Eminem Shares Career-Spanning ‘Shady Classics’ Mixtape

November 22, 2014 Music

Eminem's Shady XV compilation, which collects two discs worth of music to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Shady Records, is out on November 24th, but the set's 28 songs isn't enough to fully tell the story of the rapper's label. Eminem has remedied that by releasing a free mixtape called Shady Classics, a 66-song collection curated by DJ Whoo Kid.



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Shady Classics gathers the best of what's not on the Best Of, from loose Eminem freestyles and featured verses to D12 cuts and over a dozen 50 Cent recordings. Among the highlights on the mixtape are Eminem's guest spot on Dr. Dre's "Say What You Say," D12's "Devil's Night" and the clever juxtaposition of both Eminem and 50 Cent's versions of "Wanksta." Stream or download Shady

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Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Gets Spinoff TV Show

November 22, 2014 Music

One of the most beloved routines from Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show reign is about to get its own television show: Lip Sync Battle, based on those ridiculous competitions that pit the late night host up against celebrities to see who can pantomime pop songs better, will head to Spike TV in 2015. Fallon and actors John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant, a pair of lip sync vets, will executive produce the show as well as appear and "perform" on occasion.



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The "lip sync battle" was a game that Merchant created with Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt. Krasinski first battled Fallon back when the host was still on Late Night, but the competition really hit its stride when the host had an

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Weekend Rock Question: What’s Leonard Cohen’s Best Song?

November 21, 2014 Music

Leonard Cohen turned 80 earlier this year, and he celebrated by releasing his new album Popular Problems. It's quite possibly the best LP ever created by an octogenarian, and next month he's releasing the CD/DVD Live In Dublin. There's no word on future tour dates, but we're all hoping he's going to go back on the road in 2015.



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Now we have a question for you: What is Leonard Cohen's single greatest song? Feel free to vote for a 1960s classic like "Suzanne" or "Bird on a Wire," a 1980s comeback tune like "I'm Your Man" or "Tower of Song" or something more recent like "Almost Like the Blues" or "Going' Home." (You can also be super obvious and vote for "Hallelujah.") Vote for whatever song you

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Dustin Lynch Shares Career Trepidation, Centers Himself With Garth

November 21, 2014 Music

When Dustin Lynch first arrived on the scene, he did so brilliantly, busting out of the gate with the single "Cowboys and Angels." The ballad peaked just shy of the top spot at Number Two, a good sign for anyone that a prosperous career was looming. But Lynch, a Tennessee native, still didn't feel comfortable. The idea of being a one-hit wonder plagued him.



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"In the past, I was a little bit worried about the future," Lynch admits to Rolling Stone Country.


Now, however, the Broken Bow Records artist says he's more relaxed when it comes to longevity and credits that peace of mind to his first-ever Number One single "Where It's At (Yep, Yep)."


"I'm having more fun these past four months than I

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Amy Adams’ Long-Delayed Janis Joplin Biopic Moves Forward

November 21, 2014 Music

A long-in-the-works biopic, Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can, will begin shooting in mid 2015 with Amy Adams starring as the singer. Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée will helm the picture, according to Deadline. Ron Terry, who previously executive produced a TV movie about Jimi Hendrix in 2000, and Teresa Kounin Terry wrote the script.



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Rolling Stone first reported Adams' role in the movie in 2010, when the film was to be directed by City of God director Fernando Meirelles. At the time, it was supposed to go into production in 2011. Indiewire reports that Lee Daniels has also previously been attached to direct the movie.


Get It While You Can is one of many Joplin

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Carrie Underwood Describes Somber Song ‘Little Toy Guns’

November 21, 2014 Music

The only song on Carrie Underwood's Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album that fans have not yet heard is "Little Toy Guns," which sounds like it could be the prequel to her 2012 hit, "Blown Away." Though she's keeping it under lock and key until her new compilation's December 9th release date, the pregnant star hints that the new tune drives home a message about how not to raise a child.



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"There's a little girl and she hears her parents fighting, as unfortunately a lot of kids do," she says of the lyrics (as reported by The Country Vibe). "So it's basically her saying, 'I wish their words weren't real. I wish they were like little toy guns and they didn't hurt you.'"


Tearjerking lyrics, but with an

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UNICEF Launches John Lennon–Inspired #IMAGINE Campaign

November 21, 2014 Music

UNICEF has launched a new campaign, #IMAGINE, to draw attention to the challenges children face around the world and help raise money for the organization. Yoko Ono,  Hugh Jackman and ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus presented it to the UN General Assembly at the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20th. 



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The campaign launch included a video of John Lennon's "Imagine" that featured cameos by more than 100 people, including musicians, actors, celebrities, sports figures, dignitaries and children's choirs. Among them were Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Courteney Cox and Lance Bass singing the song alongside clips of Lennon performing

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Watch Willie Nelson Duet With Sister Bobbie on ‘Who’ll Buy My Memories?’

November 21, 2014 Music

When federal agents raided Willie Nelson's home on November 9, 1990, they weren't looking for drugs. Instead, the feds were intent on seizing most of Nelson's worldly possessions — including his recording studio, instruments, memorabilia and more than 20 properties in four different states — to help pay off the whopping $16.7 million he'd racked up in back taxes and penalties. The only thing they didn't get was Trigger, Nelson's favorite guitar, which had been spirited away from the home several days earlier by his daughter, Lana. 



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Nelson wound up using Trigger — and nothing else — to record his next album, The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?, an acoustic collection of new songs and

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Frankie Ballard Revels in Number One Success of ‘Sunshine & Whiskey’

November 21, 2014 Music

This week, Frankie Ballard has the Number One song on Billboard's Country Airplay chart with "Sunshine & Whiskey," the title track from his second album, which also contains his first chart-topper, "Helluva Life." The singer-guitarist's self-titled 2011 debut, however, didn't fare as well, with its two singles unable to crack the Top 20. Ballard credits a total immersion in the recording process for Sunshine & Whiskey with helping the LP over the hump.



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"I poured as much of myself into this album as I could. I played as many instruments as I could, and wrenched and wrenched. I experimented and I think it came out sounding like me. Which thankfully is something that people want to hear," Ballard recently told

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Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX, One Direction to Play ‘SNL’ Next Month

November 21, 2014 Music

Saturday Night Live has announced the musical guests and hosts who will appear on the show throughout the rest of 2014. Nicki Minaj will perform on the December 6th episode with host James Franco, Charli XCX will make her SNL debut on the December 13th with host Martin Freeman, and One Direction will grace the stage on December 20th with host Amy Adams.



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Minaj will be promoting her upcoming third studio album, The Pinkprint, which hits shelves on December 15th. Franco, in his third SNL hosting role, will be plugging his role in the new comedy The Interview, which co-stars longtime collaborator Seth Rogen and comes out on

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