Sound Check
  • The wait is finally over!

    Just one day after hitting select stores in Ireland and Czech Republic, Arcade Fire's new album "Reflektor" leaked online -- five days before its official release.

    So now, the Canadian band has released the entire album on YouTube, and you can listen to it right now.

    Stream "Reflektor" in full below:

    "Reflektor" has already garnered a lot of attention, and on Thursday afternoon, the band's website even crashed.

    And of course, the album is exploding on Twitter, as well.

    Will you stream the album? Or will you wait until it hits stores on Oct. 29?

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  • Will Farquarson, Kyle Simmons, Dan Smith and Chris Wood of Bastille. (Bill McCay/WireImage)British rock band Bastille hit it big this year with their debut studio album “Bad Blood.” The album peaked at No. 1 on the music charts across the pond, was certified platinum and helped them sell out their U.K. tour and festival dates.

    Reaching milestones like these are events that many musicians can only dream of -- and group members Dan Smith and Will Farquarson tell Yahoo Canada Music that these occasions are experiences that they never thought would happen.

    “We were hoping just to get to a position where we could make another album and I know that our label definitely wasn’t expecting it,” Smith said. “It’s been a nice surprise for everyone all around … We feel very lucky and humbled by the amount of stuff that we’ve been able to do and this year has just been amazing.”

    Although “Bad Blood” isn’t even a year old yet, the band (Kyle Simmons, Chris Wood, Smith and Farquarson) is already working on new material for their next release, which will include an instrument that was

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  • Cassadee Pope has learned a lot on her musical journey.

    The singer, who won season 3 of "The Voice," reveals to Yahoo Canada Music that she's learned a certain lesson from her Big Machine Records label mate Taylor Swift on how to make it in the music business.

    Taylor Swift and Cassadee Pope. (Instagram)Taylor Swift and Cassadee Pope. (Instagram)

    “She’s a hard worker,” Pope said. “Even now, she’s the biggest country and pop singer in the world and she’s still working hard. She’s not taking vacations and time off to just take a breather … I know that she got to where she is because she worked hard [and] I’m never going to stop because I want to get there, too.”

    Since she was a young girl, the Florida native has been pushing towards her goal of becoming a successful musician. Today, it seems like now more than ever, she will stop at nothing to make her musical dreams a reality.

    “I have a certain goal in mind to be a massive artist that’s able to make this a career, sell out arenas and have everybody singing your words back to you,” she explained. “It’s been my dream since I

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  • The world can seem like a cruel place at times. But it’s perhaps even more cruel today now that Paris Hilton has debuted a 15-second extract from the video for her new song "Good Time" which is set to be officially unveiled on Oct. 1.

    Paris Hilton is back behind the microphone! (Rob Kim/Getty Images) Yes, you heard us right, after wrapping up a DJ residency in Ibiza, Paris Hilton is back behind the microphone and getting ready to take the music scene by storm.

    As anyone who’s still haunted by Hilton’s previous attempt at a pop career will readily tell you, this isn’t the first time the actress/socialite/fashionista/DJ/ model/ reality TV star has tried to sing for her supper. Back in 2006 she topped the Hungarian charts - and made the top 5 here in Canada (but let’s be quiet about that shall we?) - with “Stars are Blind,” the first single off her debut album "Paris." The album eventually flopped.

    However, Hilton isn’t the first celebrity who’s flopped as a singer. In fact a look through the seedier end of our CD collection reveals a rogue’s gallery of

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  • Carrie Underwood Takes a Tumble During Texas Concert

    photo: Instagram

    It's a performer's worst nightmare – you're flaunting your stuff on stage in front of thousands of adoring fans and then suddenly…you fall flat on your face. Carrie Underwood suffered such a fate when she took a plunge during her concert in Corpus Christi, Texas on Thursday night.

    The singer was wearing massive stilettos and a long top that hung very low in the back – a recipe for disaster. She was rocking out and strutting her stuff on stage when a misstep caused her heel to get caught and she took a tumble backwards.

    A consummate pro, the former "American Idol" continued singing as though nothing had happened, even though she had injured herself.

    Not surprisingly, the good-natured star had a sense of humor about the whole thing, tweeting after the show, "Hey, remember that time in Corpus Christi when that girl busted her butt on stage?! Hilarious! Oh wait, that was me! #5inchheels #klutz."

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    Getting celebrity collaborators on your record is all the rage at the moment. But when it comes to the deluxe edition of Drake's "Nothing Was The Same" album, not even Jay Z, Lil Wayne or Hudson Mohawke can compete with Drake’s dad, who will be collaborating with the Toronto native on one of the tracks.

    Drake’s dad Dennis Graham, who the singer revealed "always wanted to be a famous singer," will appear on a bonus track called "Heat of the Moment."

    "My dad is a star, that's what you have to understand," Drake said in a recent interview with XXL. "I'm living my dad's dream."

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  • For their latest music video "Infinitesimal," Vancouver indie rock band Mother Mother decided to feature their fans -- and in addition to showcasing their dance moves, a familiar puppet also makes an appearance in the clip.

    Iggy, the bow-tie wearing iguana from the late-‘80s to early -‘90s Canadian series “Under the Umbrella Tree,” pops up in the video at the 2:04 minute mark. Mother Mother members Ryan Guldemond and Ali Siadat told Yahoo! Canada Music that including the loveable character was no coincidence.

    “That just so happens to be our sound man and tour manager’s dad, who did the puppeteering for that show, Bob Stutt,” Guldemond said. “He would have done the gesticulating with the puppet and the voice.”

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  • VMA attendees will walk away with Valentino sunnies, a luxurious stay at the Marriott and a bikini -- and that's not all. (Valentino/Marriott/Blue Glue)

    Celebrities attending this Sunday’s star-studded MTV Video Music Awards won’t just have a chance of walking away with a shiny trinket to put on their mantelpieces; they’ll also be taking home a swag-laden gift bag.

    Yes, as well as the fame and fortune; the freebies seem to be a big draw for those celebrities who are heading to New York this weekend. That’s because every A-lister who attends Sunday’s show will go home with a bag crammed full of exclusive goodies from sponsors and local businesses.

    So what kind of stuff can the likes of Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Drake expect to find under their seats?

    Since this year’s VMAs are being held in Brooklyn -- the first time the borough has acted as event host -- there’s plenty of BK-themed gifts, including Brooklyn Nets gear, H. Fox & Co. chocolate syrup and even a gift certificate for a local cycling studio.

    There’s also Valentino sunglasses, a bottle of Katy Perry’s new fragrance ‘Killer Queen,’ a free two-night stay in the New York

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  • Macklemore is up for six awards at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. (Slaven Vlasic/WireImage)It’s been a whirlwind year for Macklemore – a.k.a Ben Haggerty. Over the past 12 months, the Seattle-based star has enjoyed two back-to-back No. 1 songs on the Billboard 100, with his hit single “Thrift Shop” selling 2.2 million copies and receiving more than 400 million views on YouTube. The success continued when “Can’t Hold Us” also reached the top spot, making Macklemore and regular co-conspirator Ryan Lewis the first duo in the chart’s history to have their first two singles reach No. 1.

    So what does the 30-year-old attribute his success to? Apparently it’s because he’s white. Or at least that’s what he told Rolling Stone as part of an in-depth interview which forms the cover story of the latest issue:

    "If you’re going to be a white dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability," Haggerty says. "You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how you’re benefiting from it. At the very least, just bringing up those points and

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  • *NSYNC at the Billboard Music Awards in 1999. (Getty Images)

    They might have said “Bye, Bye, Bye” to their fans back in the early 2000s, but if reports are true, *NSYNC are getting back together.

    The band made up of Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and of course Justin Timberlake, are rumoured to perform at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclay Centre in New York City, where Justin Timberlake is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award.

    If true it would be the first time the band have performed together live on TV since delivering a Bee Gees tribute at the Grammys in 2003. Since then a reunion has long been touted. But the band, who had hits with songs like “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” has always denied reunion rumours, with Timberlake in particular too busy forging a successful solo career to return to the fold.

    If they do return this Sunday *NSYNC won’t be the first group who have got the back together. In fact reunions seem to be something of a rite of passage for boy bands. We take a look at five boy

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