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Rick Ross and David Copperfield hang out on stage in Vegas -- VIDEO

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You know that thing when rappers shout out the name of a seemingly completely unrelated public figure in the middle of a verse, making you ponder how it would be to walk in on Robin Williams lecturing Jay-Z  about seizing the day in an empty English classroom or eavesdrop on the Lil Wayne-Bill Gates phone call wherein they discuss the finer points of exceeding baller status?

The Meek Mill-assisted Rick Ross track “Black Magic,” one of several standouts on Maybach Music Group’s recent compilation effort Self Made Vol. 2, has a hook that rhymes: “Poof! There go the car/Poof! there go the crib/Poof! A hundred mil, David Copperfield/David Copperfield, David Copperfield.”

You know where this is headed.

Rick Ross was performing in Las Vegas last night, and revealed in the midst of his set that he had a special guest waiting in the wings: “This is a mother—-in’ icon.  In his field, he the greatest that ever did it.  So, I want you to drop the music at the same time.  Drop the music, let’s go.”

And then, this happened:

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New 'Breaking Bad' original soundtrack coming next week - EXCLUSIVE

Most television dramas tend to deliver their biggest emotional cues via borrowed pop and rock songs. Breaking Bad is one of the few that draws much of its impact from its original score, constructed by composer Dave Porter.

The ASCAP award winner (not to be confused with this musical David Porter) has become known for building Bad‘s tension and whimsy depending on what situation Walter White has gotten himself into on any given week.

Next Tuesday, August 28, Madison Gate Records will release Breaking Bad: Original Score From the Television Series, the second soundtrack from the show which features 20 tracks from all five seasons of the show.

Check out the exclusive track listing and give a listen to an exclusive sample from the score below. (You can also preorder the album on iTunes here): READ FULL STORY

Watch Jukebox the Ghost's cool one-take video for 'Somebody' -- EXCLUSIVE

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How much fun have you been having this summer? Probably not as much as Jukebox the Ghost.

The poppy indie-rock trio from Brooklyn have a sunny new video for their Safe Travels single “Somebody,” and by the looks of it, they know how to have a good time (it helps when you travel with a traveling troupe of flashdancers).

Shot all in one take on the Coney Island boardwalk, the clip shows the band — centered by Ben Thornewill – singing and playing the bouncy anthem as they stroll toward the camera.

They’re not alone, though: click through to see some seriously giddy seaside choreography:

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Backstage at Lollapalooza: Of Monsters and Men overcome by dancing, seduced by koalas

It would be hard to find a group of people more whimsical than the members of Of Monsters and Men (and that’s saying something, considering they’re from Iceland, the land of Bjork).

Despite the fact that they’ve logged countless hours flying all around the world to deliver their particular brand of chamber folk that the kids all seem to love these days, they were ready to party at their first Lollapalooza.

“At these festivals, we always try to have as much power as we can,” explained singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir. “So we take the songs that have the most oomph.” READ FULL STORY

On the scene at Lollapalooza Sunday: Jack White, At the Drive-In provide six-stringed heroics

Outside of the weather (it was sunny and pleasant all day Sunday, thanks for asking!), the main narrative of Lollapalooza 2012 seemed to be the same argument everybody was having in 1997: Is this the year that samplers and turntables replace guitars as the new rock and roll?

There were arguments on both sides all weekend. Perry’s Stage, the space devoted to the non-stop thump of EDM from dawn until way past dusk, was constantly overrun with dance-happy revelers, making it the most consistently populated performance space of the festival.

Huge names in dance had major moments, including Avicii’s Saturday night headlining set, and Sunday’s docket of acts like Justice and Kaskade.

What did the rock gods do to counter the perpetual threat of being overtaken by the untz-untz-untz crowd? They turned up their amps and let themselves sprawl.

It was somewhat poetic that Jack White closed out Lollapalooza weekend, as he has slowly built himself up into the kind of poly-tentacled hybrid that Lolla founder Perry Farrell adores, though White certainly goes about it in more analog fashion. READ FULL STORY

Dhani Harrison's Lollapalooza memories include angry parents and Soundgarden-inspired vomiting

Dhani Harrison, son of the quiet Beatle, may have only just released his second album as thenewno2, but he and his band are already Lollapalooza experts. Their set on Friday evening was the third time the group has appeared at the festival, and their affections for the annual three-day brouhaha in Chicago’s Grant Park run deep.

“We played with Perry on the Kidz stage,” Harrison explained of his previous appearance at Lollapalooza, back in 2010. “We were the house band over there. Perry called us and said, ‘Let’s play some crazy songs for the kids,’ and we ended up playing ‘Psycho Killer’ by Talking Heads to 5,000 children and their parents. They loved that one—we really got the evil eye during the second verse.”

Harrison’s terrorizing of small children’s delicate sensibilities did not end there. “Then we did [Porno for Pyros'] ‘Pets,’ which has got loads of expletives. And Perry’s kids kept running across the stage—I nearly clocked one with an acoustic guitar by accident.”

Fittingly, the group’s Lollapalooza experience ended with a healthy dose of gastrointestinal discomfort. READ FULL STORY

Lollapalooza: Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli has one festival goal: See Frank Ocean

The recently reconstituted Afghan Whigs have always known their way around a cover, and their most recent one might be their most winning yet.

The band has been playing Frank Ocean’s “Love Crimes,” a signature track from his critically-acclaimed 2011 mixtape nostalgiaULTRA, as part of their set since getting back together earlier this year. The band just recorded the track and gave it away on their website.

Frontman Greg Dulli’s appreciation for the alt R&B star runs deep: “I really want to see Frank Ocean Saturday night,” Dulli told EW in the Afghan Whigs’ dressing room just a few minutes before taking the stage for his own show. “He has such great words. He’s a great songwriter, and his words are really deep. The opening lines of the song, ‘Talk to me without hearing, touching me without feeling,’ I thought that was really intensely beautiful. He really has something. I saw him play in L.A. a couple of weeks ago, and it was a really phenomenal show.”

The Afghan Whigs had a pretty exceptional set themselves, making even their darkest tunes (especially the raucous “What Jail Is Like”) fly over the crowd in Chicago’s Grant Park –like the flock of geese who seemed particularly enthralled by Dulli’s vocalizations.

Oddly, the song that got the biggest reaction from the crowd was the group’s cover of Marie Queenie Lyons’ soul classic “See and Don’t See,” a quiet little burner that captured the attention of even the most shirtless-bro members of the masses.

Read More on EW.com:
Complete Music Festival Coverage at EW.com
Lollapalooza playlist: From Passion Pit to The Shins and more — LISTEN
Lollapalooza 2012: Five questions going into the weekend

Norah Jones goes dark for awesomely creepy 'Miriam' video

They say Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and it seems the devil himself has nothing on Norah Jones.

For her new video “Miriam,” Jones takes one of her Danger Mouse-produced album’s creepiest, most unsettling songs and gives it a full noir treatment. It’s a slow-burning clip with a couple of shocking reveals and a juicy coda. Check it out over at  Spin.

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EW’s Midsummer Playlist: Frank Ocean, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Killers and more — stream it here

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Are your favorite May and June jams starting to melt in the sun? We update your BBQ soundtrack with 10 fresh picks which you can listen to.

1. FRANK OCEAN, “Sweet Life” L.A. rich-kid oblivion never sounded so seductive. In his silky Stevie Wonder croon, the R&B wunderkind chronicles a “domesticated paradise” of palm trees, pills, and ever-replenishing exotic-fruit bowls: “Whatever feels good, whatever takes you mountain high.”

2. THE KILLERS, “Runaways” Between Brandon Flowers’ Boss-y conviction, that surreal Las Vegas shimmer, and a chorus that flies high enough to make Icarus jealous, the opening salvo from the band’s September album is an oasis in the radio-rock desert.

3. FUTURE, “Same Damn Time” Summer presents a lot of choices: Hot dogs or hamburgers? Sandy beach or country-club pool? Shorts or short shorts? With its booming beat and Godzilla-size trap-star swagger, the white-hot rap anthem of these multitasking times says you can have them all.

4. USHER FEAT. PHARRELL, “Twisted” The typically super-modern R&B maestro goes retro, enlisting the Neptunes beat king to stir a little James Brown funk peanut butter into his Stax-style soul jam. And guess what? It’s delicious.

5. CARLY RAE JEPSEN AND OWL CITY, “Good Time” Soaring cheerleader-pop melody? Flirty boy-girl chorus? Magic pixie dust left over from Jepsen’s smash “Call Me Maybe”? Yes, yes, and… Wait, what did you say? We couldn’t hear you with our face pressed up against the speakers.

6. TANLINES, “All of Me” The Brooklyn electro duo’s name says, “Oh! You missed a spot with the Coppertone.” But their airy synths-and-handclaps ’80s throwback sighs, “Actually, I’m too busy watching Pretty in Pink for the 93rd time to go outside.”

7. JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD, “Sixpack” Nashville stoner-rock bros Jake and Jamin Orrall know that all you need this weekend is a massively buzzed-out guitar, a few PBRs, and a choice mantra to shout at your rooftop pool party: “I wanna cool out/And get wasted!”

8. DEMI LOVATO, “Give Your Heart a Break” Don’t be frightened by Demi’s stalker intensity. Like all the best guilt-free summer flings, this unshakable single—all seesawing violins, pretty synths, and sweet pleas—simply wants you to put a Ring Pop on it.

9. MATT & KIM, “Let’s Go” Their buoyant indie-pop gem comes complete with instructions: Sing along to its bright hooks and softly crooned ooh-ooohs with your “windows rolled down.” With a decent stereo and a broken air conditioner, you’ll have no trouble obliging.

10. CAT POWER, “Ruin” You may not be leaving your zip code this summer, but indie rock’s recently returned siren will stamp your mental passport with her far-flung travelogue (Soweto, Calcutta, Chile, Mozambique). Just take care to listen to the cautionary message beneath the song’s tropical piano and gorgeous echo-chamber vocals.

Give our picks a spin with the Spotify playlist below!

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Backstreet Boys announce 'Good Morning America' reunion performance

Backstreet’s Back and all five members are coming to Good Morning America.

The band announced today that they will perform on the show’s Summer Concert Series on Aug. 31 — three months after member Kevin Richardson announced his return to the group.

Richardson, who left the band in 2006, has been known to pop up at a Backstreet Boys show once or twice during his absence from the group, but this will mark his first time they’ve hit the stage together since reuniting.

The group, who is in the studio working on an album set for release in spring 2013, also announced via press release that they will soon be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

Information on how to attend the concert is available at gmaconcerts.com, where you will essentially be told to line up behind me.

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