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The Muppets soundtrack preview: the cutest thing you’ll see today

The Muppets may not be hosting the Oscars, but they’re still having a pretty great week.

A hilarious soundtrack preview had debuted, featuring the Muppets (and Jason Segel!) showcasing snippets of the songs found on the soundtrack, but the real highlight is the comment images laid over the video, perfectly mimicking YouTube-style sass.

The soundtrack has all the classics, like the Muppets theme song and “Rainbow Connection” sung by Kermit, but there are also some fun surprises. The trailer teases “Me Party,” a duet between Amy Adams and Miss Piggy, as well as a muppet barbershop quartet version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Watch the preview here: READ FULL STORY

'Yo! MTV Raps' returns -- what's your pick for the greatest hip-hop clip of all time?

If there’s one thing that the recently-released oral history I Want My MTV got across, it’s the newsflash that the network no longer really cares about music (or at least not the way it did in the 1980s). Their forward-thinking philosophy has theoretically given them shark-like memories, though there are occasional bits of nostalgia that manage to sneak in between airings of Teen Mom and whatever Chelsea Settles is.

They’ve already moved 120 Minutes from a monthly show to a weekly one (albeit in a singularly painful timeslot, Friday mornings between 6 and 8 a.m.), and they just announced that they’re going to bring back Yo! MTV Raps for one night only on December 4.

The original show was a watershed moment in TV history, and undeniably helped move hip-hop into the mainstream — Though apparently, the audience was already fiending for it; that same oral history notes that the first episode of Yo! MTV Raps in 1988 instantly became the most-watched show in the network’s history.

The special Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts will take a look back at the show’s origins (a number of different people have taken credit for it’s creation, though most agree it wouldn’t have existed without late film director Ted Demme, who was then a PA at the network), its hosts (Dr. Dre, Ed Lover, and Fab 5 Freddy), and its cultural reach (namely making cultishly-adored rappers like Rakim into household names).

The show also promises to deep dive into three legendary clips that ran in heavy rotation during the show’s golden era: A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” (featuring the debut of a crazy young MC from New York named Busta Rhymes), Geto Boys’ “My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me,” and Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day.” While all of those are indeed classics in their own way, what other hip-hop videos from the show’s original run (1988-1995) qualify as the greatest? READ FULL STORY

Courtney Love freaks out when concert-goer holds up photo of Kurt Cobain -- Watch the video here

Certain things in life are inevitable. Everybody gets sick. We all die. Andy Reid will mismanage the clock. Ron Paul will make this face. These things are so common that they should seem unremarkable, and yet every time they happen we think, “How could this possibly have happened again?”

Such is the case with Courtney Love, who turned a concert in Brazil into one of her signature freak-outs. According to multiple reports, Love began her odd outing at the SWU Festival by showing her boobs (ho-hum), then requesting some lip balm “for her herpes sore.” She continued to espouse her philosophy on the microphone, announcing her status as a gay icon and taking credit for being the inspiration for Smashing Pumpkins albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. (Based on the reissue of Siamese Dream we’ve been listening to, she shouldn’t be too proud of that one.)

The fireworks really got started when Love spotted a poster of her late husband Kurt Cobain in the crowd. “I don’t need to see a picture of Kurt, a–hole, and I’m going to have you f–ing removed if you keep throwing that up,” she shouted at the fan holding the poster. “I’m not Kurt. I have to live with his s—, his ghost, his kid every day. Throwing that up is stupid and rude and I’ll beat the f— out of you if you do it again. You weren’t f—ing married to him. I f—ing was! Go see the f—ing Foo Fighters and do that s—!”

Now that’s a rant! READ FULL STORY

Garbage return with first new recording in six years -- a cover of U2's 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses': Hear it here!

For fans of Garbage, when it rains it pours. (And we already know the rain triggers extreme jubilation.)

The band recently announced their reformation and the in-process-ness of their first new album since 2005′s Bleed Like Me, and now they have a freshly-recorded song just to let everybody know that they haven’t forgotten how to play their instruments in a studio.

The track is a cover of U2′s 1991 song “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses,” one of the most beloved tracks from their landmark album Achtung Baby. It’s part of an Achtung tribute album put together by U.K. magazine Q that also includes contributions from Jack White (“Love Is Blindness”), Nine Inch Nails (“Zoo Station”), the Killers (“Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”), Depeche Mode (“So Cruel), Patti Smith (“Until the End of the World”), and the Fray (“Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World”), among others.

Q is calling the tribute AHK-toong BAY-bi, and it’ll be floating around next week as a bonus on their new U2-themed issue. For now, spin Garbage’s “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” below. Doesn’t it feel good to hear Shirley Manson singing again? READ FULL STORY

Axl Rose fell down in Mexico City, and it's all your fault

As is wont to happen whenever he steps out the door, Axl Rose’s current tour with Guns N’ Roses hasn’t been the smoothest journey.

There have been multiple complaints of Rose’s vocal weakness, an over-reliance on tracks from the sub-par Chinese Democracy, pacing issues (any show that pauses so that a dude named Bumblefoot can noodle on the theme from The Pink Panther is bound to seem sluggish), and side effects that may or may not include blindness. And on Wednesday night in Mexico City, Rose fell down and went boom in the middle of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”

The good news is that Axl didn’t channel his 1992 self and storm off the stage in a huff and shut down the entire concert. But the bad news is that this happened at all. Not because it’s a bummer whenever an artist takes a tumble (even Beyoncé loses her footing sometimes), but because Axl is still doing this, and that people show up. READ FULL STORY

Faith Hill to stage comeback, debut new single at CMA Awards -- EXCLUSIVE

Faith Hill hasn’t officially released a new single since 2007′s “Red Umbrella,” which went to No. 28 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart. But EW has learned exclusively that the country superstar is planning to make her long-awaited comeback by performing a new single, “Come Home,” at this year’s 45th Annual CMA Awards, which will air Nov. 9 on ABC at 8 p.m.

Virtually no details are available about the song, but in February, Hill was quoted as saying that she’d soon be in the studio working on an album of new material. Naturally, she was tight-lipped about what she was recording. “I’m not even prepared to talk about it right now,” she told Billboard at the time. “I’m right in the middle of it, so it’s really hard to describe what it is until I’m done. That’s the honest truth. I’ll be able to tell more, maybe once I come out of the studio in the spring.” READ FULL STORY

Garbage announce new album for 2012: Welcome back, old envelope-pushing friends

Now that Butch Vig has gotten all the stories from the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind out of his system, it’s apparently time to get back to work as a member of one of the greatest bands of the ’90s. Garbage, the quartet consisting of Vig, fellow producers Steve Marker and Duke Erikson as well as Scottish über-vixen Shirley Manson, announced that they will have a new album coming in 2012.

“Years-worth of pent-up music came out in some bizarre ways. Bleary cell phone memos became real songs, conversations turned into lyrics, and new computer gizmos inspired wicked tangents,” the band said in a cryptic press release announcing their return. “Ghosts came in, had their say. Everyone brought ideas, and everyone fought their corner.  At the end of the day it all gets shoved through the four-way brain filter that is Garbage and it ends up sounding like nobody else. Red feathers and black tar.”

Garbage first appeared on the rock scene in 1995 with their self-titled debut, which scored a handful of big hits including the Clash loop-borrowing “Stupid Girl” and the anthemic “Only Happy When It Rains.” They returned in 1998 with Version 2.0, perhaps the most successful marriage of electronic music and traditional rock during the ill-fated electronica boom of the late ’90s. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, day two: Lady Gaga takes over the show

Leave it to Lady Gaga to co-opt a music festival featuring dozens of top-line pop stars and make it her own.

The Lady appeared on stage as the final performer last night at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and stayed on stage for well over an hour—much longer than any of the other acts. “They told me I was only allowed to play for 45 minutes,” she told the crowd. “But I think you’re all pretty drunk so you probably don’t know what time it is, do you?”

And it’s true: No one was complaining when she served up hit after hit, including “Judas,” “You and I,” “Just Dance,” and “Bad Romance,” which basically blew the roof off the arena.

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Pearl Jam's drunken MTV debacle: Cameron Crowe looks back -- an EW Exclusive

Twenty years ago, director Cameron Crowe decided to follow his much-loved debut, 1989′s Say Anything, with a romantic comedy set in the world of the Seattle music scene.

That movie was Singles (1992), and when Warner Bros. got first sight of it, just before the Seattle music scene exploded, they determined to shelve it. Then grunge went mainstream, and many of the bands featured in the movie, including Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, would go on to multiplatinum superstardom.

The biggest of these bands was Pearl Jam, the members of which were cast as Matt Dillon’s bandmates in the fictional Citizen Dick. The studio reconsidered, and then planned to release the movie to capitalize on the current hottest music trend with their “grunge movie.”

But not before they would ask Crowe to call in a favor from Pearl Jam. This would prove near disastrous, as Crowe — whose love letter to the band, the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, opens Sept. 20 and includes the now infamous MTV footage — remembers…

“When Harry Met Sally… was the big hit as we were filming, I think. I think the studio saw Singles and thought, ‘What is this guy with the dreads, shaking?’ That’s Layne [Staley], man! From Alice in Chains! ‘Uh, where’s Billy Crystal? C’mon man, give us the thing we know.’ And it just kind of solidified into positions. They didn’t understand the movie at Warner Bros. They weren’t that happy they made it. We were editing it and trying to just finish it and fighting to finish it and no one wanted to put it out.

And then, ironically, Nirvana broke. Actually, Alice in Chains broke. Then Nirvana broke. Then the kind of zeitgeist story started to become Seattle. And then Pearl Jam broke and the studio was like, ‘Okay. Well, all right, the guy that shakes his head with the dreads, we like him now. But we need MTV to do a promotional party so we can kick the movie off to let people know they can see all this crazy popular Seattle music.’ READ FULL STORY

'Pop Up Video' reboot: Watch them skewer Britney Spears' 'Till the World Ends'

VH1 announced back in May that it was resurrecting its beloved late ’90s/early ’00s series Pop Up Video, which successfully ran on the cable network (and was its highest-rated series for a time) from 1996 through 2002.

Well, that announcement is about to bear fruit: The show — which famously began the trend of playing back music videos and overlaying them with nuggets of behind-the-scenes info and other funny and/or snarky quips — is set to return Oct. 3.

Below you can check out the updated opening graphics, as well as the Pop Up version of Britney Spears’ apocalyptic dance party video for “Till the World Ends,” which will air in the two episodes that debut on premiere night. READ FULL STORY

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