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Usher, Grace Potter, Superchunk are all over this week's Spotify playlist

This week in new releases, Usher’s latest finds the radio vet keeping up with the cool kids (hey there, Diplo!), much like the 68-year-old Bobby Womack does on his Damon Albarn-helmed 28th album. And speaking of cool kids, new releases from the likes of Waka Flocka Flame, Evans the Death, and Hot Chip also kept our headphones busy this week.

Plenty of stand-alone singles made the grade as well, including new ones from Lil Wayne, Kylie Minogue, Superchunk and more. Check it all out in the playlist below:


Beach Boys, Japandroids, Big K.R.I.T. crowd our weekly Spotify playlist


Thanks to great new material from the likes of Liars, Japandroids, and Temper Trap, this week’s playlist goes heavy on indie rock. Underground hip-hop is also repped hard by Mississippi mixtaper Big K.R.I.T. And then there’s the obscure little garage heroes the Beach Boys, who recently reemerged for their comeback album That’s Why God Made the Radio. 

Also on deck this week: a new collaboration between Sean Kingston and T.I., a fiddle-heavy number from Zac Brown Band, and a downtempo howler from Swede garage monkeys the Hives. And if Wilco’s “Me Avivé” sounds a little familiar to you, it’s because they covered their The Whole Love standout “Dawned on Me” — in Spanish. Y se trabaja muy bien!

Find out what we’re talking about by giving this week’s playlist a spin in the player 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:


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:


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!

Singles Swap: EW's picks for new music you'll love

Welcome to the first online edition of Singles Swap, which has only appeared in the print edition of Entertainment Weekly until now. Read on below as we recommend songs similar to the ones you already love.

Mumford & Sons: “Little Lion Man”
The Brit-folk anthem so beloved, it even gets a pass for dropping multiple F-bombs. READ FULL STORY

Ingrid Michaelson's new single 'Ghost': Hear the premiere here -- EXCLUSIVE

Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has cobbled together four albums’ worth of charming, hook-filled pop that revolves around her effervescent melodies and easy, sweet voice.

Her songs have made her a mainstay both on pop radio and on television — see appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, and So You Think You Can Dance, among many others. She made a crazy-cool video for her song “Parachute,” and most recently, scored a fresh victory with her swoony cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” which appears in the trailer to the critically-acclaimed film Like Crazy.

She’ll continue her movement forward on her upcoming fifth album Human Again, which drops on January 24, 2012. The new collection, by far Michaelson’s most upbeat, features the passionate single “Ghost.” You can listen to the exclusive premiere of that single after the jump (and click here to preorder): READ FULL STORY

The Music Mix Recommends: U.K. dark-rock quintet The Horrors, now all prettied up


A curious thing has happened to The Horrors. The onetime goth-shoegaze outfit just released 10 surprisingly lovely new tracks from their upcoming album Skying online—and suddenly, they sound anything but horrifying.

The uplifting Skying, slated for a U.S. release on Aug. 9, marks a serious departure from their previous two albums, 2007’s Strange House and 2009’s Primary Colours.

Gone are the eyeliner-heavy zombie gazes and song titles like “Death At The Chapel” and “Jack The Ripper,” replaced by stylish, mesmerizing janglers like “You Said” and “Changing the Rain.” READ FULL STORY

Bjork's new single 'Crystalline': Hear it here

Four years have elapsed since Björk dropped her last album, 2007’s forgettable Volta.

But it’s been even longer since we’ve heard classic Björk. The one who put together crazy genre-hopping classics like 1995’s Post, 1997’s Homogenic and 2001’s Vespertine refreshingly shows up on “Crystalline,” the just-leaked first single from her upcoming album Biophilia.

It’s got everything a classic Björk track needs, including some wigged-out xylophones, some crazy-voweled caterwauling about “inner nebulae” and a Roni Size-channeling bit of jungle breakbeat science to wrap things up. It’s fantastically weird and remarkably thrilling, and contains all of the twitchy glitching Björk has been obsessed with since her landmark 1993 debut.

Give “Crystalline” a spin here:


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