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Blood Orange releases wonderfully sad remix of Sia's 'Chandelier'

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Dev Hynes, better known as avant-R&B genius Blood Orange, has been lying low since suffering a catastrophic apartment fire back in the winter. But he’s been starting to regain some of the momentum that last November’s Cupid Deluxe album had begun to generate. He’s been getting back to releasing his series of consistently entertaining videos for Cupid Deluxe tracks.

Now, he’s released a radically deconstructed remix of Sia’s summer jam “Chandelier” that strips the song of its triumphal arena rock swagger and, well, pretty much everything else, which he’s replaced with his own vocals, a twitchy drum part, and a tasteful thumb piano part. In the process he’s remade one of the most inspirational get-pumped anthems of the year into an anxiety-ridden slow jam, stripping Sia’s chorus from its surroundings to let it hang almost unadorned in a way that transmutes its YOLO-ness into something starkly desperate. It does the exact opposite of the original, but it’s just as compelling.

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Shawn Mendes talks about turning Internet fame into an IRL hit

A year ago, Pickering, Ontario native Shawn Mendes was just an average teenager with an interest in music. Then, last August, he posted a six-second clip of himself singing Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” on the video-snippet-sharing service Vine. By the next day, he was an Internet star, thanks to the 10,000-plus followers he amassed overnight.

Now, he has nearly 3 million followers and has embarked on a more traditional musical career path, signing with Universal Music Group subsidiary Island Records. In late June he released his first single, “Life of the Party,” a piano-driven power ballad with an unexpectedly mature vibe that immediately went to the top of the iTunes singles chart.

Just after “Life of the Party” was released EW got on the phone with him to talk about Vine, YouTube, stage fright, and his sudden rise to fame.

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'Billboard' chart recap: The Hot 100 gets stuck

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 The Hot 100 this week is giving off a level of dèjá vu that’s (sorry) off the charts. The top six songs of this week are the exact same as the top six last week, with Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” which has been No. 1 for seven straight weeks, joining the Billboard record books for songs by female artists that have spent the longest in that spot. Below those, Calvin Harris’s “Summer” and John Legend’s “All of Me” traded spots at No. 7 and No. 8, and the rise of Maroon 5’s “Maps” from No. 13 to No. 9–knocking DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” down one notch to No. 10–represents one of the biggest shakeups at the chart’s upper end.

The trend continues all the way down the chart. Ariana Grande’s Zedd-produced “Break Free” debuted at No. 15 and 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Amnesia” entered the chart one slot below, but below them a significant amount the change from last week was in increments of one or two places. The only drastic movement on the entire Hot 100 was Shawn Mendes’s “Life of the Party,” which dove from No. 24 to No. 82 in its second week on the chart. READ FULL STORY

Blood Orange releases moody 'High Street' video

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Near the end of Blood Orange’s outstanding 2013 album Cupid Deluxe, the psychic tension that’s been building up over its course finally has a moment of release as project mastermind Dev Hynes veers sharply away from the retro-tinged funk that makes up most of the record. The result is “High Street,” a gentle, meditative ballad where he takes a secondary role providing hooks for British rapper Skepta’s verses.

Despite the novelty value of the its Parade-era-Prince-meets-UK-grime approach, it’s a subtle composition that finds a steady balance between its two sides. With Skepta’s introspective lyrics, Hynes’s echo-soaked vocals, and the weightless flourishes of piano and synth pads that prop it all up, it sounds like a song made for contemplative late-night walks.

Fittingly, its video is heavy on atmospheric shots of Hynes wandering the nocturnal streets of London, and it also features a visually impressive setup with Skepta rapping in front of an array of unmanned double-decker buses. While there are significantly fewer of Hynes’s fantastic dance moves in “High Street” than there were in Cupid Deluxe‘s first three videos, it’s still pretty great.

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'Weezer Wednesday' premiere: New album gets a release date; EW goes in the studio

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Weezer have spent the bulk of 2014 working hard on a new album called Everything Will Be Alright In The End. They’ve been gradually letting fans in on the process of its creation through a video series they’ve dubbed “Weezer Wednesdays.” The clips have been teasing out not only bits of songs but also details about the album, including the title and the artwork.

EW is super-pleased to bring you the latest installment of “Weezer Wednesdays,” which not only reveals a snippet of a killer new song called “Return to Ithaca” but also confirms the release date for Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Weezer’s latest album will arrive on September 30.  READ FULL STORY

Bliss out to Jessie Ware's 'Tough Love' video

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A couple of weeks ago, British techno-chanteuse Jessie Ware released her first new music since her 2012 album Devotion. Produced by superstar beat-maker Benny Blanco (who’s done work for Rihanna and Katy Perry) and London “post-bass” producer Two Inch Punch, “Tough Love” has ethereal, Kate-Bush-esque vocals, a crisp, Prince-ly beat, and enough thick, delicious bass to satisfy the fans who came to her via electronic artists like SBTRKT and Joker. Now it also has a video that seamlessly translates the song’s gossamer vibes into visual form, which mainly means lots of shots of roses and lights and the very pretty Jessie Ware herself.

Ware hasn’t announced a title or a release date for her next album, but she’s revealed that the “Tough Love” producers (who collaborate under the name BenZel) will be executive producing, and teen-beloved cornball Ed Sheeran is also involved somehow. Despite the complete lack of verified information, it’s still sure to be one of the best pop moments of the year (assuming it comes out this year). READ FULL STORY

Paramore's Hayley Williams on tour workouts, her new hair color, and the joys of not wearing latex

It’s a pretty great time to be in Paramore; their current single “Ain’t It Fun” represents their most successful hit yet, and they’re currently on the road with Fall Out Boy, co-headlining a summer run called the Monumentour. Singer Hayley Williams checked in recently to discuss her Warped Tour history, the value of kickboxing shorts, and the madness of playing Good Morning America.

Entertainment Weekly: You’re a few dates into the Monumentour. What do you know about the guys in Fall Out Boy that you didn’t know two weeks ago?
Hayley Williams: All those guys work out every day and we’re just getting in our dressing room eating chips. I told Patrick [Stump], “Thanks for making us all feel like the laziest buttholes.” He was like, “If I wasn’t doing this, I wouldn’t be able to move onstage. It’s so crucial.” I was like, “OK cool, maybe I’ll start up Ballet Beautiful in a minute.”

We’re all just so getting into tour mode that we really haven’t had a lot of time to hang out yet. We really have to find an off day to get a tour-wide dinner, with the bands and crews and everybody. Those guys are rad. It’s already so cool being on the same tour and sharing a bill and sharing a massive crowd of people who love both of our bands. It’s about time this tour happened. READ FULL STORY

The Breakdown: Robin Thicke's 'Paula' influences, by the numbers

Earlier this week, Robin Thicke released his seventh LP, Paula, just shy of a year after his last album, Blurred Lines. It’s been an eventful year for Thicke: “Blurred Lines” finally broke him with the mainstream American audience he had been courting relentlessly for a decade, his image has grown more salacious (helped out by his breakout single’s nudity-filled video and his on-stage freaking of Miley Cyrus at last year’s VMAs), and his wife of nearly nine years, Paula Patton, left him, apparently for reasons stemming from these developments.

As its title suggests, Paula is an album-length examination of their estrangement, as well as a pitch to convince Patton to reconcile. It’s the kind of flop-sweaty grand gesture that men have long been making when their partners finally get fed up with their nonsense, on an epic scale. A forgiving critic might call it “deeply personal,” but so far it’s mostly been called creepy and invasive, not to mention fundamentally flawed and misguided.

After the jump we’ll dig through this mess and figure out what it’s made from. READ FULL STORY

'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Stories Behind The Songs

For 35 years, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been music’s most reliable satirist, sending up the biggest pop hits and the most iconic artists for the sake of belly laughs. He’s about to release a brand new album called Mandatory Fun on July 15, so to prepare for a fresh batch of tunes we caught up with Yankovic to get the stories behind hits both big and small.  READ FULL STORY

Video: Get hooked on Tunde Olaniran's 'Critical'

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While many of his contemporaries work to cultivate an air of mystery through secret identities and un-Google-able stage names, Tunde Olaniran is generating a more intriguingly ambiguous vibe with a fraction of the effort. A native of Flint, Michigan, better known as Detroit’s less quaint sibling, Olaniran works in the gaps between hip-hop, R&B, dance music, and punk, weaving together aggressive beats, noisy electronics, and an intuitive knack for melody into a seamless, surprisingly pop-friendly whole. His recent five-song EP Yung Archetype sounds like Yeezus as a soul record, or if The-Dream made a record with TV on the Radio.

Last week Olaniran released a video for the brooding, spacious Yung Archetype track “Critical,” which he wrote for a family member who was diagnosed with cancer. It’s an emotionally intense four-and-a-half-minute ride, but I’ve had it on heavy rotation nonetheless. Hit the jump to get hooked. READ FULL STORY

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