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Beyonce's new album release date revealed? Norwegian fan encounter says maybe

Good job, Norway!

According to reports, Bey begrudgingly divulged a November release date for her next album to a fan after an Oslo tour date. Olivia Krantz wrote in a blog post that while attending a backstage meet-and-greet, she asked the singer when her next album was due. “‘In November’ was her answer before her gaze drifted to the next fan,” Krantz said (in Norwegian). “Got a faint feeling that she disliked the question.”

Meanwhile, in other Scandanavian news: the Swedish-based clothing company H&M has reportedly also incurred the wrath of Queen Bey after attempting to run doctored photos of her for their recent marketing campaign. British tab The Sun reports that the retail giant initially tried to run images that reduced the singer’s famously curvy physique.

“When Beyonce found out they had edited the way her body really looked, she hit the roof,” the paper’s insider says. “Her people refused to give the pictures the green light so H&M were forced to use the originals.”

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Justin Bieber cancels Portugal show due to 'unforeseen circumstances'

Justin Bieber should probably get back to the friendly confines of Los Angeles (or maybe Toronto) as soon as possible, as his spin through Europe has been full of speed bumps.

In his latest stumble, Bieber had to cancel the second of two shows in Portugal that was supposed to happen on Tuesday, March 12. The reason given? “Unforeseen circumstances.” (Tonight’s show will still go on as scheduled.) Since the announcement was made by the promoter, it’s safe to assume the show will not be happening due to low ticket sales or some sort of staging or logistical issue, rather than any sort of personal issue. READ FULL STORY

MTV's Europe Music Awards results: Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift win big

North America, eff yeah! U.S. citizens and Canadians dominated MTV’s Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt last night, snagging awards in 11 out of 16 total categories. Newly single canuck Justin Bieber and native Pennsylvanian Taylor Swift had especially good nights, bringing home three globe-topped statuettes apiece. And as a bonus, the late Whitney Houston was honored with this year’s Global Icon award; previous winners include Bon Jovi and Queen. Check out a full list of winners below:

Biggest Fans: One Direction

Best Female: Taylor Swift

Best Song: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

Best Male: Justin Bieber

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Bjork discusses 'Biophilia,' elves on 'Colbert Report'

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Everyone knows Stephen Colbert is the toughest interview in town — not even Iceland’s adorable quirk-princess Björk is off the hook when she shows up in his studios.

After delving into the background and composition of her new album-slash-app Biophilia, the million-dollar satirist cut to the heart of the matter, asking the Umlauted One: “Can I lick the album?”

Björk, under her technicolor hairdo, replied positively: “You should give it a go!”

The two also got to talking about her native land’s most intriguing feature: elves.

Colbert wanted to know if the good people of Iceland really believe in elves. Spoiler alert: they do. She then went on to highlight the merits of her people’s traditions and note that elves represent their close relationship with nature. “It’s all about respect,” she told Colbert.

Check out the full interview below:

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Rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks get lovely and violent for 'Medicine' video: Watch the EXCLUSIVE premiere here!

Edinburgh indie-rock outfit We Were Promised Jetpacks released one of the most critically-acclaimed albums of 2009 in These Four Walls, and after spending the better part of the last two years on the road with the likes of Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, and Jimmy Eat World, they’re back with a new album called In the Pit of the Stomach.

It hits stores on October 4, and like its predecessor, it’s full of spectacularly jittery guitar workouts that are heavy on melody and even heavier on Scottish charm.

The album’s first single “Medicine” is a prime example — sending great bushels of guitar fuzz and breathless hi-hats tumbling down a mountain of melody.

The song’s accompanying video is a thrillingly gritty affair that carries on the grand tradition of vigilante justice by way of elaborate super-hero costumes and in-your-face violence. Watch the exclusive premiere of “Medicine” below: READ FULL STORY

Bono rushed to the hospital for heart trouble? Not so, says his rep

Despite reports to the contrary, U2’s publicist says that Bono did not visit a hospital in Monaco over the weekend because of complaints of chest pains and heart palpitations.

According to a statement given to Reuters, The 51-year-old Bono (born Paul Hewson) did stop by Princess Grace hospital while he was on vacation, but it was merely for a routine check-up.

“Reports of his being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment are untrue,” the statement read. “Bono is in good health and enjoying a family holiday in the south of France.”

Bono deserves the rest; his band recently completed a massive stadium tour that is now officially the most lucrative jaunt in rock history. All told, they took in over $700 million, besting the Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang tour from a few years back.

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Spotify USA is real, and it's pretty spectacular: An EW review

I was re-(re-re-re-re-)watching The Social Network a couple of days ago and one of the lines jumped out at me. Well, actually, all of the lines jumped out at me—oh, you and your snappy dialogue, Aaron Sorkin—but especially when Justin Timberlake, playing entrepreneurial roller coaster Sean Parker, explains that despite founding Napster, he was dead broke because “there’s not a lot of money in free music.”

While that was undoubtedly true in the days of Napster’s brave Lewis and Clark quest into the copyright wilderness, fending off vicious packs of feral Ulrichs, it looks like we’re edging closer to the point where the way we consume music has changed completely. In essence, iTunes isn’t much more than the online equivalent of a giant Sam Goody’s; but something like Spotify, which has finally made its debut in the United States after massive success overseas, signals many more possibilities.

The program isn’t shockingly new from things we’ve seen before—sites likes Grooveshark and Pandora gave us access to tons of songs for free, as well—but Spotify has an easy, Facebook-compatible system that encourages sharing. Structured around playlists, it allows users to build their own, pass them along to friends, and then trawl through those friends’ collections for songs they like.

In terms of content, Spotify says they have 15 million songs, but, in the words of Aaliyah, that ain’t nothing but a number. Importantly, that figure includes songs and albums that people care about right now, like the new Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.  There’s also variety: Just tooling around this afternoon, I found an extensive array of artists, along a ton of different axes, from Katy Perry to Panda Bear, Ke$ha to Tchaikov$ky, Bird to Birdman. Not everything is available just yet. For example, there a big, soulful hole where Adele’s 21 should be, even if they do have her previous album. READ FULL STORY

Still waiting to get on Spotify? Here are five music services to use in the meantime

Still waiting for that Spotify membership confirmation to arrive? Restlessly checking your e-mail inbox every half-hour or so? Yeah, we know the feeling.

The long-awaited U.S. version of Europe’s popular streaming audio service went live today. Currently, the website’s sole feature is an e-mail sign-up for those who want to explore Spotify’s free content; thus, curious music fans across the country are waiting anxiously to be granted access.

The wait has us all tingly with anticipation — but to curb the agony in the meantime, check out some of these other free, legal music-streaming options already available online: READ FULL STORY

Bjork's new single 'Crystalline': Hear it here

Four years have elapsed since Björk dropped her last album, 2007’s forgettable Volta.

But it’s been even longer since we’ve heard classic Björk. The one who put together crazy genre-hopping classics like 1995’s Post, 1997’s Homogenic and 2001’s Vespertine refreshingly shows up on “Crystalline,” the just-leaked first single from her upcoming album Biophilia.

It’s got everything a classic Björk track needs, including some wigged-out xylophones, some crazy-voweled caterwauling about “inner nebulae” and a Roni Size-channeling bit of jungle breakbeat science to wrap things up. It’s fantastically weird and remarkably thrilling, and contains all of the twitchy glitching Björk has been obsessed with since her landmark 1993 debut.

Give “Crystalline” a spin here:

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Robyn opening for Katy Perry on summer tour

robyn-katy-perryImage Credit: Rankin; Emma SummertonRobyn will open for Katy Perry on a North American tour this summer. A Perry rep confirms that (as first reported in Billboard) the Swedish pop singer will join the California gurl on select dates during her June-August run across the continent. Welsh artist Marina & the Diamonds will also open some dates; it remains unclear exactly which acts will appear at which shows. READ FULL STORY

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