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David Lynch announces his second album, promises Bob Dylan cover and a track with Lykke Li

It’s been seven years since he put out his last feature-length film, Inland Empire, but David Lynch is still staying Renaissance-man busy.

When he isn’t spreading the gospel of Transcendental Meditation or making Vines, the director of weirdo-cinema classics like Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks heads into the music studio, apparently; he’s set to release his second album, The Big Dream, this summer. Lynch wrote 11 of the album’s 12 songs on his followup to 2011’s Crazy Clown Time — including a “signature take” on Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Hollis Brown.”

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It was inevitable: The 'Gangnam Style' lip-dubs begin, with U.S. Navy midshipmen -- VIDEO

Ellen DeGeneres, Britney Spears, and the Today show crew have all gotten down with PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” so why not Navy midshipmen? Or the Oregon Duck? Or Deadpool?

After a summer chockablock with “Call Me Maybe” lip-dubs, it’s inevitable that the latest viral music sensation would get the same treatment. An added bonus: No pretense to matching the lyrics necessary!

Check them out below, and behold the pop-culture meat grinder at its finest:  READ FULL STORY

Rick Ross and David Copperfield hang out on stage in Vegas -- VIDEO

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You know that thing when rappers shout out the name of a seemingly completely unrelated public figure in the middle of a verse, making you ponder how it would be to walk in on Robin Williams lecturing Jay-Z  about seizing the day in an empty English classroom or eavesdrop on the Lil Wayne-Bill Gates phone call wherein they discuss the finer points of exceeding baller status?

The Meek Mill-assisted Rick Ross track “Black Magic,” one of several standouts on Maybach Music Group’s recent compilation effort Self Made Vol. 2, has a hook that rhymes: “Poof! There go the car/Poof! there go the crib/Poof! A hundred mil, David Copperfield/David Copperfield, David Copperfield.”

You know where this is headed.

Rick Ross was performing in Las Vegas last night, and revealed in the midst of his set that he had a special guest waiting in the wings: “This is a mother—-in’ icon.  In his field, he the greatest that ever did it.  So, I want you to drop the music at the same time.  Drop the music, let’s go.”

And then, this happened:

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' mention spikes sales of 16th-century classical composer

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In addition to single-handedly carrying the publishing world on its candle-wax-scorched back, Fifty Shades of Grey has gone ahead and boosted the music business as well.

According to The Guardian, the mention of a Thomas Tallis choral work called “Spem In Alium” amidst the pages of the finest S&M masterwork since that last thing you read on the Internet has rocketed the piece up the British classical music charts (rocketed being of course a relative term).

The 40-voice epic, composed around 1570 and recorded in 1985, has elbowed chart heavyweight Luciano Pavarotti from the top perch. Go ahead and sample it below.

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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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Jack White acquires a $12,500 elephant head, drives hard bargains on 'American Pickers': See the clip

Wonder what Jack White’s been up to lately?

As viewers of the History Channel’s American Pickers know, the ex-White Striper, vinyl revitalizer, and  Insane Clown Posse collaborator has been busy bartering for stuffed elephant heads.

The show recently went down to White’s Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville to unload the exotic animal segment, buy some of Jack’s vintage wares, and meet Tempest, the world’s oldest burlesque dancer.

“I really do love animals,” White — whose fourth White Stripes album, as many fans know, bears (ha!) the title Elephant – tells the cameras. “And I love the majesty of taxidermy.”

But does he love its majesty enough to fork over the $12,500 sticker price for a stuffed pachyderm, or will he be able to wheel and deal his way to a lower price? READ FULL STORY

Watch 'Spellwork,' the bewitching new video from Austra -- EXCLUSIVE

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Want to know what happens deep in the woods behind your house when you’re away?

According to “Spellwork,” the witchy new music video from synth-pop trio (and 2011 EW MVP) Austra, some really spooky Canadian stuff.

The song, off the Toronto group’s acclaimed full-length debut Feel It Break, soundtracks an unsettlingly mesmerizing video full of sister wives, black steeds, a red-hooded cult, and some dude wearing a possibly off-brand Guy Fawkes/V for Vendetta mask.

Check it out below, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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Rapper Too Short dead? Not so fast, Twitter!

What does rapper Too $hort have in common with Morgan Freeman and Britney Spears?

The reports of their deaths have been greatly exaggerated on Twitter — with the Oakland hip-hop legend just the latest to suffer Mark Twain’s tragic fate (or not) via 140 characters or less. This disturbing trend regularly freaks out fans, with false info spreading like digital wildfire on the micro blogging site.

Thankfully, Too $hort himself (@tooshort) cleared up the rumors with a rather hilarious series of tweets, (mixed with a little self-promotion!): “ Stop calling my phone. I’m not dead. Been in the lab working on my 19th album #NoTrespassing in stores Feb 2012,” and “Are U serious? How did they say I died this time? And when did wikipidia & twitter become reliable news sources???”

The 45-year-old performer is best known for early Bay Area rap classics like  “I’m a Player” and “Life Is … Too Short”; with any luck, he’ll continue to prove that latter title wrong, whether or not the Twitterati like it.

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Florence + The Machine debut trippy video for 'Shake It Out': Watch here!

Florence Welch became a bigger-than-indie darling when Florence + the Machine’s debut album Lungs burst into unlikely mainstream success, thanks in large part to enigmatic breakout single “The Dog Days Are Over.”

Can she keep up the same sort of curious energy that was so vividly on display when she played the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010?

Based on the just-premiered video for “Shake It Out,” the first official single from Florence + the Machine’s sophomore album Ceremonials, the answer is a resounding yes. In the nearly five minute technicolor blast (which you can watch below after the jump), Welch splits her time mourning and dancing her way through a stately psychedelic costume party (which can’t help but remind the world of Eyes Wide Shut, except with prettier music, and without all the strange rhythmic humping).

Of course, Welch does all of this while wearing stunning clothes. Is there a pop icon who dresses better than Welch? That one red dress is pretty magical.

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MTV VMAs wildest moments: EW predicts what's coming this Sunday

With the 2011 MTV VMAs just two days away, it got us thinking: Boy, some nutty things have happened over the years. Butts have been exposed, pop queens have kissed, and there have been just plain awkward moments.

The question now is what’s going to happen next: Maybe Lady Gaga will wear a live animal—who knows? So while we wait for the madness to ensue, let’s speculate! Below are some things that just might happen.

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Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci” loses to Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” in the Best New Artist category. While the band accepts their award, ‘Shawn storms the stage (kind of like this guy) and steals the mic and the award, calling them and fellow nominees Tyler, The Creator, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sean “basic b—-es.” Tyler, of course, is the only one who finds this funny.

Check out the rest after the jump.

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