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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

'Dallas Buyers Club' soundtrack: Hear new songs from Tegan and Sara, Neon Trees, My Morning Jacket and more - EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

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One of this fall’s most anticipated movies, The Dallas Buyers Club, tells the true story of Texas native Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), whose 1986 HIV diagnosis, received in an era before treatment was readily available, spurred him to start his own prescription drug-smuggling ring.

The movie, which also stars Jared Leto, Steve Zahn, and Jennifer Garner, doesn’t open until this Friday, November 1, but you can stream the soundtrack exclusively here today. The album features brand new compositions by the likes of Tegan and Sara, My Morning Jacket, Fitz and the Tantrums, Neon Trees, Cold War Kids, and Leto’s own band Thirty Seconds to Mars. The album kicks off with Shuggie Otis’ stoned-soul anthem “Sweet Thang,” and also includes two classic T. Rex songs.

If you buy the album on iTunes (where it goes on sale today), 40 cents of every sale will go to the AIDS relief charity Project (RED)‘s Global Fund.  Jared Leto will be taking over Project (RED)’s Twitter account today at 11:30 AM Eastern/8:30 AM Pacific to answer questions about the movie, the soundtrack, and AIDS awareness.

Listen to the full album below: READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney talks Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti - EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Next Tuesday, October 15, would have been Fela Kuti’s 75th birthday. The Nigeria-born Fela was a responsible for bringing Afrobeat—and world music in general—into the Western world. And though he passed away in 1997, his legacy still stretches across the globe.

Yesterday saw the release of Red Hot + Felaa new benefit compilation of classic Fela tunes reimagined by the likes of Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, My Morning Jacket, tUnE-yArDs, Childish Gambino, Spoek Mathambo, members of TV on the Radio, and a host of African artists. Fela—whose life was captured in the Broadway musical Fela!produced by Jay Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith—is also being remembered in a series of videos that find all manner of legends, including George Clinton and Brian Eno. 

One of those participants is Paul McCartney, whose new album New is about to land in stores. In the exclusive video below, McCartney talks about a great lost Fela tune that he saw performed live once but has never been able to track down on record. Clearly, it left an impression: READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus and Sinead O'Connor make beautiful music together -- VIDEO

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They may not be in the same room (ever), but Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor sound pretty great together. That is, in “Nothing Compares to Wrecking Ball,” a great Miley/Sinead mashup created by Robin Skouteris — a mixmaster who’s also recently done great things with Lady Gaga, The Prodigy, and La Roux.

I’d have thought “Wrecking Ball” would work better with a melodically similar tune like Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” or Bruno Mars’s “Locked Out of Heaven.” But in practice, the Sinead comparison is pretty perfect — and even more compelling than “Wrecking” mashups with either of those songs. (Though yes, this “Wrecked out of Heaven” mix is pretty great.) Plus, there’s the intentional similarity between Miley’s video and Sinead’s, which adds a neat mirroring element.

If you watch only one video of mostly bald white ladies crying in close-up today, make it this one.

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