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Justin Bieber gets molded in clay for 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' video: Watch it here!

If you’ve been in any sort of retail establishment over the past week, you know that the push towards Christmas is already in full swing.

The decorations are out, the sales are on, and the Canadian pop stars are churning out charming music videos that recall classic holiday specials.

OK, so that third thing is new this year. Still, if you think Justin Bieber’s just-released Yuletide collection Under the Mistletoe isn’t going to be a cornerstone of our collective gingerbread-flavored memories for decades to come, then you get a fat lump of coal in your stocking.

The album is expected to debut at the top of the Billboard album chart (which gets published tomorrow), and Bieber already dropped the record’s second video. The first was for the cool, Christmas-sexy “Mistletoe,” but this one is old school in more ways than one. (As an aside, “Christmas-sexy” is the one of the most upsetting made-up adjectives ever unleashed on this blog, second only to “Bieberotic.”)

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” drops the Biebs into the universe of the classic Rankin-Bass television special Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town. Many reindeer games ensue and drumming penguins take center stage. Pour yourself some early eggnog and watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber's manager compares singer to Beatles

Justin Bieber‘s manager Scooter Braun has compared the Canadian singer to the Beatles.

“I don’t want to draw comparisons,” he is quoted as saying by Billboard magazine, “but there was a band during the British Invasion that had girls screaming at them. I think you know who I’m talking about.”

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Justin Bieber's snow- and smooch-filled 'Mistletoe' video debuts: Watch it here!

The vocals for Justin Bieber’s much-hyped Christmas single “Mistletoe” hit the internets yesterday, and today comes the visuals! That’s right, the video for Bieber’s light and airy, Jack Johnson-esque holiday ditty have just debuted.

The concept for the clip is simple: It’s Christmastime, snow is falling lightly but steadily, and Bieber is romancing a girl who’s not Selena Gomez. The only problem is that yet another gal pal — an old flame maybe? All that’s clear is that this dude is popular — keeps interrupting their business of teenage dating, which mostly amounts to coffee-drinking and longing glances. But this much can be said about Girl No. 2 Who’s Not Selena Gomez: Girl No. 1 Who’s Not Selena Gomez is none too pleased.

However, Girl No. 1 eventually finds herself — where else? — under the mistletoe with the follicullarly gifted singer and… Well, we won’t ruin it for you — although the headline to this post might have — but you can probably guess what happens under such a twig.

Check out all the Christmassey goodness here: READ FULL STORY

Drake talks about making his upcoming album, growing as a rapper, and finding a mentor in Stevie Wonder: An EW Q&A

The summer’s nearly over. But rap wiz Drake is feeling the heat. The deadline to submit the final version of his sophomore album, Take Care, is one month out. To say the least, it’s crunch time. Though, it seems he’s comfy in the clutch.

While holed up in his “quaint” Toronto studio recently, Drake checked in with EW to give us a progress report on the album, due on his birthday, October 24. Creatively, he says he’s “at a great place” and has a tons a recorded material to select from.

In the EW story on stands now, he gave us five recording rules to live by. Here, though, we get into the rest of the conversation—one that includes, among other things, how Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne album impacted his project, how his song with Stevie Wonder might make you shed a tear, and why you won’t hear him crying about his riches this go around.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In what ways are you challenging yourself this album?
DRAKE: I push myself in a lot of aspects when I write a song. I write a piece and where most people would stop and say “Oh, that’s the hook right there,” I’ll move that to the first four bars of the verse and do a new hook. That makes the song easy to learn and catchy. That’s how I like to challenge myself. I’ll write something and everyone that’s around might be like “Oh that’s that hook right there.” And then I’ll write something better than that.

How many tracks are you shooting for here?
Obviously, I can only fit so many songs on a CD. So what I’m doing is there will be a Take Care physical edition in stores that’ll hopefully have 15 to 17 songs on it. Then I know a lot of people do deluxe editions. But since October 24 is a special day for me, I got, like, a Take Care birthday edition that I’m going to put on iTunes that will have extra songs. I really want to encourage people to be excited about the album releasing. I remember how excited a lot of artists used to make me. I used to want to buy the physical copy to see the artwork. And if there were any bonus tracks, I’d go find them. I’m definitely trying to cause some of that excitement. I hope people go get the songs off the birthday edition. It’s going to be great, man. I’ve got a wide array of music this time. I’m very excited.

Talk to me about your team. Who are the people who are helping guide you through the album?
There are about three or four major opinions that I respect. Obviously, the main one would be [engineer and producer] 40 (Noah Shebib). He’s worked with me every single night I’ve set foot in the studio since Comeback Season. He knows what I’m capable of and he’s not afraid to say “You can do that better” or “That’s it” or “I know you can write a better verse than that.” And Oliver El-Khatib, who has progressed from my friend who just used to advise me on how to dress to a guy who came up with the artwork for So Far Gone to, since he’s such a creative brain, that he’s become one of my managers. Then my DJ Future the Prince has a great ear for music. And probably the most important person in the equation is Hush, who is a friend of mine who grew up rapping in Toronto and he’s present every night. If anyone knows what I’m capable of, it’s Hush. We love rap the same way and we have the same exact ear. So I know he’s hearing what I’m hearing. I never take criticism personally from anyone. I love feedback, but especially when it comes to Hush. He understands rap probably better than anyone else I mentioned. And he’s a close friend of mine.

Rap has become like fast food. Fans want it quickly and a lot of it. It’s only been a year since Thank Me Later and your fans seem to be starving for Take Care. Do you think they’ve forgotten that artists need life experiences to craft their art? READ FULL STORY

Tokyo Police Club kick off their covers project with Moby's 'Southside': Hear the EW exclusive premiere here!

Tokyo Police Club’s energetic, deeply melodic songs have made them indie heroes in their native Canada, and the sweetness of their songs earned them both an opening slot for Weezer and an appearance on an episode of Desperate Housewives.

Starting today, the quartet will leave their own songs behind in favor of covers for a unique project that also acts as an impressive challenge. They’re calling the whole thing 10 Songs, 10 Days, 10 Hours, 10 Years. Every day for the next 10 days, the band will enter Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles to rehearse a new tune for 10 hours, which will then be recorded for premiere the following day.

Each song is from the last decade, starting with a song from 2001 and ending with a track from 2010. Since the group is also partnering with Polaroid for this experiment, they’re taking snapshots of the process and also constructing cover art for each song.

The Music Mix is proud to help the band kick things off by premiering the first track in the series. For their opening salvo, they’ve taken on Moby’s “Southside,” which featured guest vocals by Gwen Stefani.

The band invited along fellow Canuck Morgan Kibby from M83 to provide extra vocals. It’s an excellent interpretation of a great song, and you can crank up the whole thing after the jump: READ FULL STORY

On the scene: Celine Dion live in Las Vegas. Holograms, Michael Jackson, and more!

Back in March, when Celine Dion’s new show “Celine” opened in Las Vegas, my colleague Tanner Stransky posed a very important question: Will you make it to Sin City to see it?

As a huge (non-closeted) Celine fan, I gave a resounding “yes!” and began my Celine countdown. To say I was excited would be an understatement. So I rounded up some travel partners (otherwise known as my mom and grandmother), and we left for Sin City with only one thing on our agenda—see Celine live at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. (Seriously. We had no other plans.)

Before the show started, I chatted with a publicist for The Colosseum who told me, “well, if you’re already a Celine fan you’re going to love the show. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. It will be great.” I figured I’d enjoy the show. But laugh and cry? Probably not. Famous last words…

I had seen Celine once before on her Taking Chances World Tour, and she sang only her own music, so I was pleasantly surprised that last night’s show included a number of non-Celine classics. She opened the show with Journey’s “Open Arms,” then took it way back to the basics with her “Where Does My Heart Beat Now,” got the crowd to sing along at her request to “Because You Loved Me,” and then went right into “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.” I’m so used to botching this song during karaoke, it was refreshing to hear it as it’s meant to be heard. She finished off the first set of songs with “I’m Your Lady.” Yes you are, Celine. Yes you are. READ FULL STORY

Feist to release new album 'Metals' in October

It has been over four years since Leslie Feist, one of Canada’s most beloved aughties-indie exports, dropped The Reminder, her breakout album aided by the colorful iPod-ad-assisted phenomenon “1234.”

Now she’s is back with a new album called Metals, and today she announced that it will be hitting store shelves both real and virtual on October 4. The album’s 12 songs were co-produced by Feist, Chilly Gonzales, and Dominic Mocky Salole (her longtime partners in crime) and multi-talented Icelander Valgeir Sigurosson (who has worked on a number of different projects, including Bjork’s Medulla).

She’ll be uploading video previews on her official site leading up to the release of the album, and in the one featured after the jump, you can see her and her collaborators working through one of the new tunes. READ FULL STORY

Drake drops 'Marvin's Room' video: Watch here!

His record label may be pulling all of his new tracks off the Internet, but Drake continues to be a one-man promotional machine for his forthcoming album Take Care.

So while his new single “Marvin’s Room” remains somewhat elusive, that didn’t stop the rapper from uploading the song’s brand new video, which finds him laying out a pretty literal interpretation of his own lyrics about drinking heavily and pining over a woman you know he shouldn’t be messing with in the first place.

It looks like it was made for about nine bucks (plus the cost of those whiskey shots and bottles of Heineken), but it’s so direct that it hits way harder than the more expensive, more cinematic and more jumbled Eminem video that premiered yesterday. Check out Drake’s moody clip for “Marvin’s Room” after the jump.

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Avril Lavigne goes on swearing tirade at Tampa Bay Rays baseball game: Watch the video here

It’s hard being the Tampa Bay Rays. The team is currently a game and a half out of first place in Major League Baseball’s toughest division, but they play in a terrible stadium that nobody really goes to anyway. And now, they’ve got an Avril problem.

On Saturday (May 28), after the team took a late-game thumping from the Cleveland Indians, the crowd was treated to a concert by Ms. Lavigne as a part of their summer concert series, which also features the likes of Miranda Lambert, Miranda Cosgrove, Goo Goo Dolls and REO Speedwagon.

Apparently, there were some technical difficulties at the top of the show, which lead to Lavigne dropping the F-bomb and several other choice words on a live microphone in front of an all-ages crowd, some of whom were reportedly booing in response to the sound difficulties. You can check out the NSFW audio after the jump.

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Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Rufus and Martha Wainwright pay musical tribute to the late Kate McGarrigle

On Friday night, New York’s Town Hall was filled with family, friends, and followers of the late singer/songwriter Kate McGarrigle, who passed away last year at age 63 after battling sarcoma.

Performing songs from her rich catalog for the second night of this sarcoma fundraising tribute, the stage was filled with an eclectic array of musicians including Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Antony Hegarty, her sister/collaborator Anna McGarrigle as well as her children, Rufus and Martha Wainwright (from her marriage to Loudon Wainwright, who was not present but nevertheless “richly implicated in the evening” as banjo player Chaim Tannenbaum so brilliantly phrased it).

Kate, who released two seminal albums in the ’70s with her sister Anna, was a pioneer of cerebral folk music that was at once heartfelt and ironic: it was traditional music coming from connected urbanites (born in Montreal, living in New York) who wryly fetishized the perceived simplicities of rural life. READ FULL STORY

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