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What will we see when NBC lets Justin Bieber take us 'All Around the World' next month?

International pop sensation Justin Bieber and fourth-place network NBC announced today that the modestly titled hour-long documentary Justin Bieber Believe: All Around the World will make its prime-time debut at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.

According to the press release, the special — Bieber’s first on network television – will offer fans “unprecedented access to Justin as our cameras film not only his performances, but his every move on this global tour — giving our viewers an all access pass to his life over a 12-day period, something rarely seen on TV today.”

Furthermore, the TV special promises that it will show “what life is like through the eyes of Justin Bieber with the ‘Justin-cam,’” a technology that we at Music Mix HQ have been dying to get hold of for years.

Needless to say, we can hardly beliebe that this is happening. So what can we expect from spending a half day in the Biebz’ high-tops? Here are our best guesses:

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Simple Plan invite Sean Paul to a beach party for 'Summer Paradise' video: Watch the premiere here - EXCLUSIVE

It may still be March, but for the men of Simple Plan, it’s already time to make summer plans. They get an early start on the beach season with the breezy new video for their airy, sun-soaked “Summer Paradise,” featuring a drop-in from Sean Paul.

Filmed in Barbados, the clip follows the Canadian quintet as they cruise across the island, frolic around a camp fire, and generally make everybody watching in their cubicles wish it was BBQ weather already.

So slather on the SPF and watch Simple Plan’s video for “Summer Paradise” below. READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men': The 'Zou Bisou, Bisou' song is already available on iTunes and vinyl (!)

You have to hand it to Matthew Weiner: The man knows how to get people talking. Even though Sunday night’s long-awaited fifth season premiere of Mad Men was scattershot (as most two-hour episodes of television tend to be), it’s owning the water-cooler scrums this morning.

The thing that sent people diving toward their Google machines was the new Mrs. Draper’s performance at her husband’s surprise party. “Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo” was a huge Google trend around midnight, though for people of a certain age, that only inspired memories of this candy-colored nightmare from childhood. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber's much-anticipated new single 'Boyfriend' finally arrives: Listen here!

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A few weeks ago, Justin Bieber dropped in on the new single by Far East Movement, giving us the first non-Yuletide taste of the plucky Canadian since the release of Never Say Never at the top of 2011. At midnight last night, he struck again, this time in the form of the first single from his forthcoming album Believe.

The track is called “Boyfriend,” and it’s built around a woozy keyboard loop, some hollow kick drums, a nice little digi-coustic guitar snap, and Bieber’s newly evolved grown-up voice. Produced by Mike Posner, “Boyfriend” proves that Bieber’s role model is Justin Timberlake, as this is the sort of musical and attitude adjustment that helped JT transition from teen-scream inspiration to serious artist.

Give it a spin below.: READ FULL STORY

Rufus Wainwright's 'Prima Donna': Major drama, done up in a sequined ball gown

Rufus Wainwright (Credit: Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)

This weekend, Rufus Wainwright premiered his French-language opera, Prima Donna, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, to a packed crowd that included Yoko Ono and Anjelica Houston.

Which begs the question: what other pop star could get away with (a) writing a French-language opera and (b) calling it Prima Donna?

Well, if anyone can pull it off, it’s Wainwright. The Canadian king of cabaret pop has always had a flair for the dramatic. He loves penned-in-cursive lyrics about cigarettes and peach trees and angels on high.

Fashion-wise, he’ll gladly trade the traditional for the elaborately feathered. And, according to the recent documentary Prima Donna, he’s always loved opera. He’s been listening to it since he was a teenager, casting his sister and his cousins in elaborate versions of Tosca, which he filmed with the family camcorder.

So when the Metropolitan Opera first suggested that he might submit a libretto, he composed one with Bernadette Colomine. (When the Met insisted that they stage the opera in English, Wainwright took it to the NYC Opera, which took it to BAM.) Loosely inspired by the life of Maria Callas, it’s about an aging opera star named Régine Saint Laurent, who’s hiding out in Paris in the 1970s, anxiously preparing for her comeback after losing her voice six years previously.

“One of my favorite things that I like to say now is that I relate a lot to Mozart,” Wainwright recently told EW.com. “Not so much in terms of the genius factor. More in terms of the dead factor. It’s so, so laborious and time-consuming and emotionally draining. You can’t skimp on the work, whether it’s the first violin part or the heartstrings.”

The opera’s also a pretty hard sell, even for your average Wainwright fan. (I should know. I’ve only seen one opera, Tosca, and even now, I couldn’t tell you what distinguishes it from other operas. The death? The betrayals? All the singing about death and betrayals?) So I attended the Brooklyn premiere of Prima Donna with one question in mind: Should you spend your night listening to rising-star tenors and sopranos, delivering hard-bellowed odes to “faded glory” and “passionate love”—in French?

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Drake sued by ex-girlfriend for including voicemail in 'Marvin's Room'

What goes into the making of a good Drake song? Lots of things. Confessional lyrics, for example, a good beat, and probably an ample supply of cardigan sweaters.

Oh, and in the case of “Marvin’s Room,” an ex-girlfriend’s voicemail message.

That ex is now revealing herself to be Ericka Lee, and she’s suing the rapper to a bid to get partial songwriting credit (read: royalties).

According to the suit, Drizzy and Lee were creative partners, often co-writing songs and poems. “Plaintiff’s contribution is highly significant to the overall work,” the official complaint, filed in California, reads. One contribution they view as significant is her voice; the suit alleges that Drake in fact gave Lee vocal credit in the form of “Syren Lyric Muse.” The audio is now registered by the parties in the U.S. Copyright Office.

The suit also claims that Drake sent Lee texts saying things like “U basically made that song” and “It’s s–t without you.” And in another one of these messages, Drake apparently said he’d give the ex 2% of the publishing royalties? Which sounds like a pretty weird thing to discuss via text, but Drake’s a weird dude, so who knows.

It’s a strange situation all around, and it’ll be interesting to see how it develops. Really, though, it was a long time coming; given how often the guy calls out his exes by name on his albums, you’d imagine at least a few of them would be pretty peeved.

Anyway, until all of this gets sorted out, give the track another listen to hear exactly what Lee’s demanding compensation for:

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Mark Wahlberg wants to make Justin Bieber a movie star

Mark Wahlberg would really prefer the world not remember him for inspiring sweet sensations at the dawn of his career. Remarkably, he has mostly accomplished that feat over the past decade and a half — carving out a major career for himself as an actor (though he’d probably rather be thought of as Mickey Ward than the guy who figures out that plants are killing people).

Apparently, Wahlberg sees a similar future for Justin Bieber. In a recent conversation with MTV about his upcoming movie Contraband (whose trailer looks like one of the fake ones that runs before Tropic Thunder), Wahlberg talked about casting Bieber in a dramatic role in a future film that has something to do with basketball. The artist formerly known as Marky Mark says that he sees something in the Canadian pop pinup that let him know he can handle a dramatic role.

“I’m pretty intuitive,” Wahlberg explained. “I see the guy and spent time with him, and you see what he does and how he does it, and then you actually have a conversation with him, and it’s there.”

Wahlberg may have a point. READ FULL STORY

Leonard Cohen announces first album of new material in eight years -- hear new music here

Leonard Cohen puts out albums about as often as Thomas Pynchon guest judges on America’s Got Talent. But the singer-songwriter announced today on his official website that he will be releasing his first collection of new music in eight years on January 31.

Cohen’s twelfth studio album is called Old Ideas and “poetically addresses some of the most profound questions of human existence — spirituality, love, sexuality, loss and death.”

The deep-voiced Canadian icon — and, lest a thousand warbling American Idol hopefuls forget, the original composer and singer of “Hallelujah” — has also released an album teaser in the form of the song “Show Me the Place,” which you can hear below (it’s available as an instant download to fans who pre-order the CD):

Read more:
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Leonard Cohen at Madison Square Garden: The master at 75
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Justin Bieber's paternity suit withdrawn

It’s been an eventful month for Justin Bieber. He scored a chart-topping album with Under the Mistletoe and got to hang out with a Claymation penguin, but the bulk of his headlines were dominated by the paternity suit filed by a woman named Mariah Yeater. Her claim was that the 17-year-old Canadian pop sensation was the father of her child, and she intended to get the kind of support that can only be bought with proceeds from all those Never Say Never checks.

But we will no longer have to put up with “Baby”-related puns, as TMZ is reporting that Yeater’s lawyers have abandoned ship and that the suit has been withdrawn by the plaintiff. (At press time, Bieber’s representatives had not yet responded to a request for confirmation or comment.) If it’s true, that means that Bieber will not have to subject himself to the paternity test he pledged to take, which lets him keep his dignity but robs him of the chance to do that “I’m Not the Father!” dance on syndicated television.

It’s probably best that the whole scenario ended where it did, since Yeater was probably wading into a whole heap of trouble. Bieber’s camp had already pledged to come back with a suit of their own for defamation, which would have been a slam dunk. And even if we somehow wandered into one of the Fringe multi-verses and it turned out the paternity test was positive, Yeater would have opened herself up to criminal statutory rape charges. It was basically a no-win situation for her, and it’s a good thing she pulled out before anything got ugly.

With the suit behind him, Bieber can get back to the business of being a normal 17-year-old guy — you know, like screening movies in basketball arenas for his pop star girlfriend and singing for the President.

UPDATE: While the lawsuit has been withdrawn, the drama could continue. Yeater has retained new counsel and still believes that Bieber is the father. She will attempt to get a paternity test done outside of the court system. “The case is completely out of control and I don’t want something terrible to happen to my client or her child,” Yeater’s new lawyer Jeffrey Leving told a Chicago radio station. “My goal [is] to try and keep my client and her child out of the media.”

Read more on EW.com: 
Justin Bieber invited to appear on ‘Maury’, and other things that are never going to happen
Justin Bieber’s ‘Under The Mistletoe’ debuts at No. 1; Wale, Susan Boyle, and Miranda Lambert follow
Justin Bieber gets molded in clay for ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ video: Watch it here!

Drake's 'Take Care': Read the EW review

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One of the most hotly-anticipated albums of the fall hits store shelves both real and virtual today. Drake’s Take Care is already the top-selling album on iTunes and promises to find its way to the head of the Billboard chart despite its high-profile leak last week.

The walk-up to Take Care has been a little unusual, as a handful of the tracks from the album have been unleashed for free online in the months prior to its release (though a handful of those tracks didn’t end up on the final version of the album). It primed listeners for what was to come, though the results were even more dramatic than even first expected.

Check out the EW review of Take Care, a version of which will be appearing in the issue of the magazine hitting newsstands this Friday.

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On his platinum-selling 2010 debut, Thank Me Later, Drake managed to blend his special brand of understated Canadian ­swagger with surprisingly vulnerable ­reflections on the opposite sex. It didn’t reinvent the wheels of steel, but it acted as both a statement of his vast potential and a titillating wake-up call for hip-hop.

Unfortunately, his second album, Take Care—the bulk of which made its way online over the past several months via individual leaks by Drake himself—spends most of its 17 tracks hitting the snooze button. READ FULL STORY

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