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Bruce Springsteen's new album 'High Hopes' making its debut on 'The Good Wife,' to stream at CBS.com -- EW chats with the show's creators

Plenty of artists are previewing their albums via iTunes, but Bruce Springsteen is about to become the first to unveil his new work at the law offices of Florrick & Agos.

Springsteen’s upcoming album High Hopes, set for release on Jan. 14, will be streaming in its entirety on CBS.com. The album will be available following this Sunday’s brand-new episode of The Good Wife, which will feature snippets of songs from the new album during the preview for the Jan. 12 episode, which will prominently feature three of the tracks from High Hopes: “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” “Hunter Of Invisible Game,” and “High Hopes.”

The stream of Springsteen’s High Hopes will be available on CBS.com/Springsteen through Monday night, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. ET — just in time for the album to go on sale to the public the following morning.

For The Good Wife creators and hardcore Springsteen fans Robert and Michelle King, this is the perfect arrangement. READ FULL STORY

Lea Michele's piano-ballad 'Battlefield': Hear her new single here

Lea Michele has already launched a “Cannonball,” and now she’s assessing the damage on the “Battlefield.”

Michele’s debut solo album, Louder, lands in March, and the march to its release is on with the arrival of the piano ballad “Battlefield,” which uses the same metaphor that Pat Benetar made popular several decades ago. It doesn’t have the same kind of propulsion as “Cannonball,” but it does show off her impressive pipes.

Give “Battlefield” a listen below — and try to figure out where that melody comes from, because it sounds deeply familiar: READ FULL STORY

Daft Punk, Pink, Kendrick Lamar among first announced Grammy performers

The fans have asked “Just Give Me A Reason” to watch the Grammys, and the producers (and Pink) have answered.

Believe it or not, we’re only about a month away from the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will take place Sunday, January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While plenty of people are invested in the nominees, the real stars of that particular show are the performers, and the bookers have begun to roll out the docket.

First up is Pink and Nate Ruess, who will be performing “Just Give Me A Reason,” the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper that the fun. frontman co-wrote with Pink for her excellent 2012 album The Truth About Love. It will mark the first time the pair have been on network television together, though hardly the first Grammy appearances for either artist: Pink last showed up at the 2010 awards to perform a stunning rendition of “Glitter in the Air,” and fun. showed up on last year’s show to blast out “Carry On.” READ FULL STORY

Eminem gets therapy from Rihanna in 'The Monster' video: Watch it here

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If this whole pop star thing doesn’t work out for Rihanna, she certainly has a future as a terrifying psychiatrist.

RiRi serves as Eminem’s unusual shrink in the new video for “The Monster,” the fourth single from Em’s phenomenally successful The Marshall Mathers LP 2. In the clip, which was directed by frequent Eminem collaborator Rich Lee (he also helmed “Rap God,” “Not Afraid,” and “Lighters”), Slim Shady sits on a couch while Rihanna watches him watch clips of old music videos and news footage, including his Grammy performance with Elton John.

Then Em splits off and finds himself trapped in an elevator, forced to observe his image from his very first music video for “My Name Is” (complete with 15-year-old Dr. Dre cameo). He also observes himself in the “Lose Yourself” clip, his computer-generated freefall in “The Way I Am,” and finally some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland where he finds yet another version of himself locked in a cage.

It’s a pretty compelling clip and a fun trip through Em’s video past. Check out “The Monster” below.  READ FULL STORY

Robin Thicke leaves the dancing to the pros in 'Feel Good' video: Watch it here

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Robin Thicke will forever have a hard time making music videos, if only because his clip for “Blurred Lines” became so iconic (and was so full of breasts).

Still, he really gives it a go in “Feel Good,” for the latest single from his album Blurred Lines. Once again, Thicke still invites along a group of ladies, though unlike the “Blurred Lines” gals, these women are tastefully dressed in Vegas showgirl costumes (not to be confused with Showgirls costumes). Really, it’s like the old school Sin City version of the Radio City Christmas show — if Dean Martin dreamed up a stage review and set it to a pulsating whisper track.

So yeah there’s no bare boobs, but there are some pretty colors and some top-shelf dancing. Give “Feel Good” a look below.  READ FULL STORY

Beyonce's brand new album -- stream samples of all the songs and videos here

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Ah, what innocents we were—going to sleep last night in a world with only four Beyoncé studio albums, and waking up to the bizzonkers news blitz that is her self-titled no. 5. (Read Nick Catucci’s review here.)

“I see music,” Beyoncé said in a statement about the many videos that accompany the album. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

She also talked about the irregular nature of Beyoncé‘s sudden release. “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she said. “I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

EW’s music critic Nick Catucci is hard at work in his music-critic terrarium, prepping a full review of the album which will be up on EW.com this afternoon. (Update: Here’s the review!) In the meantime, though, you can take a look at the full run of the album’s video snippets (there are visual clips for each of Beyonce‘s 14 tracks, plus three bonuses), and draw your own conclusions:

READ FULL STORY

'Britney Jean' nets Britney Spears her worst opening week ever; Garth Brooks and Duck Dynasty carry on

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When her Las Vegas residency begins at the end of the month, Britney Spears should probably stay away from the roulette wheel, because numbers are not her friend at the moment.

Spears’ new album Britney Jean arrived this week, moving only 107,000 copies for a fourth-place finish on the Billboard 200. It’s the weakest opening week in Spears’ career, both by hard sales numbers and chart position (previously, her slowest sales week was the opening frame of her debut …Baby One More Time, which tallied 121,000 copies).

The numbers for Britney Jean are also a giant drop-off from the opening week of her previous album, 2011’s Femme Fatale, which sold 276,000 copies in its first week. It’ll be interesting to track Britney Jean moving into 2014, as she may get a bump from the just-released video for the single “Perfume” and another once her Vegas show gets rolling.

Britney had to dive out of the way of Garth Brooks, whose Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences took the number one spot on the chart this week. In its second full week of release, the WalMart-exclusive box set (containing six CDs, two DVDs, and retailing for around 25 bucks) sold 146,000 copies. Brooks is now tied for fourth place all-time for number one albums with nine (same as Barbra Streisand and the Rolling Stones). He trails the Beatles (19), Jay Z (13), Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley (both with 10). Expect Blame It On My Roots to stay strong during the holiday season. READ FULL STORY

Britney Spears' 'Perfume' video smells like... feelings! Watch it here

Remember when Britney Jean was super into love triangles?

No mas. On her latest single, “Perfume,” Brit takes on a romantic rival — and joins the “spray it don’t say it” school of relationship sabotage.

Watch the new video for her tortured three’s-a-crowd anthem below:

Lea Michele's new single 'Cannonball': Hear it here

Lea Michele is already a staple on the Billboard charts, thanks to the many chart-crashing versions of pop songs she sings on Glee
(the show’s cast actually holds the record for most appearances in the history of the Hot 100).

But her new song “Cannonball” may give her the chance to earn her own original spot in the pop universe. It’s from her upcoming album Louder, which is scheduled for release on March 4, 2014.

You’ll be able to hear “Cannonball” live when Michele performs the song on Ellen this Thursday, December 12, but for now you can listen to the studio version below: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry added to Grammy nominations show performers list

This Friday’s The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!  is shaping up to be nearly as big a spectacle as the actual Grammy Awards, which won’t actually be handed out until the end of January.

LL Cool J is hosting, Ed Sheeran is presenting, and producers just announced the addition of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry to the list of previously announced performers, including Lorde, Robin Thicke, and Miguel & Keith Urban.

“But wait,” you may be saying to yourself, “neither Swift nor Perry will even be in this country on Friday night, let alone at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, where this is taking place!” Such is the magic of satellite technology: LL will be throwing to live performances in Canada (for Perry) and Australia (for Swift). Expect accented fireworks!

The one-hour special, which will air on CBS at 10 PM this Friday, December 6, will also, incidentally, roll out the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out just across the street at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 26.

Music released between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013 is eligible, and based on sales, cultural exposure, and general Grammy warmth, expect Justin Timberlake to rack up a ton of nominations. Lorde is pretty much a lock for Best New Artist, and you have to assume both Kanye West and Jay Z will make some noise as well.

Who else’s name deserves to be called this Friday night? And which performances make you the most curious? Let us know in the comments.

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