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Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt 2 Soundtrack feat. Green Day, Ellie Goulding, St. Vincent and more -- EW's review

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The Twilight Sara: Breaking Dawn—Part 2
Soundtrack (Chop Shop/Atlantic)
Good news, Twihards: Any of these indie-pop songs could be the first dance at your wedding. From the twinkling church bells of Passion Pit’s “Where I Come From” to the Pachabel-inspired violins of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years (Part 2)”—which sounds exactly like the first “A Thousand Years,” except it’s about 500 years longer—there’s one grand-ballroom epic after another.

The mood mostly ranges from ethereal (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark star Reeve Carney’s “New For You”) to even more ethereal (Ellie Goulding’s “Bittersweet”), but the lovesick vibe only reaches “yuck” level twice: once, when the Boom Circuits serenade “an angel learning how to fly” on the excruciatingly twee “Everything and Nothing,” and again when Twilight actress Nikki Reed harmonizes with her real-life husband, American Idol alum Paul McDonald, on the get-a-room ballad “All I’ve Ever Needed.”

Good thing St Vincent and Green Day drop by to rough things up a bit.The former’s Annie Clark might have the best song on the album with “Antidote,” a sludge-rock anthem that pokes fun at vampire lore. (“I’ll show you where it really hurts,” she coos.) And the latter’s Billie Joe Armstrong manages to turn a stately piano ballad into an awesomely bitter love song. “Where in the world did the time go?” he wonders. Poor Edward Cullen. It’s tough to be 17 for 94 years. B

 

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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Pt. 1' soundtrack revealed; will feature Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Iron & Wine and more -- Hear the first single here

The swoony-vampire juggernaut that helped mainstream the likes of Paramore, Muse, and Bon Iver is back for fourth installment — and this time the mainstream has come to them.

Pop crooner Bruno Mars headlines the Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 soundtrack with his moody first single “It Will Rain,” out today. Stream the just-released song after the jump, and find the full track listing for the upcoming film.

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Robert Pattinson reportedly recording an album; teens may possibly be interested in this news

Cue the hysterical screams: Twilight hottie Robert Pattinson will “imminently” be making his own sweet music, according to US Weekly.

Rob-o-philes will note that this is not the first time Pattinson has dabbled in music. He recorded two songs on the original Twilight soundtrack: the guitar-heavy “Never Think” and “Let Me Sign.

Based on this performance from last year, below, Pattinson certainly won’t be embarrassing himself if he were to release some songs. (The hat, however, needs to go).

It might be some nice background noise while you’re re-reading Twilight‘s sexier passages not that I’ve ever done that. Based on these tracks, it seems Pattinson might continue to go more artsy/alternative than mainstream pop: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West's 'Monster' video is finally here -- starring two Nicki Minajs and a lady werewolf: Watch it here!

Back in December, an unfinished version of Kanye West’s video for “Monster,” a standout (and star-packed) track from West’s best-of-2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) found its way onto the Internet.

Though it was obviously still rough—scenes and effects were clearly missing—the idea came across, with disturbing images of apparently dead women lying in bed with West and hanging from chains by their necks.

West finally released the official, finished version of the clip a full six months after that initial leak, and it’s just as disturbing and fascinating as the rough cut.

Check it out below, though be warned—the lyrics are uncensored, and the images are pretty dark (and though there’s no scandalous nudity, the ladies are scantily-clad enough to also make it unsafe for work).

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'Vampire Diaries' soundtrack to feature exclusive tracks from Smashing Pumpkins, Gorillaz, and more

vampire-diariesImage Credit: Andrew Eccles / The CW Things vampires apparently like: Blood, living forever, insouciant neck scarves, indie rock.

Following well-received alt-centric accompaniments for True Blood and the Twilight franchise, the CW’s Vampire Diaries jumps into the musical fray on October 12 with Original Television Soundtrack: The Vampire Diaries.

The first VD release will feature past-season featured songs “Sleep Alone” by Bat for Lashes (also a Twilight: Eclipse alumni) and Kate Bush cover “Running Up That Hill” by arch Brit-rock outfit Placebo, as well as exclusive tracks from the Smashing Pumpkins, Gorillaz, Goldfrapp, Silversun Pickups, A Fine Frenzy, Sky Ferreira, and more.

Find the full tracklisting after the jump: READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries' star Kat Graham covers Paula Abdul's 'Cold Hearted': Where's the cheesy-delish rap breakdown?

Kat-GrahamImage Credit: Andrew Eccles/The CWIn a case of two great tastes that taste slightly less than great together, The Vampire Diaries‘ bewitching Kat(erina) Graham (who plays Bonnie, the enchanted BFF of heroine Elena) has recorded a cover of Paula Abdul’s genius 1989 pop-trash classic “Cold Hearted” that is streaming today at RadarOnline.com. Don’t get me wrong: I strongly approve of a second helping of “Cold Hearted” getting served up to today’s youth. After all, the original composition and its hot-ass, racy-for-the-times video are older than any Seinfeld rerun currently stored on your DVR. Or to put it another way, Graham herself wasn’t even born back when Paula laid the squeak down for the original “Cold Hearted” vocals. That said, the slowed-down tempo and completely overhauled verses of Graham’s rendition do nothing to improve on the original composition. Ever worse, Graham performs a rap-ectomy here, completely nixing The Lady Abdul’s furiously spat wordplay (which so famously/ridiculously ended with “Take a take another ‘nother look into his eyes and you will only see a rep-tile”) and instead chooses to coo “He’s nasty, like a fake tan. Heart-break-er don’t give a damn.” I understand that times change, and cheese isn’t the commodity it used to be, but you wouldn’t throw a pair of skinny jeans on the Botticelli’s Venus just to make her more demographically alluring, would you? (Oh yeah, I went there.)

What do you think of Graham’s “Cold Hearted”? Share your feelings in the comments. And because I’m already halfway to cray-cray, I’m going to use the fact that Graham’s Vampire Diaries grandmother was played by none other than Jasmine Guy as an excuse to embed the latter diva’s 1990 track “Another Like My Lover” after the jump. Now quit trying to act like I haven’t piqued your currrrriousitaaay, and jump! READ FULL STORY

Snoop Dogg raps for 'True Blood': Watch his hilarious 'Oh Sookie' video here

snoop-dogg-true-bloodSnoop Dogg outed himself as a fan of TV’s hottest summer hit some time ago. “True Blood, get at me,” he announced in an October 2009 MTV News interview. “Snoop Dogg wants to be a vampire.” Well, he isn’t sporting fangs (yet), but he’s just teamed up with HBO for something even better: A hilarious True Blood rap song called “Oh Sookie,” complete with a music video. Oh yes.

Who needs the Hague when Snoop can run game in Bon Temps? “Oh Sookie, let me get in your head,” he whispers seductively to the show’s telepathic waitress. “Oh Sookie, we can lay in the bed/Oh Sookie, choose a player like me/Do it in the daytime with the D-O-double-G.” Next thing you know, he’s trying to get Sookie stoned and spirit her off to L.A., right after he “order[s her] a gin and juice at Merlotte’s.” But won’t her undead boyfriend mind? “We’ll do it in the daytime, Bill won’t know a thing.” Slick.

Watch the very amusing promotional clip after the jump (via Rap Radar). Like it? Think Snoop could compete with the likes of Bill, Eric, and Sam for Ms. Stackhouse’s affections?

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Goldfrapp's 'Alive' video: Let's get metal-physical!

In the new music/workout video for “Alive,” U.K. dance duo Goldfrapp‘s second single from recent fifth album Head First, Alison Goldfrapp leads a motley crew of obedient goths and ’80s-leotard enthusiasts in a mild aerobics routine.

That casting call between the storefronts of Hot Topic and American Apparel sure was a success! Alison doesn’t exactly do the moves herself — her job is to stand up there, pose, and rule — but somehow they all know what to do, because Alison Goldfrapp is magic. It’d be a huge spoiler to mention what happens starting at 2:18, so I’ll just say….Et tu, Goldfrapp? READ FULL STORY

Vampire Weekend love Lady Gaga? Hear them explain their unexpected adoration

Last week, indie band Vampire Weekend recorded a co-hosting appearance on Sirius Radio’s SIRIUS XMU channel (their latest album, Contra, recently landed atop the Billboard 200).

During a conversation that spanned several topics, host Jenny Eliscu asked the Vampire boys who their favorite secret music indulgence was, and keyboardist/guitairst Rostam Batmanglij offered up a rather surprising (for him!), answer: “Pretty much everything by Lady Gaga,” Batmanglij said. When Eliscu said she took issue with Gaga, claiming there’s “no there there,” Batmanglij defended the pop princess, explaining that she’s helping teenagers know that “they shouldn’t feel like a freak. That’s something I personally can relate to. And so I think it is meaningful. I think what she is doing is meaningful.” Well put, Rostam!

Listen to the full, Lady Gaga-infused segment below, and be sure to stick around for their rendition of “Bad Romance” at the end. Then tune in every day this week from 5 to 6pm to hear the show (SIRIUS channel 26 and XM channel 43).

Does this revelation make you love Vampire Weekend even more? Do you smell a freaky Vampire-Gaga collab coming on? I say: Bring it!

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The Killers' Brandon Flowers on live albums, vampires, and Sinatra: A Music Mix Q&A

The Killers are technically in between albums, but they’re tiding hungry fans over with a New Moon tune and a live CD/DVD that hits stores today. The Music Mix reached frontman Brandon Flowers at home in Las Vegas to chat about all this and more a few days before the band launched an overseas tour. Read on for our Q&A.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Live From the Royal Albert Hall is your first live album. What made you want to do it now?
BRANDON FLOWERS:
It felt like a good time to do it, I guess. Sometimes I worry that we didn’t do it earlier. We’ll never capture what it was like when we first started playing. We might have been a little green, but we’ll never have that again. So I guess now is a better time than never.

Is there footage of those old shows off in a vault somewhere that you could try to release?
Over in the U.K., the BBC, they’re masters of filming live bands for festivals. So there’s quite a bit of that stuff from our early days, I think, but never a full show. Anyhow, we’re really happy with how this turned out. I think for our first live DVD, it’s pretty solid.

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