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Hear a new remix of Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding's 'I Need Your Love' -- EXCLUSIVE

The Scottish producer-wunderkind Calvin Harris is set to release his Ellie Goulding collab “I Need Your Love” as the next single from his breakthrough album 18 Months; you can check out a remix by rising London dubstepper Jacob Plant exclusively here.

When Harris isn’t trapped inside a neon matrix at the VMAs, he’s working pretty much nonstop at the business of being an international superstar, producing, and touring (he still has a handful of spring dates coming up Stateside).

And he recently took home a Grammy for Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” and his own Florence Welch-featuring single is nearing platinum status, so it stands to reason that this Goulding number will be whomp-whomping soon through a subwoofer near you.

Check out the official Jacob Plant remix of Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding’s “I Need Your Love” below:

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Let the Buzz Begin! Check out Aussie brother act Atlas Genius -- VIDEO

ATLAS-GENIUS

Looking to delve deeper into this year’s crop of on-everybodies’-mixtapes bands? Atlas Genius is an excellent starting point (and not just because they’re so close to the beginning of the alphabet.)

For the second entry in our new monthly Let the Buzz Begin! video series, Australian sibling act Atlas Genius dropped by EW HQ to say hello and give us a special acoustic performance of their breakthrough single “Trojans.”

The band, fresh off the release of their debut album When It Was Now, are currently embarking on a jaunt through North America, including their first-ever stop at SXSW this spring.

Check out EW’s conversation with brothers Michael and Keith Jeffery (pictured above), and an unplugged performance of their single “Trojans” in the videos below:

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Anna Kendrick's 'Pitch Perfect' song 'Cups' has been remixed for mainstream radio -- LISTEN

Anna Kendrick has already enjoyed a few weeks on Billboard‘s Hot 100 with her breakout a cappella hit “Cups,” from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack. Now, in a sign of just how popular the movie has become since its December DVD release, “Cups” is getting pushed to mainstream radio. According to AllAccess, the song hits stations on March 26.

A longer, remixed version of the song recently hit the web — complete with strummy guitar and plinky xylophone — which you can listen to below. The folky sing-a-long is slight, for sure, but it’s also infectious, and Kendrick has a prettily sweet tone that makes it all go down easy. READ FULL STORY

'Harlem Shake' hits No. 1 on iTunes following viral explosion

Two weeks ago, few people had ever heard New York producer Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” a frenetic dance thumper stuffed with trancy synths and lion roars that was released last May. But now that the track has gone viral thanks to its ubiquitous meme-status, it’s gained legitimate traction on the chart.

Yesterday, Baauer climbed all the way to the top of iTunes’ all-genre “Top Songs” list, and despite the fact that “Harlem Shake” has been temporarily displaced by One Direction’s “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks),” it’s still ahead of powerhouse sellers like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” and Rihanna’s “Stay.” Plus, once the Directioners have all bought their fave boy band’s song, which should take approximately an hour, “Harlem Shake” will likely return to No. 1.

It’s unclear whether sales for “Harlem Shake” are driven by buyers who want to use the song to make their own 30-second-long videos (earlier this week, YouTube reported that over 4,000 “Harlem Shake” videos were being uploaded every day) or if they’re true fans of the song, which does fit into the current wave of EDM and super-producer/DJ-driven pop.

When EW reached Baauer’s reps, they said he was not interested in commenting on the meme, which got its start on Jan. 30 when vlogger Filthy Frank included it at the top of a compilation video. Three days later, he isolated the “Harlem Shake” portion of the video. It has since received nearly 10 million views. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' star Lucy Hale busy recording country album

It’s not uncommon for stars of the small screen to dip their toes into the music industry: Miley Cyrus started on Disney’s Hannah Montana before she become a full-fledged recording artist; Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester dropped a handful of singles back in 2009 and 2010; and Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum just released her second album. Now you can add Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale to the mix, as the actress has been in Nashville for the past few weeks recording a country album while on hiatus before shooting her ABC Family show’s fourth season. (Season 3 is currently airing, and season 4 will launch in June.)

How does Hale describe the album? “It’s country,” she explains plainly, of what she’s recording. “We definitely have more mainstream songs, but then we have songs that are straight-up country.”

Hale is hoping that she surprises people with what she puts out. “I think it’s gonna shock a lot of people actually, so it’s really exciting.” READ FULL STORY

Adele on her next album: 'I don't even know what's cool and what's not'

Adele, it turns out, has been up to more than “getting knocked up” since racking up a trunk full of trophies for 21 last year.

When we caught up with the busy pop queen/working mom at last night’s Grammys (where she picked up an award for Best Pop Solo Performance), she offered up a status update on how her life — and her next album — are coming along. As always, Adele was ever frank.

“I’ve been up since 6 a.m. — I’m quite tired,” the “Skyfall” singer said. She did add, however, that she’s been learning how to balance work and parenthood ever since giving birth to her first child last October. “It’s nice, I haven’t been as stressed out. You have to prioritize what you stress about when you have a child.”

As for how the follow-up to the record-shattering 21 is coming along, Adele is less sure. “I’m not very far along at all,” she said of her highly anticipated third album. “I’m having lots of meetings. That’s what I’ve been doing in LA.., and I will be till the Oscars.”

“I’ve been out of the loop,” she added, referring to the current music landscape. “I’ve been singing my baby nursery rhymes, and I sort of don’t even know what’s cool and what’s not.

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Hear Jamie N Commons' 'Walking Dead' song 'Lead Me Home' -- EXCLUSIVE

The music of up-and-coming UK artist Jamie N Commons was featured in the promo for The Walking Dead‘s hotly anticipated new half-season, and now you can hear the whole song exclusively here. Titled “Lead Me Home,” the track is, appropriately enough, stark and gloomy, and with bleak lyrics like “Hold on, Heaven’s waiting/Open up your door,” it’s the perfect complement to AMC’s hit zombie-apocalypse series.

Take a listen to the song below:

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Solange on her new EP, Halloween costumes, and her son's rap career

On a recent Tuesday at the Museum of Moden Art’s branch at P.S.1 in Queens, Solange stood in front of an image of the African-American activist Angela Davis.

“I dressed up as her for Halloween last year,” she says, snapping a picture with her iPhone in the empty museum (she had the place to herself thanks to one of her curator friends). “I just threw it together at the last minute. That’s kind of how I usually do things.”

Indeed, as Knowles has demonstrated throughout her dozen-plus years in show business, she’s nothing if not resourceful.

For the younger sister of Beyoncé — that pop juggernaut for whom Super Bowls and presidential inaugurations are routine — an afternoon at a museum without crowds, guards, and pesky no-photo policies is her ideal level of excitement these days. After spending nearly half her life on the major-label payroll, Knowles moved from L.A. to Brooklyn, where her never-quite-burgeoning pop career evolved into something more interesting — and in the process, she became a nouveau-bohemian star in indie-rock and fashion circles alike.

True, her sleek new EP released on the boutique label Terrible Records, is her Solange 2.0 calling card. Produced by Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes and powered by its captivating lead single “Losing You,” the album has won her accolades and a new fan base — including Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, who used the song in the show’s season 2 premiere. Knowles, it seems, has found her element.

Her liberated new look stems from the fact that she paid for all of it — the EP, the video, even her website — out of pocket. “Every decision that’s been made behind this record, from the exact color of the album’s artwork to what record stores we put the record in, has been made by me,” she says.

Her son Julez, 8, is getting in on the act too: He’s already taking a stab at becoming a rapper. While Knowles is “terrified” that her son wants to enter the family business, she still encourages him to follow his passions. In fact, she keeps pictures of his handwritten verses on her phone, one of which she offered to read aloud: READ FULL STORY

Beyonce announces Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, dates -- VIDEO

beyonce-world-tour_510x660And you thought “Queen B” was just a nickname.

Shortly after her triumphant, Destiny’s Child-reuniting, Superdome power-destroying halftime show, Her Majesty Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter I revealed that she will soon embark on a royal tour of her fabulous domain — a.k.a. the whole wide world, or at least Europe and North America. Interestingly enough, Bey chose to announce her tour in the same way as last year’s halftime show performer while also using imagery heavily associated with a certain rival queen.

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Beyonce sings the national anthem live at Super Bowl press conference -- VIDEO

Are you a Beyliever now?

Over a week after the world learned that Beyoncé had lip-synched “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Obama’s second inauguration, the diva finally admitted publicly this afternoon that she did, in fact, use a backing track during her performance. “I am a perfectionist,” she said, “and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show, and a very very important emotional show for me…And due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make my country proud.”

The confession, however, came only after Beyoncé delivered a live, a cappella rendition of the national anthem to a convention center filled with reporters — proving that she can perform the song without any help from a pre-recorded track or even other musicians. Here’s video of her unaccompanied performance:

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