mars jumps 30-8 with Doo-Wops & Hooligans (38,000; up 133%), country album of the year winner Lady Antebellum zips 17-9 with Own the Night (37,000; up 47%) and folk album winner The Civil Wars fly 41-10 with Barton Hollow (36,000; up 178%). For the latter, this is the album's best sales week and marks a new peak position.

Get the detailed scoop on this week's charts from Billboard

Adele Hits 21st Week at No. 1

Adele's 21 album hits a number of major milestones this week on the Billboard 200 chart, as it basks in the glow of the British diva's multiple Grammy Award wins on Feb. 12. The album sold 730,000 copies in the U.S. last week (ending Feb. 19) according to Nielsen SoundScan -- up a whopping 207%. 21 is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a 21st nonconsecutive week, surpassing The Bodyguard soundtrack (20 weeks at No. 1 in 1992-1993) for the most chart-topping frames.

21 also turns one-year old on the Billboard 200 as it claims its 52nd week on the list. The album has never left the top 10 in its entire chart run, dipping only as low as No. 7 on Dec. 10, 2011.

Rihanna, Chris Brown Reunite for TWO Songs

So not only is Chris Brown lustily serenading Rihanna on the remix of her song "Birthday Cake" but she appears on a new version of his song "Turn Up the Music," complete with giggles at the end — presumably because they were having such a great time sending completely insane, mixed messages to anyone listening.

In "Birthday Cake," Brown makes far from a subtle entrance, declaring his intents from the first line. As a mere collection of sounds and beats, it's provocative, but as a message to any thinking person who's been following their case, it's very confusing.

We're not linking to the songs by choice, but you can find them online and decide for yourself how you feel about the new mixes. Is this a true sign of romance or simply two pop stars who are willing to milk their domestic abuse past for more fame and/or notoriety?

Maya Rudolph a Hit on SNL; Lindsay Lohan on March 3

Maya Rudolph returned to her old Saturday Night Live stomping grounds as host and got a little help from friends Amy Poehler and Justin Timberlake.

After a "14-month hiatus," the latest installment of "Bronx Beat" reunited Rudolph and Poehler. Although Rudolph couldn't do her famous impression of the late Whitney Houston, she did spoof singer Beyonce for a sketch on the world's most famous new single lady, Blue Ivy Carter. The sketch included plenty of "celebrity cameos," but Justin Timberlake certainly stole the show as Grammy winner Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

The episode was overall a hit, dominating most of the Trending Topics on Twitter on Saturday night. Vernon, who was surprised by the parody while watching the show, even tweeted his reaction: "I was just watching SNL and JT did a Bon Iver hilarious thing! Also, Maya Rudolph saying 'bon iver' is enough. I can die now!!!"

It was a great night for SNL and it looks like the next new episode will be just as big--if not bigger. The show announced Saturday that Lindsay Lohan will host on March 3 with musical guest Jack White of The White Stripes.

Watch video here.

Adele to Have Biggest Sales Week, Civil Wars Enter Top 10

Adele's 21 is shaping up to have an even bigger week than first thought.

Presently, the set is now projected to sell somewhere in the range of 650,000 to 680,000 by week's end on Sunday, Feb. 19, according to industry sources (up from the half-million-plus forecast Billboard previously reported).

Next week, 21 will mark its one-year anniversary on the chart -- a list where it's never left the top 10 in a single week. It will also notch its 21st week at No. 1 and surpass the 7 million U.S. sales threshold. Currently, its sales stand at 6.62 million.

It will also be 21's biggest sales week, period. Its highest frame came over the Christmas holiday, when it shifted 399,000 units.

The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow could find itself jumping into the top 10 for the first time next week, as it stands at No. 8 on the Nielsen SoundScan Building chart. The duo had a short performance on the Grammy Awards -- as a prelude to introducing Taylor Swift to the stage -- and it is clearly resonating with consumers.

Rounding out the Building tally's top 10 is the Fray's Scars & Stories.

SoundScan's Building chart does not include catalog (older) albums, so Adele's 19 is absent from the list. However, Billboard expects that 19 will feature in the top five of the Billboard 200 chart next week. (The Billboard 200 includes both current and catalog titles.)

Read the full story and view the present Building top 10 list at

The Black Keys Ready to Get Back in Studio

El Camino isn't three months old yet and the North American tour hasn't even begun, but the Black Keys' next album is "already on the books," according to Dan Auerbach.

"We don't know when it would come out, but we want to try to get in the studio this year just to start working," Auerbach tells He's not hazarding any guesses about what the group's eighth studio effort will sound like, however. "We won't know 'til we get in there. We don't get to practice together on the road. We're always trying to write and keep ideas going, but where we're most comfortable is in the studio. I can't wait to get back in there."

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Bonnaroo Announces 2012 Lineup

The 11th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival organizers have announced a great lineup, drawing from an astounding range of music scenes to create what is sure to be another incomparable 4-day weekend. The festival will be held on June 7 – 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Bonnaroo once again will expose its fanbase to legends, current favorites as well as new artists who are about to break. Featured acts in 2012 include: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, The Beach Boys Featuring Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks, Bon Iver, The Shins, The Avett Brothers, Skrillex, Black Star, Alice Cooper, Feist, Flogging Molly, Childish Gambino, Ben Folds Five, The Roots, Bad Brains, The Civil Wars, St. Vincent, Alabama Shakes, tUnE-yArDs, Punch Brothers, Flying Lotus, Dawes, The Joy Formidable, Das Racist, Grouplove, Gary Clark, Jr., Kurt Vile & The Violators, Big Freedia and more.

Official festival website is

2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Confirmed Artists:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Beach Boys Featuring Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David
Bon Iver
The Avett Brothers
The Shins
Foster The People
Aziz Ansari
The Roots
Alice Cooper
Black Star
The Word featuring John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars
Ben Folds Five
Flogging Molly
Spectrum Road featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Jack Bruce, John Medeski, and Vernon Reid
Mac Miller
Childish Gambino
Major Lazer
Flying Lotus
Umphrey’s McGee
Little Dragon
St. Vincent
City and Colour
The Civil Wars
Young The Giant
Two Door Cinema Club
Punch Brothers
Fitz & The Tantrums
Bad Brains
Danny Brown
The Black Lips
Kendrick Lamar
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires
The Kooks
The Joy Formidable
The Antlers
Kathleen Edwards
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Alabama Shakes
Das Racist
Delta Spirit
Gary Clark Jr.
Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
Laura Marling
Trampled by Turtles
The War On Drugs
Ben Howard
Blind Pilot
The Devil Makes Three
White Denim
Here We Go Magic
The Lonely Forest
Mariachi El Bronx
Big Freedia
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
The Soul Rebels
Steven Bernstein’s MTO Allstars Plays Sly
Big Gigantic
Sarah Jarosz
Fruit Bats
Moon Taxi
More artists to be announced soon.

Young the Giant's "Cough Syrup" on Upcoming 'Glee' Episode

NEW YORK, NY – Young The Giant’s hit single “Cough Syrup” will be featured in the opening scene of the winter finale of Glee February 21 on FOX. Things heat up as the New Directions go head to head with the Dalton Academy Warblers at Regionals.

Young The Giant has garnered massive critical acclaim for their album and their energetic live performances at festivals and shows all around the world. They just kicked off their sold out 2012 headline tour in San Francisco on February 9, 2012.

Young The Giant was the only rock band to perform at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, and have performed on MTV Unplugged, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live! among others. Their first single, “My Body,” peaked at #4 on the alternative chart while their second single, “Cough Syrup,” reached #2 on the alternative chart; “Apartment,” Young The Giant’s third single is continuing along the same path as it climbs up the charts. Hear them perform these songs and more as their headline tour continues to move across North America through mid-April; catch them at Bonnaroo in June and at Central Park Summerstage on July 16, 2012.

Check them out in our October 2011 cover story.

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Thu-Feb-16 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
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Sat-Feb-18 Denver, CO Ogden (+) – SOLD OUT
Mon-Feb-20 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue (+)
Tue-Feb-21 Milwaukee, WI Rave Ballroom (+)
Thu-Feb-23 Chicago, IL The Riviera (+) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Feb-24 Covington, KY Madison Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Feb-25 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall (+) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Feb-26 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Feb-28 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Mar-01 Toronto, ON Sound Academy(+) - SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-02 Ottawa, ON The Bronson Centre (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-03 Montreal, QC Cabaret-Mile End (+) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Mar-04 Quebec City, QC Le Cercle (+)
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Sun-Apr-01 The Boulder Theater
eTown Presents Boulder, CO
Fri-Apr 20 STAGE AE Pittsburgh, PA
Sun-Apr-22 The National Richmond, VA
Thur-Apr-26 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
May 18-20 Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores, AL
June 7-10 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
Sat-Jul-14 Edgefest/Downsview Park Toronto, Canada
Mon-Jul-16 Central Park Summerstage New York, NY
Thurs-Jul-22 Pacific Amphitheatre/OC Fair Costa Mesa, CA

887K Whitney Houston Tracks Sold Through Sunday

"I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston's biggest hit, sold 195,000 downloads in the week ending Sunday, up from 3,000 copies the week before, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Presumably, most were sold after the singer's death Saturday afternoon (a sales window of one day).

"Always" appears for the first time ever on the digital songs chart at No. 6, according to Billboard, which also notes seven other Houston tunes that landed on the list.

Postmortem sales of the diva's other songs and albums also surged. She sold a total of 101,000 albums, up nearly 6,000% from a week earlier. The top seller was Whitney: The Greatest Hits, an 18-track set released in 2000. It sold 64,000 copies, 107 times the 600 copies sold the week prior, to re-enter Billboard at No. 6.

Consumers bought 887,000 digital tracks by Houston, more than in all the preceding weeks of 2012 and all of 2011 combined, Billboard reports. A higher tally is expected after sales from a full week (ending Feb. 19) are tabulated.

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