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Meet Hozier, this weekend's 'SNL' musical guest and 'The Blues Brothers' obsessive

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Even if you don’t know recognize Hozier by name, you may have already run across “Take Me To Church,” the soulful ballad that showed up in a key moment during HBO’s The Leftovers and comes pre-approved by Revenge, Arrow, and The Fault In Our Stars music supervisor Season Kent. The track steadily climbed up the Irish singles chart last fall, then made its first impact in America after Hozier performed it on The Late Show With David Letterman in the spring. It currently sits at 62 on the Billboard Hot 100, has over 13 million views on YouTube, and promises to leap even further into the consciousness thanks to his appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Not bad for a song cut in a cramped storage space.

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Tune in: Ariana Grande talks to EW about 'SNL,' 'My Everything'

Ariana Grande has spent a busy week prepping for her performance on Saturday Night Live, but she’s taking time out of her rehearsal to speak with EW and her fans live from 30 Rock.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, Grande will speak live with EW‘s Tim Stack about performing for the show, her album My Everything, which is currently available for free on Google Play, and about “Problem” being considered one of the songs of the summer.

Tune into the Google Hangout at 5 p.m. to watch the talk, and also leave questions on the hangout page to be answered during the discussion. Grande will perform live while Chris Pratt hosts the 40th season premiere of Saturday Night Live on Sept. 27 at 11:30 p.m.

Sam Smith is the 'SNL' musical guest this weekend. So who is he?

Fear not, Americans: It’s understandable if, like so many things in the world beyond our borders, you’re unsure of who Sam Smith is, and why he is being shown to you on television.

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Why isn't Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' getting a sales boost from her 'SNL' appearance?

On Saturday night, Lady Gaga joined the relatively exclusive club of people who have served as both the host and musical guest in a single episode of Saturday Night Live.

Critically, she was a relative success, delivering a steady-if-unremarkable stream of sketch moments and sounding mostly excellent on the oft-tricky SNL music stage. The show was rewarded with its highest ratings of the season, and the estimated audience of between eight and nine million viewers is the highest since Justin Timberlake’s double-down episode back in March.

And yet Gaga’s new album ARTPOP is only third on iTunes’ download chart, trailing both Eminem and One Direction. And the two singles she performed on Saturday’s show are languishing on the singles chart—the R. Kelly-assisted “Do What U Want” sits outside the top 10 at 14, and “Gypsy” is all the way down at 72.

Under normal circumstances, an appearance on SNL tends to provide a healthy boost to an artist, especially one with a brand new album: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis saw their record sales jump up 83% in the week following their SNL performance earlier this year, Of Monsters & Men experienced a 74% increase, and Alabama Shakes rocketed from the 40s into the top 10 on the Billboard 200.

So where’s Gaga’s boost? It’s the latest in a series of negative developments surrounding the sales of ARTPOP. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus crashes 'SNL' to announce 2014 tour -- VIDEO

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If Saturday Night Live fans thought they were done with Miley Cyrus for the year after she pulled double-duty as host and musical guest earlier this month, they were sorely mistaken. The “Wrecking Ball” singer returned on last night’s SNL to give Edward Norton some hosting tips (yeah, we’re not sure Ed should take her advice either) alongside 15-time host Alec Baldwin.

She kicked off her appearance with a little self-promotion, announcing her upcoming tour. “Real quick, I’d just like to announce to all my fans that I’m about to be going on tour.” Baldwin followed suit with his own message to Miley’s supporters: “And I’d like to announce to Miley’s fans that my new talk show is on MSNBC Fridays at 10 o’clock.”

Check out the moment during Norton’s monologue below:
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Phoenix preview their guest appearance on 'SNL': 'We're looking forward to the final hug'

Your favorite French indie-rock band is set to make its second Saturday Night Live appearance. As they say in French, hourra!

The last time Phoenix played SNL, back in 2009, they treated viewers to three songs — a rare deviation from the show’s typical two-performance format.

Funny story, though — they definitely didn’t want to do it. EW recently sat down for drinks with the band, whose fifth album Bankrupt! is due April 23, to chat about their memorable SNL appearance, among other things. (You can read the full interview in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, available on stands now.)

Read on to see what the band — Thomas Mars, Deck D’Arcy, and brothers Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai — had to say.

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Fred Armisen and ?uestlove have a drum-off on 'Fallon' - VIDEO

Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen famously costars with indie-rock luminary Carrie Brownstein (ex member of riot girl icons Sleater-Kinney and current guitiarist in Wild Flag) on Portlandia, which returns to IFC this Friday, but he famously has his own indie-rock bona fides, which he showed off last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Armisen has actually demonstrated off his drumming skills in the past, and on Fallon, he went toe-to-toe hitting skins with the show’s bandleader Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.

Armisen held his own against the imposing Root —check it out for yourself below.  READ FULL STORY

Six things we learned from GQ's Frank Ocean interview

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2012′s been a busy year for Frank Ocean. The R&B singer released Channel Orange, a game-changing record that debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200. He played high-profile gigs at the MTV Video Music Awards and Saturday Night Live. He opened up about a failed romance with a man on his Tumblr.

Now the Odd Future affiliate, who was born Lonny Breaux, has spoken to GQ about his humble upbringing in New Orleans, his rapid ascent to stardom, and the post that could have potentially derailed his career. Here’s what we learned:

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One Direction announces summer 2013 tour dates

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One Direction has announced a slew of North American tour dates for 2013, according to the group’s official website. Starting next June 13, the band will visit 25 venues throughout the U.S. and Canada, wrapping up in Los Angeles on Aug. 7.

The British-Irish boy band sensation had a banner week last week, selling out a Madison Square Garden date in minutes and performing on Saturday Night Live for the first time. Whether they plan to add more dates is uncertain (read: highly likely), but one thing is sure: There will be a lot of this. Click through for the full schedule. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe swoops in to Lana Del Rey's 'SNL' defense

Call it Harry Potter and the Cold-Blooded Critics.

After hosting last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Daniel Radcliffe is publicly coming to the defense of the episode’s musical guest Lana Del Rey, whose performance has inspired the first Great Music Debate of 2012.

“It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly,” Radcliffe said to the British press of Del Rey, who sang “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” on that fateful night.

“I also think people are making it about things other than the performance,” the actor continued. “If you read what people are saying about her online, it’s all about her past and her family and stuff that’s nobody else’s business.”

Added Radcliffe, “I don’t think it warranted anywhere near that reaction.”

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