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The Black Keys' Essential Playlist

In honor of this week’s cover stars, we decided to compile an essential (but by no means comprehensive — they have eight studio albums alone) playlist for Akron’s prodigal blues-rock sons.

Stream it in full via Spotify below, and get our full Summer Music Preview, starring the Black Keys and their duct-tape-happy interrogator Danny McBride, on stands tomorrow:

 

Dolly Parton explains her new gospel cover of Bon Jovi's 'Lay Your Hands on Me' (you read that right!)

Dolly Parton releases her 42nd album, Blue Smoke, on May 13, and one song on the track list might surprise you: a cover of Bon Jovi’s 1988 hit “Lay Your Hands on Me.”

“I always loved the song, but the first time I heard it — because I grew up in a Pentecostal church, where people believed in healing hands and laying your hands on someone — I just thought, “Wow, that would make a fantastic gospel song,” Parton tells EW.

Still, she knew the sexualized lyrics would need a bit of an overhaul. “You can’t take liberties with people’s song without running it by them, so I contacted Jon and Richie Sambora, who wrote the song together, and asked them, ‘I would love to do this as a gospel song, would y’all help me put that together?’ They were all for it, and everybody threw in their little ideas, and I threw in mine,” she says. READ FULL STORY

Jay Z and Beyonce's summer 'On The Run' tour: Yes, it's happening

After nearly two weeks of speculation, the most powerful couple in music (and one of the most influential people in the world) have confirmed that they will indeed be spending the summer together on stage at various stadiums across the United States and Canada. Starting on June 25 in Miami, Jay Z and Beyoncé will be taking their On The Run tour to the people.

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Prince announces new album and deluxe 'Purple Rain' reissue

They say time heals all wounds, though the break between Prince and his original label Warner Bros. Records seemed beyond repair: So unhappy was the Purple One with his label bosses that he painted the word “SLAVE” on his face during most of his public appearances in 1993. But the two sides have figured out a way to sort things out, with Prince fans emerging as the big winners.

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The Who will go on tour at Christmas to celebrate 50 -- plus a new album in the works!

The Who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year the way only a rock band can — with a world tour. Dates will start in the U.K. around Christmas and then come to North America in 2015. Pete Townshend tells Billboard, “I’m not crazy about going on the road, but I’m in good shape and once I start doing it — and I’m still very good at it — I’ll take some pleasure from it.” READ FULL STORY

Lorde finally met the man who inspired 'Royals'

Back in November, Lorde told VH1 that her song “Royals” was inspired by a photo that she saw in National Geographic of now-retired Kansas City Royals third-baseman George Brett. READ FULL STORY

Wu Tang's 'Shaolin,' and five other all-time crazy box sets

Sure, the forthcoming Wu-Tang Clan album The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin… will only be available to one person and is “presented in a hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahy,” but how does this one of a kind musical artifact stack up against some of the other, crazier box sets in music history? (Or even the Wu-Tang bike?)

Check out some of the most extreme (and extremely expensive) box sets in history:

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What would Kurt Cobain's music sound like today?

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, I ruminate over the anniversary of the death of one of the last great rock stars with a simple question: Had he not died in April 1994, what might Kurt Cobain’s music have sounded like now?

In order to find some possible answers, I talked to Cobain’s friends and collaborators about his potential musical directions; the master playlist craftspeople at Beats Audio took those cues and built a batch of songs that help extrapolate what Cobain might have sounded like had he lived.

“Cobain always seemed like an old soul and I agree that he would have continued to explore more acoustic music, as opposed to electric,” says Beats’ Scott Plagenhoef. “He wrote personal lyrics but they were opaque and non-linear and he never wrote narratives. There is also a temptation to assume major creative forces like Cobain would remain progressive into their older age but the fact of the matter is that was never a quality that he displayed even during his lifetime. There is no indication he would have embraced electronic music, for example.”

The playlist includes a handful of tracks that seem like inevitable Cobain compositions (Elliott Smith’s “Waltz No. 2 (XO),” Wilco’s “How To Fight Loneliness,” The White Stripes’ “We’re Going To Be Friends”), as well as some reasonable stretches (EMA’s “California,” Cat Power’s “He War,” Lambchop’s “My Face Your Ass”). Spin the whole thing here while you consider what might have been.

What do you think Kurt Cobain would have sounded like in 2014? Let us know in the comments.

'This Is A Trent Reznor Song' now has a Nine Inch Nails-biting video

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A few weeks ago, a dude named Frederick Scott tickled Nine Inch Nails fans with “This Is A Trent Reznor Song,” a loving tribute to the NIN frontman’s songwriting and performance tics. It was awesome, and one of the better musical parodies on the entirety of the Internet.

Now comes the next stage: Scott’s video for “This Is A Trent Reznor Song,” which borrows elements from the clips for Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and “The Hand That Feeds.” Once again Scott nails it, with the same kind of video effects from “The Hand That Feeds” and the commitment to spooky photography and weird lighting from the classic “Closer.”

It’s a little more outwardly funny than the song itself—the reaction shot Scott gives to the bottle of milk is particularly fantastic—but it still retains the same kind of reverence for Reznor’s work as the track.

Check out the video below. And while you’re at it, check out some of the clips from Nine Inch Nails’ Tension tour, one of the better live music experiences from last year.

 

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Shakira is a girl on fire in new video for 'Empire': Watch it here

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Shakira is no stranger to wacky visuals, and the new video for “Empire” lives up to the bar set by her past work.

In the clip for the song, which comes from her just-released self-titled album, Shakira is dressed as a ballerina bride at a lovely-looking country wedding. But before she walks down the aisle, she gets cold feet, and the only cure for cold feet is to light yourself on fire.

With her veil torched, she splits the rest of her time in a cartoon-pretty field (perhaps a vineyard?) and dressing in black so she can do back bends in a tower, all the while inviting us to observe when “the stars make love to the universe.”

It’s twice as nutty as that sounds, so you should probably just set aside four minutes for crazy and watch it below:

 

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