Marc Hogan

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    How the Black Keys Found Their 'Lonely Boy' Dancing Dude

    Earlier this week, the Black Keys unveiled the video for "Lonely Boy," the hip-shaking first single from the Ohio blues-rock duo's upcoming seventh studio album El Camino. The lo-fi clip shows nothing except for a solitary man dancing enthusiastically outside a motel room, but as of Friday morning, it has already piled up more than 600,000 YouTube views. And it almost never came to be, reports MTV News, who tracked down the video's grooving sensation, a 48-year-old actor, musician, and part-time security guard named Derrick T. Tuggle. (How long until "Teach me how to Tuggle!" clips hit the web?) The "Lonely Boy" leading man got his whole lip-syncing, sleeve-unrolling, fist-pumping routine down in a single take, but that he starred in the video at all was a surprise, Tuggle told MTV.

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    Skrillex, The Doors Get Dubstep in Your Classic Rock

    Lou Reed and Metallica, Coldplay and Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Kanye West — as the record-sales pie shrinks, artists from disparate genres are teaming up with what feels like potentially doomsday-signaling frequency to contend for their respective slices. SPIN's October cover story on brodacious dubstepper Skrillex compared dance music fans to the kids from an old Reese's Peanut Butter Cups commercial — "You got electro in my techno!" "You got commercial in my underground!" — but we're waaay past that now. Country star Taylor Swift performed live earlier this month with recently jailed rapper T.I. A recent mixtape exclusively contains dubstep reworkings of classic-rock standards. Dogs and cats, living together. The undead, rising from the grave! Which brings us to Skrillex's team-up with the surviving members of the Doors.

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    Hear Mary J. Blige Struggle With Loving Rick Ross

    It isn't exactly clear why Mary J. Blige thought Rick Ross would give her the love she deserves. True, Rozay showcases his sensitive side in his most recent solo hit, Teflon Don's "Aston Martin" music, but he also has automatic weapons piled up on his bedroom floor. It's probably because, as Blige's character acknowledges on her collaboration with "Aston Martin" guest Drake, she loves her "Mr. Wrong." Good thing Blige is at her best searching for a "Real Love." Like that 1992 hit, newly debuted track "Why" is an uptempo soul strutter about a tragically doomed relationship, with Blige emoting gorgeously. Where "Real Love" gave us an early appearance from the late Notorious B.I.G., this time there's Ross, serving up "my Cam'ron 'Oh Boy' swag" like so many chicken wings from his Tennessee restaurant.

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    Arctic Monkeys Stay NSFW in 'Evil Twin' Video

    Last month, Arctic Monkeys released the video for the title track from their fourth album, Suck It and See, which stars drummer (and Diddy BFF) Matt Helders as a gun-toting biker guy with a girlfriend who has a penchant for undressing. The recent SPIN cover stars return to what look like outtakes from that effort in the just-unveiled video for new song "Evil Twin," which will appear as the B-side to the "Suck It and See" U.K. single (due out on October 31). The song sees Arctic Monkeys in the fuzzy, groove-oriented mode that recalls their previous work with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, while the video itself — again directed by Neon Indian, Morning Benders, and Girls associates Focus Creeps — has more of Helders' evil twin, and a bit more of his lady pal than some employers might like to see.

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    R.E.M. Want You to Stare at Kirsten Dunst for Three and a Half Minutes

    College rock bricklayers R.E.M. called it quits last month, but they've only just begun rolling out material from their career-spanning retrospective Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011, due out on November 15. The comp will include three fresh tracks, and the mellow, orchestral swan song "We All Go Back to Where We Belong" now has a pair of videos to accompany it. Helmed by Michael Stipe and previous R.E.M. music-video director Dominic DeJoseph, both videos are essentially extended black-and-white film portraits of their subjects, reminiscent of Andy Warhol's iconic Screen Tests. The first clip ought to make Jens Lekman even more bashful than usual: It features an awkwardly smiling Kirsten Dunst, the subject of the standout track from the Swedish softie's recent An Argument With Myself EP.

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    Everybody Is Dressing Up Like Nicki Minaj for Halloween

    A crucial moment Nicki Minaj's rise came with her star-making guest appearance on Kanye West's "Monster." It's the "Super Bass" rapper's outlandish costumes and hairstyles, however, that would make her look a great one to cop this Halloween. A lot of people must be considering just that, because — as Oh No They Didn't! points out — the New York City hip-hop wunderkind is one of the most-searched Halloween costumes on Google. Hell, the only costumes ahead of her on the list were "Angry Birds" (No. 1), "Black Swan" (No. 2), and the ever-popular "Playboy Bunny" (No. 3). So what is Nicki Minaj going to be for Halloween? One possible suggestion comes courtesy of No. 5: "Smurfette." Although... Nicki's guest verse on Drake's "Make Me Proud" signals Dolly Parton might be a natural choice.

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    Coldplay Won't Stream 'Mylo Xyloto,' Will Still Hit No. 1

    Coldplay are doing something a little bit quirky. No, giving their fifth album a cryptically exotic title doesn't count. Days after Chris Martin weirdly hung up on a radio interviewer who asked about his totally newsworthy wife, Rolling Stone reports that the British rockers have opted not to make Mylo Xyloto available to Spotify, Rhapsody, and other streaming services. The band did allow iTunes to stream songs from Mylo last week, and so far the band hasn't said why they're limiting the digital release of their latest disc to download-only services. Still, Coldplay's latest looks poised to debut at the top of the U.S. album charts by a healthy margin, according to Billboard. Mylo is reportedly expected to sell no fewer than 440,000 copies by October 30. That would give Coldplay their third No.

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    Watch Beyonce Show J. Cole How She Likes to 'Party'

    Another week, another radiant Beyoncé video, though this time with an oddly discordant poverty-chic tone. After nodding to New Edition with last week's luxuriously basic "Love on Top" clip, and drawing misguided plagiarism accusations for the fantastic "Countdown" a week earlier, this time the pop queen heads to a trailer park for Kanye West co-production "Party," the sixth video selection from this year's 4. Rapper Khia has already reminded us of her existence by accusing Ms. Knowles of ripping off her similar pool-party clip for 2002's still-relevant porn-rap hit "My Neck, My Back (Lick It)," but once again, such claims are overblown. They're also beside the point. One valid complaint about the video is that it swaps out Andre 3000's sex-talking verse for Jay-Z protege J.

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    Don't Bug Duff McKagan With Kurt Cobain Conspiracy Questions

    This is what happens when you disrespect Duff McKagan. The former Guns N' Roses bassist and current member of Velvet Revolver and Loaded visited Seattle University last week to sign his new memoir, It's So Easy and Other Lies. As the Seattle Post-Intelligencer recounts, that's when McKagan got a question from a local man who's notorious for claiming that Kurt Cobain's suicide was actually a murder. McKagan, a Seattle resident, says he was among the last people to talk with the Nirvana frontman before his death. His questioner, a former Seattle mayoral candidate named Richard Lee, has been slapped with restraining orders by Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic and others close to Cobain, and he was raising his usual Kurt questions at the book event.

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    The Steve Jobs' iPod Autopsy: Apple Innovator Stuck in the '60s

    Changing the face of music doesn't mean having to keep up with it. Steve Jobs, who died earlier this month at age 56 after a seven-year battle with pancreatic cancer, paved the way for the digital music industry as we know it but, as a new biography reveals, the Apple co-founder packed his own iPod with artists from the 8-track era. "His iPod selections were those of a kid from the '70s with his heart in the '60s," Walter Isaacson writes in the new book, simply titled Steve Jobs. Sure, Jobs listened to several acts young enough to have grown up using the personal computers he helped pioneer. Among them: Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Green Day, and John Mayer. But these "more contemporary artists" made up "only about a quarter" of the songs on Jobs's iPod, Isaacson writes — and that's counting U2 and Talking Heads.

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