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Reunited Ramones Estates Plan Big Comeback Including Martin Scorsese Film

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The Ramones

The Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery has become a tradition. This past Sunday marked the tenth annual event honoring the late guitarist. In a marathon celebration that began before sundown diehard Ramones fans were treated to a Q&A that included Johnny’s widow Linda, Duff McKagan, host Rob Zombie and more, an all-star concert that found both Zombie and a group, which included McKagan, Steve Jones, Fred Armisen and surprise guest Billy Idol, covering the Ramones, and finally a screening of Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects. Read the rest of this page »

Dave Chappelle to Host Common’s AAHH! Fest in Chicago

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Common is curating this year’s AAHH! Fest which will take place on September 21, at Union Park in Chicago. Read the rest of this page »

Kanye West Sued Over “Bound 2″ Sample

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Kanye West Sued Over

Kanye West has been sued by Ricky Spicer, the Ponderosa Twins Plus One singer behind the sample from “Bound 2″. The New York Daily News reports that Spicer has asked West to compensate him or cease and desist from using his voice.

Spicer sang “Bound” as a 12-year-old. Read the rest of this page »

Hear the Game, Rick Ross, Diddy and More Join Forces for Ferguson on ‘Don’t Shoot’

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The Game's 'Don't Shoot' song cover art

In the wake of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the Game has enlisted a formidable force of 10 rappers and four R&B crooners, banding together in protest on musical molotov “Don’t Shoot.” On the track, the Game is joined by Diddy, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and the R&B super-group TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank).

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ALL HAIL THE KIESZA

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After magazine deadline day, there aren’t many things that can entice me away from a bottle of cheap sauvignon and my Netflix, but the notion of getting to see Island’s rising star Kiesza for a sold-out show at the Sunset Strip’s beloved Roxy had me downright giddy.

Let me get one thing straight; this girl will be huge. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more enthusiastic, revved up crowd cheer someone’s name louder than I did last night. Read the rest of this page »

Album Sales Hit A New Low

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Michael Jackson: His Life In Photos

As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones — the wrong kind.

This week’s 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It’s also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million in that time span. Read the rest of this page »

Redfood Glassed By ‘Jealous” Thug in Sydney

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Redfoo wore his trademark glasses to a round of interviews on Thursday morning. He was sporting a small bandage over the cut near his right eye.

Pictures have emerged of American pop star Redfoo being smashed in the head by a glass bottle and hotel security guards trying to restrain the bleeding singer.

Police charged a 21-year-old man over the attack on the American music star at the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay in Sydney’s inner east around 12:45am on Thursday morning.
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Why Your Show Is More Than A Collection Of Songs

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Many artists at varying levels of success put little thought into their stage show, and it shows. It’s a rare performer that can captivate an audience by his or her performance alone, and most audiences, even on a club level, expect to be entertained on multiple levels these days.

In the following excerpt from my How To Make Your Band Sound Great book, I point out the differences between an amateur show, one that’s tight and professional, and a big production show that you’ll see from a typical arena act. Which one do you fall into?

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Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

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Wiz Khalifa at Wireless Birmingham 2014

Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as his new Blacc Hollywood set arrives atop the list. The album, which was released Aug. 19, sold 90,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Blacc Hollywood follows two No. 2-peaking albums from Khalifa: Rolling Papers and O.N.I.F.C., which were released in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Read the rest of this page »

Is Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’ the song of the summer?

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I don’t know when it was decided that we needed an official “song of the summer,” but some time ago that happened. It’s something we need now. Last summer belonged to “I Love It” by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX, until “Blurred Lines” had stolen it by Labor Day. “Party in the USA” was a song of the summer a few years back.

To be song of the summer, the criteria is simple: It needs to be beyond catchy, everyone needs to know the words, and it has to be played so often that it gets seared into your brain.

 

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Listen to Skream’s new track

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The new cut, titled “Let It Go,” is more ethereal than we’ve come to expect from the UK producer.

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Jeezy Arrested; Held On $1 Million Bail

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Jeezy was arrested over the weekend following the backstage murder at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco. When a search warrant was executed on his tour bus at the next tour stop in Irvine, CA, authorities found an assault rifle. According to TMZ he’s currently in custody on $1 million bail. Read the rest of this page »

The reviews are in for Kate Bush’s first concert in 35 years

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Kate Bush

Until Tuesday night, the English singer Kate Bush hadn’t performed a concert in 35 years. To say that the Brits, and the world of Bush fans, were excited is an understatement. To read the pre-concert coverage, it’s as though Bush had not merely decided to perform again after so long, but that she’d been resurrected to do so.

Bush, whose rich, lovely pop music stretching back to the late 1970s has drawn legions of devotees, returned to the stage of London’s Hammersmith Apollo for the first of 22 concerts under the umbrella title “Before the Dawn,” making up for lost time with a typically grand gesture. Read the rest of this page »