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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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Joy Williams tries to explain the Civil Wars break-up: 'It's been a hard, painful season of my life'

They officially have the number-one record in the country this week — and one of the most-acclaimed albums of the year so far — but the Civil Wars’ Joy Williams and John Paul White won’t be touring to support it. In fact, the estranged duo are very famously not talking to one another at all. Williams did talk to EW, however, about making the album, separating truth from artistic license, and generally setting the record straight:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Is it weird approaching every interview for your new record knowing you’ll have to address the hiatus?
JOY WILLIAMS:
Yeah, some days it’s really difficult just because I believe so much in the caliber of the music that we made that it’s hard for me that we can’t just focus on the music. That being said, I understand why people are curious about it. It’s something that I’m curious about, too, frankly. READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama working on 'Healthier America' hip-hop album

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Michelle Obama is making a cameo appearance in a video for a hip-hop song recorded to encourage kids from minority groups to take care of their bodies.

The song, “Everybody,” is one of 19 on an album called Songs for a Healthier America, set for release next month. The album is being produced by Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America, both of which support the first lady’s “Let’s Move” anti-childhood obesity campaign. Statistics show higher rates of overweight and obesity among black and Latino children.

In the video, Mrs. Obama talks briefly about launching “Let’s Move” and people’s doubts about whether it will make a difference.

The song itself is sung by rapper Doug E. Fresh, along with Jordin Sparks, Dr. Oz, and others. Check out a video for the song below:
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Katy Perry's 'Roar' sounds an awful lot like Sara Bareilles' 'Brave,' says the Internet

Over the weekend, Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” leaked early and gave the world its first taste of Perry’s upcoming album Prism. In a lot of ways,  it sounds like a pretty basic girl-power anthem that could be sung by just about anybody.

Or actually recorded by just about anybody. Twitter quickly blew up with tweets saying the song had more than a little bit in common with Sara Bareilles’ recent single “Brave.”  A helpful amateur even put together a mashup of the two: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry is back with a 'Roar' -- hear her new single now

In a promo for her new single “Roar,” Katy Perry tongue-in-cheekily lays to rest her old bubblegum image, as starlight-mint pinwheels spin on a casket and purple-wigged fans wail. But fans shouldn’t worry about Perry straying too far from the formula that made her famous: “Roar” has arrived, and it’s just as upliftingly poppy as her previous megahit “Firework.”

The song’s clear jock-jam aspirations — sample lyrics: “I got the eye of the tiger, the fire/Dancing through the fire, ’cause I am a champion/And you’re gonna hear me roar” — will likely make the song a fall-football staple (the Bengals should just send her a check now).

Listen to the full track below:
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