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Tyler, the Creator under fire after on-stage rant in Australia

After Tyler, the Creator hurled a string of profanities at feminist protester Talitha Stone during his Sydney, Australia, show Thursday night, she reported the Odd Future frontman to police for verbal abuse and wrote an essay in the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper calling out his behavior.

Along with the group Collective Shout, Stone has been petitioning to have Tyler’s Australian visa revoked, pointing out rules against visitors who “vilify or incite discord” and “songs advocating rape and extreme violence against women.” When Stone tweeted Wednesday that she was organizing a protest against Tyler, his fans quickly turned on her.
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Report: Miguel was told not to jump at Billboard Music Awards, woman he hit says she may have brain damage -- UPDATE

Remember when Miguel jumped across the stage at the Billboard Music Awards and landed on someone’s head?

Turns out, he may have been told not to attempt the jump in the first place. Citing “sources connected to the production,” TMZ is reporting that “producers believed it [the jump] was too dangerous.” Miguel went through with it anyway, landing into — and unfortunately, on — the audience.

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David Lynch announces his second album, promises Bob Dylan cover and a track with Lykke Li

It’s been seven years since he put out his last feature-length film, Inland Empire, but David Lynch is still staying Renaissance-man busy.

When he isn’t spreading the gospel of Transcendental Meditation or making Vines, the director of weirdo-cinema classics like Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks heads into the music studio, apparently; he’s set to release his second album, The Big Dream, this summer. Lynch wrote 11 of the album’s 12 songs on his followup to 2011′s Crazy Clown Time — including a “signature take” on Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Hollis Brown.”

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Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop': Hear it here

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Miley Cyrus is slow-jamming her way through the summer.

Recently she did the blissed-out hook on Snoop’s “Heartbreaks and Ashtrays.” Now, she’s singing “We all so turned up/Yeah, gettin’ turned up/Yeah yeah yeah” on “We Can’t Stop,” the first single from her own upcoming album — but the volume’s only halfway and Cyrus sounds like she was asleep right before the beat started.

And yet: the song is smartly stupid and (dare I?) infectious, with follow-along lyrics — like Ke$ha on Benadryl. Take a listen below:

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Pussy Riot doc director says band member on hunger strike has not been hospitalized

Earlier this week, it was widely reported that Pussy Riot member Maria “Masha” Alekhina had been hospitalized on the seventh day of a hunger strike at the penal colony in the Urals where she is imprisoned. But according to Maxim Pozdorovkin, co-director of the documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, that is not the case.

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Stone Temple Pilots file lawsuit against former lead singer Scott Weiland

Stone Temple Pilots have filed a lawsuit against their former lead singer Scott Weiland to stop him from using the band’s name or music to further his own career and accusing him of attempting to sabotage the band’s new single, “Out of Time.” Weiland and the group split up in February with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington now taking lead vocals in STP.

Weiland then released an open letter to fans on his official website stating that the band has no right to tour and call themselves STP without Weiland’s involvement. Wrote Weiland, “First of all they don’t have the legal right to call themselves STP because I’m still a member of the band. And more importantly, they don’t have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it’s misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years.”

Beyonce's 'Grown Woman' finds its way online

Beyoncé may not be pregnant with a second child, but she is apparently ready to birth some new music.

Though she’s been teasing bits and pieces of different tracks (theoretically from a forthcoming album that has no title or release date), there hasn’t been a full new Bey song—until now.

“Grown Woman,” which was previewed a little ways back via a Pepsi spot, made its way online late last night. It’s clearly a leak, since the various streams of the track have been rapidly taken down over the course of the morning, but if you want to check it out you can stream it hereREAD FULL STORY

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis make Billboard history with 'Thrift Shop' and 'Can't Hold Us'

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made history on Wednesday when their single “Can’t Hold Us” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, following “Thrift Shop”‘s rise to the top in February. The Seattle-based rap collaborators are now the first duo to have their first two singles on the Hot 100.

Both tracks appeared on the rapper/producer duo’s album The Heist, which was released in August 2012.

Among all artists, not just duos, Macklemore and Lewis is the first act to see its first two singles reach No. 1 since Lady Gaga hit the scene with “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” in 2009.

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Macklemore rapper talks pizza parties, social change, video for ‘Thrift Shop’
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Demi Lovato's new album 'Demi' now streaming online -- read EW's review here

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Demi Lovato sees your early release, Vampire Weekend, and she… well, she doesn’t raise you, she’s just doing it also.

The teen starlet turned hard-knocks graduate and general multimedia juggernaut has put her new album, Demi, online a week in advance of its official May 14 street date. Read our review from the magazine on stands this Friday below.

Demi Lovato, Demi (Hollywood)

Unlike other ex–Disney princesses, Demi Lovato knows that growing up means more than just being old enough to do Jell-O shots. And two years ago, she proved it with her third album, Unbroken, which found her singing about self-cutting and abuse with a bravery that felt very adult. Since then, she’s also proved herself as the most mature judge on The X Factor. (Though, to be fair, Simon “Gonna Wear V-Neck T-Shirts Till I Die” Cowell and Britney “Just Smile Pretty” Spears weren’t major competition.) So it’s too bad that her new album, Demi, sounds like such a decisive return to teen pop. Transformed from an edgier young woman back into America’s sweetheart, she’s doing the fallen-Disney-idol thing in reverse.

Most of Lovato’s musical ­influences aren’t old enough to rent a car. The beach-ball bounce of “Something That We’re Not” could’ve been swiped from a One Direction album, and “Made in the USA” has Miley Cyrus’ name written all over it in lipstick. Worse yet, some lyrics yank back the curtain to expose the older songwriters behind these songs. Why is Lovato asking some guy to “take me home like you’re DiMaggio”? Wasn’t A-Rod available? Even the con­fessionals, like the pretty piano ballad “In Case,” don’t reveal much beyond the usual lovesick-girl struggles. It’s as if some PR rep went through her lyrics with a Sharpie, ­eliminating anything too personal, subbing
in words like “you” and “me” and “baby.” Eventually that Sharpie must’ve crossed out so much, it erased Lovato herself. C+—Melissa Maerz

Best Tracks:
* “Made in the USA”: Soaring Top 40 Pop
* “In Case”: A stripped-down ballad

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Vampire Weekend's new album 'Modern Vampires of the City' streaming now on iTunes: Read EW's review here

Surprise! (Or not — who isn’t putting their album up on iTunes the week before physical release date lately?)

New York’s prep-rock royals Vampire Weekend are the latest to join the digital prerelease party today with a stream of their third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City. Below, an expanded version of the review from EW‘s issue out this Friday.

Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City (XL)

Let’s be real: A lot of you have already made up your minds about this band. Four fresh-faced Ivy League grads in boat shoes peddling Paul Simon-y songs with titles like “Oxford Comma” and “Diplomat’s Son”? Pfft. But even the most determined pffters, the holdouts who’ve spent the past five years ardently ducking the New York quartet’s slier-than-thou Benetton pop, will have a pretty damn hard time resisting this one.

This isn’t to say that Vampire Weekend’s third effort is a wild departure from their first two. Modern Vampires is still rife with all the sunny-day hooks, East Coast imagery, and blueblood signifiers you’ve come to expect. (Sample lyrics: “You got the luck of a Kennedy,” “Hannah tore the New York Times up into pieces.”) This time, though, the band spends less time admiring their own clever lines and throwaway quips. A new kind of focus is evident here, and the result is twelve tightly plotted, fully realized songs that share a common thread.

Even the geography is tighter. Never landlocked, Vampire Weekend sent postcards from Cape Cod, California, and beyond on their previous albums, but Modern Vampires is all but tethered to New York. Even when song characters manage to drift elsewhere, they seem to yearn for home. The stable sense of setting works in the band’s favor, freeing frontman Ezra Koenig up to explore deeper, more universal themes — like mortal anxiety. “Wisdom’s a gift but you trade it for youth/Age is an honor — it’s still not the truth,” he croons on “Step,” while on “Don’t Lie,” he warns all the young Turks,“There’s a headstone right in front of you, and everyone I know.” Looks like that pun at the heart of lead single “Diane Young” isn’t there just to be clever.

Of course, you don’t have to care about Koenig’s quarterlife crisis and poeticized NYC life; Lena Dunham’s might be enough for you. (Tellingly, the two are friends; Koenig recently made a cameo on Girls.) As with their previous albums, Vampire Weekend’s elegant under-the-chandelier pop and upper-crust punk rave-ups still provide subtext-free sonic pleasures all on their own.

But when everything here lines up the right way — and more often than not, it does – Modern Vampires is the perfect album for the coming Atlantic summer. Think of it like saltwater taffy: bright and sweet, with plenty to chew on.

Grade: A– 

Best Tracks: “Unbelievers” • “Don’t Lie”

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