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Jay Z addresses Barneys controversy on new Rick Ross collab 'The Devil Is a Lie'

You can press pause on Beyoncé now—and be grateful Bey hasn’t convinced everyone to quit releasing teaser tracks off upcoming albums.

This one’s from Rick Ross, whose Mastermind will arrive early next year, and Jay Z, and it is so wonderfully good: Equal parts Rozay roll and blaring Blueprint soul—a jubilant celebration of two rappers who at this point can only really have fun with tales of crack dealing.

Although Jay Z also addresses the recent, quite real issue of his continued partnership with Barneys after “shop-and-frisk” lawsuits were brought against the department store: “See what I did to the stop and frisk?/Brooklyn on the Barneys like we own the bitch/Give the money to the hood, now we all win/Got that Barneys floor lookin’ like a V.I.M.”

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Beyonce releases surprise album

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Beyoncé has delivered the ultimate holiday surprise.

Just after midnight on the east coast, the singer suddenly dropped a brand new 14-track self-titled studio album  on iTunes. That’s right — without any pre-promotion. (Read Nick Catucci’s review here.)

As if this bombshell — which, in her Instagram announcement, she described as a “visual album” — needed anything else, each song also comes with a music video and the download of BEYONCÉ will also score you three additional videos.

Here is the full track list. Notably, there’s a duet with husband Jay-Z and a cameo from daughter Blue Ivy:

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R. Kelly live at SiriusXM: On the scene

What’s R. Kelly really like? Or at least, what’s he like when he’s enclosed in a glass booth with a handful of fans, a small entourage, and a SiriusXM host lobbing softball questions and gently ribbing him?

He’s deceptively normal. Normal because he’s very present without seeming too “on.” Which is deceptive because he’s still R. Kelly: As liable to recite an original poem so sexually explicit you can’t make eye contact with anyone else in the room while he’s speaking as he is to giving you goose pimples with a few a cappella bars of “Bump N’ Grind.”

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R. Kelly bringing back 'Trapped In The Closet' in 2014

Next week sees the release of R. Kelly’s new album Black Panties, but the Pied Piper of R&B is already thinking about his next project—one that will send him back to the closet.

This morning, IFC announced that Kelly’s Trapped In The Closet series will be coming back in 2014. No date has been set, nor have the network nor Kelly revealed how many new chapters there are going to be, but to celebrate Trapped‘s impending return, IFC will be airing all 33 chapters of the series this Saturday, December 7, at 5:45 PM (or you can just watch them online).

If you recall, chapter 33 of Trapped In The Closet (which premiered just after Thanksgiving last year) ended with Sylvester (Kelly) and Twan (Eric Lane) outrunning a group of Italian mobsters and crashing a taping of a Jerry Springer-esque talk show Out of the Closet. No matter how much the story moves forward, it’s not anywhere close to being over. “I’m gonna be forever writing these chapters,” Kelly told EW in 2012. “Because now I’ve created a fan base out there that deserves to hear what’s next.” READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus' Entertainer of the Year is Pharrell Williams

Miley Cyrus had quite a year. As she told Entertainment Weekly, she planned on 2013 being the best year of her life, and she certainly lived up to that lofty goal. Cyrus is one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year, and when asked who she would pass that honor on to, she agreed with one of EW’s picks.

“I really think Pharrell [Williams] is the entertainer of the year,” Cyrus told EW. “Not only for what he did on my record but for what he did in the music industry in general with ‘Blurred Lines’ and Daft Punk.” Indeed, Williams contributed “#GETITRIGHT” to Cyrus’ album Bangerz and provided lots of guidance for her sonic reinvention.

In Williams, Cyrus found a kindred spirit. “He and I were kind of on the same path, and I think that’s why he and I connected,” she said. READ FULL STORY

Pharrell's 24-hour-long 'Happy' video will make your day

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Bob Dylan, you have been served!

Sure, earlier this week Dylan released a video allowing you to click through different “channels” and see HSN anchors and Drew Carey lip-syncing “Like a Rolling Stone.” But today Pharrell released a video that not only layers a bunch of lip-syncing dancers for you to click between, but runs for 24 hours straight.

You’ve gotta go here to check out the video. (Please do; we’ll wait.) You might wonder why anyone would want to watch something that goes on for the equivalent of 156 plays of the “November Rain” clip. Well, there are two reasons to watch it for at least as long as it takes you to eat your afternoon snack:

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Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' interactive video will absolutely blow your mind

Ever have one of those days when you’re flipping through a thousand TV channels and it just seems like everything starts to blur together?

In the new interactive music video for Bob Dylan’s 1965 classic “Like A Rolling Stone” that’s exactly what happens. As the song plays in the background, you can watch everyone from Drew Carey on The Price is Right set to the Property Brothers lip-sync seamlessly.

The video can be seen on Dylan’s website here to promote “The Complete Album Collection Volume One”, a hardcover box set of all of Dylan’s 41 albums, including two CDs of songs not included on the original albums, as well as rare photos and extensive liner notes.

Lady Gaga talks auras, outer space, and her new app with SiriusXM: An on-the-scene report

Lady Gaga may not be a superhero, but she can seem that way to her fans — and she did little to discourage that idea today when about 30 people were invited to a special fan Q&A (it will be available to a much wider audience tonight on SiriusXM Hits 1).

Prior to her arrival, anticipation built: Would she enter via the elevator like a mere mortal? Would she beam down from the giant neon light in the ceiling? She eventually did arrive (through a door) — in elegant, superhero-esque cape sleeves, natch — and the room erupted in gasps. “She’s actually here!” an excited woman said from somewhere in the room.  Full disclosure: That woman may have been me.

During the interview, Lady Gaga was The Gaga we’ve come to expect — simultaneously goofy and over-the-top passionate. She discussed her album inspirations, collaborators like R. Kelly and The Muppets (“Kermit and I used to date!”), and couldn’t resist dancing a bit in her chair when “Bad Romance” blasted over the speakers. READ FULL STORY

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' composer Hans Zimmer recruits Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr, others for movie music supergroup

Hans Zimmer has never had any trouble crafting movie scores on his own. He has worked on over 150 movies, won himself an Oscar (for The Lion King, in 1995), and gave birth to the BWOOOM that just about every other movie composer has stolen.

But everybody needs a little company, and for the score to the forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Zimmer went ahead and got himself a super group. According to Sony Pictures, Zimmer and director Marc Webb have recruited Pharrell Williams, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Incubus’ Michael Einziger, and former Eurythmic/current blues revivalist Dave Stewart.

“Marc and I were talking about Spider-Man, and as the word got out, so many of our friends and musicians started calling us up, wanting to be a part of it, because they love Spider-Man,” Zimmer said in a statement. “That was the thing that united all of us ­ the great love for Spider-Man.  With all of these hugely talented people wanting to join us, it was Marc who said, ‘Why not start a band?’ Marc and I have had a great start jamming with everybody, and we still have a few surprises up our sleeve.”

Nobody is a stranger in this collective: Zimmer and Williams previously worked together on the music for Despicable Me and also at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, and Marr, Einziger, and Stewart have all lent their guitar playing talents to Zimmer scores in the past (on Inception, The Lone Ranger, and Madagascar 3, respectively).

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which again stars Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger and welcomes Jamie Foxx as the villain Electro, will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich on Lou Reed: 'He's the most direct, pure person I've ever met'

After Lou Reed passed away last Sunday at the age of 71, we reached out to one of his friends and collaborators, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who worked with him on his last major recording project, the 2011joint album LuluHe spoke to us about his first introduction to the Velvet Underground as a kid growing up in Denmark, their first meeting at an amusement park years later, and what working with Reed was like.

“My dad had a music room across from my room in the house I grew up in in Copenhagen, Denmark. There would be all kinds of crazy stuff coming out of there from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s: Hendrix, the Doors, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, John Coltrane, all that kind of stuff. Among the things that came out of that room at that time was the Velvet Underground. I maybe wasn’t super aware of that when I was six years old, but a few years later we moved to America and [my Dad and I] started exchanging music that we were passionate about. I would sit there and play Iron Maiden or Motorhead, and he would play me some crazy stuff. And I remember we had some pretty next-level sessions with ‘Heroin’ and ‘Sweet Jane,’ and with Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal, some of that stuff. This was the first time I sat and got into it on a different level, probably around 1980 or 1981.

So obviously that type of stuff had a tremendous impact. I wasn’t quite in tune with the cultural impact of the New York scene and what it all meant, but as a musical relationship, it was very rich, and I loved what I was hearing and I connected with what I was hearing. Some people will talk about ‘the forefather of punk music’ and all that type of stuff. I wasn’t able to put it together in that type of context at that time because I was only 16, but those were the first couple of times I experienced Lou. READ FULL STORY

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