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Hoodie Allen unveils 'No Interruption' acoustic

Long Island rapper Hoodie Allen releases new mixtape

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Hoodie Allen has gone acoustic.

The Long Island rapper unveiled the acoustic version of “No Interruption” today, while also announcing that he will release a six-song EP “Americoustic” Aug. 13 and a national tour starting Oct. 19 in Buffalo and closing Nov. 29 at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, though Allen will offer a special pre-sale through his website tomorrow.


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Justin Timberlake's 'Take Back the Night' video debuts

Justin Timberlake performs during the Wireless Festival at

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Justin Timberlake’s new single “Take Back the Night” (RCA) shows what happens when you draw too much from your influences. The first single from the second installment of Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” owes so much to Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” and The Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” – right down to the horn flourishes – that going back to the originals makes more sense....

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Jay Z to debut 'Picasso Baby' video on HBO Friday

Jay-Z performs at the Wireless Festival at the

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Jay-Z will unveil his video for “Picasso Baby” on HBO Friday night, following an interview on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

The video is based on Jay’s six-hour performance of the song at the Pace Gallery earlier this month, rapping the song directly to people one-on-one -- some famous, including actor Alan Cumming, performance artist Marina Abramovic and New York magazine’s Jerry Saltz, and...

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Intro 7.29.13: Videos from Beyonce, Beck, Justin Bieber and more

Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World

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Beyonce proves you don’t need a new album to launch a massive tour, stopping at Izod Center Wednesday and Barclays Center Saturday, Sunday and next Monday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at


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Jen Chapin talks food, politics and her 'Reckoning'

Jen Chapin wanted to reach a wider audience

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Jen Chapin felt that it was time.

After years of truly being a D.I.Y. artist – from recording and producing herself (with help from her husband, bassist/composer Stephan Crump) to mailing out her own CDs – the Huntington native wanted the songs that would become her new album, “Reckoning” (Purple Chair), to reach as many people as possible.

“I’ve been able to do this all my life and...

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Lady Gaga to perform at MTV VMAs

Singer Lady Gaga is a critic of hydraulic

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Lady Gaga is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Aug. 25, where she will unveil the first single from her upcoming “ARTPOP” album.

Gaga is the first announced performer for the ceremony, which is returning to New York for the first time in four years. Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the night with six nominations apiece.

Since hip...

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Barclays Center debuts as America's top arena

Beyonce is scheduled to perform at Barclays Center

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 The Barclays Center has officially opened with a bang.

 The Brooklyn arena was named the top-grossing venue in America for the first half of 2013, according to Billboard, with $46.9 million in gross ticket sales revenue. According to Pollstar, the venue – which has hosted 51 concerts since it opened in September and will bring in Beyonce and Justin Bieber next week – was the third-biggest...

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'Best Song Ever,' One Direction's new music video: Watch

One Direction on stage at the Nikon Theater

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On One Direction’s current tour, it became clear that they were more of a rock band that didn’t play instruments than a group in the traditional boy band mold. “Best Song Ever” (Columbia), from the soundtrack of their upcoming documentary “This Is Us,” moves further down that road. Filled with more guitars and a recurring yelp that may be another nod to The Clash, “Best Song Ever” is undeniably...

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Intro 7.22.13: Videos from Imagine Dragons, Bon Jovi, New Order and more

The 2012 breakout band, Imagine Dragons, will perform

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Imagine Dragons are so hot they are “Radioactive” – and headlining Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Thursday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at


IMAGINE DRAGONS, “Radioactive.”...

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Marc Anthony addresses All-Star Game racial controversy

Marc Anthony talks to Kelly Ripa and Michael

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Marc Anthony took aim at those who criticized Major League Baseball’s decision to have him sing “God Bless America” at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game because he was "a foreigner."

“There were some statements made that people were upset that they would have someone from another country sing the national anthem,” Anthony said this morning on “Live with Kelly and Michael.” “Let’s get...

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