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SXSW Music 2014: 20 acts to see

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The annual South By Southwest festival/conference/conventio-con is underway, with the music getting started in earnest on Tuesday and rolling headlong through Saturday night.

This year’s event has its share of big name visitors: Lady Gaga will be delivering the keynote address and performing, and the likes of Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Soundgarden, and Pitbull will be headlining a series of shows as part of the iTunes Festival.

But SXSW was originally designed as a showcase for new music, a place where baby bands could get their first big taste of exposure and where those artists who were about to break finally actually broke. EW will be on the ground covering acts both big and small, including these 20 on-the-cusp artists we’re going out of our way to check out.

Temples: Throwback psychedelia is hard to do, but this British quartet blends just the right amount of crushing beauty and off-kilter left turns.

Angel Olsen: In the grand tradition of PJ Harvey, Olsen marries muscular guitar with her delicate warble for blow-away blasts of folk-rock and power blues.

Perfect Pussy: Despite their censor-baiting name (and what honestly seems like a pretty standard-issue fuzz-punk sound), there’s a lot of buzz on this Syracuse foursome.

Sleepy Kitty: For fans of Sleigh Bells — but sub in post-grunge jangle for noisecore.

Cloud Nothings: Noisy Cleveland-based anarchists nearly made it big with their exceptional 2012 album Attack on Memory. Could the bigger, badder, forthcoming Here and Nowhere Else put them over the top?

Vertical Scratchers: Ultra-fuzzy indie jangle care of a pair of blissed out Californians.

SKATERS: Four New Yorkers who split the difference between driving punk surges and carefully-curated sonic tapestries, all wrapped in a whatever-man sneer.

ScHoolboy Q: Sure, he topped the charts with his latest album OxyMoron, but the top lieutenant in Kendrick Lamar’s army is ready to take the next step into household name-ness.

Chet Faker: The Australian’s downtempo bedroom R&B that would swerve dangerously into the cheese lane were it not for bearded mastermind Nick Murphy’s convincingly syrupy baritone.

You Blew It!: Don’t look now, but an emo revival is about to kick into gear, and this Orlando-based combo are the finest purveyors of the new pollution.

Oh Honey: Nothing but positive jams for this strummy, soulful Brooklyn duo. Like Matt & Kim with better production values.

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Lady Gaga is headed to SXSW -- VIDEO

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Monster invasion!

Lady Gaga will make her debut SXSW performance next week. Last week, reports surfaced that the singer was denied a permit to perform at the Doritos 56-foot vending machine-shaped #BoldStage, but today the singer announced she would headline the festival March 13.

Gaga announced the news in the Gaga-iest way imaginable. “[I'll be performing] as part of the Born This Way Foundation night on the Doritos stage,” she says via video. “I believe being an individual and speaking your mind is one of the boldest things you can do. I will be celebrating that Thursday night. We are for the bold. This is a very special show…only people who prove their boldness are able to get in.”

What does that mean, exactly? Watch Gaga’s announcement video below: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera release 'Do What U Want' duet

If you liked Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want,” but thought it could use a little more “gold lame, hair, and fearlessness,” then you’re in luck. After a surprise duet performance on The Voice finale, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera officially released a studio version of their “Do What U Want” collaboration on iTunes Tuesday night.

Gaga originally released “Do What U Want” as a duet with R. Kelly, but in the new recording, Aguilera replaces his vocals. “Do What U Want” marks Aguilera’s second launch of a collaboration on The Voice, as she also debuted her rerecording of A Great Big World’s single, “Say Something,” with a performance on the spinning chair stage in November.

Just in time for 2014, Aguilera tweeted the news of her work with Lady Gaga on New Year’s Eve.

Listen to the duet below and cross your fingers for a music video: READ FULL STORY

Best of 2013: Miley, Beyonce, Gaga, Katy, Lorde, and the pop diva showdown

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Big year for women in pop, turns out! They ruled the VMAs. They ruled the charts. They ruled the internet. They caused controversy. Real, genuine controversy: Not just like “your mom is worried” but like “Rashida Jones is worried.” They released good music and weird music and occasionally very bad music, and it all seemed to speak volumes about something. Gender. Culture. America. Women! They’re all over our Top 10 Albums and Top 10 Singles End of Year lists. But which of the great Pop Divas had the best year in 2013? Forthwith, the case For and Against each one. READ FULL STORY

What you didn't see on TV at the American Music Awards: Gaga, Katy, Miley, Rihanna, and more

The night started with a gallop, as we saw Lady Gaga make the type of grand entrance onto the red carpet we’ve come to expect — this time by riding a white “horse.” But then we headed inside the packed Nokia Theatre, where things only got crazier.

Before the ABC telecast began, executive producer Larry Klein welcomed the audience to what he called “the biggest music party of the year.”

Katy Perry opened the show with a Geisha-themed performance of her new song “Unconditionally,” with a cascade of flower petals falling on the stage towards the end. The only problem was that the petals continued to fall throughout the show, even briefly interrupting One Direction and Ariana Grande’s performances.
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Lady Gaga stares into our souls in 'ARTPOP' YouTube film

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“This album is a celebration…My pain exploding in electronic music…It’s heavy, but after I listen to it, I feel happy again. I feel lighter,” Lady Gaga waxes meaningfully at the start of her new short film, An ARTPOP Film Starring Lady Gaga. Part commercial, part music video, and part fashion shoot, the film is directed, like much of her recent images and videography, by Dutch fashion photography duo Inez & Vindoodh.

In the clip, she dances, cries, rubs dirt on herself, whips her hair back and forth, and even makes out with her wig’s mannequin head. But Gaga spends most of the video staring straight at the camera, rocking every look from Blue Steel to Le Tigra.

The video also serves as a survey of the latest looks in Gaga’s arsenal, which includes everything from the Gilding Primal Instinct teeth cuff bracelet/grill to the long white dreadlocks previously rocked by the Merovingian’s henchmen in Matrix Reloaded.

Watch the two-minute, thirty-eight second music video film here:

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Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' earns the number one spot, Eminem holds on

All’s well that ends well, as they say: After a multi-platform promotional blitz, Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP is the number one album in the country this week. Billboard reports that Gaga’s new album sold about 258,000 copies in its first week of release, giving her the second chart-topping debut of her career.

As previously discussed, it’s a long way from the numbers she did with Born This Way back in 2011,though it still gives her the third biggest debut for a woman in 2013 behind Katy Perry’s Prism and Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz.

ARTPOP narrowly bested Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which sold 210,000 copies in its second week of release. Three other albums made their debuts in the top 10 this week: Now 48 (no. 3 with 114,000), the Beatles On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2 (no. 7, with 37,000), and Jhené Aiko’s Sail Out EP (no. 8 with 34,000). READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga will close New York's legendary Roseland Ballroom

No, she’s not some sort of evil developer looking to turn it into a parking lot in a terrible ’80s teen movie. Rather, Gaga—a born and bred New Yorker—will have the honor of sending the historic New York concert venue Roseland Ballroom to its Viking funeral with a series of shows.

Gaga will do a mini-residency at Roseland Ballroom on March 28, 30, 31 and April 2. Tickets for all the shows go on sale this Monday, November 25, at 10 AM Eastern.

Roseland Ballroom has been a staple of music performance in New York since the 1920s and will be closing its doors following the Gaga shows next year. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s new album ARTPOP will be debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 this week, though it’s limping there.

Why isn't Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' getting a sales boost from her 'SNL' appearance?

On Saturday night, Lady Gaga joined the relatively exclusive club of people who have served as both the host and musical guest in a single episode of Saturday Night Live.

Critically, she was a relative success, delivering a steady-if-unremarkable stream of sketch moments and sounding mostly excellent on the oft-tricky SNL music stage. The show was rewarded with its highest ratings of the season, and the estimated audience of between eight and nine million viewers is the highest since Justin Timberlake’s double-down episode back in March.

And yet Gaga’s new album ARTPOP is only third on iTunes’ download chart, trailing both Eminem and One Direction. And the two singles she performed on Saturday’s show are languishing on the singles chart—the R. Kelly-assisted “Do What U Want” sits outside the top 10 at 14, and “Gypsy” is all the way down at 72.

Under normal circumstances, an appearance on SNL tends to provide a healthy boost to an artist, especially one with a brand new album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis saw their record sales jump up 83% in the week following their SNL performance earlier this year, Of Monsters & Men experienced a 74% increase, and Alabama Shakes rocketed from the 40s into the top 10 on the Billboard 200.

So where’s Gaga’s boost? It’s the latest in a series of negative developments surrounding the sales of ARTPOP. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga's Russian concert promoters fined for 'propaganda of homosexuality'

It’s not all self-effacing SNL appearances and surprise H&M appearances in GagaWorld. Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports that promoters who brought the pantsless diva to St. Petersburg in 2013 have been fined for violating the nation’s controversial anti-gay law, which bans the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.”

Specifically, a court ruled, the concert organizers engaged in “propaganda of alcohol consumption and homosexuality,” which violates a Russian law about “protecti[ng] children from information that could harm their health or development.” The offenders were ordered to pay a fine of 20,000 rubles, or $615, on Nov. 14 when the court upheld a ruling passed in May.

The verdict comes nearly a year after Gaga’s performance — and about 15 months after St. Petersburg regional deputy Vitaly Milonov told the organizers to deny minors entry to the Gaga show. At least Gaga can take comfort in knowing she’s in good company; her sometime-rival Madonna came under similar fire during a St. Petersburg show in August 2012, when she voiced her support for the gay community. (A Russian court ultimately ruled in favor of the singer.)

Though the fine itself is nominal, The Hollywood Reporter notes that this ruling allows complaintant Nadezha Petrova — who alleged that her 13-year-old daughter “was exposed to an imitation of sexual intercourse between women and advocacy of alcohol consumption” during the Gaga show — to sue Gaga’s organizers in criminal court, possibly demanding millions of rubles in damages.

The organizers declared on Russian TV that they plan to appeal the decision.

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