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Q and A with Po Powell, the Hipgnosis photographer behind iconic album covers

When Aubrey “Po” Powell and Storm Thorgerson designed their first album cover back in 1968, they weren’t planning on redefining the industry—they just wanted to create a cover for their flatmates’ first album that wasn’t utterly boring. (Album covers those days mainly consisted of text and, maybe, a straightforward picture of the band members.) But Powell and Thorgerson’s friends became rock stars by the name of Pink Floyd—and they themselves became Hipgnosis, the visionary design collective behind the most iconic album covers of the late ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s. AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Police, Genesis, The Who and Paul McCartney are just a few of the artists they worked with.

Hipgnosis’ photography was unlike anything ever done before—surreal, captivating, psychedelic, sometimes shocking and often humorous.(Head over to our gallery Hipgnosis: 13 Snaps from the Photo/Design Studio’s Vault to see some prime examples.) They staged extravagant, emotionally charged photo shoots both on location and in-studio—and manipulated film in the editing room to create eye-catching imagery before the days of Photoshop. Hipgnosis Portraits is a collection of both these seminal album covers and the lost photo shoots, as well as the stories behind them—working intimately with the bands to conceive and execute their creative visions.

EW talked to Po Powell, the only living member of Hipgnosis, about the inspirations behind the art—and some of his craziest memories of working with today’s rock legends in their heydays.
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Sir Christopher Lee releases heavy metal Christmas single

Sir Christopher Lee released his newest heavy metal Christmas singles for this year, adding to the canon of Christmas heavy metal that the 92-year old actor has been releasing yearly since 2012.

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Reviewing Thom Yorke's 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes': A surprise delivery -- and a pretty great one

On Friday, Radiohead frontman and dance enthusiast Thom Yorke snuck up on the Internet and delivered another sonic sucker punch. Not only did he announce that he had completed a new solo album called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, but that said album was already available via BitTorrent.

For a nominal fee of $6, hardcore fans were entitled to download a bundle that included all eight of the album’s tracks plus the unnerving music video for the track “A Brain in a Bottle”: READ FULL STORY

Coldplay's new 'A Sky Full of Stars' video -- watch it here

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Hey there, busking millionaire! Chris Martin, playing the guy you really hope doesn’t get on your subway car, surprises the citizens of Sydney, Australia, with a wandering one-man-band act in the new clip for Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars.”

Oh but hark, here are the rest of the ‘Players, joining him for a semi-spontaneous (the band put a callout to fans on Twitter) street parade that ends in a crowning town-square glory of confetti and  singalongs and a thousand camera-phone snaps.

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Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner talks Bonnaroo

Nearly a decade after they achieved buzz-band status in America with arch Britpop ditties like “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “Fake Tales of San Francisco,” Arctic Monkeys have become bona fide stadium stars—literally.

Armed with a fuller, Josh Homme-assisted sound and a long-nurtured fan base, the band has graduated to sell-out crowds at venues like Madison Square Garden and L.A.’s Staples Center, both of which they’ll be playing on a massive tour this summer that includes a stop at Tennesee’s Bonaroo Music & Arts Festival this weekend.

We tracked down frontman Alex Turner, 28, on the road in Germany and got him to talk tequila, two-way pagers, and how .
EW: How have the Germans been treating you?
Alex Turner: I just got here. Did a sound check. Then a very nice German lady served me some beef stroganoff, and I was absolutely famished, so that went down a treat. I’m going to talk to you, then take a nap, and I’m going to go play a rock show. It’s not that bad a day, really. READ FULL STORY

Kinks to reunite for new album and tour

You really got them — or you will soon. Brit rock icons the Kinks have reportedly reconciled and are returning with a new album and tour, nearly 20 years after their last split.

Frontman Ray Davies told London’s Sunday Times that he and his bandmate/brother Dave Davies — famously the most volatile sibling duo this side of the Gallaghers – have mended fences enough to begin collaborating again on new material. (The recent marking of the band’s 50th anniversary and the homeland success of biographical musical Sunny Afternoon may have helped.) READ FULL STORY

Adele tweet sparks rumors of new album this year

Adele celebrated her 26th birthday today — by tweeting this photo and caption of herself:

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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

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