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Hear the Strypes' new song 'I Don't Want to Know' -- EXCLUSIVE

Thanks to last night’s Beatles tribute, you may have across-the-pond rock on your mind. In which case, good news! The rising Irish band the Strypes has got a new song called “I Don’t Want to Know,” and you can hear it exclusively here.

You might know the bluesy rockers the Strypes from their scorching cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” or from their recent appearance on Conan, or from their recent gig as the Arctic Monkeys’ opening act. This new track of theirs comes off the upcoming debut album Snapshot, out via Photo Finish Records in the U.S. this March.

Give “I Don’t Want to Know” a listen below:

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Hear LiV Warfield's new Prince-penned single 'The Unexpected' -- EXCLUSIVE

When Prince isn’t too busy making pancakes for Zooey Deschanel, he’s been known to write a good tune or two. To wit: soulful R&B singer LiV Warfield‘s new track “The Unexpected,” written by The Purple One — and which you can hear exclusively here.

The song is the first single from Warfield’s upcoming album The Unexpected, which was in fact executive-produced by Prince. (Sensing a theme here?)

Give a listen to Warfield’s new single below:

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Hear the Old 97's new song 'Longer Than You've Been Alive' -- EXCLUSIVE

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This year marks the Old 97′s 20th anniversary, but don’t think that the Texas alt-country stalwarts are riding off into the sunset.

The band has announced they’ll be releasing a new album this spring with guest appearances from the Replacements’ Tommy Stinson on guitar and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case, Jakob Dylan) on lap steel, and you can hear the first single “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” exclusively here.

The track comes off of their upcoming full-length Most Messed Up, which is set for an April release. As the title implies, the song’s lyrics play up the band’s seniority — with frontman Rhett Miller singing, “We’ve been doing this longer than you’ve been alive/Propelled by some mysterious drive.”

Take a listen to the new single below:

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Ingrid Michaelson plays her own Robert Palmer in new 'Girls Chase Boys' video - EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

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Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson famously channeled a handful of classic rock stars  — including John Lennon, David Bowie, and Gene Simmons — in her 2012 clip for “Blood Brothers.” Now, for her new single “Girls Chase Boys,” she’s tipping her Patrick Nagel-painted hat to Robert Palmer.

The track is the first single from Michaelson’s brand new album Lights Out, due April 15. It’s a darker, more complicated side of the singer, she told EW: “‘Girls Chase Boys’ started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same. The video takes that idea one step further, and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don’t exclusively chase boys. We all know this. We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love.”

The clip is a gender-tweaking homage to Palmer’s  1988 video for “Simply Irresistible,” one of the more iconic clips of the decade. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Hear the new Lea Michele song 'What Is Love' -- EXCLUSIVE

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With her debut album Louder roughly a month away, Lea Michele has taken to releasing new tracks every Tuesday to get you excited. This week’s selection is “What Is Love,” which you can hear ahead of time exclusively here.

The song will be included as one of several iTunes bonus tracks on the deluxe version of the album. “What Is Love” marks the fourth to be released from her Louder era, joining previous early releases “Battlefield,”  “Louder,” and, of course, the single “Cannonball.”

Give the new song a listen below:

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Sara Bareilles on her supposed rivalry with Katy Perry: 'People really felt like Katy was ripping me off, and I disagree'

One of the more intriguing pop controversies of 2013 was the friendly fire exchanged over the perceived similarities between Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.”

This Sunday’s Grammy Awards just might bring some resolution to that argument — or at least declare a “winner”: Both tracks are nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, alongside Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” and Lorde’s “Royals.”

If Sunday represents an end to the controversy, that will suit Bareilles just fine. “I was surprised and to be honest disappointed at how vicious people were,” Bareilles tells EW. “It’s not my nature, and it’s not reflective of what I feel I hope to incite in people. People really felt like Katy was ripping me off, and I disagree.”

Bareilles was most frustrated by the fact that she was apparently supposed to be rivals with Perry. “Katy and I have known each other a really long time, she’s a friend of mine, and it seemed like there was this infusion of people wanting to create conflict and drama. I find that to be really fatiguing,” she said. READ FULL STORY

Sara Bareilles on her Grammy nominations: 'I've always had the imposter syndrome'

When asked about winning awards, many artists spout clichés about it being an honor to just be nominated. Sara Bareilles, though — who is up for two major categories at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards — really sounds like she means it.

“It just felt like validation, like acceptance,” Bareilles told EW of her nomination for Album of the Year for her 2013 collection The Blessed Unrest. “To put me among the other nominees… My peers in that category are—I mean, Taylor Swift is a juggernaut.”

“I’ve always had the imposter syndrome, like I don’t really belong here,” she continued. “I keep waiting for someone to tap me on the shoulder and be like, ‘Uh, you have to go.’ I think I’m finally relaxing a little bit about that. Love me or hate me, I’ve earned my place here. That’s how it feels. I think I’d be doing this whether I was able to be a Grammy nominee or not. This is the reason I think I got a turn on the Earth.”

She has been nominated a few times before, though these nominations felt different because Bareilles thought she was done with The Blessed Unrest. READ FULL STORY

Hear Mikky Ekko's original version of Rihanna's 'Stay' -- EXCLUSIVE

There’s no denying that “Stay” is a powerful song. The Grammys agree, Patti Smith agrees, and when Rihanna heard songwriter Mikky Ekko’s original, she did too — and now you can hear the version that first caught RiRi’s attention exclusively here.

Ekko, who provides guest vocals on the final cut that we’ve all come to know, wrote the ballad with Justin Parker back in 2012, though it wasn’t easy, initially; “I struggled so much with that song,” he has said. “It came from a really vulnerable place for me and I don’t like writing that kind of stuff.”

That struggle, of course, led to the song that became one of the biggest hits from Rihanna’s Unapologetic, and earned the singer some of the biggest accolades of her career, including a spot in EW’s own year-end 10 best singles list.

Take a listen to the original Ekko version below:

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Watch The Belle Brigade's new video for 'Ashes' -- EXCLUSIVE

Leave it to L.A.’s quirky indie-pop act The Belle Brigade to give you the artiest, most collage-y music video you’ll see all day.

“Ashes” is the first single from the brother-sister duo’s (Ethan and Barbara Gruska) next album Just Because, due out March 25, and the corresponding clip comes courtesy of directors the Kolton brothers. So, in other words, you and your sibling need to wake up already.

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Barcelona's 'Diamond and Silver' hear it here -- EXCLUSIVE

Even if you don’t know Barcelona by name (or the fact that they’re from Seattle not Espagne), if you have basic cable you’ve almost definitely heard them.

The short list of TV shows the band’s breezy, Phoenix-y songs have soundtracked include Sons of Anarchy, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, and (Northwest appropos!) Grey’s Anatomy.

Now the trio’s next EP, Love Me, is due Jan 21; get a preview here with an exclusive stream of the airy electro jam “Diamond and Silver”: READ FULL STORY

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