In Aretha Franklin’s eyes, Adele has achieved the high throne that is diva status.
Lorde has released “Yellow Flicker Beat,” her new single that appears on the soundtrack for upcoming blockbuster The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. The soundtrack is set for a Nov. 18 release. READ FULL STORY
Macy Gray is exploring tactile pleasures in the new video for her song “Hands,” a single off her Oct. 7 album, The Way. The video for the upbeat tune finds Gray hanging out with friends and using an unusual canvas for finger painting: a half-naked man. Yes, she is quite literally putting her hands on him just as she croons “got to get my hands on you.” Over the summer Gray also released the video for her song “Bang Bang”—yes, a different one—featuring swimmer Diana Nyad.
Gray talked to EW about writing “Hands,” filming the video, and hearing about the other “Bang Bang.”
Twenty-five years ago, on Sept. 27, 1989, Billy Joel released the first single from his then-upcoming album Storm Front. It was “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” a musical scrapbook of sorts that crammed the previous 40 years’ worth of American history catchphrases into just under five minutes, pausing after every four-year recap for its aggressively bouncy refrain: “We didn’t start the fire / No we didn’t light it but we’re tryin’ to fight it.” READ FULL STORY
TV Jukebox Fall TV edition: 'How To Get Away With Murder,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' more great music-on-TV moments
Have you found yourself wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV shows? If so, we’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist below and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY
The André Benjamin drought is over. After a long break from the spotlight, the man also known as Andre 3000 not only launched a headline-making reunion tour with his formative rap duo this summer but also stars in the excellent Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, written and directed by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley. Thoughtful and forthcoming, Benjamin, 39, spoke via phone from his home in Atlanta about the evolution of Jimi and what takes to be true to the parts he plays both on stage and off.
EW: You’ve been trying to play Jimi Hendrix for a while. What drew you into this script?
André Benjamin: The take that John Ridley devised. I’ve been kind of close to or attached to a few different Hendrix projects over the years. 15 years ago, I started hearing the Hendrix calls from different directors and producers. I’ve read about four or five different scripts—great scripts, at that—but for some reason or another they just didn’t get made. When John Ridley came with this take, years later I’m like, “Wow, I’m pretty old at this point, but if you still feel like it can work…” And John was really, really into it. The first thing he said was, “I’m going to make this movie, and I want you to be in it.” I was just going off of John’s energy. READ FULL STORY
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.
Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke’s 4-track EP Chimes is out Tuesday, Sept. 30 on Warp Records. Having previously worked with Kanye West, Drake, and Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis, as well as Antony Hegarty (lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons), it’s no surprise that his own collection would master a wide a variety of sounds. “Brainwave” is a synth-heavy, ethereal tune. “Chimes”—a previously unreleased but fan-favorite track—is a trappy dance tune that belongs at the sweatiest afterparty you can find. And now, the former TNGHT member is sharing “King Kong Beaver” with EW.
The track is a great example of Mohawke’s refusal of genre. Heavier and more desperate than “Brainwave” but also lighter, less rhythmic and, frankly, more fun than “Chimes,” “King Kong Beaver” is a testament to all the good that can come from blending of hip-hop and electronic music. Hear the exclusive premiere below. READ FULL STORY
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has released a new LP, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, and yet again he’s challenging norms of the music industry. In a press release, Yorke and longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich explained, “As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record” as a method of “bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.”
Yorke and Godrich’s statement included some details about the BitTorrent technology:
The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..
The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.
It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …
If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.
It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…
The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.
The announcement comes after a week of Yorke-related speculation, fueled by tweets of mysterious white records and news that Radiohead was back in the studio. Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes will be Yorke’s first new music since 2013’s AMOK, by his Flea-featuring supergroup Atoms for Peace. Radiohead hasn’t put out a new record since 2011’s The King of Limbs.
Yorke’s BitTorrent experiment is just his latest attempt to reclaim some independence for musicians. In 2007, Radiohead famously released In Rainbows on the Internet with a pay-what-you-want scheme—which for many translated to a free record. Last year, Yorke pulled AMOK, as well as his only solo album, 2006’s The Eraser, from Spotify. “The reason is that new artists get paid f–k all with this model,” Atoms for Peace said in explanation. “It’s an equation that just doesn’t work.”
Get your digital hands on Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes for $6 here.
Rio-based electronic producer Leo Justi is far from a household name, but his star is most assuredly on the rise. He’s a leading figure in a Rio-based style called “heavy baile” that builds off the foundation of Brazilian baile funk–aka funk carioca, aka favela funk, aka the stuff M.I.A. emulated on “Bucky Done Gun”–but manages to incorporate everything from drum ‘n’ bass to heavy metal. It could be the next regional style to blow up on the global EDM scene, with A-Trak a fan and M.I.A. flying Justi out to India to record.
The title of Justi’s latest track, “Devils Horns,” from his HVY BL NSS PRR EP for the Waxploitation label, may be a nod to heavy baile’s heavier influences, or it could refer to the menacing brass stabs scattered throughout the track, or maybe both. Either way, the song’s got intensity to spare–it sounds like just the type of thing to turn a dance party into a full-blown riot.
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