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If the Red Hot Chili Peppers weren't plugged in during the Super Bowl, does it matter?

Sunday night’s Super Bowl Halftime Show with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers was reasonably entertaining, if unremarkable. Still, that didn’t stop it from being the most watched halftime show in history, beating out the numbers for more memorable performances by Madonna and Beyoncé.

Inevitably, close watchers of the broadcast noticed that neither Flea’s bass nor Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar appeared to be plugged in to anything. It was first pointed out by Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, who tweeted “That guitar is plugged into NOTHING” during the show. Photo evidence seemed to back him up, and though there was a stirring online debate about whether or not the Peppers could have been using wireless transmitters, Reid set the world straight. “There were NO wireless packs,” he tweeted. “Which would be a nightmare given the huge amount of wireless channels. They leave NOTHING to chance.”

His last point is the most pertinent: For a show in an outdoor stadium that size, and with so little time to turn everything around, prerecording in those settings has been the norm for decades. Vocals are a little easier to deal with, but it’s near-impossible to wrangle multiple instruments thanks to delay and echo-related complications. (People were also pointing out that Mars’ horn section wasn’t actually making noise either.) And it’s not like a completely different group of musicians recorded “Give It Away” for the Chili Peppers—in these situations, they usually record a version live to perform to.

Not that there’s been much outrage over the revelation that Flea was playing air bass. Remember when Beyoncé lip-synced “The Star-Spangled Banner” and everybody lost their minds? READ FULL STORY

Ingrid Michaelson plays her own Robert Palmer in new 'Girls Chase Boys' video - EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

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Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson famously channeled a handful of classic rock stars  — including John Lennon, David Bowie, and Gene Simmons — in her 2012 clip for “Blood Brothers.” Now, for her new single “Girls Chase Boys,” she’s tipping her Patrick Nagel-painted hat to Robert Palmer.

The track is the first single from Michaelson’s brand new album Lights Out, due April 15. It’s a darker, more complicated side of the singer, she told EW: “‘Girls Chase Boys’ started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same. The video takes that idea one step further, and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don’t exclusively chase boys. We all know this. We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love.”

The clip is a gender-tweaking homage to Palmer’s  1988 video for “Simply Irresistible,” one of the more iconic clips of the decade. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

On the Scene at the Howard Stern Birthday Bash

The Hammerstein Ballroom was originally constructed as an opera house and, in the eyes of founder Oscar Hammerstein, was meant to return a stuffy art form back to the people. On Friday night, a reversal occurred when Howard Stern, the definitive American radio personality for two generations, found his populist form elevated by a staggering stream of boldfaced names who paid tribute to him on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Hosted and broadcast live via SiriusXM, Stern’s home for the last eight years, the Howard Stern Birthday Bash filled the Ballroom with famous faces and crowded its stage with comedians, musicians, and fellow broadcasters to celebrate Stern’s life and career, which has evolved from the juvenile rabble-rousing of his early terrestrial life to the statelier (but still brutally honest) conversations of the satellite era. Sure, the Wack Pack was in the building, but so was Robert Downey, Jr., Larry King, Barbara Walters, Harvey Weinstein, and Hilary Swank — and that was mostly at one table.  READ FULL STORY

Bask in the brilliance of the Nine Inch Nails parody 'This Is A Trent Reznor Song'

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Frederick Scott just paid Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor the ultimate compliment.

Scott’s “This Is a Trent Reznor Song” is a spot-on homage to Reznor, who Scott described on Twitter as “one of my musical heroes.” In a track that ends up sounding an awful lot like Reznor’s Hesitation Marks single “Came Back Haunted,” Scott narrates the construction of a typical NIN tune, pointing out the esoteric percussion, weird noises, and the escalating nature of Reznor’s voice.

Anybody who has spent quality time with The Downward Spiral or The Fragile will understand. Listen below: READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry, Lorde, Imagine Dragons all get early post-Grammys sales boosts

If Katy Perry is actually a witch, then she certainly cast the right spell on music buyers.

Though her performance during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards was met with mixed reviews (EW loved it; the rest of the Internet was more lukewarm), Perry has the biggest post-Grammys sales bump so far.

We won’t know which albums got the biggest spikes until next week (the sales numbers close Sunday night), though a number of songs—including Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring rapper Juicy J—have already seen noticeable increases following their appearance on Sunday night’s show.

“Dark Horse” has been on top of the iTunes singles chart all week, and it’s the number one song on Billboard‘s Digital Songs chart (which includes Monday’s sales) this week. It sold 294,000 downloads last week, up 12 percent from last week’s tally. That boost was enough to push “Dark Horse” into the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, which is Perry’s ninth trip to that plateau.

Other big gainers on the Billboard Digital Songs chart include Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (up 206 percent), John Legend’s “All Of Me” (a 110 percent gain), and Pink & Nate Ruess’ “Just Give Me a Reason” (a 122 percent boost). Imagine Dragons also got a jolt with the release of the Kendrick Lamar-assisted remix of “Radioactive,” which helped the song to a 58 percent sales gain.

It’ll be interesting to see who will see their album sales boosted by the Grammys, which were watched by nearly 30 million people. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories will almost certainly see a giant bounce, as should Lorde’s Pure Heroine, Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer, Different Park, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist. However, it’s entirely possible the biggest winner of the post-Grammys week could be 2014 Grammy Nominees, the compilation album that debuted at number two with 59,000 copies sold.

What music did you buy in the wake of the Grammys? Let us know in the comments.

Motley Crue call it quits (again), announce gigantic farewell tour

They say there are only two retirements that never stick: Rock stars and professional wrestlers.

OK, nobody actually says that, but it’s more or less true. The call of the road and the brightness of the lights is often too much to keep aging stars away, which is why we’re still watching Ozzy Osbourne play Black Sabbath songs and Ric Flair deliver chops.

The latest band to declare retirement is Motley Crue, who just announced that they were hanging it up following a massive farewell tour that is scheduled to kick off July 2 and run on and off for the next two years. Dubbed The Final Tour, the trek is signed in blood (kind of): Earlier today in Los Angeles, the group — Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee — signed a formal “Cessation of Touring Agreement” that says they are officially forbidden from hitting the road as of the end of 2015. “Everything must come to an end,” Lee said at the press conference announcing the tour. “We always had a vision of going out with a big f—ing bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with one or two original band members. Our job here is done!”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Motley Crue have called it quits. READ FULL STORY

Grammys Winner Snubs and Surprises: Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath steal, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar get robbed

Last night, there was a tweet floating around the Internet that noted that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had already amassed four Grammys and legendary artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, and the Who have a grand total of zero among them.

The suggestion, of course, is that possessing an  an armload of Academy-issued gold sippy cups doesn’t necessarily have any real correlation to artistic greatness.

Still, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some head-scratching decisions and maddening snubs during last night’s telecast, most of which happened off-camera. As surprised as Taylor Swift was that Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, the French duo’s victory can’t entirely be called an upset; though there were some mild surprises among the awards handed out live at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, there wasn’t a single on-camera score that could be considered a true surprise of snub.

Luckily, there were dozens more awards given out before the televised show even started, and there lives a parade of outrage.  READ FULL STORY

How Kendrick Lamar (and Imagine Dragons) won the Grammys

Beloved stars hit their marks over and over on last night’s Grammys: Beyoncé pulled off a paradoxically classy chair dance, an ecstatic Pharrell led Daft Punk in a music nerdgasm with Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers, Lorde fully blew out her bedroom sound, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis staged a mass wedding as corny and obvious and touching as any ceremony you’d share with family.

And then there was Kendrick Lamar. Although he’s beloved among rap fans and recognized as an indefatigable performer at festivals and opening for Kanye West, the Academy reminded us that Kendrick’s just not the type they want to celebrate, awarding him zero Grammys, not even for Best Rap Album. Macklemore—in his own words—”robbed” that one from Kendrick.

Nor did Kendrick merely hit his marks when it came time for him to perform. Instead, he offered up his own reminder of just how wily and amorphous he is compared to virtually any other artist competing, even in futility, in any kind of industry popularity contest. Rather than simply come out and rap, maybe surrounded by a set evoking his hometown of Compton or with a guest rapper who once managed to find the Academy’s favor, he teamed up with Imagine Dragons, one of rock’s most successful and least acclaimed bands, to try and reinvent a smash (“Radioactive”) that has already worn a groove in pop’s collective consciousness. (Plus perform part of his own ”m.A.A.D City.”)

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Grammy finale: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Lindsey Buckingham to close out the show

Last year, the Grammy Awards closed with a bizarre LL Cool J-led parade that was ostensibly a tribute to the late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch, but was mostly a mess of nü-metal noise.

This Sunday, the end of the broadcast promises to be infinitely better thanks to a scheduled super group featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham. They’re hardly strangers going into the show, of course: Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age are heading out on tour together in Australia; Grohl played drums on several QOTSA albums; QOTSA frontman Josh Homme collaborated with Trent Reznor on a track for Grohl’s Sound City documentary, which also featured Buckingham; and Buckingham played guitars on a few tracks on NIN’s Hesitation Marks.

Several of those members could also be newly minted Grammy winners by the time they hit the stage. READ FULL STORY

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

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