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'Catching Fire' soundtrack tracklisting released: Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Lumineers, Lorde, and more

Not too long ago, the most coveted soundtrack slot was for a series of movies about a sullen teenage girl who really wanted to marry a boring vampire. But artists both indie and mainstream are now clamoring for spots attached to the new cool YA franchise (with a way more badass girl at the helm).

Catching Fire, the latest film in The Hunger Games series, has already seen its soundtrack album set in motion with a lead single, Coldplay’s “Atlas,” and now the full tracklisting has been revealed — including new songs from the Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Lorde, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, and Ellie Goulding.

Also on the roster? Former genie in a bottle and current Voice coach Christina Aguilera, who announced via Twitter that she has recorded a brand new song called “We Remain” specifically for Catching Fire:

“Love the underlying message of the Hunger Games,” she wrote. “‘We Remain’ is special new song, its message to my fans & how I connect w/ the movie, alike.”

Find the full tracklisting after the jump:

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Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and the long legacy of album sequels

This week saw the early streaming release of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2 – you can listen to the whole thing in its entirety over at iTunes right now (and then read the official EW review). 

2 of 2 is the sequel to March’s The 20/20 Experience, Timberlake’s long-awaited return to pop music. It’s also the latest in a relatively recent phenomenon: The album sequel. (Add Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 coming in November, to the list.) If movies can do it, why can’t the music world?

With these releases in mind, it’s time to look back at the best examples of album sequels. They don’t all work (in fact, a lot of them do not—be wary of rappers returning to old titles that weren’t that good in the first place), but these are the 10 best, in no particular order.

Jay Z, Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life
Jigga has had two different sets of sequels, but his In My Lifetime series is consistently stronger than those albums that contain the title The Blueprint (the original Blueprint is a stone-cold classic, but its two follow-ups are bloated and inconsistent). Vol. 2 was the album that found Jay crossing over into pop territory, as the Annie-sampling single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” gave Jay his first jolt of mainstream popularity—which he has ridden into his status as one of our premiere music stars.

Dr. Dre, 2001
The long-awaited, unofficial sequel to Dre’s landmark solo debut The Chronic (in some circles, it’s still called Chronic 2001, it’s long-rumored working title) hits just as hard as its predecessor and features a handful of tracks (including “What’s the Difference?” and especially “The Next Episode”) that sounded instantly timeless—and have remained so.  READ FULL STORY

Haim cover 'Wrecking Ball,' provide stream of their excellent debut album 'Days Are Gone'

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Haim the trio of California sisters who’ve been swirling through the pop-music hype machine for the better part of a year, are finally on the cusp of releasing their debut, the excellent Days Are Gone.

Days takes ’70s SoCal songcraft—the girls were clearly weaned on a steady diet of Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles—and apply modern pop production techniques for a warm, reverb-heavy, hooktacular sound.

But to paraphrase Levar Burton, don’t take our word for it—you can listen to the entirety of Days Are Gone right now, as it’s streaming over at NPR. The album will be in stores this coming Tuesday, September 30.

And if you like the idea of Haim but also don’t want anything that isn’t Miley Cyrus-related in your life right now, there’s a handy solution for that: The group just put together a cover of “Wrecking Ball” for BBC Radio 1. Their performance of the current Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper is below.  READ FULL STORY

'Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life' season 2 trailer drops: 'I'm a twerkaholic!'

Ever wanted to see Ke$ha twerk in front of her mother? It’s your lucky day.

The singer’s MTV docuseries Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life is about to enter season two, and according to the new trailer, it’s even nuttier than the pretty-damn-nutty first season. (Remember when she stalked her ex-boyfriend? That was weird! Wonder if he watches the show.)

Other than the twerking antics, the clip claims some great soundbites like, “I don’t want to date a man that wears more makeup than me,” “You know you’re doing something right when the Westboro Baptist Church pickets your show,” and “SHAAARK!” To be fair, there was a shark.

Check it out in the video below:

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Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' director's cut has even more nudity: Watch it here!

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Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” video now has a director’s cut.

But rather than tone down the tawdriness, the new version of “Wrecking Ball” actually amps it up. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus goes wild at school in Mike Will Made It's '23' video: Watch it here

The ’90s gave birth to Miley Cyrus, and now she’s returning the favor by paying homage to the decade of Cross Colors and Saved by the Bell.

In the new Mike Will Made It clip for “23,” Cyrus parades around a high school wearing “sexy” Chicago Bulls jerseys and  vintage Jordans while making references to Naughty By Nature and MC Hammer. She smokes cigarettes, graffitis the bathroom, and generally runs amok.

Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Zack Morris also join in on the shenanigans, all at the chagrin of the uptight school principal Mr. Belding. Just kidding! Partly.

It’s also reminiscent of another ’90s classic, Master P’s “Make ‘Em Say Uhh!” video. Take a look below: READ FULL STORY

Adam Levine now in a Twitter feud with Lady Gaga, sort of

For somebody who tries to spread a gospel of love and acceptance, doesn’t it seem like Lady Gaga gets herself involved in an awful lot of passive-aggressive kerfluffles on Twitter?

Having taken a barrage of beef from onetime collaborator Azealia Banks, Mother Monster has now gotten into it with Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice star Adam Levine. On Friday, Levine tweeted, “Ugh … recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.” He followed that up with the note, “I unabashedly love writing and performing pop music for both myself AND everyone around me. That’s It. It doesn’t need any extra sauce.”

Though he didn’t name any names, most everybody on the Internet decided that he was taking shots at Gaga. She responded to his comments on Saturday. “Uh oh guys the art police is here,” she tweeted.

That was the last of the exchange. It seems as though both Gaga and Levine have gone back to their respective corners, with the former gearing up for the forthcoming release of both her film debut (in Machete Kills, out Oct. 11) and her new album ARTPOP (out Nov. 8).

Meanwhile, Levine will be returning to his spinning chair on the season premiere of The Voice tonight. We judge this round a draw on all cards.

Justin Timberlake boxes for your love on 'TKO': Hear it here

Pop stars, they love the boxing these days!

Katy Perry’s been putting on her best fighter face while promoting “Roar,” and Sleigh Bells (who, yes, are basically pop these days — this iPhone ad says so) have adopted the old sport as part of their regimen, and now Justin Timberlake has entered the ring with “TKO,” the second released single off his upcoming The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2.

The love-and-pugilism song comes behind “Take Back the Night” and, as expected, is a Timbaland-produced jam that runs around seven minutes. Give a listen below:

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Mel B breaks out, makes out in 'For Once In My Life' video: Watch it here!

It’s been 17 years since Melanie Brown (aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice) first declared that all she really wanted to do was “zigazig-ha.”

Though she had one of the better Spice Girls solo projects in 2000′s Hot, she hasn’t done solo work since 2005′s L.A. State of Mind, instead choosing to focus on being a judge on reality competition shows, taking her top off for breast cancer awareness, and participating in the Spice Girls reunion.

But she’s back with a new single called “For Once In My Life,” and while the track itself is reasonable enough blast of synth-ravaged dance pop, the video is a pretty impressive little piece of business. It finds Mel B transitioning from what is apparently a bland suburban existence into a more chaotic, party filled life that finds her constantly taking her clothes off and shifting hair styles. At the climax, she makes out with what is apparently a clone of herself (or a version of herself from eight hours ago who just emerged from the machine).

Anyway, crank it up and have a little fun with the artist formerly known as Scary.  READ FULL STORY

Azealia Banks cyber attacks Lady Gaga over 'Red Flame' theft

Azealia Banks—who, we’ll remind you, still has yet to release her oft-delayed debut LP Broke With Expensive Taste—has decided to go back on the offensive with Lady Gaga. 

In a series of tweets, Banks took Gaga to task for jacking the song “Red Flame.” “Make sure u let them know where u got the title for red flame from. U stole that from the demo I sent u,” she said in a (since deleted) tweet at Gaga. “You can have it. Plenty more where that came from. Seriously. . . This one is free. Next time I’m charging.”

There are a handful of problems with this. First, it’s unclear whether or not Banks is upset that Gaga took the song “Red Flame” wholesale (was that supposed to be the collaboration between Banks and Gaga that she jettisoned from ARTPOP?) or if she’s just bummed that she’s using the title “Red Flame” (which makes even less sense, considering the ARTPOP track list has yet to be completed and Broke With Expensive Taste doesn’t contain a song with that name). Gaga did not respond to the tweets, and as mentioned, the initial message was deleted from Banks’ Twitter feed.

This isn’t the first time Banks has gotten up in Gaga’s cyber-business. Following Gaga’s show-opening, seashell-centric performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Banks took umbrage with Gaga’s adoption of mermaid couture, a non-trend that Banks has claimed as her own. (Was that the reason Gaga abandoned The Little Mermaid in favor of The Wizard of Oz?)

The saddest thing about this whole exchange? As a punctuation mark on her latest Twitter outburst, Banks tweeted, “Team Katy,” as though anybody on the Internet was still talking about the chart showdown between Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in the 2013 Fall Diva Wars. Doesn’t Banks know that the real cyber juice comes from writing about Miley Cyrus?

Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP will be released on November 8. Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste will be out eventually, probably.

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