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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.)

Listen below: READ FULL STORY

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!”


The Rap Genius team on their new $15M investment, becoming 'the internet Talmud,' and chasing Kanye

Until a short time ago, I was sure that the line from Notorious B.I.G.’s 1995 rap classic “Big Poppa” was “Living better now/Gucci sweater now.”

I was not alone in this assumption. But when I recently had to write something about Ready to Die for EW, I pulled up the song’s entry on Rap Genius — the popular Wiki-style site that not only lists hip-hop lyrics but also explains them — and was stunned to learn that after all these years, Biggie was actually wearing a “Coogi sweater.”

And while a number of lyrics sites could’ve corrected me here, only one provided an annotation telling me that Coogi was the Australian clothing brand responsible for the “expensive multi-colored sweaters” that were “first popularized in the U.S. by Bill Cosby in the ‘80s.”

Rap Genius wants to offer its brand of CliffsNotes to more than just hip-hop, though. The site’s new mission is to archive and explain everything from indie rock to poetry to Biblical verses. And now they have the money to do it: earlier this month, venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz announced a whopping $15 million investment in the project.

As Marc Andreessen wrote, the funding will help Rap Genius “generalize out to many other categories of text … annotate the world … be the knowledge about the knowledge … create the Internet Talmud.” A tall order, yes, but the site’s founders — college friends Mahbod Moghadam, Tom Lehman, and Ilan Zechory — are confident that they can pull it off.

Very confident. “Five years from now, we’ll have 5,000 employees, we’ll have gone public, and we’ll be the biggest site in the world,” Moghadam tells me when I visit the Williamsburg penthouse-apartment that currently serves as Rap Genius HQ. Moghadam isn’t afraid to make grand pronouncements (sample quotes include It’s the reinvention of the printing press” and “I have this thing that is going to be the future of the written word”), speaking as though it was always obvious that the Internet’s future would come in the form of a rap-lyrics site.

“It’s changed the face of human knowledge,” he says of Rap Genius, before dialing it back just a notch: I mean, so far it’s hip-hop knowledge. But no question, soon it’s going to be all of knowledge.”


'Breakfast with Kreayshawn': A special presentation from Tumblr and EW -- VIDEO

Careful, Ron Swanson — rapper Kreayshawn might love breakfast even more than you do.

But don’t take our word for it: “I believe in energies, and ghosts, and fate, and luck, and eggs, and bacon, and girl power. And syrup power,” the artist reveals in this new video from Tumblr’s Storyboard blog. No wonder the second single from Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay, her major-label debut, is called “Breakfast (Syrup).”

A member of Tumblr’s team took Kreay — that’s pronounced “cray,” not “kree-ay” — and her posse to IHOP, where the group discussed music, nail art, and “just being a real-ass bitch every day.”

Though mostly, the conversation revolved around bacon. And while the result might not make you warm to the divisive California girl, it’ll definitely make you crave a Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity. Check it out below, but only if you’ve already had a nosh:


It was inevitable: The 'Gangnam Style' lip-dubs begin, with U.S. Navy midshipmen -- VIDEO

Ellen DeGeneres, Britney Spears, and the Today show crew have all gotten down with PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” so why not Navy midshipmen? Or the Oregon Duck? Or Deadpool?

After a summer chockablock with “Call Me Maybe” lip-dubs, it’s inevitable that the latest viral music sensation would get the same treatment. An added bonus: No pretense to matching the lyrics necessary!

Check them out below, and behold the pop-culture meat grinder at its finest:  READ FULL STORY

Watch this awesome house cat sing along to Collective Soul: VIDEO

If we could adopt any cat in the world, it would be the one that meows along to forgotten ’90s alt bands:


Stream Kanye's new single, 'Clique'

Kanye West isn’t always the easiest guy to like. He’s cocky. He was mean to Taylor Swift. He likes Kim Kardashian without being ironic.

And yet the man mints gold. It’s like he’s incapable of making bad music. Even 808’s and Heartbreak, which wasn’t that good, was pretty damn good. His new single, “Clique,” featuring guest appearances by Big Sean and new BFF Jay-Z, is no exception. Its off-kilter beat is fresh and invigorating, and West’s inventive lyrics are among his most clever: “You know white people / get money don’t spend it … I’d rather buy chains and go ign’ant.”

I won’t wax academic and call that poetry, but come on, it’s funny. It’s funny, and more importantly, it’s smart, because it’s self-aware and self-deprecating and comically accurate.

You win, yet again, Mr. West. You won with The College Dropout, the soundtrack to my sophomore year of high school. You won with Late Registration and the way my friends and I bonded over it like some kind of sacrament. You won with Graduation because you made pop music cool again. And you won with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy because Pitchfork gave it a 10.0. (808’s and Heartbreak was a draw.)

I wish I knew how to quit you.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Russian busker sounds exactly like Kurt Cobain: Watch him here

Kurt Cobain’s vocal doppelgänger exists, and he’s Siberian.

Meet Nikolay Petrovsky, a young subway busker whose voice almost exactly replicates that of the late Nirvana frontman, down to the subtle breaks and distinct throaty grain. (via Russia’s Life News) reports that Petrovsky, who doesn’t drink or smoke or speak English, was trained as a sailor and has been playing in Russian subways since 2004.

In the videos below, watch him perform “Pennyroyal Tea” off of In Utero, followed by Cobain’s solo acoustic version from 1993’s MTV Unplugged.  The resemblance is uncanny: READ FULL STORY

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