PREVIEW: Ellie Goulding’s new album ‘Halcyon’

Interscope Records released a two-minute sample of Ellie Goulding’s next album, Halcyon, which is due to release in the U.S. on Oct. 9. Are you excited to hear new material from the EDM queen?

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Bon Iver Offers Fans Chance to Remix Songs + Win $10K

Not only has the Justin Vernon-fronted Bon Iver overtaken the indie music landscape in recent years, but now the act is partnering with music networking site Indaba to give fans the chance to expand on the band’s already-complex music. Here’s how it works: Go to this page to download the various stems for every song on Bon Iver’s self-titled album. (At the very least, this is a golden opportunity to hear Justin Vernon’s isolated vocal tracks.) Join the music-networking site Indaba and REMIX as many of the songs as you like before Aug. 29. Next month, users will get to vote on the various remixes, and winners will get $1,000 per song as well as having their finished work featured on a Spotify remix album.

WATCH: Passion Pit’s music video for “Constant Conversations”

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Passion Pit has revealed their latest music video, this one for “Constant Conversations.” It is directed by Dori Oskowitz. The track is featured off the band’s latest effort, Gossamer, which released earlier this month.

Passion Pit will perform this weekend at Lollapalooza.

MTV VMA Nominations: Gotye, Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, fun., Jay-Z, Kanye West & more!

Rihanna and Drake led Tuesday’s MTV VMA nominations with five each, including Video of the Year. Katy Perry earned four nods, while Watch The Throne’s Jay-Z and Kanye West, Beyoncé, Coldplay, M.I.A. and Frank Ocean all scored three a piece. Perry and M.I.A. were both nominated for Video of the Year, with first-time nominee Gotye competing against the previously mentioned heavy hitters in the same category.

Video of the Year
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”

Best New Artist
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
The Wanted, “Glad You Came”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, “Heartbeat”
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “HYFR”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
The Throne, “Paris”
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap”

Best Male Video
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Usher, “Climax”

Best Female Video
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Katy Perry, “Part of Me”
Beyoncé, “Love on Top”
Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
Selena Gomez & The Scene, “Love You Like a Love Song”

Best Pop Video
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”

Best Rock Video
Coldplay, “Paradise”
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Linkin Park, “BURN IT DOWN”
Jack White, “Sixteen Saltines”
Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”

Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”
Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”
Martin Solveig, “The Night Out”
Avicii, “Le7els”

Best Video With a Message
Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
Rise Against, “Ballad of Hollis Brown”
Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side”
Gym Class Heroes, “The Fighter”
K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, “Is Anybody Out There?”
Lil Wayne, “How to Love”

Best Art Direction
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”
Regina Spektor, “All the Rowboats”
Of Monsters & Men, “Little Talks”

Best Choreography
Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
Avicii, “Le7els”
Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, “Dance Again”

Best Cinematography
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Adele, “Someone Like You”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”

Best Direction
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
The Throne, “Otis”

Best Editing
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
A$AP Rocky, “Goldie”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
The Throne, “Paris”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”

Best Visual Effects
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
Linkin Park, “BURN IT DOWN”

WIN Vinyl copy of Frank Ocean’s ‘channel ORANGE!’

UPDATE: Contest extended until August 8, 2012, due to delays by Ocean’s label in releasing vinyl.

Frank Ocean’s album, channel ORANGE, which released digitally on July 10, is set to be available on VINYL July 31 via Def Jam Records. We are giving away a vinyl + MP3 bundle of the record: ENTER HERE.

Ellie Goulding announces new album, ‘Halcyon’

Ellie Goulding has announced the highly-anticipated release of her follow-up to her 2010 debut album, Lights. Her new project, Halcyon, will be available on Oct. 9.

The album is written entirely by Goulding, who co-produced the record with Jim Elliott (Kylie Minogue, Ladyhawke). The lead single will be titled “Anything Could Happen” and will be released digitally on Aug. 21 (with a video premiere on Aug. 13).

“Lights,” the lead single and title track from Goulding’s debut album, has sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Confirmed: Ed Sheeran will perform Olympics closing ceremony

Ed Sheeran’s manager confirmed on Sunday that the British singer-songwriter is slated to perform the Olympics closing ceremony in London. The finale will take place on Aug. 12 and many big names are rumored to be part of the line-up.

Other possible performances include Emeli Sande (who performed during the opening ceremony), The Pet Shop Boys, One Direction, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Take That, George Michael and The Who.

Read the latest issue of Variance, which features Sheeran:

‘The Office’ hires Jake Lacy as regular next season

NBC’s veteran comedy The Office appears to be making some serious moves to restructure the show. Better With You’s Jake Lacy will join the cast as a series regular this fall, according to TVLine.

He joins newcomer Clark Duke (Greek, Kick-Ass), who signed on earlier this month. There is no word on the characters each will be playing.

As previously reported, The Office is undergoing some changes in front of and behind the camera — including the departure of showrunner Paul Lieberstein (aka Toby), as well as the possible exit of Rainn Wilson (Lieberstein and Wilson are working on a “spin-off” show for the latter). Additionally, B.J. Novak (Ryan) and Mindy Kaling (Kelly) will not be returning full-time. Kaling’s highly-anticipated new series The Mindy Project has already been well-received by critics and is sure to fit in nicely behind Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl on Fox.

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