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Your Super Bowl National Anthem singer is... Opera star Renee Fleming

Carrying on the great tradition of Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Kathy Lee Gifford, and the Grambling University Band, Renee Fleming will take on the task of providing bookies with another prop bet by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2.

Fleming is an acclaimed opera singer who has picked up four Grammys over the course of her career and is probably best known outside of the classical world as one of the voices on the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and for her odd (but not unpleasant) collection of indie rock covers from a few years ago. (She also sang the theme song to the 2012 animated disaster Rise of the Guardians.) She’s undoubtedly one of the most competently trained singers to take on the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in some time—it’s a challenging song that has derailed all kinds of performers, especially on big stages.

The addition of Fleming completes the circle of music performers at this year’s Super Bowl, with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers handling the halftime show. U2 will also reportedly have some sort of presence during the course of the broadcast, most likely in the form of an ad in support of their new single “Invisible” and/or their upcoming new album. And Prince will be appearing on a special episode of New Girl that is airing right after the game.

The job of Super Bowl National Anthem singer is tough, because usually the best you can hope for is to be pleasantly forgettable. Nobody wants to mess it up, but at the same time, it would be difficult to top Whitney Houston’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Super Bowl XXV in 1991, which is one of the greatest music moments in all of television history.

Who is your favorite Super Bowl National Anthem singer?

Happy 100th Birthday, John Cage! Here's a Spotify playlist in your honor

John Cage is a lot of things to a lot of people: avant-garde champion, educational activist, modern-dance revolutionarymushroom pioneer, general troublemaker.

The controversial avant-garde artist and composer would’ve turned 100 years old today, and people are still debating his legacy, which, well, is probably more of a testament to his legacy than anything. Nationally, there are plenty of events going on to honor the man’s life — the National Gallery in D.C. has already begun the John Cage Centennial Festival, and the New York Mycological Society is recreating his famous work 4’33″ using fungi.

Since we here at Music Mix spend most of our days attached to our keyboards (EW higher-ups installed USB ports onto our bodies on orientation day), our tribute to one of the last century’s most towering musical figures comes in the form of a Spotify playlist. Give it a listen and let us know what you’d put on your own John Cage playlist:

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E L James is releasing a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' album

After inspiring a sudden burst in sales of  Thomas Tallis’ choral work “Spem In Alium,” E L James has decided to take the next logical step in building her Fifty Shades of Grey empire: she’s releasing a companion album.

Unlike the Fifty Shades of Grey “soundtrack” playlist listed on the bestselling author’s official site, this record will feature strictly classical music. James has personally selected 15 works from her BDSM blockbuster trilogy (Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed) to include on an album to be released by EMI as a digital release on Aug. 15, with a physical version following on Sept. 18.

According to EMI, the album “aims to provide the perfect accompaniment to the Fifty Shades reading experience, setting a mysterious and alluring atmosphere with just the slightest hint of danger…”

In a statement, James said that she was “thrilled that the classical pieces that inspired me while I wrote the Fifty Shades trilogy are being brought together in one collection for all lovers of the books to enjoy.” READ FULL STORY

'Fifty Shades of Grey' mention spikes sales of 16th-century classical composer

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In addition to single-handedly carrying the publishing world on its candle-wax-scorched back, Fifty Shades of Grey has gone ahead and boosted the music business as well.

According to The Guardian, the mention of a Thomas Tallis choral work called “Spem In Alium” amidst the pages of the finest S&M masterwork since that last thing you read on the Internet has rocketed the piece up the British classical music charts (rocketed being of course a relative term).

The 40-voice epic, composed around 1570 and recorded in 1985, has elbowed chart heavyweight Luciano Pavarotti from the top perch. Go ahead and sample it below.

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