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Google Glass announces Play All Access integration, other music add-ons

Though it’s still several months away from actually hitting the consumer market, Google announced that the Google Glass headset computer — which at the moment is only in the hands of testers Google calls “Explorers” — will get both music-geared software (Google Play All Access, plus Sound Search) and hardware (a pair of stereo earbuds, the first accessory for Glass) in the coming weeks.

Accordingly, subscribers to Google’s music streaming service will be able to call up artist discographies and craft new playlists via voice controls. Sound Search operates like Shazam and will identify songs in the environment. The earbuds were engineered at Google Labs (and to this listener, in a testing session, sounded pretty fantastic).

“From a consumer perspective, music is such a key part of people’s lives, from commuting to partying to being in the moment to just kicking back and chilling out. We know that our consumers and our explorers love music,” says Ed Sanders, the Director of Marketing for Google Glass. “The same way that people want their music in their pocket on whatever device they’re using at the moment, we recognize they want to have the music experience on Glass. I think it’ll be a key part of the experience and something we’re intrigued to see where it goes.”

Sanders and the rest of the Glass team says they hope that the featured add-ons offer a jumping off point for more music-related integration for the technology. “There’s a professor at Cornell using it to teach people to conduct, Young Guru is using it to sample songs and build tracks, and Nicky Romero used it at Tomorrow World to do a hands-free set,” Sanders said. “Different people have different things they love, and Glass will be an interesting platform to build more of what they love into their daily lives. Music is just one component.”

Check out video of hip-hop producer and Jay Z touring DJ Young Guru playing around with Google Glass below: READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey releases new single 'The Art of Letting Go': Hear it here

It’s not quite right to call Mariah Carey’s upcoming 14th album “long-delayed,” since it hasn’t really had an official spot on the calendar to miss since the single “Triumphant (Get’Em)” arrived last summer.

The single that followed, this February, “Almost Home,” was reserved for the soundtrack to Oz The Great and Powerful — though the date did seem to draw closer with the Miguel-assisted May jam “#Beautiful,” which made it to no. 15 on the Hot 100.

The album we now know is called The Art of Letting Go still doesn’t have a release date, but it does have a new single — the title track, no less. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, the song has a nice throwback vibe to it (think “Vision of Love”), but also doesn’t really have a chorus, which sort of makes it a toss-up. Tip of the hat to the line, “Go to Mimi on your contact/ Press delete” though.

Listen below via Carey’s Facebook: READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga wears a hover dress, performs 'ARTPOP' songs at Brooklyn artRAVE

At long last, we have arrived at the official release of Lady Gaga’s brand new album ARTPOP. And to celebrate, Gaga threw herself a party at a giant warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on New York’s industrial waterfront.

Dubbed the artRAVE, Gaga’s fete featured performances of every track from the new album (she opened with “Aura,” that same way that ARTPOP does), the unveiling of new pieces by large-scale artist Jeff Koons ( including the massive sculpture that appears on ARTPOP‘s cover) and Marina Abromovic (previously seen staring down Jay Z and getting Gaga to traipse naked through the woods), and one of Gaga’s most spectacular entrances yet via a “flying dress” called “Volantis” that was essentially a wearable dirigible.

Check it out in action below.

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Busta Rhymes debuts new song 'Thank You' with Kanye, Q Tip, and Lil Wayne -- hear it here

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Oh you know, just a bunch of bros hanging out and being legendary, lending a hand to other bros.

Kanye West, Q-Tip, and Lil Wayne join Busta Rhymes — and a fat-bottomed sample from Alicia Meyer’s 1981 disco treasure  “I Want to Thank You” — on a new track from Busta’s upcoming Extinction Level Event 2, due next year.

And it’s pretty awesome; listen below: READ FULL STORY

Hear the National's new 'Hunger Games' soundtrack song 'Lean'

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We’ve already heard the contributions from Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, and the Lumineers — but the child gladiators of Hunger Games: Catching Fire demand more, more kill ballads!

Sonorous Brooklyn-via-Ohio vest rockers the National oblige today with the stately “Lean”; listen here: READ FULL STORY

Ed Sheeran on working with Peter Jackson on 'The Hobbit' song 'I See Fire': 'I'm a massive fan of Tolkien and of Peter' - EXCLUSIVE

Yesterday, The Hobbit director Peter Jackson pulled back the curtain on “I See Fire,” the Ed Sheeran song that will play over the closing credits of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. As Jackson explained on his Facebook page, the process began when the two had lunch during Sheeran’s tour through New Zealand, and continued after Jackson brought Sheeran in to view the movie and work on the song.

Sheeran has worked with a number of high-profile musicians—including Taylor Swift and Lupe Fiasco—but “I See Fire” was his first collaboration with a filmmaker. “He was fantastic,” Sheeran tells EW. “At every point where I’d be adding something, I’d play him the song afterwards. I was there for three days, and at the end of every day he would come and listen to the song and give me notes.”

“He knows what he wants,” he continued, “but he doesn’t pretend to be musical in any way. He let me go on with it, but he also knows his movie, so he would tell me something needs to be less energetic, or more relaxed, or whatever. He knows the colors and templates of what the song should be rather than how the melody should go.”

Sheeran’s also a longtime devotee of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien—The Hobbit was the first book his dad read to him as a child, and Sheeran’s grandfather owns a first edition of the novel. READ FULL STORY

M.I.A.'s 'Matangi': A great album, not to be taken too seriously

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Why some people take M.I.A. so seriously, I don’t know. Haters, stans, people who use the word “appropriative”—I’d hope they would all share a laugh when Maya flips off the worldwide audience of the 2012 Super Bowl, invites Julian Assange to Skype from the stage of a concert, or—as she does on her fourth album, Matangi—answers the long kaput YOLO business with “Y.A.L.A.,” or “You Always Live Again,” a song that ends with her explaining, “[and] that’s why they invented karma.”

I’m as entertained, in other words, by Maya’s chaotic and sometimes kooky nonconformity as by her free-trade beats, far-out hooks, and supremely self-aware exploitation of (to Westerners) “exotica.”

And I don’t doubt that the she’s got a sense of humor about it all, either. Unless I’m misreading lines like, “If you’re gonna be me you need a manifesto/If you ain’t got one you better get one presto,” from the new album’s thrumming title track.

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Eminem on SiriusXM's Town Hall: 'I'm in this game to press buttons and spark conversation'

For a relative recluse, Eminem sure gets around when it’s time to do business. In the lead-up to the release of his new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, out today, Mr. Mathers was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, stopped in to spit “Rap God” and collect a prize at the YouTube Music Awards, and finished up his New York media tour with a long conversation on his own SiriusXM station Shade 45. 

In the latest entry in SiriusXM’s Town Hall series, Eminem sat down with host Sway for a lengthy chat about the rapper’s early days (Sway first met him way back in the mid ’90s when he was co-hosting The Wake Up Show on KMEL out of Oakland), his new album, his inspirations, and the controversy that constantly follows him around. He was a little elusive in spots, ducking questions about his daughter and his relationship with his mother despite the fact that thoughts about them both appear on MMLP2. “What I said on the record is what I have to say about that,” he told Sway when asked about being the father of a teenager. “There’s no need for me to elaborate on it. I’m just gonna leave that part of my life out from now on.”

But when confronted with a question from a fan in the studio about his controversial lyrics, he laid out his goals head-on. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry says her 2014 tour for 'Roar' will be 'less cartoony' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Katy Perry’s tour for Teenage Dream was an epic escapist odyssey that turned stadiums and arenas around the globe into her own personal Candyland. When she hits the road in 2014 in support of her chart-topping latest, Roar, what will she do to keep her game elevated?

“The tour is going to be fantastic,” Perry told EW while Tim Stack followed her halfway across the Earth for the cover story in the current issue. “I always try to take it to the next level. I think people will realize what the tour is going to be like when they listen to the music.”

Perry promises that the new show will definitely incorporate material from Roar, but she’ll always make room for her catalog of older hits. “There’s nothing worse than going to a concert of an artist and not hearing your favorite songs,” she said.

As for the concept and the stage design, Perry is tight-lipped, but she does offer one intimate tease. “Let’s just say I’m going to be very close to people,” she said.

Check out the rest of Perry’s thoughts about her upcoming tour in the exclusive video below. For more on EW’s whirlwind tag-along with Katy Perry, check out the current issue.

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Lady Gaga's ARTPOP now streaming on iTunes Radio

Surprise, internet! Gaga’s ARTPOP is now streaming live on iTunes radio.

The internet, as usual, is not actually completely surprised — but ARTPOP‘s official, sanctioned stream does come a full week ahead of its scheduled Nov. 11 street date.

To read EW writer Adam Markovitz’s take on the album (he likes it, with reservations) click here.

In other Gaga news, Showbiz411 reports that the singer has split with her longtime manager, Troy Carter, apparently over “creative differences.” Read the full piecefor more extensive bitchery and speculation here.

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