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John Legend's 'You and I' music video reveals his feminist side

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John Legend’s “You and I (Nobody in the World)” premiered today, fighting the good fight for female empowerment.

The video features a handful of famous faces: Orange is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air‘s Tatyana Ali, comedian Tig Notaro, and Legend’s own model wife, Chrissy Teigen. Teigen, of course, was the star of Legend’s music video for “All of Me,” a song he famously wrote about her. READ FULL STORY

Beyonce and Jay Z's 'On the Run' tour coming to HBO

Beyoncé and Jay Z’s multi-platform pop-culture domination continues — it has just been announced that their first joint tour, On the Run, will debut in September and air exclusively on HBO. The duo will perform more than 40 songs in the special.

The taping will take place on September 12 and 13 at the Stade de France in Paris, On the Run’s sole international stop. The tour began in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on June 25 and ends with the two-night stand Paris on September 13.

The two are no strangers to HBO: Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter World Tour is currently being broadcast as a 10-episode series of concert performances, BEYONCÉ:X10, and in February 2013 she was seen in the feature-length documentary, Life Is But a Dream. Additionally, Jay Z’s Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film premiered in August 2013.

'Billboard' chart recap: The Hot 100 gets stuck

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 The Hot 100 this week is giving off a level of dèjá vu that’s (sorry) off the charts. The top six songs of this week are the exact same as the top six last week, with Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” which has been No. 1 for seven straight weeks, joining the Billboard record books for songs by female artists that have spent the longest in that spot. Below those, Calvin Harris’s “Summer” and John Legend’s “All of Me” traded spots at No. 7 and No. 8, and the rise of Maroon 5’s “Maps” from No. 13 to No. 9–knocking DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” down one notch to No. 10–represents one of the biggest shakeups at the chart’s upper end.

The trend continues all the way down the chart. Ariana Grande’s Zedd-produced “Break Free” debuted at No. 15 and 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Amnesia” entered the chart one slot below, but below them a significant amount the change from last week was in increments of one or two places. The only drastic movement on the entire Hot 100 was Shawn Mendes’s “Life of the Party,” which dove from No. 24 to No. 82 in its second week on the chart. READ FULL STORY

Stream the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack with exclusive commentary by Zach Braff

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Ten years after Garden State hit screens Zach Braff is about to release its follow-up. His new film, Wish I Was Here (out July 18), trades in his previous feature’s quirky romance between young hipsters for more grown-up concerns, with Braff playing a struggling actor trying to raise kids on a non-superstar’s income. He not only co-wrote and directed the film, but also helped crowdfund the budget through Kickstarter, and although it was made for a relatively small budget the movie boasts a cast full of ringers including Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin.

It also boasts a soundtrack packed with indie-famous acts like Bon Iver, Cat Power, and the Head and the Heart, not to mention the Shins, who provided one of the more iconic moments in Garden State. After the jump we’re streaming the entire soundtrack, along with exclusive commentary from Braff. It will change your life. *Places headphones over your ears.*

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Bruce Springsteen debuts short film for 'Hunter of Invisible Game'

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To mark the end of his latest massive world tour, Bruce Springsteen just posted a thank-you message to fans on his website, along with a short film based around “Hunter of Invisible Game” from his most recent album, High Hopes. The Boss not only stars in the 10-plus-minute clip but co-directed it along with frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, who’s been working on Springsteen documentaries for over a decade.

The short revolves around Springsteen playing a grizzled loner in what seems to be some sort of post-apocalyptic world that’s reverted to a pre-20th-century technological level—or at least that’s what all the crumbling ruins and horse riding seem to suggest. (Think The Road but gauzily dreamy rather than relentlessly horrifying.) The folk-soul song gets expanded to fit the visual format with an extended instrumental intro arranged for synthesizer, strings, and, uh, wind chimes.

For a first-time effort it’s not too bad. If he ever gets tired of making records (doubtful) he could probably pull off a post-catastrophe cowboy flick. “Hunter” is streaming now at his site.

Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer will perform at 2014 MTV VMAs

Usher will be joining Ariana Grande as one of the performers at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on August 24 along with Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer.

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Liam Bailey shares new single 'Villains'

Liam Bailey is a singer-songwriter who works miles away from the navel-gazing acoustic approach that his job title suggests. He cites Oasis and Led Zeppelin among his major influences, boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of vintage R&B and soul, and has collaborated with dance, pop, and hip-hop musicians.

After a pair of EPs recorded for Amy Winehouse’s Lioness label and a crossover hit with British dance music crew Chase & Status, Bailey is about to finally release his debut LP. Definitely Now comes out August 19 on Salaam Remi’s Flying Buddha imprint. It’ll include the track “Villain,” a psychedelic stomper that sounds something like Hendrix covering a White Stripes track. We have an exclusive early listen below.

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Blood Orange releases moody 'High Street' video

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Near the end of Blood Orange’s outstanding 2013 album Cupid Deluxe, the psychic tension that’s been building up over its course finally has a moment of release as project mastermind Dev Hynes veers sharply away from the retro-tinged funk that makes up most of the record. The result is “High Street,” a gentle, meditative ballad where he takes a secondary role providing hooks for British rapper Skepta’s verses.

Despite the novelty value of the its Parade-era-Prince-meets-UK-grime approach, it’s a subtle composition that finds a steady balance between its two sides. With Skepta’s introspective lyrics, Hynes’s echo-soaked vocals, and the weightless flourishes of piano and synth pads that prop it all up, it sounds like a song made for contemplative late-night walks.

Fittingly, its video is heavy on atmospheric shots of Hynes wandering the nocturnal streets of London, and it also features a visually impressive setup with Skepta rapping in front of an array of unmanned double-decker buses. While there are significantly fewer of Hynes’s fantastic dance moves in “High Street” than there were in Cupid Deluxe‘s first three videos, it’s still pretty great.

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Haim teams up with A$AP Ferg on 'My Song 5' remix

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“My Song 5″ is one of the more surprising moments on Haim’s breakout album Days Are Gone, interrupting a collection of clean-lined songs with an eccentrically gangly mishmash of angular melody, hard-rock drums, and a blatting, cartoony parody of a dubstep bass synth. The trio has doubled down on the song’s weirdness by releasing a new version with a verse from rapper A$AP Ferg, of “Shabba” fame.

Ferg’s verse is way raunchier than the original lyrics, but they continue the theme of confusion and garbled communication between romantic partners, and his raps work well with the song’s big-ass drums. Haim and Ferg are both coming off of highly successful records, and are well positioned to doing whatever they want next. They should consider messing with people’s heads and making a whole album together.

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'Weezer Wednesday' premiere: New album gets a release date; EW goes in the studio

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Weezer have spent the bulk of 2014 working hard on a new album called Everything Will Be Alright In The End. They’ve been gradually letting fans in on the process of its creation through a video series they’ve dubbed “Weezer Wednesdays.” The clips have been teasing out not only bits of songs but also details about the album, including the title and the artwork.

EW is super-pleased to bring you the latest installment of “Weezer Wednesdays,” which not only reveals a snippet of a killer new song called “Return to Ithaca” but also confirms the release date for Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Weezer’s latest album will arrive on September 30.  READ FULL STORY

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