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Record Store Day 2014 Roundup: Reviews and samples of new stuff by Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, and the glorious return of Veruca Salt

Another Record Store Day is in the books, and based on preliminary statistics and the number of photos of crowded indie shops that popped up all over Instagram on Saturday, it appears to be bigger than ever.

This year’s crop of exclusive vinyl releases featured several big-time reissues or first vinyl appearances of classic albums, but there were also a handful of newly minted pieces of music unveiled via Saturday’s festivities. Bruce Springsteen released a four-song salvo, Jack White set a record with a record, and Veruca Salt announced their return via two new tracks. Check out the reviews of these new tunes from big-name artists below.

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Jack White records song, releases it on vinyl within hours

Jack White played his new single “Lazaretto” for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later a copy of the performance was available on a limited run of vinyl.

The singer and guitarist called it the “world’s fastest-released record.”

But don’t look for it in the Guinness World Record Book, as White admitted he doesn’t know if anyone else has attempted the feat. The stunt was a promotion for Record Store Day and his upcoming album, Lazaretto.

White performed Saturday morning at his Third Man Records label. As he was playing, fans could watch on television the acetate record being cut in a room behind the stage. After the title song from the upcoming album, he also recorded a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Power of My Love,” which was the B-side on the record. The master was then hustled over to the United Record Pressing plant, also in Nashville. READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Scandal,' 'Mad Men,' and more of the week's best 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!)

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Prince releases surprise new single, 'The Breakdown'

The Purple One is just full of surprises these days.

Hours after announcing plans for a new album, the release of  previously unavailable material, and a special reissue of Purple Rain — all in partnership with “slave” label Warner Bros. Records, though it appears the two parties have made amends — Prince dropped another bombshell: his new single, “The Breakdown.”

It’s a contemplative, string-orchestrated funk ballad that Prince promises could be “the saddest story ever told.” Listen here and judge for yourself:













White House on 'deport Justin Bieber' petition: No comment

The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment.

Nearly 275,000 people signed an Internet petition calling the Canadian-born teen idol reckless and asking Obama to revoke his green card. That’s far more than required to merit an official response through the White House’s “We the People” program.

The White House says it’s sorry to disappoint, but it won’t be commenting. It’s citing a caveat that lets the White House decline to address certain petitions.

But the White House is using the occasion to argue that an immigration overhaul could shrink deficits by nearly $1 trillion over two decades. The White House says that’s equivalent to 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Bieber’s debut album.

Coachella death: Young woman dies of apparent overdose

Police have reported that a 24-year-old woman has died after attending last weekend’s Coachella festival. According to the L.A. Times, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner has ruled that the cause of death for the woman, identified as Oakland resident Kimchi Truong, was an apparent drug overdose.

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Prince announces new album and deluxe 'Purple Rain' reissue

They say time heals all wounds, though the break between Prince and his original label Warner Bros. Records seemed beyond repair: So unhappy was the Purple One with his label bosses that he painted the word “SLAVE” on his face during most of his public appearances in 1993. But the two sides have figured out a way to sort things out, with Prince fans emerging as the big winners.

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Wu-Tang Clan drama has Raekwon 'on strike' from group

All is not well in Wu-Land.

The legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, which recently announced its zany scheme to release just one single (very expensive) copy of their new album, is now beset by some internal strife, prompting Raekwon to more or less protest the new music.

When asked about it in a video interview, fellow Wu leader RZA said, “I would say that maybe creatively we on different paths.”

Raekwon, however, was much less gentle with his wording. In a new Rolling Stone interview, the rapper presented his side of the argument:  READ FULL STORY

Ill, hospitalized Miley Cyrus postpones more shows

Miley Cyrus is postponing more concerts as she remains in a hospital for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.

A representative says the singer won’t perform in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday and Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. Those concerts will be rescheduled.

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Miley Cyrus tweets official statement on her health after concert cancellations

Apparently Miley Cyrus can stop — if we’re talking about touring, that is.

The pop star was forced to cancel two shows this week due to a severe allergic reaction and has been tweeting from her hospital bed during her stay to keep fans updated on her status. Fed up with stories misrepresenting her condition, Cyrus tweeted a full official statement — typed in iPhone Notes — Thursday afternoon detailing what antibiotic caused her allergic reaction and requesting privacy. READ FULL STORY

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