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Janelle Monae lets her hair down in new video for 'Dance Apocalyptic'

She's partying like it's 2099 in the stylish clip

Janelle Monae lets her hair down in new video for 'Dance Apocalyptic'

Janelle Monae lets her hair down, literally, in the video for “Dance Apocalyptic,” the new track from her Sept. 10 release, “The Electric Lady.” 

She sheds her usual top-knot/up-do because if you can’t let loose when the end of the world is coming, well, when can you? With her tresses down and dressed in a white outfit that’s much funkier and less formal than her normal black and white get-up, she boogies her way through the impending end days with her all female band, as she cavorts to the jumpin', jivin' tune. Think she's not powerful? Think again. As the emcee warns us, she's so powerful, she knocked a man out with her eyelashes.

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Listen: Beck's new song 'I Won't Be Long'

It's a spacey, melodic jam for July

Listen: Beck's new song 'I Won't Be Long'

Beck’s promises “I Won’t Be Long” on his spacey, melodic new single, released today. The track, which has a funky, electronic break down, follows “Defriended," which Beck released in early June.

“Long” focuses more on atmospherics and feel rather than lyrical depth. Most of the lyrics are “I won’t be long,” repeated over and over, and then “Oh so silently we go,” over a steady drum beat and a fuzzy guitar.

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 Though more approachable and inviting than “Defriended"( i.e.: it doesn't sound like it was recorded underwater),  “Long” definitely sounds like it could have been recorded in the same session as both share an affinity for electronics. Similarly to "Defriended," “I Won’t Be Long” is also a stand-alone single that won’t be on an album, but is available as a limited edition 12” vinyl that also features a 14:49 extended mix.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t a new album coming from Beck, who last released a full album in 2008 with “Modern Guilt.”  As we previously reported, Beck is working on two acoustic albums, the first of which will be out this fall.


Watch: Phoenix's new video for 'Trying To Be Cool'

See Thomas Mars ruin a kid's day

Watch: Phoenix's new video for 'Trying To Be Cool'

As the thermometer heats up, Phoenix is just “Trying To Be Cool” in its new video for the second single from “Bankrupt.”

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Music Power Rankings: Lady Gaga and Kanye West battle for the top spot

Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber make this week's list too

<p>Justin Bieber in concert in Vegas</p>

Justin Bieber in concert in Vegas

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1. Lady Gaga: She’s ranked the top music figure on Forbes’ Celebrity 100, coming in at No. 2 on the overall list behind the great and glorious Oprah Winfrey, and ahead of Beyonce and Madonna.

2. Kanye West: He barely beats J. Cole to the top spot on the Billboard 200, but he does, because, as he’s let us know, he’s God.

3. Mariah Carey: She indefinitely pushes back the release of her much-delayed new album, the ironically titled “The Art Of Letting Go.”

4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The duo’s same-sex marriage anthem, “Same Love,” zooms into the top ten on iTunes following the SCOTUS decision to overturn DOMA (see our story here).

5. Justin Bieber: A paparazzo sues Biebs for alleged assault. Next time, Bieber will make sure to have his monkey do the dirty work.

6. Tupac Shakur: A musical inspired by his tunes is potentially headed to the Great White Way: “All Eyez on Broadway.”

7. Neil Diamond: He records a charity song for Boston with proceeds going to the Boston One Fund and Wounded Warriors Project. Good times never felt so good, good, good, good.

8. Will.i.Am: He sues Pharrell over trademark infringement. He’s just jealous that Pharell is the first artist to have the No. 1 and No. 2 song on the Billboard 200 at the same times since the Black Eyed Peas did it.

9. Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland: One of the creators of the modern-soul sound, joins his fellow music pioneer Sam Cooke in the sky.

10. Alan Myers: The Devo drummer is whipping it good in heaven now.

Will Kanye West's 'Yeezus' make it two week's atop the Billboard 200?

Not if Wale has his way

Will Kanye West's 'Yeezus' make it two week's atop the Billboard 200?
Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

Rapper Wale will have the No. 1 album on next week’s Billboard 200 as “Gifted” will make his first foray to the top, selling up to 150,000 copies. With Kanye West sitting atop the chart this week, that makes it two weeks in a row for rap music at the pinnacle.

Watch lyrics float by in Britney Spears' lyric video for 'Ooh La La' from 'Smurfs 2'

Sometimes a lyric video really is just a lyric video

<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears


Sometimes a banana is just a banana and sometimes a lyric video is just a lyric video. Such is the case with Britney Spears’ lyric video for “Ooh La La,” her song for “Smurfs 2.”

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Is Kanye West planning a 'Yeezus: Vol. 2?'

Producer Rick Rubin says 'maybe so'

<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

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Could “Yeezus, The Sequel” be on the way?

“Maybe so,” Rick Rubin told The Daily Beast. The producer  was brought in at the last minute to tighten up Kanye West’s new album, which tops the Billboard 200 this week.

Rubin spent two weeks on the album, working 15-hour days, in an effort to get the LP in shape as the deadline loomed. “To me it seemed impossible what he was asking,” Rubin said. “I panicked the whole time.”

One of the first decisions was to cut the 16 songs down to 10, leading to the possibility of releasing a second half, similar to how Justin Timberlake will release a second volume of music for “The 20/20 Experience” this fall.

Rubin says he spent most of his time stripping away from the tracks, instead of building them up. West’s direction was “instead of adding stuff, try taking stuff away.”


Listen: Beyonce's 'Standing On The Sun'; the full recorded version

The latest in a very odd game plan



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We truly believe that at some point we will get an actual Beyonce single and a full fifth album, but in the meantime, Bey and her hive seem perfectly content to let little dibs and drabs of awesomeness from the forthcoming set leak out.

Today, we got the latest bit of what could be the full version of “Standing on the Sun.” The Island-tinged, summer tune first surfaced through an H&M commercial that previewed the tune, and then we posted a live version a few weeks ago. Now we get the entire recorded version of the  Sia-penned song, produced by Greg Kurstin.

So is all this spillage whetting your appetite or just death by a thousand paper cuts?


Justin Timberlake and Marcus Mumford on 'Inside Llewyn Davis' soundtrack

Bob Dylan and Carey Mulligan also on album produced by Coen Bros. and Burnett

<p>Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in 'Inside Llewyn Davis.'</p>

Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in 'Inside Llewyn Davis.'

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Justin Timberlake, Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford, and Chris Thile all appear on the soundtrack for the Coen Bros.‘  “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Out Sept. 17, via Nonesuch Records, the 14-song compilation includes songs written specifically for and performed in the movie, as well as existing songs by such folkies as Dave Van Ronk to round out the story of a folk singer making his way in the nascent folk scene in Greenwich Village in the early ‘60s.

The movie, which stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Timberlake, won the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Film Festival. It opens in the U.S. on Dec. 6.

T Bone Burnett, who produced the soundtrack along with the Joel and Ethan Coen, told HitFix at Cannes that there will be a “series of shows” featuring music from the movie, but stopped short of calling it a full-blown tour.

Below is the "Inside Llewyn Davis' soundtrack listing

"Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" (Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett) – Oscar Isaac
"Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" (Traditional; Arranged by Marcus Mumford, Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett) – Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac
"The Last Thing on My Mind" (Tom Paxton) – Stark Sands with Punch Brothers
"Five Hundred Miles" (Hedy West) – Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Stark Sands
"Please Mr. Kennedy" (Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) – Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver
"Green, Green Rocky Road" (Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman) – Oscar Isaac
"The Death of Queen Jane" (Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett) – Oscar Isaac
"The Roving Gambler" (Traditional) – John Cohen with the Down Hill Strugglers
"The Shoals of Herring" (Ewan MacColl) – Oscar Isaac with Punch Brothers
"The Auld Triangle" (Brendan Behan) – Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake and Gabe Witcher
"The Storms Are on the Ocean" (A.P. Carter) – Nancy Blake
"Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song) (Traditional; Arranged by Oscar Isaac) – Oscar Isaac
"Farewell" (Bob Dylan) – Bob Dylan
"Green, Green Rocky Road" (Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman) – Dave Van Ronk


Jay-Z collaborates with Frank Ocean on 'Oceans'; is a free concert in the works?

Jay-Z releases lyrics to another tune on 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

Jay-Z collaborates with Frank Ocean on 'Oceans'; is a free concert in the works?
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It would only make perfect sense that Jay-Z and Frank Ocean would unite for a song called “Oceans.” What did you expect them to call it? Z?

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