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Katy Perry, Lorde, Imagine Dragons all get early post-Grammys sales boosts

If Katy Perry is actually a witch, then she certainly cast the right spell on music buyers.

Though her performance during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards was met with mixed reviews (EW loved it; the rest of the Internet was more lukewarm), Perry has the biggest post-Grammys sales bump so far.

We won’t know which albums got the biggest spikes until next week (the sales numbers close Sunday night), though a number of songs—including Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring rapper Juicy J—have already seen noticeable increases following their appearance on Sunday night’s show.

“Dark Horse” has been on top of the iTunes singles chart all week, and it’s the number one song on Billboard‘s Digital Songs chart (which includes Monday’s sales) this week. It sold 294,000 downloads last week, up 12 percent from last week’s tally. That boost was enough to push “Dark Horse” into the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, which is Perry’s ninth trip to that plateau.

Other big gainers on the Billboard Digital Songs chart include Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (up 206 percent), John Legend’s “All Of Me” (a 110 percent gain), and Pink & Nate Ruess’ “Just Give Me a Reason” (a 122 percent boost). Imagine Dragons also got a jolt with the release of the Kendrick Lamar-assisted remix of “Radioactive,” which helped the song to a 58 percent sales gain.

It’ll be interesting to see who will see their album sales boosted by the Grammys, which were watched by nearly 30 million people. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories will almost certainly see a giant bounce, as should Lorde’s Pure Heroine, Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer, Different Park, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist. However, it’s entirely possible the biggest winner of the post-Grammys week could be 2014 Grammy Nominees, the compilation album that debuted at number two with 59,000 copies sold.

What music did you buy in the wake of the Grammys? Let us know in the comments.

Grammys Winner Snubs and Surprises: Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath steal, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar get robbed

Last night, there was a tweet floating around the Internet that noted that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had already amassed four Grammys and legendary artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, and the Who have a grand total of zero among them.

The suggestion, of course, is that possessing an  an armload of Academy-issued gold sippy cups doesn’t necessarily have any real correlation to artistic greatness.

Still, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some head-scratching decisions and maddening snubs during last night’s telecast, most of which happened off-camera. As surprised as Taylor Swift was that Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, the French duo’s victory can’t entirely be called an upset; though there were some mild surprises among the awards handed out live at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, there wasn’t a single on-camera score that could be considered a true surprise of snub.

Luckily, there were dozens more awards given out before the televised show even started, and there lives a parade of outrage.  READ FULL STORY

How Kendrick Lamar (and Imagine Dragons) won the Grammys

Beloved stars hit their marks over and over on last night’s Grammys: Beyoncé pulled off a paradoxically classy chair dance, an ecstatic Pharrell led Daft Punk in a music nerdgasm with Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers, Lorde fully blew out her bedroom sound, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis staged a mass wedding as corny and obvious and touching as any ceremony you’d share with family.

And then there was Kendrick Lamar. Although he’s beloved among rap fans and recognized as an indefatigable performer at festivals and opening for Kanye West, the Academy reminded us that Kendrick’s just not the type they want to celebrate, awarding him zero Grammys, not even for Best Rap Album. Macklemore—in his own words—”robbed” that one from Kendrick.

Nor did Kendrick merely hit his marks when it came time for him to perform. Instead, he offered up his own reminder of just how wily and amorphous he is compared to virtually any other artist competing, even in futility, in any kind of industry popularity contest. Rather than simply come out and rap, maybe surrounded by a set evoking his hometown of Compton or with a guest rapper who once managed to find the Academy’s favor, he teamed up with Imagine Dragons, one of rock’s most successful and least acclaimed bands, to try and reinvent a smash (“Radioactive”) that has already worn a groove in pop’s collective consciousness. (Plus perform part of his own ”m.A.A.D City.”)

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The stellar new mixtape from Mike Will Made It, rap's hottest producer -- featuring Future, Miley, Ciara, and more

Rap producer Mike Will, who made the beat for “We Can’t Stop” and executive produced Bangerz, got Miley Cyrus revving her motorbooty in 2013.

But he’s no Svengali. To Miley, at least, he acted more like a consigliere: the close advisor whose gravitas balanced out her wilder impulses. (“We Can’t Stop” makes for such a transfixing party anthem because of its wistful undercurrent.) Of course, any decent consigliere helps plot chaos as much as they counsel discretion. Will’s latest mixtape, #MikeWiLLBeenTriLL, showcases the stormy impulses that draw artists to him, making for a dark but ridiculously entertaining tour through the back rooms of today’s rap. (You can download it free from DatPiff.)

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Judge nixes 50 Cent's bid to toss video lawsuit

50 Cent has lost a bid to end a Florida woman’s lawsuit over a sex video posted online with him edited into it as a wig-wearing narrator.

A New York judge rebuffed the rapper’s request to dismiss Lastonia Leviston’s claim in a ruling made public Thursday. Lawyers for both sides haven’t returned calls seeking comment. READ FULL STORY

Lord Infamous, rapper with Three 6 Mafia, has died

Groundbreaking rapper Ricky Dunigan, who rhymed under the name Lord Infamous, passed away on Friday night at his mother’s home in Memphis. He was 40 years old. The cause of death is currently unknown.

Dunigan helped form the Memphis-based rap collective Three 6 Mafia in 1991 alongside DJ Paul (Paul Beauregard) and Juicy J (Jordan Houston). Infamous drifted in and out of the group since its inception, and his most recent recording was a 2013 mixtape as a part of the group Da Mafia 6ix, which consisted of several members of Three 6 Mafia.

“R.I.P. lord infamous,” Juicy J wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Fellow Mafia member Gangsta Boo also tweeted out condolences. “Rest in Peace Lord Infamous please respect the family and dear friends during this tragedy. I will never forget the shows we rocked together . My heart is in pieces.”

Infamous had suffered a heart attack and a stroke in 2010, though a statement from Infamous’ publicist indicated that it was unclear whether or not his health issues played into his passing.

Da Mafia 6ix were scheduled to release their proper debut album in 2014.

Best and Worst 2013: The Worst Albums of the Year, starring Lil Wayne, Five Finger Death Punch, and John Fogerty

Let’s face it: Outside of a few exceptions, the bulk of the music that came out this year (or any given year) falls into the “pretty much okay” category. It takes a remarkable feat to cross the bridge from “merely disappointing” or “aggressively sub par” over to “truly, remarkably heinous.”

Which is to say: The five albums listed below aren’t merely boring or trite or annoying (though they are in fact all of those things). Each of the five long-players below had to go the extra mile. As many have taught us in the past, it takes quite a bit of work to be this terrible.

So here are EW’s picks for the five worst albums of 2013. They are all terrible. Let us never speak of them again. READ FULL STORY

Jay Z addresses Barneys controversy on new Rick Ross collab 'The Devil Is a Lie'

You can press pause on Beyoncé now—and be grateful Bey hasn’t convinced everyone to quit releasing teaser tracks off upcoming albums.

This one’s from Rick Ross, whose Mastermind will arrive early next year, and Jay Z, and it is so wonderfully good: Equal parts Rozay roll and blaring Blueprint soul—a jubilant celebration of two rappers who at this point can only really have fun with tales of crack dealing.

Although Jay Z also addresses the recent, quite real issue of his continued partnership with Barneys after “shop-and-frisk” lawsuits were brought against the department store: “See what I did to the stop and frisk?/Brooklyn on the Barneys like we own the bitch/Give the money to the hood, now we all win/Got that Barneys floor lookin’ like a V.I.M.”

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Daft Punk, Pink, Kendrick Lamar among first announced Grammy performers

The fans have asked “Just Give Me A Reason” to watch the Grammys, and the producers (and Pink) have answered.

Believe it or not, we’re only about a month away from the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will take place Sunday, January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While plenty of people are invested in the nominees, the real stars of that particular show are the performers, and the bookers have begun to roll out the docket.

First up is Pink and Nate Ruess, who will be performing “Just Give Me A Reason,” the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper that the fun. frontman co-wrote with Pink for her excellent 2012 album The Truth About Love. It will mark the first time the pair have been on network television together, though hardly the first Grammy appearances for either artist: Pink last showed up at the 2010 awards to perform a stunning rendition of “Glitter in the Air,” and fun. showed up on last year’s show to blast out “Carry On.” READ FULL STORY

Eminem gets therapy from Rihanna in 'The Monster' video: Watch it here

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If this whole pop star thing doesn’t work out for Rihanna, she certainly has a future as a terrifying psychiatrist.

RiRi serves as Eminem’s unusual shrink in the new video for “The Monster,” the fourth single from Em’s phenomenally successful The Marshall Mathers LP 2. In the clip, which was directed by frequent Eminem collaborator Rich Lee (he also helmed “Rap God,” “Not Afraid,” and “Lighters”), Slim Shady sits on a couch while Rihanna watches him watch clips of old music videos and news footage, including his Grammy performance with Elton John.

Then Em splits off and finds himself trapped in an elevator, forced to observe his image from his very first music video for “My Name Is” (complete with 15-year-old Dr. Dre cameo). He also observes himself in the “Lose Yourself” clip, his computer-generated freefall in “The Way I Am,” and finally some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland where he finds yet another version of himself locked in a cage.

It’s a pretty compelling clip and a fun trip through Em’s video past. Check out “The Monster” below.  READ FULL STORY

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