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John Carpenter's debut solo album sounds like the lost soundtrack of his films

In addition to directing his films, John Carpenter also composed the music for some of his most famous works, including Halloween and Escape from New York. And while the director hasn’t been behind the camera for a few years now, he has been working on a musical project that sounds like it was produced alongside his classic compositions.

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MICK on the 'NBA Live 15' soundtrack and why curation is important

Spectating at a professional sporting event is about much more than the game itself—it’s the atmosphere. The hype is half the fun, whether you’re walking up to an arena or gathering with friends on the couch. That’s why every sports game comes with a custom soundtrack that starts playing as soon as you boot up: to let you know it’s time to Get Hyped.

But a more recent trend wants you to get hyped not only for the game, but for the soundtrack too. Marquee artists are being invited to curate soundtracks for sports games, with their names prominently featured on box art. One of the first, and splashiest, artists to contribute in this manner was Jay-Z, who was named an Executive Producer when he handpicked the soundtrack on 2012′s NBA 2K13. This year’s crop of basketball games continues the trend, but with a new wrinkle: while the soundtrack for the currently-available NBA 2K15 features picks from Grammy-winning artist Pharrell Williams, the upcoming competing title NBA Live 2015 is turning to DJ and entrepreneur MICK (formerly Mick Boogie) for its soundtrack.

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Meet Hozier, this weekend's 'SNL' musical guest and 'The Blues Brothers' obsessive

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Even if you don’t know recognize Hozier by name, you may have already run across “Take Me To Church,” the soulful ballad that showed up in a key moment during HBO’s The Leftovers and comes pre-approved by Revenge, Arrow, and The Fault In Our Stars music supervisor Season Kent. The track steadily climbed up the Irish singles chart last fall, then made its first impact in America after Hozier performed it on The Late Show With David Letterman in the spring. It currently sits at 62 on the Billboard Hot 100, has over 13 million views on YouTube, and promises to leap even further into the consciousness thanks to his appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Not bad for a song cut in a cramped storage space.

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Apple reportedly shutting down Beats Music (Updated)

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UPDATE: An Apple representative told Recode the TechCrunch report was “not true” but would not elaborate further. Recode also was told by Apple that Beats may go away but that the company would remain invested in music streaming, which would still fall in line with part of TechCrunch‘s earlier report.

ORIGINAL STORY: Apple announced its acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics only five months ago, but a new report suggests that one portion of that purchase may soon be closing its doors.

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Whitney Houston's first live album to be released this November

In a more than 30-year career, Whitney Houston never released an official live album of her work. But now, close to three years after the singer’s death, producer Clive Davis has announced Houston’s first live album will be released later this year.

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Grace Weber made us a playlist celebrating New York City

Musician and Milwaukee, Wisconsin native Grace Weber has operated out of New York for several years now, first attending school at New York University before settling into Brooklyn. Her soul-infused sound comes from a life of performing, including time in a children’s gospel choir in her adolescence, but the influence of her new home has made a clear impact on her work.

Weber’s first album Hope & Heart debuted the artist high on the singer/songwriter and heatseeker Billboard charts in 2011, and the musician is currently preparing for her sophomore release, The Refinery, to arrive on Oct. 7. Weber has given fans a peek at what’s to come with the album’s first single, “Perfect Stranger.”

Before The Refinery arrives, Weber will perform on Sept. 8 for HELLO Harlem, a charity supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. In keeping with the New York roots Weber has planted, she created a playlist for EW full of artists who capture the highs and lows of the city she now calls home.

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Aphex Twin debuts first single from upcoming album 'Syro'

Richard D. James—or Aphex Twin, as most listeners will know him—has taken an unconventional route in promoting his first album in 13 years, Syro. Other than hinting at the new project via a blimp in London and a Deep Web link, news about Syro has been slim at best. But on Sept. 4, the first single for the album debuted, giving listeners a taste of what to expect when the album drops on Sept. 23.

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VMAs fashion: Katy Perry and Riff Raff pay tribute to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake

Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff attended the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards dressed in outfits that Katy said were a tribute to the coordinated-denim bonanza Britney Spears and then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake wore to the 2001 American Music Awards. READ FULL STORY

Celine Dion postpones Vegas show, cancels Asia tour

Céline Dion has announced plans to cease performing for the time being, postponing her Las Vegas show and canceling her planned tour of Asia.

According to People, Dion has decided to postpone all of her show-business engagements indefinitely in order to spend more time with her family. (Dion’s husband, René Angélil, had a tumor removed from his throat last December.) In a statement, Dion told People, “I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children. I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support.”

BBC Radio names Ed Sheeran most important singer of 'black' music, faces backlash

BBC Radio station 1Xtra has voted British crooner Ed Sheeran the most important British artist in urban music—and in the process, has sparked an online debate about a “power list” that predominantly features white artists in a genre of music created by black artists.

1Xtra—which describes itself as “the UK’s leading black music station”—released its list of the most “important UK artists in the scene” on Friday. Sheeran topped the list of approximately 20 artists, submitted by radio listeners and chosen by 1Xtra DJs on variables such as “sales statistics, plus more subjective areas like the quality of music and impact across the wider industry.”

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