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David Bowie drops new single, announces first album in ten years

The last time David Bowie put out an album, Harry Styles was nine years old and Arrested Development had yet to be canceled. Today, One Direction are stadium headliners and AD is back, and the legendary chameleonic rocker has decided to make his return as well.

This morning, Bowie released a new single called “Where Are We Now?” and announced that the release of his new album The Next Day, will come in March.

“Where Are We Now?” is a low-key, elegiac tune, bundled with a delightfully weird music video. Check it out hereREAD FULL STORY

One Direction get silly (and shirtless) in new 'Kiss You' video

The cheeky lads of One Direction have (mercifully) decided to put the kibosh on their “You still have to squeeze into your jeans” ballad “Little Things,” and now they’ve got a new single ready to go for the new year — “Kiss You,” the most zippy, infectious track on their sophomore release Take Me Home.

A video for the song has just hit the web, and, in keeping with the 1D brand, it’s an endearingly inane blend of upbeat silliness, terrible dancing, and awkward “Look, we’re almost naughty. But we’re not. But we are.” touchy-feely-ness. Listen, I don’t pretend to understand why hordes of girls are so enamored with the idea of the boys getting romantic with each other, but there are enough shots in the video below — like the one below — to suggest that 1D’s handlers are very aware that the appeal exists. Also, Zayn, that “ZAP!” tattoo is permanent. READ FULL STORY

Olly Murs tells EW about making 'Trouble' in the U.S., touring with One Direction, and more

The past year has been a good one for contestants from the UK version of The X Factor here in the States.

Bratty pop starlet Cher Lloyd scored a Top 20 hit with “Want U Back,” and a little boy band called One Direction earned two straight number one albums and sold out a 2013 tour. But there’s one X Factor alum still waiting for his big break here in America: Olly Murs, a dapper showman with an upbeat repertoire that we think you should get to know.

Murs first caught our attention with his brassy and delightfully retro “Dance With Me Tonight” (seriously, give it a listen), which hasn’t been officially released in the U.S.. Instead, the cheeky bloke’s first U.S. single was a more pop radio-oriented jam called “My Heart Skips A Beat,” featuring buzzy rap duo Chiddy Bang. The song, which had gone No. 1 all over the world, was released here in June but failed to make an impact on the chart.

Not to worry, though. Murs is coming back with a new Flo Rida collaboration called “Troublemaker,” the first single off his upcoming Right Place Right Time, due in April 2013. The song and album have both already hit the top of the charts in the U.K., and with a little luck, “Troublemaker” could find a spot on the U.S. charts. We’ll see. The song heads to radio in January.

We recently sat down with Olly after a show in New York City to hear a bit about his style, trying to make it in America, and his take on his fellow British pop stars.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: For people that don’t know your music, how would you describe it?
OLLY MURS: It’s just fun music. My new music has got a more sentimental feeling toward it, but what I’ve done before has been a little bit more cheeky and a laugh.

You’re a total performer on stage. You dance, you make goofy faces… What artists inspired that sort of showmanship?
I look at Robbie Williams, Michael Buble, even Justin Timberlake. And James Brown, Michael Jackson — there are so many over the years that I’ve look at and admired, so I don’t know where I get my, sort of, swag — that’s the word now, isn’t it? — I don’t know where I get it from. I just enjoy performing, I enjoy entertaining crowds.

Were you a performer before you ended up on The X Factor, then?
Yeah, I used to go to pubs with my mates. We used to go to clubs. We used to just dance and perform and muck around. I never did anything as big as the X-Factor, of course. Only in front of small crowds, but it was always really fun.

Is it weird to come to come to the U.S. and answer that sort of question about your early beginnings? You just put out your third album at home, so I’m guessing you left those questions behind a few years ago.
No, not at all. I mean, when you come to the States, you’ve gotta start from scratch. It’s a new start for everyone. We’ve got to showcase my talent and try to win new fans.

So what’s next for you over here?
We’ve got some shows coming in January — three of them. So that’s a chance for the fans I’ve got in America to come and see me for the first time in a proper show. And then I’ve got my own arena tour [in the UK] next year, I’ve got my album coming out [in the US] in April, and I’ve got “Troublemaker” out right now. And then I’m doing a stadium tour [in the UK] with Robbie Williams, which is great.

Speaking of “Troublemaker,” have you actually met Flo Rida yet?
No, I haven’t actually. Things have changed so much in the past five years. Everyone just emails songs. But you know what? He loved it, recorded it, sent it back, I said yes, and he said, “Well would you want to do a song for me in the future?” I was like, “Yep!”

He’s not a bad ally to have on the chart.
What I love about Flo is he doesn’t just pick any old song to sing. He really wants a song that’s going to be a hit, and I think he knew straightaway that this was going to be a good hit, and it went number one in the U.K. and [Right Place Right Time] is number one on the album chart, so I can’t complain.

Alright, enough of that stuff. Now, onto the important questions. First up: puppies or kittens?
Oooh, I’d say puppies. I’m a big dog fan.

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram?
Twitter. Twitter’s the most impressive, I think. It’s fun, and it’s an easier way of accessing people.

Favorite book?
I’d probably say The Hobbit.

Let’s talk British pop music. Who deserves to have a comeback: Samantha Mumba, BBMak, or S Club 7?
BBMak would be good. They were good lads. I remember buying one of their songs, but I don’t remember what it was!

Alright, you toured with One Direction this year. Name the top three selling One Direction dolls of 2012 in order, as reported by The Sun.
I reckon Harry sold the most.

Nope.
He didn’t? Wow.

It’s changed. Harry used to sell the most.
Then Niall. Niall sold the most.

Correct.
I reckon Harry is second and Louis is third.

Close, but you switched Louis and Harry.
Wow, so it’s Niall, then Louis, then Harry? Wow.

Yeah, but Liam is still in last, and he lost one percent. Okay, when you’re in a down mood: Coldplay or Keane?
Keane.

If you were in a spinoff group called the Spice Boys, what would your name be?
Clumsy. I’d be Clumsy Spice.

Adele, Florence Welch, or Emeli Sande?
Adele, of course. Who wouldn’t pick Adele? She’s amazing.

And there you have it, folks! Are you a fan of Olly? Do you think either he or “Troublemaker” will be able to make it in the States?

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Django Django get trippy in ‘Life’s a Beach’ video
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Django Django get trippy in 'Life's a Beach' video: Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE

As we noted in our November playlist, the spacey British indie rockers in Django Django have made quite the impression on our playlists since their Mercury Prize-nominated debut made it to our shores this fall.

That impressive self-titled album was coupled with their surrealist “Hail Bop” video, which combined Tron, Salvador Dali, and our weirdest lucid dreams. Now the four-piece has a new clip for their song “Life’s a Beach,” and it takes that psychedelic aesthetic one step further with out-there visual effects that one might encounter on late-night public-access television circa 1989.

Check out Django Django’s latest visual treat in the video exclusively on EW.com below:

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Chris Martin, Eric Clapton added to Hurricane Sandy benefit in NYC

And the lineup for the big 12-12-12 benefit for Hurricane Sandy keeps getting bigger and better.

British rock heavyweights Eric Clapton and Chris Martin have been added to the increasing roster of musicians lined up to play Madison Square Garden. As we reported last week, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, and the entire Bon Jovi band were the most recent additions.

Also slated to perform at the benefit are Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, the Who, and Roger Waters. Proceeds from the concert will go toward Hurricane Sandy relief via the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Tickets are on sale now.

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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones to give rare interview on 'Letterman' -- EXCLUSIVE

Here comes another round of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors.

The revered rock band’s three surviving members — Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and current Rolling Stone cover boy Jimmy Page — have been confirmed for a rare TV interview on The Late Show With David Letterman next week, EW can exclusively announce.

The Led Zep vets have been spending a fair amount of time together lately as they promote this month’s Celebration Day, the DVD/CD version of the reunion-ish concert that they staged in London back in 2007. And as we reported last month, the trio’s recent encounters with the press have resulted in “politely terse” to “cheekily hostile” interactions, especially regarding the question of a band reunion. All of this should hopefully make their chat with Dave an interesting one.

And for those wondering, Paloma Faith is booked as Letterman’s musical guest that night. So unless an incredibly bizarre collaboration goes down, it’s unlikely that Led Zep will be rocking out Ed Sullivan Theater.

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Pulp to end their reunion

Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Pulp, one of the foremost groups in the ’90s Britpop scene, are drawing their reunion to a close.

“We’ll just be cruising off into the sunset,” lead singer Jarvis Cocker told England’s Q Magazine (via NME.com) “Seems poetic. Not wishing to make a big deal, but we’ve played for a while and it’s been really good, but you can’t keep doing that forever.”

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Coldplay hints at hiatus

Is Chris Martin pulling a Dave Grohl?

During a recent Coldplay show in Australia, Martin dropped numerous hints that his band might be taking some kind of hiatus.

“This is the last big show for three years or so,” the singer told the crowd last Wednesday, Billboard reports. “I don’t want to stop.” That, coupled with an earlier comment assuring the audience “that we’re going to play for you the best f—ing show in our life,” have people wondering if there might be a short break in order for the “Fix You” band.

Of course, none of that means the band will be leaving us completely. For one, we know for sure that drummer Will Champion will enter our televisions next year via HBO’s Game of Thrones. Moreover, the hints dropped throughout the show indicate a hiatus from playing live — leaving open the possibility that the band could spend some of the next few years writing and recording their next album. And, probably, getting some sleep.

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Album sales: One Direction top Billboard 200 for second time this year

They may have had a trophy-free night at last weekend’s American Music Awards, but One Direction still have the votes of more than half a million album buyers (you know who you are).

For the second time this year, the British boy band has snagged the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart thanks to their sophomore effort Take Me Home. And taken to many homes they were: the group moved 540,000 units in the week, a vast improvement from the 176,000 their record-breaking debut Up All Night earned them back in March.

The new numbers give them the third largest debut week of the year, with only Taylor Swift’s Red (1.2 million) and Mumford & Sons’ Babel (600,000) surpassing them.

Of course, when someone goes up, someone’s gotta come down. Swift’s three weeks atop the chart came to an end, dipping to the second spot with 145,000 for its fourth week. (That puts Red‘s running total at 1.89 milli.)

Rounding out the top three this week is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack, which pulled off 93,000 in sales for the frame — a decent showing, but markedly less than their first installment’s soundtrack (which debuted at No. 1 with 165,000) or the New Moon edition (which moved 153,000 units).

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Rolling Stones expands anniversary tour, add Brooklyn date

Are the Rolling Stones going artisanal?

After watching tickets to their four-date 50th anniversary tour sell like hotcakes, the Stones have announced that they’ll be playing an additional fifth show for fans — in Brooklyn.

According the band’s site, Mick and the boys will be playing the borough’s new Barclays Center on Dec. 8, the Saturday before their two dates at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. (The first two concerts of the band’s victory lap will take place at London’s O2 Arena.) Presale tickets for the Brooklyn show begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST, while general tickets will be up for grabs starting the morning of Monday, Nov. 19.

And they’re not the only Brits invading Brooklyn that month: Coldplay recently announced that they, along with Jay-Z, will be playing Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve.

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