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Madonna to appear in live Facebook chat with Jimmy Fallon to promote album release

Madonna will kick off the release of MDNA by sitting down with Jimmy Fallon for a livestream chat on Facebook on Saturday, March 24, at 6 p.m. EST.

The interview will take place before a live audience and will feature Madonna sharing sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes snippets of rehearsals for her upcoming tour. The news of the interview was confirmed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and both Fallon and Madge will be sharing posts on Facebook in advance of the interview.

MDNA is scheduled to be released Monday, March 26, through Interscope Records. Lead single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” hit number one on Billboard’s Dance/Club chart and marked Madonna’s 41st number one dance hit in her career.

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Usher premieres new video for 'Climax,' introduces Vevo's next wave

Usher’s new single “Climax”—which, he’d like to remind you, is not about sex at all—is steadily climbing up the Billboard Hot 100 (it jumped up from 81 to 57 this week), and nothing injects a fresh track with a little adrenaline like a new video.

In fact, “Climax” has adrenaline to spare. While Usher is usually content to show off his dance moves and flash his abs, “Climax” is a purely cinematic affair that casts him as a jealous spurned lover.

It has everything a proper action noir needs: Guns! Fast cars! Violent sex! Brooding behind steering wheels! The narrative is a little muddled (is Usher thinking through all the various scenarios that could happen should he act, or does the car chase simply follow him capping that other dude?), but it looks sharp and allows Usher to really live in the pathos of the song’s heartbroken lyrics. If “Climax” is a bellweather, then Usher’s upcoming album should be one of the all-time great divorce records—his Here, My Dear.

Check out the video below, and see if you can follow the Lynchian plot threads. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna feuding with Chris Brown's girlfriend? Let's examine the evidence

Is she a good Twitter girl gone bad? Rihanna has taken to the 140-character site to offer up a steamy image of herself on Wednesday — in which she strikes a strategically covered-up topless pose with the message, “Where have you been all my life?!”

The post has sent already-wagging tongues into overdrive, wondering if this is just another part of her alleged feud with Chris Brown’s current girlfriend, model Karreuche Tran.

Last week, the songstress tweeted a feasibly harmless but potentially offensive picture of a packet of rice cakes dressed up in hoop earrings and shades with the caption, “Ima make you my b****.” Rihanna’s followers made the obvious link to Tran, who is half-Vietnamese.

Then, when one of Rihanna’s followed asked her to save him some rice cakes, she responded with, “Kinda DRY.” Was it all a thinly veiled dig? Maybe. Maybe not.

On her “Birthday Cake (Remix)” single with Chris Brown, she does sing, “Come and get it / Sweeter than a rice cake / Cake worth sipping.” And anyone who has ever eaten a rice cake knows that yes, they can be dry.

While we were busy decoding Rihanna’s twitpic game, Karreuche retaliated with Nicki Minaj lyrics on her Facebook. “I win you loose!!! [sic] *nicki voice* I mean I got him, you got pictures of him” with a friend posting adding, “I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. C’mon, you see where Brad at.” Jab? Again, maybe. Maybe not.

Karreuche tweeted that she doesn’t even have a Facebook page, but that retreat didn’t seem to phase Rihanna, who fire back song lyrics from Minaj’s rival, Lil Kim: “I’m a leader, yall on some followin s—, comin in dis game on some modeling s—!”

Is this a full-on feud? It’s all still a mystery. Either way, it’s clear these two won’t be trading friendship bracelets and braiding each others’ hair anytime soon.

What do you think? Is this a war of words or is just some silly social-media back-and-forth?

Read more:
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Ice Cube finally resolves 'It Was A Good Day' theories: 'It's a fictional song'

The Internet is almost always used as a tool for evil, allowing criminals to access our bank accounts, marketers to try to sell us genital enhancement, and Kirk Cameron to promote his weird little movie about a monument that makes him cry.

And that’s OK, because there are enough adorable photos of kittens and the entirety of the greatest season of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge to keep us from rising up and setting servers ablaze from coast to coast.

Every once in a while, though, there are moments of incredible, transcendent greatness. Over the past few weeks, fans of both hip-hop and CSI-style investigating were in the thrall of a blogger who deduced that he had determined the exact day around which Ice Cube’s legendary hit “It Was a Good Day” was based. Cube drops a handful of clues throughout the track, including the fact that the Lakers beat the SuperSonics, there was no smog, and beepers were in use.

Need a refresher course? Spin “It Was a Good Day” below. READ FULL STORY

The Shins reveal secret to superior song-clapping: Watch the 'Funny or Die' video here

Since music was invented, people have been adding all sorts of crazy extracurricular instruments to songs. Some go for whistling, others opt for trash cans, and one guy even managed to invent a dinosaur, the “sexasaurus.”

Of course, one of music’s most classic ingredients is the old-fashioned handclap. But beware, striving artists: it’s trickier than you think.

Good thing you’ve got James Mercer of the Shins to show you how it’s done. In a new Funny or Die video, the indie frontman reveals the secret of how to get the best, album-ready sounds out of your hands: Clapping Butter.

That’s right, you’ve been doing it wrong this whole time! Take notes as you watch Mercer slather himself up in the video below:

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Madonna releases lyric video for new song 'Girl Gone Wild': Watch it here

The release date on Madonna’s twelfth — twelfth! — studio album, MDNA, is still a good four weeks away (damn you, Leap Day!), leaving us to wonder what we’re supposed to do with ourselves in the meantime.

The options are slim, and in a fit of gloomy desperation, we were thisclose to pressing play on some new Eve 6 single — until Madge finally came through at the last second. Whew.

The lyric video for her new song”Girl Gone Wild” gives us another taste of what we’re to expect from MDNA. Compared to the album’s first single “Give Me All Your Luvin,’” this track is less Gwen Stefani-at-a-pep-rally and more Cyndi Lauper-at-Le-Bain, with lyrics like “Girls, they just wanna have some fun” and “The room is spinning / It must be the Tanqueray / I’m about to go astray / My inhibition’s gone away.”

Check it out in the video below:

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Whitney Houston covered by Chris Cornell, Robin Thicke, Aretha Franklin, and more: Watch the videos here

Over the weekend, Whitney Houston was laid to rest in a ceremony that featured testimonials from friends and family as well as performances from Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, and a host of other stars who either worked with Houston or were deeply influenced by her work.

The tributes didn’t end there, as a number of artists continued to tip their hats to Houston in concert and elsewhere. Shortly after his arrest in New York City for possession of marijuana, Robin Thicke dropped his cover of Houston’s 1995 hit “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).” As recorded by Houston, the track was a fully realized Babyface production, but Thicke breaks it down to little more than a piano lilt, a bit of an organ hum, and his breathy coo. It’s a lovely rendition of one of the best slow-rolling R&B jams of the ’90s.

On the surface, it would seem that Thicke’s tribute to Houston would make much more sense than Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s, but consider the grunge icon’s pedigree: Not only does he own a gigantic set of pipes himself, but he also cut an R&B album (granted, one that everybody seems to forget about).

During a fund-raiser for Barack Obama on Friday night, Cornell spun out an acoustic rendition of Houston’s signature hit “I Will Always Love You.” It wasn’t quite as moving as Jennifer Hudson’s take on the song at the Grammys, but it was still well-executed. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift premieres 'Safe & Sound' video from 'The Hunger Games': Watch it here!

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The Grammy Awards on Sunday night brought Taylor Swift a pair of victories (Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, both for “Mean”), a memorable performance (on some sort of hillbilly junk-drawer set), and a special seat next to Little Red Riding Hood.

But that was yesterday! Today, Swift moves forward with her next chapter: The video premiere for “Safe & Sound,” her collaboration with Civil Wars that will be appearing on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games. It’s a new dimension for Swift, who seems to have fully embraced the slightly more ragged aesthetic of her collaborators (who also acquitted themselves quite nicely on Grammy night, resulting in a big sales spike for their album Barton Hollow on iTunes today).

Their spare, haunting tune is the kind of song that demands a video full of fireside glow and American Gothic overtones. Luckily, that’s exactly what the clip is: Civil Wars harmonize warmly while Swift wanders a gorgeously-rendered wasteland full of spooky abandoned wells and ungulates who turn to ash. Give it a look below. READ FULL STORY

Karmin get ready for 'SNL,' preview their new album

Less than a year ago, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan posted a video of the two of them performing Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now.”

That video set the Internet ablaze — the “Look At Me” has racked up over 56 million views — and the cult of Karmin began to build. The rest of the narrative goes like this: More videos (both covers and original tunes), a handful of high-profile performances (including an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show), a record contract, and a booking on this weekend’s edition of Saturday Night Live. For many, this will be the first time they’ll hear the group’s original songs.

“We’ve been working with some of the top producers of the world,” Heidemann told EW, of their upcoming debut Hello, due April. “We recorded close to 50 songs, so we’re trying to get that list down to album size.”

One of those songs, the second single “Brokenhearted,” was co-written by Claude Kelly, the hitmaker who has contributed to such tunes as Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Jessie J’s “Price Tag,” and Adam Lambert’s “Better Than I Know Myself.” READ FULL STORY

Barack Obama is on Spotify, and he put together a playlist

There have been any number of deep dives into President Barack Obama’s iPod, and we’ve even heard what the First Lady grooves to when she’s doing Pilates. But because he’s progressive, the President has shifted his focus to the streaming service that is Spotify.

It’s hard to imagine the leader of the free world cobbling together playlists in the Oval Office while he laments the lack of available Metallica songs, but President Obama — or more likely, his helpful staff — has put together a list of songs that seem to be a mix of songs he genuinely loves, current cool things he’s paying lip service to, and tongue-in-cheek references to his re-election campaign.

Take a look at the whole thing below: READ FULL STORY

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