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Eddie Murphy drops new reggae single 'Red Light': Hear it here

It’s been 20 years since Eddie Murphy put out an album, so it’s okay if you were caught off-guard when the comedian tweeted a link to his new song “Red Light.” But if you were expecting something along the lines of early classics like “Party All the Time” or “Whatzupwitu,” you’ve got another thing coming — a reggae thing, to be exact.

The groove-heavy new song, which features fellow reggae convert Snoop Lion, is the first taste of Murphy’s upcoming album 9. Take a listen below:
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Labor Day Weekend music festivals: Where will you be?

Yes, it’s August 30, and it would take a flux capacitor to stop fall from coming. Whomp whomp.

But we say summer’s not over till somebody sings! Or in the case of the season’s final festivals, many, many bodies — bodies belonging to famous people with albums we enjoy.

Find our very anecdotal guide to some of the best fest options out there this long weekend, and tell us where you’ll be (and what we’ve missed) in the comments below.

The Everybody in the Pool Party: North Coast Music Festival (Chicago)

Featured artists: Passion Pit, Wu Tang, Afrojack, Nas, Gary Clark Jr., Nas, Mac Miller, the Disco Biscuits, Gary Clark Jr., Aluna George, Capital Cities, more.

The Heavy on Rock and Funny People Party: Bumbershoot  (Seattle)

Featured artists: Death Cab for Cutie, Fun., Heart, Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Tegan & Sara, Alt-J, MGMT, Matt and Kim, the Breeders, plus comedians Marc Maron (with WTF Live), Patton Oswalt & Friends, Todd Barry, Reggie Watts, more.

The Made by Jay Z Party: Budweiser Made in America (Philadelphia)

Featured artists: Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Queens of the Stone Age, Imagine Dragons, Public Enemy, 2 Chainz, Miguel, Emeli Sande, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Solange, Haim, A$AP Rocky, AlunaGeorge, more.

The Sweaty Awesome Block Party:  Fool’s Gold Day Off (Brooklyn)

Featured artists: Duck Sauce, Danny Brown, A$AP Ferg, Migos, Run the Jewels, Unibros, more.

The Officially Bigger Than Glowsticks Dance Party:  Electric Zoo (Randalls Island, New York City)

Featured artists: Avicci, Tiesto, David Guetta, Bassnectar, Armand van Buuren, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, Zedd, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Above & Beyond, Knife Party, Benny Benassi, Baauer, Martin Solveig, Flux Pavilion, Alesso, Showtek

The Heartland Party: Warm Fest (Indianapolis)

Featured artists: Mayer Hawthorne, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Trombone Shorty & the Orleans Avenue, 3rd Bass, Delta Spirit, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

 

The Delta Mirror's 'Goldfish' video: Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE

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L.A.’s self-described “electro shoe-goth” outfit The Delta Mirror has been busy releasing a new album, Better Unsung, and an appropriately Ian Curtis-y cover of Q Lazzurus’ cult classic “Goodbye Horses.”

But now frontman/mastermind Chris Acosta is going deeper, literally, with a new video for the single “Goldfish,” shot in the same 850,000-gallon-plus water tank used for movies including The Abyss, Waterworld, and Terminator 2.

Swim faster before Ah-nuld gets you, fishies! And watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Dave Chappelle and Prince, together at last! (Sort of)

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The cover art for Prince’s new single “Breakfast Can Wait,” debuted on Prince’s brand-new Twitter, is getting a lot of exciting reactions across the Internet, as it should — though some might be taking things too far. It is not, for example, “the best thing he’s ever done,” as one headline declared — we’d imagine Purple Rain or Sign o’ the Times might be near the top of that list.

Still, we do agree that it is pretty amazing. For those who were asleep during the years of 2003 and 2004, the cover is an image taken from one of Chappelle’s Show most famous sketches, featuring host Dave Chappelle dressed as a pancake-serving, basketball-playing Prince. And as Sunday’s New York Times pointed out, Chappelle is staging a return to comedy, so this is good timing for him, too.

To fully enjoy the moment, check out the original Chappelle’s Show sketch below:

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New Coldplay song to be featured in 'Catching Fire'

The first Hunger Games soundtrack snagged Grammy-nominated contributions from some of music’s heaviest hitters — including Arcade Fire, Neko Case, The Decemberists, Kid Cudi, Maroon 5, Miranda Lambert, and Taylor Swift.

Now it’s looking like the sequel may be just as big: Coldplay announced today that they’ll be debuting a new song on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The song is called “Atlas.” Here’s a page with its scribbled lyrics, courtesy of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin:

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Hear Diego Garcia's new song 'Sunnier Days' here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Diego Garcia was born in Detroit to Argentinian parents, but he’s probably best known for being part of the early-aughts New York scene that spawned the Strokes and Interpol. (Elefant, the band he fronted, played countless downtown gigs and even opened for the latter on tour. )

Nearly a decade later, Garcia still has the post-punk cheekbones, but his music has evolved into a gentler, more Latin-tinged sound — like the new “Sunnier Days,” from his upcoming solo album Paradise, due Oct. 8.

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MGMT's best song in ages, 'Your Life Is a Lie,' gets a great video -- WATCH

We all know MGMT have a fame-and-fortune complex: When F&F beckoned, they responded with the snidely-titled Congratulations, which our then-critic called an “odd little sonic onion … [that] studiously avoided any obvious pop hook.”

Their third album, which comes out September 17, is self-titled, so it could be about anything. “Alien Days,” a space-out from the album that was released as a Record Store Day cassingle (LOL), suggested we were in for more of the same. But their bracing new single, “Your Life Is a Lie,” hints at an MGMT under new management.

Two minutes long and rather rude, “Your Life Is a Lie” is more or less the sound of a band pulling its head out of its ass. It’s got a gnarly, looping garage-rock drive, and more niceties than you’d expect from such a quickie: cowbell, an almost comically buzzy high-end, some kind of something solo that you could (yes) call spacey, and a magnificent hook.

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Miley Cyrus does Big Sean a big favor by starring in his 'Fire' video -- Watch it here

No, Miley Cyrus does not twerk in this video. Yes, she wears a sweater that ends just below her nipples. But with a bra under it. But with the cups torn out. No, she does not slap her own behind. Yes, she wears other truncated, torn-up, peekaboo, see-through, shiny, leathery micro-articles of clothing.

Yes, Big Sean was savvy to make a video for “Fire”—a song off his album Hall of Fame, due out August 27—that stars Miley Cyrus and shows only a glimpse of him, wearing sunglasses, with flames superimposed over his face.

No, this is not merely a ploy for publicity. Although it is also that. Yes, it is a juxtaposition of dense, exultant music with spacious, drifting visuals.

No, Miley Cyrus does not sing on the song. But it is a great song. Yes, Big Sean is on “fire” here. Yes, Miley Cyrus has done it again. Yes, you can watch it here:

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Prince covers Shania Twain's 'You're Still the One': Listen to the vintage audio!

Back in the late ’90s, something happened that was so magical it would never be heard of again: Prince, that avid hater of the Internet, took a stab at Web 1.0 and posted onto his site a RealPlayer stream of himself and Marva King covering Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One.” (Of course, since he’s Prince, he called it “Ur Still the 1,” but it’s the same song.) Some 16 years then passed, and people went on with their daily lives and bought iPods and Zunes, and the song was forgotten.

Until now. Dan Chamberlain dug up the relic while ripping old “Napster-era” mix CDs onto his laptop, and now the great cover demo is back in our lives, America. Give it a listen below:
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One Direction's 'Best Song Ever' breaks Miley's most-viewed record

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What a shocker: Directioners really do think 1D’s latest is the “Best Song Ever”!

Yesterday, the British group’s rabid fans banded together to propel Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis’s new single to the top of the digital charts. All in all, they viewed it an astonishing 10.9 million times — making it the most-watched video in a 24-hour period in Vevo history. The record was previously set by Miley Cyrus earlier this summer; her surreal “We Can’t Stop” video racked up 10.7 million views in the day after its release.

Why did this clip get so much attention? Simple: At 6 minutes and 13 seconds, it’s a veritable mini-movie that doubles as a preview for One Direction’s actual movie, which will be released in 3-D Aug. 30. The video also features Zayn in drag, Liam in a bleached-blond wig, Harry in geek-chic glasses, and Niall and Louis in fake facial hair, fat suits, and exaggerated American accents. Oh, and then there’s the song itself — which may not really be the “best ever,” but is pretty catchy all the same.

Watch the quintet’s shenanigans below — and just try not to be charmed.

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