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One Direction announces 3-D movie on 'Today', shows off new tattoo on 'Ellen' -- VIDEO

One Direction’s new album Take Me Home hits U.S. streets today, and the boys in the band won’t let you forget it.

The British group hit up Today this morning, an event that attracted a record-breaking 15,000 shrieking fans to Rockefeller Plaza (and made Music Mix late to work). According to Al Roker, no other group in the history of the Today show has brought in so many fans — so bravo, Harry, Liam, Niall, Zayn, and Louis.

The boys also had a special announcement for Today hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie: they’re having a baby movie!

“We are going to do our first-ever movie, and it’s going to be in 3-D,” Niall announced.
It’s coming to cinemas near you on the 30th of August, 2013.”

Well, then! Get ready to go through 1D-mania all over again next year. But for now, take a glimpse at their Today performance in the video below:
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Hear a 'Silver Linings Playbook' exclusive track, 'Buffalo,' from Mercury Prize-winning rockers Alt-J -- EXCLUSIVE

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Things are looking good for Silver Linings Playbook – the David O. Russell-directed Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence drama already garnering serious critical raves in advance of its Nov. 21 release — and for Alt-J, the British indie rock outfit that recently took home England’s esteemed Mercury Prize for their debut, An Awesome Wave.

Winners like to come together, apparently: Alt-J has penned a song for Silver Linings, “Buffalo,” for the the official soundtrack, which also contains previously released tracks from Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Alabama Shakes, as well as a new score by Danny Elfman.

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Check out Coldplay's 'God Put a Smile Upon Your Face' from 'Live 2012' - EXCLUSIVE

Coldplay are known for turning it out at their live shows — Chris Martin’s signature dance style even has its own Urban Dictionary entry — and now fans can experience it all in widescreen, thanks to the upcoming concert doc Live 2012.

The movie, filmed over a handful of cities around the world during the band’s tour for 2011 album Mylo Xyloto, finds the group hitting the highlights of their vast catalog, including on smashes both old (“Clocks,” “Yellow,” “Fix You”) and new (most notably “Princess of China,” which features a guest appearance by Rihanna).

Coldplay’s Live 2012 premieres on cable network Epix on November 17, with the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray release following a few days later.

But you can get a first look at the film below with the exclusive unveiling of Coldplay knocking out a particularly rocked-up version of “God Put a Smile Upon Your Face,” from 2002′s A Rush of Blood to the Head:

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Indie pop group Alt-J take Britain's Mercury Prize

Indie pop quartet Alt-J has won Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize, beating more established acts to the 20,000 pound (roughly $32,000) prize at the Roundhouse in north London.

Formed of four Leeds University students who met in 2007, the band’s sharp but spare vocals, genre-bending sound and occasionally bizarre, nasal lyrics propelled them onto the charts well before its members found fame.

Critical reception to their debut album, “An Awesome Wave,” was extremely favorable and the band was heavily tipped to beat artists including rapper Plan B and singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, who were also among the prize’s 12 finalists.

Music journalists have praised the group’s idiosyncratic song-building skills (and few failed to dwell on their bizarre name — it’s the command needed to get a triangle shape on a Mac).

Jenny Stevens of NME praised their “bookish sensibility and penchant for a sexual metaphor,” while the Guardian’s Paul Lester said their music was “rich and quirky enough to match the imagistic literacy of the lyrics.”

The Mercury Prize was established in 1992 to honor the best album of the year by a British or Irish band and often favors the eclectic and obscure over better-known acts

Rolling Stones drop new single 'Doom and Gloom': Hear it here

The boys are back in town.

In anticipation of their upcoming greatest hits collection, the Rolling Stones took to BBC Radio to debut their first new song in seven years, “Doom and Gloom.”  The howling single is one of two new works that’ll show up on the band’s GRRR! compilation, due Nov. 13.

So what are Mick and co. up to these days? Reading the news: as you might have gleaned from the title, Jagger laments the world’s current state of affairs, from economic disparity to fracking — and it’s all backed by the band’s trademark Exiled swagger.

Give the song a listen below and let us know what you think about the Stones’ return:

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Adele's 'Skyfall': Finally! A great James Bond theme! -- LISTEN

The history of themes to James Bond films is a storied one. From Shirley Bassey’s brassy “Goldfinger” to Paul McCartney’s hard rocking “Live and Let Die,” Duran Duran’s synthy “A View to a Kill” to Tina Turner’s slinky “Goldeneye,” the track designated to play over the opening credits to the latest 007 cinematic adventure has often climbed the charts, standing on its own as a pop hit.

Well, for a while, anyway. Since Turner’s take on Bond in 1995, only Madonna’s “Die Another Day” has managed to break through as a standalone hit, and even then, I dare you to try humming Madge’s techno tune from memory. Otherwise, the dashing British secret agent has lately been saddled with overwrought and quickly forgotten music from some usually reliable hitmakers, including Sheryl Crow, Chris Cornell, Jack White, and Alicia Keys.

It is with that sad preamble that I invite you to feast your ears on the newest James Bond theme, “Skyfall,” written by Adele and her “Rolling in the Deep” collaborator Paul Epworth for Sam Mendes-directed film that hits stateside Nov. 9. It’s the Grammy-winning artist’s first song since her mega-hit album 21, not to mention her pregnancy announcement, and it does not disappoint. Note: The official version is much longer than the radio version leaked earlier today. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Ed Sheeran unveils 2013 headline tour dates, gives EW exclusive performance video -- Watch it here

Breakout British folkie/T-Swift’s favorite ginger duet partner Ed Sheeran is bringing his A Team to the U.S. with his biggest headlining tour to date.

The 18-city trek kicks off on Jan. 17 at the House of Blues in Houston, and includes stops at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and the Hollywood Palladium. Sheeran’s current road trip—VH1′s You Oughta Know Tour, which continues through mid-October—is already fully sold out, with many shows being moved to larger venues.

Sheeran will also appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Oct. 4 to perform his current single, “The A Team,” currently climbing the charts (it also has more than 43 million views on YouTube).

Fans will get even more of Sheeran when Taylor Swift’s new album, Red, arrives Oct. 22.

But for now, check out this exclusive video of Sheeran performing his percussive “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” live at London’s Shepard’s Bush Empire, and find the tour’s full itinerary after the jump:

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458 episodes of John Peel's radio show are now online: Stream them here

Got an extra 900 hours on your hand? The internet has just become 458 John Peel show episodes richer, which means your next month or so just got booked.

Some enterprising Soundcloud citizen (and likely power-pop fan) known only as +dB has taken it upon him or herself to upload a whopping chunk of the late British radio god’s programs, which gained fame for the “Peel sessions” — live in-studio performances with some of rock’s most interesting players.

The treasure trove features broadcasts ranging from Peel’s pirate radio days back in 1968 all the way up to his BBC reign, which ended only upon the prolific DJ’s death in 2004.

The collection isn’t 100% complete, of course, but it’s certainly exhaustive: you can hear anything from Bob Marley’s two appearances on the show (on May 1 and Nov. 26, 1973) to Pulp’s 1995 session to a live Daft Punk concert (June 30, 1996). Even Peel’s elusive joint interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono is up for grabs.

So until that archive of John Peel’s record collection is complete, check out almost a thousand hours of his radio shows in the Soundcloud player below.

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Rihanna, Coldplay, and Jay-Z come together for Paralympics closing ceremony -- VIDEO

Millions tuned in to the Paralympics Closing Ceremony in London last night, and today, three performers from the hours-long finale still have people buzzing.

Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Coldplay all took the stage during the event and filled the stadium with colorful pageantry, stadium-pleasing songs, and tons of pats on each other’s backs. The three artists are all friends as well as collaborators, of course, so there was a lot of plenty of shared love: Chris Martin’s crew backed RiRi for “We Found Love,” Hova helped infuse Coldplay’s “Paradise” with swag, and the whole cadre came together for Jay’s “Run This Town.”

If you missed it last night, you can check out the cooperative performances for yourself with the videos below:

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One Direction settles lawsuit, gets to keep their name

Yes, our long national nightmare is finally over: the cute One Direction gets to keep their name!

If you recall, there was some hoopla about whether the U.K. boy band called were allowed to call and market themselves as One Direction, given that some American punks had the same name already. The homegrown band filed a lawsuit against the British invaders, asking for a million (American) dollars and a share of the foreign band’s royalties.

Simon Cowell’s company Syco then countersued the Yanks, accusing them of trying to leech off of a more famous group’s success. Apparently, things got so ugly that the boys from the States started receiving hate mail and death threats from their rival’s fans.

Now the two sides have settled for an undisclosed amount, and they’ve issued a press release announcing that the American band would be changing their name to Unchartered Shores, while the British band will retain the name One Direction. According to the release, this outcome pleased both parties.

To celebrate, let’s listen to each band side by side, in the spirit of their newfound harmony:

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