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NPR is streaming the 'Gatsby' soundtrack: What's worth talking about

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Stop whatever you are doing and listen to The Great Gatsby soundtrack, which is streaming in full over at NPR days before its May 7 release. The album arrives pre-buzzed, thanks to behind-the-scenes work from Jay-Z and a series of tracks from a series of high-wattage artists such as Florence + The Machine, Beyoncé, Fergie, and Jack White.

What results is very good (Lana) and very bad (Florence) and very, very interesting, as is the nature of projects that overflow with talented people all working at once. Also: very period. If you didn’t know the movie is set almost 100 years ago, the soundtrack shouts it out at you, all honking brass and a preference for tempos that slide up the scale like liquor, getting hot just as they hit the chorus. It’s Baz Luhrmann’s costume party-version of the ’20s. But it’s fun! Also sad! (People have a way of dying in Gatsby.) Talking points from the 14-track soundtrack:

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Best and Worst 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, and the other best singles of the year

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One encouraging trend that ran throughout 2012 was the egalitarian nature of hit singles. Whether you were a Joni Mitchell-loving Canadian Idol survivor, an Australian with a bruised ego, or a bunch of Florida emo survivors high on Queen, the music world fully embraced you as long as your inescapable earworms continuously delivered thrilling results.

Check out EW’s list of the 20 greatest singles of the year below (as they appear in the current issue of EW, which is on newsstands now), and be sure to check out this specially-curated VEVO playlist that takes you through the year that was one glorious pop hook at a time.

BEST

1. Carly Rae Jepsen, ”Call Me Maybe”
Before the countless YouTube lip dubs, the nine weeks at No. 1, and the 1,000th time you heard it at a BBQ, there was just a song: a purple-ink love letter with a tiny voice whispering about wishing wells and ripped jeans like it was a secret she wanted you to keep forever. It might have been the soundtrack of your summer, or you might’ve rolled your eyes at parties but then secretly put it on your workout mix. But every time it played, life sounded just a tiny bit different. Better maybe. Adam Markovitz READ FULL STORY

EW's Grammy nominee Spotify playlist: Listen here

Even if you’re a full-on obsessive music fan, the Grammy nominations can present a daunting array of talent. Sure everyone’s heard the Hot 100 hits from Carly Rae and Taylor and Gotye, but what about Robert Glasper? Lamb of God? Sistema Bomb?

Chances are you don’t have the time or the interest to listen to every nominee in full, so we’ve compiled a highlight-heavy 2013 Grammy nominees playlist on Spotify.

It’s a healthy sampler of the nominees from every major category, from high-profile categories like Best New Artist to the ones that tend not to make the televised portion of the ceremony (metal, Americana). So throw it on shuffle and give it a spin:
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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

Grammy nominations announced: Frank Ocean, fun., and the Black Keys dominate

Taylor Swift wasn’t the only one with surprise face at Wednesday night’s Grammy nomination concert.

A partial list of the nods for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were revealed in a live televised concert event tonight, and it produced a fair share of bookie-flouting snubs and nods.

The show, which took place in Nashville under the watch of awkward-slash-charming cohosts Swift and LL Cool J, handed out a slew of golden-ticket invites to the February ceremony: First-timers Frank Ocean and fun. nabbed multiple (and fairly anticipated) nominations — including Best New Artist and Record of the Year — as did fellow rookies Gotye, Hunter Hayes, the Lumineers, Ed Sheeran, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Alabama Shakes.

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Best of 2012: The 5 best non-Adele songs of the year

She may not have released an album, but Adele was still huge in 2012. With her out of the running, here are our picks for the big single smashes of the year.

5. “Home” by Phillip Phillips
The Olympics had it on near-repeat, and with its guitar-strumming folk feel, it provided a nice break from dubstep on radio.

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The 2012 MTV VMAs: Seven questions going into the show

About 20 years ago, everybody made the same joke: “How can MTV have a Video Music Awards when they don’t air videos anymore?” (And in our comments section, people still make that same joke every year.)

But think about it, has the show ever been about the actual Moonmen as much as it is about the zeitgeisty memes, outsized personalities, and general pageantry of the broadcast?

Think about last year’s show: While everybody remembers the Beyoncé baby-bump reveal, Lady Gaga’s drag show, and Adele’s tear-jerking triumph, does anybody recall what clip won Video of the Year? (It was Katy Perry’s “Firework.”) This year’s show, which beams live from Los Angeles’ massive Staples Center Thursday night at 8 PM Eastern, prides itself on first-run moments, including new tracks from Green Day and Alicia Keys and the first live performances of new singles by Taylor Swift and Pink.

But since there’s not a whole lot of investment in the winner of Best Male Video (unless you literally have invested something with your local bookie), here are the seven questions you should keep on your mind if you tune in. (And even if you don’t, you’re still invited to hang out with the Music Mix tomorrow evening, as we’ll have a live blog, photo galleries, and a full breakdown of the show’s best performances and biggest moments.)

How will host Kevin Hart do?
The VMAs have had some pretty big names host the show before, though there have really only been a handful of memorable ones (see: Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and pre-Fox News Dennis Miller). In the last few years, the role of host has been either ignored completely (neither the 2011 or 2007 shows had hosts) or given to people ill-suited for the job (Russell Brand, Chelsea Handler, and Jack Black all sort of punted it). READ FULL STORY

Gotye creates 'Somebody That I Used to Know' mega-mix from YouTube covers

“Call Me Maybe” has officially won the battle for Song of the Summer — but Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” may yet win the war. Case in point: The following video, which goes a step further than all the other Gotye covers and parodies on YouTube by mashing those clips together, forming an ear worm-y whole that’s much greater than the sum of its lo-fi parts. It’s like the Megazord of Internet culture, only not nearly as cheesy.

Best of all, the video was assembled by Gotye himself: “Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of Somebody That I Used To Know seemingly taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn’t resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered,” he says on YouTube by way of explanation. Gotye: songwriter, videographer, word-maker-upper (remixability?). Marvel at his handiwork below.

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Album Sales: Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' debuts at No. 1; The Wanted can't compete with One Direction

After records with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather, Jack White released his first solo record this week  — and earned the first no. 1 album of his career.

Blunderbuss entered the Billboard 200 at the top with sales of 138,000. That was enough to put him ahead of new debuts from Lee Brice, Kip Moore, and The Wanted, whose EP couldn’t overtake the seventh-week sales of “rivals” One Direction.

Here’s how the chart shook out:

1. Jack White, Blunderbuss, 138,000
Although the former White Stripes mastermind has had eight albums reach the Top 10, his best chart position until now came in 2007, when The Stripes’ Icky Thump debuted (and peaked) in second place.

2. Adele, 21, 84,000
After 62 weeks on the chart, Adele’s blockbuster album, the fourth-best selling in the last ten years, has now sold over 8.9 million copies and is still going strong. Even if it trails a bit in the months to come, it’s pretty much guaranteed to reach diamond certification for sales of 10 million copies. Whether any other album can ever reach those heights remains to be seen; only three albums have sold more in the last decade: Norah Jones’s Come Away With Me (10,797,000), Eminem’s The Eminem Show (10,049,000), and Usher’s Confessions (9,968,000).

3. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee, 78,000
In its fifth week, Lionel Richie’s country collaboration album dipped from 1 to 3 and has now sold an impressive 612,000 copies. Perhaps Richie’s renewed cachet in the music biz is why he suddenly realized he has too many “personal scheduling conflicts” to be a part of ABC’s summer reality series Duets. (John Legend has stepped in to replace him.)

4. One Direction, Up All Night, 50,000
The U.K. boy banders’ breakout, which started with 176,000 copies in March, ticked up from 5-4 this week. After seven frames on the chart, the group’s debut has sold 541,000 copies. While their single “What Makes You Beautiful” has been downloaded less than The Wanted’s “Glad You Came” (1.8 million vs. 2.2 million downloads), they have the clear bragging rights when it comes to album sales.

5. Lee Brice, Hard 2 Love, 46,000
The country singer’s sophomore release improved upon his 2010 debut, Love Like Crazy, which peaked at No. 44 in 2010. His single “A Woman Like You” recently hit No. 1 on the Country Songs chart.

6. Kip Moore, Up All Night, 37,000
That’s right, there’s another Up All Night on the chart — and it beat The Wanted, too! The “Something ‘Bout a Truck” singer  launched his debut country album into sixth place. “Truck” currently sits at No. 9 on the Country Songs chart.

7. The Wanted, The Wanted, 34,000
Maybe calling Christina Aguilera a “total bitch” wasn’t such a hot idea. The British boy band’s seven-song EP (their U.S. debut) didn’t sell as well as many prognosticators expected, especially given the blockbuster success of their Ibiza-tinged single “Glad You Came.” Although the single hasn’t left the Top 5 of the Hot 100 for the past nine weeks, their self-titled collection sold less than 1/5th of One Direction’s Up All Night first-week sales (they clocked 176,000). Perhaps The Wanted will go the route of acts like the Black Eyed Peas, whose dancey singles set radio and iTunes on fire, but don’t move many albums. Or perhaps fans are just waiting for a full-length album to pull the trigger. We’ll find out when the band release their LP in the fall.

8. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, 32,000
In its fourth week, Minaj’s sophomore set fell from 6 to 9 (-33 percent) and has now sold 413,000 total copies. But with her newly released video for “Starships,” sales may stabilize in the weeks to come.

9. Gotye, Making Mirrors, 32,000
His breakthrough single “Somebody That I Used To Know” (featuring Kimbra) is still selling strong, returning to the No. 1 spot on the Hot Digital songs chart this week. The Belgian-born, Australia-raised star has now spent four weeks in the Top 10.

10. Jason Mraz, Love Is A Four Letter Word, 29,000
After a No. 2 debut last week, the super-chill “I Won’t Give Up” singer’s album suffered a 71 percent drop.

What do you think of this week’s chart? Did you pick up any of these albums?

More on EW.com:
Album sales: Lionel Richie triumphs again, Jason Mraz grabs second place
Album sales: Lionel Richie climbs to No. 1; Gotye races up the chart following ‘SNL’

Gotye softens his stance on 'Glee' cover

Hey, remember all those things Gotye said about Glee‘s rendition of “Somebody That I Used to Know”? He takes it all back! Sort of.

Gotye took time to clarify his comments during a performance at L.A. alternative station 98.7 yesterday afternoon. Speaking to radio D.J. Kennedy (yes, that Kennedy), Gotye covered his tracks by explaining, “The nature of using reverb and space in a recording can change your perception of how a sound appeals to you.”

“This xylophone hook in my song is kind of dinky not just in the cover version but the original song,” he continued, before joking: “That becomes the Glee cover I hated and Darren Criss is an asshole.”

The singer went on to compliment the way the show handled his hit. “I thought it was really clever to transpose the song to two guys,” he said. “It was a great idea.”

So, in short: Gotye’s thinks his own song has dinky qualities, Kennedy is still a thing, and Glee always wins.

More on EW.com:
Gotye thinks ‘Glee’ botched his song
Album sales: Lionel Richie climbs to No. 1; Gotye races up the chart following ‘SNL’
‘Saturday Night Live’ recap: Josh Brolin hosts and Gotye sings while Steven Spielberg, Kimbra, and the Brotee crash the party

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