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'Vampire Diaries' music supervisor: How 'The O.C.' started a trend that could save indie music

If you want to hear about the latest Katy Perry song or find out when Miley Cyrus’ sure-to-offend new album comes out, all you have to do is open the page of any magazine, check out the homepage of any (and every) blog, or just head on over to your favorite form of social media and see what’s buzzing. But how do you discover smaller indie bands anymore? If they’re not creating chaos at an awards show or topping the Billboard charts, it’s not always as obvious as music fans would like it to be. Enter Chris Mollere, music supervisor for hit shows The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars.

Mollere recently spoke to Rolling Stone about how he sees his job as an opportunity to feature great bands, both known and unknown, on a possibly unexpected (but rather large) platform — television — a trend that he credits to the 2003 hit show The O.C.

The O.C. was where music really jumped out at me on TV,” Mollere said. “Easy Rider was one of the first movies to have a song soundtrack, but The O.C. was the show that changed that format on television and showed that you could do things like have a song with lyrics play during a scene with dialogue. Before The O.C., that was not an accepted thing. The O.C. also broke bands like Death Cab and the Killers. A placement on that show took bands to another level.”
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'Agents of SHIELD': Clark Gregg's 'commanding presence' calls the tune for composer Bear McCreary

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At Comic-Con this week in San Diego, Bear McCreary will be introduced as the composer for the ABC pilot for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aims to bring the Marvel Universe into primetime television with a mythology that is tethered somewhat to the silver screen exploits of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., the government agency that answers a world with thunder gods and gamma-green monsters.

McCreary’s new post will surprise exactly no one in San Diego. The classically trained pianist and graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music has been in the ear of discerning genre fans in a big way the past decade as the composer of some truly distinctive themes — among them the unsettling strings that open AMC’s record-setting hit The Walking Dead and the dark tribal exhilaration of the drums that ushered in episodes of the Peabody Award-winning series Battlestar Galactica.

Jeph Loeb, the head of television for Marvel, said McCreary is a collaborator with boundless energy and a gift for finding the “emotional vibrancy” of moments and music and message. We caught up with the 34-year-old McCreary for a quick chat about music, heroes, Joss Whedon, and an old television show about an intergalactic garbage hauler.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: With a project like this there are so many questions from the get-go but is there a place you typically start that investigation? Do you start with pinning down facts or finding feelings?
BEAR MCCREARY: I like to bring something unique to every project I take on, something that can immediately hook the audience and tell them what show or film they’re watching, or game they’re playing. The furious tremolo strings at the beginning of The Walking Dead main title, or the heavy percussion of Battlestar Galactica are great examples. At first glance, I was nervous that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be difficult to approach. … It ties together a cinematic universe that spans years of characters, storylines and scores by talented composers. The instant I saw the pilot, I connected immediately with the characters.
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Will 'The Voice' ever find a Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood?

In 2002, 23 million viewers tuned in to watch Kelly Clarkson win the first season of American Idol, which translated to her debut post-show album, Thankful, selling 2.8 million albums to date, more than 2 million of which were sold in the first two years after its release. In 2011, 11.1 million viewers tuned in to watch Javier Colon win The Voice, which translated to his first album, Come Through for You, selling 46,000 copies to date, almost exactly two years later. So is Idol really just a better platform for musicians, or do these stats simply reveal the issue of a changing music industry?

No one can say for sure, but Idol‘s least successful winner, 2010’s Lee DeWyze, sold 146,000 albums, more than tripling Colon’s sales. Even Idol punch line William Hung sold 200,000 albums. And considering The Voice‘s season 2 winner, Jermaine Paul, hasn’t even released a debut album, maybe there is something missing from The Voice formula. Why can’t singers successfully transition from selling cover songs to selling albums of original music?
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Christina Aguilera returning to 'The Voice'

Apparently, what a girl wants is an NBC homecoming. Original Voice judge Christina Aguilera will return for the fifth season of the peacock’s reality hit, sources confirm to EW. (TheWrap first reported the news.)

Aguilera and fellow original judge Cee Lo Green exited the series last winter at the end of season 3 to focus on their own music careers. Aguilera has been promoting her Lotus album and tour, while Green is working on his solo album Girl Power, as well as a reality show for TBS. They were replaced by Usher and Shakira for The Voice‘s spring edition, though NBC always expected both musicians to be back for the fall of 2013. And though Green has yet to sign a contract, he is reportedly also nearing a deal to return to the singing competition.

Sources say that Aguilera’s own contract is for about $12 million, a number exceeded by the paydays given to one-season wonders such as American Idol‘s Mariah Carey (widely reported to be $18 million) and The X Factor‘s Britney Spears ($15 million).

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Beyonce shows vulnerability and Sasha Fierce-ness in new doc trailer -- VIDEO

Make no mistake: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is powerful. More powerful than her mind can even digest and understand. But even so, the superstar singer sometimes feels insecure. “I’m a human being,” she reveals in this new trailer for her upcoming HBO documentary. “I cry. I get scared. I get nervous.” Say it ain’t so, Bey!

Thankfully, the trailer also proves that doc will be more than a two-hour therapy session. It looks like there’ll be plenty of behind-the-scenes footage in the film, as well as a subplot about Beyoncé struggling to keep her pregnancy under wraps while on tour. The artist’s plans for world domination may also be revealed — as Bey says at one point, “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”

Viva la Beyoncé, and check out the new trailer here:

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Fox's New Year's Eve lineup loses Phillip Phillips, gains 'X Factor' winner and a host -- EXCLUSIVE

Due to a scheduling change, Phillip Phillips will no longer be playing Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live!, but the network has added two names to the show: Marlon Wayans will host the 90-minute special broadcast from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and Tate Stevens, winner of The X Factor, will join previously announced performers Lifehouse and Carmen Electra. Fox’s cameras will also cut to the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square at midnight.

Wayans’ new film, A Haunted House, hits theaters Jan. 11. He’s performing with his brother Shawn Wayans at The Orleans Showroom in Vegas on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.

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Snooki and Jwoww to ring in MTV’s New Year
New Year’s Eve style inspired by ‘Mad Men’

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Music Supervisor Alexandra Patsavas scores with 'Scandal'

As the music supervisor for shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas has long been TV’s musical rainmaker. Pinpointing emergent, primetime-ready tunes for those shows is one challenge, but for her work on Scandal, another drama from Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes, Patsavas faced another one — breathing new life into old-school R&B classics. Below, Patsavas discusses how she takes a well-worn track like Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” and gives it new meaning, plus her one major exception in Scandal‘s soulful set list.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.
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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Sam Palladio on Gunnar & Scarlett's greatest 'Nashville' hits

Today, The Music of ‘Nashville‘ original soundtrack is released, but there’s a good chance you already own the two songs it features performed by British actor Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Aussie actress Clare Bowen (Scarlett) — their duets in the season premiere (“If I Didn’t Know Better”) and midseason finale (“When the Right One Comes Along”). Below, Palladio takes us behind the music of the five Gunnar/Scarlett songs heard in the first half of season 1. For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage.  READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood to play Maria in NBC's 'The Sound of Music'

The hills are alive… with a new version of The Sound of Music.

Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will star as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s broadcast of the original stage version of The Sound of Music, the network announced today. An air date has not been set for the three-hour live event, but it will be broadcast sometime during the holidays in 2013. READ FULL STORY

Maroon 5 debut new single on 'The Voice,' season 2 champ Jermaine Paul returns -- EXCLUSIVE

Last season’s Voice champ Jermaine Paul will return to the singing competition this week to perform his debut single “I Believe in This Life,” EW has learned exclusively. Paul takes the stage again as part of the show’s first live results show, during which the Top 12 artists will be revealed. The results show will also feature Voice coach Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 premiering their latest single “Daylight.”

The Voice‘s first live results show airs Thursday from 8-9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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‘The Voice': Meet the Top 20!
‘The Voice’ breaks battle rounds ratings curse
‘The Voice’ Recaps and Episode Guide

'Parenthood': 'Once' star Glen Hansard to guest -- EXCLUSIVE

Here’s some news that will be music to the ears of Parenthood viewers: Glen Hansard is guest-starring as himself on an upcoming episode of the NBC drama. The Oscar-winning singer/songwriter and star of Once will use the Luncheonette to record a few tracks. Hosting another famous musician at the studio poses problems for Adam (Peter Krause) and Crosby (Dax Shepard), as they are engaged in a legal battle with their ill-tempered neighbor, who is less than thrilled with all of the activity going on next door. READ FULL STORY

'Nashville': Kimberly Williams-Paisley talks upcoming discord with Rayna -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you thought Nashville‘s Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) would only have one girlfight to wage this season, think again. Tonight, Kimberly Williams-Paisley joins the Music City sudser as Peggy Samper, an ex-girlfriend of Rayna’s husband, Teddy (Eric Close). A real-life Nashville resident and wife of country superstar Brad Paisley, Williams-Paisley talked to EW about how Peggy’s big entrance will ruffle Rayna’s feathers. Watch it in an exclusive clip below, then find out what kind of “trouble” she’s going to get into.
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'CSI: NY' preview: How Green Day inspired tonight's (mostly) silent episode

The CBS music department had a tall order when CSI: NY executive producer Pam Veasey said she wanted to do a music-driven, almost-entirely silent episode of the procedural hit.

The answer to all she sought came after she had started writing the special episode, and from the most unlikely artist — Green Day.

“[I] thought, ‘This is it,'” she remembers “When their music would play, I could see where it fit in with the scenes I’d already written for the show.” The kismet comes as a surprise to no one more than Veasey, a mom of teenage boys who was familiar with the band but far from an avid listener. “Their music fit so well with my story, and I’ll be honest, I was surprised by it. It just clicked,” she says. “It was a very obvious, compatible relationship. I really think Green Day spans to folks like me who are out of the normal demo.”

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