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Fiona Apple and director P.T. Anderson reunite for 'Hot Knife' video: Watch it here

For those of you who’ve been keeping last year’s excellent Fiona Apple album The Idler Wheel.. in regular rotation but have been wondering where she went, we’ve got good news for you: she’s back with a brand new video, directed by her ex-boyf/master of The Master, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood etc. Paul Thomas Anderson.

Like the music itself, the “Hot Knife” video is stripped-down and intensely intimate, cutting from black-and-white closeups of her face (and her cabaret-sister Maude Maggart, who provides harmonies) to mesmerizing shots of Fiona bathed in a lush filter.

Anderson may now be romantically involved — and busily building a small child army — with actress Maya Rudolph, but he and Apple are longtime collaborators professionally as well as personally; this is their fifth* music video together, joining the likes of “Paper Bag,” “Limp,” “Across the Universe,” and “Fast as You Can.”

Check out Fiona and P.T.’s latest collaboration in the video below:

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Grammy Nominations 2013: Your water cooler cheat sheet!

The Grammy nominations are in — and by now, we hope you’ve had time to do the following: Read the full list of major nominees, peruse Kyle Anderson’s take on the biggest snubs and surprises, and enjoy Scooter Braun’s Twitter tantrum.

But if all that’s not enough for you, we’ve cobbled together some interesting trends about this year’s crop of Grammy nominees — so even if you’re not a Grammys aficionado, you can pretend to be one around the office.

* The Best Album category this year is oddly rock-heavy With the notable exception of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, the Best Album category is dominated by rock acts. But whereas the category (until very recently) used to feature the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, it’s now honoring a newer crop of rockers.

Or, as one of my co-workers put it, “It’s like the Grammy voters have replaced their old fogies with young fogies.” The inclusion of The Black Keys’ El Camino and Jack White’s Blunderbuss feels especially odd, since both of those acts’ previous albums were substantially better than those efforts. (Though the White Stripes’ excellent 2004 release Elephant did get a nod that year.) Add in Mumford & Sons’s Babel and fun.’s Some Nights, and you’ve got a very dude-ish, very guitar-heavy category. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012: The year in lyrics, from Taylor Swift to Carly Rae

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Music makes the people come together — but lyrics might be even more powerful as unification tools. Think about it: Whether you’re a rap fiend or a hater of all things hip hop, you have to admire a guy who figures out a way to rhyme “narcissist” with “lobster bisque.” See below to find out what we’ve dubbed 2012’s top five lyrics, which artists warbled 2012’s worst five lyrics, and which lyric won the dubious honor of being the year’s best AND worst at the same time. (Hint: Think “Call Me Maybe.”)

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Fiona Apple cancels tour dates because her dog is dying: Read her handwritten note to fans here

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Now for some sad news.

According to a lengthy, handwritten letter posted on Facebook, Fiona Apple’s beloved dog is dying, causing her to cancel her South American tour.

She writes that a tumor has been found in the chest of her 14-year-old rescue dog, a pitbull named Janet. The note is pretty heartbreaking, especially towards the end.

You can read the whole thing below (we included an image of the actual note as well), but be sure to grab a box of tissues first:

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Texas sheriff to Fiona Apple after her drug-arrest concert rant: 'Just shut up and sing'

Earlier today, we showed you the mid-show tear that Fiona Apple went on in Texas last weekend, wherein she obliquely accused several of the officers handling her recent arrest of wrongdoing.

Public Information Officer Rusty Fleming, he of the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Department which handled Apple’s brief incarceration, had something to say about that.

“First, Honey, I’m already more famous than you, I don’t need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine,” he wrote. READ FULL STORY

Fiona Apple talks arrest on stage in Houston, and she's not happy: Watch the video here

As you may have heard, Fiona Apple was arrested for possession of hashish last week at a border crossing in Texas. She  readily admitted that the drugs (.01 pounds each of marijuana and hashish), and the “Free Fiona!” movement didn’t really come to a head, mostly because Ms. Apple was only detained long enough to miss one date on her tour, a scheduled Thursday night show in Austin.

Still, she didn’t exit the scenario unscathed, and she decided to air her grievances during a show in Houston on Friday.

“Most of the people were very nice to me,” she said of the officers who kept her in stir following her arrest. “There are four of you out there—I want you to know that I heard everything you did, I wrote it all down, with your names and everything you did and said, stupidly thinking I couldn’t see or hear you. I then ripped the paper up, but not before I encoded it.”

She goes on, discussing a pair of hypothetical lockboxes (is she channeling Al Gore?), and intimating that she may have been handled inappropriately during her time in the clink. Check out the whole speech below.

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Taylor Swift in tears, Axl gone AWOL, Britney breaking out in a rash: MTV's top exec tells EW the stories behind the wildest moments in VMA history

Last week’s MTV Video Music Awards may have suffered from disappointing ratings (this year’s viewership was only half of last year’s all-time high 12.45 million) and a dearth of big wow moments, but there’s no shortage of bonkers events to look back on in the show’s past.

In fact, we recently caught up with MTV Music Group President Van Toffler to discuss some of the wildest, wooliest, and most unforgettable water-cooler moments from the VMAs’ nearly three-decade run — and got some previously unpublished revelations on everyone from Britney Spears (did you know that she wasn’t actually Madonna’s first-kiss choice back in 2003? Or that her 2001 snake-charming had a seriously unfortunate side effect?) to Kanye’s infamous speechus interruptus. Read on (with video links in the headers, when available).

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Toffler: “There’s no way any of us could have predicted that — we didn’t orchestrate it. He came with a bottle of alcohol, so he was in a festive mood to begin with. But we all were in shock in the [production] truck when he walked up on stage and took the mic from Taylor. I remember turning to one of the producers and going, ‘Do we not have security?’ [But] we don’t put those big bulky guys on camera in front of the talent. Maybe this guy thought Kanye belonged on the stage.

I said to our line producer, ‘You need to go talk to Kanye and probably have him exit the building, and I will go deal with Taylor.’ And she was about to perform right after that break! She was a champ. I would be lying if I said she and her mom weren’t crying when I saw them, but she pulled it together. This was one of the most absurd VMA moments for me, having to talk to her and her mom, and they’re crying and upset, and this was her first time on the VMAs, and she had been used to working on country shows with polite artists. This was a little bit more chaotic than she was used to. And then I walked back behind the stage to find Beyoncé crying about the incident. Ultimately I talked to her and her dad and then went back to Taylor after her performance, and an hour later Beyoncé brought Taylor back out so she could have her moment.

It all played out okay in the end, but there was a lot of drama in between. Beyoncé had the wisdom to bring Taylor out on stage, and Taylor stayed to have her moment instead of leaving.”

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Album Sales: Justin Bieber's 'Believe' scores the best debut of the year; Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple open strong

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He’s probably not your boyfriend, but according to this week’s Billboard 200, you’ll still never let him go.

Justin Bieber’s latest album Believe debuted atop the chart today, selling 374,000 copies in its first week, making it the strongest bow of 2012 ahead of Madonna’s MDNA, which shifted 359,000 copies in March. READ FULL STORY

Fiona Apple tells Jimmy Fallon about her famous meltdown, plays two songs: Watch it here

Fiona Apple had some ‘splaining to do last night.

During her appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the host brought up Apple’s now-infamous 2000 Roseland Ballroom meltdown — which, as it happens, was preceded by a ten-minute comedy act from Fallon himself.

“The whole thing was crazy,” Fallon said, recalling how he was having a drink with Apple’s then-boyfriend when it all went down. “I was worried about you, pal.”

Apple addressed the issue by asserting her humanity. “The short answer is that I’m a human being,” she said. “And that I was reacting to life.”

The singer says she was feeling “overwhelmed” at the time, citing her Saturday Night Live appearance that month.

“I started crying” she continued. “And I could not physically stop crying. I couldn’t.”

Watch her interview with Fallon in the video below:

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Fiona Apple hangs with snails, octopi in 'Every Single Night' video: Watch it here

If the video for Fiona Apple’s first single in seven years could be described in a word, that word would be “imagery.”

Yes, yes — in general, music videos feature a fair amount of imagery. But few are as whimsical and, well, imagery-y as the clip for “Every Single Night,” the first single from Apple’s forthcoming fourth album The Idler Wheel…

The magical little clip, directed by Joseph Cahill, features She of the Sculpty Cheekbones, wandering around at night and horsing around with various creatures — snails, alligators, a cartoonishly giant octocpus attacking the Eiffel Tower, an underclothes-clad minotaur.

If it sounds weird, that’s because it is. Yet it’s also delightful. Watch below:
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