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Tune in: Ariana Grande talks to EW about 'SNL,' 'My Everything'

Ariana Grande has spent a busy week prepping for her performance on Saturday Night Live, but she’s taking time out of her rehearsal to speak with EW and her fans live from 30 Rock.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, Grande will speak live with EW‘s Tim Stack about performing for the show, her album My Everything, which is currently available for free on Google Play, and about “Problem” being considered one of the songs of the summer.

Tune into the Google Hangout at 5 p.m. to watch the talk, and also leave questions on the hangout page to be answered during the discussion. Grande will perform live while Chris Pratt hosts the 40th season premiere of Saturday Night Live on Sept. 27 at 11:30 p.m.

Apple reportedly shutting down Beats Music (Updated)

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UPDATE: An Apple representative told Recode the TechCrunch report was “not true” but would not elaborate further. Recode also was told by Apple that Beats may go away but that the company would remain invested in music streaming, which would still fall in line with part of TechCrunch‘s earlier report.

ORIGINAL STORY: Apple announced its acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics only five months ago, but a new report suggests that one portion of that purchase may soon be closing its doors.

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Whitney Houston's first live album to be released this November

In a more than 30-year career, Whitney Houston never released an official live album of her work. But now, close to three years after the singer’s death, producer Clive Davis has announced Houston’s first live album will be released later this year.

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'Sons of Anarchy' music supervisor breaks down killer Queen montage

This post contains plot details of “Black Widower,” the Sons of Anarchy season 7 premiere that aired on Sept. 9. Read our full recap and postmortem with creator Kurt Sutter and EP/director Paris Barclay.

Gemma, Jax just killed a man, and it was epic thanks to Sons of Anarchy composer/music supervisor Bob Thiele, who found out last January that creator Kurt Sutter wanted to end the premiere of the FX drama’s final season with a montage set to a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” READ FULL STORY

Hear a 'Sons of Anarchy' star cover 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)'

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Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter informed fans at Comic-Con that the show’s final ride will be too bumpy for Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) to take a timeout for another gig as an Elvis impersonator. But here’s a consolation for those wanting to hear Boone sing again—and it’s for a good cause.

Timed to the premiere of the FX drama’s seventh and final season, Rock the Cause Records will release Boone’s cover of the Sonny Bono-penned classic “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” featuring producer/singer/songwriter Kevin Bowe to iTunes on Sept. 9. Net proceeds of the song will benefit the nonprofit label, which has raised more than a million dollars for various charities, to help support the organization’s internal operating expenses. EW has the premiere below. READ FULL STORY

Aphex Twin debuts first single from upcoming album 'Syro'

Richard D. James—or Aphex Twin, as most listeners will know him—has taken an unconventional route in promoting his first album in 13 years, Syro. Other than hinting at the new project via a blimp in London and a Deep Web link, news about Syro has been slim at best. But on Sept. 4, the first single for the album debuted, giving listeners a taste of what to expect when the album drops on Sept. 23.

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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

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