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Watch Evanescence's Reflective New 'Imperfection' Video

Evanescence have shared their reflective new video for “Imperfection,” a song off the band’s upcoming album Synthesis

Shot in Los Angeles, the video’s opening minutes focus on a young girl shell-shocked following an unseen tragedy. Those images are juxtaposed with Evanescence singer Amy Lee sitting at a bus stop on a rain-soaked night. After two minutes of stirring strings, the video, which continues Evanescence’s collaboration with director P.R. Brown, visually unfurls.

“This collaboration with P.R. Brown has just gotten better and more crucial as we’ve gone along,” Amy Lee said of the video in a statement. “It started out with the Synthesis artwork, I told him how I saw the music, as this co-existence of synthetic and organic, the contrast and the blend of two very different elements. He interpreted that visually into mixing media, hand painting on photographs, putting every shot into its own unique universe.”

Lee continued, “The idea for the ‘Imperfection’ video was about bringing that art to life, and capturing the emotion of the lyrics. Our amazing young actress, Rogue Parker, plays the role of me as a girl, my inner-self. The video is meant to give visual to feeling, an internal picture of processing loss, and life, speaking from an adult’s perspective to my past self.”

Brown added, “This is such a powerful track that resonates on a truly emotional level. The goal we wanted to achieve in the video was to create a visual translation of the music and reveal the meaning in an abstract way. We all struggle in life and need help to get through everything. In this case we wanted to show that sometimes the strength needed to get through has to come from you.”

“Imperfection,” Synthesis‘ closingtrack, is one of two new songs (along with “Hi-Lo) that Evanescencerecorded for their new album, which features orchestral reworked versions ofsongs from Evanescence’s prior three LPs. Synthesis is out November 10th.

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Livi Zheng Launched Teaser in World Bank and IMF Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — There was no better time to launch the Bali: Beats of Paradise teaser than during the 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and IMF, Washington D.C. last week.
Bali: Beats of Paradise is a gamelan-themed film directed by Livi Zheng,…

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Livi Zheng Launched Teaser in World Bank and IMF Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — There was no better time to launch the Bali: Beats of Paradise teaser than during the 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and IMF, Washington D.C. last week.
Bali: Beats of Paradise is a gamelan-themed film directed by Livi Zheng,…

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Watch Rita Ora's Wild New York City Night in New 'Anywhere' Video

Rita Ora‘s new video for “Anywhere” romanticizes being young and free in New York City. Directed by Declan Whitebloom (Taylor Swift, One Direction), Ora prances under the glowing screens of Times Square and through the narrow streets of chinatown, singing about the joys of anonymity in the bustling city. 

Ora cowrote “Anywhere” with Andrew Watt, who penned the similarly mid-tempo hit “Havana,” for Camila Cabello. “Anywhere” strides forward on a firm EDM beat that’s more a metronome guiding Ora’s vocal. Unlike her last single, the melancholic Avicii collaboration, “Lonely Together,” Ora sounds refreshingly unadorned on this simple song. 

“I was in a routine, working every day, and found myself day dreaming about breaking out of the city and going on a road trip with my friends and never looking back,” the singer said in a statement. “This is pop at its sweetest, most persuasive form of escapism.”

Ora’s forthcoming record, which will be her first official release in the Unites States, is set to arrive in 2018. The album’s first single, “Your Song,” was cowritten by fellow Brit, Ed Sheeran. 

In October, Ora launched The Open Mic Project, which calls upon fans to submit stories of acceptance, inclusion and fear until December 1st. Ora, who felt compelled by the project due to her refugee roots, said she will co-create a song from pieces of the submitted stories and premiere the result ahead of the 60th Grammy Awards in 2018. 

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Hear Mariah Carey's Sentimental New Christmas Ballad 'The Star'

Christmas queen Mariah Carey has recorded another nativity-themed, adult-contemporary holiday ballad, which will appear in the upcoming animated movie The Star. “Strong and wise, keeping the Lord as your guide,” she sings on “The Star.” “And through the doubt you realize He’s with you all the while … follow that star above you.”

The track leads off the movie’s soundtrack album, which will come out on October 27th; “The Star” is an instant-gratification download to people who buy the album early. Fifth Harmony, Pentatonix, Yolanda Adams, A Great Big World and Kirk Franklin also appear on the soundtrack, among others.

The movie, which features the voices of Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Clarkson, Tracy Morgan and Keegan-Michael Key, is due out November 17th. It tells the story of the nativity through the eyes of a donkey named Bo (Steven Yeun) who teams with a sheep and a dove who travel together and cross paths with what press materials describe as “three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals.” They all end up playing a role in the birth of Christ.

Carey established herself as a holiday hit-maker in 1994 when her single “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was certified double platinum and became a ubiquitous yuletide anthem. It peaked at Number 11 on the Hot 100 (in 2016) and has spent 19 weeks on the chart total; it hit Number One on Billboard’s Holiday Airplay chart in 2008 and has spent 91 weeks total on the chart. She’s also released two Christmas albums – 1994’s Merry Christmas (certified five times platinum) and 2010’s Merry Christmas II You (certified gold) – which both made it into the Top Five of the albums chart.

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Watch Steve Angello, Pusha T's Frantic 'Freedom' Video

Steve Angello released the new video for “Freedom,” the former Swedish House Mafia DJ’s collaboration with Pusha T.

The simple black-and-white video stays true to the frenetic, paranoid pace of the track as a man runs for unknown reasons, with surveillance video spying on him as he sprints into an isolated forest. The man finally collapses in a field, unable to conjure enough strength to continue moving. The “Freedom” video, directed by Alexander Wessely, ends with the man passed out and alone.

“Freedom: The quality or state of being free,” the video’s disclaimer reads at the onset. Pusha T’s rhymes reflect that theme with lyrics like “Money is power/ Look at the people in power/ Funeral flowers/ Freedom devoured/ This is not yours, this is ours/ America’s ours.”

“Freedom” appears on Angello’s new two-track EP Inferno Chapter II, the follow-up to August’s Genesis Chapter I EP. Paradiso Chapter III will follow before the arrival of the EDM star’s next full-length LP, Almost Human.

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Throbbing Gristle's Genesis P-Orridge Cancels Shows After Leukemia Diagnosis

Genesis P-Orridge’s upcoming European tour is canceled after the Throbbing Gristle co-founder announced he was diagnosed with leukemia.

In a Facebook post (via Pitchfork), P-Orridge detailed his leukemia battle. “This last [year] we and the band noticed we were getting more exhausted than usual and after almost every tour we collapsed sick, lethargic and worn out to a much deeper degree. About 4 weeks ago we were having severe problems breathing,” the singer wrote.

After going to the hospital, P-Orridge was diagnosed with “Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia. [Described] by my Doctors as ‘a severe, life threatening blood disorder.'”

Despite the illness, P-Orridge still planned on proceeding with side project Psychic TV’s upcoming tour but after hearing “the illness has gotten worse,” P-Orridge took the advice of doctors, bandmates and family to postpone the trek.

“To postpone was not my first choice by a long way. We are sorry for any disappointment and hope to repair that loss as soon as we can. We also apologize to promoters, and all the hundreds of visible and invisible people who make these tours happen and these venues survive,” P-Orridge continued. “We’ve been touring for about 50 [years] now. It’s the first time we have had to do this. We hope it will not be [necessary] again.”

The tour’s promoters Angry Love Productions added in a statement, “this year Genesis P-Orridge has had some major struggles with her health. During the last 2 months she has been hospitalized more than once. Her doctors have decided she should not travel at the present time in order to recover fully. Therefore all upcoming European dates will be postponed to 2018. We will announce once we know more.”

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Forty-Four Years Later Coveted Vinyl Album Officially Released on CD

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — After more than four decades, Ozone Unlimited is releasing an extremely rare collectible album – “Zerfas” – on compact disc. And it’s doing it to coincide with Halloween. Why? The original album cover design is orange and black to give a nod to…

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Forty-Four Years Later Coveted Vinyl Album Officially Released on CD

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — After more than four decades, Ozone Unlimited is releasing an extremely rare collectible album – “Zerfas” – on compact disc. And it’s doing it to coincide with Halloween. Why? The original album cover design is orange and black to give a nod to…

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Watch Marshmello, Khalid Ride Glowing Bicycles in 'Silence' Video

Marshmello and Khalid cruise around on glowing bicycles in their neon-lit “Silence” video. 

The EDM artist and emerging alt-soul singer ride around with a group of friends, armed with glow sticks and handheld camcorders. They spread a neon glimmer throughout their city, seemingly oblivious to the depressing scenes – a woman glimpsing an eviction notice on her door, a teenager watching his parents fight, a young man being manhandled by police – they pedal past.

Marshmello and Khalid released their collaboration in August, capping off their respective breakthrough successes over the last two years. Marshmello, the anonymous DJ-producer who famously performs wearing a marshmallow head, broke out in 2015 by remixing artists like Jack Ü and Zedd. He issued his debut studio LP, Joytime, last year, and recently cracked Forbes‘ list of 2017’s highest-paid DJs.

Khalid emerged in 2016 with his hit “Location,” which he recorded as an unsigned high school senior. The track highlights his March-issued debut LP, American Teen, which cracked Rolling Stone‘s list of the year’s 50 Best Albums So Far.

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