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Google Glass announces Play All Access integration, other music add-ons

Though it’s still several months away from actually hitting the consumer market, Google announced that the Google Glass headset computer — which at the moment is only in the hands of testers Google calls “Explorers” — will get both music-geared software (Google Play All Access, plus Sound Search) and hardware (a pair of stereo earbuds, the first accessory for Glass) in the coming weeks.

Accordingly, subscribers to Google’s music streaming service will be able to call up artist discographies and craft new playlists via voice controls. Sound Search operates like Shazam and will identify songs in the environment. The earbuds were engineered at Google Labs (and to this listener, in a testing session, sounded pretty fantastic).

“From a consumer perspective, music is such a key part of people’s lives, from commuting to partying to being in the moment to just kicking back and chilling out. We know that our consumers and our explorers love music,” says Ed Sanders, the Director of Marketing for Google Glass. “The same way that people want their music in their pocket on whatever device they’re using at the moment, we recognize they want to have the music experience on Glass. I think it’ll be a key part of the experience and something we’re intrigued to see where it goes.”

Sanders and the rest of the Glass team says they hope that the featured add-ons offer a jumping off point for more music-related integration for the technology. “There’s a professor at Cornell using it to teach people to conduct, Young Guru is using it to sample songs and build tracks, and Nicky Romero used it at Tomorrow World to do a hands-free set,” Sanders said. “Different people have different things they love, and Glass will be an interesting platform to build more of what they love into their daily lives. Music is just one component.”

Check out video of hip-hop producer and Jay Z touring DJ Young Guru playing around with Google Glass below: READ FULL STORY

'Man of Steel' soundtrack: New tech simulates surround sound through headphones

When Christopher Nolan first approached his Dark Knight trilogy and Inception composer about writing the music for the upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel, Hans Zimmer turned down the opportunity.

“I was the reluctant bride on this one,” Zimmer recently told reporters. “It’s an American icon. The John Williams [Superman] score was iconic, and I think it’s some of John’s best work. [I thought,] ‘Do I really want to follow in those footsteps?'”

But now the epic movie music maestro is very pleased that he ultimately signed on for what he called an “intimidating” task, and one reason is because it’s led to another chance for him and Nolan, who produced Man of Steel, to push the technology in their field. The deluxe soundtrack for Man of Steel was released today and features a new audio technology which creates a surround sound experience through regular headphones. It’s the first album to feature this new technology, called DTS Headphone:X. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z to live-stream final Barclays show tomorrow

Had a good time reading about Jay-Z’s Barclays Center shows but wish you could see it? Hova hears you.

The rapper and partial Brooklyn Nets owner has announced plans to live-stream the final show of his historic eight-night run at his borough’s new Barclays Center tomorrow night. This online event is, unlike the impending web-only stream of the Jon Stewart-Bill O’Reilly debate, free; it’ll be hosted at Jay’s Life + Times site beginning at 9:30 p.m. Brooklyn Daylight Time.

So, what can you look forward to on Hov’s final Barclays Center night? Well, if his first Barclays Center night is any indication, expect lots of Brooklyn shout-outs, special guests, and maybe even a Biggie tribute. And, for visual reference, you can also check out Jay-Z’s preview clip below:


Digital Domain to resurrect virtual Elvis, Tupac style

Expect random Elvis sightings to skyrocket in the near future. Digital Domain, the high-tech production company that created the Tupac Shakur hologram that “performed” at Coachella in April, has signed an exclusive agreement to develop “virtual” Elvis Presley likenesses that will appear in shows, TV, and movies. “Elvis is the most iconic, most recognized performer on the planet, and we are thrilled to have been chosen to bring new performances and original shows where fans can have their own, new experiences of Elvis,” said Digital Domain’s CEO John Textor.

Digital Doman’s deal is with CORE Media Group, which markets the Elvis brand (as well as those of Muhammad Ali, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance). “This is a new and exciting way to bring the magic and music of Elvis Presley to life. His lifelong fans will be thrilled all over again and new audiences will discover the electric experience of Elvis the performer,” said Elvis Presley Enterprises president and CEO, Jack Soden.

The companies have already started work on their virtual Elvi, plural, meaning that fans likely won’t have to choose between old or young, thin or thick Elvis.

Read more:
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Spotify debuts its iPad app


Listen up, Spotify-heads: the music-streaming service has announced the launch of its iPad app today.

The app, which will be available in the iPad App Store beginning at 7 a.m. today, will be free to download for existing Spotify users with premium accounts. Like the desktop and smartphone versions, the iPad app will also be available to non-subscribers, also free but with ads.

The new app will carry mostly similar features as the Spotify’s desktop version as well as a number of new ones, including gapless playback, the ability to crossfade songs, and AirPlay integration with Bluetooth-enabled speaker systems.

One of the more notable new features is the improved “Now Playing” screen, which offers fullscreen view of high-definition cover art. The reasoning is that this will look prettier in your living room, where Spotify hopes it will be able to replace your traditional home stereo system.

Take a look at the YouTube ad for the company’s shiny new toy in the video below:


Now hear this! EW is on Spotify

You’ve looked at our words, you’ve touched our glossy pages, and now, thanks to our new partnership with Spotify, EW has something for your ears, too. That’s right, Entertainment Weekly is a full-fledged participant in the streaming music revolution. Starting today, you can browse, listen to, and share Spotify playlists curated by EW music gurus, including the first of our weekly “EW Recommends” playlists featuring the new music we’re enjoying each week. We’re also kicking off this party with two fun playlists culled from the recent music issue of Entertainment Weekly (all three embedded below).

But we don’t want to do this by ourselves. We’re going to be asking you to help us create the ultimate EW soundtracks by suggesting songs for EW reader playlists that we’ll publish and share with the world as well.

So if you love music, and you love EW, watch this space. We’re gonna have some fun.

(If you’re not yet a Spotify subscriber, go sign up for free here ( To visit our Spotify page, click HERE.) READ FULL STORY

MegaUpload indictment: File-sharing site still shut down by the Justice Dept., but so-called 'CEO' Swizz Beatz appears to be in the clear

When the federal government shut down popular file-sharing site Megaupload on Thursday, the war over Internet piracy seemed to sweep its first famous casualty into the line of fire.

In a widely circulated report, Kasseem Dean (known better to the world as either Swizz Beatz or Mr. Alicia Keys) was referred to as the company’s CEO, and there were expectations that he would be one of the targets of the case.

But according to the 75-page now-unsealed indictment, Dean is not involved with the suit, and his name does not appear anywhere in the document. There are seven targets, four of which have already been apprehended, including owner Kim Dotcom. None of them are Dean.

And though there were rumors that Dean had been some sort of “silent partner” in the business, Megaupload’s lawyers said that the hip-hop mogul’s involvement in the company had been greatly exaggerated. “He was in conversations to be named CEO,” attorney Ira P. Rothken told the New York Daily News. “His involvement in the company was highly attenuated. There were discussions and he was involved in a promotional video and in brainstorming future projects, but not much else.”

In fact, Rothken told the Washington Post, “My understanding is that there wasn’t actually a CEO of the company.” And Forbes noted, “If [Dean] was involved, it wasn’t on the books.” READ FULL STORY

President Obama, like Lady Gaga, is ‘Born This Way’: watch the supercut video here

Is President Obama secretly a Little Monster?

It certainly seems that way in this new fan video, by the same YouTube user who previously dubbed the leader of the free world singing “(Cheers) Drink to That.”

In this follow-up, the President goes Gaga: The vid features a clever mash-up of the President’s speeches, intercut so that he appears to be doing “Born This Way” karaoke that would make Lady Gaga proud.

A speech at the Human Rights Campaign where he says, “I’ve had some productive bilateral talks with your leader, Lady Gaga,” leads into the clip; he’s certainly got some moves (Ba-rocking back and forth!) but unfortunately, the President doesn’t actually sport the Monster claw.

The song cuts out before Gaga’s extended ‘love yourself’ rap, so those hoping to see the President vogueing to “Don’t be a drag/Just be a queen” will have to make their own full-length video — no, seriously, please make that happen.

Check the President rocking out below: READ FULL STORY

Demi Lovato talks getting mad at God on Twitter

It looks like Kanye West has got some Twitter competition in the unloading of late-night thoughts.

Demi Lovato took to the micro-blogging site last night to discuss God, tough stuff, and overcoming obstacles.

The same week excerpts from her Seventeen interview, where she discussed her troubled past and her bright hopes for the future, were released, it sounds like 2012 is already throwing her a curveball.

The whole thing kicked off when Lovato tweeted, “Sometimes it seems like God just keeps throwing crap my way and I get SO angry with him… But there’s never a doubt in my mind He’s gonna pull me through it all. I know you’re there God. But umm… Really dude? He never fails to show me He’s by my side though. Even in the tough times. #Godstuff”

Potential song lyrics for her Unbroken follow up? Perhaps. But more likely the nineteen-year-old was just venting. She followed up retweeting some thoughts from her followers, including, “Satan throws crap your way but God gets you through to make you a stronger/wiser person. #lifelessons” READ FULL STORY

Because she ruled everything else this year: Adele is now tweeting!

Though you cannot technically set fire to the rain, you can light up the internet. Temporarily silenced Adele is now Tweeting @officialadele.

The handle has been in use for a while — with her production company giving admirers updates, such as her recent six Grammy nominations. Up until now, however, Adele herself has been mum. But it seems even the “Someone Like You” star can’t resist the lure of hashtags and retweets.

Yesterday she made her debut, writing, “Right! Its me! I will start tweeting if 10k of u start following @drop4drop &their trip to India this wk. Its a wonderful charity. Go! A xxx”

Naturally, Adelaholics immediately rose to the challenge, hoping to hear more from the 21 songstress.

The cheeky gal (seriously, check out her blog) seems to be holding  up well after her vocal cord surgery. After rabid fan response to her first tweet, she shared a photo, posing in front of a Beyoncé poster, saying, “”F*ck me that was quick! ThankU! I’m in bed, watchin Gladiator, eatin an apple. Here’s a pic of me & Queen B last wk in NYC! X.”

Donning her best fierce face and pretending to be Bey? Stars! They’re just like us.

Readers: Who are your favorite singers to follow on Twitter?

Read more:
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Adele undergoes throat surgery in Boston; spokesman says a ‘full recovery’ is expected

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