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David Bowie makes intense eye contact in 'Valentine's Day' video: Watch it here

Truth time: After the epic, arty awesomeness of Bowie’s last couple of videos, we were expecting a little more more in his new clip for “Valentine’s Day.”

“The Stars Are Out Tonight,” an early video of the The Next Day cycle, was a cool concept piece featuring no less than the Oscar-winning Tilda Swinton, while the NSFW one for “The Next Day” included not only Gary Oldman and (yep, Oscar-winning) Marion Cotillard but also some compellingly wacky Christian imagery. Bowie’s latest, however, is much simpler, featuring little more than the singer, his guitar, and those famously mismatched eyes peering into your soul.

But perhaps the stripped-down approach is for the best, considering that the lovely “Valentine’s Day” is one of the stronger cuts off the album anyway. Besides, Bowie alone is more than enough to make us happy! Take a look at the new video below and let us know if you agree:

Radiohead's Thom Yorke angry about Spotify compensation, pulls music from streaming service

Another day, another English musician getting upset over his compensation from a streaming service.

Following in the footsteps of the gentlemen from Pink Floyd, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke took umbrage with the amount of money paid to artists who allow their music on Spotify. “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid,” Yorke tweeted. “Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.”

Yorke engaged in a Twitter exchange with his longtime producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich, who tweeted, “We’re off of Spotify. Can’t do that no more man. Small meaningless rebellion.”

That means that Spotify customers can no longer stream Yorke’s 2006 solo album The Eraser, the first album from Godrich’s Ultraista project, or the Atoms For Peace album Amok. “The reason is that new artists get paid f— all with this model. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work,” Godrich wrote on Twitter. “Meanwhile small labels and new artists can’t even keep their lights on. It’s just not right.”

More and more musicians have been speaking up about streaming services, who continually swear that their compensation packages are fair. In the eyes of Yorke and Godrich, services like Spotify (or Pandora, another frequent adversary of musicians) devalue the product created by artists.

Yorke drove that point home in his most recent tweet: “For me In Rainbows was a statement of trust. People still value new music,” he wrote, referencing the album his band released as a pay-what-you-want download back in 2007. “That’s all we’d like from Spotify. Don’t make us the target.”

UPDATE: Spotify released a statement in response to Yorke and Godrich’s tweets:

“Spotify’s goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music,” a company spokesperson said today.

“We want to help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base and make a living from the music we all love.

“Right now we’re still in the early stages of a long-term project that’s already having a hugely positive effect on artists and new music. We’ve already paid US$500M to rightsholders so far and by the end of 2013 this number will reach US$1bn. Much of this money is being invested in nurturing new talent and producing great new music.

“We’re 100% committed to making Spotify the most artist-friendly music service possible, and are constantly talking to artists and managers about how Spotify can help build their careers.”

What do you think? What will the tipping point be for Spotify and other streaming services? Do you believe there is a way for everybody to be fairly compensated while still delivering the same service?

Read More on EW.com:
Reassessing Radiohead
Pink Floyd writes an open letter on streaming services titled ‘Pandora’s Internet radio royalty ripoff’
Daft Punk breaks Spotify record, beat previous Mumford record

Watch the darkly hypnotic new video for Maps' 'A.M.A.' -- EXCLUSIVE

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What the heck is going on in Northampton, England?

Some heavy stuff, apparently: the new video from that town’s Mercury Prize-nominated electronic artist Maps is rife with dark, beguiling imagery. The clip — accompanied by the song “A.M.A.,” the first single of the brand-new album Vicissitude — from seemingly unconscious people at a creek to a seemingly unconscious man with Joker facepaint at the wheel of a vintage Volvo. In other words, lots of unconscious people.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel! Without giving away too much, let’s just say the clip gets pretty lively towards the end. Take a look below: READ FULL STORY

Rihanna calls out UK journalist in Instagram rant

RiRi is unapologetic indeed: Taking a page out of M.I.A.’s playbook, the outspoken pop star reacted to an unfavorable article written about her in the UK’s Daily Mail by taking swipes at the author via social media.

It all began when journalist Liz Jones took Rihanna to task in the Mail for being a “toxic role model,” admonishing the multiplatinum singer for, in Jones’ opinion, regularly promoting sex- and drug-laden imagery, publicly continuing her relationship with abusive beau Chris Brown, and flaunting “the sort of fashion sense on stage that surely invites rape at worst.” Hmm. READ FULL STORY

One Direction's new 'This Is Us' trailer -- from bakery jobs to world domination: Watch it here

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Cynics might say that One Direction haven’t been around nearly long enough to warrant a feature-length, theatrically-released film helmed by one of the premiere working documentarians, but those people just don’t understand the draw of Harry Styles’ hair.

The trailer for One Direction’s forthcoming This Is Us surfaced this morning, and it’s everything a One Direction fanatic could want: Adorable childhood photos, backstage shenanigans involving skateboards and pantsing, drop-ins from weepy moms, and plenty of shots of massive crowds going absolutely ape for Harry, Liam, Zayn, Niall, and Louis. Check it out below.  READ FULL STORY

George Michael injured in car crash

George Michael has been hospitalized following a single-car accident. The former Wham! singer and platinum solo artist was a passenger in a Range Rover traveling on the M1 highway yesterday in Hertfordshire, England.

Reports say that Michael was airlifted to a local hospital with a head injury after the crash. “The man who we believe to be in his 40s sustained a head injury and following treatment, stabilisation and immobilisation by land and air ambulance crews, he was flown to hospital for further care,” Gary Sanderson, a spokesperson for the medical crew, told the BBC.

Meanwhile, Michael’s representatives told the BBC that the singer had only sustained “superficial cuts” during the accident and was fine.

Michael, 49, has been in questionable health. Last year, he canceled a handful of tour dates to work through the extreme anxiety that followed his extended hospitalization for pneumonia in 2011 (a visit that saw him slip briefly into a coma).

Though his last new album was in 2004, he has steadily been releasing one-off singles for various charities and events, including a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You and I” recorded on the occasion of Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton and a new tune called “White Light” that commemorated the 30th anniversary of the first Wham! single.

Read more:
George Michael cancels tour dates to seek treatment for anxiety
George Michael has a new video and Kate Moss is in it: Watch it here!
George Michael healthy, home for Christmas: Report

Stream Django Django's new remix album 'Hi Djinx' here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Last year, British pastiche rockers Django Django released their acclaimed self-titled debut in 2012 and it was good — like, really good.

Now they’re mixing it all up again with Hi Djinx, a full smorgasbord of remixes with help from Nick McCarthy, DJ Mujava, Adrian Sherwood, and others, and EW has an exclusive stream of the full album via Spotify. Take a listen below, and find the full tracklist after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Blur's Damon Albarn teases new music: 'It would be a good time to try'

We have good news, if you’re a fan of on-again/off-again Britpop stalwarts Blur: The band might be making new music. “We were supposed to be playing in Japan next week. Due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to go there, although we will go there at some point,” frontman Damon Albarn reportedly said at a show in Hong Kong yesterday. “So we have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try to record another record, so we’re going to make one here in Hong Kong.”

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British comedian (and voice of Darth Maul) Peter Serafinowicz posts hilarious clip for Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'

British comedian, onetime Hot Chip video director, and, yes, voice-of-Darth-Maul Peter Serafinowicz has just posted a highly entertaining clip for Daft Punk’s track, “Get Lucky.” According to the French duo’s publicist, the video is not authorized (although can robots really “authorize” anything anyway?) and we’re not sure quite why Serafinowicz decided to make the clip. But we’re glad he did!

You can check out the video below. READ FULL STORY

Coachella Day One: Blur, Skrillex's 'supergroup' Dog Blood, and more

The beauty (or not, depending on your point of view) of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival is that there’s no longer one Coachella Music Festival. Once a one-day event attended by 10,000 people, the Indio bacchanalia has become a rite of passage for North America’s 25-and-under population.

In 2013, it occupies half the weekends in April, with over 100 acts competing for attention, spread out across seven stages and enough art installations to satisfy even the most ardent aesthetic snob. Headliners this year include the reunited Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rumors of a Daft Punk appearance remain rampant.

But if there’s a unifying theme that’s emerged from the last few festivals, it’s that electronic music has supplanted rock as the primary locus. That’s not to say that there weren’t bravura sets from America and England’s most celebrated rock bands, but none could match the MDMA-addled hordes that congregated in the Sahara Tent, the festival’s dedicated airplane hanger for electronic dance music. READ FULL STORY

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