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Sam Smith: 2014 was the year I became a household name

The music of 22-year-old Sam Smith has been celebrated in the singer’s native England for two years already—but it wasn’t until a rafter-shaking performance on Saturday Night Live this spring that the soulful crooner broke big on this side of the pond. Soon enough, his single “Stay With Me” was cracking the top 10 on the Billboard hot 100, his debut album was selling like hotcakes… and EW was publishing an article called “This is the Last Time We’ll Ever Have to Introduce You to Sam Smith.” Here, Smith himself gives a rundown of his biggest year yet. READ FULL STORY

Father John Misty might be the busiest guy in indie rock

The last two years were good ones for Josh Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty. The former Fleet Foxes drummer released his first FJM album, Fear Fun, toured the heck out of it, got married, and hit the road again with what he called a “variety show” tour (performances included a scantily clad woman wearing a giant bunny head as he tried out new songs).

Tillman has since taken a well-deserved break — or so we thought. Ostensibly holed up to work on his sophomore album, he actually never went away; he’s just letting the psychedelic ringleader persona of Father John Misty take a backseat while he collaborates with other artists in unexpected places.

Since his last tour, here’s where Tillman has been spotted:

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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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Ashlee Simpson's new single 'Bat for a Heart' - Hear It Here

Look who’s back with a Halloween-friendly new single! The day before Thanksgiving!

Ah well — she may not have updated her iCalendar lately, but Ashlee Simpson is back with a new song, “Bat for a Heart,” a track she first previewed a few weeks ago with a NSFW (the lyrics not the visuals, you perv!) teaser video.

Check it out on Soundcloud below and tell us if you L.O., L.O., L.O.V.E. it: READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean says he'll bring John Mayer to SNL

And thus the rumor mill grinds on.

Odd Future alum and breakout R&B star Frank Ocean tweeted earlier that John Mayer will join him for his performance on SNL’s season opener this Saturday.

Though Mayer’s recent headlines have focused more on his hair and his love life than his music, the rocker did collaborate with Ocean on Channel Orange‘s “White.”

SNL hasn’t confirmed Ocean’s claim, but I’d be willing to bet that the premiere (hosted by Seth McFarlane) packs a few surprises.

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Karmin unleashes new single 'Broken Hearted' in time for their 'Saturday Night Live' performance

In less than two weeks, YouTubers-turned-major-label-recording artists Karmin will take the Saturday Night Live stage alongside host Zooey Deschanel.

The duo has already released its first single, “Crash Your Party,” which is currently climbing the pop charts, and while it’s unclear whether that song will be performed on SNL, Amy and Nick clearly have more than just Chris Brown covers ready for the show.

Epic has just released the audio of Karmin’s second official single, the sunny pop track “Broken Hearted,” which features another dose of Amy’s trademark rapping over a Dr. Luke-esque beat.

Nick’s voice, however, is nowhere to be heard on the song, in which a lover begs her man not to “leave [her] broken hearted tonight.” Give it a listen below: 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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Lana Del Rey's 'SNL' performance draws criticism, counter-backlash: Watch the video here

Though it wasn’t the most viscerally fascinating event on Saturday night (falling well behind the destruction of Tim Tebow, and Edson Barboza’s crazy-ridiculous roundhouse-kick knockout at UFC 142), Lana Del Rey’s appearance on Saturday Night Live certainly got the Twitterverse talking.

Del Rey, whose debut album Born to Die hits shelves on January 31 and who scored a veritable avalanche of blog-born buzz with her 2011 single “Video Games” (which made EW’s year-end top 10 list), performed two songs on the Daniel Radcliffe-hosted episode. Clad in a white dress, Del Rey seemed nervous and vocally shaky as she rolled through “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans.” Check out the latter below. READ FULL STORY

'SNL' star Taran Killam's awesome interpretation of Robyn's 'Call Your Girlfriend' video: Watch it here

As the host of last weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, Katy Perry delivered a performance that was not quite as successful as fellow non-actress Taylor Swift’s outing but miles ahead of, say, (arguably also non-actress) January Jones.

And If nothing else, she proved that if her next solo album strikes out, she can always front a Florence + the Machine tribute act.

But the true highlight was musical guest Robyn, who spent the better part of the summer on the road with Perry as her opening act. The Swedish pop sensation acquitted herself nicely on the often-difficult SNL musical stage with both “Dancing on My Own” and “Call Your Girlfriend,” all while wearing truly impossible shoes.

Before she even took the stage, Robyn was clearly inspiring SNL cast members – especially Taran Killam, who delighted Towleroad when he turned on the camera at 4:30 in the morning last week to re-create Robyn’s video for “Call Your Girlfriend.”

With the help of a handful of other SNL regulars (including Bobby Moynihan operating the flashlight) and a very furry jacket, Killam nailed the clip’s low-budget, quirky charm with even more penny-pinching flare. Check it out below, and be ready to laugh as much as Vanessa Bayer does. READ FULL STORY

Radiohead drop woozy 'Lotus Flower' and 'Staircase' on 'SNL': What did you think?

Saturday Night Live opened up its 37th season over the weekend with guns blazing. The show trotted out record-breaking, much-beloved host Alec Baldwin, whipped off their first funny political cold open since the 2008 election, and invited Radiohead, one of the most cultishly adored bands on the planet, to stand in as the musical guest.

In case you have forgotten, Radiohead actually put out an album this year. It’s called The King of Limbs, and it was almost completely forgettable. Objectively speaking, it’s another impressive sonic accomplishment, full of rumbles and hums and womb-like soundscapes. But once upon a time, the band used to write real songs, and those are nowhere to be found on The King of Limbs.

They didn’t do much to change minds on Saturday night, as frontman Thom Yorke and his collective of bleep-bloop obsessives twitched their way through a pair of tunes: the sinister b-side “Staircase” and the sorta-single “Lotus Flower,” the latter of which you can check out below. READ FULL STORY

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