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Bon Iver says 'No, thank you' to performing at the Grammys, with expletives


Justin Vernon of Bon Iver had a pretty remarkable 2011, what with the attention for his self-titled album, his work with Kanye West, and his sudden demand as a collaborator and producer. He’s up for a handful of Grammys next Sunday, February 12, and may just walk away with some gold, but you will not see him onstage with a guitar.

The conversation certainly happened, though it broke down in apparently spectacular fashion. Billboard  spoke to Vernon last night (he’s in New York for a performance on Saturday Night Live this weekend), and he laid out the story in rather verbose terms.

“We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn’t play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else,” Vernon told the magazine. “And we just felt like it was such a large stage — we’re getting nominated for this record that we made. Me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our f—ing friends and we were given accolades for it, and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said ‘f— you’ a little bit, and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don’t think they wanted us to play.”

Vernon didn’t divulge who the Grammy producers wanted him to collaborate with, but he did not that they were “awesome people.” “But you know what? F—in’ rock n’ roll should not be decided by people that have that job,” Vernon added. “Rock n’ roll should be the f—ing people with guitars around their backs.”

So while Vernon will not be joining the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, and Nicki Minaj on the Grammys stage, who are the “awesome people” the producers wanted Vernon to tag-team with for a song or two? Leave your guesses, conspiracy theories, and wild accusations in the comments.

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TV Jukebox: 'Californication,' 'The Game,' 'CSI' and more music-on-TV moments this week

The latest spate of first-run episodes certainly kicked off 2012 with a bang, and boy have we got a supersized Jukebox for you this week, music fans.

Despite how messy things were on screens, the music underpinning them all ended up falling into fairly neat categories. We’ll start with the juiciest hook-ups from The Vampire Diaries and Body of Proof; unfortunately, every relationship must end, and that’s where Jersey Shore and Californication enter the fray.

Somewhere between all that making out and breaking up, fights raged across the networks on Suburgatory, CSI: NY, Mob Wives, The Game, and Once Upon a Time. Peace was made on How I Met Your Mother, Nikita, Grey’s Anatomy, and CSI: Miami. That leaves only Queen V — Victoria Grayson.

The deliciously diabolical Revenge puppet-master belongs in a category all her own. How did music ranging from indie rock to rap figure into all this coming together and falling apart?  Keep reading… (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

Adele, Florence and The Machine, Bon Iver, or Fleet Foxes: Who made EW's album of the year?


There are only a handful of days left in 2011, which means it’s time to sum up the year that was in various cultural formats.

Entertainment Weekly‘s Best and Worst of 2011 issue hits newsstands today, and inside you’ll find music critic Melissa Maerz’s list of the 10 greatest albums of the year, along with our staff’s picks for the 10 best singles, the five worst, our favorite soundbites, and a look at some key breakout performances. It’s a good way to reflect, look back on the previous 12 months, and remember, “Oh yeah, Limp Bizkit did put an album out–and it was terrible!”

The most important question, of course, is who scored the coveted number-one spot? The debate among the music aficionados here at EW was fierce, but it ultimately came down to a quartet of sophomore albums: Adele’s 21, Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials, Bon Iver’s Bon Iver, and Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues. Check out the video below for the arguments made for each of these stellar releases. READ FULL STORY

Bon Iver releases 'Holocene' video, lets disillusioned little boy be great: Watch here

Bon Iver’s latest is less a traditional music video than soundtracked footage of a little boy’s brilliant day. Either way, it’s simple and gorgeous.

In the Nabil-directed clip for “Holocene” a cave boy, alone in the middle of nowhere, skips rocks, drinks river water, and rolls down a grass hill. Ah, fun times, right? But throughout the clip, when he’s not goofing off, he lumbers around with a look of defeat on his face.

“…And at once I knew I was not magnificent,” Justin Vernon sings gloomily. The kid finally does do something extra special towards the end, climbing a mountain and transforming a rock into, well, I won’t ruin the finale: READ FULL STORY

Jill Scott sings herself to first No. 1 album on Billboard 200 chart, Bon Iver also debuts considerably well

R&B songstress Jill Scott earns her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.

Her The Light of the Sun starts off moving 135,000 units. Though she’s a reputable voice and critically acclaimed, it took her four albums to get to the top of the list.

Next up is folk rock group Bon Iver, whose stellar self-titled sophomore set opens selling 104,000. Frontman Justin Vernon and his crew appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Colbert Report, and a host of other TV looks ahead of the release, as well as in countless magazine profiles.

That exposure, along with Kanye West promotional  assistance he received while working on West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy led to this being his highest-charting set and best sales week ever. Vernon’s previous high came from the Blood Bank EP, which debuted at No. 16 (selling 23,000 during week one) in 2009.

Rounding out the top three is Adele’s 21, moving 101,000 albums and pushing its grand total to just shy of 2.5 million.

Check out the rest out the top 10 after the jump.


Bon Iver's Justin Vernon talks about his new album, Kanye, and why home is where the heart is: An EW Q&A


This week, Wisconsin native Justin Vernon released one of the best-reviewed and most anticipated indie albums of the year in Bon Iver’s self-titled sophomore effort.

Bon Iver takes the promise of Vernon’s quiet, insular debut For Emma, Forever Ago and adds a number of new elements to the mix: The sound is more expansive without sounding bigger than itself, and Vernon has layered each track with new rhythmic tricks, production twists, and even a guitar solo or two.His delicate, dynamic voice carries it all, and his surreal lyrics paint narratives about the importance of home.

EW caught up with Vernon while he was in town promoting Bon Iver, and he had quite a bit to say about the approach on his new album, his attachment to Wisconsin, and what he learned from Kanye West.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Is it true Bon Iver was recorded in a converted animal hospital?
Yeah. It was a residence house. The family lived there and the guy worked out of the clinic that he built. It’s huge, this bi-level ranch house that just goes on forever. So we moved in and we’ve been changing everything around. There’s an indoor pool that we made into a recording room and stuff. It’s become a pretty fun place.

Do you live there too?
My cats live there. I have a little apartment in town that I sort of get to when I can.

Bon Iver is a very cohesive-sounding album, like it came out of one marathon writing session.
It’s interesting you say that. It was written in three years, but it’s all part of the same session. It was like one continuous movement of brain. Like, I had all this s— going on, but this record was always the thing I would return to. I would bring the stuff with me to listen to, and work on lyrics. Just like, “What is this?” We figured it out that way, I think, and it had this flow to it that was mysterious even to me. But it worked somehow. READ FULL STORY

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