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Danny Trejo talks about starring in Train's 'Angel in Blue Jeans' video

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Danny Trejo is an American treasure. At age 70, the star of Machete and Machete Kills (and possibly a third installment entitled Machete Kills Again… in Space) still projects the same inimitable badass vibes he’s been bringing to the screen since he broke into the business with 1985’s Runaway Train.

Which keeps him in high demand. Along with his usual packed schedule of projects, he recently starred in the video for “Angel in Blue Jeans,” the folk-pop-inflected lead single from Train’s upcoming album, Bulletproof Picasso, which includes a truly uncanny moment where he lip-syncs lead singer Pat Monahan’s part.

Trejo, who’s as affable offscreen as he is intimidating when he’s in character, talked to EW about the experience.

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On the Scene at the Howard Stern Birthday Bash

The Hammerstein Ballroom was originally constructed as an opera house and, in the eyes of founder Oscar Hammerstein, was meant to return a stuffy art form back to the people. On Friday night, a reversal occurred when Howard Stern, the definitive American radio personality for two generations, found his populist form elevated by a staggering stream of boldfaced names who paid tribute to him on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Hosted and broadcast live via SiriusXM, Stern’s home for the last eight years, the Howard Stern Birthday Bash filled the Ballroom with famous faces and crowded its stage with comedians, musicians, and fellow broadcasters to celebrate Stern’s life and career, which has evolved from the juvenile rabble-rousing of his early terrestrial life to the statelier (but still brutally honest) conversations of the satellite era. Sure, the Wack Pack was in the building, but so was Robert Downey, Jr., Larry King, Barbara Walters, Harvey Weinstein, and Hilary Swank — and that was mostly at one table.  READ FULL STORY

Carly Rae Jepsen cancels Boy Scouts concert

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Carly Rae Jepsen doesn’t want the Boy Scouts to call her. Ever.

The singer was set to headline the Boy Scouts’ 2013 Jamboree this summer, but after a Change.org petition, which gathered 62,000 signatures in just four days, asked Jepsen to reconsider, she did. “As talented artists with incredibly loyal LGBT fans around the globe, I hope they will speak out quickly, and urge the Boy Scouts to end its dangerous anti-gay policy,” the petition read in part.

“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer,” Jepsen wrote on Twitter this morning. “I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.” READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012: The year in lyrics, from Taylor Swift to Carly Rae

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Music makes the people come together — but lyrics might be even more powerful as unification tools. Think about it: Whether you’re a rap fiend or a hater of all things hip hop, you have to admire a guy who figures out a way to rhyme “narcissist” with “lobster bisque.” See below to find out what we’ve dubbed 2012’s top five lyrics, which artists warbled 2012’s worst five lyrics, and which lyric won the dubious honor of being the year’s best AND worst at the same time. (Hint: Think “Call Me Maybe.”)

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Train on VH1's 'Behind the Music': The story behind hit 'Drops of Jupiter' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Can you believe that VH1’s Behind the Music is turning 15?

The series launches its latest season this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 p.m. with an hour focused on pop-rock band Train, which delivered its biggest hit in 2009 with “Hey, Soul Sister.” But it’s actually another of their singles — 2001’s “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” — that truly launched them, climbing to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

That song is the subject of an online-only, Behind the Music companion series titled Behind the Song, which EW is exclusively debuting below.

The process of creation wasn’t easy, according to frontman Pat Monahan: “I just couldn’t figure out what to write, but then I woke up from a dream about a year after my mother passed away with the words ‘back in the atmosphere,'” he remembers. “It was just her way of saying what it was like — she was swimming through the planets and came to me with drops of Jupiter in her hair.”

The rest, as they say, is history. The full, four-minute Behind the Song episode is below, and parts of it are woven into Sunday’s season premiere episode of Behind the Music, which will also touch on Train’s multiplatinum success, struggles ith drug addiction, money woes, and two-year hiatus.

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On the Charts: Carly Rae has a 'Good Time', Train chugs along, Adele finally drops out of Top 10

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Last week, Maroon 5 made waves when they pushed not one but two of their singles into the Top 10 of the Hot 100. This week, current pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen did the same thing.

Not only is Jepsen’s unstoppable hit “Call Me Maybe” still refusing to hang up — though it did drop from No. 4 to No. 6 — her Owl City collaboration “Good Time” also jumped from No. 13 to No. 9 in its ninth week on the chart.

According to Billboard, “Good Time” had a pretty great week; the song was the top Streaming Gainer and rose into the Top 10 of the On-Demand chart. It also increased by 10 percent at radio and by 13 percent on the Digital Songs chart, as the beachy hit sold an additional 144,000 downloads, which lifted its sales total right past the 1 million mark.

We’ll find out if “Good Time” gives Jepsen (who is the first female artist since Ke$ha to take her first two singles to the Top 10) that elusive second No. 1 in the weeks to come, but for now, let’s check the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

What will be this spring's biggest song? Take our poll

A quick glance at the last few weeks of Billboard‘s Hot 100 makes it clear that a handful of songs are ready to break Kelly Clarkson and Adele’s stronghold on the upper tier of the pop charts.

This week, following a cover on the Regionals episode of Glee, British boy band The Wanted‘s “Glad You Came” shot up from number 23 all the way to number 5 on the Hot 100 (not to brag, but we diiid say, “‘Glad You Came’ feels like a potential radio/club titan poised to become a hit” back in early February), and it’s likely that the boy-band jam will continue its ascent in the weeks to come.

But “Glad You Came” isnt the only new track making waves — a number of other buzzworthy songs are climbing up the chart as well. Take a look at a few especially notable performances from the past two weeks: READ FULL STORY

Grammy Awards 2011: Backstage with Justin Bieber, Usher, Esperanza Spalding, Matthew Morrison, and many more

esparanza-spaldingImage Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesAs you might imagine, backstage at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards is a press feeding frenzy, with golden gramophone winners — and even some presenters — parading behind-the-scenes to various media outlets to take their questions and revel in the celebratory mood of the evening. The bold-faced names trek from the radio press to TV shows like Extra and — you guessed it — even us here in the print and online world. I resided backstage for the show and waited for folks like Esperanza Spalding, Usher, Justin Bieber, Train, and Matthew Morrison to come and bask with the reporters for a bit. Here’s what minute-by-minute account of what transpired:

6:15 P.M. PT: The band Train, winners for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals for their smash single “Hey, Soul Sister,” are both the first winners of the evening and the first winners to come backstage for the evening. The first question for the group is about their surprising comeback last year with “Soul Sister.” “We’ve been through a lot, and to be here after so many years, it’s such an honor to be nominated,” says vocalist Patrick Monahan. “This was a beautiful comeback nomination. We feel we have many more albums to come that are going to be better. To have won this makes up for things that didn’t even exist.”

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Grammy nominations concert: Who had the best and worst performances?

Grammy-LogoThe Grammy Nominations Concert Live! just aired on CBS. In between nominations and banter from host LL Cool J, we saw performances from Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and other stars. So which performances were award-worthy in themselves, and which ones would we rather forget? After the jump, let’s review the highs and lows. READ FULL STORY

Train's new song in Coca Cola ad: Watch the spot exclusively here

TRAINIn a year that already saw match-ups with R&B space oddity Janelle Monae and Somali-Canadian star K’Naan, Coca Cola has paired once again with a musical artist to create an original ad song–this time, San Francisco pop rockers Train.

Stream the band’s “Shake Up Christmas” spot after the jump (and find the full song on their official YouTube channel here) : READ FULL STORY

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