Shia LaBeouf heard Sia was into weird, so now we're here: 'Elastic Heart' music video

Shia LaBeouf heard Sia was into weird, so now we're here: 'Elastic Heart' music video

Maddie Ziegler from the 'Chandelier' music video is back

Shia LaBeouf's choreography lessons for his nude-and-dancing appearance in Sigur Ros' "Fjögur Píanó" music video has helped him to double down: the actor/director co-stars in yet another dancing-oriented video, this time for Sia's "Elastic Heart."

Sia's pint-sized stand-in Maddie Ziegler -- who stole and crushed hearts in the "Chandelier" music vid -- offers another outstanding performance. Let's compare "Elastic Heart" to "Chandelier":

Shia may have saved up all that crying he did in "Fury" in a little jar and reintroduced it here, but as a combo, I'm moved.

And now let's compare "Elastic Heart" to "Fjögur Píanó":

I have bruises and I don't even know how I got them.

And while we're on the subject of dirty dancing: compare the filth and fight of "Elastic Heart" to Pink's incredible "

I'm exhausted now, aren't you?

"Elastic Heart" is off of Sia's 2014 effort "1000 Forms of Fear."

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21 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015 We're Actually Excited About

21 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015 We're Actually Excited About

... and many more. Read up on Kanye, Faith No More, Madonna and... maybe Adele?

Thousands up on thousands of albums came out in 2014, and just as many are due for 2015. There are some we just don't know much about yet -- like those from big names including Rihanna, Kanye West and Adele.

Acts like Faith No More, Giorgio Moroder and Sleater-Kinney have reformed or come out of retirement and dutifully outlined their plans. More mysterious artists like Frank Ocean, Radiohead and Bjork have only given snippets or hints of their activities.

Check out what may be in store for Kanye West, Belle & Sebastian, Drake, Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar, Gwen Stefani, Beach House, Miguel and others in the new year. Whose album are you most excited for this year?

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New Kanye West song 'Only One' isn't one you want, but one you're getting

New Kanye West song 'Only One' isn't one you want, but one you're getting

Ballad is a collaboration with Paul McCartney

kanye-west" class="autolink">Kanye West kicked off 2015 with the release of a new song, "Only One. And if you thought the start to the Kanye West hype machine would bow with a balled, you'd be the only one.

But that's what you're getting, Yeezy fans. West collaborated with Paul McCartney for this sentimental and sometimes meandering little journey, and you can hear the former Beatle's influence poking out and laying it on thick throughout. West is singing and not rapping at the least here, which is definitely opposite the mode he was in for 2013's "Yeezus."

While I am not particularly keen on West returning to the auto(tune) zone like he spent much of "808s & Heartbreak" in, he always has had a way with lyrics when it comes to his family and matters of the heart. One could write a book on how the Chicago-bred producer and rap star has spun his mother on the page (during her life and definitely after her death); here, the song is sung from mom Donda's perspective in heaven, as an ode to Ye's first daughter North.

Zombie Mom/Kanye West as medium may not be a homerun, but "Only One" is oddly endearing, in its seeming improvisations, the timing of the thing, the undercooked nature of its combination with Macca. After all, it's Kanye: he'd rather die than simply give fans what they expect.

What do you think of the song?

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10 Weirdest Music Videos Of 2014

10 Weirdest Music Videos Of 2014

From Mastodon and Die Antwoord, to 'Turn Down for What' and the 'Chick Chick' song

Not all music videos are created equal. Some are way weirder than others.

It is an impossible task to find every strange music video that arrived out of the corners of the internet in 2014. Certainly, some from overseas could take the cake of any psychedelic manifestations made here in the U.S.A. Lady Gaga's weird or Kylie Minogue's weird may not hold a candle to the strange trip your cousin's funk-rock band whipped up in their basement with a green screen and a fly swatter. 

But here's at least 10 of some of the weirdest clips to fly across our bow this year. Some are, like, why? Others are, like, how? Some are, like, "Why does my brain not have an 'erase' function?"

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Katie Hasty's Top 50 Albums of 2014

Katie Hasty's Top 50 Albums of 2014

FKA Twigs, Sylvan Esso, Sturgill Simpson, Aphex Twin and more

This isn't even a representation of what I listened to the most.

Top 10 and Top Albums list at year-end can be a popularity contest. They can be just another way to celebrate singles artists. It could be about enjoying the brand just as much as the album itself. Top 10s can be a metaphor for feelings.

Objectively, you can't say there's such thing as a definitive way to go-about making a year-end list. It can waver year to year: last year, I'd say my choices felt like they were all about color and boldness. This year, for me, it felt like it was all about discord.

FKA Twigs is not for everybody, but  "LP1" simply was one of the most put-together, challenging sets that moved me this year. I can't listen to the damned thing just any time. That wasn't how I marked it. Young Fathers basically made an album that was all my favorite depressing things all in one joyful place. Perfect Pussy's "Say Yes to Love" sounds like it was recorded in a tile bathroom with a holy purpose among seething band members. What a beautiful thing. I can't get anything done when I listen to Aphex "Syro." And so on.

I look forward to the "What, you don't have [XYZ Artist] on your list? God is dead and your life is sham!" comments every year. Tell me what you loved in 2014.

1. FKA twigs, "LP1"
2. Young Fathers, "Dead"
3. Aphex Twin, "Syro" Warp
4. Perfect Pussy, "Say Yes To Love"
5. Run The Jewels, "RTJ2"
6. Sylvan Esso, "Sylvan Esso"
7. Sturgill Simpson, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music"
8. Flying Lotus, "You're Dead"
9. Godflesh, "A World Lit Only By Fire"
10. My Brightest Diamond, "This Is My Hand"
11. D'Angelo, "Black Messiah"
12. Statik Selektah, "What Goes Around"
13. YOB, "Clearing the Path to Ascend"
14. Tinashe, "Aquarius"
15. Parquet Courts, "Sunbathing Animal"
16. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, "Piñata"
17. Jessie Ware, "Tough Love"
18. Luluc, "Passerby"
19. Frankie Cosmos, "Zentropy"
20. Clark, "Clark"
21. Moodymann, "Moodymann"
22. Kelis, "Food"
23. Swans, "To Be Kind"
24. East India Youth, "Total Strife Forever"
25. MØ, "No Mythologies to Follow"
26. Caribou, "Our Love"
27. Beyonce, "Beyonce"
28. The Phantom Band, "Strange Friend"
29. Schoolboy Q, "Oxymoron"
30. Shellac, "Dude Incredible"
31. Miranda Lambert, "Platinum"
32. St. Vincent, "St. Vincent"
33. Vince Staples, "Hell Can Wait"
34. Asgeir, "In the Silence"
35. Future, "Honest"
36. The War on Drugs, "Lost in the Dream"
37. Hozier, "Hozier"
38. Hurray for the Riff Raff, "Small Town Heroes"
39. Charli XCX, "Sucker"
40. J. Cole, "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
41. Angel Olsen, "Burn Your Fire For No Witness"
42. Ex Hex, "Rips"
43. Pharrell, "G I R L"
44. Eyehategod, "Eyehategod"
45. Mr. Gnome, "The Heart of a Dark Star"
46. Perfume Genius, "Too Bright"
47. Steve Dawson, "Rattlesnake Cage"
48. Ought, "More Than Any Other Day"
49. Beck, "Morning Phase"
50. Prince, "Art Official Age"

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Morcheeba, Fall On Your Sword combine for new Christmas song: Exclusive

Morcheeba, Fall On Your Sword combine for new Christmas song: Exclusive

Will Bates and Skye Edwards prep 'White Christmas' for charity

Want to hear Skye Edwards of Morcheeba sing "White Christmas" with electronic/movie music producer Fall On Your Sword? How about for charity?

FoYS has prepped the release of its annual Christmas single, and HitFix has the exclusive first-listen. Proceeds from the sales go toward The Ralph Bates Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, founded by FoYS mastermind Will Bates.

“We wanted to create a really lush and dreamy rendition of ‘White Christmas’ and Skye just has the perfect voice for this. I’m so thrilled that she was able to do it," Bates said in a statement. "When I said it was in aid of my dad’s cancer charity, she didn’t even hesitate. “

Check out a portion of "White Christmas" below and use your imagination for the B-side -- a rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" co-created with horror director Larry Fessenden ("Last Winter," "ABCs of Death").

"White Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" are on sale now via iTunes.

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Good news, Modest Mouse fans: First new album in 8 years en route

Good news, Modest Mouse fans: First new album in 8 years en route

A first taste of 'Strangers to Ourselves' went out to a select few fans

Modest Mouse has been helping lead music festivals since 2011 without a new album to promote.

It looks like about now is the time they... start promoting an album.

"Strangers to Ourselves" will be out on March and on Dec. 16, the first single "Lampshades on Fire" will hit (virtual) shelves.

And it's that song that the group has actually managed to preview in these past three years as their most recent work. To celebrate, Modest Mouse apparently shipped out vinyl singles of the songs to select fans ahead of Tuesday's release.

"We want you to have this limited test pressing of our new single 'Lampshades On Fire.' The song will be available for purchase tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16," read a typed note that accompanied the single. "'Lampshades on Fire' is the first single from our new album Strangers to Ourselves, which will be released on Tuesday, March 3, 2015." The single is also set to hit radio December 15th.

 

Modest Mouse's last LP was "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," which yielded them their first No. 1 set on the Billboard 200. It was led by the single "Dashboard," and boasted Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr as a member of the band. No word yet if Marr's on for this one, nor if there's another concept behind the set. The band did, however, post what could be the album or single artwork to their instagram account, below. Looks cold, creepy, delightful. PERFECT.

 

 

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Early 2015 Grammy nominees revealed
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Early 2015 Grammy nominees revealed

Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Sia, Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus and more

The bulk of the Grammy nominees for the 2015 awards will be revealed over the course of five-and-a-half-hours today, before an hour will be devoted to the Album Of The Year reveal during a Grammys Christmas special tonight.

For all the categories that aren't revealed on "CBS This Morning," The Recording Academy has tapped into the Twitter accounts of popular artists and music personalities to glacially reveal many of the other nominees throughout the morning and early afternoon. At 2 p.m. EST, the curtain will be raised on 82 of the 83 categories on Grammy.com. And at 9 p.m. EST, "A Very Grammy Christmas" will feature that final honor's nods.

Yeah. We don't know why it has to be this way, either.

Regardless, here are the early nominees:

Record Of The Year
Iggy Azalea, "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX
Sia, "Chandelier"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"

Song of the Year
Sia, "Chandelier"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
Hozier, "Take Me To Church"

Best New Artist
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
HAIM
Brandy Clark

Best Rap Performance
Childish Gambino, "3005"
Drake, "0 to 100 / The Catch Up"
Eminem "Rap God"
Kendrick Lamar "i"
Lecrae "All I Need Is You"

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Jhene Aiko, "Sail Out"
Beyonce, "Beyonce"
Chris Brown, "X"
Mali Music, "Mali Is..."
Pharrell Williams, "GIRL"

Best Country Album
Dierks Bentley, "Riser"
Eric Church, "The Outsiders"
Brandy Clark, "12 Stories"
Miranda Lambert, "Platinum"
Lee Ann Womack, "The Way I'm Livin'"

Best Country Song
Kenny Chesney, "American Kids"
Miranda Lambert, "Automatic"
Eric Church, "Give Me Back My Hometown"
Glen Campbell, "I'm Not Going To Miss You"
Tim McGraw, "Meanwhile Back At Mama's"

Best Americana Album
Roseanne Cash, "The River & The Thread"
John Hiatt, "Terms of My Surrender"
Keb' Mo', "BluesAmericana"
Nickel Creek, "A Dotted Line"
Sturgill Simpson, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music"

Best Pop Vocal Album
Coldplay, "Ghost Stories"
Miley Cyrus, "Bangerz"
Ariana Grande, "My Everything"
Katy Perry, "Prism"
Ed Sheeran, "X"
Sam Smith, "In the Lonely Hour"

Best Pop Solo Performance
John Legend, "All Of Me"
Sia, "Chandelier"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

Best Traditional Pop Album
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, "Cheek to Cheek"
Annie Lennox, "Nostalgia"
Barry Manilow, "Night Songs"
Johnny Mathis, "Sending You a Little Christmas"
Barbra Streisand, "Partners"

Best Rock Song
Paramore, "Ain't It Fun"
Beck, "Blue Moon"
The Black Keys, "Fever"
Ryan Adams, "Gimme Something Good"
Jack White, "Lazaretto"

Best Rock Album
Beck, "Morning Phase"
Ryan Adams, "Ryan Adams"
The Black Keys, "Turn Blue"
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, "Hypnotic Eye"
U2, "Songs of Innocence"

Best Alternative Music Album
alt-J, "This Is All Yours"
Arcade Fire, "Reflektor"
Cage the Elephant, "Melophobia"
St. Vincent, "St. Vincent"
Jack White, "Lazaretto"

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, ""Fly Rasta"
Lee "Scratch" Perry, "Back on the Controls"
Sean Paul, "Full Frequency"
Shaggy, "Out of Many, One Music"
Sly & Robbie & Spice Chocolate, "The Reggae Power"
Soja, "Amid the Noise and the Haste"

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Happy holidays a lucky R.E.M. fan: Enter our contest, win this new 7" box set

Happy holidays a lucky R.E.M. fan: Enter our contest, win this new 7" box set

Vinyl fans, come on in!

Are you a big R.E.M. fan? Is one of your loved ones an R.E.M. fan? Is your arch nemesis an R.E.M. fan and by proxy you can become an R.E.M. fan just to spite them?

Then this contest is for you: HitFix is giving away a special prize this holiday season.

R.E.M.'s new vinyl singles boxed set, "7IN – 83-88" (Capitol/I.R.S.), will be out next Tuesday, and we have one box to give away!

The set contains 11 7" records of singles released by the Athens, Ga.-bred band from 1983 to 1988, with replicated sleeve art. It includes a couple of titles never-before released in the U.S.: “Finest Worksong” / “Time After Time” (live) and “Wendell Gee” with “Crazy,” “Ages of You,” and “Burning Down," originally out in the U.K.

We will choose one winner at random from those who enter the contest below, with the contest ending on release day, Dec. 9.

HitFix is giving away an R.E.M. Box Set with 11 7" Vinyl Singles! in HitFix Contests on LockerDome

Here are the singles included in R.E.M.'s "7IN – 83-88":

“Radio Free Europe” / “There She Goes Again”
“So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” / “King of the Road”
“(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” / “Catapult” (Live)
“Can’t Get There From Here” / “Bandwagon”
“Driver 8” / “Crazy”
“Wendell G” / “Crazy” + “Ages of You” / “Burning Down” [U.K. double-pack, previously unreleased on vinyl in U.S.]
“Fall On Me” / “Rotary Ten”
“Superman” / “White Tornado”
“The One I Love” / “Maps and Legends” (Live)
“Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” / “Last Date”
“Finest Worksong” / “Time After Time” (Live) [U.K. single, previously unreleased on vinyl in U.S.]

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Frank Ocean releases rough of gorgeous new song 'memrise'
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Frank Ocean releases rough of gorgeous new song 'memrise'

R&B star wants you to know he hasn't forgotten about your needs

For fans of Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange," the wait's been excruciating. The R&B star has been pretty quiet in the two years following the release of that breakthrough album, with a couple guest appearances like on Beyonce and John Mayer's album, and the drop of "Hero" with members of the Clash and Diplo for the Converse series Three Artists One Song series. In April he said the new, as-yet-untitled album was almost done.

Just in time for slow Black Friday perusing, Ocean has released a rough clip of a song called "memrise" on his tumblr. Who knows if it makes the final cut -- and it undoubtedly won't be released with the space-bar-play at the beginning -- but you get the idea. Good lines in this one. Lyrics below.

 

 

I memorized the wayward expressions
Never look down
Never let you see me down
I memorized the way no directions
Can I come over now
I’d like to stay a little while
I memorized your body exposed
I could fuck you all night long
From a memory alone

I never forget a face
Don’t go plastic on me
Nothing’s set in stone
You’re not dipped in gold
Dipped in gold
You can’t breathe if you’re dipped in gold
You are not on paper
You are not a copy
You’re so, you’re so..so thick, so thick

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