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The Toughest Song We Wrote: Disclosure on the Year They Spent Getting ‘Echoes’ Just Right

Ahead of the 2016 Grammys, Vulture spoke with a handful of nominees about the songs from their latest albums that were toughest to write. Up next are Disclosure, whose Grammy-nominated 2013 debut album sparked a house revival throughout Europe and, more recently, North America. Their sophomore album, Caracal, nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, saw the brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence refine that retro sound with greater attention to their individual crafts — Howard on his lyrics, and Guy on the duo's production. But sometimes splitting the workload turned out to take much longer than expected, as Guy explains proved to be both a headache and a blessing behind "Echoes."


St. Vincent Made a Sexy, Funky Rolling Stones Cover for Tilda Swinton’s New Movie, As If We Weren’t Already Swooning

St. Vincent and Tilda Swinton? Say no more! Before Tilda plays a gender-ambiguous ancient one in Doctor Strange, she'll play the woman everyone understandably has the hots for in Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, also starring Ralph Fiennes. And in a perfect bit of fanfic come to life, your other crush, St. Vincent, has covered the Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue" for the film's soundtrack. Oh, did we mention Tilda plays a rock star in the movie? Yep, this was meant to be. St. Vincent channels Prince all over this sexy funk scorcher, on which she sings mostly in falsetto. The film's trailer looks like it's set in the midst of a heat wave — now you know what probably caused it.

Dr. Dre Is Starring in a Scripted Apple TV Show About Himself, So There’s Your Straight Outta Compton Sequel

Straight Outta Compton was a helluva film, but man, did it end on a frustrating cliff-hanger. Dr. Dre just walked out on Suge Knight and Death Row! That's it — the film literally ends with him walking out the door. Did he go for a jog? Was he followed? We may never know what happened to Dr. Dre, except — oh wait, we definitely do, because now we know he's a multimillionaire running Apple Music, on top of producing the most successful music biopic of all time. NBD. But just in case you also needed a scripted version of his current life, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he's set to produce and star in Vital Signs, Apple's first scripted-TV series all about Dr. Dre and his emotional state.

And like the depiction of his younger years, it'll leave no sordid detail (except maybe violence against women) untouched: One of the drama's six episodes, filmed this week, reportedly involves "naked extras simulating sex in a mansion" — which coincidentally sounds straight outta a scene from Compton. Music video director Paul Hunter will direct, with Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae reportedly cast alongside Dre. Vital Signs is expected to drop on Apple Music all at once, so in case you missed the flash-forward in Compton's credits, you'll finally learn what became of Andre Young.

Everything You Need to Know About the 2016 Grammys

Ah, the Grammys: The year's best in music that ruled the charts and our Spotify playlists. We've got diss tracks, Hamilton (!), and tons of Kendrick up for awards next week — and it's all set to go down when you least expect it: a Monday. Thanks to a double-holiday weekend, this year, the Grammys have bucked the awards-season tradition of rounding up celebs on a Sunday night and instead opted for their first-ever Monday broadcast. The 58th Grammys will air live from the Staples Center — in all time zones now! — on February 15 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST. Here's your guide to music's biggest night. 


Now You Can Watch Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl National Anthem in High-Res, and You Should Because Presidents’ Day Is Monday, and USA! USA! USA!

Presidents' Day is around the corner, and Lady Gaga has already honored American history with a Super Bowl performance of the National Anthem that was not short on bombast in the air. However, until now, if you wanted to rewatch it, the video would be rough and pixelated — these colors don't pixel. Thankfully, you can now watch Gaga's rendition in high-resolution, like it was intended. Because she didn't keep pointing those blue fingernails at the camera for you not to notice them.

Kanye Has a New G.O.O.D. Friday Song for You, ‘30 Hours,’ Which Is Probably When You Can Expect That Album

Kanye debuted an album yesterday — have you heard? And just like clockwork, he's back to releasing new G.O.O.D. Friday tracks, like it never happened. Next up we have "30 Hours," an Arthur Russell–sampling (!), moody cut about a woman he once drove 30 hours to see, way back when chivalry wasn't dead. (Did Rob Kardashian inspire this?) Anyway, he swears the The Life of Pablo is finished and this song is apparently on it along with a few other new additions — so probably set your countdown to its release at 30 hours.

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Kanye Says It Was Taylor’s Idea to Call Herself a Bitch He Made Famous

During the Yeezy Season 3 (see all the looks from the Yeezy Season 3 show here) show yesterday, Kanye debuted "Famous," which contains the already infamous line: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous." When "Famous" debuted yesterday, TMZ released a report saying that Kanye called Taylor for approval on the lyric, which was a "joke." Taylor's people have denied thistelling the New York Times that Kanye only called to ask Taylor to debut her song on her Twitter account, and that she declined and "cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message." This morning, Kanye took to Twitter to claim that he "did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her," and that he did have a conversation with the singer in advance of the release of The Life of Pablo. Kanye went on to say that "Taylor came up with" the infamous line in "Famous," before launching into a longer spiel about the state of music today. Read it all below:


Listen to Gwen Stefani’s Very Catchy, Very Lovely ‘Make Me Like You’

On the heels of revealing her latest solo album's title and track list, Gwen Stefani dropped her next earworm. The song, titled "Make Me Like You," came late Thursday night as the second single off This Is What the Truth Feels Like. It's a very catchy, very lovely look at the beginning of a new romance. Also, the complications of trust after heartbreak. Also, probably Blake Shelton. "Why'd you have to go and make me like you? / Yeah this is a feeling I'm not used to," Stefani sings. "I'm so mad at you cause now you got me missing you / Cause now you got me missing you." Consequently, the tune's pop-y charm might take you back to the fifth grade. Or it might make you reflect on something more serious. Or it might make you wonder, Hey, has Blake heard this gem yet?

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Martin Shkreli Calls Kanye West’s Work Inspirational, Offers to Buy The Life of Pablo for $10 Million

In an effort to cement his public perception as the Cruella de Vil of hip-hop, Martin Shkreli has offered Kanye West $10 million for The Life of Pablo. The embattled pharma bro pitched via Twitter on Thursday, making his deal coincide with the Yeezy Season 3 event at Madison Square Garden. (See all the looks from the Yeezy Season Three show here.)"Instead of releasing this product for your millions of fans, I ask you to sell [TLOP] solely to me," Shkreli wrote in an initial letter. "I believe you (and your partners) will find this financial arrangement more attractive than your current course of action." Well, well, well:

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What We Learned From Kanye West's The Life of Pablo Debut

Happy Yeezy Day! A New Kanye West album is upon us, or at least it will be in T-minus now, when he unveils it live at a Madison Square Garden event billed as both a fashion show for Yeezy Season 3 and an album-listening party. Watch the livestream above, via Tidal, for free, and experience the debut of his recently renamed The Life of Pablo with the rest of the Ye stans watching in theaters worldwide. The show and stream begin at 4 p.m. EST.

And here's the album art:


Bruce Springsteen to Write Autobiography, Born to Run, Though All of His Song Titles Would Work, Which Is Very Satisfying

Bruce Springsteen announced today that his autobiography, Born to Run, is due out September 27, though you have to think Born in the U.S.A. or Glory Days came in a close second and third. “Writing about yourself is a funny business,” the 20-time Grammy winner writes in the book. “But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” In the memoir, Springsteen looks back at his childhood amid the “poetry, danger, and darkness” of Freehold, New Jersey. The singer/songwriter delves into his early days as a bar musician in Asbury Park and the formation of the E Street Band, giving an in-depth look at Springsteen’s time on Thunder Road and exploring the Badlands while Dancing in the Dark, all the while hoping beyond hope that Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. See? They literally all work.

Get Ready, Florida: Lil B Is About to Give You One of His Extremely Rare Lectures

Noted deity Lil B will head to the Sunshine State next week to share his vast stores of wisdom with the University of Florida. The rapper, on Wednesday, revealed he's doing so in lecture form, adding via social media that prospective attendees will be a part of history. Event posters unfortunately don't add much in the way of details (or a lesson plan), but a Q&A session will likely be included. Though his speaking circuit might be touted as "extremely rare," the rapper has given similar talks on such campuses as UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, and MIT. This lecture, like some of his others, will probably underline the importance of loving, pursuing happiness, and not making the same mistakes as James Harden. (All valuable concepts.)

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Watch Footage From Arcade Fire’s David Bowie Tribute Parade

Earlier this year, Arcade Fire unveiled plans to honor the late David Bowie with a parade in New Orleans. (Attendees were encouraged to come in their best or strangest Bowie-inspired outfits — and you bet they did! Some even Ziggy-fied their pets.) The indie group worked with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band there to arrange the January 16 event and lead the resulting mass of fans in song. A documentary of sorts was also promised, and Arcade on Wednesday finally released a snippet.

"We are here today to celebrate the life of David Bowie. There are few artists that could possibly bring together this incredible group of people — you all are amazing." Ben Jaffe, Preservation's creative director, explains above. "This is about him and all of you and how we felt about David," Arcade's Win Butler adds. "God Bless, David, wherever you're at." Roll the clip to see how the day turned out, and to hear their rendition of "Heroes."

Gwen Stefani Teases Title, Track List of New Album, and Oh, You Know the Songs Are Emotional

“Misery.” “Red Flag.” “Me Without You.” Yep, this truly will be the divorce-pop album of your dreams. As anticipated since October, when Gwen Stefani dropped the breakup ballad “Used to Love You,” the No Doubt front woman has unofficially announced the title and track list of her first solo album since 2006’s The Sweet Escape. “This Is What the Truth Feels Like,” Stefani tweeted, along with a very emotional-sounding array of song titles. If it’s wrong to dance to a pop song about the recent dissolution of a 12-year marriage, then no one will be right until at least the end of 2016.

Grammy-Winning Producer Jeff Bhasker on Crafting ‘Uptown Funk’ and His Prolific Career

Over the past half-decade, superproducer Jeff Bhasker has evolved from a behind-the-boards impresario into a de facto hitmaker. Since connecting with Kanye West to confect half of the songs on the perilously moody 808s & Heartbreak in 2008, the Socorro, New Mexico–raised musician elevated his profile with credits on projects with Drake, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars, and netted two Grammys for his work with Jay Z, West, and fun., the latter of which helped earned him a Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) nomination at the 2013 ceremony. This year he’s up for the same award again, for his work on individual songs (Elle King’s “Last Damn Night,” Cam’s “Burning House”) and full-length albums (Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special, Nate Ruess’s Grand Romantic). Ahead of the 58th annual ceremony, Bhasker breaks down what it means to produce a record in 2016 and the process behind some of his latest hits.


Lana Del Rey’s Freaky ‘Freak’ Music Video Will Make You Want to Swim, Do Drugs, and Buy Hair Product

Ever wondered if Father John Misty's hair and beard are as comfortable as they look? Good news: The elemental visuals for "Freak," the latest single from Honeymoon to get the music-vid treatment, are here. Which really means Lana Del Rey has invited you to go on a trippy 11-minute quest for that answer. Along the way, you might also vicariously do drugs, drink Mountain Dew Code Red, and participate in a five-minute endurance swim set to Debussy. California is generous that way.

Ghostface Killah Finally Responded to Martin Shkreli’s Video Threat With a Video of His Own

In response to Martin Shkreli's early April Fool's joke, Ghostface released a non-apology on Tuesday. The 11-minute vid serves as part dis, plea, and ad (Wu Goo alert!), as the rapper ultimately calls Shkreli's history-erasing bluff and underlines the pharma bro's villain status. "You're a real killer, man," Ghost says, referencing Shkreli's notorious Daraprim price gouging. "You don't do that to the people, man. They need [Daraprim] ... Right now you got them weak right now, because they don't even know where they're going to run to get their medicine from now. Because of you. You're a clown." Ghost's mother and sister also appear in the vid to echo the artist's message with an emotional punch:

Kanye West Says Bill Cosby Is Innocent

Taking a break from preparing to perform on Saturday Night Live this weekend and telling you how great Swish is going to be — whether or not it actually ends up being called Swish, or Waves, or whatever your best guess is — Kanye West weighed in on the many abuse charges currently being leveled against Bill Cosby. "BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!" Kanye tweeted early Tuesday evening. Assuming he didn't accidentally type exclamation points instead of question marks, it appears he thinks Cosby is innocent. (Though it seems like a weird thing to exclaim either way.) Below you can see a screenshot of the tweet, just in case Kanye ends up deleting it.

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New York City’s Only Country-Music Festival Has Been Canceled

As New York City's summer festival season continues to get more crowded, we have our first victim: FarmBorough, the first-ever country-music festival held in NYC, has been canceled after just one year. The festival's organizers, Founders Entertainment (who also run Governors Ball), have shared the news in a statement on the festival's practically dead site: "All of us at FarmBorough Festival appreciate the support we have received, but conditions dictate that we redirect our energy at this time." Strangely, the festival's second year looked to be a done deal as recently as three weeks ago, when the festival announced that Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, and Tim McGraw were set to headline with tickets already on sale. FarmBorough now says those tickets will be refunded. Last year's festival took place on Randalls Island, home to Governors Ball in June and where Coachella's controversial new Panorama festival will make its debut this July.


8 Best New Songs of the Week

Every week, Vulture and friends highlight the best new music. If the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year's best music.



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