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Kanye West's 'Yeezus': It's out there, so what do you think?

He may be a God, but even He can’t beat the Internet.

Though it doesn’t come out in stores until Tuesday, Kanye West’s hotly-anticipated Yeezus has found its way onto the Interwebs. Now that it’s out there in the universe, the great conversation can begin: Is this a dramatic departure for ‘Ye? How does it sit alongside his other work? Is it the angriest rap album of all time? Is it good?

After a handful of listens, a lot of what you’ve heard is true: It’s definitely aggro and raw, though those sounds tend to take up the album’s first half. The B-side, honestly, sounds a lot more like the Kanye we’re used to: Unfiltered, internal, and funny. In fact, that album-closing track “Bound 2″ is essentially a throwback tribute to the cats who dug College Dropout (at one point, he refers to the song as “prom s—”).

But what do you think? Sound off on Yeezus in the comments below, and stay tuned for the full in-depth review care of EW’s Ray Rahman coming Monday.

Read More on EW.com:
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ video teaser: Watch it here
The unbearable narcissism (and ‘complete awesomeness’) of Kanye’s big ‘Yeezus’ interview
Governors Ball, Day 3: Kanye West debuts new songs, disses radio, demands croissants
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ listening party last night in New York City: On the scene

Kanye West's 'Yeezus' video teaser: Watch it here

Perhaps you’ve heard that Kanye West’s sixth solo album, Yeezus, is due next Tuesday?

EW did get a chance to listen to a version of the record Monday night in New York City at a star-packed, last-minute listening event hosted by Yeezy himself. But for all the bananas quotes he dropped in that New York Times piece, we’ve still seen very few of the hallmarks typical for a release from a star this big — no real single, no music video, and not even a real confirmed track listing.

What we have so far: Daft Punk is on it, and there are appearances by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Chief Keef, and, via sample, Billie Holiday. And we know that tracks like “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves” are pretty aggro.

Now there’s a video teaser for Yeezus, featuring some a cappella recording and the oft-prostrate Rick Rubin. Check it out below.

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British comedian (and voice of Darth Maul) Peter Serafinowicz posts hilarious clip for Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'

British comedian, onetime Hot Chip video director, and, yes, voice-of-Darth-Maul Peter Serafinowicz has just posted a highly entertaining clip for Daft Punk’s track, “Get Lucky.” According to the French duo’s publicist, the video is not authorized (although can robots really “authorize” anything anyway?) and we’re not sure quite why Serafinowicz decided to make the clip. But we’re glad he did!

You can check out the video below. READ FULL STORY

Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu slink through 'Q.U.E.E.N.' video: Watch it here!

The sexy, slinky, impossibly funky grooves of Janelle Monae’s new Erykah Badu-assisted single “Q.U.E.E.N.” demanded a next-level video, and the forward-thinking Monae has certainly delivered.

Last night, Monae pulled back the curtain on her new clip, which takes place in an alternate future that casts Monae and her musical accomplices as exhibits in a living museum, imprisoned there because of some sort of unsavory undermining of authority (or maybe they just got freaked out by Badu’s hair).

The video was directed by Alan Ferguson, who previously directed the clip for Monae’s “Many Moons” and has also guided spots for Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Fall Out Boy.

Check out the clip below, which stars Monae as herself and Badu as “Badoula Oblongata,” which is a fantastic alter ego. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z writes open letter exiting Brooklyn Nets organization

Remember when Jay-Z was just a guy who rapped about money and women, and his only business ventures were the stillborn careers of Amil and Freeway? Now he’s a major mogul letting the world know how he plans on making his next few millions.

In an open letter posted on his website, the man born Shawn Carter announced that he is officially selling off his tiny ownership stake in the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets in order to fully (and legally) ensconce himself as a sports agent overseeing the newly-minted Roc Nation Sports. NBA rules prohibit team owners from carrying agent licenses, which is why Jigga had to cash out on his stake (which amounted to roughly one fiftieth of one percent). READ FULL STORY

Beyonce and Jay-Z are a billion-dollar couple, probably

How much money are Beyoncé and Jay-Z worth, really?

The answer: $1 billion dollars, according to the International Business Times, with a caveat or three. These are rough figures, and that worth is cumulative, not that they make that much all at once — but it’s grounded in a lot of evidence that the couple makes a lot of money.

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Beyonce releases new 'Grown Woman' preview -- VIDEO

Beyoncé didn’t earn the nickname Queen B for nothing. The multi-hyphenate has nailed singing, acting, and dancing. Thanks to a strategic roll-out for her upcoming album Mrs. Carter, she can add teasing to her long list of talents. After the long-awaited release of what turned out to be a Pepsi commercial, Bey has released yet another preview to her song “Grown Woman.”

In the 12-second video, we get a glimpse of a blonde Beyoncé filming what appears to be a music video (or perhaps another commercial), including a peek inside dance rehearsals. The message? Beyoncé is a grown woman who will do whatever she wants — better than you. Bow down.

Check out the new preview for “Grown Woman” below. READ FULL STORY

Today in Internet victory: This Carly Rae Jepsen/Nine Inch Nails mash-up

You thought you were finished with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” didn’t you?

One of 2012′s most parodied, lip-dubbed, covered tracks — which also happened to be no. 1 on EW’s year-end Singles list – was mashed-up seemingly ad infinitum.

But here’s one more version of “Call Me Maybe” to add to your definitive collection — chopped up in Satan’s own special sonic blender with Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like a Hole” for a brand new track titled “Call Me a Hole.”

It’s credited to pomDeter (created on the suggestion of another genius called carly_rae_reznor), and it’s entirely possible it could end up being the best song of 2013. (Not really, but it is crazy-good.)

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Rihanna, Katy Perry, Billy Joel, and a hundred others going after Pandora in open letter

There aren’t a whole lot of things that could bind together artists as divergent as Rihanna, Journey, Brian Wilson, Camper Van Beethoven, Primus, Ludacris, and Amy Grant.

No, it’s not the weirdest Coachella lineup ever—instead, these artists (along with over a hundred more) have come together in the name of the one thing they can all agree on: They’d all like more money for their work.

Yesterday, an open letter signed by 125 musicians showed up online, asking streaming radio service Pandora why they are lobbying for a Congressional measure that would decrease the amount of royalties the company would have to pay out to artists for their songs.

“We are big fans of Pandora,” the letter reads. “That’s why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade. Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in this new digital world.” READ FULL STORY

Ashlee Simpson is attempting a comeback, releases teaser of new R-rated song

Chances are you haven’t thought much about Ashlee Simpson since, oh, around 2004, when her embarrassed “yes, I lipsynched” SNL jig introduced a generation to the concept of schadenfreude.

But the artist best known as “Jessica’s Sister” didn’t drop off the face of the earth after her live TV debacle. Over the past eight years, she’s released two more albums, married and divorced Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, spawned a human child named Bronx Mowgli, and starred in The CW’s ill-fated Melrose Place reboot. And now, four years after her last studio release, Simpson is trying to relaunch her music career. Does this mean it’s finally okay to admit that “Pieces of Me” is really, really catchy?

Late yesterday, Simpson uploaded a 50-second teaser of an upcoming music video to  her website. The clip appears above a countdown clock, which reveals that Simpson’s new single — called “Bat for a Heart” — will officially drop Nov. 21. Finally, something to look forward to in these troubled times! Press on only if you’re wearing headphones; as Simpson herself tweeted, “In this tease I do drop the F bomb so you’ve been warned!”

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