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Nashville music landmarks devastated by floods; Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, more tweet their status. (Also: info on how to help!)

Nashville-music-floodingImage Credit: John Partipilo/The Tennessean/AP ImagesThe tragic flooding of the Cumberland River in Nashville has taken a toll on the city’s country music scene, with both landmarks and artists being affected as the waters rose after storms that killed 22 people in the Southeast over the weekend. The river is expected to crest today at 11 feet over the flood line; sadly, more damage is expected.

The venerable Grand Ole Opry has been forced to relocate shows for the first time since 1975, due to water damage at its Opryland complex. You can see some photos of the scene on the Opry’s Facebook page, linked here. No confirmation is available on the exact damage to the Opry House itself, though sources say there’s three feet of water covering the stage — UPDATE: Nashvillest posted a heartbreaking photo on their Twitter account (thanks, commenter Janna) — and ten feet of floodwater filled the Opryland Hotel yesterday. Although the Ryman Auditorium downtown is safe (and will host one of the relocated Opry shows this week), the bars and clubs on 2nd Avenue are underwater, as is Sommet Center Bridgestone Arena, home to the annual CMA and CMT Awards shows. Across the street, the Country Music Hall of Fame reports five feet of water in a mechanical room, and some damage to a theater in their building. The Tennessean is posting updates to venue closings, as well as fundraising efforts already underway.

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home to the Nashville Symphony, has 15 feet of water in the basement putting instruments at risk; they’ve reportedly already lost two pianos and their organ. (The flooding of symphonies is a tragedy that hits particularly close to home for your blogger.)


Eminem is 'Not Afraid': First 'Recovery' single hits the Web

EminemImage Credit: Nigel Parry“Let’s be honest, that last Relapse CD was ehhh.” Some cranky blogger taking Eminem down a notch? Nope — that’s Marshall Mathers himself on “Not Afraid,” the just-leaked lead single from his upcoming Recovery. “Relax,” he adds a couple of lines later. “I ain’t going back to that now.”

Sure enough, “Not Afraid” couldn’t be more different from the tracks Em used to introduce Relapse around this time last year. It’s not a zany pop-detritus goof like “We Made You,” nor a harrowing psychotic episode like “3 A.M.” Instead “Not Afraid” is inspirational in tone, a proclamation of self-worth that aspires to anthem status — something like 2002’s “Sing for the Moment” or Relapse standout “Beautiful.”

Lyrically, Em is as on point as he’s been since returning from self-imposed exile. Wild flows and internal rhymes abound. I’m less impressed with the beat, reportedly the handiwork of frequent Drake collaborator Boi-1da. The track behind “Not Afraid” has the same tinny, repetitive, wannabe-epic quality that’s annoyed me on Boi-1da productions like “Forever.” Then again, “Forever” became a breakout hit for Drake, so I’m sure plenty of listeners will disagree with me.

Have you heard “Not Afraid” yet? How do you like it? On a scale of one to 10, how much are you looking forward to Recovery‘s June 22 release?

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Kelly Clarkson tweets angrily about leaked song

Kelly-Clarkson-madImage Credit: Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesTrifle with unreleased Kelly Clarkson material at your own risk. As noted by Idolator, the online leak of a track known as “Cleopatra” today has inspired not one but two furious Twitter messages from the star. First, about an hour ago: “‘Cleopatra’ is NOT a song on my next record! It was written for another artist! I have no idea how it leaked, it’s a rough demo, unfinished!” Then, minutes later: “I’m so tired of disrespecting, lying, sneaky little trolls that pretend to be human.” At least, we’re assuming that the second tweet was also about “Cleopatra.” It’s possible that Clarkson just coincidentally bumped into a mean old troll guarding a bridge shortly after hearing of the leak.

Funny thing is, “Cleopatra” is not bad at all. It’s clear enough that it’s an unfinished demo, and Idolator is quite right that it leans more toward hip-hop/dance-pop than anything Clarkson has done in years. Still: Kinda catchy! Let us know what you think of this contretemps in the comments below.

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'New Moon': Hear the Death Cab for Cutie single in full

We’ve given you the build-up and the song snippet; now the first single from The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack—Death Cab for Cutie’s “Meet Me on the Equinox”—is finally streaming online.

Singer Ben Gibbard croons about the romantic futility of love (“Let our bodies intertwine/But always understand/That everything, everything ends”), which is sure to be revelatory to anyone under the age of sixteen. Listen below:

What do you think? Is this new Death Cab song worthy of their catalog? Does it suit Twilights vampire angst as well as Paramore’s “Decode” did? Will Twihards start popping up at DCFC shows, to the annoyance of the indie crowd?

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Chris Brown leaks a track called 'Twitter,' but I don't want to hear it

And now for today’s Deeply Disturbing Pop-Cultural Timeline: Around seven months ago, pop star Chris Brown violently assaulted his then girlfriend, pop star Rihanna. Late last month, he was sentenced to five years probation and six months community service after pleading guilty to the felony attack. And just last week he gave a weird, rambling interview with Larry King in which he seemed to suggest said crime was something that happened, as opposed to something he did. Now, today, he has leaked a brand new track via his official Twitter account, with a monotonous refrain of “follow me like Twitter.”

Setting aside the fact that the song is a complete piece of crap (take my word for it, or if you must, press “play” on the embedded track below — clip via Idolator), I’ve got to ask my Judgy McJudgenstein question: Should Chris Brown really be focusing on reviving his music career right now? Is our collective societal memory so short these days that after committing a heinous act, you no longer need to take the requisite time away from the spotlight before your rehabilitation campaign of tearful talk-show interviews and “meaningful” product-shilling begins? Based on his Larry King interview, it should have been pretty clear to everyone in the Chris Brown camp, if not to the young man himself, that he is in need of a major time-out, maybe a one-year banishment to the naughty step, where he can reflect on his actions, come to understand why there was so much anger and misogyny in his system, figure out what it was that caused him to risk the promising career he had built for himself, and construct a plan to make sure he’ll never again succumb to the demons that caused him to do it in the first place.

But nope, instead, Chris Brown is singing the lyrics “follow me like Twitter” and asking us all to take a listen. I don’t think I’m ready for this jelly. Nor will I be anytime during the remainder of this calendar year. You? (Also, even if you don’t like the song “Twitter,” you may still follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!)

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Jay-Z disses Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh in 'Off That' featuring Drake: Hear it here

So you think you’re all cool and hip, huh? Well, you are not as cool as famous rappers Jay-Z or Drake — and you are certainly not as cool as Jay-Z and Drake together. This is the central thesis of “Off That,” the newly leaked Drake collab from Jay’s upcoming The Blueprint 3, and it’s hard to argue with. Just accept it: Whatever cutting-edge trends you think you’re inventing, Jigga and Drizzy already discarded as played-out years ago. Facts are facts.

The fizzy beat behind “Off That” comes from Timbaland; while he and Jay-Z have done more ground-breaking work in the past, those two are evidently still incapable of creating a bad track when they team up. Drake’s contributions to the song are limited to the hook, which he handles competently. And Jay? His ever-changing flow is on point as per usual, and he even sneaks a few smart lines into what is essentially a silly flossing anthem: “Please tell Bill O’Reilly to fall back/Tell Rush Limbaugh/To get off my balls/It’s 2010, not 1864!” I love party jams that come with stealthy political undertones, so I just about stood up and clapped when I heard that verse.

Listen to the leaked version of “Off That” below (some NSFW lyrics), and tell us: How do you like it? What do you think of Jay-Z’s latest lyrical shots at right-wing talking heads? Does this leak make you more or less excited for the Sept. 11 arrival of The Blueprint 3?

UPDATE: If that’s not enough Jay-Z/Timbaland action for you, another new Tim-produced Blueprint 3 cut called “Reminder” just leaked. Despite a somewhat irritating hook, it is possibly even catchier than “Off That.” Don’t miss Jay’s jabs at “all rhymers/with Alzheimer’s”!

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Kanye is latest to leak Lupe Fiasco track; Lupe already CAPS-LOCK MAD

Even though he threatened to retire, Lupe Fiasco (thankfully) isn't quite done making music. He's got his long-awaited third record called Lasers, due later this year.

What he is done with, though, is people leaking his songs on the Internet. After a number of Lupe fan sites leaked a high-quality version of his new single with Matthew Santos, "Shining Down", Lupe launched a 600-word tirade on just how over the whole thing he was. (He even wrote in Kanye-esque caps-lock, so you know he means business):

"I DONT LEAK MY OWN RECORDS!!! I'M NOT A FAN OF LEAKING RECORDS OR OFDOWNLOADING!!! My entire first album leaked and possibly cost me fromgoing platinum my first time out as the final estimates of how manypeople actually downloaded that album illegally was well over half amillion."

Santos later tweeted about the ordeal and confirmed to fans the leaked version will not be the final version. Curiously, though, "Shining Down" has subsequently popped up on the blog of his friend and frequent collaborator, Kanye West. (A number of comments there call for the song to be taken down.) 

To us, the song sounds pretty final. The haunting chorus, floated on Santos' refrain "you thought I was gone," seems to address his non-retirement directly. And while it's not quite a radio-friendly jam in the vein of "Superstar" or "Kick, Push," the slick track reminds us that Lupe Fiasco is one of the best rappers in the business.

So it's not all bad news: Even though the song leaked, I can only imagine it amplifying the anticipation for Lasers — which still has no release date — even further. (Though, Lupe says it is 95% done and will be the best album he's ever done. Nice.)

What do you think of the new Lupe song (below)? Do you think his outrage is justified? And why would Kanye post it if Lupe is indeed so angry?

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Eminem's 'Relapse' leaks: Are you going to listen?

Eminem_lIt’s nearly inevitable at this point that any high-profile album will leak to the Internet at least a week or two before its official release date, so no one should be surprised to hear that Eminem’s Relapse made its way online last night. Interscope managed to keep this thing under wraps until 12 days before its May 19 drop date, which is actually pretty impressive. Anyway, far be it from us at the Music Mix to encourage you to illegally download leaked music, but let’s just say that Relapse is out there for anyone who knows how to use Google.

It’s obviously way too early to give a considered opinion of this album, but I can say that if you were praying for Em to return to his most shocking, offensive extremes, Relapse just might be a wish come true. You’ve got "Bagpipes from Baghdad," in which Em says some pretty raw stuff about his ex(?) Mariah Carey and her new husband Nick Cannon. Then there’s "Insane," where he graphically describes being allegedly sexually abused by his stepfather. Or maybe you’d prefer "My Mom," which sticks to the more familiar territory of detailing his mother’s alleged drug binges? It’s all very intense stuff, delivered via some of Em’s slipperiest flows in years.

That’s all I’m saying for now. I’ll have to take a few more listens before deciding where Relapse stands in Eminem’s catalog. How about you, Em fans? Are you tempted to listen to the Relapse leak, or will you wait til the 19th? And if you’ve already broken down and checked it out, how do you think it stacks up?

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