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Your Week in Music: Lorde, Metallica among Grammy performers

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The Grammys air Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET. (Source: MGN) The Grammys air Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET. (Source: MGN)

(RNN) - The Grammys celebrates music's most commercially successful acts ... and few people have been more successful this year than New Zealander Lorde, whose hyper viral hit Royals spawned 10 million (give or take a few million) YouTube covers.

The Kiwi teen, just named to Forbes Top 30 under 30: Music list, has been added to this year's Grammy's performance list, along with Katy Perry, Robin Thicke and Metallica, their first Grammy performance in more than 20 years.

Artists already announced include Daft Punk, Pink with fun's Nate Fuess, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, and a country quartet of Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton.

The Grammys air Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET.

And then...

Some other notable performers will take the stage in New York during the days leading up to the Super Bowl.

We already know that Bruno Mars is set to perform during the halftime of the Super Bowl, but some great acts will take the stage during Super Bowl Week.

The Black Keys, John Legend and Band of Horses are scheduled to play for Citi cardholders and sports stars during Citi's Evenings With Legends from Jan. 29 through 31.

The Foo Fighters, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons, Zac Brown Band and The Roots featuring Run DMC and Busta Rhymes are also scheduled to perform during Super Bowl Week.

The Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Top tours of 2013

Those who say rock is dead may need to rewrite the obit to one of music's most enduring genres.

Pollstar released their list of top tours of 2013 and Bon Jovi ranked as the top grossing tour last year, pulling in $259.5 million.

Beyonce came in a distant, but not-so-bad second place with $188.6 million, despite having higher ticket prices and playing six more shows.

Pink, Justin Bieber and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rounded out the top 5.  Other notables include The Rolling Stones (No. 12 at $110.3 million), Fleetwood Mac (No. 14 at 494.3 million) and Elton John (No. 19 at $65.9 million).

The Boss is back

And speaking of Springsteen, the Boss will release his 18th (18th!!) album next week. Springsteen's High Hopes lands on iTunes Jan. 14. But if you can't wait, the entire album is streaming thanks to a partnership with CBS' The Good Wife, which will include three songs in an upcoming episode. 

You can stream the album in full at: http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_good_wife/springsteen

Surf's Up

If West Coast alternative is more your style, iTunes is streaming Switchfoot's upcoming release, Fading West.

Jon Foreman and Company's first album since 2011 can be streamed at iTunes radio until it releases on Tuesday.

Find it at: http://bit.ly/K3vJMm.

Stevie Nicks gives Katy Perry some friendly advice

One rock legend took a little time to give a young pop star some friendly - and noteworthy - advice.

Stevie Nicks has a blossoming friendship with Katy Perry. Nicks did the voice for Perry's video The One that Got Away in 2011 but their friendship didn't actually begin until this past fall when the two met in London.

According to Nicks, they had an automatic connection.

"I thought it was going to be a 20 minute, 'Hey, how are you doing?' thing - and we sat for three hours until, like, 3 in the morning. And we pretty much talked about everything," Nicks told ABC News Radio in an interview.

Sometime during their three-hour conversation Perry asked Nicks if she had any rivals. Her response? "I don't have any rivals … the girls in Heart - friends. Pat Benatar - friend."

Perry expressed that the internet and sometimes her fans pit her against other singers, which is when the Fleetwood Mac singer gave her some wise advice.

"‘Katy, let me tell you something. You don't have any rivals. So forget that. Never say that word again,'" Nicks said. "‘You don't have rivals. All of those girls? Friends. You'll probably work with all of them at some point. Friends.'"

Here's to that, Stevie. Here's to that.

The soulful-pop sound of Charlie Oxford

Charlie Oxford grew up listening to Sam Cooke and drew much of his inspiration from the King of Soul, later combining Cooke's sound with instrumentals similar to that of artists like Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Ben Harper.

What resulted was Oxford's very own soulful-pop sound.

For a limited time you can sample his debut album Charlie Oxford on Noisetrade.

The album is one of love and self-discovery, according to Oxford.

"I write love songs and songs about finding yourself and getting up and doing something with your life," he said on his Facebook page.

His writing is confessional and honest - highly influenced by the experiences surrounding him - a skill he learned while attending college in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

So head on over to Noisetrade and check it out. And if you're in the Nashville area, stop in for his CD release party at 12th and Porter on March 13.

Upcoming Releases

Jennifer Nettles: That Girl - Jan. 14

Switchfoot: Fading West - Jan. 14

Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes - Jan. 14

Candice Glover: Music Speaks - Feb. 8

The Fray: Helios - Feb. 25

And Finally

Alex Trebek rapped his way through a recent episode of Jeopardy! thanks to a category called "It's A Rap."

The video is edited so all the "It's A Rap" answers are all in a row, creating a very grammatically correct sounding rap for a couple of minutes.

Trebek covered lyrics from Dr. Dre, Public Enemy and Biggie and perfectly enunciated verses like "Nuthin but a G thang, never let me slip cause if I slip then I'm slippin."

Trebek's rap was strikingly similar to Ellen's version of Shoop. We think they should probably team up sometime.

What we're listening to

The Paper Kites - Bloom

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