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    Muse's Olympics Anthem Almost Featured Elton John

    "Survival," Muse's contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games, is extremely dramatic, but it might have had some additional flair had their original collaborator come through. Although they'd previously hinted that the tune was supposed to be a duet with a "good pianist," they hadn't named the musician until now: Elton John. In an interview with Los Angeles' KROQ (via the NME), Muse frontman Matt Bellamy revealed planning for the song went back over a year. "Believe it or not, he gave us a call and wanted to write a song for the Olympics," Bellamy said. "At one time Elton John was actually the director of the music for the Olympics. He contacted us and we thought, This is far out! We're going to do a song for the Olympics with Elton John!" Eventually, John pulled out of the Olympics "'cause he fell out with the organizers," according to Bellamy.

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    Eminem 'Really Focused' on Music Right Now

    "I think that this is one of those things that hip-hop really needs right now," Eminem said in a recent interview with Detroit radio DJ Nick Craig, regarding the forthcoming album by the rap supergroup Slaughterhouse, which consists of Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5'9". The man who files taxes as Marshall Mathers — and was recently declared the most popular person on Facebook with 60 million fans ("That sounds like a lot," said Em when told the number) — has been very "hands on" with the latest Slaughterhouse record, Welcome to: Our House, which is due out August 28. "I actually started my album, but I haven't fully went in yet because I've been finishing up the Slaughterhouse record," Eminem said.

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    Why Swedish House Mafia Are Quitting Now

    Swedish House Mafia were just named one of the highest-paid EDM acts, boasting over $14 million in earnings last year, but in June they told fans they'd decided to retire from the road. "We came, we raved, we loved," read the farewell note. Since then, Swedish House Mafia have embarked on what seems like a successful world tour (that has unfortunately been marred by stabbings not once, but twice). By all accounts, this is a group exiting on top — after all, they sold out New York City's megasized Madison Square Garden in December — and that has made their farewell all the more perplexing. Now Mafia man Steve Angello is speaking out on why the band is saying goodbye. "We just decided that we reached a point where we don't know what the next move would be," he told Rolling Stone. "We always like the challenge. And we don't like to repeat ourselves.

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    Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Freed After Month in Czech Jail

    After spending 38 days in the custody of Czech authorities, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe is on his way back to the U.S. The Czech news site blesk.cz reports that as of 1 p.m. Central European Time today, Blythe had boarded a direct flight from Prague to the United States, ending one chapter of a harrowing tale for the singer. The band's reps confirm Blythe's return to the States, and add that Lamb of God will perform at Knotfest on August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18 in Somerset, Wisconsin. "The band is currently targeting October 26th as the start date for a U.S tour," the statement reads. "Dates and cities will be released as soon as possible.

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    What's Next for Evanescence? Amy Lee Muses on Digital EP

    Since the release of Evanescence's self-titled third LP last year, Amy Lee and Co. have been making glossy videos, like their own for "My Heart Is Broken," and touring the world. Currently, they're headlining the Carnival of Madness tour, with support from Chevelle, Halestorm, Cavo, and New Medicine (dates below), and in advance of their Columbus, Ohio, date, Lee sat down for an interview with Mike Jones of the radio station X106.7. After getting past some sort of awkward moments about Jones wanting to hear stories about "you and Lzzy [Hale, Halestorm's frontwoman] just hanging out, talking, doing girl things" in the back of the bus, the interview turned up some interesting tidbits. One is that Lee someday hopes to score a movie soundtrack. "It's a dream of mine," she said.

  • Tiesto / Photo by Steven Lawton

    Tiesto, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia Named Highest-Paid DJs

    With dance music booming enough to get its own new category at MTV's VMAs, EDM has reached Forbes' radar. The financial mag has done an investigation into how much DJs are raking in, ranking Dutch-born Tiësto, who has earnings of $22 million and commands an average nightly gross of $250,000, at the top of the list. Next up is Skrillex, whose earnings land in the $15 million range, followed closely by the Swedish House Mafia, who are entering their hiatus on top this year with $14 million in earnings (maybe they should reconsider calling it quits). Skrillex and Tiësto also made Forbes' Celebrity 100 countdown. The Top 10 earners include the HP-endorsed David Guetta ($13.5 million) and workaholic Steve Aoki ($12 million), as well as some notable artists whose worth was not disclosed: Kaskade, Deadmau5, Afrojack, Avicii and apparently DJ Pauly D of Jersey Shore infamy.

  • Still from 'Varuo'

    Sigur Ros Team Up With Ryan McGinley for 'Varuo' Video

    Since May, cinematic post-rockers Sigur Rós have been challenging filmmakers with their Mystery Film Experiment, giving them a small budget and carte blanche to make arty videos with the music on their latest album, Valtari. The latest, for the song "Varúð," is by New York City-based photographer Ryan McGinley, who was one of the youngest artists to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art and who has won awards from American Photo magazine and the International Center of Photography. The visuals are largely washed-out aerial cityscapes, which focus on the photographer's friend, Jessica Tang, as she skips through surprisingly empty Manhattan streets and lets her literally golden, pompom-like locks flap in the wind.

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    Carly Rae Jepsen Ties Gotye for 2012's Longest Run at No. 1

    OnetimeCanadian Idol contestant Carly Rae Jepsen's pop hit "Call Me Maybe" is such a phenomenon, we asked a newbie to liveblog his first listen and tracked down its nine best covers. There's even a mashup of the ode to picking up a guy on a whim with Rihanna's "California King Bed" that "maybe" works. Don't expect the song to go away anytime soon either. "Call Me Maybe" has reached the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 eight times so far this year, according to Billboard, officially matching Gotye and Kimbra's duet "Somebody That I Used to Know." Moreover, Jepsen's appearance on the latest sugar-sweet Owl City single, "Good Time," is perched at the No. 15 spot. This all means that, alongside Gotye, this year Jepsen has bested the No. 1 streaks of the latest singles by fun., Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, LMFAO and Adele. It will be a while before Jepsen is somebody that we used to know.

  • Crucified Barbara, 'The Midnight Chase' (Nuclear Blast)

    Better'n their name, feminist headbangers play Motörhead-style rock via L.A. glam.

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    See Passion Pit's Somewhat NSFW High-Society 'Constant Conversations' Video

    Synth-pop group Passion Pit have timed the release of their new video for "Constant Conversations" to Gossamer's No. 4 debut on the Billboard chart today (how convenient!). It's a hazy, cinematic clip that seems a bit like a Peter Bogdonavich flick, which is fitting since the director costars in it with Pit boss Michael Angelakos. It also stars actress-model-Boomkat singer Taryn Manning and and 2008 America's Next Top Model contestant Analeigh Tipton.

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