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Your week in music: YouTube Awards coming to a computer near you

The first YouTube Video Awards will stream live on Nov. 3 and feature major names like Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire. The first YouTube Video Awards will stream live on Nov. 3 and feature major names like Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire.

(RNN) - It's no secret that music is one of the biggest sections of YouTube. The video-sharing service has become a great tool for budding artists and has led to the discovery of stars like Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen.

In order to pay tribute to the music that has contributed so greatly to its growth, the website will air its very own YouTube Awards Show. The 90-minute-long show will stream on the website on Nov. 3 and will feature major artists such as Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire.

YouTube wanted to create an unconventional awards show so they went to none other than director Spike Jonze.

Jonze, whose work includes movies like Being John Malkovich and Where the Wild Things Are, as well as several music videos, has signed on to be the award show's creative director.

"I want to find out if we can make a whole night just about making things," Jonze told Billboard. "Instead of just doing performances, can we do live collaborations?"

So, what happens when a video web channel giant teams up with a creative director and has access to a very, very large budget? We're guessing one heck of an awards show.

Oh, and the beauty of YouTube is even if you miss seeing the awards show live, you'll be able to stream it as much as you'd like. Bring it on, YouTube, bring it on.

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' teams up with Shazam to offer free music

Late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live has teamed up with Shazam, that one app that music lovers find quite magical, to offer free music downloads, according to Billboard.

If you're unfamiliar with Shazam, let us enlighten you (those of you who already love it can skip this paragraph). Shazam is a free app that listens to songs that are playing wherever you are and then tells you the name and the artist. Cue angelic music, horns and bright lights - it's music lover's paradise.

As part of the partnership, Jimmy Kimmel Live viewers who use Shazam will have access to free music downloads throughout the program.

For instance, during Monday's show, viewers were able to Shazam the Lumineers' performance, which unlocked a free downloadable Lumineers track and a list of other songs performed during the show.

Pretty cool, eh? Here's to hoping Shazam decides to partner up with some other shows.

We're looking at you, Fallon.

Sample Amos Lee's newest song featuring Alison Krauss

In preparation for the release of Amos Lee's fifth album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, Noistrade is offering a free download of Chill in the Air, a single from the upcoming album in which Lee collaborates with Alison Krauss.

Even though you only hear Krauss during the chorus, the collaboration is smooth and her voice blends perfectly with Lee's in both pitch and harmony to create a beautiful melancholic melody.

Lee took a different route with Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, by bringing his tour band into the studio with him. The 12-song album was almost cut live, with each song being recorded in just a few takes.

"I wanted to play these songs with people that I trust musically, and stay open to where it took us," Lee said on his Facebook page. "The touring band works really hard, they're really musical, they're a good hang, so it was cool to hole up for a few weeks and experience it together."

Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song drops on Oct. 8. Click here to access the free download and click here to listen to the title track of the album.

Death Folk

What do you get when you combine the aggressive, head-banging, dark themes of heavy metal with the down home, stomp-clap, head-bob nature of folk music?

One hilarious album that we wish was real.

Folk group The Avett Brothers covered Black Sabbath's Iron Man and other heavy metal faves on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Monday.

The covers were part of a sketch promoting The Avett Brothers Sing Heavy Metal album, which, in a perfect world, would not only be real, but available for one easy payment of $9.95, plus shipping and handling through a late-night infomercial. 

Until then, we'd like to thank Jimmy Fallon for introducing us to a new genre of death folk.

Japan creates world's first inflatable concert hall

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki teamed up with British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor to create the world's first inflatable concert hall, according to international blog Spoon & Tamago. It is called the Lucerne Festival Ark Nova Project and is quite the spectacle.

The giant, purple, sculpture-looking concert hall will tour earthquake and tsunami-ravaged areas of Japan, delivering hope in the form of music.

It reportedly takes two hours to inflate and holds around 500 people.

To view photographs of the structure, click here.

New Release Monday

Fans waiting for new albums won't complain, but you might have noticed new music dropped a day early this week. Albums like Lorde's first full-length record and part two of Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience dropped Monday instead of the traditional new release Tuesday.

And we're guessing it has a lot (OK, everything) to do with the Grammys.

To be eligible for the 56th Grammy Awards, albums must be released between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013.

That means anyone wanting to be considered for January's Grammys would have to release their album by Monday.

All it really means is happy fans got their hands on new music a day early.

New Releases

Lorde: Pure Heroine - Sept. 30

The Blind Boys of Alabama: I'll Find a Way - Sept. 30

Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 - Sept. 30

HAIM: Days Are Gone - Sept. 30

Icona Pop: This Is: Icona Pop - Sept. 24

Mazzy Star: Seasons of Your Day - Sept. 24

Elton John: The Diving Board - Sept. 24


Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame - Oct. 8

Amos Lee: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song - Oct. 8

Alter Bridge: Fortress - Oct. 8

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz - Oct. 8

Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt - Oct. 15

Anberlin: Devotion: Vital Special Edition - Oct. 15

The Head & The Heart: Let's Be Still - Oct. 15

And Finally...

YouTube artist Sam Robson did one of the most incredible vocal arrangements we have yet to hear with his cover of the hymn I Need Thee Every Hour.

In the video, nine different Robsons record different parts of the song, in a Brady Bunch-esque layout. However, what ensues is a powerful version of an old hymn that takes a tremendous amount of talent to pull off.

Check it out.

What we're listening to

Gary Clark Jr. - When My Train Pulls In

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