Song Of The Summer? Grace, 'You Don't Own Me' featuring G-Eazy
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Song Of The Summer? Grace, 'You Don't Own Me' featuring G-Eazy

Ballads have their place in summer song history. Put on this slinky dress in hot-weather and you'll understand why.

"You Don't Own Me" is a starting-stopping-heart-halting kiss-off by Grace, who does her newish turn on the 1963 tune by Lesley Gore (written by John Madara and Dave White, produced by Quincy Jones).

The tune has hit No. 1 in Grace's homeland Australia, and was signed to RCA this year, set up with producers like Puff Daddy and -- you guessed it -- Quincy Jones. Again!

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Cliff Martinez' warning: 'The Knick' season 2 will be 'darker,' but how?

Cliff Martinez' warning: 'The Knick' season 2 will be 'darker,' but how?

WHATEVER, GIORGIO MORODER

Cliff Martinez is hard at work on the score for "The Knick" season 2 for Steven Soderbergh, is mulling music for Nicolas Winding-Refn's "The Neon Demon" and has at least seen the script for Harmony Korine's next "The Trap," which is perhaps his next firm gig.

Those names have been, erm, instrumental to Martinez' rise as an in-demand composer (though for some reason he just can't seem to hold down those outside, one-off commercial projects, dang it). Weaving organic, odd instruments in with electronic sources, the musician/writer has found natural creative companions in equally odd, forward-thinking and intuitive directors.

Martinez has been in these pages before, after massaging a cold, macabre and grand score out of bloodlusty "Only God Forgives." His electronic soundtrack for Cinemax period drama "The Knick" is so gorgeous, the tracks stand boldly on their own.

Below is an abridged version of my interview with Martinez, simply catching up on how he's doing with all the gore; how ad guys are like Tio Salamanca from "Breaking Bad"; and learning to live life with a theremin.

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If you're claustrophobic in 'Wayward Pines,' blame Charlie Clouser

If you're claustrophobic in 'Wayward Pines,' blame Charlie Clouser

Exclusive tracks, plus: Composer on Nine Inch Nails and 'American Horror Story' song

If you're any bit of a horror or hard rock fan, Charlie Clouser has already been in your rotation.

Think, when your heart races a little more to the strains of the macabre theme to "American Horror Story," or if it's altogether stopped during this first season of "Wayward Pines." If Nine Inch Nails' "Downward Spiral"; or Marilyn Manson's solid '90s albums; or Rob Zombie, White Zombie, or select albums from A Perfect Circle, Killing Joke, Helmet or Puscifer have been in your spinlist, then Clouser has likely already left a mark on you. And if you've ever survived  a "Saw" series movie, then Clouser's compositions may still be floating through your veins.

The writer-musician recently wrapped on scoring aforementioned FOX show starring Matt Dillon. Today, we exclusively premiere two of Clouser's score selections from the show -- "Climb Out" and "Leaking Oil" -- and discuss just how one SHOULDN'T write a horror theme.

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Is Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 'Multi-Love' the song of the summer?

Is Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 'Multi-Love' the song of the summer?

Smooth, lilting like a 1970s Laurel Canyon sunrise; grooving with a Michael Jackson backbeat; soulful like a naked sprint on a beach. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is still -- in the mainstream --  yet unknown, but this emotional plea of polyamoury feels yet familiar, like it should already be crosstitched on a pillow and given to your quirky lover.

Give your falsetto a try. Open the screen door tonight and just see what happens.

"Multi-Love" is on UMO's new album of the same name, out at the end of last month.

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Miley Cyrus on 'the first time I wanted to have sex with Joan Jett'
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Miley Cyrus on 'the first time I wanted to have sex with Joan Jett'

During the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony this year, Miley Cyrus was charged with introducing Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to their latest "spot" in history.

HBO broadcast segments of the presentation; here, below, is the whole of Cyrus' f-bomb-laden speech, which contains many fun facts, including how Jett managed to pray on the men's side of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and what precautions to take if you're smoking pot in a hotel room that Oprah has provided for you.

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Is Kellie Pickler's 'Feeling Tonight' The Song Of The Summer?

Is Kellie Pickler's 'Feeling Tonight' The Song Of The Summer?

Kellie Pickler's brand new "Feeling Tonight" is like starting the car and the radio's on gentle, maybe an ancient Britney Spears song is meowing on the radio low. Then you roll the windows down, and you're doing 35 in a 25. Then you're on the highway. Then the top's down. Then your unruly hair grows bigger because now you're in a helicopter flying over your hometown.

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Album reviews: Florence + The Machine, Jason Derulo, Dawes and more!

Album reviews: Florence + The Machine, Jason Derulo, Dawes and more!

Capsule critiques of Dawes, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Jamie XX, Major Lazer

Welcome to another edition of Skip Or Repeat, capsule album reviews for the week of June 2.

For this week's batch, summer comes out swinging. And crying a little. And bobbing its head thoughtfully, reminiscing about the old days.

Florence + The Machine's "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful"; Dawes' "All Your Favorite Bands"; Jason Derulo's "Everything Is 4"; Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard's "Django and Jimmie"; Jamie XX's "In Colour"; and Major Lazer's "Peace Is The Mission" are all out this week. Does anybody take the cake?

And if none of those are your sweets, try on worldly Algiers' self-titled album, Eternal Summers' sunny "Gold and Stone," or Queen Latifah's take on Bessie Smith and other blues masters' songs in the "Bessie" soundtrack.

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Is Ty Dolla $ign's 'Drop That Kitty' the song of the summer?

Is Ty Dolla $ign's 'Drop That Kitty' the song of the summer?

This is why producer Cashmere Cat is a behind-the-scenes superstar, and confirms why Stargate is already there.

Ty Dolla $ign keeps his cat in a cage, never letting the rhymes of "Drop That Kitty" trump the stupid, fun, and stupid-fun spirit. Charli's brat-bark is evened out by Tinashe's R&B cool. The result is a sexy and obnoxious fuel for party fire.

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Burst out of your glowing float-box to Kelly Clarkson's 'Invincible' music video

Burst out of your glowing float-box to Kelly Clarkson's 'Invincible' music video

Kelly Clarkson's "Invincible" music video just dropped, and it's a great answer to a lot of pop stars' tendencies to surround themselves with people who look just like them in their promos.

Admittedly, it's a little abstract and bizarre, what with the bursting, glowing floaty boxes and what have you, but who hasn't had the fantasy of dancing with their own host of angels in an empty warehouse? Right?

This one's for you, ladies. Kelly's here for you.

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Song Of The Summer? Walk The Moon, 'Shut Up and Dance'
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Song Of The Summer? Walk The Moon, 'Shut Up and Dance'

Need a song of the day? How about a Song Of The Summer? Keep up with HitFix daily for your music fix.

It's insane that this song has not been in pop vernacular for a billion years.  It's intuitive. It's catchy and quirky. And there are no dancing skills required.

Walk the Moon has actually been around for a minute, releasing their first album in 2010, and working their lunars off until brilliantly solar single "Anna Sun" caught some minor traction.

Then came 2014's "Talking Is Hard" via RCA and eight months it's taken for "Shut Up and Dance" to reach its current climax, at No. 4 on the Hot 100 and into several formats of radio.

Meanwhile, Rick Springfield is holding his head somewhere.

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