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'Big Bang Theory': Kunal Nayyar shares what's on his iPod!

Raj might be having trouble with love this season on The Big Bang Theory, but with a playlist like this, his portrayer Kunal Nayyer certainly has enough to cure whatetever heartache ails him.

EW recently spoke with actor to get a rundown of five songs/artists that are in heavy rotation right now. Take a look:

Mumford and Sons: “I love epic folk rock. I love Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the movie Once, and I feel like Mumford takes it to another level. When I hear it, I feel the music in my bones. I get chills when I hear it.”

Radiohead, “True Love Waits”: “I came from India in ’99 and I didn’t have access to a lot of good music. Well, I did, but it was Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, New Kids on the Block — generic pop music, which I still love to this day, though. I didn’t really get Radiohead at first, but when I really began listening to them, I became obsessed….Every single breakup I’ve had in my life, I’ve listened to that song. [Laughs] I’m an actor; we’re masochistic. It feels good to hurt.”  READ FULL STORY

Bill Clinton's favorite music -- check out his presidential playlist

Was Bill Clinton the most musical president in the history of the United States? He’s an accomplished jazz saxophonist, openly embraced MTV during his campaign (back when the “M” still stood for “Music”), spent plenty of quality time with rock stars (it was Bono’s beginning as a White House regular), and he even has two Grammys (admittedly, both for Best Spoken Word performances on audiobooks).

This Saturday night, some of the biggest stars in music — Bono and the Edge, Lady Gaga, Usher, Kenny Chesney among them — are going to tip their hats back to Clinton at the “A Decade of Difference” concert at the Hollywood Bowl in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the William J. Clinton Foundation. As a lead-up to the show, Clinton opened up his iPod and let Yahoo take a look at his 20 favorite songs of all time.

The full list is here, and a handful of things stand out. Of course, there’s plenty of jazz on there, as well as an expected number of rock names from the ’60s and ’70s, like Van Morrison, Simon & Garfunkel, Elton John, and Carly Simon.

The newest song on there is Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” which suggests that Clinton either has a weakness for trilling Canadians or simply can’t get that ASPCA commercial that makes everybody cry out of his mind.

Interestingly, there are parallels to current president Barack Obama’s playlist, mostly the shout-out to Miles Davis. Perhaps they’ll both find his recent Live Europe 1967: The Bootleg series Vol. 1 under the Christmas tree this year (EW gave it an A, Commanders!)

Disappointingly, Clinton didn’t make any nods to hip-hop the way Obama did when he shouted out Jay-Z and Lil Wayne in his Rolling Stone interview. If Bill would like a little rap education, we have a suggestion where he should start.

What do you think of Clinton’s picks? Let us know in the comments.

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Idris Elba: What's On My iPod

Of all the great television actors currently working, Idris Elba may have the best track record playing intense, on-the-edge characters. Obviously, he tapped into that with his turn as Stringer Bell on The Wire, but even his arc on The Office was vaguely terrifying. On Luther, currently in the midst of its second season on BBC America, Elba channels all of his fierceness and finally gets to use his own accent in his role as the ultimate detective on the edge, haunted by his past and constantly staring evil and violence directly in the face.

As his iPod reveals, Elba isn’t all-aggro-all-the-time. In fact, he has a deep weak spot for David Bowie and likes to unwind with Mumford & Sons. In a recent conversation with EW, Elba shared those revelations as well as some other tunes currently taking up residence in his headspace.

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“He’s a rapper from U.K. and he’s been around for a while on the underground circuit for a long time. His lyrics are just poetry. There’s some grimy sort of street hip-hop stuff and there’s a bit of pop stuff, but at the heart of all this is his lyrics, and they’re quite poetic. Quite observational. He has a couple of jams on there, like ‘Traktor,’ which is a bit more of a club vibe and he has another song called ‘Don’t Go’ that went to number one in the U.K. U.K. hip-hop doesn’t really transfer across the world. I think partly to do with the fact that the words are so London or so regional that you might have to listen to it a few times to get into it. But I think that U.K. hip-hop has a real strong presence and it’s coming up slowly, with Tinie Tempah and some other guys starting to break out a little bit.”

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“He’s an acoustic artist. He sings and plays guitar and kind of sings like a rapper. He’s dope. Another very poetic storyteller. I actually had the opportunity to meet him once and he’s a really young, unassuming cat. He doesn’t look like a pop star. You wouldn’t think he could do what he does, but his music speaks to me.” READ FULL STORY

Apple made non-iPhone-related announcements yesterday too

Lost in the shuffle of Tuesday’s announcement of the iPhone 4S at the first big Apple event in the post-Steve Jobs era was the news that Apple still makes iPods, and they continue to improve on them.

First, the Nano, which has become so associated with working out (something that Apple obviously recognizes) that they might as well just call the thing the iPod Gym. The latest iteration of the Nano comes in seven different colors and will now have built-in exercise-tracking capabilities, including a calorie counter. There are now also 16 different watch face variations for people who wear their Nano to tell the time, something that probably hadn’t occurred to you to do until now. With a maximum capacity of 16 gigabytes, you won’t be able to get a ton on there, but that’s more than enough space to keep you in Eminem songs while you train for your 5K.

As for the iPod Touch, it essentially got all the upgrades the new iPhone got. There’s a new operating system, iMessage (which lets you send text messages over Wi-Fi to other people with iPods or iPhones, not unlike Blackberry’s BBM system), and access to the iCloud, Apple’s new in-the-air media storage that will make your music, photos, and other media available anywhere. The first five gigabytes are free, and then upgrades are available for a fee, topping out at 50 gigs for $100 a year. Interestingly, stuff you buy on iTunes doesn’t count toward the storage limit, which probably makes record labels and copyright holders pretty happy, as it will (theoretically) encourage people to buy more stuff legitimately so they can have free access to it.

The iPod Touch tops out at 64 gigabytes (the same as the biggest iPad), but just in case you still want to cart around your entire music collection in your pocket, the iPod Classic still exists. They haven’t made any improvements on it in a while, but at 160 gigabytes, it’s still an old reliable standby, like a mud-covered pick-up truck that can still go. And just for the sake of being complete, Apple still makes the iPod Shuffle, just in case you like your music collection but don’t like choosing things from it.

Apple has sold 320 million iPods since the devices began, but how many of those have you been responsible for? And do you have a favorite iteration that you miss? Leave your iThoughts in the comments below.

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What's on Miranda Lambert's iPod? You might be surprised

Miranda Lambert, the current queen of country music, is working double time these days.

Not only is she promoting her new girl band, Pistol Annies, who released their debut album, Hell on Heels, on Tuesday, she’s beginning to gear up for the November 4 release of her own disc, Four The Record.

But Lambert, whose single “Baggage Claim” is quickly racing up the charts, isn’t just a performer—she’s a listener, too!

EW caught up with the no-nonsense blonde last week, and she told us about what she’s been playing on her iPod recently.

Check out Miranda’s music picks below: READ FULL STORY

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