<p>Edward and Bella in &quot;Breaking Dawn - Part 2&quot;</p>

Edward and Bella in "Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

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'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' soundtrack led by Green Day, Feist, St. Vincent

Tracklist to the final film in the 'Twilight Saga': AI's Paul McDonald, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding

Remember what I said about Alexandra Patsavas making the soundtrack to "Perks of Being a Wallflower" a love letter to good taste? The music supervisor has crafted an album of exclusive material for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" as a love letter between two vampires. And who better than strong solo ladies like Ellie Goulding, Feist, St. Vincent and Christina Perri, and commercial knock-outs Green Day?

Yeah. Because Green Day hasn't been too busy otherwise lately.

The tracklist (via Yahoo!) also has songs form Passion Pit, film composer Carter Burwell and some fun lesser-knowns like Pop ETC and the Boom Circuits. This is a return for Perri, who "Part One" portion of "A Thousand Years" was in the "Breaking Dawn - Part 1."

Hold your breath, too, for real-life lover music-making from former "American Idol" contestant Paul McDonald and his 'Twilight" actress-wife for an untitled work way down on the tally. Goulding's "Bittersweet" is also the first track of hers to be produced by her famous boyfriend Skrillex.

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<p>Ne-Yo at the iHeartRadio festival in September</p>

Ne-Yo at the iHeartRadio festival in September

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Listen: Ne-Yo and Wiz Khalifa combine for 'Don't Make Em Like You'

Just what kind of woman does Ne-Yo want anyway?

Ne-Yo has dropped another ode to the ladies that can conduct themselves like decent human beings, this time with rapper Wiz Khalifa. "Don't Make Em Like You" has the R&B crooner tipping his hat to girls who aren't stumblebum drunk as they leave the club, and he likes you "just the way you are."

It has Khalifa on Cloud Nine, and he devotes his verses to his future wife and baby's mother Amber Rose. Instead all the puffery about puffing, the notorious stoner just leaves the green behind and suffices with a good high giggle at the end of the guest spot.

As for Ne-Yo, dude's got a mixed history of exactly what makes up a good woman. His hit "Miss Independent" likes a girl who can pay her own bills and "doesn't need you." "Let Me Love You (Until You Love Yourself)" on the flip side has the singer falling for someone with poor self-esteem, with the desire to fix her right up. Furthermore, he helped write "Pretty Girl Rock," Keri Hilson's awful failure in girl-power which sets its focus on women's looks and abilities to compete with one another.

Here, 32-year-old Ne-Yo just seems to be beyond the artifice. I'd extrapolate more, but I'm frequently distracted by the overbearing turntable noises and thudding refrain.

Happy to see Wiz in love, though.

The track can be found on Ne-Yo's next album "R.E.D.", due on Nov. 6

<p>&quot;CeeLo's Magic Moment&quot;</p>

"CeeLo's Magic Moment"

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Watch: CeeLo's 'Silent Night' features bounding Santa babes

What's the holidays without crass winking?

CeeLo Green is among the many pop singers with Christmas efforts coming to town, but the video-makers behind the video for his "Silent Night" can't help but to think of their own, erm, chimneys.

The slo-motion clip features a few Santas and their apparent helpers, who are in their underwear.

The song has a gospel choir and Green impeccable tone. I'm not sure what the audio has to do with the visual, but it helps explaining that this debuted on Maxim. Baby Jesus must be confounded by Los Angeles.

"CeeLo's Magic Moment" will be out in stores on Oct. 30, and will feature cameos from covers-addict Rod Stewart, Green's "The Voice" co-host Christina Aguilera, the Muppets and a capella fever dream Straight No Chaser.

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<p>Miguel: Shhh, I'm making out</p>

Miguel: Shhh, I'm making out

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Watch: Miguel's 'The Thrill' and 'Do You...' confirm ladies love Miguel

Rising R&B star drops two clips in support of 'Kaleidescope Dream'

This week, after he released his album "Kaleidescope Dream" on Tuesday, Miguel dropped two new music videos that confirm that 1) he is good-looking 2) he has good-looking friends.

Not that I'm trying to look for a stronger brand than "good-looking," but the full-length is dynamic, charismatic and fun-filled, which is hardly portrayed in "The Thrill." It's mostly a tour trailer for his tour trailer entourage, all in black and white ('cause he's classy, get it).

The clip for "Do You..." is much more indicative of the song itself. "Do you like drugs / Do you like hugs... I'm gonna do you like drugs tonight" is hardly poetry: it's cheesy and he knows it. That's why he puts on a bit more of a show, inspired by nightclubs circa 1991, and makes out with a girl on a pool table, circa every movie starring Patrick Swayze. The clunky-ass product placement is the only thing to shake you from this boringly pleasant trip with the 25-year-old rising star.

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<p>Sufjan Stevens' &quot;Silver &amp; Gold&quot;</p>

Sufjan Stevens' "Silver & Gold"

Sufjan Stevens preps new Christmas music boxed set

Listen to 'Christmas Unicorn': it's what you're in for

I'm a sucker for Christmas music. I marvel every year on how holiday album sales go, which songs get a redux from popular artists, how new originals reflect the immediacy of our times. Christmas carols, hymns and songs are not only written with a sense or urgency -- due to the season and any religious connote -- but are frequently performed and delivered with an affecting earnestness, that even the sarcastic odes or parodies are dropped with a sense of projected purpose. Christmas music has weight, and its performers are allowed to indulge.

Sufjan Stevens' first boxed set of Christmas music was five discs long, and was a collection of EPs and long-players intended for dispersal to family and friends from 2001 to 2006. And it sounded that way. Stevens already has this bright-eyed, left-of-center innocence to his voice, and classic anthems on acoustic and banjo is already so divine. His Christian roots also plays into the authentic selection, when he recorded non-Christmas hymns like "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "Come Thou Fount" to include instead of non-religious regulars like "Jingle Bell Rock" or its ilk. He, of course, included some obnoxious and cheeky originals like "Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!" and "Did I Make You Cry on Christmas? (Well, You Deserved It!)." (You can tell those, by the excess exclamation points.)

The singer-songwriter will be releasing another new set of Christmas albums, a collection of those from 2007-2012, under the boxed name "Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10." These, too, were originally released to family and friends. Some of the individual titles (and their respective covers) have dipped into the "silly" costume box, including "Christmas Infinity Voyage," "I Am Santa's Helper" and "Christmas Unicorn."

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<p>Cover art for &quot;Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!&quot;</p>

Cover art for "Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!"

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor releasing first album in 10 years

And it's out in two weeks

Lift your skinny fists, Godspeed fans. The Montreal-based sonic boom of a band will be dropping their first album in more than 10 years, with only a two-week wait.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor last released "Yanqui U.X.O." in November 2002, and it was only one of four studio sets the rockers have dropped. Now, "Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!" is due on Oct. 16 in the U.S., with the promise of the "dark" sound matter that made the band pop, whether live or through headphones.

"The future looks dark indeed, but on the evidence of this new recording, Godspeed appears wholly committed to staring it down, channeling it, and fighting for some rays of sound (and flickers of light) that feel hopeful and true," reads a statement in the release.

The songs were formed out of seeds from before their 2003 hiatus; they fleshed them out starting after they reformed in 2010 for select live shows. What exactly that sounds like may be their artful blend of drone, repetition, LOUDquietLOUD, pulsing intergalactic guitar coitus, but the release went more out of its way to explain why the band isn't investing in the whole three-month album promotional cycle.

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<p>Miguel's &quot;Kaleidoscope Dream&quot; </p>

Miguel's "Kaleidoscope Dream"

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Album Review: Miguel's 'Kaleidoscope Dream'

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Colorful R&B album is a runaway success

While you’re losing it over that Frank Ocean album, another set this year can scratch that itch, and perhaps more efficiently.

Miguel’s “Kaleidescope Dream” is a relevant, saucy R&B adventure that incorporates rock, funk, electronica, soul and pop not out of novelty, but guardless necessity. The 25-year-old’s second album has more pronounced arrangements, and a unique combination of producers like Jerry Wonda, Pop & Oak and even Miguel Pimentel himself, on growing hit “Adorn.” Salaam Remi -- whose fingerprints sunk into retro grooves of similarly-minded old souls like Adele and Amy Winehouse -- helmed the lush title track and searing single-in-the-making “How Many Drinks?”.
 
As with that title, and “Pussy Is Mine” and “Do You…”, Miguel isn’t making capital-S Serious R&B music on every song, and even defaults to genre chestnuts like rhyming “pants” with “dance,” bless his heart. But then he’ll hit you with surprisingly delicious refrains like on sizzling “Arch & Point,” between the bars of 808s and distorted guitars: “Arch your back and point your toes.” “Where’s the Fun in Forever” freshens up the classic request to celebrate good times, with the bass going on a cardio workout while the drum lines are just chugging away at 70 mph on a flat, straight highway. Alicia Keys is along for the ride.
 
All the while is Miguel’s versatile vocals, recorded close to the mic and under control. Stars like Usher and Trey Songz make their erotic declarations in their loudest voice possible, like, “DROP YOUR PANTIES, NOW WE SEX,” but Miguel weaves his way around negative space and washy beats in his lust, like on Prince-ly “Use Me.” “Don’t Look Back” borrows lyric lines from the Zombies’ “Time of the Season” and “Kaleidoscope Dream” utilizes the beat from Eminem’s immensely popular “My Name Is,” and in neither case of borrowing is it obnoxious.
 
“Is there a God? / Is he watching? … But if not / what are we doing?” he sings on tasteful closer “Candles in the Sun,” signaling the end of an album that’s a little more heightened and a little less desperate than top 40 fashions. Every song feels special and tight, whether he’s singing on heaven or bedroom realms. And speaking of bedrooms, do not sleep on this album. You may want to sleep with it.

 

<p>Christina Aguilera in &quot;Your Body&quot;</p>

Christina Aguilera in "Your Body"

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Watch: Christina Aguilera's trashy 'Your Body' vid will blow... your mind

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Snooki meets 'I Love Lucy' vibe

If Christina Aguilera's freaky sex were a criminal, it'd be a serial killer. That's the point of "Your Body," which is equal parts "I Love Lucy" slapstick, Snooki and Beyonce's trailer park pin-up "Party" vid.

The colorful clip is automatically filed under "farce" with its initial warning, that no men were harmed in the making of this video. It's funny, 'cause men are sort of like animals, right? Anyway, it's nasty from the top, with Aguilera writhing in her campiest Strawberry fashions in the promise of a "killer week," trolling the bars with her lip gloss-dripping mug and gel tips, preying on stubble-sexy bro-dudes for playtime in cars, mens' bathrooms and cheap motels. And then she murders them, with an explosion of pink smoke and glitter or gratuitous splashes of blue semen-paint, strategically dripping from her mouth.

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<p>Aimee Mann</p>

Aimee Mann

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HitFix Interview: Aimee Mann on new album, Patton Oswalt and bummer songs

Will that boxing musical ever get made?

Even after nine albums, Aimee Mann seems to always find a way to keep things fresh. She’s roared through concept albums, Christmas songs and soundtrack work; her last two albums “@#%&*! Smilers” and last week’s drop of “Charmer” have been decidedly pop-driven efforts, this new one with even more sonic layers and even a James Mercer duet.

But that’s not the end of Mann’s penchant for collaboration on "Charmer. She had Laura Linney star in the music video for the title track. Jon Hamm, Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster and others showed up for the clip to “Labrador,” directed by Tom Scharpling and is a shot-for-shot remake of Mann’s former band Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry.”
 
The latter is especially representative of Mann’s all-in sensibility, whether it’s putting herself out there as a nihilist in “The Big Lebowski,” as a boxer and sport enthusiast, as a one-time-only standup comedian (“It was terrifying.”), or as an actress in Kickstarter-funded film “Pleased to Meet Me.” Musically, she’s put both feet in ‘70s- and ’80s-inspired power pop for the set.
 
Below, we talk about “Charmer” and her various relationships to film, comedy and songs about suicide.
 
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<p>Band of Horses</p>

Band of Horses

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HitFix interview: Band of Horses talks 'Mirage Rock,' Railroad Revival and Pearl Jam

Bill Reynolds can't hang like Willie Nelson hangs

Band of Horses will contend that the move from an indie to the major label system definitely works in some artists’ favor. It did for them. Since moving on from esteemed Sub Pop to a partnered drop with Fat Possum and Columbia, now squarely on Columbia, the rock troupe has seen a lot more sales action even without a big radio presence. Just this week, they earned their second-best charting and sales tally for new “Mirage Rock,” landing at No. 13 yesterday. 

Bassist Bill Reynolds, who’s been with the band for five years, admits that the move wasn’t popular with everybody, and he’d heard the horror stories.
 
“It could have easily become a sh*tty situation. But creatively we were allowed to do what we wanted,” he said in our recent interview. “We have longer arms, to get our releases into other countries… The assumption with major labels is that they’re gonna try and knock a homerun at every opportunity, which means everyone assumes you’re working too hard.”
 
The secret, he said, is working with the right team, so think in terms of being in a rock ‘n’ roll band as a company “a lot of employers and employees. I got friends who are like, ‘Can you come play at my cousin’s event?’ But we have all these employees who depend on this for their living. Even though I’m the one who gets to be on stage, there’s so many people involved.”
 
Over the years of headlining tours and supporting slots, Reynolds said he learned the most from playing out with Pearl Jam, for precisely those reasons above. Referring to the Seattle band’s operations as “a well-oiled machine,” he said from day one, “each one of them would take us under their wings. And they were just so humble, it’s amazing to see musicians of their caliber to be humble. We’ve been on tours where there’s [the band] yelling and screaming at everyone. I thought, with [Pearl Jam], this is how you maintain that long. They’ve had a really long career. That would the dream.”
 
Band of Horses, fronted by Ben Bridwell, is combining with another crew of unique musicians, on the second incarnation of the Railroad Revival train tour. Last year, it was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show travelling on the tracks together. This year, it’s BoH with Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson and actor/musician John C. Reilly and Friends.
 
“Hell yeah, I’d love it if Willie Nelson was to rub off on me, it’d be awesome,just being in the presence of someone like him. I also hear Jamey Johnson likes to jam a lot. That dude’s a badass ,” Reynolds enthused. “The train… one of the cars is a recording studio. So we can all meet up in there when we want. As for Willie, I’ve been to his house before. He hangs out a lot later than I do. I can’t hang like that dude does. He operates on his own time.”
 
On the heels of last week’s release of “Mirage Rock,” Band of Horses just released their six-song “iTunes Festival” live EP yesterday. Check it out here.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/itunes-festival-london-2012/id564894821