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Eat the Beat: The tastiest songs about food

With the release of her new album Food last week, singer and Le Cordon Bleu-certified chef Kelis has gone from “Milkshake” to full-on smorgasbord — tracks on the album include “Jerk Ribs,” “Cobbler” “Friday Fish Fry,” and “Biscuits n’ Gravy.”

But she’s hardly the first artist to find her muse on a menu. Place your order below—and stream our full food playlist (minus a few songs that weren’t available on Spotify; apologies to fans of both Pumpkins and egg-based condiments): READ FULL STORY

U2's new 'Invisible' video brings on the light show, big round microphones: Watch it here

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If this was 1994 and U2 were still in their crazy art project phase, the video for “Invisible” would probably be a series of shots of an empty stage, or just a static four minutes of darkness. Because, you see, it’d be invisible.

Thankfully, the video for the band’s new single is not that literal. In stately black and white, the band cranks out their latest with the aid of some impressive backlight effects (good thing Bono wears those sunglasses!) and a wacky circular microphone that hangs from the ceiling. Like most 21st-century U2 projects, it’s well executed without being blow-away impressive, though “Invisible” continues to improve as a song with each subsequent listen.

Check out the video below: READ FULL STORY

New U2 song 'Invisible' premieres during Super Bowl -- VIDEO

U2 may be coy about when their new album is coming out, but fans got a taste of new music from the band with a new song, “Invisible,” which premiered during Sunday’s Super Bowl as part of the (RED) campaign to end AIDS. The song is currently a free download on iTunes through 11:59p.m. on Feb. 3. For each download, Bank of America is donating to the (RED) campaign.

Check out the teaser for the song in the video below:
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The Oscar music snubs: no love for Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, 'Llewyn Davis' or Coldplay

Check to make sure the rivers haven’t turned to blood and all first-borns aren’t suddenly afflicted with pox, because the impossible has happened: Taylor Swift was not nominated for an award.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ passing on Swift’s “Sweeter Than Fiction” (from the film One Chance) is easily one of the most high-profile snubs from this morning’s Oscar nominations announcement. The song was nominated for a Golden Globe and seemed like an obvious pick for an invite on Oscar night, if only because people love giving Taylor Swift gold trophies (and also because it would have brought some much-needed youth to the Oscar party).

Instead, the contenders in the Best Original Song category are U2’s “Ordinary Love” (from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Karen O’s “The Moon Song” (Her), Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Despicable Me 2), Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel’s “Alone But Not Alone” (from the deeply obscure Christian film of the same name), and the song “Let It Go” from the Disney blockbuster Frozen, which is performed by Idina Menzel and written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. (It’s the writers, not the performers, who take home the gold.)

The race seems to be down to the Golden Globe winner and sentimental favorite “Ordinary Love” (which would be as much an award for the late Nelson Mandela as it would be for U2) and the sales juggernaut “Let It Go” (which has propelled the Frozen soundtrack to the top of the mainstream album chart and elevated it to gold status). “Happy” and “The Moon Song” are much longer shots, but both are both cool choices crafted by deeply respected members of the music world.

Of course, that leaves “Alone But Not Alone,” one of the most inexplicable Oscar nominations in the history of the awards. The film barely exists, and the song itself is a dreary dirge of a hymn that sounds like it should be played in the midst of a sleepy Sunday morning mass. It has virtually no chance of winning, and its legacy will be as a bizarre curiosity in a category notorious for them.

It would be a less shocking inclusion if the Oscar nomination shortlist (75 songs in all) didn’t contain so many markedly stronger options. READ FULL STORY

U2 unveil new song 'Ordinary Love' with lyric video: Watch it here

U2 recently started the process of getting back into the business of being U2, with a new manager settling into place and a new album arriving early next year.

Though that new album—their first since 2009’s No Line on the Horizon—still has no title or release date, we do have new U2 music in the form of “Ordinary Love” (which is thankfully not a cover of the fantastic Sade song of the same name).

The new tune was written and recorded specifically for the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which stars Idris Elba as the titular South African freedom-fighter. A snippet of the track first appeared in the trailer for Mandela, but now the band has put the whole thing up on Facebook, complete with a lyric video.

It sounds definitively U2-ish but is relatively unremarkable otherwise, though Bono does sound like he’s in fine form and the Edge has kept track of his guitar pedals during the band’s absence.

Check out the lyric video for U2’s “Ordinary Love” below.  READ FULL STORY

Report: U2 hint at album release date, reportedly undergo management change

Like the spy plane with which they share a moniker, U2 have been almost silent since they wrapped up the (admittedly massive) promotional tour for 2009’s No Line on the HorizonBut they plan on making a little noise in 2014.

According to Billboard, the band is sniffing around a tentative April release date for their still-untitled album that was produced by Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton. They are also reportedly searching for brand partners for an album-related announcement during the Super Bowl.

Fans have already gotten a taste of new U2 music in the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which features a portion of a new song called “Ordinary Love,” which the band wrote specifically for the movie. Check it out below:

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform 'Same Love' for ONE's agit8 campaign: Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have parlayed their chart-topping success (their single “Can’t Hold Us” remains at the top of the Billboard Hot 100) into a platform for a number of charitable causes.

The Seattle hip-hop duo have stood up for gay rights, the Boys & Girls Club, and drug abuse counseling, and now they have teamed with dozens of other artists and ONE to rally against extreme poverty.

Alongside the likes of U2, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, Kid Rock, Mumford & Sons, and Elvis Costello, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are part of ONE’s new agit8 campaign, which urges both world leaders and young people to fight against extreme poverty and hunger in the world’s poorest nations. The hope is to draw attention to those problems in advance of the upcoming G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.

In order to draw ears and eyes, the participating musicians have recorded new versions of beloved protest songs. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis didn’t need to draw from someone else’s song—they already had the single “Same Love” in the holster, and recorded a fresh version of it for the agit8 campaign.

Check out their very special performance of “Same Love,” with a rare appearance by guest vocalist Mary Lambert, in an exclusive video premiere below: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift channels U2 on new track 'State of Grace': Hear it here

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If Taylor Swift has made one thing clear in the lead-up to her fourth album Red, it’s that her genre is nigh impossible to pin down.

First came the outright pop of her first no. 1 Hot 100 hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Then came the plaintive, slow country sound of “Begin Again.” After that, we got more pop and sonic vocals with “Red.” And last week brought the dubstep-laden “I Knew You Were Trouble.” So obviously the next logical step was… Brit rock? READ FULL STORY

Who will Madonna have to top to be the best Super Bowl halftime show of all time?

This Sunday, in the midst of the war of attrition that will be Super Bowl XLVI, Madonna will roll her ridiculously ornate stage onto the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and attempt to blow some minds for eight or nine minutes.

Madonna can certainly do it; she has the requisite deep catalog of hits, a theatrical approach to performing, and enough bold-faced numbers in her iPhone to unleash some surprises. “Give Me All Your Luvin'” probably won’t get the job done on its own, though luckily she has “Vogue,” “Holiday,” “Ray of Light,” and “Like a Prayer” in her pocket.

So who will she have to eclipse to get mentioned in the greatest Super Bowl halftime performances of all time? The modern era of Super Bowl halftime shows began in 1991 with New Kids on the Block, though outside of Michael Jackson’s absurdly huge performance in 1993, the early years were somewhat lacking in spectacle.

Things get better at the end of the ’90s, but the real entry into the modern era came in 2001, when producers brought together Aerosmith, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly for a jam-packed over-the-top run through the current pop chart.

After the notorious Janet Jackson incident in 2004, focus shifted again, mostly to classic rockers going over their greatest hits. Some of those were terrible (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), while others were merely underwhelming (the Who).

So who was the best? READ FULL STORY

Is this the end for U2? And if it is, what would their legacy be?

Though they have been working on a new album of songs they supposedly love, recently came off the most successful rock tour in history, and are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of one of their boldest accomplishments, 1991’s Achtung Baby, U2 could be packing it in.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bono spoke frankly about the band’s relevance and whether or not this seems like the end. “The band are like, ‘Will you shut up about being irrelevant?'” Bono told the magazine. “We’d be very pleased to end on No Line on the Horizon. We have so many [new] songs, some of our best. But I’m putting some time aside to just go and get lost in the music. I want to take my young boys and my wife and just disappear with my iPod Nano and some books and an acoustic guitar.”

Of course, Bono hedges a bit, adding “I doubt that” when asked about how realistic an instantaneous retirement would be. The Edge puts the odds at about 50/50 (“It’s quite likely you might hear from us next year, but it’s equally possible that you won’t,” he said), though as anybody who watched Davis Guggenheim’s documentary From the Sky Down knows, if U2 can survive the upheaval the led to Achtung Baby, then they probably have enough gas in the tank for another new album.

But for the sake of a reasonable argument on the Internet, let’s assume Bono wakes up tomorrow and decides to disappear to Thailand or something, taking the master tapes of whatever the band was working on and leaving no trace of music behind. READ FULL STORY

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