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Sleigh Bells announce new album, single, and video, all called 'Bitter Rivals'

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Because all the world’s movie trailers aren’t going to soundtrack themselves, Sleigh Bells announced they have a new album coming out on October 8. It’s called Bitter Rivals (not to be confused with the UFC event of the same name), and the first single is the title track.

Though “Bitter Rivals” begins with a little acoustic strumming, it quickly morphs into the best kind of Sleigh Bells song: Raw, jittery, loud, and replete with the awesome chorus “You are my bitter rival/But I need you for survival.”

The video, made in collaboration with the Vice/Intel partnership The Creators Project, features also contains a bunch of scenes of singer Alexis Krauss shadow boxing, which will hopefully lead to some sort of title fight against Katy Perry. Check it out below.  READ FULL STORY

Electric Zoo music festival in N.Y. canceled after two deaths

The last day of a New York City dance music festival featuring high-profile acts including Avicii, David Guetta, and Diplo was canceled Sunday after the deaths of two attendees and the hospitalizations of several others, apparently linked to drugs.

The city said it recommended Electric Zoo festival end early after the deaths and illnesses during the first two days of performances on Friday and Saturday. The festival took place on Randall’s Island in the East River.

“The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with city officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event,” the city said.

Police identified those who died as Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y., and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I.

Russ was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital around 3:20 a.m. Saturday, police said. He had been brought to the hospital from the festival.

Rotondo was taken to Metropolitan Hospital later Saturday, around 8:45 p.m., and was pronounced dead shortly afterward, police said.

The city says the deaths appear to have been linked to drugs, specifically MDMA, or ecstasy. A spokeswoman for the city medical examiner said autopsy results were inconclusive and further toxicology and tissue testing is needed.

The event’s founders, Made Event, expressed condolences on its website to the families of those who died.

“Because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided in consultation with the New York City Parks Department that there will be no show today,” the statement said.

The festival has been held over Labor Day weekend since 2009. It draws sizable crowds to hear artists performing on multiple stages over the course of several hours.

Jay Z and Ron Howard's 'Made In America' documentary to air on Showtime

Jay Z has had a busy summer: A platinum album, a sold-out tour, and a new video with Justin Timberlake for “Holy Grail.”  But, while fans gear up for the second year of his Budweiser Made In American Festival on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend, the rapper scored yet another win as Showtime announced plans to debut the documentary about the Jay Z-curated festival on October 11th at 9 p.m. ET.

The film, directed by Ron Howard,  chronicles the inaugural two-day music fest and will make its first appearance at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7. Produced by Jay Z and Ron Howard, the documentary will feature live performances and interviews with Kanye West, Odd Future, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, Run-DMC, Passion Pit, Pearl Jam, and more from the 2012 festival.

Watch the trailer for the film below:

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VMAs 2013: Yep -- Justin Timberlake reunited with NSYNC

So, it finally happened: The boys got back together.

We’re talking about NSYNC, of course. After getting introduced by Jimmy Fallon as “the President of Pop,” the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award-winning Justin Timberlake took the stage for a career retrospective of his solo work beginning with (a seemingly pretaped) “Take Back the Night,” “SexyBack” into a super medley of “Like I Love You,” “My Love,” “Cry Me a River,” “Senorita,” “Rock Your Body,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “Pusher Love.” (Because of audio issues, unfortunately, it also sounded at home like it was “being played through a kazoo,” as one EW commenter put it).

Either way, that was all just a prelude to the real treat of seeing the other four members of your favorite late-nineties/early-aughts boy band ascend from underneath the stage. Together with JT, the boys-to-thirtysomething-men took everyone down memory lane with truncated performances of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” — with original choreography!

But the fun couldn’t last forever, and soon Justin sent the four tag-alongs back underground from whence they came.

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Eminem sneakily announces new single, album release date during VMAs [UPDATED]

With most of the music world’s eyeballs fixed on one point — the MTV VMAs — Eminem took advantage of the moment to announce the name and release date of his upcoming eighth album. As his official site teases, the new album will be out Nov. 5.

The site calls the release MMLP2, which likely stands for The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Also announced was the name of a new single, “Berzerk,” to be debuted this Tuesday.

UPDATE: A rep at Interscope has confirmed that the album’s formal title is indeed The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and that “Berzerk” will be on sale via iTunes on Tuesday, 12:01am Eastern. The song was produced by Rick Rubin, who with Dr. Dre co-produced the entire album.

The announcement also came with a snippet of the new song. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

VMAs: The 2013 Winner's List

Tonight’s Moon Man recipients are (via real-time updates):

Best Collaboration: Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason”

Best Rock Video: Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Up in the Air”

Best Pop Video: Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”

Best Hip-Hop Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us”

Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Video with a Social Message: Macklemore & Ryan Lewsi feat. Mary Lambert “Same Love”

Video Vanguard Award: Justin Timberlake

Artist to Watch: Austin Mahone

Best Male Video: Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”

Video of the Year: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

Miley Cyrus fires off 'Bangerz' album cover and new track 'Wrecking Ball' -- listen now!

If you thought Miley Cyrus was going to commission trap-rap-style packaging for Bangerz, you were completely wrong. (Although I appreciate the impulse.) Last night Miley tweeted the cover to her album (due Oct. 8), and if anything, it seems inspired by the famous cover of Duran Duran’s Rio, which was made by the quintessential American artist Patrick Nagel. Meanwhile, she released the mega-ballad “Wrecking Ball,” which should have Katy Perry quaking in her boots.

First, the cover: As you can see above, it shows the title in neon and includes palm trees, which will make many people think of Miami Vice (the TV show) and the 1980s (even though there was a lot more to the ’80s than neon and palm trees … and Miami Vice). There’s no reason why Miley would want to evoke that decade—she was born in 1992, and as I alluded to above, recently she has taken inspiration from contemporary rap.

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Singer Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson's Disease

Singer Linda Ronstadt has revealed she is battling Parkinson’s Disease and says the effects have left her unable to sing.

The 67-year-old singer, best known for her songs “You’re No Good”  and “When Will I Be Loved,” revealed her diagnosis to AARP, saying she sought medical advice after experiencing problems with her voice. “Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years,” she said.

Ronstadt, who was diagnosed eight months ago, now sometimes requires walking assistance and “can’t sing a note,” she said.  “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.”

A full interview with Ronstadt will appear on the organization’s site next week, and her memoir, Simple Dreams, will be out in in September (though, the AARP story notes, the book does not address her diagnosis).

One Direction perform for biggest 'Today' crowd ever -- VIDEO

The boys were back — and did they bring a crowd with them! The horde of teens and at least one unemployed mother squatting in Rockefeller Center — who had to be wrangled according to NYPD crowd-control protocols yesterday, by the way — showed no signs of their literally dampened spirit this morning when Harry, Louis, (the newly engaged) Zayn, Niall, and Liam stepped onto the Today Show stage to perform their signature hit “What Makes You Beautiful.” If nothing else, click through to check out the 18,000-strong swarm that Today hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie both deemed “the biggest crowd we’ve ever had [in the plaza].”

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Chris Brown concerts canceled in Canada

The promoter of four Chris Brown concerts in Canada scheduled this summer says the events have been canceled.

Stephen Tobin, owner of Drop Entertainment Group, said Monday that the decision was made after consulting with Brown and in light of his recent personal and health-related issues.

The R&B star had his probation reinstated Friday after he was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident. The hit-and-run charge was dismissed earlier.

Brown also suffered a seizure earlier this month.
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