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Amy Winehouse statue unveiled in London

Sunday, on what would have been Amy Winehouse’s 31st birthday, the late singer’s parents unveiled a statue in the London borough of Camden honoring her life.

“It’s a day of incredibly mixed emotions,” Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, told The Guardian“They don’t put statues up for people who are with us anymore, so it reinforces the fact that physically she’s gone, but spiritually she’ll never leave us.” Winehouse died in 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning. READ FULL STORY

That U2 album reportedly cost Apple $100 million

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Lucky you. You may have downloaded that U2 album for free, but it cost Apple a lot of cash.

Right around $100 million, to be exact, according to multiple sources including The New York Times.

The band ‘s 13th album, Songs of Innocence, was available without charge to any and all iTunes subscribers — right around 500 million people –in celebration of Tuesday’s huge Apple event in Cupertino, Calif. (The one where they unveiled to the world “the best phones ever made.”)

But it wasn’t that easy to get one of the biggest rock bands in history to give out a freebie. Apple, according to The Times, struck a $100 million deal with the band and its label, Universal, that included an undisclosed fee and a marketing campaign.

Bono was open at Tuesday afternoon’s event that this kind of thing doesn’t happen easily, telling Apple CEO Tim Cook that, “First you would have to pay for it, because we’re not going in for the free music around here.”

And while he didn’t confirm the $100 million figure, the band’s manager, Guy Oseary, also didn’t deny it in an interview with Billboard on Thursday, saying, “U2 worked five years on this album, they poured blood, sweat, tears into project, and we were really confident with it. The goal was: how do we reach as many as possible?”

Meanwhile, he told The Times, “This is a gift from Apple to their customers. They bought it and they are giving it away.”

Songs of Innocence will be available for free on iTunes until Oct. 14.

But the question remains: Was it worth it?

Big Sean debuts four new songs: Listen

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Big Sean surprised fans Friday afternoon with a batch of new music posted to his SoundCloud. The “Marvin & Chardonnay” rapper unveiled four new songs, including one that unites two of the most successful producers of the past few years for the first time. “I Don’t F– With You” was produced by his G.O.O.D. Music boss Kanye West and Hot-100-dominating newcomer DJ Mustard, finding an interesting middle ground between the former’s proggy sonic envelope-pushing and the latter’s bare-bones electro boom. (It also features yet another in a very long line of on-point verses by Bay Area rap legend E-40.)

Sean’s already having a pretty big week, with Thursday’s announcement that he’s joined the Roc Nation management roster and Saturday’s release of his tropical-themed collaboration with Adidas.

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Watch the trailer for the lost Doors film 'Feast of Friends'

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It’s become a cliche of pop music that at a certain point in their career, a popular enough act will have to make a movie about themselves in order to give their audience an “unguarded” (but in reality heavily mediated) look at their life offstage. But when the Doors decided to self-produce their own film in 1968, it was still a fairly novel idea. That film, entitled Feast of Friends, was never officially released, although clips of it have been used in documentaries and music videos, and bootleg copies have been passed from Doors fan to Doors fan for years. In fact it came close to being a quite literally lost project—rumor has it that those bootlegs were all duplicates of a print that Jim Morrison left in a paper bag at a friend’s house just days before he died.

Now, Feast of Friends is finally getting a proper release by Eagle Rock Entertainment on Nov. 11. The DVD/Blu-Ray edition includes not only a complete cut of the film but a companion compilation of outtakes called Feast of Friends: Encore, plus a 1968 Doors doc produced for British television called The Doors Are Open, as well as a 1967 performance of filmed for a Canadian TV pop-music variety show where they drop a full 10-minute version of “The End” on a group of stunned Torontonians.

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This Week in Diplo: Bestival, NYFW, (hopefully) a lot of studio time

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At first, it seemed this might be a slow week in the world of Diplo. He appeared to be vacationing in the alps, enjoying croissants and taking in the scenery:

So I started thinking—maybe I should take it easy. Relax. Let him have some Diplo time. Recharge the battery and whatnot.

Then he reminded everyone,

and went to Bestival before heading to New York, before a studio session with Alicia Keys, before the Jeremy Scott party… you get the idea. So let’s begin.

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Music supervisor for 'Revenge,' 'Arrow,' and 'The Fault In Our Stars' makes us a fall TV playlist

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The most important movie soundtrack this year was undoubtedly the top-shelf compilation put together by Season Kent for The Fault In Our Stars, and not just because it gave us Charli XCX’s inimitable “Boom Clap.” Kent has quickly become one of the go-to names in music supervision, and though she’s working on more and more film projects (she just got started working on the Magic Mike sequel), she has primarily made her bones on television.

This season, she returns to both Arrow and Revenge, and adds the brand new Arrow spin-off The Flash to her portfolio. In an effort to give our Shazam apps a rest during the forthcoming TV season, we asked Kent to make us a playlist of songs that we’ll eventually be hearing under our favorite dramatic moments and montages. Check out her picks and listen to the Spotify playlist below.

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You can now watch the 'lost' Beatles cartoon series on YouTube

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The 1968 feature Yellow Submarine was a landmark in the popular perception of animation as a legitimate art form, but even as the Beatles were lending their likenesses to that groundbreaking work, they were also appearing in a considerably less advanced example of the form.

A cheaply made cartoon series called The Beatles ran on ABC from 1965 to 1969, and while its shabby production quality has resulted in it being largely forgotten outside of hardcore Beatles fandom, as Flavorwire notes, a YouTube account called Beatles Planet has made all 39 episodes available for curious viewers.

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Ready for fall music? Prepare with EW's interactive calendar

Having a hard time remembering when Taylor Swift’s 1989 is dropping or when Prince’s two new albums hit stores? Not to worry: EW took all the most important events and releases happening in fall music and plugged them into an interactive timeline.

Maroon 5 kicked off the timeline with their Sept. 2 release of V while Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint, out Nov. 24, closes out this year’s crop of fall music. Other highlights include Las Vegas’ iHeartRadio Festival Sept. 19 and 20 and the U.S. leg of FKA Twigs’ tour. Head over to the timeline to see the full list.

Hot 100 recap: Meghan Trainor beats Taylor Swift for the top spot

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After nine weeks of climbing, Meghan Trainor’s breakout single “All About That Bass” has finally reached the top spot on the Hot 100, moving up from No. 2 last week. It’s a big deal for a promising young artist and one of the more charming contenders for Song of Summer title, but the bigger news might be who she beat for the position: Taylor Swift, whose “Shake It Off” slips to No. 2 after just two weeks at No. 1.

“Shake” easily debuted there thanks to a half million in sales and 50 million YouTube plays in its first week out, but its reign atop the chart was almost noticeably brief compared to other recent number ones. Magic!’s “Rude” spent six straight weeks there before “Shake” knocked it out, and Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s “Fancy” spent seven. Swift’s sworn enemy Katy Perry spent four weeks at No. 1 at the beginning of the year with “Dark Horse,” while Pharrell’s colossal “Happy” held the position for an impressive 10 weeks. Even John Legend’s milquetoast “All of Me” held the spot for a week longer than “Shake.”

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Paul McCartney made a song for new game 'Destiny,' and it is terrible

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Though it’s a studio that makes games about shooting aliens, Bungie has always managed to score its creations with grand, operatic themes that are often quite pretty. You can thank the studio’s former composer Marty O’Donnell for that—O’Donnell’s sounds filled every major Bungie release, and although he was fired in April, he’s still responsible for a large portion of the music you’ll hear in Destiny, the studio’s latest, biggest game. To the surprise of many, some of that music involves Paul McCartney. Yes, that Paul McCartney. READ FULL STORY

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