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Kris Kristofferson is an unsmooth criminal in Brandi Carlile's 'That Wasn't Me' video: Watch it here

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Brandi Carlile’s got an ace up her sleeve for her latest video, and it can be told in three words: Kris freakin’ Kristofferson.

To celebrate the release of her fourth album Bear Creek, out today, the alt-leaning folk singer recruited Texas country-outlaw Kristofferson to star as the reformed jailbird in her clip for “That Wasn’t Me,” which you can watch exclusively below.

But when Kristofferson’s konvict kharacter (see what we did there, Kardashians?) gets caught with a sharp blade — it’s for woodworking, he swears! — he gives up, smashing his trusty guitar out of frustration. We don’t want to give away the ending, but let’s just say it stops thankfully short of a full Shawshank.

Take a look at the exclusive new clip in the video below (and click here to buy the album):

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Azealia Banks drops rhymes, balloons, confetti at NYC Mermaid Ball

At a packed Bowery Ballroom on Manhattan’s Lower East Side late Sunday night (or more accurately, early Monday morning), Azealia Banks had several questions. “Who’s already drunk?” the shimmering Harlem rapper shouted, whipping up the already whipped-up crowd. “Who’s already high? Who’s f—ing tonight?”

Judging by the hoots and hollers, there wasn’t a sober celibate in the house. And the Harlem hot thing gave them what they wanted, pulling out all the stops for the Mermaid Ball, which also doubled as her homecoming party. Like the glitter-clad Banks herself, the event’s underwater theme was anything but subtle. She said her sister was in charge of the decorations — octopus and seahorse balloons, free cotton candy everywhere, flurries of confetti and balloons and more confetti — but we were more concerned about whoever had to clean up. READ FULL STORY

Team Breezy gets busy: Chris Brown leaks six new songs and a video

How much Chris Brown can you handle at once? Let’s find out!

On Memorial Day, Breezy began what would turn out to be a weeklong jag of new music by linking to the track “One More Time” on Vimeo, his preferred method of song delivery.

He kept the ball rolling with, so far, “Countdown,” fan ode “I Love You Team Breezy,” the Hit-Boy-produced “Off That Liquor,” “Second Serving,” and, finally, the Lil Wayne collaboration “What Your Girl Like.” 

In case you were wondering, he did assure fans that none of these newly leaked tracks will appear on his upcoming album Fortune, which is slated for a July 3 release. In other words, Breezyheads just got a freebie EP. (And people who hate him will probably never have to hear these songs on the radio.)

He also debuted a new video for  his single “Till I Die,” roping guest appearances from Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. So, yes, it’s a weird one — and according to Brown’s Twitter account, it’s dedicated to late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.

Breezy interrupts a slow work day at someone’s office and drips swagu all over the place, including the copy machine. Then he bails early to ride around in a car with Snoop, Wiz, and some unidentified females. Gotta love Summer Fridays. Inevitably, things get kinda Pineapple Express-y after that, with a pair of Wu-Tang vets (you’ll never guess which two!) barely visible through the smoke.

Check out the clip, as well as the rest of Brown’s offerings for the week, in the videos below:
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Azealia Banks, Patti Smith, Haley Reinhart invade our weekly Spotify playlist

What do a Harlem rapper, an American Idol runner-up, and a legendary French chanteuse have in common? They’ve all landed repeat-worthy songs on our playlist this week.

Hip-hop hipster Azealia Banks proved there’s more where “212” came from with her long-awaited 1991 EP, while third-place Idol contestant finds her own style on her debut, Listen Up! Elsewhere, the soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom gave us an excellent reason to put Francois Hardy’s timeless “Le Temps de l’Amour” back in rotation.

Also here: punk poet Patti Smith unleashes her first new album in five years, indie-folk messiah Edward Sharpe (a.k.a. onetime Robot Alex Ebert) and his Zeroes bliss out on his second album, and Rick Ross and Usher joined forces to touch us with their hot new single.

Other artists on this week’s docket: Kip Moore, Travis Porter, Katy Perry, 2:54, Scissor Sisters, and more. Check it all out in the playlist below:

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In honor of 'Moonrise Kingdom,' listen to a playlist of our favorite Wes Anderson soundtrack songs

If you’ve already put on your finest camp gear and nonprescription black-framed eyeglasses, then you’re well aware that Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom — the director’s first live-action movie in five years — opens today. And you know what that means: a new Wes Anderson soundtrack!

By now, the filmmaker’s soundtracks have become more or less their own genre. Anderson is clearly a man of cultured (and very specific) tastes, and his curatorial chops shine on his soundtracks as brightly as they do in his obsessively detailed movies. The trailer for his latest, for instance, has Francois Hardy’s classic “Le Temps de l’Amour” basically woven into its DNA.

Yet the soundtrack to Kingdom, his seventh feature-length film, is the most unlike his previous ones. Anderson’s movies are usually supported by a mix of vinyl-era rock greats and British Invasion hipsters (think David Bowie, Love, the Rolling Stones, and especially the Kinks, which he originally wanted to be the only band soundtracking Rushmore) as well as Newport Folk Festival friendlies (such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez), plus original compositions from Devo vet Mark Mothersbaugh. This time around, though, the music comes largely from composer Alexandre Desplat; after him, Hank Williams is the dominant force, with three songs.

Of course, a lot of this probably has to do with the movie being set in 1965, before most of his favorite go-tos were hitting their stride. But that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited — if anything, we’re all the more intrigued.

To get further amped for Anderson’s latest entry, we’ve combed through sixteen years of his soundtracks — from 1996’s Bottle Rocket to today’s Moonrise Kingdom — and put together our ultimate Wes Anderson playlist. Give it a spin below and let us know if you agree with our selections:

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John Mayer, Kimbra, Joey Ramone grace our weekly Spotify playlist

Last week, we saw a pair of Brits sneak their tracks into Music Mix’s heavy rotation. This time around, however, all sorts of other Commonwealth nations are coming out of the woodwork.

Two venerable New Zealanders of the female persuasion, Kimbra and Ladyhawke, have captured our attention with left-of-center pop songs from their respective new albums.

This week’s playlist also includes ’90s alt-rock survivors Garbage (fronted by Scotswoman Shirley Manson); rising indie-rockers Civil Twilight, who hail from South Africa; and veteran-rockers the Cult, representing England herself. The fun never sets on the British Empire!

Of course, a range of Americans also pleased our ears this week, including new treats from the likes of evolving, apologetic folkie John Mayer, NYC’s dearly departed Joey Ramone, Ohio lo-fi lovers Guided by Voices, and more. Check it all out in the playlist below!

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Our weekly Spotify playlist: Beach House, Adam Lambert, Killer Mike rub elbows

Things kick off this week with Baltimore’s organ-happy indie duo Beach House’s dreamier-than-thou “Wishes,” one of our favorite tracks on their new album Bloom. Rye Rye (with teammate M.I.A.) take the baton from there with the Go! Pop! Bang! highlight “Sunshine,” while pop maven Adam Lambert, rappers 2 Chainz and Killer Mike, and indefatiguable Alanis Morissette each hit us with their own new cuts.

Also on deck this week: shiny-haired Malibu songstress Colbie Caillat, ’90s indie-rock revivalists the Cribs, and not one but two excellent U.K. soul imports, Alex Clare and Cold Specks. Check it all out by streaming the playlist below:

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EW's Spring Playlist: Nicki Minaj, Marina and the Diamonds, Schoolboy Q and more -- stream it here

Below, find 12 fresh songs currently on high rotation in EW’s music department — and stream them through our Spotify account.

Nicki Minaj, “Pound the Alarm” The perfect trunk rattler to blast from your pink Barbie Bentley, with booming synths that build to a brain-numbing epiphany: “Music. Makes Me. High.”

Gotye, “I Feel Better” Is the “Somebody” in his current No. 1 smash “Somebody That I Used to Know” secretly the Doobie Brothers? Because this groovy, imaginary — Big Chill — soundtrack throwback totally sounds like it.

fun., “Some Nights” Fun. know that not every July night looks like an LMFAO video — sometimes you just drive around looking for a fro-yo place. But those nights still need multitracked-to-infinity shout-alongs.

Electric Guest, “This Head I Hold” The Danger Mouse-produced L.A. soul duo’s new single, all winking falsetto and retro swagger, establishes “hammock funk” as the best new micro-genre of the season.

Santigold, “Disparate Youth” This dubby midtempo delight (with twitchy guitar bursts courtesy of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner) is like taking a pull of cold beer at a cross-cultural barbecue.

Jack White, “Missing Pieces” The lyrics could be a Raymond Carver short-story fever dream: His lady’s got her hands in the icebox! Why is his nose bleeding? But the sound is straight-up funky-organ boogaloo.

Schoolboy Q feat. A$AP Rocky, “Hands on the Wheel” L.A.’s Black Hippy crew flip a sample of Lissie’s lilting cover of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” and pay tribute to automotive fun that’s not DMV sanctioned or mother approved.

Marina and the Diamonds, “Primadonna” Picture Katy Perry’s kooky Welsh art-school cousin, twirling around her bedroom singing giddy sugar-rush pop songs about sex and fame and Warhol-starlet dreams.

One Direction, “Up All Night” Britain’s Next Top Boy Band supplies the ultimate slumber-party soundtrack, a hand-clap ode to grabbing your girlfriend and making the floor shake till dawn. (Because they’re dancing! Why, what did you think they meant?)

Japandroids, “The House That Heaven Built” If this house really exists in heaven, it must have a basement where the Vancouver duo’s indie-rock rager plays on repeat — and late, great punks from Kurt Cobain to Jay Reatard pound their fists to the “oh-oh-oh-OH-oh-OH-oh-oh!” chorus.

Alex Clare, “Too Close” Because all the cool kids get their new-music tips from Internet Explorer commercials, right?  We’re not ashamed that the 60-second spot was our gateway drug to this shuddering electro anthem from Amy Winehouse’s onetime paramour. Bless you, Internet.

Perfume Genius, “Hood” A fragile Garfunkel-esque confessional breaks open into pure piano-pop gorgeousness on the Seattle songwriter’s two-minute masterpiece. If you don’t get chills, you need to see a doctor.

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Florence and the Machine, Beach Boys, Flo Rida, and more occupy our weekly Spotify playlist

Summer’s almost here, and it shows in our latest Spotify playlist.

Flo Rida’s “Whistle” will get stuck in your head the way sand gets stuck between your toes, while the eternal surfer dudes in the Beach Boys reunite for “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” the band’s first new song in 20 years. As for the British boy band the Wanted, “Chasing the Sun” proves that they’re just as good at making music as they are at making trouble.

Also chillin’ on the mix are EW favorites like Florence and the Machine (whose new track will pop up on the Snow White and the Huntsman soundtrack), Nas, Wiz Khalifa, and more.

Check it all out in our newest Spotify playlist below!

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New songs from Nelly Furtado, the Walkmen, Hot Chip, and more make our weekly Spotify playlist

There are a lot of good names in our Spotify playlist this week. Some are short (like Stalley and Sia), others are medium sized (think Nelly Furtado and Rufus Wainwright), and one’s even three words long (we see you, Lisa Marie Presley!). The main thing, though, is that all those names all have new songs worthy of your attention.

In addition to those guys, the full playlist below will treat your earbuds to the latest tracks from the likes of the Walkmen, B.o.B., Soundgarden, Miniature Tigers, Hacienda, David Guetta, Hot Chip, and more. Give it a whirl, Earl!

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