On the Charts: Red Hot Chili Peppers Can't Dethrone Drake|
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:44:00 -0400
Drake topped the Billboard 200 for the eighth consecutive week as his Views sold an addition 124,000 copies to remain at Number One. Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Getaway kept this week's top spot a nail-biter until the end, but the band's latest LP fell 6,000 copies short of...
50 Cent Arrested for Profanity-Laced Concert in St. Kitts
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:14:00 -0400
50 Cent was reportedly arrested Saturday following a performance on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts after cursing onstage, which is prohibited by the nation's law. The rapper was booked on charges of profanity after dropping a "motherfuckin'" while performing his hit "P.I.M.P.," TMZ reports.
The site added that...
Kanye West Talks 'Famous' Visual, Invites Lawsuits
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:17:00 -0400
Prior to the arena-filling premiere of Kanye West's provocative, voyeuristic "Famous" visual, the rapper spoke to Vanity Fair about the video, which features synthetic versions of West and wife Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump and more naked in bed together. "It's not in support or...
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Readies Biopic 'Free Bird'
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:16:00 -0400
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle will co-write and produce a biopic about his life with the Southern rock band. The film, tentatively titled Free Bird, also focuses on one of the music's most tragic moments: The 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of six people, including his friend...
Bernie Worrell, Parliament-Funkadelic Keyboardist, Dead at 72
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:05:00 -0400
Bernie Worrell, keyboardist for Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, passed away Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 72.
"Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit," Worrell's wife Judie wrote on Facebook Friday. "Rest in peace, my love -- you definitely made...
Damon Albarn, Johnny Marr, Ellie Goulding Outraged Over Brexit
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:39:00 -0400
In a historic referendum, Britain voted to leave the European Union, leaving a wave of economic uncertainty that has left many musicians and entertainment industry members crestfallen and outraged.
On Friday, British musicians like Blur's Damon Albarn and British indie pop band Bastille used the stages of Glastonbury Festival as a platform. "Democracy failed...
Steven Tyler Confirms Aerosmith 2017 Farewell Tour
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:25:00 -0400
Steven Tyler phoned into The Howard Stern Show Tuesday to discuss his new solo country LP as well as to confirm the rumors that Aerosmith are planning a farewell tour in 2017. "I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this...
See Rob Thomas and Charles Kelley's Swaggering 'Smooth'
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:28:00 -0400
In 1999, singer Rob Thomas stepped away from his main gig in Matchbox 20 to record the song "Smooth" for guitarist Carlos Santana's comeback album Supernatural. To call the result a smash is a little like saying the sun is hot — "Smooth" was a 12-week Number One and ended up...
See Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato Deliver Sultry 'Fight' on 'GMA'
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:59:00 -0400
Not since his "Remind Me" duet with Carrie Underwood has Brad Paisley exhibited such chemistry with an onstage partner. This morning on Good Morning America, the country guitarslinger teamed up with pop star Demi Lovato to deliver an especially sultry "Without a Fight," their new duet.
"There's a tangled mess of...
Best R&B Albums of 2016 So Far
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:22:00 -0400
It's tempting to reduce the first half of 2016 to one album. Nothing else targeted the sweet spot between radio-friendly urban pop and pointed statements on race, sex and politics quite like Beyoncé's Lemonade, a whirlwind of romantic tumult and feminist pride. But Rihanna's Anti certainly...
Hear DJ Jazzy Jeff's Silky 'Summertime' Remix
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:45:00 -0400
DJ Jazzy Jeff has added another dimension of soul to "Summertime," his iconic 1991 hit with Will "Fresh Prince" Smith. The producer-turntablist teamed with DJ Eric Lau for a revamped 25th anniversary remix of the track, Okayplayer reports. The silky update finds Smith rapping about the nostalgic pleasures of...
Hear Dustin Lynch's Humid New Song 'Seein' Red'
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:31:00 -0400
After scoring three consecutive Number One songs, Dustin Lynch has returned with "Seein' Red." The groove-heavy, humid tune is the first release from the Tullahoma, Tennessee native's forthcoming third album.
The song, which premiered today via iHeartMedia, begins with choppy electric guitar riffs and ghostly, dub-influenced textures. Lynch has one thing...
Sinead O'Connor: Suicide Report Was 'Bulls--t'
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:03:00 -0400
Sinead O'Connor has disputed a report that she was again threatening to commit suicide. On Thursday, Chicago police were contacted by Irish authorities who relayed concerns after O'Connor had told her family in Ireland that she was going to jump off a Chicago bridge, TMZ reported. However, by...
Jamie Lynn Spears on 'Honest' Documentary: The Ram Report
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:23:00 -0400
When Jamie Lynn Spears was negotiating her documentary deal with TLC, she had one main rule: "It has to be honest."
"Letting cameras into my world was really scary, because of my background. It could take on a different life that I didn't want it to," she tells Rolling Stone Country....
Bluegrass Great Ralph Stanley Dead at 89
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:30:00 -0400
Ralph Stanley, a pioneer of bluegrass and Appalachian music, died today, June 23rd, following a battle with skin cancer. He was 89.
His grandson Nathan Stanley, who had been touring with the banjo legend in recent years, confirmed the news on Facebook. "My heart is broken into pieces. My papaw,...
Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Future Head to Strip Club for 'Magic City Monday'
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:07:00 -0400
Jeezy has released new song, "Magic City Monday." Named after the famous Atlanta strip club and presumably one of the good days of the week to visit, it's fitting the rapper teamed up with fellow ATL stars 2 Chainz and Future for the D. Rich-produced track.
On the song, Jeezy steps up...
Lawyer Who Battled Led Zep: 'Case Was Tried in an Alternate Reality'
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:19:00 -0400
Attorney Francis Malofiy, the lawyer for the plaintiff that brought a copyright lawsuit against Led Zeppelin, has responded to the verdict. On Thursday, a Los Angeles jury ruled in the legendary group's favor, shooting down the allegation that the band had plagiarized the music to "Stairway to Heaven." The...
Hear Blink-182's Fist-Shaking New Song 'No Future'
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:06:00 -0400
Blink 182's latest song is short and sharp, a mix of pummeling guitars and anthemic shouting. "No Future" is from the band's upcoming album California, their first album since 2011. Also the first with Tom Delonge replacement, Matt Skiba.
Related: Blink-182 Celebrate Rebirth at Goofy L.A. Karaoke Bash
Delonge stepped away...
Adele's '25' Hits Streaming Services At Midnight
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:00:00 -0400
Adele plans to make 25 available for streaming via Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime and Tidal on Thursday at midnight, according to Billboard. When Adele released 25 seven months ago, the album could not be found on any of these popular platforms.
"[Streaming[ probably is the future," she acknowledged in a Rolling Stone...
Luke Bell Details Summer 2016 Tour Dates
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:19:00 -0400
Young traditionalist Luke Bell has announced a series of summer tour dates that will support his recent self-titled debut album. The trek will get underway with a July 9th show in Bell's home state of Wyoming and largely keep him out west (including several dates with Hayes Carll) until AmericanaFest...
Led Zeppelin Win in 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:27:00 -0400
Led Zeppelin have won a copyright lawsuit that claimed they had plagiarized the music to their most celebrated song, "Stairway to Heaven." A Los Angeles jury determined Thursday that the lawyer representing the estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played with the group Spirit, did not prove that the...
Hear Lil Wayne, Imagine Dragons' Loopy 'Sucker For Pain'
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:02:00 -0400
Rap meets rock on the latest taste of the Suicide Squad soundtrack: "Sucker For Pain" features four MCs – Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, Logic, and Wiz Khalifa – alongside Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors.
The song builds around an organ-heavy beat that creeps forward. The rockers appear to sing the...
Watch Dave Grohl Play 'Best of You,' Call Taylor Swift 'Batman'
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:59:00 -0400
During Dave Grohl's acoustic set at the Citi/Live Nation private party around Cannes Lions, the Foo Fighters frontman recalled a time when Taylor Swift saved him from embarrassment in front of Paul McCartney. The story led into Grohl performing the Foo Fighters hit "Best of You."
12 Artists Who Ripped Off Led Zeppelin
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:56:00 -0400
As the "Stairway to Heaven" trial reminds us, Led Zeppelin's business practices – especially when it came to giving proper songwriting credit for songs that were partly or wholly lifted from other sources – were often as suspect as their dalliances with groupies.
But that (in through the out) door...
Michael Jackson Estate Blasts 'False' Pornography Report
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:27:00 -0400
After Radar Online published documents this week suggesting that Michael Jackson kept a collection of pornography at his Neverland Ranch, the singer's estate issued a statement calling the disclosure "sleazy internet click bait."
Radar Online's report claims that Jackson was in possession of magazines and videos that contained images of nude...