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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

Watch Domino Kirke's new video for 'The Guard' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Sometimes that creative streak just runs in the family. Such is the case with Brooklyn musician Domino Kirke (daughter of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke and sister of Girls star Jemima), whose new video “The Guard” you can watch exclusively here.

The song is from her EP, also titled The Guard. The Catherine Orchard- and Anton Esteban-directed video features Domino and also her younger sister Lola, who also happens to be an actress in her own right. So, basically, the family Kirke is everywhere.

Check out the video below (spoiler alert, Brooklyn-set scenes abound!):

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Hear the shimmering new Sleepy Sun song 'Outside' -- EXCLUSIVE

When your band is called Sleepy Sun, you better be from from Northern California and make hooky, fuzz-filled, gently trippy psych-rock. Fortunately, they are and they do, and you can hear their new song “Outside” exclusively here.

The San Francisco band is set to release their fourth album, Maui Tears, on Jan 28, and they’ve been busy giving fans a taste of what’s to come. They’ve already premiered  “Galaxy Punk” last month, which leans on their melodic side –”Outside” is definitely more of a space jam.

Give it a listen below:

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Hear Tim McGraw's new single 'Lookin' for That Girl' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Thanks to the successful back-to-back runs of “Highway Don’t Care” and “Southern Girl,” Tim McGraw’s comeback is in full swing. And today, the (seriously) chiseled country staple is debuting his latest single, “Lookin’ for That Girl,” here on EW.

The midtempo pop-country track, which goes on sale on iTunes on January 21, is the first from his upcoming album, a follow-up to last year’s Two Lanes of Freedom. “Lookin’ for That Girl” was penned by Jimmy Slater, Chris Tompkins, and Mark Irwin, and it finds McGraw experimenting with some Autotune flourishes as he croons about his quest to find Ms. Right.

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'Girls Vol. 2' soundtrack: Hear the new Jenny Lewis song, see the tracklist for the third-season album here -EXCLUSIVE

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Last night, you might’ve watched the new season of Girls kick off — and now you can hear it, too.

Formally titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do…, the HBO show/cultural lightning rod’s second soundtrack collection will be available February 11. It’s slated to feature new songs from artists including Miguel, Beck, and Lily Allen — not to mention Rilo Kiley/Postal Service siren–turned–solo singer Jenny Lewis, whose track “Completely Not Me” you can hear exclusively here.

The song, as you might recall, was featured on last night’s premiere; it will also be given as a free download to those who preorder the new soundtrack, which you can do here.

Give the new Jenny Lewis song (produced by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij) a listen below, and scroll to the bottom for the album’s full tracklist:

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Hear the new Speedy Ortiz single 'American Horror' -- EXCLUSIVE

For my money, Speedy Ortiz‘s full-length debut, Major Arcana, was one of the best records of 2013, and their EP Sports was one of 2012′s highlights. So can the Northampton, Mass., indie-rock revivalists continue their streak into 2014? Their new song “American Horror” says yes — and you can hear it here first.

Not to be confused with Ryan Murphy’s debauched cable series, “American Horror” is the first single off of their upcoming four-song EP Real Hair, due out Feb. 11. It’s got all the catchy melodies and scruffy guitars you’d expect from a band hailing from the same Western Mass. stomping grounds as the Pixies, Sebadoh, and Dinosaur Jr.

Check it out below:

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On the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Scarface,' hear Giorgio Moroder's new remix of 'Tony's Theme' - EXCLUSIVE

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Dance music legend Giorgio Moroder has spent the better part of 2013 looking back. He explored his own biography with the help of some French robots on Daft Punk’s “Giorgio By Moroder,” from the Grammy-nominated Random Access Memories, and remixed Donna Summer’s “Love To Love You Baby” (a song he initially built in 1975) for an album commemorating the late disco diva.

Now he’s remixed himself once again, this time taking the digital scalpel to “Tony’s Theme,” from one of Moroder’s finest film scores: Scarface, which hit theaters exactly 30 years ago today.

In a conversation today with EW, Moroder remembere getting the call from director Brian De Palma about the project and creating the now-legendary score for Al Pacino’s Tony Montana, one of cinema’s most iconic gangsters. “I wanted something a little bit mysterious, because this character is very complex and kind of mysterious coming from Cuba,” Moroder recalls.

“I wanted it to have a little bit of a classical feel in the sequence of the chords. The idea came from a German half-classical singer called Klaus Nomi. He had one song where he did a very high voice, a staccato, a little bit like Laurie Anderson on ‘O Superman.’ Those two songs kind of inspired me, so I came up with the chords and then brought in the big choir and strings and all the rest.”

The new remix of “Tony’s Theme” is more of a complete reinvention — Moroder did not use any of the original tracks to construct the new song. That points to the tune’s versatility. “It works quite well with a big orchestra, and it works quite well with just a piano,” he said. “There’s one section [in the movie] when Tony kills someone, and there I played kind of soft; I think it’s just a bass line. So it works well both big and small.”

Check out the exclusive premiere of Moroder’s new remix of “Tony’s Theme” below.  READ FULL STORY

See Mayer Hawthorne's video for the Pharrell-produced jam 'Reach Out Richard' -- EXCLUSIVE

We premiered the song for you back in June, and now we’ve got the video for Mayer Hawthorne‘s “Reach Out Richard.”

Taken from Hawthorne’s latest album, Where Does This Door Go, the Pharrell Williams-produced song gets the GoPro treatment from director Henry Demaio in the new clip.

“I had the idea to create a circular stop motion effect in a live setting, thinking it would be an interesting twist on the usual live performance video,” said Demaio, who used footage from Hawthorne’s fall tour. “It sounded like a fun way to involve the crowd in the process, as well as possibly immerse the viewer in the live experience — almost putting them on stage.”

The clip also includes some 8mm home movie footage from Hawthorne’s own childhood, a reference to the track’s muse: Mayer’s dad.

Watch it below:

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