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Kanye West unleashes the Kraken on Sway in radio interview: listen here

Because it wouldn’t be a Tuesday if Yeezy wasn’t stopping by a radio show to test the limits of the CAS.

When habitually celebrity-friendly TV and radio host Sway Calloway questioned West about his aims in the fashion industry today (a topic that has frequently been the focus of his designated rants ™ both on and off the current Yeezus tour), ‘Ye found discovered new rage decibels for a minute, before a more peaceful detente was reached.

Listen below:

Whoops! We've been listening to the wrong version of Mariah Carey's 'The Art of Letting Go'

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Earlier this week, Mariah Carey pulled back the curtain on her latest single, the title track from her forthcoming album The Art of Letting Go. It sounded good enough, though felt a little incomplete. And that’s because it kinda sorta was.

According to Carey, who wrote a long letter to her fans on Facebook late last night, the version of “The Art of Letting Go” that premiered was an older mix that wasn’t supposed to see the light of day. “A mistake was made by a brand new sound engineer whose only task was to press the space bar and upload the song to Facebook, while my team, and an incredible group of people from Facebook, partied while listening to the properly mixed & mastered version of ‘The Art of Letting Go’ on repeat from my iPod on my home speakers,” Carey wrote. “Clearly, I was focused on answering your questions during the Q&A. There was no reason for me to wonder if the final mix we were listening to in that room together was different than what you were listening to!”

She admitted that the difference between the old mix and the real version (which did get correctly uploaded to iTunes) isn’t major, but those small shifts matter to her. “Like I always say, I am involved with every record I make, from the inception to the completion of the song,” she wrote. “Every nuance of the beat or vocal matters to me. Even if the differences may seem slight to you, I had put time, effort and emotions into ‘The Art of Letting Go’ and the real mix is how I intended for you to hear the song.”

Give the new version a listen below and see if you can notice the differences.

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Spike Jonze previews this Sunday's YouTube Music Awards, featuring Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire

Director Spike Jonze has had a busy 2013: He produced Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (currently the number one movie in the country), his next directorial effort Her is set to roll out at Christmas, and this Sunday, he’ll oversee the first ever YouTube Music Awards.

The show, which celebrates both high-octane stars and viral upstarts, will beam live from New York City’s Pier 36 and will feature performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire. The whole thing will be hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and will air live (naturally) on YouTube beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

But what will the show actually look like, and how will it differentiate itself from the other music award shows crowding the calendar? Jonze spoke to EW about the process of putting it together, the goals for the evening, and more.

Entertainment Weekly: How long have you been working on this show? How did you get involved?
Spike Jonze: About six months ago, YouTube approached Vice and I about creating and producing their first music awards. It seemed like such a natural thing both for them and for me. I’ve always loved YouTube and the idea that anyone can make something and put it up. There’s no gatekeeper anymore—someone can just be creative and share it.

We came up with the idea that this night should be all about making things. So we’re giving awards to people who made things this year, but we’re also trying to make the whole awards show feel like a YouTube video. It’s about being creative and making things, and one of the main parts of that is we’re making live music videos with these artists, and as opposed to artists performing on a stage to an audience, though there might be some of that too if that’s the idea. It’s more about making these live videos in front of and with the audience that is there.

So will the artists be performing in full-scripted, narrative-type videos?
Some of them will be more straightforward performance videos, but some will be more conceptual. READ FULL STORY

Lost Kurt Cobain interview from 1993 features his thoughts on Aerosmith and feminism

Though he had all the makings of a proper recluse, Kurt Cobain actually submitted himself to a surprising number of interviews over the course of his too-brief career.

And no two were alike, because nobody ever knew which version of the Nirvana frontman would show up. The acid-tongued cultural critic? The in-joking goofball? The shy suffering artist? The sweet family man? They were all part and parcel to the Cobain experience.

In a recently unearthed interview from 1993 conducted by British journalist Jon Savage and animated by PBS’ new Blank on Blank shingle, each one of those Kurts shows up for a minute or two.

There’s some stuff that has come up in conversations in the past, like the idea that Cobain thought at one time that he might be gay, and details about his various stomach ailments. But there’s also a fun bit about looking for the roots of the name Cobain, what annoys him about Aerosmith records, and how he felt about becoming a father.

Listen below: READ FULL STORY

Voting now open for first ever YouTube Music Awards

You won’t get the chance to throw your congressional representative out of office just yet, but for now, you can direct all of your voting power to the first ever YouTube Music Awards. Voting is now open in six different categories, and the victors will be handed out during a ceremony co-hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts in New York City on Nov. 3.

The six categories include Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year (awarded to a fan-made video that served as a counterpoint to a professional one), YouTube Phenomenon (awarded to the trend that led to large swaths of fan videos and responses), YouTube Breakthrough (representing newer artists who saw huge growth in YouTube subscriptions and exposure), and Innovation of the Year (which is a lot like the old Breakthrough Video prize at the MTV VMAs).

The nominees are a healthy mix of established artists (Justin Bieber, Eminem, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) and savvy outsiders who have used YouTube to elevate their careers (Pentatonix, Epic Rap Battles of History). Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire were already announced as performers at the show, and the lineup has expanded to include M.I.A., Avicii, Walk Off the Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, and Tyler, the Creator.

Check out the nominees below, vote over at YouTube, and tune in for the ceremony on Nov. 3.
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Rihanna kicked out of Abu Dhabi mosque













Oh Rihanna, will you ever stop causing international incidents via social networking? Only a week after one of her tweets led to the arrest of three people in Thailand for operating an illegal sex show, Rihanna found herself in hot water in Abu Dhabi thanks to a handful of photos she put up on her Instagram account.

While in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, RiRi visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the biggest centers for worship in the country. Clad head-to-toe in black (including a hair-covering headscarf) in accordance with Islamic tradition, she snapped a handful of Instagram photos on the grounds.

But those shots raised the ire of others at the mosque, and according to CNN, she and her entourage were asked to leave following the impromptu photo shoot.

“She was asked to leave before entering the actual mosque, and then after taking some photos that did not fit within the rules and regulations set out to preserve the sacredness of the center,” representatives of the mosque said in a statement.

The incident did not get in the way of Rihanna’s performance in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night, and she has not responded to the situation formally nor on Twitter. It seems as though they had better luck at the water park.

Lady Gaga premieres new song 'Aura' with 'Machete Kills' themed lyric video: Watch here

Though her new album ARTPOP isn’t out until November 11, Lady Gaga will be providing her fans with an ample dose of Gagaosity in the gloriously violent new Robert Rodriguez film Machete Killswhich opens this weekend. (Though it is being marketed as her acting debut, anybody who has seen the third season of The Sopranos knows her acting roots run deeper.)

Not coincidentally, Gaga premiered a new ARTPOP song called “Aura” earlier today, complete with a lyric video that features a ton of teaser footage from Machete Kills. If you like the idea of Danny Trejo throwing knives to the beat of Gaga’s throbbing thump, then the video below should carry you through the next few days.

Give a listen to “Aura” (and watch Cuba Gooding, Jr. pull off his face to reveal Ms. Gaga) below: READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber releases 'Heartbreaker,' his first #MusicMonday single: Hear it here

Last week, Justin Bieber announced Music Mondays –in which he’ll unveil a new single every Monday for the next ten weeks.

“Heartbreaker” premiered late last night, though versions of this song have been kicking around the dusty corners of the Internet for a while now. It’s an atmospheric slow jam that comes complete with a ’90s style spoken-word bit in the middle.

It really wouldn’t sound out of place on Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which bodes well for Bieber or says terrible things about Timberlake, depending on who you are.

The release of “Heartbreaker”  — and the nine more Mondays to come — will get Beliebers primed for a new 3D concert movie said to be coming soon. The new song is available on iTunes right now, though you can also give it a spin below.  READ FULL STORY

Lauryn Hill leaves jail, puts out new track 'Consumerism': Hear it here

It seems like only yesterday legendary (and legendarily nutty) rapper Lauryn Hill went to jail for tax evasion, though it’s safe to assume that the three months that have elapsed since she was booked has moved significantly slower for her.

Regardless, she’s a free woman today, and she has used her time inside usefully in the form of new music. A day ahead of her release from the minimum security complex in Danbury, Connecticut, Hill unleashed a new track via her official Tumblr called “Consumerism.”

The tune was recorded before she went away and was mixed while she was serving her sentence. “We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side,” Hill explained on Tumblr.

“Consumerism” is a natural extension of “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix),” which Hill released just before she reported to prison. It’s got the same rapid-fire cadence and jittery production, with Hill spitting out a lightning-quick series of “isms.”

It’s the first of a series of songs that will appear under the header Letters From Exile. “Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place,” Hill wrote. “I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it.”

Listen to the song below: READ FULL STORY

Haim cover 'Wrecking Ball,' provide stream of their excellent debut album 'Days Are Gone'

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Haim the trio of California sisters who’ve been swirling through the pop-music hype machine for the better part of a year, are finally on the cusp of releasing their debut, the excellent Days Are Gone.

Days takes ’70s SoCal songcraft—the girls were clearly weaned on a steady diet of Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles—and apply modern pop production techniques for a warm, reverb-heavy, hooktacular sound.

But to paraphrase Levar Burton, don’t take our word for it—you can listen to the entirety of Days Are Gone right now, as it’s streaming over at NPR. The album will be in stores this coming Tuesday, September 30.

And if you like the idea of Haim but also don’t want anything that isn’t Miley Cyrus-related in your life right now, there’s a handy solution for that: The group just put together a cover of “Wrecking Ball” for BBC Radio 1. Their performance of the current Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper is below.  READ FULL STORY

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