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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

Adam Levine now in a Twitter feud with Lady Gaga, sort of

For somebody who tries to spread a gospel of love and acceptance, doesn’t it seem like Lady Gaga gets herself involved in an awful lot of passive-aggressive kerfluffles on Twitter?

Having taken a barrage of beef from onetime collaborator Azealia Banks, Mother Monster has now gotten into it with Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice star Adam Levine. On Friday, Levine tweeted, “Ugh … recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.” He followed that up with the note, “I unabashedly love writing and performing pop music for both myself AND everyone around me. That’s It. It doesn’t need any extra sauce.”

Though he didn’t name any names, most everybody on the Internet decided that he was taking shots at Gaga. She responded to his comments on Saturday. “Uh oh guys the art police is here,” she tweeted.

That was the last of the exchange. It seems as though both Gaga and Levine have gone back to their respective corners, with the former gearing up for the forthcoming release of both her film debut (in Machete Kills, out Oct. 11) and her new album ARTPOP (out Nov. 8).

Meanwhile, Levine will be returning to his spinning chair on the season premiere of The Voice tonight. We judge this round a draw on all cards.

Justin Bieber freaks out already on-edge Batman fans with Instagram photo

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Justin Bieber is many things: a pretty good singer, an accomplished drummer, target practice for the CSI crew, and a top-shelf Internet troll.

On Friday night, the 19-year-old Canadian star posted a photo to his Instagram account that featured a copy of a script labeled Batman Vs. Superman, complete with a “BIEBER” watermark across it and a caption that read, “#robin ??” Not surprisingly, the photo quickly made the rounds. Some fans of Batman, who already claim to have been traumatized by the casting of Ben Affleck as the next Bruce Wayne, quickly went nuts, loudly declaring that “Batman would be ruined forever” should Bieber find his way into the next film, which will also feature Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga unveils more new 'ARTPOP' songs at iTunes Festival

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If you weren’t glued to your Apple TV (or, you know, actually in London) over the long weekend, then you missed out on some killer live music from the annual iTunes Festival—including a handful of never-before-heard songs from Lady Gaga’s upcoming album ARTPOP.

Luckily, nothing ever really dies on the Internet, so the clips of those songs have been collected for your previewing enjoyment. In addition to already-charting single “Applause,” Gaga also busted out the album’s title track, plus “Swine,” “Sex Dreams,” “Aura,” “Manicure,” “Jewels & Drugs,” and “I Wanna Be With You” (the latter is, sadly, not a cover of the Mandy Moore song of the same name).

You can check out all of the videos of the new songs below (and the whole set is here), though the standouts are the manic “Jewels & Drugs” (which featured drop-ins from T.I., Too $hort, and Twista), the throbbing “Swine” (which found Gaga behind a drum kit for a while), and the kinky “Sex Dreams” (featuring the supremely Divinyls-esque lyric “When I lay in bed I touch myself and think of you”).

Check them out below.  READ FULL STORY

Take a look at Nirvana's first record contract with Sub Pop, worth a hefty $600

“Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time.”

The official Tumblr account of Sub Pop Records just put up a copy of Nirvana’s first contract, along with that note — the contract that would yield the band’s first album, 1989′s Bleach.

There are some remarkable pieces of history embedded in this artifact: The fact that the band was signed as a four-piece (featuring soon-to-be-departed members Chad Channing and Jason Everman, the latter of whom did not play on Bleach), that they were originally only signed for two years (it was set to expire at the end of 1991, though Sub Pop made a deal with DGC about Nirvana prior to the release of Nevermind), and that the band’s first advance was for a guaranteed $600 (with jumps up to $12,000 and $24,000 in the option years).

Of course, the band became far bigger than anybody at Sub Pop could have predicted back in ’89: They went on to sell over 30 million worldwide copies of their second album Nevermind and changed the course of popular music for a few years in the early ’90s.

As noted yesterday, Nirvana’s In Utero is getting the 20th anniversary box set treatment next month.

Russell Simmons on his new YouTube channel and the controversial 'Harriet Tubman Sex Tape'

Russell Simmons is no stranger to controversy: Over the course of his career as the business mastermind behind outlets like Def Jam Records and Def Comedy Jam, he’s gotten plenty of heat over content that was considered edgy, political, and vulgar. As he notes, “They almost shut down my company over Public Enemy.”

But the swirl of negativity surrounding Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, one of the shorts that is a part of his just-launched All Def Digital channel on YouTube, was too much. The piece, which depicted the famous titular abolitionist bedding an older white man she refers to as “Massa,” was taken down—though not without considerable hand-wringing from Simmons.

“For my entire life, I have been protective of artistic freedom and protective of artists,” he told EW via phone. “In the history of Def Comedy Jam or Def Poetry Jam or Def Jam Records, I have never censored an artist. But I took it down, because all the artists involved agreed it was okay. What broke my heart was how upset and enraged black women were.” READ FULL STORY

Prince is now on Twitter

Prince has always been just slightly ahead of his own time—at least musically.

Technologically, he’s been less eager to embrace the 21st century, even going as far as declaring the Internet “completely over” in a relatively recent interview.

But apparently he’s cool with Twitter, because the Purple One has begun sending out 140 character missives into the cyber-ether. The verified account @3rdEyeGirl has been active for a while, mostly as a depository for new tracks and photos from tours (3rd Eye Girl is the female trio who backs Prince up). But last night, Prince himself took over, announcing “PRINCE’S 1ST TWEET.”

So far, his missives have been less the revelatory, though we can confirm that he did in fact add too much pepper to this salad. (You’re welcome, Prince.) He’s also clearly getting the hang of various Twitter memes, since this is the worst selfie we’ve ever seen.

Still, he does know what a hashtag is, and clearly has gotten the hang of retweeting, as the last few dispatches from the account are from people marveling at the fact that Prince is now on Twitter, which completes the Internet circle of life.

One notable thing: @3rdEyeGirl is not following a single person on Twitter—not even Janelle Monae, whose new album features a guest appearance by Prince. Will you be the first person Prince follows? Tune in a few days from now to see how well he masters #FollowFriday.

Katy Perry's 'Roar' sounds an awful lot like Sara Bareilles' 'Brave,' says the Internet

Over the weekend, Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” leaked early and gave the world its first taste of Perry’s upcoming album Prism. In a lot of ways,  it sounds like a pretty basic girl-power anthem that could be sung by just about anybody.

Or actually recorded by just about anybody. Twitter quickly blew up with tweets saying the song had more than a little bit in common with Sara Bareilles’ recent single “Brave.”  A helpful amateur even put together a mashup of the two: READ FULL STORY

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