<p>He can hear you: &quot;Rumour Has It&quot; that Ryan Tedder won a Grammy</p>

He can hear you: "Rumour Has It" that Ryan Tedder won a Grammy

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Ryan Tedder: Beyonce is working on two projects in 2012

Award-winning songwriter and producer says conversation on diva’s next move ‘litererally just happened’

LOS ANGELES -- Much like Adele, said Ryan Tedder, Beyonce “steers the ship.” And the award-winning producer/songwriter has some idea of just where that ship is going.

Tedder was speaking with press at the 2012 Grammy Awards after picking up an honor for contributing to Adele’s Album of the Year, “21,” and his nomination for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Asked what his next projects were for 2012, he said that B.o.B.’s next single would be out this week, and he’s had his hands on music for K’Naan, Gavin Degraw and some “Beyonce stuff.”
 
He said it goes “without saying” that Bey’s work will have some reflection on her newborn child Blue Ivy, but that “the conversations about her next album literally just happened.”
 
“You feed her the best that you have. She’s just a phenomenal filter… she can identify what the next thing is,” Tedder said of the “Party” girl, noting that she has “two projects happening” this year. “You just let her go.”
 
Tedder went on to describe witnessing the moment when Adele’s vocal cords gave out during her Denver concert last year, and the gutted feeling he had when she was forced to cancel her remaining tour dates. He was very proud of the way the British singer bounced back for tonight’s performance, and felt that “one billion percent” of the reason that radio, the Grammys and just about everybody else has reacted to “21” the way they have is because of it’s “real music” appeal.
 
He explained his method of scanning the U.K. and U.S. hits charts once a week, taking note of how few artists are actually performing on instruments, or singing pop from a laptop.
 
“There’s not going to be a bunch of Adeles,” he warned, though labels may still try to push similar artists. “Any time the pendulum swings, it’s looking for one thing -- one artist, one song -- to swing it all the way to the other direction. I love Deadmau5 and Max Martin. [But] I like to see actual instrumentation, less laptop hits.”
 
The organic process behind his work with Adele sometimes started with just an instrument and a conversation. For “Rumour Has It,” Tedder said he was playing around with a Radiohead riff, and Adele was explaining some of her frustrations with tabloids and gossip, literally using the phrase, “’Rumor has it that Adele…’”
 
“When I handed the songs in, I said that this is the least radio stuff I’ve ever done,” he said, expressing his shock that radio took to his contributions “Rumour Has It” and “Turning Tables” so fervently. “This is my favorite stuff I’ve done.”

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<p>Tony Bennett at the Grammy Awards pre-show</p>

Tony Bennett at the Grammy Awards pre-show

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Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse's family reflect on loss at Grammys pre-show

Mitch Winehouse name-checks Whitney Houston and Etta James in rememberence

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Bennett's win was a reminder of loss for Mitch and Janis Winehouse.

The parents of late singer Amy Winehouse took to the stage with the legendary singer as he accepted his award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, earned for his performance with Winehouse on classic "Body and Soul." The presentation came during the 54th annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast show, for honors not given during the Staples Center ceremony.

Bennett -- a 16-time award winner -- graciously handed the mic over to Mitch and Janis for the majority of the allotted speech time. From here, Mitch kept it together in accepting the award on his daughter's behalf, with a little choke behind his voice.

"I can't tell you what it was like. It was like lift-off. Tony's collaboration meant so much to her," he said, speaking of "Body and Soul." "And she was so excited, because it was my favorite song. I said 'Do you know the words, darlin'?' She said 'You've been singing that song to me for 25 years, of course I know the words."

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<p>Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl during Grammys pre-show</p>

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl during Grammys pre-show

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Skrillex shocked with 3 wins, Foo Fighters have fun with 4 at Grammys pre-show

Kanye West, Adele are no-shows for 3 and 2, respectivley; Civil Wars, Taylor Swift pick up theirs

LOS ANGELES -- The parade of wins for Adele at the 54th annual Grammy Awards has begun, but Skrillex is absolutely reeling from his, even if it stops at these first three.

Skrillex -- real name Sonny Moore -- kept popping back up on the stage with utter excitement during the 2012 awards pre-telecast show, which featured the handing-out of the genre categories not covered by main telecast. The electronica artist/DJ picked up Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Dance Recording for "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" and its title track, respectively, on top of Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for the song "Cinema" (in conjunction with Benny Benassi).

The first time up, Moore thanked the EDM communtiy (spurring many adults to Google the term "EDM").

"All the boats rise at the water," he said, referring to electronic music. He described making his album in illegal warehouse space in L.A., smiling as his straight black hair bounded away from the shaved side of his head, black glasses matching the rest of his all-black-everything of his outfit.

The Foo Fighters were smiling a lot too and -- at four awards -- it was just getting funny.

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<p>Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks in &quot;Sparkle&quot;</p>

Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks in "Sparkle"

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Whitney Houston spoke of race, motherhood, religion for final film ‘Sparkle’

Singer/actress was the biggest loss of many losses for music movie remake

Whitney Houston’s remake of the film “Sparkle” – what has proved to be her final cinematic project – was a personal one. The superstar entertainer served as executive producer, headed up the soundtrack and starred in the musical movie. Those roles were a culmination of her long, legendary career, but her lead character Emma was developed to be, in part, an autobiographical reflection on Houston herself. She said as much. 

The 48-year-old singer/actress was looking good – really good, actually -- when, three months ago, she breezed through the double doors of a Detroit church’s social hall, wearing all white. It was an appropriate setting for her interview with a handful of us journalists: the role of religion was injected into the updated script, which bumped up the story’s time period from the late ‘50s to 1968. Christianity and gospel music was added to inform the tale of a single-parent, African-American family of three gifted daughters who start a girl group during the height of Detroit’s musical influence and racial turmoil in America.
 
“It is presenting African-Americans in a beautiful light. Everybody on camera is just beautiful, and we’re smart and we’re educated and we’re dealing with our time of civil unrest. And raising children at that time as a single parent at that time must have been…” Houston took a hand to her brow. “Phew. That’s why I put church in it, because it’s a foundation. In my life I know -- and anybody who was raised in the church or the gospel or the Word -- that’s exciting, that’s what makes… everybody be able to feel it.”
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<p>Damon Albarn at Glastonbury in 2010</p>

Damon Albarn at Glastonbury in 2010

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Damon Albarn digest: Gorillaz track with James Murphy, supergroup with Flea, new Blur

Blur playing the Brits this month, LCD Soundsystem's frontman steps out for shoes

As per usual, songwriter and megamind Damon Albarn is busy. He's got work with three different projects: Gorillaz featuring LCD Soundsystem's former frontman, a new supergroup with Flea and, if we're lucky, a new Blur album.

His cartoon band has been tapped for Converse's next Three Artists. One Song project, featuring one-half of Outkast -- Andre 3000 -- and recent LCD Soundsystem retiree James Murphy. "DoYaThing" will be a free download through the shoe company's website starting Feb. 23, and Gorillaz will be taking to the stage to celebrate with a show on Feb. 15 at the 100 Club in London. The band's resident artist and co-founder Jamie Hewlett will have his hands all over a new Converse design for the company's Spring 2012 collection.

Gorillaz released "Singles Collection: 2001-2011" in November. Murphy put an end to that pesky Soundsystem last year and promoted the finale show documentary "Shut Up and Play the Hits" at Sundance this January. Andre showed up on tracks like Beyonce's "Party" last year and is threatening a long-awaited solo album for this year.

Meanwhile, Albarn has joined forces with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and The Good, The Bad And The Queen drummer Tony Allen for a new rock act Rocketjuice And The Moon, and the crew will drop their first, self-titled album on March 26.

R&B singer Erykah Badu, Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, Ghanian rapper M. anifest and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will all feature. Recording began out of Albarn's London studio in 2008. Rocketjuice And The Moon first played live in October, so keep your eyes peeled for more live shows, once Flea's finally had his chance to hit the road with that other band.

And -- this isn't from the Gorillaz' mouth -- but Blur may be about ready for some more action in 2012. Graham Coxon told the Daily Record "there will definitely be another Blur album." The band is rehearsing soon for their performance at this month's Brit Awards (Feb. 21) and plan to get started on some new material.

"2009 was an amazing healing experience for us. We were really swept away with it and got a lot out of our systems," he said. "Eventually, even if things aren’t around the corner, Blur will do more recordings together. We all love each other and still like making music so that’s not a bad start."

Coxon's on top of a new solo record "A+E." Blur reunited in 2009 for a series of shows in the U.K. They last released "Think Tank" in 2003.

Albarn worked on collaborative effort DRC Music last year, pumped out an opera and apparently totally loves to work, always.

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Watch: Kanye West and Jay Z trigger seizures with new video 'N***** in Paris'

Watch: Kanye West and Jay Z trigger seizures with new video 'N***** in Paris'

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Kanye West and Jay Z's latest video, for the new "Watch the Throne" single "N***** in Paris" comes with a seizure warning in front of it. And they're not kidding. 

Electrifying as it is, the clip is a non-stop torrent of flashing lights and kaleidoscopic effects, as the duo perform the hit song on stage in front of tens of thousands of rabid fans (most of whom look like runway models, apparently).

Directed by West himself, the video is comprised of live footage shot at the duo's multi-night stand at L.A.'s Staples Center this summer. If you missed the colossal rappers on tour together, this may be your only chance to see an approximation of their live abilities. 

There are also some black panthers, gothic architecture (Notre Dame may be the only representation of the French capital) and even a Will Ferrell cameo (in the form of a "Blades of Glory" clip), but mostly it's like watching "Tron: Legacy" in fast-forward. It puts Kanye's hyperactive, "Akira"-meets-Daft Punk video for "Stronger" to shame. West's video for "All of the Lights" also had a similar warning about seizures. Seems like kind of a weird trademark for a performer (even in the post-MTV age), but it works well with the thumping, relentlessly catchy "Paris."

Twitter-happy Kanye's previous album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" is up for just about every Grammy there is. 

Dat sh*t indeed cray: 


Jay-Z & Kanye West - Niggas In Paris from Dj Wiplash on Vimeo.


What do you think of the video? Grade it at the top of the story.

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<p>Rick Ross</p>

Rick Ross

Today in New Music Videos: Rick Ross, Cee Lo, Jill Scott and Sam Sparro

The Constellations get 'Murdered,' Ladyhawke nods to 'Laura Mars'

Check out new music videos from Rick Ross, Pharoahe Monch and Jill Scott, The Constellations with Cee Lo, Ladyhawke and Sam Sparro.

Contrary to popular opinion, Rihanna has not cornered the market on "yellow diamonds." America's favorite former corrections officer Rick Ross has unveiled his drug dealing fantasies in "Yella Diamonds," another cut off of oft-delayed "God Forgives, I Don't." I thought I told that man to keep off his feet.

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Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós announces first live show in four years: more to come?

Icelandic band headlining Bestival in England

Sigur Ros has made first contact in terms of a new tour today, as they announce they'll be headlining the Bestival festival in England this summer and plan to hit the road in 2012.

The Icelandic dream-rockers will head to the Isle of Wight for a Sept. 9 show, confirming their first live performance in four years. And, apparently, "their only show in the UK in 2012."

"We’ll be announcing more tour dates soon – sign up to our mailing list to get the news first," the band posted on their site.

The band was last out to support 2008's "Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust," though they released a new film last year, "Inni," which was just lovely. Not quite as lovely as 2007's "Heima," which is practically experiential in illustrating the power of Sigur Ros' live show. I was taken with Jonsi's solo stint in support of "Go" two years ago, and I imagine that this forthcoming 2012 tour will have the same stunning visual clout, particularly as it seems Sigur Ros' fandom continues to grow through exposure in television and movie placements, like in Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo."

The Cure, Bjork and PJ Harvey headed up Bestival last year.

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<p>Daft Punk</p>

Daft Punk

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Daft Punk teams with Chic's Nile Rodgers for new material

Upcoming album will be the duo's first since 2005

The enigmatic electronic duo Daft Punk are reportedly ready to make some long-overdue new music, and will be working with the funkiest of the funky to make it happen. The twosome are teaming with Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers on an upcoming album.

Known for crushing the dancefloor (and epic live shows) with their hits "One More Time," "Digital Love" and the Kanye-friendly "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," the pioneering Frenchies (human names: Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) haven't released a proper studio album since 2005's "Human After All," although they scored the 2010 film "Tron: Legacy."

Rodgers told Daft Punk fan site Fasterlouder.com, "We were just jamming at my house, but it’s gonna be proper and real... They came over to my today around breakfast time and it's now evening. I basically had to almost kick them out. We were having so much fun just in an informal setting that we decided to make it formal. And it's very formal. It's gonna be amazing."

Perhaps best known for "Le Freak," Chic's "Good Times" was borrowed by Daft Punk for their hit "Around the World."

Rodgers has previously helped such musical titans as Madonna and David Bowi get in touch with their disco-R&B side, and seems like a match made in dancefloor heaven. He is also a guest on Adam Lambert's upcoming album.

Are you excited to hear the collaboration?

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<p>Dan Auerbach</p>

Dan Auerbach

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Today in New Music Videos: Black Keys, St. Vincent, Band of Skulls and Niki & the Dove

Annie Clark's a china doll, the Black Keys rock New York

Here's a rundown of some standout videos and tracks for the day, from Black Keys, St. Vincent, Niki & the Dove and Band of Skulls.

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys hasn't just been hard at work on Dr. John's next album. He and Patrick Carney have been rocking audiences in support of latest "El Camino" in the last few months, with the below footage culled from a raucous set in New York. I find the setting disagreeable -- Webster Hall isn't even near one of the best venues in the city -- but the lights do a lot of doctoring Webster's walls for this vibrant scene.

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