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The ultimate Phil Ramone playlist: Hear definitive tracks from Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Dusty Springfield, and Paul McCartney

Over five-plus decades, album producer, engineering whiz, and recording innovator Phil Ramone won 14 Grammys and collaborated with some of the biggest lights in pop and rock: Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, Tony Bennett, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, just to name some of the bigger stars.

One of his most notable partnerships was with Billy Joel, whose sound Ramone helped hone on his mainstream pop crossover hit with 1977′s The Stranger. Over the course of Joel’s career, he became one of his most trusted collaborators. “I always thought of Phil Ramone as the most talented guy in my band,” Joel said in a statement on Ramone’s passing. “He was the guy that no one ever, ever saw on stage. He was with me as long as any of the musicians I ever played with—longer than most. So much of my music was shaped by him and brought to fruition by him.”

Ramone passed away at age 79 on Saturday, but his epic recorded legacy will live on. Check out our definitive Spotify playlist below, which includes hits from all points of his resume.  READ FULL STORY

Spotify uses streaming data to predict Grammy winners

If award season is all about seeing who can predict the winners, then Spotify is just trying to keep up with the times.

This year, Spotify is using its biggest resource, its streaming data, to predict which artists will take home the coveted golden gramophones. According to Spotify, the gramophones for both Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are going to Gotye for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” and Album of the Year will be taken home by Mumford & Sons for Babel.

The Lumineers are favored to win Best New Artist, Carly Rae Jepsen is expected to take away Best Pop Solo Performance, and Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” is in the top spot for Best Country Song.

Do you agree with Spotify’s predictions? You can also make your own predictions on Spotify’s Facebook page. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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15 Artists to Watch: Listen to the Spotify playlist here

An A-to-Z (literally!) of the most exciting new artists releasing albums this year — in every genre from rap and indie rock to country and K-pop. And give all these rising acts a listen with our Spotify playlist at the end.

ALUNAGEORGE The U.K. boy-girl duo’s electro beats and stuttering slinky-sweet vocals feel like a ’90s flashback and the future at the same time, in the best way. Key track: “Your Drums Your Love”

ATLAS GENIUS The Australian brothers deliver dance rock with smart melodic swagger. February’s When It Was Now brims with Phoenix-y hooks. Key track: “Trojans”

BEACH FOSSILS These lo-fi Brooklyn darlings create the hazy, reverb-soaked pop that used to come out on obscure cassette tapes. Clash the Truth, out Feb. 19, should find them upping the ante (and the fidelity). Key track: “Careless”

BECKY G When pop Svengali Dr. Luke saw a video of L.A. native Rebecca Gomez, now 15, freestyling over Jay and Kanye’s “Otis,” he immediately signed her to his new label. Key track: “Problem”

FAMILY OF THE YEAR The coed fivesome make the kind of prettily cinematic indie folk that prime-time TV-drama montage dreams are made of. Key track: “Hero”

FRENCH MONTANA This Bronx hustler’s street-approved mixtapes made him a rap-blog favorite; now he’s ready to take it wide on his major-label debut, Excuse My French, due in March. Key track: “Pop That”

GIRLS’ GENERATION Sugar-rush pop from a nine-girl group already huge in Asia. Their I Got a Boy, out now, makes putting up with months of “Gangnam Style” seem worth it. Key track: “I Got a Boy”

HAIM Three SoCal sisters mash up their middle-school dance playlists on the Forever EP, infusing sunbaked keys-and-guitar buzz with R&B strut. Key track: “Go Slow”

ANGEL HAZE You might’ve heard about her Twitter beef with Azealia Banks or her feminist twist on Eminem’s “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” but you’ll remember her for her beatboxed samples and spitfire storytelling. Key track: “New York”

LOCAL NATIVES After opening for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and earning comparisons to Grizzly Bear, these Angelenos are indie rock’s next great hope. Key track: “Breakers”

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Frank Ocean and 12 other great Radiohead covers

At last week’s Spotify press conference – the one where Lars Ulrich revealed that Metallica’s full discography would be made available on the streaming service — Frank Ocean took the stage for a brief performance.

In the introduction to his own track, “Voodoo,” Ocean covered Radiohead’s 1995 classic “Fake Plastic Trees” –  watch the video (courtesy of Oh No They Didn’t) after the jump.

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Phoenix to release new album in April

Phoenix fans who are still stuck in “1901” can set their sights on a new date: April 2013.

The French indie rockers have finished recording their new album in Paris, Rolling Stone reports. Daniel Glass, head of the band’s label Glassnote, announced the news yesterday at a Spotify event. The record will be their first since 2009′s breakout hit Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which won a Grammy and charted the singles “Lisztomania” and “1901.”
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Metallica added to Spotify

… And Spotify for all.

Metal gods Metallica have ended their lockout of the streaming music service, adding classic albums like Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, and yes, …Justice for All to the site.

The announcement was made yesterday when drummer Lars Ulrich appeared at a Spotify event in New York City (the day also featured a performance by Frank Ocean and an appearance by Napster cofounder Sean Parker).

There are of course still several significant holdouts on the site, including the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, and Radiohead (many of which, famously, have held out or are still holding out on iTunes availability as well).

At yesterday’s event, the company also announced several new features set to go live in January, including a “Follow” function that allows listeners to see what their favorite artists or other celebrities are listening to, and a “Discover” tab that suggests new music recommendations and notifies listeners about new releases from artists they already follow.

More on EW.com:
EW’s Grammy nominee Spotify playlist: Listen here
What songs did you listen to the most this year? EW’s music staff weighs in
Grammy snubs and surprises: Pink, Miguel, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Frank Ocean

EW's Grammy nominee Spotify playlist: Listen here

Even if you’re a full-on obsessive music fan, the Grammy nominations can present a daunting array of talent. Sure everyone’s heard the Hot 100 hits from Carly Rae and Taylor and Gotye, but what about Robert Glasper? Lamb of God? Sistema Bomb?

Chances are you don’t have the time or the interest to listen to every nominee in full, so we’ve compiled a highlight-heavy 2013 Grammy nominees playlist on Spotify.

It’s a healthy sampler of the nominees from every major category, from high-profile categories like Best New Artist to the ones that tend not to make the televised portion of the ceremony (metal, Americana). So throw it on shuffle and give it a spin:
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Rod Stewart, John Travolta, Cee Lo Green, and the best (and best-worst) of the season's new Christmas music

For some of you, the focus on Christmas shifted roughly 20 minutes after swallowing the last bite of Thanksgiving pie and you set out to find the best spot for your Black Friday tent.

One of the great joys (or, depending on who you are, nightmares) of the holiday commerce season is the never-ending stream of Christmas music filling in all the empty airspace in your local shopping malls and department stores. But what if you’re shopping online, and somehow avoiding every other vestige of public-space holiday-music inundation?

To help you, here’s a rundown of some of the new stuff added to the yearly snowpile of Yuletide releases (and at the end of this post, a Spotify playlist to let you try out the wares like so many Costco samples.)

Rod Stewart, Merry Christmas, Baby
The undisputed champ of this season’s holiday music bonanza is Stewart, whose first holiday album is currently doing big business (it narrowly missed preventing Alicia Keys from being the top album in the country this week). His approach is very much “Over-Eggnogged Uncle Croons Hugs ‘Round the Tree,” but it’s still Rod-ily charming, and his original composition “Red Suited Super Man” will be an alternate-universe hit next Yuletide season.

Cee Lo Green, Cee Lo’s Magic Moment
The music world was half-expecting a new album from Green’s old hip-hop group Goodie Mob this holiday season, but instead we got The Voice favorite’s blast of red-velvet funk (and that’s red velvet like Santa’s suit, not the sexy cake kind). Its Motown bounce recalls all the great Stevie Wonder Christmas tracks of yesteryear, and the inclusion of the Muppets (on “All I Need Is Love”) is never not awesome. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' star Norman Reedus: What's On My iPod

On monstrously popular cable-TV beast The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus plays Daryl Dixon, an expert zombie killer whose lack of social graces are made up for with his efficiency with a crossbow.

It’s a stretch for Reedus, who tends to prefer painting or working on sculpture to taking out the undead. And, of course, expanding his musical horizons. When EW gave Reedus a call while he was deep in the heart of Georgia shooting the last episodes of the show’s current season, and he talked about the ways that music not only helps him get into character, but also lets him dictate his mood wherever he might be.

Check out his selections below, and hear all the songs on our customized Spotify playlist.

The Black Angels, “The First Vietnamese War” 
“I can’t remember how I first got introduced to them, but when we first started this new season, I played that for our entire cast. I kept putting it on my iPod and passing it over to Andy [Lincoln] before shooting really violent, desperate scenes, and I was like, ‘This song should be on the soundtrack to our show.’ It’s so heartfelt, and it sort of described what we were shooting at the time: Getting into that prison and what people had to go through. It really felt like us.” READ FULL STORY

Pink, Macklemore, Miguel, and others populate EW's November playlist

This week’s issue of EW marks the launch of a new tradition, wherein once a month the music staff selects its favorite tunes for a monthly mixtape. These range from current singles to deep cuts on blockbuster albums to hidden gems from the fringes of the indie world.

The month of November is a tough one, as it represents the transition into winter, the start of always-stressful holiday travel, and coma-inducing 6,000 calorie meals. You’ll need an extra bit of musical swagger to get through the next 30 days, which is why the playlist below features some extra-tough ladies (Pink, Solange), braggadocious rappers (The Coup, Macklemore), Fonz-level indie cool (Nude Beach, Django Django), and an extra-saucy candles-and-backrubs jam from Miguel.

Give the Spotify playlist a spin below, and stay tuned for more recommendations from your friends here at EW’s Music Mix. READ FULL STORY

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