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James Taylor forgets which song is our National Anthem at the World Series

In case you were not aware, the World Series kicked off this week, pitting the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals in a war of attrition over which squad has the more loathsome fan base.

Big-time baseball means big-time musical guests, and while Mary J. Blige knocked out “The Star-Spangled Banner” without a hitch during Wednesday night’s game, things got a bit more complicated in Boston last night before Game 2. Legendary folkie and Massachusetts resident James Taylor answered the call to provide musical accompaniment, though following his introduction as the singer of the national anthem, he stepped up to the microphone and began singing “America the Beautiful” instead of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

It’s easy to forgive the mistake, as he was on the hook to sing “America the Beautiful” during the seventh-inning stretch (which went off without a hitch). And it’s entirely possible he was going jazz on the whole thing and threw a riff in there because he was feeling it (though probably not).

In the end, he made it through “The Star-Spangled Banner” and everybody went home happy (except for Red Sox fans, who watched their team throw the ball all over the field during a brutal three-run inning that tied the World Series at a game apiece). The series heads to St. Louis this weekend, so here’s hoping that Nelly and the St. Lunatics will take over anthem duties.

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Katy Perry performs tracks off 'Prism,' answers fan questions at iHeartRadio album release party

Katy Perry celebrated the release of her newest album, Prism, last night by throwing a party at the new iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles — and unleashing live performances of “Dark Horse,” “By The Grace Of God,” “This Moment,” “Unconditionally,” and of course, “Roar” for a room of very happy Katycats.

Things we learned during the Q&A, hosted by Mario Lopez: The most famous person in Perry’s phone is Miley Cyrus. (“I think she’s the most famous person in the world right now!”) Her favorite song to belt out in the car is Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” The strangest thing she’s ever been asked to autograph? a scan of someone’s brain.

And the weirdest thing in her purse: She once carried around locks of hair belonging to Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift in an otherwise empty bag.Turns out Perry, who shared a dressing room with both singers the first time she attended the Grammy Awards, asked Cyrus and Swift for snips to commemorate the occasion.

“I put bows in it and popped them both into my purse and carried those around for a while.” said Perry before adding almost as an afterthought that now everyone knows she’s “a freak.” READ FULL STORY

Arcade Fire tricks the crowd at 'secret' show in Brooklyn

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In retrospect, it should’ve been obvious. The stage at the Bushwick warehouse where Arcade Fire was supposed to play their “secret” show did seem awfully small, especially for such an unwieldy band. But that didn’t deter scores of fans, dressed up in their mandatory formal wear and/or costumes, from positioning themselves towards the small stage for roughly two hours, waiting for the Montreal indie-rockers to appear.

At around 9:30pm, James Murphy (former LCD Soundsystem frontman, current Arcade Fire producer) took the stage to apologize to the audience. “We can only get three members for right now,” he said. “I’d like to introduce the Reflektors!” A trio of figures wearing giant papier-mache heads jumped onto the stage, took their instruments, and began noodling around lifelessly. Hmm.

They abruptly exited the stage, and just as they did, a giant curtain on the far west side of the venue lifted and revealed another stage — the real one, more than large enough to accommodate the seven members of Arcade Fire. Thanks to the bait-and-switch move, people who thought they were at the front of the audience found themselves suddenly in the back. This caused a swarm of fans to race from one stage to the other as the band — performing under the name the Reflektors, which lines up with the title of their upcoming album  — launched into their new single called (you guessed it) “Reflektor.”

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Watch Lorde make her American TV debut on Fallon -- VIDEO

Lorde! She’s happening, and she’s happening hard.

The 16-year-old New Zealander’s left-field hit “Royals” is maintaining its presence in the Top 10, her stellar debut Pure Heroine hits the U.S. this week, and last night she put on a mini-set on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, her first American TV appearance .

She performed “Royals” first, and then treated the crowd to a special bonus performance, of “White Teeth Teens.” You can watch both below:

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On the scene: Madonna performs at NYC art gallery, covers Elliott Smith and more in NYC

The invitation said “Join us as we set in motion the global platform ArtForFreedom, inspired by Madonna and Steven Klein’s film,” and promised a showing of a video collaboration with BitTorrent and Vice.

But of course, dozens of celebrities and journalists and wet-eyed superfans don’t typically trawl Manhattan’s West Side Highway at 11pm on a Tuesday night in search of a video, no matter how snazzy the branding is.

Below, eight things that happen when one of the most famous women on the planet puts on a surprise performance-art show at a downtown gallery:

1. The entrance to the giant-white-box space is hung with a thick curtain of industrial metal chains, endangering reams of beautiful-people dental work. Beautiful people are immediately soothed with cocktails, served by silent men in gas masks.

2. Sean Penn strides in with security detail, reminding us fondly of this. MC + SP 4eva!

3. Wandering Winkelvii; leathery Lohan.

4. Madonna arrives in a blast of flashbulbs and gives an impassioned, not entirely cohesive speech defending the freedom of artists– including Pussy Riot and Chinese dissident Ai Wei Wei – to make art without persecution. She admits that she is “kind of nervous… I think it’s because I care so much about this.” READ FULL STORY

Metallica shred through heavy classics at Apollo Theater

Improbably, Metallica are currently at their peak. Though their recorded output in the 21st century has been relatively lackluster, the live experience operates at a level that is far beyond just about any other band on the planet, metal or otherwise. Thirty years after the release of their gloriously nasty debut Kill ‘Em All, they are still making discoveries about how fast and brutal two guitars, a bass, and drums can be.

They’re also still hitting milestones. On Saturday night (September 21), Metallica played the legendary Apollo Theater, in the heart of Harlem in New York City. At only 1,500 seats, it’s a cartoonishly small space for the band in 2013 (their previous trip to New York found them headlining Yankee Stadium), but the intimacy (and lack of pyrotechnics) did not stop the group from turning a few hundred lucky SiriusXM subscribers into a fine ash over the course of their two-plus hour set (which was also simulcast on SiriusXM’s Mandatory Metallica station).

The event was part of the band’s promotion of their about-to-open 3D concert/action flick Metallica Through The Never, which features both Dane DeHaan fighting a horse-riding embodiment of death and a vivid run through some of the most intense jams in the Metallica catalog.

The set list at the Apollo skewed towards those early blasters: Following the band’s now-traditional entrance to Ennio Morricone’s “The Ecstasy of Gold” (from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly), Metallica plowed through a triple-shot of old school shredders in “Hit the Lights,” “Master of Puppets,” and “Ride the Lightning.” READ FULL STORY

Beyonce at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn: Who runs this mother?

“Brooklyn! Welcome, Brooklyn.”

Brooklyn, in fact, had already been hyping itself up for approximately 75 minutes when the first thundering notes of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour rung out in the sports stadium formerly partially owned by Mr. Carter – and frankly, seemed about ready to collectively pee its pants. (Or more accurately, its fancypants; a Beyoncé crowd does not stint on the Saturday-night spangles.)

Because, of course, neither would the guest of honor: Emerging in an intricately iced-out onesie that can best be described as Razzle McDazzle Goes to the Fierce-Capades, she launched immediately into a frenetic “Run the World (Girls),” on through “End of Time” and B’Day‘s “Flaws and All.”

It took a minute to process what was different about her version “If I Were a Boy” — basically, that she was weaving it through an instrumental refrain of  the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” which mostly weirdly worked. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' champ Danielle Bradbery starts recording debut album next week

Danielle Bradbery, the season 4 winner of The Voice, is hitting the ground running — fast.

On Tuesday night after she was declared the winner, she told EW in a post-show interview that she was hoping to embrace the moment.

Well, she’s on to a new moment now: The 16-year-old will head out on a promo tour for The Voice, and she starts recording in Nashville on Monday for Big Machine Records, home to another blond singer with an audience of millions: Taylor Swift.

Follow Amanda on Twitter @amandataylor88.

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Cher debuts new single 'Woman's World' on 'The Voice': Watch it here

Last night on The Voice, some blonde girl who we’ll probably never have to hear from again won the competition. So let’s skip right to the big news: Cher returned to the stage for the first time in 12 years, and she brought her totally gonzo hair with her.

Of course, she also pulled back the curtain on her new single “Woman’s World,” which combines the techno-thump of “Believe” with the ladies-in-the-front tribal fist-pumpery of Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls).” She sounded a little shaky, but she still has a set of pipes.

And besides, who could really hear her over that sparkly jacket? Check out Cher’s live rendition of “Woman’s World” below.  READ FULL STORY

Kanye West's 'Yeezus' listening party last night in New York City: On the scene

How loud was Yeezy’s Yeezus listening last night, blasted from the loading dock of westside Manhattan’s Milk Studios?

So loud that New Jersey heard it. So loud that my kidneys are still vibrating. So loud that even the Spinal Tap dudes were like “Bro, maybe turn it down to eight and a half?”  It felt like something between lying directly beneath a jet path and getting into a slap bet with Godzilla — and mostly, it was glorious.

It was also very very dark. Or as a friend turned and said to me: ” When did Kanye get into Ministry?” At times, the whole night felt like it was about to break into the opening scene in Blade (cue the blood sprinklers!). But it was also just a party, with an open bar and dancing and a lot of complicated handshakes between old friends and scenester acquaintances. ‘Ye’s full East Coast roster of famous fans came out: Jay-Z and Beyonce were there, glowing with the light of a thousand suns; so were lesser celestial bodies like Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, and Timbaland, plus a towering crew of flamingo-like models and professional athletes.

After an hour (only an hour!) of milling around in Milk’s dim, cavernous space, the crowd turned to find ‘Ye himself onstage, delivering an impassioned, rambling, and sometimes impenetrable introduction — there was a lot of talk of artistry and marketing (“I got a new strategy, it’s called no strategy. I have a plan to sell more music, it’s called ‘make better music.'”) and something about Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Simpson’s clothing lines — before he wrapped with “I had to learn about giving, this whole album is about giving… this whole process is about giving … NO F–KS AT ALL.” Touché! Go home, kumbaya.

This blog post isn’t an album review; our writer Ray Rahman will be delivering that next Tuesday, or sooner if the record officially leaks. But I will say that from two listenings, this definitely feels like his Darker, Twistier, Still Sometimes Beautiful Fantasy. Some technical details: West revealed that Daft Punk are on “three or four” tracks; Kid Cudi and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Chief Keef also appear; it was hard to catch titles beyond already-known ones like “I am a God,” “Can’t Handle My Liquor,” “Black Skinhead,” and “New Slaves” (featuring Frank Ocean), but one that appeared to borrow samples from both TNGHT’s “Higher Ground” and Billie Holiday’s haunting lynching ballad  “Strange Fruit” will almost definitely be a talking point when it goes wider.

Is this record going to be all over the radio? Are these let-the-alpine-blast summer jams? Not in America in 2013, no. But it still sounds — if I could actually hear anything this morning besides a faint post-show mosquito buzz — like a pretty fascinating manifestation of what goes on inside the mind of one of pop music’s most confounding, singular, and totally gonzo talents. Yeezus! He is risen.

More on EW.com:
Governors Ball Day Three: Kanye West debuts new songs, disses radio, demands croissants
Tyler the Creator under fire after onstage rant in Australia

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