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Lana Del Rey - Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016 held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Lana Del Rey - The Brit Awards 2016 (Brits) held at the O2 - Arrivals at The Brit Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Lana Del Rey - Elle Style Awards 2016 at Tate Britain - Outside Arrivals at Elle Style Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Lana Del Rey - Celebrities attends the Brit Awards 2016 at the O2 Arena in London. at o2 Arena, Brit Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Lana Del Rey - The Brit Awards 2016 (Brits) held at the O2 - Arrivals at The Brit Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Lana Del Ray - Elle Style Awards arrivals at Tate Britain at Elle Style Awards - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd February 2016

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Lana Del Rey - The Elle Style Awards 2016 - Arrivals at The Elle Style Awards - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd February 2016

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Lana Del Rey - Various celebrities attend Elle Style Awards 2016 at Elle Style Awards - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd February 2016

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Lana Del Rey - The 2016 ELLE Style Awards - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd February 2016

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Lana Del Rey - 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 15th February 2016

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Lana Del Rey - Clive Davis 2016 Pre-Grammy Gala held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at Grammy, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Lana Del Rey - Lana Del Rey arrives on a flight to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 21st January 2016

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Lana Del Rey - Billboard Women In Music 2015 at Cipriani 42nd Street - Arrivals - New York, United States - Friday 11th December 2015

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Lana Del Rey - Billboard Women in Music Luncheon 2015 at Cipriani 42nd St - New York, New York, United States - Friday 11th December 2015

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Lana Del Rey - Billboard Women in Music 2015 at Cipriani 42nd Street - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Friday 11th December 2015

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Iggy Azalea Won't Take Nothing From Nobody, Especially "Old Men" Like Eminem


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It’s kind of a given in showbiz that fading celebs will do pretty much anything to inspire shock, awe and the occasional dollar flying their way. Enter Eminem and his recent string of rather violent, offensively unfunny lyrics directed at his fellow musicians of the female variety.  After Lana Del Rey, Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea was the latest to come under fire, with Shady’s latest leaked track, Vegas, featuring the following disturbing lyrics (trigger warning applies): Put that shit away Iggy/ You don't wanna blow that rape whistle on me.

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I know he has an album to promote, but was that really necessary?

The lyrics come just days after Eminem threatened to punch Lana Del Rey in the face in his freestyle rap video SHADYXVTHE CXVPHER off his upcoming Shady XV compilation album.

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Marilyn Manson Denies Involvement In Lana Del Rey "Rape" Video


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Marilyn Manson says he has nothing to do with a controversial video in which filmmaker Eli Roth simulates raping the singer Lana Del Rey. The clip was removed from YouTube on Thursday (November 20) following a copyright claim from Essential Music, who are linked to Manson's label Cooking Vinyl.

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The clip, Sturmgruppe, also contained footage from two of Manson's music videos, spliced with horror movie style shots of a party with the word "rape" scrawled on the wall. The clip concludes with the attack on a woman who appears to be Del Rey.

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Eminem Threatens Lana Del Rey In New Freestyle Rap Video


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Eminem has threatened to punch singer Lana Del Rey in the face twice, during a new freestyle rap video posted on Youtube. The video was released to promote the rapper’s new compilation, Shady XV, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of his ‘Shady Records’ label.

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In the video the 42 year old rapper also references Ray Rice, the NFL footballer who was suspended in September after a video emerged of him assaulting his fiancee.

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This Is Not A Drill. Lorde Is Curating The Soundtrack To "Mockingjay - Part I"


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Ella Yelich-O’Connor, whom you may know better as Lorde, is 17 years old, an outspoken feminist and took the music industry by storm in 2013. It’s hard to think of anyone better suited to curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I. Lionsgate just made the announcement yesterday, so it’s time to get hella excited.

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We can totally see Lorde in heroine mode, fighting for the districts, by the way.

We can expect Lorde to assemble a full-on HBIC soundtrack – Marina and the Diamonds, some of her contemporary inspirations like Lana Del Rey, Animal Collective, Kanye West, Yeasayer and others, who are all on the list of likely contributors as far as we’re concerned. Lorde’s friend and fellow feminist Taylor Swift created the lead single for the first Hunger Games soundtrack with The Civil Wars, so we’d be surprised, if she didn’t at least contribute a chorus here and there.

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Contrary To Her Song Lyrics, Lana Del Rey Worked Her Way To The Top


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Lana Del Rey is no stranger to vicious rumours, but she definitely did not sleep her way to the top. And she’s actually quite upset about that, the Ultraviolence songstress shared in an interview recently. Despite the fact that her new album contains a song called F****d My Way To The Top, it was made just for a laugh, apparently. Del Rey has given plenty of uber-serious (and some outright worrying) interviews in the past. This was not one of them.

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Lana Del Rey was not an overnight success.

"You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals," the 29-year-old told Complex magazine for its August/September issue.

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Sam Smith Beaten By Lana Del Rey To Billboard No.1


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Besides a promising musician, Sam Smith’s debut record has also shown him to be a savvy businessman – but not enough. In an effort to boost US sales and get the album to Number 1 on the Billboard 200, Smith’s management kept In The Lonely Hour off Spotify. The album did well, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, but ultimately fell short of Lana Del Rey’s sophomore effort Ultraviolence. The sultry pop record sold 182,000 units for Capitol Records, making it the biggest (bigger) debut of Lana’s career.

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Despite Smith's Spotify gamble, this round went to Lana.

Still, it wasn’t a bad week for Smith. Besides the respectable debut of In The Lonely Hour,  the singer-songwriter also discovered a lost connection recently. The saga of Smith’s relation to Lily Allen and her brother, Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen unfolded over Twitter, when Smith tweeted at the Sheezus hitmaker that, according to his parents, they were third cousins. To his surprise, Lily quickly responded, confirming his suspicion.

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Lana Del Rey Admits "People Make Me Feel Crazy" While Landing Bizarre Rolling Stone Cover


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Undoubtedly, one common aspect of Lana Del Rey's music is the constant element of sadness.

And with songs like 'Born To Die' and 'Summertime Sadness,' many music lovers believe the 28 year-old singer purposely tries to portray that image.

But according to Lana, it isn't her with the issues, it is other people.

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So Who Was Lana Del Rey's Boyfriend Barrie-James O'Neill?


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Lana Del Rey appears to be now back on the market after splitting from Barrie-James O’Neill, the singer’s boyfriend/rumoured fiancee. Whilst the split has probably been the cause of some summertime sadness for superstar Lana, what about poor Barrie? Despite dating the headlin-making Lana, Barrie managed to spend most of the couple’s three year relationship flying under the showbiz radar. So since it might be goodbye for good, just who is Barrie-James O’Neill?

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Before he starting dating Lana, Scottish Barrie-James O’Neill (who has very luscious hair and apparently goes by just Barrie) was the frontman of Kassidy, a folk-rock-indie band. He was first rumoured to be dating Lana in 2011 when the couple attended the Tartan Clef Awards together in November. The following February they then confirmed they were indeed an item, with Barrie telling The Sun he had “no idea” how he ended up bagging pop star Lana.

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Lana Del Rey Responds To Frances Bean Cobain Criticism, Blames Newspaper For "Sinister" Agenda


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Lana Del Rey has responded via Twitter to Frances Bean Cobain after the daughter of the late artist, Kurt Cobain, criticised her for "glamorising" dying young.

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In a recent interview with the Guardian, Del Rey discussed her musical idols including Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain. She reportedly said "I wish I was dead already," a remark which prompted Cobain to point out her own personal tragedy. Cobain was less than two years old when her father Kurt died at the age of 27. 

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Lana Del Rey Splits With Boyfriend & Angers Frances Bean Cobain


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It's not been a good week for Lana Del Rey. The Ultraviolence artist has separated from Scottish singer Barrie James O'Neill and has been seriously chastised by Frances Bean Cobain owing to Del Rey's comments about her father's death.

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Barrie James O'Neill and Lana Del Rey have split after nearly three years together.

Del Rey announced her separation from O'Neill in a recent interview with Switzerland's 20 Minuten magazine, published on Monday (23rd June). Responding to a question about the possibility of an engagement, 28-year-old Del Rey said "We are currently not together." She continued to vaguely explain the reasons behind their split which apparently result from O'Neill's unspecified issues. She said "He is a wonderful person. But there are some things which he has to deal with. I will not explain in detail. This was hard on our relationship, I no longer felt free."

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Lana Del Rey Confirms Split From Longtime Love Barrie-James O'Neill


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Lana Del Rey is now a single lady.

The 28 year-old singer recently separated from her longtime love, Barrie-James O'Neill, after getting together around three years ago.

Lana called time on their turbulent romance because she apparently wants time apart to feel ''free''.

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"Embrace Life": Frances Bean Cobain Warns Lana Del Rey Over Death Wish


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Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, has lashed out at pop star Lana Del Rey over quotes printed in a recent interview with The Guardian in which Del Rey expresses a desire to be dead.

In a conversation discussing Lana's heroes, including Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, who happen to be dead, Lana revealed her disenchantment with fame and attraction to death. "I wish I was dead already," she said, adding "I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am."

On Sunday, Frances Bean, who lost her father to suicide at a young age, called out Del Rey in a series of strong, but not overly harsh, tweets. "The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticize," she warned.

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Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence Album Review


Having exploded with 2012's 'Born To Die' giving mainstream pop a more alternative figure, Lana Del Ray is back with her third album 'Ultraviolence'. Given the mass success of its predecessor which was loved by commercial pop fans just as much as it was indie fans, can album three live up to the buzz of 'Born To Die'?

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'Ultraviolence' gets off to a mixed start. Opener 'Cruel World' has a cool 60s/70s psychedelic vibe to it with bright, but lonely guitar chords. Lana Del Rey's unmistakable voice strengthens the song with her haunting tone singing lines with lyrical themes of freedom, e.g. 'Finally happy now you're gone'. While it's not overly upbeat sonically, the lyrics remain positive. It's a decent chilled out number, but quite light, with little to keep your mind from wandering. The fault is in that it's perhaps too long, as it feels like its run its course by the forth minute out of six. The title track has strong strings, but obvious piano keys, and the minimal drum beat increases the morbidity that Del Rey was clearly going for. Lyrically, the chorus is weakened by the over-repeated title and the Madonna - 'Vogue'-esque spoken word part does not fit in the rest of it; these two small things make the track sound rushed and spoil the overall feel.

The first major strength on the album comes in the shape of 'Shades Of Cool', with its guitar riff that sounds like a laid back rendition of the James Bond theme. The chorus is a good percentage more lush, with Del Rey's voice more angelic and some subtle strings coming into the mix. Unlike 'Cruel World', this is relaxing, but actually has some interesting ideas at play to prevent you from drifting off completely. The sinister, not too in-your-face guitar solo definitely suggests a Portishead influence. 

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Lana Del Rey And Dan Auerbach's 'Ultraviolence' Conceived In New York Strip Club


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Lana Del Rey and The Black Keys' guitarist and vocalist Dan Auerbach have decided to work together after enjoying each other's company in an unusual location - a strip club. 

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Lana Del Rey and Dan Auerbach ended up in a New York strip club.

It seems the pair had not previously met but were aware of each other's music. In an interview with The Sun, the singer described her meeting with Auerbach in New York and how the pair had met for dinner and wound up in a strip club. She said ''Dan and I weren't friends before this. We both knew each other's music, but it's not that we listened to it a lot of the time. The thing that was fun about Dan was we went out one night for a meal and ended up in a strip club in New York."

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Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!


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We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.

The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.

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- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.

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Lana Del Rey - West Coast Single Review


Being one of the most interesting pop stars of recent years, Lana Del Rey has become particularly popular for her unique pop sound influenced by more niche genres like art rock and trip-hop. With third album 'Ultraviolence' due to be released on June 14th2014 via Polydor/Interscope, here is the much-anticipate first single 'West Coast'.

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First thing's first, not much has changed with Del Rey's sound. The moody but soulful vocals are still there and still as stunning as ever. As she starts to seductively whisper 'Down of the west coast', Del Rey sets the scene for the journey the song will take you on. The lyrics go on to tell you a story of what you can assume is a failing relationship as she desperately sings, 'I wanna say I miss you so much, but something keeps me really quiet'. The beauty of Del Rey's vocals is further increased as she hazily croons her way through the chorus.  

An interesting point in the lyrics is how Del Rey lists the assets of the West Coast: 'Down on the West Coast, they got their icons, their silver starlets, their Queens of Saigon', before adding: 'And you've got the music, you've got the music, in you, don't you?' It can either be conceived as lyrics made to empower the listener, or Del Rey questioning the greatness of the person she's singing about.

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Fitz And The Tantrums And Foster The People Rocked Up A Treat At Sweetlife 2014


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Sweetlife festival proved its worth with a fantastic day of quality music and incredible food at the weekend, with Foster The People and Fitz & The Tantrums among the clear highlights of the Maryland event.

We're tempted to jump on the pun bandwagon and talk about how 'sweet' Sweetlife festival was last weekend - but we'll try and avoid it. Though speaking of such, the food was an important feature of the whole day (May 10th 2014) with one memorable fact being Astro Doughnuts' batch of 2,000 of their famous sugary treat. Obviously, there were plenty of happy faces before the music even began.

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Lana Del Rey Is On Fire In Surreal 'West Coast' Video...Literally


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Lana Del Rey has just dropped the brand new video for her song 'West Coast.' In short, the clip is classic Del Rey video material with artful shots of Lana's eyes closed, rebel guys, beaches, and cigarette smoking.

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Lana Del Rey Has Released Dreamy & Tragic New Video, 'West Coast.'

Shot mostly in black and white, the video begins with rolling waves and scenes of palm tree-lined roads before we see Lana canoodling on the sand with a long-haired actor. The pair have a great time playing in the water underneath the bright sunshine and we're lead to believe that this scene is in the character's past.

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From Bruno Mars To Lady Gaga: Ten Celebrities Who Have Changed Their Names


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What’s in a name? Well for some celebrities things might have been very different if they hadn’t have changed theirs. Think Stefani Germanotta sounds like a star? What about Caryn Johnson? Things might have been very different for these 10 celebrities if they hadn’t found the perfect name to launch their careers.

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Angelina Jolie Embodies Evil In New 'Maleficent' Poster [Trailer]


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It's just over two months until Disney's Maleficent is released and we get to experience the story of Angelina Jolie's wicked villainess told in a compelling new way. Ever since the movie was first announced, the big tease has been Jolie's costume and director Robert Stromberg and his team haven't disappointed. Black horns, fiery eyes, chilling cheekbones and blood red lips all give Jolie's dark fairy maximum impact on screen.

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Angelina Jolie Is An Image Of Pure & Unbridled Evil In 'Maleficent.'

In a new promotional banner, we see Maleficent with her mighty pair of black raven-esque wings unfurled as she glowers menacingly. Having watched the trailer, we have already learned that Jolie will be using an English accent in the upcoming fantasy film and that the movie will at least in part follow the traditional Sleeping Beauty tale that Disney first adapted in 1959.

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Lana Del Rey Names New Album As 'Tropico' Short Arrives [Trailer]


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Lana Del Rey's short film Tropico is finally ready to watch in its entirety online for free which is exciting news on its own but the singer has made sure that all eyes are on her as we move into 2014 with another special announcement.

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Lana Del Rey Announces New Album At 'Tropico' Premiere.

Though we were lead to believe that the 'Born To Die' singer was planning on retiring after one album, she has announced and named her follow-up to her 2012 chart-topper.

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Surprised? Miley Cyrus's 'We Can't Stop' Is Her First Ever UK No.1


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Miley Cyrus has scored her first UK number one single with 'We Can't Stop,' which incidentally is her first Top 10 hit in the country.

The 20-year-old sold 128,000 copies of her new single last week to reach the top spot, ousting Swedish DJ Avicii and his hit track 'Wake Me Up'.

Miley had previously peaked in the UK singles chart at number three with See You Again in 2008 and at 11 in 2009 with The Climb and Party in the USA.

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MTV Video Music Award Nominees: Will Macklemore Clean Up?


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The nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake leading the field. Armed with their videos for 'Can't Hold Us' and 'Thrift Shop,' the hip-hop duo will square off against JT at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 25, 2013.

Both acts received six nominations, with Timberlake getting nods for his 'Suit and Tie' and 'Mirrors' promos. Elsewhere, Bruno Mars appears to have every chance of taking home the prize of 'Video of the Year' with 'Locked out of Heaven,' though Robin Thicke's controversial clip for 'Blurred Lines' and Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' will also be popular.

The VMAs - one of the biggest events on the pop music calendar - represents the first time a major awards show has been held in Brooklyn. The place has been a mecca for art and culture for years, though the Barclays Center appears to have truly put it on the map.

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'Gatecrasher 20 - Past Present Forever' 3cds Anthems Celebrating 20 Years Of Gatecrasher Due Out July 1st 2013

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Various Artists - The Great Gatsby OST Album Review


The Great Gatsby movie may not have received universal praise and critical acclaim since its silver screen release but that doesn't mean you should write off or disregard its soundtrack. What do critics know anyway? There seems to have been far too much analysis of the film's sub-text and possible parallels with the global economy rather than old fashioned cinematic enjoyment. Is the world more greedy now, more star struck, more in need of fame and fortune? Have we all become more self-absorbed, self-obsessed, materialistic and vacuous or is it just that, nowadays, it's more in plain sight, easier to identify and more readily hyped and publicised. (The film adaptation is, after all, taken from the F. Scott Fitzgerald book published nearly ninety years ago.) 

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Setting aside any need to put the film on the psychiatrist's chair (to see whether Fitzgerald's cautionary tale of excess rings true) and taking the film and its soundtrack merely on musical merit alone, I think it safe to say that without doubt it is a triumph. Any suggestion that it is 'style over substance' is missing the whole point. The Jazz Age was all about style, all about how opulent and how lavish you could possibly be. Yes, it may have been a little vulgar but it was all about extravagance and living the dream, even if the dream was ultimately a lie. 

The soundtrack of The Great Gatsby captures the very essence of the post war age, an age of optimism and high spirits where the grim realities of the not too distant past could be suspended. You can lose yourself in the cocktails, flapper dresses, pearls and spats, cigarette holders and dinner jackets quite easily. The allure of the decadent lifestyle being flaunted by the charming and charismatic Jay Gatsby has an intoxicating appeal that is difficult to resist. Both Baz Luhrmann, the film's director, and executive music producer Jay Z have done a meticulous job in making that come to life, brilliantly mixing a twenties thread through a contemporary score. 

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A Week In Music - Daft Punk Get Lucky, Lana Del Rey Soundtracks Gatsby And Rod Stewart Shocks Us All


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This Week In Albums... There was only album anyone was really talking about wasn't there? Daft Punk's much anticipated fourth LP Random Access Memories was streamed early after it leaked on the internet allowing the world's media their chance to get in quick with their gut-check reactions. Our man Joe Wilde was a little more reflective in his assessments though, and found much to love about the French duo's comeback - even if hasn't ended up being the classic that so many people were hoping for. He wrote: "Guy-Manuel and Thomas are perfectionists in every sense, and whilst the album itself isn't a perfect listen, it is still a thoroughly rewarding and worthwhile one; and what more could we and the robots have asked for?"

There were some other much-vaunted French types releasing their comeback album this Spring too; it's a case of if it ain't broke don't fix it for Phoenix. Hoewever that means we once again get an LP of intelligent pop that's as catchy as it is inventive. Jim Pusey found it to be an enjoyable listen, although he felt it lacked something that its mainstream-breaking predecessor Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix had; he commented "There's much here to like, but it lacks some of the charm that made Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix quite so endearing."

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Jay Z's "$100 Bill" Is The Perfect Track To Capture The Empty Splendor Of The Jazz Age


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Maybe Jay Z isn’t the typical name you’d expect to see on the soundtrack of a film set in the 20s, but after the initial surprise, it turns out that the mogul and The Great Gatsby have more in common than you’d think. Both Jay’s (Z and Gatsby) are cool, aloof, sharply dressed types. Both are rich and both swim in luxury and glamour. And ok, maybe that’s where the similarities end, but you can see how Mr Carter is actually a fitting choice to work on the modernized soundtrack for the upcoming film. The rapper released “$100 Bill” today, to go “hand in hand” as he put it with the movie adaptation. But it’s not your typical soundtrack, oh no – after all, when have you heard of Jay Z doing anything typical? As the man himself put it for Blacktree.tv:

"It's not the typical soundtrack, or a standalone piece. The songs are pretty much in the film, so it goes hand in hand with each other. It had to fit pretty snug, it wasn't an afterthought."

Now he’s got us all eager and excited to hear it (well, and see the film obviously), especially considering that the full soundtrack will feature songs by Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and even Beyoncé. It sounds like an eclectic mix of styles, all united under the decadent splendor of the jazz age. Who could resist! For a teaser of things to come, you can check out “$100 Bill” here, or watch the "Gatsby" trailer below.

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The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Sampler Released Online


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Excitement mounts as a sampler for the Great Gatsby soundtrack has been released online. Fans of Jay Z and Beyonce may find themselves disappointed though, as neither of their tracks are included on the sampler. Beyonce covers Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ and jay Z also performs ‘$100 Bill’ for the soundtrack, though neither are present in the online selection.

Of course, they’ll be wanting to leave fans hungry to hear the two tracks that are clearly going to be the most highly anticipated of the lot. A press release revealed some of the treats that are in store and the detail of the work that went into compiling the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s reimagining of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, set in 1922. “Jay Z (with collaborator and the film’s executive music consultant Jeymes Samuel) has worked with Luhrmann and his team on the project over the past two years, translating the Jazz Age sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel into the musical equivalents of our own times, through the blending of hip-hop, traditional jazz and other contemporary musical textures,” the press release reveals.

The sampler does contain snippets of other tracks from the soundtrack, including Emeli Sande’s re-working of Beyonce’s Crazy In Love (with the Bryan Ferry Orchestra), Together by The XX and ‘Young and Beautiful’ by Lana Del Rey

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Done Deal: Beyonce Is Bringing R&B To H&M


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Beyonce has been unveiled as the new face of the Swedish fashion brand H&M and will feature heavily in the chain's global summer campaign. Rumors first arose when the R&B superstar was spotted posing for a tropical shoot in the Bahamas in the New Year, while her dancer Kimberly Gipson tweeted, "First day of trial in the Bahamas! H&M all set . go," before deleting the tweet, presumably after getting an ear full from an H&M executive.

Now, Beyonce has announced her collaboration with the brand. "I've always liked H&M's focus on fun and affordable fashion. I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements - fire, water, earth and wind. It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island," she said in a statement. For the new campaign, Beyonce - who released her new track Bow Down/I Been On to mixed reviews this week - was shot by photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinnodh Matadin in the Bahaman capital city of Nassau. A new television ad has been directed by Jonas Åkerlund, the man behind videos for the Rolling Stones, U2 and Madonna, while Standing On The Sun provides the soundtrack. 

The 31-year-old reportedly had a hand in the design process of the summer pieces, which includes a bodycon dress, a flowing sun dress and a bikini. "What makes these pieces even more special is that Beyoncé herself had input into the design, and they are full of her own personal style," said Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design at H&M. 

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Unpick This One! Liam Payne Brands Boy George "Weird" In Bizarre Twitter Spat


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The One Direction boys seemed in pretty high spirits at the BRIT Awards in London last night. There was Harry, dancing around the stage like a lunatic, Louis helping himself to the complimentary fizz, Zayn looking all mysterious and broody, and the little Irish fella was presumably just happy to be there. But what about Liam? Something appeared to have riled our Liam, and we may have found the answer. Ready for this? Deep breath.

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80's pop star Boy George - who debuted a slimmer, altogether healthier look this week - was at the bash with his young niece, getting snaps with her favourite pop stars. Now, there appears to have been some confusion when the One Direction boys came there way. Later on Twitter, the Karma Chameleon hit-maker wrote, "Top marks to Harry Styles for stopping for a picture with my niece and B*llox's to Liam and the disrespectful w**ker of a minder!" adding, "Stars of the night, Harry Styles, Lana Del Rey, Jessie J. Too many drug f**ked twits to mention elsewhere! Emily Sande (sic) was great!" George later suggested Harry Styles would leave the band, saying, "You heard it here first!" 

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