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Clive Davis gala remembers Whitney Houston

Jennifer Hudson and Clive Davis. Image Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

A year after Whitney Houston’s death, music executive Clive Davis remembered her in words — and video.

Houston died last year just hours before the annual Clive Davis Gala was to start. On Saturday, Davis said his world continues “to be so shattered by her passing” and that Houston’s death still feels “unreal.”

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Music Mix Q&A: Henry Rollins on 'West of Memphis' soundtrack and what's next for the West Memphis Three

Back in 1994, three teenagers were convicted for the murder of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The three young men—Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin—were railroaded from start to finish, and the case against them was built on the idea that the children were killed as part of a satanic ritual conducted by the trio, who were also quiet kids who listened to heavy metal.

They became known as the West Memphis Three, and the quest to free them became a cause celebre that attracted the attention of stars like Johnny Depp, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, and former Black Flag and Rollins Band frontman Henry Rollins, who regularly hosted benefit shows and put out a curated an album of Black Flag covers to raise funds for the West Memphis Three’s appeals. The story has been well told in the documentary series Paradise Lost, as well as in the just-released documentary West of Memphis, which shifts its focus to the process that led to the Alford pleas that allowed the West Memphis Three to go free after 18 years.

With so many musicians invested in the West Memphis Three, it’s no surprise that the soundtrack to West of Memphis—which just hit store shelves yesterday—has a pretty tremendous lineup, including Vedder, Depp, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Natalie Maines, and Rollins. EW spoke with Rollins recently about the film, the soundtrack, and the ongoing saga of the West Memphis Three.

EW: Considering how long this process has been and the stakes involved, is it a little surreal to be talking about the West Memphis Three in terms of the subject of a film soundtrack? 
Rollins: I never thought we’d be having this conversation—the soundtrack, the movie, all of that. There were a lot of dark months, even dark years. You burn so many emotional calories thinking about these guys in cages. Then the thing goes to the judge, the thing you’ve been working on for 15 months, and the judge just goes “Nah.” And you’re back at the bottom of the hill, covered in mud, with no tools. So you have to go back and get the tools again. This would be for three years at a time. The entire thing became abstract. The trippiest thing is now me hanging with Damien in New York at a packed theater with a bunch of people clapping. It borders on the surreal.

And even though they are no longer in jail, the story still isn’t over.
Right. The thing that a lot of people do forget is that three beautiful little boys were killed. There are parents who are still gutted that their babies are dead. What parent gets over it? So someone did that—not Damien, Jesse or Jason, but someone. And they need to answer for that. These people need any resolution that can be afforded, and the West Memphis Three need exoneration. They did not do anything, and not only do they deserve to get out of prison, but the rest of the world needs to go, “OK, they really did get the guy.” READ FULL STORY

Jack White won't be scoring 'The Lone Ranger' after all

Tough break, Kemo Sabe — Jack White’s not scoring The Lone Ranger after all.

Though it was initially reported that the blues-rocker would compose the score for the upcoming film starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, Disney has announced that Pirates of the Caribbean veteran Hans Zimmer is now on board.  READ FULL STORY

Bill Carter, Johnny Depp support West Memphis Three with 'Anything Made of Paper': Hear it here -- EXCLUSIVE

The legendary Austin musician Bill Carter is back with new material — and he’s ready for you to listen.

The Texas singer-songwriter — whose resume includes time writing for Stevie Ray Vaughn and a spell in P, the band he shared with Johnny Depp and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers — has a new single “Anything Made of Paper,” which you can hear exclusively here. The track will be featured on his upcoming solo record Unknown (out Jan. 15), as well as West of Memphis, Peter Jackson’s soon-to-be-released documentary about the West Memphis 3.

And according to Carter, the track is tailored for the job. “This song simply states that when there is hope, there is life,” he tells EW. “And when there is life, there is hope.”

This heartfelt song, penned by my dear friends Bill and Ruth Carter, is a sublime, haunting number that offers us outsiders a tiny insight into the cruel world that Damien and Lorri were forced to inhabit for so long,” Depp says. “Those words, ‘Anything Made of Paper’ are rooted in truth, for no item but paper was permitted either in nor out of Damien’s Arkansas cage.”

Adds Depp, “In this track, such barbaric limitations are turned into a thing of beauty and poetry, emulating the way in which Damien and Lorri persevered and ultimately triumphed out from the savagery interminably imposed upon them.”

Give it a listen in our exclusive player below:

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Johnny Depp plays guitar on stage with Marilyn Manson for 'Sweet Dreams': Watch it here!

The guest list for Wednesday night’s Revolver Golden Gods Awards wasn’t particularly glamorous, as it featured mostly stars from the heavy metal community. There was one exception, however, as Johnny Depp — he of Hollywood red carpets and “Sexiest Man in the World” awards — dropped in to share the stage with Marilyn Manson on a run through the band’s first big hit: a cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).”

Depp began the song on stage at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater rather incognito, but frontman Manson gave away his special guest. “If you don’t recognize my personal friend, my personal savior, my personal guitar hero, Johnny Depp!” he told the crowd.

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Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp finally release song together — and it's a Carly Simon cover

When Marilyn Manson recently released his new single “No Reflection,” we wondered whether he was still scary — or even relevant.

Likewise, one could ask a similar question about Johnny Depp: Is he still cool?

We’re not sure, but we do know that Captain Jack is teaming up with the “Beautiful People” singer to release a duet cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” which fans(?) will be able to hear on Manson’s upcoming album Born Villain.

If the project sounds like some oddball, Jack White-meets-ICP-style pairing, think again — Depp and Manson are actually real-life buddies who attend movie premieres together and stuff.

They’ve even been known to go to each other’s houses to compare their funky hat collections. OK, fine, we can’t say for sure that that’s actually true… but we also can’t say for sure that it’s not true.

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