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What songs should we expect from post-pregnancy Adele? Music Mix reports!

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care mandate Adele is pregnant.

And the Music Mix would like to send her and her boyfriend Simon Konecki our sincere congratulations! We’re pretty sure that you crazy kids will be great parents.

Another thing we’re sure of is that Adele’s also a great songstress — after all, people are still purchasing that album she released way back in 2011 B.C. (Before Carly).

Yet thanks to that album’s continued success and her vocal surgery, it’s been too long since we’ve been treated to new material from the chart queen, and her just-announced oven-bun only means that we’ll just have to wait even longer.

Since we’re jonesing Adele addicts, that simply will not do. So, as an appetite-whetting exercise, we peered into our crystal ball to find out what songs she’ll be delivering from the studio once she’s done delivering from the maternity ward. Here are our ten best guesses:

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Muse's 'Survival' will be the official song of the London Olympics

What do Muse and Gloria Estefan have in common? They’ve both provided official songs for the Summer Olympics.

The British rock band’s song “Survival” has been chosen as the offical song of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the band announced on its website today. (Estefan’s “Reach,” by the way, soundtracked the 1996 Games in Atlanta.)

According to the band’s site, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy “wrote the song with the Olympics in mind. It’s about total conviction and pure determination to win.”

“The song will be played throughout the Games,” the statement continued, “including when athletes enter the stadium, in the lead-up to the medal ceremony. and also as the theme for all international TV coverage.”

Added the band, “We are honoured that the Olympics have chosen our song to officially represent the London 2012 Olympic Games across the globe.”

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The Spice Girls appear all in one place for the first time in four years

There was a time when the Spice Girls were inseparable. When they were busy spicing up our lives and encouraging everybody to zig-a-zig-ah, they always rolled as a unit. Then the individual members started breaking off to focus on solo careers and marrying soccer players, and eventually seeing the Spice Girls all together in one place became rarer and rarer.

Like Haley’s Comet, they’re back, though not under the oft-rumored context of another proper reunion. Rather, the five members of the group—Melanie Brown (Scary), Emma Bunton (Baby), Victoria Beckham (Posh), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger)—got together to celebrate Viva Forever, a musical based around the Girls’ music that opens on December 11 in London. They were last seen together taking a final bow on stage at the conclusion of their 2008 reunion tour, and there was a great deal of doubt that the entire team would be present for the opening of the show. But Beckham relented, and the Spice Girls all posed for photos.

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Radiohead postpone tour dates in wake of Toronto stage collapse

Radiohead have been laying pretty low since last weekend’s stage collapse in Toronto that killed drum tech Scott Johnson and injured three others. But the band released a statement earlier today announcing that they would be postponing a handful of upcoming tour dates, though the reason has less to do with the ongoing investigation regarding the accident and more to do with the fact that their light show has been compromised.

“As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members,” the band wrote in a statement. “The collapse also destroyed the light show — this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace. Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with.”

The band postponed a total of seven shows in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. The band hopes to have new dates and information regarding those shows by June 27. Read the entirety of the statement below. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe emotes all over Slow Club's 'Beginners' video: Watch it here!

You know how Jon Hamm will basically show up to do anything that sounds fun, which is why he picked up more on-air time than Jay Pharoah on Saturday Night Live last season? Apparently, the British equivalent of “What if we got the guy from Mad Men to do a funny accent?” is “Let’s put one of those Harry Potter kids in a music video.”

Rupert Grint had a star turn in Ed Sheeran’s video for “Lego House” not too long ago, and perhaps not wanting to be one-upped by  (SPOILER ALERT FOR INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN AVAILABLE FOR LITERALLY YEARS) his on-screen brother-in-law, Daniel Radcliffe stars in the one-shot video for Slow Club’s “Beginners.” In a single take, Radcliffe emotes all over a deserted pub and goes through a handful of breakdowns that manifest themselves in punching, leaping, playing air guitar, falling over, and ill-executed lip-syncing. Check out the clip below. READ FULL STORY

Radiohead stage collapse: Keane pay tribute to late drum technician

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The members of Keane have paid tribute to their late drum tech and stage manager Scott Johnson, who died on Saturday while working on a Radiohead show in Toronto.

The U.K. native sadly lost his life when a stage collapsed at Downsview Field in Toronto prior to Radiohead’s scheduled appearance. In a post on Keane’s website the band remembered their “great friend” as “a cheerful, dependable guy you could always turn to, who lifted the spirits of everyone around him. We can’t believe he’s gone. Our thoughts are with his family and friends; Radiohead and their crew. We love you Scotty, we’ll miss you.”

Yesterday, Radiohead drummer Phil Selway posted a message on the band’s website in which he described Johnson as “a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew.”

Read more:
Update: Radiohead drum technician identified as stage collapse victim
Radiohead stage collapse kills one, injures three before Toronto show

Paul McCartney is 70 today: What's your favorite Fab Macca song?

Paul McCartney celebrates his 70th birthday today. So how exactly should one celebrate the septuagenarian-ization of a man responsible for helping create pop music as we know it, and bringing us the best animated cartoon about singing frogs ever created?

Somehow, a Hallmark card and a Best Buy voucher didn’t seem to quite cut the mustard (particularly as Sir Paul could probably buy Best Buy with the loose change in his pocket). Instead, we thought we would ask you to name your favorite-ever McCartney track, be it a Beatles tune, a number from Wings, or something from his now more than four decade-long solo career.

To get things started, you’ll find a selection of great Paul pop below: READ FULL STORY

Morrissey on Obama: Brit-rock icon calls the President 'useless' and 'simply a set of teeth'

We’re not taking the high road on this one: Bigmouth strikes again.

The endlessly opinionated Morrissey let loose once again in a recent interview, and his targets included his homeland’s Queen and this country’s president.

The former Smiths frontmouth told MSN’s JuiceOnline that he considers President Obama to be “simply a set of teeth, and useless in every other regard,” a conclusion he reached while parsing both current events in Syria and modern forms of government in general.

“I think the age of the President or the Prime Minister is dead,” he said. “People everywhere have lost faith in politics, and rightly so. Something different needs to happen.”

“I think we were all initially swept along with the Obama win,” he continued. “But he’s proven to be simply a set of teeth, and useless in every other regard. Time and time again we see the same scenario whereby political figures only see the public as electorate, and once anyone is elected they appear to hate the people. British politics, as the world knows, is a joke. Yet it’s rarely funny.”

Speaking of Britain, you better believe Moz had something to say about the Queen’s nationwide block party:

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Florence + the Machine gets David LaChapelle for new 'Spectrum' video: Watch it here

Somebody has finally convinced David LaChapelle to direct another music video, and it isn’t Rihanna.

After a five-year break from the music-video game, the coveted photographer and director (along with his trusted choreographer John Byrne) has delivered arresting visuals for Florence + the Machine’s “Spectrum,” the newest single off the band’s Ceremonials.

The clip offers your eyeballs such theatrical imagery — leaping ballerinas, topless pharaohs,  art-deco sets — that Florence Welch’s scene-stealing red hair is one of the video’s tamer elements. Check out the “Spectrum” video for yourself:

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TV Jukebox: 'Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23,' 'Magic City,' 'Girls,' and more music-on-TV moments

Behind every great lady there’s a great man singing behind her — at least that was the case for most of this week’s Jukebox. In one instance, there was even a man singing as a lady (welcome back, Glee!). This week saw one particularly untrustworthy B—- in Apartment 23, a new slew of Girls, a masseuse with a heart of gold (The Client List), and a Scandal-ous Beltway fixer with brass… well, you get where I’m going. To paraphrase the great Aretha Franklin, sisters were doing it for themselves — with the help of artists as diverse as The Clash, Sleigh Bells, Paddy Casey, and Otis Redding, of course. Check out our picks below, and make sure to click through to the last page to listen to all the songs in our customized Spotify playlist. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

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