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'T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)' video from Will.i.am, Jennifer Lopez, and Mick Jagger has arrived. So what's the most ridiculous part?

There is nothing more I could say here to entice you to watch the just-released video for “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever),” the Will.i.am track featuring Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez that they (minus a video’d-in Jagger) previously performed on the American Music Awards.

Much like Stefon regularly says on SNL, this video has everything: psychedelic color wars, motorcycle stunts, and instantly appearing screens of Lopez having a pose-off with herself.

I think the fairest thing to say is it’s exactly what you were probably expecting — if what you were expecting was a 2 Fast 2 Furious outtake crossed with E.T. (the movie, not the Katy Perry song, although, honestly, that works too) that at some point around minute 2 turns into a video game portal into the next galaxy — with a shimmying, rocking Mick Jagger to guide the way.

I hope you don’t get motion sickness, because there is definitely an abundance of what appears to be strobe-light-lite once this video begins to defy gravity: READ FULL STORY

Speak now, Music Mixers: Taylor Swift says her fourth album will be 'very different' -- which direction should she go next?

She may not have released an album, but Billboard’s Woman of the Year still had a pretty awe-inspiring 2011. This past weekend, Swift gave a little tease about her new album, most likely due to drop sometime in late 2012.

“[My records] all seem to have a theme to them,” she explained, ” and this one is no different. It’s very different in what it’s about, but it’s no different in the fact that it has its own name.”

I wonder how how outside the box pop-country’s reigning queen is prepared to go after her chart-topping third release. Now that her Speak Now tour has wrapped, and she’s presumably working on album number four fulltime, let’s help her brainstorm. Where does she go from here? READ FULL STORY

The Band Perry's debut album goes platinum. Great! Perhaps now those brothers can get new haircuts?

After 59 weeks on the chart, The Band Perry’s self-titled debut album was just certified platinum for shipments of 1 million copies.

Thanks to their country-gothic crossover smash “If I Die Young,” which hit number one on the country chart in December 2010 and then rose to number one on the adult contemporary chart eleven months later, their album has sold steadily over the past year. But a recent slew of CMA Awards wins, as well as a Best New Artist Grammy nomination have given the sibling trio a new boost. READ FULL STORY

Skrillex's Best New Artist nomination: One small step for dubstep, or one giant leap away from artistry?

When Skrillex, a 23 year-old dance-music producer from Los Angeles whose real name is Sonny Moore, nabbed the final Best New Artist slot at last night’s Grammy Nominations Concert, more than a few people balked:

Who is this Skill-rex person/band, and why has he/she/they taken away the nomination from my beloved (insert act here)?!

But other people were much more excited about his nomination (this is a real, if not strictly grammatical reaction from his official Facebook page):

Your  f–king amazing! I hope you win each and every one of those Grammy’s, you deserve it! F–k the haters that say otherwise, your dope as f–k!!!!!!

Truth is, if you aren’t still on the Party Rock circuit, you’ve likely never heard of Skrillex, the dubstep wunderkind whose trancey EPs blare at raves and festivals across the country and whose personal YouTube uploads have racked up over 190 million views. To the tech-savvy Gen-Zers, though, for whom thumping bass rumbles and beep-bop-boop remixes are commonplace, Skrillex is a god among DJs. (Somewhere, P!nk is totally confused by that line.)

Perhaps the Grammys were attempting to reach out to the youth demographic that every awards show so desperately desires by giving Skrillex a Best New Artist slot. Or perhaps they simply wanted to acknowledge the rise of dubstep/dance music by awarding him five nominations and giving deadmau5 three of his own. Or perhaps Grammy voters really just love Skrillex. (I mean, he clearly shares a lot of fans with last year’s Best New Artist winner, Esperanza Spalding, right?)

No matter what the reasoning, though, some people — you know, the kind who prefer guitars and pianos and lyrics (fogies!) –  just can’t consider Skrillex a legitimate music artist. They hear tracks like the one below and wonder, “Is this music or just noise?” (and also: “Get off my lawn!”): READ FULL STORY

Who is the greatest guitarist of all time? Prepare to be unsurprised!

For decades, the question of who exactly is the greatest guitarist of all-time has occupied countless music fans — if not drummers, like myself, who are usually too exhausted from doing all the real work to debate such an inconsequential matter.

Regardless, Rolling Stone has just released a new list which ranks history’s top 100 fretmeisters and which was voted on by a veritable army of guitarists including Billy Corgan, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Ritchie Blackmore, Mick Mars, Robbie Robertson, Melissa Etheridge, and Kirk Hammett.

The list is packed with what can only be described as the usual, legendary, suspects. Jimi Hendrix tops the 100 and he is very much not the only featured musician currently jamming at the great gig in the sky.

Indeed, while such young-ish turks as Slash, Jack White, Derek Trucks, and Radiohead‘s Jonny Greeenwood are included, the entire top ten is made up of either the deceased or guitarists who, with the arguable exception of Jeff Beck, haven’t recorded anything of real note in a long time.

Take a look at the list yourself by clicking here and tell us what you think. Does the 100 merely reflect the electorate’s own often very “venerable” nature or is the golden age of the great, innovative, guitar hero now just a distant memory? And who is your pick for the best guitarist of all-time?

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Rebecca Black releases new single 'Person of Interest': Hear it here

Paging Elle Woods: Someone else is comfortable using legal jargon in everyday life.

Rebecca Black, of “Friday” fame, has released her new single, “Person of Interest” (no relation to the CBS show of the same name). It sounds exactly like you’d expect the follow-up to “Friday” and “My Moment” would sound. The lyrics aren’t quite as inane as her first go-round, but unfortunately, it’s mostly just forgettable.

This ode to flirting on the dance floor (keep in mind she’s still only 14) could totally pass as a throwaway Selena Gomez or early Miley Cyrus track, so she’s got that going for her in the teen-pop realm.

Unfortunately, for those who love a good ironic song about car seat debates to fuel a Friday night party, the guilty pleasure vibes coming out of this tune are absent. All we’re left with is a “crime scene on the dance floor” — a topic widely covered with more success by Britney, Rihanna and co.

Take a listen to Ms. Black’s latest below. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga splits with longtime creative director Laurieann Gibson

It’s not looking pretty in Monster-land.

This past weekend, it was announced that Lady Gaga has ended her partnership with her longtime creative director, Laurieann Gibson.

The move is a shocking one for Lady Gaga, who is known for her loyalty to her friends in the Haus of Gaga. Indeed, Gibson has been with Gaga since the pre-Fame days, and is the choreographer behind all her big hits. Fans can rightly be concerned about this new direction, as Gibson should definitely be given credit for having a hand in essentially everything Gaga has done up until now in her videos.

Gaga, for all her vocal prowess, has said herself that she’s not a dancer, and Gibson has been able to work with that and still choreograph a distinctive style in “Just Dance” “Poker Face” “LoveGame” “Paparazzi” “Bad Romance” “Telephone” “Judas” “Alejandro” and “Born This Way.” (Yup, you read that correctly. It’s pretty much all the hits).

The reasons for the break up have not been officially commented on, but problems first became apparent to fans during the filming of the “Judas” (which Gibson also co-directed) video this past spring, where the religious imagery, particularly Lady Gaga as a sexified Mary Magdalene, made Gibson uncomfortable. “At one point, there was two completely different views and after the third glass of wine, I was like, ‘Listen, I don’t want lightning to strike me. I believe in the Gospel and I’m not going there,” Gibson said at the time. READ FULL STORY

Ashanti to replace Fergie in the Black Eyed Peas? Not so fast. But we have a few ideas...

There has been quite a bit of internet talk over the past few days about the future of the Black Eyed Peas. Fergie will possibly be exiting the group to focus on family, and a few sources have whispered that R&B diva Ashanti would be taking her place as the resident lady Pea in the group.

However, a rep for the Black Eyed Peas tells EW that those rumors are categorically untrue. That’s a bummer for Ashanti, since those salad days of cooing over Ja Rule tracks are well behind her.

As for the Black Eyed Peas, their future is uncertain. It’s easy to forget that the group started out as a backpacker hip-hop trio that produced two relatively well-received albums (1998′s Behind the Front and 2000′s Bridging the Gap). However, those albums weren’t the commercial powerhouses that subsequent releases were once Fergie joined the fold for 2003′s Elephunk, which began the run of über-ubiquitous hit singles that continues through today.

So it’s probably in their best interest to have a little estrogen in the group, but with Fergie taking time off and Ashanti apparently not in the running, who could take on that all-important role? Here’s a quartet of wildly speculative ideas. READ FULL STORY

Ol' Dirty Bastard biopic casting -- Tracy Morgan and Eddie Griffin reportedly vying for the role

You know the Wu-Tang rules, kids: C.R.E.A.M. (Casting Rules Everything Around Movies).

It may be that getting the Morgan — as in erstwhile comedian and 30 Rock star Tracy — will bring in maximum dollar dollar bills y’all; he’s the most famous name mentioned so far in the move to bring Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s life story to the big screen.

ODB’s cousin Raeshawn has penned the tale of the man born Russell Tyrone Jones’ rise to hip-hop legend before his 2004 death from a drug overdose just two days before his 36th birthday.

Eddie Griffin (Malcolm and Eddie, Undercover Brother) is also in the running, according to press reports, and he may be the most likely candidate; he actually knew Dirty, and has reportedly already signed a letter of intent to take on the role.

“Eddie Griffin is down,” surviving Wu-Tang Clan member RZA told XXL. “Me and Eddie talked about it, laughed about it. Tracy Morgan, he wanna do it [too]. I said ‘Ya’ll both kinda can do it…  [but] Eddie spent time with Dirty, they knew each other well.”

Readers, tell us what you think: who has sufficient amounts of grilled-out, Wu-growly shimmy shimmy ya to take on ODB in the cineplex — Morgan, Griffin, or someone else casting agents haven’t considered yet?

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The best bassline of all time? One (silly) poll gives Muse's 'Hysteria' the top spot

Earlier today, a link got passed around the EW music department that made everybody chuckle a little bit: an article that appeared on the website for venerable British music weekly NME, and declared “Muse’s ‘Hysteria’ voted best bassline of all time.”

That declaration came from another website called Music Radar, who held a poll that Muse fans obviously blitzed to push “Hysteria” to the top spot, beating out such iconic low-end parts as Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” Rush’s “YYZ,” and Pink Floyd’s “Money.” Honestly, we had trouble thinking of the bassline to “Hysteria,” and every time we thought we had it, we realized that we were thinking of the part from “Uprising.” Or “Time Is Running Out.”

The point is, they’ve got a ton of great songs with killer basslines (courtesy of four-stringer Chris Wolstenholme), and quite a few of them are way, way better than “Hysteria.” And in no way, shape, or form should Muse be considered better than Queen at anything, which is why a whole new list is necessary.

Being a bass player is tough, because you’re either playing stuff that nobody notices (95% of bassists fall into this category) or you’re being showy to the point of being obnoxious (the Les Claypools and Stings of the world). Being great requires incredible artistic balance (and quite a bit of manual dexterity), and it’s a very elusive sort of greatness.

So in addition to some of the clear winners on the Music Radar list — Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” David Bowie & Queen’s “Under Pressure,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away” — here are some other overlooked moments of low-end excellence. READ FULL STORY

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