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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

Kanye West collaborator Arca releases album details and a new track

You may not be familiar with the name Arca, but there’s a good chance you’re familiar with his work, even if you don’t know it. The 24-year-old Venezuelan electronic musician contributed to four tracks on Kanye’s Yeezus and has worked on a number of songs with FKA Twigs, including the LP1 standout “Lights On.” While his own work is considerably less pop-oriented than his collaborations, his sprawling solo instrumental recordings—like last year’s mixtape &&&&&has found a surprisingly large audience of people who bliss out on aggressively dark synthesizer soundscapes.

On Thursday, Arca announced the upcoming release of his first official full-length solo album. Xen (which comes out Nov. 4 on Mute Records) is more nuanced and more ambitious than his previous efforts, mixing dreamy, ambient passages in with his trademark harshly noisy, borderline-industrial sound. Along with CD and digital versions, vinyl fetishists can cop a hand-numbered limited edition LP that’s sealed in black PVC and includes an additional 10″ record of bonus material.

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Thundercat and Eric Andre just made the most demented music video of the year

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 JASH, the YouTube comedy channel founded by Sarah Silverman, Tim & Eric, Michael Cera, and a bunch of other just-left-of-mainstream funny types, has a subsidiary called Buh, where stuff that’s even weirder than the weird stuff on JASH gets filed. One of the regular features there is called “$5,000 Video” where a comedian and a rapper are, as you probably guessed, are given $5,000 to make a music video. (Maybe you saw the one with Hannibal Buress and Chance the Rapper.)

The latest installment pairs Eric Andre Show and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 star Eric Andre with Thundercat, who’s not actually a rapper but whose association with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder crew puts him in close proximity to the LA avant-garde rap scene. The track they chose is “Tron Song,” from Thundercat’s 2013 solo album Apocalypse, where he trades in his usual frenetic bass freakouts for a tender psychedelic soul ballad about his cat. Filtering the cat theme through Andre’s distinctive lo-fi surreal visual aesthetic–where glitchy psychedelia occasionally gets uncomfortably close to “bad trip” territory–results in a clip full of VHS-era video effects, deviant sex acts, and defecation in a human-sized litter box, along with a few cameos by the titular cat where he looks just as confused by what’s going on as anyone watching.

At a time where the plethora of music videos on YouTube has made shock value a close second behind gratuitous nudity as a method of attracting viewers, the “Tron Song” clip manages to stand out as particularly demented. Bravo, gentlemen.

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Kiesza talks 'Hideaway,' '90s dance-pop, and her upcoming album

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Back in January, an obscure Calgary-born singer named Kiesza quietly posted to her SoundCloud an immediately addictive dance-pop track that brings early-’90s diva-fronted club pop thundering back to life. Nine months, a viral music video, and one very impressive late-night appearance later, “Hideaway” is a hit (currently at number 55 after nearly two months on the Hot 100), anticipation for her upcoming album is reaching a fever pitch, and Kiesza has become one of the year’s breakout stars. EW reached her by phone on her way to perform at the iTunes Festival in London to talk about “Hideaway” and what we should expect from her upcoming full-length.

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Love it or loathe it? Two EW critics debate U2's new album 'Songs of Innocence'

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Yesterday, U2—easily the biggest rock band left on the planet—surprised everyone when they released their long-in-gestation new album for free.

Songs of Innocence was made available to everybody with an iTunes account, which allows most everybody who listens to digital music to hear it; a physical version will be out on October 14, at which point it will be eligible to chart.

After a solid 12 hours of digesting the record — their first since 2010’s generally disappointing No Line on the Horizon — EW music experts Kyle Anderson and Miles Raymer fired up their e-mail machines, and their critical judgment.  READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj announces a release date for next album 'The Pinkprint'

Fans won’t have to wait much longer for the female version of Jay Z’s The Blueprint, apparently: Nicki Minaj announced Tuesday that her new album, The Pinkprint, is coming out Nov. 24.

“Jay had his Blueprint albums and that’s what I feel like this album’s gonna be,” Minaj told BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Semtex. “I really feel like this album will be like a Blueprint for female rappers to come, so that alone should tell you how confident I am about the music.” READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' music supervisor breaks down killer Queen montage

This post contains plot details of “Black Widower,” the Sons of Anarchy season 7 premiere that aired on Sept. 9. Read our full recap and postmortem with creator Kurt Sutter and EP/director Paris Barclay.

Gemma, Jax just killed a man, and it was epic thanks to Sons of Anarchy composer/music supervisor Bob Thiele, who found out last January that creator Kurt Sutter wanted to end the premiere of the FX drama’s final season with a montage set to a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” READ FULL STORY

Listen to Ariel Pink's 'Put Your Number in My Phone,' off his upcoming double LP

Ariel Pink never stays away for long. On Nov. 18, he’ll release his first album since 2012’s Mature Themes, ending a hiatus that’s an especially long one for the prolific freak folkie .

The album, pom pom, will be a double LP, and Pink’s first record without his group, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. “Although this is the first ‘solo’ record credited to my name, it is by far the least ‘solo’ record I have ever recorded,” he said in a statement. We’ll see what exactly Pink means by that in a couple months.

For now, he’s given us the album’s first single, “Put Your Number in My Phone,” which you can listen to below. The groovy cut picks up where 2012’s flowery “Only in My Dreams” left off, while spurning the mellow vibes of classic Ariel Pink songs like “Round and Round” and “Baby”

“Put Your Number in My Phone” will be one of 17 tracks spanning pom pom‘s 69 minutes and four sides—which are slyly labeled P-I-N-K rather than A-B-C-D.

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