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Charli XCX on her new album 'Sucker' and getting angry at pop music: An EW Q and A

At last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Charli XCX was one of the evening’s stealth victors. Though she did not cash in on any of her five nominations (four for her turn on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” one for Artist To Watch), her pre-show performance of “Boom Clap” ended up being one of the most compelling of the evening.

She also dropped some details about her forthcoming album Sucker, which will arrive on October 17, and unleashed the video for the album’s second single “Break the Rules.”

The clip, which features actress Rose McGowan, is a timely piece of back-to-school anarchy—one last summer tantrum before the leaves fall off the trees and beach jams start sounding passé.  READ FULL STORY

Eminem becomes Max Headroom for 'Rap God' video: Watch it here

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Eminem is back on top of the Billboard album chart this week with The Marshall Mathers LP 2. He’s already sold well over a million copies of his new album in only three weeks of release, and you can expect The Marshall Mathers LP 2 to remain in the top 10 throughout the holiday season.

Now comes the just-released video for “Rap God,” which casts him as a Max Headroom-esque character. For those of you too young to remember, Max Headroom was perhaps the most ’80s thing of all time, a marvel of then-cutting edge video technology who had his own TV show and sold Coke to children in a future dystopian hellscape.

In the “Rap God” video, not only does Slim Headroom rap via the miracle of neon green screen, but Em also references the video game Portal, re-creates some of those battle scenes from 8 Mileand is possibly trying to learn kung fu.

Check out the whole six minute mini-epic below.  READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' earns the number one spot, Eminem holds on

All’s well that ends well, as they say: After a multi-platform promotional blitz, Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP is the number one album in the country this week. Billboard reports that Gaga’s new album sold about 258,000 copies in its first week of release, giving her the second chart-topping debut of her career.

As previously discussed, it’s a long way from the numbers she did with Born This Way back in 2011,though it still gives her the third biggest debut for a woman in 2013 behind Katy Perry’s Prism and Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz.

ARTPOP narrowly bested Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which sold 210,000 copies in its second week of release. Three other albums made their debuts in the top 10 this week: Now 48 (no. 3 with 114,000), the Beatles On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2 (no. 7, with 37,000), and Jhené Aiko’s Sail Out EP (no. 8 with 34,000). READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey releases new single 'The Art of Letting Go': Hear it here

It’s not quite right to call Mariah Carey’s upcoming 14th album “long-delayed,” since it hasn’t really had an official spot on the calendar to miss since the single “Triumphant (Get’Em)” arrived last summer.

The single that followed, this February, “Almost Home,” was reserved for the soundtrack to Oz The Great and Powerful — though the date did seem to draw closer with the Miguel-assisted May jam “#Beautiful,” which made it to no. 15 on the Hot 100.

The album we now know is called The Art of Letting Go still doesn’t have a release date, but it does have a new single — the title track, no less. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, the song has a nice throwback vibe to it (think “Vision of Love”), but also doesn’t really have a chorus, which sort of makes it a toss-up. Tip of the hat to the line, “Go to Mimi on your contact/ Press delete” though.

Listen below via Carey’s Facebook: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga wears a hover dress, performs 'ARTPOP' songs at Brooklyn artRAVE

At long last, we have arrived at the official release of Lady Gaga’s brand new album ARTPOP. And to celebrate, Gaga threw herself a party at a giant warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on New York’s industrial waterfront.

Dubbed the artRAVE, Gaga’s fete featured performances of every track from the new album (she opened with “Aura,” that same way that ARTPOP does), the unveiling of new pieces by large-scale artist Jeff Koons ( including the massive sculpture that appears on ARTPOP‘s cover) and Marina Abromovic (previously seen staring down Jay Z and getting Gaga to traipse naked through the woods), and one of Gaga’s most spectacular entrances yet via a “flying dress” called “Volantis” that was essentially a wearable dirigible.

Check it out in action below.

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Ed Sheeran on working with Peter Jackson on 'The Hobbit' song 'I See Fire': 'I'm a massive fan of Tolkien and of Peter' - EXCLUSIVE

Yesterday, The Hobbit director Peter Jackson pulled back the curtain on “I See Fire,” the Ed Sheeran song that will play over the closing credits of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. As Jackson explained on his Facebook page, the process began when the two had lunch during Sheeran’s tour through New Zealand, and continued after Jackson brought Sheeran in to view the movie and work on the song.

Sheeran has worked with a number of high-profile musicians—including Taylor Swift and Lupe Fiasco—but “I See Fire” was his first collaboration with a filmmaker. “He was fantastic,” Sheeran tells EW. “At every point where I’d be adding something, I’d play him the song afterwards. I was there for three days, and at the end of every day he would come and listen to the song and give me notes.”

“He knows what he wants,” he continued, “but he doesn’t pretend to be musical in any way. He let me go on with it, but he also knows his movie, so he would tell me something needs to be less energetic, or more relaxed, or whatever. He knows the colors and templates of what the song should be rather than how the melody should go.”

Sheeran’s also a longtime devotee of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien—The Hobbit was the first book his dad read to him as a child, and Sheeran’s grandfather owns a first edition of the novel. READ FULL STORY

Charts: Arcade Fire open on top, Eminem set for huge debut

Back in 2010, Arcade Fire scored their first number one with The Suburbs, an album that would go on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. The Canadian collective is back on top with their follow-up Reflektor, which opens its sales life at the top of the Billboard 200 with 140,000 copies sold. That’s a solid number, though its slightly below the kickoff week for The Suburbs, which picked up 156,000. 

Of course, Arcade Fire only spent a single week at number one last time around — The Suburbs was dethroned by Eminem’s Recovery, which had returned to the top of the chart in its eighth week of release. It looks like history will be repeating itself: Eminem’s just-released The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is on track to sell between 700,000 and 750,000 units this week, which would easily give Slim Shady his 11th chart-topper and the second-biggest opening of the year behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience.

That would also be right on pace with the opening week of Recovery, which opened with 741,000 copies sold. Of course, he’ll fall well short of the premiere week for 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP, which hit a staggering 1.76 million copies. Em will even fall short of the first Marshall Mathers LP‘s second week, which saw it do another 800,000. Still, Slim Shady has shown remarkable durability despite shifting cultural allegiances and mixed reviews.

Eminem also finds himself on top of the Digital Songs chart this week, with “The Monster,” his Rihanna-assisted single, selling 373,000 downloads. READ FULL STORY

Eminem on SiriusXM's Town Hall: 'I'm in this game to press buttons and spark conversation'

For a relative recluse, Eminem sure gets around when it’s time to do business. In the lead-up to the release of his new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, out today, Mr. Mathers was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, stopped in to spit “Rap God” and collect a prize at the YouTube Music Awards, and finished up his New York media tour with a long conversation on his own SiriusXM station Shade 45. 

In the latest entry in SiriusXM’s Town Hall series, Eminem sat down with host Sway for a lengthy chat about the rapper’s early days (Sway first met him way back in the mid ’90s when he was co-hosting The Wake Up Show on KMEL out of Oakland), his new album, his inspirations, and the controversy that constantly follows him around. He was a little elusive in spots, ducking questions about his daughter and his relationship with his mother despite the fact that thoughts about them both appear on MMLP2. “What I said on the record is what I have to say about that,” he told Sway when asked about being the father of a teenager. “There’s no need for me to elaborate on it. I’m just gonna leave that part of my life out from now on.”

But when confronted with a question from a fan in the studio about his controversial lyrics, he laid out his goals head-on. READ FULL STORY

Eminem defends gay slurs: 'I think people know my personal stance on things'

Eminem’s new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 comes out tomorrow, and in the lead-up to its release, there have essentially been two conversations happening. The first is obvious: Is MMLP2 any good? (EW’s Nick Catucci is conflicted.) But the second is a bit more complicated: In 2013, what’s the deal with Eminem still using gay slurs, especially on the single “Rap God”?

In that song, Eminem takes down rivals with the lines “Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy” and “You f–s think it’s all a game ’til I walk a flock of flames.” Those lines have both widespread controversy and confusion, considering Slim Shady has constantly had to walk back his stance on homosexuals.

He attempted to clear everything up in the pages of Rolling Stone this week: “I don’t know how to say this without saying it how I’ve said it a million times,” he told the magazine. “But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never really equated those words . . .”

At that point, the writer helps him along. “To mean homosexual?” he asks.  READ FULL STORY

Eminem drops Rihanna-assisted 'The Monster': Hear it here

Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 doesn’t arrive until next Tuesday, but we’ve already heard the intense “Survival,” the throwback banger “Berzerk,” and the battle-ready “Rap God.” Now comes the Rihanna reunion “The Monster,” which just arrived on the Internet.

RiRi previously appeared, of course, on Em’s chart-topping single “Love the Way You Lie” back in 2010, and he returned the favor by lending “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” to her Loud album that same year. Mr. Mathers also dropped in on Rihanna’s “Numb,” from her 2012 release Unapologetic. 

“The Monster” has a slightly jumpier tempo than the pair’s other collaborations, but it still finds Rihanna playing the songbird sounding-board to Em’s weary confessional rhyme spitter. It doesn’t have the same sort of chart-topping grandeur that “Love the Way You Lie” had, but it does sound like the most radio-read crossover track we’ve heard from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 thus far.

You can buy “The Monster” on iTunes starting at midnight; until then, listen below: READ FULL STORY

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