Monthly archives: June, 2015

Patti Smith Got the Glastonbury Crowd to Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Dalai Lama

  The term “special guest” gets thrown around a lot at concerts these days, but Patti Smith brought out a truly special guest at the Glastonbury Festival on Sunday — His Holiness the Dalai Lama….


Justin Bieber Is Back to the Drawing Board in Jack Ü’s ‘Where Are Ü Now’ Video

Jack Ü — aka DJ powerhouses Skrillex and Diplo — have released a new video for dance floor banger “Where Are Ü Now” featuring Justin Bieber….


‘We’re Off and Running’: Producer of Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Shows Addresses That Rainbow

“We’re off and running,” says Fare Thee Well co-producer Peter Shapiro, the day after the two-night opening salvo of The Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary reunion came off — exceedingly well, by most accounts — at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., June 27-28. “It feels like we’ve got the spirit of Jerry [Garcia] at our…


Independent labels reach digital tipping point – driven by streaming

Merlin, the global digital rights agency representing 20,000 independent labels including the likes of Beggars Group, Cooking Vinyl, Domino, Epitaph, Kobalt Label Services, Merge, Ninja Tune, [PIAS], Secretly Group and Warp Records, has released its annual report….


N.W.A Reunite (Sort of), Kendrick Lamar Thrills in L.A.

The surviving members of near-mythical reality-rap group N.W.A reunited on Saturday at Los Angeles’ Staples Center in front of a nearly sold-out hometown crowd. . .Or at least most of them did. Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella were present, but Dr. Dre, rap’s reclusive first billionaire, was not. Regardless, cell phones illuminated the…


BMG Acquires Catalog of Verse Music, Includes Songs of Nina Simone, J. Lo

BMG has acquired the Verse Music Group catalog, which includes 40,000 songs and recordings from such catalogs as disco labels Salsoul Records and West End Records; the Bethlehem Music catalog of classic jazz; and Golden Records, an early children’s music label….


2015 BET Awards: Puffy’s Salute to Bad Boy; Smokey Robinson, Janet Jackson Tributes Ring In Show’s 15th Anniversary

The BET Awards pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 15th anniversary Sunday night (June 28) at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater….


Apple Quadruples iTunes Match Music Cap, Announces Sonos Compatibility

Two questions around Apple Music, the streaming service launching tomorrow, were answered over the weekend….


Kanye West brings Bon Iver, Queen cover and claim he’s “greatest living rock star” to Glastonbury

Kanye West ended his headlining performance at Glastonbury tonight (June 27) by proclaiming himself the “greatest living rock star in the world.”…


‘Guitar Hero’ and ‘Rock Band’ Game Poised for a Comeback — But Can the Faded Brands Be Revived?

Five years ago, the plugs were pulled on two of the biggest-selling franchises in video game history. After generating $2 billion and $1.7 billion in revenue, respectively, Guitar Hero and Rock Band were discontinued by their publishers as sales nosedived due to overhype and oversaturation….