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Lana Del Rey comes from behind to help dislodge the boys of summer

How perfect is it that the Cedric Gervais dance remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” has marked the end of the season? It broke into the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 in mid-August, as the melancholy anticipation of fall was just beginning to kick in, and it slipped one spot (to tenth place place) this week, just as two important seasonal milestones were passed: Labor Day and unseating of the Song of the Summer, the Robin Thicke juggernaut “Blurred Lines,” from number one.

We have Katy Perry and her charming “Roar” to thank for the second event, which suggests—along with the vertiginous advancement of some other key women in pop—a new synchronicity’s fully in play on the charts. But more on that in a moment. The rise of “Summertime Sadness,” a song that debuted in its original form on the second day of the summer last year, is not merely a poetic capper to a few paradoxically cheerless months dominated by the merry men who brought you the uniformly milquetoast “Blurred Lines,” “Get Lucky” and The 20/20 Experience. It’s also an example of how a good song—and by an extension, an overdiscussed artist—can steadily progress from “irrelevance” to “hey, turn this up.” And that’s an optimistic lesson to take into any new season.

Back in August, Sean Ross at Billboard laid out a few good reasons why “Summertime Sadness”—and Lana Del Rey—was finally finding success in the U.S. Although he failed to mention the most obvious one, which is that her black-widow croon is more palatable drizzled over clubby zoom-zoom and not just soaked up in a bunch of strings. Reanimated by a European DJ or not, it was a slow populist swell—like the one for “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons and “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, to name two old singles eventually done good—that eventually put “Summertime Sadness” back into our ears.

As for that new synchronicity: Lana Del Rey’s divvying up the top 10 with Perry, Miley Cyrus (“We Can’t Stop”), Lady Gaga (“Applause”) and the teenage New Zealander Lorde (“Royals”). Miley is pop music’s rising star, Perry and Gaga its boundary-busting spirit leaders, and Del Rey and Lorde its (totally unalike) outsiders. (And look out for Ariana Grande on the album chart!)  Unlike the boys of summer (not to mention Imagine Dragons and Florida Georgia Line) this is a cast of characters bound to keep surprising us, whether or not it’s their turn at bat.

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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Lana Del Rey's 'The Great Gatsby' contribution 'Young and Beautiful': Hear it here!

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Remember a year ago, when the Internet couldn’t shut up Lana Del Rey’s debut, Born to Die? The lovers and haters may never reconcile, but she’s still out there feeding the music-blog machine.

Case in point: This morning, Del Rey pulled back the curtain on “Young and Beautiful,” her contribution to the Jay-Z curate soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and a general lack of tasteful restraint).

“Young and Beautiful” has appeared in ads for the film, which makes sense because like seemingly all of Lana Del Rey’s catalog, it’s a sweeping epic about being young forever and going to parties. It asks a question at the center of Luhrmann’s film: “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?”

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Listen to Jay-Z's 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack sampler, featuring Fergie, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and more

No matter how The Great Gatsby does at the box office when it finally arrives in theaters next month, it’s eclectic, star-studded soundtrack is already a newsmaker.

Curated by Jay-Z, the Gatsby soundtrack includes tracks by Jay himself, Beyoncé, Jack White, Fergie, Sia, Lana Del Rey, the xx and more. Twelve of the 14 total core tracks are currently available in snippet form on YouTube, which you can stream below.

Highlights include Florence Welch wailing on the track “Over the Love” and the swing version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” delivered by Emeli Sandé.

There’s also the already-released “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock, which must be ironically titled given the fate of one Gatsby‘s main characters.

Listen to these, as well as Jack White’s cover of U2’s “Love Is Blindness” (as featured in the trailer to the film), a spin below: READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z's 'Great Gatsby' soundtrack tracklist revealed: Beyonce, Andre 3000, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and more

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What does “translating the Jazz Age sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby into the musical equivalents of our own times, through the blending of hip-hop, traditional jazz, and other contemporary musical textures” mean exactly? When Jay-Z’s producing, it means will.i.am!

Well, not just him. The full tracklist for the upcoming Baz Luhrmann extravaganza’s soundtrack was released today, and it includes a varied list of artists, ranging from Beyoncé to Jack White.

As we told you earlier this week, Beyoncé and Andre 3000 will be teaming up to cover Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” There are other covers as well: Brit soul-pop singer Emeli Sande and the Brian Ferry Orchestra do Bey’s “Crazy in Love” together; White offers his rendition of U2’s “Love Is Blindness”; and Brian Ferry covers himself, sort of, since he and his orchestra takes on Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug.”

All that, plus original songs from the Florence the Machine, Gotye, the XX, and, yes, Jay-Z. Check out the full tracklist below:

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MTV's Europe Music Awards results: Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift win big

North America, eff yeah! U.S. citizens and Canadians dominated MTV’s Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt last night, snagging awards in 11 out of 16 total categories. Newly single canuck Justin Bieber and native Pennsylvanian Taylor Swift had especially good nights, bringing home three globe-topped statuettes apiece. And as a bonus, the late Whitney Houston was honored with this year’s Global Icon award; previous winners include Bon Jovi and Queen. Check out a full list of winners below:

Biggest Fans: One Direction

Best Female: Taylor Swift

Best Song: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

Best Male: Justin Bieber

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On the Charts: Maroon 5 takes over, Taylor Swift hits No. 1, Kelly Clarkson stuck on the 'Dark Side'

Maroon 5 have officially accomplished the rare feat of having not one but two singles in the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot 100 this week.

Although their smash “Payphone” is on its way down after peaking at No. 2 (this week it dropped from No. 5 to No. 7), their followup “One More Night” has wasted no time ascending the upper tiers of the chart. This week “Night” jumps 15-9, following major gains at radio and 170,000 additional downloads.

The two hit singles are driving album sales for the band’s fourth album Overexposed, which grew 59 percent to 36,000 copies this week — a $3.99 sale on Amazon also boosted sales substantially — and moved from No. 11 to No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The disc has moved 450,000 copies after eight weeks on the chart.

We’ll find out if “One More Night” can climb one spot higher than “Payphone” in the weeks to come, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers below:

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Four unreleased Lana Del Rey songs have emerged: Hear them here

Well, this was an unexpected surprise.

The Internet has dug up four — count ‘em, four! — previously unheard Lana Del Rey songs, all as-yet unreleased. Del Rey’s major-label debut, last spring’s Born to Die, is getting an expanded “Paradise edition” rerelease this fall, so that’s likely the source of these tracks.

One of the cuts, “Ghetto Baby,” is actually a demo of a song Del Rey wrote for Cheryl Cole, but, honestly, we might prefer this version better. Then there’s “Summer of Sam,” a more fun-and-breezy number with a playful bounce and those classic braggy Del Rey lyrics (“I’m the baddest girl in NYC” and “I be murderin’ ‘em,” says the self-proclaimed gangsta Nancy Sinatra). But “Serial Killer” has the best chance of pleasing fans who love Lana for those cinematic “Video Games”-type songs, while “Ooh Baby” is probably our least favorite of the bunch, with the singer’s vocal style slipping into that faux-sex kitten whine that irked many Born to Die listeners.

Anyway, give all four of ‘em a listen below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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A$AP Rocky and Lana Del Rey star as J.F.K. and Jackie in 'National Anthem' video -- WATCH

It’s like a Brooks Brothers catalog, if Brooks Brothers catalogs included dreadlocked rappers from Harlem and blog-baiting reenactments of presidential assassinations.

As promised, Lana Del Rey’s official music video for “National Anthem” features herself as both Marilyn Monroe and as Jacqueline Kennedy (though she mostly looks like circa-1967 Priscilla Presley), while that pretty motherf—er A$AP Rocky plays none other than President John F. Kennedy himself.

The Anthony Mandler-directed clip has the two and their litter of adorable children carousing around their Hyannis Port-esque seaside estate, mashing up a version of Mad Men-era coastal elite with a present-day dice-game block party — with a dash of Grey Gardens thrown in because, you know, it’s the Kennedys.

But if you’re a student of history, then you know things simply can’t end well for A$AP’s J.F.K. character. Rocky himself might love Texas rap, but we don’t recommend he go to Dallas. Check out the absurdly epic eight-minute-long video for yourself below:

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Lana Del Rey gets a tribute from John Mayer, probably isn't dating Axl Rose

Like Jason Voorhees and Rick Santorum, Lana Del Rey never stops coming back. Every time you think she’s about to slip out of the conversation for good, she sneaks back in.

Last time, she gave herself a boost by performing “Video Games” on American Idol. This time, she got a shout out from John Mayer, the now-mute guitar hero who recorded an echo-filled, guitar-only cover of “Video Games.” It’s spare and lovely without being laborious. (If Mayer’s voice is gone for good, he can still have a career crafting instrumental versions of already popular songs).

Check out the recording below (which was originally posted to Mayer’s Tumblr). READ FULL STORY

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