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Justin Timberlake and David Fincher on Trent Reznor's 'Social Network' score

social-networkImage Credit: Rob Sheridan; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosThe Social Network doesn’t come out until tomorrow, but it’s already a chart topper—in the music world, at least. The movie’s instrumental score, written by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and composer Atticus Ross, is currently at the number one spot on Amazon’s MP3 album chart.  Even better, it’s getting rave reviews from fans, including Social Network star Justin Timberlake.

“The score is the best part about this movie,” says Timberlake, who plays Napster co-founder Sean Parker in the film. “[It's] the most unique and dark and ominous and emotional score that I’ve heard in so long. And if [Reznor] doesn’t get some sort of accolade for that, I will think it’s a travesty.”

So how did director David Fincher get Reznor to score his movie? Turns out they have a history together. READ FULL STORY

'Waiting for Superman' shows: Elton John, Elvis Costello, and Jeff Bridges to play documentary-inspired benefit concerts

Elton-JohnImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosElton John, Elvis Costello, Jeff Bridges, Gregg Allman, John Mellencamp, and other stars will perform at a pair of shows to benefit The Participant Foundation, which supports music and arts education in public schools. The concerts will take place on October 16 at the Wang Center in Boston and October 20 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

The shows are being curated by famed producer T Bone Burnett and are timed to coincide with the release of the documentary Waiting for Superman, which explores the state of public education. The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim who previously made the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth.

The concerts are the first to be presented under the banner of The Speaking Clock Revue and will feature a house band. “The privacy and the intimacy of the studio afford artists the freedom to create,” Burnett explained in a statement, “but something thrilling happens in getting away from the machines and into the live communication of real time storytelling in the larger community. We are looking forward with great anticipation to getting The Speaking Clock Revue up and running this fall and continuing it in the years to come.”

Early in his career, Burnett played with the Bob Dylan-featuring Rolling Thunder Revue, which toured extensively during the mid-’70s. After the jump you can find a clip of Dylan and the Rolling Thunder band performing the legendary songsmith’s track “Isis,” as well as the trailer for Waiting for Superman.

Tickets for The Speaking Clock Revue shows go on sale Monday, September 27 at noon, through Ticketmaster.

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T.I. and wife arrested on drug charges

TIImage Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Rapper T.I. (né Clifford Harris Jr.), 29, and his wife, Tameka Cottle, 36, were arrested last night in L.A. after police detected marijuana coming from their car at a traffic stop in West Hollywood, confirms Deputy Luis Castro of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Authorities subsequently searched T.I.’s car and arrested the couple for possession of a controlled substance. (Officials have so far declined to specify the drug involved.) T.I. and Cottle, who were married July 30, posted $10,000 bail and were released this morning.

T.I.’s label rep is not offering a statement at this time. UPDATE – Atlantic Records has issued the following statement: “T.I. is an important and valued member of our Atlantic family. It would
be premature to speculate about the current situation given that there is an ongoing investigation of this matter.”

The Grammy-winning rapper and sometime actor is still on probation after serving seven months in prison last year for a weapons conviction. Takers, which he also produced, is currently No. 1 at the box office. In an interview with EW earlier this week, T.I. promised to focus on his upcoming album King Uncaged now that Takers is out.

“I gave my word and I promised that after I completely gave my attention to the marketing and release of the film, once I released it to a No. 1 opening and did twenty-plus millions of dollars in box office at the debut — now, starting Monday (Aug. 30), man, I am completely consuming myself with the completion of King Uncaged,” he said.

Cottle was a member of the R&B group Xscape in the 1990s and recently starred on the reality series The Tiny and Toya Show. Cottle recently thanked her followers for their support on her Twitter account. “Jus wanted 2say thank u 2every1 dats been leaving encouraging msgs & prayers,” she tweeted. “We love u guys :) going 2bed now! So glad 2b n a nice clean bed$.”

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T.I. celebrates box office success with 'Takers,' readies 'King Uncaged'

tiImage Credit: Moises De Pena/WireImage.comT.I.‘s bank heist drama Takers secured a surprise box office victory over The Last Exorcism this weekend after early reports had the horror flick on top. Today the rapper-actor, who starred in and produced Takers, is making sure everyone knows. “I just want to get the word out to people because there has been some misinterpretation and some premature accounts of us being No. 2, but nothing of the sort is anything near being the truth,” T.I. tells the Music Mix via phone. (In the final report, Takers made $20.5 million to The Last Exorcism‘s $20.4.)

T.I. is relishing Takers‘ success even more since it wasn’t a sure thing.  “I’m ambitious by nature,” he says. “I have no other choice but to expect the absolute best for myself and for my business and my endeavors.” Yet he knew that The Last Exorcism was “set in a better position to be No. 1, given that they were showing on nearly 1,000 more screens than we were. But we had a higher per-screen average.”

Now that Takers is officially No. 1, T.I. is thinking about a possible prequel (SPOILER ALERT), “giving a little more backstory on how the crew ran before [his character] Ghost had to go away.”

First, though, he’s getting serious about finishing his next album, King Uncaged, which is still awaiting a final release date. T.I. currently estimates he has “two-three more weeks’ worth of work” left winnowing down the 100-plus new songs he’s recorded for the album. “I gave my word and I promised that after I completely gave my attention to the marketing and release of the film, once I released it to a No. 1 opening and did twenty-plus millions of dollars in box office at the debut — now, starting Monday, man, I am completely consuming myself with the completion of King Uncaged,” he solemnly swears. “And I’ma get it to you, man, A.S.A.P.

Looking forward to King Uncaged? Did you see Takers? Let us know in the comments.

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Cher exclusive: The superstar discusses her upcoming album

The amazing and iconic Cher is making a return to the big-screen this November in the sequin fever dream Burlesque, opposite fellow pop star Christina Aguilera. But the diva is also beginning to plot out her next album, which has her working with hitmaker Diane Warren (Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”; Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me”). Warren also wrote one of Cher’s two big Burlesque tunes, the big power ballad “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me.”

The 64-year-old diva says that fans shouldn’t expect the same dance music heard on her 1998 album, Believe, which featured the titular blockbuster single. “It really won’t be Believe-ish,” she says. “It will be more…I don’t know how to say it. I can’t put a genre to it. It’s a little bit more real instruments, like guitars and stuff like that.” Don’t get too excited Cher fans: the singer admits she’s still very early in the recording process.

Says Cher, “I just got some of the songs and I’m just learning [them] so I’m kind of at that beginning stage where you’re taking baby steps.” Watch the full trailer for Burlesque below:

Are you excited for a new Cher album, Music Mix-ers? What kind of music would you like to hear her tackle?

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Eva Mendes sings! Hear the 'Other Guys' actress duet on 'Pimps Don't Cry' with Cee-Lo Green

eva-mendes-cee-loImage Credit: Tristan Gregory/Camera Press/Retna Ltd; Scott D. Smith/Retna LtdWatch your bony back, Gwyneth—there’s another singing actress at the rodeo, and she’s ready to “Pimp”-slap your “Country Strong” to the ground.

I kid! There’s room for more than one poreless movie star in the recording booth, of course. And they won’t exactly be competing for the same chunk of the music market with their respective songs; Eva Mendes, who will star as Will Ferrell’s hot-doctor wife in this weekend’s cop-buddy comedy The Other Guys, has made her own decidedly un-twangy contribution to the film’s soundtrack, with rapper/soul man/50% Gnarls Barkley-ian Cee Lo Green, and NYmag.com has it streaming here.

Fans of Shaft-style slow jams, hot Latina thespians, and men in fuchsia fun-fur coats who sell womens’ bodies for money while remaining proudly tear-free (yay for that Venn diagram!) will likely enjoy “Pimps Don’t Cry”; so, probably, will people who think comedy is funny.

But you tell us, readers, in the comments section below. Better than her sex tape?

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Gwyneth Paltrow tells us the story behind her new song, 'Country Strong'

Gwyneth-PaltrowImage Credit: Camera Press/Tristan Gregory/Retna LtdWe knew Gwyneth Paltrow could sing — or at least handle Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’” alongside Huey Lewis — but reaction to the title track from the upcoming movie Country Strong (slated for Dec. 22) can best be described as “pleasantly astonished.” Joining the ranks of the shocked: Paltrow herself.

During a recent chat with the actress about Country Strong and her extensive preparation for the role of Kelly Canter — a Faith Hill-type Nashville superstar who’s trying to reclaim her career after a crash in rehab — we asked, half jokingly, if she set out to have another radio hit, a la “Cruisin’,” which got decent play a decade ago. “No! I didn’t! What the hell?” Paltrow laughed. “No! I was just singing songs for the movie. I think the original plan was they wanted the bona fide crew to re-sing our songs, and then when [Sony Music Nashville chair] Joe Galante heard it, he was like, ‘No, I want to release this as the single.’ I was like, ‘Excuse me please? What? What is going on?’”

The track (hear it here) is a straight-down-the-middle commercial country song that wouldn’t sound out of place on the radio alongside Faith or Martina McBride, with Paltrow’s hearty alto soaring above guest vocals from Vince Gill and Patty Griffin. “They were added in later,” Paltrow said. “I did my vocal, and then Byron Gallimore, the producer, who’s unbelievable, he was like [in Gallimore's drawl], ‘You know, I just think Vince would sing so well on this.’ I was like, There’s no way. And he f—ing got Vince Gill to sing on the track! It’s crazy. He has this best voice ever, in the history of any genre. I just die for that man’s voice. And Patty Griffin, I had seen her play in New York with John Prine years ago, and I had gotten really into her record Flaming Red. Amazing. I’m so humbled.”

Paltrow also revealed that she and Country Strong costar Tim McGraw (he plays her husband/manager) recorded a duet for the film’s end credits. No word yet on what her old karaoke buddy Huey thinks of all this, but what do you think, Mixers? Are you as astounded by Gwyneth’s latest sorta-accidental single as Gwyneth?

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Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Country Strong': What do you think of her new single?

If I hadn’t known that Gwyneth Paltrow was the person singing “Country Strong,” I’d never have guessed. She sings her new single like she was born and raised in Nashville. That’s good news for Paltrow’s upcoming film of the same name, in which she plays a country singer whose career has seen better days. Based on “Country Strong,” which was serviced to radio today, she seems to have the accent and delivery down pat.

Other than that, it’s a well-sanded country-pop construction. “‘Cause I’m country strong,” Paltrow cries out over slick wall-of-fiddles production, “hard to break, like the ground I grew up on.” Those feel like the kind of empowering lyrics that could connect with listeners. Vince Gill and Patty Griffin sing backup, providing some extra country cred.

Check out “Country Strong” at The Boot and let us know what you think of Paltrow’s singing. Country Strong, which co-stars Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester, hits theaters Dec. 22. Are you looking forward to it?

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Trent Reznor to score Facebook movie 'The Social Network'

social-networkImage Credit: Rob Sheridan; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosLike button? Trent Reznor has announced via the Nine Inch Nails newsfeed that he will be scoring The Social Network—a.k.a. The David Fincher Facebook Movie, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, and Rashida Jones.

“I was planning on taking some time off after the continual waves of touring that ended last fall,” Reznor writes, “and spend this year experimenting around with what would become How To Destroy Angels and some new NIN. Well, that plan didn’t work out so well. David Fincher started inquiring about my interest in scoring his upcoming film … I’ve always loved David’s work but quite honestly I wondered what would draw him to tell that story. When I actually read the script and realized what he was up to, I said goodbye to that free time I had planned. Atticus Ross and I have been on a creative roll so I asked him if he wanted to work on this with me and we signed on.

“Months later, I’m happy to tell you we’re nearing the completion of this and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s turned out. The level of excellence that David operates on is inspiring and the entire process has been challenging and truly enjoyable.”

“As Atticus and I near the end of the scoring process, we’re looking forward to the next phase – distilling the large amount of music we’ve written for this down to a satisfying record (or two). The film opens Oct 1 in the US with the record likely available a couple of weeks ahead of that.Speaking of the film… it’s really f—ing good. And dark!”

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Jack Johnson, 'Spring Wind': An EW exclusive stream from the upcoming '180 Degrees South' soundtrack

Jack-JohnsonImage Credit: Ben Hider/Getty ImagesWhen Emmett Malloy—one half of the Malloy Brothers, prolific directors of top-line music videos for, among others, Ke$ha, Vampire Weekend, and Avril Lavigne, as well as concert films for Metallica, the White Stripes, and Jack Johnson—began work on the adventure documentary 180 Degrees South three years ago, he hoped to rope in a few of his former subjects for the soundtrack.

James Mercer (the Shins, Broken Bells) and singer-songwriter Mason Jennings did him one better, accompanying Malloy on one of his journeys into the Patagonia wilderness; Jack Johnson didn’t make the trip, but he, along with Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock (performing as his sometime alter ego Ugly Casanova), offered their services from Stateside.

Johnson’s contribution, a cover of Greg Brown‘s reflective, lovely “Spring Wind,” has been known to pop up for years in his live sets, but you can find it for the first time here as a studio recording; stream the song below, and find the soundtrack in full when it’s released June 22.

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