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Gun Found in Car Carrying Troy Ave Matches Bullet From Show Shooting
Tue, 31 May 2016 21:42:00 -0400

A gun found in the car that took Troy Ave to the hospital after a shooting at New York City's Irving Plaza has been matched to the bullet that killed the rapper's friend and bodyguard Ronald McPhatter, DNAinfo New York reports.

Following the shooting, Troy Ave — real name Roland Collins...

 Hear Pusha T, Jay Z Confess on 'Drug Dealers Anonymous'
Tue, 31 May 2016 20:53:00 -0400

Pusha T and Jay Z have teamed for a menacing, meditative new track, "Drug Dealers Anonymous," which has arrived via Tidal.

The track notably features a sample of conservative pundit Tomi Lahren calling out Jay Z in a rant criticizing Beyoncé: "Your husband was a drug dealer," she said. "For 14 years he sold...

 Hear Kaytranada's Dreamy Remix of Rihanna's 'Kiss It Better'
Tue, 31 May 2016 16:04:00 -0400

Kaytranada debuted a dancey, bubbly remix of Rihanna's "Kiss It Better" on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show. The Canadian producer released his debut album 99.9% earlier this month.

Kaytranada's version of the track speeds up the more languid, guitar-driven funk-soul track and transforms it into a brighter, more summer-ready...

 'Young Hodor' Actor Pens Stirring Tribute Ballad 'Hold the Door'
Tue, 31 May 2016 15:03:00 -0400

Sam Coleman, the 19-year-old actor who played Young Hodor on recent episodes of Game of Thrones, immortalized Bran Stark's beloved caretaker in a simple ballad posted to SoundCloud. Spoilers ahead.

Titled "Hold the Door," Coleman posted the track a few days after the heartbreaking fifth episode of GoT's sixth season....

 Darius Rucker Fronts All-Star Show for St. Jude: The Ram Report
Tue, 31 May 2016 14:36:00 -0400

For the seventh straight year, Darius Rucker will provide the unofficial kickoff to CMA Music Fest with a star-studded show at downtown Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon.

Billed Darius Rucker and Friends, the June 6th event will feature performances by Charley Pride, Hunter Hayes, Drake White, Terri Clark, Locash and Scotty McCreery. Rucker...

 Blake Shelton's 'Honest' Album Is Number One Country Seller
Tue, 31 May 2016 12:55:00 -0400

Blake Shelton's If I'm Honest is the week's top-selling album in America in terms of physical product, with more than 153,000 copies sold. Released nearly one year after a very public split from ex-wife Miranda Lambert, the album rounds up a new batch of songs that deal with heartbreak, healing...

 Hear Jack White's Theme for Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Variety Series
Tue, 31 May 2016 12:55:00 -0400

Jack White has penned and produced a funky instrumental theme song for Maya Rudolph and Martin Short's new NBC variety show, Maya and Marty.

Along with White — who handles drums on the track — the Maya and Marty theme features Third Man Records musicians Dean Fertita on organ, Dominic Davis...

 Surfer Blood Guitarist Thomas Fekete Dead at 27
Tue, 31 May 2016 10:34:00 -0400

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete died Monday after battling a rare, aggressive form of cancer, his wife, Jess, wrote on the musician's GoFundMe page to cover medical expenses. He was 27.

"Even as his body failed him, his mind and spirit soldiered on," Fekete wrote. "Never was there a day that...

 See Sam Hunt's Blissful 'Single for the Summer' Video
Tue, 31 May 2016 10:23:00 -0400

If Sam Hunt appears in the "Single for the Summer" video, he's very hard to find — a blurry shape who occasionally darkens the edge of the frame, perhaps, but never visible in the foreground. 

Unlike the brooding figures from "Take Your Time" and "Break Up in a Small Town" or the...

 Kraftwerk Lose Copyright Case in German High Court
Tue, 31 May 2016 09:47:00 -0400

Germany's highest court has ruled against Kraftwerk in a 19-year copyright case involving a two-second sample used in a song by rapper Sabrina Setlur, Agence France-Presse reports.

The ruling favors the use of sampling and concludes that if a sample does not significantly impact the usage rights of the original artist, "then artistic...

 Snoop Dogg Slams 'Roots' Remake, Calls for Boycott
Mon, 30 May 2016 15:13:00 -0400

Snoop Dogg slammed the new Roots miniseries, which premieres Monday night on The History Channel, and called upon his fans to boycott the four-part series based on Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

"I'm sick of this shit. How the fuck are they going to put Roots on, on Memorial Day?"...

 Questlove Pens List Explaining Why Prince Was 'Hip-Hop Pioneer'
Mon, 30 May 2016 12:03:00 -0400

Questlove has penned another tribute to Prince, this time a humorous Instagram post that lists 40 reasons why the legendary artist was a "hip-hop pioneer." Inspired by the Prince-dedicated issue of The Source, the Roots drummer broke down what made Prince such an influential artist and cutting edge...

 How Beatles' Game-Changing 'Paperback Writer' Paved Way for 'Revolver'
Mon, 30 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

In the annals of Beatles singles, we have what we might think of as a game-starter in "Please Please Me," a game-ender in something like "Let It Be," and a host of game-changers, the most important of which is rarely discussed as one of the band's top efforts.

And yet, "Paperback...

 N.W.A Reflect on 'Efil4zaggin,' 1991's Most Dangerous Album
Sun, 29 May 2016 10:09:00 -0400

"When we broke up, the group was Number One on the Billboard chart," N.W.A's DJ Yella, says. "I mean, groups don't break up at Number One. They break up at Number 1,000."

"It was, like, shit – all good things come to an end," says bandmate MC Ren.

N.W.A issued their...

 Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet Celebrate 'Surf' Anniversary With Unreleased Track
Sun, 29 May 2016 09:12:00 -0400

Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the release of Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment's Surf, the collective's acclaimed LP that heavily featured Chance the Rapper. To celebrate the occasion, Trumpet unveiled "The First Time," a seamless, 10-minute mix of unreleased material from the Surf sessions.

"This is a collection...

 Billy Joel: Donald Trump's Campaign 'Very Entertaining'
Sat, 28 May 2016 16:13:00 -0400

At Billy Joel's concerts over the past year, the singer has often dedicated the performance of his 1974 single "The Entertainer" to Donald Trump, with one such shout-out occurring Friday night at Joel's monthly gig at New York's Madison Square Garden. While there is debate whether the dedication is...

 Skrillex Refutes Justin Bieber Lawsuit: 'Sorry But We Didn't Steal This'
Fri, 27 May 2016 20:11:00 -0400

Skrillex, who was named in the lawsuit filed against Justin Bieber over the hit "Sorry," has responded to the copyright infringement allegations. "SORRY but we didn't steal this," the producer tweeted alongside a video of how the songwriters crafted, and not sampled, the "Sorry" vocal hook at the center...

 Hear Joey Bada$$' Resilient New Single 'Devastated'
Fri, 27 May 2016 12:38:00 -0400

Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has dropped his latest single "Devastated," which the Pro Era MC first debuted during his Coachella set in April.

The uplifting, resilient cut finds Bada$$ singing on the radio-friendly chorus, "I used to feel so devastated / At times I thought we'd never make it / But...

 Hear Red Hot Chili Peppers' Minimalist Funk on 'The Getaway'
Fri, 27 May 2016 11:44:00 -0400

Red Hot Chili Peppers unleash atmospheric funk on "The Getaway," the title-track of their 11th studio album, out June 17th. "Take me to the future," frontman Anthony Kiedis croons over Flea's minimalist bassline. 

"The Getaway," available now on all major download and streaming services, arrives weeks after the release...

 Watch Arcade Fire's Surprise DJ-Percussion Set Outside Louvre
Fri, 27 May 2016 10:41:00 -0400

Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne delivered a quirky DJ set this week during French street artist JR's exhibition "JR at the Louvre," held at Paris public garden Jardin des Tuileries. The husband and wife duo were joined by live percussionists as Butler spun tracks by David Bowie ("Oh! You Pretty...

 See Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann's Summer Fantasy Video 'Little More Love'
Fri, 27 May 2016 10:38:00 -0400

Lee Brice was busy collecting songs for his I Don't Dance follow-up when he stumbled across "A Little More Love," a summertime anthem written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Natalie Hemby and Kristi Neumann. Something about the song's brotherly bounce made him reach out to Jerrod Niemann. Together, the longtime...

 Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Tom Petty Deep Cut?
Fri, 27 May 2016 10:37:00 -0400

Tom Petty kicked off an American tour this month with his old band Mudcrutch, but don't buy a ticket to the show expecting to hear "American Girl," "Free Falling" or any of his other big hits. This is a Mudcrutch tour, and they're doing Mudcrutch songs with the possibility...

 Blake Shelton Headlines Second Harvest Show: The Ram Report
Fri, 27 May 2016 10:35:00 -0400

Blake Shelton will headline a show at the Mother Church of Country Music next month. The Voice coach is Nashville-bound for both CMA Music Fest, where he'll perform at Nissan Stadium, and the Stars for Second Harvest show at the Ryman Auditorium, which will raise money for families in need...

 Dierks Bentley on New Album 'Black': 'I've Claimed the Right to Be Me'
Fri, 27 May 2016 09:17:00 -0400

Dierks Bentley just wants to be himself.

"I think I've claimed the right to be any version of me that I want to be," he says, sitting in a studio on Nashville's Music Row, nursing a second cup of coffee. The 40-year-old singer-songwriter is deep in the promotional cycle for his...

 Justin Bieber, Skrillex Sued Over 'Sorry' Hook
Fri, 27 May 2016 09:11:00 -0400

Casey Dienel, an indie artist who records under the moniker White Hinterland, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Justin Bieber, alleging that the singer's hit "Sorry" borrows heavily from her 2014 track "Ring the Bell."

"As many of you that follow my career and work have already recognized, Justin...


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