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Lana Del Rey's 'Video Games' lands a prime spot on CW's 'Ringer' — Is she officially mainstream now?


You probably already have an opinion about singer Lana Del Rey, and if you haven’t already heard of her, you’re about to.

The 24-year-old singer, who’s gained a serious following — both fans and detractors — has been on the cusp of a breakout since her single ‘Video Games’ debuted on YouTube in August (when EW recommended her as both “gorgeously habit-forming” and a “languid, swaying femme fatale”).

Now, thanks to some spot-on song placement during a pivotal scene in last night’s episode of the Sarah Michelle Gellar CW series Ringer, she may have finally gotten her mainstream welcome.

Whether that welcome is embraced by the music community that first discovered her remains to be seen, but before we get into that, let’s take a look back to see how she went from posting songs on YouTube to becoming the talk of the blog world and getting played on a major network show in under six weeks. READ FULL STORY

Our take on this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees: Should the Beastie Boys, Guns 'N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others get in?

This year’s crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have just been announced, and it’s the usual weird assortment of mega-band veterans and less-known innovators. So who will actually get inducted come April? I have no idea. But here’s my personal take on who I think deserves to get in. Disagree? Weigh in below!

Should they get in?
Definitely. When Licensed To Ill came out in 1986, nobody could have predicted all that brat-rap bravado marked the launch of one of the next two decades’ major artists. But the album was a blockbuster (the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200), and the followup, Paul’s Boutique, remains one of hip-hop’s greatest achievements. They’ve been pumping out consistently innovative and entertaining albums ever since.

Should they get in? Yes. Dock points for the hair-spray-attack fashion crimes (is there a bad-hair Hall of Fame?), but this is one of the best bands of the past 30 years, from perky hits like “Close To Me” to moody masterpiece Disintegration.

Should he get in?
Probably not. I like “Catch the Wind” and some other tunes just fine, but there’s a reason he’s never made the cut before: Donovan’s dippy sunshine folk just hasn’t aged well. READ FULL STORY

Radiohead on 'The Colbert Report': Way better than Radiohead on SNL?

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“Prepare yourselves, Radiohead. You’re about to meet Televisionface.”

That’s how Stephen Colbert introduced Thom Yorke and his group on Monday night during a very special hour-long episode of The Colbert Report that was almost entirely devoted to the band, and was also “presented by Dr Pepper, except for Radiohead, who present themselves because they’re nobody’s corporate tool.”

Wait… jokes? About the pioneers of “Serious Listening”? Yes, it’s true. Yorke was actually laughing, and the whole group seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves during the show.

Colbert accused the Brits of “stealing American rock jobs,” and when he chided them for their anti-corporate stance by sitting beneath a giant Dr. Pepper sign, Yorke quipped that the soda “tastes like that stuff you get at the dentist to swill your mouth out.”

“Well, Thom,” Colbert replied, “It is a doctor.”

Watching the entire show (which is available in its entirety here), it’s clear that Radiohead are way more comfortable here than they were during their disappointing SNL performance over the weekend. Where they were too cerebral on Saturday night, trying to cram the sweeping keyboard doodles and Hal 9000 bloops of “Lotus Flower” into a short-attention-span time slot, Colbert found them playing actual song-like songs, including “Little By Little,” “Bloom,” and a bluesy piano and horns version of the unreleased favorite “The Daily Mail” that was so warm, they played it beside an actual fireplace.

The night was, as Colbert promised, “a mind-blowing evening for the music nerds.” Of course, he scoffed, “If you were a real fan, you’d be watching this on vinyl.”

Watch a web-only exclusive of Radiohead playing “The National Anthem” (which is mislabeled as “Codex”) on Colbert after the jump.


Vh1's Top 100 Songs of the '00s: Find the first 11 songs here! -- An EW Exclusive

Oh, those olden, golden aughties — they seem so long ago! Thankfully, VH1 is bringing it all back to us with the next installment of their ongoing 100 Greatest Songs series: the ’00s.

The channel’s five-night, one-hour-per-night special begins airing next Monday, October 3 at 10/9c. But in the meantime, we’ve got a sneak peek at the first 11 entries (that would be nos. 100-90) for you.

Also in our pocket: host Pete Wentz. The Fall Out Boy bassist and general aughties-fashion bellwether turned Black Cards frontman tells EW, “Being the host of this show is my way of preventing a mid-life crisis. I get to relive my twenties minus the eyeliner and flat iron. Win-win for everyone!”

Find — and fight over — the early entries after the jump, including two American Idols, five Pussycats, and (if the picture above didn’t give you your first clue) one very special Sisqo: READ FULL STORY

Radiohead drop woozy 'Lotus Flower' and 'Staircase' on 'SNL': What did you think?

Saturday Night Live opened up its 37th season over the weekend with guns blazing. The show trotted out record-breaking, much-beloved host Alec Baldwin, whipped off their first funny political cold open since the 2008 election, and invited Radiohead, one of the most cultishly adored bands on the planet, to stand in as the musical guest.

In case you have forgotten, Radiohead actually put out an album this year. It’s called The King of Limbs, and it was almost completely forgettable. Objectively speaking, it’s another impressive sonic accomplishment, full of rumbles and hums and womb-like soundscapes. But once upon a time, the band used to write real songs, and those are nowhere to be found on The King of Limbs.

They didn’t do much to change minds on Saturday night, as frontman Thom Yorke and his collective of bleep-bloop obsessives twitched their way through a pair of tunes: the sinister b-side “Staircase” and the sorta-single “Lotus Flower,” the latter of which you can check out below. READ FULL STORY

Jason Aldean's gorgeous, patriotic 'Tattoos On This Town' video: Watch it here

Ever since Jason Aldean released his in-your-face bar-rocker “She’s Country” in 2009, I’ve given him a pretty hard time. Had he never heard of subtlety?

But Aldean’s done a lot to undo that image in 2011. He produced a beautiful ballad with Kelly Clarkson (“Don’t You Wanna Stay?“) and a slow country-rap jam with Ludacris (“Dirt Road Anthem“), both of which hit number one on Billboard’s Country Songs chart.

Now, Aldean has released a fourth single from his smash album My Kinda Party called “Tattoos On This Town,” a nostalgic look at small-town life and love, which currently sits at number 23. Lyrically, the song is pretty standard for the country genre: Drag-racing pickup trucks, rope swings, scars—”real life stuff” Aldean tells us.

The song is just alright, but its new accompanying music video is downright beautiful. Full of sweeping cinematography and vivid natural settings, the video takes you on a heartbreaking journey of young love, pregnancy, and war.

Granted, I’m a sucker for patriotic imagery, but I think “Tattoos On This Town” does a truly classy job of representing the men and women who sacrifice so much for our country.

Check out the deftly edited video below: READ FULL STORY

Usher accused of stealing his hit 'Burn' from another songwriter

Nearly seven years after his 2004 smash “Burn” topped the Billboard charts, R&B superstar Usher is facing accusations that he stole the track, according to

In August, a California federal judge found sufficient evidence that Usher and co-producer Jermaine Dupri had access to songwriter Ernest Lee Straughter’s 1998 track “Reasons,” and accepted a musicologist’s report that pointed out substantial similarities between the two.

As Billboard reports, an expert testifying on behalf of Straughter showed that both tracks “shared measurable similarities, including a ‘highly unusual’ 18-bar introduction, musical instruments that enter at the exact same bars, similar guitar and vocal stylings, the pitches and phrasings of certain melodies, and other compositional congruity.”

The possible link between Usher and Dupri and Straughter? Warren G, who had collaborated with both parties, though not on these specific songs.

The judge will consider several arguments put forth by the defense; if she chooses to pass, the case will now likely go in front of a jury.

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Guns N' Roses announce dates for first U.S. tour in five years; are you Team Axl or Team Slash?

Remember back in 2008 when Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy finally stopped being a punchline to jokes about waiting endlessly for unfinished albums (the ball remains in your court, Dr. Dre) and actually became an album you could purchase in a store?

You don’t, do you? Is that because it was a mostly-forgettable collection of tepid hard rock tunes unworthy of the legacy of the band who gave the world Appetite for Destruction? Or is it because you never got the opportunity to catch the band on an American tour so that songs like “Better” and “Madagascar” could live and breathe in an arena near you?

Axl Rose is counting on the latter being the truth; he’s taking his band on the road in the United States for the first time in five years, and the trek begins October 28 in Orlando and will hit more than 30 cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Denver. READ FULL STORY

Are you ready for more Rebecca Black? Because she's ready for you

Rebecca Black just posted a video—on a Friday, no less!—saying that she has a “new video” arriving on her channel soon.

And yes, she used air quotes to describe this “new video,” which can only mean one thing. IT’S. COMING. BACK. (Or, that she “misunderstands” “the purpose” “of air quotes.”)

What do you think, readers? Is today Black Friday? Has our little Rebecca Black emerged victorious from the nasty copyright battle with Ark Music Factory? Will she have mercy on rapper/producer Patrice Wilson and keep his poetic verse in tact?  READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell's five songs you shouldn't sing on 'X-Factor"

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When X Factor premieres on Wednesday, there are five songs that the show’s contestants would be very unwise to bring their first auditions, Simon Cowell told reporters on Tuesday.

The main offenders?

R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”
Etta James’ “At Last” (“I’m allergic to that song,” he says.)
The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” (“Everybody seems to think ‘Unchained Melody’ is my favorite song of all time. It is not.”)
Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” (“I cannot listen to that anymore.”)
John Legend’s “Ordinary People” (“They always try to sing it like [Legend’s] version. It’s never good.”)

We agree with Cowell, especially about “Unchained Melody,” a song that was originally written for an obscure prison movie and was revived, of course, for cinematic pottery sex.

And there are so many others to add! Take “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” especially the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version that no one except actual Hawaiians and strict adherents of the “barefoot lifestyle” should ever attempt. And then there’s the Pussycat Dolls’ “Don’t Cha” (No, we don’t.)

And please, don’t ruin Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” (after hearing Collins talk about that song in this incredibly moving This American Life episode, we don’t want anyone to touch it) or Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” (so many key changes, so little Whitney-worthy talent!), or any of the other picks in our gallery American Idol: 20 Songs We’d Ban From the Show Forever.

So, what would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments.

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