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Watch A$AP Rocky hang out at Kathy Griffin's house in a NSFW scene from new Noisey doc here -- EXCLUSIVE

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The upcoming A$AP Rocky documentary SVDDXNLY is not short on celebrity cameos: There be Snoop; there be Macklemore; there be Drake and Rihanna and Schoolboy Q and Big Sean and Bun B and Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa and Jeremy Scott and Glee‘s Naya Rivera looking like she took a real wrong left turn at the Glendale Galleria.

But the hour-long film’s maximum bonkers moment may be the footage of Rocky’s visit to the Los Angeles home of actress/comedian/Bravolebrity Kathy Griffin, in which two famous people arrive as strangers and leave as death-wish friends, and A$AP learns many new things about sex, secret handshakes, and how to light a very expensive fireplace from the future.

Click below to watch what happened when A$AP met Kathy –it’s just like when Harry Met Sally, but with 87% more hand job jokes. (Again, this clip is not NSFW): READ FULL STORY

BBC Radio names Ed Sheeran most important singer of 'black' music, faces backlash

BBC Radio station 1Xtra has voted British crooner Ed Sheeran the most important British artist in urban music—and in the process, has sparked an online debate about a “power list” that predominantly features white artists in a genre of music created by black artists.

1Xtra—which describes itself as “the UK’s leading black music station”—released its list of the most “important UK artists in the scene” on Friday. Sheeran topped the list of approximately 20 artists, submitted by radio listeners and chosen by 1Xtra DJs on variables such as “sales statistics, plus more subjective areas like the quality of music and impact across the wider industry.”

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Jay Z will headline the Global Citizen Festival in September

On September 27, a lineup including Jay-Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., Tiësto, and The Roots will perform at the third annual Global Citizen Festival, held on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park.

Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival is a outdoor concert whose main goal is to raise awareness and inspire action to combat extreme poverty worldwide. The Global Poverty Project, the organization behind the festival, hopes to use the event as a tool “promote activism through something people love—live musical entertainment—and in turn, give our world leaders a clear and compelling mandate to commit to ending extreme poverty by 2030.” Every year, the event is held around the same time as the United Nations General Assembly. This year, the festival will be televised by NBC and MSNBC.

Tickets to the Global Citizen Festival are earned, not bought. To earn tickets, fans visit the Global Citizen website, sign up, and complete several tasks aimed at spreading awareness. Each task earns a certain number of points, and once a fan earns eight points, he or she can enter to win tickets to the event. There will be five draws this summer, and would-be concertgoers can enter up to six times. A total of 48,000 free tickets will be given out this year.

“After last year’s success, Jay Z put up his hand and said, ‘I want to headline Year 3,’” Hugh Evans, chief executive of the Global Poverty Project, said to the New York Times. “ We sat down with people from his Shawn Carter Foundation and found that there are so many alliances between what they’re trying to do and what we’re trying to do.

Last year’s lineup included John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, and Stevie Wonder, who closed the festival with an hour-long set that included a cover John Lennon’s “Imagine” (see below). Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, also made a special appearance and addressed the crowd during Wonder’s set.

Video: Meet Jimmy Van Heusen, the composer more swingin' than Sinatra

For Sinatra fans, the upcoming PBS documentary Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ with Frank and Bing premiering in August (check local listings) will sound like a must-see. It goes inside composer Jimmy Van Heusen’s professional collaboration with Ol’ Blue Eyes—Frank recorded more than 80 of Van Heusen’s songs, including the Oscar-winning “All the Way,” “High Hopes,” and “Call Me Irresponsible,” as well as the Emmy-winning “Love & Marriage”—as well as their friendship, which started in Tin Pan Alley and ended with Van Heusen being buried in the Sinatra family plot.

As our sneak peek below testifies, Sinatra modeled his swingin’ bachelor lifestyle after Van Heusen, a WWII test pilot who was known to take Sinatra on flights in his own planes (like to see Van Heusen’s home in Palm Springs, where Sinatra then built one, too). Watch it below for choice anecdotes from Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson and a great appreciation of the Van Heusen hit “Come Fly With Me.” READ FULL STORY

Second video of Justin Bieber using racial slurs emerges

Days after Justin Bieber apologized for using racial slurs in a video shot when he was 15, a new clip of the pop star saying the N-word has leaked.

In the new footage, a 14-year-old Bieber looks into the camera and sings a racist parody of his hit “One Less Lonely Girl.” He repeats the line “one less lonely n—-r,” laughing. “There’s gonna be one less n—-r/if I kill you/I’ll be part of the KKK,” he sings.

TMZ released the footage, saying Bieber and his team want the video made public “because he wants to own what he did.” The website reports that the singer, now 20, told mentors Usher and Will Smith of the videos and that he immediately regretted making them. Usher “took him into a room and showed him historically racist videos to drive home how hurtful these words can be,” according to TMZ.

EW’s requests for comment from Bieber’s reps were not immediately returned. READ FULL STORY

Dolly Parton explains why she never changed her image -- LISTEN

Dolly Parton just released her 42nd album, Blue Smoke, which means anyone who told her to ditch her backwoods Barbie image — modeled after the “town tramp” — when she first got to Nashville because people wouldn’t take her seriously, was probably wrong. “I’m totally real where it counts,” Parton tells Kathie Lee Gifford, host of “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Dolly Parton” premiering May 14 at 7 p.m. ET on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM Channel 105). “I know I look artificial, but I think people know that I’m serious about how I look — that it came from a serious place of a country girl’s idea of glamour. ‘Cause we had nothin’, I wanted anything.” She needs all that hair, makeup, and gaudy clothes to feel comfortable, she insists. READ FULL STORY

Dolly Parton explains her new gospel cover of Bon Jovi's 'Lay Your Hands on Me' (you read that right!)

Dolly Parton releases her 42nd album, Blue Smoke, on May 13, and one song on the track list might surprise you: a cover of Bon Jovi’s 1988 hit “Lay Your Hands on Me.”

“I always loved the song, but the first time I heard it — because I grew up in a Pentecostal church, where people believed in healing hands and laying your hands on someone — I just thought, “Wow, that would make a fantastic gospel song,” Parton tells EW.

Still, she knew the sexualized lyrics would need a bit of an overhaul. “You can’t take liberties with people’s song without running it by them, so I contacted Jon and Richie Sambora, who wrote the song together, and asked them, ‘I would love to do this as a gospel song, would y’all help me put that together?’ They were all for it, and everybody threw in their little ideas, and I threw in mine,” she says. READ FULL STORY

Wu Tang's 'secret' album has a new featured guest: Cher

Cher will appear on two tracks off of Wu-Tang’s upcoming “secret album” The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. (Hear a snippet here).

I imagine the conversation that led to this decision went something like this: READ FULL STORY

Record Store Day: Clerks and owners across the country give us their best picks

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On April 19, more than 1,000 stores will roll out a bonanza of limited-edition merch in honor of the eighth annual Record Store Day.

Before you line up Saturday morning with sleep in your eyes and cash in hand for a vinyl copy of Built to Spill’s Ultimate Alternative Wavers (pictured above) or Otis Redding’s Pain in My Heart, check out some great in-house picks below from the clerks, managers and owners of some of our favorite independently owned outlets across the country—and go to RecordStoreDay.com/Venues to locate more participating shops near you.

Newbury Comics, Boston
Alfred Chavez, Assistant Manager

Ray Parker Jr., Ghostbusters
“It’s the hit song he came out with—a.k.a. the theme to Ghostbusters! There are apparently rare remixes that are included. Like, what? I wonder if it’ll be like dance remixes. It’ll be phenomenal. And they’re putting it in a glow-in-the-dark vinyl format! I can already imagine playing that in my room, completely dark.”

Anamanaguchi, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Original Videogame Soundtrack)
“They did the entire score for Scott Pilgrim, one of my favorite movies. This will be the first time it’s released on vinyl form.”

Disclosure, Apollo
“They’re awesome.”

Reckless Records, Chicago
David Hofer, New Product Buyer READ FULL STORY

Lorde finally met the man who inspired 'Royals'

Back in November, Lorde told VH1 that her song “Royals” was inspired by a photo that she saw in National Geographic of now-retired Kansas City Royals third-baseman George Brett. READ FULL STORY

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