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The 12 Best Singles of 2012 (So Far): Listen to the playlist here!


What have we been loving from January to June? We’ve got it down to a dozen — Hot 100 smashes and indie-rock anthems alike. (Unfortunately, two of our picks aren’t on Spotify, so we’ve included YouTube videos of those songs below.)


Azealia Banks, Patti Smith, Haley Reinhart invade our weekly Spotify playlist

What do a Harlem rapper, an American Idol runner-up, and a legendary French chanteuse have in common? They’ve all landed repeat-worthy songs on our playlist this week.

Hip-hop hipster Azealia Banks proved there’s more where “212” came from with her long-awaited 1991 EP, while third-place Idol contestant finds her own style on her debut, Listen Up! Elsewhere, the soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom gave us an excellent reason to put Francois Hardy’s timeless “Le Temps de l’Amour” back in rotation.

Also here: punk poet Patti Smith unleashes her first new album in five years, indie-folk messiah Edward Sharpe (a.k.a. onetime Robot Alex Ebert) and his Zeroes bliss out on his second album, and Rick Ross and Usher joined forces to touch us with their hot new single.

Other artists on this week’s docket: Kip Moore, Travis Porter, Katy Perry, 2:54, Scissor Sisters, and more. Check it all out in the playlist below:


Justin Bieber's new single 'Die in Your Arms': Hear it here

From JT to MJ?

That seems to be the transition Justin Bieber has made on the Jackson 5-evoking “Die in Your Arms,” the second single off his upcoming album Believe. Unlike the album’s first single, “Boyfriend,” which took a sexy-adult, Justin Timberlake-y route, Bieber’s latest returns to a more classic retro-R&B sound reminiscent of a young Michael Jackson.

(Biebs, it seems, had a busy weekend; the 18-year-old pop star is currently being investigated for criminal battery after allegedly getting into a physical altercation with a paparazzo on Sunday.)

Until we find out how that shakes out, let’s just enjoy the sounds of innocent JB while we can. Take a listen to “Die in Your Arms” in the video below:


In honor of 'Moonrise Kingdom,' listen to a playlist of our favorite Wes Anderson soundtrack songs

If you’ve already put on your finest camp gear and nonprescription black-framed eyeglasses, then you’re well aware that Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom — the director’s first live-action movie in five years — opens today. And you know what that means: a new Wes Anderson soundtrack!

By now, the filmmaker’s soundtracks have become more or less their own genre. Anderson is clearly a man of cultured (and very specific) tastes, and his curatorial chops shine on his soundtracks as brightly as they do in his obsessively detailed movies. The trailer for his latest, for instance, has Francois Hardy’s classic “Le Temps de l’Amour” basically woven into its DNA.

Yet the soundtrack to Kingdom, his seventh feature-length film, is the most unlike his previous ones. Anderson’s movies are usually supported by a mix of vinyl-era rock greats and British Invasion hipsters (think David Bowie, Love, the Rolling Stones, and especially the Kinks, which he originally wanted to be the only band soundtracking Rushmore) as well as Newport Folk Festival friendlies (such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez), plus original compositions from Devo vet Mark Mothersbaugh. This time around, though, the music comes largely from composer Alexandre Desplat; after him, Hank Williams is the dominant force, with three songs.

Of course, a lot of this probably has to do with the movie being set in 1965, before most of his favorite go-tos were hitting their stride. But that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited — if anything, we’re all the more intrigued.

To get further amped for Anderson’s latest entry, we’ve combed through sixteen years of his soundtracks — from 1996’s Bottle Rocket to today’s Moonrise Kingdom — and put together our ultimate Wes Anderson playlist. Give it a spin below and let us know if you agree with our selections:


John Mayer, Kimbra, Joey Ramone grace our weekly Spotify playlist

Last week, we saw a pair of Brits sneak their tracks into Music Mix’s heavy rotation. This time around, however, all sorts of other Commonwealth nations are coming out of the woodwork.

Two venerable New Zealanders of the female persuasion, Kimbra and Ladyhawke, have captured our attention with left-of-center pop songs from their respective new albums.

This week’s playlist also includes ’90s alt-rock survivors Garbage (fronted by Scotswoman Shirley Manson); rising indie-rockers Civil Twilight, who hail from South Africa; and veteran-rockers the Cult, representing England herself. The fun never sets on the British Empire!

Of course, a range of Americans also pleased our ears this week, including new treats from the likes of evolving, apologetic folkie John Mayer, NYC’s dearly departed Joey Ramone, Ohio lo-fi lovers Guided by Voices, and more. Check it all out in the playlist below!


Our weekly Spotify playlist: Beach House, Adam Lambert, Killer Mike rub elbows

Things kick off this week with Baltimore’s organ-happy indie duo Beach House’s dreamier-than-thou “Wishes,” one of our favorite tracks on their new album Bloom. Rye Rye (with teammate M.I.A.) take the baton from there with the Go! Pop! Bang! highlight “Sunshine,” while pop maven Adam Lambert, rappers 2 Chainz and Killer Mike, and indefatiguable Alanis Morissette each hit us with their own new cuts.

Also on deck this week: shiny-haired Malibu songstress Colbie Caillat, ’90s indie-rock revivalists the Cribs, and not one but two excellent U.K. soul imports, Alex Clare and Cold Specks. Check it all out by streaming the playlist below:


EW's Spring Playlist: Nicki Minaj, Marina and the Diamonds, Schoolboy Q and more -- stream it here

Below, find 12 fresh songs currently on high rotation in EW’s music department — and stream them through our Spotify account.

Nicki Minaj, “Pound the Alarm” The perfect trunk rattler to blast from your pink Barbie Bentley, with booming synths that build to a brain-numbing epiphany: “Music. Makes Me. High.”

Gotye, “I Feel Better” Is the “Somebody” in his current No. 1 smash “Somebody That I Used to Know” secretly the Doobie Brothers? Because this groovy, imaginary — Big Chill — soundtrack throwback totally sounds like it.

fun., “Some Nights” Fun. know that not every July night looks like an LMFAO video — sometimes you just drive around looking for a fro-yo place. But those nights still need multitracked-to-infinity shout-alongs.

Electric Guest, “This Head I Hold” The Danger Mouse-produced L.A. soul duo’s new single, all winking falsetto and retro swagger, establishes “hammock funk” as the best new micro-genre of the season.

Santigold, “Disparate Youth” This dubby midtempo delight (with twitchy guitar bursts courtesy of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner) is like taking a pull of cold beer at a cross-cultural barbecue.

Jack White, “Missing Pieces” The lyrics could be a Raymond Carver short-story fever dream: His lady’s got her hands in the icebox! Why is his nose bleeding? But the sound is straight-up funky-organ boogaloo.

Schoolboy Q feat. A$AP Rocky, “Hands on the Wheel” L.A.’s Black Hippy crew flip a sample of Lissie’s lilting cover of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” and pay tribute to automotive fun that’s not DMV sanctioned or mother approved.

Marina and the Diamonds, “Primadonna” Picture Katy Perry’s kooky Welsh art-school cousin, twirling around her bedroom singing giddy sugar-rush pop songs about sex and fame and Warhol-starlet dreams.

One Direction, “Up All Night” Britain’s Next Top Boy Band supplies the ultimate slumber-party soundtrack, a hand-clap ode to grabbing your girlfriend and making the floor shake till dawn. (Because they’re dancing! Why, what did you think they meant?)

Japandroids, “The House That Heaven Built” If this house really exists in heaven, it must have a basement where the Vancouver duo’s indie-rock rager plays on repeat — and late, great punks from Kurt Cobain to Jay Reatard pound their fists to the “oh-oh-oh-OH-oh-OH-oh-oh!” chorus.

Alex Clare, “Too Close” Because all the cool kids get their new-music tips from Internet Explorer commercials, right?  We’re not ashamed that the 60-second spot was our gateway drug to this shuddering electro anthem from Amy Winehouse’s onetime paramour. Bless you, Internet.

Perfume Genius, “Hood” A fragile Garfunkel-esque confessional breaks open into pure piano-pop gorgeousness on the Seattle songwriter’s two-minute masterpiece. If you don’t get chills, you need to see a doctor.


Best Coast, Brandy, and Passion Pit inducted into our weekly Spotify playlist

This week, we give you a Spotify playlist to make your Discman from high school proud.

After combing through the deepest regions of our pleather CD wallet, we found new music from some old friends: Marilyn Manson hits us with the title track off his brand new album Born Villain, Texas alt-stalwarts Toadies deliver a humid new rocker, and Brandy puts out a solid duet with Chris Brown (though we don’t think she and Monica will be fighting over this one).

But don’t worry, this week’s list doesn’t just rely on ’90s nostalgia; take a look at new(ish) kids on the block like Cambridge dance-poppers Passion Pit, Cali beach-lovers Best Coast, Barbadan crotch-slapper Rihanna, and many more.

Give it all a listen in the playlist below!

Listen to Kimbra's new song 'Come Into My Head' - EXCLUSIVE

New Zealand’s Kimbra — you know, the painted woman from Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” and one of EW’s favorite artists right now — dropped her debut album Vows Down Under last fall. It was a huge success in her home nation as well as in nearby Australia, where it went platinum and scored her the Best Female Artist prize at the Australian equivalent of the Grammys.

The album, which gets an official release in the U.S. on May 22, will include seven songs from the Australian version plus six new tracks, including “Warrior” (her collaboration with Foster the People’s Mark Foster and A-Trak for Converse) and the fantastically funky “Come Into My Head,” which you can hear exclusively below. READ FULL STORY

Florence and the Machine, Beach Boys, Flo Rida, and more occupy our weekly Spotify playlist

Summer’s almost here, and it shows in our latest Spotify playlist.

Flo Rida’s “Whistle” will get stuck in your head the way sand gets stuck between your toes, while the eternal surfer dudes in the Beach Boys reunite for “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” the band’s first new song in 20 years. As for the British boy band the Wanted, “Chasing the Sun” proves that they’re just as good at making music as they are at making trouble.

Also chillin’ on the mix are EW favorites like Florence and the Machine (whose new track will pop up on the Snow White and the Huntsman soundtrack), Nas, Wiz Khalifa, and more.

Check it all out in our newest Spotify playlist below!


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