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  • Think "classically trained violinist" and words such as shred, dubstep, and electronica don't usually flow into one's mind. Unless, of course, the musician in question is Lindsey Stirling, who's built a remarkable and mostly word-of-mouth following due to her fierce, genre-bending approach to the fiddle, with which she stirs up some fairly crazy (and totally danceable) mixes.

    Stirling rose to viral prominence off of the strength of her equally eclectic videos; in particular, her mesmerizing clip for "Crystallize." To say she's popular on YouTube is an understatement: Stirling's channel has more than 3 million followers and has passed the 400 million mark in views.

    If you're among the masses who loved "Crystallize," we at Yahoo Music are delighted to offer a first listen at a different version of the song, which is one of three new tunes included on an expanded version of her self-titled album coming out October 29.

    "I wanted to turn 'Crystallize' from a harsh dubstep song, into a

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  • By Laura Ferreiro

    Imagine if Jack Black joined forces with Foo Fighters and Nirvana legend Dave Grohl and actor-musician Val Kilmer to form a supergroup. Now imagine if that group was a '70s country-rock band that died in plane crash and returned to the present day as ghosts to haunt a recording studio and resolve some unfinished business. Sound impossible? Well, Sweetriver and the Huckleberry Dogs is just such a ghoulish group.

    Black, Grohl, and Kilmer lent their formidable talents to form the fictional band on the new Web comedy series "Ghost Ghirls," which is executive-produced by Black and airs on Yahoo Screen.

    The hilarious series chronicles the exploits of best friends Heidi (Amanda Lund) and Angelica (Maria Blasucci), who work as paranormal investigators. When the ghostbusting duo gets called in to a recording studio to investigate a paranormal disturbance, they discover the spirits of Sweetriver and the Huckleberry Dogs – still clad in their '70s regalia – who are trapped in

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  • The #WeCanSurvive performers (L-R) Sara Quin, Sara Bareilles, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Ellie Goulding, Bonnie McKee, and Tegan Quin (Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

    If there was any question as to whether or not there was residual tension between Katy Perry and Sara Bareilles over their very similar sounding singles, it was all put to rest Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl.

    For the #WeCanSurvive cancer benefit at the Hollywood Bowl, Katy brought Sara out on stage to sing her empowerment anthem, alongside the night's other headliners Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, Kacey Musgraves, and Bonnie McKee. Earlier in the night, Sara closed her set by singing "Brave."

    When "Roar," Katy's lead single from new album "Prism," came out in August, many pointed out that it sounded oddly similar to "Brave," Sara's lead single that came out in April from her new album "The Blessed Unrest." The comparison spawned a number of online parody comparisons (this one was always our favorite).

    For the record, both women have previously said multiple times

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  • Only someone as legendary as Paul McCartney could bring former star-crossed lovers Johnny Depp and Kate Moss within a stone's throw of each other — sort of. Macca's latest video, "Queenie Eye," debuted on Thursday to much fanfare due to a bevy of A-list cameos that included Kate and Johnny, along with Meryl Streep, Tom Ford, Sean Penn, Chris Pine, Lily Cole, and many more.

    Shot in Abbey Road Studios no less, a Birkenstock-ed Sir Paul sits down at the grand piano for the upbeat, classically McCartney song as his fabulously famous friends pop up around him, culminating in a full-on dance party. Even dapper designer Ford's awkward head bobbing couldn't bring it down.

    Johnny Depp, Tom Ford, Meryl Streep, Kate Moss, Sean Penn, Jude Law, Chris Pine, Lily Cole

    But it was the promise of a Kate Moss-Johnny Depp reunion that had every celeb-obsessed fan waiting for the video. The ridiculously good-looking former couple hasn't shared the screen since their breakup in 1998 after an intense and very public four-year relationship. Unfortunately, as far as we can tell, they two weren't

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  • Photo: Amberly ValentineBy Laura Ferreiro

    Flash back to the mid-'90s, and the smooth, trip-hop stylings of Portishead, Massive Attack, and Morcheeba were dominating the airwaves and soundtracking countless romantic encounters.

    While Portishead and Massive Attack went on to achieve nearly iconic status, Morcheeba seemed to dissolve into the background, flying under most people's radars despite releasing a handful of critically acclaimed albums in the first decade of the new millennium -- their early hit "Trigger Hippie" just a distant, pleasant memory.

    This likely had a lot to do with the departure of Morcheeba's velvet-voiced lead singer, Skye Edwards, who's now reunited with original bandmates Paul and Ross Godfrey after departing from the band in 2003. "It was pretty much the height of our career, we had headlined the Glastonbury Festival and the Hollywood Bowl, but all three of us were not getting along so well," Edwards recalls. "They sensed that I was not happy…and then our manager phoned up and said

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  • Break out the dimes for the jukebox, baby. Joan Jett, noted lover of rock 'n' roll, is back in a big way.

    The iconic star released her first collection of new music in close to a decade, "Unvarnished," at the end of last month, and there's no sign one of rock's edgiest gals has lost a bit of her sharpness. So what has Jett been up to since we've heard from her last?

    From "Any Weather" video

    Well, for a start, there's Yahoo Music's exclusive premiere of the "Any Weather" video for your perusal. This particular song was co-written with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl — a collaboration Jett has said she'd been longing to do for some time — and the two recorded it in his studio.

    While the lyrics may sound like a typical ode to sticking with a romantic relationship ("We can stay together/through any weather"), the son actually, according to the singer, carries an eco-friendly message that Jett calls "a love song to the Earth." The theme is supported by the stunning visuals of beautiful global scenery, juxtaposed

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  • The American Music Awards have never gotten the same due as the Grammys. "They're just a popularity poll," critics scoff. That may be true, but that is also the show's core appeal. The show does a good job of documenting who was hot and who was not each year—which has been its central mission from the day Dick Clark created the show in 1973. As such, the show has provided a snapshot of America's always-evolving musical tastes.

    When you look at the artists who have won the most awards in each category over the years, in many cases, the most famous and iconic artist in that category comes out on top. Michael Jackson won the most awards for Favorite Album in both Pop/Rock and Soul/R&B. That makes sense. Kenny Rogers has won the most awards for Favorite Album—Country. Again, that sounds right. Eminem has won the most for Favorite Artist—Rap/Hip-Hop. Again, I'll go with that.

    Here's a recap of 21 of the AMA's 22 current categories (and here's a link to their site). I show which artist has won the most awards over the years in that category. In most cases, I also show key runners-up. (The 22nd category is Favorite New Artist, a category in which no one has won more than once.)

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  • Jackson, Presley, Marley (Getty/Getty/Everett)
    Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor — they're all just as rich, if not richer, in death as they were in life. How come?

    They’re not only wealthier in death; they’re also shinier than some of the biggest living names out there right now. Per Forbes, Jackson made $160 million over the past year, topping the very alive Madonna, who made about $125 million.

    So why is The Gloved One able to make it rain all the way from Heaven?

    Several reasons. First, he was hugely influential in life, just like Bettie Page or Jenni Rivera or Presley or Taylor or Bob Marley. So it’s only natural that folks would still want to spend money on a dead star’s movies or music.

    "These are people who had dramatic impact on our lives and culture," says Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide, which manages the intellectual property of celebrities both dead and alive. "Michael Jackson was the greatest entertainer of all time.
    Rivera (Getty)

    "And if you look at [the late] Jenni Rivera or Bettie Page, both of which are

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  • Photo: Jim Spellman"The Art of Letting Go" is the name of Mariah Carey's new single, which will debut on Facebook on Nov. 11, but it's likely the singer didn't have those words in mind when she injured her shoulder in July on the set of a music video for the remix of "#Beautiful."

    "I fell off something very high and I dislocated my shoulder; fractured my shoulder," Carey revealed in a recent interview with CNN. As a result of the fall, she said she also injured her ribs and she's required extensive physical therapy. "I'm like 90-95% there," she told CNN. "This is something very new to me, and the pain is very new. On every level I can relate to this song."

    In a separate interview with Extra, Carey revealed, "There was nerve damage. It was very serious and I downplayed the seriousness of the situation."

    As for "The Art of Letting Go," Carey says, "I want my fans to understand this is for them; for them to hear this song and know that it means something. I would only hope people who are not fans will feel

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  • Photo: Rick DiamondToday the 109th World Series begins at Boston's historic Fenway Park as the Red Sox meet the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1.

    Stepping up to the plate to promote the series is Cash Money cross-genre hit-maker Kevin Rudolf with his new single "Here's to Us." The track will be featured in a new promo that will premiere during the World Series broadcast on FOX and will run on MLB Network though the series and off-season. It features clips of all 30 Major League Baseball teams and such heavy hitters as Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz, Yadier Molina, Andrew McCutchen, and Hanley Ramirez. (You can see the video here.)

    "I'm honored to become a part of America's historical favorite pastime, and to share the feel good vibe of this song with baseball fans across the country," says the "Let It Rock" singer, known for his mix of rock and hip-hop. "I hope this song ignites special, feel-good memories to those that hear it."

    "Here's to Us" is the first single off Rudolf's next album, which will be released

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