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Jason Mraz, 'Live Is a Four Letter Word' four-song EP stream -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Artist Formerly Known as Mr. A to Z recently climbed to No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with the in-it-till-the-end ballad “I Won’t Give Up,” the lead single from his upcoming Love Is a Four Letter Word, due April 17.

In the meantime, he’ll be filling the gap with Live Is a Four Letter Word, a four-song digital-only EP. It will be available on iTunes Feb. 28, but you can stream it here first (you may want to keep your office headphones in for the NSFW “You F—ing Did It”).

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Hear 'On Your Way Up,' a new song from Showtime's 'Shameless' theme song band High Strung -- EXCLUSIVE

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There are several reasons you might be familiar with the Detroit band the High Strung.

Perhaps you know them from their bouncy garage ditty “The Luck You Got” (taken off their 2006 album Moxie Bravo), which soundtracks the theme song to the Showtime series Shameless. Or maybe from the shows they played at Guantanamo Bay, which they described to Vanity Fair as “like Detroit or L.A.”

There’s also a chance you remember them for their library tours, which This American Life chronicled in a segment titled “The Dewey Decibel System.”

Now you’ll know them from their catchy, Kinks-y new song “On Your Way Up,” taken from their upcoming album ?Posible o’ Imposible? (out April 17). The track, bowing exclusively on EW.com, tells the story of a man who, unlike the William H. Macy patriarch of Shameless, is riding the crest. Give it a spin below:

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Watch 'Parks and Rec' star Aubrey Plaza go crazy in new clip from ex Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman -- VIDEO EXCLUSIVE

Once upon a time, many months and Lana Del Rey posts ago, we asked Aubrey Plaza what was on her iPod.

The Parks and Recreation actress tipped us off to the then-unreleased “Hollywood Forever Cemetery” from J. Tillman, formerly of the Fleet Foxes, and mentioned that she’d be starring in its video.

And Aubrey Plaza is not a liar!

Under the moniker Father John Misty, Tillman has released the song (now titled “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”) as the lead single off his forthcoming debut Fear Fun (out May 1), as well as a video to match. Named for one of L.A.’s oldest burial grounds, the droney psych-rock dirge is a bit of a departure from Fleet Foxes’ fey forest-folk, but one that will likely please old fans nonetheless.

As for the video: “We created this trippy funeral scene in Laurel Canyon,” Parks and Rec‘s deadpan doyenne told us back in September. “I play a crazy person who destroys the funeral.”

Watch Plaza go certifiably H.A.M. — eating flowers, smashing turntables, smoking apples — in the video below:

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Jack White announces solo album, debuts new song 'Love Interruption': Hear it here

We’ve seen Jack White do a lot of things. First came the White Stripes, of course, and then the seemingly endless list of side projects and collaborations, some (the Raconteurs, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, the Dead Weather, John C. Reilly) better than others (okay, mostly just Insane Clown Posse). We’ve even seen the man take home an elephant head!

This spring, though, we’ll get see him do something new: go solo.

White announced today that he’ll be releasing his solo debut Blunderbuss on April 24 via Third Man Records, the label-record-store-recording-studio he runs out of Nashville.

“I’ve put off making records under my own name for a long time, but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name,” White says of the new album. “These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.”

And if his album’s very, very good lead single is any indication, Blunderbuss will be worth the wait. Check out the short, strummy “Love Interruption” below:

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M.I.A. gears up for Super Bowl with a new(ish) single, 'Bad Girls'

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M.I.A. had a pretty chill 2011, but her 2012 is already starting to look sufficiently bonkers.

Not only is the artist formerly known as Maya slated to be joining Madonna and Nicki Minaj at this Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, but she and her co-conspirators will also see their collaboration track “Gimme All Your Luvin” premiere on American Idol this Thursday. That single, MDNA‘s first, will be properly released Friday.

But first, M.I.A. has her own single to debut. “Bad Girls” hits the streets tomorrow, but the song — reworked from her late-2010 mixtape Vicki Leekxis streaming now. Plus, this Friday she’ll unveil the new single’s video, courtesy of the director behind her controversial “Born Free” video.

In other words: there’s going to be a lot of M.I.A. on your internets this week! Consider yourself warned.

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Jay-Z commemorates Blue Ivy Carter with a new song, 'Glory': Hear it here

Well, that was fast.

If Beyoncé’s news-making weekend delivery isn’t exciting enough, her husband now has one of his own: “Glory,” which Jay-Z released on his blog Life+Times.

The soul-inflected song is an ode to newly born daughter Blue Ivy Carter, who actually makes her own guest appearance, despite being only two days old. Credited as B.I.C., the baby closes the Neptunes-produced track with a bit of gentle crying.

The song’s other, non-infant guest vocalist is Pharrell Williams, who coos over the silky-smooth hook as Hov drops adoring (nursery) rhymes like, “I’ll paint the sky Blue, my greatest creation is you.”

Check out the world’s greatest baby present below!

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Rihanna crowned best-selling digital artist of all time

How does one sell nearly 50 million downloads in six years? By releasing nearly 50 million singles in six years.

Hyperbole aside, Nielsen Soundscan revealed that Rihanna is now the top-selling digital artist of all time (time here being about as old as the iTunes Store), having moved 47.5 million digital tracks since her 2005 debut.

This gives her a safe lead ahead of runners-up the Black Eyed Peas, who have 42.4 million digital tracks under their Tron belts, and Eminem, who ranks third with 42.29 million.

The Grammy-winning singer’s previous accomplishments include eclipsing Madonna to become the fastest artist to produce 20 Hot 100 top-10 singles, which she pulled off with “We Found Love.”

Of course, one might say RiRi breaks a lot of records largely by making a lot of them. Since 2005, the Barbadian chart beast has released six studio albums and an astonishing 27 singles — more than the BEPs and Eminem combined in the same amount of time.

The full list is below; see if you can count how many of them haven’t collaborated with Rihanna before: READ FULL STORY

Actor John C. Reilly sings! Hear his Jack White-produced single here -- EXCLUSIVE

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John C. Reilly, best known for his roles in movies ranging from Boogie Nights to Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, is not exactly a stranger to singing.

After all, the man did duet with Jack Black and Will Ferrell at the Academy Awards, earned his own Oscar nod for a bittersweet musical performance in Chicago, and of course, Walked Hard as the star of a fictional biopic on hard-livin’ country star Dewey Cox.

Now though, he’s going full-on legit with the release of two official singles via Third Man Records, the Nashville label headed by Jack White, who also produced both tracks.

The first, a cover of the Delmore Brothers “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar,” featuring Tom Brosseau, can be found streaming on Brosseau’s website, but you’ll only find his collaboration with Becky Stark (a.k.a. the songstress who fronts L.A. flashback-folk outfit Lavender Diamond, pictured with Reilly above) here.

Stream their version of Ray Price’s “I’ll Be There If You Ever Want,” below, and find this song and the pair’s take on the Dolly Parton/Porter Wagoner duet “I’m Making Plans,” simultaneously on iTunes and on vinyl (dude, what did you expect? It’s Jack “Señor Analog” White) on Nov. 29: READ FULL STORY

Florence and the Machine's new album 'Ceremonials' to stream in full on Myspace this Saturday -- EXCLUSIVE

Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials won’t be in stores until Nov. 1, but fans can stream the album in full nearly four days early by clicking here at 12am tonight, Myspace tells EW exclusively.

EW has heard the record, and we’re big fans; find our straight-A review (also in the issue on stands today) after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Jack Johnson's new Christmas song 'In the Morning': Hear the EW Exclusive premiere!

You may not be able to enjoy snow on Christmas morning, but the holidays in Hawaii still seem pretty sweet. You can decorate palm trees! You can wish everybody Mele Kalikimaka! And you can crank up the cool sounds of This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2.

The second wintry mix from the Brushfire Records stable includes groovy holiday tunes from G. Love, Money Mark, Rogue Wave, and Jack Johnson, whose joyous, loopy “In the Morning” can be heard below in an exclusive EW premiere here: READ FULL STORY

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