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Ben Folds Five “Draw A Crowd” At L.A.’s Wiltern: Concert Review

So they wanted to take a break, slow it down some and have some space — but finally after 13 long years Ben Folds Five are together again. As a BFF fan for almost half of my life, there was zero chance I was missing the chance to see the trio perform live for the first time (and possibly the last). Apparently, I was not alone in the excitement — not since Justin Bieber‘s Believe show at the Staples Center had I seen so many people wearing an artist’s shirt to the actual concert. Expectations were high. I’m sure everyone entered the Wiltern Theatre with their own dream set list, fingers crossed that they would finally get to hear it live.  More »

Ben Folds Five “Do It Anyway” On ‘The Colbert Report’

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Ben Folds Five hit up The Colbert Report last night to promote their Top 10 album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, and they ended up talking about the jokey-but-not-funny (their words, not ours!) origin of the band’s name, the biggest changes (cell phones, Twitter) since they put out their last album, in 1999, and where they pulled their new LP’s title from. Next the trio performed their rockin’ piano jam “Do It Anyway.” Catch the interview above and the performance below. More »

Pink’s ‘The Truth About Love’ Becomes Her First #1 On The Top 200

Until this week, the closest Pink came to landing a #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 was in 2008, when Funhouse reached #2. But she can finally pop open a bottle of bubbly (might we suggest a nice rosé?) to celebrate a new achievement, as The Truth About Love has debuted in the top spot on the chart after selling 280,000 copies. Billboard notes that this marks the third-biggest album opening in 2012 so far, behind Justin Bieber‘s Believe (374,000) and Madonna‘s MDNA (359,000). More »

Kanye West Vs. Pink Vs. The Killers Vs. Carly Rae Jepsen: Who Won Release Day?

This past Tuesday (September 18) saw one of the record industry’s biggest release days of 2012. (The record industry is still a thing, last we checked.) Rather than throw all the notable releases into one exhausting run-on sentence, here are the Super Tuesday releases in convenient list form:

- Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music compilation Cruel Summer
- Pink‘s The Truth About Love
- The KillersBattle Born
- Carly Rae Jepsen‘s Kiss
- Nelly Furtado‘s The Spirit Indestructible
- Kreayshawn‘s Somethin ‘Bout Kreay
- Ben Folds Five‘s The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind

Whew! So, pop maniacs, did you do nothing for the past four days but listen to and pore over each of these albums? Of course you didn’t! You’re only human. But don’t worry, we did, and we’re here to answer all your questions. Will Pink get her first (yes, first) number one album? Will Kreay move into the mainstream? Are people still bowing to King Kanye? Was the Ben Folds reunion better in theory than in practice? And…will Carly Rae live beyond “Call Me Maybe”? Read on for all the takeaways and trends from this week’s battle royale, and sound off in the poll at the bottom. More »

Kanye West’s ‘Cruel Summer’, Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Kiss’ And Pink’s ‘The Truth About Love’: The Drop

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Carly, Kanye And Pink Get Dropped!
We’re back with The Drop, our Soundbytes segment where we rate the week’s hottest releases in pop. This Tuesday, however, we’re doing a super special, extended episode. For reasons still unknown, September 18 suddenly became the date virtually every artist under the sun decided to claim for their musical offerings.

Today’s releases include everything from first studio efforts like Kreayshawn‘s Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay to long awaited returns from The KillersBattle Born, Nelly Furtado‘s The Spirit Indestructible and Ben Folds Five‘s  The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. Carly Rae Jepsen delivers her sophomore effort in the form of a Kiss, while Pink and Kanye West return with follow up LPs with help from some major guest appearances. Above, watch as we preview these albums and let you know which is worth your hard-earned cash.

Agree/disagree with our reviews? Sound off in the comments below, or on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ben Folds Five’s “Do It Anyway”: Watch The Band (Fraggle) Rock Out

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Ben Folds Five‘s new album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind is out tomorrow (September 18), and ahead of the release they’ve unveiled the loopy video for the restless album cut “Do It Anyway.” While this album marks the band’s first after a 13-year hiatus, the video features a reunion even longer in the making: the muppet cast of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock.

Nostalgia overload! Our brains don’t know whether to bask in the glory of our junior high selves’ favorite cheeky rock band, or to wistfully reminisce about our favorite “home sick from kindergarten” show. Watch the video up top, and be sure to stick around for the Fraggle Rock theme at the end. More »

Ben Folds Five’s “On Being Frank”: Idolator Premiere

Ready to groove back to the days of sunny ’70s piano-and-strings pop awesomeness, a la Elton John, Billy Joel and Carly Simon? Your mellow musical guides for the trip will be none other than Ben Folds Five, who have reunited for The Sound Of The Life Of the Mind. It’s the band’s first release since 1999 — and if there’s any doubt that we’re over the moon about these guys getting back together, look no further than our 12 Most Anticipated Fall Albums roundup.

Now, a week ahead of The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind‘s release, we’re premiering album track “On Being Frank”. Head below to hear this gorgeously melodic gem from the trio, which, lyrically, gives a knowing wink to Frank Sinatra. Warning: you will mellow out. More »

Idolator’s 12 Most Anticipated Fall Albums

We’re not sure how summer flew by so fast, but we’re blaming it on our minds being scrambled from too many listens to “Call Me Maybe”. The sunny days are getting shorter, school is back in session and it’s now time to look ahead to the sounds that are coming our way this fall. One particular date, September 18, will bring a virtual tidal wave of new releases — including new albums from Pink, Nelly Furtado, The KillersKanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music and Carly Rae Jepsen, among others.

But those aren’t the only new tunes on the way as summer draws to an end. Flip through the gallery above to catch the 12 albums we’re most looking forward to this fall.

Ben Folds Five Announce New Album ‘The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind’ + Tour Dates

Ben Folds has had a pretty successful career as a solo artist since splitting off from his self-named band Ben Folds Five in 2000 — he’s released three solo albums, several EPs, and became one of the better reality TV show judges out there with The Sing Off. (And let’s not forget that time he was mistaken for an Internet meme.) Still, Folds must have gotten the memo that the 90s are back in full force, as he’s reteaming with his BF5 band members Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge for the group’s fourth studio album and their first in eleven years, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. More »

Pink Dons A Bra And Her Baby For New Album Cover Shoot: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Pink shared a picture of herself and daughter Willow Sage on the set of her album packaging shoot. The newly gallbladder-less pop star tweeted: “Lunchtime at my album photoshoot. Deborah Anderson takes some purty pictures:)” [That Grape Juice]

:: Bobby Brown tied the knot in Hawaii on Monday (June 18). Not in attendance? Bobbi Kristina Brown, his daughter with Whitney Houston, who died on February 11 of an accidental drowning. [People]

:: During an interview at Bonnaroo, Ben Folds Five talked about the “what-the-f*ck-are-you-doing-ness” of making music, and their upcoming album. [Rolling Stone]

:: Brandy has finally announced the release date of her forthcoming album, Two Eleven, with a short and simple tweet: “Two Eleven 8/28″ [Rap-Up]

:: Believe might be this year’s biggest album debut so far, but it looks like Justin Bieber has something new to look forward to: the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has handed over his photographer assault case to prosecutors. From there, the District Attorney will decide whether the “As Long As You Love Me” singer will face jail time. [Oh No They Didn't]

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