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New Bjork album with Arca confirmed for 2015

International songstress and activist Björk is currently at work on a new album with producer Arca to be released next year.

The news was confirmed on the singer’s Facebook page while canceling an appearance at the premiere of her concert film Biophilia Live at this week’s London Film Festival. The new project comes three years after the release of the science-inspired album Biophilia in 2011. Arca, the Venezuelan-born, New York-based producer best known for his work with Kanye West on Yeezus, began the speculations of the collaboration on Twitter last month.

 

Adele won't be releasing a new album this year

Adele’s past two albums, 19 and 21, were named after her current age. So when the Oscar-winning singer tweeted, “Bye bye 25… See you later again in the year” in May, fans took that to mean that an album, titled 25, would be coming before 2014’s end. But a new financial report confirms it’s not happening  at least not before January. READ FULL STORY

Watch Taylor Swift perform Vance Joy's 'Riptide'

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The countdown to another release from Swift in advance of her new album is on, but in the meantime, Swift performed a cover of Vance Joy’s “Riptide” for BBC Radio 1.  READ FULL STORY

Teen guru Jaden Smith raps over Pink Floyd

As the child of some of the most successful entertainers on the globe, Jaden Smith’s probably never had much contact with the real world. When he first stepped into the public eye, around the time of his Karate Kid remake, that made him seem like just another spoiled rich kid, but lately his otherworldliness has started to taken on a more cosmic quality—which he expresses through a koan-filled Twitter account, surpassingly outside-the-box fashion choices, and his burgeoning rap career, in which he often comes off like Lil B if he were in communication with some sort of extradimensional intelligence.

Smith’s latest rap dispatch, released (like his recent “Blue Ocean”) through his sister Willow’s SoundCloud, finds him rapping about his feelings over Pink Floyd’s “Breathe” from The Dark Side of the Moon, with Willow holding down backup vocal duty. Like Dark Side, “Melancholy” strains unabashedly for profundity, and has enough psychedelic buoyancy that it gets almost close enough to it to count.

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'Vampire Diaries' star Michael Malarkey shares a playlist of his influences

Michael Malarkey is best known for his role as Enzo on The CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries, but the actor isn’t always causing trouble in Mystic Falls. In anticipation of Malarkey’s EP release, Feed the Flames, on Oct. 12—not to mention Enzo’s return on tonight’s TVD—he put together an exclusive playlist for us using Rdio.

The playlist is compiled of the songs that have inspired his songwriting. As Malarkey puts it, “This music is for active listening. Preferably while driving across the country in a beat up Oldsmobile. Or on a Greyhound bus watching the ghost towns flicker by through the misty window. Or maybe just sitting in your den with your eyes closed and a stick of Nag Champa burning…”

Check out the playlist below, along with his reasoning for each pick.

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Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails make Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees list

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the list of induction nominees for 2015, including big names like The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Sting, and Lou Reed—the rock ‘n’ roll legend who died earlier this year after decades in the business, as the frontman for The Velvet Underground and a wildly successful solo artist. The 15 selections come from a wide variety of genres and decades—from ’60s Motown (The Marvelettes) and ’60s/’70s R&B (The Spinners), to ’70s disco (Chic) and ’80s hard rock (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) and hip-hop (N.W.A.), up through contemporary pop-punk (Green Day).

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Brazilian psych-rockers Wannabe Jalva want to take you higher

Brazilian quartet Wannabe Jalva hail from southern Brazil, near the country’s borders with Argentina and Uruguay, and not coincidentally, their music largely forgoes the tropical flavor the country’s best known for in favor of a more sere sonic approach that seems to reflect their proximity to the Pampas. Their latest EP, Collecture (out Oct. 15), offers a compellingly austere take on psych rock that avoids the clichéd gaudiness that often afflicts the form, and brings to mind The Strokes as often as it does Os Mutantes or Pink Floyd. Run through with heavy, Jodorowsky-esque mysticism, the album’s a straight up trip.

“We’ve extracted moods and textures from ourselves and put them out there in an almost collective epiphany,” guitarist Tiago Abrahão emails from Brazil. “Nature comes from the fact that we realized that the right path (the essence) was to lock ourselves in there (in the basement) and just get out when we all felt fulfilled (and, at the same time, empty from those temporarily undefined urges).” Maybe a tough statement to wrap your head around, but once you put Collecture on, it makes more sense than you might expect.

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'Workaholics' director captures pure joy in Luke Winslow-King video

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Workaholics‘ Kyle Newacheck was in New Orleans filming Adam Devine’s House Party when he happened on Luke Winslow-King, a local musician who specializes in upbeat blues. Newacheck went to Winslow-King’s show and decided he wanted to make a music video for him. So he did.

Winslow-King and his bandmates—Esther Rose, Cassidy Holden, Benji Bohannon, and Ben Polcer—recruited local celebrities, friends, and fellow musicians to join them for a taped performance of “Swing That Thing,” a track off Winslow-King’s latest album. “We really didn’t put too much into the concept of it, other than just us at our best having our best show,” Winslow-King tells EW. “We really had a good time making it.” READ FULL STORY

Nick Jonas, Jessie J to perform at Nickelodeon's HALO Awards

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For the past five years, Nickelodeon’s HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Awards has honored kids who do good in their communities. The young honorees receive scholarships and grants for their chosen organization — and a chance to see performers like Nick Jonas and Meghan Trainor live.

Jonas and Trainor are just two of the chart-toppers featured at this year’s awards: Jessie J, Echosmith, and The Vamps will also perform at the show, hosted by HALO Awards creator Nick Cannon. READ FULL STORY

Big Gigantic on turning down versus turning up, and how they're like the Dead

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Big Gigantic, the jazz-and-hip-hop-infused electronic duo from Boulder, CO., brought their act to Madison Square Garden this weekend for the eighth annual Bass Center show—performing directly before Bassnectar (and after Rusko and Paper Diamond).

It’s been a big year for saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken. They toured Australia, they played Coachella, they were part of Srillex’s Superjam at Bonnaroo, they sold out two nights at Red Rocks in September. Now they’ve helped sell out MSG, giving an expectation-defying hourlong performance and bringing out legendary beatboxer (and former Roots member) Rahzel. Oh, and they also performed at almost half the Mad Decent Block Parties. Oh, and they also released their fifth album, The Night is Young.

The day before their set and the launch of their Touch the Sky Tour, EW sat down with the duo to chat about their festival-filled summer, hanging out with Diplo, and what its like straddling the gap between so many genres.

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