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Rolling Stones join Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

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It’s official: the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden is the most rockin’ relief effort since Live Aid.

The Rolling Stones announced on Twitter that they’ll be performing at the event on Dec. 12, adding their names to an already-stacked lineup that includes Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, and Roger Waters. And The Who. And Paul McCartney. And Kanye.

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Grammy snubs and surprises: Pink, Miguel, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Frank Ocean

Last night, in between LL Cool J and Taylor Swift beatboxing “Mean” and Maroon 5 performing that 311 song that was somehow number one for nine weeks, the nominees for the Grammy Awards (or at least, selected categories of them) were delivered live.

And like always, they they didn’t disappoint the armchair critics with their surprises and, in some eyes, oversights.

Unlike last year – a.k.a. Adele-apalooza: Beyond Thunderdome —  no one artist was dominant; the most nominations scored by any one artist was six, and six separate artists hit that number: Mumford & Sons, Fun., Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, and Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

That’s a pretty eclectic list, but there’s more to dig into from the big list.

Surprise: Miguel
The critically lauded (and EW-beloved) R&B singer’s Prince-style opus Kaleidoscope Dream hasn’t made a huge impact yet commercially, but it still nailed down five well-deserved nominations, including a major nod for Song of the Year for the ultra-sexy “Adorn.” 

Snub: Carly Rae Jepsen
Sure, “Call Me Maybe” was nominated for some big prizes, including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, but why was it left off the list for Record of the Year? And why didn’t Jepsen get a nod for Best New Artist? Grammy voters seemed to be implying that while they would honor her huge sales year, they may not be expecting her to stick around. READ FULL STORY

Gwyneth Paltrow is having a hip-hop week: Hear GOOP's rap picks here

While we at EW like to live every week like it’s Shark Week, it looks like Gwyneth Paltrow’s on a whole other tip right now.

As Lady GOOP’s latest newsletter invaded inboxes across America Thursday, readers learned not only what Paltrow had for breakfast (crepes) and what TV show’s she been obsessing over (Homeland), but also that she’s been rap strong this week.

“It’s Hip Hop Week,” reads the newsletter, before delving into a trio of tracks that the actress has been jamming these days. Unsurprisingly, one of her pick is “Clique,” the Cruel Summer single featuring Big Sean, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. She’s also been getting into “F—ing Problem,” the A$AP Rocky song that counts Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and 2 Chainz as guests. Lastly — and rather oddly — is “Bad Ass Strippa,” the 2004 track from Romani-British rapper Jentina that was later mocked by Lady Sovereign in “Sad Ass Strippa.”

You can listen to all of GOOP’s hip-hop week picks with the videos below. But first, be sure to heed Gwyneth’s post-script warning: “Explicit lyrics. Do with that information what you will…” 

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Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl confirmed for Hurricane Sandy benefit

The list of performers donating their time and effort to the 12-12-12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy keeps getting bigger.

The high-profile event, organized by Clear Channel and set for Dec. 12 at Madison Square Garden, already boasted the likes of Paul McCartney and Kanye West. Now they’ve officially confirmed the addition of Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and the full Bon Jovi roster. (Jon Bon Jovi himself had already been slated, but now the New Jersey native will have his band with him.) READ FULL STORY

On the Scene: Alicia Keys' VH1 Storytellers

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Alicia Keys’ VH1 Storytellers set at 106 and Park is small but sumptuous with the air of an upscale jazz lounge, the stage adorned with carpets and candles, a stately grand piano at the center.

Keys emerges wearing silver tights and a chin-length bob, strutting about in stilettos. She carries herself onstage with cool and confidence – not showy or attention-seeking, merely comfortable – and speaks in a voice so smooth you could drape it over your shoulders. Everything about the woman – her physique, her demeanor, not to mention her talent as a musician – broadcasts the fame and success that she accepts so casually. Seated in a crowd of perhaps 100, less than ten yards from the singer herself, I am in awe.

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Kanye releases trailer for 'Cruel Winter' short film

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You caught Kanye’s short film Cruel Summer at Cannes earlier this year, right? The one that starred Kid Cudi and Pusha T as Lamborghini thieves in a parallel Arabian universe and played simultaneously across seven screens? Well brace yourselves, fans, because Yeezy just released a trailer for the sequel, Cruel Winter.

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RZA's 'The Man with the Iron Fists' Soundtrack -- Hear it here

The trailer for the RZA-directed The Man with the Iron Fists poses a number of questions: What is happening? What is Russell Crowe doing in that mustache? Can we buy a ticket now? But one thing is for certain: the soundtrack is pretty badass.

RZA is the guy who produced Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) after all. So it’s no surprise that he called up a bunch of his friends — including Kanye, Pusha T, The Black Keys, and his Wu-Tang comrades, no big deal — and made what is likely to be one of the best hip-hop movie soundtracks this side of Menace II Society.

The record hits stores on Oct. 23, but it’s available now to stream online — check it out after the jump.

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Album Sales: Pink scores her first No. 1, Kanye rides in second -- but Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Kiss' is a miss

A dozen years into her multiplatinum career, Pink has scored her first ever(!) number one album this week with her new disc The Truth About Love, which topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 280,000.

Driven by the success of her Top 5 single “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” — and it’s lippy VMA performanceTruth became Pink’s sixth straight Top 10 debut. Still, until today, her previous chart high came with the 2008 set Funhouse, which debuted at No. 2.

Pink is that rare breed of pop star — the kind that can sell both singles and albums. Not so for everyone on this week’s list though: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West says 'Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax' on new 'Cruel Summer' track: Hear it here

Is Mitt Romney rap’s most beleaguered target? It’s starting to look that way.

Shortly after Nicki Minaj fake-supported the Republican on her “Mercy” redo, Kanye West has inserted a Romney reference of his own on his new G.O.O.D. Music album.

“Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax,” ‘Ye declares on Cruel Summer‘s opener “To the World,” which also features R. Kelly. The next line? “Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax.” We thinks Kanye’s trying to tell us something!

West, of course, has a colorful history regarding leading Republicans, so this should make for a fun election year. And while it’s certainly headline-grabbing, the Romney line might not even be the most intriguing quote in the song. R. Kelly, for instance, sneaks in a gem with “The whole world is a couch / Bitch, I’m Rick James tonight,” while Kanye raises eyebrows with the line, “R. Kelly and the god of rap / S—tin’ on you, holy crap.” (If you recall, R. Kelly was once famously accused of urinating on women.)

Anyway, enough with the chit-chat. Listen to the song for yourself! Check out the video below and get back to us in the comments.

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Kanye West recruits R. Kelly, The-Dream, Ma$e for 'Cruel Summer': See the official tracklist here

After threatening to miss its titular season entirely, the G.O.O.D. Music compilation Cruel Summer has made significant advances this week.

Kanye West’s much-delayed label showcase hits streets next Tuesday, but fans were treated to a hearty sneak peek when iTunes premiered ninety-second snippets of the album’s twelve songs yesterday. And to further fuel excitement, the official tracklist has been made available as well. And it’s quite interesting!

While there was some uncertainty over which songs would end up making the final cut — summer-smoldering single “Mercy” and Jay-Z-featuring “Clique” were givens, but the Kim Kardashian confessional “Cold” was a little more up in the air —  it looks like all the tracks West’s been trotting out this summer made it on. Also interesting is the packed guestlist, which brings in cameos from stars orbiting just outside the G.O.O.D. Music universe: R. Kelly kicks things off with a Kanye collab, Wu-Tang Clansman Raekwon shows up on the album’s crowded fifth entry, and “Higher” joins Pusha T with both The-Dream and Ma$e. Ma$e!

Take a look at the list below:

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