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Eric Brown

M.I.A., Miranda Lambert, and more: Grading the week's best (and worst) new singles

Every week, EW’s music staff takes a hard listen to the biggest new tracks and offers up our unfiltered opinions. Read on for reviews of new tracks by Against Me!, Miranda Lambert, Gucci Mane, M.I.A., Tinashe, and more. 

Against Me!, “333”

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Jay Z, Daveed Diggs, and more: Grading the week's best (and worst) new singles

Every week, EW’s music staff takes a hard listen to the biggest new tracks and offers up our unfiltered opinions. Read on for reviews of new tracks by Shawn Mendes, Jay Z, Jamila Woods, Daveed Diggs, the Pixies, and more.

Shawn Mendes, “Ruin”

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What comes after the one-hit wonder?

In honor of National One-Hit Wonder Day, we took a look at 10 one-hit-wonders from the past 35 years and how their next single after the hit performed: Turns out “Who Let the Dogs Out” wasn’t Baha Men’s only single, and Los del Río’s second attempt at remixing “Macarena” barely stuck. See what followed their career-defining hits below.

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The Decemberists turn YouTube comments into an indie-folk song

KIMMEL DECEMBERISTS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlfkSNaOwCk

When it comes to lyrics, the Decemberists can get weird. But on Jimmy Kimmel last night, the Portland band skipped their usual fare about shape-shifting forest dwellers, fairy queens, and magical cranes to turn their indie folk stylings toward trashy YouTube comments. You haven’t truly experienced YouTube comments—or the Decemberists’ music, for that matter—until you’ve heard Colin Meloy sing “I can’t believe I make $5,000 a month working from home!!!! Click link below to find out how” over a jaunty baroque pop melody.

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Red Bull Music Academy drops free compilation featuring Flying Lotus, Dirty Projectors collaborators

Carl Craig

Image Credit: Yusaku Aoki/Red Bull

The Red Bull Music Academy has convened in a new city every year since 1998 to host musicians of all stripes for recording sessions, lectures, and performances. On Wednesday, Red Bull released a free 35-song compilation culled from the Academy’s 2014 incarnation, which took place in Tokyo.

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