Spotify Can Now Replace Your Game’s Music On PlayStation

It just got a little bit easier to mix Slayer and “Dragon Age.”

A new Spotify app is launching for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 systems Monday that allows users to listen to albums, singles, custom playlists and everything else the music streaming service already offers on other devices. The move is the latest example of a media ramp-up on Sony’s popular video game consoles, coming just weeks after the launches of PlayStation Vue, a streaming TV service, and HBO Go for PlayStation 4.

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Cycling through albums on PlayStation’s new Spotify app.

You’ll access Spotify via the PlayStation’s menu like any other app or game. Once the program is started, you can cycle through music on your TV and control it with your DualShock controller. You can also control music using a connected device, such as a smartphone — a standard Spotify feature.

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An example list of connected devices using Spotify on a Windows 8 computer.

There is a unique feature on the PlayStation Spotify app, however: It will allow you to select music and play it over a game’s existing audio. If you were so inclined, you could blast some Drake over “Minecraft” or Johannes Brahms over “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.”

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Imagine this climactic moment in “Dragon Age: Inquisition” set to “All About That Bass” as performed by the Kidz Bop Kids. Heaven.

Of course, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. Tom Happ, developer and composer for “Axiom Verge,” an upcoming PlayStation 4 title, told The Huffington Post that sound is a vital part of many games.

“I do personally feel that games tend to go hand in hand with their soundtracks, so it would be a little like watching the music video for one song while the audio from a different song plays,” Happ told HuffPost.

That said, you might be forgiven for throwing on some interesting tunes if you’re spending hours dodging lightning in the Thunder Plains of “Final Fantasy X.” (Just trust us on this.)

Spotify will be available on your PlayStation Monday — the app is “rolling out,” meaning there’s not a specific time you should expect it. It’s launching in 41 different markets, including the United States, Canada and Mexico. If you already have a Spotify account, logging in is simple, and both the free and premium versions will work. If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can sign up via PlayStation and use the credit card associated with your PlayStation Network account, a Spotify representative said. New users will be able to test Spotify Premium for 30 days at no charge.

Eden Sher voices Disney’s first kick-butt princess for <em>Star vs. the Forces of Evil</em>

By her own admission, Eden Sher lives in an almost perpetual state of hyperbole.

“That’s why I always have to try and keep myself in check,” this 24 year-old actress admitted during a recent phone interview. “Otherwise — whenever anyone asks me what I’m working on now — my automatic response is that it’s ‘ … THE BEST THING EVER!’ “

Mind you, it’s easy to understand why this Critics’ Choice winner (Sher took home the Television Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress in 2013) is so upbeat these days, given the year that Sue Heck (i.e., the character that Eden plays on ABC‘s long-running sitcom, The Middle) has been having. Between the stresses that this college-bound senior has been facing while applying to schools — not to mention being blindsided by a surprise marriage proposal from her boyfriend Darrin — Heck, as a character, has been giving Sher a heck of a lot of fun stuff to play over the past year.

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But since The Middle just finished shooting its sixth season this past Friday, Eden is now pouring her over abundance of enthusiasm into her next project, Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Which is this brand-new animated series which will debut on Disney XD tonight at 8 p.m. ET / PT.

“As someone who just loves animation and comic books, I have to say that I have never seen a character like Star Butterfly before. She is Disney’s first-ever kick-butt princess. And I am just thrilled beyond words that they chose me to voice this character,” Sher said.

Mind you, when Eden originally auditioned for this part back in 2013, she wasn’t sure that the show’s producers actually did want her to be the voice of Star. Who’s this wand-toting teenage princess from another dimension who’s been sent to Earth to live with the Diaz family.

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“I come from the live-action world. Where if you audition for a part, you typically find out that day — at the absolute latest, by the end of the week — whether or not you got the part,” Sher explained. “So when I went in and auditioned for Star, it kind of killed me that, by the end of that week, they still hadn’t called. Because from the very first second that I got the breakdown for this character, I just loved Star. I so wanted to be the voice of this character. But when I didn’t hear back from Daron (Nefcy, the creator / producer of Star vs. the Forces of Evil), I just assumed that I didn’t get it. So I was like ‘Well, that sucks. It wasn’t me. I guess that it will be someone else.’ And then I just forgot about it.”

But then two months later when Eden found that she had in fact been cast as the voice of Star Butterfly, Sher began bouncing off the walls with glee. Which proved to be a bit of a problem once Eden got in the recording booth.

“You have to understand that this was the very first time that I had voiced a character for animation. So since I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, I began jumping around the booth while I was recording Star’s lines for the pilot. And they actually had to stop this recording session to explain that the mics that they use are so sensitive that they can actually pick up when you’re moving around inside the booth. So I had to then teach myself how to stand still while I was recording Star’s lines. Which is tougher than you might think because Star Butterfly is such an active and awesome character,” Sher enthused.

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And clearly animation fans agree with Eden. Given that — just based on the title sequence of this new Disney XD series (which was shown once just before a Disney Television Animation panel got underway at Comic-Con last July but wound up being captured on someone’s iPhone and then get uploaded to YouTube) — Star vs. the Forces of Evil fan art began popping up all over the Internet last Fall.

“I remember coming in for a recording session about that same time and seeing all of this Star fan art up on the walls at Disney Television Animation. And I asked ‘Does stuff like this typically happen before a show officially goes on the air?’ And they told me that this almost never happens. That animation fans usually have to see a few episodes before they then decide whether they want to embrace a new show or not. But in Star vs. the Forces of Evil‘s case, that title sequence was all they needed to see. Once they saw Star & Marco jumping from dimension to dimension, they then realized that this show was going to be something special. Which is when they started sending in all of these drawings of the show’s characters,” Sher stated.

And it wasn’t just animation fans who liked what they saw with Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Disney XD officials were so impressed with the finished episodes of this new animated series that they’d received that they actually renewed Star for Season 2 back on February 12th of this year. Which was a full six weeks before the first episode of Star vs. the Forces of Evil was officially scheduled to air on Disney XD.

“And news like that would have normally freaked me out,” Eden admitted. “But I believe so strongly in this show and the character of Star, who’s this vaguely aggressive girly princess. Honestly, I’ve never identified so much with a cartoon character before. I mean, Star is so much like me in that she’s always wrong. She’s always messing up. But at the same time, this character has such a good heart. Star is fiercely loyal when it comes to her friends and never backs down from a fight. There’s so much going on there. And that’s what makes this character so much fun to voice,” Sher concluded.

“I just wish that — when I was growing up — that there would have been a television show on with a character like Star Butterfly. Because if I were a little girl and had a character like Star that I could have idolized, I would have …,” Eden paused and then laughed. “Well, I probably would have turned out exactly the same. But if there’s a generation of little girls who actually do wind up being inspired by this character that Daron has created, Disney’s first kick-butt princess … Oh boy, I am more than ready for that. I would love to be associated with a project like that. That would be a dream come true for me.”

If you want to see if Sher’s dream really does come true, do check out tonight’s premiere of Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Which airs on Disney XD starting at 8 p.m. ET / PT.

Teletubbies-Joy Division Mashup Will Give You Nightmares

TV’s “Teletubbies” have always had a sort of stoner appeal to them, but this new video might be more of a bad trip.

The clip shows the characters from the beloved British TV show in black and white, and set to the funereal tune of “Atmosphere” by Joy Division.

The mashup was put together by Christopher G. Brown, a Boston-based musician and member of Vary Lumar, after an eerie black-and-white photo of the Teletubbies went viral last week, and some remarked online that it looked like something out of the Joy Division video.

Here’s the original video for “Atmosphere,” directed by Anton Corbijn, for comparison:

John Oliver’s April Fools’ Day Pledge Will Restore The True Meaning Of April 1st

John Oliver wants to bring back the true meaning of April 1st — and it’s got nothing to do with pulling an April Fools’ Day prank or hoax.

It’s “the day we traditionally look at our calendars and think, ‘Oh shit, I really have to do my taxes,'” Oliver said in a clip posted online in lieu of his HBO show, “Last Week Tonight,” which was off on Sunday.

Explaining that April Fools’ Day pranks are for sociopaths, Oliver is asking his viewers to take the “No Prank Pledge,” because “April Fools’ Day is to comedy as to St. Patrick’s Day is to Irish Culture,” he said. “It is a mockery of the very concept that usually ends in a fistfight.”

Check out the clip above for more… and to take the pledge yourself.

“Last Week Tonight” returns on Sunday night.

Taylor Swift Wins Artist Of The Year At IHeartRadio Awards

The iHeartRadio Music Awards should be called the iHeartTaylorSwift Awards.

The pop singer cleaned house at the show Sunday, winning artist of the year and song of the year for “Shake It Off,” and even assisted Madonna by strumming her guitar onstage while the pop icon sang a new song. “More than anything in the world, I just hope that any of the fans watching know how much I adore you … we’ve gotten closer and closer with each year, not further apart,” a glossy-eyed Swift said at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. “Like, you make me so happy.”

The pop star also won best lyrics for her other hit song, “Blank Space.”

Madonna, whose recent awards show performances were energetic and upbeat, toned it down when singing “Rebel Heart” while Swift played guitar next to her.

“My favorite guitar player, yeah!” Madonna said as she presented Swift with song of the year.

The second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards also featured Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Iggy Azalea. Guests sat at traditional tables — in the vein of the Golden Globes — instead of typical awards show seats. Chris Brown sat with Ludacris, while Swift’s table included Snoop Dogg, Ryan Seacrest and Timberlake.

The former boy band member, who earned the iHeartRadio Innovator Award for his accomplishments as an entertainer, told the audience that he was called “weird” as a teenager, and offered encouraging words to teens experiencing teasing and bullying.

“Growing up in school, no one ever called me anything close to an innovator, they called me different, they called me weird, they called me a couple of other words I can’t say on TV,” Timberlake said. “So thankfully my mother taught me that being different was a good thing, that being different meant you could actually make a difference, so tonight I want to thank my mom.”

Timberlake, whose wife Jessica Biel is pregnant with their first child, also thanked the actress, who didn’t attend the awards show which aired on NBC.

“Finally, I want to thank my best friend, my favorite collaborator, my wife Jessica,” he said.

Rihanna performed her new single, “B—- Better Have My Money,” for the first time. The b-word wasn’t bleeped throughout the performance, where Rihanna sported a bright green mink with matching knee high boots and sunglasses.

Azalea and Jennifer Hudson kicked off the show with a jail-themed performance: Azalea was dressed as an inmate and Hudson as a police officer as they performed “Trouble” with a set design that included bathroom stalls and a jail cell with laser light bars.

Nick Jonas followed the theme with his arms and neck tied in thick chains, while he sang his latest hit, “Chains,” as dancers wearing black and white stripes danced around him.

Jamie Foxx hosted the fan-voted show and performed a new song with Brown. Foxx also told jokes about celebrities, including Bruce Jenner, Suge Knight and Marvin Gaye.

“Marvin Gaye had an incredible year. Marvin Gaye had the No. 1 song featuring Pharrell and Robin Thicke,” he said. “He’s making beats in heaven. He might be dead, but he ain’t dead broke.”

Meghan Trainor, Florida Georgia Line, Snoop Dogg, Jason Derulo and Kelly Clarkson also performed during the three-hour event.

Jason Aldean, who also hit the stage, won country song of the year for “Burnin’ It Down.”

“I want to thank my new wife Brittany over there,” said Aldean, who got married last week.

Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J won best collaboration for “Bang Bang,” Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” won alternative rock song of the year and Calvin Harris’ “Summer” won dance song of the year.

Jeremih and YG won hip-hop/R&B song of the year for “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” beating out Beyonce and Jay Z’s “Drunk In Love.”

“Since I didn’t get my Grammy nomination for best rap album … I’ll roll with this,” rapper YG said.

Azalea and Smith — who won best new artist and accepted in a video message — were the top nominees with five apiece. They — along with Grande and Luke Bryan — lost artist of the year to Swift.

The awards show also featured numerous video packages with musicians talking about their careers, from Minaj to Imagine Dragons.

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Online:

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The First ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Trailer Looks Intense

Coming off the shocking season finale of “The Walking Dead,” AMC released the first trailer for the new spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead.” From the video, it seems like there’s a strange virus going around. Hmm … wonder what that could be?

The new show is set to be a prequel to “Walking Dead.” It will reportedly take place on the West Coast in the early stages of the zombie outbreak. The new cast includes Cliff Curtis (“Missing”), Kim Dickens (“Gone Girl,” “House of Cards”), Frank Dillane (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) and Alycia Debnam Carey (“Into the Storm”).

The spinoff has received some grief online for its somewhat unoriginal title, but if it’s going to be as intense as the trailer looks, who really cares what it’s called.

“Fear the Walking Dead” premieres Summer 2015 on AMC.

Rihanna Rocks 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards In Versace Green Fur Coat & Thigh-High Boots

When Rihanna posted a photo of Lil’ Kim on her Instagram account Thursday, we had no idea that she’d recreate the rapper’s style at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Riri looked like she stepped straight out of the 1997 music video for “Crush on You” while performing her new single “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Dressed in an emerald green Versace fur coat, thigh-high boots, nameplate necklace and oversized sunglasses, she oozed sex appeal and swagger.

The Barbadian singer even styled her jet black hair with blunt bangs that looked like the colorful wigs Lil’ Kim wore in the ’90s. #Nailedit

Check out Rihanna’s glamorous green get-up from the iHeartRadio Music Awards below and tell us what you think.



16 Shocking Allegations In Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear’

The Church of Scientology has long been a controversial institution among both the religious community and entertainment business. But the latest documentary from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” explores the secrets of the organization through interviews with former high-ranking officials and former members in a way never seen before.

Based on the 2013 book of the same name by Lawrence Wright, “Going Clear” not only exposes details about Scientology but also serves as an in-depth explainer for those unfamiliar with the group. The Church has spoken out against the film (read their full statement here) as have its celebrity members. But whether you’ve studied Scientology closely or merely know it as “the religion with Tom Cruise,” watching “Going Clear” is a powerful, stunning and emotionally overwhelming experience that will likely leave you with your mouth agape. Here are the most shocking allegations put forth in “Going Clear,” which made its HBO debut on Sunday night:

1. L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology creation story
When Scientologists reach level OT III, they are shown the “secret materials,” as director and former member Paul Haggis described them: Hubbard’s hand-written account of the creation myth. According to this, 75 million years ago a galactic dictator named Xenu froze people and dropped their bodies into volcanoes. From there, the disembodied spirits, or thetans, apparently jumped into newborns bodies. According to Hubbard, these multiple thetans crowded in our bodies are the source of our anxieties and fears.

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2. Hubbard spent time in a black magic cult
Before founding Scientology, Hubbard befriended rocket and chemical engineer Jack Parsons who was a part of black magic cult Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), which followed the teachings of Aleister Crowley. According to “Going Clear,” Hubbard became Parsons scribe and assistant on a magical operation to impregnate a goddess-like woman to create the anti-Christ.

3. Members were allegedly thrown overboard as punishment
Hubbard created Ethics, or punishments for his auditors who made mistakes during sessions. They were then pushed overboard on his ships into the water, which was “30 feet, 35 feet” below, according to Hana Whitfield, one of the original Sea Org members.

4. Hubbard told his second wife he murdered their daughter
When Sara Northup, Hubbard’s second wife, threatened to leave him unless he got psychiatric help, he reportedly kidnapped their daughter Alexis. According to written accounts from Northup, Hubbard told her he “cut [Alexis] into little pieces” and dropped her in a river. Then he would call back and tell Sara that their daughter was alive.

5. There was a Scientology “prison camp”
Former Church member Sylvia “Spanky” Taylor, who was once the liaison between the Church and John Travolta, was sent to the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF), or what she described as the “prison camp where you’d go for re-indoctrination.” According to the film, when sent to the RPF, people would have to do hard labor for “30 hours on, 3 hours off,” eat table scraps and sleep on dirty, wet mattresses.

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6. The FBI raid on the Church was the biggest in history at the time
On July 8, 1977, the FBI raided Scientology’s Los Angeles, Hollywood and Washington, D.C. locations, which at the time was the bureau’s biggest raid ever.

7. The Church stole government documents
According to the film, in the ’70s, many Scientologists were directed to get jobs in Department of Justice and IRS offices in order to steal documents against or relating to the Church.

8. The Church apparently has a blackmail folder on John Travolta
According to Wright in the film, when there were rumors of Travolta wanting to leave Scientology, the Church created a “black PR package” that has “all the damaging material” from his private auditing sessions. Travolta also reportedly refused to have his sessions video taped, but secret cameras were hidden anyway.

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9. The Church investigated the IRS
One of the Church’s goals was to be recognized by the IRS as a fully tax-exempt religion, according to former senior executive of the Church Mark “Marty” Rathbun. Thousands of Scientologists reportedly filed 2,400 total lawsuits against IRS employees, and private investigators were sent to IRS conventions to obtain information. According to journalist Tony Ortega, Scientology leader David Miscavige told the IRS commissioner that the lawsuits would go away if the Church was given tax-exempt status. The Church was granted exemption in October 1993.

10. Tom Cruise and the Church allegedly wire-tapped Nicole Kidman’s phone
According to the film, the Church noticed Tom Cruise slipping away from Scientology during his marriage to Nicole Kidman. Cruise reportedly said he wanted to have Kidman’s phone wiretapped, which the Church did at his request.

11. Cruise may have had employees pimp his cars for 40 cents an hour
Sea Org members make 40 cents an hour, according to Ortega, who says, “I don’t think there’s any way Tom Cruise is not aware of that.” According to the film, they have “tricked out his cars and motorcycles” and hanger in Santa Monica, California, and installed the audiovisual equipment at his home.

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12. The Church supposedly found Cruise a new girlfriend
According to Wright, Cruise was “overheard to complain that he needed a new girlfriend” when he was in Spain at the opening of a new Scientology center. The Church then found a young Scientologist, Nazanin Boniadi, and reportedly had her braces removed, bought her $20,000 of clothes and colored her hair “to Cruise’s liking.” She was then told she would be Cruise’ girlfriend, but the relationship soon ended. Boniadi apparently signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Church and has since become a well-known actress in “Homeland,” “Iron Man,” among other films and shows.

13. Paul Haggis left because of the the Church’s homophobic stance
Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis (“Crash,” “Casino Royale”) left Scientology in 2009 after 30 years when his two gay daughters told him how they were being treated and harassed by the Church. According to Church doctrines, the religion views homosexuality as a disease. Haggis then wrote a now-famous letter of his resignation from the Church.

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14. Scientology’s book value is about $1.5 billion
Ortega obtained recent tax records that revealed the main three tiers of the Church (which is a non-profit organization) have a combined book value of $1.5 billion.

15. Sea Org members were allegedly tortured to the sounds of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”
In 2004, Miscaviage apparently ordered the top members of the Sea Org to live in what was known as The Hole in the Chuch’s secret Gold Base in California. In the film, former members say they were told to confess their crimes against the Church in order to leave The Hole. Beyond beatings and one man being ordered to “mop up the bathroom floor with his tongue,” another method of abuse was when members were forced to play musical chairs to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Those participating were “fighting to stay” in the Church: whoever didn’t have a seat when the music stopped was expelled from the Church.

16. If members leave the Church their friends & family are forced to “disconnect”
The biggest reason to not leave the Church for many Scientologists is fear of “disconnection.” This is when all friends and family members still with the Church are told to cut ties with those who leave, or those deemed Potential Trouble Sources (PTS), or Suppressive Persons (SPs). Many former members included in the film haven’t seen or spoken to their family or friends since they left.

“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” airs again on Monday, March 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.