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The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg to headline Coachella fest

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The Black Keys and Radiohead, plus a double bill of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg lead the lineup for this spring’s annual Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif. The event spans two weekends this year, April 13-15 and April 20-22. In addition to the headliners, dozens of buzzworthy bands, both new and old, will perform, including Bon Iver, the Arctic Monkeys, M83, Florence + the Machine, and punk icons the Buzzcocks. The full lineup was posted on the festival’s Facebook page today.

The festival will run two identical weekends this year for the first time ever, with all of the acts signed on to perform both weekends. Rumors ranging about who would play the festival had been running rampant around the Web practically since last year’s festival ended.

Who are you most excited to see at Coachella?

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'Yo! MTV Raps' returns -- what's your pick for the greatest hip-hop clip of all time?

If there’s one thing that the recently-released oral history I Want My MTV got across, it’s the newsflash that the network no longer really cares about music (or at least not the way it did in the 1980s). Their forward-thinking philosophy has theoretically given them shark-like memories, though there are occasional bits of nostalgia that manage to sneak in between airings of Teen Mom and whatever Chelsea Settles is.

They’ve already moved 120 Minutes from a monthly show to a weekly one (albeit in a singularly painful timeslot, Friday mornings between 6 and 8 a.m.), and they just announced that they’re going to bring back Yo! MTV Raps for one night only on December 4.

The original show was a watershed moment in TV history, and undeniably helped move hip-hop into the mainstream — Though apparently, the audience was already fiending for it; that same oral history notes that the first episode of Yo! MTV Raps in 1988 instantly became the most-watched show in the network’s history.

The special Yo! MTV Raps Classic Cuts will take a look back at the show’s origins (a number of different people have taken credit for it’s creation, though most agree it wouldn’t have existed without late film director Ted Demme, who was then a PA at the network), its hosts (Dr. Dre, Ed Lover, and Fab 5 Freddy), and its cultural reach (namely making cultishly-adored rappers like Rakim into household names).

The show also promises to deep dive into three legendary clips that ran in heavy rotation during the show’s golden era: A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” (featuring the debut of a crazy young MC from New York named Busta Rhymes), Geto Boys’ “My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me,” and Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day.” While all of those are indeed classics in their own way, what other hip-hop videos from the show’s original run (1988-1995) qualify as the greatest? READ FULL STORY

Dr. Dre makes speakers for Chrysler, now just taunting fans about 'Detox'

Dr. Dre‘s long-awaited Detox still doesn’t have a release date, but when the record finally does hit, there will be a vehicle available with the special speakers to properly bump said collection.

Chrysler pulled back the curtain on their new 300 Sedan at the New York Auto Show late last week, and it features a speaker system designed by Dre himself as part of his Beats By Dre collection (which until now has focused on headphones and computer sound packages). Check out the new commercial (which features Dre himself) after the jump.

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Nate Dogg: The hip-hop crooner's five standout collaborations

A lot of my favorite songs wouldn’t be so if it weren’t for Nate Dogg, who passed last night. He wasn’t the best singer ever. But boy, Nate was necessary. Every track he blessed with his voice—monotone, melodious, and stern—became so much more intense. When he told us to “Lay Low,” you really felt like maybe staying inside was the best idea if you’ve crossed someone. He meant it. His tone and style was essential to Dr. Dre’s G-Funk era, which blended old school funk beats with rhymes that, at times, teetered on sinister.

Though Nate was also a wonderful fit on love songs, too—able to express his feelings without coming off soft. “I wrote the chorus to ‘21 Questions’,” 50 Cent said on Twitter hours ago of their collaboration on his 2003 hit. “I needed Nate to sing it for me. He had a way of making everything feel hard.” Hip-hop has lost its greatest hook man.

Here are some of my favorite Nate Dogg collabs.

Warren G. feat Nate Dogg, “Regulate”

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Dr. Dre debuts 'I Need a Doctor' video, pays tribute to Eazy-E: See it here!

Another footnote to the Ruthless Records era has just been written. Dr. Dre debuted his new video for “I Need a Doctor,” the second single off his third—and, supposedly, final—album, Detox. And it does feel like a career-capper. Check it out: READ FULL STORY

Skylar Grey talks penning 'I Need a Doctor,' her name change, and why her upcoming album may have a sound we've never heard before

Skylar-Grey_320.jpg Image Credit: Greg LaurenEven though we didn’t actually get a good look at Skylar Grey on the Grammys stage as she performed “I Need a Doctor” with Eminem and Dr. Dre, it was still a coming out party for the Wisconsin native who had 80 kids in her high school graduating class and turns 25 Wednesday.

Grey, who was also nominated for two Grammys for penning the Rihanna-sung chorus to Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” tells EW her team has since been bombarded with emails from people wanting to work together, but she declines to name names, because you never know which collaborations will actually happen. (For her Twitter followers who know Nikki Sixx reached out via tweet about writing a song together, she says he has spoken to her manager but nothing has been set up yet.)

Keeping her in the shadows during the Grammys performance—something new fan Shirley Manson questioned—was intentional, Grey says. “My whole roll-out as Skylar Grey has been this mysterious being,” says the artist formerly known as Holly Brook. (She released the 2006 album Like Blood Like Honey and the 2010 EP O’Dark Thirty under that moniker, her first and middle names.) “If you’ve seen the website, even the pictures are very shadowed because we’re slowly easing me out. I’m not a big fan of trying to be a sex symbol or any of that stuff because I really like the music to speak for itself. And so I wanted to make that clear from the very beginning.”  READ FULL STORY

Bob Dylan to perform at Grammys with Mumford and Sons and Avett Brothers

dylan-mumford-sonsImage Credit: Gary Miller/FilmMagic.comBob Dylan will perform at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards, it was announced today. The legendary singer-songwriter is set to take part in a salute to acoustic music with Grammy nominee Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers.

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Dr. Dre hints at April 20 release for 'Detox' album, but...

dr-dreImage Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesYesterday producer Just Blaze put out a Twitvid clip that got the online hip-hop community grinning from ear to ear. In it, he and iconic producer/rapper Dr. Dre hint at there being a confirmed release date for Dre’s oft-delayed Detox album. “Bow bow! 4-20, baby. I’m coming!” Dre yells during his brief shot. “You might just see a unicorn this year, too” jokes Blaze after. Dre was obviously talking about Detox, right? in 2011? It’s safe to assume as much, I guess. But there’s one problem.

Check what Dre’s rep had to say about Detox’s release date after the jump.

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Dr. Dre teams with 'Mafia Wars': Good news for 'Detox'?

Dr-DreImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesIs Dr. Dre‘s Detox really coming out next year? Maybe! Here’s one more sign that the long-delayed album is on its way: This morning, Dre announced that he is partnering with the online game Mafia Wars for a promotional campaign.

According to a press release, starting this weekend, Mafia Wars players can watch Dre’s new video for his single “Kush” within the game. They can also play a “Hustlin’ Wit Dre” game-within-a-game that will let them “collect Dr. Dre-inspired, limited edition virtual goods such as headphones, a vintage car, and weapons.” Players will have a chance to win signed headphones from the superproducer’s Beats by Dr. Dre line, as well as signed copies of Detox whenever it comes out…which would certainly suggest that that event is looming on the horizon, no?

What do you think of this news? Does this convince you that Detox will be on sale in the near future?

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Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg steam up the club in 'Kush' video: Watch here

Dr-Dre-KushOkay, so now I’m actually starting to believe Dr. Dre‘s Detox is coming soon. “Kush,” the album’s lead single leaked online last month and positive feedback demanded they run with it. Acting fast, the video was released this morning. The legendary California producer teams up with singer Akon and frequent collaborator Snoop Dogg here. In the clip Dre and Snoop hit the club to spark up some fun while Akon makes it rain in a private jet cruising over the city. Visually, it’s an interesting video. The trio are the only ones moving in the majority of it. Motionless party-goers are seen enjoying various facets of after hours fun, be it exhaling puffs of smoke, knocking back a drink, or dancing. Flight attendants are frozen, as is the cash Akon tosses up on his plane.

The camera work is not untraveled territory, though. T-Pain’s recent “Rap Song” features the style. As does Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” with slow motion and rewinding at times. But Dre’s has a Cali-cool vibe that’s all its own.

Check out the video after the jump and let us know what you think. But beware: the language is NSFW.

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