Monthly archives: October, 2013

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young Join Forces for Backyard Benefit

Over the past decade Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has called on countless friends, from Tracy Chapman and Patti Smith to Metallica, to help him raise money for the Southern California school he started, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. One artist, however, has topped his wish list: Neil Young. Last night Flea’s dream became…


Sony Posts $196 Million Quarterly Loss

The “White House Down” flop added to earnings woes at Sony Corp. in the latest quarter, dragging the entertainment and electronics giant to a 19.3 billion yen ($196 million) loss. The action movie’s lackluster box office, especially compared with last year’s releases of “21 Jump Street” and “The Amazing Spider Man,” contributed to a 17.8…


Ab-Soul & Jay Rock Speak On Differences As Artists

California rappers Ab-Soul and Jay Rock may both be a part of the Black Hippy rap quartet, along with ScHoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar, but the two emcees also boast a number of differences as artists. During an exclusive interview with XXL magazine, both Soulo and Rock hit on their lack of similarities, both geographically…


Can Google Glass Change The Music Business?

Google Glass is coming and the naysayers are out in mass, predicting a big miss for the search company due to over-engineering, government regulation, or just plain creating a product that no one needs. I can’t say for sure how Google Glass will work in the real world, but I can imagine how it could…


Johnny Marr working with Pharrell Williams on music for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

Johnny Marr is working with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer on the score to The Amazing Spider Man 2, it has been revealed. A tweet from Marc Webb, director of the eagerly anticipated comic book sequel, showed a picture of Marr with Williams and Zimmer as well as Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger. The tweet, which…


MTV’s New Artists App Is…Actually Pretty Useful

Yeah, yeah, MTV, didn’t they used to play music, we’ve heard the jokes. The teen reality show network is far from its past on cable. But it just put out an app that’s actually A) about music and B) surprisingly useful and comprehensive. That’s possibly because it’s an extension of MTV’s useful, if overdesigned, artists.mtv.com,…


Watch James Blake’s brilliantly awkward post-Mercury win interview with Newsnight

Last night, as you doubtless know, James Blake took home the Mercury Prize for his second album Overgrown. A highlight from the aftermath of the award – this awkward interview between Blake and Newsnight‘s Steve Smith. The conversation starts off on a bad foot when Smith refers to people downloading the album before he does buying…


Randy Newman Talks Film Scoring, New Studio Album, Kanye West’s Orchestration Skills and Ego at Film & TV Music Conference

Singer-songwriter and composer Randy Newman made a rare appearance on the opening day (Oct. 29) of the 2013 Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference in Los Angeles, where he discussed everything from Kanye West’s potential as a film scorer to his relationship with Pixar to his creative process when writing music…


Ontario Launching $45 Million Fund To Boost Music Industry

Looks like we may be hearing more from these Canadians now that they are investing more money into the music industry.  There will definitely be more Melanie Fionas, The Weeknd, Kreesha Turners and Aubrey Grahams in the future. In the past, Ontario (home of Toronto) seemed to have limited funds to assist Canadian artist’s in…


How Rapper Dom Kennedy Made It Without A Record Deal

West Coast rhymer Dom Kennedy’s second album is currently at No. 4 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, behind new releases from Drake, Justin Timberlake and Pusha T. Like his peers, fans can buy Kennedy’s album in Best Buy or on iTunes, but unlike his Billboard chart mates, Kennedy has done it all without a…