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Check out Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels' new comic book -- EXCLUSIVE

Back in July, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels — one third of legendary hip-hop trio Run DMC — launched Darryl Makes Comics, a new comic book company.

Not only is DMC the CEO, but he’s also the protagonist of the new DMC comic, which is just about to premiere. The book finds McDaniels making the transition from rapper to superhero — just as he did when he made his way from Darryl to DMC.

It’s the long-awaited kickoff of a passion project for McDaniels. “This production is first and foremost respectable and legitimate to comic-book culture,” he told Entertainment Weekly back in July. “The same things DC and Marvel did, the same stories and passion is what this is first. My comic-book passion has always been there, but I never pursued it; but I didn’t want to be a hip-hop dude trying to do a hip-hop comic book.”

Check out the exclusive EW premiere of the first few pages of DMC below.  READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' star Bellamy Young's iPod: The Civil Wars, XTC, Bonnie Raitt and more

On the hit ABC drama Scandal, Bellamy Young plays cutthroat First Lady Mellie Grant, and though that show is full of classic R&B and funk tunes, Grant would probably prefer listening to the icy grooves of Kraftwerk or Berlin-era David Bowie.

But Young’s taste runs the gamut — from fellow North Carolinans the Avett Brothers (she’s originally from Asheville) to the New Wave worldbeat of Peter Gabriel. Here’s a smattering of what can be found on her iPod. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry's 'Unconditionally' and 'Birthday' songs leak: Hear them here!

Katy Perry wants you in your birthday suit, and she wants it now.

With less than a week left on your Prism countdown clock, the album’s very buoyant third track “Birthday” has leaked all over the place. You probably heard a slice of the song yesterday, when the Prism preview started streaming on iTunes, but now you can gorge on the whole cake. Because, you know, birthdays.

Listen to the track below, and make sure you stick around to the end for a whispered little message from Perry herself:
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Katy Perry's 'Prism' snippets now streaming on iTunes

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Katy Perry’s Prism won’t hit store shelves until next Tuesday, October 22 — but now there are 90 second snippets of every Prism track currently streaming on iTunes.

Though the previews are only a minute and a half long — and though you’ve already heard some of these tracks in full, including “Roar,” “Dark Horse,” and “Walking On Air” — you really can get a sense of the spectrum that Perry is covering on Prism: “Birthday” is frothy throwback disco, “This Is How We Do” is a bouncy party anthem, and “This Moment” is a full-on chest-thumping inspirational ballad. (“Double Rainbow” is unfortunately not a cover of this song.)

EW music critic Nick Catucci’s full review will be available later this week in the issue on stands and online this Friday. Until then, let us know what you think of what you’ve heard so far.

Britney Spears' new album has a title and a release date

Perhaps it’s just the nature of the cycles of pop music, but doesn’t it seem like Britney Spears has been gone for a while? Her last album Femme Fatale came out in 2011, but for some reason it seems like she’s been missing in action for twice that time.

Regardless, Brit is back with a vengeance. Her new album’s first single and video “Work Bitch” has already dropped, and yesterday she revealed that the new collection, which will be out December 3, is called Britney Jean.

Before you go assuming that she’s making some sort of awesome meta-allusion to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” just know that “Jean” is actually Spears’ given middle name. “It’s a personal album, and all my family, they all call me Britney Jean, it’s like a term of endearment, and I just wanted to share that with my fans,” she told London’s Capital FM yesterday.

Other details are relatively scarce, though we do know that Will.i.am is serving as executive producer and that “Work Bitch” doesn’t necessarily represent the album as a whole. “That song is a reflection of Britney moreso than the album,” Will told Billboard“The album is what the album is, but we felt that song needed to come out to keep the foundation on what Britney represents. But it shouldn’t reflect the album—an album is a body of work as a collective. If we had to pick a song like, ‘Oh, what song fits every color of the record,’ you shouldn’t do that… We felt that song represents ‘Piece of Me,’ that Britney oomph.”

Justin Bieber drops Diplo-produced 'All That Matters': Hear it here

Justin Bieber is determined to show you how all-grows-up he is.

Last week, the young man dropped the Timberlake-y “Heartbreaker,” but that was just the beginning. His ten-week “Music Mondays” strategy continues today with “All That Matters,” another smooth, low-key R&B jam designed to seduce your ears, and maybe (just maybe) more.

The track even boasts Diplo as a producer, a move that threatens to imbue his new grooves with some bona fide cred.

Does it work? Give “All That Matters” a spin below and find out for yourself:

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Prince prefers dancing to pancakes in 'Breakfast Can Wait' video: Watch it here

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What is it about “Breakfast Can Wait” that Prince loves so much? Since the single dropped a few months back, His Purpleness has gone out of his way to give the track a totally amazing piece of cover art, and now he’s dropped what is probably his most high profile video in years.

In the Prince-free clip, directed by dancer Danielle Curiel, a couple plays out a most important meal of the day-eschewing fantasy before a sudden smash cut sends everyone to a dance studio and finally to a carefully-choreographed roundtable featuring a bunch of freaky masks and a whiff of Budweiser Black Crown.

Check it out below, and dig Prince’s cross-dressing doppelganger.  READ FULL STORY

Hear a new song from Canadian indie band Reuben and the Dark -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s time to shed some light on Reuben and the Dark. (Sorry, we couldn’t help it.)

The Calgary-based group is the newest signee to Canada’s Arts & Crafts, the label that gave us such Canadian delights as Broken Social Scene and Feist. The band, led by singer-songwriter Reuben Bullock, is currently working on their 2014 debut, coproduced by Florence and the Machine drummer Chris Hayden.

Get an early exclusive listen here with the single “Rolling Stone”:

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Lady Gaga premieres new song 'Aura' with 'Machete Kills' themed lyric video: Watch here

Though her new album ARTPOP isn’t out until November 11, Lady Gaga will be providing her fans with an ample dose of Gagaosity in the gloriously violent new Robert Rodriguez film Machete Killswhich opens this weekend. (Though it is being marketed as her acting debut, anybody who has seen the third season of The Sopranos knows her acting roots run deeper.)

Not coincidentally, Gaga premiered a new ARTPOP song called “Aura” earlier today, complete with a lyric video that features a ton of teaser footage from Machete Kills. If you like the idea of Danny Trejo throwing knives to the beat of Gaga’s throbbing thump, then the video below should carry you through the next few days.

Give a listen to “Aura” (and watch Cuba Gooding, Jr. pull off his face to reveal Ms. Gaga) below: READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney talks Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti - EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Next Tuesday, October 15, would have been Fela Kuti’s 75th birthday. The Nigeria-born Fela was a responsible for bringing Afrobeat—and world music in general—into the Western world. And though he passed away in 1997, his legacy still stretches across the globe.

Yesterday saw the release of Red Hot + Felaa new benefit compilation of classic Fela tunes reimagined by the likes of Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, My Morning Jacket, tUnE-yArDs, Childish Gambino, Spoek Mathambo, members of TV on the Radio, and a host of African artists. Fela—whose life was captured in the Broadway musical Fela!produced by Jay Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith—is also being remembered in a series of videos that find all manner of legends, including George Clinton and Brian Eno. 

One of those participants is Paul McCartney, whose new album New is about to land in stores. In the exclusive video below, McCartney talks about a great lost Fela tune that he saw performed live once but has never been able to track down on record. Clearly, it left an impression: READ FULL STORY

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