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‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ Soundtrack Track Listing and Artwork Revealed [AUDIO]

Most of the considerable hype surrounding the ‘Twilight’ series has centered on the many, many books and movie tickets it’s sold, but the franchise has also been a musical phenomenon, generating more than 4.5 million units in sales over three soundtrack albums.

With the next installment in the series scheduled to reach theaters on November 18, dedicated Twi-hards — not to mention music retailers — have been eagerly awaiting news about its soundtrack. On Monday, Atlantic Records obliged, releasing the full track listing and artwork via Twitter.

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Image courtesy of INXS.com
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INXS Unveils New Singer, Ciaran Gribbin [AUDIO]

The opening for a new INXS lead singer has been in a state of flux since Michael Hutchence’s untimely death in 1997. Even though details have seemed more uncertain than ever, it turns out that Ciaran Gribbon has taken over the reins with the new leaked demo, ‘Tiny Summer.’

Prior to this announcement, rumors sparked that the mystery voice belonged to none other than Hutchence’s old friend Bono. However, U2 fans needn’t worry anymore about their favorite front man going back on the gig market.

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New Van Halen Album Now Rumored for Early 2012

For fans of Van Halen‘s original lineup, the band’s last three decades or so have been punctuated with more than a few frustrations and disappointments, including their brief reunion with David Lee Roth in 1996, bassist Michael Anthony’s rudely handled dismissal, and an overall lack of new music since a pair of new tracks were appended to the double-disc ‘Best of Both Worlds’ compilation way back in 2004.

Roth has been back in the band since 2006, with rumors of a new album persistently surfacing over the last five years. The buzz has grown louder than ever this year, and for awhile, it looked like this might finally be the year Van Halen came back — but it looks like we’ll have to keep on waiting.

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‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ Soundtrack Available to Listen to Now

It might say 2011 on your calendar, but this fall, it’s 1991 all over again, what with deluxe reissues of 20-year-old albums from bands including U2, Spin Doctors, and Pearl Jam, whose landmark debut ‘Ten’ was the inspiration for a new documentary from none other than ‘Singles’ and ‘Jerry Maguire’ director Cameron Crowe.

The film, titled ‘Pearl Jam Twenty,’ is getting a hefty double-disc soundtrack that includes live tracks, demos, and assorted rarities from Pearl Jam’s vaults — and although it doesn’t come out until September 20, you can listen to the whole thing now.

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Slipknot Planning US Tour for 2012

Faithful maggots who have been pining away for new Slipknot since the release of ‘All Hope Is Gone’ way back in 2008 are going to have to keep waiting for awhile, because the band has no plans to record.

But fans in the US can take heart knowing that there’s an American tour on the horizon for next year, according to drummer Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan.

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Lady Gaga Opens 2011 MTV VMAs as Drag Alter Ego, Jo Calderone [VIDEO]

Lady Gaga has earned her rep for lighting up the red carpet with splashy awards show ensembles, and during the leadup to this year’s MTV VMAs, the network promised more of the same with a #whatwillgagawear Twitter hashtag.

As it turns out, the VMAs were opened by none other than her sideburned alter ego, Jo Calderone, who started things off by launching into a profane tirade about the end of his relationship with … Lady Gaga.

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Kathy Griffin Makes Jim Carrey-Inspired Love Video for Justin Bieber [VIDEO]

Jim Carrey raised a lot of eyebrows yesterday when he posted a bizarre video love letter to Emma Stone — and he seems to have started a miniature trend in the bargain.

Not to be outdone in the “hopefully fake and wildly inappropriate public expressions of affection” department, comedienne Kathy Griffin has posted her own video. The object of her desire? None other than Justin Bieber.

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Taylor Swift Beats Out Paul McCartney for July Concert Crown

Time will tell if we’ll still need her when she’s 64, but last month, Taylor Swift was the biggest concert draw in the land — selling even more tickets than Paul McCartney.

According to numbers released by the ticketing service TicketsNow, Swift accounted for an amazing six percent of system-wide sales, good enough to place her sixth on the all-agency list of events for the month.

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Meat Loaf Cutting Duets with Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Lil Jon and Chuck D

Call it paradise by the Christmas lights.

Big-voiced rock icon Meat Loaf has announced plans for a holiday album — and in his typically over-the-top style, he’s going all out. Why settle for a quiet night of carols when you can sing along with some of country’s biggest stars?

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Beastie Boys Release Remix EP for ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’ [AUDIO]

The Beastie Boys’ new single, ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,’ already had a nifty, Spike Jonze-directed video to its name — but the Beasties aren’t stopping there.

The venerable rap trio has just released an EP that backs the song’s single edit (featuring an appearance by Santigold) with five remixes and an a cappella version that invites fans to add their own spin to the track.

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Aerosmith Offers Clip of First Song From New Album [VIDEO]

It wasn’t all that long ago that it seemed like Aerosmith might never record again — but they’re back in the studio, working on their first album of new material in a decade, and they’re giving fans an early behind-the-scenes look at the process.

The band’s latest in-studio video offers a glimpse of what appears to be one of the new songs in progress, with guitarist Joe Perry playing a blues riff while vocalist Steven Tyler works out a beat on the drums.

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Velvet Revolver Album with Corey Taylor of Slipknot Killed by Slash

They have an all-star lineup and a pair of top five albums to their credit, so what’s keeping Velvet Revolver from soldiering on without departed vocalist Scott Weiland?

According to drummer Matt Sorum, the band has tried — even going so far as to record an entire album’s worth of new material with Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor. But it hasn’t panned out — so far, anyway.

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