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Jake Bugg's 'Lightning Bolt' live for Record Store Day - hear it here EXCLUSIVE

Next Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music retailers and the glory of vinyl.

One of the 400 exclusive special releases belongs to breakout Brit Jake Bugg, who is releasing the EP Live at Silver Platters. It’s a four-track collection of unplugged tunes performed at Seattle’s Silver Platters, including an acoustic rendition of his hit “Lightning Bolt.” Listen here:

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Lily Allen's new 'Our Time' video is all about her

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Lily Allen has (somewhat literally) thrown up the video for her latest single “Our Time,” off her forthcoming album Sheezus to be released May 5th. I was super behind her album title, especially considering the shade she threw at pretty much everyone with her “Hard Out Here” video. Shade for the ageist, sexist music industry. Shade for Miley. Shade for rap videos. Shade for all!

And then she said in an interview with Shortlist that she thinks we don’t need feminism anymore and that women hate each other more than men hate us…so yah, Lily has been scoring big in the racy statements department. But then after all that delicious rabble-rousing, she said that Sheezus was actually an homage to Kanye. Hmm.

After her scandalizing streak, her newest clip seems kind of… blah. Instead of partying with her girlfriends, she’s in the back of a cab with three other versions of herself–and then she stiffs the poor cabbie after his long and messy night chauffeuring her around. It left a bad taste in my mouth. (Pun intended.): READ FULL STORY

Brit Awards 2014: Watch live here! -- VIDEO

UPDATE: The stream is now live.

The Brit Awards are just moments away from kicking off at London’s famed O2 arena, and for the first time, you’ll be able to stream the U.K.’s annual pop music awards on YouTube and also help pick one of this year’s winners through social media.

At 3 p.m. ET, the show starts here: READ FULL STORY

Hear Little Barrie's new single 'Sworn In' -- EXCLUSIVE

Little Barrie have some big news for ya.

The U.K. band, fronted by Primal Scream member Barrie Cadogan, will be releasing their fourth effort Shadow this May, and you can hear the album’s first single “Sworn In” exclusively here:

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One Direction tops album chart, makes history

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If you see the One Direction boys dancing all night to the best song ever tonight, be sure to raise a pint: The British boy band has landed Midnight Memories atop this week’s album charts and made history along the way, Billboard reports.

The quintet’s latest sold 546,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, making them the first group to see all of their first three albums bow at No. 1. Notably, the numbers have grown with each effort: Up All Night and sophomore effort Take Me Home, both of which saw stateside release just last year, sold 176,000 and 540,000 respectively.

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One Direction announce North American tour and which members are still single on 'Good Morning America'- VIDEO

Hold onto your knickers and industrial sculpting paste — One Direction is coming to North America.

Well technically, they’re already here. The British boy band appeared on Good Morning America to announce their North American tour in a dusky Central Park. The air was thick with what looked to be simulated fog… or the collective vaporized breath of a thousand screaming teenage girls.

“This is how you roll,” said anchor Robin Roberts. “We usually don’t roll this early,” replied Harry Styles.

Their “special announcement” was that they’re bringing their “Where We Are” tour to North America. Tickets go on sale in December, with the first stop in Toronto on Aug. 1. Roberts also asked the question that was undoubtedly pulsating throughout the wall of girlish shrieks, “Who’s still on the market?”

Harry Styles raised his hand and that other bloke that isn’t Harry Styles (Niall Horan) did too. They also performed “Best Song Ever,” “Story of My Life,” and “What Makes You Beautiful.”

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Lily Allen's new, Robin Thicke-teasing NSFW 'Hard Out There' -- watch it here

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Lily Allen, where have you been?

Mostly she’s been busy being Lily Cooper, then Lily Allen again — getting married, making babies, and dipping a toe back into the pop pool.

Now she’s fully back with a new single, “Hard Out Here,” and a video that pokes at both Hype Williams-era rap videos and right-now product placements plus … other kinds of placements. (Paging Mr. Thicke!)

It’s all a little bit NSFW, but keep your 18-and-over eye on the Mylar balloons that come in around 3:08: READ FULL STORY

Mel B breaks out, makes out in 'For Once In My Life' video: Watch it here!

It’s been 17 years since Melanie Brown (aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice) first declared that all she really wanted to do was “zigazig-ha.”

Though she had one of the better Spice Girls solo projects in 2000′s Hot, she hasn’t done solo work since 2005′s L.A. State of Mind, instead choosing to focus on being a judge on reality competition shows, taking her top off for breast cancer awareness, and participating in the Spice Girls reunion.

But she’s back with a new single called “For Once In My Life,” and while the track itself is reasonable enough blast of synth-ravaged dance pop, the video is a pretty impressive little piece of business. It finds Mel B transitioning from what is apparently a bland suburban existence into a more chaotic, party filled life that finds her constantly taking her clothes off and shifting hair styles. At the climax, she makes out with what is apparently a clone of herself (or a version of herself from eight hours ago who just emerged from the machine).

Anyway, crank it up and have a little fun with the artist formerly known as Scary.  READ FULL STORY

Singer-songwriter Greg Holden steps into the spotlight from behind Phillip Phillips and 'Sons of Anarchy'

You may not know the name Greg Holden (unless you live in the Netherlands; he hit number two on the charts there).

But odds are good that you already know the British-born Lone Bellow tourmate’s songs — like the massive hit he co-penned for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, and had several memorable TV placements in his own name, including this Target ad and his song “The Lost Boy,” which underscored a key sequence during the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy.

For the millions who watch that show, “The Lost Boy” is a eulogy for a fallen character, but the song was actually inspired by Dave Eggers’ novel What Is The What, about a group of Sudanese refugees. “If you listen to the lyrics, it’s not like you’d know that it was about a Sudanese refugee,” he tells EW. “I know what it’s about, but I’m really glad people are able to take their own meanings from it. I like it when songs have more meanings than just the one that was intended, so I’m glad that people were able to relate to it through Sons of Anarchy.” READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney releases single 'New,' announces album for October

Paul McCartney helped construct the greatest album of all time, among other minor accomplishments, so it’s not like the guy has anything left to prove at this point.

And yet at 71 years old, he’s still going hard. Last year, he released a new solo album called Kisses on the Bottom, which was made up mostly of traditional pop covers and re-worked jazz tunes. Now he’s got a batch of freshly-written original material, and he’s ready to unleash it.

According to a press release sent out late last night, McCartney’s new album New will be arriving in stores on October 15. It features 12 new songs and a heaping helping of fresh collaborators, including Mark Ronson, who worked on the title track that also dropped last night.

The album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, and the single is for sale. Give “New” a listen below.

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